Massive Power Project Proposed For Southwest Riverside County ... Again

If constructed, the project would see 30 miles of overhead transmission lines stretching from Lake Elsinore, through the Cleveland National Forest, southward.

A project that proposes miles of high-power transmission lines strewn above Southwest Riverside County is in front of residents again.

Nevada Hydro Company held a public workshop Thursday at the Murrieta Community Center. It was billed as an informational session about Nevada Hydro's proposed Talega-Escondido/Valley Serrano 500 kV Interconnect project.

If constructed, the project would see 30 miles of overhead transmission lines stretching from Lake Elsinore, through the Cleveland National Forest, southward. The lines would carry a 1,500 megawatt power load from Riverside to San Diego counties.

The California Public Utilities Commission requires a public workshop before Nevada Hydro can file an application with the state to build the project. If it moves forward, it will mark to build the project.

Residents and environmental groups have opposed the project, but Nevada Hydro’s David Kates contends the transmission lines would strengthen the region’s power grid and be of particular benefit to San Diego County.

“It’s an island,” he said of San Diego’s “lack of connection” to the nation’s power grid. Kates said he believes San Diego Gas & Electric – the county’s primary utility – doesn’t have the infrastructure in place to ensure a consistent power supply to customers during peak periods or during emergencies.

The argument is something many Southwest Riverside County residents have long complained about: San Diego would gain from the project, but local benefit would be nearly nonexistent, they say.

Thursday’s four-hour workshop often turned raucous as residents from Lake Elsinore, Wildomar, Murrieta, Temecula, and surrounding unincorporated areas sometimes blasted Nevada Hydro executives who were on hand.

Many residents made it clear they don’t want the project in their backyard. Concerns raised included worries about environmental issues to fears that private property could be taken by eminent domain to make way for the massive $650 million project.

Kates said land will not be taken and environmental worries are overshadowed by the benefits.

“The transmission lines are ugly and they go through the forest. I get that,” he said, arguing that the project would save Southern California ratepayers about $100 million annually by strengthening the grid and connecting San Diego Gas & Electric with Southern California Edison.

He contends the project would also bring jobs to the area.

In addressing fire concerns about the project, Kates said transmission lines like the one proposed incorporate safety features that automatically cut power when a line is severed.

Kates said the company will file an application with the CPUC as soon as possible, after it holds a more in-depth workshop in coming weeks to discuss the technical details of the proposed project. Kates did not have a timeline or a venue for the upcoming workshop but said the public will be notified and invited to attend.

Paulette Brown-Hinds was on hand Thursday working as a communications consultant for Nevada Hydro. She said notice of Thursday’s workshop was published in three area newspapers and approximately 5,000 mailers were sent to residents affected by the proposed project.

Kates said he knows local residents generally don’t favor the project, but cperhaps easier than the challenge ahead: As part of the CPUC application process, Nevada Hydro must demonstrate to the state that the project will provide economic benefit to the area -- and that’s proved elusive.

Editor's Note: to read more about Nevada Hydro’s proposal to build the separate LEAPS project that would see water pumped out of Lake Elsinore to generate power.

Linda Ridenour August 10, 2012 at 09:46 PM
I was at last night's meeting. It was a joke. I was told by Paul ONeil that my questions would be answered . When I asked a question such as . Where on the map was my house located, NO answer was given. Did anyone notice that the maps were wrong!!! These are the old LEAPS maps. Even the paper work that was handed out was wrong. There where Letters on the map. When cornered Rex Waite said that they were pads were the helicopters would land to refuel. I asked if this was private land. If they would need a city or county permit. Would they need a forest permit. No response. Thanks to everyone who came.
Teller of Truth August 10, 2012 at 09:51 PM
@Linda Ridenour, did you happen to see Martha L.Bridges at the meeting last night?
Teller of Truth August 10, 2012 at 11:18 PM
@Linda, never mind. Martha copped to the fact that she didn't even show up for the Hydro meeting on Thursday night on the other thread. Wrote that whole article just to grandstand! What a fraud.......
Teller of Truth August 11, 2012 at 12:04 AM
Martha, we don't care about how you manipulate your minions. Stop making excuses for your fraudulent behavior. Your pretenses are deceitful and as see thru as you are!
Martha L. Bridges August 11, 2012 at 12:05 AM
@ Teller Actually, Linda Ridenour and I decided up front that as my part, I would write the article - with her encouragement - and that she would attend the meeting. We have been working on this and many other community issues together for years now, and were in sync on how to best raise the public's awareness of and opposition to the Nevada Hydro/Interconnect project. There's no fraud to be found here except on the part of Nevada Hydro and people who are intend on making trouble where none should exist. There's no grandstanding or copping out on my part. Haven't you ever heard of team work before?
Toni McAllister (Editor) August 11, 2012 at 12:07 AM
During yesterday's workshop I did hear mention of Martha's blog post -- it spurred at least that one person to attend the event (it was actually someone who seemed pretty neutral on the proposal, which was interesting).
Teller of Truth August 11, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Martha, we don't care how you manipulate your minions. Stop making excuses for your fraudulent behavior. Your pretenses are deceitful and as see thru as you are!
Teller of Truth August 11, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Martha, we don't care how you manipulate your minions. Stop making excuses for your fraudulent behavior. Your pretenses are deceitful and as see thru as you are!
Teller of Truth August 11, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The point that I was revealing to all, was that she herself didn't even show up and after all the grandstanding that she did to tell people to go themselves!
Diana August 11, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Maybe she is afraid to show up in public, it's not like anyone is all warm and fuzzy towards her on here. If I had people act towards me as they do here with my face plastered all over the Patch, I would be a bit apprehensive to show up in public.
Martha L. Bridges August 11, 2012 at 12:25 AM
I'm happy to share that it also spurred Councilman Bob Cashman of Wildomar to attend, he discussed his concerns about the project with me afterwards, and any number of other readers have asked questions about how to stop the possible approval and implementation of this terrible project. People looking for manipulation, fradulent behavior, pretenses and deceitfulness in this blog will have to find it elsewhere. Linda and I will be working together to keep everyone abreast of the project's progress and how it can be protested with the appropriate government officials.
Teller of Truth August 11, 2012 at 12:35 AM
No one wants to actually share anything with a FRAUD! Add delusional to your long list of achievements. What a piece of work!
Martha L. Bridges August 11, 2012 at 12:44 AM
Readers, sorry about my recent duplication of comments, I saw some typos that needed to be corrected - I've deleted the duplicate now.
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 12:50 AM
WHAT?? Teller, you're saying that after reading all of the blah blah story about the powerline problems that Marfa wrote, encouraging all of us to attend this meeting, cause it was soooooo important, that Marfa didn't even bother to show up? I find that to be rather hypocritical ! (Yes,you may add that to your list as well ! ) Shameful Marfa!
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
"Readers" ?? Was that to all of your own personal millions of readers? Did you just delete "to all of my flock" ? Well thank goodness that you took care of all of your typos! Now I can sleep tonight! Actually the 'only' thing that needs to be corrected, is what kind of a person you are! Too bad you can't "delete" that & start over huh! }~)
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Diana, don't think you ever have to worry about that. Marfa just puts the MENTAL in the "enviromentalist" that she claims to be. If anything, she should change her name to: APPLAUD THE FRAUD! }~)
Martha L. Bridges August 11, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Just left wondering about what motivates some of these comments? Seeing all this vitriol and the terrible accusations being hurled at me, I can’t help but wonder what is behind such vicious attacks. What’s their real agenda? Maybe we should know who these attackers are and what really provokes their mean comments? We should know their real names and how they are related to this terrible project? That might shed some serious light on what motivates their confrontational attitude and verbal assaults. If they are so upset with me for expressing these concerns about Nevada Hydro and the Interconnect project and if they are so determined to discredit me publicly, perhaps they have a personal, vested interest in Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District or Nevada Hydro? Perhaps they are employees, contractors, associates or land owners who would somehow profit from the Interconnect project? Because they hid safely behind fake names, we will never know, but it sure leaves you wondering.
Teller of Truth August 11, 2012 at 04:52 PM
Ah yes that must be it! It couldn't possibly be that YOU were exposed for the phoney & the FRAUD that you actually are? Now lets all resort to the "conspiracy theory" just to throw off the real TRUTH! Nobody has to have a "vested interest" in anything, to see you for the FRAUD that you are. No one will ever have to "wonder" about you again!
Bridgette Moore August 11, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Actually what spurred Councilman Cashman was MY comments at the Wildomar City Council meeting last week. Bob had NOT heard about this meeting until I stated that I would be attending. Bob would have been the next councilmember to speak but was turned speechless after I had just spoke about this meeting. City Council meetings are taped and anyone can request and hear for themselves this conversation take place. I did ATTEND the meeting, signed in and filled out a comment card. As I was leaving, Councilman Cashman called my cell phone and asked me where the meeting was being held and for directions.
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 09:17 PM
Toni, that ONE person was Linda, her minion, that she TOLD to go! She didn't even show up herself. I guess thats ok, maybe she couldn't stand all of the ridicule & comtempt that, not only people here have for her but also all the members of the city council that she's "out to get" ! I wouldn't show my face either if I acted like she does! }~)
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 09:23 PM
BRIDGETTE, Thank you for telling us that! Is it any surprise that Marfa is yet AGAIN taking credit for something that someone said or did! And you're just one of many! We should keep a Marfa fraud tally book! HA! }~)
Constant Comment August 11, 2012 at 09:29 PM
TRUTH motivates these comments Marfa! Not your distorted version either.They're not accusations, they're facts! And they're all backed up by other posters that were there. The "real agenda" is to expose you for all of your fraudulent statements and let the posters here on the Patch know what is the truth. If you have problems with the city council, be a man and confront them. Don't use the PATCH to air & fight all your own dirty little battles.}~)
Thomas Wessels August 13, 2012 at 10:20 PM
Good point. We should not shoulder San Diego's burdens, particularly if they have already indemnified themselves from the responsibility of building more power generation plants and feeder lines. Our own county has enough problems providing services. It will take all affected landowners attending every Nevada Hydro meeting to hold this wolf at bay.
Thomas Wessels August 14, 2012 at 12:52 AM
Re-post...New reader of these postings, interesting to note that the most cutting comments come from those posters that don't have the nads to use their own names. Hmmm...
3j August 16, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Teller of Truth why don't you tell us what your real name is? It appears you support the project, why? I see no benefit to Southwest county residents. Please enlighten us. What are the benefits to Southwest county residents? Let's not get off topic here.
Constant Comment August 16, 2012 at 03:13 AM
Tom, let me enlighten you. For an example,there is a poster on here that has shared her full name, her picture, her pool, her business, her family & just lately, exactly where she lives. I actually fear for her because I think that is too much info to reveal about yourself & your family. I remember the Rebecca Schaeffer story & why anonimity is important now a days. Many of the posts on here are not for or against the article itself. Just an attempt to reveal one of the most nasty & vicious posters on here. Guess I don't have to mention her full name either.}~)
Constant Comment August 16, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Why do you think he supports the project? Just calling out the author on her BS ! }~)
Teller of Truth August 16, 2012 at 04:05 AM
Mr.Thomas Weasel, of course I'm not going to use my real name. I'm not a foolish man. Ask yourself why you want it? Planning on a midnight 'toilet paper' run? Don't worry about my nads so much......its kinda disturbing!
Teller of Truth August 16, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Why didn't YOU post your real name 3j? Kinda hypocritical there. I never said I was for or against this hydro project. My topic is calling out the fraudulent author here. If you re read all of her crap, you will soon find out that I am not the only one & it does go back quite a ways!
ADB Security December 05, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I thought this was a discussion about LEAPS?


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