Response To Camp Pendleton Environmental Statement

At 260 Rockycrest Road, Fallbrook CA 92028
619 723-4125 PO Box 1375, 92088

December 8, 1995

Southwest Division Naval Facilities Engineering Command
1220 Pacific Highway
San Diego CA 92132-5190
Attn: Ms. Timarie Seneca, Code 03A.73

Re: Draft Environmental Impact Statement for relocating four helicopter squadrons from Tustin and El Toro to the Marine Corps Air Station at the Marine Corps Base, Camp Pendleton (October 1995)

The Fallbrook Historical Society has reviewed the DEIS and finds Development Alternative B to be the most acceptable. This Alternative would have no impact on the historic Santa Margarita Ranch House, and would have potential indirect impact on the historic Native American Village Site.

We take this position because the history of local Native Americans and the history of Spanish/Mexican settlement in our area is the early local history of Fallbrook. In our Museum of Fallbrook History we display this history, when our land was owned by Indian people, by Spain, and by Mexico. After the war and the treaty which made our land part of the United States, the place where our town developed was part of the Santa Margarita Ranch. Children of one of Fallbrook's earliest homesteading families - the Henry Magee family - lived on the Santa Margarita Ranch. The history of water rights in the Fallbrook area includes Fallbrook residents and Irrigation District against the owners of the Santa Margarita Ranch (in the 1920's and '30's), and Fallbrook residents and the Public Utility District against the Navy, Camp Pendleton and the U.S. government in the 1950's and 1960's.

We urge you to protect the archeological sites CA-SDI-10156/12599/H (and any others discovered) during construction. We would like to be one of the museum groups consulted after you consult with local Native Americans regarding disposition of any artifacts which might require excavation. May we please have copies of the McCawley manuscript, and other research materials which will give us a better understanding of Indian life in this area so that we can portray it for our visitors.

We encourage you to reevaluate the historic buildings and structures dating back to WWII which are on the Air Station site and at 24 and 32 Areas. Some may be eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places, but even if they are not, a structure may be significant in Fallbrook history. If one is found to be significant, and it is an appropriate size, please consider the possibility of relocating it to the grounds of the Fallbrook Historical Society's museums. Also, we would like to have a copy of the P-164 Inventory of Structures for our research library so that we can use the information to develop our Camp Pendleton exhibit. Are there research opportunities on Camp Pendleton which might be made available to members of the Board of the Fallbrook Historical Society so that we can gain a better understanding of the history and improve our interpretation.

We note in your discussions of transportation that you include traffic volumes and their impacts for cities south of Camp Pendleton, using major roadways of I-5, El Camino Real and College Avenue. The volume of traffic is less going north on Fallbrook Road through the Naval Weapons Station, and through the town of Fallbrook to Interstate 15 and Riverside County. However, when the size of our town and the width of our streets are considered, the impact of Pendleton and Naval Weapons Station traffic on Fallbrook is probably greater than on the cities. The realignment means that more cars will impact Fallbrook. But the DEIS has no current traffic figures for Fallbrook, so how can added traffic be evaluated? The current traffic and the future impact on Fallbrook traffic should be given.

You evaluate the socio economic environment for Oceanside, Vista, Carlsbad and San Clemente because they are incorporated cities, but you do not provide the same figures for Fallbrook. Your figures for the County would include Fallbrook, but this does not give us a basis for evaluation of the impact. Fallbrook's population, employment, income and housing need to be enumerated for existing conditions as well as for impact. Only then will our community be able to respond to that part of this DEIS. SANDAG has provided these figures for our school district, and the San Diego County Housing and Community Development Office has them for income and housing, so we know that, with some effort, it can be done.



Fallbrook Historical Society

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