Issues of Fallbrook, CA and Neighboring Communities: F-G

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Fenton Pala Sand Mine

Fluoridation of our water needed

Fluoride concentrations are directly related to how much tooth-decay there is in a community. Unfortunately, our fluoride level is only 0.21 mg/l = 0.21 ppm, compared to the recommended level of 0.7-1.2 mg/l = 0.7-1.2 ppm. Thus parents should supplement their children's diet with fluoride at these rates to grow strong teeth. Perhaps someday FPUD and Rainbow Water will fluoridate our water to prevent cavities in the most painless way possible, since the number of people who believe that fluoridation is a "communist plot" is probably small.

See also Water Quality of Fallbrook.


Fallbrook is fortunate not to have much of a graffiti problem, primarily due to the efforts of the Fallbrook Rotary Club, who pays for the paint, and its volunteer painters, who paint over the graffiti as soon as it appears. (I'm writing this from memory, so if my details are wrong, please let me know. I have the number of graffiti incidents per week somewhere in my stack of things to add here, so will add that sometime.)

Oceanside has about 60 incidents per day in 1999 that are painted over, down from about 100 per day, with a peak of 130 per day, in 1993 when Donald Madison first began eliminating the graffiti as his full-time job for the city. Favorite targets are river bottoms and bridges, such as the I-5 and the PCH bridges. These numbers don't include graffiti in park and recreation areas, taken care of by that department. (NCT 7/12/99, B1, B4)

Gregory Canyon Landfill

In an exceptionally sleazy but clever maneuver, Servcon-San Marcos, Inc. qualified a ballot measure in 1994, Proposition C, which directed the county of San Diego to allow a 180 acre landfill and recycling center in Gregory Canyon, which directly benefits only that company, since they hold the rights to development on the land and has the option of buying the land. It was a clever move on their part, because all of San Diego County voted on the measure, and of course most of the people who didn't live near the proposed dump were overjoyed that it was not in their back yard. The measure was approved by a nearly 70% vote.

Gregory Canyon is 3 miles east of I-15 and south of SR76, the next canyon east from Couser Canyon and 2 miles west of the Pala Indian Reservation. The Canyon drains directly into the San Luis Rey River, an important source of fresh water. Contamination of that river is not highly desirable.

The landfill was fought in court by the Pala Indians. The 4th District Court of Appeal ruled that most of the initiative is lawful.

The company is currently about to deliver an environmental impact report to the county, which must be approved before the landfill can occur.

The County Supervisors have estimated that the current landfill system has at least 50 years of remaining capacity (NCT 4/16/97, B3).

The company has failed to issue any of the environmental impact reports as of February, 1998, even though they were supposed to issue one every other month. (FBVN 2/5/98, 22.)

As part of the review process required by the California Environmental Quality Act, a community meeting was held on 8 December 1998 at the Pala Mesa Resort. The meeting was scheduled by the County Department of the Environment and the regional Solid Waste Local Enforcement Agency, who will file the environmental impact report. (NCT 11/28/98, B1.)

The draft EIR was produced in early 1999, with a deadline for comments of April 29, 1999. The draft EIR received about 850 comment letters, which are being reviewed by the county Department of Environmental Health's consultant. The Department will then determine whether the draft EIR adequately addresses all environmental issues.

The revised "draft EIR" was released ~12/9/99, and is now available online. See San Diego County's Department of Environmental Health's Proposed Gregory Canyon Landfill for that and other information.

On 2/7/03, the San Diego County's Department of Environmental Health approved the EIR. Riverwatch opponents plan to file a lawsuit challenging the approval. The landfill must now obtain permits from the California Integrated Waste Management Board, the San Diego Air Pollution Control District, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the California Water Quality Control Board for the San Diego region. (NCT 2/8/03, A1, A11)

Other North County Landfill Locations

For at least 5 years, the County of San Diego has identified a site off of Aspen Road in Rainbow as a potential new county landfill. Under at least one scenario, access would be provided via Willow Glen Road in Fallbrook, with as many as one trash truck per minute passing a given point on the road.

The state requires counties to assure 15 years of county-wide permitted trash dumps. To comply, in September 1996 the Board of Supervisors adopted the County Integrated Waste Management Plan, which identified the Aspen Road site along with 9 other sites in the county.

Fortunately, with the sale of the ill-managed county trash system, the Supervisors voted on 2/3/98 to attempt to remove the Aspen Road site and four other designated future landfills, including one south of Merriam Mountain north of Escondido, from the Plan. The others are in south county: Wolf Canyon, North Otay Valley, and East Otay Mesa.

With the lifetime of current dumps ranging from 20 years at West Miramar to over 60 years at Sycamore, the county hopes that the state will allow them to remove those five sites, leaving the other five sites remaining as possible future landfill sites if needed. The proposed Gregory Canyon landfill was not affected by this decision.

Bonsall has a now-closed landfill just east of Twin Oaks Road (off Gopher Canyon Road) that was supposed to be turned into a park, but the county has so far reneged on that promise. At least model airplane enthusiasts can use that open area for recreation.

Sources: NCT 2/2/98, B1; FBVN 2/5/98, 1, 22; NCT 12/3/98, B4.

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