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REMINDER: CALL TO ACTION!!

Your Voice Goes A Long Way!

SANDAG to Vote on Rancho Lilac
this Friday, November 20
This Friday is it! The SANDAG Board is scheduled to vote to award the Rancho Lilac long-term management contract to San Diego Habitat Conservancy (SDHC). We still need your help and influence. Please send an email, or better yet, speak-up during Friday’s meeting via Zoom.

Urge SANDAG’s Board to vote in favor of the Rancho Lilac contract award to SDHC (agenda item #14).  Please email your comments to the SANDAG Board no later than Thursday, November 19, at 4:00 P.M. Send emails to: clerk@sandag.org with the following in the subject line: “November 20 Board Meeting; Item #14 – SUPPORT San Diego Habitat Conservancy”
 
You can also provide oral comments during the SANDAG Board meeting via Zoom on November 20, 2020 at 9:00 A.M. Attend the meeting via Zoom at https://zoom.us/j/97329912471  Webinar ID 973 2991 2471 or phone in (669) 900-6833
 
Sending both an email and commenting during the meeting is the most help!
 
The meeting agenda and supporting materials are posted at:
https://www.sandag.org/uploads/meetingid/meetingid_5420_28369.pdf
https://www.sandag.org/uploads/meetingid/meetingid_5420_28370.pdf
 
Emails and/or Zoom verbal comments can include:
  • Support staff’s recommendation to award the Rancho Lilac contract to San Diego Habitat Conservancy.
  • SDHC is the most qualified manager for the sensitive ecological, historical, and cultural resources at Rancho Lilac. SANDAG chose SDHC in 2017 to be the long-term manager of Rancho Lilac through a fair and open procurement process. SDHC has been working with SANDAG and Caltrans staff in good faith for the last four years.
  • Rancho Lilac was purchased as biological mitigation for the impacts of highway construction.  It must be managed to serve its intended purpose. SDHC will properly balance public access, including trails, with protecting underlying species and habitat objectives. It is time to stop further delay and approve the transfer of Lilac Ranch to SDHC.
  • One of the reasons SDHC was selected was its willingness to partner with the community to help steward the resources at Rancho Lilac. Withdrawal from the process and giving the project to the County will damage SANDAG’s reputation and violate the purpose of the TRANSNET Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP) funding. Choosing any other option other than SDHC will only result in further delay of the management of the resources onsite, including the planning for future trails.
Feel free to add or modify your comments about topics you are passionate. Live comments at the meeting will be limited to one minute, so keep them brief and concise.
 
SDHC thanks you for your support!
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