Sewage leaks; Mexico is financially responsible. Stop the funding of a Campground in TRV.
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Tijuana River Valley for the last 6 decades have continuously fallen victim to the Sewage from the Mexican Sewage collection and treatment facilities. The "leaks" have caused continuous heath risks to beach-goers, valley residents are flooded due to the excessive trash and debris which flows downriver from Tijuana. Over the decades the U.S, has funded repairs and construction requesting Mexico to fund a certain portion. The historical trend of Mexico's economy is the value of the Peso declines as the U.S requests financial support. Mexico also is not communicating with the IBWC regarding any leaks into the Tijuana River. The Sewage is to be pumped off shore away from the beaches. As a resident the odor is repulsive, nauseating, headache inducing, some children have been sick as a result of the sewage leaks.
We must hold Mexico accountable. We demand an apology from the Baja California Govenor Francisco Vega de Lamadrid.
To read more about the sewage leaks and the history and impacts.
***UPDATE November 11th, 2017***
SB507 was introduced and lobbied a lot this summer. The Assemblyman T. Gloria even posted a video/commercial asking for constituents to support SB507. We were never advised of a campground which would be added into the writing AFTER the loobing was complete.
We were all misinformed and misled.
We now demand not only Mexico be held responsible for the spills, but County Supervisor Cox who wishes to have a 1,800 acre Campground in the Tijuana River Valley needs to reassess his dreams.
We need to ensure all contaminated soil is free of any contaminates, the waste and tires need to be removed, before a campground can be built. Let's ask Supervisor Cox and other elected officials to demand the money be reallocated to help CLEANING UP, Building or Maintaining Infrastructures, Building retention ponds in case there is a spill.
SB507 initially read in February 2017 - "This bill would instead authorize the money granted to the County of San Diego to be available for the development, rehabilitation, protection, and restoration, including studies, of natural lands in the Tijuana River Valley."
SB507 now reads "This bill would instead authorize the money granted to the County of San Diego to be available for the development, improvement, rehabilitation, protection, and restoration of natural and park lands in the Tijuana River Valley, for specified studies of the land, as provided, and for the development of a campground, as provided. By changing the purposes of an existing appropriation, this bill would create an appropriation.
We believe we were misled on how SB507 funds was going to be distributed to fund the restoration of natural lands in the Tijuana River Valley. We are now angry residents who demand this funding be changed to support the iniital reading of the Bill.
Here is the time line of SB507.
February 16, 2017 - Introduced by Ben Hueso
AMENDED IN SENATE MAY 16, 2017
AMENDED IN SENATE MAY 22, 2017
AMENDED IN SENATE JUNE 19, 2017
Assemblyman Todd Gloria's Commerical - August 22nd 2017
AMENDED IN ASSEMBLY AUGUST 22, 2017 - this is where the campground is Added INTO the Bill.
PASSED IN ASSEMBLY SEPTEMBER 07, 2017
PASSED IN SENATE SEPTEMBER 14, 2017
ENROLLED SEPTEMBER 19, 2017
Approved by Governor October 06, 2017.
Filed with Secretary of State October 06, 2017.
We have since formed a group sharing our "Citizens Rage" you can find it (and join) at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CitizensAgainstSewage/
or on twitter @CASewage.
Thank you for taking the time to read and sign our petition.
Citizens Against Sewage
Founder and all Members
Mexico must be held financially responsible for Sewage Spills continuously into Tijuana River . If they cannot agree to come up with a solution.
Our solution shall be:
1. Install Retention Pond(s)
2. Diverter Pipies
3. Increased Communication between IBWC and CILA-MEX
4. Have real time water testing on our beaches to ensure our surfers and children are safe.
5. Have an Alert / Alarm system
6. Fire Steve Smullen of San Diego IBWC.
7. Have Commissioner of IBWC Ed Drusina Fired.
8. IBWC must communicate with the residents of the San Diego area.
9. The elected officials must come together within San Diego County to ensure a solution is obtainable within a reasonable amount of time.
10. Ensure Minute 320 is adhered to, along with all other laws and regulations.
Support additional funding to ensure our economy is not further defamed by Mexico's lack of care for our qualify of life.
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