REMINDER: ATTEND BUSD BOARD MEETING SEPT 14 (6-8 PM), 
BONSALL COMMUNITY CENTER 
AND CEQA WORKSHOP SEPT 30 (9-4), 2051 CAFE, CARLSBAD! 
Thank you!
Mark your calendars: Two important meetings to save North County and beautiful  Gird Valley! 
Thank you to everyone who took time from their busy schedules to attend the Bonsall Unified School District's (BUSD) August meeting. Please make an effort to attend the September 14 Board meeting at the Bonsall Community Center. You also need to attend a Workshop on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) on September 30. Mark your calendars now! 

For those of us who care about Gird Valley and North County, we've been distressed to see the Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) going broke (deficit spending over six years) as it attempts to build a huge 1,500-student high school and performing arts center on what is at the northernmost end of the district on Gird Road, a site that has failed to win funding at the ballot box fully five times. This is in spite of the fact that taxpayers built BUSD a 350-student high school (a building that is now less than a year old!) and BUSD projects only 352 high school students enrolled by 2019/2020. 
 
Since we became involved in this issue, we have learned that the school district has spent itself into a financial tailspin and its Superintendent has been replaced by new Superintendent David Jones.
 
As part of its attempts to build on the proposed Gird Road site, we expect Bonsall Unified School District (BUSD) to announce soon that it has completed its Environmental Impact Report ( EIR) as required under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Earlier this year,  SaveGirdValley.com submitted lengthy comments on this EIR process but it is more than likely that BUSD (and the developers pushing it to overbuild) will continue to ignore the community's wishes and attempt to move forward.
 
Once BUSD issues its completed EIR, we will then move into the open comment period, the time when other government agencies, the public and advocacy groups can comment on the EIR. 

So what does this all mean? We are glad you asked! You can learn all about this process at a must-attend CEQA workshop on September 30th, hosted by environmental attorney/expert Kevin Johnson. The workshop will be held at 2051 Café, 2051 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad and begins at 9:00 AM (check in at 8:30 AM), finishes at 4 PM. The cost will be $45 and includes an enormous amount of key information, a CEQA Handbook and lunch. 
 
This is your chance to learn all about CEQA, the EIR process , mitigation and more . We are thrilled to have Kevin Johnson teaching this workshop!

The Planning and Conservation League (PCL) tells us, " Kevin Johnson is a CEQA Attorney and civil litigator with law offices in Carlsbad, California. He has been a member of the PCL Board of Directors since 1987 and serves on a number of PCL Board Committees. ... Mr. Johnson's law practice emphasizes representation of national, state, regional and local environmental organizations and citizens groups."
 
PCL was formed in 1965 "to protect California from the destruction caused by fast-paced and poorly planned developments. For over 50 years, PCL has been working in the halls of California's Capitol to promote cutting-edge policies that safeguard our lands, air, waters, and communities, while building strong coalitions and empowering the public."
 
If you are concerned at all about poorly planned developments and overbuilding in Southern California, it is very important for you to attend this CEQA workshop! Need a ride? Contact us  at  SaveGirdValley@gmail.com  and we can carpool!

So, in a nutshell, three out of the five BUSD board members (Coen, English, Riddle)  continue to vote to spend more money on the Gird Road money pit, moving forward with construction agreements and preparations for building on the Gird Road site, completely ignoring Measure DD's loss at the ballot box last year, the fifth time the community has rejected funding to build a school on Gird Road. Two board members fight back, attempting to represent the community (Tucker and Olson) and push to find a site that actually works for a high school when, sometime in the future, it is actually needed. In the meantime, there is no capacity crisis at BUSD since its own projections state only 352 high school students are expected by 2019/2020 and it already has a brand new high school built for 350. 

It is so important that you attend the Sept 14 BUSD Board Meeting. The public section of the meeting starts at 6 PM. If you'd like to speak, come early and sign up. 

We also look forward to seeing you at Kevin Johnson's CEQA workshop on September 30. This is your chance to learn all about these important issues. If you plan on doing any work in the environmental arena in the future, you must attend this workshop to gain the skills you need to make you effective! 

Also, please remember to send a donation to SaveGirdValley.com to help with expenses and we especially want to hear from those of you who are willing to commit funds toward environmental litigation! Thanks!


Sincerely,

Teresa Platt
Steering Committee Member
   

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO SAVE GIRD VALLEY:  

Protect Fallbrook's rural character! Gird Valley looking south to Monserate Hill
and the San Luis Rey River Valley. April 2017
A BIG THANK YOU to everyone! Working together we can save Gird Valley! 

REMINDER: ATTEND BUSD BOARD MEETING, 
Sept 14, 6-8 PM, 
Bonsall Community Center, 
31505 Old River Rd, Bonsall
and
 Sept 30, 8:30 AM-4 PM, 2051 Café, 
2051 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad.

Thank you!
SaveGirdValley@gmail.com