Final EIR for Edison projects released

ASP ALTERNATIVE DD: This is the alternative to locating the proposed Alberhill substation in the vicinity of Concordia Ranch and Temescal Canyon roads. The blue line represents above ground power lines.

ASP ALTERNATIVE DD: This is the alternative to locating the proposed Alberhill substation in the vicinity of Concordia Ranch and Temescal Canyon roads. The blue line represents above ground power lines.

(Updated April 12, 2017)

The final environmental impact report for the proposed Edison powerlines and susbstation projects has been released by the California Public Utilities Commission.

It now is being reviewed or will be reviewed by an appointed Administrative Law Judge who will provide his/her proposed decision on the projects.

After the proposed decision is announced, a date and place will be set for a public hearing to determine the final decision by the CPUC. This hearing will be the final opportunity for the public to offer comments on the projects.

Edison has spent more than 10 years working on the Valley-IvyGlen powerlines and the proposed Alberhill substation projects.

Valley-IvyGlen calls for 27 miles of single-circuit 115-kV subtransmission lines to run from the Valley substation in Menifee through Perris and Lake Elsinore, and continue into Temescal Valley, ending at the IvyGlen substation on Temescal Canyon Road. People protesting the project want all the lines underground.

The proposed 34-acre Alberhill substation would be constructed on 124 acres of land owned by Edison at the corner of Temescal Canyon and Concordia Ranch roads east of the 1-15 and close to the 1,900-home Horsethief Canyon Ranch neighborhood. HCR residents want the substation located elsewhere.

A significant finding in the final EIR was that none of the alternatives listed in the Draft EIR are considered environmentally superior to the proposed projects.

FINAL EIR: http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/environment/info/ene/alberhill/Alberhill.html
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(Updated July 17, 2016)

Thank you to everyone who signed petitions and sent emails to the California Public Utilities Commission  regarding the draft environmental impact report for the Valley-IvyGlen subtransmission line  and the Alberhill substation.

Comments on the Draft EIR will be addressed in a Response to Comments document that, together with the Draft EIR, will constitute the Final EIR. The Final EIR will likely be completed by late September or early October. The CPUC will issue separate proposed decisions on SCE’s applications for the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project and the proposed Alberhill Project.

(Updated July 10, 2016)

Send your email now to: VIG.ASP@ene.com
Deadline is Friday, July 15

(Suggested wording — include your name and address)

In regards to the Valley-IvyGlen 115-kV transmission line, I SUPPORT VIG Alternative M to underground the line along the entire proposed project alignment.

In regards to the location of a substation in Temescal Valley, I OPPOSE both the Serrano and Alberhill locations. Additional research must be undertaken to find a location suitable to the majority of Temescal Valley residents, land owners and businesses.

The orange line depicts the path of the Valley-IvyGlen transmission lines. The lines will run above ground and cross the freeway north of Glen Eden, continue north to about Indian Truck Trail where they will be placed underground. The proposed 34-acre Alberhill substation is pictured on the right.

The orange line depicts the path of the Valley-IvyGlen transmission lines. The lines will run above ground and cross the freeway north of Glen Eden, continue north to about Indian Truck Trail where they will be placed underground. The proposed 34-acre Alberhill substation is pictured on the right.

Public Utilities Commission extends deadline to July 15

(Updated May 31, 2016)

The California Public Utilities Commission has extended the deadline for the public comments period to July 15. Comments on the draft environmental impact report for Southern California Edison’s Valley-IvyGlen project and the proposed Alberhill substation can be emailed to:  VIG.ASP@ene.com 

Related Press-Enterprise report:
More time granted for power project comments

Draft EIR sets forth alternatives for the project

(Updated May, 11, 2016)

Alternative proposals in the draft environmental impact report were included based on public concerns during the scoping period last year. The CPUC then analyzed the alternatives to determine if they reduced at least one environmental impact of the proposed project.

For a better understanding of the alternatives, view the Draft Environmental Impact Report at:  http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/Environment/info/ene/ivyglen/ IvyglenDraftEIR.html

Click on 3.0 Description of Alternatives and 5.0 Comparison of Alternatives

Viable alternatives to the Valley-IvyGlen (VIG), transmission line include VIG Alternative M that would require the entire proposed project line to be undergrounded.

VIG alternative AVIG Alternative A would alleviate the necessity for the line to cross the I-15 by extending it north from Glen Eden for another 2,000 feet. The line would be undergrounded at the south end of the Vons Shopping Center, continue down Campbell Ranch Road to Temescal Canyon Road to the IvyGlen substation. Two other alternatives – B1 and B2, running above and below ground through Sycamore Creek along Santiago Canyon Road to Maitri Road, do not reduce the proposed project’s impacts.

VIG alternative CInstead of crossing to the west side of the I-15 from the proposed Alberhill substation, VIG Alternative C would keep the line on the east side of the freeway running underground along Temescal Canyon Road to Horsethief Canyon Road, turning west under the I-15 and rising above ground at De Palma Road.

SUBSTATION ALTERNATIVES

There are two alternatives for the proposed Alberhill substation. ASP Alternative B would add all gas-insulated switchgear at the substation reducing several environmental impacts.

ASP alternative DDASP Alternative DD relocates the substation to property within the Serrano Specific Plan. Approved by the county in 2010, the 489-acre Serrano Commerce Center is zoned for light industrial, commercial retail and open space. The property is on the east side of the I-15 and stretches from Temescal Canyon Road on the north to Temescal Canyon Road on the south adjacent to the freeway underpass. Development of the property never began and was further waylaid by the recession.

ASP Alternative DD would place the substation in the northern portion of the property adjacent to the former Rincor pipe plant.

The CPUC determined this alternative is aesthetically superior to the Alberhill proposal because it is not visible from the 1-15. It will be visible to Dawson Canyon, Spanish Hills and future Terramor residents. The CPUC notes that the substation’s location next to the Temescal Wash could be detrimental to this alternative, but views Serrano as being less impactful overall than Alberhill.

Unknown are the impacts the substation would have on requirements of the Serrano Specific Plan which call for hiking trails, a Temescal Valley Town Center in the plan’s commercial retail-zoned acreage and a secondary road to redirect truck traffic from the west side to the east side of the freeway.

SCE plans substation, power lines here

(Updated May 3, 2016)

The California Public Utilities Commission is now receiving comments on the final draft environmental impact report for Southern California Edison’s Valley-IvyGlen project and the proposed Alberhill substation.

The projects and their impacts will be explained at a meeting to be held in Lake Elsinore from 6 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, May 11 at the city’s Cultural Arts Center, 183 N. Main St. People attending the meeting will be able to comment on the projects.

VIEW THE DRAFT EIR

A simulated view of the transmission lines looking north on Lake Street near Temescal Canyon Road.

A simulated view of the transmission lines looking north on Lake Street near Temescal Canyon Road.

Deadline for all comments is May 31.

Comments can be emailed to: VIG.ASP@ene.com 

Or mailed to:
California Public Utilities Commission
RE: VIG/ASP
c/o Ecology and Environment, Inc.
505 Sansome Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111

Fax: (415) 398-5326

The Valley-IvyGlen project, which Edison began nine years ago, will span 27 miles and bring a backup power source to Temescal Valley – currently only one line serves local consumers. The project calls for above-ground, single-circuit 115-kV subtransmission lines to run from the Valley substation in Menifee through Perris and Lake Elsinore, and continue into Temescal Valley, running north along De Palma Road adjacent to Horsethief Canyon Ranch and Glen Eden Sun Club.

Current view from the northbound 1-15 looking toward Concordia Ranch Road.

Current view from the northbound 1-15 looking toward Concordia Ranch Road.

The lines will cross to the east side of the 1-15 north of Glen Eden and continue along Temescal Canyon Road. They will be placed underground at about Indian Truck Trail, where they will continue to the IvyGlen substation on Temescal Canyon Road near Maitri Road.

The current 30- to 80-foot tall wooden poles will be replaced with 115-foot steel poles, plus  additional steel poles will be added to the landscape.

Simulated view after construction of the Alberhill substation.

Simulated view after construction of the Alberhill substation.

The proposed 34-acre Alberhill substation will be constructed on 124 acres of land owned by Edison at the corner of Temescal Canyon and Concordia Ranch roads east of the 1-15.

The project calls for two 500-kV transmission lines to join the existing 500-kV Serrano-Valley transmission line near the Lake Mathews-Estelle Mountain Reserve in Temescal Valley.

Last May the CPUC held a scoping meeting to answer questions about the two projects and invite public comments for the draft EIR. There were a couple dozen people in attendance – 10 from Temescal Valley, the rest Lake Elsinore residents, and they voiced concerns about the projects’ significant impacts which had been noted by the CPUC. Most all said they wanted underground lines.

The draft EIR also includes possible alternatives to what is being proposed. The alternatives, in part, came from public comments the CPUC received last year during the scoping period. One alternative to the Valley-IvyGlen lines is VIG Alternative M that calls for the entire subtransmission line to be installed underground.
VIEW OTHER ALTERNATIVES  HERE

Here are the significant impacts addressed in the draft EIR:

Significant Effects of the Alberhill Project

Resource Area Potential Effects
Aesthetics A permanent effect on aesthetics along Interstate 15 (I-15), an eligible State Scenic Highway, could result from operation of the proposed Alberhill Project because the proposed Alberhill Substation, new 500-kV transmission lines, and new and upgraded 115-kV subtransmission lines (115-kV Segments ASP1, ASP3, ASP4, and ASP5) would be visible to motorists. Permanent effects may result because of visual contrast, alterations to existing scenic integrity, blocked or partially blocked views, and the introduction of industrial-like facilities to a relatively undeveloped rural area. The following components, among others, would be viewable from I-15:

  • Two 37-foot-tall transformers
  • 49-foot-tall steel-enclosed 500-kV gas-insulated switchrack
  • Control building (7,000 square feet)
  • Parking area (7,600 square feet) and driveways (156,000 square feet)
  • 8-foot-tall concrete or decorative-block substation perimeter wall
  • 500-kV transmission lines and lattice steel towers (95 to 190 feet tall)
  • 115-kV subtransmission lines (upgraded from 65–90 feet tall to 70–100 feet tall)
Permanent effects on the visual character or quality of a site or its surrounding area could result from operation of the proposed Alberhill Project at the proposed Alberhill Substation site, along the 500-kV transmission line routes, along 115-kV Segments ASP1 and ASP6, and along the northern section of the proposed 115-kV Segment ASP2 route near the proposed Alberhill Substation site that may reduce the intactness, unity, or vividness of existing views.
Air Quality Temporary violations of maximum daily on-site emission levels of fugitive dust (particulate matter of 10 micrometers or less [PM10] and 2.5 micrometers or less [PM2.5]) would occur during construction of the proposed Alberhill Substation due to grading, excavation, and asphalting. Temporary violations for maximum daily on-site emission levels of PM10 would occur during construction of the proposed 115-kV subtransmission lines from roadwork, site preparation, structure installation, and wire stringing.
The temporary exposure of sensitive receptors to substantial concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and fugitive dust (PM10 and PM2.5) would occur during construction of the proposed Alberhill Substation, 500-kV transmission lines, and 115-kV subtransmission lines.
Biological Resources Temporary, permanent, direct, and indirect effects on Stephens’ kangaroo rat would likely result from the construction and operation of the proposed Alberhill Substation, 500-kV lines, and several of the 115-kV segments.
Temporary, permanent, direct, and indirect effects on riparian areas and federally protected wetlands (e.g., Temescal Wash or its tributaries) as defined by Clean Water Act Section 404 could result from construction and operation activities along the proposed 500-kV and 115-kV routes and at proposed Alberhill Substation site.
Hazards and Hazardous Materials Each of the 560-MVA 500/115-kV transformers would contain approximately 33,550 gallons of transformer oil. In California, all used oil is managed as hazardous waste until tested to show it is not hazardous (Section 25250.4 of the California Health and Safety Code). Direct and indirect effects from the accidental release of hazardous materials could result during construction and operation of the proposed Alberhill Substation.
Temporary and permanent effects from fire could result from construction and operation of the proposed Alberhill Project along the proposed 500-kV and 115-kV lines and at the proposed Alberhill Substation site, which would be located within or adjacent to Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones.
Hydrology and Water Quality Temporary, direct, and indirect effects on water quality and existing drainage patterns could result from construction of the proposed Alberhill Substation, access road to 500-kV Tower SA-5, and along sections of the proposed 115-kV segments due to project-related activities such as the placement of fill, earth moving activities, and the potential for spill of hazardous materials near jurisdictional (e.g., Temescal Wash ) and potentially jurisdictional waterways/drainages.
Cumulative Effects Aesthetics. A permanent effect on aesthetics along an eligible State Scenic Highway (I-15) could result from operation of the proposed Alberhill Project in addition to the proposed Talega–Escondido/Valley–Serrano (TE/VS) Project, and proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project. The proposed Alberhill Substation, 500-kV transmission lines, and 115-kV Segments ASP1 through ASP5, as well as the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project 115-kV Segments VIG3 through VIG7 and proposed TE/VS switchyard and associated 500-kV transmission lines, would be visible from I-15.
Air Quality. A temporary violation of maximum daily on-site emission levels of PM10 and PM2.5 (fugitive dust) would occur during the construction of the proposed Alberhill System Project, proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project, and proposed TE/VS Project. Construction activities that overlap (e.g., earth-moving activities) may result in cumulative effects on air quality.
Air Quality. Construction of the proposed Alberhill System Project, proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project, and proposed TE/VS Project could result in a temporary, cumulatively considerable net increase of VOC, nitrogen oxide, particulate matter of PM10, and PM2.5 due to diesel- and gasoline-fueled engine exhaust from vehicles and equipment.
Biological Resources. Construction of the proposed Alberhill System Project, proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project, and proposed TE/VS Project could result in cumulatively considerable effects on riparian areas and federally protected wetlands.

Potentially Significant Effects of the Valley–-Ivyglen Project

Resource Area Potential Effects
Aesthetics Temporary and permanent effects on aesthetic resources along Interstate 15 (I-15) and State Route 74 (SR-74), both eligible State Scenic Highways, could result from construction and operation of the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project. Construction would occur over a 24-month period, and construction activities along 115-kV Segments VIG1 through 115-kV VIG8 would be noticeable to area residents and motorists along I-15 and SR-74. Construction activities that would temporarily affect scenic resources include:

  • Use of vehicles and equipment for excavation and grading activities, transporting and lifting, watering to control dust, transporting workers, and other construction activities;
  • Soil and vegetation removal;
  • Removal of existing power poles;
  • Temporary construction site fencing and signage;
  • Spraying of embankment slopes with an erosion control mixture, which may be vivid in color; and
  • Temporary outdoor storage of materials, stockpiling of spoils from excavation.

A permanent effect on aesthetics along I-15 and SR-74 could result from the replacement of existing wood distribution line poles (30 to 80 feet tall) with new steel poles (up to 115 feet tall) and the introduction of new steel poles. The new poles would result in permanent visual contrast, alterations to existing scenic integrity, blocked or partially blocked views, and the introduction of industrial-like facilities to a relatively undeveloped rural area. The new and upgraded 115-kV subtransmission structures along 115-kV Segments VIG1 through 115-kV VIG8 would be intermittently noticeable to area residents and motorists along I-15 and SR-74.

Air Quality Temporary violations for maximum daily on-site emission levels of PM10 would occur during construction of the proposed 115-kV subtransmission lines from roadwork, site preparation, structure installation, and wire stringing.
The temporary exposure of sensitive receptors to substantial concentrations of volatile organic compounds (VOC) and fugitive dust (particulate matter of 10 micrometers or less and particulate matter of 2.5 micrometers or less) would occur during construction of the proposed 115-kV subtransmission lines.
Biological Resources Temporary, permanent, direct, and indirect effects on Stephens’ kangaroo rat would likely result from construction of several of the proposed 115-kV segments.
Temporary, permanent, direct, and indirect effects on riparian areas and federally protected wetlands (e.g., Temescal Wash or its tributaries or the San Jacinto River) as defined by Clean Water Act Section 404 could result from construction and operation of a number of the proposed 115-kV segments. Among the areas likely to be affected are the proposed access roads and new structures along 115-kV Segment VIG6, trenched areas to install 115-kV Segment VIG8 underground, and the area where two tubular steel poles (4765121E and 4765120E) would be installed along 115-kV Segment VIG1 adjacent to the San Jacinto River.
Hazards and Hazardous Materials Temporary effects from the use of hazardous materials and petroleum products could result in upset or accident conditions involving the release of hazardous materials and petroleum products during construction.
Temporary and permanent effects from wildfire could result during construction and operation of the proposed Valley–Ivyglen Project along proposed 115-kV segments that would be located within or adjacent to Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones.
Hydrology and Water Quality Temporary and long-term effects on water quality and existing drainage patterns could result from 1) foundation excavation for 115-kV structure installations; 2) vegetation removal and earthmoving activities at construction sites and for access roads; 3) culvert construction across aquatic features; and 4) blasting. Erosion or siltation on or off site could result from the grading and vegetation clearing along a number of the proposed 115-kV Segments including along 115-kV Segment 8 where trenching would be required to install the proposed 115-kV line underground near Temescal Wash, a jurisdictional waterway.
Land Use Potential conflict with Riverside County and City of Lake Elsinore land use policies, zoning ordinances, and requirements within specific plan areas could result (e.g., Alberhill Ridge Specific Plan in Lake Elsinore) because of the installation of new structures within 50 feet of eligible State Scenic Highways (Riverside County General Plan Policy 13.4), installation of structures along visually significant ridgelines and hilltops (Riverside County General Plan Policy 11.1(d)), or within an adopted road realignment for Lake Street (City of Lake Elsinore Vesting Tentative Tract No. 35001).
Noise Temporary effects on nearby sensitive receptors could result from construction equipment and activities, including helicopter use and blasting that would exceed local noise standards, substantially increase temporary ambient noise levels, and generate substantial ground-borne vibrations during construction.
Traffic Temporary effects on air traffic patterns could result from the use of helicopters during construction that increase safety risks.
Cumulative Effects Cumulatively considerable effects may occur on aesthetics, air quality, and biological resources

 

 

16 thoughts on “Final EIR for Edison projects released

  1. Steve

    I forgot to add a question. What specifically needs to happen (what can we do) to insure 100% that Southern California Edison is required to adhere to VIG ALTERNATIVE M? This is where all power lines are required to be underground.

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    1. admin Post author

      If this is the alternative chosen by the state’s Public Utilities Commission, SCE must abide by the PUC’s decision.

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  2. Steve

    Our Family are current home owners in HCR. “VIG ALTERNATIVE M” is the only option for us.
    It would REQUIRE the entire proposed project power lines to be underground. We need to make a push and required Edison to only proceed using “VIG Alternative M”

    EMAIL VIG.ASP@ene.com Let them know that “VIG Alternative M” is the only solution to be put in place for underground lines to protect and provide least negative impact to our community.

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  3. Marlene

    I am an 18 year resident of Horsethief Canyon and I oppose this project. Please place the power lines underground or in an area far away from our homes. Not only would this be an eye sore it would be health hazzard for our familys. Please don’t dismiss our community and our concerns.

    Sincerely,

    A Very Concerned Homeowner and Parent

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  4. Robert Hafner

    I would like to see all power lines under ground and any substation in an out of site locations. The two presently picked are in clear view. Please don’t put them there. I am apprised to it as it is written. You would figure after 10 plus years of following this SCE wouldn’t throw substation in at the last minute

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  5. carlos

    As a Horsethief Canyon resident I would like to express my opposition to the proposed SCE power plant and associated overhead power lines.
    I have 100 reasons why I oppose the above mention project, I could list them but I would limit myself to a short list.
    The main reason I moved to HCR in Temescal Valley is beauty of the natural surroundings. In addition, its tranquility, minimal pollution, sub-urban setting and the most important the NON INDUSTRIAL LOOK.
    This area has a beauty and tranquility that is being jeopardized by the proposed construction. When I look out my window I see a beautiful mountain and clean blue sky, I don’t want that to change, please don’t let SCE ruin our view.
    One of my greatest fears is the home values will drop due to the construction of the plant and power lines. The community will be transformed in a bad way with the industrial towers.
    As a project manager of an electrical company, I understand that going underground adds to the cost, but my question is… If this project was in Yorba Linda, Chino Hills or New Port what would SCE do?? The obvious answer is UNDERGROUND and towers NON VISABLE from residential area.

    I 100% oppose the construction of the Sub -Station and overhead power lines.

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  6. Denise Clepper

    We have lived in Horsethief Canyon Ranch since 2007. We understand the need for developing for businesses and residential, however, we DO NOT the power supply facility in this area. The beauty and non-hazardous area is not something we want compromised. The name Temescal Valley permeates a clean and natural landscape. I do not feel it is okay for that to be augmented because there is an empty area of land. I think you can find an area that is not visible. This would otherwise bring down the real estste values existing and to potential homeowners.

    Respectfully,

    Denise

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  7. Melanie Johnson

    I am a resident of Horsethief Canyon and have lived here for 15 years. I moved to this area in 2000 to raise my family. I chose Temescal Valley because it was rural and had so much of the natural beauty of native California.

    I am writing to you today in opposition to the proposed substation in Alberhill (adjacent to my community) and the power lines that that are proposed to run alongside the 15 freeway. I am in not ignorant of the need to provide a reliable power source to the residents in this valley, as well as neighboring communities, but feel strongly that this project could be accomplished in a way that would be much less intrusive to the lives of the residents near the proposed projects.
    • The power lines and proposed power poles (above ground) will be visually intrusive. They will obstruct views and impact the scenic freeway that is the 15, as well as the views from our homes that we treasure. The substation will be an eyesore to the residents of Horsethief Canyon.
    • The negative health image of the lines, poles and substation will decrease our property values as new buyers are hesitant to purchase near such facilities.
    • The views of the power lines, poles and substation will decrease our property values as new buyers come to this valley for the same reasons that we continue to reside here – the natural beauty that surrounds us is truly amazing.

    Again, I am not protesting the proposal to provide better and more reliable power to our area. I fully support improving the power infrastructure. However, I know that such projects can be done in a less impactful way by mitigating the negative effects with efforts such as underground lines and aesthetically pleasing structures. Please consider this when finalizing your project. Taking the needs and desires of the residents into consideration will go a long way towards gaining our support.

    Melanie Johnson
    Horsethief Canyon Resident

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  8. Tamara

    We have only been in this neighborhood a few years and were initially attracted to it because of the beautiful mountain views and how quiet it is. We actually noticed the air quality difference being in the valley here vs a little farther north and don’t want anything to change that. I can understand that the work needs to take place but like others have said, run those power lines UNDERGROUND and on the east side of the I-15! Stay away from our neighborhood at least that much, please! Also…. this is the first I’ve even heard about this thanks to a post on Facebook so I really don’t appreciate how much effort it would take for me to have found this out in my own!

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  9. Lisa Schell

    I live in Horsethief canyon. I am completely AGAINST
    the project and the negative impact it will have
    on our community , also the negative impact it may have on our health and our children health.

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  10. Jannlee Watson

    Here’s what We Are Temescal Valley submitted:

    To Whom It May Concern:

    On behalf of the We Are Temescal Valley Beautification, Identity and Development committees, I am writing to offer comments on the proposed Valley-IvyGlen project to be located in Temescal Valley, an unincorporated Riverside County community.

    We find the potentially significant effects especially impactful on Temescal Valley’s Horsethief Canyon Ranch and Glen Eden neighborhoods, and Temescal Valley in its entirety, for fear of losing our eligibility as a California Scenic Highway.

    Furthermore, while Southern California Edison did a sufficient job keeping us apprised of the Valley-IvyGlen project, we were told nothing about the 34-acre substation to be located here, clearly visible from the I-15 freeway and Horsethief Canyon Ranch homes.

    As stated above, Temescal Valley is an unincorporated Riverside County community, comprising about 19 square miles and almost 24,000 residents, and is located along the I-15 corridor between the cities of Corona and Lake Elsinore. Sizable SCE transmission lines currently cross the valley at our northern border. The IvyGlen substation is located in the center of the valley.

    We ask that consideration be given to placing the entire Valley-IvyGlen project lines underground, and reducing the size of the Alberhill substation or shielding it from public view.

    Sincerely …

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  11. James Appleby, Sr.

    I’ve lived in Horsethief Canyon Ranch for 15 years, my son’s family for 25. I heard about the sub-station about 5 years ago, but I thought that was a dead issue now through my contacts with TMAC. About 10 years ago, SCE wanted to put lines and towers to the SW of Horsethief Canyon Ranch in conjunction with the Lake Elsinore Advanced Pump Station (LEAPS). The residents of Horsethief fought it bitterly, even trying to replace a director of the EVMWD Board. SCE finally gave in and said they would put NO lines or towers up within one and one-half miles of any boundary of Horsethief Canyon Ranch, and put them underground instead. I know everyone likes to have the lights go on when you throw a switch, but if our 7,000+ residents have to endure more than 27 months of the unhealthy effects of prolonged construction and possible environmental accidents, at least SCE should STRONGLY reconsider to putting towers and lines UNDERGROUND instead. I don’t want our property values to go down because of unsightly and potentially dangerous lines and towers in a critical fire zone. SCE has set precedents for putting lines underground for a long time and in all areas, and that is my preference.I heard and read all about this project just this week… for the very first time! You should not have kept this so secret from the public for so long. Disseminating information to the least used medium may technically be called “making it public”, but with so many negative elements in this project, I can understand why you wanted to keep it as quiet as possible.

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  12. Nick

    My family and I are residents of Horsethief Canyon and we DO NOT want to see power lines running around near our community and daily commute to and from the freeway. It makes no sense to run lines across the freeway and down the residential side of the freeway. We are in complete opposition of this proposition.

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  13. Robert Hafner

    I have been following this project since 2004. Never was there a 34 acre transfer station with 190 ft towers coming down in the program. I love how this suddenly appeared after 11 years of proposal. I too agree with the other folks why cross I-15 twice when it would make sense to keep on the same side for lite industrial. If you do come on De Palma side go under ground like you were for the folks a the shopping center and Sycamore Creek. Also, I know Diamond Bar had you put everything under ground and you were able to do it there. I am not sure why you are not doing it here other than cost. As your study shows this will impact our scenic highway possible status. This will give opportunity if there is a major earthquake two opportunities for lines to come down on our limited north south access out of the valley on both I-15 and Temescal Canyon Road. This particular sub station at this location seems bad idea. Why don’t you put it up by the poles high on the hill. Then all you would have to do is drive up to it and it is out of site. and near established pole already?

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  14. Stacy Irvine

    I am opposed to placing power lines anywhere in Temescal Valley…. But if it must be done please put them on the east side of the 15fwy and UNDERGROUND!!!!
    One of the reasons we bought our home here was because there we no visible pier lines!!

    Sincerely,
    A Concerned Home Owner!!

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  15. Steven V Johnson

    I live in HCR. We do NOT want the lines crossing the residential area of Horsethief Canyon Road and following DePalma Road. Please put the lines on the other side of the 15 freeway, along Temescal Canyon Road where it is light industrial zoning.

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