Local Community Fights San Diego Gas & Electric to Preserve Wine Country

Apr 26, 2001, 01:00 ET from Joseph Gray

    TEMECULA, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Just 90 miles southeast of Los
 Angeles and 60 miles north of San Diego lies Southern California's beautiful
 wine country -- Temecula Valley.  It's one of Southern California's rare
 treasurers where you can escape for the day to enjoy valleys of rolling
 vineyards set among wineries such as Thorton, Callaway, Maurice Car'rie, and a
 dozen others.
     Joseph Gray admits he was taken in by the beauty of the area when he and
 his wife Patty relocated their business and purchased their first home here
 nearly two years ago.  It's that same beauty which is now being threatened by
 San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) who plans to construct 130FT. Electric Towers
 in the heart of Temecula Wine Country.  These super towers are part of SG&E's
 Valley Rainbow Interconnect project designed to transport electricity through
 Riverside County to benefit residents of San Diego.  "I don't want my 4-1/2
 month old son to have to look at or play near these towers which will carry
 500,000 volts of electricity over our heads!" said Gray.  "Like many residents
 of this community, we purchased a home here to enjoy the natural beauty of
 this area which we don't want ruined by SDG&E's super towers."
     Many are questioning the logic of placing super towers in a premier
 tourism area that supports the fledgling economy of this Riverside County
 Community.  The concern of residents and wineries has spawned the creation of
 SSRC -- Save Southwest Riverside County an organization of concerned residents
 who have formed to fight the super towers proposed by SDG&E.
     This Saturday, April 28th, between 6-8PM the SSRC will be holding a
 fundraising activity hosted at the Maurice Car'rie Winery, located in the
 heart of Temecula Wine Country, in an effort to save the Temecula Valley Wine
 Country and its residents.  All concerned parties are welcome to attend.
     Gray ponders as he walks his two labs, Kobe and Virgo, if this will be one
 of the last times he is able to gaze across the beautiful valley near his home
 without seeing the towers.  He comments, "There are alternative methods for
 obtaining electricity for San Diego that are available that would not threaten
 our Riverside Community.  I don't believe our San Diego neighbors really want
 to see our Wine Country damaged since many of them love this area as much as
 we do."
 
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SOURCE Joseph Gray
    TEMECULA, Calif., April 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Just 90 miles southeast of Los
 Angeles and 60 miles north of San Diego lies Southern California's beautiful
 wine country -- Temecula Valley.  It's one of Southern California's rare
 treasurers where you can escape for the day to enjoy valleys of rolling
 vineyards set among wineries such as Thorton, Callaway, Maurice Car'rie, and a
 dozen others.
     Joseph Gray admits he was taken in by the beauty of the area when he and
 his wife Patty relocated their business and purchased their first home here
 nearly two years ago.  It's that same beauty which is now being threatened by
 San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) who plans to construct 130FT. Electric Towers
 in the heart of Temecula Wine Country.  These super towers are part of SG&E's
 Valley Rainbow Interconnect project designed to transport electricity through
 Riverside County to benefit residents of San Diego.  "I don't want my 4-1/2
 month old son to have to look at or play near these towers which will carry
 500,000 volts of electricity over our heads!" said Gray.  "Like many residents
 of this community, we purchased a home here to enjoy the natural beauty of
 this area which we don't want ruined by SDG&E's super towers."
     Many are questioning the logic of placing super towers in a premier
 tourism area that supports the fledgling economy of this Riverside County
 Community.  The concern of residents and wineries has spawned the creation of
 SSRC -- Save Southwest Riverside County an organization of concerned residents
 who have formed to fight the super towers proposed by SDG&E.
     This Saturday, April 28th, between 6-8PM the SSRC will be holding a
 fundraising activity hosted at the Maurice Car'rie Winery, located in the
 heart of Temecula Wine Country, in an effort to save the Temecula Valley Wine
 Country and its residents.  All concerned parties are welcome to attend.
     Gray ponders as he walks his two labs, Kobe and Virgo, if this will be one
 of the last times he is able to gaze across the beautiful valley near his home
 without seeing the towers.  He comments, "There are alternative methods for
 obtaining electricity for San Diego that are available that would not threaten
 our Riverside Community.  I don't believe our San Diego neighbors really want
 to see our Wine Country damaged since many of them love this area as much as
 we do."
 
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