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The CCC camp property above was destroyed by the Valley Center Pauma Unified School District without a proper environmental report. The backlash of that action is now being delt with by the district.
June 25, 2014
Valley Center Pauma Unified School District has released a recirculated draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Camp property located on Cole Grade Road. The recirculated draft EIR addresses comments made during the initial EIR which was posted for public comment from Jan. through March of this year.

The lack of an EIR prior to the removal of the CCC Camp buildings was one item mentioned in a lawsuit against VCPUSD brought forth by the CCC Interest Group in 2013. VCPUSD intends to turn the nearly two-acre site into a multi-use sports field. The interest group also claims the district violated the Brown Act by failing to notify the public of their intent to remove the buildings from the property.

"This does not smell good. It obviously looks like this was discussed before the meeting, and it's not fair to the public or the community," said Vick during an interview with the Valley Roadrunner earlier this year. "This is deception. This is the school destroying buildings, wanting to keep it out of the public view, wanting to keep it out of discussion."

Under the Brown Act, an agency must allow for public comment on any item listed on the agenda and must publish an agenda containing a brief general description of each matter to be considered or discussed at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. The lawsuit alleges that the actions of VCPUSD denied the public their rights to protections afforded to them under the Brown Act.

"The agenda only posted there would be a discussion, not that there would be a vote," Vick said. "The violation was not having it on the agenda they were going to vote on destroying the camp and the law requires public notice be given, which did not happen. They did everything they could to keep this out of the public eye."

Pursuant to Public Resources Code Sections 21091 and 21092 and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), state and local agencies are required to perform an EIR to identify significant environmental impacts of their actions and to avoid or mitigate those impacts if possible. At a minimum, an initial review of the project and its environmental effects must be conducted; something the CCC Interest Group alleges was not done prior to the removal of the CCC Camp Buildings.

Depending on the potential effects, a further, and more substantial, review may be conducted in the form of an environmental impact report (EIR).

A recirculated draft EIR is required when significant new information is added to the EIR after public review. A number of comments were received regarding the content of the original EIR so a recirculated draft EIR was prepared and posted on the School District's website. The new document addresses the comments made during the initial EIR review period and is open for public comment through July 23.

Changes to the report include an expanded discussion of existing biological resources, more detail in the project description, and greater detail regarding the history of the project site.

"We'd be happy to get all public comments on the EIR," said Mary Gorsuch, incoming VCPUSD superintendent, who was not at the June 12 hearing in Fourth District Court regarding the lawsuit. "The recirculated draft EIR is easily accessible on our website."

For more information regarding the project and public meetings regarding the EIR, contact project manager Julie Macy Kimball at (760) 749-0464. To view the EIR, visit To comment adequacy of the draft EIR, send written comments with the project name and number in the subject line to Kimball at Julie Macy Kimball, Chief Business Officer, Valley Center Pauma Unified School District 28751 Cole Grade Road, Valley Center, CA 92082 or email your comments to

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