San Diego's Future


President Theodore Roosevelt stands with poet and conservationist John Muir on sacred ground at Yosemite. Roosevelt was one of America’s greatest conservationists as well. He was a passionate believer in rapid transit and signed the Rapid Transit Bill in 1899 when he was governor of New York.

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation (CNFF), along with the Center for Biological Diversity, and The California Sierra Club, challenged the SANDAG 2050 Regional Transportation Plan that threatens the community with unmitigable local and global impacts. The court has ruled in our favor, and now is the time to make transit work in San Diego.

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The following briefs outline the critical work we have done to stop sprawl throughout the county of San Diego and advocate for the adoption of transportation networks that will improve our quality of life.


Challenging San Diego County Implementation of Senate Bill 743

San Diego International Airport 

Transit First 

SANDAG’s Transportation Plans

I-5 Widening

Urban Core (Downtown is the Key to Regional Transit)

Quality of Life 

Climate Change

Forest and Land Use




Figure 5. Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) for California for the winter period December, January, and February. The winter of 2013 - 2014 had the most severe drought conditions since record keeping began in 1895. January and February 2014 also set records for most severe drought conditions ever recorded in those months. Image credit: NOAA/NCDC.

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  • Michael Momeni
    commented 2016-10-13 15:20:53 -0700
    Over the years, multiple studies have demonstrated the role of air pollution with asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and lung cancer. In addition to the neurotoxicity and its adverse effects on the fetus in utero, submicron size particles would penetrate the subcellular environment and damage mitochondrion. This process has been implicated as an initiator for Autism spectrum disorder (ASD), degenerative brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s and reduction of cognition. Highway 15/215 in Temecula Valley is the main artery for connecting San Diego to the interstate highways 10 and 40. In addition, it is the principle route for commuters to Los Angles, Riverside, Escondido and San Diego. These vehicles all pass through the hearts of Murrieta and Temecula, each contributing to the airborne pollution in Temecula Valley . The present highway system is fully congested.

    The existing train connecting Perris to Riverside is infrequent and very slow to be useful for commuters. The proposed rapid train linking San Francisco to Los Angeles or San Diego would be many years to come; in addition, it would be infrequent and could not function for commuters.

    Let us construct electric rapid train connecting San Diego to Ranch Bernardo, Escondido, Temecula-Murrieta. The tracks could be constructed at the median of Highway 15 mostly at the ground level and some elevated or beneath the overpasses. This action alone would remove most commuters off Highway 15 and eliminate their impacts on our health and environment.
  • Cleveland National Forest Foundation posted about Critical Work on Cleveland National Forest Foundation's Facebook page 2014-04-22 11:11:39 -0700