CHULA VISTA (CNS) - Sen. Juan Vargas, D-Chula Vista, introduced a resolution Tuesday calling for federal regulators to deny San Diego-based Sempra Energy a permit to import energy from a proposed wind farm in Baja California.
Vargas said the project would outsource five years worth of employment for 600 construction workers, jobs that could be better utilized in the Imperial Valley, which has the nation's worst unemployment rate at 27.9 percent.
Officials with Sempra Generation, a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, could not be reached for immediate comment.
Sempra is near the end of the permitting process for its Energia Sierra Juarez plant, located just south of the border near the Mexican town of La Rumorosa. The firm hopes to begin construction next year and begin generating power in 2013.
"We can't sit back and watch thousands of jobs be outsourced to Mexico while Imperial County is experiencing some of the worst unemployment in the United States," Vargas said. "I'm urging our federal government to invest in our local workforce."
Vargas said he wants the wind farm to be built north of the border.
The measure, Senate Joint Resolution 13, calls on the U.S. Department of Energy to reject Sempra's request for a permit to construct a transmission line that will carry energy generated by the plant to this country.
Vargas cited a study by Peter Phillips, a senior labor economist at the University of Utah, who reported that the outsourcing would cost the Imperial Valley $4.5 million in human capital investment.
Imperial County makes up the bulk of Vargas' district. He has filed to run for the congressional seat being vacated by longtime rival Bob Filner -- who is running for mayor of San Diego -- that includes the same area.
Several dogs are in the custody of San Diego County, after a Lomita woman reported that her six dogs were attacked and some killed by a group of pit bulls.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College.
Thousands of people marched through downtown San Diego and San Marcos in the second annual Women's March Saturday. The San Diego event began at 10 a.m. at the downtown Waterfront Park on Pacific Highway, while the North County event began at 11 a.m. at Palomar College. The two marches were held in conjunction with other marches across the country.
The federal government shut down at the stroke of midnight Friday, which prompted the closure of many federal operations, such as national parks and monuments and that included the shutdown of Cabrillo National Monument.
Chilly temperatures and scattered showers started the weekend. Temperatures at the coast and inland communities hovered around 60 degrees with some areas of San Diego County receiving rain during the morning hours.
A transient accused of fatally stabbing a man after they got into an argument near a 7-Eleven store in Poway pleaded not guilty Friday to a murder charge.
Coastal rail closures could complicate the commute for the thousands of people expected at Women's Marches set for downtown San Diego and San Marcos Saturday, though additional transit options are being made available.
A man arrested in the doctor's lounge at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa after claiming to be an anesthesiologist pleaded not guilty Friday to a felony charge of treating the sick without a certificate.
People who bought new homes in Otay Ranch's Village of Escaya can start moving in Friday - later than planned but after the developer took steps to address methane found at the site.
Recent assaults by tactical teams on prototypes of President Donald Trump’s proposed wall with Mexico found their imposing heights should stop border crossers, The Associated Press has learned, a finding that’s likely to please security hawks but raise concerns about costs and environmental damage.