Our Mission

The Protect Our Communities Foundation defends communities and nature in San Diego County, Imperial County, and northern Baja California. We advance better energy and environmental solutions through advocacy and law.

Support POC

The Protect Our Communities Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.


The Protect Our Communities Foundation is run by a passionate group of people from across San Diego County who care about preserving our communities and lands. POC was founded in 2005 by Denis Trafecanty of Santa Ysabel and Michael Pinto of Warner Springs, in response to SDG&E’s proposed Sunrise Powerlink high-voltage transmission line project. Although the Sunrise Powerlink is still the most important project we are working on, we have also become advocates of smart energy solutions to such transmission projects.

The communities we are interested in protecting range across San Diego County and include the following:

  • Rural neighborhoods and towns
  • Ranches and farmland
  • Public lands, including Cleveland National Forest, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, other CA State Parks, Wilderness areas, community parks
  • Communities of plants and animals that inhabit these lands
  • Communities of mountain bikers, hikers, paragliders, and others who use and love backcountry land

Please visit our Board of Directors page for more information about the people behind the POC. You can contact us at any time with questions, ideas, or to volunteer to work with us.