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.
The Protect Our Communities Foundation was founded in 2005 by Denis Trafecanty of Santa Ysabel and Michael Pinto of Warner Springs to fight SDG&E’s proposed Sunrise Powerlink transmission line project. Unfortunately, the Sunrise Powerlink was ultimately built but POC’s work with a collation of environmental and local advocates led to an improved route that decreased the impact on wildlife and wild places. For over a decade, POC has continued to fight to protect Southern Californian wild places, public lands, rural communities, wildlife, plants, recreational opportunities, and utility ratepayers.
In fulfillment of its mission, much of POC’s current substantive work involves interventions before the California Public Utilities Commission to stop new gas fired power plants, new transmission lines, and other “conventional” infrastructure that drains financial resources from smart energy solutions and negatively impacts the environment.
POC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and all contributions made towards our work are tax deductible.
While POC’s work originally focused on the greater San Diego area, our focus has expanded to include most of Southern California.
Some of the amazing places POC is fighting to protect:
Anza Borrego Desert State Park
Cleveland National Forest
Santa Ysabel Preserves
Mission Trails Regional Park
McCain Valley Resource Conservation Area
Agua Hedionda Lagoon
Los Cerritos Wetlands