Mission Statement

The Protect Our Communities Foundation defends communities and natural habitat in San Diego County, Imperial County, and northern Baja California. We advance cleaner and 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 coalition 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 the development or procurement of new and unnecessary gas fired power plants, 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. Our EIN is: 26-4311106

Advocating Throughout California:

While POC’s work originally focused on the greater San Diego area, our focus has expanded to include most of Southern California as well as administrative advocacy at the California Public Utilities Commission up in San Fransisco.

Current Cases:

POC fights ill-concieved utility-owned procurement of fossil fuel resources throughout California, and advocates for ratepayers who will have to bear the financial burden of increased rates to cover these utility-owened projects. Learn more about POC’s cases here.