Rally to Save Gregory Canyon

Close to 100 people turned out on Saturday, October 20, 2012 for a Rally to Save Gregory Canyon that took place on the Pala Reservation.

Rally SpeakersRally AudienceThe Gregory Canyon landfill, which the Pala tribe has been fighting for over 20 years, is in the process of applying for several permits. Two agencies - the Army Corps of Engineers and the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board - will soon be releasing draft documents for public review. At the rally, Pala tribal Chairman Robert Smith and Pala Environmental Director Shasta Gaughen urged supporters to write letters and make their voices heard. The key message: the Gregory Canyon Landfill is not in the public interest.

Said Chairman Smith, "We need to continue to fight this dump and we won't stop until it is defeated." Added Gaughen, "The dump is not in the public interest for numerous reasons. The public is not served by threatening water quality and destroying sacred Native American cultural sites." San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and Solana Beach Deputy Mayor and Supervisor candidate Dave Roberts also spoke out against the dump.

Following the remarks, the crowd was treated to boxed lunches and allowed access to a nearby cultural site that featured grinding rocks used in generations past by Luisenos to prepare acorns and other traditional foods. Pala singers performed traditional bird songs as attendees browsed informational brochures and picked up car magnets, t-shirts, key chains, and reusable water bottles.