The Rancho Santa Fe Post

Why is this helicopter buzzing around the Ranch?

For the last several days a helicopter has been seen hovering over certain parts of the covenant. For days no one knew who this was or what they were doing. I finally photographed the 'N' numbers of the aircraft and by that next morning the Association offices were telling us the machine was being operated by SDG&E.

zzxx-SDG_E_Helicopter.jpg Photo by Bruce Henderson

My photos do show an unusual array of antennas on the tail of the helicopter. But the Association did not know what the reason for the several days long effort was. I submit that SDG&E is not spending the tens of thousands of dollars it cost to fund this project unless there is a substantial project that the information gathered is to support. With that idea in mind I feel apprehensive of what they have in mind and we are unaware of.

SDG&E and its parent Sempra Energy has not been transparent in its goals and motivations in the past and the likelihood is that behavior will continue.

We need to learn what the nature of this project is or perhaps we will have the next Sunrise Power link running down Del Dios and El Camino Real towards Carlsbad right through Rancho Santa Fe.