A group of Oak Glen and Yucaipa residents calling themselves Citizens for Preservation of Rural Living are appealing yet another proposal for a radio tower, on a hillside above Wildwood Canyon Park.
Oxnard-based Lazer Broadcasting Corporation, a Spanish broadcaster, is now proposing a 43-foot tall antenna, a 100-square-foot equipment shelter, parking space and security fencing on 38 acres near the intersection of Oak Glen and Wildwood Canyon roads, west of Pisgah Peak Road, in Oak Glen.
The county Planning Commission certified an environmental impact report and approved the project on a 3-1 vote on Nov. 9, 2017. CPRL, a grassroots group which is roughly 17,000 strong, appealed the
decision, which now goes before the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday for consideration.
Opponents of the project fear placement of the antenna atop the pristine mountainside will scar the terrain and ruin the aesthetics of Wildwood Canyon Park. The epic legal battle has dragged on for more than a
decade, with both groups returning to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors again and again.
Placement of the tower atop Pisgah Peak will expand Lazer’s potential listener base from roughly 191,000 to more than 2 million in San Bernardino and Riverside counties and allow the company to broadcast
Lazer initially proposed a 140-foot tall lattice tower with a 250-square-foot equipment building and a 500-gallon propane tank to run a backup generator. Although approved the Planning Commission, the
Board of Supervisors granted an appeal by CPRL and rejected the plan in March 2009.
Lazer refiled its application with the county in May 2010, this time for the scaled down 43-foot-tall monopole antenna. The Planning Commission approved the project, and CPRL appealed again, only this
time the Board of Supervisors denied the appeal and approved the project on Nov. 27, 2012.
CPRL subsequently sued, which resulted in a judge ordering the county to vacate the project and prepare an EIR to address “visual and recreational resources, land use and fire safety,” according to a Board of
Supervisors staff report. The Board of Supervisors vacated the previous project and had an EIR prepared.
In November 2017, the Planning Commission approved the project again, and again CPRL appealed. CPRL contends the EIR is not in compliance with the court order. The county maintains the EIR complies
with the court order and with the California Environmental Quality Act, or CEQA.
John Mirau, the Redlands attorney representing CPRL, couldn’t be reached for comment Monday. The public hearing will occur at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. in
Covington Chambers, on the first floor of the San Bernardino County Government Center, 385 N. Arrowhead Ave., in downtown San Bernardino.