Despite overwhelming community opposition, the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved Lazer Broadcasting’s radio tower by a 3-2 vote on May 1st, 2018. Supervisor James Ramos, who represents our community, made an impassioned plea to keep this area protected, but his concerns fell on the deaf ears of his colleagues.
The Citizens for the Preservation of Rural Living (CPRL), a coalition of San Bernardino County residents, elected officials, environmental advocacy groups and wilderness enthusiasts, has been leading the charge in opposing this project for over ten years.
During that time, we have gathered over 20,000 signatures from local residents who share our concerns about the radio tower and its effects on Wildwood Canyon State Park and the communities of Yucaipa and Oak Glen.
Lazer’s radio tower increases the threat of wildfires in our community, impacts native species, and creates a dangerous precedent for the future development of our pristine open spaces. This area is also culturally significant to the Native American history of the region, which is why the radio tower was opposed by several local tribes including the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and the Morongo Band of Mission Indians.
The fight over the radio tower is not over. CPRL is currently considering several options, including filing a lawsuit against the County of San Bernardino for failing to comply with a court order that required them to prepare a full and complete environmental impact report.
We want to thank our supporters for all your help over these many years. We hope you will stand with us as we continue the fight to preserve the majestic, scenic vistas that make Wildwood Canyon State Park and the surrounding communities so beautiful.