Community Calendar Announcement


October 18, 1999

Dear Editor / Publisher:

If your publication, radio or television station offers a calendar of community events, you may want to include news of the following staff workshop.

Calpine Corporation and Bechtel Enterprises, Inc. are proposing to develop the Metcalf Energy Center, a 600-megawatt, natural gas-fired, combined cycle power plant. The proposed site lies at the southern base of Tulare Hill, in northern Coyote Valley of South San Jose to the west of Monterey Highway and south of the Metcalf Road intersection.

The power plant will occupy approximately 14 acres (10 acres in Santa Clara County, 4 acres in the City of San Jose). The site is bordered by Fisher Creek to the north and west and the Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way to the east. Blanchard Road is to the south. The site is currently zoned for agricultural use.

At this workshop the Energy Commission staff, which is analyzing Calpine/Bechtel's Application for Certification, will discuss the project's biological resource issues. In the morning, staff will discuss the Tulare Hill Management Plan and the various management options for the purposes of protecting the Bay Checkerspot Butterfly and host plant species important to its survival.

In the afternoon, staff will discuss the Fisher Creek riparian corridor and the various requirements affecting its restoration. They will also examine Calpine/Betchel's landscape plan, their arborist report, and the draft biotic assessment of the riparian corridor.

Wednesday, October 27, 1999
Starting at 9:30 a.m. - Tulare Hill Management Plan, and
Starting at 1:00 p.m. - Fisher Creek riparian corridor
Location: #412 Coyote Grange Hall
Coyote, California
(located on the east side of Monterey Road between
Metcalf Road and Bailey Avenue, south of San Jose)
Wheelchair Accessible

Members of the public will have an opportunity to comment and ask questions. For information about how to participate, contact Roberta Mendonca, the Commission's Public Adviser, at (916) 654-4489, toll free in California at (800) 822-6228, or by e-mail at pao@energy.state.ca.us.

The Commission's Web site contains current information on the project at:

www.energy.ca.gov/sitingcases/metcalf

Please feel free to contact me at (916) 654-4989 if you prefer to have your name removed from our mailing list. Thank you.



Sincerely,


Rob Schlichting
Information Officer





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