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Feb 23 – Monthly Meeting – San Onofre, What Happens Next? Martha Sullivan Explains


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The struggle to Keep San Onofre Shut was an epic victory of citizen activists at every level of government over the massive government-industrial nuclear power complex. While we savor this sweet victory, major work still remains:

  • at the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and other state agencies, advocating for ratepayers and the 21st Century green energy economy vs. Southern California Edison’s (SCE) and San Diego Gas & Electric’s (SDG&E) corporate interests; and
  • at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), as SCE’s plans for decommissioning San Onofre are laid, including the continuing storage there of tons of highly radioactive nuclear waste

Come learn about the activist work that done towards San Onofre and is still ongoing, and how this alters the energy landscape elsewhere in the county where decisions are being over the objections of residents – such as the natural gas-powered “peaker” plant in Otay Mesa.

Want to take action? Click here to download details for San Onofre refunds.

Download Martha’s presentation (PDF).

Martha Sullivan
Martha Sullivan co-founded the San Diego County Democratic Party (SDCDP)’s Voter Registration Team in 2004, has been a Delegate to the CA Democratic Party since 2005, and was the Political Action Director for North County Democratic Unity from 2005 to 2007, when she co-founded the County Party’s Grassroots Organizing (GO) Team and served for two years as its North Regional Coordinator. In 2009, she was elected as Vice Chair of the County Party for the North Area and coordinated the political activities of the SDCDP in North County through 2011. She is a delegate of the Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) for our 78th Assembly District.

Martha is a graduate of San Francisco State University (Urban Studies) and worked for the California Public Utilities Commission until 1998, attaining the level of Project and Program Supervisor. At the CPUC, she worked on human resources, budgeting, facilities management, information technology management, telecommunications/energy utility regulation, and environmental impact assessment and mitigation monitoring. In 1998, Martha joined an environmental consulting firm as a principal, growing its utility infrastructure practice substantially. Since 2003, she has been a community organizer in San Diego County, and in 2007, formed her company, Apply Liberally Enterprises LLC, a small business based in San Diego offering fine art and collectibles for sale and event planning and production services.

For the past two years, Martha has also been active in Women Occupy San Diego and the Coalition to Decommission San Onofre. She co-leads Coalition’s Intervenor Team at the California Public Utilities Commission, advocating for ratepayer refunds from the defective San Onofre nuclear power plant and independent oversight of the San Onofre decommissioning.


This month’s meeting will include elections of officers. Ruth Rollins is the chair of the nominating committee. If you’re interested in running please contact her by email or (619) 800-5098.

Susan Peinado, President
Mike Johnson, VP
Gretchen Newsom, Secretary
Barbara Houlton, Treasurer
As well as nominations from the floor


4:00PM – 5:30PM
Point Loma Assembly, 3035 Talbot Street, San Diego, CA 92106
For additional info call Susan Peinado at (619) 800-5098
Directions and parking information


Social Time Members are encouraged to get together from 3:30pm before the meeting starts, please bring whatever light drinks/snacks that you’d like to share. After the meeting ends everyone is invited to adjourn to locally-owned nearby venues to continue progressive conversations.

As the Point Break Cafe outside deck is getting a bit chilly of an evening we’ve changed our regular post-meeting venues to either The Living Room Cafe 1018 Rosecrans Street, just across the street behind the Credit Union, or The Wine Pub 2907 Shelter Island Dr, that has an outside patio with a fire pit (and parking in the Union Bank parking lot behind the pub).