July 2008: The revised draft RMP is provided to the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Citizens Advisory Committee (LPCP CAC) by the City of San Diego with comments due July 31st. The CAC was expected to vote and recommend approval or denial to the City. The CAC requested an extension, due to the short notice, and an extension until October 14, was granted.
August 2008: The city and resource agencies discover that the tunnels are being used by mountain bikers and they conduct field visits to identify impacts that were not well known by most agency technical staff. The resource agencies pressure the city to shut down access through the preserve but the city persuades the resource agencies that shutting down the area is not practical.
August 2008: SDMBA and MTC mapped the Del Mar Mesa Preserve area to propose a plan to legitimize trails to serve as a management tool for the preserve.
September 18, 2008: SDMBA and MTC presented the proposed trail plan and maps at a September 18th Stakeholders Meeting. Over 150 people attend including many mountain bikers that were fond of the area.
October 2008: A wildlife tracking study that determines supportable trails opportunities is provided to the City of San Diego.
October 2008: SDMBA and MTC provide comments regarding the draft RMP to the City of San Diego.
December 12, 2008: The City of San Diego designates tunnels that are on city property as off-limits after further cutting was noticed in tunnel 5. Signs with maps are posted designating certain routes for access through the preserve. SDMBA posted the news on the SDMBA website.
December 2008: SDMBA and MTC met with key representatives from the City Park and Recreation Department to discuss the issues. City staff explains that the issue of legitimizing trails is in the hands of the resource agencies. SDMBA also met with staff of City Councilmember Donna Frye (Natural Resources and Cultural Committee) to discuss the issues.
December 2008: The revised RMP was delayed until further notice. The City of San Diego recommends a trails plan similar to that proposed by MTC and SDMBA to the resource agencies.
January 2009: The MTC leads the effort to revitalize the Volunteer Patrol at LPCP
January 15, 2009: Members of SDMBA and other stakeholders meet with the City and the resource agencies to discuss the proposed trail plan and agency concerns with habitat preservation.
January 30, 2009: SDMBA writes a letter to the resource agencies that elaborates on opportunities for SDMBA and the mountain biking community to provide education regarding habitat preservation; provide enforcement; and provide resources for habitat protection and restoration.
February 2009: The resource agencies issue a letter to the City with their recommendations. However, the city feels the letter does not provide the city with specificity to move forward.
March 2009: The City delays release of the RMP until they can address the issues raised by the Agencies. The city and agencies continue to meet to clarify opportunities for trails with the city.