Friday, June 06, 2008
Hero Leucadian Fights to Keep 760
NCT.com REGION: Code war -- Leucadia man launches drive to keep 760
ENCINITAS ---- As North County prepares for yet another new area code, one Leucadia resident is saying enough is enough.
"It seems arrogant to me that a nonelected body would impose this decision, which will cost millions of dollars," said Scott Chatfield, who has started an online petition drive to ask the Public Utilities Commission to reconsider its April 24 decision to change North County's area code from 760 to 442.
With no publicity so far, about two dozen people have joined him to lobby the commission, he said.
The 442 area code will be introduced in October for Borrego, Carlsbad, Encinitas, Escondido, Fallbrook, Julian, Oceanside, Pauma Valley, Camp Pendleton, Ramona, San Marcos, Valley Center, Vista, and Warner Springs.
Both the 760 and 442 area codes will coexist until April 2009, then only the 442 area code will work in North County.
Chatfield, who has a background in radio and runs a small recording label, has created the Web site www.Keep760.org to pressure the commission. He doesn't dispute there is a need for more area codes because of a growing population and an increasing number of cell phones, fax machines and other devises.
But he does disagree with the commission's solution to the problem.