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Articles by Dianne Jacob

Big step regarding the housing shortage

The Board of Supervisors recently voted to waive county permit and development impact fees over the next five years for property owners wishing to build granny flats on lots with existing homes.

The units can be used for family members or rented out as a source of income for the   homeowner.

The program could result in thousands of additional homes within the county’s unincorporated areas, on land already zoned for housing.

Helping seniors in crisis

Medical experts, social workers, law enforcement officers and others recently joined me in La Mesa to put a spotlight on our new Alzheimer’s Response Team, a pilot program in East County that is off to an encouraging start.

It aims to make sure that those with dementia are directed to the most appropriate services during a crisis.

Our awesome outdoors

Construction recently started on the Santa Ysabel Nature Center, the first attraction of its type in San Diego County to showcase the region’s beautiful backcountry.

Due to open next fall, the 6,000-square-foot, county-funded project is rising on the rolling hills of Santa Ysabel Preserve, near the intersection of state Routes 78 and 79 and northwest of Julian.

Help on the home front:

My colleagues on the Board of Supervisors recently joined me in stepping up the development of more affordable housing.

We agreed to award more than $13 million to six projects that will result in over 450 new homes for low-income seniors, veterans and others.

The project list includes Villa de Vida, a 54-unit housing complex planned in Poway for those with developmental disabilities.

Do not pull the plug:

SDG&E recently claimed it was stepping up its efforts to improve fire safety in our region, but if the monopoly was truly serious it would abandon its dangerous shut-off plan.

Backcountry residents last year pounded the utility with complaints when their power was cut, leaving them and public safety personnel vulnerable during a disaster.

Are you ready?: 

The terrible loss of homes and other property during a recent wildfire in Alpine is the latest reminder of the importance of being prepared in case of disaster.

Be sure to do all you can to safeguard your family and property. 

News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Green acres

I’ve got good news for nature lovers and all those working hard to preserve our beautiful backcountry.



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Newlyformedcrisisresponseteamswill leadtheinitiative,whichisduetostartnextyear inSanteeandLakeside.Ifit goeswell,I’mhopingwecanexpandtheprogram throughout the region.

News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob