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Articles by Joe Naiman

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be providing the San Diego County Regional Fire Authority with a $113,637 grant to purchase fire apparatus exhaust systems at four fire stations, and on Oct. 30 the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 with Ron Roberts in Asia on business travel to accept the grant and provide the required $11,363 match.

“Fire protection in our county is a top priority, and this grant to purchase equipment will help prepare us for the next fire emergency,” said Supervisor Bill Horn.

The libraries have a fan club in San Diego County.

County Supervisors have accepted a sizeable donation for the Rancho San Diego branch library.

If a donation to a County of San Diego entity exceeds $5,000 the donation must be approved by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, which resulted in an Oct. 30 Board of Supervisors action approving $124,054.31 of Friends of the Library non-cash donations to County Library branches including $7,288.43 of Friends of the Rancho San Diego Library donations for the Rancho San Diego branch.

The upcoming October 31 anniversary of Martin Luther’s Reformation shows the importance of accurate communications - and the consequences of poor communications.

When Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on October 31, 1517, he did not take issue with the Catholic religion. His concerns were with the abuses of Catholic clergy. It would be no slur against the Catholic Church to say that he was right.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has given direction to county staff to advance 19 options to increase the supply of affordable housing in unincorporated San Diego County.

Separate Board of Supervisors votes were taken on each of the options during the October 10 hearing; the votes were to refine the possibilities for subsequent action rather than to approve any specific proposal. The supervisors voted 5-0 to receive the report and to find the preliminary planning actions exempt from California Environmental Quality Act review.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors ordered an impact report for an initiative which will be placed on the March 2020 ballot and would require a public vote for General Plan amendments which increase density on parcels with semi-rural or rural land use designations.

The county supervisors voted 5-0 on Sept. 11 to order the impact report while also accepting the certification from the county’s Registrar of Voters that the initiative petition has sufficient valid signatures to be placed on the ballot.

Over the next five years, four helicopters owned by the County of San Diego and operated by the Sheriff’s Department will be replaced.

A 4-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Aug. 7, with Dianne Jacob recovering from surgery, authorized the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to issue a competitive solicitation for one Bell 407GX helicopter outfitted with standardized Sheriff’s Department equipment with the option to purchase three additional helicopters.

Given the change in urban geography that San Diego has witnessed in the last decade, funds designated from the TransNet sales tax are being reevaluated.

The extension of the half-cent TransNet sales tax took effect in 2008, continuing the TransNet tax which has been collected since 1988. 

The current TransNet tax will run through 2048, although the tax can be extended beyond that with voter approval. 

A 30.63-acre parcel in Santee which had been declared surplus to the County of San Diego’s needs was sold for $19 million July 24.

Ahd Haddad was the high bidder for the property north of Mission Gorge Road, east of Riverview Parkway and west of Cottonwood Avenue. 

Following the bidding process, the county Board of Supervisors voted 4-0, with Dianne Jacob recovering from surgery, to approve the sale to Haddad for $19 million.

The San Diego County Water Authority approved a water service agreement with the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation.

The SDCWA approved the agreement on a July 26 board vote with no opposition and Padre Dam Municipal Water District general manager Doug Wilson, who is Padre Dam’s representative on the CWA board, recusing himself. 

Mary York’s column in the July 19, 2018, East County California warrants not rebuttal but confirmation from a veteran colleague.

York became the editor of the Californian in February. She had previously been a sportswriter for the Californian and has also written for the Southwestern College and San Diego State University student newspapers.