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Articles by Joe Naiman

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0, March 28, to direct the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to investigate the means of establishing a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program, a density transfer credit program, or an equivalent program for unincorporated San Diego County and to return to the board within 180 days with findings and options for consideration.

“I would like to see this happen,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts.

The 33 County Library branches currently have Internet service with a broadband speed of 40 megabytes per second, but an upgrade to high-speed Internet will improve the download speed to one gigabyte per second.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote March 27 authorized a sole-source contract with Califa Group to provide high-speed Internet services at County Library branches.  The five-year contract has a value of $1.5 million.

The response to recent mass shootings has included calls for controversial legislative change, but a less controversial response, in the event of shootings or other traumatic injury in San Diego County, was supported by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their March 27 meeting.

The County of San Diego has endorsed state legislation which would allow counties rather than the state to issue documentation required by lenders to finance mobile homes or manufactured homes in resident-owned parks.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Mar. 14 directed county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to draft a letter to the county’s state legislators expressing the Board of Supervisors’ support for Assembly Bill 1943.

By Joe Naiman

For the East County Californian

What many of us have taken for granted, due to the words of the well-known song, “American Pie,” is likely a myth – the ‘big news’ is not always the national headline but the hometown story.

Between the first and second quarters of the San Diego Sockers’ game Mar. 3 against the El Paso Coyotes, 1977 Valhalla High School graduate Anthony Medina announced his retirement at the end of the season.  The game at the Valley View Casino Center, also known as the San Diego Sports Arena, was the Sockers’ final game of the 2017-18 regular season, and Medina scored three goals in his last regular-season game.

The San Diego County High School Coaching Legends banquet Nov. 2 at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego included the inductions of former El Capitan and West Hills coach Bill Cleves, former West Hills coach Eric Sato, and former Granite Hills team physician Richard Butcher.

Mick Ruis was raised in the Rios Canyon area of Lakeside, which is named for his great-grandfather Peter Rios, and wrestled for El Capitan High School. Ruis is now affiliated with the sport of horse racing and is both the owner and the trainer of Bolt d’Oro, who won the Del Mar Futurity which was contested September 4 on the final day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meet.

“I don’t think that it could have went better,” Ruis said.

The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club has a hat contest on Opening Day, and this year Helix High School graduate Christina Stutz was the grand prizewinner in the July 19 contest.

“I’m shocked, overwhelmed, excited, and very thankful,” Stutz said. “I couldn’t be more elated.”

The hat Stutz calls “Winner Winner Chicken Dinner” is decorated with a woman celebrating after winning at the track.

Ryan McConnel won the Optimist Bulls Only Rodeo XIX competition July 14-15 at the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds.

McConnel, who is originally from New Mexico and now lives in the Fresno County town of Tollhouse, was the only one of the 40 riders to stay on both bulls and had a score of 143 points on two head. Nuevo cowboy Corey Rickard placed second in the average (aggregate) with a score of 79 on one head, which was also the highest score of the rodeo hosted by the Lakeside Optimist Club.