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Articles by Joe Naiman

The CIF San Diego Section annually gives lifetime passes for distinguished services to coaches, administrators and others who are retiring from their position. The recipients of this year’s lifetime passes included Carlton Hoggard, Steve Coover and Randy Wright.

What is now called the Firefighter Demolition Derby was held at Cajon Speedway for ten years before being revived in 2010 as part of the San Diego County Fair. No firefighter had won consecutive championships until this year, when Chris Wrisley of the Lemon Grove Fire Department added a June 2 victory to his 2017 championship.

“It’s an honor,” Wrisley said. “It’s never been done before.”

A June 28 San Diego County Water Authority hearing will determine the SDCWA’s rates and charges for 2019, but the SDCWA is likely to have a lower rate increase than in past years.

The County of San Diego’s latest plans to promote local agriculture include preliminary steps to reduce the regulatory burden for those who provide goods or services at community events on commercial agricultural properties.

The CIF San Diego Section’s Division V football playoffs will now have 12 teams instead of eight.

A unanimous voice vote during the May 23 CIF Board of Managers meeting approved the playoff expansion. The change will take effect for the fall 2018 season.

A separate CIF action reduced the Open Division playoffs from eight teams to four while retaining the 12-team Division I playoff format. The CIF San Diego Section transitioned from enrollment-based divisions to competitive based divisions in 2013.

The CIF added Division V in 2005. 

The fire mitigation fee rates paid by developers to fund the cost of fire department facilities serving the new development will increase for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

The fee for non-agricultural construction will increase from 56 cents to 58 cents per square foot and the fee for agricultural buildings without sprinklers was changed from 15 cents to 16 cents per square foot. 

The fee for agricultural buildings with fire sprinkler systems remains at two cents per square foot, and the fee for poultry and greenhouse buildings is still one cent per square foot. 

The media has recently heard from readers concerned that the County of San Diego’s “bundling” process for approving general plan amendments rushes projects through. We understand the concerns of our citizens, but our experience gives us confidence that each project will be considered separately.

The El Capitan Stadium Association, which owns and operates the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, has plans to improve the rodeo grounds restroom facilities. The annexation of the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds into the San Diego County Sanitation District, which was approved last week, will allow direct wastewater services for the restrooms and the rest of the rodeo grounds.

For most of the past 15 years, Lakeside’s Torrie Needham has spent the Kentucky Derby escorting one of the racehorses to the gate. An injury kept Needham from making the trip to Louisville last year, but this year she was back at Churchill Downs and took fourth-place Kentucky Derby finisher Instilled Regard to the gate prior to the Run for the Roses.

“It was quite an experience,” Needham said. “There was so much rain on Saturday and I hadn’t ridden in so long that I’m pretty sore, but I felt good.”

Finally, Lakeside’s sidewalks are getting some attention.

The projects selected for 2018-19 Community Development Block Grant funding include sidewalks for a segment of Rios Canyon Road.

The adoption of the County of San Diego’s 2018-19 annual funding plan for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs includes $266,945 for the design and construction of sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements on the Lakeside street.