By Miriam Raftery
January 4, 2013 (El Cajon) – At its meeting on Tuesday, January 8 at 3 p.m., El Cajon’s City Council will consider a resolution to condemn the actions of Jillian Hanson-Cox in embezzling at least $3.5 million from her former employer, Century Design.
In addition, Council will consider a proposal to buy surplus property from Cal-Trans for $299,500 and weigh a recommendation to pay $662,000 in a promissory note to act as the successor agency to the former El Cajon Redevelopment Agency.
Council’s agenda will also include an ordinance to provide more flexibility for signage downtown and an ordinance to revise the zoning code. In addition, Council will hear an appeal of a planning commission decision to deny a permit for alcohol sales to the Magnolia Family Market at 112 East Madison Avenue.
Councilman Gary Kendrick, author of the resolution to condemn his former colleague’s criminal actions, believes that although the funds she stole were not from the city, “her actions have brought shame on the good name of El Cajon,” he told ECM.
Mayor Mark Lewis and Councilman Bob McClellan both wrote letters asking a federal judge to show leniency in sentencing for Hanson-Cox, though at the time the fact that she used stolen money to fund a lavish personal lifestyle had not been disclosed; earlier reports had indicated only that she spent the funds on charities including the Mother Goose Parade.
Magnolia Markets has sought a conductional use permit to sell beer and wine. But staff reports the the market is located in a “very high” crime rate area with a crime rate 366% times higher than the city average—and 22.7% of those crimes are alcohol related. The Planning Commission found that allowing beer and wine sales would be detrimental to public health, safety and general welfare.
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