LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: FEES PROPOSED TO COVER FULL COSTS OF COUNTY FIRE AUTHORITY

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Hot items also on the agendas in Boulevard, Lakeside and Lemon Grove this week

By Miriam Raftery

December 1, 2013 (San Diego's East County)--San Diego Supervisors meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 3 and 4 at 9 a.m. The hottest item is a public hearing Tuesday on a county proposal to levy fees to recover the actual cost of services provided by the San Diego County Fire Authority including fire plan reviews, inspections and other technical work.  In the past, such services have been provided to individuals and businesses without full cost recovery. 

The Agenda does not state how much the proposed fees would be or how much revenue the county expects to raise.  But coming on the heels of a statewide fire fee that is going up at year’s end,  the proposal is likely to fuel controversy among taxpayers. The item is first on Tuesday’s agenda.  

View December 3 agenda.  View December 4 agenda.

Lakeside’s Community Planning Group meetings on Wednesday,, December 4 at 6:30 p.m.  A public hearing will be held on a proposed 35-foot-tall cell phone tower at the Lakeside Fire Station #3 on the Highway 8 Business Loop.  Also on the agenda is a proposed r subdivision with 18 residential lots on Lake Jennings Park Road.  In addition, the Department of Parks and Recreation seeks public input on its updated five-year park project priority list.  View full Lakeside agenda

The Boulevard Planning Group has several major items to consider at its meeting on Thursday, December 5 at 7 p.m. Planners will hold a question and answer session on a new Boulevard Fire Station – and consider whether a moratorium should be requested for new large-scale commercial projects until Boulevard Fire Stations are verifiably staffed daily around the clock.  

The agenda also includes major energy issues such as  Soitec Solar Projects, for which a comment period starts December 12th. Other energy projects to be discussed include Infigen’s proposed Fox Acres Solar, Champan Ranch Solar, and Iberdrola’s Tule Wind planned in McCain Valley.  There will be updates on lawsuits filed challenging the Iberdrola project, a CEQA suit filed over the county’s new wind ordinance, and another lawsuit over Sempra’s cross-border transmission line from Mexico.

Water will be another hot topic.  The Board will discuss a California Public Utilities Commission that modified a court appointment of a receiver for the troubled Live Oak Springs Water. In addition, there will be discussion about controversial groundwater sales by the Campo tribe and Live Oak Springs to SDG&E for construction of  two substations and powerlines. 

Rough Acres Ranch’s planned campground and conference center will also be on the Boulevard Planning Group’s agenda.  View full  Boulevard Planning Group agenda.

Lemon Grove’s City Council meets on Tuesday, December 3rd at 6 p.m.  Council members in the cash-strapped community will hear a report on possible naming rights of City-owned property.  View Lemon Grove full agenda.

Looking ahead to next week, El Cajon’s City Council will meet on December 10th  at 3 p.m.   The full agenda has not yet been published, but will include a review of applicants for the City Council vacancy and possible appointment of a new Councilmember. 

 

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More "fees"

MORE FEES BUT NO PLAN FOR MORE FIREFIGHTERS. IS IT TIME FOR THE REVOLUTION YET?