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Highlights of El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and San Diego agenda items for this week

Update October 24, 2013:  Supervisors unanimously approved the feasibility study on bringing veterans' services to libraries countywide.

By Miriam Raftery

County Supervisors and local city councils have several significant measures on their agendad impacting East County this week.

On Tuesday at 10 a.m., Supervisors will hear a proposal by Supervisor Dianne Jacob to extend the county’s outreach to veterans. This proposal is being introduced in response to an East County Magazine investigation that found a lack of County veterans’ services in rural East County. 

Supervisor Jacob’s proposal asks the County’s Chief Executive Office to report back in 120 days on the feasibility of using county libraries for veterans services, which would add 34 additional locations for  County Veterans Services representatives to meet with veterans.

Supervisor Jacob is also introducing a measure to streamline permitting for Farmer’s Markets. 

In addition,  Neighborhood Reinvestment  Program funds for upgrades or repairs at several East County projects proposed by Supervisor Jacob are on the agenda.  These include the YMCA in Rancho San Diego, Valhalla High School, Julian High School, the Ramona Girls Softball League, and Santee’s Town Center Community Park.

On Wednesday, County Supervisors will hold a public hearing on a proposed ordinance aimed at streamlining community design review procedures and making it easier for certain types of developments to be approved.  The proposed zoning ordinance would implement a new, streamlined ministerial procedure for certain projects that are currently subject o a community design review and would instead require only a discretionary site plan permit. 

On Tuesday, El Cajon’s City Council will consider a resolution to enter into an exclusive negotiation agreement with Excel Hotel Group for development of property at the northeast corner of Magnolia Avenue and Rea Street in the Civic Center block. El Cajon will also consider adopting a moratorium on certain kinds of businesses including pawn shops, thrift stores, second hand dealers, and buyers of gold, jewelry and precious metals.

Also on Tuesday, La Mesa’s City Council will weigh whether or not to adopt term limits for council members and the Mayor.

In Santee on Wednesday, Council members will consider a proposal to create a new public park at the eastern end of Mast Boulevard.  The park could include a trail for walking and bicycling that would ultimately connect up to the San Diego River trail system, as well as a children’s play area and a dog run.


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