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April 6, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)—The future of the East County Performing Arts Center, whether Alpine parents should be free to leave the Grossmont district, and whether a fire district should be able to declare most native vegetation as nuisance or not are among the hot items on East County agendas this week.  Click “read more” and scroll down for these and other important items being heard this week.

Grossmont Union High School District’s board meets on Thursday April 10 in the East County Regional Education Center, 924 East Main Street in EL Cajon.  Public session starts at 6 p.m. after a closed-door-session.  The hottest agenda item will be discussion and establishment of a board position for or against unification of Alpine Union School District. View full agenda:  http://grossmont.csbaagendaonline.net/cgi-bin/WebObjects/grossmont-eAgenda.woa/wa/showMeeting

El Cajon’s City Council will meet on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. at City Hall. Among other things, Council will consider a recommendation by the City Manager to issue a request for proposals to identify possible major tenants or long term use relationships for the East County Performing Arts Center, which has been closed for several years.  The move comes after Citizens Oversight, a local watchdog group, objected to closed-door meetings with a church that sought to lease space at the Performing Arts Center for religious services. 

La Mesa’s City Council  also meets Tuesday and will have a second reading of its ordinance to legalize chickens. Council will also hear a staff report on storm water pollution issues. In addition Mayor Art Madrid will introduce a proposal to ban cell phone use by council members during both open and closed-door meetings.

Helix Water Board’s committee on Lake Jennings will meet April 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the Helix Water Board’s headquarters, 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa. The future of Lake Jennings hangs in the balance, with some on the board advocating to close campgrounds and other public activities to save money. Proposing policy and staffing changes will be on the agenda this week.

San Miguel Fire Board meets on April 9 at 5:30 in the fire station at 2850 Via Orange Way in Spring Valley. This week the board will consider an ordinance allowing the board to declare waste and certain vegetation a public nuisance – including the majority of native vegetation ion the district. The board will also discuss how to dispose of a surplus vehicle.

The Spring Valley Community Planning Group will meet on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m.  The meetings are held in the San Miguel Fire Station at 2850 Via Orange Way in Spring Valley. The Spring Valley planning group has three vacancies, so if you are a registered voter in Spring Valley and wish to serve your community, you can attend the meeting to learn more. The agenda also includes  a request from six homeowners on Central Avenue who seek rezoning from commercial to residential due to difficulties getting federal home loans, as well as a request from a vehicle retailer for an exemption from permit processing for signage.


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