LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: VET SERVICES, E-CIGARETTES & PARK EXPANSIONS AMONG ISSUES ON AGENDA THIS WEEK

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By Miriam Raftery

March 9, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s proposal to bring veterans’ services to several County libraries in rural areas. Will be on the agenda for San Diego Supervisors on Tuesday. Jacob introduced the measure following an East County Magazine investigation which found there are no County veterans services in rural areas of East County, or anywhere east of La Mesa.

The Supervisors’ agenda also includes a proposal to streamline the process for holding Farmer’s Markets in unincorporated areas of the County. In addition Supervisors will consider a pilot program for investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against residents of long-term care facilities following reports about abuse of residents at some facilities.

Supervisors will also consider allowing the Audobon Society to purchase a 28-acre tax defaulted property to expand the Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary near El Capitan in Lakeside.

In addition, Supervisors will also be discussing possible regulation of e-cigarettes.

El Cajon’s City Council on Tuesday will hear a staff report and comments from the public on regulating electronic cigarettes and hookahs.  The Council is expected to then direct the City manager to prepare amendments to broaden the City’s tobacco definition to allow regulation of these items, as well as a cost recovery program for licensing inspections of tobacco and smoke shops.