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By Miriam Raftery

May 11, 2014 (San Diego’s East County)--El Cajon’s Council meets Tuesday, May 13.  This week, Council will consider a measure to support creation of a veteran’s memorial in El Cajon.  They will also consider proposals to regulate secondhand shops, create a crime-free motel and hotel program, and establish an incubator businesses program to help local entrepreneurs. The council will also hear a first reading of a moratorium on new hookah lounges.

La Mesa’s  Council also meets this Tuesday. Councilmembers will consider whether to adopt a PACE program, or Property Assessed Clean Energy program, that would help homeowners and businesses who want to install solar or energy efficiency upgrades. Councilman Ewin is proposing to change the City Clerk position to an appointed position instead of a position elected by voters citywide. Council will choose a delegate and alternate for the League of Califiornia Cities Conference and consider a request by Mayor Art Madrid to renew La Mesa’s membership with the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Local Government Commission.

Santee’s Council meets on Thursday, May 14. There are no new business items listed on the agenda, no consent items and no reports listed.  Council will, however, present the City’s Softball Championship Trophy to West Hills High School, and take public comment on any matters of public interest.

Helix Water Board will hold a strategic planning meeting at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 14, as well as an earlier 2 p.m. meeting on the future of Lake Jennings.

San Miguel Fire District’s Board, which recently underwent a state audit, will meet on May 14. The agenda includes discussion of members’ compensation, a review of credit card expenses by the Fire Chief and administrative finance manager, and a public hearing on a vegetation management proposal.  The board will also discuss benefit tax assessments for the coming fiscal year and during a closed session, meet with labor negotiators.