LOCAL GOVERNMENT REPORT: THIS WEEK'S HOT HEARING ITEMS ACROSS EAST COUNTY

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By Miriam Raftery

July 6, 2014 (San Diego's East County) -- Below are some of the newsworthy items on this week's agendas for boards, commissions and councils in East County. Taxes, electronic cigarettes and land use issues are among the hot topics to be discussed in these public meetings.  You can find full agendas and meeting details at the websites for each local governing body.

San Miguel Fire Board will hold a meeting Monday night on Cal Fire compliance issues. In addition, the board will address concerns over paramedic staffing raised by backcountry blogger Charlene Ayers of the Ranter’s Roost.  Ayers contends that Cal Fire has provided inexperienced paramedics after taking over the district’s firefighting and emergency medical services. Newly assigned Fire Chief Ray Chaney will also be introduced at the meeting.  

On Tuesday, El Cajon’s City Council will hear a report from staff on Proposition O, a half cent increase in sales taxes approved by voters back in 2004.  The measure expires this year and Council must determine whether to try and extend the measure, or allow taxes to drop back to the pre-2004 level.  Council will also hold a public hearing on whether to grant a conditional use permit for  Marriott Courtyard Hotel, to include outdoor dining and drinking.

La Mesa’s City Council on Tuesday will hear an East County demographics study presented by the East County  Economic Development Council, as well as a presentation on wastewater recycling.  A staff recommendation to regulate electronic cigarettes will also be heard, as well as a request by Council members Ernie Ewin and Kristine Alessio for the city to hire a public relations and information officer. A hearing on resolution of sewer service charges will also be held.

County Supervisors meet on Tuesday and Wednesday.  On Tuesday,  Supervisors will consider funding requests from public service agencies.  A hearing will be held on conflict of interest codes for public agencies. Plus Supervisors will issue a response to Grand Jury reports from the past year.

On Wednesday, Supervisors will hear an appeal of a Ramona Planning Commission decision that denied a tentative map for Oak Tree Ranch, a proposed condominium project,  as well as a hearing on vacating an open space easement in Lakeside’s Lake Jennings neighborhood.  Collier Park basketball court improvements and the South County Multiple Species Conservation Plan report are also slated to be heard.