LAKESIDE PLANNERS TO HEAR SANDAG PRESENTATION ON TRANSPORTATION MEASURE, HOLD OPEN HOUSE ON UPCOMING PROJECTS WEDNESDAY

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East County News Service

August 1, 2016 (Lakeside) - The Lakeside Community Planning group meetings Wednesday, August 3 in the Lakeside Community Center at 9841 Vine St., Lakeside.  The formal meeting starts at 6:30, however at 6 p.m., a public viewing of plans for current and upcoming projects will be available for the public.

The major agenda item during the meeting will be a presentation by the San Diego County Association of Governments (SANDAG) followed by a public hearing on SANDAG’s “Keep San Diego Moving Forward” ballot measure.

According to SANDAG, the measure aims to provide a dedicated source of local revenue to invest in our region’s transportation future. In November, voters countywide may be asked whether they support increasing the local sales tax by one half-cent to fund specific transit, highway, open space, bike, and pedestrian projects throughout the region.

This potential sales tax increase is similar to the voter-approved TransNet half-cent sales tax for transportation projects that has funded completion of more than 650 of projects across the San Diego region over the past three decades. The measure has drawn opposition, however, from some environmental groups who contend the plan puts too much focus on freeways before mass transit.

The Lake Jennings Marketplace Recirculation Draft Environmental Impact Report is available for 45-day public review. Check the “Recirculation Readers Guide” for information and recirculated portions of the Draft Revised EIR at:  http://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/Current_Projects/LakeJenningsMarketplace.html.

Finally, a community grant application is due August 12th and the County is looking for worthy organizations to apply. The grant aims to promote the profession of landscape architecture, so the American Society of Landscape Architects in San Diego is encouraging community groups to apply for funds for local project designs to enhance their neighborhoods. This year’s grant organization is BAME CDC. For questions, you can contact ASLASD@sbcglobal.net or Jennifer Webster, VP of Community Outreach at jenwebster@precisionlandscapeinc.com.