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County Approves Fire Agency Consolidation Plan

The solution to fund required capitol Fire Prevention Projects for the region is to get SDG&E to analyze the cost and benefits of Collocation of their planned Sunrise Powerlink route with the existing United State/Mexico border fence project which started construction in 2001, or the existing Southwest Powerlink (SWPL) near the border. Construction could start 30 days after a two page Negative Mitigative Declaration (NMD) is written.

Collocation would save so much money that Cal Fire and the Cleveland National Forest, and the whole San Diego County region could Fire Proof our Wildland Urban Interface communities including Alpine, Descanzo, El Monte Valley, etc.

Hopefully the USDA will approve the several public community appeals and analyze Collocation as a Superior Alternative that would help prevent Forest Fires and Wildfires, while increasing the our imported green energy from Imperial Valley.

As part of our federally funded Secure Border Iniative (SBI), in Arizona our national border is monitored from cameras set up at regular intervals. Cameras can instead be set up on the new Sunrise Powerlink towers along the border, which can also be used by SDG&E and Fire Fighters to get real time information in our backcountry. In Arizona they are having trouble with their cameras mounted on shaky towers.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SBInet#T...

"Under the current plan, towers will be set up along the border, with varying surveillance and communications equipment depending on the climate, terrain, population density, and other factors. Towers are slated to include radar, long-range cameras, broadband wireless access points, thermal imaging capabilities, and motion detectors. SBInet will also include some ground sensors for seismic detection as well."

September 17, 2010 at 11:45 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Is Developer Breaking Promise To Liberty Station Residents?

If a person has never been inside our beautiful public Convention and Conference Center, they should not have an negative opinion until they see the great civic asset for themselves. NTC was sold to the San Diego public as our next Balboa Park by the Bay. NTC is beautiful and well maintained.

Our public 33,000 square foot Convention Conference Center - Building 623 is a great event space, just as beautiful at NTC Promenade. Some of the public areas inside the our building have been taken over by private offices for either McMillin or the adjacent Hotels which are always full. Also all the Furniture is missing from our Convention space, and taxpayers have to pay to rent chairs, tables, etc. The video and sound system are great.

The original capacity when the Convention Center was given to McMillin for $1 was for 2,000 people, instead of the current 900 person capacity. The public can rent out the entire 19,270-square-foot facility for $2,500 (M-F) and $2,900 (Sat-Sun). Private parties can rent out the entire facility for $2,750 (M-F) and $3,250 (Sat-Sun).

http://as.sdsu.edu/aztec/meeting/rrr_...

For comparison, SDSU rents out the 9,900 foot Montezuma Hall for $150 for non-profit on-campus student organizations, and $1,500 for the general public.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/laplayah...
There is an asphalt parking lot for Airport parking on the east side of the Channel across from the existing NTC hotels that was supposed to be a 650-room Nickelodean hotel completed in 2010. Currently McMillin gets all the parking revenue for Airport Parking, and the City get nothing from our publically owned leased land, which is not working for our benefit. The promised 650-room hotel with associated TOT revenues should be built first, before thinking of destroying the very nice, good looking, but expensive public Convention Center.

September 17, 2010 at 10:56 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Liberty Station Development Scrutinized

If a person has never been inside our beautiful public Convention and Conference Center, they should not have an negative opinion until they see the great civic asset for themselves.

Our public 33,000 square foot Convention Center Building 623 at Liberty Station is beautiful inside and out. Some of the public areas inside the our building have been taken over by private offices for either McMillin or the adjacent Hotels which are always full. The original capacity when the Convention Center was given to McMillin for $1 was for 2,000 people, instead of the current 900 person capacity.

The public can rent out the entire 19,270-square-foot facility for $2,500 (M-F) and $2,900 (Sat-Sun).

Private parties can rent out the entire facility for $2,750 (M-F) and $3,250 (Sat-Sun).

http://as.sdsu.edu/aztec/meeting/rrr_...

For comparison, SDSU rents out the 9,900 foot Montezuma Hall for $150 for non-profit on-campus student organizations, and $1,500 for the general public.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/laplayah...

There is an asphalt parking lot for Airport parking on the east side of the Channel across from the existing NTC hotels that was supposed to be a 650-room Nickelodean hotel completed in 2010. Currently McMillin gets all the parking revenue for Airport Parking, and the City get nothing from our publically owned leased land, which is not working for our benefit.

The promised 650-room hotel with associated TOT revenues should be built first, before thinking of destroying the very nice, good looking, but expensive public Convention Center.

September 17, 2010 at 10:44 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Traffic Always A Part Of Balboa Park

Build it in two phases, and going in both ways. The current plan is for one way traffic only from West to East on Cabrillo Bridge.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/laplayah...

First Phase - Two lane bridge extension of Cabrillo Bridge to the Alcazar Garden parking lot. Parking Lot is reserved for Handicapped, 15-30 Minute parking, and Valet drop off (but not Valet parking).

Second Phase - If needed. Parking structure.

For Phase 1 Beside the new two-way connection from Cabrillo Bridge to the Alcazar Garden Parking Lot there are already seperate entrances and exits to the parking lot and around the Organ Pavillion. Keep the Cabrillo Bridge open to East and West traffic. If its one way only, many San Diegans would not drive through Balboa Park. And the plan is to increase the public's use.

Keep public parking in our public parks and beaches free.

September 10, 2010 at 8:24 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Retiree Health Negotiations May Hinge On One Question

http://calpensions.com/2009/12/15/ret...

"The federal court ruled that San Diego’s retiree health obligation is not a “vested right” like public employee pensions, which are widely believed to be protected by court rulings that allow cuts only if replaced by something of equal value. San Diego officials think retiree health obligations can be reduced in negotiations with labor unions and, if there is no agreement, that a cut can be imposed through standard “impasse” procedures."

September 8, 2010 at 8:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Port Moving Forward With Embarcadero Plan

A great solution to a lack of open space and park land in the North Embarcadero and a new City Hall involves the City of San Diego requiring a valid fault investigation for the Navy Broadway Complex after this 6 Year delay. Then the presumed Active Coronado Fault of the Active Rose Canyon Fault Zone would be confirmed or denied in the North Embarcadero.

Building locations would have to change and the Navy's West Coast Headquarters would have to be moved to a secure Naval Base location. A better location would be the Point Loma Anti-Submarine Warfare base, with the City giving back the Navy part of NTC/Liberty Station at the proposed, but now dead, Nickleodean Hotel that is now a parking lot.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/laplayah...

Then a multi-agency high rise campus can be built for San Diegans for the City of San Diego, the Port of San Diego, and the State of California Headquarters. Right on our public waterfront with parks and open space on the 8+ acres underlined by the presumed Active Coronado Fault.

The money for construction would come from selling both the City and State of California buildings, because both buildings are unsafe and should be condemned.

http://www.sandiego.gov/planning/genp...

John Nolen's 1908 and 1926 plans for San Diego included proposed harborfront location for a Civic Center, grouping public buildings, developing the downtown waterfront into a recreational and transportation center.

In 1938 a Civic Center that grouped both the County of San Diego and City of San Diego's administration offices opened on the Waterfront.

In 1963, the City of San Diego left the joint waterfront Civic Center building, and the building is now known as the County Administration Center (CAC).

http://www.sdcounty.ca.gov/cob/docs/c...

August 4, 2010 at 2:41 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Are City Leaders Addressing Need For Permanent Homeless Shelter?

Another good way to confirm if Redevelopment funds can be used for Homeless Services is to ask the people of the Los Angeles based PATH program, where Los Angeles and every other City and County in California specifically gives money for Homeless services in accordance with California Redevelopment law.

The primary goal of the Redevelopment Agency is to eliminate blight and urban decay. California Health and Safety Code Section 33021.1 specifically deals with providing Emergency Shelters for Homeless persons and household through Redevelopment Tax Increment Funding is shown below.

33021.1. In a city and county, redevelopment includes improving, increasing, or preserving emergency shelters for homeless persons or households. These shelters may be located within or outside of established redevelopment project areas. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, only redevelopment funds other than those available pursuant to Section 33334.3 may be used to finance these activities.

50003.3. The Legislature finds and declares that there exists within the urban and rural areas of the state a significant number of persons without decent, safe, and sanitary housing. This shortage is inimical to the health, safety, and welfare of the residents of this state and the sound growth of its communities. Without the assistance contemplated in this division, it is not financially feasible for private enterprise and private investors to provide decent, safe, and sanitary emergency housing for persons who are homeless.

The Legislature also finds and declares that in order to remedy the emergency shelter shortages, it is necessary to implement a public program incorporating all of the following elements and goals:
(a) An increase in the supply of decent, safe, and sanitary emergency shelters available to the homeless.
(b) Maximum utilization of state, local, and federal subsidies available to meet the emergency shelter needs of the homeless.
(c) Maximum utilization of tax increment moneys generated by city and county redevelopment programs for the construction and maintenance of decent, safe, and sanitary emergency shelters.
(d) Encourage the utilization of unused or underutilized public facilities which could be converted to decent, safe, and sanitary emergency shelters for the homeless.

May 29, 2010 at 10:53 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

How Are City Leaders Addressing Need For Permanent Homeless Shelter?

In addition to the wonderful plan for the World Trade Center project, we are trying to get a solution for the Homeless Issue onto the November 2, 2010 Ballot in General, or specifically for the Midway Post Office which is set to close down.

Ballot wording for November 2, 2010: "Should the City use CCDC Redevelopment Funds to Resolve the Homeless problem on San Diego to eliminate blight and urban decay by acquiring real property to house the homeless, to provide funding for tenant improvements, and to provide Homeless Services allowed by California Redevelopment Law."

At many public forums and discussions with the Grand Jury, many public officials have declared that CCDC Redevelopment Funds can only be used in downtown, can only be used to provide "Bricks and Mortar" projects for the homeless, and cannot fund homeless shelters and Homeless services within the Emergency Shelters.

We have been trying to get a Legal Opinion from the City Attorney if Redevelopment Tax Increment Funds from CCDC can be used for constructing and on-going maintenance of Emergency Shelters anywhere in San Diego in accordance with California Health and Safety Code Sections 33021, and 50003 shown below.

http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B...

http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B...

March 3, 2010. We have been waiting for a Legal Opinion from the City Attorney to confirm that CCDC Redevelopment funds can be used pay for Homeless Shelter and Homeless Services anywhere in San Diego.

April 13, 2010. Kevin Faulconer’s office called used and told us they asked the City Attorney for the same Legal Opinion. We are still waiting.

May 29, 2010 at 10:50 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

SDG&E Hoping For Final Approval On Sunrise Powerlink

http://www.dpcinc.org/_new/sunrise_po...

The above link is a great history of the differing routes by SDG&E, and the great solution for roof top solar within City limits.

May 7, 2010 at 7:39 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Lakeside Fired Up Over Fire Board

http://docs.google.com/fileview?id=0B...

Sunrise Powerlink Solution to Meet Everyone's Goals:

SDG&E Make a guaranteed 11.1 percent on Capital projects. An increase capacity because the more energy SDG&E can sell, the higher their profits.

Rate Payers: Upgrade existing utility corridors infrastructure and provide additional capacity to San Diego.

Back County Residents: Lower fire risks by collocation through existing corridors, missing the communities of Lakeside, Alpine, El Capitan, Descanso, Campo, Lake Morena, etc. Therefore, no mitigation would be needed and Fire Risks will be lowered.

CALFIRE and the Cleveland National Forest: Lower fire risks by the Wood-to-Steel Pole Replacement projects. Using planned mitigation money from SDG&E for the Sunrise Powerlink to lower the fire risks throughout the Cleveland National Forest and BLM land, even through the new Sunrise Powerlink will be collocated and will not go through the Cleveland National Forest.

April 13, 2010 at 1:21 p.m. ( | suggest removal )