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Articles by Joe Naiman

The media has recently heard from readers concerned that the County of San Diego’s “bundling” process for approving general plan amendments rushes projects through. We understand the concerns of our citizens, but our experience gives us confidence that each project will be considered separately.

The El Capitan Stadium Association, which owns and operates the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds, has plans to improve the rodeo grounds restroom facilities. The annexation of the Lakeside Rodeo Grounds into the San Diego County Sanitation District, which was approved last week, will allow direct wastewater services for the restrooms and the rest of the rodeo grounds.

For most of the past 15 years, Lakeside’s Torrie Needham has spent the Kentucky Derby escorting one of the racehorses to the gate. An injury kept Needham from making the trip to Louisville last year, but this year she was back at Churchill Downs and took fourth-place Kentucky Derby finisher Instilled Regard to the gate prior to the Run for the Roses.

“It was quite an experience,” Needham said. “There was so much rain on Saturday and I hadn’t ridden in so long that I’m pretty sore, but I felt good.”

Finally, Lakeside’s sidewalks are getting some attention.

The projects selected for 2018-19 Community Development Block Grant funding include sidewalks for a segment of Rios Canyon Road.

The adoption of the County of San Diego’s 2018-19 annual funding plan for Community Development Block Grant, HOME Investment Partnerships, Emergency Shelter Grant, and Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS programs includes $266,945 for the design and construction of sidewalks and other pedestrian improvements on the Lakeside street. 

When Lalo Alcaraz was a Helix High School student, he was in a summer work program administered by coach Rick Ash.  Ash needed a student worker to paint the Helix mascot in the boys and girls gymnasiums and chose Alcaraz.

That was the start of an art career for Alcaraz, who followed his 1982 Helix graduation with cartoons for the Daily Aztec at San Diego State University and now draws the La Cucaracha comic strip as well as single-panel editorial cartoons. 

Stetson Wright became the latest member of the Wright family to win a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association event April 29, when he not only won the Saddle Bronc Riding at the April 27-29 Lakeside Rodeo but also the Bull Riding and the All-Around.

An 84 1/2-point ride on Western Rodeo’s Pandora was the highest Saddle Bronc Riding score of the Lakeside Rodeo, and the Milford, Utah, cowboy scored 82 points on a Western Rodeo bull called Tommy.

“It was awesome,” Wright said. “I couldn’t have drew any better.”

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ 5-0 vote March 28 approved the first reading and introduction of an ordinance to delegate the final map authority to the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services (PDS) and a 4-0 vote April 18, with Ron Roberts in Asia, approved a second reading and adoption. The change will take effect May 18.

“I think it’s a great improvement,” said Supervisor Bill Horn.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0, March 28, to direct the county’s Chief Administrative Officer to investigate the means of establishing a Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) program, a density transfer credit program, or an equivalent program for unincorporated San Diego County and to return to the board within 180 days with findings and options for consideration.

“I would like to see this happen,” said Supervisor Ron Roberts.

The 33 County Library branches currently have Internet service with a broadband speed of 40 megabytes per second, but an upgrade to high-speed Internet will improve the download speed to one gigabyte per second.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote March 27 authorized a sole-source contract with Califa Group to provide high-speed Internet services at County Library branches.  The five-year contract has a value of $1.5 million.

The response to recent mass shootings has included calls for controversial legislative change, but a less controversial response, in the event of shootings or other traumatic injury in San Diego County, was supported by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their March 27 meeting.