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Articles by Joe Naiman

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.

The County of San Diego has endorsed state legislation which would allow counties rather than the state to issue documentation required by lenders to finance mobile homes or manufactured homes in resident-owned parks.

A 5-0 San Diego County Board of Supervisors vote Mar. 14 directed county Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to draft a letter to the county’s state legislators expressing the Board of Supervisors’ support for Assembly Bill 1943.

By Joe Naiman

For the East County Californian

What many of us have taken for granted, due to the words of the well-known song, “American Pie,” is likely a myth – the ‘big news’ is not always the national headline but the hometown story.

Between the first and second quarters of the San Diego Sockers’ game Mar. 3 against the El Paso Coyotes, 1977 Valhalla High School graduate Anthony Medina announced his retirement at the end of the season.  The game at the Valley View Casino Center, also known as the San Diego Sports Arena, was the Sockers’ final game of the 2017-18 regular season, and Medina scored three goals in his last regular-season game.

The San Diego County High School Coaching Legends banquet Nov. 2 at the Scottish Rite Center in San Diego included the inductions of former El Capitan and West Hills coach Bill Cleves, former West Hills coach Eric Sato, and former Granite Hills team physician Richard Butcher.

Mick Ruis was raised in the Rios Canyon area of Lakeside, which is named for his great-grandfather Peter Rios, and wrestled for El Capitan High School. Ruis is now affiliated with the sport of horse racing and is both the owner and the trainer of Bolt d’Oro, who won the Del Mar Futurity which was contested September 4 on the final day of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club’s summer meet.

“I don’t think that it could have went better,” Ruis said.