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Articles by Joe Naiman

The County of San Diego’s latest plans to promote local agriculture include preliminary steps to reduce the regulatory burden for those who provide goods or services at community events on commercial agricultural properties.

The CIF San Diego Section’s Division V football playoffs will now have 12 teams instead of eight.

A unanimous voice vote during the May 23 CIF Board of Managers meeting approved the playoff expansion. The change will take effect for the fall 2018 season.

A separate CIF action reduced the Open Division playoffs from eight teams to four while retaining the 12-team Division I playoff format. The CIF San Diego Section transitioned from enrollment-based divisions to competitive based divisions in 2013.

The CIF added Division V in 2005. 

The fire mitigation fee rates paid by developers to fund the cost of fire department facilities serving the new development will increase for Fiscal Year 2018-19.

The fee for non-agricultural construction will increase from 56 cents to 58 cents per square foot and the fee for agricultural buildings without sprinklers was changed from 15 cents to 16 cents per square foot. 

The fee for agricultural buildings with fire sprinkler systems remains at two cents per square foot, and the fee for poultry and greenhouse buildings is still one cent per square foot. 

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.