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Stephen Goldfarb April 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Giving credit. Cogentrix, the Quail Brush power plant promoters, are once again at the CaliforniaRead MoreE nergy Commission asking for a second 1-year extension. They still want to install a massive power plant (longer than a football field, 3 stories high, with 11 gas fueled generators, and 100 foot tall smokestacks) in East Elliott. Cogentrix chose an area designated for open space conservation adjoining Mission Trails Regional Park to site their power plant. One may ask why Cogentrix did this rather than choosing an industrial site for the proposed power plant? The answer is not hard to fathom. A capable company doing its due diligence would soon learn that East Elliott property was cheaply available due to the City's artificially suppressing land value. Low land value is so the City can purchase the property for a park or landfill. The result has been the formation of two organizations to fight locating the power plant in the neighborhood, thousands of person-hours to mount a community action against the power plant, and engagement of several government agencies (City Council of San Diego, City of Santee, San Diego Planning Commission, community planning boards) vote on the power plant. Though an unintended consequence, and an irony, we should give credit for the Quail Brush power plant where credit is due: the City Council of San Diego and the park expansion interests on whose behalf they act. Stephen Goldfarb
Stephen Goldfarb April 22, 2014 at 01:19 PM
It is worthy of note that Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) got its start when the federalRead Moregovernm ent made the former Camp Elliott available to incorporate into the City for residential use. As part of that arrangement, the federal government gave the city 2000 acres for public use, open space and recreation. That 2000 acres includes the Fortuna Mountain area of the park. The concept was that East Elliott would be for residential development and the 2000 acres given to the City would be the open space offset to development. Park advocates subsequently obtained other land to add to the initial federal grant, leading to the present park size of about 5800 acres. MTRP is today the largest such park in California, and one of the largest in the nation. Yet another 1300 acres is being added to the park from the Rancho Encantada area (now called Stonebridge Estates). This is 10 miles from MTRP. Park advocates call this area Mission Trails Regional Park North. In this case, the provision of the land was made in cooperation with the owners who were permitted to develop a portion of their land for residences. That is how the Multiple Species Conservation Program is supposed to work. It is clear that there is ample park land for recreation. The City, by acting to accommodate special interest park expansionists, whose appetite for park expansion is without limits, is acting contrary to its own stated fundamental priorities. In 2002 the City declared a housing emergency. This led to a complete revision of the General Plan. The City was running out of land for residential development (about 4% remained in 2006). The concept of the revised General Plan was to foster "smart growth" and emphasis on vertical development on infill property. In the present instance, the City is removing land from development. Thousands of residences are removed even at the very low existing density of 1 dwelling unit per 40,000 square feet. Rational intervention would allow this situation to be changed. It would do no harm to park enthusiasts to do so. Stephen Goldfarb
Stephen Goldfarb April 23, 2014 at 06:20 PM
When the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP) was implemented in 1997, it was hailed asRead More&quo t;enlightened" public purpose legislation. That is because it allowed private owners to economically develop their property while setting aside land for conservation. Former Mayor Susan Golding, in her cover letter to the MSCP, embraced this concept. She wrote, "The MSCP is an historic accord established to strike a critical balance between development and the protection of valuable habitat. Together, the City of San Diego, the U.S. Department of the Interior, the California Resources Agency, and members of the environmental and building and development communities have worked to develop a sound plan to put aside habitat or endangered species while making it easier and less expensive for most property owners to develop their land. When it is complete, San Diego will be home to the largest urban preserve in the country." She also wrote, "Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt has called this plan a 'model for the country...that truly demonstrates that the preservation of ecosystems and the unique plants and wildlife they support is compatible with growth and development.'" As we have stated, a private owner is allowed to economically develop 25% of his or her property in exchange for deeding 75% of their property to the City for conservation. Everyone was listening except the special interest Mission Trails Regional Park expansionists who thought it would be a great idea to deprive the owners of economic use of their property so the property could be acquired to incorporate into the park.
Amy Zomisky March 25, 2014 at 10:13 PM
If you want to see and hear more about Santee go to the historical society...housed in the PoloRead Morebarn /Edgemoor barn ...on the old Edgemoor hospital site.I was just there today and they have lots of information and present it well.Amazing to hear from the past.
santee citizen March 25, 2014 at 11:50 PM
I have been there and did not see the pictures I would like to see. someone must have them.
Dan Ordons March 26, 2014 at 12:26 AM
What a great city Santee has become in the past ten years or so. The amount of building has notRead Morebee n overdone yet. I really love to live here, I use all the parks, and bike trails are great, I do a 12 mile bike ride on our many trails several times a week through Santee Lakes another prize. I love Santee!
chbunch March 25, 2014 at 03:13 AM
Wow. Classy comments. Nothing like mocking deceased people including children.
Paul Woodward, MD March 25, 2014 at 01:50 PM
Dear chbunch, No one is mocking the deceased. Rather we are trying to suggest to (Millions?) whoRead Mores ubscribe to patch how to deal with the situation to prevent tragedy should they find themselves in the same situation. Mr. Rininger can speak for himself but I thought he was simply being ironic. It is difficult to understand how a CHP officer could not simply shift the vehicle into neutral. Yet as a physician I know that some people panic and some do not. Apparently he did.
chbunch March 25, 2014 at 07:36 PM
"The dispatcher was trying to tell them to turn off the ignition but they would not stopRead Moretalkin g! Perhaps Darwin's principles in action." This isn't mocking the deceased? I'd like to think that a physician wouldn't think of his own patients in that manner. Not everyone in this world can live up to your standards, however I don't believe you should suggest that this is nature's way of eliminating the weak. I knew this man, and to have any idea what was going through his mind based on a 911 call is ridiculous. Maybe you could keep your wits traveling at 120+ miles per hour with screaming women and children, at the same time not know what is going on, but perhaps he could not. 50 seconds in that same situation, I would like to think I could figure something out but I don't know for sure and pray I am never in the situation to find out. I am all for helping people with suggestions on how to handle this should it ever happen, I just believe it can be done without suggesting Mr. Saylor's scared wife and 13 year old daughter should have just shut up.
Lora Von March 20, 2014 at 10:17 AM
I was very disappointed that we have been lied to. Mast was to be extended once 52 was extended. IRead Morel augh when we have to drive from Santana to the little league field. The kids who take their bikes down the dirt beat us there since we have to go down El Nopal.
Big Daddy March 30, 2014 at 06:15 PM
Said it before and I'll say it again. If Target, Lowe's and Home Depot would support it, it wouldRead Moreha ppen. If they donated a little money it would happen. Easier access to Santee from lakeside seems like a no brainer for them. Putting a park there is one of the dumbest ideas I have heard. A park pretty much guarantees that it will never open as a road. I agree with the vote. It is our money, not Randy's. If a majority wants it, build it.
Maggie Acerra March 31, 2014 at 02:28 PM
More broken promises from Santee's City Hall, as its representatives and employees voluntarilyRead Morecentr alize our city under SANDAG and the County Board of Supervisors, instead of representing the citizens. I'm sure they'll paint yet another bike path on our streets as appeasement and then call it progress.
Patriot88Socal March 07, 2014 at 09:06 AM
Thanks, Amy. I'll definitely check that site out!
buzidebbee March 12, 2014 at 04:17 AM
I have to say I am disappointed with the decision to drop the "Crime Log" on SanteeRead MorePatch . I and ask that you reconsider this decision Michelle Mowad (Editor). Public information and safety should be a top priority. How many other things are leaving? Coverage of local news and events? I urge fellow readers to write in and let Michelle how you feel on this issue.
Simon's carpet care March 12, 2014 at 02:34 PM
Lots of things are missed--Minutes of the City meetings-attaining special events-grandRead Moreopenings--bus iness closing--crime report-O guess O could go on--no need to--The Santee patch used to be a very good source of local information-- I miss Steven--
mary c March 06, 2014 at 10:51 AM
will no longer be checking at least twice each day--maybe once a week or so
Simon's carpet care March 07, 2014 at 01:44 AM
It has changed a lot--There not following the Santee News like before.Like tonight on 9 News--About Read Morethe City wanting to make MAST BLVD. a walking path--and not make the 600 ft. road that needs to be there-its one of the Main Roads in Santee--John Minto is the only City member who thinks this road should be finished.
buzidebbee March 12, 2014 at 04:20 AM
This will drop site visits dramatically. I am not sure if they care though.
Patriot88Socal March 05, 2014 at 07:37 PM
what a bunch of crock. the hurricane season over the last several years is the quitest it's been in Read Morea long time. the average temp of the earth over the last 15 years has been stable. every climate.model.has been wrong. we have record ice at the pole, while we have been setting cold records all.winter long .yet some would have us believe that it ia getting colder because it is getting warmer. nothing more. than pure.b.s. in the 70's it was global cooling, I'm the 90's it was global warming, now it's climate change so no matter what their ass is covered.
buzidebbee March 12, 2014 at 04:25 AM
I urge those of you reading this to take a moment and add you comments on this issue! BarelyRead Moreanythin g left of our great informative site. You had loyal followers who read and promoted the site. Why cancel that out?
santee citizen March 13, 2014 at 01:25 PM
AOL lays off about 500 at Patch local news unit Roger Yu, USA TODAY 9:28 a.m. EDT August 21,Read More2013 AO L said Friday it is laying off about 500 employees at Patch, or about half of the total workforce working for the local news site division. The New York-based media company is also closing or consolidating about 150 of the 900 news sites that are designed to compete with local newspapers for online viewers and local merchants' advertising budgets. "Patch's strategy will be to focus resources against core sites and partner in towns that need additional resources," the company said Friday in a statement. "Unfortunately, with these changes we are announcing today, we will be reducing a substantial number of Patch positions." Shares of AOL, which owns the Huffington Post and TechCrunch, fell 0.7% Friday and ended at $35.21. The layoffs had been anticipated after AOL CEO Tim Armstrong warned employees in a meeting on Aug. 9 that a round of job cuts was coming and asked those who didn't believe in the venture to voluntarily leave. During the closed meeting -- a recording of it was obtained by JimRomenesko.com, a media news site -- Armstrong also fired a creative director on the spot for using his camera, leaving the attendees in stunned silence. Armstrong later apologized for the way he fired the employee. Armstrong also fired Patch CEO Steven Kalin earlier this month. Bud Rosenthal, who was and remains AOL's president of paid services and membership, assumed operational control. Armstrong co-founded Patch in 2007, betting that readers would flock to websites that focused entirely on news and developments in their neighborhoods. Patch was bought by AOL in 2009, shortly after AOL named Armstrong as its new CEO. With more financial support from AOL, Patch went on a hiring spree, assigning reporters and editors to more towns and cities. AOL doesn't disclose Patch's financial performance, but many sites failed to live up to internal expectations in online traffic or ad sales. During an earnings call earlier this month, Armstrong told analysts that he began identifying the sites that were lagging in performance, implying that they were targeted for closure. The company said Patch's online traffic grew 10% in the April-to-June period from a year ago. AOL's advertising revenue rose 7% to $361 million in the second quarter. "We have decreased (Patch's) cost structure to roughly 25% already this year and we would expect to remove more cost at Patch going forward," he said. "As an investor you should recognize that the changes we are making in Patch will negatively impact traffic and revenue but they will meaningfully improve profitability and AOL's profitability."
santee citizen March 13, 2014 at 01:25 PM
above fromRead Morehttp://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2013/08/16/aol-lays-off-500-at-patch/2666059 /