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TMcC April 16, 2014 at 11:37 AM
This is curious. Is there more we don't know? How and why has land that is in such a primeRead Morelocatio n get taken from owners this way? Seems like a case of psuedo-eminent domain or govt/corporate highway robbery. "Eminent domain: The power of the government to take private property and convert it into public use. The Fifth Amendment provides that the government may only exercise this power if they provide just compensation to the property owners. see, e.g. Loretto v. Teleprompter Manhattan CATV Corp. 458 US 419 (1982)." More curiously, while large/giant corporations have been helped by the City of San Diego to install a landfill & then an expanded landfill and the City Development Office had recommended approval of re-zoning for a polluting power plant (which city officials sanely rejected, thank goodness). Those projects included installation of access roads and development features (or giveaways?), but in these cases to corporations. What would a fair price for land in East Elliott be now--what's it worth to those that want it, as opposed to those that would extort it? Land ownership, like it or not--whatever you think of it--is considered a fundamental American right. BTW: Cogentrix is back--asking the CEC to keep their project alive. Please say NO!, by the April 23rd deadline. Thank you Mr. Goldfarb for your great letter to the CEC. Copy & paste this in your browser: http://us5.campaign-archive2.com/?u=24ddb5ed3d8c94a56d650b703&id=12620a49ac&e=0c85ca67ea
Stephen Goldfarb April 16, 2014 at 01:06 PM
The City started this process in 1997 when it revised the East Elliott Community Plan. This wasRead Moreund er influence by advocates for Mission Trails Regional Park expansion. The presumed purpose for revising the Community Plan was to bring it into conformance with the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). It did the opposite. The MSCP, a Federal Habitat Conservation Plan, is intended to allow and facilitate private development. It does this by regulation, namely providing that the private owner is allowed to develop 25% of their property. In exchange for development, the owner is required to deed to the City 75% of their property for conservation. In reality the City **removed** private development from the bulk of the area (2259 acres) dedicating the land to "open space". The City maintains the legal fiction that the private owners may still develop, though the City's restrictions make private development unfeasible. You can see the City's actions in the revised East Elliott Community Plan on file with the City. It is interesting that the City also included in the Community Plan and the MSCP Sub-Area Plan that East Elliott could be used for another landfill. The area the City has acquired is also the possible site of a landfill. TMcC's remarks about this being like an Eminent Domain Action are accurate and observant. The MSCP was not intended to be a means to obtain property for a park or a landfill. Stephen Goldfarb
Stephen Goldfarb April 16, 2014 at 01:22 PM
The East Elliott Community Plan may be seen at this link:Read Morehttp://www.sandiego.gov/planning/community /profiles/eastelliott/pdf/east_elliott_cp.pdf
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 /