Eye on the Coast

Sheriff’s race beginning to gather steam

Bejarano leads in fundraising
David Bejarano, former Harbor City police chief who recently became Chula Vista police chief, reported he had collected $100,402 for his sheriff’s campaign the first six months of the year. Now that he is no longer a candidate, he said he plans to refund 80 percent of the money because he has already incurred some expenses. Sheriff Bill Gore, annointed to become the sheriff by Bill Kolendar who retired July 2, reported raising $55,000 for the same period; however, he already had $61,000 in his kip from last year. Other candidates reported lesser amounts. They include Jim Duffy, former chief of staff to County Supe Ron Roberts, who before joining Roberts was president of the Deputy Sheriffs’ Association. Also former Assemblyman Jay La Suer and former Sheriff’s Sgt. Bruce Ruff. Duffy, whose pop was sheriff several years ago, is considerd to be a formidable challenger to Gore.
Still interested
Surfside City Mayor Crystal Crawford, with unanimous support from her council colleagues, has written to the Governator advising him that the tiny city of 4,500 residents is interested in acquiring the 400-acre fairgrounds and at the very least wants a council rep. to sit at the table when there are discussions about its disposal.
Pot clinics moratorium
County board of supes has placed a 45-day moratorium on pot-dispensing clinics in unincorporated areas while laws regulating them are developed. Meanwhile, Escondido and O’side are in the process of, or have already put in place, regulations concerning these bizness operations. San Marcos and Vista already have regs on their books.
South Australian fact finder
The honorable Karine Maywald MP, minister for water security for the Government of South Australia, recently toured the San Elijo Joint Powers Authority facility in Cardiff and was highly impressed. It had been recommended that she visit during a fact-finding tour of Southern Cal plants because of its numerous statewide awards.
Veteran livestock supe passes
Harold Hilliker of Lakeside, who had been the County Fair’s livestock supe for 44 years when he retired in 2000, passed away in late July after suffering from a fall at his Lakeside poultry ranch. He also was a longtime livestock supervisor at the Riverside County Fair & National Date Festival in Indio. Among his pet projects was the junior livestock auction, which during his last year as supe amounted to sales of more than $437,000 for 451 animals. His interest in the sale never waned and each year he purchased several animals for himself and friends.
Neighborhood Watch
The Talmadge area in the Harbor City has taken a page from the Flower Capital’s crime monitoring effort and formed a Neighborhood Watch program. Residents have set up citizen patrols in cooperation with the cops. Their territory includes El Cajon Boulevard, long known for its nighttime activities of ladies on the avenue.
On chopping block
Sagging postal revenue has caused the probable shuttering of two branch post offices in O’side and one in Escondido. Other post offices have made adjustments in hours of operation. Across the country those blue mailboxes usually found curb side in residential and commercial areas are being axed. More than 200,000 have been junked. Major competitor? The Internet.
Kudos to the judge
In Hawaii, a judge ruled the Hawaii County Council violated the open meetings law when it reorganized behind closed doors and, therefore, the action was null and void. In addition, all actions taken thereafter were also voided. The council had to do everything over again in public this time.
No longer clothes optional
After Labor Day, sunbathers at San Onofre State Beach can no longer shed their apparel to enjoy the full effect of the sun’s rays. Meanwhile, it is expected the edict will be taken to the Supreme Court for a final ruling. Rangers will be pinching (issuing tickets) those who are not in compliance with the mandate.
Worth a gander
A 30-foot-long cartoonish mural that hangs at the entrance to the clubhouse at the racetrack chronicles famous folks who have attended the races during its 70 years of operations from Bing Crosby to the most recent celebs. The mural was created by Daily Racing Form cartoonist Pierre “Peb” Bellocq.
Tax-free weekend
As a back-to-school promo in Raleigh, N.C., and other cities in surrounding states they staged a no sales tax weekend and it was reported it brought the folks out in good numbers even if they were not buying back-to-school stuff.
C’bad budget does OK
Even though it suffered a 6 percent drop in sales tax revenue, C’bad managed to balance its annual budget and also stash away $1.5 mil. into its rainy day kitty which now stands at more than $47.5 mil.
San Diego Association of Governments, or SANDAG, has announced a 2030 plan presumably to go with its 2010 and 2020 plans … EDCO’s effort to open a green waste facility in Valley Center is expected to raise a bit of opposition from nearby neighbors … Vista has OK’d the first of two allowed tattoo salons … Del Mar Union School District is pondering some closures … Sheriff’s Dept. has listed a half dozen popular items that are being swiped including purses and wallets, IDs and credit cards, laptops, cell phones and GPS devices … Flower Capital Engineering Dept. is developing a manual that will include map and parcel preparation and processing, permits, grading plan preparation and submittal requirements, sewer design and requirements and drainage design … Olivenhain Octoberfest is set for Oct. 11 … San Dieguito Water District will present Designing With Water Smart Plants at Rancho Garden Club on Sept. 14 … Del Mar Historical Society will have a day at the races Aug. 30 to commemorate the city’s 50th anniversary … Solbeach City Hall gallery is featuring jewelry and sculptures created by noted artisans … DEMA still has a limited number of tickets available for 20th annual Taste of MainStreet feed scheduled Aug. 27 but you gotta hurry.

Hasta la Vista

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