East San Diego County League of Women Voters March 2011 THE VOTER Editor: Donna Bartlett-May firstname.lastname@example.org The League of Women Voters®, a non-partisan political organization, encourages informed and active participa- tion in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy MARCH UNIT MEETING—REDEVELOPMENT The March Unit Meeting will revenue growth in redevel- be your opportunity to opment areas. All the CALENDAR evaluate redevelopment in growth in property taxes in March 10—Board Meet- California and discuss the the project area-over the ing—5:00 p.m. pros and cons. frozen base-is allocated to Helix Water District the redevelopment agency The California Legislative as tax-increment revenue. March 12—Trip to Water Analyst has an excellent In other words, local agen- Conservation Garden Policy Brief on the subject cies receive the same Presentation on Drought- “Should California End Re- amount of property tax tolerant exotics (meet at development Agencies?” at revenues they received in the Garden at 12122 Cu- http://www.lao.ca.gov/ the past, but none of the yamaca College Dr. W, El laoapp/main.aspx growth. Cajon 9:00—10:00 a.m. The Governor’s 2011-12 Advocates of redevelop- budget includes a plan for ment contend that it is a March 17— dissolving redevelopment much needed tool to pro- Unit Meeting agencies and distributing mote local economic devel- 12:30 p.m. their funds (above that nec- opment in blighted urban Discussion on essary to pay outstanding areas and helps build af- Redevelop- debt) to other local agen- fordable housing. Critics ment Funds cies. In place of redevelop- say that redevelopment di- ment, the administration verts property tax revenues indicates that it will proposefrom core government ser- there is no evidence that a constitutional amendment vices and increases state redevelopment increases to allow local voters to ap- education costs, and that overall regional or state- prove tax increases and the scale and location of wide economic develop- general obligation bonds for many project areas bear ment. economic development. little relationship to the pro- gram’s intended mission. Come to the Unit Meeting California’s redevelopment They also contend it has prepared to discuss this is- law provides for a 50-year limited transparency and sue and find out more. diversion of all property tax accountability and that SMARTVOTER, your resource for election information at smartvoter.org THE VOTER Page 2 County Inter-League Organization Reports The League of Women Vot- Diego County. The Health has taken the lead on this is- ers of San Diego County, Care Interest Group of LWV sue, and their statement is also known as the ILO (Inter- North Coast San Diego found on the website. League Organization), pub- County met on Tuesday, Feb- www.lwvsdcilo.ca.lwvnet.org lishes its board reports ruary 1 with two guests from Mary Hanson, Director Natural quarterly. the health committee of Resources. the Long Island, New York The whole report can be found League of Women Vot- Hunger and Food Stamp Is- at LW VSDC website ers. Sylvia Hampton gave an sues San Diego still remains www.lwvsdcilo.ca.lwvnet.org overview of Medicare issues the lowest city in providing We have consolidated our re- with health care reform and food stamps for those in need. ports as short introductions, handed out materials. (see voiceofsandiego.com similar to on-line newspapers Vicki Beck, VP Health Care. dated 1/31/11) In December and magazines, to give you a the Board of Supervisors ac- suggestion of what is in the Natural Resources We are cepted 69 recommendations report. These reports can be continuing to monitor the pro- from a task force to improve shared with friends, neighbors gress of the County General many of the current barriers. and elected officials. Plan update. The County See SNAP workforce report at Jeanne Brown VP Administra- League presented a statement www.lwvsdcilo.ca.lwvnet.org tion LWVSDC at the October 20 hearing The Board of Supervisors then (already posted on our web- gave Health and Human ser- Health care activities have site), at which time the vote vices 90 days to develop a focused largely on health care was continued to February plan for implementing them. It reform with the Affordable 9. The Board of Supervisors also required HHSA to provide Care Act, a San Diego County voted to continue the matter a monthly report of its pro- prevention campaign funded until March 16. The other ma- gress on the recommenda- by the Centers for Disease jor issue we are following is tions to the Social Services Control and Prevention, and the complex proposal to widen Advisory Board. visits by League members at the northern portion of I- Marjie Larson, Social Policy community clinics in San 5. The North Coast League FACTS FOR VOTERS BOOKS New Facts for Voters books will be available soon. These books contain all the contact in- formation for federal, state, county, and local government, chambers of commerce, and li- braries along with election information. Our sincere thanks to the Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District Government Re- lations office for compiling and providing the The Kendalls will donate $300 to the League at the Facts for Voters Information. close of escrow (buyers and sellers). Call for further information. Page 3 THE VOTER County Inter-League Organization Reports (Continued) Education At this point in other two, and brings the totalmerous informational links, time budget problems are number of homeless men and read every entry to ensure the based on uncertainty of women housed in the three absence of slanderous mate- funding from all levels of gov- permanent facilities to 18 in rial directed at other candi- ernment. We do not know if the last three years. dates, distributed thousands we will have a state ballot of colorful Smart Voter book- measure to maintain tax Liz Kruidenier, VP Mental marks, and followed up with increases. If we do have the Health candidates who procrasti- choice will the electorate vote nated before participating. yes? One of the questions Five Year Report on County plaguing education adminis- Population Change, Recycling Joyce Joseph, Director Smart trators is whether to send out Rate, and Landfill Site. Voter layoff notices. There are con- The County of San Diego has tractual obligations. However, written a report for the state SANDAG The Mayors and with such budget uncertainty, with interesting numbers re- members of the Board of Su- administrators are loath to garding the effect of the re- pervisors are working on the pink slip teachers only to later cession on our waste disposal 2050 Plan for scheduling re- rehire them and find that they habits. "San Diego County gional transportation projects are no longer available. The experienced a high rate of in our County. There is much number of school days is cur- population and economic debate over when hundreds of rently 175. However, that gro wt h f ro m 200 0 t o proposed improvements in could be changed and de- 2008...Countywide, population roads and public transporta- creased. increased 11% with one juris- tion financed by TransNet, diction growing by 50% (San with State and Federal money Adrienne Schere, Director Marcos) since 2000 and one added, will be built. The two Education jurisdiction dropping 4% biggest projects are the dou- (Coronado). The Countywide ble railing of trains along the Mental Health Interfaith employment rate grew by 7%. coast and the proposed un- Community Services recently derground tunnel for down- opened their third Fairweather Beryl Flom, LWVSD town San Diego. Lodge in Escondido. This one is a permanent home for six Smart Voter This fall, there Elaine Barton, Director Trans- previously homeless veterans, were over 500 local candi- portation each one in a room of their dates and 14 local measures own with the opportunity for a on county ballots. Members part-time job to increase theirfrom our four local leagues monthly benefits. sent invitation letters to all candidates, posted informa- I have not seen this Lodge but tion on the 14 local measures understand it is as lovely and on Smart Voter, publicized the comfortable a home as the site, located and posted nu- League of Women Voters of East San Diego P. O. Box 683 La Mesa, CA 91944-0683 Phone: 619-463-0243 Join LWV where citizens like you are actively engaged in effecting change on the local, state and national level. Visit the League online! National: www.lwv.org California: www.ca.lwv.org County: http://sdcilo.ca.lwvnet.org East County: www.lwvesdc.org INTERESTED IN JOINING THE LEAGUE OR MAKING A DONATION? 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