Daily Archives: September 10, 2013

City Council to consider proposal on raising water rates

City Council to consider proposal on raising water rates


water ratesSAN DIEGO — A proposal by the city of San Diego’s Public Utilities Department to raise water rates more than 7 percent in each of the next two years is scheduled to go before the City Council this afternoon.

The proposed increases would be 7.25 percent in the calendar year 2014, and an additional 7.5 percent the next year. The higher rates would vary among individual customers based on their water usage.

The City Council won’t be deciding whether to approve the plan at the meeting, but rather will schedule a public hearing for November and authorize notices to be delivered to water customers.

The proposed rate increases are the result of a study on the projected costs for the department to provide water to area residents and businesses. Among the factors considered were increases in wholesale water rates and the need to pay debt service on major infrastructure projects.

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Fire near Lyons Peak continues to spread

Fire near Lyons Peak continues to spread


[trib_ndn vid=25149340]LYONS VALLEY, Calif. — A wildfire that has blackened hundreds of acres in rugged, hilly terrain southeast of El Cajon was 15 percent contained early Tuesday.

CDFThe blaze erupted for unknown reasons off Lawson Valley Road in the rural Lyons Valley area shortly after 1 p.m. Monday, according to Cal Fire. By 7:30 a.m. today, the flames had spread over an estimated 450 acres, the state agency reported.

As of early Tuesday, there were no immediate threats to structures but only residents were being allowed into the areas closest to the fire, according to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.

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AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for September 10, 2013

An East San Diego County fire that blackened 250 acres is still burning as of last reporting. The Lyons Fire named for the Lyons Peak area where it is burning is 10% contained this morning. Cal Fire says it started at around 1:00 PM yesterday and the cause is still under investigation. As of last night at 7:15, San Diego Sheriff’s Office says no structures are being threatened and residents are being allowed back to their homes. However the fire continues to burn in the hilly area east of El Cajon.

22-year-old Patrick Laungrath will is being sentenced today for his part in the 2010 death of San Diego Police Officer Christopher Willson. Laungrath pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and agreed to a 22 year sentence as part of his plea deal.

San Diego’s City Council is meeting today at 10:00 AM On the agenda in the Prevailing Wage proposal. This proposal would require contractors working for the city’s public works and maintenance projects to pay their employees the prevailing wage. According to Wikipedia a prevailing wage is “the hourly wage, usual benefits and overtime, paid to the majority of workers, laborers, and mechanics within a particular area” Last time this came before the city council it passed 5-4 and the vote was split along party lines. Democrats are in favor and Republicans opposed.

At 9:00 Am San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors is meeting about disaster preparedness. Then at noon Supervisors Dave Roberts and Ron Roberts will be talking to the press to promote disaster readiness. With a particular mind towards San Diego’s rapidly approaching fall fire season.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Port of San Diego Board of Commissioners is getting together to talk about its environmental and equal opportunity programs.

If live near Marin Corps Air Station Miramar you may hear some gunfire and explosions today. They are conducting a full-scare training exercises from noon until 4:30 this afternoon.

And finally the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is starting the Space 2013 Conference and Exposition this morning at 8:00

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