County to vote on Senate Bill 482 at Tuesday meeting

April 01, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors will vote at Tuesday's meeting on opposing state Senate Bill 482, which would change the wording of the California Endangered Species Act.

County documents state the bill is presented as a solution to solving concerns with species at the Salton Sea and Colorado River Basin. But the county documents state the bill provides no meaningful protection and adds "undue bureaucratic burdens on the farmers and businesses of Imperial County."

The act now prohibits "taking" any endangered or threatened species and defines taking as hunting, pursuing, catching, capturing or killing or attempting to do any of the above.

This bill expands "taking" to mean engaging in any activity that foreseeably results in the capture or killing of a threatened or endangered species. The bill also states "taking" to mean any activity that largely impairs the ability of a threatened or endangered species to reproduce or sustain itself in the natural environment.


The board scheduled a public hearing for 11 a.m. to get input on the county's application for a $500,000 grant for home rehabilitation of targeted income groups. The county needs to commit $100,000 to the loan program.

The board also is scheduled to discuss and possibly take action on:

· awarding a $591,737 contract to Granite Construction of El Centro for paving various county roads;

· accepting a grant deed from the Menvielle family for 14 acres at the Gateway of the Americas development for a water treatment plant and retention basin;

· approving an additional $45,000 to Dutton Consulting of San Diego for additional work as the project manager with the Gateway of the Americas development;

· supporting an amendment to state Assembly Bill 499, a bill that proposes to balance jobs and housing. The amendment would change the Brawley Beef plant's zoning from a manufacturing enhancement area to an enterprise zone.

The Board of Supervisors meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the board chambers on the second floor of the County Administration Center, 940 W. Main St., El Centro. Meeting agendas are available online at:

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