County to hear from public on dunes grant

June 03, 2002|By LAURA MITCHELL, Staff Writer

The county Board of Supervisors scheduled a public hearing at 11 a.m. Tuesday during its regular meeting to get input on the county sheriff's 2002-2003 Glamis dunes law enforcement grant application with the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation division of the Department of State Parks.

The Sheriff's Office 2001-2002 grant requested $242,400 for law enforcement at the dunes but in January the OHMV commission awarded the sheriff $500,000, double what was requested for law enforcement.

Law enforcement became a problem last season when the dunes, with about 200,000 visitors, were patrolled by fewer than 40 officers over the Thanksgiving weekend. What followed included a shooting, stabbings, fights and a record number of citations issued for driving under the influence, driving with open containers and other illegal activity.

The board also will consider supporting state Senate Bill 1468 regarding county zoning and military facilities. According to the bill's author, Sen. William J. Knight, R-Palmdale, the bill protects military bases from urban growth by requiring cities and counties to zone lands for compatible uses around military facilities in the city or county's general plan.


The supervisors will consider opposing another land use bill, S.B. 1521 by Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles. The bill is titled as a smart growth model for land use. The California State Association of Counties opposes the bill, saying while it supports smart growth concepts the bill gives the state too much say over issues that should be part of local planning.

The board also is scheduled to:

· discuss, as the county Air Pollution Control District board, a $250,000 federal grant for the compressed natural gas maintenance facility;

· oppose Assembly Bill 2752 regarding discrimination against injured workers;

· support federal House Resolution 3493 on geothermal production tax credits.

The supervisors meet at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in 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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