SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Two long-serving San Diego County supervisors beat back stiff re-election challenges in 2010, but voters also passed a measure to limit officials to two terms.
The five members of the board, all Republicans, have served together uninterrupted for 15 years.
Ron Roberts and Bill Horn were the first among them forced to a runoff election since 1998. Candidates can win a seat outright in a primary election if they take more than 50 percent of the vote.
In the runoff, Roberts defeated American Red Cross spokesman Stephen Whitburn by 57-43 percent in a district that mostly covers the city of San Diego, while Horn beat Vista City Councilman Steve Gronke 53-47 percent for his North County seat.
Both incumbents pointed to the fiscal discipline exhibited by the board and county administrators, noting that while San Diego County has reduced spending and laid off employees during the economic downturn, the cuts have not been as severe as those made by other government bodies.
However, in the June primary, voters imposed the term limits measure, which won with 68 percent support.
The restriction is not retroactive, so each of the current supervisors can serve an additional two terms.
The board this year changed the manner in which they dole out grants to nonprofit agencies in the community and rejected the 2,632-unit Merriam Mountains housing development, which would have gone in along Interstate 15 across from Lawrence Welk Village in the North County.
Meetings at the end of the year were dominated by public testimony over an update to the county's decades-old general plan, which could be adopted as early as January. The proposal calls for the great majority of development to take place in western portions of the county, closer to existing infrastructure.
Two more schools face threats Thursday morning in Vista and city leaders are taking new action to stop them.
Rain showers are expected to reach San Diego County Thursday, but the brunt of a big storm impacting much of Southern California will miss San Diego County and instead hit north of here.
Testimony will continue in trial of a lawsuit alleging that Adam Shacknai, the brother of millionaire Jonah Shacknai, killed Jonah Shacknai's girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, at the Spreckels Coronado mansion in July 2011.
A San Diego County sheriff's deputy was free on bail Thursday following his arrest by Riverside County authorities on suspicion of lewd acts with a child.
The National Weather Service is predicting rain around San Diego County this week, potentially heavy rain on Thursday. People in unincorporated areas can get free sandbags at numerous locations to help them protect their homes, properties and communities.
The debate over dockless bikes rolled into Pacific Beach as the Town Council held a panel Wednesday night with bike and scooter sharing companies: Bird, LimeBike, ofo and Mobike.
Tieray Jones walked out of jail a free man Wednesday night just hours after a judge decided to not re-try him in the death of his stepson nearly 16-years ago.
DMV officers were out Wednesday, looking for people abusing the system. One woman was in tears as she was caught using a handicap placard issued to her adult son - who wasn't with her on the shopping trip.
A Serra High School freshman was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of scrawling a threat about a school shooting in a restroom at the Tierrasanta campus.