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.
Law enforcement agencies across San Diego County are planning to crack down on drunken driving over the three-day Memorial Day weekend.
A two vehicle crash left one person critically injured Friday in Emerald Hills, according to authorities.
Some of the smartest high school students in San Diego County will be in Atlanta this weekend competing in the National Quiz Bowl Championship.
Californians Aware, a statewide group that advocates for government transparency, Friday expressed concern over a soon-to-take- effect San Diego Unified School District policy to delete most emails after one year.
Millions of Southern Californians will be taking to the roads and airways Friday as the Memorial Day travel crunch goes into high gear, and the large crowds will likely test the patience of motorists and airline passengers.
Several good Samaritans, including a grandmother, disregarded their own safety today when they helped subdue and disarm a knife- waving man who attacked the driver of a bus full of schoolchildren in a rural neighborhood in southeastern San Diego County.
An animal known as the San Quintin Kangaroo rat and native to Baja California is back from the brink of extinction.
As Memorial Day weekend approaches, San Diego Blood Bank CEO David Wellis today encouraged those who haven't recently donated blood to consider scheduling an appointment.
The San Diego Zoo Safari Park is famous for its expansive habitats featuring African and Asian species. The all-new Walkabout Australia gives park guests a view into a new region of the world with interesting and unique species.