SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously to consolidate nine sanitation and sewer maintenance districts into a single entity.
The board's action will combine the Campo Water and Sewer, Winter Gardens, Harmony Grove and East Otay Mesa Sewer Maintenance Districts and the Alpine, Julian, Lakeside and Pine Valley Sanitation Districts into a single sanitation district, the San Diego County Sanitation District.
Because that single district does not yet exist, the board first voted to annex all districts into the Spring Valley Sanitation District and then renamed it San Diego County Sanitation District.
Both actions take effect July 1.
The decision will set a uniform annual rate of $336 per residence in all service areas, according to the board. This rate will be less than what residents now pay in Alpine, Campo, Julian, Lakeside and Pine Valley.
Residents in East Otay Mesa will see their rates increase by about 8 percent annually. Residents in Winter Gardens will see their annual rates increase by 55 percent, but will keep their current annual rate of $216 for three years.
Supervisor Dianne Jacob called the vote "excellent news for unincorporated residents."
"This is another great effort by this county to consolidate and bring together resources to conserve efficiency," she said.
The Gate Fire, which has burned about 2,056 acres northwest of Dulzura, was 75 percent contained Monday. Cal Fire also reported that all evacuation orders and warnings were lifted in the fire area.
Voters may have the opportunity to decide on the future of San Diego's hotel tax. Continuing the process, the city council will meet Monday to discuss whether Mayor Faulconer's proposed measure should appear on the ballot in a special election in November.
A fire that charred a garage, a fence and a little more than five acres of brush in Escondido was sparked by someone using a hand grinder on a vehicle near dry grass, authorities said.
Dense fog blanketed San Diego County Monday during the early morning hours. The sun was expected to break through between 8:00 a.m. and 9:00 a.m.
A dolphin headed toward the shore in La Jolla this week received some help from a few bystanders – and a paddleboarder captured footage.
Three motorists were arrested for drunken driving and one was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia at a checkpoint in Chula Vista that ended Sunday, according to police.
City leaders were feeling the burn Saturday near Lindbergh Field. They suited up to take part in firefighter training drills.
Girl Scouts celebrated 100 years in San Diego Saturday, with a unique bridging ceremony held on the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park.