Streetlights Residential Project and San Diego County Water Authority Primary Focus of November Government Affairs Meeting
TR Robertson — The November Government Affairs Committee Meeting, held at the Vista Chamber of Commerce the first Thursday of each month, featured presentations on a large building project in Downtown Historic Vista and an update on the County’s water use. First up was Josh Liebman, Project Manager of the Streetlights Residential project on Main Street in Downtown Historic Vista. The five story project, with an additional 2 floors of parking at lower levels. Josh said the large building has two weeks of framing remaining, then work will begin on both the interior and exterior siding of the building. He said there will also be work on some paving issues that are necessary on the streets around the facility. The garage is now open and being used for the workers parking, helping alleviate parking issues many of the Downtown businesses were experiencing. He said the project is currently on track for completion in the summer of 2020. The residents of the building will also have access to a pool, spa, and outdoor kitchen. After the first of the year information will become available for people interested in renting apartments, floors 2-5 or for businesses who want to rent space on the first floor.
Next on the agenda was an update from Risa Baron, from the San Diego County Water Authority. The SDCWA serves 3.3 million people. They provide 75% of the used by the 3.3 million people. She said the current water supplies are sufficient today. One of the projects being explored is the building of water pipes to bring water from Imperial Valley to San Diego. Farmers in the Imperial Valley have done an amazing job of being eater efficient with their irrigation and other techniques. Our reservoirs are doing well. The past years snowpack was 175% of average, but early snowpack levels are currently below normal with no major storms in the mountains. Lake Powel is only 54% full and Lake Mead is 39% full. The County is doing well with residents doing their fair share to restrict water use. The focus of the SDWCA is now pointing toward the future project up to 2035 and beyond. Also presenting was Brent Reyes, from the Vista Irrigation District. Brent had handouts available about www.watersmartsd.org, a source to go to where information is available about residential programs, tips for water usage, and tools and resources for businesses, homeowners associations and residential. Residents can also go to www.watersmartcheckup.org to sign up for free site-specific water-saving recommendations.
- From Congressman Mike Levin’s Office – Francine Busby – the Congressman has been attending a variety of meetings – Meet the Leaders in Vista, Veterans Associations and the Water District. He is supporting Bio-Med Research programs, the storm damage projects effecting the cliffs in Encinitas and the Family Fire Act to educate and encourage proper gun storage and gun safety.
- From Senator Patricia Bates’ Office – Matthew Phy – Matthew encourage everyone to go to www.Response.ca.gov, a site that goes over what do in case of fires in your area. It also goes over power shut-off issues and other wildfire information. The Senator’s bill to deal with funding addressing the homelessness issues has passed. He also passed out a letter from the Senator written to the Governor to deal with promises made on the gas tax that have not been kept and instead are being redirected to cover trains and bike lanes.
- From Supervisor Jim Desmond’s Office – Kristal Jabara – Kristal said SANDAG has suddenly found $100 million which they have reallocated for the County’s use. She said the Supervisor wants the money to be used to cover projects that have already been prioritized, many of the projects covering North County issues. She also said the Supervisor continues to look into and support the creation of Crisis Stabilizations Units in the Oceanside and Vista area. Along with this is the creation of Family Justice Centers to assist with a variety of family issues and evaluations. She also said $28 million has been approved for park and improvements in unincorporated areas.
- Aaron Byzak – Chief Government & External Affairs Office Tri-City Medical Center – Aaron spoke about the filming, with the family’s permission, of an Honor Walk Tri-City recently sponsored for a patient who had passed away and had donated their organs, which would be used to save people on waiting lists, waiting for specific organs. As the deceased person is being brought down the hallways to the operating room, where their organs will be removed and put into another individual, hospital staff members from all areas and departments line the hallway in honor of the deceased and to recognize them and their family for the decision they made. He said the Chief Medical Officer of Tri-City narrated the short film.. Aaron also said they are close to signing an agreement with the county to put in a 16 bed, in-patient facility for individuals diagnosed with behavioral issues. He also handed out a promotional newsletter he puts out about Tri-City Medical Center and a magnet people can use if they have issues that are not life threating but issues they want assistance with. People can go to www.tricitymed.org and click ER Check-in to select a treatment appointment time to help cut down the wait time at the Tri-City Emergency Room. Tri-City had a clear audit and they received a Platinum Award for Life Saving. The upcoming Tri-City Medical Center Foundation Diamond Ball will be on Nov. 16th at Aviara Oaks Country Club. Their goal is to continue to raise money to purchase a new MRI machine for the hospital. They have raised $1.26 million toward the expensive purchase. A limited number of tickets remain for the Ball.
- Chuck Rabel passed out a flyer from the Veterans Association of North County concerning raising funds for an Honor Garden. The Garden will be a tribute to all who have served in the military of the United States. Plaques for individuals who have served can be purchased in a variety of sizes. The Garden will be located at 1617 Mission Ave. in Oside, the location of the VA of North County. Call 760-1277 for more information. They are sponsoring a Veterans Day celebration – https://www.vanc.me/veterans-day.
Next up for Vista:
- Dec. 7 – Vista’s Christmas Parade beginning at 1 pm
- Dec. 13 – Holiday Mixer at Inspired Images/Film Hub
- Jan 9 – Government Affairs Meeting, Vista Chamber Offices
- Jan 27 – Vista 2020 State of the Community luncheon and address