Daily Archives: January 9, 2009

Open Letter to San Diego County Supervisors Re: Las Colinas

Dear San Diego County Supervisors
I am writing to oppose the planned expansion of Las Colinas Women’s Detention Facility at its current location in Santee.  The County of San Diego is wasting an opportunity to develop a very valuable parcel of land as a tax-producing project.  In addition this expansion will encroach on several sensitive locations, including a pre-school, a senior housing neighborhood, a park, and the expanding central business district.
The argument has been made that Santee is a central location, which would be valid if arrests were evenly spread around the county.  However the majority of arrests resulting in transport to Las Colinas take place south of I-8, which makes relocation of the facility to the East Mesa area more sensible.
I have read the EIR, and I find that it ignores or downplays many negative impacts of this project.  In addition, it also ignores the benefits of relocating Las Colinas to the East Mesa site.  To my reading, the decision was made before the EIR was even begun, which is not the way it is supposed to be done.
I hope that you will reconsider the decision on the expansion of Las Colinas, and push for its relocation to East Mesa, where a majority of detention facilities and support services are already located.
Stephen Prendergast
Santee Resident and owner/writer of Scouting Santee community blog
If anyone else would like to contact the supervisors, their e-mails are below.  The deadline for comment is 4:00pm today, but I’m sure that continued contact and opposition would be noted.
SupervisorGreg Cox                                                                                                                                                                  
Supervisor Bill Horn
Supervisor Dianne Jacob
Supervisor Ron Roberts
Supervisor Pam Slater

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Santee Library Presents Reading & Discussion Series

The Santee Public Library has been chosen as one of fifty in the country to receive grant money to present a series of free lectures developed by the American Library Association and the Fetzer Institute.  The series, entitled “Let’s Talk About It: Love and Forgiveness,” is part of the Fetzer Institute’s Campaign for Love and Forgiveness.  Dr. Martha Stoddard-Holmes, Associate Professor of Literature and Writing Studies at CSU San Marcos, will lead these discussions on the themes of love and forgiveness in classic and contemporary literature.

The first work to be discussed will be Homer’s Iliad – not one most people think of for love and forgiveness (especially if you saw the Brad Pitt movie “Troy”).  However, if you read carefully you will find these themes throughout the story.  Professor Stoddard-Holmes will take participants through passages from this epic poem, discussing how these two themes work their way throughout.

This first of five meetings will be held Saturday, January 10, beginning at 10:30 am.  The series is sponsored in part by the Santee Chamber of Commerce, the Santee Community Collaborative, and Friends of the Santee Library.  The full schedule of discussions is:

January 10 – Iliad by Homer

February 14 – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

March 14 – Embers by Sandor Marai

April 11 – The Guardians by Ana Castillo

May 9 – Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

For more information, contact the library at 619-448-1863.

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