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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