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NOVEMBER 2016 – VOL 6, 11

YOUR COMMUNITY WATCHDOG

Community Common Sense

In this Issue... San Juan Capistrano City's Failure to Resolve On-Going Violations Prompts Calls for Action Page 1 A Holiday Message from the Mayor Page 2 Widen the Ortega... And Then What? Page 3 Infrastructure Failures a Result of Poor Planning and Budgeting Pages 4 City Manager; a 9-Month Review Page 5 SJC Vaqueros - The Real Cowboys Page 6 & 7 CPUC President Removes Judge Who Advocated for Safer SDG&E Alternative Page 9 City Council Candidate Recommendations Page 10

City’s Failure to Resolve On-going Code Violations Prompts Calls for Action In the September edition of the CCS, we reported that multiple Notices of Violation had been issued to Blenheim Facilities Management, the company hired by the City to “manage” the 70-acre Riding Park at the Eastern Open Space. The code violations include:

cal contractor required to evaluate and test existing electrical system (open J-boxes, missing covers on junction boxes, etc.) Blenheim Facilities Man● “Sec. 9-3.553. Temporary agement to uses: All RV's have exceeded provide letter the temporary use status of from contracHorse washing stations draining to the 10 days. Remove all RV's and tor verifying cease persons from living in that all electri- protected creek habitat triggered notice of violation from the regional water oversight the RV's.” cal is safe and authority compliant with (including hay storage struc● “Sec. 3-1.101. Licenses: code. Follow-up in 10 days.” tures) throughout the Rid[Commercial nursery] is This violation includes the ing Park, as well as buried prohibited from conducting presence of multiple extrapartially underground. business from the park. In addition to the violaCease and the remove tions of the City’s codes, all of [the commercial on October 3 the San Diego business’] wares.” Water Quality Board, which This violation was in has oversight authority for reference to hundreds the protected creek habitat, of commercial nursfollowed up on a previous ery pots stored on the Notice of Violation sent to property by Steven’s City Manager Ben Siegel in Nursery however, the August. The Water Board City now claims that stated that the City had failed Blenheim is allowed to resolve violations related to store the pots on the to the contamination of San publicly owned propJuan Creek at the Riding erty after all. Park property. Follow up contact with the Water Board ● “Electrical code on October 17 revealed that violations ‘Notice to the issues remained unreCorrect’: Permit resolved. quired for electrical al- One of three PVC pipes that drain terations (buried tempo- from the Riding Park into San Juan The Water Board’s notice to Creek were ordered removed by the rary cords, temporary the City Manager stated in San Diego Water Board lighting on structures, part, “…The City is in violatemporary lighting exceeding long extension cords affixed tion of the following provi90 days). Licensed electrito temporary structures sions of Order R9 2009-0002:

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♦ A - PROHIBITIONS AND RECEIVING WATER LIMITATIONS ♦ B - NON-STORM WATER DISCHARGES ♦ F.3a - EXISTING DEVELOPMENT COMPONENT ♦ F.4 - ILLICIT DISCHARGE DETECTION AND ELIMINATION.” Specific violations requiring corrective action include: ● PVC pipes sticking out of the creek bank and draining into the creek in at least three locations (removal required). ● A “shower trailer” with three shower stalls which appear to drain into the creek (removal required). ● Multiple horse wash stations which appear to illegally drain into the creek (establishment of water containment system required). ● “Gray water” draining from numerous housing trailers and RVs, which are prohibited on open space (removal of trailers and RVs required). Commissioners on the City’s Parks, Recreation, Youth and Senior Services Commission (“PRYSS”), who have monitored public health and safety issues at the Riding Park since the code violation notices were issued in Story continued on page 8...

Communty Common Sense - November 2016  

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