Otay Mesa Detention Facility Passes Final Inspection
350,000 square foot detention facility – one of the largest individual
buildings ever reviewed and inspected by the County of San Diego –
has passed its final building inspection and is ready for operation
in Otay Mesa.
The facility, owned by Corrections Corporation of America,
is designed to house 1,500 federal government customs and immigration
detainees. It also includes courtrooms, legal offices,
visitation areas, and medical care facilities.
Construction of facility
commenced in 2013 and involved thousands of site visits by inspectors
from Planning & Development Services (PDS), Department of Public
Works, Department of Environmental Health, and County Fire
Authority. PDS alone performed nearly 800 inspections of the
County Kicks Off New Climate
staff has kicked off the new Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the
County. Ascent Environmental, Inc. has been selected to prepare
the CAP and accompanying Environmental Impact Report. The
University of San Diego’s Energy Policy Initiatives Center will be
preparing the Green House Gas (GHG) Inventory for the County’s CAP.
The CAP will be a comprehensive
Plan that will outline the specific activities that the County will
undertake to reduce GHG emissions. The CAP will also aid the
County in meeting State mandated GHG reduction targets. The CAP
will focus on activities that can achieve the greatest GHG emission
reductions in the most cost effective manner. Project
completion is anticipated in the Fall of 2017.
The public and stakeholders are
encouraged to participate in the development of the CAP through the
County’s strong public outreach effort. Workshops and meetings
with the public and stakeholders will be held throughout the
process. For more information regarding the CAP or to be added
to our notification list to receive future announcements
notifications, please contact Bulmaro Canseco at Bulmaro.Canseco@sdcounty.ca.gov or at (858)
Code Compliance Cleans It Up!
Code Compliance received a report about a property owner in Spring
Valley who was storing and repairing carnival rides at his
residence. When staff visited the property they saw a large
amount of disassembled carnival rides, equipment and
addition there were unpermitted structures, junk cars and other
waste. Staff made contact with the property owner and told him he
would need to clean the property. It was a big job but in a few
months the property was clean.
Land Use/Environmental Planner
Jeff joins the Project Planning
Division as a Land Use/Environmental Planner III. He relocated to San
Diego from Minnesota, where he was most recently a Principal Planner
with the Minnesota Environmental Quality Board. Prior to that, he was
with the City of Lino Lakes, where he was a
City Planner for 13 years. Jeff earned his Master’s in Planning and
his Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Minnesota.
With Jeff’s knowledge and experience, he is sure to be an outstanding
addition to PDS and the Project Planning team.
Human Resources Specialist
Ally joins the HR team as a
Human Resources Specialist with four years of experience, including
working at the Unified Port of San Diego and most recently, Cinepolis Luxury Cinemas. She earned her
Bachelor’s degree in Communication from UCSD. Ally’s HR knowledge and
experience will provide tremendous support to all divisions in PDS,
and we welcome her to our team.
Did You Know?
Peak is a mountain located in north San Diego County with a 3,193
foot summit. The trail to the summit is little-used and not known by many
people. The view from the top is amazing and provides a breathtaking
360-degree view! On clear days, visibility ranges from 60-70 miles in