Otay Mesa Detention Facility Passes Final Inspection

prisonA 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 facility construction.


County Kicks Off New Climate Action Plan

CAPPDS 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 or at (858) 694-2216.


Code Compliance Cleans It Up!

messPDS 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 generators.  


codesIn 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.  


Welcome Aboard!

jeffJeff Smyser

Land Use/Environmental Planner III

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.


allyAlly Weinberg

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?

margaritaMargarita 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 every direction. 


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