County Involvement with the Sustainable Groundwater
Management Act (SGMA)
In September 2014, Governor Brown signed into law the
Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA), which provides a state
framework to regulate groundwater for the first time in California’s
history. The intent of SGMA is to strengthen local management of
specified groundwater basins that are most critical to the state’s
water needs. As shown on the figure, there are four basins with
San Diego County jurisdiction that are required to be sustainably
managed, including the Borrego Valley, San Luis Rey Valley, San Pasqual
Valley, and San Diego River Valley groundwater basins.
SGMA allows for local public agencies, mainly counties,
cities, and water districts to become a Groundwater Sustainability
Agency (Agency) to manage groundwater in each basin. Agencies
must be formed by June 30, 2017. The Agencies are then
responsible for preparation of a Groundwater Sustainability Plan (Plan)
and implementation of the Plan to achieve long-term groundwater
sustainability within a 20-year timeframe on each basin.
In January 2016, the County Board of Supervisors (Board)
took action to become an Agency over the Borrego Valley Groundwater
Basin. On August 3rd, the Board will hold a public hearing on whether
to become an Agency over the San Luis Rey Valley, San Pasqual Valley
and San Diego River Valley Groundwater Basins.
Date and Time:
August 3, 2016 at 9:00 A.M.
County Administration Center, Room 310, 1600 Pacific Highway, San
If you have any questions regarding SGMA, please contact
Jim Bennett at firstname.lastname@example.org or
County Preserves 1,386 Acres of Land for Agriculture
the end of Fiscal Year 2015-16, the County of San Diego permanently
preserved 190 acres of agricultural land through the Purchase of
Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) Program.
Eligible properties are those
that were subject to a density reduction as a result of the General
Plan Update in August 2011. Through the PACE Program, the
County compensates these property owners for placing an easement on
their property to continue its agricultural use in perpetuity.
Since inception of the Program in Fiscal Year 2013-14, the County has
compensated 18 property owners and permanently preserved 1,386 acres
of land for agriculture.
Implementation of the PACE
Program is an integral component of the County of San Diego’s Planning &
Development Services Sustainable Environments Strategic Initiative
to support the local agricultural industry and the preservation of
community character. The County will continue to acquire
additional agricultural easements through 2016 and intends to open
enrollment for the next round of eligible PACE participants in 2017.
For more information and
eligibility requirements visit the PACE Program website or contact the
Project Manager, Bulmaro Canseco, at AgConservation@sdcounty.ca.gov
or at 858-694-2216.
The County of San Diego Receives Energy Champion Award
June 10, 2016, the County of San Diego was recognized for being a
leader in energy efficiency at the 11th Annual Energy Showcase hosted
by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). The County was
among 11 San Diego businesses and organizations that were named
‘Energy Champions’ for their investments and commitment to
sustainability and energy efficiency in the San Diego region.
The Showcase highlighted the
County’s achievements in partnering with SDG&E to implement
strategies in the County’s 2015-2020 Strategic Energy Plan -- a road map to improve the quality of life
for San Diegans by investing in innovative ways to reduce energy and
greenhouse gases at County facilities and in the larger community.
In 2015, the County received
more than $150,000 in rebates from SDG&E to replace inefficient
lighting at a half dozen County facilities. The lighting
projects reduced the County’s utility bills by saving 3,000,000
kilowatt hours of electricity.
This year, construction was
completed on the Alpine Library, one of the first
“Zero Net Energy” public facilities in the state. The Alpine
Library is expected to generate as much energy as it uses on site,
saving an estimated $15,000 annually.
The Energy Champion award distinguishes
the County as a leader in energy efficiency and sustainable
innovation with the main focus of improving the quality of life for
Code Compliance - Before and After
Code Compliance received a
complaint for an alley that was filled with solid waste. Code
Compliance responded quickly and worked with the property owner to ensure
that the property was brought into compliance in a timely fashion.
Land Surveyor – Land Development
Greg joins PDS as a Land
Surveyor. He was employed as a Land Surveyor at the City of El Cajon for
the past 16 years. His broad experience includes reviewing and
certifying subdivision maps and other official documents to ensure
compliance with State and local laws, performing independent research
and field surveys, and supervising and participating in
preparation of preliminary and final engineering plans,
specifications and cost estimates.
Civil Engineer – Building
Cindy joins PDS as a Civil
Engineer in the Building Division. You may recognize her, as she
previously worked in the Building Division as a consultant. Cindy
brings nearly 26 years of experience, specializing in structural
engineering. This includes preparing structural engineering
calculations and construction drawings and other documents for
building and industrial projects. Cindy earned her Bachelor’s Degree
in Architectural Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Land Use/Environmental Planner I
– Code Compliance Division
Lazaro joins PDS as a Land Use/Environmental
Planner I in the Code Compliance Division. He will handle our noise
compliance cases. Lazaro worked at Solar Turbines for 15 years, 6 of
which were conducting noise surveying in the field, collecting data,
and generating and interpreting reports. He earned his Bachelor’s
Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California,
Administrative Analyst III –
Support Services Division
Kristina transferred to PDS via
the Health and Human Services Agency. She has been with the County in
various positions since 2006, most recently as an Administrative
Analyst III for the past 5 years. Kristina received her Bachelor’s
Degree in Business Marketing from San Diego State University. She
will be managing our contracts and facilities.
Administrative Analyst III –
Support Services Division
Shelly comes to PDS from the
Health and Human Services Agency. She has been with the County in
several capacities since 2005, and has been an Administrative Analyst
III since 2011. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University
of California, Santa Barbara and her Master’s Degree from San Diego
State University. Shelly will be assigned to assist our Executive
Team with managing various projects focused on our organizational
We welcome all of our new staff to
the PDS team and look forward to their tremendous support to all of
the PDS Divisions and most importantly, our customers. Please join us
in congratulating them on their new roles.
Did You Know?
San Ysidro Mountains are a mountain range
in southern San Diego County, California. The range extends for
a short distance into Baja California. The San Ysidro Mountains are part of the Peninsular
Ranges System. The highest point of the range is Otay Mountain,
elevation 3,566 feet. The majority of the range is included in
the Otay Mountain Wilderness Area. The native vegetation of the
San Ysidro Mountains represents the coastal
sage scrub of the California coastal sage and chaparral ecoregion
(western faces) and plants of the California montane chaparral and
woodlands ecoregion (inland). The San Ysidro
Mountains are one of the few locations where the rare Tecate Cypress
is found. This tree was once abundant in the higher elevations
of the range as well as in its canyons. The San Ysidro Mountains were deforested of living
foliage by wildfires in 2003 and 2007. The Tecate Cypress is a
fire ecology dependent species, and there has been some evidence of