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October 8, 2003 The Julian News 9 OF ,p,,,AL ,,,,,,,, o, ,o,,,,, TO THE RESIDENTS OF JULIAN AN OPEN LETTER TO SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB RE: JULIAN COMMUNITY PLANNING GROUP Dianne Jacob, Supervisor, Second District, San Diego County Board of Supervisors County Administration Center 1600 Pacific Highway San Diego, CA 92101 September 14, 2003 Supervisor Jacob: The undersigned residents of the Julian Community Planning Area wish to inform you that we consider the current members (f the Julian Com- munity Planning G'oup to be in viola- tion of requiremelts of Board Policy I-1, which requires that they represent the interests of tl'eir community. That Boar( policy states that, "Service on ,ommunity Planning Groups is a public trust. Group mem- bers must not ngage in any activity where there is conflict between their private interesS and the public interest of the commurity represented." Our Julian Community Planning Group hcludes only four members who have been elected by the voters of the lanning area they represent. The otter seven members of this 11- membe" group have been recom- mended for appointment by this group, which las refused to support replace- ments :hat would assure that a broad cross-section of all interests in this commLnity are represented. AN important element in the exist- ence d this condition is that during the filing period for last November's elec- tion, our community was still recover- ing fron effects of the Pines Fire. As a result of that distraction, there were not enough persons filing for any pub- lic positions to require elections for any public positions in the Julian area. Only three persons filed for five vacancies that then existed on the planning group. Your Board was legally required to appoint them; and at the first meeting of the new group,. they voted to change most of the planning area from one dwelling per 40 acres to one dwelling per 80 acres. This was done with no specific notifi- cation to the community or to affected property owners. When community pressure caused notices to be sent to those land owners and a majority of persons at the noticed meeting opposed the action previously taken, their opinions were ignored and the 80-acre density recommendation was maintained. Furthermore, when any candidate volunteers to fill a vacancy who does not comport with the attitudes of the current leadership, they are rejected. Probaoly the worst example of this occurred when a respected, retired ciy manager who had worked for Del Mar and Lemon Grove, among other cries, for 28 years volunteered for a osition on the group. Another voluner was recommended, even though she stated she felt she was not as Jvell qualified as the individual beirg rejected. As a result, no one who differs w.h the attitudes of the group's lead- ,ship now bothers to offer their serv- es since they are likely to be rejected i and serving on a group with such a skewed membership is neither useful nor pleasant. Four of the members of our plan- ning group are either board members, lobbyists, or employees of pressure groups seeking to influence land use decisions. The Chair is a board mem- ber of SOFAR (Save Our Forests and Ranchlands) and another is a board member of the County Farm Bureau. Both of these members were elected to the planning group in November of 2000. The two other such members were appointed by the newly consti- tuted group earlier this year. One rep- resents the Back Country Coalition environmental organization on the Interest Groups Committee and the fourth one, who chairs our Land Use Subcommittee, is an employee of the Wildlife Research Institute. The only special interest group representative who is opposed to changing the 40-acre density to 80 acres is the member who also sits on the County Farm Bureau Board. The welfare of our community is taking a back seat to the objectives of the special interests of land use pres- sure groups. We ask that you be fair in your decisions regarding the treatment of private property owners and that you not be influenced by recent activities involving the proposed Rural Lands Initiative. The voters of our community" previously rejected an initiative that called for 40- and 80-acre lot sizes by a two-to-one margin. We, therefore, urge you to disre- gard the recommendation of this plan- ning group to change all our 40-acre density area to 80 acres unless there is frst a guaranteed equity mechanism to provide compensation to property owners for lost value. Respectfully, Among those signing this letter were: Juli Zerbe Bob Stuart Jim & Betty Birdsell Wayne Moretti Julia Degenfelder Jim & Fran Stork Jerry & Cathie Cozens Kathy Johnston Sheilo Martin Patrick Brown Stanley Rogers Richard Stanley Peter Vanderstaay Garry & Janet Bishop Eleanor Burns Richard Liggett G. Stanley Barbara Stanley Thomas Helmontoler Bernard Matthey John & Rita Barnes Joe Hutchinson Rose Steodman Robert Bowman Dienna Sherwood Br,uce & Chris Tuthill Jack Shelver Mary Alice Geory D. A. Monley Frank Pease Patricia Mushet William Stevens James Porter Chris Collins Howard Mueller Michael Riney Charles Long Vicky Bryan James Jenkins Jimmy Carter Jean James Christine Stanley Ray R. Redding Ray Meyer Robert Grum Kirby Winn Betty Zerbe Joseph Ramona Robert Adam Henry Phelps Undo Ulmer E. Lowry Jeanne Bakken Rose Mary Gossman Annie Kelch Dana Pettersen Thomas Stanley Joann Madden Dallas 8, Roberta Green Thomas & Janet Kendall Michael & Toni Menghini Jim & Loretta Ketcherside Norbert & Deanna Ralphs Dick & Mary Ellen ThiCken David & Jeanne Richardson Kenneth, Deborah & Broc Mushet Stan, Diane, Lisa & Eldon Cornette Ran Sanchez & Katherine KendalI-Sanchez Barney, Gladys, Jim, Lynne & Dennis Murphy [Sorry, not all of the 118 names are included due to lack of legibility of some signatures. All signatures were, however, submitted to the Supervisors on October 1, 2003. --Editor] Frank Herrera Barbara Stanley Linda Owen Betty Morgan Justin Stanley Alice Froyck Circulators of this let- ter have indicated that it will be available for addi- tional signatures at: THE WANDERING SAGE at 2116 Main Street in the W. E. Cole Building and at COZENS BUILDING SUP- PLIES and COZENS CON- STRUCTION on Porter Lane. MOUNI'AIN FARMS REALTY Our Professional Sales Staff KNOWS Julian S;me Ownership Since 1980 WE INVITE YOUR OPINION/ The views expressed by contributing writers are not necessarily those of The Julian News or its management. We invite all parties to submit their opinions and comments to The Julian News, All contributed items are subject to editorial approval prior to acceptance for publication. I,l :q/Jl/J|'l #/Jh f l # l,'m :Z q q q l. R DItSERr$ RUtE$ OF ORPER 1. I can only please one person per day. Today is not your day. Tomorrow is not looking good either 2. I love deadlines. I especially like the whooshing sound they make as they go flying by. 3. Tell me what you need, and I'll tell you how to get along without it. 4. Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days the statue. 5. Needing someone is like needing a para- chute. If he isn't there the first time, chances are you won't be needing him again. 6. I don't have an attitude problem; you have a perception problem. 7. Last night I lay in bed looking up at the stars in the sky, and I thought to myself "Where the heck is the ceiling?" 8. My reality check bounced. 9. On the keyboard of life, always keep one finger on the escape key. 10. I don't suffer from stress. I am a carrier. 11. You are slower than a herd of turtles stampeding through peanut butter. 12. Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, because you are crunchy and taste good with ketchup. 13. Everybody is somebody else's weirdo. 14. Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level, then beat you with experience. 15. A pat on the back is only a few centi- meters from a kick in the butt. 16. Don't be irreplaceable -- if you can't be replaced; you can't be promoted. 17. After any salary raise, ryou will have less money at the end of the week. 18. The more crap you put up with the more crop you are going to get. 19. You can go anywhere you want if you look serious and carry a clipboard. 20. Eat one live toad the first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day. 21. If it wasn't for the last minute, nothing would get done. 22. When you don't know what to do, walk fast and look worried. 23. Following the rules will not get the job done. 24. When confronted by a difficult problem, you can solve it more easily by reducing it to the question, "How would the Lone Ranger handle this?" ALL OF OUR AGENTS ARE REALTORS, MEMBERS OF THE SAN DIEGO ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS 2019 Main Street Julian, CA 92036 (760) 765-0111 QUAINT & Crt ' 2-BR/1-BA country home on .8-acre lot. Quiet, pdvte road; 900 e.s.f, w/approx. 540 sq. ft., unfinished baement plus garage/workshop. High, wood- beam ceiling & picture windows. Brick fireplace with stove insert Many upgrades & unique craftsman features. Enless possibilities. 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