Liz Swain

Liz Swain is a Reader contributor. See staff page for published articles.

La Mesa council votes for...cooperation?

**Other City Policies:** San Carlos is in San Diego’s District 7, which is represented by councilman Scott Sherman. His communications director, Jeff Powell, emailed information on October 13 about San Diego’s docketing policy. Rule 7.1 in Article 2 of the Administrative Code states, “Any member of the council or a council committee may initiate a request for request for council action for matters within the jurisdiction of the council.” Requests are placed on the adoption agenda “unless referred to committee by the council president.” The rule also describes actions that the president could take such as referring a request to the Committee on Rules. Sherman’s 2016 “council-initiated matters” included the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zone that the council unanimously approved on February 29. Sherman’s office listed his name and that of County Board of Supervisors chairman Ron Roberts on the news release for the program “to help expand community access to fresh produce through a property tax incentive for urban agriculture on vacant, blighted land.” Roberts and vice chair Dianne Jacob “brought the urban agriculture zone issue to the board for consideration,” on November 18, 2015, according to the County News Center. In El Cajon, any councilmember “can put something on the agenda for discussion, but not [a] decision,” city spokeswoman Monica Zech said in an October 16 email. The councilmember “only can request that the discussion item be brought back on a future agenda for an actual decision” if a council majority “votes to do so.” http://www.sandiegoreader.com/users/photos/2016...
— October 18, 2016 10:47 a.m.

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