From the daily archives: Wednesday, June 20, 2012




San Diegans are invited to celebrate National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 21, by riding public transit, walking, vanpooling, carpooling, or biking to work or school, as a way to save money and reduce their carbon footprint. SANDAG, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), and the North County Transit District (NCTD) will join public transportation groups nationwide to promote the seventh annual event.


In these tough economic times, and with gas prices hovering around $4 a gallon, this year’s Dump the Pump Day takes on even more significance. According to the latest Transit Savings Report by the American Public Transportation Association, individuals in a two-person household can save an average of $10,000 annually by downsizing to one car. One person switching to public transit can reduce carbon emissions by 20 pounds per day, or more than 4,800 pounds in a single year.


On Thursday, from 7 to 9 a.m., representatives from MTS and the SANDAG iCommute program will be at the Old Town Transit Center (4009 Taylor St. in San Diego) thanking commuters and informing the public about special promotions for using alternative transportation. NCTD will have a booth at the Oceanside Farmers Market at Coast Highway and Pier View Way from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and at the Sunset Market on Tremont Street between Mission Avenue and Civic Center Drive from 5 to 9 p.m., where people can stop by to “Sign the Pledge to Save.”


Special Dump the Pump promotions are available this month:


  • Those who pledge to Dump the Pump and log their alternative commute trips in the iCommute TripTracker tool from June 18 to 30 will be entered into a drawing for a $50 Albertsons grocery card. An alternative commute includes taking public transit, carpooling, vanpooling, biking, walking, and teleworking.


  • Those who sign up to lease a van through an iCommute vanpool vendor before June 30 will get a special discount. For new vanpools, Enterprise Rideshare will take $100 off the first month’s lease and VPSI-vRide will take 50 percent off the first month’s lease. Qualifying vanpools also are eligible for up to $400 per month to help offset the cost of the lease.


  • Those who stop by the MTS booth at the Old Town Transit Center to play “Ring-Around-The-Gas-Can” and pledge to Dump the Pump will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Best Buy gift card or a July MTS Monthly Pass.


For more information about Dump the Pump Day, call 511 and say “iCommute” or visit “What’s New” at



By Mario Conde         

The County Board of Supervisors decided not to make an appointment for the IID Board vacancy and now the IID may call for a special election for November.

With the vote of Chairman Michael Kelley, Supervisor Jack Terrazas, and Supervisor John Renison, the board voted not to open the appointment process for the vacant IID seat and will leave it to the IID Board to request a special election for this November. If the IID Board does decides to call for a special election this will be the third IID race added to the fall election.

At a Special Meeting of the County Board of Supervisors last week, the Board was advised that IID Director for Division 5, Anthony Sanchez, resigned his board seat on the IID Board of Directors. His resignation was accepted by the IID Board of Directors at its meeting on June 12, 2012.

During the Special Meeting, the Board was informed that under the California Water Code, the Board of Supervisors has the authority to fill the Director position vacated by Sanchez so long as the board acts to do so within 60 days of the vacancy. The appointment will be effective immediately after the board appointment. Direction was given to have an Ad Hoc Committee be formed consisting of the Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

The committee recommended that the application process incorporate three questions: Are you registered voter that resides within the boundaries of IID Division 5? Why do you want to be appointed to the IID Board of Directors? What do you believe qualifies you to be on the IID Board of Directors? The last two questions were limited to 250 words. The application period would have commenced on Wednesday in hopes to have an appointed person by regular board meeting on July 3rd.

Supervisor Gary Wyatt and Ray Castillo agreed to go to the recommended process since it would be cost effective for the County and look for the right person to be on the IID Board. Supervisor Gary Wyatt said that having an appointment will be better since it will keep special interest groups from influencing the election.

Supervisor Jack Terrazas had concerns with the County Board appointing someone because of the public perception this would cause. He reminded the Board that there is a lawsuit between the IID and the County regarding the QSA agreement, a lawsuit Terrazas said has gone nowhere in three years. He supported having the people of Imperial County elect the person they wish for the IID.

The IID Board of Directors, if they wish to have an election this November, will have to pass a resolution requesting a special election by July 5th. The opening of filing for candidates interested in running for office this fall starts on July 16th.

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