Housing

County Creates Online Portal to Track General Plan Progress

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Since the County adopted its General Plan nine years ago, 5,802 residences have been built in the county’s unincorporated communities, leaving capacity for another potential 60,748 residences under the plan. And now you can track progress on the General Plan and local development online, thanks to a new County website.

Environment

County, Solana Center Offering Discounted Rain Barrels

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It’s been a dry winter, but there’s still going to be rain as we head toward spring. And you still have time to make sure you catch every drop, cut your water costs and protect our beaches by ordering a discounted $90, top-of-the-line rain barrel.

Government
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Board Votes to Reduce Greenhouse Gases, Divert Building Debris From Landfills

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The County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday to reduce greenhouse gases in the county by keeping a lot more construction debris from unincorporated communities out of local landfills.

Health
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Cactus Mice Test Positive for Hantavirus, First Local Detection of 2020

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Two cactus mice collected separately in routine monitoring in Santee and Valley Center have tested positive for hantavirus, marking the first appearance in San Diego County in 2020 of the potentially deadly virus.

Environment
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Students 2020 Vision Celebrates Clean Air on APCD’s New Calendar

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Call it their 2020 vision. Hundreds of San Diego County students have spoken — and drawn and painted and colored — to say that clean air and protecting the environment are important. Nearly 500 students submitted their personal art to the Air Pollution Control District’s 2020 Calendar contest.

Transportation
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New Non-Stop Charter Flights to and From Taos Start at McClellan-Palomar Airport

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A new seasonal air charter service is scheduled to start flying Thursday between the County’s McClellan-Palomar Airport and Taos, New Mexico through the end of March.