News Release


DATE: October 14, 1999

CONTACT STEVE SCHMIDT AT 619-531-4766 or 619-206-9108



LAKESIDE -- County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Assemblywoman Charlene Zettel (R-Poway) Tuesday night kicked-off a series of East County Transportation Summits aimed at providing information and receiving community input on transportation needs.

Jacob and Zettel plan to use this information to develop a comprehensive transportation improvement plan for the East County and to work together to implement the plan.

"These summits will provide the public the opportunity to tell their elected officials what transportation improvements are needed most," said Jacob. "This process allows for a community based bottom-up approach, rather than a bureaucratic top-down approach," she added.

Representatives from Caltrans, the County Department of Public Works, the California Highway Patrol and the County Transit System were on hand to give project updates and address resident concerns or questions.

Caltrans representatives shared plans to widen State Route 67 to a four lane highway between Mapleview Street in Lakeside and Dye Road in Ramona, estimated to cost $190 million. Several participants also asked that Caltrans complete a full interchange at the intersection of Winter Gardens Boulevard and State Route 67.

Public Works staff reported that $14 million in County projects had been completed in the Lakeside area over the last six years and $12 million in additional projects are currently underway.

"As the Assemblywoman for the 75th District, it is important for me to hear first-hand, the community's needs and concerns so that the State can work more effectively with local planners," said Assemblywoman Charlene Zettel.

Community participants included representatives from the Lakeside Community Planning Group, the Lakeside Fire Protection District, the Lakeside Union School District, the Lakeside Revitalization Group, the Grossmont Union High School District, and the County Water Authority.

Future summits will be held in several communities, including Rancho San Diego, Ramona, Spring Valley, and the cities of Poway, Santee and El Cajon.