News Release

SUPERVISOR DIANNE JACOB

DATE: January 17, 2000

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

 

JACOB AND EAST COUNTY LEADERS UNITE TO FIGHT STRANGLEHOLD ON EAST COUNTY ECONOMY

El Cajon, CA - Chairwoman Dianne Jacob today joined with East County leaders to call on SANDAG to improve the Bradley Avenue overpass over State Route 67.

When fully developed, Gillespie Field is expected to add 2,800 jobs to the 3,000 jobs already connected to the airport and surrounding business parks. However, without improvements to the Bradley Avenue overpass, this job growth will not occur.

"Gillespie Field could serve as the poster child for smart growth in East County," said Jacob. "The County has already recognized the importance of improving this intersection by providing $50,000 to get the process started. We cannot allow SANDAG to hold up this process by omitting the Bradley Avenue improvement from its regional transportation plan," she added.

The full development of Gillespie Field will allow for more high-tech businesses to follow the recent move of the San Diego Defense and Space Technology Consortium to East County. Improvements are expected to cost approximately $10 million and will help reduce traffic, reduce air pollution, and give East County residents more opportunities to avoid timely commutes and work closer to their homes.

Jacob was joined by Deanna Weeks, President of the East County Economic Development Council; Robert Durant, County Airports Manager; Jim Griffin, Director of Community Development for the City of El Cajon; Jerry Hollingsworth, Chairman of the Gillespie Field Development Council and Eric Lund, Executive Director of the San Diego East Visitors Bureau.