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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

New Mobile Phone App to Report Water Leaks and Water Wasters

Tuesday, August 4, 2015



To help Californians save more water this summer, the State Water Resources Control Board, the California Department of Technology and Save Our Water announced the launch of SaveWater.CA.Gov.

 The new mobile-optimized website will allow residents to report suspected leaks and water waste anywhere in the state from their smartphones, tablets and computers. Today’s announcement was made following the release of June 2015 statewide conservation progress.

“Everyone needs to save water, and this is one effective way alert residents can help everyone – and every community – save water during this historic drought,” said State Water Resources Control Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Every drop saved – and every suspected leak or water waste reported and corrected – will help stretch the state’s limited water supply, because we don’t know if next year will be a fifth year of drought.”

Many local water agencies have their own methods for reporting water waste, whether by email, phone or online app. (To find a specific agency, click here.) Modeled on sites maintained by water suppliers throughout the state, SaveWater.CA.Gov is a tool for Californians to help their communities and state save water and assist those water suppliers that may not have the resources to build their own online reporting system. The site is available statewide and compliments local efforts by providing an easy-to-use tool that directly reports water waste to the proper authority – anywhere in California.
Through SaveWater.CA.Gov, users can easily report and send pictures of leaks or water waste from their smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. Users can select the type of water waste from a list of common problems, type in the address where the potential waste is occurring and click send.
The anonymous report is transmitted directly to the water agency that serves the geographic area where the report is made. Users don’t need to know the name of the local water agency or how to contact them. The SaveWater.CA.Gov site does it for them.

More than 300 water agencies throughout the state have already signed up to use the tool. All waters suppliers are encouraged to join SaveWater.CA.Gov to access detailed reports of apparent water waste in their areas.

“The beauty of this system is that it sends reports directly to the water suppliers,” Marcus said. “Since the State Water Board passed emergency water conservations regulations in July 2014, hundreds of state residents have emailed us and called asking what they can do to report suspected water waste. This tool is a valuable step in the right direction for water suppliers to find out about suspected leaks or overwatering in their communities.” 






 
 
 

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Work Started on Citywide Pavement Repair Project

Monday, August 3, 2015

 

Work has begun on a $4 million citywide street improvement project that will upgrade pavement, curbs, gutters and sidewalks in five neighborhoods.

The project, which is funded through the Sandag Transnet program, began July 20 and will be completed in four to five months.

The city’s subcontractor, YBS Concrete, is currently working in the Settle Road area, where asphalt patching is set to begin August 17 and finish in five days. Earlier this year, a crack seal was applied to the road to prevent further damage.

 Final resurfacing of Settle Road and adjacent streets will be scheduled after the asphalt repair work is completed.  Next up: Concrete replacement along Strathmore Drive is scheduled to start August 10.

“No Parking” signs will be placed 48 hours in advance at locations where curb, gutter or sidewalk work is scheduled.

 Workers are currently identifying the locations of utility lines in advance of storm drain replacement work planned for Alphonse Street, Princess Joann Road and Ironwood.

We’ve included (below) a map of the streets and neighborhoods that comprise the project.  

Questions or feedback can be directed to Senior Civil Engineer Toby Espinola at (619) 258-4100 x 174 or via email at tobyespinola@CityofSanteeCA.gov

Curb and gutter and sidewalk work on Settle Road
 

 

 
 



 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Girl Scouts Paint New Mural at Mast Park

Monday, July 27, 2015

Park and Landscape Supervisor Annette Saul views the new mural

Santee's Mast Park is a more enchanting place today, thanks to Girl Scouts from Troop 6170.
Over the July 25 weekend, the young ladies painted a nature-themed mural on a bridge support beneath the Carlton Oaks Boulevard bridge. 
The Girl Scouts used funds from cookie sales to pay for the painting supplies. They painted the artwork under the expert guidance of professional muralist Thom Guerra and troop leader Christy Knight. 
The same Girl Scout troop has been beautifying the park for the past six years. The scouts planted trees during SanTree Fest, and they would routinely replant flowers beneath the park’s entrance sign until it recently collapsed.
The underpass, which is the transition between the main park and the Mast Park West recreational trail, has other murals previously painted by local Boy Scout troops under Guerra's supervision.

Monday, July 20, 2015

Sportsplex USA Santee Hosts Major Tournament

Monday, July 20, 2015

Massive crowd at opening ceremonies today
If you see an abundance of youngsters in baseball uniforms around town, it’s likely they are among the hundreds of competitors in the Extreme Diamond Sports World Series being played at Santee’s Sportsplex USA.

Several hundred players and their family members mobbed the sports field complex this morning for the opening ceremonies, which included a fly-over of World War II-era fighter planes.
 
More than 160 teams from 20 states are vying for championships in several divisions featuring players from ages 8 to 18.

The major hardball tournament means that restaurants, retail shops and traffic in Santee may be more packed than usual this weekend.

 “This event will have a several million-dollar economic impact on the region,” said Bill Berghoff, president of Sportsplex USA. “This tournament alone will generate several thousand hotel room nights.”

The 15-acre Sportsplex facility was built by the city in June 2010 to increase local playing field capacity, provide income to the city’s coffers and generate economic activity from regional and national sports tournaments.

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Prospect Avenue Enhancement Update

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


Final paving of Prospect Avenue and the intersections at Magnolia Avenue and Cuyamaca Street has been completed except for areas where the old power poles need to be removed.

Telephone, power and cable companies are installing cable and wire into conduits below the surface, the next step toward converting  overhead wires to the new underground system.   The conversion work will be performed and coordinated with property owners by SDG&E, Cox and AT&T.
 
Once the utility and cable companies have converted all properties to the underground system, the overhead wires and the wood power poles holding them up will be removed.

Asphalt and concrete near the old power poles will be replaced once the poles are gone.

The new LED street lights will be turned on in segments as the power system is undergrounded.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Arrival of Summer Brings Live Music to Santee

Thursday, June 11, 2015


The Cat*illacs
Here’s the scenario: It’s Friday-eve and you’re looking for something to bust you out of your normal humdrum routine.

Here’s the solution: Head down to Town Center Community Park East to enjoy live music, food trucks that rival the best gastro-pubs, and a venue where the best seats in the house are free.

Yep. Free.

The city of Santee offers this phenomenal combination each summer during a 10-week concert series at our expansive park at 550 Park Center Drive (north side of the San Diego River east of Cuyamaca Street).

The series begins June 18 with the classic rock sounds of the Catillacs. There will also be a classic car show, booths and plenty of room to throw a Frisbee or bounce a beach ball.

 “The concerts are all about having fun in the sun with neighbors and friends,” said Bree Humphrey, the city’s special events supervisor. “People have figured out the formula for comfort by bringing a beach chair, sunscreen and something cold to drink.”

You’re welcome to bring your own refreshments, but no glass containers are allowed.

Metro Transit System has a message for out-of-towners who want to attend the concerts: “Let MTS do the driving. Take the Green Line to Santee Trolley Square.” The shopping center is within a half-mile of the park, so bring a bicycle or walking shoes.

Performances are every Thursday from 6:30- 8:00 p.m. through August 27.  There’s no July 2 concert because of the 4th of July holiday.

Each concert will have food trucks serving cuisine that echoes the theme of that evening’s style of music.

Returning this summer are two specialty concerts, Blues & BBQ on July 16 and Wingstock on August 13. These two concerts run 5:30-8:30 p.m. Blues & BBQ will feature Whitney Shay & the Robin Henkel Band along with Len Rainey & the Midnight Players and a special appearance by legendary bluesman Bill Magee. Phil’s BBQ will return this year as the designated food vendor at Blues & BBQ.

 At Wingstock, the crowd will be entertained by Back to the Garden with special guests Larry Grano and Mattie Mills and fill up on fare from Wings•n•Things.

 The Summer Concert Series is made possible by our generous sponsors: Barona Resort & Casino, Cox Communications, Pardee Homes, Walmart, Waste Management, Wings•n•Things, MTS and Daphne’s California Greek.

 The full concert schedule and band lineup is posted at http://goo.gl/C9f0fo