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Fair Board Futures

New Fair Face | Partnership Potential


New Fair Face
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New Fair Board appointments
Stephen Shewmaker, 62, of San Diego, has been appointed to the 22nd District Agricultural Association, San Diego County Fair Board. Shewmaker has been president at Cubic Transportation Systems since 2006. He was senior vice president at Thales Transportation Business from 2003 to 2006 and senior vice president of business development at Cubic Transportation Systems from 1982 to 2003. Shewmaker was a marketing representative at Honeywell Training and Control Systems from 1972 to 1982. He is a member of the American Public Transportation Association. This position does not require Senate confirmation and there is no compensation. Shewmaker is a Democrat. The Sandpiper is attempting to get an interview with him.

The Governor also re-appointed Adam Day, current Fair Board President. Day has been the assistant tribal manager for the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation since 2002. He is currently vice chairman of the San Diego County Planning Commission. He has served as a staffer for several Republican County Supervisors, as well as Senator Pete Wilson.
Three vacancies on the Board are yet to be filled.

Conditional Use Permit
The Fair Board is trying to get a Conditional Use Permit from the Coastal Commission to permanently use the EOL, SOL and the Golf Driving Range as parking. There are significant wetlands issues on all three sites.
Sierra Club Lawsuit

Sierra Club Lawsuiy
A final Superior Court ruling on the Sierra Club lawsuit against the fairgrounds master plan for expansion will require the Fair Board to re-open its EIR. The Court ruled that the Board failed to adequately analyze traffic impacts and mitigation, identify an adequate water supply for the project in the short term and describe existing greenhouse gas emissions from fairgrounds operations. A similar suit with Del Mar and Solana Beach is in settlement discussions. It is likely that these issues will require at least six months to reach some kind of resolution that is satisfactory to all four parties.



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