The San Diego Sheriff’s storefronts are not what they seem to be, according to Lieutenant Jerry Harman, of the Rancho San Diego Station. The community shares two storefronts. One is located in the Spring Valley Center at 531 Sweetwater Road, while the other is in the Casa De Oro Plaza at 9736 Campo Road. Sometimes they are empty and therefore not very good places to report crime.
“The most important thing to remember with our storefronts is that we do not dispatch deputies from these locations. These locations were graciously provided to us by the then Houck Properties and now Pacific Properties and we fully appreciate the opportunity to be closer to our communities. Our deputies utilize the offices as a way to stay closer to their beats when doing reports, handling correspondences, taking a quick break, using the bathroom, cooling off or warming up depending on the season,” Hartman shared.
According to Lt. Hartman, deputies meet at the storefronts “to round table the handling of situations, training, debriefing incidents and enforcement strategies”. As a result, and for for security purposes the offices are not open to the public, and deputies are not always there. Sheriff staff is also not assigned to work at the storefronts.
Lt. Hartman asks the public not to drive to the storefront to report a crime. “If you see a patrol car there, then there is probably a deputy there,” he shared. Because a deputy may not always be at the storefront, if you are a victim of a crime, your best action is to call 911, and for a non-emergency call 858-5656-5200.
If you are visiting one of the storefront shopping centers and become the victim of a crime or if you witness a crime, knock on the storefront door if you believe a deputy is there, otherwise call 911.
“The most important thing to remember with our storefronts is that we do not dispatch deputies from these locations.”
Tom Causey, the County Code Compliance Officer assigned to monitor Casa de Oro privately-owned areas, spoke at the General Assembly Meeting of the Alliance on July 18. As a Code Compliance Officer, Causey responds to calls of community members, giving priority to those concerns involving health and safety issues. He works to find solutions in conjunction with other county agencies. Causey investigates violations on private property, and the Department of Public Works oversees violations located on easements, on school property, on Helix water district property, and on other public areas.
Some of the types of cases that Causey investigates include violation of zoning ordinances and building codes, grading and clearing issues, inoperable vehicles, unsafe structures, and noise. In the Casa de Oro business area, Causey has been instrumental in the removal of illegal flag banners and “A-frame” signs, as well as temporary signage. He was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from the Alliance for his efforts.
Although prior to his and additional staff being hired a backlog of several hundred cases piled up, he currently is addressing about 140 cases, which includes 72 CDO cases filed this past year and about 35 new cases each month. Each case begins with a determination of whether a violation exists. If so, a warning ticket is written and a discussion is held to inform the owner of the needed remedy. Another inspection is then held weeks later, and if no action has been taken, a ticket is written. After a two-week appeal period, if there has been no response or corrective action taken, a fine is issued. The fine amount is doubled every two weeks, to a maximum of $10,000 if the violation is not corrected. Obviously, it is to the community and the owner’s advantage to work with Causey to quickly bring their property into compliance!
If you believe there is an issue which Causey should investigate, you may e-mail him at the following address: Thomas.Causey@sdcounty.ca.gov
All are welcome to attend the next General Assembly meeting on September 19.