Report 2012-109 Recommendation 4 Responses

Report 2012-109: City of San Diego: Although It Generally Followed Requirements for Reviewing Permits, It Could Do More to Protect Historical Resources and to Notify the Public Properly About Its Actions (Release Date: April 2013)

Recommendation #4 To: San Diego Mayor's Office, City of

To provide the public proper notice of San Diego's decision that a project is exempt from CEQA, Development Services should submit exemption notices to the county within five business days after the date all rights to appeal its decision have elapsed, in accordance with its procedures.

1-Year Agency Response

The City has updated Procedure 4.04 to specifically direct staff to process and post all required Notices, including exemption notices, in accordance with the Municipal Code and CEQA.

  • Completion Date: November 2013
  • Response Date: April 2014

California State Auditor's Assessment of 1-Year Status: Fully Implemented


6-Month Agency Response

Development Services has revised its written procedures (Procedure 4.04 Hearing Support Staff Responsibilities for Environmental Documents)to ensure that environmental exemption notices are filed with the County Recorder within 5 days after all appeal rights have expired, as required by CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines.

  • Completion Date: May 2013
  • Response Date: October 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 6-Month Status: Pending

The city did not provide a copy of its written procedures to substantiate its claim of full implementation.


60-Day Agency Response

Development Services will revise its written procedures to ensure that environmental exemption notices are filed with the County Recorder within 5 days after all appeal rights have expired, as required by CEQA and the State CEQA Guidelines. As part of this issue, Development Services is working with the City Treasurer and County Clerk to determine a process whereby filing fees for environmental notices can be paid within existing cash handling rules.

  • Estimated Completion Date: 10/15/2013
  • Response Date: June 2013

California State Auditor's Assessment of 60-Day Status: Partially Implemented


All Recommendations in 2012-109

Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.


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