News Stories

02/10/15

State of the County Speech

I’m excited to be here tonight. This is the 5th time I’ve been honored with delivering the State of the County, after 20 years on the Board of Supervisors.

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10/31/14

Why Vote?

Election Day is November 4th and I hope you make a trip to the polls a priority. Your vote is a privilege and a power you should not take for granted.

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06/20/14

Golden Watchdog

For the third year in a row, the County of San Diego has won the San Diego County Taxpayers Association’s highest award: the Grand Golden Watchdog.

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06/04/14

Vehicle Removal

After firefighters leave, what happens? There's damage that must be removed. What about the burned out hulk that was once the family car? Learn one of the many ways County employees are working to help people recover from last month's devastating fires.

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05/16/14

Wildfires 2014 Recovery

After witnessing the destruction of multiple wildfires up close, it's clear San Diegans are going to need a streamlined process toward a full recovery. Some people will need to rebuild from the ground up; to them I want to send my heartfelt sympathies. Others may have had damage but need replacement of some items. I want to help both.

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05/06/14

Backcountry Fire Protection

Before the Fire Authority, a patchwork of fire agencies responded to emergencies in San Diego County's rural backcountry. A variety of volunteer fire companies, independent fire districts and state firefighters responded to structure fires, car accidents and medical emergencies. Firefighter training and response times varied widely. Some areas only had part-time or seasonal fire protection. The lack of a unified system left some communities underserved.

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04/29/14

County to Open New Civic Treasure: Waterfront Park

Join the festivities as a dream more than 100 years in the making comes true with the grand opening of the Waterfront Park. In 1908, city planner John Nolen envisioned a bay front civic center surrounded by parkland. Because of the leadership of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the Waterfront Park has now become a reality and will act as a welcoming landmark to visitors and residents alike.

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04/15/14

Honoring Sheriff's 9-1-1 Dispatchers

San Diego County Sheriff’s dispatchers are committed men and women who answer over 620,000 calls for law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services each year. In addition, these exceptional individuals work under stressful conditions, often dealing with life threatening situations and distressed residents; they are deserving of recognition and praise.

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04/10/14

Waterfront Park Grand Opening

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors invites you to be a part of history at the grand opening of the County's Waterfront Park on May 10, 2014. Festivities begin at 10 AM with a celebration of our region's diverse arts and culture including a variety of fun-filled entertainment, recreation, and civic pride.

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04/02/14

Public Input Asked on Pedophile's Placement

The public is being asked to weigh in on a state proposal to allow a 63-year-old sexually violent predator to live under supervision in Borrego Springs, after his last suggested placement was rescinded.

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03/18/14

Hot Issue: E-Cigarettes

Trying to quit smoking? Let me congratulate you because since the 1960s over 20 million people have died as a result of smoking and secondhand smoke. You’ve probably tried the patch, chewed the gum, and only dreamed of going cold turkey. Now in e-cigarettes you have the opportunity to potentially quit for good, but before health officials can make an official ruling local governments are trying to infringe upon your rights.

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03/14/14

The Wall That Heals

On Thursday, I was invited to speak at the Opening Ceremonies for The Wall That Heals. Being in the presence of a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial along with so many veterans and so much pomp and circumstance brought back deep, heartfelt feelings and emotions for me. It was a time when our country was in turmoil, yet the men and women of my generation bravely answered freedom’s call.

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03/14/14

#SOTNC Photos

After putting so much work into the text of the speech to make sure we touch on our major accomplishments and look forward to our main goals, it's nice to take a step back and look at some of the visual highlights. Enjoy this slideshow from the 2014 State Of The North County!

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03/14/14

State Of The North County Speech 2014

I enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics this year. The athletes are incredible. When they talk about their sport, they often say “… this is my passion.” It started me thinking. I live and farm in North County, I’ve raised a family in North County, I work for North County residents; I think it’s safe to say, North County is MY passion and has been for the last 20 years. I know you wouldn’t be here today if you weren’t passionate about North County too. I want to keep you informed about what is going on or impacting North County. That is why I am here today.

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03/13/14

Oceanside

The North County community of Oceanside is more than just a beach town; it's filled with cutting edge business, the latest in public transportation, fresh farmers' markets, fabulous restaurants, and fine arts & culture. If you haven't been to Oceanside or it's been a while, you should visit!

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03/10/14

Homes For Our Troops

It was a privilege to serve as a United States Marine Corps (USMC) Captain in the 1960’s. I saw many remarkable and motivating events in my time. As a County Supervisor, I continue to see moving and encouraging stories emerge from the USMC: one of which I got to experience yesterday with Sergeant Julian Torres, his family, and Homes for our Troops.

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03/07/14

Play Ball!

While all the Major Leaguers are preparing for another 162-game season in Spring Training, I was honored to receive a plaque for continued involvement and service from our own local spring training facility: Fallbrook Youth Baseball.

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03/04/14

State Of The North County 2014

It's that time of year again for Supervisor Bill Horn's State Of The North County Address. Look forward to great news about District 5 and where North County is headed in 2014 and beyond.

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11/25/13

Thanksgiving Day Presidential Proclamation

The year that is drawing toward its close has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added which are of so extraordinary a nature that they can not fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever-watchful providence of Almighty God.

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09/23/13

McClellan-Palomar Airport Runway Extension Study

Today, County Supervisor Bill Horn, and Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, released the results of a study to determine if it is possible to extend the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport. The study found not only is it possible from an engineering perspective, but it would also improve runway safety, reduce airport noise, create jobs and stimulate the local economy.

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05/07/13

Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 41 Day

WHEREAS, on January 8, 2013, sailors assigned to the Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 41 “Seahawks”, the Navy’s Fleet Replacement Squadron dedicated to training new pilots and aircrew, celebrated 170,000 operational flight hours without a Class A mishap, a milestone that few commands receive

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05/01/13

Supervisor Bill Horn Commemorates National Day of Prayer

Supervisor Horn will, once again, commemorate the National Day of Prayer by leading attendees in prayer at the CAC flagpole. The theme for the 62nd National Day of Prayer is "Pray for America.” The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952, and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year. People of all faiths are invited to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

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03/14/13

State Of The North County Speech 2013

I have been doing this update for 18 years. The first year, I just wanted to prove to the rest of the County there IS life above I-8. There are nearly 1-million people (888,293) who live north of the city. And up here in North County residents have proven again and again, updates are important to them. They want to hear what is going on in their communities. I want to keep these events informative about North County issues. That is why I am here today. It’s been a busy year full of many changes. The County has a new CAO, Helen Robbins-Meyer. She replaced Walt Ekard after 13 ½ years as CAO.

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03/06/13

COUNTY LAUNCHES SEX OFFENDER EMAIL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

On Wednesday, County Supervisor Bill Horn, Sheriff Bill Gore and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced the launch of the County’s Sex Offender Email Notification System, a service that lets residents sign up for automated email alerts about sex offenders in their area.

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02/28/13

Are These Model Airplanes?

The small regional jets once loved because they replaced rickety, noisy, slow turboprops have multiplied into the majority of domestic airline flights in the U.S., and are now seen as some of the least desirable airplanes. Travelers accustomed to riding in a full-size jet instead find themselves on planes with tighter seating, lower ceilings and fewer amenities for flights as long as four hours. Regional-jet service has grown over the last 10 years to be the backbone of much of domestic air travel, even if it is impossible to stand up straight in the bathroom.

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11/11/12

Veterans Day, Technology & Jobs

The history of Veterans Day dates back to Armistice Day and the end of World War I. To observe what we now know as Veterans Day, President Woodrow Wilson said Americans should “be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory.” Those words still ring true. I’m filled with deep admiration knowing we are blessed with the best military in the history of the world.

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10/18/12

Red Tape Reduction Task Force Impacts

As a farmer, I know what it takes to grow fruit. People say patience is a virtue, and for a law maker it is definitely true because in order to develop quality and lasting change people want it takes time. This was definitely the case for the Red Tape Reduction Task Force (RTRTF), which was a policy I conceived and later co-authored with Supervisor Ron Roberts. We are now beginning to see the fruit of our labor.

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10/11/12

There’s a Map for That

Prosperity on Purpose is celebrating a tangible and exciting milestone. A series of detailed maps were unveiled today at the POP Regional Economic Kick-Off meeting hosted by the San Diego North Economic Development Council at Cal State San Marcos. The virtual maps illustrate how North County can utilize its assets and strengths to drive future economic success for the region. North County has natural resources, land, transportation infrastructure, educational institutions and entertainment venues that aren’t reaching their revenue potential.

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10/05/12

Older Adults Can Get Connected at Internet Fair

More and more older adults are getting online whether it’s to check email, surf the web or set up a profile on a social networking site. A new Pew Research Center study found for the first time ever, more than half of U.S. adults over the age of 65 are going online daily.

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08/17/12

Creating Defensible Space

Defensible space is essential to improve your home’s chance of surviving a wildfire. It’s the buffer you create between a building on your property and the grass, trees, shrubs, or any wildland area that surround it. This space is needed to slow or stop the spread of wildfire and it protects your home from catching fire – either from direct flame contact or radiant heat. Defensible space is also important for the protection of the firefighters defending your home. Defensible Space Zones. Two zones make up the required 100 feet of defensible space.

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08/14/12

Op-Ed in North County Times: A death sentence for San Diego citrus trees?

No more backyard citrus trees in San Diego. While this statement may seem as far-fetched as Americans agreeing on a presidential candidate, it is a grim possibility. Earlier this year, the citrus industry's worst fear came true. For the first time in California, a citrus tree infected with a deadly citrus disease called Huanglongbing (HLB) was found in a Los Angeles-area backyard. A tiny pest called the Asian citrus psyllid is the carrier of HLB. Although both the pest and HLB are not harmful to humans or pets, there is no cure for HLB.

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07/26/12

POP Response

This letter to the editor appeared in The San Diego Union-Tribune on July 26, 2012: After reading Logan Jenkins’ opinion piece on Prosperity on Purpose, we were awe-struck that he could write a full article summarizing the recently completed draft Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) without discussing a single regional economic development issue that was identified in the report. While Mr. Jenkins did not comment on a single issue or idea that was identified in the report based on the input of over 100 stakeholders, he did share some of his personal ideas for improving the North County.

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06/23/12

Joan Wonsley Retires

It is with mixed emotion that I announce the retirement of my Chief of Staff, Joan Wonsley. Joan has been on my staff for almost 17 years. She started as a Policy Advisor on health issues and for the last 13 years, she has been my top advisor, consultant and confidant. During her time, Joan also led me through four successful re-elections, which is no small feat in today’s political climate. My staff and I will miss Joan’s professionalism, leadership and sharp political insight.

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07/12/12

North County study provides regional blueprint for economic development

At long last, a broad swath of North County has a regional blueprint to enhance economic development and other quality of life assets in much of the county’s northern region. Finalized this week, the 85-page Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy document, mercifully shortened to CEDS, completes the first phase of the Prosperity on Purpose program, a multi-agency effort that focuses on Escondido, San Marcos, Vista, Oceanside and Carlsbad, the unincorporated areas of the county’s 5th Supervisorial District, and the region’s eight Indian reservations. The program is being led by the San Diego North Economic Development Council (SDNEDC) and county Supervisor Bill Horn, whose $236,000 in county discretionary funding financed the overall program, along with contributions from some of the cities and Indian tribes in the study area.

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06/10/12

Water Relief

An end is in sight to the decades-long dispute over rights to the San Luis Rey River. Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a resolution, authored by Supervisor Bill Horn, supporting a recent agreement between a city, a water district and five Indian Bands to share water from the San Luis Rey River. The water agreement includes the La Jolla, Pauma, Pala, Rincon, and San Pasqual Indian Bands, the Vista Irrigation District, and the City of Escondido. It requires the federal government to provide an additional 16,000 acre-feet of water to the tribes and the region, while the cities are allowed to continue using the water from the San Luis Rey River. The agreement now awaits final approval from the Department of the Interior.

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07/09/12

Plane to See

For Immediate Release (Carlsbad/McClellan-Palomar Airport): The newly arrived California Pacific Airlines is showing off its first airplane. The Embraer 170 landed in Carlsbad on Friday, and is one of three aircraft planned for North County’s newest commercial airline. The twin-engine jet can accommodate up to 72 passengers. It features two seats on either side of the center aisle, and it can land and come to a full stop using just over half of the runway. “This is great news for North County,” says County Supervisor Bill Horn. “California Pacific Airlines will bring more jobs and more revenue to the area, and that’s what we need more of.”

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06/05/12

Career Fair Set for Camp Pendleton

The Department of Defense will host a "Hiring Heroes" career fair Wednesday for injured and ill troops at Camp Pendleton. The event takes place from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the South Mesa Club. The Hiring Heroes Program is a Pentagon outreach effort for wounded and ill service members whose careers were cut short by injuries received in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fair provides an opportunity to network, collect information and talk one-on-one with approximately 78 Defense Department, other federal agency and private sector recruiters and employers about civilian career opportunities.

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05/14/12

Report ranks governments' 'small business friendliness'

Oklahoma City ranked No. 1 in the country in “small business friendliness,” according to a new survey, and Sacramento, Calif., ranked last. Idaho topped all states, with Rhode Island bringing up the rear, according to the survey, “United States Small Business Friendliness,” by Thumbtack.com in partnership with the Kansas City, Mo.-based Kauffman Foundation. The findings were based on a two-month survey of 6,000 small business owners nationwide. The survey queried business owners about the ease of starting a business in their locale, hiring costs, taxes and regulations, and the availability of training or networking programs.

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05/09/12

Thriving regions can be catalyst for a 'Can-Do' state

California was in the vanguard of regional thinking two decades ago, and with the upcoming California Economic Summit on Friday in Santa Clara, we have taken regional thinking – and more importantly regional action – to a whole new level. Over the past 18 months, three statewide reports recommended a summit: the Think Long for California Jobs, Infrastructure and the Workforce Task Force, An Economic Growth and Competitiveness Agenda for California commissioned by Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and Thriving Regions Lead to a Thriving State by the California Stewardship Network.

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05/08/12

Incentives Sharpen State's Competitive Edge

That our California seaports and our film and television industry have something in common seems a real stretch. Terminals, cranes, ships, on one hand. High drama, comedy, superheroes, on the other. Yet these two seemingly disparate industries share two attributes in common – they are major drivers of California's economy, and both face ramped-up competition from within the United States and abroad, threatening their positions as huge job and revenue generators for our state. As others try to capture California's market share, the importance of these two industries maintaining and sharpening their competitive edge cannot be overstated.

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05/01/12

Supervisor Horn Honors National Prayer Day

Who: Fifth District County Supervisor Bill Horn; Salvation Army Musicians What: Commemorating the 61st Annual National Day of Prayer Where: County Administration Center (CAC) Flagpole, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego (east side of building near fountains) When: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:30 P.M. - 1 P.M. Why: In 1952, the United States Congress established an annual day of prayer. In 1988, the first Thursday of May was chosen as the designated National Day of Prayer. The theme this year is “One Nation Under God” and the Board of Supervisors will recognize the National Day of Prayer with a proclamation. For the 12th year, Supervisor Horn invites anyone who would like to join him in prayer to meet at the CAC flagpole. This prayer event is a personal, not a government function and is for those who choose to participate during their own personal time.

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04/21/12

What's Wrong with California?

“California is God's best moment," says Joel Kotkin. "It's the best place in the world to live." Or at least it used to be. Mr. Kotkin, one of the nation's premier demographers, left his native New York City in 1971 to enroll at the University of California, Berkeley. The state was a far-out paradise for hipsters who had grown up listening to the Mamas & the Papas' iconic "California Dreamin'" and the Beach Boys' "California Girls." But it also attracted young, ambitious people "who had a lot of dreams, wanted to build big companies." Think Intel, Apple and Hewlett-Packard.

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03/28/12

My Position on Planning Groups

Today our Board heard several hours of testimony regarding the RTRTF’s recommendations and Planning Groups and came to a unanimous decision. While there has been a lot of speculation about what I would do, my position has not changed. I have said from the beginning this is about liability. Today we added a layer of protection for the county by requiring formal training and establishing a zero tolerance policy for Brown Act violations within the planning groups. I want to thank the community for its input and appreciate the time many took to share their thoughts on these matters.

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03/23/12

For the Record: Community Planning Groups - Part 2

Community activists who subscribe to the email newsletter "Ranters' Roost" are livid this week after reading a caustic email sent by a spokesperson for San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn to a Valley Center newspaper editor. In the email to David Ross, who edits the Valley Roadrunner, former Channel 6 broadcaster Anita Lightfoot attacks the editor's journalistic ethics as well as the credibility of longtime county activist Patsy Fritz. The issue: Ross' story on Horn's apparent goal of essentially eliminating planning groups and Fritz's verbal attack on Horn during a public meeting. From the story: Mrs. Fritz ridiculed Horn’s assertion that planning groups cost the County too much money by comparing the cost of a toxic workplace lawsuit that a former member of Horn’s staff filed several years ago to how much the Board of Supervisors’ lawyer, county counsel estimated that individual planning members cost the county over the years. The cost comparison was $70,000 for Horn’s lawsuit, compared to $17 per individual planning member over many years.

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03/21/12

California Agriculture Week… “Eat Local, Buy California Grown”

WHAT: Press Conference WHEN: Friday, March 23rd 2012; 7:30 a.m. WHERE: Mission Hills Nursery (1525 Fort Stockton Drive; San Diego 92103) WHY: ACR42 is a resolution from the State Assembly encouraging Californians to “Eat Local, Buy California Grown.” Supervisor Bill Horn, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Farm Bureau President Noel Stehly want to raise awareness and remind consumers, restaurants and grocers to buy California grown foods, fiber and floriculture.

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03/14/12

Progress for the Bear Valley Widening Project

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved the acquisition of two North County properties. The land is needed to expand Bear Valley Parkway in unincorporated Escondido, between Boyle Avenue and Highway 78. The County has already negotiated real property contracts to acquire or use 41 of the 50 properties necessary to complete the project. “No one likes to sit in traffic,” says County Supervisor Bill Horn. “This expansion will ease congestion and greatly improve the commute for Escondido and Valley Center residents trying to get to Interstate 15.” The total cost of this property acquisition is $701,000, which includes the market value purchase price, road, slope and drainage, along with temporary construction easements. Funding for the project is included in the Department of Public Works’ Operational Plan for 2011-2012 and covered by TransNet. There will be no impact to the General Fund.

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03/08/12

Op-ed in North County Times: Water Rates

San Diego County residents are paying too much for valuable liquid, and it's not just gasoline. It's imported water. Nearly 3.1 million local consumers ---- that's most of us ---- are paying too much for imported water. We unjustly pay a premium to purchase and transport water from Northern California and the Colorado River. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is grossly overcharging our regional wholesaler, the San Diego County Water Authority, exposing ratepayers to tens of millions of dollars annually in disproportionate costs. This is money right out of your pocket.

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03/01/12

State of the North County Speech

Good Morning and Welcome. Thank you for being with us. Thank you, Don & Pat McDougal for hosting this event at the Grand Tradition. If you’ve never been here, be sure to take a look around. It is an exceptional property. Don has been President and CEO since 1996, after more than 25 years in the private business sector. Don is very active in the community, serving on the Board of Directors of the Fallbrook Public Utilities District, Fallbrook Village Association and Fallbrook Beautification Alliance. I’m pleased to deliver my State of the North County speech in Fallbrook this year. Known for its rolling hills, majestic oak trees & lush avocado groves… Fallbrook is home to a little over 30-thousand residents. Tucked 6 miles west of I-15, Fallbrook is the "Avocado Capital of the World." It boasts a thriving art community with dozens of art studios, galleries and nationally known artists.

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02/27/12

State of the North County Address 2012

Supervisor Bill Horn of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors invites you to attend the annual State of the North County Address on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10 AM.

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02/19/12

Op-Ed in Union Tribune

Planning Group hysteria has broken out across the county. I feel like a broken record, but I’ll say it again: I am not suggesting we eliminate Planning Groups! There has been a lot of misinformation and shameful misquoting, especially when it comes to what I have said and where I stand on the issue. So, let’s go through the history. Last year, I made it my priority to streamline our business operations and eliminate red tape in our county planning department. The Red Tape Reduction Task Force (RTRTF) was created to utilize the knowledge of experts in the field to facilitate that goal. I am stunned there are people who actually want to slow government process. But it’s an old trick; slow growth equals no growth and if you bog down the process, nothing ever changes. This Task Force made a series of recommendations, including a few about Planning Groups. I think we owe it to the taxpayers to analyze their recommendations. One of those recommendations suggests shifting the burden of liability away from the county. That is the issue being considered… separation NOT elimination.

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02/02/12

For the Record: Community Planning Groups

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, no one is suggesting we eliminate Planning Groups! We are currently experiencing Planning Group hysteria. There is a lot of misinformation floating around out there, and shameful misquoting. Especially when it comes to what I have said and where I stand on the issue. Don’t be misled by the hype… focus on the facts. Fact: My position has remained the same. It has not changed. I do not suggest we get rid of Planning Groups. I support simply shifting the burden of liability away from the county. That is the issue being considered… separation NOT elimination.

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01/30/12

Plans for Economic Growth in North County

At the January 19 Fallbrook Revitalization Council meeting, attendees heard about plans for a new vision under development for North San Diego County dubbed ‘Prosperity on Purpose.’ The $500,000 project, funded initially by County Supervisor Bill Horn through the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program with contributions from city governments in North County, involves a partnership with the San Diego North Economic Development Council. "This is a great opportunity for us to say what we want to be when we grow up," said Vince Ross, chairman of the Fallbrook Revitalization Council, with a chuckle.

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01/09/12

Latest on the General Plan

This morning, I once again made my feelings known about the General Plan Update. I am a farmer and I support the farmers in this county. I don't believe this plan "preserves agriculture" as one of our guiding principles suggests (GP #8 "Preserve agriculture as an integral component of the region's economy, character, and open space network). In fact, it does the opposite by downzoning properties and lowering historical values. If environmental groups like Endangered Habitats League want these lands, it should buy them.

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11/03/11

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

I'm pleased to report a new agreement between the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the County of San Diego was unanimously approved by my fellow Supervisors. I presented the Board with a Preliminary Statement of Terms between Rincon and the County that outlines the disbursement of millions of dollars in revenues, contributed by Rincon as part of a future gaming compact with the State.

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11/01/12

LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND

California is home to nearly two million veterans who have served honorably and made great sacrifices to defend our freedoms and protect us from foreign threats. Most veterans live productive, healthy lives and contribute to the region’s quality of life through substantial civic involvement and volunteerism. However, some veterans face a variety of issues and challenges after they leave service, ranging from unemployment to mental illness, substance abuse and homelessness.

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10/26/11

Demolition of Old County Building

Chairman Bill Horn and the Board of Supervisors on Wednesday kicked off demolition of the County’s vacant downtown health building by pulling down the Health and Human Services Agency sign above the door. It fell with a clatter, signaling an excavator to start ripping down the building. The demolition of the 1958 J.B. Askew Building at the County Administration Center (CAC) will make way for an expansive waterfront park. Construction will start in the spring; the park should be open by late 2013. “A lot of good work’s been done in Askew, but it was intended as temporary office space, and we can look forward to something far better replacing it,” said Board of Supervisors Chairman Bill Horn.

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10/19/11

Traffic Relief Coming to Fallbrook

A series of major improvements are scheduled to be made to Ammunition Road in Fallbrook, following months of collaboration between Supervisor Bill Horn, the County Department of Public Works, Congressman Darrell Issa’s office, members of the Fallbrook Community Planning Group, concerned citizens, and officials from the Naval Weapons Station (NWS) and Camp Pendleton. During rush hours, military personnel driving toward the Naval Weapons Station (NWS) on Ammunition Road in Fallbrook caused long delays on surrounding streets. The single access lane to the base, the nearby elementary school, the timing of traffic signals, and the lack of space to widen Ammunition Road were contributing factors.

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10/13/11

Standard & Poor’s Awards San Diego County’s Investment Pool with Highest Credit Ratings!

San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector Dan McAllister announced today that Standard and Poor’s (S&P) reaffirmed the County of San Diego’s Investment Pool with the highest credit ratings, a ‘AAAf’ credit quality and a ‘S1’ volatility rating, for the 11th year in a row. “We are thrilled to receive this rating, especially now, during this tough economy,” stated McAllister. “We know Standard & Poor’s carefully analyzes the portfolios they rate and it’s rewarding to once again receive their highest credit rating. The goal is to ensure that our investments are of the highest quality.” The San Diego County Investment Pool peaked at more than 7.2 billion dollars in 2011, a new record. The pool is managed for a maximum return while safeguarding principal and maintaining liquidity on behalf of 42 schools, five community college districts, the San Diego Regional Airport Authority and 48 other special districts and municipalities.

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10/10/11

LANDMARK AGREEMENT COULD BRING MILLIONS TO NORTH COUNTY

Chairman Bill Horn recommended the Board of Supervisors approve a Preliminary Statement of Terms between the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians and the County of San Diego. The agreement outlines the disbursement of millions of dollars in revenues, contributed by Rincon as part of a future gaming compact with the State.

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09/13/11

SUPERVISORS APPROVE COUNTY E-VERIFY SYSTEM

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation from Chairman Bill Horn and Supervisor Dianne Jacob to implement the federal Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System for all future County employees, effective October 21, 2011. The system, commonly known as E-Verify is an online program that can be used by the private and public sectors to determine if an applicant is eligible for legal employment in the United States. Chairman Horn said, "This is a positive step for the County, especially in tough economic times. E-Verify is a way to help ensure that jobs are only going to those who can legally be employed and protect businesses and eligible job-seekers, all at no cost to the County.

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09/07/11

Chairman Horn at 9/11 Ceremony

Chairman Bill Horn, who was chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on September 11, 2001 will speak at a 9/11 Memorial Service onboard the flight deck of the USS Midway Museum on Sunday, September 11, 2011. "America was changed forever on 9/11," Chairman Horn said. "Our resolve in the face of those who seek to destroy us is a clear statement that the United States stands as a guardian of God-given liberty for all freedom-loving people." The event starts at 2:30 PM and will include a wreath-laying ceremony, a Navy flyover and the reading of the names of victims of the 9/11 attack.

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08/03/11

Bear Valley Widening Project Moves Forward

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved the acquisition of four properties needed to complete the widening of Bear Valley Parkway in unincorporated Escondido, between Boyle Avenue and Highway 78. To date, the County has negotiated real property contracts to acquire or use 31 of the 50 properties that will be needed to complete the project. Today’s action follows approvals given earlier this year to proceed with property acquisitions and relocation of homeowners displaced by the widening project. Chairman Bill Horn said, “Reducing congestion on our roads is a huge priority for us, and Bear Valley Parkway is a vital road for residents of Escondido and Valley Center trying to get to Interstate 15.”

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06/28/11

SUPPORT FOR THE ELECTRONIC EMPLOYMENT ELIGIBILITY VERIFICATION SYSTEM (E-VERIFY)

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation from Chairman Bill Horn and Supervisor Dianne Jacob to explore potential benefits of implementing the federal Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification System, commonly known as E-Verify. E-Verify is an online program that can be used by the private and public sectors to determine if an applicant is eligible for legal employment in the United States. Chairman Horn said, “The reality is that businesses and local governments can unknowingly hire ineligible employees. In this tough economy, ensuring that jobs are going only to those who can legally be employed is a reasonable goal that will protect businesses and eligible job-seekers.”

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06/13/11

COUNTY AWARDS

The County of San Diego is recognized nationally for the exemplary way it serves the citizens of our region. The latest affirmation comes from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which recognized our County team with 28 Achievement Awards. The winners: •Camp Connect San Diego (Children and Youth) Health & Human Services Agency (HHSA) •In-Home Supportive Services Reform (Human Services) HHSA •Tip the Scale to Reduce Drug Abuse and Increase Public Safety (Human Services) HHS •Teens Go Green: Mental Health Life Skills Program (Children and Youth) HHSA

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06/06/11

COUNTY GRAND JURY RECOGNIZES THE BEST

We live during a time when the media often decides the quality of services that government or quasi-government agencies deliver to the public. Usually the media’s “take” presents a negative impression, so I wanted to give a “fair and balanced” viewpoint. This month, the 2010/2011 San Diego County Grand Jury recognized 13 government or quasi-government agencies for their excellent work in delivering services to the public. Six of those agencies are part of the County of San Diego team.

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04/20/11

A Word from Chairman Bill Horn

This month, the Board of Supervisors made a decision on what I consider the most important issue I have dealt with during my 16 years as your County Supervisor. The vote was to move ahead with the County's General Plan Update (GPU), a document that sets the course for land use decisions in the unincorporated area of the County for decades to come. The greatest percentage of that land is in the Fifth District.

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04/13/11

CHAIRMAN HORN'S COMMENTS ON THE GENERAL PLAN UPDATE

•I have listened to my colleagues and I have listened to DPLU staff, I have listened to the Planning Groups, the environmentalists, the farmers and the property owners. And through it all I have never wavered from my position. •I believe today, just as I did when this process started over a decade ago, that this is STEALING. That is not meant to be rhetoric and I do not use that term lightly. It is a tremendous decline in value. •Our County Counsel has assured this Board that this massive downzoning is legal. I simply do not agree, but I’ll leave that to the courts.

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04/11/11

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

Late last month I took your concerns and the needs of North County to Washington, D.C. and met with members of our local Congressional delegation, the staff of Senator Dianne Feinstein, and several individuals in the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. It was a, whirlwind trip that went from morning to evening. I was accompanied by my chief of staff, Joan Wonsley, and Geoff Patnoe who directs the County's Department of Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs. We left the nation's capital with a sense of accomplishment that bodes well for our region.

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03/15/11

NEW CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE NORTH COUNTY FAMILY HOMELESSNESS GETS MAJOR BOOST

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a loan with North County Solutions for Change to secure $3.4 million in federal funding. The money is through the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Primrose Apartments in Vista. The grant was made possible after Board Chairman Bill Horn put North County Solutions for Change President and Executive Director Chris Megison in touch with David Estrella, Director of the County’s Department of Housing & Community Development.

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03/04/11

PROTECT YOUR FAMILY FROM SEXUAL PREDATORS

Board Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 1022 Wednesday, March 2, at the County Administration Center. In an effort to increase communities’ awareness of sexual predators, AB 1022 proposes a change to state law enabling local governments and law enforcement agencies to provide community notifications though e-mail subscription as well as on Internet websites.

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03/02/11

FORUM: BILL WOULD KEEP BETTER TABS ON SEXUAL PREDATORS

Last year, San Diego County was rocked by the tragic deaths of two teenage girls. It was a terrible reminder that violent sexual predators live among us and we have to work together to do everything possible to protect our children. It is imperative that policies at all levels of government work to keep our residents informed and engaged in keeping the justice system accountable and reinforcing the bonds of family and community. Last year, we pledged to review everything we do and try to find a better way. How can we utilize technology? What are the most effective methods and techniques? Where are reforms needed?

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03/02/11

SEX OFFENDER E-MAIL ALERT SYSTEM

Board Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 1022 Wednesday, March 2, at the County Administration Center. In an effort to increase communities’ awareness of sexual predators, AB 1022 proposes a change to state law enabling local governments and law enforcement agencies to provide community notifications though e-mail subscription as well as on Internet websites.

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02/18/11

Ronald Reagan 100 years later

Ronald Reagan was born a year before Arizona became a State. Women could not vote, the first Chevrolets went on sale, a first-class stamp cost two cents, unemployment was 6.7%, and federal spending was $690 million. In 1964, Ronald Reagan ran for governor and lost. In 1966, he was elected and served two terms. He sought the Republican presidential nomination in 1968 as well as 1976 and lost both times.

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02/10/11

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

It was my honor to deliver the annual State of the County Address on February 2, 2011. In keeping with the current economic climate and budget considerations, I chose to give the address in the Board Chamber of the County Administration Center

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02/02/11

STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS 2011

The State of the County Address is a time to reflect on where we’ve been, where we are and where we are headed. Long ago, Jewish law called for a cleansing period to occur every 50 years. This was known as the year of ‘Jubilee’. The Jubilee was a time to reflect on the past and to plan for the future. It often included the forgiveness of past debts, the returning of land to its rightful owner, and generally served as a way to have a clean slate for the future.

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01/20/11

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

This month I was honored to take the oath of office for my fifth term as your County Supervisor and then was elected by my colleagues as Chairman for 2011. I will deliver the annual State of the County Address at 6 PM on February 2, 2011

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12/16/10

PROPOSED GENERAL PLAN VIOLATES PROPERTY RIGHTS

The following commentary was printed in the San Diego Union-Tribune and on December 17, 2010 in The North County Times: Proposed general plan violates property rights By Bill Horn The County of San Diego has been updating its general plan for the past 12 years. A general plan is often called the constitution for land use, dictating where development can and should occur in the future.

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12/07/10

Supervisor Bill Horn Honored

For immediate release December 7, 2010 Vice Chairman Bill Horn honored as “Partner of the Year” by Full Access & Coordinated Transportation (FACT) SAN DIEGO - Vice Chairman and Fifth District County Supervisor Bill Horn received the 2010 Norine Sigafoose Partner of the Year Award from the Board of Directors of Full Access & Coordinated Transportation (FACT). The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in support of FACT’s mission to provide transportation solutions for persons with disabilities, seniors and other populations with unmet transportation needs in San Diego County.

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12/02/10

Supervisor Bill Horn Fifth District

In a November 21, 2010 column about the Board of Supervisors voting to purchase and preserve land in Elfin Forest, Jim Trageser asked if I was out of town, out of the country, or out of my mind. The truth is I was in town, in country, and in full control of my mind in approving the County spending $2.8 million to buy 100 acres in Elfin Forest Reserve. Mr. Trageser stated that “setting aside part of our wilderness for our grandkids and their grandkids to enjoy” was “utterly foreign” to me.

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11/23/10

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn November 23, 2010

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn November 23, 2010 County Leadership Affirmed and on Course On November 2, 2010, voters re-elected Supervisors Bill Horn and Ron Roberts. The County’s elected team including Supervisors Dianne Jacob, Greg Cox and Pam Slater-Price, D.A. Bonnie Dumanis and recently elected Sheriff Bill Gore and Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk Ernie Dronenberg, reflects overwhelming approval of the way the County of San Diego has been governed and how we serve the people.

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10/28/10

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn October 28, 2010

Since 1997, we have found that one of the best ways to keep our North County neighborhoods safe from violent street gangs is through court-imposed gang injunctions. The orders prohibit certain activities within designated “Safety Zones.” Two weeks ago, I joined members of District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis office, and Oceanside Police Chief Frank McCoy to announce a renewed gang injunction with the City of Oceanside that was approved by a Superior Court Judge in Vista. The preliminary injunction is against 46 named members of a violent street gang operating in the City of Oceanside.

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10/14/10

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn October 14, 2010

Sex Offender E-Mail Notification System We are closer to providing a sex offender e-mail alert service for County residents who subscribe to the system. My recommendation received unanimous approval by the Board for a one-year pilot program and now we wait for our Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to work with County Counsel to develop a legislative proposal that would give local governments the authority to release the name, photo, address and offense of specific registered sex offenders within an e-mail alert.

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09/27/10

SEX OFFENDER E-MAIL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

SAN DIEGO - Vice Chairman and North County Supervisor Bill Horn’s recommendation to explore the possibility of the County providing a sex offender e-mail alert and pin mapping service system for County residents who subscribe to the service moved forward with unanimous approval by the Board for the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) to seek funding.

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09/27/10

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn Sep27, 2010

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn Sep27, 2010. The County of San Diego continues the business of fire protection. In addition to providing $15.5 million for the San Diego County Regional Fire Authority each year, I asked to add the Board to add $5 million to implement recommendations made in Citygate’s Fire Deployment Study that assessed the delivery of fire and emergency medical services in the San Diego County region. Specifically, the $5 million will pay for building two new training centers in the unincorporated area and enhancing an existing training facility, as well to make numerous improvements to volunteer fire stations and provide personal equipment in order to help retain and recruit more volunteer firefighters. The money will also pay for improvements to the Fire Authority’s GIS mapping technology.

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09/02/10

THE RED GUIDE TO RECOVERY

Vice Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, along with the Office of Emergency Services (OES), the San Diego/Imperial County Red Cross, and the San Diego Fire Chiefs Association today announced the release of a new resource guide to assist people to recovering from the devastation of losing their home or business. The Red Guide to Recovery is a pocket-sized 184-page resource handbook for disaster survivors to help victims cope with the loss and put them back on their feet to rebuild. The booklet is the idea of San Diegan Sean Scott who presented a working copy to Supervisor Horn several months ago.

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09/01/10

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn Sept1, 2010

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn Sept1, 2010. Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently wrote a commentary for the Los Angeles Times in which he proposed ideas on “fixing California’s budget for good.” Unfortunately, for too many years, efforts to fix California’s budget have been for the bad. The governor writes, “After solving a $60-billion deficit last year—which included many tough and unpopular cuts—we face another $20-billion shortfall this year.” The truth is, last year’s budget deficit was not “solved”.

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08/02/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

One of the most important ballot measures approved by the people of California was Proposition 13 (the People’s Initiative to Limit Property Taxation). The 1978 amendment to California’s Constitution mandated that the maximum tax on real property shall not exceed 1% of its full cash value. The law provided a sense of security for homeowners and added a measure of fiscal control for the people over politicians. Last month, the County Board of Supervisors proposed another landmark measure that one day may result in the same opportunity for the public to control its elected officials and ensure that millions of dollars will be saved on county government projects.

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07/13/10

ENSURING FAIR AND OPEN COMPETITION IN COUNTY CONTRACTING

The County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation by North County Supervisor Bill Horn to place on the November 2010 ballot a proposed Charter amendment relating to fair and open competition in the County of San Diego. Currently, a simple majority of the County Board of Supervisors have the power to require, prohibit, or remain neutral on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for county contracts. If the ballot measure is approved, that power would be transferred to a majority of voters in San Diego County, and a majority vote of the people would be required for the Board of Supervisors to do anything other than allow all qualified contractors the opportunity to compete for county contracts.

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07/08/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

To no one’s surprise, for the 23rd time in 24 years, the State of California missed its constitutional deadline to pass a budget. When the new fiscal year begins, the state will have an estimated $19.1 billion deficit. To find that amount of money in one year, you’d need $601 every second to reach $19.1 billion. The colossal financial chasm will likely result in millions of taxpayer dollars for higher interest rates and more pressure on county governments to pay for mandated programs the State cannot and will not fund.

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06/03/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

Since that terrible day on September 11, 2001, our region has developed and refined terrorism response plans, conducted training, and purchased equipment to better prepare us in the event of attack. As part of our continuing effort to be as prepared as possible for area-wide disasters, the County last month worked with other first responders, including local military, hospitals and other agencies in a statewide exercise that simulated a terrorist attack. The full-scale exercise simulated terrorist attacks originating in various ports throughout California, including a mock dirty bomb explosion to test emergency procedures, implement mutual aid agreements and protect the public.

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05/21/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

On May 13th, we were able to give members of the struggling construction industry in North County a hand in getting back to work. Along with the San Diego North Economic Development Council, the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, Camp Pendleton, Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), 330 people met at the Sheraton Carlsbad for a high-powered, half-day workshop and seminar. They were given new insight and ideas for landing contracts with the State and Federal government. The construction industry in San Diego County is in a virtual standstill and few projects are on the horizon except for government contracts. Currently, there is more than $8 billion allocated for construction projects, many of which are in North County.

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05/12/10

ENDORSING SAFE, CLEAN AND RELIABLE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY ACT OF 2010

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously supported Vice Chairman Bill Horn’s recommendation to support the Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010. The action endorses a bond proposal on the November 2010 ballot that would provide much needed funding to help fix the State’s broken water system. “Water is the life blood of our existence,” said Horn. “It is the foundation for agriculture, business and every day life. With passage of the bond measure, San Diego County stands to gain $227 million in dedicated funding, which includes money for projects that include local reservoirs, supply reliability, and environmental protection and restoration. There is also $1 billion for recycling and seawater desalination.”

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05/11/10

SEXUAL OFFENDER PIN MAP AND E-MAIL ALERT SYSTEM

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Bill Horn will recommend to the full Board on May 18, approval of exploring the implementation of an up to date Sexual Offender Pin Map on the County website that shows all sexual registrants in San Diego County. Also in his proposal is an e-mail alert system showing recent arrivals of registered sex offenders. “We need to increase community awareness of dangerous sexual predators that move into neighborhoods,” said Horn. “An e-mail alert system would let County residents know of registered sex offenders living in their neighborhood, especially those who have just recently moved into an area. This would ensure that residents are given up-to-date information without having to check sexual registrants pin maps on a weekly basis.”

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04/26/10

For the Record - April 26, 2010

Most of my life has been in the private business sector with primary interests in agriculture. I’ve seen business cycles come and go ranging from all systems “go,” to troubled times. Our current economic malaise may be the worst. Compounding the problem for the County of San Diego is the way the federal and state governments do business. While we have balanced the County budget by not spending money we don’t have and built a reserve, we continue to have Washington and Sacramento steal millions of local tax dollars by under funding mandated programs. Their solutions to fiscal emergencies are higher taxes, government bail outs and onerous laws coupled with suffocating regulations that make the business climate downright hostile. The result: fewer tax dollars, higher unemployment and crippling debt.

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04/07/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

Last month, four of my fellow Supervisors voted to slash $5 million from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program. I voted against this reduction. Every year, each Supervisor has been able to return $2 million to the tax payers through non-profit groups; something made possible by the fiscal stewardship of the Board of Supervisors. These funds represent less than 1/5th of one percent of the County’s total budget. During difficult times, the County has been able to find ways to provide services despite the continued cuts in revenue by the State for mandated programs.

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04/06/10

AGRICULTURE PEST ALERT

A Light Brown Apple Moth (LBAM) has been discovered in Bonsall. If a second moth is found, then quarantine will be declared. The LBAM feeds on more than 2,000 different types of native and ornamental plants and trees, and can attack more than 250 agricultural crops including food systems. The presence of this pest is great concern for growers, especially as Mother’s Day is normally a huge day for flower sales. North County Supervisor Bill Horn said, “Agriculture represents the fifth most important part of our region’s economy, so any threat to growers is serious and I’m pleased with how our County Agriculture, Weights and Measures Department and Farm Bureau are responding.”

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04/05/10

EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS REMINDER

Yesterday’s 7.2-magnitude earthquake and subsequent after shocks that struck in Baja and rumbled through San Diego have been another reminder that just like wildfires, it’s not a case of “if,” but “when” these events take place. North County Supervisor Bill Horn made emergency preparedness one of the focal points of his term as Board Chairman in 2006 and spoke of the resources available for residents to protect themselves. “Through our Office of Emergency Services,” said Supervisor Horn, “we developed a comprehensive guide for families to follow and prepare themselves in the event disaster strikes.

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03/24/10

MERRIAM MOUNTAINS

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors by a 3-2 vote today denied a residential, commercial and open space project on the west side of Interstate 15 and northeast of San Marcos, known as the Merriam Mountains Master Planned Community. Vice Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn said, “I am very disappointed with the outcome on what should have been a major boost to our county’s depressed economy. Despite false accusations from a multi-billion dollar New York Hedge Fund that fueled the opposition, my staff met with both sides of the project. County staff documented how this development satisfied the requirements of our County General Plan to build west of Interstate-15 along transportation corridors.

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03/17/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN. I appreciated all who attended our annual State of The North County Address at the AVO Playhouse in Vista March 9th. Vista Mayor Morris Vance did a tremendous job as our emcee, as did the color guard from the Army and Navy Academy, Morgan Henry who led the pledge of allegiance, Alexis Grenier who sang our national anthem and Vicar Henry Graf IV of Faith Lutheran Church in Vista who gave the invocation.

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03/09/10

STATE OF THE NORTH COUNTY ADDRESS 2010

Good morning. I want to thank Mayor Morris Vance for hosting this event. I also want to thank our sponsor Cox Communications and the San Diego North Economic Development Council for their assistance in putting this all together. Each year I give a “State of the North County Address” and this year I am excited to be in Vista. As many of you know, I maintain a district office in Vista, right down the street in the County Courthouse. During my nearly 16 years as North County’s Supervisor, I have been honored to be able to work very closely with the community of Vista on several things.

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03/09/10

SUPERVISOR BILL HORN'S 2010 STATE OF NORTH COUNTY ADDRESS

Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn gave his annual State of North County Address this morning to about 150 people at the AVO Playhouse in Vista. Horn was introduced by Vista Mayor Morris Vance who served as the event’s emcee. Horn said that getting our economy back on track and enhancing public safety are his two biggest challenges. Horn said, “The tragic deaths of Chelsea King and Amber DuBois remind us how fragile life can be and how we must remain vigilant—not only in keeping the justice system accountable but also in reinforcing the bonds of family and community.”

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02/11/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

You are invited to attend the annual State of North County Address. It will be at 10 AM, Tuesday March 9th at the AVO Playhouse in Vista, 303 Main Street. With our state legislature in such turmoil, and the budget deficit now approaching $20 billion, our County has never faced such daunting financial challenges. I’ll share with you how the County as a whole is handling the crisis and have specifics about how we are impacted in North County. We are fortunate to have long followed conservative fiscal policies, however, unless something changes in the Sacramento mind set, dire consequences are ahead.

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01/25/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

We reached a major milestone for the State Route 76 widening project earlier this month when a long-awaited groundbreaking ceremony kicked off construction on the middle phase, the stretch of highway between Melrose Drive in Oceanside and Mission in Bonsall

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12/07/09

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

This has been one of the most challenging years in our county’s history. Thankfully, we have been spared the outbreak of major wildfires thus far; however, we are being attacked on many sides, including budget cuts, increased unemployment, lower property values, and the outbreak of H1N1

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11/05/09

A Word From Bill Horn

One of the keys in local government is to maintain open lines of communication with elected officials at the state level. Much of what goes on in Sacramento has a direct impact on San Diego County and unfortunately, the dysfunction 400 miles to the north is increasingly adding to our problems at home

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10/14/09

VALLEY CENTER ROADSIDE, RECREATIONAL & LANDSCAPED MEDIANS IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved the advertisement and subsequent construction award for major pathways and landscaping projects in Valley Center. “Heritage Trails is the result of strong community support,” said Fifth District County Supervisor Horn. “Many organizations, individuals, and the Rincon Tribe of Indians have partnered with us to bring significant improvements to Valley Center.”

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10/08/09

SUPERVISOR BILL HORN CALLS FOR ACTION ON STATE WATER CRISIS

SAN DIEGO – San Diego North County Supervisor Bill Horn issued the following statement urging the State legislature to reach agreement on solving the State water crisis: “The lifeblood of our State is water and it is time to put the needs of millions of people who depend on a reliable supply of water for food, jobs, and the future of California before political and environmental special interests. For years I have called for the construction of infrastructure to bring water from the north to Southern California.”

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09/17/09

SUPERVISOR BILL HORN SUPPORTS INVESTIGATION INTO ACORN

SAN DIEGO – Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn today expressed his agreement with Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger’s call for the California Attorney General to investigate the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN). Horn said, “If allegations of criminal acts, including slavery and human smuggling in San Diego County shown on news video by independent filmmakers are true, those responsible should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

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09/14/09

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn

Last month, at the National Association of Counties (NACo) annual conference in Tennessee, I was asked by people from around the nation why our State is in such a financial mess. After all, if you broke off California from the United States and made it into its own country, California would be one of the tenth largest economies in the world. Despite that economic muscle, my answer was that the State legislature is incapable of managing whatever money comes its way, in good times or bad.

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08/19/09

FOR THE RECORD - August 19, 2009

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is asking the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for permission to cut power to as many as 45,000 backcountry customers for as long as 72 hours when the risk of wildfire is extreme. The utility believes that sustained high winds coupled with dry vegetation and low humidity can form a deadly combination when power lines come in contact with other lines or vegetation. I commend SDG&E for their public safety concern and respect the desire to limit their liability; however, I strongly disagree with their shut-off plan. I believe that shutting off power will do more harm than good to public safety. Cutting power increases the likelihood of confusion during evacuations, makes communication more difficult, does not consider those on life support, and eliminates water delivery to firefighters, schools, farmers and residents.

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08/18/09

SHARED BEST PRACTICES ENHANCE FIRE SAFETY

SAN DIEGO – A two-day visit by public safety officials from New South Wales, Australia has helped their region and the County of San Diego’s efforts to prepare for and suppress wind-driven wildfires. The officials came at the invitation of Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn. “Our backcountry and portions of New South Wales have similar climates and a history of major wildfires,” said Horn. “We realized we can learn a lot from each other. They’ve now seen firsthand the advances we’ve made preventing and dealing with fire emergencies.”

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08/06/09

A Word from Supervisor Bill Horn

More than 300 years ago Sir Isaac Newton put forth his Law of Gravity that states “What goes up must come down.” Today that theory holds true on earth with one exception: Sacramento. For years we have seen that not all of our tax dollars that go up to Sacramento come back down to the County of San Diego. The latest example is last month’s budget deal between Governor Schwarzenegger and legislative leaders that promises the worst fiscal impacts to local governments in state history.

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07/15/09

WATER CRISIS: OFFICIALS GATHER TO DISCUSS

SAN MARCOS – County, city, and water district officials gathered today to discuss state and federal efforts to address the water crisis by finding a long term fix for California’s Delta. Local leaders worked on how their jurisdictions and organizations can support a comprehensive solution. “California’s Delta may be out of sight, out of mind because it’s 500 miles away, but if you turn on the tap and there’s no water, reality sets in fast,” said Supervisor Bill Horn

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06/24/09

MORE PROGRESS IN WIDENING HIGHWAY 76

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized County staff to enter an agreement with Caltrans for 31 acres of right-of-way needed to widen Highway 76 between Melrose Drive and Mission Road. Caltrans needs to acquire all the right-of-way for the middle phase of the project by the end of the month. The decision moves forward a long time plan of Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to construct a seven-mile park along the San Luis Rey River that would allow widening the existing two-lane highway to four lanes and improve alignment between Melrose Drive and Interstate 15.

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06/23/09

HERITAGE TRAILS APPROVED FOR VALLEY CENTER

SAN DIEGO –The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a recommendation by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn for a major construction project of pathways and landscaping in Valley Center. “Heritage Trails is a great example of private citizens working with the County of San Diego to beautify and bring significant improvements for Valley Center,” said Horn. “I’m especially grateful to Nancy Layne of the Valley Center Town Council and generous donations from the Valley Center community and the Rincon Tribe of Indians.”

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03/28/09

STATE OF THE NORTH COUNTY ADDRESS 2009

The financial crisis in Sacramento and Washington, DC has impacted the County of San Diego as never before. Hard decisions require discipline, resolve and compassion. That is what people expected when I was elected and that is what our Board is doing now to make our neighborhoods safe, protect our natural resources and keep the County financially strong. An example of our stewardship is that for the last 13 years, the Board of Supervisors has paid down our debt and achieved one of the highest credit ratings in California. I wish elected leaders in Sacramento and Washington. DC would follow our governance model. Until they do, we are left to cope with a mess that seems to be getting worse.

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03/25/09

LANDMARK COUNTY VEGETATION MANAGEMENT REPORT APPROVED

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved the first comprehensive vegetation management program for County-owned land. Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, who brought the idea forward in May of 2008, praised the cooperative efforts of County staff, fire-fighting agencies, community leaders and environmental groups. “The new vegetation management report moves us forward and makes way for a tremendous public safety improvement for every citizen in San Diego County, especially those who live in North and East County where the fire danger is the highest.”

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03/12/09

FORUM: JUST LOOKING OUT FOR OTHERS

By BILL HORN – County supervisor The people of San Diego County were served well and can feel good about two recent votes by the County Board of Supervisors. The first involves the approval of a campus for a nonprofit organization that cares for people with developmental and learning disabilities such as autism.

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03/05/09

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn

State of North County Address It’s the time of year for reporting where things stand in North County and an opportunity to present my vision for the coming year. That will be given on Thursday, March 26 at 10 a.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Community Center, 5970 La Sendita (Thomas Bros. 1168 D-3). As you know, the County of San Diego is faced with unprecedented financial challenges, brought on by the State’s outrageous $42 billion budget deficit. In an attempt to put its reckless financial affairs in order, the State is planning to defer payments for programs that counties operate using money the state is obligated by law to provide.

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02/10/09

LOOKING OUT FOR KIDS IN AN R-RATED WORLD

SAN DIEGO – The County Board of Supervisors, today unanimously approved a recommendation by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, which directs the County Library Director to implement changes that control “R”-rated DVDS and videos at its 33 library branches and two bookmobiles. “After receiving concerns from parents that children under the age of 18 have been checking out “R- rated DVDs and videos without their consent,” said Supervisor Horn, “we took action to make sure there is a system in place that allows parents to exercise their rights in doing what is best for their under age children.”

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02/09/09

NEW FALLBROOK LIBRARY ARCHITECT AND BUILDER SELECTED

SAN DIEGO – North County Supervisor Bill Horn today announced that a team of architects and contractors has been selected to create the new 20,000 square foot library for the community of Fallbrook at Mission and Alvarado. “This is a historic moment for the people of Fallbrook, Bonsall and the surrounding communities,” Horn said. “We have worked closely with community leaders and now our promise to complete the long-awaited facility is within sight. I’ll be in line with my library card in hand to check out a book as soon as it opens in Fall of 2010.”

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01/30/09

SUPERVISOR HORN WAS A RECENT GUEST SPEAKER AT THE OCEANSIDE ROTARY CLUB

Oceanside Rotary Club, Oceanside, California - January 30, 2009. HE PUTS THE “VISOR” IN SUPERVISOR. Our previously praised Program Person LAWSON CHADWICK had the honor to introduce our speaker for the day, County Supervisor BILL HORN, a San Diego native and former Marine Corps Officer, who is currently serving on 25 different committees in San Diego.

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01/26/09

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn

Last month about 40 law enforcement personnel from the Sheriff’s Department and Escondido Police Department raided three “smoke” shops in North County. It was part of an operation targeting illegal sales of drug paraphernalia in Vista, San Marcos and Escondido. The results of those raids were on display at a news conference I attended along with Escondido Mayor Lori Holt Pfeiler, Vista Mayor Morris Vance, San Marcos Vice-Mayor Hal Martin, Undersheriff Bill Gore and Deputy District Attorney Damon Mosler.

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01/16/09

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

With the State of California struggling with its $42 billion budget shortfall, there is a possibility Governor Schwarzenegger and state lawmakers will call a special election sometime during the next few months. Since early voters turned out in record numbers to cast their ballots in last November’s presidential election, now is a good time to update your registration. Getting your ballot by mail is convenient and allows you to take your time filling out the ballot.

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12/09/08

CONTROLLING "R" RATED DVDS AND VIDEOS AT COUNTY LIBRARIES

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously passed a recommendation by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to control “R” rated DVDs and videos at its 33 library branches and two bookmobiles. “Parents have voiced concerns to us that children under the age of 18 have been checking out “R” rated DVDs and videos without their consent,” said Supervisor Horn. “Ultimately, protecting a child from viewing inappropriate material is a parent’s responsibility. However, we want to make sure there is a system in place that allows parents to exercise their rights in doing what is best for their under age children.”

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12/05/08

For the Record - December 5, 2008

One of the most efficient and effective ways to support non-profit organizations in North County is through our discretionary Community Projects Fund. Through the years I have welcomed requests from non-profit groups and have tried to keep the process simple, yet accountable. At any time, our office can be contacted for those seeking a Community Projects Grant through Caylin Guerin Caylin.Guerin@sdcounty.ca.gov, 619 531-5555, or in writing at 1600 Pacific Highway, Room 335, San Diego, CA 92101. We ask that specifics include the amount of money requested and how the grant would be used. The County of San Diego has a fiscal monitoring system that requires written reports and receipts from grantees to ensure that the money is spent correctly.

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11/25/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn November 25, 2008 When Supervisor Ron Roberts and I pushed for increased fire protection that included two large water-dropping airplanes and an air traffic control plane, it didn’t take long for the so-called Superscoopers to show their worth. The first test came just days after the aircraft were poised for action. The Canadian-based crew and their planes responded with a rapid life and property-saving performance helping douse a 1,500 acre wildfire at Camp Pendleton. Less than a week later another fire at the base and not far from the backyards of Oceanside and Camp Pendleton homes was stopped with the help of our aerial tankers.

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11/20/08

HISTORIC FIRE REORGANIZATION COMPLETED

SAN DIEGO – San Diego County’s historic decision to reorganize and improve fire protection service in the County’s rural backcountry has received final approval by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), and covers a major portion of North and East County that was devastated by wildfires in 2003 and 2007. County Supervisors approved reorganizing backcountry fire agencies into one County agency in June. Phase 1 of the three-step plan has already unified six existing backcountry volunteer agencies under an umbrella now known as San Diego County Regional Fire Authority. The authority will cover about 50,000 people.

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09/30/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn September 30, 2008. A super scoop of fire insurance is part of our latest weaponry in the fight against wildfires. This month is National Preparedness Month that coincides with our unveiling two Superscooper amphibious aircraft that can bombard brush fires with large drops of water and foam. The Bombardier CL-415 tankers are joined by an Aero Commander 690 command and control aircraft. The leased aircraft, crew and maintenance personnel will be on call for the next three months during the height of our wildfire season.

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09/29/08

COUNTY'S CREDIT RATING REACHES HIGHEST LEVEL POSSIBLE

SAN DIEGO – Despite confusion and financial uncertainty in Washington, D.C., Wall Street, Sacramento, and across the nation, the County of San Diego has received the highest credit rating possible by Standard & Poor’s. The ratings agency raised the County from AA+ to AAA, making San Diego the only county in the state with a AAA rating. “The upgraded credit rating,” said Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, “is the result of the unwavering fiscal management our Board and County management team follows.

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08/15/08

For the Record - August 15, 2008

At a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors on July 23, 2008, there was a report made by the Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU) on the County’s General Plan Update progress since September 2007. It presented major issues associated with the project that have been identified during the past several months and provided an opportunity for the public and Board of Supervisors to comment.

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07/25/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

Reorganized for Better Fire Protection Last month my fellow Supervisors and I unanimously approved a plan to merge fire departments covering more than 1.5 million acres of unincorporated land in North and East San Diego County. Our action follows the catastrophic 2007 wildfires, which devastated large portions of the backcountry and cities and communities. It was a historical moment for the people of San Diego County and strengthens our region’s fire protection system.

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07/11/08

For the Record - July 11, 2008

There continue to be newspaper stories and television news reports about a proposed road project in Valley Center. The focus is a proposed road (3A) that would connect West Lilac Road to Old Highway 395; providing a much needed emergency evacuation route; something I have sought for more than 15 years. On June 23, 2008, at a special public meeting called by the Valley Center Community Planning Group (VCCPG), about 200 people roared their approval when a resolution was passed that stated, “Whereas: The proposedroad segment from W. Lilac to Old Hwy 395, currently known as Road 3a was never approved by the VCCPG.”(Underlined emphasis added.)

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06/25/08

COUNTY'S FIRE PROTECTION STRENGTHENED

Landmark Decision by Board of Supervisors SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Supervisors today unanimously approved a plan to merge fire departments covering more than 1.5 million acres of unincorporated land in North and East San Diego County. This follows the catastrophic 2007 wildfires, which devastated large portions of the backcountry and cities and communities. Speaking in support of the three-step reorganization plan, Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn said, “This is a historical moment for the people of San Diego County. It strengthens our region’s fire protection system.”

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06/20/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

Fighting Fire with Fire In our continuing effort to improve public safety, I’m pleased to say the Board gave unanimous approval of my recommendation to create a plan and find funding for a regional controlled or “prescribed” burn and brush clearance plan to reduce the threat of catastrophic wild fires. I based my request on results of a study by the University of California, Riverside (UCR) and maps from County Planning and Land Use. These maps show five widespread areas of San Diego County that have the potential to explode into major wild fires.

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06/10/08

For the Record - June 10, 2008

Recently, there have been newspaper stories and television news reports about a proposed road project in Valley Center. The focus of the reports is a proposed road (3A) that would connect West Lilac Road to Old Highway 395. Here are the facts: Fifteen years ago, before I was elected Fifth District Supervisor, I served on the Escondido Union School District Board. While selecting a site for the new Valley Center High School I made it clear to the community that Valley Center needed another road out of the area in the event of an emergency.

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05/18/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

I am concerned there are times when people receive a distorted version of the truth from the news media; whether it is in print, on radio, television or over the Internet. Because of that, we recently added a communication feature to the home page of our Fifth District website. The purpose is to give you accurate information on news in North County, developments from my office, and how that is reported or ignored by the media. I think “For the Record” is a more accurate description of what we are trying to provide our constituents.

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05/14/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

During my 13 years as your Fifth District Supervisor, I’ve learned that having positive working relationships with people in Washington, D.C. is invaluable in carrying out the task of serving my constituents here on the home front. Continuing contacts with elected representatives, their staff members, and key decision-makers in the capital bureaucracy is essential to making sure our County receives its fair share of federal dollars and support for programs that are vital to our way of life.

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05/05/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

This month we expect to take another huge step forward in creating the largest park in San Diego County by acquiring a 143-acre parcel of land located along the San Luis Rey River on State Route 76. The parcel is within the proposed boundaries of the 9-mile, linear San Luis Rey River Park and would more than double the amount of land for the park owned by the County. Ten years ago, it was my vision to create the San Luis Rey River Park and at the same time make good on my promise to widen Highway 76.

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04/22/08

SUPERVISOR HORN AND REALTORS ASSOCIATION PARTNER TO PROTECT NORTH COUNTY HOME BUYERS

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a recommendation from Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to partner with the North San Diego Association of Realtors (NSDCAR). The County of San Diego will provide the association with copies of the Family Disaster Plan and Personal Survival Guide to hand out to all new home buyers. “The North San Diego County Association of Realtors represents nearly 7,000 realtors,” said Supervisor Horn. “They have access to thousands of home buyers in North County, and I appreciate their willingness to help the County spread the word on safety precautions.”

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04/10/08

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

My staff and I are honored to represent and serve more than 650,000 people in the Fifth District. This E-mail is one way I’m able to maintain personal contact with our constituents. Another is our hard copy newsletter. We have procedures for you to communicate directly with me, and I assure you that every phone call, letter, E-mail, and FAX is heard, read, and acted upon.

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04/09/08

COUNTY MOVES TO PURCHASE MORE PROPERTY FOR SAN LUIS REY RIVER PARK

SAN DIEGO – County Supervisors unanimously approved the acquisition of a 143-acre parcel of land located along the San Luis Rey River. The parcel is within the proposed boundaries of the 9-mile, linear San Luis Rey River Park and more than doubles the amount of land for the park owned by the County. The project was spearheaded by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn.

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03/25/08

NEW FALLBROOK LIBRARY MILESTONE

SAN DIEGO – The County today moved a step closer to making the dream of a new Fallbrook Library come true. The Board of Supervisors unanimously agreed to fund the library and to issue a formal request for proposals to design and build the new facility at Alvarado and Mission. “This is a tremendous day for the people of Fallbrook and Bonsall,” said Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn who has championed the drive to replace the aging library in Fallbrook with a new facility. “It’s a tribute to the Friends of the Fallbrook Library and the entire community that has worked so hard with us.”

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03/20/08

STATE OF NORTH COUNTY ADDRESS 2008

Today I want to share my vision for 2008 on a local level, but, first; I’d like to reflect on the past. Four years ago when I delivered my State of North County Address, I talked about the horrific fires that swept much of San Diego County in late 2003. Tragically, nearly four years to the day—fires ravaged our County again. We learned many lessons from 2003 and have acted accordingly. We called for a full-time, firefighting helicopter and, today, the County owns two choppers—with one stationed permanently in Fallbrook. Today, Cal Fire stations are open year round.

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03/11/08

NORTH COUNTY BOYS & GIRLS CLUBS RECEIVE MAJOR BOOST FROM SUPERVISOR HORN

SAN DIEGO – Six North County Boys & Girls Clubs will receive grants from Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn totaling $70,000 for capital improvements, programs, and fund-raising events. “For decades, our North County Boys & Girls Clubs have had a tremendous impact in keeping young people from the destructive influences of gangs and drugs,” said Supervisor Horn. “It’s critical that we help them provide positive and fun environments for at-risk children and teens. These discretionary Community Projects grants are an excellent investment in the lives of kids.”

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01/16/08

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

The New Year brings with it new challenges and I’m looking forward to making progress against a threat to public safety that is a blight on all of North County. Soon a seven-member North County Gang Commission will be formed to come up with a regional plan aimed at combating gang activity in North County. Gang suppression by law enforcement is not enough. I asked Third District Supervisor Pam Slater-Price to join me in bringing together a group of experts who will partner and link communities together.

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12/05/07

A COMMISSION WITH A MISSION

For decades the North County has been plagued by gang activity and violence. Due to many governmental and law enforcement jurisdictions, coordination for the entire region has been nearly impossible. The time has come to bring all of the regional partners together to form a plan to deal with gangs along the 78 Corridor. Supervisor Pam Slater-Price and I asked the Board of Supervisors to begin the process of creating a North County Gang Commission and our request was unanimously approved. This Commission will bring together experts from education, law enforcement, business, social and health services, and even youth formerly involved in gangs to bring about a change for our region.

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12/04/07

NORTH COUNTY GANG COMMISSION TO BE FORMED

County Supervisors today voted to create a seven-member North County Gang Commission to form a regional plan aimed at combating gang activity in North County. The plan was brought forward by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn and Third District Supervisor Pam Slater-Price. “Gang suppression by law enforcement is not enough,” said Supervisor Horn. “We need to have experts who will partner and bring communities together. The children and families of North County deserve the chance to live in safe neighborhoods.”

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11/27/07

NO NEED FOR FIRE CONSOLIDATION

During my 13 years as Fifth District County Supervisor, I have witnessed disasters. I was Chairman of the Board of Supervisors on 9/11, and have now seen two of the deadliest fires in our County’s history come and go. After the devastation of the Cedar and Paradise fires in 2003, my colleagues and I on the Board of Supervisors acted decisively to correct problems we encountered with our emergency notification system and ineffective communication and coordination between our fire agencies. At the County we set clear goals and accomplished almost all of them. Our most recent fire response efforts showed tremendously improved communication and coordination among our fire agencies, and our reverse 9-1-1 system and our helicopters saved countless people and homes.

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11/08/07

HONORING VETERANS DAY AND VETERANS AWARENESS WEEK

PROCLAMATION Presented by Supervisor Bill Horn WHEREAS, November 11, 2007 marks the 53rd observance of Veterans Day by our Nation to honor the memory of those warriors who did not return from service to our Nation and to acknowledge those who have returned and continue to make valuable contributions; and WHEREAS, more than 260,000 veterans in San Diego County are held in the highest esteem by the citizens of our region, with the deepest gratitude for protecting our freedom and acknowledgment for the hardships endured by their families; and

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11/02/07

DIARY OF A FIRE AND REFLECTIONS

Please allow me to share a timeline and behind-the-scenes look at some of what happened in our district and where my staff and I were during the first week of Firestorm 2007. Some of the sequence of events may be a bit out of order; however, I hope you’ll understand that those days seemed to blend into each other. Sunday, October 21 – Our entire staff was notified in the afternoon of the Harris Fire in the East County and stayed in touch with County emergency personnel. Monday, October 22 – At 3:30 AM I received a call at home from my chief of staff, Joan Wonsley, about the fires threatening North County. At 4 AM I called my daughter in Rancho Bernardo and told her to evacuate her family which she did at 4:30 AM. I then drove to South Escondido to help my son evacuate his residence and sent them to my home in Valley Center.

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10/25/07

PROPERTY TAX RELIEF - FIRESTORM 2007

County Assessor Gregory J. Smith wishes to advise all property owners whose property was damaged or destroyed during the recent firestorm that property tax relief is available. This tax relief program requires the reassessment of the property to reflect its damaged condition. The reduced value will remain in effect until such time as the property is rebuilt or repaired. More importantly, after the property is repaired or replaced, the owners can retain their previous taxable value if the property is rebuilt in a like or similar manner. This means that the property tax assessment will not be increased beyond what it was prior to the fire.

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10/24/07

MESSAGE FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN - October 24, 2007

I want to express my deep sympathies to those who have lost property during the fires that have ravaged North County. I also want to say how proud I am of the tremendous job public safety people have done responding with heroism to save lives and property under near-combat conditions. As I have been out and about in the Fifth District, visiting Fallbrook three times and helping to arrange for supplies for an unofficial emergency shelter at Valley Center High School, I’ve been impressed with the performance of law enforcement personnel on the local, state and federal levels as well as volunteers I was able to work with Pete Smith of the Rancho Santa Fe Association in assessing the initial damage done to that historic area

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10/24/07

COUNTY WAIVES PERMIT FEES RELATED TO REBUILDING LEGAL STRUCTURES IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation by District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob and District 5 Supervisor Bill Horn to waive permit fees for rebuilding structures damaged or destroyed by the Harris, Witch, and Rice Canyon Fires. “We know from past experience that victims face a long and arduous rebuilding process,” said Supervisor Jacob. “Waiving fees and expediting the process are ways the County intends to make recovery as smooth as possible.”

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10/16/07

COUNTY EXPLORES NEW CONNECTION WITH PUBLIC

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to explore the feasibility of purchasing and implementing a free web site e-mail subscription service that would allow customers to receive specific information from County departments. “This is a great way for people to select exactly what they want about county government, our services, department information, and the latest from individual districts,” said Supervisor Horn. “We take pride in having state-of-the-art online links to our customers, and this system builds upon that.” A user would “opt in” and choose which alerts they would like to receive. Three examples:

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10/05/07

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

Last month I was given the chance to speak out for the legal residents of San Diego County during a live interview on “Your World with Neil Cavuto” on the Fox News Channel. This followed the Board of Supervisors approval of my recommendations for action based on a report we received on the cost to the County for providing services to people who are in this country illegally

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09/25/07

COUNTY TAKES NEXT STEP IN RECOVERING COSTS OF UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS

Supervisor Horn's Recommendations Sent to Congress SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn’s recommendations to recover the County of San Diego’s costs of services to undocumented immigrants. The action comes following the release of a study by San Diego State University that shows county taxpayers picking up the tab for $101 million a year in County services to people in the country illegally. “We can’t stop the problem of people being in our country illegally,” said Horn, “however, we have to pay for it and we want our money back from the federal government.”

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09/20/07

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

This month, I received the results of a called-for study detailing the costs of services delivered to illegal aliens. The estimated drain on County services and community medical providers is more than $250 million a year. The numbers only confirm my suspicions, but the findings are worse than I could have imagined because the estimates are likely on the low-side. While more than $100 million in taxpayer’s dollars is drained from our budget every year to provide services to people who are in this country illegally, there is another $154 million in costs for un-reimbursed emergency medical care. This is not a direct County cost; however, it is a huge hit on the community.

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09/07/07

STUDY ON COST TO COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO OF SERVICES DELIVERED TO ILLEGAL ALIENS SHOWS HUGE IMPACT

Supervisor Bill Horn to Present Recommendations SAN DIEGO – Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn has received results of a called-for study detailing the cost of services delivered to illegal aliens. The estimated drain on County services is more than $250 million a year. “The study not only confirms my suspicions,” said Supervisor Horn, “but the findings are worse than I could have imagined. While more than $100 million in taxpayer’s dollars is drained from our budget every year to provide services to people who are in this country illegally, there is another $154 million in costs for unreimbursed emergency medical care. While this is not a direct County cost, it is a huge hit on the community.”

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07/19/07

DEMOLITION BEGINS AT SITE OF FUTURE FALLBROOK LIBRARY

Another Step Forward for Community Project FALLBROOK – “Start the bulldozer and tear down that building!” With those words from Fifth District County Supervisor Bill Horn, the dreams of the Fallbrook-Bonsall community for a new library moved a step closer to reality. About a hundred people, including Supervisor Horn, Jose Aponte, County Library Director, Jerri Patchett, President of the Friends of the Fallbrook Library (FOTFL) and Jack Story, President Fallbrook Historical Society watched the start of demolition of the vacant Ellis-Johns House just north of the Fallbrook Library at Alvarado & Mission Road. The property is owned by the FOTFL and will be the site of a new library.

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07/11/07

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

America is a nation of law and majority rule. That’s what our founders intended, but sometimes you wonder when judges and lawmakers ignore the clear will of the people. This is why last month’s procedural vote in the U.S. Senate that killed the immigration reform bill proposed by the White House, Democrats and key Republican leaders was a victory for America. Most national polls show the majority opinion of Americans who opposed the bill was not just a shade over 50%, but a resounding 80% or more. When you consider that some polled were undecided, that’s not a majority, it’s an avalanche!

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02/26/07

RANCHO GUEJITO: OBSTACLES OR OPPORTUNITIES?

Supervisor Bill Horn Printed in the San Diego Union-Tribune on February 26, 2007 At the State of the North County speech this month, I spoke about a threat to an important piece of San Diego County history and the only remaining intact Mexican land grant in the state, Rancho Guejito. This treasure with its historic adobes, Native American pictographs, and pristine natural habitat, is legendary. Now, after years of saying they want to preserve the Guejito as a working ranch and environmental gem, Coates family representatives indicate they want to annex to the City of Escondido. The people of our region have trusted the Coates family for 30 years and now feel betrayed. However, obstacles can be turned into opportunities.

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02/20/07

SUPERVISOR HORN DELIVERS STATE OF NORTH COUNTY ADDRESS

OCEANSIDE – The Oceanside City Council Chambers was the location for Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn’s annual State of North County Address. The Chambers served as a last-minute substitute venue because of roof damage at the Star Theater a block away. Supervisor Horn emphasized his commitment to public safety and said next month in Washington, D.C. he will lobby for federal funds to assist local law enforcement agencies in their fight to keep kids out of gangs and their efforts for gang suppression.

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02/20/07

STATE OF NORTH COUNTY ADDRESS 2007

Presented by Supervisor Bill Horn Good morning. Without a doubt, the State of North County is solid. As you know, we were supposed to be at the Star Theater just down the street, but roof repairs there required a last-minute switch. Bringing down the curtain is good; having the roof come down is not good. We are here because a number of people went “above-and-beyond” the call of duty to help us. Among those who helped make the Council Chambers available include your City Manager, Peter Weiss, Deputy City Manager, Michelle Skaggs-Lawrence along with Councilman Rocky Chavez and his aide, Janene Shepherd. Thank you.

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01/21/07

RANCHO GUEJITO: A SAN DIEGO COUNTY LEGACY

By: BILL HORN - Commentary published in the North County Times San Diego County is famous for its diverse Southern California landscape. From our world-class observatory on Mount Palomar, to our beaches and lagoons, to the wilderness of the Anza-Borrego State Park, San Diego County is an environmental gem. In fact, this county has more endangered plant and animal species than any other county in the United States. Is it any wonder that we are also home to the only remaining intact Mexican land grant in the state, Rancho Guejito?

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01/05/07

COUNTY PRAISES DECISION TO REINSTATE REGION TO SECURITY-GRANT LIST

SAN DIEGO – Chairman of the Board and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn today welcomed news that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has announced that the San Diego region has been reinstated on its list of high-risk areas eligible for security grants. “We are pleased with the change in heart from federal authorities that opens the way for needed resources to protect our region,” Chairman Horn said. “We have a third of the Pacific Fleet home-ported in our backyard along with the largest number of military personnel in the nation. Combine that with San Diego being the seventh largest city in America and a border that is not secure, there is clear and present danger that merits federal support.”

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