I pledged to work with my colleagues and County departments to ensure that the peoples’ work is done in the most efficient, cost effective way, including maintaining our Triple-A bond rating. While the County of San Diego has a higher credit rating than the federal government or the State of California, the problem is that we are tied to both. However, our budget is balanced and we enjoy a healthy cash reserve. We have done this with fiscal discipline and tough choices.
The speech was a way to remind people of the County’s many accomplishments in public safety, fire protection, health and human services, parks and recreation, public works, and libraries.
It also was an opportunity to reemphasize the importance of services to local Veterans. That outreach will be expanded through the San Diego Veterans’ Coalition, a collaborative group of providers who address outreach, transition assistance, basic needs, and legal initiatives. Special attention will be given to the families of Veterans.
I emphasized my continuing support of Constitutional property rights and opposition to any efforts to devalue citizens’ land.