01/26/09

A Word From Supervisor Bill Horn

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

January 26, 2009

Smoked!

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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.

It’s not as if the shops were not warned. The District Attorney’s Office sent letters to the shops telling them what items to remove from shelves. In Vista alone almost 4,000 pieces of drug paraphernalia were seized.

I appreciate the dedicated work of our law enforcement professionals and the support of community groups such as HARM (Health Advocates Rejecting Marijuana) and its facilitator, Judi Strang.

In this edition of the “Word,” you’ll also learn about major improvements at Palomar Airport, a new veterans’ internship program at the County and three cheers for two North County high school football champions.

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Shifting Resources for Safety

We know all too well how quickly our County can dry out and become vulnerable to wild fires. That’s why the County of San Diego acted to temporarily shift some firefighters from County-contracted stations when State budget cuts threatened to shut down eight local CAL FIRE stations.

This redeployment is a one-time, temporary fix to make sure our region is protected and does not involve spending additional money on fire services. Some crews have been reduced from three firefighters to two, and provide a better way to protect the public than closing the stations down.

The firefighters will help keep all CAL FIRE stations running until the state restores CAL FIRE’s funding in April.

Major Airport Improvements in Carlsbad

This month we will officially dedicate the new terminal at McClellan-Palomar Airport in Carlsbad. The 18,000-square foot facility is a tremendous improvement and further enhances McClellan-Palomar’s reputation as the jewel of the County’s eight airports.

The new facility has a special baggage distribution area, a new Customs and Border Protection facility for private aircraft, expanded long-term parking lots and in April a full-service restaurant will open.

The Federal Aviation Administration is paying $13.2 million of the project’s $24 million price tag. The remainder is coming from aviation fees.

A seashore theme can be seen throughout the terminal with beach-like canopies outside, windows that can be open to take advantage of sea breezes and crushed sea shells visible on the floor. Passengers will find wireless Internet service and spots to plug in electronic equipment along with outdoor seating in a glassed-in area.

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This is a great improvement over the dank, aging, cramped portable building that served as a terminal for decades. Our County airports director, Pete Drinkwater and his staff have worked tirelessly to give us a first-class facility that addresses current and future aviation needs of the region.

Next month our County Television Network (CTN) will begin airing a 30-minute program that I hosted on the airport and the private aviation tenants at McClellan-Palomar. In the next edition of the “Word,” we’ll pass along air dates and times.

 


 

Borrego Airport Upgrade

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Our airport facility in Borrego Springs is also sporting a new and improved look after completion of several projects and an investment of nearly $1 million. The Borrego Valley Airport has a new 12,000-gallon fuel system and island to make it safer and easier for pilots to refuel their planes, a new helicopter landing pad to serve private and military aircraft, and a new run-up area where pilots warm up their airplane’s engines before take off.

In addition, our County Airports crew installed a new navigation beacon to help pilots find the airport from the air at night.

The County owns and operates the 145-acre facility and contracts with an on-site manager for day-to-day operations.

 


 

New County Veterans’ Internship Program

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This month we began a new outreach for our veterans’ community. At my recommendation, the County now has a Veterans’ Internship Program to fill entry-level and journey-level positions in a variety of occupations.

San Diego County has one of the largest concentrations of veterans in the State. In addition, veterans continue to return to our region after service in Iraq and Afghanistan and thousands more will follow.

The internship program is designed for individuals interested in pursuing a career in County government. This program is a non-paid internship during which veteran interns work in an assignment where they obtain work experience through participation in practical job assignments.

A key advantage to those enrolled in the program is that veterans will receive preference points upon their initial application with the County. Interns will be exposed to the responsibilities of County departments that provide services in such critical areas as public health, child welfare, social services, law enforcement, and general government.

I think this is a tremendous opportunity for the County to take advantage of the skills our veterans have learned while serving our nation and in turn, give a boost to these patriotic warriors.

For more information contact the County of San Diego Department of Human Resources at 619 531-5100 or hrwebmaster.fgg@sdcounty.ca.gov.

 


 

New Fallbrook Park Approved

Congratulations to the Oceanside High School Pirates football team for winning an unprecedented fifth consecutive Division II section title. The Pirates pulled out a thrilling 23-19 victory with a goal line stand in the final seconds of their game against Helix.

Coach John Carroll and his team finished the season undefeated with a record of 12-0-1.

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Valley Center High School put on an impressive showing at Qualcomm Stadium to win its second straight CIF Division IV championship. Coach Rob Gilster and his Jaguars defeated Madison 31-20 and ended the season with a record of 11-2.

Wide receiver James Johnson set a new record for career receiving yards in the CIF San Diego section with 2,907 yards and wore the No. 23 jersey of Jeremy Rubio, a senior linebacker who had injured his knee in practice the week before the final game.

Congratulations to the Pirates and Jaguars; two schools that continue North County’s domination of high school football.

 


Welcome aboard!

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We’re pleased to have a new member join our District 5 team. Caylin Guerin will be working as a legislative aide for our policy advisors.

A North County native, Caylin grew up in Encinitas and attended La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

Caylin’s experience includes working as the Chair’s Assistant to Supervisor Greg Cox during his term as Chairman of the Board. We’re delighted to have Caylin on our team.

County Administration Center 1600 Pacific Highway San Diego, CA 92101 tel: (619) 531-5555 fax: (619) 685-2662

North County office: 325 S. Melrose Ave., Suite 5200, Vista, CA 92081 tel: (760) 806-2400 fax: (760) 806-2404

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