SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
January 26, 2009
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.
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