Last May I sought to create that system; however, in researching the implementation of such a service, County staff found that current state law prohibits this kind of direct notification regarding a specific offender. In my opinion, we are protecting the wrong people and the penal code needs to catch up with technology. Our communities must have every tool available to protect each other, especially our children.
For now, in order to abide by state law, the CAO has proposed a system that would notify subscribers of any changes on the Megan’s Law website within their registered area of interest. This e-mail would include a link to the Megan’s Law website and help facilitate the use of the website to search for offenders by city, address or radius of concern.
I will be pushing to get the system up and running as soon as possible and when that happens will notify you.
In this edition of the Word, I’ll share what we are doing to bring greater awareness to our children’s safety. Other items include my ride-along with local law enforcement units to see first-hand how the bad guys and gals are caught, the latest workshop to help property owners understand their options under the General Plan Update, a scroll-signing event at the nearly completed Fallbrook Library, and why the people of Borrego Springs are thrilled to be in the dark.
Amber and Chelsea
We were touched by the emotional words of Sheila White, the grandmother of Amber Dubois of Escondido who bravely spoke at a Board of Supervisors meeting late last month. Her mother, Carrie McGonigle added her heartfelt thoughts.
Representatives for the Dubois and King families contacted me about naming the Lake Hodges Bridge over Interstate 15 and a portion of Highway 78 adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in memory of the two girls. I brought their wishes forward and my fellow Supervisors approved a resolution in support of State legislation to designate the bridge as the Chelsea King Memorial Bridge and the highway to be the Amber Dubois Memorial Highway.
The authority to rename State Routes and Interstate Highways rests with the State Legislature, which must pass a resolution in order for a renaming to occur. I will now work with our local legislative delegation to see it through. With this symbolic gesture, it is my hope to honor the memory of Amber and Chelsea.
Barked at and Busted!
I was asked to accompany a team of multi-jurisdictional law enforcement units in Vista, including San Diego County Sheriff’s deputies, who took part in Operation Allied Shield II late last month.
The focus was on drug smugglers, drug dealers, marijuana growers, and gang-related activities. The night raids at several locations resulted in many felony arrests and drug seizures.