SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO
September 20, 2007
Illegal Alien Costs to the County of San Diego:
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.
I asked for action to determine the financial impact of illegal
aliens to County services in my State of the County Address as
Chairman of the Board in 2006. Now we have the numbers that show how
much money is being diverted that could be used to do such things as
fix roads and provide better public safety. This is a hidden
redistribution of taxpayer’s dollars amounting to $100 for every
citizen in our County.
I am preparing a response to the study and will present findings to
the entire Board of Supervisors at our meeting on September 25, 2007.
I would welcome your comment any time and at that public meeting. If
you would like to have a copy of the Undocumented Immigrant Study,
please go to our website at http://billhorn.cloudapp.net.
We have a wide range of things to report on in this edition of “A
Word from Supervisor Bill Horn.” It’s my privilege to keep in touch
with you this way.
New Fallbrook Library falling into place
This month, I’m pleased to report another $350,000 has been
committed by the County toward building a new library in Fallbrook.
$250,000 will come from our Community Project’s Fund to help the
Friends of the Fallbrook Library raise additional funds for
construction and furnishing of the new library.
$100,000 in capital project funds will be used to prepare
design-build documents, identify remaining necessary funding and
return to the Board for authority to solicit design-build proposals.
Supervisor Horn, Jerri Patchett, Community benefactor Arlene Ingold
Library Director Jose Aponte with a community ready for a
The action comes six weeks after the demolition of the Elder-Johns
house at the corner of Alvarado Street and Mission Road, the future
site of Fallbrook’s new library. It was a tremendous thrill to be with
community leaders such as Jerri Patchett, President of Fallbrook
Friends of the Library, Jack Story, President of the Fallbrook
Historical Society, Arlene Ingold, Fallbrook’s Hall of Fame
benefactor, and our super star Library Director, Jose Aponte.
Supervisor Horn and Library Director Jose Aponte as operator Greg
of Hidden Valley Back Hoe & Trenching, Inc. gets
ready to tear down the house
What a great moment it was to tell the demolition crew, “Tear down
We continue to identify funding and with the help of community
leaders, Fallbrook will have the new library it so richly deserves.
In what could set a precedent for the future, I’m pleased to report
the County of San Diego and the Pala Band of Mission Indians have
approved an agreement which will provide around $38 million of
improvements for State Route 76.
Highlights of the agreement include:
- $20 million to widen Highway 76 between the Rosemary’s
Mountain quarry and the Pala Casino
- $13 million for
widening and realigning Highway 76 between Interstate 15 and
- $5 million for improving the state
highway along the casino frontage
- $200,000 annually for
Sheriff’s Department services
- $6,000 a year to the San
Diego County District Attorney’s Tribal Liaison project for
prosecuting crime related to casino gambling
annually for the costs of additional criminal prosecutions
- $150,000 per year for gambling addiction treatment programs
In addition, the tribe will provide fire protection and emergency
medical services through the Pala Fire Department and also will enter
into a contract with the County’s office of Emergency Services for
Hazardous Incident Response Team services.
This is an excellent example of how governments can work together
and I appreciate the cooperation of the leaders of the Pala Band of
I’m pleased to say that the County of San Diego has once again been
recognized for maintaining healthy financial operations. Here are
three recent examples:
1. Credit Rating Upgrade: Fitch Ratings issued the County an
overall credit rating of AA+, making the County of San Diego the
highest rated urban county in California. Fitch also upgraded the
County to AA from AA- on several long-term debt issues, which include
pension obligation bonds and funding for a variety of capital projects.
Fitch praised the County for prudent spending and adherence to sound
financial policies marked by consistent operating surpluses,
disciplined pension system funding, positive actions to limit retiree
medical care expenses and conservative debt management practices.
Congratulations to Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) Walt Ekard,
Chief Financial Officer (CFO) Don Steuer and our entire County team!
2. Treasury Report: The Government Finance Officers Association
of the U.S. and Canada awarded the San Diego County Treasury its
Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting—the
highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting.
Congratulations to CAO Walt Ekard and County Treasurer-Tax Collector
3. Outstanding Cash Handling Program: The Treasurer-Tax
Collector also was honored by the Association of Public Treasurers of
the U.S. and Canada for its Cash Handling Training Program—calling the
program exemplary and noting that reviewers made no suggestions for improvement.
We all know how important volunteers are in our society—people who
donate their time, money and gifts. What you may find surprising is
the number of people who do this in San Diego County and the value of
their efforts, just in terms of money saved or donated.
Each year, our Clerk of the Board compiles his County of San Diego
Volunteer Report and for fiscal year 2006/07, 27,600 volunteers made
themselves available for programs. The estimated value for that was
nearly $33 million! Monetary and tangible/intangible gifts donated to
various volunteer programs were just under $1.1 million.
It’s impossible to list all of the volunteer areas, however, they include:
- Public Works—16,102 volunteers--$2.7 million value
- HHSA Aging & Independence Services (RSVP)—2,095
volunteers--$9.2 million value
- Farm and Home Advisor—848
volunteers--$3.9 million value
- Sheriff—712 volunteers--$3
- Public Defender—426 volunteers--$7.1 million
- Library—1,894 volunteers--$1.3 million value
- Parks and Recreation—2,409 volunteers--$2 million value
To each and every volunteer, thanks a 33 million!
More Open Park Space
There’s more “elbow room” in Valley Center. This summer, the
Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) added a little more than
43-acres to the Hellhole Canyon Open Space Preserve.
The parcel was purchased from the Pulver Family and is located on
the east side of Cochita Road, abutting the north side of Santee Lane.
The price of $616,000 came from General Purpose Revenue.
Thanks to everyone involved in getting this done, including our DPR
director, Renee Bahl and the Friends of Hellhole Canyon.
Getting the low-down on Bonsall’s Osborne Street
Osborne Street near Hutchison Street in Bonsall is an intersection
that is about to become safer. A hill blocks the sight of oncoming traffic.
So, we’re going to lower the hill.
Lowering the hill’s crest, building side slopes and relocating
overhead and underground utility lines will cost the county about $1
million; and when finished, the improvement in safety will be priceless.
I appreciate the input from the Bonsall Sponsor Group, led by
Chairwoman Margarette Morgan.
The project will cause traffic delays; so look for detours. We hope
to have everything done by mid-January.
For the first time ever, the County of San Diego and Indian Nations
have collaborated on a campaign to remove old tires from reservations
and portions of the unincorporated County.
The California Integrated Waste Management Board awarded an $84,000
grant to conduct tire clean-up programs with the Indian Nations of
Pala, San Pasqual and Campo. Three tire clean-up events and seven tire
amnesty events will take place.
The County events in North County are tentatively scheduled for
Valley Center and Fallbrook, in addition to the Indian Nation
locations. For more information, contact Donna Turbyfill at 858
Hazardous no more
You wouldn’t think that the Fallbrook area could contain more than
100,000 pounds of hazardous wastes—but it did—and now all that is
safely disposed of.
Our County Department of Environmental Health had another successful
one-day household hazardous waste, electronic and universal waste
collection event this summer.
Included in the total were 50,000 pounds of paint and paint-related
materials, 25,000 pounds of electronics, 5,000 pounds of motor oil,
and 2,500 linear feet of fluorescent lights.
I’ve always wondered how they determine the poundage—certainly it’s
more than bringing a bathroom scale to the event—and it is. Some of
the material is actually weighed; some is estimated on historical
averages and all is taken away and properly disposed.
Check it Out
We now have a Sheriff’s storefront office inside the Vista library.
This is a great collaboration that brings deputies into closer contact
with the public in a setting unlike anywhere else in the
county—because it’s the first of its kind!
County Library Director Jose Aponte brought the idea to Sheriff Bill
Kolender and Captain Ed Prendergast in Vista and today the
“user-friendly” storefront is open for community business. Deputies
and senior volunteers staff the office—providing a great place for the
public to learn about crime prevention and interact with officers.
Janice Twyman, mother of Wade Twyman, cuts the ribbon with Supervisor
Undersheriff Bill Gore and Mayor Morris Vance
Dedication of the Wade Twyman Library office was last month and it
was my honor to be part of the ceremony and meet Wade’s family. Wade
grew up in Vista, graduated from Rancho Buena Vista High School and
after being in the Sheriff’s Explorer program, went on to fulfill his
dream of becoming a San Diego County Sheriff’s Deputy before moving to
Arizona where he also was a deputy sheriff. Motivated by the terrorist
attacks of 9/11, Wade joined and served with distinction in the U.S.
Army. On March 4, 2005, Wade was killed while patrolling in Iraq.
The Sheriff’s office at the library honors Wade Twyman’s remarkable
life and memory.
More than a Job
Congratulations to everyone who made the Hirepatriots.com Job Fair
and blood drive at the Oceanside Pier Amphitheater this month a huge success.
There were 93 registered companies with booths and several hundred
job-seekers. Many recruiters were so impressed with the quality of
candidates that they signed up for HirePatriots.com’s next Job Fair
November 15 at the South Mesa NCO Club at Camp Pendleton.
I appreciate the terrific cooperation that HirePatriots.com received
from the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and the City of Oceanside. Some
of the costs for the event were defrayed by a $25,000 grant from our
discretionary Community Projects Fund.
In addition, a group of Republican women volunteers helped escort
job-seekers to the kinds of jobs that each company was offering and
introduced them to recruiters.
HirePatriots.com will also be hosting Military Marriage Enrichment
Weekends; the first is scheduled for November 9-11 at the San Luis Rey
Mission. This is a tremendous outreach to help with the challenges
that come when family members are deployed and when they return.
I’ve shared with you many times my support for HirePatriots.com.
Mark and Tori Baird are true patriots who saw a need to give active
and former military personnel part and full-time employment. They
turned that need into a job-finding website.
What I haven’t told you is that I and a member of my staff have
hired several Marines from the website. We can tell you with
whole-hearted enthusiasm, the guys who showed up were tremendous
workers. They did what was needed exactly right and also got the job
done way before we thought it would be finished.
For more information about upcoming Job Fairs and the Military
Marriage Enrichment Weekends, please contact www.hirepatriots.com or call
OOO-rah and double Semper Fi!
There are three new assignments on our District 5 staff:
- Dustin Steiner, who served as our transit policy advisor is
now our land policy advisor.
- Chris Champine, who kept in
touch with you as Director of Constituent Services is now our
transit policy advisor, taking that over from Dustin. Chris will
continue keeping track of our District 5 Community Projects
- Courtney Berlin, our Community Liaison now has the
added responsibility of being our Director of Constituent
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