05/21/10

A WORD FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN

SUPERVISOR 5TH DISTRICT COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO

May 21, 2010

North County Business Boost


Supervisor Horn receives Courage in Leadership Award from
San Diego North Economic Development Council presented
by Director Joe Gabaldon & Chairwoman Julie Wright

On May 13th, we were able to give members of the struggling construction industry in North County a hand in getting back to work. Along with the San Diego North Economic Development Council, the San Diego Regional Airport Authority, Camp Pendleton, Caltrans and the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), 330 people met at the Sheraton Carlsbad for a high-powered, half-day workshop and seminar.

They were given new insight and ideas for landing contracts with the State and Federal government. The construction industry in San Diego County is in a virtual standstill and few projects are on the horizon except for government contracts. Currently, there is more than $8 billion allocated for construction projects, many of which are in North County.

Our networking session enabled small contractors to register for the Airport Authority’s Green Build Project, Camp Pendleton and Caltrans projects. The workshop was funded by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program at my request and was free to the public. Gary Knight, CEO with the San Diego North Economic Development Council organized the program.

I believe when the event was over, people were given the tools to get their businesses back to full speed and a new understanding of where to find opportunities.

For more information please contact Gary Knight, CEO SDNEDC, (760) 598-9311 or garyknight@sandiegonorthedc.org

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In this edition of the Word, I’ll be sharing my visit with cadets at Army and Navy Academy, progress on the new Fallbrook Library and the opportunities I had to meet many of you throughout the district at various events. I am so privileged to serve as your Supervisor.
Bill Horn

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Supervisor Horn Meets the Cadets

Late last month, I was invited to meet with the future leaders of our nation at the Army & Navy Academy in Carlsbad. I spoke to the corps of cadets (340 strong) at the academy’s chapel and shared thoughts about leadership and the cadets’ role in preserving our democracy and the freedoms that were secured by the sacrifice of our military.

I talked about growing up in San Diego, graduating from San Diego State University, joining in the U.S. Marine Corps after graduation and the experiences I had as a combat Marine in Vietnam during five years of active duty.

I spoke about my life as a businessman and rancher and how leadership training in the military has been put to use in civilian life and in my job as a County Supervisor. I emphasized the need for the cadets to have strength of their convictions and to be true to their word. Too often we see politicians say something to get elected and then fail to deliver on their promises.

I commended the cadets for their patriotism and the discipline they were learning at an early age; character development that is giving them a foundation for future leadership.

Army & Navy Academy is a remarkable institution, situated on the ocean along a breathtaking portion of Carlsbad. The school is committed to developing scholarship and honorable character in young men. To achieve this, the Academy demands high curriculum standards in combination with essential life management, good citizenship and leadership skills. One hundred percent of the Class of 2009 matriculated to a college or university.

The Army & Navy Academy has a tradition of integrating academics, athletics, character development, leadership training, student government, and extracurricular activities such as music and residential life. The academy was founded by Colonel Thomas A. Davis in 1910 and today is guided by ANA President, Stephen Bliss, Brigadier General, U.S. Army (Retired).

On May 11, at a meeting of the Board of Supervisors, I presented a proclamation to General Bliss, marking the 100th anniversary of the Army & Navy Academy.

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Getting Closer

We continue to make progress on our new Fallbrook library. Recently, Caylin Guerin of my Staff and I attended the annual luncheon for the Friends of the Fallbrook Library. Next year at this time, thanks to tremendous public support, the new library will be open and Fallbrook will have a community center second to none.

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Arbor Day 2010

I had a great time at Lilac School in Valley Center for a special observance of Arbor Day. Fourth and fifth grade students planted about 20 trees at ten locations, including a 24-inch box signature oak tree. They also planted crape myrtles, jacarandas and mulberry trees.

Shannon Hargrave, Lilac School’s principal helped give the students a modern day lesson and link to a holiday that first began in the United States in 1872 on the last Friday of April.

Representatives from San Diego Gas & Electric shared tree-planting basics, the importance of vegetation management such as brush clearing and the need to be mindful of trees and power line safety with the students.

The word “arbor” comes from a Latin feminine noun and means “tree.” Arbor Day is a national holiday celebrated on the last Friday of April. Arbor Day’s “roots” come from Julius Sterling Morton of Nebraska City, Nebraska, who was President Grover Cleveland’s Secretary of Agriculture.

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Award-winning Airport

McClellan Palomar recently received a prestigious award from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Palomar’s terminal redevelopment was honored with the “Outstanding Airport and Port Facility Project” as part of ASCE’s Civil Engineering Project Awards program.

Congratulations to our airports director Pete Drinkwater, Palomar airport manager Willie Vasquez and their great team.

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Young Musicians

Congratulations to16 boys and girls who have successfully completed a six-month study under the Piano Outreach Program sponsored by the Friends of the Vista Library and a $10,000 grant from our District’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Program.

The young people were given piano lessons for six months and performed a recital in the Community Room of the Vista Library on April 25th.

The pianists are: Cami Alvarado, Ava Bradford, Anthony Chavez, Robert Chavez, Brian Delgado, Oscar Delgado, Neryssa Lopez, Tate Luden, Samantha Mendoza, Diane Perez, Edwin Resendiz, Jennifer Resendiz, Lena Rutowski, Darina Valdespina, Kevin Valdespina and Adam Venancio.

A number of people worked hard to bring this program to a resounding note of success, including former Vista mayor, Bernie Rappaport of the Friends of the Vista Library, our library director, Jose Aponte, and the tremendous staff at the Vista Library.

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Prayer at the Flagpole

For the past ten years, I have invited people to join me at the County Administration Center’s flagpole on the National Day of Prayer. On the first Thursday of May, a day established by Congress and the President as the National Day of Prayer, people from all over the downtown area come to pray. It is a voluntary event for those who come on their personal time to pray for our nation and county.

Ten years ago, when we first began this tradition, my staff and I and perhaps two or three County employees met at the flagpole. As we prayed, we were joined by many others who may had been watching us through the windows.

A County proclamation, approved by the Board of Supervisors designated May 6th, 2010 as the National Day of Prayer in San Diego County. The theme for the 59th annual NDP was “Prayer: For Such a Time as This.”

Once again, musicians from the Salvation Army graciously played for us. I was pleased to see a wide spectrum of people at the flagpole to pray. When it was all over, there was only one word to say: “Amen!”

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Prestigious Honor

Congratulations to my Deputy Chief of Staff, Dustin Steiner, who received “The Wendell Cutting Award for Legislative Staff Member of the Year” from the Republican Party of San Diego County.

San Diego County Republican Party Chairman Tony Krvaric made the presentation at the Annual Lincoln Reagan dinner May 7th at the Rancho Bernardo Inn.

Dustin’s duties on our staff include being my land use policy advisor and interacting with elected members of the local, state and federal delegations.

The award carries special significance as it was named for the late Wendell Cutting who served as district chief of staff for Representative Duncan Hunter. Even after being diagnosed with terminal cancer, Wendell continued to work for his district and traveled to Sri Lanka and Thailand to provide help to the tsunami-ravaged region.

Congratulations to Dustin, who along with all members of my staff does a tremendous job serving our constituents.

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