Supervisor Bill Horn Fifth District

For the Record

December 2, 2010

FORUM: Efforts at land preservation well-documented

The following story was posted by the North County Times on Thursday, December 2, 2010

In a November 21, 2010 column about the Board of Supervisors voting to purchase and preserve land in Elfin Forest, Jim Trageser asked if I was out of town, out of the country, or out of my mind.

The truth is I was in town, in country, and in full control of my mind in approving the County spending $2.8 million to buy 100 acres in Elfin Forest Reserve.

Mr. Trageser stated that “setting aside part of our wilderness for our grandkids and their grandkids to enjoy” was “utterly foreign” to me.

If Mr. Trageser had read his own paper, he would have seen stories over the years written about my efforts at land conservation, including:


The North County Times, October 21, 2009
County spends $3.2M preserving Harmony Grove habitat

“Supervisor Bill Horn said he hopes Wednesday’s purchase, which he characterized as a strong effort to protect nature, will discourage citizens from complaining when the supervisors approve development projects.”

NCT, October 16, 2009

“Valley Center will be getting new trails, landscaping and other recreation-friendly amenities . . .”

Supervisor Bill Horn said. ‘It makes (the area) walkable and usable for people and horses since it’s still a horse community.’”



Then there is my effort to preserve Rancho Guejito, 23,000 acres of land near Valley Center.


Editorial, by NCT Opinion staff, March 30, 2008

“To his credit, Horn is doing what we suggested Feb. 19: that he (or someone) start actively planning for the rancho’s future.”


Perhaps Mr. Trageser missed this:


NCT, January 21, 2007 by Bill Horn
Rancho Guejito: A San Diego legacy

“Rancho Guejito is a piece of San Diego heritage that existed long before California became a state. . . My hope is that their (the Coates family who own the property) stewardship will be rewarded by private organizations and public agencies joining in an effort to preserve this vital piece of California history once and for all.”



The creation of the San Luis Rey River Park has been a vision of mine for years and a subject of many stories in NCT.


NCT, January 23, 2005
New Park proposed along San Luis Rey River

“County Supervisor Bill Horn, who has worked five years for a park on the San Luis Rey River, said . . . he’s excited the Parks and Recreation Department is developing a master plan for the site.”

“’The park will be for everybody in the county of San Diego,’ he said, . . . I want an active park, but at the same time, there are a lot of species that we can preserve and protect.’”



Whatever his motives were, Mr. Trageser attacked me when the facts and your newspaper prove otherwise. Mr. Trageser wrote: “Horn has yet to see a spot of God’s handiwork that he doesn’t think a bulldozer could improve on.”

In the future I suggest Mr. Trageser write stories and express opinions that reflect facts instead of bulldozing the truth.