MESSAGE FROM SUPERVISOR BILL HORN - October 24, 2007
I want to express my deep sympathies to those who have lost
property during the fires that have ravaged North County. I also
want to say how proud I am of the tremendous job public safety
people have done responding with heroism to save lives and property
under near-combat conditions.
As I have been out and about
in the Fifth District, visiting Fallbrook three times and helping to
arrange for supplies for an unofficial emergency shelter at Valley
Center High School, I’ve been impressed with the performance of law
enforcement personnel on the local, state and federal levels as well
I was able to work with Pete Smith of the
Rancho Santa Fe Association in assessing the initial damage done to
that historic area
Today, Supervisor Jacob and I asked the
Board to waive fees for permits of those who will need to rebuild in
the unincorporated areas of our county and asked that the building
process be expedited for fire victims. They unanimously agreed.
We expect to announce Local Assistance Centers established in
key North County locations shortly
Two years ago I made it
the focal point of my year as Chairman of the Board to improve the
level of our emergency preparedness. The past few days have shown
that our Office of Emergency Services, under the leadership of Ron
Lane has demonstrated to the world, a level of response not seen
before; one of remarkable communications, compassion and life-saving
I want to thank thousands of citizens for their
outpouring of kindness to those in need. I appreciate the leadership
of such people as Valley Center High School principal Ron McCowan
and Tom Baumgartner from the Chamber of Commerce.
Fallbrook is still in one piece and most of the Village was saved by
fire crews and the leadership of Eileen and Phil Delaney, Bob
Leonard who went to the aid of their neighbors
departments, regular and volunteer; including De Luz, Palomar
Mountain and North County Fire District are still on the lines
working tirelessly to put the fires out
Roberts has shown great leadership and I have been in contact with
him as he has coordinated the effort with federal, state and local
officials. This afternoon at 4 PM, I will appear at a news briefing
at the Office of Emergency Services to give my perspective on North
When it is safe for people to return to their homes,
we will give out specific information as fast as we can
am so proud to be your Supervisor and to be with you during this
catastrophic event. Together we will rebuild and together we will
return our North County to the gem it was before the fires. God
bless all of you.
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