Press Releases

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Stay up-to-date with Supervisor Horn’s most recent press releases.

04/29/14

County to Open New Civic Treasure: Waterfront Park

Join the festivities as a dream more than 100 years in the making comes true with the grand opening of the Waterfront Park. In 1908, city planner John Nolen envisioned a bay front civic center surrounded by parkland. Because of the leadership of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, the Waterfront Park has now become a reality and will act as a welcoming landmark to visitors and residents alike.

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03/14/14

State Of The North County Speech 2014

I enjoyed watching the Winter Olympics this year. The athletes are incredible. When they talk about their sport, they often say “… this is my passion.” It started me thinking. I live and farm in North County, I’ve raised a family in North County, I work for North County residents; I think it’s safe to say, North County is MY passion and has been for the last 20 years. I know you wouldn’t be here today if you weren’t passionate about North County too. I want to keep you informed about what is going on or impacting North County. That is why I am here today.

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09/23/13

McClellan-Palomar Airport Runway Extension Study

Today, County Supervisor Bill Horn, and Carlsbad Mayor Matt Hall, released the results of a study to determine if it is possible to extend the runway at McClellan-Palomar Airport. The study found not only is it possible from an engineering perspective, but it would also improve runway safety, reduce airport noise, create jobs and stimulate the local economy.

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05/01/13

Supervisor Bill Horn Commemorates National Day of Prayer

Supervisor Horn will, once again, commemorate the National Day of Prayer by leading attendees in prayer at the CAC flagpole. The theme for the 62nd National Day of Prayer is "Pray for America.” The National Day of Prayer was established as an annual event by an act of Congress in 1952, and was signed into law by President Truman. President Reagan amended the law in 1988, designating the first Thursday of May each year. People of all faiths are invited to turn to God in prayer and meditation.

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03/06/13

COUNTY LAUNCHES SEX OFFENDER EMAIL NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

On Wednesday, County Supervisor Bill Horn, Sheriff Bill Gore and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis announced the launch of the County’s Sex Offender Email Notification System, a service that lets residents sign up for automated email alerts about sex offenders in their area.

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10/11/12

There’s a Map for That

Prosperity on Purpose is celebrating a tangible and exciting milestone. A series of detailed maps were unveiled today at the POP Regional Economic Kick-Off meeting hosted by the San Diego North Economic Development Council at Cal State San Marcos. The virtual maps illustrate how North County can utilize its assets and strengths to drive future economic success for the region. North County has natural resources, land, transportation infrastructure, educational institutions and entertainment venues that aren’t reaching their revenue potential.

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07/09/12

Plane to See

For Immediate Release (Carlsbad/McClellan-Palomar Airport): The newly arrived California Pacific Airlines is showing off its first airplane. The Embraer 170 landed in Carlsbad on Friday, and is one of three aircraft planned for North County’s newest commercial airline. The twin-engine jet can accommodate up to 72 passengers. It features two seats on either side of the center aisle, and it can land and come to a full stop using just over half of the runway. “This is great news for North County,” says County Supervisor Bill Horn. “California Pacific Airlines will bring more jobs and more revenue to the area, and that’s what we need more of.”

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05/01/12

Supervisor Horn Honors National Prayer Day

Who: Fifth District County Supervisor Bill Horn; Salvation Army Musicians What: Commemorating the 61st Annual National Day of Prayer Where: County Administration Center (CAC) Flagpole, 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego (east side of building near fountains) When: Thursday, May 3, 2012, 12:30 P.M. - 1 P.M. Why: In 1952, the United States Congress established an annual day of prayer. In 1988, the first Thursday of May was chosen as the designated National Day of Prayer. The theme this year is “One Nation Under God” and the Board of Supervisors will recognize the National Day of Prayer with a proclamation. For the 12th year, Supervisor Horn invites anyone who would like to join him in prayer to meet at the CAC flagpole. This prayer event is a personal, not a government function and is for those who choose to participate during their own personal time.

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03/21/12

California Agriculture Week… “Eat Local, Buy California Grown”

WHAT: Press Conference WHEN: Friday, March 23rd 2012; 7:30 a.m. WHERE: Mission Hills Nursery (1525 Fort Stockton Drive; San Diego 92103) WHY: ACR42 is a resolution from the State Assembly encouraging Californians to “Eat Local, Buy California Grown.” Supervisor Bill Horn, Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher and Farm Bureau President Noel Stehly want to raise awareness and remind consumers, restaurants and grocers to buy California grown foods, fiber and floriculture.

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03/15/11

NEW CAMPAIGN TO REDUCE NORTH COUNTY FAMILY HOMELESSNESS GETS MAJOR BOOST

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a loan with North County Solutions for Change to secure $3.4 million in federal funding. The money is through the Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Primrose Apartments in Vista. The grant was made possible after Board Chairman Bill Horn put North County Solutions for Change President and Executive Director Chris Megison in touch with David Estrella, Director of the County’s Department of Housing & Community Development.

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03/02/11

SEX OFFENDER E-MAIL ALERT SYSTEM

Board Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn and Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher announced the introduction of Assembly Bill 1022 Wednesday, March 2, at the County Administration Center. In an effort to increase communities’ awareness of sexual predators, AB 1022 proposes a change to state law enabling local governments and law enforcement agencies to provide community notifications though e-mail subscription as well as on Internet websites.

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12/07/10

Supervisor Bill Horn Honored

For immediate release December 7, 2010 Vice Chairman Bill Horn honored as “Partner of the Year” by Full Access & Coordinated Transportation (FACT) SAN DIEGO - Vice Chairman and Fifth District County Supervisor Bill Horn received the 2010 Norine Sigafoose Partner of the Year Award from the Board of Directors of Full Access & Coordinated Transportation (FACT). The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant difference in support of FACT’s mission to provide transportation solutions for persons with disabilities, seniors and other populations with unmet transportation needs in San Diego County.

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09/02/10

THE RED GUIDE TO RECOVERY

Vice Chairman and Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, along with the Office of Emergency Services (OES), the San Diego/Imperial County Red Cross, and the San Diego Fire Chiefs Association today announced the release of a new resource guide to assist people to recovering from the devastation of losing their home or business. The Red Guide to Recovery is a pocket-sized 184-page resource handbook for disaster survivors to help victims cope with the loss and put them back on their feet to rebuild. The booklet is the idea of San Diegan Sean Scott who presented a working copy to Supervisor Horn several months ago.

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07/13/10

ENSURING FAIR AND OPEN COMPETITION IN COUNTY CONTRACTING

The County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation by North County Supervisor Bill Horn to place on the November 2010 ballot a proposed Charter amendment relating to fair and open competition in the County of San Diego. Currently, a simple majority of the County Board of Supervisors have the power to require, prohibit, or remain neutral on Project Labor Agreements (PLAs) for county contracts. If the ballot measure is approved, that power would be transferred to a majority of voters in San Diego County, and a majority vote of the people would be required for the Board of Supervisors to do anything other than allow all qualified contractors the opportunity to compete for county contracts.

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05/12/10

ENDORSING SAFE, CLEAN AND RELIABLE DRINKING WATER SUPPLY ACT OF 2010

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously supported Vice Chairman Bill Horn’s recommendation to support the Safe, Clean and Reliable Drinking Water Supply Act of 2010. The action endorses a bond proposal on the November 2010 ballot that would provide much needed funding to help fix the State’s broken water system. “Water is the life blood of our existence,” said Horn. “It is the foundation for agriculture, business and every day life. With passage of the bond measure, San Diego County stands to gain $227 million in dedicated funding, which includes money for projects that include local reservoirs, supply reliability, and environmental protection and restoration. There is also $1 billion for recycling and seawater desalination.”

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05/11/10

SEXUAL OFFENDER PIN MAP AND E-MAIL ALERT SYSTEM

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Bill Horn will recommend to the full Board on May 18, approval of exploring the implementation of an up to date Sexual Offender Pin Map on the County website that shows all sexual registrants in San Diego County. Also in his proposal is an e-mail alert system showing recent arrivals of registered sex offenders. “We need to increase community awareness of dangerous sexual predators that move into neighborhoods,” said Horn. “An e-mail alert system would let County residents know of registered sex offenders living in their neighborhood, especially those who have just recently moved into an area. This would ensure that residents are given up-to-date information without having to check sexual registrants pin maps on a weekly basis.”

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10/14/09

VALLEY CENTER ROADSIDE, RECREATIONAL & LANDSCAPED MEDIANS IMPROVEMENTS APPROVED

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved the advertisement and subsequent construction award for major pathways and landscaping projects in Valley Center. “Heritage Trails is the result of strong community support,” said Fifth District County Supervisor Horn. “Many organizations, individuals, and the Rincon Tribe of Indians have partnered with us to bring significant improvements to Valley Center.”

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10/08/09

SUPERVISOR BILL HORN CALLS FOR ACTION ON STATE WATER CRISIS

SAN DIEGO – San Diego North County Supervisor Bill Horn issued the following statement urging the State legislature to reach agreement on solving the State water crisis: “The lifeblood of our State is water and it is time to put the needs of millions of people who depend on a reliable supply of water for food, jobs, and the future of California before political and environmental special interests. For years I have called for the construction of infrastructure to bring water from the north to Southern California.”

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08/18/09

SHARED BEST PRACTICES ENHANCE FIRE SAFETY

SAN DIEGO – A two-day visit by public safety officials from New South Wales, Australia has helped their region and the County of San Diego’s efforts to prepare for and suppress wind-driven wildfires. The officials came at the invitation of Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn. “Our backcountry and portions of New South Wales have similar climates and a history of major wildfires,” said Horn. “We realized we can learn a lot from each other. They’ve now seen firsthand the advances we’ve made preventing and dealing with fire emergencies.”

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06/24/09

MORE PROGRESS IN WIDENING HIGHWAY 76

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized County staff to enter an agreement with Caltrans for 31 acres of right-of-way needed to widen Highway 76 between Melrose Drive and Mission Road. Caltrans needs to acquire all the right-of-way for the middle phase of the project by the end of the month. The decision moves forward a long time plan of Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to construct a seven-mile park along the San Luis Rey River that would allow widening the existing two-lane highway to four lanes and improve alignment between Melrose Drive and Interstate 15.

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06/23/09

HERITAGE TRAILS APPROVED FOR VALLEY CENTER

SAN DIEGO –The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a recommendation by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn for a major construction project of pathways and landscaping in Valley Center. “Heritage Trails is a great example of private citizens working with the County of San Diego to beautify and bring significant improvements for Valley Center,” said Horn. “I’m especially grateful to Nancy Layne of the Valley Center Town Council and generous donations from the Valley Center community and the Rincon Tribe of Indians.”

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03/25/09

LANDMARK COUNTY VEGETATION MANAGEMENT REPORT APPROVED

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved the first comprehensive vegetation management program for County-owned land. Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, who brought the idea forward in May of 2008, praised the cooperative efforts of County staff, fire-fighting agencies, community leaders and environmental groups. “The new vegetation management report moves us forward and makes way for a tremendous public safety improvement for every citizen in San Diego County, especially those who live in North and East County where the fire danger is the highest.”

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02/09/09

NEW FALLBROOK LIBRARY ARCHITECT AND BUILDER SELECTED

SAN DIEGO – North County Supervisor Bill Horn today announced that a team of architects and contractors has been selected to create the new 20,000 square foot library for the community of Fallbrook at Mission and Alvarado. “This is a historic moment for the people of Fallbrook, Bonsall and the surrounding communities,” Horn said. “We have worked closely with community leaders and now our promise to complete the long-awaited facility is within sight. I’ll be in line with my library card in hand to check out a book as soon as it opens in Fall of 2010.”

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12/09/08

CONTROLLING "R" RATED DVDS AND VIDEOS AT COUNTY LIBRARIES

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously passed a recommendation by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to control “R” rated DVDs and videos at its 33 library branches and two bookmobiles. “Parents have voiced concerns to us that children under the age of 18 have been checking out “R” rated DVDs and videos without their consent,” said Supervisor Horn. “Ultimately, protecting a child from viewing inappropriate material is a parent’s responsibility. However, we want to make sure there is a system in place that allows parents to exercise their rights in doing what is best for their under age children.”

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11/20/08

HISTORIC FIRE REORGANIZATION COMPLETED

SAN DIEGO – San Diego County’s historic decision to reorganize and improve fire protection service in the County’s rural backcountry has received final approval by the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO), and covers a major portion of North and East County that was devastated by wildfires in 2003 and 2007. County Supervisors approved reorganizing backcountry fire agencies into one County agency in June. Phase 1 of the three-step plan has already unified six existing backcountry volunteer agencies under an umbrella now known as San Diego County Regional Fire Authority. The authority will cover about 50,000 people.

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09/29/08

COUNTY'S CREDIT RATING REACHES HIGHEST LEVEL POSSIBLE

SAN DIEGO – Despite confusion and financial uncertainty in Washington, D.C., Wall Street, Sacramento, and across the nation, the County of San Diego has received the highest credit rating possible by Standard & Poor’s. The ratings agency raised the County from AA+ to AAA, making San Diego the only county in the state with a AAA rating. “The upgraded credit rating,” said Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn, “is the result of the unwavering fiscal management our Board and County management team follows.

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06/25/08

COUNTY'S FIRE PROTECTION STRENGTHENED

Landmark Decision by Board of Supervisors SAN DIEGO – San Diego County Supervisors today unanimously approved a plan to merge fire departments covering more than 1.5 million acres of unincorporated land in North and East San Diego County. This follows the catastrophic 2007 wildfires, which devastated large portions of the backcountry and cities and communities. Speaking in support of the three-step reorganization plan, Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn said, “This is a historical moment for the people of San Diego County. It strengthens our region’s fire protection system.”

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04/22/08

SUPERVISOR HORN AND REALTORS ASSOCIATION PARTNER TO PROTECT NORTH COUNTY HOME BUYERS

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved a recommendation from Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to partner with the North San Diego Association of Realtors (NSDCAR). The County of San Diego will provide the association with copies of the Family Disaster Plan and Personal Survival Guide to hand out to all new home buyers. “The North San Diego County Association of Realtors represents nearly 7,000 realtors,” said Supervisor Horn. “They have access to thousands of home buyers in North County, and I appreciate their willingness to help the County spread the word on safety precautions.”

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04/09/08

COUNTY MOVES TO PURCHASE MORE PROPERTY FOR SAN LUIS REY RIVER PARK

SAN DIEGO – County Supervisors unanimously approved the acquisition of a 143-acre parcel of land located along the San Luis Rey River. The parcel is within the proposed boundaries of the 9-mile, linear San Luis Rey River Park and more than doubles the amount of land for the park owned by the County. The project was spearheaded by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn.

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10/24/07

COUNTY WAIVES PERMIT FEES RELATED TO REBUILDING LEGAL STRUCTURES IN THE UNINCORPORATED AREA

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation by District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob and District 5 Supervisor Bill Horn to waive permit fees for rebuilding structures damaged or destroyed by the Harris, Witch, and Rice Canyon Fires. “We know from past experience that victims face a long and arduous rebuilding process,” said Supervisor Jacob. “Waiving fees and expediting the process are ways the County intends to make recovery as smooth as possible.”

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10/16/07

COUNTY EXPLORES NEW CONNECTION WITH PUBLIC

SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a recommendation by Fifth District Supervisor Bill Horn to explore the feasibility of purchasing and implementing a free web site e-mail subscription service that would allow customers to receive specific information from County departments. “This is a great way for people to select exactly what they want about county government, our services, department information, and the latest from individual districts,” said Supervisor Horn. “We take pride in having state-of-the-art online links to our customers, and this system builds upon that.” A user would “opt in” and choose which alerts they would like to receive. Three examples:

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