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  • Stopping the fixed rate electricity proposal

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    A few months ago, I brought to your attention the concerning proposal in California regarding a socialistic approach to electricity pricing based on income. This plan aimed to charge households fixed rates for electricity, irrespective of their actual consumption, with charges varying according to income levels. It was met with understandable outrage from many. I want to provide an update on the plan and your collective efforts for speaking out. Your pushback has not gone...

  • Disappointing vote

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    A few weeks ago, I shared the unfortunate news that a judge deemed a Sexually Violent Predator, Alvin Quarles, for placement back into San Diego County. For over three years, Mr. Quarles terrorized our communities, committing heinous acts of rape against a dozen women. Last week, we had a Board meeting and I brought forward an item to support Congressman Darrell Issa's federal legislation, "Stopping Sexually Violent Predators Act." This bill would prevent Sexually Violent...

  • Preparing for wet weather

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    It has already been a wet winter, with more rain expected. Witnessing the impact of the recent storm on our region, we are determined to minimize potential damage. I wanted to give you information to help prepare you for the next time a storm arrives. The County Office of Emergency Services urges everyone to take proactive steps by devising a plan, assembling an emergency go-kit, and staying informed through alerts. Here’s what you can do. · Have a go-kit to keep necessary...

  • Free healthcare

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jan 18, 2024

    With the chaos continuing, I'm highly displeased to see the State roll out a program incentivizing more people to enter the country illegally. Beginning Jan. 1, the State of California is giving free healthcare to undocumented immigrants. Against numerous challenges in California with a staggering homeless population, the highest gas prices in the country, exorbitant utility costs, crumbling infrastructure, and while facing a $68 billion budget deficit, the decision for free...

  • Around the County

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Oct 1, 2021

    As we head into fall (where did the time go) I wanted to give you some updates at the County of San Diego. We have made a major step in our fight against COVID with the introduction of monoclonal antibody treatment. This treatment prevents the virus from attaching to the cells and replicating or spreading. The one-time treatment typically has people feeling better by 24 hours and studies have shown a reduction of hospitalizations and deaths by 85%! The key is to catch it...

  • Parents should decide

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jul 23, 2021

    Last week, the State of California Department of Public Health released new guidance stating the mandate will continue for all students in California to wear masks for in-person schooling. This came the same day the federal government (Center for Disease Control) released new guidelines saying vaccinated students and teachers no longer need to wear masks in the classrooms. Throughout the pandemic, we’ve heard ‘follow the science,’ but now the state has decided to not...

  • Help for domestic violence victims

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jul 17, 2021

    A lot has happened during my first three years on the Board of Supervisors, but there is nothing that I’m prouder to be a part of than the Family Justice Center, coming to San Marcos. Over the last year, I’ve worked with District Attorney Summer Stephan to bring this unique and life- saving center to North County. The Family Justice Center is safe haven for those suffering from domestic violence, sexual assault, and sex trafficking. Victims and their children can come to...

  • COVID-19 relief

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 16, 2021

    Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted to allocate over $600 million from the American Rescue Plan Act. These dollars, which have been distributed by the federal government, are intended for COVID-19 relief. The way I approached this: these are taxpayer dollars and I believe it should be given back to the people who were most impacted by the pandemic. As we all know, the past 15 months have been incredibly difficult, but my hope is these dollars will help San Diegans as we...

  • San Diego County is being taken advantage of

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 9, 2021

    The federal government is taking advantage of San Diego County and it shows no sign of stopping. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been briefed on the situation at our Southern Border. After seeing the heartbreaking pictures of kids in cramped quarters and the increased risk of being sexually trafficked, I’ve been deeply troubled by many aspects. After learning that the state and the federal government are also refusing to test those entering the United States for COVID-19, I...

  • COVID-19 relief

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Jun 2, 2021

    The federal government has allocated over $300 million to San Diego County for COVID-19 recovery efforts. Each Supervisor has submitted their plans to the Chief administrative officer for how they would like the money to be used. The CAO will then take all the requests and the board will vote on the allocation of dollars on Tuesday, June 8. Some of my requests include helping our restaurants, assisting our first responders and military families, and mental health services for...

  • Drowning prevention

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 26, 2021

    We are blessed to live in a County that is home to many beaches and pools, which we can enjoy all year long. Unfortunately, along with the beauty and fun of swimming, tragedy can strike. Drowning is among the leading causes of deaths for children under the age of 5. My family has experienced the tragedy of a loved one drowning and I want to do all I can to make sure no family has to experience that same pain. In 2020, data showed that in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, mo...

  • County update

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 19, 2021

    For the last 14 months, like many around the country, the Board of Supervisors has held their meetings on Zoom. Prior to COVID-19, like many, I’d never heard of Zoom; now I wonder how did we ever function without it? At the time of writing this, over 87% of the population in San Diego has received at least one dose of the vaccine and over 64% are fully vaccinated. The County is expanding its vaccine efforts making it easier for businesses and community organizations to host...

  • Community Paramedicine

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 12, 2021

    We’ve learned a lot over the last year. While there’s been tragedy, we’ve also adapted as a society and hopefully we can use some of that knowledge going forward to help those in need. The COVID-19 pandemic brought to light the limits of healthcare access in our rural San Diego County communities. There are many homebound seniors who struggle to get the proper care they need and we are taking steps to bring services to them. At the beginning of the pandemic, the County b...

  • Helping our restaurants

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated May 5, 2021

    San Diego County restaurants have suffered greatly over the last year. We’ve all seen the out-of-business signs on many of our favorite local establishments and I want to make sure we do all we can to help those holding on. I have proposed to my colleagues on the Board of Supervisors that we waive all restaurant permit fees for the upcoming year. Before the pandemic, there were 8,131 restaurants with over 126,400 workers in San Diego County. We know many of these employees...

  • Two COVID-19 studies

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 28, 2021

    We’ve all heard the phrase, ‘Follow the science,’ over the last year. While it may sound good, at times I’ve questioned if those at our state level truly are following the science. A study released this week examined more than 48,000 Kaiser Permanente patients in Southern California and the effects regular exercise has on their COVID-19 complications. The results, “Patients with COVID-19 who were consistently inactive had a greater risk of hospitalization, admission...

  • Latest county news

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 21, 2021

    A lot has been happening recently in San Diego County, and progress continues to be made. On April 15, everyone 16 years and older became eligible for the coronavirus vaccine. While the Johnson & Johnson vaccine has been put on pause, the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are still available in San Diego County. I know the vaccine appointment websites can be confusing, so if you have any problems, 211 can help schedule an appointment, or you can contact my office at 619-531-5555....

  • Addressing homelessness in North County

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 14, 2021

    We’ve all heard the same political campaign speech, ‘We need to solve homelessness,’ and while it sounds good, that promise which has been made time and time again, usually lacks substance. San Diego County continues to struggle with an on-going crisis of homelessness with an estimated 22,000 people experiencing homelessness at some point throughout the year. While much of the focus on homelessness is in the urban core, North San Diego County feels the effects. In 2019,...

  • More progress

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 7, 2021

    We continue to make great progress in our fight against COVID-19. San Diego County expects a strong supply of vaccines to arrive over the next few weeks, which has allowed those 50 and over to become eligible for the vaccine. On April 15, those 16 years of age and over will be eligible to receive the vaccine! This is great news as we make progress in our fight against COVID-19. We've administered over 1.7 million vaccines to San Diegans and that number continues to climb. The...

  • Helping those at the San Diego Convention Center

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Apr 1, 2021

    Over the last several weeks, we’ve started to see heartbreaking photos coming from our southern border. Families and unaccompanied minors, shoulder to shoulder, stuck in limbo hoping to get to the United States. This crisis hit home Tuesday, March 23, as it was announced that the San Diego County Convention Center would temporarily house over a thousand unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the United States. Over the past few months, the crisis at the border has been...

  • Three COVID updates

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 24, 2021

    The past week was a major step forward in our fight against COVID-19. First, on March 16, a new vaccination site opened in North County, specifically in the 92058 zip code in Oceanside. This walk-in clinic, located at 1701 Mission Ave., will play a vital role in distributing vaccines to one of the communities hardest hit by COVID-19. The clinic will provide over 700 daily vaccines and will replace the current Oceanside vaccine center at the North Coastal Live Well Center. As...

  • Hazardous materials disposal appointments open

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 17, 2021

    I have great news for North County. Starting Saturday, March 20, North County unincorporated residents will have a new location to dispose of household hazardous waste and old electronics, for free. San Diego Environment Health has reserved 30 appointments on two Saturdays a month, strictly for those in the unincorporated area. Appointments must be made, by going to http://www.sdhhw.org or by calling 877-713-2784. The location will be at the Escondido Household Hazardous...

  • Public safety power shut offs require planning

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 10, 2021

    Public safety power shut offs can disrupt life throughout San Diego County. The shutoffs can wreak havoc on the community and come at inopportune times. In fact, Fallbrook had their power shutoff on Christmas Eve while a fire burned on Camp Pendleton. It’s not just the rural areas that have been impacted by these shutoffs. In many instances, cities in the North County have had their power cut for prolonged periods of time. During a power shutoff in 2019, the battery life on...

  • Fans in the stands

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 3, 2021

    Last week, I wrote a letter to our governor asking him to allow fans into Petco Park for Opening Day. My argument for this is based on science and data. Numerous professional and collegiate sporting events have been taking place across our nation for many months. College football and the National Football League both had successful seasons without any major COVID-19 incidents. The Superbowl was able to allow 22,000 fans into the stadium and cases continue to drop since the...

  • Back to purple

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Mar 1, 2021

    We are back to the purple tier in the County of San Diego, in fact we’ve been in purple ever since Governor Newsom rescinded the stay-at home order in California. As you probably know by now, by being in the purple tier this allows some businesses to open, including outdoor dining, hair salons and other services. However, many businesses remain closed, or limited by outdoor operations. So, how do we get to the next tier? I’ve always argued this color-coded system is...

  • We are making progress

    Supervisor Jim Desmond, 5th District|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    San Diego County has administered over 500,000 vaccines and that number continues to climb. While we are limited on supply, San Diego County has the infrastructure ready for when we receive more vaccines. I know it may seem slow, but San Diego County is well ahead of many others in the State, and we are ready for the next doses to arrive! Also, Operation Collaboration (a collection of fire agencies) have been going out to the unincorporated areas and administering vaccines....

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