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  • County board approves small business stimulus program

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Jul 16, 2020

    Local small businesses and restaurants suffering financial losses due to COVID-19 can now apply for a grant from San Diego County. The board of supervisors approved a new Small Business Stimulus Program Tuesday, July 7, during a board meeting that also included a report on the behavioral health aspects of COVID-19. Small Business Stimulus Program For-profit and nonprofit businesses can apply for grant money if they can show losses and costs are a direct result of the...

  • Shape San Diego County's future – serve on redistricting commission

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 28, 2020

    The opportunity only comes once every 10 years – a chance to redraw the boundaries of the San Diego County’s five supervisorial districts. The county is taking applications now for people who can serve on its independent redistricting commission. Members will redraw the district lines to reflect the new numbers in the federal census. Why is that important? District lines can shape a community’s ability to elect the representative of their choice. The 2020 census numbers will reveal new data on residents and whether one distr...

  • Missed voter registration deadline? It's not too late

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Residents who missed the voter registration deadline Tuesday, Feb. 18, can still register to vote and cast a provisional ballot in the March 3 presidential primary election. For now, that's only available at the Registrar of Voters Office; however, the registrar will open four satellite locations Saturday, Feb. 29, so voters will have more opportunities to register and vote. Voters can take advantage of the Conditional Voter Registration law which allows voters a chance to...

  • Convenient drop-off locations for mail ballot voters

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 28, 2020

    Has your mail ballot been sitting on the coffee table for weeks and you are just now getting around to marking it? You have options when it comes to turning in your mail ballot for the March 3 Presidential Primary Election. You can drop it off at any one of 61 sites throughout the county, including Fallbrook Branch Library, 124 S. Mission Road, before Election Day. These drop-off sites will be open during each location's regular business hours from through Election Day. The qu...

  • Important deadlines for March 3 Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 12, 2020

    You have only until Feb. 18 to meet the deadline to register to vote or change your voter registration status in the March 3 Presidential Primary Election. “If you’ve recently moved, changed your political party or changed your name, you’ll need to fill out a new registration form,” said Registrar of Voters Michael Vu. “If you’ve visited the Department of Motor Vehicles in the last two years, confirm your registration to make sure we have your party status on record. You can go online to do so, the process is quick, easy and...

  • Early voting begins for March 3 presidential primary

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Feb 11, 2020

    Voters interested in casting their ballots early for the March 3 presidential primary election can now do so at the County Registrar of Voters office, 5600 Overland Ave., on the County Operations Center campus in Kearny Mesa. Early voting began Monday, Feb. 3, and will continue from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday until the polls close Election Day. The office will also be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 29, and Sunday, March 1, for weekend voting. Over 1.3...

  • Watch for sample ballot pamphlets for March 3 election

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Feb 6, 2020

    The Registrar of Voters office is in the midst of sending out over 1.8 million sample ballot and voter information pamphlets to San Diego County’s registered voters for the March 3 presidential primary election. All the pamphlets should be in voters’ hands by Feb. 3. When voters receive theirs, they should check the back for their party registration. The party status will affect which presidential primary candidate they can vote for. The Registrar urged voters to review each political party’s rules if they plan to vote for p...

  • Poll workers needed for March 3 election

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Jan 24, 2020

    Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of six specific languages, are needed for the March 3 Presidential Primary Election. The registrar's office is required by federal law to provide bilingual speakers and voting materials to voters who speak Spanish, Filipino, Vietnamese and Chinese. In addition, a survey conducted by the University of California Berkeley showed a need for Arabic and Korean speakers at nearly 90 precincts across the county, so the...

  • Nonpartisan voters who want to vote for president: what you need to know

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Jan 2, 2020

    Calling all nonpartisan registered voters! If they vote by mail and want to vote for president, nonpartisan voters need to inform the Registrar of Voters which mail ballot they want by Jan. 6. Otherwise, the nonpartisan mail ballot will not show any presidential candidates. Several weeks ago, the registrar sent the county’s nearly 350,000 nonpartisan mail ballot voters a pre-paid return postcard requesting their selection of ballot options for the March 3 primary election. If a voter is registered nonpartisan and just s...

  • County Board Approves Four Satellite Voting Locations

    Tracy DeFore|Updated Dec 6, 2019

    County of San Diego Communications Office The County Board of Supervisors approved funding for four satellite voting locations for the March 2020 Primary Election during a special board meeting Monday, Nov. 18. Traditional polling places will remain in place, but the satellite voting locations will act as offshoots of the Registrar’s office. They will open three days before Election Day and be staffed by Registrar employees. The move came after the recent passage of state Senate Bill 72, which requires the Registrar to a...

  • Voting for president? Make sure ballot has option you want

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Nov 15, 2019

    The San Diego County Registrar’s office is sending nearly 1.8 million postcards to the county’s registered voters in the coming weeks to let them know that their political party registration determines which presidential primary candidates will appear on their March 3, 2020, primary election ballot. So – who can voters vote for? It depends on how they’re registered. All registered voters fall under one of two categories. First, they are registered with a political party. If a voter is registered with one of the six politic...

  • New annual report reflects new era

    Tracy DeFore|Updated Oct 31, 2019

    San Diego County Communications Office San Diego County saw a changing of the guard this last fiscal year. Two new supervisors joined the ranks of longtime veterans on the county board of supervisors, and they raised the stakes on overcoming the region’s challenges. The newly released 2018-2019 annual report offers highlights of how the county is making strides on new priorities while still maintaining the services San Diegans have come to expect. The report looks at the year’s accomplishments through six major themes, suc...

  • County approves Community Choice Energy ordinance

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Oct 23, 2019

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors laid the groundwork Tuesday, Oct. 15, to get into the business of buying and selling electricity. The supervisors voted 3-2 to approve an ordinance establishing a community choice energy program. Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond opposed the motion. The board also directed staff to continue negotiations with potential partners for a Joint Powers Authority to govern the CCE program and return to the board on or before October 2020. Community choice energy programs, also known...

  • Weigh in on the county budget

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Oct 9, 2019

    Would any residents like a say in how San Diego County spends taxpayer dollars? Residents can meet county executives and give them their two cents on what they’d like to see in next year’s budget. The county is inviting residents to attend Budget Development Advocacy Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa. Whether they live in the unincorporated area or in one of the region’s 18 cities, the county’s budget includes a broad range of services that have probably affecte...

  • County board votes to move ahead on community choice energy

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Sep 22, 2019

    The San Diego County board of supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday, Sept. 10, to continue exploring the idea of getting into the business of buying and selling electricity. Supervisors Kristin Gaspar and Jim Desmond opposed the motion. The action came after a feasibility study/business plan was presented to the board on the pros and cons of community choice energy also known as Community Choice Aggregation. CCA programs allow cities and counties to buy and/or generate electricity...

  • County board meetings temporarily moving to new location

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Sep 9, 2019

    Starting Sept. 10, San Diego County board of supervisors meetings will be temporarily held at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa. The meetings typically take place downtown at the County Administration Center, but the building's board chamber is currently closed for renovation. The next 12 board meetings are scheduled to take place at the Campus Center Chambers, 5520 Overland Ave. Anyone who plans to attend should allow for extra time to find a parking space and pass...

  • County to hold public forums on Community Choice Energy

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 29, 2019

    The public can give input on whether the County should buy and sell electricity during four informational forums set for coming weeks. Board supervisors started exploring the idea of starting a community choice energy program, also known as community choice aggregation, in February. This program would allow the County to buy, and/or generate, and sell electricity to residents and businesses, providing another choice to consumers who currently must use San Diego Gas & Electric. Using a similar program called Direct Access,...

  • Genealogy tool 'My Heritage' is free at a county library

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 24, 2019

    Get free access to the genealogy tool, My Heritage, with a San Diego County Library card. The website offers billions of historical documents from nearly 50 countries, old photos and more. Residents can visit the library to gain access through its computers or for the first time, they can take advantage of the library edition of My Heritage from home. Jennifer Lawson selects materials for the county library. She decided to try the website herself. Her home had somehow become t...

  • Library is collecting ball gowns for wannabe Cinderellas

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 15, 2019

    For many teenage girls, their prom, their quinceanera or their big night out – it's all about the dress. But special occasion dresses are expensive, so the County Library is playing fairy godmother. All 33 county library branches are collecting gently used gowns now through April 15. The dresses must be dry-cleaned, no more than 5 years old and come on a hanger. The apparel can be any style, size and length but must be stylish and appropriate for young women. Accessories l...

  • Voting for president next year? Be sure you can

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 14, 2019

    California's presidential primary election is one year away. But it's not too early to give residents a heads up – political parties decide who is able to vote for their presidential candidates. A voter may need to change their voter registration party status with the Registrar of Voters to vote for who they want March 3, 2020. Register with a political party. If a voter is registered with a political party, their ballot will list that party's presidential candidates. They c...

  • Microchip reunites owner with missing puppy

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 21, 2019

    A 5-month-old puppy that disappeared nearly six weeks ago is back home safe with her family thanks to a microchip. Maserati escaped from her home in City Heights in December. Her owner searched the neighborhood and put up posters, but without any luck. She reported the dog lost or stolen Dec. 21. As weeks passed by with no sign of the family dog, Candace Sallee packed up Maserati’s toys and other belongings and put them away. Three days later, county Animal Services called. Maserati had been found. “I was in shock,” said Sall...

  • County library offers free financial wellness classes

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 14, 2019

    Those holiday bills are rolling in, and money might be a bit tight right now. Or it’s the New Year, and residents have resolved to manage their finances in 2019, rather than letting the bills manage them. Whatever the case, the San Diego County Library can help residents meet their financial goals. For the fourth year in a row, the County Library is partnering with San Diego County Credit Union to offer Financial Wellness Wednesdays, a series of free classes designed to h...

  • County library offers half-price museum passes for February

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 1, 2019

    Residents can bring some arts and culture to their life for half the price – County library branches are giving out discount museum passes during February. As part of San Diego Museum Month, more than 40 local museums will honor the discount passes and give visitors 50 percent off the regular price of admission. Whether they love art, music, gardens, cars, trains or even surfing, residents will find a museum or attraction for them. They can visit a wide variety of local museum...

  • New Year's resolutions for pet owners

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jan 19, 2019

    The new year is here, and for those who make resolutions, make this the year to put Fido and Fluffy at the top of the list so 2019 gets off to a “pawsitive” start. Need an extra incentive? Those who live in the unincorporated area and get a new license for their dog in January, San Diego County Animal Services will throw in a rabies vaccination for free. Don’t live in the unincorporated area? Residents can still obtain a rabies vaccination and a microchip, but the fee will be...

  • Top 18 library checkouts for 2018

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jan 14, 2019

    Book lovers and film nuts – the County Library has released its 2018 top checkouts, including the most popular books, audio books and DVDs of last year. If you didn’t get a chance to read, watch or listen to the library’s top popular picks in 2018, check them out this year. Remember, you can also get free e-books and e-audiobooks, and download them to your tablet and e-reader. The 2018 top checkout lists below do not include children’s books. Ready to leave 2018 behind and sta...

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