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  • Poll workers needed for March 5 Presidential Primary

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office Poll workers, especially those who are bilingual in any one of 10 specific languages, are needed for the March 5 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, state and county requirements show a need for Arabic, Japanese, Korean, Laotian, Somali and Persian...

  • County supports sustainable, equitable and local food sourcing

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted Dec. 11 to adopt a policy that emphasizes value-based food sourcing for county-provided meals through the continued monitoring of food and beverage data. Spending about $27 million each year, the county is a large buyer of food. The Sustainable, Equitable and Local Food Sourcing Program and Policy Framework prioritizes locally sourced, equity-informed, organic or...

  • County launches community-driven initiative to address inequity

    Updated Dec 21, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The County’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) has launched a new initiative that will invest $2 million over two years into community-driven initiatives that address inequity. The Equity Impact Grant (EIG) program will provide small, local organizations with general operating funds, tailored coaching and capacity-building support. OERJ was established in 2020 to strengthen the County of San Diego’s commitment to racial equity and with the intent that...

  • Voting for President? Make sure your ballot has the option you want

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office The San Diego County Registrar’s office sent over 1.9 million postcards to the County’s registered voters letting them know their political party registration determines which presidential primary candidates will appear on their March 5, 2024 primary election ballot. Political parties decide who can vote for their presidential primary candidates. All registered voters fall under two categories: 1. Registered with a pol...

  • Tri-City Hospital hit by ransomware

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Village News Staff There was a significant ransomware data breach and attack of Tri-City Hospital last week, and the subsequent display of records on the dark web. Cybersecurity experts are highlighting the risks of stolen personal information and the ensuing threat of identity theft and credit card fraud. The breach, which saw confidential records illegally accessed, underscores a growing concern over digital security in sensitive sectors. Jake Milstein, a cybersecurity advisor at Critical Insight, emphasized the potential...

  • County awarded grant for child safety seat education program

    Updated Dec 13, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency​ received a ​$250,000​ grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS). It will support the county’s Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Community’s efforts to educate parents and caregivers about the importance of child safety seats and making sure that every child in our community travels safely. “This grant reinforces our dedication to raising awareness of the proper use and...

  • Study shows Salton Sea could meet nation's lithium demand for decades

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    COACHELLA – A federal analysis released Tuesday, Nov. 28 confirmed Southern California's Salton Sea contains enough lithium to meet the nation's needs for decades. Salton Sea in Riverside's Coachella Valley has the potential to produce an estimated 375 million lithium batteries for electric vehicles – more than the total number of vehicles currently on U.S. roads, according to a recently released Department of Energy analysis. The numbers on the Salton Sea potential...

  • Traffic Safety Grant for $450,000 to fund impaired driving enforcement

    Updated Dec 7, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) has awarded the San Diego County Sheriff's Department a $450,000 grant that will fund a year's worth of special operations and campaigns designed to stop drivers under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Impaired driving checkpoints, patrols and distracted driving/traffic enforcement will all be funded by the grant. "We are grateful for the California Office of Traffic Safety's support as we continue our efforts to keep impaired drivers off San Diego County...

  • New Sheriff helicopters serve as a regional public safety asset

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office Two new state-of-the-art helicopters joined the San Diego County Sheriff's Department air fleet as part of the department's commitment to safeguarding communities. Sheriff Kelly A. Martinez unveiled the new fire helicopter and patrol helicopter, a $21 million investment for the two, Nov. 21, at the Aerial Support to Law Enforcement Agencies base in El Cajon. These helicopters support first responders in meeting the...

  • It's Toys for Tots Time at 5 county airports

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office Making a child smile. It may just be the best feeling anyone can ever get – especially during the holiday season! And you can get that joyous feeling with a little help from the county and the Marine Corps. All you have to do is drop off a new, unwrapped toy in a Toys for Tots donation box at one of five county airports. Donation boxes are already out at McClellan Palomar Airport in Carlsbad, Gillespie Field in El Cajon, Fallbrook Airpark in Fallbrook, Ramona Airport...

  • Sheriff's Reentry Services honored

    Updated Nov 29, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Sheriff's Department is being recognized by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) for giving men and women in county jails a second chance to successfully prepare for their return to their communities. During the SDCTA's Golden Watchdog and Fleece Awards on Nov. 16, the Sheriff's Department received the "Public-Private Partnership Award" for the groundbreaking work being done by Sheriff's Reentry Services. Accepting the award were Sheriff Kelly Martinez, Assistant Sheriff...

  • Temecula rookie crushes foes in his debut as local hack stumbles into sports writing

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    Tim O'Leary Special to the Valley News A historic Temecula setting was the backdrop for a stunning victory when a homegrown rookie made his racing debut by crushing a pair of big city ringers at the Temecula Fall Wiener Fest. The competitors – 125 of them – came from as far away as Georgia to vie for the top honors in various categories. An estimated 2,000 spectators, owners, trainers and vendors crammed the historic Vail Headquarters in Temecula for the Sunday, Nov. 5...

  • County makes home cooking program permanent, expands economic opportunities

    Updated Nov 15, 2023

    County News Center County of San Diego Communications Office The Board of Supervisors voted to continue a temporary program set to expire in 2024 that supports home cooking as a small business. It also expanded the earning potential for its participants. This follows the 2022 adoption of a two-year trial of the Microenterprise Home Kitchen Operations program (MEHKO). Now, there are 61 permitted home kitchens in operation, offering new ways for people to earn a living doing what they love – cooking for others. The Board...

  • County releases Climate Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gases

    Updated Nov 1, 2023

    Shauni Lyles San Diego County Communications Office San Diego County’s Draft Climate Action Plan, a blueprint for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the unincorporated area and at county facilities, is now available for public review and comment. Actions outlined in the Draft CAP will ultimately help us reach net zero emissions by 2045. Net zero means removing the same amount of emissions that are produced. The CAP is designed to improve overall sustainability while meeting the state’s GHG requirements through actions...

  • Local contractors and suppliers learn how to connect with county

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Tracy DeFore County of San Diego Communications Office More than 100 local businesses and nonprofits attended an outreach event at the County Administration Center Monday, Oct. 3, to learn about working with the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting. The county is one of the largest buyers in the region and spends about $2 billion a year to provide everything from pencils to entire new buildings. “Because of our significant spend and the wide range of goods and services we procure, we are a major economic...

  • Regional Emergency Managers discuss winter outlook

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Yvette Urrea Moe County of San Diego Communications Office There was a time when meteorologists could predict whether winter would be mild, moderate or severe. That information helped emergency managers plan ahead and get resources ready to fit the forecast and try to avoid a disaster. Now, it's difficult to predict the weather for more than 10 days at a time, said Stephen Rea, assistant director for the San Diego County Office of Emergency Services at a regional Winter Weathe...

  • Meet the county's new chief sustainability officer

    Updated Oct 25, 2023

    Shauni Lyles County of San Diego Communications Office The San Diego County Office of Sustainability and Environmental Justice (OSEJ) has a new chief at the helm. In addition to her unbridled passion for service and helping others, Eden Brukman brings more than two decades of sustainability leadership experience to the role. Brukman boasts a diverse portfolio of environmentally minded building and infrastructure projects along with many years of experience in climate justice...

  • Aguanga resident photographs solar eclipse

    Updated Oct 19, 2023

    Diane Sieker Staff Writer Aguanga resident Jason Imbimbo took stunning photos of the solar eclipse Saturday morning, Oct. 14 beginning at 9:36 a.m. Viewing the phenomenon with his family, he used an ND-400 filter to capture the images with his Galaxy s23 Ultra phone. "The filter reduces the amount of light allowed through the lens by 400 times, letting me photograph the eclipse," Imbimbo explained. "Without the filter the photo would be nothing but white." According to The...

  • Residents are invited to learn about the plans for new infrastructure in unincorporated San Diego County

    Updated Oct 19, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The Department of Public Works (DPW) continually strives to improve and maintain public infrastructure for its unincorporated communities. Capital projects include improvements to roads, bridges, sewer systems, stormwater and flood control systems, airports, and other infrastructure that serves the public good and helps ensure safe, thriving, and sustainable communities. Having safe, accessible, thoughtfully planned, and well-maintained infrastructure is essential to the quality for life for residents,...

  • San Diego County Annual Report shows we are better together

    Updated Oct 19, 2023

    Gig Conaughton County of San Diego Communications Office The County of San Diego released an Annual Report Oct. 2 that listed numerous accomplishments and stated that the county, the public it serves, local cities, community groups and organizations are better when they work together. “In San Diego County we are better together,” County Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer stated in the report. “This collective dedication to strengthening San Diego County has led us to take on the region’s most pressing is...

  • Groundbreaking celebration for new public health lab

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Tracy DeFore San Diego County Communications Office Shovels sent dirt flying and with that, construction work could begin on a new state-of-the-art public health lab. San Diego County officials broke ground for the facility at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa Wednesday, Oct. 4. The new $93.3 million lab will be nearly three times the size of the old, cramped and outdated building on Rosecrans. The facility closed due to its aging infrastructure. The new two-story...

  • Tijuana River Valley gets odor monitors after resident concerns

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    SAN DIEGO – The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District is installing AQMesh sensors near the Tijuana River Valley and in the surrounding community after hearing concerns from nearby residents regarding odor impacts from sewage spills into the Tijuana River. The wireless sensors measure air quality by quantifying the levels of various compounds that are being emitted into the ambient air. The sensors will measure hydrogen sulfide, sulfur dioxide, total volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide and nitrogen...

  • Emergency services earns highest honor of accreditation

    Updated Oct 12, 2023

    Chuck Westerheide County of San Diego Communications Office San Diego County's Office of Emergency Services earned re-accreditation by the Emergency Management Accreditation Program. The honor was announced at the end of September. After a comprehensive and rigorous review of 66 standards of excellence in emergency management programs and capabilities, the Emergency Management Accreditation Program granted San Diego County the five-year re-accreditation. San Diego County is...

  • Greek Festival returns to Old Town Temecula

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    TEMECULA – Temecula's Greek Festival will be held Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 15, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Old Town Temecula's Civic Center and Town Square at 41000 Main Street. At the festival, the entertainment will include live Greek music and a Kid's Fun Zone with face painting; a game trailer; petting zoo and pony rides. There will also be Greek cooking demonstrations and a Mediterranean Market with 12 regional vendors offering a multitude of produ...

  • San Diego County accepts 1-year congressional grant to fund mobile crisis response team expansion

    Updated Oct 5, 2023

    Cassie N. Saunders San Diego County Communications Office The Mobile Crisis Response Team program that supports people confronting mental health struggles is getting a multi-million-dollar boost. The San Diego County Board of Supervisors accepted $4.48 million in one-time Congressional Directive Spending grant funding Tuesday, Sept. 26, to expand the MCRT program. The grant will fund new MCRTs to support areas with higher call volumes, which most recent data shows as East County, and for a pilot team that will respond...

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