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Dianne’s Corner – News & Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 2017

Dianne’s Corner – News & Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for September 2017

Don’t get hooked: I encourage seniors and caregivers to sign up now for a special forum I’m hosting Nov. 1 on how to fend off financial scammers and other crooks. The free, two-hour gathering will start at 9 a.m. at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa. Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood and other experts will offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of the “grandmother scam,” “IRS scam” and other common ruses targeting older residents. To register call 844-899-1597 or go to surveymonkey.com/r/dontgethooked .

Barks and recreation: The Board of Supervisors recently approved an updated park development plan that includes $13 million in general fund money, along with other funds, for park improvements in many East County communities, including Campo, Descanso, Jamul and Julian. Also in the works – new dog parks in Lakeside, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley.

Be careful out there: The most hazardous time of the year is here. Are you prepared for the fall wildfire season? Among the things you can do: Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around your home; create a disaster plan and emergency supplies kit; sign up for the Alert San Diego emergency notification system; and download the SD Emergency app on your cell phone. For more on all these, and for additional help, go to readysandiego.org . The county has significantly ramped up fire and emergency services since the deadly firestorms of 2003, investing more than $400 million on improvements that include new rural fire stations and aerial resources.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne Jacob

 

“Coffee with Constituents”: Chat with Country Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 19, 2017

Coffee with Constituents – Tuesday, September 19 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at the Alpine Library.
Do you have questions, concerns or ideas about your county government or community? Join Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a conversation about what’s going on in our district.The Alpine Library is located at 1752 Alpine Blvd Alpine, CA 91901. If you have any questions, comments or other suggestions, please email albranch1752@gmail.com or call us at (619) 445-4221, and be sure to “Like” the Alpine Library on Facebook for the latest library news and program photos: www.facebook.com/AlpineLibrary.

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Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – March 2017

Dianne Jacob_Photo_optTake a hike, nature lovers: I was so happy to join community leaders at a recent ribbon cutting to mark the opening of the Flume Trail in Lakeside. The nearly mile-long path, which skirts Lake Jennings, builds on efforts by the county and others to create a network of trails within easy reach of the San Diego River, from Julian to the ocean. Thank you to the County Park and Recreation Department, Helix Water District and San Diego River Conservancy for their hard work on the project. For more information on the county park system, go to www.sdparks.org.
Take a hike, SDG&E: I’ve always believed that families and business owners deserve better than SDG&E. We need to break up the utility’s monopoly on our region and provide ratepayers with energy options. That’s why I continue to believe we need to explore the concept of community choice aggregation, which would open up the energy market to genuine competition. Many California counties are already weighing the idea or have launched community choice programs. In a recent Board of Supervisors vote, county staff was asked to report back on community choice studies that are currently taking place. I will keep fighting for it as long as I’m on the board. Ratepayers deserve the freedom of choice!
Thank you: I was deeply honored recently to again be named Best Elected Official in the annual East County Californian reader poll — for the 8th consecutive year. I am so humbled by your support over the years. I promise to continue to do all I can to live up to your faith and trust in me.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov
Have a great East County day!

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Coffee with Constituents with Dianne Jacob at Descanso Library – March 3, 2017

The Friends of the Descanso Library invite community members to meet with County Supervisor Dianne Jacob for a “Coffee with Constituents” on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10am at the Descanso Library (9545 River Drive, Descanso Ca.) For more info please call 619-445-5279

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Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – February 2017

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New year, new ideas: It was my great honor to recently deliver the 2017 State of the County address. Our county government is strong, and we will continue to make public safety our top priority, but we also have a lot of work ahead of us.

 

In my speech, I announced seven initiatives that I’d like the county and region to pursue this year:
Let’s be street wise: Ramp up funding to improve county roads within five years.
Green light for green projects: Create a sustainable endowment fund to support parks.
Confronting the pension challenge: Pursue changes in employee benefits to ensure fiscal health.
Prepare for the silver surge: Hire a ‘senior czar’ to steer improvements in senior services.
There’s an app for that: Graffiti? Potholes? Gas price gouging? Try the county’s new Tell Us Now! app.
Stay battle ready: Tools and tactics to fight crime, wildfire and sex slavery.
Building a bond: Work with schools to improve community and cop relations.

We will continue to do all we can to keep our communities safe, remain fiscally sound and to maintain a county government that serves the people and does them proud.
East County’s finest: Presenting county proclamations to those who have distinguished themselves is one of the best parts of my job. In recent weeks, I’ve had the privilege of honoring folks like Richard Nasif, El Cajon’s Citizen of the Year. He has done so much for the community — as a police officer, a coach and a downtown leader. Other recent honorees include star golfer Breann Horn, a student at El Capitan High, and Polly Schoonover, a volunteer at Edgemoor skilled nursing facility in Santee.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov
Have a great East County day!
Dianne

Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – January 2017

 

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Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Insurance break: Some rural landowners became eligible for lower property insurance rates starting Jan. 1, thanks to improved fire protection ratings. Many parcels in these communities are expected to be eligible: Boulevard, Campo, Deerhorn Valley, Dehesa, Descanso, Dulzura, Harbison Canyon, Jacumba, Jamul, Lake Morena, Pine Valley, Potrero, Santa Ysabel, Shelter Valley and Tecate. For more information contact your insurance company or the County Fire Authority at 858- 974-5999. The better fire protection ratings reflect the county’s efforts to beef up services across the region. The county has invested more than $400 million since 2003 in improved fire and emergency services.

Game over: While I will miss the Chargers players and their contributions to the community, all I can say to Mr. Spanos is good riddance. He betrayed San Diego fans and that’s something a lot of us won’t ever forget. I think we now have an opportunity to turn the Qualcomm Stadium site into a regional attraction we can all be proud of, with perhaps a world-class entertainment and sports complex, facilities for San Diego State and park space to make the most of its riverside location.

A new term: Sheriff Bill Gore recently did me the great honor of swearing me in for a historic seventh term. I am deeply grateful for the trust that East County voters have placed in me over the years. I will continue to do all I can to live up to that trust. I’ve also been named the 2017 chairwoman of the Board of Supervisors. I’m scheduled to deliver the annual State of the County address on Feb. 1. Contact my office for details.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne

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Supervisor Dianne Jacob Begins Record-Setting 7th Term

 

Dianne Jacob_Photo_optSUPERVISOR JACOB BEGINS RECORD-SETTING 7TH TERM & ANNOUNCES DATE FOR STATE OF THE COUNTY ADDRESS

 

Supervisor Dianne Jacob was sworn in today for a historic seventh term, breaking the record for longevity in county office.

The District 2 representative has now held elective office longer than any person in San Diego County government history.

“I am deeply grateful for the trust that East County voters have placed in me over the years,” said Jacob, who was first elected supervisor in 1992. “I will continue to do all I can to live up to that trust.”

Jacob, who is poised to serve as this year’s chair of the board, announced she will deliver the 2017 State of the County speech on Feb. 1 at the County Operations Center in Kearny Mesa.

She plans to offer proposals to address several major challenges facing the county.  The theme of the speech: “Seven in ’17: Seven ways to better serve the public and prepare for the future.”

The former public school teacher and Jamul-Dulzura Union School District board member was re-elected supervisor in June, drawing 73 percent of the vote.

Jacob, at her request, was sworn in today by Sheriff Bill Gore. She surpassed the years-in-office record held by David Bird, who served as supervisor from the 1940s to 1960s. Also sworn in were Supervisor Greg Cox and first-term Supervisor Kristin Gaspar.

District 2 spans 2,000 square miles and includes El Cajon, La Mesa, Santee and Lemon Grove, along with the communities of Campo, Lakeside, Alpine, Jamul and others.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov
Have a great East County day! – Dianne

Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – October 2016

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Backcountry boost: My colleagues on the Board of Supervisors recently joined me in approving plans for a new fire station in Pine Valley. The two-story, 14,000-square-foot facility will replace the existing station and include
expanded engine bays and sleeping quarters. Construction is expected to start around the middle of next year.

Since the deadly and massive Cedar Fire in 2003, the county has invested about $350 million in fire and emergency preparedness improvements across our region. The improvements include new stations and engines, a better trained firefighting force and expanded paramedic services.
Keeping our roads safe: Sacramento clamped down further on drunk driving with the recent passage of state Senate Bill 1046. It requires all convicted drunk drivers to have an ignition lock on their cars, including first-time offenders. The device detects alcohol. A driver must blow into it to start the car. Mothers Against Drunk Driving joined me earlier this year in calling for passage of the law. Those who are intoxicated have no business behind a wheel. Ever.
Helping families: The Alzheimer’s Project, our county-led effort to combat the region’s third leading cause of death, was recently awarded a $1 million federal grant to boost patient and family services. The money will also be used to bolster training for social workers who assist Alzheimer’s caregivers and to better identify those with the disease and other forms of dementia. Families dealing with Alzheimer’s are often under terrible stress and they need all the assistance we can give them. These federal funds will help us do that.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov
Have a great East County day! – Dianne

“Dianne’s Corner” (County Supervisor Dianne Jacob) – Property Owners May See Lower Insurance Bills

 

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Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 15, 2016

Great news! Thousands of rural property owners may see lower insurance bills thanks to San Diego County upgrades in fire protection and preparedness. A national organization that works with the insurance industry recently issued significantly improved fire protection ratings for much of the local backcountry, citing the county’s aggressive efforts to beef up services. Insurance companies use the ratings, known as ISO classifications, to help determine premiums.

This is great news for property owners and their pocketbooks, and a strong vote of confidence in our long-running efforts to better protect people and property. The ratings boost could lead to lower insurance bills on about 8,600 parcels in Jamul, Campo, Pine Valley and other communities. To find out if your land has an upgraded classification, call 800-444-4554.

Since the Cedar Fire in 2003, the county has invested more than $350 million on fire and emergency preparedness, including more ground and aerial assets and better equipment and firefighter training.

CSI San Diego: Construction will start in Kearny Mesa this fall on a new Sheriff’s Department crime lab. The 150,000-square-foot facility will house crime scene evidence and forensic science equipment critical to cracking cases. The lab, currently located in Clairemont, provides investigative services to more than 30 law enforcement agencies, along with Sheriff’s deputies serving our unincorporated areas.
Alpine’s award-winner: It’s only been open a few months, but the Alpine Library is already drawing praise for its design and energy-saving features. It was recently named Best Green Project by Engineering News-Record, a statewide organization, and has been nominated for a local Orchid design award.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne