Sept. 19, 2014

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News of the Week
From Dave's Desk...
Going green

My week started with crews removing 6,500 square feet of lawn (above) from my home in Solana Beach. To save water -- and to take advantage of rebates and other incentives -- the super-thirsty lawn is out and artificial turf is in.


A HERO loan is covering the $45,000 project entirely up-front. Through the PACE program, I repay that loan as an item on my property tax bill.


By my calculations, I will receive a nine-year payback through savings on water and lawn-care.


Before school this morning, my kids were able to roll around and play on the newly-installed artificial turf. Also exploring the turf was the family's rescued boxer, Cutie Patootie (above).

New county program for at-risk youth

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.


That's the old adage, coined by none other than Benjamin Franklin. Considering that he lived until age 84 and he lived at a time when few effective medicines were available to fight all manner of disease, he must have known what he was talking about.


It's not 1706 to 1790 anymore, but at the County of San Diego we like to apply this Founding Fathers' adage into workable programs aimed at prevention.


That's why recently the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a new demonstration program, the California Well-Being Project, which will be a collaboration between the county's Director of Child Welfare Services and our Chief Probation Officer. In plain English, with this action, our county was granted a Title IV-E waiver and new funding so that the county's Child Welfare Services staff will be able to expand recruitment efforts to find more adoptive families for children who may be the most challenging to place in forever families.  


Read more here.

Supervisors confirm committee appointments

At its Tuesday meeting, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to confirm three of my appointments to county commissions: Rich Thesing, vice chair of the Tierrasanta Community Council, will serve on the San Diego County Committee for Persons with Disabilities through January 2017; Ron Brownell and Jordan Marks are confirmed to serve on the San Diego County Assessment Appeals Board for terms expiring in September 2017.

AB 922 signed into law
Gov. Jerry Brown on Tuesday signed Assembly Bill 922. That's good news for the survivors of the May wildfires in San Diego County, as the bill allows them to qualify for an income tax deduction for wildfire-related losses to their homes or businesses. In June, Supervisor Bill Horn joined me soliciting the full Board of Supervisors' support for the legislation. Click here to see our board letter.
Sept. 27 is Rx Take Back Day

Empty your medicine chests of unused -- and potentially dangerous -- prescription drugs during the annual Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 27. Authorities will collect the drugs with no questions asked. Click here for a list of locations.

October is Rideshare Month

Getting to work doesn't have to be hard work. It can even be fun. October is Rideshare Month. Learn about ways to choose a better commute by clicking here.

Mark your calendars
Tomorrow: Mira Mesa Street Fair
The Mira Mesa Town Council is hosting its 16th annual street fair from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 20 on Camino Ruiz between New Salem Street and Mira Mesa Boulevard. The event includes a carnival, crafts and games for the kids and live music and dance. Visit the Mira Mesa Town Council Web site
for more info.

Tomorrow: Electric vehicle day
Interested in electric vehicles? Hundreds will be on display from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 20 during a free event at Liberty Station, 2401 Truxtun Road, San Diego. The event includes information on vehicle charging, solar energy and San Diego's position as an electric vehicle leader. Click here to register.

Tomorrow: Raise the roof as RB dog park turns 10
A family- and Fido-friendly celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Rancho Bernardo dog park is set for 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 20 at Rancho Bernardo Community Park, 18448 West Bernardo Drive. People and pets can visit vendor booths and participate in a pet costume contest. The free event includes opportunity drawings and goodies for humans and canines. Click here for more details.

Sunday: People's Climate March
The People's Climate March San Diego is set to begin at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at San Diego City Hall. From there, marchers will head west to Santa Fe Station to highlight transportation alternatives, then turn north to the Waterfront Park at the County Administration Center. The march coincides with the United Nations climate change summit in New York City. Click here for details.

Tuesday: Sheriff hosting "Coffee with the Community" in Del Mar
The Encinitas Sheriff's Station is hosting a Coffee with the Community from 8 to 9 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Powerhouse Park Community Center, 1658 Coast Blvd., Del Mar. Guests can meet and greet the Encinitas station's captain, lieutenant and crime prevention specialist. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (760) 966-3588.

Sept. 27: Solana Beach Sunset 5K
The Solana Beach Sunset 5K is set for 5 p.m. Sept. 27 at Fletcher Cove. Proceeds will benefit the San Diego County Medical Society Foundation. I am pleased to serve as honorary chairman for the event. Click here for more details.

Oct. 2: Lung cancer workshop
I look forward to attending the American Lung Association's "Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Lung Cancer Workshop" from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 2 at the Association's offices at 2750 Fourth Ave., San Diego. Attendees can learn about treatment options, side-effect management and maintaining a high quality of life while living with the disease. To register, write an e-mail to [email protected].

Oct. 4: Tots 'n' Trucks in Escondido
Kids can climb, crawl and honk on amazing trucks from 10 a.m . to 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at Kit Carson Park in Escondido. The event includes a raffle, prizes, food, crafts and games. The Escondido Community Child Development Center is hosting the free event. For more information, visit the ECCDC Web site or call (760) 839-9361.

Oct. 5: Fall Family Festival in Escondido
The San Diego Children's Discovery Museum is hosting a Fall Family Festival from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at 320 N. Broadway, Escondido. The fun includes a petting zoo, gardening workshops, pumpkins and live music by Hullabaloo. Click here for details. 

Oct. 11: Diversity Takes Action Conference
The nonprofit group Break the Silence Against Domestic Violence is hosting its second annual Diversity Takes Action Conference at 8 a.m. Oct. 11 at 1920 Sweetwater Road, National City. Attendees can acquire resources to improve their awareness of domestic violence and how to prevent it. Learn more on the Break the Silence Web site

Oct. 17: "Building Bridges" in Escondido
Teri Campus of Life presents Building Bridges from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 17 at the California Center for the Arts Escondido. The event features a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Ron Suskind and music by the Palomar Symphony Orchestra. Learn how music bridges gaps in the mids of people with autism. Learn more on the Teri Web site

Oct. 18: Escondido Community Wellness Expo
The public is invited to attend the Escondido Community Wellness Expo from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Oct. 18 at the Park Avenue Community Center, 210 Park Ave., Escondido. Attendees can participate in health screenings, receive vaccinations and get a free continental breakfast from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. For more information, call the Escondido Senior Center at (760) 839-4688. 

Oct. 25: The Surfing Madonna "Save the Ocean" 5K and 10K
The Surfing Madonna "Save the Ocean" 5K and 10K beach or walk is set for 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas. The event coincides with the city's Moonlight Beach Fest. The run and walk is scheduled for low tide and the course is right on the beach. Organizers hope to raise funds to support local beaches, parks and youth. Learn more at the Surfing Madonna Save the Ocean Web site.
Contractors conversation



Productive meeting with Associated General Contractors of America leaders John H. Daley Jr. & Brian E. Jordan.  



Conservation should have rewards

The California Public Utilities Commission hosted a Public Participation Hearing on Tuesday in Kearney Mesa, where I testified that rate structures should reward those consumers who conserve electricity.

Community health center opens

On Saturday, I participated in ceremonies to open the newly-remodeled community health center at Mountain Health in Escondido.
Thank you, Ms. Thayer


(Above, from left) Roseann and Ira Sharp of the San Dieguito River Valley Conservancy hosted a ceremony where Helen Thayer received a certificate for her work with National Geographic Explorer. 



Don't forget to breathe

The American Lung Association's LUNG FORCE Walk is set for Nov. 9 in San Diego, and on Monday, I met with local Executive Director Jessie Bustamonte to learn more about the event and ways to participate.

Autumn festival
Many thanks to the San Diego Chinese American Association for hosting Saturday's Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day of People's Republic of China.
Putting the "fun" into fun run

The Friends of Fiona Team brought grass skirts and plenty of personality to the Tierrasanta 5K & Fun Run on Saturday. It was great to participate in the event and support Tierrasanta.

An inspirational sight

It's always inspirational to watch sight-impaired people experiencing the thrill of surfing during the annual blind surfing event hosted by the Swami's Surfing Association and Lions International.


Proclamation Awards
At our Tuesday board meeting, I had the privilege of recognizing Deputy William Dunford.

Last year, Dunford was off-duty and driving to work when he came to the aid of two fellow deputies  who had been shot by a suicidal gunman in Encinitas.

For his bravery, Dunford also received the Charles "Bud" Meeks Valor Award for Deputy Sheriff of the Year -- the highest honor a deputy sheriff can receive.
Here is Peter Callstrom and his team from San Diego Workforce Partnership. 

Supervisor Ron Roberts and I saluted them on Tuesday in recognition of the Partnership's 40th anniversary.
For county supe, the grass really will be greener

 County Supervisor Dave Roberts replaces lawn with turf


County supervisor fights drought with fake grass 


Roberts Walks the Water Talk with Artificial Turf at Home


Supervisor touts program to replace lawns

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