Articles written by Jim Desmond
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"Fixed-Rate Electricity Proposal"
I had the opportunity to participate in the California Public Utilities Commission public meeting regarding the proposed new fixed-rate electricity plan. This proposal has sparked significant concerns, particularly for the residents of San Diego. If you’re unfamiliar with this... — Updated 11/21/2023
"Safeguarding Our Communities in the Face of Wildfires"
In recent weeks, we’ve reveled in the tranquil weather and witnessed the advent of the Santa Ana winds, signaling a heightened risk of wildfires. While a few blazes have ignited, our gratitude extends to the tireless firefighters who swiftly contained these potentially... — Updated 11/9/2023
"The Latest at SANDAG"
Let’s start with some great news! Thanks to the unwavering efforts of SANDAG Board members, led by San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, we have successfully eliminated the mileage tax from the transportation plan. Mayor Jones pushed vigorously for this issue to be heard and got most... — Updated 11/9/2023
"Taking a Stand Against Human Trafficking"
I wanted to take a moment to share some important updates regarding our ongoing efforts to combat human trafficking. Last week, I co-hosted a human trafficking town hall alongside District Attorney Summer Stephan and local experts, raising awareness and educating our community... — Updated 11/9/2023
For the past four days, we have witnessed an unprecedented influx of migrants from all corners of the world being dropped off at transit stations throughout San Diego County. At the time of writing this, over 5,000 individuals have entered our region, and the numbers show no sign... — Updated 11/9/2023
"Human Trafficking Town Hall"
As you may be aware, San Diego ranks among the top cities in the nation for human trafficking. This is a harrowing issue that affects far too many lives in our community, and it is our responsibility to do everything in our power to stop it. In our ongoing commitment to combat thi... — Updated 11/9/2023
"North County United Against Free Needles"
A few weeks ago, I talked about how The County of San Diego is pursuing a harm reduction program through the California Department of Public Health, including syringe services and safer smoking supplies. This potential program involves, in part, the distribution of free needles an... — Updated 11/9/2023
"DNA Testing at the Border"
I’ve just taken action by sending a letter addressed to President Biden and the Federal Government, urging them to reinstate DNA testing at the border. This is a crucial step in addressing the rampant issue of human trafficking that plagues our border communities. We cannot... — Updated 11/9/2023
"North County United Against Free Needles"
A few weeks ago, I talked about how The County of San Diego is pursuing a harm reduction program through the California Department of Public Health, including syringe services and safer smoking supplies. This potential program involves, in part, the distribution of free needles an... — Updated 9/14/2023
"Veteran and Family Muster"
I am excited to announce a special event to unite our veterans and military families in a supportive and inclusive environment. This event is organized in partnership with the San Diego Veteran’s Coalition and is designed to provide updated information on benefits, resources,... — Updated 9/14/2023
"SANDAG's New Future"
I am encouraged to hear about Hasan Ikhrata’s departure from SANDAG. This development opens the door to changes and progress within the organization. SANDAG’s primary focus must be on finding a new leader who embodies the qualities of a consensus builder who can collaborate... — Updated 9/14/2023
Last week, was a day of great significance as I stood alongside the City of Oceanside and The Prevent Drowning Foundation to raise awareness for a crucial cause - Drowning Prevention. We have all heard heartbreaking stories of children falling into pools or parents looking away... — Updated 9/14/2023
Recently, I was able to tour Waymo, which is an autonomous driving technology company owned by Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. Waymo is similar to a self-driving Uber. Though it was a bit eerie getting in a car that didn’t have a driver, I was really impressed by the... — Updated 9/14/2023
"SB 14: Addressing Human Trafficking as a Serious Felony"
In response to the reversal of the State Assembly’s Public Safety Committee’s decision regarding SB 14, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond released this statement. “It was disheartening to see as human trafficking is categorized as a “non-serious” crime,... — Updated 9/14/2023
"Agricultural Pass, Phase 2"
Last year, San Diego Supervisor Anderson and I partnered on a program called the Agriculture Pass, designed to assist commercial livestock and agriculture operators in a wildfire or other disaster. The Ag Pass allows certain people access to evacuated areas to care for their crops... — Updated 9/14/2023
"San Onofre Power Plant"
The importance of removing spent nuclear fuel cannot be overstated. The safe and responsible management of this hazardous material is paramount for protecting public health, the environment, and future generations. Spent nuclear fuel is safely being stored at San Onofre Nuclear... — Updated 7/18/2023
Housing First prioritizes immediate, “low barrier” access to housing for those living on the streets. While this may sound like an admirable mission, the requirements for living in housing is… nothing! There aren’t any requirements, conditions, or milestones such as... — Updated 7/18/2023
We’ve known for a while now that SANDAG, the Federal Government, and the State of California have been looking to implement a per-mile tax. This hasn’t been met with enthusiasm by voters throughout the country. However, now there’s a synonym for the per-mile tax that is... — Updated 7/18/2023
"Housing First Has Failed"
Last week, the Board of Supervisors voted 3 – 1 to authorize a memorandum of agreement between the County of San Diego and the San Diego Housing Commission to purchase four hotels in an effort to combat homelessness. I was the lone “no” vote as this legislation fails to... — Updated 6/21/2023
Nathan Fletcher has let San Diego down. His actions have left a vacant seat and the Board of Supervisors were left with a decision of what to do in order to fill it. We were faced with three options: Hold a special election. Start the appointment process. Start the appointment... — Updated 6/13/2023
"The Failures of Housing First"
WWhy are we seeing more and more homeless people on the streets? It’s a question every San Diegan is asking themselves. Despite billions of dollars being spent, why is the problem only worsening? One of the biggest reasons is the State’s approach, Housing First. Housing First... — Updated 5/24/2023
"Fighting Back Against SVPs"
I’m pleased to say that at our last Board of Supervisors meeting, we unanimously passed a resolution to support Senate Bill 832, which would prioritize public safety when placing Sexually Violent Predators. I want to thank Senator Brian Jones’ for his leadership and authoring... — Updated 5/10/2023
"A New Chief Administrative Officer"
While most of the attention at the County Board of Supervisors has been on finding a replacement for District 4, another vacancy is just as vital. The Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) is responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the County government and... — Updated 5/10/2023
"What do San Diegans think of SANDAG?"
Have you ever heard of SANDAG? It stands for San Diego Association of Governments and plays a vital role in our lives here in San Diego County. However, many are unaware of its existence and impact on our daily lives. In a nutshell, SANDAG is a regional transportation board that... — Updated 4/28/2023
"Alleviating Rising Energy Costs"
Electricity prices are out of control in California, most notably in San Diego County. A few weeks ago, I discussed the many reasons behind the dramatic increase in our bills, but the fact remains that California’s utility rates are consistently 30% higher than the national... — Updated 4/5/2023