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 By Marie Waldron    Letters 

"Disc Golf in California"

Have you ever seen people out there throwing colorful discs in some of our local parks? If you’re not familiar with the sport, I encourage you to take a look at Disc Golf. I am hoping to name August as “Disc Golf Month” each year in California. Here’s why: The game is... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Jim Desmond    Letters 

"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

 By Jim Desmond    Letters 

"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

 By Marie Waldron    Letters 

"California Leads"

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), along with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), recently approved a demonstration project in California to provide pre-release services and improved access to care for persons being released from jails and... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Home Kitchen Entrepreneurs"

California should be doing more to help small businesses succeed. Last week a ceremony at the County Administration Building sponsored by the Cook Alliance and Institute for Justice celebrated Microenterprise Home Kitchen... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Protecting Animals"

Ensuring the well-being of all animals is one of my big priorities. Over the years I have introduced and supported bills that provide funding to care for native wildlife, protect wild horses and burros, limit unnecessary animal testing, and many more. This session, I introduced... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"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

 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Drowning Prevention"

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

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Bipartisan Healthcare Legislation"

Bills that made it through the Senate and Assembly by the “House of Origin Deadline on June 2nd must pass a final floor vote by September 14, when we adjourn for the year. Approximately 1100 bills are currently pending in both houses and the Governor will have until October 14... — Updated 9/14/2023


Senator Seyarto: Crime Victims' Rights Bill Signed Into Law

Senator Kelly Seyarto (R-Murrieta) is proud to announce that the Governor has signed SB 86 into law, expanding resources available to crime victims by requiring a comprehensive website which provides victims with easy access to essential information and services. SB 86 builds on... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Supporting Local Firefighters"

Local fire departments are essential for public safety. By responding rapidly to wildfires and other emergencies, they save countless lives. Ensuring they have the means to perform this critical task has been a big priority for me... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Preventing Child Trafficking"

Human trafficking is the second largest and fastest growing illicit industry, after drug trafficking. Worldwide, it’s estimated that there are over 40 million victims of human trafficking. 75% are women and girls, 25% are children. Recent studies indicate that San Diego County... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Self-Driving Cars?"

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

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Businesses are on the Hook, Again!"

During the pandemic, the Employment Development Department (EDD) virtually collapsed, and legislative offices like mine stepped into the breach. My office alone handled over 3,000 unemployment cases. Solving that immediate crisis was critical for constituents needing their unemplo... — Updated 9/14/2023

 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"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

 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"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

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"CA's New Budget – Some Positives"

California’s $310.6 billion budget for the new Fiscal Year was approved in mid-June. Trailer bills that make specific funding allocations for state agencies and programs are receiving approval and in many cases are still under review. As often happens, politically expedient... — Updated 9/14/2023


VIEWPOINT: Fast Food Starbucks Coffee in La Casa Del Zorro's Coffee Cafe

I start my morning drinking about two cups of strong coffee with a splash of non-fat milk of which I make in a French coffee press, and although through the years I have weaned myself off coffee for a few months here and there, I presently know I really like a cup and a half (no... — Updated 7/18/2023


RE: Tamarisk Beetle

We like our Tamarisk trees for their privacy, shade and windbreak abilities. When our trees stared to look bare, on closer inspection we found the small black caterpillar that turns into the beetle. Now after treating with Bio Advance Tree & Scrub Granules, the bugs are gone and... — Updated 7/18/2023

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Affordable Homeowners' Insurance?"

As Vice Chair of the Assembly Emergency Management Committee, I participated in a Joint Informational Hearing with the Assembly Insurance Committee on June 14. Discussions involved the current crisis facing the state’s insurance industry, specifically related to wildfires and... — Updated 7/18/2023

 By Jim Desmond    Letters

"Special Election"

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


"A Shocking Proposal"

The two fees proposed by the Public Utilities Commission is poorly thought out, “half backed” and an attempt to hide another tax ona basic necessity – electricity – that we all need and use. Rate #1 is a surcharge, based on filed income tax returns that is really like a... — Updated 6/13/2023



I recently read with interest Nikki Symington’s piece in the Borrego Sun on visioning Borrego Springs. The piece fails to recognize the synergy between Anza-Borrego Desert State Park and the community of Borrego Springs. Synergy is what is missing here and drives who we are. I... — Updated 6/8/2023

 By Marie Waldron    Letters

"Combatting Deadly Fentanyl"

On Tuesday, May 9, we recognized National Fentanyl Awareness Day. Each month, fentanyl claims the lives of 500 Californians and nationally, fentanyl overdose deaths more than tripled over the past few years. I serve on the state’s first Select Committee on Fentanyl, Opioid... — Updated 6/8/2023


"Response to Jim Desmond"

Response to Jim Desmond, San Diego County District 5 Supervisor, in the May 11 issue of the Borrego Sun, “The Failures of Housing First.” Jim, it truly pains me to hear you speak so. Rather than present only a partial set of the facts and vilify our most vulnerable, lets go lo... — Updated 6/8/2023


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