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"Public Safety"

It’s been a difficult past two years, filled with unspeakable tragedies. It has served as a stark reminder that life is precious, that we should spend as much time as we can with our friends and family, and that we should be kind to one another. With 2021 in the rearview... — Updated 1/24/2022


"Merry Christmas"

I’m focused on reflection and gratitude this holiday season. As I reflect on the changes brought in 2020 and 2021, there’s a lot I’ve missed in light of our new normal. I’ve missed going out to our different communities in District 5 and interacting with all of our... — Updated 12/29/2021


"The Most Expensive Transportation Project Ever"

On Dec. 10, the SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) will be voting on the most expensive transportation project ever. More expensive than the international space station, SANDAG’s regional transportation plan is estimated to cost (in today’s dollars) $160 billion. Al... — Updated 12/16/2021


"Hooray for the Borrego Sun"

Dear Editor: Hooray for the Borrego Sun in its continuing impressive reporting on local issues. I applaud the coverage in “Thundering Trucks Roll On” in the Nov. 25 issue. Like many here, surely, I have been appalled by this example of dumping undesirable matters on our small... — Updated 12/15/2021


"The Most Expensive Transportation Project Ever"

On Dec. 10, the SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments) will be voting on the most expensive transportation project ever. More expensive than the international space station, SANDAG’s regional transportation plan is estimated to cost (in today’s dollars) $160 billion. Al... — Updated 12/9/2021


"Bravo, Hats Off!"

Bravo and hats off to the BSPAC Board of Directors, volunteers and contributors!!! Rather than wringing there hands in despair over being darkened during the COVID pandemic, these visionaries used this past year to bring much needed lighting and sound system improvements to our... — Updated 12/7/2021

 By Jim Desmon    Letters

"Happy Thanksgiving"

I don’t think there’s ever been a more important Thanksgiving than this year. Now more than ever is a time for reflection, for sitting down and thinking about all the things for which we are grateful. I was grateful to sit down with my family this year, have a wonderful meal... — Updated 12/1/2021


"SANDAG's Plan"

The SANDAG’s Board of Directors received a report on their $160 billion transportation plan. One of the big questions when it comes to their ‘ambitious’ plan is, how are they going to pay for it? Well, we are starting to get a clearer picture. One aspect is to track and tax... — Updated 11/15/2021


"An Attack on North County Neighborhoods"

Within days of the failed recall of Governor Newsom, with the flick of a pen, the Governor signed three bills that negatively impacted neighborhoods in San Diego County. Let’s start with SB 9, a bill I’ve strongly opposed. The bill overrides local control, and the state now... — Updated 10/22/2021


"Communities Are Living in Fear"

There is fear among communities throughout San Diego County. Whether you live in rural North County, rural East County, or in any of the region’s 18 cities, your neighborhood could be uprooted by the State of California’s placement of a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP). It’s... — Updated 10/15/2021


"Around the County"

As we head into fall (where did the time go), I wanted to give you some updates at the County of San Diego. We have made a major step in our fight against COVID with the introduction of monoclonal antibody treatment. This treatment prevents the virus from attaching to the cells... — Updated 10/1/2021


"THOBS Exhibit Comments"

An incredible exhibit where beauty, ingenuity and daring reigns. My eyes danced with joy as their insightful work mesmerized again and again. The tapestry of colors, styles and “off-the-chart” masterpieces kept me going around the soothing and exciting gallery space that... — Updated 9/28/2021


"Three Claps for Borrego Sun"

Well done, Borrego Sun, for publishing the details of Sexual Violent Predator Merle Wakefield’s crimes and his incarcerations, which it said was obtained from discreet sources. I’m sure that this was a great push in getting the reprieve for Borrego. Thank you for publishing... — Updated 9/21/2021


"Thank You"

We would first like to thank Darlis and Gary for this great opportunity that they have provided us. Kendall’s Café has been an establishment that we have enjoyed throughout the years as a member of this community. We hope to continue the tradition of great food and wonderful... — Updated 9/16/2021


"Never Forget"

This past weekend, I participated in two 9/11 Memorial events, both of which honored the brave men and women who died on that horrific day. It was not lost on me that both events took place in Oceanside, a city whose fabric and culture are built by our military. On the morning of... — Updated 9/16/2021


"We Say Farewell..."

On behalf of Darlis and Gary Bailey of Kendall’s Café, we would like to say thank you to the people of Borrego Springs. After 32 years of serving this community, the time has come for us to say farewell. Thank you for all the support you’ve given us over the last 30 years.... — Updated 9/16/2021


County Correspondence, Thundering Trucks

After seeing a photo of the thundering trucks in the August 5 issue of the Borrego Sun on Page 4, Nancy McRae, a Borrego Springs resident, sent her correspondence with the County. She says, “I am not letting this issue get ignored.” This is a letter she sent to Supervisor Jim... — Updated 9/16/2021


"Beer 'Prices' in Borrego Springs"

Transparency in pricing is a trust builder, especially in a small community. We went on a bit of a hunt, on this hot August day, for some cold beer, and we were in for some unexpected surprises. Five places in Borrego Springs have big coolers with bottles/cans of beer for sale.... — Updated 9/7/2021


"Rural Communities Under Attack"

For many, the reason they move to San Diego’s unincorporated area is to be away from the intensity of city living. They want to be away from the noise, the hustle and bustle and surrounded by the beauty of our region. They certainly don’t want some of the worst... — Updated 9/2/2021


Supervisor Jim Desmond Opposes Borrego's SVP

Keeping the citizens of Borrego Springs safe is my top priority. While no community is a perfect place to locate a Sexually Violent Predator (SVP), the proposed placement of Merle Wade Wakefield, a repeat violent sex offender, in a house located on a golf course where children... — Updated 8/23/2021


"Full of Sound and Fury, Signifying Nothing"

Over 400 years ago, just as Macbeth, in Act 5/Scene 5 of the famous Shakespearean play, awaited the storming of his Inverness castle, Borregans also waited two afternoons running for another kind of storm to hit town and bring a little welcome relief from our continuing heatwave,... — Updated 8/11/2021


"Please Don't Place Him Here"

This is a copy of a letter emailed to the SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, and multiple officials have been CC’d. Dear Sirs or Madams, I have been a resident in the de Anza country club neighborhood of Borrego Springs since 2006. My wife Kristen and I, along with my three young... — Updated 8/11/2021


"From the Task Force..."

To the Editor of the Borrego Sun, The COVID-19 Task Force members would like to take this opportunity to thank our Chairperson, Bruce Kelley, for his leadership over the past 16 months. It was early on in the pandemic and the real consequences of this pandemic had not even begun t... — Updated 8/9/2021


"Borrego Clinic"

I needed to have four stitches removed from a procedure that was done to my face. I was surprised that when I went to clinic to have it done that they told me I had to go to Poway for the removal of the stitches. A two-hour drive each way, plus the cost of the gas. The procedure... — Updated 8/6/2021


"Is Life Better Than We Think?"

Watching the news or reading the headlines, one might think that life is pretty bleak. I often use the comparison that watching the news is like eating junk food. It might be fun while you’re doing it, but you’ll feel sick after it’s over. There’s a reason for the old... — Updated 8/4/2021


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