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"Protecting our Schools"

While the County of San Diego doesn’t have jurisdiction when it comes to schools, I cannot sit by idly as we see the horrific school shootings occurring in our country. Over the past two weeks, I’ve received dozens of emails from concerned parents wondering if their child is... — Updated 6/21/2022


"What Are They Afraid Of?"

What has become of California’s State Parks? The people of California are the owners of our parks, and they care deeply about how they are managed. Along with the millions of recreation hours enjoyed in parks, the people contribute money and many days of sweat equity to... — Updated 6/21/2022


More Taxes Coming?

A group called, Let's Go San Diego submitted signatures with hopes of getting a half-cent sales tax on the November 2022 ballot. This would help fund SANDAG's $160 billion transit plan. The group that brought this forward is primarily made up by the unions, which have been... — Updated 6/16/2022


"San Diego County Budget"

Over the coming weeks, the County of San Diego will receive community input, deliberate and adjust, and adopt the 2022 – 23 budget. I always believe this is one of the most important times of the year, as it’s vital we spend taxpayer dollars effectively, while also... — Updated 6/13/2022


"Youth Sports Grants"

Last year, I introduced an effort at the Board of Supervisors to waive youth sports fees in San Diego County. Kids have suffered greatly over the last two years, from virtual learning to not being able to play the sports they love. Youth sports participation is down in San Diego C... — Updated 5/25/2022


"Gas Tax Update"

I wanted to give you the latest news as gas prices continue to rise across San Diego County. Last month, Supervisor Anderson and I initiated action, unanimously approved by the Board, to send a letter to State lawmakers for a one-year suspension of the state gas tax. We also... — Updated 5/19/2022


"BASIC Circle of Art: Thank You"

Noted Canadian playwright Lister Sinclair once said that “Art pulls a community together.” After a two-year pandemic hiatus, the 2022 BASIC Circle of Art was a testament to Mr. Sinclair’s statement. The community of Borrego Springs welcomed this event back with open arms and... — Updated 5/19/2022


"Contradictory Articles"

I was rather amazed to read two articles in one edition of the Borrego Sun by Ernie Cowan, at least to me, seemed to be contradictory. Page one: Impacts of Climate Change, Not Debatable: In this article, Mark Jorgensen, a veteran Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Superintendent,... — Updated 5/16/2022


"Thank You Borrego Paramedics"

On Friday, April 22, our granddaughter, who was visiting us from Minnesota, had a medical emergency. We called 911 and within minutes, the paramedics were at our home. These gentlemen treated her (and us), with the utmost of quality professional medical care, compassion, courtesy... — Updated 5/3/2022


"Thank You, North County"

Last week, my office hosted a State of the North County at the El Corazon Senior Center in Oceanside. I truly was amazed by the over 250 people who attended, many of whom make North County such a wonderful place to live and work. If you weren’t able to attend, I wanted to give... — Updated 5/3/2022


"Good Neighbors"

The Food Service Department of BSUSD would like to thank the incredible and generous Kendall’s Café owners and staff! Due to some central kitchen improvements at the Elementary School, daily food preparation was very challenging for a few days after Spring Break. Kendall’s... — Updated 4/21/2022


"Fentanyl Crisis"

Last month, I hosted a fentanyl policy roundtable that included updates from DEA Narcotics officials, Homeland Security Investigators, The U.S. Attorney’s office, California policymakers, and medical professionals about the impacts of fentanyl. The tragic stories of fentanyl... — Updated 4/19/2022


"Thank You"

We at the Borrego Ministers’ Association want to thanks everyone for reading the articles in the Borrego Sun about our work here in the larger community. We also want to make sure that people have the right contact information. To learn more and contribute go to... — Updated 4/15/2022


"Dollar General, Not A Friend"

Contrary to their best public relation efforts, the Dollar General is not a friend of the less advantaged. The enterprise we know today as Dollar General, was created in 2007 through a leveraged buyout by the private equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR), Goldman Sachs, and... — Updated 4/6/2022


"Christmas Circle Proposal"

The editorial in the last Borrego Sun stated that Christmas Circle Park Board of Directors withdrew their Prop. 68 grant application because it was too complicated. It was the grant process that resulted in the decision not to participate. The source of the Master Grant was... — Updated 4/4/2022


"AG Pass"

At our last Board of Supervisors meeting, I brought forth an item directing County staff to explore the creation of an “Agriculture Pass.” An Ag Pass can provide limited access during a wildfire or emergency to restricted areas in order to care for agriculture assets such as... — Updated 4/1/2022



The Borrego Sun and the Borrego Springs community are so lucky to have Nikki Symington as a regular contributor to the paper. Her series on Borrego Springs Community Health, as well as her articles on the Fire Protection District, water supply, and other issues of local concern... — Updated 3/22/2022


"Prices at Pharmacy"

There have been a number of complaints about the pharmacy and the over-the-top charges for medicine that people pay for a prescription they used to pay a lot less for. Why? I myself have a prescription that I have paid $9.96 for the past five years. Today, it was $50 that’s an... — Updated 3/18/2022


"Stop Gas Tax"

It’s inexcusable to see pictures of gas prices in the $6 and $7 range. I cannot stand by and let San Diegans suffer while Sacramento politicians build up their coffers. I admit this is a short-term problem and longer solutions need to be looked into, like America becoming less d... — Updated 3/18/2022


"BMA Says Thank You"

The Borrego Ministers Association wishes to thank the Borrego Sun and writer Michael Sadler for the recent articles highlighting our extensive social service efforts in the Borrego community over the past 10 years and especially during the last two years of COVID disruptions... — Updated 3/15/2022


"Who's the Real Enemy?"

Tensions in the United States feel like they’re at an all-time high. Social media only exacerbates the problem. If you spend five minutes on Twitter or Facebook you’ll see a chasm of divisiveness, but the next time you see an argument breaking out, think about who’s causing... — Updated 3/4/2022


"Let's Move Forward"

As we come upon the two-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdowns, it’s important for us to take a step back and look at the lessons learned from this historically difficult time. With over 900,000 American deaths and over 4,800 deaths locally, COVID-19 brought tragedy to so... — Updated 2/25/2022


"Help Needed from the Under the Sun Foundation"

The Under the Sun Foundation should be commended for graciously allowing visitors to access their lands to view the many Breceda sculptures located throughout Borrego. This access has worked well to promote sustainable tourism to Borrego – just as Dennis Avery intended. The... — Updated 2/11/2022


"Behavioral Health"

Last week, I shared some successes and visions for 2022, when it comes to public safety. This week, I want to share some of the accomplishments we’ve had in North County and talk about what I’m focused on when it comes to behavioral health! Behavioral health is a major issue... — Updated 2/2/2022


"Back to Basics"

I think we can all agree, I’m glad 2021 is in the rearview mirror. As we head into the new year, I don’t want to dwell on the past, I want to focus on the future, by getting back to basics. While there’s been a lot of media attention surrounding three new members joining... — Updated 1/6/2022


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