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"Agricultural Pass"

We’ve taken many steps at the County when it comes to fire safety, including adding new firefighting helicopters, increasing defensible space, and increasing cameras in the backcountry. Last week, we added another tool, the agricultural pass. During a wildfire or other disaster,... — Updated 9/19/2022


"AT&T Woes"

I have been in Borrego five years and AT&T service goes down for two or more days every year at this time. The first time I called in three years ago, the AT&T rep said someone is working on the tower. I went to the tower at the Fire Station and no one was there. I found out a... — Updated 9/13/2022


"Recruiting & Retaining Sheriff Deputies"

Last week, we passed an important action when it comes to the safety of San Diego County. Earlier this year, I docketed a Board letter along with Supervisor Anderson to review the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department staffing and recruitment shortages. Since then, County staff... — Updated 9/2/2022


"BSFPD Board Concern"

I am writing regarding the BSFPD board. I have no quarrel with the current members of the board. I need to make that very clear upfront. My concern is how in the world did two couples end up on a five person board? I have never heard of such a thing. There are many reasons that... — Updated 9/2/2022


"A Nightmare for a Community"

“A mother’s worst nightmare,” these were the words from Terrie Kellmeyer, Borrego Springs resident ahead of the trial placement for Sexually Violent Predator (SVP), Douglas Badger. On Aug. 5, I spent the morning with Terrie and her daughter Poppy, doing the media rounds... — Updated 8/23/2022


"Congrats to the Sun"

Congratulations to the staff of the Borrego Sun and contributor Nikki Symington on an important milestone: A lawsuit filed by the Borrego Community Health Foundation alleging fraudulent activities and criminal conspiracies within the organization these many years. It is a... — Updated 8/23/2022


"We Must Meet Basic Needs"

Water, food, shelter, these are basic needs for people to live. But in the modern world, there’s a fourth item for that list – electrical power. Technology runs almost everything, and most technology requires power. Medical devices, communication devices and connection to the... — Updated 8/8/2022


"Fentanyl Town Hall"

On Wednesday June 9, I held a Virtual Town Hall, with District Attorney Summer Stephan titled, “What Every Parent Should Know About Fentanyl.” It was illuminating and I encourage every parent to watch/listen to the meeting and share it with their friends, neighbors, and... — Updated 8/1/2022


"Perfect Fit for Community"

I would like to respond to the people here in Borrego Springs about the Family Dollar coming to town. They say the don’t want box stores here in town, but we have to of the biggest name stores here in town and they overprice everything – True Value and Napa Auto Parts. Then... — Updated 8/1/2022


"What's the Deal, Microgrid?"

On June 22, while helping snowbird friends pack up some of their belongings as they trek back to Minnesota for the summer, the power goes out. Not ideal given the weather during this time. But our friends told us about the Microgrid that was meant to help when power goes out. Ther... — Updated 7/12/2022


"A Summer of Blackouts"

On May 20, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) warned that two-thirds of the U.S. could experience blackouts this summer. Earlier in the month, California energy officials warned that summer blackouts may continue for the next three summers. There’s... — Updated 7/12/2022

 By Tammy Baker    Letters

BWD Computer Systems Tested by DHS

Threat actors have successfully breached the computer systems of other water districts, is BWD at risk? To test the water district’s defenses, BWD brought in a team of experts to try to cyber-attack us. And the good news is, that while it’s impossible to be risk-free, BWD got... — Updated 7/5/2022


"Editorial Thanks"

Dear Borrego Sun, Thanks for the editorial “What are they afraid of?” I couldn’t help but wonder why the environmental scientist is worried about an “artificial population of sheep”. I thought about the incredible success story of the California Condors. Does he think... — Updated 6/27/2022


"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


"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


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