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Thank you, San Diego County


Last updated 5/13/2020 at 10:36am

These past two months have been difficult for everyone, but especially for business owners throughout the region. We all understand the multiple levels of grief and hardship that COVID-19 has inflicted upon San Diegans. Families who have lost members to the virus and business owners who will never be able to reopen.

Throughout these two months, I’ve relied on facts, not politics, to guide my decisions. California has a population of 39.9 million people. As I write this, .11% of the population has tested positive for coronavirus, with .004% passing away.

While any loss of life is tragic, these are the facts:

Almost four million people have filed for unemployment throughout California, including 25% unemployment for the working class in San Diego. That doesn’t include the many self-employed that have not filed.

We can and should safely open businesses and restart the economy. Many businesses aren’t going to be able to survive.

I am pleased with the Governor’s announcement last week to get much-needed businesses open. At our last Board of Supervisors meeting, we voted unanimously to approve a framework to open some San Diego businesses. I will continue to fight for more local control to safely and responsibly get employers and employees back to work.

Allowing some businesses to open is a step forward, but let’s continue to look ahead. The goal at the beginning of this was to manage our hospital surges (flatten the curve) and protect our most vulnerable. Thanks to our county health officials and the great residents of San Diego County, we’ve done that!

The Governor has outlined that Phase two includes the opening of lower risk workplaces, which includes non-essential manufacturing (toys, furniture, clothing, etc.), schools, childcare facilities, retail businesses for curbside pick-up and offices where working remotely isn’t possible.

The Board of Supervisors also has sent a letter to Governor Newsom requesting complete local control when it comes to the reopening of businesses. This will allow us to identify other businesses that could open like, restaurants and other retail stores.

Things continue to move rapidly throughout the County and the State. While positive cases are trending down, optimism about reopening is trending up.

The desire to get San Diegans back to work is strong and together we can do it in a safe way to protect our region and kick start the economy.

Jim Desmond

– San Diego County District 5 Supervisor

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