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February Government Affairs Meeting

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February Government Affairs Meeting Features Presentation by Vista Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol

TR Robertson… The Vista Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Meeting featured a number of presentations by representatives from various government agencies as well as an update from the City of Vista Fire Chief. Fire Chief Ned Vander Pol.

Chief Vander Pol gave an update on the state of the Vista Fire Department, one he had also given to the Vista City Council. Some of the highlights from the presentation included general information about the department. These included the informing the committee the total number of current members of the Fire Department as 94 members stationed throughout the community in 6 stations. In 2019 the department answered 14,200 calls of which the paramedic units receive 10-15 calls a day. He was especially proud of the departments turn at time which is 2 minutes of response time from the moment they receive the 911 call. They also work closely with Tri-City Hospital in the turn-over-of-care at which time they take the person to the hospital and the hospital takes charge of the victim. The department also has a number of fire inspectors involved with not only inspecting fires that have occurred, but they also go throughout the community looking into possible fire danger areas. The fire fighters rotate yearly from station to station. The department has developed a Strategic Plan, which is both community driven and internally created. From this plan 7 strategic objectives were recommended. The Standards of Cover evaluated the distribution of stations throughout the community as well as looking into the overlap of concentration of these stations. The department is currently involved in their 3rd accreditation. Chief Vander Pol said that a comprehensive self-assessment is also a way for the department to always seek continued improvement. Planned for 2020 is the addition of 2 new fire engines, a hook and ladder engine, the possible addition of 5 paramedics and an update of their dispatch unit. He also said the State of California has approved the addition of 500 new positions for Cal Fire. When asked about the homeless issues and fire situations, the Chief stated that several fires were stated in homeless encampments last year, ones that were quickly dealt with. He finished his presentation saying the department is always looking for community help and if you are interested in volunteering for the Senior Volunteer Program call 760-643-2801 to find out more about the program.


From Congressman Mike Levin’s Office – Kyle Krahel-Frolander – It was reported $300 million has been appropriated for developing a plan for the Tijuana River Valley pollution situation; The Congressman supports a proposal to keep inspectors running inspections of the San Onfre Nuclear waste; He has also been involved in committees looking into ways to control the Del Mar cliff erosions affecting not only the safety of beach goers but also the safety of travel on trains thru the area; It was also pointed out that it is expected there will be an increase in Navy Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange taking advantage of the Blue Water Navy Act.

From Assemblymember Tasha Boerner Horvath’s Office – Suleyma Balderas – supports AB 1920 which will provide a centralized center for technical support for providing information; AB 1912 will streamline the process to register a business name; there has been money allotted to Scripps Oceanography Institute to develop an early warning system for collapsing bluffs.

From Senator Patricia Bates’ Office – Matthew Phy – The Senator does not support SB 50 which controls housing regulations on what can and cannot be built and regulations like no parking standards; the Senator has also introduced two new bills to help newspapers and freelance journalists continue to operate in California by exempting them from the state’s new anti-independent contracting lay, AB 5.

From Supervisor Jim Desmond’s Office – Kristal Jabara – Supervisor Desmond is working on how to deal with the growing behavioral health and homeless issues in the county, He feels crisis stabilization units are needed throughout the county; he is working on a policy to address unincorporated areas, especially when it comes to emanate threat fire hazards and homeless issues; he is also working on policies related to stricter building standards.

Aaron Byzak, Chief Government & External Affairs Officer for Tri-City Medical Center reported that Tri-City will begin construction of a 16-bed crisis stabilization unit psychiatric health facility which is scheduled from completion between 1 1/2 -3 years from now. This facility will provide evaluation of patients prior to determining the next step in their treatment.

Information was passed out about the upcoming Spring 2020 Citizens Water Academy which will be help starting on March 11th in Oceanside. Anyone interesting in applying for this informative program is encouraged to go to www.SDCWA.org/Citizens-Water-Academy for more information on the program and how to apply.

Upcoming Events:

  • Feb. 12 – Vista Business Mixer, Chamber Offices
  • Feb. 26 – When Pigs Fly BBQ
  • Feb. 29 – Heroes of Vista Gala
  • Mar. 5 – Government Affairs Meeting, Chamber Offices, Noon

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