This Saturday, there will be a community COVID-19 vaccine event at Vista’s Magnet Middle School. I encourage those who are yet to be vaccinated to come down and sign up! I received both doses and the numbers show you’re much less likely to develop severe symptoms if you get the vaccine.
Fire Safety for North County
I want to give a shoutout to Cal Fire Chief Tony Mecham, Rainbow Municipal Water District General Manager Tom Kennedy, and North County Fire Protection District Keith McReynolds – yesterday they unveiled a joint collaboration with their “helo-hydrant,” a 5,000-gallon water tank in Fallbrook. This will be a major asset as we head into fire season!
New Bonsall Park
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors approved $25 million for the construction of a 63-acre regional park in North County!
In 2020, the Board of Supervisors approved the funding for the environmental and design of the Bonsall Park which is located at the former golf course San Luis Rey Downs off of Camino Del Rey. In the next couple of months, the Department of Parks and Recreation will be coming back to the Board to approve the award of the construction contract.
Construction is anticipated to occur later this year! The Final Plan includes: 2 basketball courts, 3 baseball fields, 2 tennis courts, 4 soccer fields, a tot lot playground, a youth playground, a bike course, a skate park, a dog park, picnic areas open space, shade structures, restrooms, miles of trails, and landscaped areas.
This park will be a regional asset for all to enjoy and I’m excited for the groundbreaking!
Laptops & Internet Hotspots
Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors made a major step in closing the digital divide and making sure households have tools for success. We applied for a grant that will fund 7,400 laptops and mobile internet hotspots for households that lack computers and internet access. The grant also includes a one-year data access plan for the mobile hotspot services to be covered. Once the year-long access plan ends, the E-Rate funding program, which funds 85% to 90% of County Library internet service costs, will fund continued costs for internet access along with the Library Fund operational budget. The County Library will make these devices available for a one-year loan, which includes one laptop and hotspot per household, to mitigate the digital divide
. If approved, the County Library would work with nonprofit partners, other County departments, and local schools to ensure that laptops and internet hot spots go to households that are most in need of this equipment.
I will keep you updated if the grant is accepted by the Federal Government.
Fallbrook Chamber Dinner
It was an honor to attend and speak at the Fallbrook State of the Chamber dinner, last night! Many great things are happening in Fallbrook!
Supervisor Jim Desmond | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101