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Supervisor Jim Desmond

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December 17, 2021

Government in Sacramento needs to feel like it’s doing something, thus another mask mandate. Let’s continue to protect our vulnerable, do the best we can, and stop with arbitrary and inconsistent rules.

The Latest at SANDAG

Speaking of SANDAG… Yesterday, I stood next to leadership and graduates of the National Black Contractors Association in the fight against SANDAG’s proposal to force the $160 Billion tax dollars they plan to spend to only go to labor union contracts, making projects more expensive by eliminating qualified competition.

According to the Association of General Contractors, 80% of San Diego’s construction workforce is not labor union workers, and they will instead hire union workers from across the nation to do the work.

Student Opportunity for Career Awareness

Yesterday, I had the honor to speak at the launch of the Study Opportunity for Career Awareness and Learning (SOCAL). This program, which is a joint effort with TriCity Hospital, SDNEDC, and other local chambers of commerce brings jobs right to a classroom. This innovative campaign will allow students the opportunity to explore non-traditional career paths through website resources and visual aids, making it more widely accessible than a standard field trip.

My office is excited to be a part of it, which is why we chose to support this endeavor with a $128,000 grant from the District 5 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program.

We want to keep our future workforce right here in North County, and what better way to showcase the many professionals in our area than highlighting these career pathways.  

Hello, Escondido!!!

As you may know, every 10 years, new lines are drawn for districts in San Diego County. Over the past year, a redistricting committee has been working with the community through this process. Earlier this week, the committee selected new maps which will be used for the next 10 years.

I’m disappointed to no longer represent Carlsbad and Rancho Santa Fe. I am happy to continue to represent the North County Tribal Reservations along with the inland North County Unincorporated areas and the cites of Oceanside, Vista and San Marcos. I’m also glad that Escondido has been added to District 5, a city that has always identified with North County.

Youth Leadership Team

Participation in the Youth Leadership Team will require Youth Leaders, ages 16 to 24, to play a central role in understanding and voicing the needs of diverse youth and young adults in San Diego County. 

Meet Hunter McDonald

I want to end today’s email by introducing you to the newest member of the District 5 team, Hunter McDonald! Hunter will work on land use and environmental planning!

My name is Hunter McDonald. I was born on Camp Pendleton, California but grew up in a small town in Minnesota where I played football, ice fished and hunted waterfowl and deer. After graduating high school I joined the United States Marine Corps which brought me back to San Diego, where I met my wife, obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in sustainability, and began a career in Land Use Planning.

Before joining Jim Desmond’s team, I spent 4 ½ years at Planning & Development Services (PDS) with the County of San Diego. During my time at PDS I rose through the ranks from Land Use Aide to Land Use/Environmental Planner 2 processing both large and small private discretionary projects including, but not limited to residential subdivisions, commercial gas stations, drive-thru restaurants, and grocery stores, sand mine expansions, apartment complexes, wireless telecommunications facilities and lot line adjustments. In addition, I drafted numerous California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents including 15183 Checklists, Addendums to Environmental Impact Reports (EIRs), and Categorical Exemptions.

I love to spend time out in nature, running and training for races, and hanging out with my beautiful wife and baby daughter of 5 months.

Supervisor Jim Desmond | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101


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