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Supervisor Jim Desmond

By   /  July 24, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

I wanted to share an important update from our recent Board of Supervisors meeting that directly impacts our community’s safety and well-being. Our county has experienced two separate fires at battery energy storage facilities in the past few months. These incidents posed significant safety risks and led to temporary road closures and evacuation orders for […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond-Honoring the 2024 State of North County Awardees

By   /  June 25, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

We are thrilled to honor the incredible individuals and groups that make our community exceptional. Their dedication, resilience, and service have enriched North County, and we proudly present the 2024 State of North County award winners. Eric Weirather: Inspirational Leader — Our Inspirational Leader Award is presented to Eric Weirather, the Band Director for Rancho Buena […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond Delivers State of North County Address

By   /  June 14, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

TR Robertson +On Tuesday morning, historic Sunshine Brooks Theater in Oceanside was the scene of District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond’s annual State of North County Address. Hundreds of attendees arrived early to enjoy coffee and early morning pastries sponsored by cold brew sponsor Steeping Giant and catered by One Kitchen Collaborative. As those attending entered […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond-State Of North County

By   /  June 11, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

Earlier today, we held our State of the North County. It was great to see so many people who make our region so unique. If you weren’t able to attend or watch the speech, I wanted to provide a recap where I outlined our collective vision for a prosperous and thriving North County. This vision […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Update on Efforts to Safely Remove Spent Nuclear Fuel

By   /  May 31, 2024  /  State and National  /  No Comments

I wanted to update you on our critical efforts to ensure the safe removal and responsible management of spent nuclear fuel from the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). The importance of this cannot be overstated. Safe and responsible management of spent nuclear fuel is essential for protecting public health, safeguarding our environment, and ensuring […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Join Me in Stopping the Gas Tax Increase

By   /  May 31, 2024  /  State and National  /  No Comments

Today, I stood shoulder to shoulder with small business leaders and parents, united with the same message: the gas tax must be stopped. On July 1, the gas tax is set to increase by an additional 2 cents per gallon, bringing the total tax burden to a staggering 59.6 cents per gallon. We are already grappling with […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -The State is Raising Our Electricity Bill

By   /  May 14, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

A few months back, I reached out to you regarding the State of California’s ill-conceived plan to charge electricity based on income. Thanks to our collective outcry, that proposal was rightfully defeated. However, our voices were not heard loud enough, as the state has now introduced a similar flawed scheme. The California Public Utilities Commission […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -We Stopped the Fixed-Rate Electricity Proposal

By   /  April 19, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

I wanted to share some good news regarding our ongoing battle for fair electricity rates. You may recall the recent uproar surrounding the proposed changes to the fixed rate portion of our SDG&E electric bills. Many of you joined me in expressing concern about the unfairness of tying this fee to household income rather than […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Legal Immigration

By   /  March 19, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

As a supervisor for San Diego County, I’ve had the opportunity to witness firsthand the alarming situation at the Iris Avenue transit station. Called “street releases,” Border Patrol agents are dropping off thousands of migrants. In just the past 25 days, over 17,000 migrants have been released at this site, adding to the staggering total […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Prop 1

By   /  February 22, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

During our January 23 Board of Supervisors meeting, we delved into the details of Proposition 1, which is on the March ballot. I wanted to provide a recap of our discussion. I expressed reservations about Proposition 1’s approach despite recognizing some potential benefits. The proposal seeks to rearrange funds from the county and give them […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond – Border Update

By   /  February 19, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

The chaos at our border has reached alarming levels, with over 90,000 border encounters in San Diego alone in the past five months. This surge is not just a matter of numbers; it’s a symptom of a system failing to enforce the laws designed to protect our nation’s borders. The Federal Government’s failure to effectively […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Stopping the Fixed Rate Electricity Proposal

By   /  February 10, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

A few months ago, I brought to your attention the concerning proposal in California regarding a socialistic approach to electricity pricing based on income. This plan aimed to charge households fixed rates for electricity, irrespective of their actual consumption, with charges varying according to income levels. It was met with understandable outrage from many. I […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Judge Releases Sexually Violent Predator

By   /  January 12, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

It is with profound disappointment and deep concern that I express my opposition to the decision allowing the placement of Sexually Violent Predator Alvin Quarles, also known as the “Bolder than Most” rapist, back into San Diego County. The judge’s decision is devastating for our community, and I strongly believe there is no place for […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Seeing the Chaos at the Border

By   /  January 4, 2024  /  North County  /  No Comments

I wanted to update you on the immigration crisis, which continues to overwhelm our Border Patrol agents and cause a major strain on our local resources. Earlier this week, I visited the border and migrant encampments in Jacumba. The chaos continues with dozens of people camped out, waiting for Border Patrol to take them to […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Homelessness

By   /  December 7, 2023  /  North County  /  No Comments

It’s no secret that homelessness is the most pressing issue in our state and county. While we are undoubtedly one of the most prosperous countries in human history, the sight of thousands of individuals living on our streets remains unacceptable. We can and must do better. One of the biggest challenges facing those living on […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond-An Important Board Meeting

By   /  December 4, 2023  /  Local, North County  /  No Comments

Our final meetings of the year are Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday’s meeting has several items that I wanted to bring to your attention. 1. My colleagues have brought forth an item to allocate another $3 million for migrant services. If approved, we will have spent $6 million of local taxpayer dollars on migrant services. I’m against […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -The Broken Immigration Process

By   /  November 30, 2023  /  North County  /  No Comments

On a cool Sunday morning, border patrol vans pull into the Oceanside Transit Center releasing approximately 30 migrants from countries including Columbia, Pakistan, and China. The first question asked by most migrants is, “Where am I?” That’s just the tip of the iceberg for how the federal government has set these migrants and San Diego […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond

By   /  November 10, 2023  /  North County  /  No Comments

As a proud US Navy Veteran, my deep care for our veterans and the military community stems from the invaluable lessons I learned during my four years of service. It’s the Navy that first brought me to San Diego County, and, like so many of our Veterans, I stayed and now call it home. Veteran’s […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -The Border is a National Security Threat

By   /  October 27, 2023  /  North County  /  No Comments

Last Friday, U.S. Customs and Border Protection sent a bulletin alerting officers that Hamas, Hezbollah, & Islamic Jihad foreign fighters may be encountered at the U.S. southern border. The bulletin provides officers with instructions on critical indicators, including single, military-aged males with undetermined travel plans. This information comes during the same week San Diego Border agents apprehended a […]

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Supervisor Jim Desmond -Get Involved in Local Government

By   /  October 19, 2023  /  North County  /  No Comments

Have you ever wanted to get more involved in local government and make a positive impact on your community? Well, here’s your chance! The County of San Diego is actively seeking dedicated volunteers to join our various Boards, Commissions, and Committees. Your unique skills, perspectives, and passion for our community can make a real difference […]

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