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Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – September 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Don’t get hooked: I encourage seniors and caregivers to sign up now for a special forum I’m hosting Nov. 1 on how to fend off financial scammers and other crooks.

The free, two-hour gathering will start at 9 a.m. at Skyline Church, 11330 Campo Rd., La Mesa.

Deputy District Attorney Paul Greenwood and other experts will offer tips on how to avoid becoming a victim of the “grandmother scam,” “IRS scam” and other common ruses targeting older residents.

To register call 844-899-1597 or go to surveymonkey.com/r/dontgethooked

Barks and recreation: The Board of Supervisors recently approved an updated park development plan that includes $13 million in general fund money, along with other funds, for park improvements in many East County communities, including Campo, Descanso, Jamul and Julian.

Also in the works – new dog parks in Lakeside, Rancho San Diego and Spring Valley.

Be careful out there: The most hazardous time of the year is here. Are you prepared for the fall wildfire season?

Among the things you can do: Maintain 100 feet of defensible space around your home; create a disaster plan and emergency supplies kit; sign up for the Alert San Diego emergency notification system; and download the SD Emergency app on your cell phone.

For more on all these, and for additional help, go to readysandiego.org

The county has significantly ramped up fire and emergency services since the deadly firestorms of 2003, investing more than $400 million on improvements that include new rural fire stations and aerial resources.

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne

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Rancho San Diego Community Cleanup – September 9, 2017

Hi Neighbors,

On Sept 9th, the Cottonwood Homes are doing a community clean up on the stream bed near the corner of Brabham and Jamacha Road. We will start at 7:30 am.

We are renting a green only dumpster and would like to fill it. If you have driven by there lately you will notice how high the Arundo Reed has grown. This plant is a not a native plant to California and becomes very invasive. We would like to trim it back. We have several concerns as homeowners in this area. The school children from Valhalla and Hillsdale walk by this area and could be pulled in these reeds. There is the same safety issue for the joggers and people waiting for the bus.

We have recently seen a homeless man in the stream bed nude. It has been reported to the police. We are concerned about campfires that have been seen in the area at night from the homeless because we are in fire season.

Here’s what you need to bring for the clean-up if you join us:

  • Water to drink
  • A pair of gloves
  • Loppers to cut the reeds with
  • A trash bag to put trash in

Please come join us on Sept 9th, 2017!

Sincerely,
Debbie, Sally and Terri

Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – August 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Fighting for families: The county recently rolled out a powerful new tool to help families find quality residential care for the elderly.

It’s called Choose Well. It’s an online search tool and ratings system designed to guide families to the most appropriate assisted living facility for their loved one.

I first proposed the site in 2014. About 120 facilities have volunteered to fully participate in it, with more expected to be added in coming months.

When you stop by a local assisted living home for the elderly look for the new Choose Well logo on display. If you don’t see it, ask the facility to join it! Check out the site at choosewell.org .

Danger data: Want to get a better fix on any potential hazards at your home and workplace?

A new county website, found at readysandiego.org, allows you to input any local address to learn about possible hazards, like whether you live in a high-risk wildfire or earthquake zone.

The debut of the Know Your Hazards search tool couldn’t be better as we move into peak wildfire season.

Around town: Getting out and about East County is the best part of my job. Among the recent events and gatherings I’ve had the privilege of attending:

  • A groundbreaking for a new Boys & Girls Club in La Mesa. Basketball legend and fellow Helix High alum Bill Walton was among those at the event. Bill has always been a great booster of youth programs.
  • A meeting of Lions Club leaders in East County. Thanks, Lions, for all you do for our community.
  • Special gatherings held by the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce, Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association and many other community groups!

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne

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Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – July 2017

Dianne Jacob

Dianne’s Corner – News and notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob

Scram, scammers: Many crooks think seniors are easy to rip off, so it’s important we do all we can to fight these frauds.

I recently had the chance to speak with leaders of the Greater San Diego Association of Realtors as they launched an initiative to combat financial crimes against older residents.

In recent years, the District Attorney’s Office and other law enforcement agencies have stepped up their efforts to fight scammers, with the help of a public awareness campaign called “Don’t Get Hooked.”

I’ve held a series of “Don’t Get Hooked” forums across my district to educate seniors and caregivers on the issue. These are lot of different scams out there and folks need tools to fight back.

I’m looking to host another forum this fall. Stay tuned for details.

Problem Pipeline: A pipeline route proposed by SDG&E threatens to disrupt business and traffic — and could destroy critical habitat.

I recently joined Poway Mayor Steve Vaus and others in asking state regulators to take a hard look at the route and consider other options. The pipeline should steer clear of any open space preserves, such as Goodan Ranch and the Sycamore Canyon Preserve.

Wildfire Warning: It’s a message we can’t say enough this time of year — be prepared! Peak wildfire season will soon be here and now is the time to make sure you’re as ready as possible.

The county, working closely with Cal Fire, has many firefighters and resources at the ready across our vulnerable backcountry, but property owners need to take steps too.

Wondering where to begin? Go to ReadySanDiego.org .

For more District 2 news, go to www.diannejacob.com or follow me on Facebook and Twitter. If I can assist with a county issue, please call my office at 619-531-5522 or email dianne.jacob@sdcounty.ca.gov

Have a great East County day!
Dianne

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Come Have Coffee With the Rancho San Diego Kiwanis Club!

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The Rancho San Diego Kiwanis Club invites YOU to have coffee with them! Come join this amazing group of local leaders for a freshly brewed cup of coffee and wonderful conversations.

The Kiwanis Club meets every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month at 7 am at the Rancho San Diego Library. The Library is located at 11555 Via Rancho San Diego.