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

Dianne Jacob

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

There’s no place like home: A growing number of San Diegans struggle to keep a roof over their head. I’m talking about folks from across the entire county – seniors, veterans, families and others. We need to step up our game in a big way and give them a helping hand – a hand up, not a handout.

That’s why I recently joined with Supervisor Ron Roberts to propose the creation of a $25 million trust fund to spur the development of more affordable housing. Drawn from the county’s unallocated reserves, the money would allow us to team up with developers on low-cost housing projects.

The fund represents a huge investment in San Diego’s future — and for many of those who are struggling, it would help make the American Dream come true.

Local heroes: Among the folks I’ve recently given well-earned county proclamations to… Child care expert Deborah Gould… champion mountain biker Gwendalyn Gibson of Ramona… and home building innovators Amy McQuillan and Pierre Beauregard, also of Ramona.

Be prepared: The recent Gate Fire in our backcountry and other wildfires remind us that we can’t let down our guard. With peak fire season coming, we must make sure we’re as ready as possible.

Since the 2003 firestorms, the county has invested $400 million-plus on fire protection improvements. Today we have a stronger, more unified firefighting force, and more firefighting aircraft and other resources in place. Residents must also do all they can to prepare. Be ready. Be safe. Be vigilant. And 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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Dianne’s Corner – News and Notes from County Supervisor Dianne Jacob – May 2017

Dianne Jacob

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

East County, naturally: My fellow county supervisors recently joined me in signing off on plans for the long-awaited Santa Ysabel Nature Center. The 6,000-square-foot attraction is due to start construction next year on the Santa Ysabel Preserve near state routes 78 and 79. The center will be the first of its kind in rural San Diego County and will showcase our beautiful backcountry!

Home sweet home: Your county government is moving to create more affordable housing for seniors. We recently approved spending $4.5 million towards the construction of two housing complexes, including a 62-unit development planned for Ramona. The units will be for low-income seniors 55 and older. There is an incredible need for projects like these because the cost of living continues to go up, along with the number of seniors on fixed incomes. Plus, our senior population is skyrocketing.

Cool Zones: Summer is almost here, along with dangerously high temperatures. In recent years, the hot weather has come earlier and earlier – and forecasters expect 2017 to be hotter than average. Stay ahead of the heat by checking out one of the 115 Cool Zones across the county. They include libraries, community centers and other places where seniors and the disabled can get a break from hot weather.

It’s important to remember that a lot of folks don’t have air-conditioning. And if you are older or disabled, heat-related illnesses are more likely to strike. A Cool Zone can be a life saver. Where are they located? Look for a blue, diamond- shaped window decal with a polar bear on it. Or go to coolzones.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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