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Bill Horn knows San Diego, especially North San Diego County. And the people know and respect him. This was where he was born, this was where he went to school, and now his public life is dedicated to serving the County of San Diego.
Unlike many elected officials, Bill didn’t want to get into politics. As a North County businessman and avocado and citrus rancher, Bill was appalled at local government’s fiscal irresponsibility and refusal to defend individual property rights and protect young people.
In 1992, displeased with the Escondido Union High School District Board, he threw his rancher’s hat into the political ring and was elected to the Board. When he found County government unresponsive to constituent needs, he ran for County Supervisor and was elected in 1995 to represent the Fifth District (North County), an area that spans nearly 1,800 square miles from the Pacific Ocean to the Imperial County.
When Bill took office, the County of San Diego was on the verge of bankruptcy. In 1997, as Board Chairman, Bill was the motivating force in selling the costly County trash system for $184 million and keeping the county from bankruptcy. That money was re-invested and will bring the County $30 million a year until 2021. Today the County has earned a national reputation as one of the best managed and fiscally secure Counties in America.
Bill was elected to a fifth term in 2010 and three times has been named Chairman.
Reduce Traffic Congestion
Bill not only shares the frustrations of traffic congestion with fellow motorists in North County, he is finding ways to unlock the gridlock. His efforts to widen Valley Center Road resulted in the opening of Phase 1, a new four-lane section of road. Right now, Mission Road in Fallbrook is being widened and he has speeded up his plan to create an eight-mile park and widen Highway 76 along the San Luis Rey River from Mission Road to Interstate 15.
As the County representative on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG), Bill is working to make sure promises made in the TransNet Sales Tax extension are kept. After years of presenting our case to SANDAG, its Board has agreed that the unincorporated portion of San Diego County (mostly in Districts 5 and 2) needs to always have a permanent vote on the SANDAG Board. Right now State Senator Christine Kehoe (D-San Diego) is carrying legislation for us in Sacramento to make that happen. This is a great example of Bill’s ability to create bi-partisan cooperation and consensus building.
Protect the Lives of Citizens
Bill is committed to protecting all citizens, especially our elderly and youth. He has the will and vision to work with cities and unincorporated communities in the Fifth District to protect people and improve their well-being.
Bill created the North County Gang Task Force that reduced gang activity in Oceanside, Vista, San Marcos and Fallbrook and brought crime down by 52%. He established innovative programs to deal with juvenile crime by finding money to establish four after-school teen centers. Bill also created the Child Assessment Network – North (CANN), a pilot program hailed for its success in caring for abused, abandoned, and neglected young people in North County. A stunning achievement is a dramatic decrease in the number of children admitted to the Polinsky Children’s Center in Kearny Mesa.
Bill also expanded the Pyschiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) in North County to handle emergency calls when children are involved.
Bill’s personal focus is to make sure every citizen of San Diego County is prepared for our next disaster, whether it is natural or man-made. To that end, Bill hosted a disaster preparedness conference at the County Administration Center in March 2006 involving the County Office of Emergency Services, the Red Cross, Chambers of Commerce and representatives from the cities and public.
In 2002, Bill’s dream for new facilities for the Sheriff’s Department in Valley Center was realized when a new substation opened. And in 2004, he worked to base a fire-fighting rescue helicopter in Fallbrook to boost the County’s fire protection resources. With the help of the Viejas, Sycuan, and Barona Tribes, we now own two helicopters that have helped the California Department of Forestry keep 95% of fires to less than 10 acres.
Bill has also directed more than $1 million from the County’s Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund to volunteer fire departments for equipment and supplies.
Secure our Borders
Securing our border with Mexico is part of Bill’s commitment to all of San Diego County. He is leading the County’s effort to work with the Department of Homeland Security to get them the land they need to complete the triple border fence and continues to lobby in Washington for reimbursement to the county of providing law enforcement and criminal justice services to criminal illegal immigrants and emergency medical care to any illegal immigrant.
Bill has also led Statewide and national efforts to require voter identification at the polls.
Bill was voted legislator of the year by the California Narcotic’s Association in 1999.
Improve the Quality of Life
Bill has taken the lead on the County’s General Plan Update and has urged a return to common sense when it comes to responsible management of public lands and forests and fire prevention.
No other local government in California has built or is building more libraries the way the County of San Diego has done for the past twelve years. Bill is proud to have helped facilitate bringing libraries to Valley Center, San Marcos, Vista, 4-S Ranch, Borrego Springs and early next year a new library for Fallbrook. And thanks to Bill, computers in the County’s 32 libraries have filters to stop pornography.
Because of his commitment to honor and protect life, the Life Resource Network, an organization dedicated to the sanctity of life, honored Chairman Horn with the 2001 Legislator of the Year.
In 2003, Supervisor Horn was honored by the San Diego County Commission on the Status of Women for his support of women’s issues and concerns.