News Release


DATE: January 6, 2009

CONTACT: Jennifer Stone (619) 531-4766


Better fire protection, improving parks and trails top agenda as Chairwoman in ‘09

SAN DIEGO – “There is no place on earth like the Second District. We work hard. We say what we mean. And, a handshake still matters,” San Diego County Chairwoman Dianne Jacob said as she took the oath of office for an historic fifth term on the Board of Supervisors.

“Today, I offer this handshake to the people in my district: I will continue to give you nothing less than 110 percent of my efforts,” Jacob said with her husband of 47 years, Paul, at her side. She was sworn in by the Honorable Peter C. Deddeh, Supervising Judge of the San Diego Superior Court in East County.

In addition, Jacob was selected by her colleagues as Chairwoman of the Board for 2009. The position requires that she chair all board meetings and represent the Board at official functions. Traditionally, the chair makes an annual visit to Washington D.C. to advocate on behalf of the County.

In remarks to her constituents, Jacob noted that she made good on a 2004 promise to consolidate fractured rural fire districts in the wake of the 2003 Cedar Fire. She pledged to continue to work with regional leaders to invest in better fire protection in the year ahead.

“The County’s commitment to spend $15.5 million annually to consolidate rural fire agencies means better-coordinated services at more than 50 stations in the unincorporated area. Ultimately, 1.5 million acres will fall under the new San Diego County Regional Fire Authority. That’s more than half the geographic area of the county,” she said.

Jacob said that tackling gang violence and creating places for families and young people to play would top her agenda in the year ahead.

“We cannot ignore gang violence or deny it. We cannot cross our fingers and hope it goes away. Law enforcement is making inroads. More needs to be done and I will soon be detailing ways to combat this growing menace,” Jacob said.

Jacob also said the County would soon open the much-anticipated Lakeside Baseball Park and was making progress on several long term trail projects, including the historic Stowe Trail that will stretch from Santee to Poway.

“When we build safe places for kids to play, they exercise, we build stronger communities. We fight crime and obesity. We support families and promote teamwork. Simply put, we plant seeds for a better future,” Jacob said.

Jacob is a former elementary school teacher and past president of the California School Boards Association.

She was re-elected in the June primary and garnered nearly 78 percent of the vote.