invested in fire protection and emergency preparedness since 2003 wildfires
Ensuring a good quality of life in San Diego County means investing in our neighborhoods. Good roads, parks, libraries, fire protection and public safety are all important. County facilities serve millions of residents every year and must be updated or built to better accommodate today’s needs and services. Programs must meet the diverse needs of our residents. These all take money but volunteers help the County make the most of its taxpayer dollars.
Here’s a roundup of investments we’ve made in places that serve San Diegans:
Construction began on a new 16-acre community park, library and Sheriff’s office in Borrego Springs. A grand opening is expected this winter. The County bought land for a new library in Lakeside and also opened two more 24/7 Library-to-Go kiosks in Chula Vista and in Boulevard for a total of four.
The Sheriff’s department moved its state-of-the-art crime lab into a bright, new 156,000-square-foot facility in Kearny Mesa. The facility has space for all of its property and evidence in one location and will house the major crimes division.
The County expanded fire safety in the backcountry. Wildfires are an ever-present danger in the region. The 4,100-acre Lilac Fire in the North County forced the evacuation of thousands of residents, burned 114 homes and damaged 55 structures in December 2017.
As part of the County’s investment in fire readiness, the Fire Authority moved into a newly renovated fire station in Descanso. County officials broke ground on a new fire station in Pine Valley in December. The 13,098-square-foot facility is scheduled for completion in November. A groundbreaking is scheduled later this year for a remodel of the fire station at Palomar Mountain. Living quarters will be built for up to six firefighters and could be completed in spring 2020.
The Fire Authority installed automated vehicle location devices in all front-line engines. The devices allow the closest fire engine to respond to an emergency call.
The Office of Emergency Services added 12 trailers of mobile shelter supplies to its fleet. Six will be stored at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The remaining six will be strategically located throughout the county.
The County bought land for another Live Well Center. The one-stop shop for health and social services will be built at Euclid Avenue and Market Street. The Southeastern San Diego Live Well Center will serve about 80,000 residents and save them from traveling to different offices to get what they need.
The County currently has Live Well Centers in Escondido, National City and Chula Vista. Another Live Well Center is planned for Oceanside and a Live Well Campus is planned for the Midway area.
The County is also taking steps to redevelop the Kearny Mesa Juvenile Detention Facility into a Juvenile Justice Campus.
The County maintains nearly 2,000 miles of roads. Last year, the Department of Public Works completed 50 miles of road resurfacing and began the prep work for the first year of a new $56 million annual roadway resurfacing program. Construction began in September and is expected to resurface almost 160 miles. To prepare for the project, road crews graded shoulders, repaired road edges, built asphalt berms, sealed and filled cracks, and cleared vegetation.
Infrastructure is important, but people and services are the County’s number one priority. The County Library offered more than 34,000 programs for children, teens and adults. About 4,200 focused on health and wellness. More than 2,600 were after-school programs.
County Parks and Recreation offered hundreds of programs at its 126 facilities, everything from Summer Movies in the Park and star hikes to cast iron cooking demonstrations and close-up looks at birds of prey. Parks is also laying the groundwork for another community garden.
Volunteers play a big role in helping the County offer all it can to residents. Nearly 35,000 volunteers gave their time last year for an estimated value of $36 million. Anyone interested in giving back to the community can choose from dozens of opportunities from children's services and education to parks, public safety and health services.
A volunteer shares his love of basketball by coaching children at the Spring Valley Recreation Center and learns he’s truly making a difference in their lives.
Living on check to check, I never get to go to the movie theaters anymore… this is the highlight of my week to go to a free movie…thanks a lot you’ve made this summer great."
Summer Movies at the Park
We would like to say thank you very much for all of your continued support with regard to our property that perished in the fire. You and your team have really been an asset and have helped us immensely."
Children love the brand new playground located at the front of the library entrance. Keep your children healthy by exercising both their bodies and minds at the friendly El Cajon Library."
There are not enough words to express my gratitude and appreciation for everything that you did for MACKI when she was impounded from the Lilac fire and taken to the Carlsbad shelter. You guys have treated and cared for her like she was your own and for that I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart."
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