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Pam Slater-Price, Third District County Supervisor
To make certain you make the right decision when voting for a new Third District County Supervisor this year, it is important to understand the many functions of county government and the role of a Supervisor.
Supervisors set policy for the County of San Diego. We administer a $4.7 billion budget and oversee a workforce of nearly 16,000 employees. Our organization is parceled into five business groups. Each of them – either directly or indirectly – contributes to the health and safety of our residents and guests.
Supervisors implement policy in the unincorporated area for land-use, transportation and the environment. We build county roads, and bridges – during my tenure we built two, one was the La Bajada Bridge over Escondido Creek between Rancho Santa Fe and Encinitas where the road used to flood every year. And we work with cities on regional issues, including the San Diego County Regional Fire Authority.
Supervisors are the public’s connection to a vast organization that provides numerous services, some familiar and some obscure. For instance, we run a huge system of 33 libraries, and we built and operate three animal shelters. Our animal control officers work the streets of Del Mar and many other communities. The County manages more than 50,000 acres of open space and more than 30 county parks. This includes the largest multiple-species conservation and land-protection plan in the country, which I partnered to put in place with another Supervisor.
The County Sheriff, District Attorney and Chief of Probation work closely to keep neighborhoods safe. Sheriff Bill Gore manages several jails; if a deputy catches a ‘bad guy,’ he will find a place for him in the county jail and District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis will prosecute the case.
Inspectors from the Department of Agriculture, Weights and Measures certify that fuel pumps at local gas stations are not overcharging you. We do the same at your local stores, checking registers for accuracy. Last year the county inspected nearly 20,000 items at more than 1,300 locations. Inspectors found 18 percent of the stores had overcharging errors. Retail stores averaged overcharges of $2.96.
We inspect restaurants for cleanliness and food safety. The county puts those A grades, or a lesser grade if need be, in your local restaurant windows. And we protect your agriculture from pests through traps and spraying when necessary.
Regardless of where you live in the county, we are voracious keepers of your records: property deeds, fictitious business filings, birth, marriage and death certificates – the paper-trail of life starts and ends at county offices. Our most-extensive mandate is to provide health and social services to the county’s economically disadvantaged residents. Despite all these responsibilities we have adopted and managed a balanced budget throughout the economic downturn.
The services we provide are part of your every day life. Make voting part of your life. And, by the way, anyone registered to vote in this county can thank the County Registrar of Voters for meticulous administration of public elections. Get out and vote because it matters. Especially when it comes to electing the right person for this job.