By Dianne Jacob | Dianne’s Corner
Don’t pull the plug: SDG&E recently claimed it was stepping up its efforts to improve fire safety in our region, but if the monopoly was truly serious it would abandon its dangerous shut-off plan.
Backcountry residents last year pounded the utility with complaints when their power was cut, leaving them and public safety personnel vulnerable during a disaster.
While I welcome measures to improve fire protection, the fact remains that SDG&E should be doing far more to keep the region out of harm’s way. Some of our deadliest firestorms have been sparked by SDG&E equipment, yet the company has failed to fully harden its infrastructure.
Helping hand: Your county government continues to expand initiatives aimed at helping those with critical needs.
The Board of Supervisors recently agreed to spend an additional $19 million in state funds to assist those dealing with mental health issues and homelessness.
The money will help those at risk of becoming involved in the justice system. It will also be used to expand shelter and service options in the unincorporated areas of the county.
Among the East County residents and groups that have recently received county proclamations for their contributions: Natalie Romano of Julian, for her academic excellence and volunteer work; Jacob Gertonson of Lakeside, a volunteer with Lakeside Christian Helps Center; and Poway OnStage, an arts program that works with kids.
—Dianne Jacob is San Diego County Supervisor for District 2. For more District 2 news, visit diannejacob.com or follow her on Facebook and Twitter. For assistance with a county issue, call 619-531-5522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.