70% ESBC Weekly Throughbred Racing Call To Post True Crime Part 3 Meet A County Board Member -transcript.pdf
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70% ESBC Weekly Throughbred Racing Call To Post True Crime Part 3 Meet A County Board Member -transcript.pdf
I’m Josh Abner, MBA, got three (3) successful businesses and what we do here is give you information that you do not get anywhere else. And to that end this Thursday, we’re going to deviate from what we were discussing last week – Horse Racing – True Crimes & George Navarro. We have a special guest with us. As many of you may not know, California, if it were on it own, would be the fifth largest economy in the world. And one of the largest counties, in California is San Diego County. The City of San Diego, which is South of Orange County, is a top-15 city in the United States. Tonight, we have a gentlemen who is, I hate using the word “politician” but he’s kinda outside of that kind of stereotype. He is a very accomplished gentlemen so stay with us and learn.
70% ESBC Weekly Throughbred Racing Call To Post True Crime Part 3 Meet A County Board Member -transcript.pdf
Every Thursday I share this podcast with my good friend, Coach Mike Prestonise. Now, Coach Mike is going to introduce us to tonight’s guest.
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Thank you. Josh. Ladies and gentlemen who are watching and listening, I would like to introduce to you a very special friend and a good man I have known for many years — County Supervisor Jim Desmond. Jim, welcome – I don’t know if a lot of people know this, but you have accomplished a lot of careers in your young life. Maybe you can take just a minute and talk about from an airline pilot to entrepreneur, to the mayor of San Marcos to now our County Supervisor. Catch us up on what’s going on with Jim Desmond these last few years.
Well, it’s been a roller coaster ride here for the last year. That’s for sure. Thanks, Mike. I’m happy to be here. You are right. There was the United States Navy that brought me here to the San Diego region many years ago. I met my beautiful wife here and we raised our family in San Marcos. And I was, as you mentioned, an airline pilot for 33 years with a major carrier, and I got to fly all over the world and it was a great, beautiful career. I started a tech company in the nineties. Eventually I got involved in local economic development, the chamber of commerce – kind of went up the ranks, ran through City Council, was elected Mayor of San Diego & spent 12 years at the city of San Marcos. Then I decided to take what I learned in San Marcos and take that knowledge & experience to the County in the hopes of trying to make the County a better place.
And, I did recently retire from the airlines – I got a COVID exit. I retired a little bit early because of the reduction in the amount of flying and things like that. Right before I started for the airlines, I actually went to San Diego State and got a degree in electrical engineering. And, because I like to keep busy, I retired from the airlines then got elected as County Supervisor – and this new job definitely keeps me busy.
Yes sir, yes sir. three (3) bags full. So, I want to piggy back on one thing you said. You talked about this COVID-19 and you have to take an early retirement while you were still a very active pilot. You are still fully, capable of doing all the required duties of a pilot. They just said, “Hey, Jim, we’re going to cut back and blah, blah, blah and here’s this opportunity – you wanna call it a quits”? And you said, “yes”. And that was after what? 34, 35 years?
As a pilot for years in the air, even when I was mayor — being mayor is not really a full-time job. Most people don’t realize that, but the City Manager actually runs the day-to-day activities of a smaller town – except for the larger cities. So, it’s more of a part time position – I was still flying while I had the job as Mayor of San Marcos. And then I came over here to the County, at a reduced amount of flying time – which was usually only two weekends a month. So, you know, I had it really bad – I’ve had to go to Maui on Saturday, come back – somebody has to do it. But yeah, with COVID, it was actually kind of bittersweet – leaving early, but there was going to be a lot of pilot lay offs.
And so there was about 2000 of us that worked for Delta airlines, 2000 of us that took that kind of an early out, a handshake then out the door. So, potentially that they didn’t have to lay off as many pilots. And I got out early so other people have kept their jobs.
Well, so as far as the COVID-19 right, you know, you are an entrepreneur, you’ve been in the private sector.
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So I know that there’s always a little bit of a clash between you just having that business experience versus people who are lifers in government. How has that been now that we’re in a pandemic situation? I’ve been an entrepreneur, you know, for 20 years – I had a restaurant for $6,000 in rural Florida and they said everybody was racist – imagine – me as a dark Cuban – a racist? I sold it for $800,000 six (6) years later.
And I say that because, being an entrepreneur equals anxiety. So you’ve had experience as a pilot, not every flight was perfect. So now you’re in a pandemic situation, you have all of this experience, right?
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As an entrepreneur, and now you’re dealing with career politicians in government. How has that been? How have you mitigated the situation and give us an overview.
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Yeah, well, you know, one of the things that I learned was that I signed the front of the check, not always the back of the check. There’s a lot of anxiety in business – is this client going to pay me? Cause I got to make payroll – OR are you getting this money? Is it coming in? You know, things don’t always work out well. And even in the airline business, what I did as a pilot, as the captain of a flight, I managed risk. And that’s the same thing in business or politics – you manage your risk. I mean, just getting into an airplane is taking a risk. But you have to manage that risk. And what I always say is that I came from the private sector.
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I’m not a career politician. I didn’t do it that way. The way I just tried to do things was by common sense – just do what’s right. That’s my way – it’s kind of my philosophy with politics. But it’s all about managing risks and what I do see is that some of my colleagues never really had a job in the private sector. And most of the people have just worked for politicians. They became one of those people and they’ve got a different perspective on things. That isn’t anything bad about them, but it’s a different perspective. And I try to bring that as well. I tried to speak to the common man. I try to be, “OK, how can we make this work? Here’s the cards that have been dealt. How do we make the best of it? I tried with common sense, especially with COVID here to make a balance between – OK, we got all the health information. We know who is most vulnerable. We know what the precautions are – what we have to do to follow them, but there’s also an economic side. So it’s not just the health side. We’ve also got to keep the economy going so we can have the money to provide to individuals who have a need or have new needs now because of the virus. So we have to balance that out. And I took more of a practical approach to business than the closures to saying, you know, we can not, allow a lot of these businesses to operate – safely. They did not have that opportunity – that wasn’t fair – businesses were being discriminated against because of their sectors and they should not.
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And they should have had the same opportunities as other businesses to operate safely. And many of them, 99.9% are willing to do that. But they just weren’t given the opportunity and they were penalized without data or facts. You know, what the governor had set up with his color-coded tier system was really – I think, detrimental. And our numbers now, you know, where we were sitting in mid-February, our numbers over all the State, even though we were one of the tightest ones locked down – our numbers are just as bad, if not worse than some other States that did allow their businesses – their economies too – at least stay alive. So to me, you know, these lockdowns didn’t work; we should have taken a more a common sense approach of allowing businesses to open up and be safe rather than, “You gotta stay locked down”! And now we’ve got all these people who are relying on government – instead of being able to use the entrepreneurial skills that they had and the investments that they’ve made, you know, a lot of times, or family fortunes down the drain.
Right. And you mentioned common sense, right. And a pleasure for us to have you on our podcast. And I always refer to that, but common sense isn’t so common! A good definition of common sense I’ve heard recently is information that you don’t have to have a college degree. Right? And you mentioned the common man, but we can all agree on how that approach works. Are you going to take on the commission (Board) where you’re outnumbered for the first time in a long time? It’s a more liberal commission (Board) you’re in, BUT you’re the perfect guy, from what I’m hearing, to be able to sneak in a vote for the people.
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Well, I’m still gonna keep working on things and I’m still working on other issues that you need to be for. I’m glad the vaccinations are here and I know some people don’t want the vaccine. That’s fine. We’re not going to force people to take it. But I’m pushing for the vaccines and making sure we can do that. But there’s still other issues. There’s the homeless issues. There the behavioral health issues. We got issues with our jails and the courts and there’s still a lot of work that can be done. And I’m going to focus on that. With my district, I represent North County, which is Oceanside, Carlsbad, Rancho Santa Fe, Vista, & San Marcos – all the way up to Borrego. We are are business.
0 (11m 36s):
We’ve got a huge ag business in North County for about a $2 billion a year. Nurserys and plant growers and things like that. So we want to make sure that they can thrive. We still have over 2000 roads to take care of – in the unincorporated areas. We still have other issues and other things that are going too. I’m going to work on. I have to take a different perspective with a little different angle and trying to get some of those things done. So, all is not lost, but there is a whole new lens or a perspective that we’re looking through at the County. Now with the new Board there is more of a social justice / social equity lens.
0 (12m 15s):
And just about every decision we make, which in some cases is good, but you still gotta do the practical things. You still gotta keep people safe. You still gotta keep your roads and infrastructure. You still gotta do other things, like keeping the government running?
2 (12m 32s):
You know, Jim, Josh talked about owning a restaurant and I know the restaurant business is San Diego County. I mean, it was flourishing and that’s why people come here from all over the world, not just for the beaches, but the restaurants that are here – the tourism. What are we doing? What are you doing to try and get the restaurants back open?
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Well, I have been still advocating that we should allow these businesses to open up. It’s just, unfortunately, the governor won’t allow that to happen. And the governor in the State rules over the County and we’ve been pushing opening up. We’ve got a lot of people out of work that are willing to do the job and do it right in the next phase. You know, right now we’re in a purple tier. Okay, so purple here is the F in this color tier. And quite frankly, there is no green color – the best we can get to is yellow. And that’s only at 50% capacity. Some of these could open in an indoor venue, like restaurants and museums and things like that. I would love to see us go to 25% indoor capacity.
0 (13m 34s):
And, with restaurants and museums, I think that’s a reasonable first step. First approach is go to 25% and then maintain. And then in three weeks, if things don’t seem to get any worse, we could go to 50%. After that, we go to 75 and then on up to 100%. But unfortunately we just haven’t been given that opportunity. And there’s been sectors that have just been devastated since day one here. I mean – the wedding industry – you still have to have a chance to open. Legoland up here in North County even opened a store. Once – at least – Sea World and the San Diego Zoo. And Petco Park – if we’re able to open. So I’m going to keep pushing that. We try to get to at least 25% indoors.
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I went to Arizona a couple of times in November and December. And I saw how they have operated. They have allowed their restaurants to be open and they were safe. Actually more people there & I saw that they were taking safety precautions. Arizona treated their people like adults – California treated us like children. And therefore we act like children. And in some cases we were, we weren’t as respected, you know, with the masks and things like that. And so they – Arizona – took it a little further. As far as the safety precautions in Arizona, they allowed their businesses to be open. So I’m going to continue to push to make sure we get to that next 25%. What’s ridiculous about that?
0 (14m 55s):
You know, the next tier from purple is red. So if we get to red – to get there, we have to have less than seven (7) people out of every 100,000 testing positive in San Diego County. Right now we’re at about 30 to 40 people testing positive out of 100,000. And, when you think of that it is actually a fairly small number. The Rose Bowl – they have the rows of seats for football games. It’s capacity is about 90,000 or just over 90,000 people. So if you fill that with people, you could have only six (6) people out of that stadium – full stadium – testing positive.
0 (15m 40s):
That’s what we have to get to – a 25% indoor capacity. And then get to the next tier, which is orange. I think you could have take a lesson from there and then to yellow – whatever the lessons from one are, something like that. It’s just ridiculous – the way we’re set up here – we are set up for failure for our economy. The way that this color system is set up.
2 (16m 3s):
Are you getting allies to help you? I hear you passion. I can hear your compassion – are you getting people to jump on board? Jim, you know that makes perfect sense. Common sense. Is that happening?
0 (16m 17s):
You know there’s one other colleague that is on board, but three (3) of my colleagues right now are pretty much in lock step with the governor and they don’t want to do anything against the governor. I’ve even made motions that we should only enforce the health and safety precautions. If the state wants to close businesses, let the State come in and close them. Ah, but we should not be doing those closures with enforcement. And unfortunately, I didn’t get a second on that motion, I just couldn’t get the rest of the board to get on to be a part of that. And that action did not move forward.
0 (16m 57s):
So unfortunately, even after this last election, we still have people that just wanna follow the governor’s orders to the letter. And, quite frankly, it’s devastating. Our economy – it’s particularly tough – you know, you mentioned the tourism sector and the restaurants, and most of the people that this is hurting are the poor people. Everybody else wants to – is – supporting this shut down. They are trying to protect – the service industry – the hotel workers. It’s not the people that would work, you know, worked in the restaurants. You know, they weren’t always the highest paid. So, unfortunately this sector of our economy has just been devastated.
We’ve had people crying or calling into the meeting’s crying because you have to be responsible. They want
to pay their rent. They want to pay their bills. They want the opportunity to go out and make money to do it. They don’t want to be free loaders on the system and then you have the opportunity. So it’s unfortunate and that’s where we are today. We still are. And this governor is dragging us. You know, we’re just leaving a trail of broken businesses and entrepreneurs who can’t fulfill their dreams. Right.
2 (18m 13s):
But here’s the date for this question from a citizen to a politician. Okay. Listen carefully. So what can we do? Is there something we can do as citizens? I know I’m making phone calls, I’m dropping emails. I’m trying to meet with people. What can we do to say, “Hey people, you know, we’re dying here. We need to get back to work”. We need to get into just what you said. The American people are workers. They want to work. They want to be productive. How can we support you in that?
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Oh, you gotta keep making noise. We got to keep knocking on that door. You know, there’s people attending some of these rallies and building up the pressure – and the governor has moved due to pressure. You know, you remember the very beginning, we’re going to close down on all the beaches everywhere I can go. And then there is another instance. He was gonna close all of the guns, but he backed off there. And then he did move a couple of business sectors into the purple tier that used to be in red. And that was the barber shops, nail salons, hair salons and things like that.
0 (19m 22s):
You moved those into the purple. So, now there’s a lot of noise and I don’t wanna call it noise because of one – to be more respectful of that – OR – activity – OR – getting kid’s back on the playgrounds. Yeah, if you can write it on there and get out in the line of these high schools. Somebody sent me a list of 25 teams that work from San Diego County, we are competing in Yuma, Arizona over the weekend. So you got all of these people driving down to Yuma and paying 600 bucks a night in the Motel 6 – in Yuma. They were getting lots of guns, lots of money for their hotel rooms in Yuma, Arizona.
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So he got people to write to me, but we come out of State instead of being able to do it to here. You know, you’re in States safe to have a comment on that. You have two (2) questions that always bothered me for over a decade, but you gotta love this study and I’ll send it to you. Compare California high school football and 10 States in the South. And they – the South 10 States – have a lower transmission rate than the kids that stay at home. So it’s actually beneficial for you to go out and play high school football than for the kids to stay at home. But two things that have bothered me actually for decades, right? Because I was San Diego and
Gary Templeton and Ozzie Smith was in the news. Gary Templeton was a shortstop for the Padres and out of the last 10 mayors in the City of San Diego, five (5) of them are convicted felons, right? And poor missile. Donald ended up homeless in Vegas, walking the street with severe mental health. So those are the two (2) questions I had and I love the people that get into public service like you – that have their own money. You give me the impression that nobody can buy Jim Desmond but those guys do come up to you. And I have friends who are public or elected officials high up there. And they would tell me the story of the guys who come up to someone like you. How do you handle those guys?
1 (21m 29s):
And how do you see the people around you handling those guys? That’s almost like a quid pro quo for all kinds of different things to come at you in a second. Something I think you can find consensus on the board is idea’s on how to deal with a homeless issue and really not with the pandemic. My wife’s a psychotherapist and she worked for the community services foundation in San Diego for many years. So she’s very familiar with the mental health problems and teenager – and she was like, “You know what? You have PTSD, right? You have PTSD of a home invasion”. And I was able to take care of a home invasion in the South of Florida in a way that people are telling me I could not take care of now here in California, but that’s a different issue.
1 (22m 14s):
And she was like, the pandemic has given you trauma. It’s not normal. So there’s a lot. And I had a really good conversation with the guy who worked out really good in San Diego as well as rehabilitating inmates to getting them back into society. And he was saying that 80% of inmates are in there because of unresolved trauma. So what are your thoughts on both of those things, handling those guys, the quid pro quo, vocal political corruption, guides, etc. The economist, do you have to study 115 countries? Which ones we’re corrupt? We’re not the songs that a hundred, 115 countries were corrupt.
1 (22m 56s):
So how do you handle it from your standpoint? What is your philosophy on that and the homeless issue and mental health in San Diego County?
0 (23m 4s):
That’s a lot Josh – I’ll tell you.
1 (23m 8s):
It’s a good answer – compartmentalize things. Okay, I’m on the quid pro quo stuff. You know, I have people that donate to my campaign and sometimes they get upset with me. Cause if I don’t always, vote but you know, I just tell anybody who donates to my campaign – I tell them you have my ear…
but so does everybody else, right? I don’t take bribes – I don’t do any of that kind of stuff. And you’re right. I’m fine with who I am.
0 (23m 49s):
I don’t have to have this job. I don’t have to have it. I don’t need it quite right. Yes. And I have to remind you that some days I come from a position of – do the right thing – and then I go home and I sleep well. So I’m going to do what’s right. Even if it doesn’t make everybody happy. I’ve already learned that I can’t make everybody happy. And so I know this – politics – isn’t my life – it’s just something that I kind of happened into – primarily when people ask me, how I got to where I am. I said, “I started volunteering. You know, I started volunteering at my kids’ school”.
0 (24m 29s):
I started volunteering here with my kids, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc. And what I learned is that the more you volunteer the more responsibility people will give you. And so that’s kind of how I got in here. So I don’t need this job. I don’t need other people’s money. I’m so happy with where I am – very refreshing to hear you don’t have any health issues. You know what – that is a huge issue here in San Diego County. It’s in the whole state, we’ve got this mental health issue. And I was on the phone actually with some people today that were very upset about the number of deaths we have in our San Diego County jails. And, and we do have more than I would like to see.
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We have a lot of it, but what’s happened is our jails have become the provider of mental health issue of mental health treatment defacto. You know a space where most of the people that have mental health issues end up and that’s where they’re getting their treatment. We don’t have – when I grew up – in many moons ago, there used to be mental hospitals or places where they can offer that care or treatment. And they, unfortunately, came in and out of places and became a sort of a dumping ground for issues and were not well-maintained and people weren’t treated properly. But we now, with the state of California, are letting out more and more inmates and more and more people that, you know, that didn’t have violent crimes.
0 (26m 0s):
You know, a lot of them drug-related and things like that when they are letting them out of jails, but they’re letting them out on to the outdoor streets. And they are without any resources, without any housing, and without any ways to cope and deal with life. So they end up being homeless on our streets. And, then, a lot of them have mental illness and they deal with that with drugs and alcohol. And so its kind of a vicious cycle that we’re in here. We don’t have the housing to put them and we have shelters, but we don’t have affordable housing, but most of them couldn’t even afford affordable housing. So we have shelters. They’ll be in that intermediate step or phase of housing to put them in right, to get them the help that they need.
0 (26m 46s):
And so, what we have in place here in this state is that there was no real incentive for the unfortunate people that are in who have mental health issues that are out on our streets. They don’t have to, if they don’t want help, but they can refuse it. And there’s nothing we can do about it. I think there needs to be some sort of a threshold of mental incapacity that we should be able to take people and say, you know, either you go to jail or you go to get help here or are you getting some programs at the County? We got lots of money for programs, but we don’t have money for housing or to place some of these people in housing. And like I said, if they don’t want to be there, they can just walk.
0 (27m 29s):
Right. So nobody wants a facility that helps or deals with these people next to them, even if you want a percent. Yeah. So nobody wants that. And so there was an effort to maybe buy older motels or hotels that kind of got into a funk but nobody wants those. And you know, that type of atmosphere there, in their neighborhoods, we’re seeing a lot more drug overdose out here. Due to COVID, a lot more people are dealing and using drugs and alcohol to cope with the stress and anxiety. We’ve got about four times the rate of drug overdose than we had pre-COVID.
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So, here in North County, I’ve been able to do quite a bit with mental health issues. When I was first elected, Tri-City hospital up here had to go down in the number of psychiatric beds in our crisis stabilization unit, which was a 24-hour operation – it’s a different form of health. But, as opposed to people who are going to an emergency room, they go to a crisis stabilization unit where they can get their meds, you know, stabilized and things like that. You could get a shower or maybe it’s housing or things like that. They had closed down primarily because they had to suspend it primarily because of the building and permitting type issues.
0 (28m 54s):
So they closed that down. I got the County to give them (we got) 17 million bucks for them to build new psychiatric facility. We also have crisis stabilization units opened up at Vista and in Oceanside and also in Escondido. And so they’re crisis houses or crisis stabilization units.
1 (29m 20s):
Yeah, cause my wife worked at one of those. So, thank you based on your work. So, I appreciate you very much. You called that a crisis unit, especially the ones that decide, you know, to go for help.
0 (29m 30s):
Families can take their – I’ve gotten many calls from families that tell me they have a son that needs help. I got somebody that is strung out on drugs or they’re having an episode. Where we can take in to the ER once the rooms available; they’re more for your bleeding really bad or got, you know, other problems. This is where the ER (emergency rooms) – they don’t have mental health capabilities on hand all the time. So the crisis stabilization units or our community places, or places where families can take somebody in trying to get them back on a healthy path. And if they need to go to a psychiatric hospital, they can finally do that. But if even for family members that is like I said, I would have gotten calls and families that I knew that had somebody that they just couldn’t handle anymore.
0 (30m 19s):
What would it? And so these are the places that, where that is as opposed to them being homeless, you know, going out in the streets so that we’ve done some good work here in North County. As a matter of fact, we can go in North County rather than in other sectors or parts of the County – addressing some of these mental health issues. But it’s a cycle that we’re stuck in right now because of housing in the state, providing the resources or the programs for the people. Once they let them out of jail and then they are in our streets – they can just refuse help. Help is not mandatory.
1 (30m 52s):
I’m not as healthy. And we’ll put it in the episode notes and with a microphone and eating. And I / we’ll do a write-up giving you a lot of background and context to a lot of what a board member Mr. Desmond has talked about with getting a lot of insights. And we have a lot of politicians up to the congressmen who listen to the podcasts. So, this is educational for everybody around the country and especially here in Southern California and our huge audience in San Diego. And we appreciate your time. This has been great, learned a lot, and we appreciate your time because we know you’re busy. I’ll close.
1 (31m 34s):
What’s the next thing you’re going to put on the agenda for the board of supervisors?
0 (31m 42s):
We have several – one – this isn’t as sexy like all of the other ones. This one – is a way for clearing or a long evacuation routes in the unincorporated area for the fires. They are still a huge threat in San Diego County on the streets, roads, infrastructure, etc. I’m that kind of guy. And so we’re going to be putting forward the effort for the Money you know, to make sure that we have the clearing along either side of roads. It’s not as sexy as when we just push for that, but it is one of those things that are on board. One of the other things that’s coming up – is that I partnered with a summer staff and Mo it’s mostly her, but we, we helped her, whether its a little bit in San Marcos – a family justice center where basically this is a place where battered women or women have been abused can go.
0 (32m 39s):
Kit is thrown out of the house. What are they? You know, this is going to be a kind of a one-stop shop for them to get restricted for them to get housing or for them to get clothes and healthcare and things like that in San Marcos. So that’s what we’re here for. OK, but I guess the clearing along in the evacuation routes isn’t as sexy some of the other things – but, that’s one of the next things…
2 (33m 4s):
Let me jump in on this, Jim, because you know Zell from California Tree Service, we talked about that just recently about the whole clearing thing. And I said to him, “Have you talked to Jim Desmond”? So I said, well, it’s funny, you mentioned that, cause we are going to be talking on the air and you brought it up. And I know that you had talked with him and the boys about that kind of thing. What, could private businesses do to help facilitate that?
0 (33m 31s):
Yeah. If we met on a mandate, this is clearing on certain types of roads that we know are on the evacuation routes. The fire department knows if the winds are blowing, Santa Ana, where they’re blowing hardest – what canyons are there going to be affected areas and things like that. And then we are going to make sure that we did have the clear enough clearing on either side of the roads. So that for evacuations people are, you know, it’s the evacuations going to be handled safer if there is a threat. So hopefully those contracts, some of those, the CALfire will do themselves, but some of them also would be contracts. And hopefully going out to the residents and businesses that are, you know, to that do those, that type of work and Zell and other people that are in those business areas that are put to go forward with that.
0 (34m 17s):
So, but I wanna thank you very much. I invite people to you. If you have questions on anything with COVID or even things that aren’t in my District, we can get you to the right person, too, you know, to hopefully either help to resolve your issue or if we can help you understand what we can do. But one of the things I pride myself in it is people call our office. We get back to them and with an 18,000 workforce – San Diego County 18,000 employees – one of them should be able to solve your problem. We’ll get to you.
1 (34m 50s):
You have to go in to the middle of the street and San Diego and everywhere. What an asset they have in Jim Desmond. To do things right there. He gets ahead of the problem is reacting to the problem out there and that’s when things happen. Right. And, you know, he follows up with you, Oh my God. And, you need that in government where you have people positively reacting. And what we’ll do is we’ll make sure that the episode notes and on the website and everywhere, and we’ll make sure that you have the contact information for Jim Desmond.
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Put my County e-mail up there – and our telephone number. And, and I’ve got a great staff – we have nine (9) people, but we’re very responsive to calls and emails. And, you know, sometimes we can’t always help you, but at least you will be helped. That is so awesome.
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Churchill. Yeah. I was just gonna say, Jim, first of all, thank you for what I call speaking in the Kings English. I mean, you’re a guy – a blue collar guy. I’m a blue collar guy from Flint, Michigan. I talk to politicians and a lot of times it was like, what did he just say? Did he say yes or no? Jim, every time I’ve talked to you, I’ve always gotten yes or no, up or down, left or right. So, thank you for being straight up and Number two, thanks for taking this time to share with us, with the listeners and viewers, because a lot of people need to know that you are a resource. You are an asset, you are the kind of the guy that says, Hey, here’s a parade, lets jump in front of it. Okay. Let’s not get behind the horses. That’s not a place to be. So I say, thank you and we’re going to do this again.
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