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September 05, 2019

A Weekly Message from the Mayor of Your Community published in the belief that it is important for elected leaders to communicate with their constituents and that constituents have a means of hearing from their elected leaders.

San Marcos • Mayor Rebecca Jones

Future San Marcos Leaders Learn How to Protect the Environment at Jack’s Pond Every school year, hundreds of students take field trips to Jack’s Pond Nature Center to learn about our local ecosystem—and the important role they play in preserving it. This year, even more students from all types of economic backgrounds will be able to participate thanks to sponsorships from Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation (Friends of San Marcos).

The nonprofit group is sponsoring field trips for field trips for all seven Title 1 schools in San Marcos, where at least 40 percent of students come from low-income homes. What’s more, the Vallecitos Water District has agreed to sponsor the cost of bus transportation, meaning all the schools can now participate with zero cost.

The field trips teach our community’s future leaders how they can help protect our City’s natural resources.

Escondido • Mayor Paul “Mac” Mcnamara Greetings Escondido,


While we have a lot going on, I want to share with you my top three priorities or what might be called - things that keep you up at night.

Housing. We don’t have enough houses (units) in the region and a million more people streaming in during the next 30 years. Finding the right balance of workforce housing, affordable housing, high end housing that attracts business and not overdeveloping and being good stewards of the environment is not trivial. 2) Traffic. Our public transportation system is inadequate and won’t be what it needs to be for generations. In the interim, building enough roads to keep the traffic moving so we are not putting excessive GHG into the air but at the same time not keeping digging the hole you are in. Remember, if you are stuck in a hole the first thing you do is stop digging. 3) Budget. Along with other cities, over the years a deficit was created that Sacramento now wants paid. It is roughly 10% of our operational budget each year for about 18 years. The cuts needed to make up the difference would put the city in a downward spiral. I will talk about these over the next few weeks. Don’t worry we still have a lot of good news stuff going on. Semper Fi, Mac, Paul P. McNamara, Mayor of Escondido

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all the hard work, like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn't want to learn about God. They finally got tired of him preaching to them and they crucified him. But he was good and kind, like his father, and he told his father that they didn't know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O.K. ' And God did not let Jesus stay in the grave, but raised him from the dead

'His dad (God) appreciated everything that he had done and all his hard work on earth so he told him he didn't have to go out on the road anymore. He could stay in heaven. So he did. And now he helps his dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones he can take care of himself without having to bother God. Like a secretary, only more important. ' 'You can pray anytime you want and they are sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of

them is on duty all the time. '

'You should always go to church on Sunday because it makes God happy, and if there 's anybody you want to make happy, it's God!

Don 't skip church to do something you think will be more fun like going to the beach. This is wrong. And besides the sun doesn't come out at the beach until noon anyway. 'If you don't believe in God, besides being an atheist, you will be very lonely, because your parents can 't go everywhere with you, like to camp, but God can. It is good to know He 's around you when you 're scared, in the dark or when you can't swim and you get thrown into real deep water by big kids. '

' shouldn't just always think of what God can do for you. I figure God put me here and he can take me back anytime he pleases. And...that 's why I believe in God.' ••••• Today, in the cutest voice, my 6-

Vista • Mayor Judy Ritter

Vista Residents Join in Annual Coastal Cleanup Efforts Join the City of Vista in the I Love a Clean San Diego's Coastal Cleanup Day on Saturday, Sept 21 from 9 AM to Noon by picking up trash along Buena Creek.

The creek runs along Sycamore Avenue and Shadowridge Drive.

Vista’s site is one of the 100+ cleanup sites countywide. Individuals, families, school groups, scout troops and many others are invited to join the cleanup day to improve the health and beauty of San Diego County’s natural environment, including in Vista!

Thank you to our many volunteers who have participated in previous cleanup efforts and we welcome new volunteers! Join us this year for another successful cleanup and be part of this international event. We hope to see you there. Register for the Vista cleanup online on San Diego County's Coastal Cleanup Day website at

Oceanside • Mayor Peter Weiss

International Overdose Awareness

The City of Oceanside and communities around the world are coming together to remember those who have died or suffered permanent injury due to drug overdose.

Observed on the 31st of August every year, International Overdose Awareness Day (IOAD) seeks to create better understanding of overdose, reduce the stigma of drug-related deaths, and create change that reduces the harms associated with drug use. According to the UN Office on Drugs and Crime’s most recent World Annual Drug Report, 585,000 people around the world died as a result of drug use in 2017.

By remembering those who have died, we stand together to say that more needs to be done to end overdose in our community. Overdose can affect anybody and the people who overdose are our sons, daughters, mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters – they are loved and they are missed.

No family should ever have to go through the pain of losing a loved one because of overdose. year-old granddaughter asked me to start recycling. I chuckled and asked, "Why?" She replied, "So you can help me save the planet." I chuckled again and asked, "And why do you want to save the planet?"

Because that's where I keep all my stuff," she said. ••••• No matter how big a hammer you use, you can't pound common sense into stupid people. ••••• Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older lady that she should bring her own grocery bags, because plastic bags are not good for the environment, The woman apologized to the young girl and explained, "We didn't have this 'green thing' back in my earlier days." The young clerk responded, "That's our problem today. Your generation did not care enough to save our

environment for future generations."

The older lady said that she was right; our generation didn't have the "green thing" in its day. The older lady went on to explain: Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over. So they really were recycled.

But we didn't have the "green thing" back in our day. Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags that we reused for numerous things. Most memorable besides household garbage bags was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our school books. This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings. Then we were able to personalize our

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