Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Photo courtesy of Dianne Jacob.
Supervisor Dianne Jacob. Photo courtesy of Dianne Jacob.

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to send letters to state lawmakers “standing up to Sacramento’s assault on local control.”

Specifically, the board declared its opposition to three bills being introduced by local members of the state Assembly, including one that would influence the election process of county officials, one that would control the redistricting process for the Board of Supervisors, and another that would limit the board’s participation in the San Diego Association of Governments’ board of directors.

“When issues like this come up, the discussion should take place right here at home, not 500 miles away,” Board Chairwomen Dianne Jacob said. “Local solutions made at the local level tend to be the best solutions, which is why we need to take a strong stand today against these three pieces of legislation.”

The three bills would only impact San Diego County, yet could be voted on by the state Assembly and state Senate before being signed into law by the governor.

Supervisor Bill Horn said if the bills become laws, they would significantly disenfranchise residents of the unincorporated areas. He had a message for state legislators.

“I have news for them, the business of the County of San Diego is working well, please leave us alone,” Horn said. “Does Sacramento not have enough issues to keep them busy? If they want to help San Diego residents they should focus on changing the state government. Please fix your own house before you meddle in ours.”

Assembly Bill 805 by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher, D-San Diego, would change the makeup of the boards of directors for SANDAG, the North County Transit District and the Metropolitan Transit System.

Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, introduced AB 901, which would require a runoff in November elections, even if a candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote in the June Primary Election.

Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, introduced AB 801, which would remove the county’s redistricting process from its current panel of retired judges and hand it over to the County of San Diego Citizens Redistricting Commission.

“I have nothing but the highest regard for the three state legislators that have brought forward these pieces of legislation, but I think all three of them are truly misguided and are not in the best interest of the citizens of San Diego County,” Supervisor Greg Cox said. “The credibility of the redistricting process, a fundamental underpinning of democracy is at stake here, and we should absolutely be on record opposing this misguided bill as the overt political maneuver that it is.”

—City News Service