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District 3 supervisor race

  • Pam Slater-Price is not running for reelection.
  • Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts is running against Steve Danon, Chief of staff of Rep. Brian Bilbray.
  • The winner will be the first new supervisor on the board since 1995.
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SAN DIEGO — The first new member elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors since 1995 was sworn in Monday, along with two longtime members who were re-elected to the panel.

Supervisor Dave RobertsDave Roberts, a Solana Beach councilman and deputy mayor, succeeded Pam Slater-Price, who represented the region from Encinitas and Escondido to northern San Diego for nearly two decades before retiring. He became the only Democrat on the board when he took the oath of office before an overflow audience at the County Operations Center.

Roberts defeated Steve Danon, chief of staff to ex-Rep. Brian Bilbray, in a November runoff. Neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in the June primary election.

“Today, we turn the page to a new chapter in the 162-year history book of San Diego County,” Roberts said. “I’m the first new supervisor in 18 years — the first member of that next generation of leaders on our county Board of Supervisors — and I know I’m joining a great team of people, one that has turned the county around.”

He said he believes he will bring a new “activist perspective” on some issues, and a shared vision on others. He didn’t specify the issues.

Roberts listed several goals, including maintaining fiscal discipline, sustaining the environment, protecting neighborhoods from over-development and reviewing foster care and adoption policies. The new supervisor is the father of five adopted children.

Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob were both re-elected outright in June.

Cox bested Deputy City Attorney Brant Will to continue to represent the district, which includes the southern region of San Diego, the cities of Chula Vista, Coronado, Imperial Beach and National City, along with the unincorporated communities of Bonita and Point Loma.

Jacob cruised to re-election for her East County seat over Rudy Reyes, an archaeologist who was severely burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire. He also unsuccessfully challenged Jacob in 2008.

Cox and Jacob both listed public safety and fire protection as their main priorities.

“My goal in the coming years will be to make this region the best prepared we can possibly be, not just for fire but for any kind of emergency,” Jacob said.

Combined, the supervisors represent more than 3 million residents and oversee a nearly $5 billion budget.

SAN DIEGO — More than a week after the election, the race to fill the San Diego County Supervisors seat being vacated by pam Slater-Price has been decided.

Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts declared victory Thursday after his rival, Steve Danon, conceded defeat.

Danon, chief of staff to Rep. Brian Bilbray, called Roberts and released the following statement:

“As votes continue to be tallied, it is clear that the people have made their decision, and so today I have congratulated Dave Roberts for being elected the next San Diego County Supervisor.

Danon offered to help Roberts in his new role as supervisor.

“I ask all San Diego County residents to join me in supporting the incoming supervisor so that our region remains one where families can thrive, businesses can flourish, and government keeps its place as a small but transparent supporter of our quality, of life.”

SAN DIEGO — Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts appeared to defeat Steve Danon in a tight race to fill the San Diego County Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by Pam Slater-Price.

With all precincts reporting, Roberts — the deputy mayor of the North County coastal city — had 50.7 percent of the vote, compared to 49.3 for Danon, according to totals released early Wednesday.

Only about 1,900 votes separated the two, and it was not immediately known how many provisional or questioned ballots remained to be tallied.

If his lead holds, Roberts will become the first new supervisor in San Diego County since 1995.

Slater-Price, whose District 3 stretches from Encinitas to Escondido and includes some Northern San Diego areas, is retiring. The campaign to replace her focused largely on job creation and bolstering the economy.

Danon said, if elected, he would collaborate with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and business leaders to retain, recruit and create a healthier business environment to provide better paying jobs.

Roberts said he would form an office of small business development to give incentives to small businesses to help in job creation.

The two advanced to a runoff when neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in June primary election. Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard; Bryan Ziegler, deputy county counsel; and Stephen Pate, a transportation coordinator in the film industry, were knocked out of the race.

Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob beat challengers outright in their June re-election bids.

SAN DIEGO — Steve Danon held a slim lead Tuesday over Solana Beach Councilman Dave Roberts in early results in the race to fill the San Diego County Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by Pam Slater-Price.

Danon, the chief of staff of Rep. Brian Bilbray, R-Solana Beach, led by 51 percent to 49 percent after a count of vote-by-mail ballots. The winner will become the first new supervisor in San Diego County since 1995.

Slater-Price, whose District 3 stretches from Encinitas to Escondido and includes some Northern San Diego areas, is retiring. The campaign to replace her focused largely on job creation and bolstering the economy.

Danon said, if elected, he would collaborate with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and business leaders to retain, recruit and create a healthier business environment to provide better paying jobs.

Roberts said he would form an office of small business development to give incentives to small businesses to help in job creation.

The two advanced to a runoff when neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in June primary election. Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard; Bryan Ziegler, deputy county counsel; and Stephen Pate, a transportation coordinator in the film industry, were knocked out of the race.

Supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob beat challengers outright in their June re-election bids. .

Steve Danon, chief of staff to Rep. Brian Bilbray, and Dave Roberts, the deputy mayor of Solana Beach, are vying to replace Pam Slater-Price as District 3 supervisor.

SAN DIEGO — Voters filling the Board of Supervisors seat being vacated by Pam Slater-Price will choose Tuesday between Steve Danon, chief of staff to Rep. Brian Bilbray, and Dave Roberts, the deputy mayor of Solana Beach.

The race marks the first time since 1995 that a seat has opened up on the five-member board.

Slater-Price, whose District 3 stretches from Encinitas to Escondido and includes some northern San Diego areas, is retiring. The campaign to replace her focused largely on job creation and bolstering the economy.

Roberts cited experience in the government and private sectors, adding he helped create 3,200 jobs over a decade while working for a Fortune 500 company.

If elected, he would form an office of small business development, “which helps grow and incentivize small businesses to help in job creation and how to get through the red tape at the county in order to promote and create new jobs.”

The county should also focus on its tourism, culture and arts industries. Cultural visitors to San Diego County spend twice as much as other visitors, it employs the equivalent of 20,000 full-time workers and brings in $70 million annually in tax revenue, Roberts said.

The military and veterans’ communities in San Diego County were also critical, he added.

Danon, if elected, would collaborate with chambers of commerce, economic development organizations and business leaders to retain, recruit and create a healthier business environment to provide better paying jobs.

“First and foremost, we need to ensure that the jobs that have been created in San Diego stay in San Diego, so retention’s our number one priority,” Danon said.

Danon said the county’s Department of Planning and Land Use could be streamlined to expedite the permitting process because “it should not take two to seven years for businesses to get their permit to expand.”

Roberts also favored streamlining the DPLU’s business-permit process in part by getting plans approved in a more orderly fashion and reviewing open- ended fees.

Danon said if elected, he would try to end the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program, which provides $5 million in grant funds to county departments, public agencies and nonprofits each year.

The “slush fund,” if not completely eliminated through a supervisorial vote, should include a citizens review commission ”so that every group and organization that applies for taxpayer dollars is thoroughly vetted,” Danon said.

Roberts said it should stay and that the supervisors run the program through an open and transparent process.

“I want that money to stay right here. It is an economic stimulus,” Roberts said. “This money goes for things such as veterans programs, for animal shelters, for domestic abuse survivors and their children, to support the community resource center — this is a critical program.”

Danon would work to reduce the supervisorial office budget and to end taxpayer-funded supervisor pensions in favor of a 401(k)-style program.

Roberts said as deputy mayor and as a city councilman he worked to reform the pension system and reduce costs in Solana Beach.

Danon’s priorities included creating a countywide regional firefighting authority and an ethics commission. Roberts stressed environmental and quality of life initiatives.

Roberts and Danon advanced to a runoff when neither received more than 50 percent of the vote in June primary election. Del Mar Mayor Carl Hilliard; Bryan Ziegler, deputy county counsel; and Stephen Pate, a transportation coordinator in the film industry were knocked out of the race.

Incumbent supervisors Greg Cox and Dianne Jacob beat challengers outright in their June reelection bids.

Cox, whose district covers the county’s southern portion, had no trouble with Brant Will, a deputy city attorney in San Diego.

Jacob cruised to re-election for her East County seat against Rudy Reyes, an archaeologist who was severely burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire.

Combined, the supervisors represent about three million residents and oversee a nearly $5 billion budget.

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