Fifth  District  Supervisor  Bill  HornNovember 7, 2013

Veterans Day
In anticipation of Veterans Day, I'd also like to offer an early, heartfelt thank you to our San Diego veterans. It was 1954, and under the leadership of President Dwight D. Eisenhower, November 11th was declared Veterans Day to ensure proper and widespread observance of American veterans of all wars.

Please take a moment this November 11th to celebrate and honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Happy 238th Birthday USMC!
The United States Marine Corps is celebrating 238 years of serving this great nation. Marines are America's rapid response force from humanitarian efforts to combat operations. Their commitment to protecting the lives of our citizens and the interests of our nation is unrelenting. I thank you, United States Marine Corps, and wish you a Happy Birthday.

Semper Fidelis to all of our Marines, their families, and their loved ones!

Kudos to Carlsbad
Congratulations to Carlsbad and Mayor Matt Hall! Google Inc. named Carlsbad the most Internet-savvy business city in California. The distinction identifies Carlsbad one of America's 50 "eCities," an award Google will give to one city in each state this year to promote the connection between technology and business growth.

The firm says it studied 13,000 cities across the nation and calculated how many small businesses had websites, used blogs, embraced social media, sold goods directly from their website, and had mobile-friendly websites.

This week, I presented Mayor Hall and the City of Carlsbad with a proclamation in honor of their Google recognition and thriving business community. View an electronic copy of the proclamation here.
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Widow's Tax
Digital Capital of CaliforniaLast month, I teamed up with Supervisor Dave Roberts to support our military spouses and veterans. With full cooperation from my colleagues, the Board of Supervisors is calling on Congress to end the "widow's tax" on military benefits.

The widow's tax unfairly penalizes members of the military who plan ahead for their surviving spouse. Survivors of military members who die on active duty, or retirees whose deaths are service-connected, receive a monthly payment administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs. However, if service members buy supplemental insurance through the Department of Defense, the law requires a dollar-for-dollar deduction in the amount of the VA payment. That can wipe out most, if not all of the additional money. The Military Surviving Spouses Equity Act, or H.R. 32, would eliminate the problem and I want to see it signed.

Read the letter from the Board of Supervisors to Congress.

Gotta Give Us Credit
I have outstanding fiscal news about the County of San Diego. The nation's top credit rating agencies, Standard & Poor's and Fitch, reaffirmed our excellent financial standing by issuing the County a Triple-A credit rating for the coming fiscal year. Moody's affirmed the County's second highest rating of Aa1 back in February. All three agencies awarded the highest possible ratings for the County's short term borrowing strength as well. The County's high credit rating will save taxpayers greatly by allowing the County to borrow at a much lower rate.

By the way, this is the thirteenth year in a row that the County has earned a Triple-A rating. Click here for more about the overall fiscal health of the County's finances.

Building Better Futures
Building Better Futures SpeechI had the privilege of delivering opening remarks at this year's Building Better Futures event in Vista. It's an opportunity for local residents to learn the latest information on gang suppression efforts in North County and hear from city and county policymakers, law enforcement, probation, school-based leaders and community-based organizations.

The North County Gang Task Force discussed current gang trends and ex-gang members shared personal stories and insight on gang culture. Law enforcement officials also talked about their efforts to protect North County residents from crime.

About Bill
Bill Horn knows San Diego, especially North San Diego County. And the people know and respect him. This was where he was born, this was where he went to school, and now his public life is dedicated to serving the County of San Diego.

Unlike many elected officials, Bill didn't want to get into politics. As a North County businessman and avocado and citrus rancher, Bill was appalled at local government's fiscal irresponsibility and refusal to defend individual property rights and protect young people.