Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Cox Pronounces County Financially Strong, Calls for Regional Unity in Face of State Budget Threats
SAN DIEGO – Chairman Greg Cox delivered the 2008 State of the County Address tonight from the newly restored Balboa Theatre and called for regional unity in the face of a state budget crisis that could lead to severe cuts in local programs.
Although the County is financially strong and has earned superior credit ratings from Wall Street, Chairman Cox said it is facing major threats from the meltdown in the national economy and from Sacramento’s ongoing budget problems.
“To paraphrase a popular slogan, what happens in Sacramento doesn’t stay in Sacramento,” Cox said. “That means cuts in state spending will have serious repercussions here in San Diego.”
Cox said he will work with San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders and mayors of the county’s other cities to develop a regional legislative agenda that protects San Diegans.
“Our goal will be to stop the divide and conquer tactics used by the state whenever funding to cities and counties is threatened,” he said.
Chairman Cox also announced new programs to guarantee high school graduations for foster children and to improve medical services for children with chronic health conditions.
On public safety, Chairman Cox said the groundbreaking will be held February 21 for the new Medical Examiner/Forensics Center in Kearny Mesa and he announced plans for a Law Enforcement Coordination Center that will bring together law enforcement and intelligence agencies under one roof.
County Television Network is scheduled to broadcast the 2008 State of the County on Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Check with your local cable provider for the CTN channel on your system. The full text of the speech is available on GregCox.com.