Jen Campbell: Largest SDPD Class, Clean Power and New Trees

by on December 4, 2019 · 0 comments

in Ocean Beach

Hello Neighbors!

As we look forward to the holidays (with the gift of rain), there’s clearly a lot to celebrate here in San Diego. I’m proud of the progress that we’ve made so far.

The Biggest SDPD Recruiting Class in 25 Years – Addressing our police force’s recruitment and retention issues have been a high priority for me since coming into office. One big step towards increasing the size of the police department was in the budget we passed, which increased pay, funded a better marketing campaign to recruit officers from other departments and bonuses for those who join. That work is paying off, with more officers on the streets and the largest recruiting class SDPD has seen in 25 years. While there are more spots to fill, more officers means more community policing, safer neighborhoods and increased quality of life.

Clean Power Coming to San Diego – As an alternate to the board of San Diego’s new community choice energy program, I’m seeing firsthand how quickly our region is moving towards a clean energy future. The member cities are well on their way to finalizing the details for this new organization that will keep us on track to reach our climate action plan goals. The new organization even has a name now: San Diego Community Power. While there’s a lot of work to do, our region’s clean energy future is looking bright.

New Trees in Kate Sessions Park – Earlier this month my office, along with SDG&E and city staff, celebrated Kate Sessions’ birthday with a party in Pacific Beach. Planting trees seemed like the perfect way to honor the “Mother of Balboa Park”, who did so much to turn San Diego into the horticultural treasure it is now. We were also joined by students at Kate Sessions Elementary School, who helped plant the trees and received saplings to plant at home too. It’s fun to think that the next Kate Sessions may have found their passion for plants at our event.

Finally, I’m thankful for each and everyone one of you. This last year representing District 2 has been one of the most rewarding 12 months of my life. I appreciate your support, invite your critiques and hope that we can all continue to work together to make our beach and bay communities even better. With that, have a happy and healthy holiday, enjoy your time with friends and family and remember to shop small to support our local businesses.

Dr. Jen Campbell

(Editordude: The above was edited slightly from the original to reflect the progress of the holidays. )

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