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Video published June 4, 2010 | Download MP4 | View transcript

Above: They control a $5 billion budget and make decisions about your safety and your health. They are the County Board of Supervisors.

Role Of County Gov't

  • How Does County Government Work?

    June 2
    These Days

    What's the role of county government? And why do supervisors reside on the board for so long? We'll look at San Diego's County Board of Supervisors as part of our Envision series "Who's Supervising San Diego."

  • Study Examines Opportunities For Improving Region's Fire Service

    May 25
    These Days
    Study Examines Opportunities For Improving Region's Fire Service

    How prepared do you think San Diego is for the next wildfire? Would you pay more in taxes for better fire protection? Or is there another way to pay for increased fire protection? We discuss the challenges faced by San Diego's regional fire services and some of the recommendations for improvement.

  • SD County Plans Cuts Despite $1 Billion Reserve

    May 18
    Economy

    San Diego County is proposing to eliminate 600 jobs and cut programs in social services despite having $1 billion in reserves. Almost half the reserves can be spent at the discretion of the Board of Supervisors.

  • Front Line Staff At County TB Clinic To Be Replaced With Less Experienced Workers

    May 13
    Health

    Four bilingual front office staff are being transferred out of the county's tuberculosis clinic. County officials say they'll be replaced and the public won't notice the difference, but the displaced workers disagree.

  • San Diego County Finds More Welfare Fraud

    May 13

    A state auditor’s report shows San Diego County uncovers more public assistance fraud then other large California counties, but the county also investigates a disproportionately high number of welfare and food stamp applicants.

  • San Diego County Unveils Proposed Budget Cuts

    May 11
    Economy
    San Diego County Unveils Proposed Budget Cuts

    San Diego County Supervisors heard budget proposals today that reduce the county workforce by almost 600 positions and cut services across the board.

  • SD County Investigates Welfare Fraud

    May 10
    Economy

    San Diego County spent more money investigating public assistance fraud last year then it uncovered in fraud. But the District Attorney’s office says the county saves far more over the long term.

  • San Diego County Supervisors Compared: Politics, Discretionary Funds, Salaries

    May 28
    San Diego County Supervisors Compared: Politics, Discretionary Funds, Salaries

    How does San Diego County's Board of Supervisors compare to the state's 57 other boards? What we thought would be a simple demographic survey turned out not to be so simple.

  • What Is Role Of County Supervisors?

    May 28
    What Is Role Of County Supervisors?

    What role do the San Diego County Supervisors play in our region? We speak to KPBS News Reporter Joanne Faryon about her upcoming Envision documentary that analyzes the priorities of the County Board.

  • Should County Supervisors Have Term Limits?

    May 18
    These Days

    Should San Diego County supervisors be limited to two four-years terms in office? We discuss the arguments for and against Proposition B, which would impose term limits on the supervisors.

  • What Are County Board's Spending Priorities?

    May 14
    Economy

    The County Board of Supervisors unveiled its budget plan for the upcoming year, and it calls for $145 million in cuts and the elimination of nearly 600 positions. We speak to KPBS reporter Joanne Faryon about why the budget is being reduced, and what programs are on the chopping block.

  • Prop B: Do San Diego Supervisors Need Term Limits?

    May 12

    San Diego voters will decide next month whether it’s time to impose term limits on the top elected officials at the County. San Diego’s five county supervisors earn more than state legislators. Unlike state legislators, they are not limited to two or three terms in office.

  • District Map: San Diego County Board of Supervisors

    May 12
    District Map: San Diego County Board of Supervisors

    We begin our coverage of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors with an interactive map illustrating the five county districts along with some basic information about the corresponding supervisors.

  • County Board Of Supervisors Policy Favors 14th Amendment Rewrite

    May 10
    Border

    Arizona's new immigration law has returned immigration to the front-burner. A review of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors policy shows its official position supports amending the U.S. Constitution to deny citizenship to children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants. At least one supervisor said that's news to him.

  • Horn And Challengers Spar Over 5th District

    May 6
    These Days
    Horn And Challengers Spar Over 5th District

    The five qualified candidates for the District Five seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors are in the KPBS studio to discuss issues before the June primary, including budget shortfalls, growth, immigration, and county services.

  • State Panel Investigating San Diego County Supervisor

    May 4

    California’s Fair Political Practices Commission is investigating San Diego County Supervisor Pam Slater Price for her failure to report free tickets she received from the Opera. Slater Price has earmarked $3 million to the Opera from her discretionary funds of public money.

  • Candidates Discuss Top Issues In Race For County's Fourth District

    May 3
    These Days
    Candidates Discuss Top Issues In Race For County's Fourth District

    What will decide the race for the Fourth District seat on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors? We discuss a variety of issues with the candidates running for supervisor in that district.