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Bill Horn source documents

May 26, 2010 - 10:54 am

If, after reading this week’s package on County Supervisor Bill Horn, you were interested in what exactly health inspectors found when they visited an apartment complex owned by the Republican, we offer this PDF received through a public records request:

Download SD County Department of Environmental Health Report.  Here’s the final document declaring the cockroach problem abated. Notice that these documents are all very recent.

We also reported on crime at the facility, so here’s a download link for the San Diego County Sheriff’s analysis of the property over the last ten years.

One thing we didn’t have room to publish was the County Department of Environmental Health’s inspection reports regarding a pool at one of his properties in Escondido. Here’s the scoop:

Pool Problems

UPDATE: Appropriately, the county just released a press release about these pool inspections.

A public record search turned up persistent problems since 2007 with the chemical levels in a pool at Normandy Apartments, one of Horn’s Escondido property. This a relatively minor violation. In March, however, the County Department of Environmental Health reminded horn that he was in violation of a new pool-safety law regarding anti-entrapment drain systems. Horn says that the fixes have been made and the pool will be in full compliance by the end of the month—squeaking in just before the July 1 statewide deadline.

This echoes a vote on a safety ordinance in 1996 that would’ve required gates around all new pools, kicking off a 14-year feud with local community leader Patsy Fritz who claimed Horn put his position as a landlord above his position as a supervisor.

“That issue…pertained to regulations that I felt were misguided because they infringed on a person’s private property rights,” Horn says. The Union-Tribune’s version of the story, however, says Horn claimed the rule was too onerous and he advocated better parental supervision. As for his current pool, Horn says:

“Of the files you sent me, only one, from 2007, was marked as Official Notice of Violation, and nine days later, DEH verified the issues had been resolved. The rest were from routine inspections that DEH conducts at any public or semi-public pool. DEH does a good job protecting public health. If they find a problem, they notify my managers and we resolve the problem, like everyone should.”

For those files, click here.

Of the files you sent me, only one, from 2007, was marked as Official Notice of Violation, and nine days later, DEH verified the issues had been resolved.  The rest were from routine inspections that DEH conducts at any public or semi-public pool.  DEH does a good job protecting public health.  If they find a problem, they notify my managers and we resolve the problem, like everyone should.
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