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Our March 2019 Speaker – Supervisor Jim Desmond, District #5

JDJim Desmond was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in November of 2018. Prior to that he was elected Mayor of San Marcos in November 2006 and re-elected in 2010 and in 2014.  For two years prior to mayor, Desmond served as a San Marcos City Council member.

In addition to mayoral duties, Mayor Desmond is the City’s primary representative on the board of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) and is the chair of the SANDAG Regional Transportation Committee.  Mayor Desmond also serves as chair of the San Marcos Fire Protection District. Since 2007, he represents the North County Inland Cities (San Marcos, Vista, Escondido, and Poway) as a board Member of the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.

Desmond’s city service started in 2000 as president of the board of San Marcos Economic Development Corporation (SMEDC) until 2002. From 2002 to 2004, Desmond served as an alternate on the city planning commission.

Mayor Desmond is a US Navy Veteran. He earned a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering from San Diego State University.  He completed the Leadership North County program at California State University San Marcos.  In the 1990s he founded, managed and sold Technical Standards, Inc. a technical writing and document company. Desmond served as a San Marcos Chamber of Commerce board member.

A resident of San Marcos since 1992, Desmond was active in the community serving as the first parent teacher president of Twin Oaks Elementary School. Desmond remains involved and is a member of the San Marcos Kiwanis Club and serves as a board member of the San Diego and Imperial County Boy Scouts of America.

Since 1986, Mayor Desmond is currently employed as a captain for Delta Air Lines flying Boeing 757s and 767s domestic and internationally.

Mayor Jim Desmond and his wife Kerri of 32 years reside in San Marcos.  They have two grown children.

Our February 2019 Speaker – Carl DeMaio – ‘Reform California’

Carl DeMaio – ‘Reform California’

optnsteinfeedsdropboxphotoinROCHE-2395-DeMaio_sNtgY3e.jpg.optimizedFormed in 2003 by former San Diego City Councilmember Carl DeMaio, Reform California is dedicated to holding state and local government accountable and fighting costly and unfair taxes, mandates, and fees because working families cannot afford a higher cost of living — and state and local politicians already have enough of our money.

Our January 2019 Speaker – Mayor Paul McNamara, City of Escondido

sd-1539293627-8b7nlb17sr-snap-imageMayor Paul McNamara, City of Escondido

Mac has lived in Escondido with his family for over 20 years.  He is the Executive Director of the MCRD Museum Foundation, providing programs for veterans, active duty and at-risk youth. Previously, he served as GM and owner of a for profit corporation specializing in Technical and Engineering services.  Prior to his industry career, Mac transitioned as a USMC Colonel after 27+ years. During his Marine Corps service, Mac served world-wide, to include diplomatic duty in Mexico City, Mexico. He was the Chief of Staff for I MEF leading the staff in the planning and execution of immediate post 9/11 Marine Corps operational activities in Afghanistan, Iraq and other parts of the world. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal. Mac is a member of numerous community organizations, including the Escondido Rotary Club, Escondido Charitable Foundation, and the VFW among others. He served 8 years as an elected trustee of the Palomar Community College Governing Board.

Our November 2018 Speaker – John Franklin

JBF2013HeadshotVista Councilman John Franklin – Owner, Pacific Political, Inc.

What went wrong and what went right us a question we will address at the next TERC meeting Monday, November 19, 2018. John Franklin, a leading election consultant with both National and local experience, will be our speaker. His insight about the election will be extremely interesting.

Our October 2018 Speaker – Marie Waldron

Assemblywoman Marie Waldron – 75th Assembly District

MarieWaldronMarie Waldron is a small business owner, mom and experienced elected official. She has served in the California State Assembly since 2012 and is Minority Floor Leader and the Leadership team for the Republican Caucus. She serves on Assembly Health, Governmental Organization and Rules committees. Marie is also Vice Chair of the Local Government committee. Through her work of advocating for patient care and access, she was honored by both the CA Life Sciences Association and the CA Chronic Care Coalition as Legislator of the Year for 2015. Prior to her election to the Assembly, Waldron served for 14 years on the Escondido City Council and multiple boards and agencies. Waldron also served as Escondido’s Deputy Mayor, on the Board of Directors and the Budget subcommittee for the North County Transit District, the city’s representative to the League of California Cities, the Regional Solid Waste Association Board, and Escondido’s Investment, public works and public safety subcommittees. Her commitment to her city was recognized by the Escondido Rotary Club when she was presented their Outstanding Community Service Award.

Marie and her husband, Steve, have owned and operated Top End Tees Screen-printing and Apparel in Escondido for over 20 years. Waldron has also been a member of the Escondido Chamber of Commerce and the Downtown Business Association and many other groups. She served 4 years as Honorary Chairman of the California Business Advisory Council which advocated on behalf of California’s small businesses to Congress.

Active in the San Diego region, Waldron was a founding member of the San Diego chapter of CWLA (California Women’s Leadership Association), and is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary.

The Waldron’s have a 16-year old son and Steve is the founder of the successful “Cruisin’ Grand” hotrod event held in downtown Escondido since 1999. Marie has a B.S. degree from St. John’s University and has done graduate work at UCSD and SDSU.

Our August 2018 Speaker is: Jeff Isaac – ‘Lawyer in Blue Jeans’

Jeff Isaac – ‘Lawyer in Blue Jeans’

JeffFountainA common sense, down-to-earth approach to law is difficult to find.  Jeff Isaac, ‘The Lawyer in Blue Jeans’, has been on television and radio for the last 20 years and currently can be heard on TALK RADIO STATION AM760 from 9:00 to 10:00 AM on Sunday mornings. For our meeting, Isaac’s topic will be:

‘How to keep the government OUT of our lives’. 

Isaac has taken Estate Planning to a level of comfort. He is the senior lawyer at the Lawyer in Blue Jeans Group, one of the top Estate Planning law firms in San Diego. Customized Estate Plans, Trust Administration, and Probate are what his firm focuses on. They provide quality protection from Probate court while treating their clients with the respect that they deserve.

Our July Speaker is Brian Jones


 BrianJonesBrian Jones – Candidate for California State Senate District 38

Brian Jones originally moved to California in 1978,  and attended Santee Elementary, Cajon Park Jr. High, and Santana High School. He graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Business Administration in 1991. Prior to entering politics, he served as Commissioner of the Mobile Home Fair Practices Commission, President of the Kiwanis Key Club, and Secretary of San Diego 4 Wheelers, and a member of the Santee Parks and Recreation Committee.

Political career:

Santee City Council

Jones was elected to the Santee City Council in November 2002. While on the City Council, he served as a representative on the Mission Trails Regional Park Task Force, Heartland Fire Training Authority Commission, the Santee Elementary School District Conference Committee, the Santee Library Committee, the Goodan Ranch Policy Committee, and as an alternate representative on the Metropolitan Transit Services Board. In addition, he also served on the board of directors for the East County Boys & Girls Club.

As a member of the Santee City Council, Jones oversaw the planning and approval of the Santee Town Center Park and YMCA Aquatic Center.

California State Assembly

Jones was elected to the California State Assembly in 2010, as a representative of the 77th Assembly District, located in East San Diego County, California. He campaigned on a number of conservative issues, including private sector job creation, which he stated includes “getting government out of the way of the free enterprise market—lower taxes on individuals and corporations, and two, reducing the regulatory burden that the state government is placing on businesses that is chasing them out of the state.

As a member of the Assembly, Jones has expressed strong support for the Second Amendment, opposition to illegal immigration,  and a desire to see reforms aimed at curtailing the influence of public-sector labor unions. His signature piece of legislation, AB 860, would “prohibit direct political contributions by corporations and unions to political candidates” and “prohibit government employers to deduct from government worker paychecks money that is then used to engage in political activity.”  He has also testified before the State Board of Equalization in opposition to the proposed State Responsibility Fire Fee,  and has been a supporter of the Stop Special Interest Money initiative  and an effort to repeal the California DREAM Act.

In 2011, Governor Jerry Brown signed Jones’ bill, AB 959, into law. The new law will “streamline the CalWORKs process for recipients and counties throughout California.”

Our June 18th Speakers Michael Taylor & Russ Decker

 Michael Taylor & Russ Decker







 Michael Taylor
Assistant Superintendent of Business Services

Mr. Taylor joined the Escondido Union School District in December 2012.  He previously worked for the Lake Elsinore Unified School District as Executive Director of Fiscal Support Services for three and a half years.  Prior to that he worked at the San Dieguito Union High School District in Encinitas, California, as the Director of Finance for four years.  Before that he served 20 years in the United States Marine Corps, primarily in financial management, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in March 2005.  He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom I (2003), and his personal decorations include:  Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, and Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal.

Mr. Taylor holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics/German from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois; a Master of Science degree in Finance from Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California; and a certificate in school business management from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California.

Russ Decker
Director Facilities Planning & Construction

Mr. Decker has been an education facilities development professional for many years.  He has been the Director of Planning Design and Construction at California State University San Marcos, Assistant Director of Capital Planning and Budgeting at UCSD, and Assistant Director of University Planning and Budgeting at the University of Illinois.

Before joining Escondido Union School District as Director of Facilities Planning and Construction, Russ worked for the Sweetwater Union High School District.

Our May 21st Speaker will be: Michael Vu

Michael VuMichael has over 22 years of election experience. Before being appointed in December 2012 as the San Diego County Registrar of Voters, Mr. Vu served for over five years as the Assistant Registrar. He is responsible for election administration of one of the largest election jurisdictions in the country with a registered voter population of over 1.67 million. Mr. Vu oversees all primary, general, special, and district elections for the County as well as elections for the surrounding municipalities.

Before his appointment in San Diego County, Mr. Vu worked for three and a half years for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, Ohio, as Director. Prior to relocating to Ohio, he spent seven years working for the Salt Lake County Elections Division under the direction of the Salt Lake County Clerk.

He has worked tirelessly to improve the elections process and has been involved on both a local and national level to discuss the status of election administration. He has testified before the United States House Administration Committee and the United States Election Assistance Commission.

He has also spoken with numerous international, national and local media outlets, most notably The New York Times, CNN, TV Asahi, The Washington Post, and The BBC.