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Mr. Ron Roberts  郞. 罗伯兹先生

Supervisor, San Diego County Board of Supervisors

On January 9, 2007, Ron Roberts was sworn-in to serve his fourth term on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. On the same day, his colleagues also selected him to serve as the Board's Chairman in 2007.

This year Ron has set an ambitious agenda for County government.

One of his major goals is to create a true regional communications system, which would allow emergency responders and dispatchers to communicate with one another during a major disaster. Currently, the City of San Diego is on one system and the County of San Diego, as well as the region's 17 other cities, are on another.

In addition, earlier this year he proposed a sweeping vision for San Diego's downtown waterfront that would provide for greater public access to the waterfront along the North Embarcadero. This year, he is also teaming up with the San Diego Unified School District to fight childhood obesity.

Before entering public office, Ron was an architect for nearly 20 years - most of which were spent as Managing Partner of a large San Diego-based architectural firm with offices here and in San Francisco.

In 1987, the Berkeley-educated architect left his practice in order to launch a campaign for a seat on the San Diego City Council. In that, his first bid for public office, Ron was triumphant.

After serving two terms on the City Council, Ron was elected in November 1994 to represent the multi-ethnic Fourth District on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

For Ron, however, there was little time for celebration. He and his new colleagues were immediately faced with a test of the highest order - steering the County away from bankruptcy. Unfortunately, the previous Board of Supervisors had made a string of poor financial decisions that placed the County on the verge of fiscal collapse.

Through disciplined decision-making and with a fresh private-sector approach, Ron and his colleagues engineered a phenomenal turnaround, taking the County from the brink of financial disaster to become one of the best-managed counties in America. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association would go on to hail the Board of Supervisors as “the model of creative and innovative government leadership,” and “the poster child of good fiscal governance.” In 2002, Washington, D.C.-based Governing Magazine heralded the County of San Diego as one of the three best-run counties in the nation.

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A product of public housing, it was perhaps Ron's own meager beginnings that stirred his passion to help the less fortunate, especially at-risk children.

In 1997, he helped launch the groundbreaking Critical Hours after-school program to keep middle school students on track and off the streets. Today, this unique county program - which combines art, athletics and academics - has spread to more than 50 middle schools throughout the region.

Ron also played a major role in the creation of the San Pasqual Academy, a one-of-a-kind residential campus exclusively for foster teens. When the Academy opened in 2001, the risks were high and the skeptics many, but six years later, the San Pasqual Academy has proven to be an unqualified success. In fact, it's a national model. The graduation rate at San Pasqual in 2006 was 93 percent, and many of these graduates - about one in three - have gone on to four-year universities.

Ron also has helped develop several youth facilities, including the Clairemont Skatepark, a library gym and teen center multiplex in Spring Valley, and more recently, a new teen center in Linda Vista.

With the rate of childhood obesity on the rise, Ron has also brought together health experts, educators and community leaders to reverse this disturbing trend. Working together, they created the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Action Plan, which was released in 2006. It includes a wide array of strategies designed to improve children's eating habits and increase their fitness levels.

On the issue of air quality, perhaps no other San Diegan has done more to clean up our skies than Ron. As a member of the California Air Resources Board, Ron has helped craft vehicle-emission legislation that, along with other local initiatives, has given the San Diego region its cleanest air in more than 50 years. Ron also started the County's wildly popular Lawnmower Trade-In Day, a yearly spring-time event that enables local residents to purchase a $450 battery-rechargeable mower for only $150 when they turn in their smog-spewing, gas-powered mower. Since its inception in 2000, more than 3,500 gas mowers have been taken out of circulation - that's the equivalent of removing the pollution created by 137,000 cars on an hour-for-hour basis.

In addition to the California Air Resources Board, Ron also serves on the boards of the San Diego Association of Governments, Metropolitan Transit System, Service Authority for Freeway Emergencies and San Diego Workforce Partnership.

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Throughout his career, Ron has worked diligently and sometimes defiantly to make San Diego a better place for all of us. His reputation is that of a forward-thinking civic leader who's not afraid to speak out on the issues of the day. Ron has earned the respect of a great many San Diegans, from blue-collar workers to blue-chip CEOs.

As a long-time resident who is deeply passionate about preserving our city's beauty and charm for the next generation, Ron truly represents San Diego's past, present and future.

Ron lives in Mission Hills with his wife of 42 years, Helene. They have three daughters: Christine, a corporate public relations executive; Andrea, an emergency room doctor; and Deborah, a child life specialist.

A voracious reader and movie buff, Ron enjoys spending time with friends and family, and watching his grandson's Little League games.

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