Governor Gavin Newsom has been under a lot of pressure to start offering more freedom to local governments that seek to reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some cities are prepared to undergo this transition at a faster rate than others, which is why it’s so important for collaboration between the levels of government during this time.
San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones says that the City of San Marcos is ready to take the first steps towards reopening.
“I’ve always talked about the importance of local control, and San Diego County is different, we have great innovation and can use that to come up with procedures to get our County back to work in a safe manner,” said Jones. She hopes that Governor Newsom will allow local governments more leniency to design phases of reopening that suit their particular circumstances.
One of the first steps she hopes to take is “making all businesses essential” by allowing all businesses to open with safety protocols in place—the same procedures currently in place at grocery stores and other businesses. Overall, Mayor Jones’ highest priority is getting people back to work, because our current situation simply isn’t sustainable.
Part of the reason why San Marcos is in a position to reopen now is Jones’ excellent leadership. She has collaborated with County Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar on programs to help keep local businesses afloat. Under her direction, San Marcos recently passed $3 million in aid for small local businesses, which has proven vital for those struggling to make ends meet.
San Marcos can rest assured that leaders like Jones are doing everything possible to reopen safely in the very near future. She’s already been doing an outstanding job of taking initiative to make things happen, and moving forwards, will continue to do so with the city’s best interests at heart.