Vulnerability and Hope in My Campaign for San Diego County Supervisor

While traveling home this morning from an out of town event, I was thinking about my view of candidates for public office before I became one. I have always valued a level of honesty that seemed elusive and when my wife and I sat down and decided to do this, I committed to being the same me throughout the process, for better or worse.  What would it look like if our elected officials and candidates were flatly honest about the campaign process? Here’s my answer.

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Omar Passons
Towards a more inclusive (& competitive) economy - Part I

Our campaign will release our Opportunity4All plan this week, which focuses on improving our regional economy - and our community's health - by supporting economic opportunity in every neighborhood. This first part of a series of posts focuses on understanding some of the origins of today's economic challenges.

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Omar Passons
Vote for the Panther, then go home

To celebrate working hard to improve our community, a strong month of fundraising, and enjoy each other's company, my campaign team went to see Marvel's new movie, Black Panther. There was much to like about the film so I wanted to share some thoughts.

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Omar Passons
Hope4Homeless: My personal connection to this crisis

Our Hope4Homeless plan is a comprehensive approach to addressing the leadership challenges our region faces right now around housing and homelessness. My personal connection to homelessness in San Diego helps explain my passion, so this post shares more of that story. Our plan is a call to shift to focusing more on root causes such as addiction and mental health, to providing homes/microunits for homeless, and for a specific intention around tackling youth homeless. The full 12-page report is available here. (Read the 1-page Summary here)

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Omar Passons
The unspoken homeless crisis: Supporting our seniors

San Diego County’s homeless population continues to age and we have seen a significant increase among senior citizens becoming homeless.  The County must act now and shift how we support seniors because demographic trends confirm the issue is only going to grow unless we take dramatic, systemic action.

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Omar Passons
Progressive and business friendly are not contradictions

My actions have always skewed towards a progressive value set. With most of my career in the private sector, it has become clear to me that it is possible to both be supportive of business and live a life of progressive values. These are not contradictions and in this post I explain this view in greater detail.

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Omar Passons
Every Child Counts – Holiday Toy Drive

The holidays can be a really special time for families to connect. For many children, there are so many toys and books and things to go around that it can be hard to know what to do with them all.  Last year, thanks to a burst of inspiration from my sister-in-law who wanted to further the empathy she taught her young boys, we started a toy drive that nearly every family could participate in! Here are the details:

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