The North County Times has this story this weekend reporting that community groups are upset with Supervisor Bill Horn’s failure to meet with them. His reason: He’s too busy.

But the newspaper found evidence to the contrary:

Horn says he is busy and can’t meet with everyone in his district and that members of his staff are available to meet with constituents.

“I could waste hours a day with people who want to come in and complain,” Horn said. “I just can’t do that.”

While Horn maintains he is often too busy to meet with everyone who wants to see him, his daily appointment calendar indicates the opposite.

A review by the newspaper of county supervisors’ daily calendars from July through February shows Horn’s weekly schedule had 71 weekdays where he had no meetings scheduled. The calendar shows several stretches of consecutive days with no meetings or appearances of any kind listed.

Members of an Escondido area neighborhood group say Horn has repeatedly refused in recent weeks to sit down with them to discuss their objections to a storage complex that developers want to build.

ANDREW DONOHUE

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