Comfortable November! Having survived the ghosts and goblins who got here a-calling final night time, our vacation ideas now flip to the fantastic celebration of Thanksgiving that might be right here earlier than we all know it. As all the time, I’m grateful for the individuals who develop and harvest the meals that we eat. In line with the San Diego Division of Weights and Measures, San Diego County has over 5,000 farms – greater than some other county in america! These farms develop greater than 200 completely different agricultural commodities, together with the attractive flowers that our native farmers produce, which beautify so many tables at Thanksgiving and all year long. From farm staff to grocery clerks, so many individuals deserve our thanks each day, and particularly right now of yr!
I’m additionally very grateful for the veterans we honor each November 11 on Veterans Day. Following the horrific terrorist assaults on Israel final month, and all of the occasions which have adopted, the horrors of battle are as soon as once more proper earlier than our eyes. It’s vital to take this time to keep in mind that everybody who places on our nation’s uniform makes sacrifices—and so do their households. Serving to ease the burdens on army households and guaranteeing veterans have full entry to the advantages they’ve earned is the very least we will do.
This November additionally marks a solemn event, the sixtieth anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Whereas I used to be solely a yr previous and too younger to keep in mind that tragedy, I do know the influence it had on my mother and father and different individuals who skilled it for years afterward. I discovered later about a number of the vicious assault advertisements that had been made in opposition to the President in newspapers in Dallas and different communities. And that jogs my memory, sadly, of the poisonous political local weather in our nation right this moment.
When Jacqueline Kennedy died, the conservative political columnist Peggy Noonan paid tribute to her patriotism and the way she helped maintain the nation collectively throughout these darkish days. I’m wondering if that type of magnanimity and respect is even potential right this moment. I hope so – we want it to be. And we owe it to ourselves and to the long run to do all the things we will to construct bridges and make it that means. That doesn’t imply accepting extremism in any kind, however taking an affordable method the place we will discover frequent floor. We should take some time to achieve out to those that may be reached.
Possibly that’s a superb objective to contemplate with the vacations approaching. Reaching out and reconnecting with one of the best in one another – and in ourselves. We might not be capable of recreate Camelot, and possibly each beliefs of Camelot had been finally legendary, however we will all the time do higher.
Thanks for studying, and Comfortable Thanksgiving!
Senate Invoice 519, my laws to extend transparency and accountability for jails and native detention amenities referring to in-custody deaths, has been signed into regulation by Governor Newsom.
SB 519, which can take impact on January 1, 2024 and turns into operative on July 1, 2024, will increase accountability in jails and native detention amenities by making investigatory stories of an in-custody dying carried out by a sheriff’s division public in an effort to cut back future deaths. The laws additionally creates the place of Director of In-Custody Loss of life Evaluation inside the Board of State and Neighborhood Corrections, who might be answerable for reviewing investigations of in-custody deaths and making suggestions referring to insurance policies, procedures, staffing, and different elements.
Sadly, jails and native detention facilities in a number of areas of the state have been sluggish to deal with inner points referring to the rise in deaths of individuals in custody. SB 519 will improve transparency and oversight in an effort to present solutions for households of people that have died in custody and work to cut back in-custody deaths.
I used to be additionally happy the Governor signed AB 268, a complementary invoice by Assemblymember Akilah Weber that I co-authored. Responding to State Auditors suggestions, the laws adjustments the composition of the Board of State and Neighborhood Corrections to incorporate each a medical skilled and psychological well being skilled. The invoice additionally requires the Board to undertake requirements of care pertaining to incarcerated individuals with psychological well being points.
Coming from a army household, Veterans Day has all the time been significant to me. My father, two brothers, twin sister, brother-in-law, two uncles, two cousins, two nephews, and grandfather all served within the Armed Forces.
Supporting veterans in our thirty ninth District neighborhood is a real honor, and amongst my highest priorities. My colleagues and I proceed to work on behalf of veterans and army households, and this yr, handed laws focused at bettering their lives, together with streamlining the home-buying course of for disabled veterans and making public greater training extra reasonably priced for youngsters of service-injured veterans.
Our San Diego neighborhood additionally has many alternatives to honor the contributions America’s veterans have made to our nation this Veterans Day. Occasions in our area embrace:
To our veterans, present members of the army, and their households: Thanks in your service, and for the sacrifices you’ve gotten made for our nation.
Jen and I had a purrfect night time out with Joey, Mia, and their furiends on the San Diego Humane Society’s thirty seventh Annual Fur Ball! It’s an effective way to help the work the Humane Society does serving to animals discover loving adoptive houses.
Comfortable Golden Anniversary to the San Diego LGBT Neighborhood Heart! For 50 years it has been the place the place neighborhood gathers in occasions of celebration or disaster, whereas selling civic engagement and social justice, and being a protected area the place LGBTQ of us can obtain the providers and help they want. I want them one of the best for a lot of extra impactful years to return.
To this point this yr, 49 states have launched over 500 anti-trans payments, searching for to disclaim entry to primary well being care, authorized recognition, loos, athletics, or the correct to brazenly exist in public colleges. As of this October, 83 of these have been signed into regulation. TransYouth Liberation will struggle to make sure the protection and equality of trans and nonbinary youth, and I’ll struggle alongside them.
Because the nation’s second busiest intercity rail hall, offering protected and dependable service on the LOSSAN hall is a high precedence. The Senate secured $300 million for the mission improvement of the Del Mar realignment to maneuver tracks additional inland, away from shortly eroding shoreline bluffs. Service disruption and uncertainty is unacceptable and unsustainable. I met with stakeholders, authorities businesses, and elected officers to proceed working collaboratively on a unified imaginative and prescient as we transfer ahead to supply reliable rail service all through California.
The United Methods of California’s bi-annual Actual Price Measure examine demonstrates what it actually takes to make ends meet in California, together with prices of housing, meals, well being care, baby care, transportation and taxes. I admire the advocacy work they and our neighborhood companions do for insurance policies and applications to uplift all households.
In 1977, Fahari Jeffers and Ken Seaton-Msemaji shaped the United Home Employees of America organizing committee underneath the mentorship of labor chief and civil rights activist, Cesar Chavez. This photographic exhibit on the primary 28 years of the UDW paints a strong image of certainly one of our nation’s most vital unions. The UDW is now over 171,000 members sturdy!
The San Diego Navy Advisory Council’s annual Navy Financial Impression Report is a vital reminder of the vital function our army neighborhood has on San Diego’s economic system. The MEIR additionally helps each degree of presidency perceive the precise wants of service members and veterans.
San Diego is a army city, and it’s vital that we’ve sturdy working relationships with management. I appreciated the chance to fulfill with Captain Robert “Bob” Heely, Commanding Officer of Naval Base San Diego, on vital points like transportation, local weather change, and housing.
For 50 years, Casa Acquainted has been bettering the lives of South San Diego residents. Their Avanzando San Ysidro Neighborhood Land Belief continues that dedication, and I’m proud to have secured funding for this mission that’ll create secure housing choices and possession alternatives for over 100 households.
Congratulations to the Mira Mesa City Council in your twenty third annual avenue honest! The neighborhood spirit was sturdy, and the performances had been wonderful. Thanks to all of the volunteers who made it a hit!
Staff Toni supported neighborhood occasions all throughout San Diego in October! District representatives from my workplace attended the San Diego LGBT Heart’s AIDS Stroll and Run, an occasion with the Home of Korea in Balboa Park, a Picnic within the Park with the San Diego Sierra Membership, a musical celebration with Classics 4 Youngsters, the groundbreaking of reasonably priced housing at San Diego Metropolis School, the California Affiliation of Black College Educators Convention, the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce Gala, an occasion with Stepping Stone of San Diego, the Simply in Time for Foster Youth Empowered Ladies’s BBQ, and the Burlingame Neighborhood Affiliation Block Occasion.
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