As 2018 comes to an end and we reflect on the last 12 months, I hope you are able to say that life brought you more happiness than heartache. 2019 is sure to bring new beginnings, opportunities and promise. Let us love more, hug our loved ones a little tighter, think before we speak, and do something kind for a stranger. In the true spirit of the Holiday Season, it is my hope that yours is a magical one filled with laughter, traditional family recipes, friend and family gatherings and whatever brings you joy. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
All eyes were on San Diego County as we
played host to members of the
California State Association of Counties and the California Clerk of the Board of Supervisors Association. It was a pleasure providing opening remarks to attendees from the state’s 58 Counties. We are proud the groups chose San Diego as their meeting place.
Bryan Amaro is the perfect example of how someone who is homeless and addicted to drugs can turn their life around. I recently met him when I was speaking to a group about the importance of mental health care, and how I plan to move forward with our homeless and addicted populations at the County. Bryan is not only clean and sober now, he runs a local recovery center and helps others who are in the same situation he was once in.He and I became quick friends and he invited me on his podcast called “Sober Life Coach” to talk about these important issues. I hope you can take a few moments to listen: https://bit.ly/2qMpWTs
I am so proud of these teens! They’re part of a local group called The Youth Advocacy Coalition and they work to reduce alcohol and drug use among their peers. They are so well-spoken and passionate about their mission. I was more than happy to present them with a proclamation declaring December “Drugged Driving Prevention Month” in San Diego County.
The County of San Diego opened the new North Coastal Live Well Center in Oceanside. Among the programs that will be offered at this location are behavioral health treatment, outpatient substance abuse for adults, rehab and recovery services for adults, and resources for our military and veterans. There will also be a public health clinic that is scheduled to open in the Spring of 2019.