What an incredible experience delivering my first State of the County Address! I believe the County is strong and innovative. I chose "Innov18" as my theme because my fellow Supervisors and County staff have had tremendous vision in their leadership and I look forward to building on that solid foundation.
Hard to believe by looking at them now but these 3 used to be drug addicts. The one on the right was arrested more than a dozen times and spent 15 years in prison. They all turned their lives around and are now thriving with the help of non-profits I highlighted in my State of the County Address: Doors of Change, Solutions for Change, The Other Side Academy and Workshops for Warriors. These organizations focus on helping people become self-sufficient, productive members of society. I am happy to announce there is now a plan underway to create a model of The Other Side Academy in San Diego. More to come!
Congratulations to the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce on its 147th anniversary! What a beautiful evening showcasing all your hard work. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your celebration.
On your next visit to the San Diego Botanic Garden I hope you can stop by the Jitter Bean coffee cart for a latte or a snack. The operation is run by employees with intellectual disabilities who are empowered to work and take control of their own futures. It is operated by Employment and Community Options which provides these adults with a unique opportunity to run a business. My daughter Addie and I had a wonderful experience supporting them and we think you will too.
Raising money has never been more fun! My daughter Addie and I brought our little Frankie to the 6th annual “5K Paw Walk in the Garden”. The San Diego Botanic Garden hosted the event for the Rancho Coastal Humane Society, allowing participants to explore its 37 spectacular acres.