The Board of Supervisors voted 3-1 in mid April to support the Department of Justice's lawsuit against California's sanctuary state laws. As Chairwoman of the Board, it is my responsibility to protect the 3.5 million people who live in San Diego. SB 54 is dangerous because it shields people who are in the US illegally and who then go on to commit a crime. In 2012 the US Supreme Court found that our Constitution and federal immigration laws do not permit the development of patchwork state and local immigration policies throughout this country. Therefore, California's sanctuary state laws are unconstitutional.
Scientists at Sanford Burnham Prebys were awarded a $1.3 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health to bolster local Alzheimer's research. Every 65 seconds someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer's and it's the third leading cause of death in our county. We are so fortunate however, to have some of the world's brightest scientists in our community working tirelessly to find a cure or treatment for this merciless disease. I was honored to be part of the announcement of this generous grant along with fellow County Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Mayor Kevin Faulconer.
The County's Probation Department opened the doors to its new training center after a ceremonial ribbon cutting. The facility has state-of-the-art features that will enhance training for law enforcement officers in our region. The Board of Supervisors helped fund the center, which is in the 3rd district, and I'm pleased to play a small role in making a difference in the lives of people we serve every day.
They served our country unconditionally and now they're embarking on a new chapter of their lives. I was honored to deliver the keynote address for the Workshops for Warriors graduation ceremony. This non-profit provides hands-on welding and machining training for veterans and transitioning members of the military. Then, they help them find good-paying jobs. I admire the heart and soul of this organization and its mission to take care of our veterans.
The Rancho Bernardo Community Foundation invited me back for a second year to recognize its most distinguished volunteers. Some of these men and women have selflessly donated hundreds of hours of their personal time to various organizations in RB. They clearly understand how giving back is food for the soul!
What better way to say thank you to the men and women who have served our country than by offering free admission to the San Diego Botanic Garden. From May 1st through Labor Day, the museum will allow veterans and active members along with five immediate relatives to explore the Garden's 37 acres for free. The SD Botanic Garden is proud to participate in the Blue Star Museum Program.