12/14/19

Looking Back at 2019


A Look Back As We Move Forward

As I prepare to enter my fourth year as District 3 County Supervisor, I would like to take a moment to reflect on what we accomplished together in 2019. From our medicine cabinets to our congested highways, we united to challenge the status quo and made some remarkable progress. Thank you for trusting me to be your representative. I look forward to this next year and the opportunities to make our region an even better place to call home.

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Opioids now kill more Americans than car crashes. It's killing our children in San Diego and devastating their families. I partnered with Safe Homes Coalition and provided them with a $100,000 grant to launch a first-of-its-kind campaign called “Keep Kids Safe”. The message: check your medicine cabinet and get rid of unused or expired opioids and prescriptions.  Read more

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Our region has many challenges when it comes to behavioral health, but with that comes many opportunities. In 2018 as Chairwoman of the Board, I called for an unprecedented Board Conference from which many new critical steps have since been taken to address our issues. With a unanimous vote last June, the Board of Supervisors supported my proposals that are now making significant investments in our region's behavioral health services. Our homeless will receive the continuing care they need after being discharged from a hospital visit and temporary housing is being created for our youth who don't have a place to call home. With a primary goal being early intervention, Health and Human Services is now providing community crisis centers where individuals can get the help they need before they experience a full-blown episode that requires a visit to the emergency room. Other guiding principles are to empower people, and promote recovery and resiliency. The County will also collaborate more with our partners, stakeholders and the community.

                                                  

Our region has many challenges when it comes to behavioral health, but with that comes many opportunities. In 2018 as Chairwoman of the Board, I called for an unprecedented Board Conference from which many new critical steps have since been taken to address our issues. With a unanimous vote last June, the Board of Supervisors supported my proposals that are now making significant investments in our region's behavioral health services. Our homeless will receive the continuing care they need after being discharged from a hospital visit and temporary housing is being created for our youth who don't have a place to call home. With a primary goal being early intervention, Health and Human Services is now providing community crisis centers where individuals can get the help they need before they experience a full-blown episode that requires a visit to the emergency room. Other guiding principles are to empower people, and promote recovery and resiliency. The County will also collaborate more with our partners, stakeholders and the community. 

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Improving the County's juvenile justice system has always been important to me. After visiting a few cities around the U.S. with successful outcomes, I recommended we use an innovative "Achievement Center" model that invests in rehabilitating our youth on probation and providing services that would help them stay out of the system. We have opened two centers in Escondido and Barrio Logan designed to turn teens lives around by offering tutoring, counseling, mentors, career skills, and help meeting court-ordered conditions. It just takes one person to connect with a child and inspire them to lead a better life. I believe these Achievement Centers are a step in the right direction. More information

 
 
 
 
 

                                                    Mentoring Summit Home Run!

Mentoring Summit Home Run!

If you’ve ever had a mentor, you understand how much of an impact they can have. Especially for kids and teens caught up in the juvenile justice system. Making yourself available as a trusted adviser to someone in need can be a crucial turning point in that person's life. So it was exciting to see so many passionate people at this year’s Community Mentor Summit. It is through their hard work that young lives are transformed and redirected toward a path with purpose and hope. 

                                                          Safe Haven for Survivors 

Are You Ready for an Evacuation?

The Alabaster Jar Project is a safe haven for women who have been affected by human trafficking and sexual exploitation. Survivors are restored, rehabilitated and helped with finding employment. This leads to true empowerment. In the last 5 years Alabaster has served nearly 300 women. I am so proud to support this program. Thank you for inviting me to be part of your celebration.

                                                                Expect the Unexpected 

Are You Ready for an Evacuation?

I was so impressed with all of the 4th graders at Creekside Elementary School! The students were surprised to hear much of their daily lives are impacted by local government. Not only were they respectful and great listeners, they had some really impressive questions. My favorite though, "How old are you?"