Traffic congestion pricing. Government trackers in our cars logging where we go, when, and how many miles we're driving. If SANDAG's Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata has his way, that personal driving information would be sent to Sacramento and you would be charged another fee for driving on roads you've already paid for with your taxes! Ikhrata's new regional transportation plan would also scrap promises made with the 2004 TransNet tax to improve highways 52, 67 and 78 and instead focus only on a mass transit system. When some SANDAG Board Members, who he reports to, raised concerns and asked questions, Ikhrata got angry and combative and even called us liars. This is not only disrespectful but it's troubling. Without discussion and negotiation we have a dictatorship. San Diego needs leadership. The bait and switch tactic with precious tax dollars voted specifically for highway improvements isn't sitting well with folks in North County or East County. Supervisor Dianne Jacob, Poway Mayor Steve Vaus, San Marcos Mayor Rebecca Jones, Santee City Councilwoman Laura Koval and I, came together advocating for SANDAG to keep its promise to voters and follow through with important highway improvements. I believe we can and should have an efficient mass transit system. However, it's reckless and unethical for SANDAG to take funds voters approved for highways and use them for whatever its Director wants. We need strong community advocacy now more than ever! Please share your comments at StopTransNetRaid.com. Thank you for getting involved and making a difference.
San Diego County has the third largest population of military veterans in the country. As they transition from uniform to civilian clothes it's crucial that our region has ample resources for them to succeed. I partnered with the San Diego Business Journal on a special edition that highlights several of the incredible, local non-profits that provide valuable services to our transitioning military. If you didn't see it, the SDBJ provided this link for that special section: https://bit.ly/2WvY2h1
We recently said farewell to local legend, 96 year old Colonel Robert Dingeman. His military career included 30 years in the Army as well as serving in World War II, Korea and the Vietnam War. His legacy took root in the 1970's when the decorated WWII hero moved to Scripps Ranch. Understanding the importance of bringing neighbors together he helped create the Scripps Ranch Civic Association and became known as "Mr. Scripps Ranch". We are so fortunate to have his legacy live on in the community he dearly loved.
Being vigilant when our little ones are in the water is crucial. It takes just a few seconds for something to go horribly wrong. Drowning statistics for children are heartbreaking; 3 children drown every day in the U.S. and the CDC says drowning is the leading cause of injury death for kids ages 1 to 14. The Prevent Drowning Foundation of San Diego is committed to bucking those statistics by providing FREE swim lessons for children in San Diego. This link https://bit.ly/2WgOWEV shows you the 23 locations around the county providing those lessons. Every child should have the opportunity to learn how to swim in case they ever need to fend for themselves in the water.
Now this is a group photo! The Veterans Beer Club takes networking to the next level. Every member has one thing in common... they're all military veterans. And just like they looked out for one another while in uniform, they're doing it again as civilians. This group helps transitioning service members find jobs, does community outreach and is an important support system for one another.