Newsletter March 2019

Standing Up for Stand Down

The mission at North County Stand Down is to restore the dignity veterans earned and empower them. The stand down events are so inspiring because volunteers come together to provide meals, dental care, glasses and other important services. No US veteran should ever be homeless. Thank you NCVSD for inviting me to your recognition ceremony. I appreciate the great work you andyour volunteers do!

The Most Crucial Years For a Child

The first five years of a child's brain are considered the most important because it will develop faster than any other period in their life. It is a time of rapid growth in their developmental and behavioral health. First 5 San Diego is celebrating 20 years of providing children health screenings, dental care and other important support services to ensure that they are ready to succeed in school and life. I’m looking forward to this year as Chair of the First 5 Commission!

Recognizing Former Gang Members

As a member of the North County Gang Commission, I have met some of the worst of the worst who turned their lives around. Seeing these incredible transformations is so inspirational and rewarding. At the 2019 Building Better Futures Summit, we honored some remarkable people who are now giving back to society after years of leading crime-filled lives. Thank you to those in law enforcement and community groups who help make this possible.

Celebrating a New Year in Mira Mesa

The Tet Festival celebrates the first day of the New Year and is the most important holiday in the Vietnamese culture. I was so honored to be invited by the Vietnamese American Youth Alliance of San Diego to speak during the festival’s opening ceremony. 

Surprising a Selfless Teacher

The look on this teacher’s face was priceless! It was so great surprising Master Sgt. Ferdinand Toledo with a proclamation from the County of San Diego for being named “Teacher of the Year” at Scripps Ranch High School. Mr. Toledo served 20 yrs in the United States Air Force, created the school’s Air Force Jr. Reserves Officer Training Corp program and donates more than 300 hours a year of his personal time working with his students on extracurricular activities. His list of accomplishments is long! Mr. Toledo, thank you for all you do for our students!

Annual Tradition Goes to the Dogs

I don’t know who had more fun at the San Diego Botanic Garden's 5K Paw Walk, me or my dog, Frank. He enjoyed every second of the peanut butter and cream cheese eating contest! We had great weather for the walk, the costume contest, and presenting a proclamation to the Garden’s new CEO Ari Novy and the CEO of the Rancho Coastal Humane Society Judi Sanzo.