It’s one of the most inspiring concepts I’ve had the pleasure of working on. The Other Side Academy is a therapeutic program where criminals, homeless, and those with substance use issues can transform their lives, free of charge. No doctors, no therapists, no experts. Just peer-to-peer, former criminals reforming criminals. It requires zero government subsidy and has SAVED taxpayers more than $22 million dollars in incarceration fees. I wouldn’t have believed it had I not seen it for myself in Salt Lake City.
David Durocher, pictured above in a before and after, is living proof this program works. A hard core criminal who spent 25 years in and out of prison, he’s now the Managing Director of TOSA and working with me to bring this unique, proven concept to San Diego. Watch my news segment: bit.ly/2TA7DPv
The 4th annual North County Veterans Stand Down was another great success. Homeless veterans received much-needed services like eye exams and glasses, hair cuts, warm meals, and clothing. We shouldn’t have a single homeless U.S. veteran in America. Thank you to all who make this event happen and take such good care of our veterans!
After several site visits to asphalt plants and strategy meetings with working groups, my Building Better Roads Initiative received recognition in the California State Senate this week. Stanislaus Supervisor Chiesa made the following remarks: "San Diego County is also a leader in this regard. The County initiated the “Building Better Roads Working Group” to identify innovative and cost-effective approaches for road resurfacing efforts. As a result of these efforts and SB 1 funding, the County has turned around the former declining trend in their Pavement Condition Index."
Our County volunteers mean so much to us. It was such a pleasure presenting Jeanne Hoey with the "Volunteer of the Month" award. Mrs. Hoey has served with us since 2014 in the Aging and Independence Services Department. Her tech skills were instrumental in developing a couple of County websites. Thank you for your service, Mrs. Hoey!
Nothing makes me happier than seeing my District 3 grant funds in motion! Labrats Science Education Program wanted a mobile laboratory that allowed them to take their STEAM Education program to schools and community centers around the County. It's also being used to transport children to and from the STEAM Discovery Center in Encinitas. I'm thrilled I was able to help make this happen for them!