San Diego Green Port Month
Presenting SCR 149 at the September 2018 Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners meeting
Late last month, the Legislature adopted my resolution, Senate Concurrent Resolution (SCR) 149, which designates September 2018 as San Diego Green Port Month. This resolution recognizes the innovative solutions and projects that the San Diego Unified Port District has put forth to establish sustainable ports, and also encourages ports across California to follow the shift towards green energy.
The Port of San Diego manages San Diego's Bayfront, spanning 34 miles and encompassing five different cities, and has contributed billions of dollars to San Diego's economy. In 2008, the Port District implemented the "Green Port Month Initiative," pledging to substantially reduce emissions while improving water conservation techniques. Since then, the District's climate action plan has led to a 56-percent decrease in water usage, 31-percent decrease in energy usage, and 32-percent decrease in greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, working with the local fisherman to create a dockside market, the Port District has been able to support the sustainable, ecosystem-based commercial fishing industry of the San Diego Bay.
The Port District's contribution to the local economy cannot be overstated, and their continued ingenuity to preserve the beauty of San Diego's Bayfront should be applauded and used as a model. Please join me in celebrating the Green revolution in the San Diego Port District.
California Census 2020
Discussing the census at the monthly BAPAC San Diego meeting, August 2018
Although 2020 may seem far from now, efforts are already underway to ensure that the next federal census goes as smoothly as possible here in California. Data collected by the census determines the number of seats that each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives and is also used to distribute billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities. Therefore, it is crucial that we as a state do everything possible to achieve an accurate and complete count of all California residents.
To further this goal, the Legislature included funding in the state budget for "California Census 2020," a statewide outreach and awareness campaign. Governor Brown also created the California Complete Count Committee, a statewide panel of community members that will guide the state's outreach for the 2020 federal census using strategies to increase the count of all California residents, especially hard-to-count individuals and communities. For more information about the committee and its members from our district, please visit https://census.ca.gov/complete-count-committee/.
As part of the state's effort, it will be essential to identify "trusted messengers" - individuals, groups, and/or organizations that are established and trusted within the community - that are able to reach hard-to-count and undercounted communities. To inquire about becoming a trusted messenger or otherwise getting involved in the census efforts, you can contact the California Complete Count Offices at email@example.com or by calling (916) 852-2020.
In early 2019, local field offices will begin to open around the state, and "Complete Count Committees" will be established. The San Diego area office is expected to open in July 2019 and, in addition to helping ensure an accurate count of residents in our district, will also provide new temporary employment opportunities, including both office and field positions. For more information, please visit https://2020census.gov/jobs.
As a member of the Senate Select Committee on 2020 United States Census, I will continue to receive important updates about the state's efforts, and will be sure to keep you informed as we move forward.
Sailing Aboard the San Salvador Replica Ship
Speaking to reporters about the significance of the San Salvador replica and its maiden voyage to Mexico
This past weekend, I was thrilled and honored to embark on the first international voyage of the San Salvador replica ship as it sailed from San Diego to Ensenada and back.
The San Salvador replica ship was built at Spanish Landing in San Diego between 2011 and 2015 by the Maritime Museum of San Diego and approximately 500 volunteers - including me and my staff! In pursuit of its mission to serve as the community memory of our seafaring experience, the Maritime Museum of San Diego sought to build a full-sized, fully-functional, and historically-accurate replica of the San Salvador to create a living link between California's past and present. It has been in use since 2015 but, until now, had never ventured to Mexico - the country from which the ship departed in 1542 under the direction of explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. The original San Salvador then sailed to the San Diego Bay, and Cabrillo claimed the area for the King of Spain. You can read more about the history of the San Salvador here: https://sdmaritime.org/visit/the-ships/san-salvador/
In 2016, I introduced SCR 153, a measure that commemorates the Maritime Museum of San Diego for constructing and operating the San Salvador replica. The resolution also recognizes the Maritime Museum for its dedication to preserving, interpreting, and teaching the rich maritime history of California. This year, my colleagues in the Legislature and I were able to secure $1.5 million in state monies to build a new visitor center at the Maritime Museum site and convert one of the ships into a "maritime-themed play ship" for kids. I'm proud to support the Maritime Museum, and to help preserve and educate the public on the historic voyage of the San Salvador.