2018 Senator of the Year Award from Alzheimer's Association
One piece of legislation I authored this past session that I am particularly proud of is Senate Bill 1292. This bill requires the California Department of Public Health to update its research data to quantify the burden of Alzheimer's disease on demographics that experience significantly higher disease prevalence rates, including African Americans, Latinos, Asian Pacific Islanders and women. The new law has been very well received in the Alzheimer's community - so much so that the statewide leadership of the national Alzheimer's Association has honored me as 2018 Senator of the Year.
We must expand research of these at-risk groups in order to determine what efforts may alleviate the human burden and economic costs of those affected. Our state is uniquely positioned to combat this inequity with increased data collection within our diverse communities. By expanding research efforts to better understand why these groups are diagnosed at higher rates, we will be better able to craft solutions specifically tailored to those most greatly affected.
Emergency Preparedness Workshop in Chula Vista
Early this month I hosted an emergency preparedness workshop in Chula Vista. We partnered with St. Paul's Senior Services, American Medical Response and AT&T to provide tips and strategies to seniors for protecting themselves, their family and neighbors by planning ahead of natural disasters and other emergency situations. Attendees received CPR and tourniquet training, and each took home an emergency preparedness kit containing supplies commonly needed in an emergency.
As the climate changes, California is becoming much more vulnerable to disasters, as we've seen most recently with the record temperatures and wildfires across the state this summer. The need for emergency preparedness and planning has never been clearer. Our state's emergency managers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT/paramedics, and other emergency responders do an incredible job of keeping us safe, but they can't do it alone. We must all embrace our individual responsibility to be prepared.
First Annual National PTAC Day 2018
The first annual National PTAC Day took place on September 26. On this day, Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTACs) around the country hosted events to celebrate the contracting success stories of small businesses that have received training and technical assistance from their local PTACs. I was honored to speak at our local event in National City hosted by the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center, as well as meet with small business leaders from our district. The inaugural event titled "Marketing Your Business Effectively to the Government" involved a panel discussion and networking event with representatives from government agencies, prime contractors and small businesses.
San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center is an economic development program of Southwestern College and our local PTAC. It assists local small businesses with contracting opportunities with federal, state and local government agencies - helping to cycle more tax dollars back into local communities here in California.
At the event I presented an official California State Senate resolution to the San Diego Contracting Opportunities Center for its distinguished record of public service and immeasurable contributions to the advancement of small businesses in the greater San Diego community and throughout the State of California. Our communities need this type of education and support because small businesses are the pillar of our economy.
Visiting Calexico High School
I recently had the pleasure of visiting Calexico High School and speaking with students who are learning English as a second language. We discussed the importance of studying English in order to accomplish future goals, and I encouraged the students to seek a higher education and work hard to realize their dreams. I was also humbled to share stories from my own upbringing and studies.
Meeting with youth in my district is always such a great experience for me, and I often find that they teach me more than I could hope to teach them. I'd like to extend a very heartfelt thank you to all the students at Calexico High School who took the time to share their morning with me.