Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drives
This year my office kicked off the holiday season by hosting six turkey drive events over the course of one week, providing turkeys to approximately 350 families in need throughout San Diego and Imperial counties.
I look forward to this season each year because it is such an amazing reminder of the generosity of our community. As a legislator, my biggest priorities are helping families in need and working to secure the resources necessary to improve the quality of life for my constituents. I am grateful for moments like these when I am able to assist families beyond the realm of policy, and I thank all of our partners for their outpouring of support. This holiday season, I encourage everyone to find ways to help those in your community who might be experiencing hardships.
South Bay Community Services in Chula Vista
Catholic Charities in El Centro
Casa Familiar in San Ysidro
Mountain Health & Community Services in Campo
National City Host Lions Club – playing soccer before a delicious meal!
Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego
On December 3, I was officially sworn-in for my third term as your state senator. I am beyond humbled and grateful for the opportunity to continue to represent you in our state legislature, and I pledge to always fight for the values and interests of the 40th Senate District.
I entered public service because I saw a need for advocacy on many levels, including reaffirming our principles of equality and the protection of rights for all Californians. I am proud of the work we have done to date, and am excited to continue our progress in the years ahead.
Latino Caucus Leadership Transition
It has been a true honor serving the past two years as the Chair of the California Latino Legislative Caucus, of which I have been a member since my first year in Sacramento. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as chair and am proud of what we achieved. Under my leadership, more than $150 million in funding was approved for caucus priorities, including $90 million for 2020 Census outreach efforts and $28 million for safe drinking water programs. I am humbled to be able to pass the gavel to my dear friend and colleague from San Diego, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez. For the past two years, she has served alongside me as Vice Chair, and I am excited to see where her new leadership takes our caucus.
Smythe Elementary Technology Center Open House
Dylan Jaff, one of my district representatives, presents State Senate certificates to Smythe Elementary and International Game Technology
On December 14, my office participated in Smythe Elementary's Technology Center Open House, where the school showcased new equipment donated for their computer lab and technology programs. The school received 44 Google Chromebook computers with education software installed, two Google Chromebook computer charging carts, a Sony 70-inch TV for teacher instruction, and a projector with screen and mount installer. Resources like these are vital in order to give our students the best possible education, and I look forward to seeing all that can be accomplished in this computer lab.