Public Safety Power Shutoffs Oversight Hearing
This month the Senate Energy, Utilities, and Communications Committee, which I chair, held an oversight hearing on the recent and ongoing utility public safety power shutoffs (PSPS) to understand more about the impact on customers, how we can minimize those impacts, and what is being done by both the government and utility companies to continue to try to reduce overall fire risk. I am happy to report that Governor Newsom has assembled an impressive interagency team that has been working overtime behind the scenes to respond to these unprecedented events.
I will continue to be on the forefront of this issue as I serve as part of the Senate working group on PSPS. If you have any questions or concerns about utility shutoffs, please do not hesitate to call my office. For more state resources, I'd encourage you to also visit www.response.ca.gov.
Lincoln Acres Elementary Receives Barona Grant
Lincoln Acres Elementary in National City recently received a $5,000 education grant from the Barona Band of Mission Indians for its STEAM+ program. Lincoln Acres has been developing a school-wide focus around science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM+) for the past three years, and this grant will be used to further enhance the program by funding 25 stationary LED digital camera microscopes and 40 hand-held, portable digital microscopes.
I joined Barona Tribal Chairman Edwin "Thorpe" Romero to present the $5,000 check to Principal Raymond Ruiz, faculty and students on "National S.T.E.M./S.T.E.A.M. Day." The STEAM+ program at Lincoln Acres Elementary affords students a truly unique and advanced education and I was proud to recommend the school for this grant. A very big thank you to the Barona Band of Mission Indians for investing in our students' success!
El Centro Aquatic Center Finally Open!
I am absolutely ecstatic that the El Centro Aquatic Center is finally open! This incredible collaborative effort between state, county and city gives our community access to a safe place to play during the hot summer months. We have been waiting a long time for this! In 2014, I worked to secure an $11 million bond for the construction of the El Centro Aquatic Center. After five years of careful planning and construction, it is finally ready to receive members of our community. Go for a swim and try it out yourself!
South County Economic Development Council
Thank you to the South County Economic Development Council for allowing me to provide a legislative update this month. Together we are working hard to advance the educational and economic opportunities in the 40th Senate District.
At the meeting, I discussed education in South County, my consumer protection bill to end robocall scams that was signed into law this year, permanent barriers on Coronado Bridge, and how we can get the federal government on board with helping end the Tijuana River Valley transboundary flows and improving water quality in our border regions.