Brian W. Jones
As a result of the recent decision by two superior court judges to not place Sexually Violent Predators Merle Wakefield and Douglas Badger at a residential home in Mt. Helix‚ our communities can breathe a sigh of relief. Thank you to all the residents of Mt. Helix who have worked together on this issue. Your lives were turned upside down two months ago by the Department of State Hospitals and Liberty Health Care. You have done a great job in battling back‚ and the wise decision of both judges confirmed that.
This year has been a hard year for many in our community particularly those who have struggled for months to receive their benefits from the EDD. I wanted to share this story where my office was able to help the Moore’s get their EDD claim approved and get their wedding rings back‚ which they had to pawn to pay for food and shelter. I appreciate the EDD staff who stepped up to help these constituents of District 38 to “tie the knot” again so to speak. Click on the story here to see the happy ending to this story.
These past few weeks have had several positive developments for some of my legislation. I am happy to report that my bill SB 227 to save off-highway vehicle competitions in California‚ has cleared the Senate floor and is on its way to the State Assembly. Competition OHVs have long been registered under the Red Sticker program under the California Air Resources Board‚ which sunsets this year with no plan to replace it. I sincerely appreciate the strong backing our measure has received from a bi-partisan majority of Senators. OHV competitions are a key part of the recreational economies in rural and suburban California and this measure will keep competitions operating throughout the state.
Please take a moment to sign my petition to urge the immediate HALT of the state’s gas tax increase that is set for July 1. With tens of billions in a budget surplus and an economy trying to recover from the impacts of COVID-19 restrictions‚ the last thing the state should do is be raising taxes on its citizens.
Recently during my El Cajon Town Hall‚ I was joined by Harold Brown‚ the CEO of the East County Transitional Living Center. It was my privilege to recognize Harold and his staff for all the amazing work ECTLC does in the community. Thousands of struggling homeless families have found refuge at ECTLC through its programs because they provide more than just food‚ showers‚ clean clothes‚ and a safe place to stay. They provide people with hope and a compelling reason to improve their situation by encouraging them to understand the role that faith plays in their lives.
For over 32 years‚ the mission of the Urban Corps of San Diego County has been to serve as a bridge to a better life for young adults‚ ages 18-26‚ by providing paid job training‚ support services‚ and a second chance to earn a high school diploma. As a certified local conservation corps and charter school‚ they serve the futures of young adults in San Diego County‚ while offering a variety of professional services to the San Diego community.
I want to congratulate Doctor of the Year for District 38‚ Dr. Bassam Nassir‚ San Ysidro Health Center. Dr. Nassir has been practicing community medicine in El Cajon for the past 13 years. He has a loyal patient base and he enjoys preparing the next generation of health leaders in the Internal Medicine Residency program. His dedication to his patients‚ many having fled civil strife in Iraq‚ is invaluable and has garnered him trust. He is known for his ability to connect with patients and have them leave with a smile after a visit. He is the first to say‚ “In order to be a good doctor‚ you must listen to the patient‚ be honest and be a real partner in their care.”
I would like to also recognize Dr. Holly B. Yang who is completing her term as the 150th President of the San Diego Medical Society. Dr. Yang engaged with her fellow executive committee members during the height of Covid-19 in May 2020‚ to provide effective leadership for the benefits of the Society’s membership and San Diego County residents. Good job‚ “Doc!”
I want to thank all of you who attended my virtual El Cajon Town Hall on May 26th. I enjoyed the opportunity to update you on legislation and answer your questions. A special thank you to El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells for joining us! If you have a question or a suggestion for my next town hall‚ you can contact me here.
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