September 9, 2014
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman Scott Peters (CA-52) brought together San Diego leaders and Washington policy makers to discuss the innovative ways San Diego is leading the country. The discussions were held in conjunction with this week’s San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce trip to Washington.
“San Diego is renowned as a hub for innovation, collaboration, and bipartisan problem-solving – a fact on true display at today’s events,” Rep. Peters said. “It’s that type of solutions-first culture that is needed in Washington, D.C., and I’m proud to highlight the amazing work that is being done in our region. Between finding new ways to deliver healthcare, dynamic methods of serving our veterans and ending veterans’ homelessness, and engaging diverse ideas for a sustainable water future, there is much Washington can learn from a forward-thinking place like San Diego.”
Rep. Peters hosted several roundtable discussions today: a standing room only briefing on the Military Transition Support Project; San Diego’s innovative telehealth and wireless medicine sector; ending the ongoing problem of homelessness among the veterans’ population; discussing bipartisan problem solving with NoLabels.org; and San Diego’s sustainable water future.
Panelists participating in today’s policy discussions included the following:
- Military Transition Support Project: Bill York, Chief Operating Officer of 2-1-1 San Diego; and MaryAnne Pintar, District Chief of Staff for Congressman Peters
- Telehealth and Wireless Medicine: Janet Marchibroda, Director of Health Innovation at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Health Innovation Initiative; Sherilyn Pruitt, Director of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth at the Office of Rural Health Policy; Neal Neuberger, Executive Director at the Institute for e-Health Policy
- San Diego’s water future: Kevin Faulconer, Mayor of the City of San Diego; Congresswoman Susan Davis (CA-53); Dennis Cushman, San Diego County Water Authority; Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission; Halla Razak, Director of Public Utilities, City of San Diego
- Ending Veterans’ Homelessness: Anthony Love, Director of Community Engagement, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration Homelessness Programs; Lisa Pape, Executive Director of Homelessness Programs, Department of Veterans Affairs Health Administration; Matthew Doherty, Director of National Initiatives, U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness; Steve Berg, VP for Programs and Policy, National Alliance to End Homelessness; Kris Michell, President and CEO, Downtown San Diego Partnership; Rick Gentry, President and CEO, San Diego Housing Commission
- Bipartisanship with NoLabels.org: Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY-19); Rep. Jim Matheson (D-UT-04); Margaret Kimbrell, Executive Director of No Labels