Our communities are still in deep pain as we face a rising tide of gun violence in our country. Since last week's tragedy in Uvalde, Texas, deadly shootings have taken place in Tennessee, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Michigan and Illinois.
This crisis must and can be stopped.
As we mark National Gun Violence Awareness Month, the call to action has never been louder. This month, the House of Representatives will vote on various bills to help put an end to this bloodshed around our country. These bills include:
Yesterday, President Biden said this issue is one of conscience and common sense. As the House comes back in session next week, we know there is no room for failure. We will meet this moment with action and conviction to save innocent lives.
This week, I continued my work for the people of the 52nd district but did not lose my focus on the action Congress must take to help stop gun violence. Below is another update on the work my staff and I have done recently to serve you.
This Week's Casework Success Story
Jan and Nelly from La Jolla reached out to my office last month with an inquiry about irregular mail delivery from USPS to their residential address at a retirement community. Upon reaching out to USPS, they discovered there was a ‘return to sender’ hold mistakenly placed on their address in the postal service's system. After my staff contacted USPS on Jan and Nelly's behalf, USPS removed the accidental hold and regular mail delivery quickly resumed to their address.
“...it looks like our mail delivery service is back to normal...thank you very much for so promptly taking care of this problem.”
- Jan and Nelly
Memorial Day in CA-52
This Memorial Day, I had the pleasure of meeting with many communities throughout the 52nd district to honor our fallen veterans. In the morning, I attended the Rancho Bernardo Pancake Breakfast and spoke with local veterans and their families. Afterwards, I visited the Mt. Soledad National Veteran Memorial for the 2022 Memorial Day ceremony. We honored U.S. Marine Corps Major Megan McClung who was killed in action in Iraq in 2006. McClung was the first female Marine officer to be killed in Operation Iraqi Freedom, as well as the first female graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy to be killed in action since the school was founded.
Finally, I attended a very special celebration in Liberty Station. One year after joining an effort to request that a Navy name a ship after a Filipino sailor who received the Medal of Honor 107 years ago, we celebrated the decision of the Secretary of the Navy. A future Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer will be named after this historic sailor: USS Telesforo Trinidad.
Thank you to everyone who participated in these activities to remember every man and woman in uniform who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.
Supporting Local-Federal Efforts for Affordable Housing and Solutions to Homelessness
On Tuesday, Senator Alex Padilla, Mayor Todd Gloria, local housing officials and I visited Father Joe's St. Teresa of Calcutta Villa housing community in the East Village. This housing community provides access to affordable housing for families, seniors, veterans and people with disabilities experiencing homelessness. Before taking a tour of the units, we discussed the federal support behind the development, the importance of more affordable housing and solutions to address homelessness. St. Teresa of Calcutta Villa in San Diego is a shining example of what we can achieve when all levels of government come together. Let's keep up this momentum to deliver safe housing and opportunities for success for those in need.
Celebrating Funds for MTS' Zero Emission Bus Infrastructure
Last week, I highlighted $750,000 in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transit System’s (MTS) Imperial Avenue Division Zero Emission Bus Project. This project is one of seven projects I advocated to include in the federal appropriations bill for fiscal year 2022. To accommodate a fully zero-emission bus (ZEB) fleet by 2040, MTS must upgrade each bus division. The funds for this project will go toward the design phase of building the necessary infrastructure to charge and operate the ZEBs.
Projects like the one we celebrate today strengthen my work in Washington, D.C. My office is thrilled to be part of the momentum behind the hard work to modernize our infrastructure and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions for nearby communities.
Recognition from California's Life Sciences Association
Also last week, I visited the headquarters of Genomatica, a San Diego-based biotechnology company that develops and licenses biological manufacturing processes for the production of intermediate and basic chemicals. I participated in an employee town hall, met with company leaders and took a tour of the Genomatica facilities. During my visit, I also received the inaugural Sustainability Champion Award from Biocom, a life sciences association for California. I appreciate the partnership I’ve built with Biocom California and its members who are forging the discoveries of tomorrow and thank them for this honor.
If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.
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