Helping Our Restaurants
At our upcoming Board meeting, I will be asking our Department of Public Health to continue to allow outdoor dining structures to remain in San Diego County. Restaurants have been one of the hardest-hit industries and we should be doing all we can to lift them up!
San Pasqual Academy Update
On May 3, 2021, the California Department of Social Services responded to the County of San Diego stating they were willing to grant the requested extension of San Pasqual Academy subject to four conditions:
1. The County shall not make new residential placements of foster youth at the SPA upon acceptance of this amendment to the MOU.
2. The County must confirm that required child and family team meeting(s) are occurring for each youth in placement at SPA to assist with the transition planning; specifically, reporting on the status of family finding, engagement and support and permanency planning. The County should consult with each youth’s counsel in this planning, and ensure the youth has access to their counsel.
3. The County must arrange for an independent third-party to engage with all youth currently in placement, other stakeholders, dependency counsel, and the courts to obtain an objective assessment of the youth’s experiences.
4. The County must schedule a status update with Angie Schwartz, Children and Family Services Division Deputy Director, every two weeks regarding the transition plans for all youth in placement, that must include a discussion of long-term and transformative plans for the program and/or the facility, if the intended use will serve foster youth or families involved with the child welfare system.
The County of San Diego must accept these conditions and respond back by May 28, 2021 for the June 2022 extension to be granted. The four conditions outlined above are concerning to many SPA stakeholders, which include clinicians, former foster youth, and community advocates.
Instead, I have submitted a Board letter, which would direct the Chief Administrative Officer not to agree to the above terms until May 28, 2021, and in the interim continue a dialogue with State and Federal officials to explore a licensing and funding carve-out to keep SPA permanently operating.
I continue to be very moved by the stories from SPA students and graduates and want to do all I can to find a solution.
|Swimming is a life skill that is not easily accessible to all residents throughout our communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 79% of children in households with incomes less than $50,000 have little-to-no swimming ability. In California, drowning is a leading cause of injury-related deaths among children under the age of five.|
There are ways to help prevent drownings, with formal swimming lessons reducing the likelihood of childhood drowning by 88%.
I have partnered with Supervisor Nora Vargas on a Board letter, which develops a drowning prevention outreach campaign with up to $250,000 to teach underserved children basic drowning prevention skills and swimming lessons in San Diego County.
Addressing this disparity in our region will save lives and help address equity within our many communities by adding more opportunities for San Diego County children to learn basic drowning prevention skills.
Voice Your Opinion
A limited number of people can attend and provide public comment in person at tomorrow’s Board of Supervisors meeting.
COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines cap the number of public participants in the Board Chamber at a time to 22 people.
Overflow rooms will be available, but due to limited capacity, the Clerk of the Board still strongly urges the public to watch the meetings live online and make a request to speak via teleconference or submit a written eComment.
Members of the public can use the eComment service to submit comments on agenda and non-agenda items before and during the meeting.
Those who want to participate in the meeting and speak via teleconference must fill out the online Board of Supervisors tele-comments form and submit it before the meeting starts. After submitting the form, you will receive instructions on how to call in to the meeting to provide your comments.
Supervisor Jim Desmond | 1600 Pacific Highway, San Diego, CA 92101