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Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron of Escondido announced her bill to improve California’s community mental health system, Assembly Bill 1352, was signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom recently. Local mental health boards can better support patients by voicing concerns about county decisions and independently evaluating their community’s mental health needs, services and facilities, she said. “California has a behavioral health crisis,” Waldron said. “Across the state’s 58 counties, there are 58 different mental health delivery systems with no statewide best practices and no voice in the…
This week Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron announced her bill, AB 1398, to require transparency from the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) when spending taxpayer funds. The bill will require SANDAG to hold a series of public meetings and earn the approval of two-thirds of voters before making substantial changes to its spending plan. “Unfortunately, SANDAG cannot be trusted to look out for people in all parts of our diverse county,” said Waldron. “Our community deserves confidence that their tax money is being used appropriately and that SANDAG is keeping its promises to…
On June 5, I joined 119 State Senators and Assemblymembers on the South Lawn of the Capitol as we participated in the 4th annual California Nonprofits Day to recognize and honor the nonprofits that do so much to improve our communities and enhance the lives of thousands of Californians. This year I was very pleased to recognize REINS Therapeutic Riding of Fallbrook as my Nonprofit of the Year. Led by Executive Director Deborah Shinner and Program Director Shauna Jopes, over the last 35 years REINS has become the largest therapeutic riding program in San Diego County and is ranked among the…
Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron (Escondido) celebrated Juanita Hayes as the 75th Assembly District Woman of the Year. Hayes is an accomplished career woman with over 25 years in the corporate world and in education. She has taken the skills she learned in her busy career to enrich the lives of others in through involvement in her community and non-profits. “It’s my privilege to honor Juanita for her accomplishments in leadership, education and philanthropy,” said Waldron. “Hayes has been nationally recognized for her career and her continued devotion to nonprofits. It’s…
Today, Assembly Republican Leader Marie Waldron issued the following statement in response to news that the Department of Motor Vehicles waited a month to notify Californians about the federal government’s rejection of the state’s REAL ID residency verification process and continued to issue cards that it knew would require additional documentation:   “It’s completely unacceptable that the DMV knew about this issue for a month before even acknowledging something was wrong. The DMV has only been requiring one form of identification to verify residence (current lease, utility bill, etc) but…