I want to start this note by thanking our San Diego Padres for such an amazing season. You gave us a lot to cheer about and reminded us of one of the many reasons we love San Diego. Can't wait for Spring Training!
This November, we honor and celebrate three important days.
Mark your calendar, Election Day is November 8. Or, rather, Election "deadline" is November 8 — you can vote early by returning your ballot by mail or at a drop box, or you can vote in person at locations throughout the region. You can even track the status of your ballot at https://wheresmyballot.sos.ca.gov.
Participating in our democracy has never been easier, so please take the opportunity to make sure your voice is heard this month. Every vote matters! For more information about how and where to vote, and for other information, visit SDvote.com.
Coming from a military family, Veterans Day is particularly meaningful to me. My father, two brothers, twin sister, brother-in-law, two uncles, two cousins, two nephews, and grandfather all served in the Armed Forces.
As a Senator representing a district with strong ties to the military, serving veterans in our community is a true honor, and among my highest priorities. This year, I had the opportunity to author SB 1041, which will make permanent the sales tax exemption for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society and other qualifying organizations that provide financial, educational, and other assistance to members of the Armed Forces, their family members, and survivors. This bill received bipartisan support in both houses, and has been signed into law by the Governor.
Honoring Native American Heritage
November also is recognized as Native American Heritage Month, and honors the rich cultures and traditions of the Native tribes that were here long before California became a state. The peoples indigenous to what we now call San Diego County, including The Kumeyaay, have lived here for more than 10,000 years.
Last year, I was honored to take part in the opening of Iipay ~ Tipai Kumeyaay Mut Niihepok, the Land of the First People exhibit in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park. To learn more about the exhibit and The Kumeyaay, click here. While we pay special tribute to Native American heritage this month, let's remember to recognize their history and be diligent in our commitment to meaningfully engage with Tribal communities all year long.
U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg stopped by to ride the rails, witness the bustling LOSSAN corridor in action, and learn more about the work SANDAG is doing in partnership with local leaders to move the tracks safely off the Del Mar bluffs.
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