Friday, March 29, 2013


(San Diego)  In honor of Women’s History Month, Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins has recognized eight women from the 78th Assembly District who exemplify commitment to public service.  The women were honored at a reception in the Majority Leader’s San Diego district office.

“The women I am honoring today have worked tirelessly to improve their communities and the lives of others,” says Atkins.  “They are ideal role models for both young women and young men who aspire to make a difference through service.  I thank them all for helping to make the 78th Assembly District a vibrant, diverse, and outstanding place to live.”

The eight honorees are:

The Honorable Lee M. Haydu
Ms. Haydu’s service includes the San Dieguito Lagoon Committee, Del Mar Heights Elementary Site Council, Vice President and President of the PTA.  She is currently serving on the Del Mar City Council.
The Honorable Mary C. Herron

Ms. Herron was mayor of the City of Coronado in 1988, after having first been elected a City of Coronado Councilmember in 1978.  She has worked to end homelessness.

The Honorable Carrie A. Downey

Ms. Downey has been involved in League of Cities, Village Elementary PATT, Coronado Lion’s Club, Coronado Junior Woman’s Club, and Coronado Chamber of Commerce. She also served 8 years on the Coronado City Council.
Ms. Sara F. Moser 

Ms. Moser is a long-time supporter of Planned Parenthood and family planning.

Dr. Delores A. Jacobs 

As Chief Executive Officer of The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Community Center, Dr. Jacobs manages one of the oldest, largest and most dynamic LGBT community centers in the country.

The Honorable Lesa Heebner 

A long-time resident of Solana Beach, Ms. Heebner worked to upgrade and revitalize the city and was involved in the Coastal Rail Trail, the Solana Beach View Assessment Committee and served on several Ad Hoc Committees for infrastructure improvements. She currently serves on the Solana Beach City Council and also served as Mayor.

The Honorable Patricia McCoy
Serving 12 years on the Imperial Beach City Council, this long-time IB resident played an integral role in the wildlife preservation movement and is credited with creating a refuge to protect some of the last coastal wetlands in California and ensuring the establishment of what is now known as the Tijuana Slough National Wildlife Refuge, the San Diego Bay Wildlife Refuge, and the Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve

The Honorable Diane Rose
A long-time resident of Imperial Beach, Ms. Rose served 12 years on the City Council and as Mayor.  She also served on the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG,) the Metropolitan Transit System, the California League of Cities, and the federal board advising President Clinton and Congress on U.S.-Mexico border issues.  Rose has been dedicated to the preservation and improved quality of life that transformed Imperial Beach.


Sunday, March 24, 2013

Longtime Chula Vista Police Chief Strongly Endorses Steve Castaneda for Assembly

Public Safety and Commitment to Children in the Community Matters

CHULA VISTA, Calif. – Protecting public safety and an outstanding commitment to children are two major reasons retired Chula Vista Police Chief Bill Winters proudly supports Steve Castaneda for Assembly.

Winters, a resident of the 80th Assembly District, served as Chula Vista Police Chief from 1965 to 1992. Since his retirement from the police department, he has been heavily involved with South Bay Little League Baseball.

“I am proud to endorse Steve Castaneda for Assembly because I know that his dedication to public safety is unmatched,” said Bill Winters, Chula Vista’s Police Chief for 26 years. “Not only is Steve’s commitment to the residents of the 80th Assembly District unwavering, but his proven record of improving the lives of our kids is well documented.

“We’ve worked together on many things in the long time I’ve known him, but a perfect example of Steve’s ability to get things done for our community was when he took the lead in helping to repair a youth baseball facility in south Chula Vista.” 

Winters says that Castaneda is the best choice for the 80th Assembly District in the upcoming June 2013 special election.       

About Steve Castaneda for State Assembly

Steve Castaneda, a fiscally conservative Democrat, is a small business owner and former two-term Chula Vista councilmember. He is the father of two sons and is married to his beautiful and talented wife, Tanya Mannes Castaneda. The 80th Assembly District is located in southwest California, encompassing portions of Chula Vista, San Diego and National City. The 80th District special election is a result of an impending vacancy created by Assemblyman Ben Hueso's election to the California State Senate and will be held in early June 2013.

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Community Rally to Protect Saturday Mail Delivery

March 24th Day of Action highlights need to protect six day postal delivery

[SAN DIEGO] – Concerned citizens will rally on Sunday, March 24 to protect Saturday mail delivery and demand that Congress deliver a better plan to strengthen the Postal Service for the future. The rally will take place at the Downtown Post Office, 815 E Street on March 24 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All members of the community are invited to attend.

The Postal Service’s plan to shrink the Postal Service by ending six-day service is an attack on the future of this great institution, on the customers who need it and on the employees who support it. Many Americans — especially small-business owners, senior citizens and rural residents — would suffer if the strength and reach of our Postal Service is compromised. In addition, cutting Saturday mail delivery would delay important household and business transactions, including bills, invoices and personal communications, and may force customers to shift to high-cost competing services.

The U.S. Postal Service is America’s only universal communications network, reaching every address in America six days a week. Established by the Constitution and using no taxpayer funding for its operations, the Postal Service is a vital public institution that California cannot afford to see reduced or dismantled.

To learn more about the rally visit:

WHEN:           11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Sunday, March 24, 2013

WHERE:         Downtown Post Office, 815 E Street San Diego, CA 92101