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The sun was shining, the air was brisk, and the roar of motorcycle engines echoed throughout the city of Carlsbad. On the morning of January 22nd, 2012, thousands of riders came together with one goal in mind: fulfill the dream of a 13 year old motorcycle enthusiast living his life with a debilitating disease.
Josiah Trujillo was diagnosed with Spina Bifida at a very young age and is now confined to a hospital bed in his home. When Josiah mentioned to PJ Byrne, a close friend and fellow motorcycle enthusiast, that his dream was to have 3,000 motorcycles ride past his house, PJ said “Josiah, you live in Carlsbad, not Sturgis! How about 100 bikes?” That was where it all started; back in 2010, PJ, his wife Debbie, Lewis Medress and his wife Debbie, and Janet Hogan decided they were going to do whatever they could to make Josiah’s dream come true.
With the help of another well-known motorcycle fanatic, Clint August from 101 KGB, word quickly spread about “Josiah’s Dream Ride” and before they knew it, 4,500 bikes from San Diego, Riverside, and Orange County were meeting up at various locations all over San Diego to begin the ride that would restore happiness, hope, and strength to a boy with a devastating disease. On the day of the ride, assistance from the Carlsbad Police Department allowed bikers, for nearly an hour, to slowly drive past Josiah as he waved from his front porch. His smile was ear to ear and tears filled the eyes of onlookers and riders. Local motorcycle clubs such as the Coffin Chasers, the Laffing Devils, and the Saddletramps as well as Harley Owners Groups from all over the county, played a vital role in the ride’s success. There was a mutual feeling amongst the riders that day; camaraderie.
That sense of unity is not uncommon in the motorcycle community. Elizabeth Blumberg, a staff member in Senator Anderson’s office was especially touched hearing the story of Josiah’s Dream Ride because she had shared a similar experience when hundreds of bikers showed up at the memorial service of her late father, a long-time rider, to escort her family to the cemetery and honor a life well-lived. The inspiration ride caught Senator Anderson and his staff’s attention.
It always seems that those who give so much expect so little in return. The selfless attitude of service was celebrated on the rainy Sunday morning of March 18th at the KUSI News Studios in San Diego. Senator Joel Anderson spent time talking with the organizers and those who were most instrumental in the success of Josiah’s Dream Ride. “They deserved recognition for the tremendous work and heart that went into planning and executing the ride. People who stand up for others make our community a better place to live. I am proud to have had an opportunity to recognize them and their efforts,” said Senator Anderson.
Dave Stall and Bridget Naso from KUSI had been following the story from the beginning and played host to the live segment which featured Senator Anderson’s presentation of California State Senate Certificates of Recognition. It was difficult to sum up, in only a few words, the amount of dedication and compassion that went into the planning and participation of this event.
Pictured above from L-R: Dave Stall, Bridget Naso, Senator Joel Anderson, PJ Byrne
At the end of the day, new friendships were formed, stories were shared, and that feeling of unity came across those in the KUSI studios on that rainy Sunday morning. The life of a young boy was celebrated and outstanding members of the community were given at least a sliver of the recognition they deserve.
This is just one of the many events that riders in San Diego participate in that benefit those less fortunate in our community. Clint August, who played a large role in the success of Josiah’s Dream Ride, each year, puts together another ride in which thousands of bikers from all over the state come together to support struggling military families right here in San Diego. Through Homefront San Diego, the ride’s beneficiary, assistance is provided to families of active military men and women who risk their lives every day to defend our freedom. This year, May Ride is celebrating its 10th anniversary and will be taking place on National Armed Forces Day, May 19th beginning and ending at Biggs Harley Davidson in San Marcos. For more information, visit May Ride’s official website www.mayride.com.
The story of a young girl with high hopes and aspirations caught the attention of many of her peers and teachers at Green Elementary School last month. The goal of young Cassandra Priebe, a 4th grader in San Diego, is to raise $500 to plant 5,000 new trees. Cassie began this journey when she was in 3rd grade and is now only a few dollars short of achieving her goal. Her passion was recently recognized at a school assembly which included a presentation of a California State Senate Certificate of Recognition from Senator Anderson’s staff and Fox 5’s Meteorologist, Aloha Taylor, praising Cassie’s efforts. Inspiration filled the hearts of each person attending the school assembly that day and it was evident that Cassie had the drive to accomplish her goals. Here is the video of Cassie receiving her certificate from Senator Anderson’s staff: www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ULwiKahsS0
Cassie’s way of saying “thank you” to those willing to help her reach her goal is by making them a tiny clay animal or a piece beautiful handmade jewelry. Recently, Senator Anderson was able to meet Cassie and thank her for her dedication to making our state a more beautiful place. “It’s people like Cassie who truly set the bar and inspire others to improve their community. The work of just one really can make a difference in the lives of millions,” said Anderson.
If you’d like to learn more about Cassandra Priebe and her project, you can visit her website: www.crowdrise.com/CassieTrees/fundraiser/CassiesTrees.
Ashley Wiley, a sophomore at Steele Canyon High School and internship staff member for Senator Anderson’s El Cajon District Office, was recently crowned 2012 Pre-teen Miss Alpine in the Miss Alpine and Mt. Empire Scholarship Pageant on March 25th. The event was held at Los Coches Middle School in El Cajon and featured young women who have dedicated their time and efforts to improving their community.
Ashley is a 15 year old Alpine resident who on top of interning in Senator Anderson’s office two days a week, also volunteers her time at the Alpine Branch Library, and is part of the Council for Youth Empowerment. She is a member of her school’s cheer squad and with her 4.4 GPA, Ashley received the Coaches Award during her freshman year. Ashley is committed to serving her community and inspiring other young women to be the best they can be.
Though only 15 years old and one of the youngest interns the office has ever had, Ashley is a true asset to Senator Anderson’s internship program and is viewed as a leader amongst her peers. Her excellent writing skills are invaluable to the office and her kind manner has made her very effective in helping Senator Anderson’s constituents.
“Ashley has worked extraordinarily hard to make our community a better place, which is why she is so deserving of this honor,” said Anderson. “I am very grateful for her outstanding service in my office and in our community.”
If you or someone you know is interested in becoming an intern for Senator Anderson’s office, you can download the application online at www.senate.ca.gov/Anderson and email it along with your resume to Elizabeth.Blumberg@sen.ca.gov.
Courtesy photo - Tom Rogers presents a certificate of recognition to the Vintage Car Club on behalf of Senator Joel Anderson.
There are many groups and organizations in the community that purposely fly under the radar, and do not seek recognition for the charitable work they do. The Fallbrook Vintage Car Club recently received praise and recognition from Tom Rogers, Senator Anderson’s District Director, as he presented a California State Senate Certificate of Recognition to Roy Moosa, president of the club. An attached letter from the Senator read: “I would like to thank you for your outstanding commitment to the community by recognizing all of your exceptional charitable work. Your dedication of time and effort that goes into helping groups such as the Fallbrook Hospital Auxiliary and Fallbrook Youth Baseball helps change lives in the community in a dramatic way.”
Community service is one of the Fallbrook Vintage Car Club’s main purposes, as well as reaching out to the youth population of Fallbrook. The club supports other local charitable organizations, particularly those that assist members of the military and their families. Members of the club share not only a passion for vintage cars but also for helping those less fortunate and giving back. On top of holding regular meetings, the all-volunteer club puts on an annual car show which provides entertainment for the citizens of Fallbrook. The Fallbrook Vintage Car Club is an inspiring group of individuals who strive to help those that are less fortunate. If you are interested in getting involved or would like to learn more, visit: http://www.fallbrookvintagecarclub.org/index.html.
Senator Joel Anderson (center) was honored to provide Grossmont Union High School CTE teachers and administrators with a personal tour of the Senate Chamber, and a behind the scenes look at how decisions are made, and laws are passed in California.
This year over 20 outstanding teachers, counselors, and administrators from the Grossmont Union High School District had the opportunity to attend the annual Educating for Careers Conference in mid-February. These exemplary educators joined hundreds of others from around the state to discuss and learn more about developing and expanding the Career Technical Education (CTE) Pathways in our district. This “Pathways to Success” conference, which is funded through the Federal Perkins Grant, gives those involved a chance to meet with other influential educational leaders to compare notes, discuss insights, and share their experiences with their district’s CTE programs. The future of our society rests in the hands of these educators who are constantly looking for ways to enrich their students’ lives and make the most out of the resources they are given. The CTE students in the Grossmont Union High School District have already accomplished great things and are setting the bar for others in districts throughout the state.
One of the highlights of the GUHSD’s trip to Sacramento was the closer look they were given at the decision making process of the State Legislature. Representatives were able to meet one on one with their local State Senator, Joel Anderson and join him, along with Senator Wyland, on the Senate Floor. Both Senators showed strong support for Career Technical Education and vowed to continue their commitment to CTE Programs. With the help of local legislators, the Grossmont Union High School District CTE Programs can ensure that the future of our country have the tools they need to prepare for college and begin their careers. By working together, we can come to common sense solutions that will enrich the lives of California students striving to succeed.
To learn more about Grossmont Union High School District’s Career Technical Education program please visit: http://rop.guhsd.net/.
Growing a thriving business in this economy is a tough task to accomplish, but several outstanding leaders in Santee have done just that. Senator Anderson’s office was thrilled to be a part of the Santee Chamber of Commerce’s Awards Night Celebration which took place at Barona Resort and Casino. These businesses and local leaders were recognized for their incredible contributions to the community and for their dedication to enhancing and growing the local economy. On top of immense appreciation from the entire audience in attendance that night, each winner received a certificate of recognition from Senator Anderson.
The following awards were given:
“Citizen of the Year” – Joe Spencer
“Rotarian of the Year” – Lori Bird
“Deputy Sheriff of the Year” – Karl Miller
“Firefighter of the Year” – Kyle Moyneur
“Military Recognition” – 2nd Battalion 1st Marine Regiment, – Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462
Chamber of Commerce Enhancement Award – Santee Lakes
Chamber President’s Award – Clint August, Jay Renard, and John Morley
Business Leadership Award – Bob Grande QCMI
Business of the Year Awards
Small Business of the Year – Farmers Insurance and Financial Services, Clinkenbeard Agency
Medium Business of the Year – Lloyd’s Collision Center, Inc.
Large Business of the Year – Costco
Regional Business of the Year – SDG&E New Business of the Year – Sportsplex USA
Having a good time at the Santee Chamber of Commerce awards night are (left to right), Joe Browning – Representative for Congressman Duncan Hunter; Gail Ramer – Representative for Assemblyman Brian Jones; Eddie Sprecco – District Director for Senator Joel Anderson; Savannah Keener – Miss Teen Santee 2011; Joe Spencer –Santee Citizen of the Year 2011; Maria Maes – Miss Santee 2011; and Rob McNellis – Vice Mayor of Santee.
(Photo from: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jsr_santee/sets/72157629296532665/)
Civil rights activist and Congressional Gold Medal recipient Minnijean Brown Trickey honored by Senator Anderson on the Floor of the California State Senate
“It was indeed an honor to meet and talk with Ms. Brown Trickey,” said Senator Anderson. “She is an inspiration to so many people for the dedication and devotion to helping others that she has demonstrated over the years. Her efforts are world renown and part of history.”
Nominate an Outstanding Citizen for National Volunteer Week Award!
National Volunteer Week is April 15 – 21, 2012. If you have a friend or neighbor that deserves to be recognized for their outstanding service to their community, please send an email to Senator.Anderson@senate.ca.gov to nominate them, or their organization, for a Certificate of Recognition from the Senator. Senator Anderson and his staff would be honored to recognize those who work every day to make our communities better. Recognized volunteers just might be featured in our next newsletter!
Here’s a list of some of the key measures introduced by Senator Anderson for the 2012 legislative session. For more information on these measures, please contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SB 962 – allows underserved, small communities (with fewer than 2,500 water services connections) to utilize point-of-use or point-of-entry water treatment devices rather than having to finance and build expensive new central water treatment systems.
SB 1368 – places a reasonable cap on state employee/appointee salaries at a maximum of the amount of the Governor’s annual salary (currently $173,987).
SB 1371 – strengthens the Victim Compensation Program by allowing the state to utilize private debt collectors to enhance collection of restitution monies owed to crime victims by criminals.
SB 1422 – respects our veterans by providing recent honorably discharged veterans with an exemption or discount for the cost of a handgun safety certificate.
SB 1499 – provides additional cost control measures for highway construction projects that exceed projected costs by more than 20% of their initial budget.
SB 1514 – reduces court backlog and cuts costs by eliminating the filing of automatic appeals for inmates sentenced to capital punishment.
SB 1560 – implements Governor Brown’s proposal to reduce community college costs by assigning funding over the course of an entire term and ensures the state funds serious students.
SB 1561 – focuses community college resources on successfully, career-track students by requiring re-application and admission for college students that drop 3 or more classes during one term.
SCA 20 – reduces courtroom backlog and taxpayer costs by re-directing appeals of death penalty cases to the State Court of Appeals rather than to the State Supreme Court.
SR 26 (Joint author with Senators Hancock and DeSaulnier) – declares “Drug Abuse Awareness Month” to raise awareness about the abuse or misuse of prescription drugs, promote prescription drug safe storage and disposal, and using medications only as prescribed.