Anderson 360: March 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

A Jazzy Touch at the Holiday Legislative Open House 2015

Gypsy Swing Cats joined us at last year’s Holiday Legislative Open House and shared their amazing talent with the 4,000 plus attendees. You can watch them play at the end of our video re-cap of the Holiday Legislative Open House here:

Guy Gonzales, IAJSD Executive Director and musician with Gypsy Swing Cats

Guy Gonzales is one of the musicians with Gypsy Swing Cats and also the Executive Director of the International Academy of Jazz San Diego (IAJSD). Guy, born and raised in San Diego, is a prominent leader in our community who has been involved with incredible organizations like El Cajon Rotary, The East County Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Young Artist’s Symphony (now the Mainly Mozart Youth Orchestra) as well as Grossmont and Cuyamaca Colleges, The Juvenile Diabetes Foundation and Rady’s Children’s Hospital.

International Academy of Jazz San Diego (IAJSD)
Photo Credit Robert Sanchez, International Academy of Jazz

For Guy, the IAJSD was a long-time vision. He got together with his friends in the music industry who had the same vision and passion and the fruition and growth of the IAJSD has been a dream come true.

The IAJSD is “San Diego’s only non-profit, full-academic year, after-school program specializing in Jazz Music.” Guy and his partner, Gilbert Castellanos who is the Artistic Director have helped youth up to 19 years old with passion for jazz “improve their jazz skills beyond the scope of what typical local school systems may offer.”

Gilbert Castellanos, IAJSD Artistic Director

Thank you, Guy and the IAJSD, for bringing the beautiful jazz music to our community event and to the youth of San Diego County. For more information about the IAJSD, visit their page here:

IAJSD students performing in Young Lions band at TedxSanDiego
Photo Credit TedxSanDiego, IAJSD students performing in Young Lions band at TedxSanDiego

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Lakeside Community Coffee

It was an honor to meet hundreds of my constituents at the recent community coffees. The Lakeside Community Coffee was graciously hosted by Frank Hilliker, Lakeside Water District Director and Chairman of the Board of the Lakeside Chamber of Commerce. The coffee was held at the Lakeside VFW Post where we discussed issues like water and transportation infrastructure, taxes, and the impacts of illegal immigration. The success of this event was thanks in large part to Starbucks in Santee generously providing the coffee. I appreciate all who came out to our community coffees as you have given me the opportunity to learn how I can make government work for you.

Lakeside Community Coffee

Our next community coffee will be at the El Cajon Police Department Community Room (100 Civic Center Way, El Cajon, CA 92020) and is hosted by El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells. The event will take place on Thursday, April 14 at 6:30PM. My staff will be available during the event to help resolve any issues with state agencies or to look up the State Controller’s database to find out if anyone has unclaimed funds in their name. If you plan on attending, please RSVP by calling 619-596-3136.

High-school student stands out in California Poetry Out Loud

Photo of Senator Anderson and Madison Wagner

Madison Wagner is a junior from Valley Center High School who competed in California Poetry Out Loud; this program is run by the California Arts Council for high school students that are interested in poetry and public speaking. Madison won the San Diego Country Regional Competition, which lead her to advance to the State Finals in Sacramento on February 28-29, 2016. She was also a finalist in last year’s competition.

Madison has been involved in theater for about six years, so she was not very nervous about this competition. She says, “It was more difficult to play down the emotions and stand still, because in a regular monologue you would act out the words rather than standing and delivering. It was certainly a new concept, but it was easy to adapt.”

She thanks everyone that supported and helped her during her competition: VC Optimist Club, her parents, Mrs. Crystal Rienick, Veronica Murphy, and God. She also thanks the hard-working volunteers for putting the competition together.

Madison will be running for 2016 Valley Center Stampede Rodeo Queen, with her horse, and will be utilizing a poem in her speech; congratulations on representing San Diego County so well in the California Poetry Out Loud competition, Madison!

Important Community Updates

Scholarship Opportunity for Range Camp
The Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego is excited to announce that there is one available full financial sponsorship to attend the 2016 Range Camp. The camp offers students from ages 15-18 to learn about the science and management of natural resources in California. Hands on experience with livestock production, wildlife management, forestry, fire ecology, geology, and many more are available if you take advantage of this exciting opportunity. Info on the deadline and the sponsorship can be found here.

MCAS Miramar Increases Police Presence
Starting February 11, 2016 Military Police officers are going to have an increased presence in the areas surrounding the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California. There will be active patrols east of the I-805, north of the CA-52 and the East Miramar training areas. Be advised that if these areas are entered you may be cited and subject to federal fines. For more info contact 858-577-6000 or

Ticket Amnesty Program and Restoring Your Driver’s License
Do you or someone you know have overdue fines and offenses that you would like cleared? If so, take advantage of the Ticket Amnesty Program. This program offers amnesty on the unpaid amount due on traffic and non-traffic infraction fines imposed more than two years ago. Qualified individuals may be able to remove a driver’s license hold or reduce the amount owed on unpaid tickets; the program runs now through March 31, 2017. For more information on the Amnesty Program, please visit the Judicial Council’s Amnesty page at To access the Amnesty Program Participation form, please visit

Wildfire Community Preparedness Day
The California Fire Safe Counsel (CFSC), Farmers Insurance Group and the Fire Safe Council of San Diego County (FSCSDC) are inviting community members and business owners to a free day-long fire safety forum to learn instructions about wildfire. This training will take place on Saturday, April 23rd at the Barona Reservation Resort and Spa from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The main goal is to provide to the community education, exchange information, and foster fire prevention within the County of San Diego. Lunch is served to all attendees, for further information or to RSVP contact Jerry at