Anderson 360 News Update: October 2018

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Celebration of a Tuskegee Airman’s Life

The service for Captain Claude Rowe on October 5, 2018 at Ft. Rosecrans National Cemetery was filled with loved ones and fellow service members. Claude and his fellow Tuskegee Airmen not only helped defeat fascism overseas, but just as importantly, they helped break down the barriers of racism and segregation here in America, which led to the complete racial integration of the military.

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Claude once said of Tuskegee Airmen, “We were not just fighting for our country, we were fighting for our dreams and we were willing to give our lives for it. Our country has come a long way.”

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In 2012, I introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 90, which recognized the extraordinary achievements of the Tuskegee Airmen. It was one of the greatest honors of my legislative career and my life to be present on February 22, 2013 when we unveiled the “Tuskegee Airmen Highway” – a dedicated section of Interstate 15 located appropriately near Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

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God Bless you, Captain. We salute you. We thank you. May you rest in peace.

Recognition for California Heroes

The Heroes Day Celebration has grown so much over the last few years! When we first held the event, we were in my district office with a dozen people. On October 13, 2018, we welcomed over 150 California Heroes and their friends and family at Foothills Christian Church for the ceremony. This year’s event was a particularly special one to me since it was the last time for me to hold the event as your State Senator.

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I am honored to have recognized these unsung heroes that do so much for our community. Thank you to everyone who came today to help us celebrate these deserving individuals. Read more about these heroes on my website,

After the Lilac Fire

Community members and first responders recently gathered for to recognize those who served the Rancho Monserate Country Club community by putting their lives on the line during the Lilac Fire. It was my honor to attend and acknowledge these heroes for the effort they gave in protecting our community from the wildfire.

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We also celebrated the passage of Assembly Bill 1943, written by Assemblymember Marie Waldron and co-authored by me. I would like to thank William Smith of Sequoia Home Funding and his whole team for putting together this important event. He shared, “Senator Anderson’s and Assemblymember Waldron’s support of Rancho Monserate’s homeowners by sponsoring AB 1943 was critical after the Lilac Fire.” After the Lilac Fire in San Diego County burned down, 75 manufactured homeowners found out that they were missing a necessary permit with the California Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) and were prohibited from rebuilding.

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Assemblymember Waldron and I worked together to fix this technicality so that residents could move forward with rebuilding their homes and their lives. Governor Brown signed this bill into law last month. I was gratified to receive an appreciation plaque from the homeowners of Rancho Monserate Country Club.

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