Dr. Akilah Weber - Assemblymember, 79th District

Happy New Year From Assemblymember Akilah Weber

As I reflect over the past year, I am very proud of how far we have come. Let's take a look at what we have accomplished. 

In the 2022-23 Fiscal Year, I was able to secure funding for several local community projects that will help improve safety and expand access to some of our district's most beloved recreational spaces. More than $50 million in state funding came back to the 79th Assembly District. Some of the projects I championed for my district include:

  • $2,000,000 to the Padre Dam Municipal Water District to create a new source of water supply for East San Diego County residents.
  • $2,500,000 to the City of San Diego to fund upgrades to Emerald Hills Park.
  • $2,000,000 to the City of San Diego for much-needed upgrades to the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Pool. 
  • $600,000 to the City of San Diego for upgrades to the Mountain View Park Sport Court and ADA accessibility. 
  • $500,000 to the City of La Mesa for increased mobility access around schools and parks. 

We also had a very successful legislative year. I am happy to report that eight of my bills were signed into law by Governor Newsom. My bills will make California better by uplifting women, the working class, students, and prioritizing the health and safety of all.

  • AB 1601 will protect call center workers and disincentive employers from moving jobs out of California.
  • AB 1632, the Restroom Access Act, will protect those with medical conditions who need restroom access.
  • AB 1636, the Patient Protection Act, will ensure that physicians or surgeons who commit sexual misconduct with patients would permanently lose their license through the Medical Board of California.
  • AB 1797 will keep our schools open and safe by authorizing and streamlining schools' ability to verify their student's vaccine record and provide data on most impacted communities.
  • AB 2134 will remove cost as a barrier to abortion and contraceptive care in the State of California and affirm our commitment to reproductive rights. This bill was accompanied by a $40 million allocation in the state budget.
  • AB 2185 standardizes best practices and increases access of medical evidentiary examinations for victims of domestic violence assault.
  • AB 2598 will improve school campus culture and climate by requiring the California Department of Education to develop a standard model of restorative justice practices at all California K-12 schools. Keeping students in school through restorative practices such as counseling will work towards closing the academic achievement gap.
  • AB 2872, the Safe at Home Program, will strengthen and streamline the Safe at Home address confidentiality program for survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking, or elder or dependent adult abuse. 

District Events

Our district is busy year-round with fantastic events! Below are brief descriptions of what we provide to our constituents annually. 

  1. Community Recognitions Program. Throughout the year, my constituents are invited to submit nominations for community leaders and small business owners who were role models and gave back to the community in a variety of categories. Each month we presented these awards in our district, and in December, we invited the awardees and their families to a Community Recognition Ceremony and Celebration. 
  1. Young Legislators Program. This is an educational experience for high school students to learn more about the legislative process and gain some hands on experience with generating a bill idea. 
  1. Perfect Attendance Award Ceremony at SeaWorld. This past school year, we celebrated four hundred K-12 students for their perfect school attendance. They earned a free day at SeaWorld San Diego! 
  1. Backpack Giveaway. We provided 1,000 backpacks, school supplies, and family resources at the Lemon Grove Recreation Center. 
  1. Turkey Giveaway and Health Fair. We partnered with the Jackie Robinson YMCA and the San Diego Food Bank to provide 1,000 turkeys, food, and over 30 health and resource booths for families. 
  1. Winter Literacy and Book Giveaway. Our final event of the year was held at Salvation Army Kroc Center. We were joined by Cookie Monster from Sesame Place San Diego and the RJ the Crocodile to give out hundreds of books to K-12 students. 

If you attended any of these events or even helped to volunteer, I hope you've experienced great community service. I am looking forward to my continued service as your Assemblymember. 

Redistricting means that the 79th district has changed. I now represent the unincorporated areas of Spring Valley/La Presa, the cities of La Mesa and Lemon Grove, City Heights, southeastern San Diego including Encanto, Paradise Hills, Emerald Hills, Mt. Hope, Mountain View, Oak Park, and many more neighborhoods within the City of San Diego. 

As we bring 2022 to a close, I am working on introducing new bills that will provide additional support and opportunities for our families. If my office can be of any assistance to you, please do not hesitate to call us at (619) 465-7903. Remember to follow me on Social Media and visit my website to stay abreast of our activities, opportunities and new legislation. 

Wishing you and your family a safe and healthy 2023. 

Happy New Year!

Signature

Akilah Weber, M.D.
Assemblymember, 79th District

 
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4700 Spring Street
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La Mesa, CA 91941
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