Congratulations to Smith Psychotherapy Group on the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting of your new business in Newport Beach. It was a pleasure to have staff on hand to recognize your momentous occasion along with the Newport Beach Chamber of Commerce. ... See moreSee less
This morning, our OC Veterans Service Office held an Appreciation Breakfast Potluck for its staff in honor of Veterans Day. Six of the employees are veterans who continue to serve Orange County’s veteran population (over 133,000) as claims officers.
I decided to attend their Breakfast in a low-key manner to surprise the veterans with certificates of recognition for their dedication and hard work in their very demanding (and vital) role. It was great to spend time with outstanding County staff who work so diligently on behalf of our resident veterans.
Thank you for your service to our great country and your continued service to Orange County. I’m very proud of the entire Veterans Service Office! ... See moreSee less
American Legion Post 133 held its annual Veterans Day Ceremony at Pier Plaza in Huntington Beach yesterday. It was a picture-perfect day to honor the veterans among us.
Huntington Beach High School Band performed throughout the Program and did a fine job. HB Mayor Erik Peterson, a Marine veteran, welcomed everyone and rightfully praised his fellow legionnaires in Post 133, in this, their 100th Anniversary Year. The Commanding Officer of Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Captain Jason Sherman, was the guest speaker and gave an impassioned speech.
I praised and thanked not only our veterans but also their families who must also sacrifice while their loved ones are deployed, or transferred on a regular basis. They too pay a price for our freedom. I also gave appropriate accolades to Post 133 for their one hundred years of service. Lastly, I recognized the Gold Star Families in attendance, for they have paid the ultimate price and no longer have their loved ones with them to physically celebrate Veterans Day.
Thank you Post 133 for another great event. You do a fantastic job reminding the local community of the importance of its veterans. I’m proud - and blessed - to be an American. ... See moreSee less
Happy Veterans Day to all of the men and women who have served - or are serving - our great nation in the Armed Forces.
You have my eternal gratitude, utmost respect, and staunch support. A special, heartfelt ’Thank You‘ for your sacrifice and service - especially to the Gold Star Families who remember and honor their loved ones this day.
Today Golden West College in Huntington Beach held a Veterans Day Ceremony since the campus will be closed on Veterans Day, Monday, 11/11.
This was a perfect opportunity to recognize their Veterans Resource Center with a resolution for the fantastic job they do on behalf of Golden West’s veteran student body. Since 2010 the VRC has helped hundreds of veterans receive the support and services they are entitled to as they pursue academic success.
President Tim McGrath and his faculty have truly made Golden West College a veteran-friendly campus where they go above and beyond for their students. It was a pleasure to have a member of my staff offer remarks and recognize the Veterans Resource Center. ... See moreSee less
Some enterprising ladies just opened a new business in Huntington Beach. Congratulations to C2 Education, whose mission is to work with students one-on-one to help them succeed in their educational journey.
Staff was present on my behalf to commemorate their grand opening with a certificate of recognition. ... See moreSee less
I recently joined with alumni and fans of Newport Harbor High School’s 1994 Varsity Football Team to help celebrate the 25th Anniversary of their perfect 14-0 season, in which they won the CIF Division V State Championship.
It was the first and only time in the school’s history they won a state title. Pre-season predictions said the Sailors were not expected to be good that year - but no one told them that. They had six come-from-behind victories, including the state championship game against Servite.
That 1994 season was so incredible, a new book written about them was just released on Amazon called “14 Weeks.” It was authored by Richard Dunn.
Congratulations again to the coaches and players of the undefeated 1994 Sailors of Newport Harbor High School! ... See moreSee less
I had the honor of attending the 2019 Diwali - Festival of Lights Celebration at the Jain Center of Southern California in Buena Park.
Diwali celebrates the triumph of light over dark and good over evil, and the blessings of victory, freedom, and enlightenment. The name comes from Sanksrit dipavali, meaning “row of lights.” On the night of Diwali, celebrants light dozens of candles and clay lamps (called diyas), placing them throughout their homes and in the streets to light up the dark night. In most of India, Diwali consists of a five-day celebration that peaks on the third day with the main celebration of Diwali. In other places where Diwali occurs, usually only the main day is celebrated.
I recognized the Jain Center, as well as Sankara Eye Foundation for their vital mission of combating curable blindness in India and restoring the gift of sight to the poor, free of charge. ... See moreSee less
I recently had staff on hand to recognize the OC Sheriff’s ‘Of the Year’ Award recipients at the Exchange Club of Corona del Mar’s annual Crime Prevention Program Awards Ceremony that took place at the Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club.
Each Honoree is selected by his/her peers for exemplary service in their respective departments and are emblematic of the professional service provided to Orange County residents by all OCSD personnel. I am very proud of this year’s honorees.
Thank you, Exchange Club of Corona del Mar for taking the time to honor our brave First Responders. ... See moreSee less