Misinformation Board Letter: This week, I brought forward an item to have our county officially declare “Mis-information a Public Health Crisis”. After a 15 hour meeting, we passed it on a 3-2 party line vote. It was great to have the US Surgeon General praise our efforts, and the CDC Director weigh in with support as well. We will not defeat COVID if we do not beat back the negative impacts of misinformation.
Outdoor Chess: This week, my outdoor chess tables were finally installed at the waterfront park! To celebrate the inaugural game, I played my friend, Branton Stewar, who I got to know during his work as our ASL interpreter for the COVID press briefings. He is a wonderful soul and really, really good at chess. He beat me. Badly:) You can check out free boards and pieces at the snack shack at our park--come play!
Polymath: Shonei Ohtani is the greatest thing the Anaheim Angels have brought to this world since the rally monkey. The Angel’s star is on track to be the best hitter and best pitcher in Major League Baseball--quite a feat. This piece from the Union Tribune’s Chris Reed walks through how Ohtani is a “polymath” and gives the history and examples of people doing truly great things in multiple arenas. Good read.
Pronto: As Chair of the Metropolitan Transit System (I love transit as much as chess), we are working daily to improve our regional system--and build back our ridership from COVID impacts. This week we rolled out something we have been working on for years - PRONTO. Our new and very innovative fare collection system. And to make it all the better, we are making our system free for the entire month of September!
Cajun Dialect: I have loved National Geographic since I was a child looking in wonder at the pictures in magazines my grandfather got in the mail. While not visually stunning this story about efforts to bring back Cajun French is a fascinating story of stigma, pride, and culture. Check it out and stay on their website to subscribe and enjoy the photos!