A Few Words from Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins

The2.5Club_10Assembly Speaker Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), was recognized for her tireless efforts toward ending homelessness at the December meeting.

Kris Michell introduced Atkins, saying she has been a key participant and leader since the Campaign’s beginning.

“Starting in 2009, Toni has been the wind beneath our wings,” Michell said.

Atkins, a former San Diego City Council member, made a point of thanking the campaign’s partners. She singled out County Supervisor Greg Cox, SDHC President and CEO Rick Gentry, the Veterans Administration, the Downtown San Diego Partnership, the SDPD HOT Team and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless.

Atkins noted that the abolition of redevelopment in 2011 was the biggest setback for the Campaign, but that it persevered thanks to healthy collaborations.

“This Campaign has been a success because the County, City and businesses have worked together, developing a best practice model, particularly for data,” Atkins said.