This week's recap - 5/7/2021

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May 7, 2021

Dear friend,

San Diego is well on its way to recovery as over 3,000,000 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in the County. If your work schedule has gotten in the way of getting your vaccine, three County vaccination sites are now open during night hours. There are extended appointment windows for all sites, and plans for more pop-up and drop-in clinics are in the works. You can find more information here.

During this pandemic, certain figures in our society have made a lasting impact on our lives – such as teachers. Their jobs have never been more difficult than they are now. During teacher appreciation week, I hope you take the time to thank our teachers for their service and dedication to educating students of all ages.

This week, I continued my work here in San Diego. Below is another update on some of the work my staff and I have done this week to serve you.

This Week's Casework Success Story

Cezar from Point Loma is a Navy veteran who contacted my office to correct his leave balance after he switched Navy civil service positions. He had been trying to correct this issue himself for over a year. After my staff opened an inquiry and contacted the Defense Finance Accounting Service, the amount was corrected. Three weeks later, Cezar received $2806.48 in back pay.

"(Rep. Peters' staff member) did an OUTSTANDING job in helping me resolve my case when I sent the letter. She responded quickly and updated me on the steps that were taken by the office. I was amazed when I got the check in the mail and the letter on the same day...Thanks to (staff member) and her hard work and willingness to help people."

- Cezar from Point Loma

District Work

"Back to Work SD" Event

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On Tuesday, I joined Mayor Todd Gloria in Kearny Mesa to discuss how the American Rescue Plan is helping small businesses in San Diego. I met Lana, the owner of the Queen Bee Dance Studio on Convoy Street, and learned how her business thrived before the pandemic. Small businesses like Lana's account for about 59% of San Diego's workforce and serve as the backbone of our regional economy.

I will continue supporting the vital partnership between local and federal government to help San Diego roar back after this pandemic.

Virtual Town Hall: "State of the AAPI Community"

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On Thursday, I joined the Asian Pacific American Coalition for a town hall on the state of the AAPI community. Other attendees included community leaders and elected officials including Supervisor Terra-Lawson Remer, District Attorney Summer Stephan, Mayor Todd Gloria, and Councilmember Chris Cate.

As a proud member of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I spoke about the AAPI community's contributions to the 52nd district, the horrible hate crimes against Asian Americans, and my support of Rep. Grace Meng’s (NY-6) COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act.

I continue celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and hope to see everyone again in person in the near future.

“Toast to Tourism” for National Travel and Tourism Week

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Also on Thursday, I joined the San Diego Tourism Authority for a virtual celebration of Travel and Tourism Week. As a major travel destination and the 7th largest city in the country, the loss of tourists in San Diego due to COVID-19 hurt a major economic engine in our region. Around 70,000 tourism and hospitality workers lost their jobs at the peak of the pandemic, and visitor spending fell from $11.6 billion in 2019 to $5.2 billion in 2020.

I discussed my support for projects that further bolster our reputation as an international destination, and the road to recovery for San Diego and its hospitality industry. Thank you to the San Diego Tourism Authority for its hard work to uplift our businesses in the face of such adversity.

Restaurant Revitalization Fund Program Update

This week, the application portal for the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) opened for eligible businesses. Established through the American Rescue Plan, the $28.6 billion program is providing aid to restaurants, bars, food trucks, and other food and drink establishments. The White House released data on the program's progress and found that in the first two days:

  • 186,200 restaurants, bars, and other eligible businesses in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and five U.S. Territories applied for relief, and
  • 61,700 applications came from businesses with under $500,000 in annual pre-pandemic revenue, representing some of the smallest restaurants and bars in the country.

While all small businesses are welcome to apply, the Small Business Administration will prioritize funding applications from small businesses owned and controlled by women, veterans, and socially and economically disadvantaged individuals for the first 21 days of the program. After the 21 days, all eligible applications will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis.

FYI: Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program & Service Academy Nominations

The Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications for a new GI Bill program designed to train veterans for high-demand jobs. The Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program offers education and training to veterans who are unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Click here for eligibility requirements and more details.


Each year, I have the privilege of nominating students to attend our nation's service academies. My office is now accepting applications for this year's Service Academy Nominations. Click here for more information.

Participate in our Weekly Poll!

We've recently introduced a new section in our e-newsletter for readers to weigh in on a relevant topic. Thank you to everyone who has participated so far. Here's this week's question:

President Biden continues to lay out plans for comprehensive legislation like the American Families Plan and the American Jobs Plan. How important of a role do you think bipartisanship and compromise in Congress should play to move these plans forward?

Click here to submit your answer via Google Forms. We'll share the results in next week's e-newsletter. Last week's question was: "This week, President Biden delivered his Joint Address to Congress. Did you watch? If so, were you encouraged by the president's message?"

Here are the results:

332 Responses: 52.4% I watched the address and felt optimistic about the direction in which President Biden is leading the country. 25.9% I watched the address and do not agree with President Biden’s leadership so far. 21.7% Other

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, or need assistance with a federal agency, reach out to us through our website or by calling the district office at 858-455-5550.

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