October opened strong with Santa Clara's annual Parade of Champions, an event my office looks forward to each year, and it did not slow down from there! It was the beginning of an unplanned "Santa Clara" theme for my office this month. I was able to join the Bay Area Telugu Association for their 50th Anniversary event at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and I was at Santa Clara University for the historic inauguration of Julie H. Sullivan, Ph.D., as the first woman and layperson to lead as President of the university. Santa Clara also celebrated funding for an all-inclusive Magical Bridge Playground at Central Park. This project was seeded with funding from the City of Santa Clara, as well as the County by way of one of my office's inventory grants.
I also had the opportunity to join an amazing group of community advocates at Be Our Guest, an annual event hosted by Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits at Excite Ballpark. You should check out all the great entries in the pumpkin contest. My team was proud to bring home the award for Best Use of Technology for our “No Tricks Just Treatment,” which depicted community-based alternatives to incarceration, complete with a moving bicycle chain to symbolize the cycle of incarceration. You can see photos and video here.