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Gary Rotto, SDLA Board Member, Talks Covered California With KPBS

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Gary Rotto - SDLA board member and Director of Health Policy and Strategic Communications for the Council of Community Clinics - recently appeared on KPBS to inform San Diegans about Covered California.  Covered California is this state's health benefits exchange - a key portion of the federal Affordable Care Act.  Check out his appearance:

Learn more from Gary and others in this KPBS article:

What San Diegans Need To Know About California's Health Care Exchange

Marissa Cabrera, Alison St John, KPBS.org, July 18, 2013

President Obama today countered criticism of his health reform law from Republicans, saying insurance companies are sending half a billion dollars in rebates to some 8.5 million people.

In spite of efforts in Washington DC to delay the start date of the reforms, in California, the new health insurance exchange, Covered California, is in place. The date when those who are uninsured can start signing up, is barreling towards us but few people know exactly what it will mean for them.

Covered California will begin enrolling individuals for health coverage on October 1. This week the health exchange started training 2,000 workers who will help people with enrollment.

To help you get the answers to key questions we spoke to two San Diego health care professionals: Gary Rotto, Director of Health Policy and Strategic Communications at the Council of Community Clinics and Jeannette Shay, Director of Government and Community Relations at Family Health Centers of San Diego.

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U-T San Diego Profiles Board Member Sid Voorakkara

San Diego Leadership Alliance Board Member Sid Voorakkara is profiled by the San Diego Union Tribune for his appointment as senior business development specialist at Governor Brown's Office of Business and Economic Development.

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Katherine Poythress, U-T San Diego, May 9, 2013

Gov. Jerry Brown this week appointed a specialist to focus on attracting, expanding and retaining businesses in the San Diego area.

San Diegan Sid Voorakkara is the third field specialist to join the California Business Investment Services branch of the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). The other two serve the Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay areas.

Voorakkara, 42, previously worked at the California Endowment, where he specialized in workforce development. More recently, he came from Ten Page Memo LLC, a firm specializing in strategic planning and government and community relations.

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Board Member Sid Voorakkara Becomes Governor Brown Appointee

San Diego Leadership Alliance Board Member Sid Voorakkara has been appointed senior business development specialist at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Sid has been a strong member of the SDLA Board and supporter of young progressives in San Diego. Congratulations to Sid!

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5-1-2013

SACRAMENTO – Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. today announced the following appointments.

Sid Voorakkara, 42, of San Diego, has been appointed senior business development specialist at the Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development. Voorakkara has been a partner at Ten Page Memo LLC since 2012. He was statewide program officer and San Diego regional program officer at the California Endowment from 2005 to 2011, field director of public affairs at the United Nations Foundation from 2003 to 2004 and director of production and client services at Home Front Communications from 2000 to 2002. Voorakkara was communications advisor to Minority Leader Richard Gephardt from 1999 to 2000, western communications strategist for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee from 1997 to 1998 and served as a staffer on a variety of federal, state and local campaigns from 1993 to 1997. Voorakkara is a member of the advisory council for the San Diego Community College Board of Trustees and a member of the San Diego Leadership Alliance Board of Directors and the San Diego LGBT Community Center Board of Directors. 

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Jared Quient profiled in U-T Column

Quient Jared-resizeNeil Senturia and Barbara Bry profiled Jared Quient (2010) in their weekly column about entrepreneurship in San Diego. Barbara has also served as a mentor to past Fellows.

S.D. needs to do better at drawing young adults

Jamie Duitz, 27, and Jared Quient, 31, are not Hollywood stars in a soap opera. They are the archetypes of what the new San Diego is going to look like — if we can retain them.

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And Were Off!!!

It has been an exciting 3 months since the start of our fourth annual NLC Institute, the flagship program of the San Diego Leadership Alliance. This year’s Fellows come from a variety of backgrounds and careers including non-profit, business and government. Click the link below to read more about our 18 talented Fellows.

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