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Nathan Fletcher Re-Elected Chair of MTS

11/18/21

In a unanimous vote today, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board of directors re-elected San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to a second two-year term as chairperson. His appointment will run through December 2023.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SUPPORT ELIMINATING OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING, CHAIR FLETCHER ISSUES VIDEO NEWS RELEASE IN RESPONSE TO VOTE

11/16/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today with an 5-0 vote passed policy #18 authored by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer’s for the County to support Congressman Mike Levin’s American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES CREATION OF LOCAL ORDINANCE TO END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

11/16/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will help address barriers and discrimination that women face in the county and will also begin the process of developing a gender equity strategy to implement the ordnance’s adoption. The initiative was co-docketed by Chair, Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas and was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors (5-0).

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San Diego County Supervisors oppose offshore oil drilling, create women’s equity ordinance

11/16/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors called for curtailing offshore oil drilling Wednesday, voting unanimously to support the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act introduced in Congress by Rep. Mike Levin to prohibit oil and gas leasing in Southern California.

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Where Will San Diego Spend Money From Federal Infrastructure Law?

11/16/21

The $1 trillion infrastructure agreement was signed into law by Pres. Joe Biden on Monday, and now the federal government will send that money to local and state governments to fix things like crumbling roads and bridges. In San Diego, county leaders expect to spend the money on everything from fixing roads to investing in the expansion of the Mid-Coast Trolley.

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SUPERVISORS PUSH TO KEEP BEACHES & BAYS CLEAN FOR FAMILIES BY SUPPORTING THE ELIMINATION OF OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING

11/15/21

San Diego County beaches and bays are at risk of the preventable failures of the offshore oil drilling industry, as was evidenced by the recently busted pipe in Huntington Beach. Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer want offshore drilling to stop and have introduced a policy for the County to support Congressman Mike Levin’s American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act.

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Local leaders tout benefits of federal infrastructure bill

11/15/21

America’s crumbling infrastructure could soon see major improvements. A $1.2 trillion infrastructure package was signed Monday by President Joe Biden. The bipartisan bill includes money for roads, bridges, transportation, clean drinking water, access to high-speed internet and more.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER PREVIEWS NOV. 16 & 17 BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

11/12/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today released a brief video preview of the agendas for the Tuesday, November 16 and Wednesday, November 17 Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Opinion: San Diego County’s new public comment rules make sense — with two possible exceptions

11/11/21

After hearing months of angry, threatening remarks from speakers — including a vile racist outburst last week — county supervisors on Wednesday voted 3 to 1 to tighten rules for public comment.

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County Board Meeting Rules & Procedures Policy Passes

11/10/21

Today we took action to reform our rules and procedures to ensure we can have a safe and healthy environment to conduct the people’s business while allowing full public participation.

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After Racism and Threats, San Diego Board of Supervisors Changes Meeting Rules

11/10/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3 to 1 Wednesday in favor of changing procedural rules for public meetings in an effort to curtail hate speech and inappropriate conduct during county meetings. The vote followed months of vitriolic comments from members of the public that came to a head last week when a speaker wished death on two supervisors and death by suicide on another, and directed a racial slur at Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health director, who is Black.

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Deported Veterans Could Return to U.S. Under Proposed Law

11/10/21

If it passes and becomes law, the Veteran Deportation Prevention and Reform Act will pave the way for immigrant veterans to become U.S. citizens and open the door for vets who were already deported to return to the United States.

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Board of Supes Propose Changes to Rules of Procedure

11/10/21

The San Diego Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting on November 10 at 2 P.M. to discuss and approve new changes to the Rules of Procedure. The Rules of Procedure are guidelines in place that must be followed during the Board meeting and dictate how the meeting should be conducted.

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SUPERVISORS FLETCHER & VARGAS WORK TO PREVENT DISRUPTIVE & INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT AT COUNTY MEETINGS, SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON NEW PROCEDURES AT WEDNESDAY SPECIAL MEETING

11/09/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas are working to strengthen the procedures at Board of Supervisors meetings to ensure they are equitable, non-disruptive to county business and protect free speech; this action comes after some members of the public last week created a hostile work environment for County staff when they used racist, disrespectful and threatening language during the meeting.

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MTS wins National Award for COVID-19 Response

11/09/21

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA) has selected the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) as the winner of the Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards for the agency’s outstanding response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rail Safety & Security Excellence Awards recognizes transportation systems that have implemented programs or initiatives that have achieved documented success in addressing specific safety or security program areas.

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New Crisis Stabilization Unit will Open in Oceanside: A Better Way for Behavioral Health

11/08/21

Crisis Stabilization Units (CSU) being built throughout San Diego County are a better way to provide behavioral health access. Starting later this year, the County of San Diego will open a new CSU in Oceanside.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT APPROVES AMENDMENT TO LOCAL RULE TO REDUCE CANCER RISK IN THE REGION

11/04/21

The new San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) voted unanimously today to approve an item to reduce the toxic pollutants being discharged from facilities regulated by Rule 1210 – Toxic Air Contaminant Public Health Risks-Public Notification and Risk Reduction. The regulation change establishes health-protective limits at which these facilities (such as power plants, landfills, refineries, and other industrial sites) must notify surrounding communities of elevated health risks and reduce these risks.

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COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO TO IDENTIFY A SUSTAINABLE FUNDING STRATEGY FOR SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK

11/03/21

Today, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4 to 0, with Vice-Chair Vargas being absent during the vote, in favor of a Department of Parks and Recreation proposal to spend up to $500,000 to work with a consultant to identify options for securing funds for acquiring land, implementing trails, and completing the San Diego River Park, which stretches 52 miles from the Cuyamaca Mountains in Julian to the Pacific Ocean.

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SUPERVISORS SUPPORT CHAIR FLETCHER’S SAFETY POLICY FOR ENTERTAINMENT WORKERS

11/03/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today with a 4-1 vote passed Chair Nathan Fletcher’s policy to require safety certifications for entertainment employees, vendors, and subcontractors working on events at County facilities.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher Responds to Comments Made at Board of Supervisors Meeting

11/03/21

We should all be outraged by the comments made at yesterday’s meeting. It is unfortunate that some commenters at our Board of Supervisors meetings have taken an escalating low road in attacking county staff and members of the board and creating a hostile and unproductive environment to conduct the people’s business. As San Diegans, we are better than that.

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San Diego County Supervisors require safety certifications for outdoor events

11/03/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday voted 4-1 to require safety certifications for entertainment employees, vendors and subcontractors working on outdoor events at county facilities.

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San Diego County will create regional film office to boost economy, support artists

11/03/21

San Diego County will establish a regional film office intended to create new job opportunities and support San Diego film and arts. The Board of Supervisors, during their Tuesday regular meeting, voted unanimously in favor of the San Diego Regional Film Office, proposed by Chairman Nathan Fletcher.

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‘Lights, Camera, Action’: Supervisors Approve Creation of San Diego Regional Film Office

11/03/21

San Diego County will establish a regional film office intended to create new job opportunities and support San Diego film and arts. The Board of Supervisors, during their Tuesday regular meeting, voted unanimously in favor of the San Diego Regional Film Office, proposed by Chairman Nathan Fletcher.

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CHAIR FLETCHER, OTHER SUPERVISORS CALL OUT RACIST & INAPPROPRIATE REMARKS

11/02/21

Tonight, at the conclusion of public comment about the COVID-19 pandemic (Item #11), Chair Nathan Fletcher and other Supervisors addressed racist and inappropriate comments made by Jason Robo and others.

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BOARD SUPPORTS CHAIR FLETCHER’S REGIONAL FILM OFFICE POLICY WITH A 5-0 VOTE

11/02/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to pass Chair Nathan Fletcher’s policy to create a San Diego Regional Film Office by a vote of 5 to 0.

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Board of Supervisors Supports County Employees on the Clock Volunteerism for Annual Point in Time Count

11/02/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today passed a policy introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice-Chair Nora Vargas to participate in the annual Point in Time County initiative while on County time.

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Creation of Regional Film Office Considered by County Leaders

11/02/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is set to discuss at Tuesday's meeting establishing a regional film office intended to create new job opportunities and support San Diego film and arts. Nathan Fletcher, chair of the board, introduced a policy to establish the film office Monday at the Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero in San Diego.

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Chair Fletcher's Regional Film Office Policy to Create Jobs, Support Film, and Arts

11/01/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has introduced a policy to establish a regional film office to support the local economy by creating new local job opportunities and supporting the San Diego film and arts, with additional benefits for our tourism and hospitality industries. Today, Chair Fletcher made the announcement at the Rooftop Cinema Club Embarcadero in San Diego.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER FEATURED SPEAKER FOR WHITE HOUSE PANEL ON HOUSING, LAND USE

11/01/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, participated Friday morning in a panel hosted by the White House about “Reducing Land Use and Zoning Restrictions.” Chair Fletcher’s portion of the virtual panel focused on local initiatives to increase the supply of housing and loosen restrictions, and make it more affordable for working families to find affordable housing options.

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New push to get San Diego on silver screen

11/01/21

San Diego has been the setting for some big-time films — Anchorman, Citizen Kane, Top Gun, Deep Blue Sea, to name a few. But local officials say in recent years production crews have stayed away from America's Finest City. They say that's costing the region millions in dollars coming in, and in jobs for locals.

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Altar de Muertos at San Diego County Administration Building honors those who passed away

11/01/21

For the second consecutive year, the Altar de Muertos, which is part of the Dia De Los Muertos tradition, was set up along the steps of San Diego County’s Administration Building. Even before daylight arrived, volunteers were busy at work, unpacking and placing the items needed for this year’s Altar de Muertos. As part of the tradition, people make offerings to pay tribute to loved ones who have passed away.

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Day of the Dead altar to honor COVID-19 victims

10/31/21

For a second consecutive year, San Diego County will set up a Dia de Los Muertos altar to remember local residents who have died of COVID-19. Their photos will be on display Monday and Tuesday at the County Administration Center.

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Supervisors Fletcher, Vargas Open County’s New Demonstration Garden

10/27/21

Hoping to help sow the seeds of sustainable, nutritional living, County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice Chair Nora Vargas, master gardeners and County staff opened a new demonstration garden at the County Operations Center Wednesday. Fletcher and Vargas marked the event by planting the first plants — Italian parsley and chrysanthemums — in the garden that was developed by the master gardeners and the County’s Live Well San Diego Food System Initiative.

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Communities are the front lines in the battle against misinformation

10/23/21

COVID-19 vaccines have not killed tens of thousands of Americans. Vaccines will not change your DNA. Wearing a mask does not cause carbon dioxide poisoning. We have to say these things out loud because we hear false narratives in our community, from folks we know.

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2nd Annual COVID-19 Altar De Muertos Coming to County Admin Center Nov. 1 & 2

10/22/21

Dia de Los Muertos will once again be celebrated at the County Administration Center. Chair Nathan Fletcher, in collaboration with Vice-Chair Nora Vargas and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, will host the 2nd Annual COVID-19 Altar De Muertos at 1600 Pacific Hwy, on the east plaza. San Diegans are encouraged to submit photographs of friends and family members who have passed away from COVID-19 or another cause. Visit www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/covidaltar and submit a picture by completing the form.

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Board of Supervisors Unanimously Support Anderson and Fletcher’s Efforts Towards Decarbonization

10/20/21

At the October 20th Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Joel Anderson and Chair Nathan Fletcher introduced a joint measure that directed County staff to research alternative forms of renewable energy, as part of the Regional Decarbonization Framework effort.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher & BOS Pass Policy to Expand Veterans Care Coordination Program

10/19/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher, a Marine combat veteran, today along with the rest of the Board of Supervisors voted to increase veterans’ accessibility to essential care coordination services when reentering the community after being incarcerated.

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COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS PASSES COMMON-SENSE GUN SAFETY LEGISLATION BY VOTE OF 3-2

10/19/21

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed common-sense gun safety legislation introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisors Terra Lawson-Remer by a vote of 3-2, with Supervisors Jim Desmond and Joel Anderson voting against it.

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Supervisors agree to craft ordinance to prohibit ghost guns

10/19/21

The Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to craft an ordinance that would prohibit ghost guns — self-assembled firearms without serial numbers — from being made or distributed in San Diego County.

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Vote centers will replace local polling places in San Diego County

10/19/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted to permanently change the way San Diegans go to vote. Neighborhood polling places will be replaced with larger “vote centers” under a new election model the supervisors unanimously passed.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER WANTS TO EXPAND VOTER ACCESS WITH REGIONAL VOTE CENTERS

10/18/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher is introducing to adopt the regional Vote Center model outlined in the California Voter’s Choice Act. If supported, voter access will be expanded because all voters will receive a vote-by-mail (VBM) ballot, and traditional polling locations will be replaced with regional Vote Centers.

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Annual breast cancer walk brings sea of pink to Balboa Park to raise awareness

10/17/21

Hundreds of people focused on finding a cure for breast cancer converged on Balboa Park Sunday morning wearing just about every kind of pink garment you can imagine. Aiming to honor breast cancer survivors and encourage women over 40 to get mammograms, they donned pink hats, pink socks and even pink wigs as part of the annual “Making Strides Against Breast Cancer” 2-mile walk through the park.

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How officials say they’re curbing the spread of Shigella in San Diego

10/15/21

Earlier this week, San Diegans learned that the county is monitoring an outbreak of shigellosis — an illness that’s so far been found in at least seven local people experiencing homelessness.

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County, City Working Together To Prevent Widespread Transmission of Shigellosis

10/14/21

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria announced today that the County and the City are working together to prevent the spread of shigellosis among residents experiencing homelessness.

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CHAIR FLETCHER: NEW MTS PROJECT LABOR AGREEMENT POLICY TO SUPPORT WORKING FAMILIES

10/14/21

Today, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved a Project Labor Agreement (PLA) policy, which directs staff to begin negotiations on a comprehensive PLA with the San Diego County Building & Construction Trades Council. The PLA will apply to MTS projects over $1 million.

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Port Sets 2030 Goals for More Breathable Air Via Maritime Clean Air Strategy

10/14/21

The Port of San Diego board has approved a policy intended to help the agency identify projects and initiatives to improve health through cleaner air around San Diego Bay. The intent is for the Maritime Clean Air Strategy to also support maritime operations. Port commissioners tout the “Health Equity for All” approach as more ambitious than any other clean air policy of its kind in the state.

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Opinion: Ghost gun ban pushed by San Diego County supervisors needed to address a growing scourge

10/14/21

Ghost guns — hand-built weapons assembled from kits sold on the internet and at stores — are a public-safety scourge because they have no serial numbers and are very difficult to track. In April, one person was killed and four were injured in an unprovoked attack in the Gaslamp Quarter in which the accused shooter — a convicted felon who couldn’t legally buy a regular gun — allegedly used a ghost gun.

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MTS Board Approves Construction of 390 Housing Units Along Trolley Line in South Bay

10/14/21

Today the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved an agreement with two developers to build 390 housing units for low and moderate-income families at the Palm Avenue Trolley Station. Earlier this year, MTS broke ground in another transit-oriented development at its Grantville Trolley Station with 250 units.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher & Supervisor Lawson-Remer Are Taking Aim at Illegal Ghost Guns with New San Diego County Policy

10/13/21

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer today introduce policies to prohibit untraceable “ghost guns” to be distributed or created in San Diego County; strengthens safe storage standards to better protect San Diegans; and proposed developing a community-based gun violence reduction program.

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Chair Fletcher Offers Thoughts, Prayers to People Involved Plane Crash in Santee, Offers County’s Support to City of Santee

10/11/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, issued the following statement reacting to the plane crash in the City of Santee.

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Tar Balls Possibly Linked To California Oil Spill Are Appearing On San Diego Beaches Amid Fears Environmental Impact Is Spreading

10/08/21

Tar balls that may be linked to the oil spill off the coast of Orange County, California, are washing up on San Diego beaches, county officials said Thursday, highlighting concerns about the widening environmental impact days after tens of thousands of gallons of crude oil spilled into the ocean.

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MTS Purchases 12 Electric Buses to Service South Bay’s All-Electric Iris Rapid Route

10/08/21

Continuing its commitment to cleaner air and expanding access to transit in the region, the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) announced the purchase order of 12 sixty-foot battery-electric buses to provide service on the new 100% electric Iris Rapid.

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Tarballs found along San Diego coastline, Orange County oil spill suspected

10/08/21

Large clusters of tarballs were found along beaches in Oceanside and Carlsbad, San Diego County officials said Thursday, Oct. 7, with similar reports being made in Encinitas and Del Mar.

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Panel of doctors addresses COVID-19 misinformation in San Diego County

10/07/21

An independent panel of local doctors Wednesday participated in a virtual event intended to address what the doctors said was COVID-19 misinformation brought up at Tuesday's San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting.

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San Diego County Details Mental Health Spending

10/06/21

The county’s efforts to overhaul its behavioral health systems includes $218.6 million in state mental health funding that covered services for 71,000 people this fiscal year, county officials reported Tuesday.

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County of San Diego Office of Emergency Services is Monitoring Flow of Oil from Orange County

10/06/21

The County of San Diego is ready to respond should oil from the pipeline break in Orange County make its way into San Diego County waters and beaches.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher Announces County’s Seeking to Hire Director for New Office Of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

10/05/21

The County of San Diego is now hiring for its Director of the newly established Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). This announcement was made during the progress report on the formation of OIRA today during the Board of Supervisors meeting.

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San Diego County to Invest In More Wildfire Mitigation & Preparedness Resources

10/05/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and his colleagues on the Board of Supervisors, voted in support of three policies to increase the County’s investment in wildfire mitigation and preparedness.

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Board of Supervisors Supports Chair Fletcher’s Language Inclusivity & Equity Policy

10/05/21

The materials we share with the community must reflect our County’s commitment to upholding the values of equity and inclusion.

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors Approves the Creation of the Office of Economic Prosperity and Community Development

10/05/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an assessment of the county’s current efforts to support local businesses that will lead to the creation of The Office of Economic Prosperity and Community Development. The initiative was co-docketed by Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher and was approved with a 5-0 vote by the board.

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On split vote, county approves proof-of-vaccination requirement for new hires

10/05/21

San Diego County will require proof of vaccination for all new hires, following local health care organizations and others who have steadily tightened coronavirus-related job requirements in recent months.

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San Diego Is Prepared to Administer Approved Pfizer Booster

09/24/21

"The FDA and CDC approval of the Pfizer vaccine booster for certain groups of people is another step in our fight against COVID...."

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Following San Diego County’s Lead, Nevada’s Clark County Takes Stand Against Health Misinformation

09/21/21

San Diego County’s declaration of health misinformation as a public health crisis has led a growing chorus of other localities taking similar action

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COVID Misinformation is a Threat to Public Health. Sacramento County Is Right to Combat It

09/14/21

In recent months, the public comments at Sacramento County’s Board of Supervisors meetings have gone completely off the rails, usurped by conspiracy theorists and misinformation that undermines the county’s efforts to rid our community of COVID-19.

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Following San Diego County’s Lead, Sacramento County and Monterey County Join Fight Against Health Misinformation

09/14/21

On the heels of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors declaring health misinformation a public health crisis and committing to combat it, the Sacramento and Monterey County Boards of Supervisors voted to join the fight against health misinformation.

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SACRAMENTO COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTING ON HEALTH MISINFORMATION RESOLUTION SEPT. 14

09/10/21

Sacramento County Supervisors Phil Serna and Patrick Dennis Kennedy have introduced a resolution denouncing health misinformation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic; making Sacramento County the fourth county government to join the fight against health misinformation. Their Board of Supervisors will consider the item on September 14.

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Chair Fletcher Supports Governor Newsom’s Action to Help Afghan Refugee Arrivals in California

09/09/21

“Governor Newsom once again is demonstrating his leadership on refugee and immigrant issues by taking swift action to support Afghan refugees who come to California. We are a welcoming state and county, and I thank the Governor, Senate pro-Tempore Atkins and Speaker Rendon for prioritizing these funds for this worthy cause. San Diego County is ready to support their initiative and the Afghan people.”

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SD COUNTY BEGINS MULTI-YEAR COMMITMENT TO IMPROVE PHYSICAL & MENTAL HEALTH IN JAILS

09/09/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher’s pursuit of developing a better way to provide behavioral and physical health services in the County of San Diego’s seven detention facilities is getting underway now that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) Behavioral Health Services division has been completed.

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NEVADA’S CLARK COUNTY IS JOINING THE FIGHT AGAINST MEDICAL MISINFORMATION

09/09/21

Nevada is now joining the fight against medical misinformation. Clark County Commissioner Justin Jones has announced he’s bringing forward a policy to declare medical misinformation a public health crisis; following the lead of San Diego County and joining a growing list of elected leaders who have taken similar action, including Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber of the California State Assembly and Supervisor Luis Alejo from Monterey County.

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Meet The Press: Chair Fletcher Combats Health Misinformation

09/09/21

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CALIFORNIA ELECTEDS FOLLOW SAN DIEGO COUNTY’S LEAD ON HEALTH MISINFORMATION POLICY

09/03/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher’s policy -- the first in the United States -- to make medical misinformation a public health crisis has inspired elected officials from other areas of California to join the fight against medical misinformation. Today, the California State Assembly approved a measure brought forward by Assemblymember Dr. Akilah Weber, and on Thursday Supervisor Luis Alejo from Monterey County said he plans to bring forward a medical misinformation policy in his community.

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The Zerlina Show: Chair Fletcher Fights Health Misinformation

09/02/21

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San Diego County launches campaign to counteract misinformation about COVID-19

09/02/21

San Diego County will ramp up efforts to counter medical misinformation after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 to declare medical misinformation a public health crisis.

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U.S. SURGEON GENERAL APPLAUDS CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER FOR HEALTH MISINFORMATION POLICY

09/02/21

U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy today praised San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher for his “bold action” to draft and pass policy declaring medical misinformation a public health crisis. Chair Fletcher’s policy makes San Diego County the first in the nation to take on medical misinformation, a recognized contributor to vaccine hesitancy, the rising cases, and hospitalizations.

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San Diego County delcares misinformation a public helath crisis

09/01/21

San Diego’s County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday declared medical misinformation a public health crisis. The move is an effort to turn attention to factual medical information and away from inaccurate or misleading facts, especially as the highly infectious delta variant continues to spread throughout the country, driving up cases nationwide.

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California County is First in U.S. To Label COVID-19 Misinformation a Public Health Crisis

09/01/21

Officials in a Southern California county celebrated on Wednesday after declaring COVID-19 misinformation a "public health crisis."

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BECOMES 1st IN NATION TO DECLARE COVID-19 MISINFORMATION A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

09/01/21

San Diego County tonight became the first county in the nation to declare that using health misinformation is causing a public health crisis in their community. Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors authored the policy.

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San Diego County Supervisors Right to See COVID_19 Misinformation as Public Health Threat

09/01/21

It’s rare that 250 people sign up to speak at a local government meeting, and it’s rare for a local government meeting to last 15 hours. But that’s what happened at a San Diego County Board of Supervisors meeting that pit public health against public comment Tuesday. How the meeting ended was rarer still. In fact, it was unprecedented.

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Mission Accomplished: Chair Fletcher Delivers Community Choice Energy after Years of Hard Work

08/31/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher & the Board of Supervisors delivered on bringing a better future for our environment and more choice for the ratepayers of San Diego County by voting today to join San Diego Community Power, the state's second-largest community choice energy program.

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Good Decision to Reinvest Federal Funds for Independent Fire Districts

08/31/21

“Distributing federal funds to our local fire districts is the right action, at the right time. Our firefighters stepped up during the pandemic to reduce community transmission of COVID-19; replenishing these dollars with federal resources ensures they are able to support the safety and security needs of our residents.”

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Chair Fletcher Creates Policy to Declare COVID-19 Misinformation and Public Health Crisis

08/31/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, is pushing back hard against COVID-19 misinformation. He’s introduced a policy to Declare Health Misinformation a Public Health Crisis, drafted a resolution for his colleagues to support, and developed a series of recommendations to actively combat health misinformation. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the policy during their regularly scheduled Tuesday, August 31 meeting.

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San Diego County calls medical misinformation a health crisis after 15-hour debate

08/31/21

After a 15-hour-long, sometimes rancorous meeting, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a measure declaring medical misinformation a public health crisis.

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Supes Vote to Continue Testing Wastewater for Covid-19 at Schools & Childcare Centers

08/17/21

The Board of Supervisors today, as part of the COVID-19 update, approved extending a contract for the Safer at School Early Alert System, a partnership the County of San Diego has with UC San Diego to test wastewater near schools and childcare centers. Chair Nathan Fletcher during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic secured Board support for $5 million for the initial pilot program, which he envisioned if successful, would be continued and expanded. Today’s vote allocates an additional $2.7 million for the program and expands it to nearly 50 locations.

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San Diego County Approves Purchase of New Rapid Water Quality Testing For Beaches

08/17/21

Today, the new Board of Supervisors approved purchasing equipment to expedite water quality test results. This action builds on actions from two years ago when Chair Fletcher, then the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, was instrumental in securing funds in the county budget for improved and faster beach water testing.

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Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves the Reestablishment of the Arts and Culture Commission in San Diego County

08/17/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the reestablishment of the Arts and Culture Commission paving the way for a more equitable approach to funding and support of arts and culture programs in the County. The board letter was co-docketed by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas and will direct the Chief Administrative Officer to reassess the County’s role for supporting the arts and culture and identify new opportunities for funding.

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San Diego County to employers: Get proof your workers have COVID-19 shots or test them weekly

08/16/21

San Diego County officials called on local employers Monday to require their workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or receive a weekly COVID-19 test.

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San Diego Supervisors want to Revive Defunct County Arts Council

08/14/21

Supervisor Nora Vargas and Chairman Nathan Fletcher will ask their board colleagues on Tuesday to direct Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to examine ways to better promote arts across the region and report back in 90 days.

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San Diego County Notifying Restaurants of $4.5 Million in Permit Fee Refunds

08/12/21

San Diego County began notifying restaurants Thursday of $4.5 million in permit fee refunds for the period of March 16, 2020 through June 15 of this year — the result of a recent settlement in a lawsuit brought by a local restaurant group.

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The San Diego Foundation, LISC San Diego, Urban League to Launch San Diego Black Homebuyer Program

08/05/21

The San Diego Foundation, LISC San Diego, and the Urban League of San Diego County have joined together to launch the San Diego Black Homebuyers Program with a goal to improve the racial wealth gap in San Diego by investing in generational wealth-building opportunities through Black home ownership.

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Chamber Invites Business Community to take 'Time to Vaccinate' Pledge

08/03/21

Time To Vaccinate campaign asks businesses to grant time and flexibility to employees getting COVID vaccine.

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More Resident Input Needed for County's Southwestern Live Well Center

08/02/21

The County's Southwestern Live Well Center project is moving forward residents in the area will once again have the opportunity to give their input on the look and feel of the facility which will serve as a hub for regional health & social services.

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Opinion: Thousands of Veterans Have Been Deported. It’s Time to Bring Them Home.

07/30/21

Federal action is necessary. Fighting one case at a time is long, costly and leaves too many behind.

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San Diego County Counters Heat Waves with Free Fans and Rides to Cool Zones

07/29/21

Officials are preparing for summer heat with places for San Diegans to cool off.

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Chair Fletcher & San Diego County Want To Help You Beat The Heat

07/28/21

San Diego County leaders want seniors, people with underlying health conditions, or residents who are easily affected when temperatures rise to know there are free cool zones, fans, drinking fountains, and other tools available to beat the heat.

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San Diego's $14 Billion Blue Economy: How Far Does It Reach?

07/25/21

TMA BlueTech has launched a multi-faceted economic impact and supply chain study to measure the size and economic impact of the broad maritime and more specific BlueTech (ocean & water/wastewater tech sectors) in San Diego County.

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Statement: Chair Fletcher Responds to Increase in COVID-19 Cases

07/23/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher released a statement today, following reported significant spikes in COVID-19 cases recorded in San Diego County.

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San Diego County is Ready to Respond to Wildfires and Encourages Residents to Prepare

07/22/21

San Diego County is prepared, and ready to respond, to wildfires. This week Chair Nathan Fletcher along with Supervisor Joel Anderson, CAL FIRE/San Diego County Fire Protection District, the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Fire-Rescue and other regional partners laid-out their plans for responding quickly to wildfires, highlighted recent investments in wildfire prevention and urged residents to proactively protect their homes.

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County board adopts first environmental justice element for general plan

07/21/21

County Supervisors voted Wednesday, July 14, to adopt a first-ever Environmental Justice Element for the County’s general plan and heard updates on the county’s new Climate Action Plan and the regional zero-carbon plan they approved pursuing in January.

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Local fire authorities say they are ready to respond to ‘unprecedented’ wildfire crisis

07/19/21

State and county authorities outlines the resources available to fight wildfires, and gave the public tips on how to keep themselves safe.

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Outreach Drive Reducing Homeless Numbers on Downtown San Diego Streets

07/18/21

A growing number of homeless encampments on sidewalks in downtown San Diego prompted city and county officials to launch a three-week intense outreach effort that so far has resulted in almost 300 people moving into shelters.

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San Diego County is Ready to Respond to Wildfires, Encourage Residents to Prepare

07/16/21

San Diego County Residents Should Sign-Up for Alert San Diego to Receive Updates on Wildfires; San Diego County’s invested more than $575 Million since 2003 to Expand its Wildfire Response Capacity

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San Diego County officials tout wildfire response, urge residents to prepare

07/16/21

San Diego County leaders and fire officials spoke about the plans they have in place as temperatures rise, increasing the likelihood of wildfires.

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San Diego County Agencies Ready To Fight Wildfires

07/16/21

Board of Supervisors Chairman and County Fire Protection District President Nathan Fletcher described the wildfire damage in 2020: "Last year alone, California experienced six of the largest and most destructive wildfires in our state’s history in one year, more than four million acres were burned," Fletcher said.

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MTS Launches Free Wi-Fi Pilot Program on 10 Buses

07/16/21

The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) has launched a free Wi-Fi program on 10 buses to test internet access for its riders.

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WATCH: Our Local Law Enforcement Agencies Are Coming Together To Respond To Wildfires

07/16/21

Officials are preparing for summer heat with places for San Diegans to cool off.

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WATCH: San Diego County Is Making Historic Investments And Collaborations To Respond To Wildfires

07/16/21

Officials are preparing for summer heat with places for San Diegans to cool off.

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WATCH: Our County Is Making Sure We Are Ready To Respond To Wildfire Season

07/16/21

Officials are preparing for summer heat with places for San Diegans to cool off.

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WATCH: Our County Has Added An Additional $2.5 M To Boost Fire Preparedness

07/16/21

Officials are preparing for summer heat with places for San Diegans to cool off.

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Chair Fletcher, Vice Chair Vargas, Federal & Local Leaders Commend Success of San Diego Convention Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

07/15/21

Chair Fletcher was joined by federal, regional, & local leaders to celebrate the success of the San Diego Convention Center in providing shelter for unaccompanied migrant children throughout the pandemic.

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San Diego County tackles housing shortage with general plan changes

07/15/21

The Board of Supervisors updated plans for housing, safety and environmental justice.

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‘Plan, prepare and stay aware’: Local leaders urge residents to be ready when wildfires hit

07/15/21

County leaders presented plans Friday for a quick response to wildfires and discussed recent investments in wildfire prevention.

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Chair Fletcher, Vice Chair Vargas, Supervisor Lawson-Remer, & LGBTQ+ Organizations to Raise Progress Flag at County Administration Center for First Time in County History

07/14/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher, in partnership with the County of San Diego’s LGBTQ+ Employee Resources Group, is once again recognizing the lived, intersectional experience of LGBTQ+ community members during Pride month in San Diego. Starting Thursday, July 15 through July 18 the County Administration Center, 1600 Pacific Highway San Diego CA 92101, will be lit each evening in rainbow colors and on Friday July 16 at 10:30 a.m. the Progress Flag will be raised during a ceremony at the County Administration Center.

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Board of Supervisors Votes to Allocate More Funding to Wildfire Preparedness

07/13/21

Today, the Board of Supervisors voted to invest more into wildfire readiness and prevention programs ahead of wildfire season.

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Board Approves Chair Fletcher, Supervisor Lawson-Remer Proposal to Set Baseline for Wages, Sick Leave

07/13/21

In a move to create a more prosperous region for all, today the County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposal from Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and Chair Nathan Fletcher that will establish fair employment standards for people working on County construction projects or County-owned leased property. 

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Deported Veteran Advocate Nathan Fletcher Praises Biden Administration's New Policy

07/02/21

Nathan Fletcher, a U.S. Marine combat veteran and Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, praised President Joe Biden for his Administration’s plan to bring deported Military Veterans back to the United States. Fletcher has spent many years fighting for the rights of deported veterans.

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Spirit of Stonewall recipients an example in serving community

07/02/21

Each year, the San Diego Pride organization honors several people, organizations and groups for their contributions to the community, whether that be volunteering, donations, leadership, activism or, for the first time this year, in the arts. These honorees are nominated by the community and selected by Pride.

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Construction Ends And Testing Begins On The Trolley Blue Line Extension

06/30/21

NBC 7's coverage of the Blue Line Trolley Extension at Tecolote Station.

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The 11-Mile Trolley Blue Line Extension Is Now In The Hands of MTS To Begin Testing

06/30/21

KUSI's coverage of the Blue Line Trolley Extension at Tecolote Station.

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San Diego County Not Changing Mask Guidance Because of Delta Variant

06/29/21

Chair Fletcher's statement regarding Mask Guidance in light of the Delta Variant of COVID-19.

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Powered Up: First Trolley Rides Mid-Coast Tracks and Enters Tecolote Station

06/29/21

Transportation leaders and transit advocates from around the region gathered to witness the first-ever Trolley on the Mid-Coast Extension of the UC San Diego Blue Line. The milestone signifies that train testing is beginning and that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is officially transferring responsibility to the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) for operations.

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Adopted $7.23 Billion County Budget Supports Chair Nathan Fletcher's Framework for the Future

06/29/21

San Diego County’s unanimously adopted $7.23 billion Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget represents the new Board of Supervisors’ commitment to transform the County into a place that values fairness, equity and inclusion, and prioritizes community-centered policymaking.

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County approves $7.2 billion budget with big investments in mental health, public safety

06/29/21

Flush with COVID-19 aid, the county added hundreds of millions to its Health and Services Department, sheriff, fire.

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San Diego County supervisors approve $7.2B budget for 2021-2022 fiscal year

06/29/21

The budget includes money for programs aimed at reducing homelessness, environmental protection, governmental transparency and reforming the justice system.

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Supervisors Approve $7.2B County Budget with Increases for Mental Health, Environment

06/29/21

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a $7.2 billion fiscal year 2021-22 spending plan for San Diego County.

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Our Newly-Adopted $7.2 Billion Budget Includes A Larger Focus On Mental Health

06/29/21

NBC 7's coverage of our historic County Budget.

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San Diego City, County Team Up On Latest Homeless Initiative

06/24/21

A joint effort by the city and county of San Diego to address homelessness in the area is set to begin next week.

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VA Medical Center Trolley Station unveiled as part of $2 billion rail expansion

06/23/21

A Mid-Coast Trolley extension is slated to open for service in November, connecting downtown to UCSD and University City.

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Trolley Station near UCSD pays tribute to military members

06/23/21

A San Diego trolley station that was unveiled Wednesday near the VA Medical Center in La Jolla features a design that pays tribute to veterans and military members, who will have easier access to critical medical services.

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Statement: Chair Nathan Fletcher Supports SB9

06/22/21

Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors Nathan Fletcher speaks in favor of California State Senate Legislation, SB9.

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March and Ash Mission Valley Joins Local 135!

06/22/21

UFCW Local 135 would like to congratulate the cannabis workers at March and Ash’s flagship Mission Valley location on their decision to join the union!

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COVID-19 relief gets big boost

06/21/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors allocated more than $650 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds, known as ARPA funding on June 8, with the majority of the dollars slated for ongoing COVID-19 response costs, homeless services, and small business support.

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Shelters to expand, safe havens to open under new homeless strategy

06/21/21

Shelter beds will increase, safe havens for people with drug and mental health issues will be created and an intense outreach effort will be launched to address the growing number of homeless encampments on downtown San Diego streets, city and council officials announced Friday.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher Reflects on COVID-19 w/ CBS 8

06/21/21

Shannon Handy from CBS 8 interview Chair Nathan Fletcher from a conference room in the medical examiner's office, a place he worked out of for several months during the COVID-19 pandemic. She speak with him about the County's response, proud moments and areas he wishes they could have improved on.

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Reflecting on COVID-19 Pandemic w/ ABC 10 News

06/21/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, sits down for an in-depth interview with ABC 10's Derek Staahl to discuss the County of San Diego's COVID-19 response and recovery.

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Reflecting on the COVID-19 Pandemic w/ NBC 7

06/21/21

NBC 7's Catherine Garcia sat down with Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, for a lengthy interview about the County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Chair Fletcher, Mayor Gloria Detail Strategies to Address Pervasive Challenges Contributing to Chronic Homelessness

06/18/21

Recognizing the growing encampments of homeless people on the sidewalks of Downtown San Diego and the difficulty of placing unsheltered people suffering from addiction into existing programs, Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today detailed a new strategy to address the immediate and long-term challenges facing these vulnerable individuals.

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Chair Fletcher weighs in on Fulton v. Philadelphia Supreme Court Decision

06/17/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, weighs in on the Fulton v. Philadelphia Supreme Court decision, its projected effects, & renews call for Congress' passage of the Equality Act.

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MTS Board Approves Ride Free in September with PRONTO

06/17/21

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors approved a plan for passengers to ride free in September with PRONTO to help riders smoothly transition from Compass Cards to the new PRONTO fare collection system.

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County ceremony marks San Diego reopening

06/15/21

More than 200 people marked the reopening of San Diego County with live music and breakfast burritos at the Hall of Administration early Tuesday morning. The event celebrated a return to public life after more than a year of lockdowns amid the pandemic.

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Board of Supervisors Approves the Creation of the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

06/09/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted (3-2) to approve the creation of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), paving the way for a more “Welcoming” County. The initiative, co-sponsored by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas, will establish an office that will become the County’s central hub of services and resources for immigrants and refugees.

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Letter from Chair Fletcher: Commemorating Pride Month 2021

06/09/21

See remarks from Chair Fletcher commemorating the beginning of Pride Month 2021. Happy Pride Month, San Diego!

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Chair Fletcher & Board of Supervisors Secure Several Pandemic Recovery Wins For Community, County Employees Using $650M American Rescue Plan Act Money

06/08/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher led the Board of Supervisors through the process today to allocate more than $650 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, securing several significant wins for homeless services, behavioral health, parents and youth, essential workers, businesses and San Diego County residents.

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County of San Diego Declares June 8 First 5 San Diego’s Talk, Read, Sing Day

06/08/21

First 5 San Diego, in partnership with San Diego County Library, kicks off a summer campaign to promote the importance of talking, reading and singing to children every day to encourage language and brain development.

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Board of Supervisors to Consider New Office of Immigrant Affairs

06/04/21

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher promised to create an office of immigrant affairs during his 2018 campaign, but the pandemic and the board’s previous Republican-majority delayed the effort. Now he and Supervisor Nora Vargas say the time is right.

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Flags to be flown at Half-Staff at County Administration Center & Metropolitan Transit System

05/27/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System has directed flags be flown at half-staff by both entities in remembrance of the lives lost yesterday from the mass shooting at a transit agency rail yard in San Jose.

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40 High Schoolers Win New Laptops as Part of MTS & Reyes Coca-Cola Essay Contest

05/25/21

“It’s been a very challenging year for these students. They all faced an unprecedented learning experience,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair, and Chair, San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “I am very proud of them. It is encouraging to see that this up-and-coming generation has a lot of talent, resolve and perseverance.”

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San Diego County, Mexican Consulate Partner On Cross-Border Vaccines

05/25/21

A coalition of six United States subsidiary companies and San Diego County public officials Tuesday sponsored a COVID-19 mobile clinic to vaccinate 10,000 maquiladora workers employed in Baja California, Mexico.

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San Diego County announces first $5 million of $25 million in grants for mental health

05/24/21

Kicking off plans to invest $25 million in mental health care infrastructure in the coming years, San Diego County will announce a $5 million grant to community organizations on Monday.

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$5 Million from Behavioral Health Impact Fund to be Spent on 21 Transitional Housing Units, Crisis Treatment Vehicles, & Technology for Mental Health & Addiction Services

05/24/21

Twenty-one transitional housing units, 4 vehicles for crisis care teams and new technology for mental health and addiction services will be funded using $5 million of the $25 million County-City Behavioral Health Impact Fund.

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San Diego County To Make Overdose Reversing Drug Available In Community

05/21/21

San Diego County leaders Friday announced plans to increase community distribution of naloxone — an overdose reversal medication — at several community-based locations and clinics throughout the region following a spike in overdose deaths.

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Overdose Reversal Meds Soon to be Available at County Clinics for Anyone

05/21/21

The County of San Diego will soon make naloxone, an overdose reversal medication, widely available at several community-based locations and clinics throughout the county.

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Chair Fletcher Reacts to Board Actions on SB-743

05/19/21

Tackling climate change, increasing affordable housing, and facilitating more efficient transportation corridors are a top priority for this Board.

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Time to Reimagine SPA Consistent with State and Federal Law

05/18/21

Today the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to explore restructuring and reimagining services provided at the San Pasqual Academy location to foster and other youth in San Diego County consistent with state and federal law.

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Board Approves Sup. Fletcher, Lawson-Remer Plan for New Office of Evaluation, Performance and Analytics

05/18/21

Today the County Board of Supervisors approved a plan by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer to prioritize evidence and data in decision-making, and ensure major policies are evaluated to ensure they are living up to their promises. The board approved a new Office of Evaluation, Performance, and Analytics to oversee this new focus on “evidence-based policy” – an approach that prioritizes high-quality research and continuous improvement in policymaking instead of anecdotes, ideology, and inertia toward the status quo. “Data is vital to decision-making for behavioral health and homeless services,” said Chair Fletcher. “This new office will support improved data-sharing between the County and its state, federal and non-profit partners; with this information, we can ensure vulnerable populations receive patient-centered, care-coordination.”

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Chair Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric Join Pedal Ahead Community Electric Bicycle Program to Celebrate Launch of SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week

05/17/21

San Diego County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher and San Diego Gas & Electric joined with the Pedal Ahead community electric bicycle program to celebrate the launch of SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week with a special e-bike demonstration and showcase promoting ridership and workforce development in the burgeoning San Diego County bicycling industry.

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County of San Diego Aligns with State of California, Mask Requirements To Be Lifted June 15th

05/17/21

The County of San Diego joins the State of California and will also wait until June 15 to align current mask requirements to the Centers for Disease Control. After conferring with County health leaders, Chair Nathan Fletcher released the following statement:

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Chair Fletcher & Vice Chair Vargas to Introduce Policy for Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs on June 8

05/12/21

San Diego County’s proximity to Mexico, binational workforce and its ongoing work to support migrants seeking asylum are some of the reasons Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas are introducing policy to establish San Diego County’s Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA).

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California county to consider establishing office to help immigrants using taxpayer money

05/12/21

San Diego County’s proximity to Mexico is one of the primary reasons behind a proposed publicly-supported Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs. In a statement, San Diego County supervisors Nora Vargas and Nathan Fletcher emphasized the need for this office.

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San Diego County To Begin Helping Large Groups Hold Vaccination Events

05/07/21

San Diego County will partner with employers, business chambers and other groups to help host large-scale vaccination events by providing vaccines and medical personnel to administer them, it was announced Friday.

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San Diego Businesses Can Now Sign Up to Host Pop-Up Vaccine Sites

05/07/21

Establishments that sign up to host a vaccine pop-up site will be contacted by the county to schedule a mobile vaccination team.

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San Diego County unveils $7 billion budget proposal

05/06/21

The County of San Diego released a $7 billion budget Thursday that increases funding for public safety and health and human services for the next fiscal year starting July 1.

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San Diego honors missing and murdered Indigenous women

05/06/21

With a proclamation announced Wednesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, Mayor Todd Gloria and Indigenous advocates joined others nationwide in an effort to increase awareness and transparency in support of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

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Chair Fletcher Responds to $7.03B Draft County Budget Released Today

05/06/21

The San Diego County 2021-22 Fiscal Year Budget was released today by the Chief Administrative Officer. The mo1re than $7 billion budget has areas of alignment with several of the policies initiatives brought forward by Chair Nathan Fletcher and his colleagues as part of the Framework for the Future agenda, but Chair Fletcher says now is the time for everyone to learn, engage and advocate for a final version of the budget that meets the needs of our communities.

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Divided county Board of Supervisors votes to support federal police reform bill

05/04/21

Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher, who brought forward the item, said Floyd’s killing highlighted racial disparities in policing and a deep distrust in law enforcement among communities of color.

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Reaction to Ending Volunteers of America Southwest Contracts with County

05/04/21

There is a special place in hell for those who betray the public trust of the public by committing fraud with funds designated to help our veterans and the least among us. I applaud the whistleblowers who courageously spoke out and the county auditors whose relentless work has exposed the full scope of this fraud. We will continue our work to recover all mis-used funds and hope those responsible face the full weight of the law for their actions.

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San Diego County creates labor office to protect workplace pay and safety standards

05/04/21

The office would tackle unsafe and illegal working conditions that some essential workers faced during and before the pandemic, supervisors say.

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Divided county Board of Supervisors votes to support federal police reform bill

05/04/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to endorse a sweeping federal police reform bill known as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

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Volunteers of America Southwest Accused of Double-Billing, Fraud and Conflicts

05/04/21

Volunteers of America Southwest’s managers engaged in mismanagement, waste, misuse of public funds, conflicts of interest, potential fraud and double-billed some clients, according to interviews, lawsuits and San Diego County auditors.

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Chair Fletcher Brings Office of Labor Standards & Enforcement Policy to Board Tuesday

05/03/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher is fighting for improved protections for workers in San Diego County. Today he held a virtual roundtable with workers, labor and employee rights leaders to discuss the issues, and on Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors will vote on Chair Fletcher's policy to create an Office of Labor Standards and Enforcement at the County to assist workers.

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County task force tackles San Diego River Park plan

05/03/21

Plans for a 52-mile trail system along the San Diego River are moving ahead through a new county task force of local nonprofit, tribal and government officials.

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Chair Fletcher Agrees with Decision to Cancel Border Wall Contracts

04/30/21

The cancelation of funding for the Trump border wall is another important step President Biden is taking to erase the divisive and inhumane immigration policies of the Trump Administration. This is good news for San Diego County and other border communities that respect and appreciate immigrants.

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DoD Cancels Border Wall Contracts Using Military Funds

04/30/21

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher applauded the Biden administration's move.

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San Diego River Park Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District Work Underway

04/27/21

A permanent funding strategy for the development and maintenance of the San Diego River Park trail system and restoration is in the works. Chair Nathan Fletcher of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors has convened a task force of indigenous, nonprofit and government leaders to finish the work Senator Chris Kehoe started two decades ago.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher: Apple Investment is a Tremendous Addition to Our Innovative Economy

04/26/21

Apple bringing thousands of high-skilled jobs to San Diego County is a tremendous addition to our innovative economy. Their commitment to invest in our county is further evidence of the region’s emergence as a top destination for the tech sector; it comes after our local biotech and life sciences companies thrived amidst the pandemic. I fully support this Apple initiative and stand ready to assist their San Diego growth.

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Apple to grow San Diego employees to 5,000 over 5 years

04/26/21

Apple plans to grow its employees in San Diego to more than 5,000 by 2026, the technology company announced Monday.

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Apple to expand San Diego engineering hub, boosting workforce to 5,000 over five years

04/26/21

Apple announced Monday morning that it would boost its San Diego workforce to 5,000 over the next five years.

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Column: More resources — and bureaucracy — aimed at San Diego’s growing homeless problem

04/23/21

Mayor Todd Gloria and county Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher unveiled separate proposals not long before a new report detailed a troubling trend. Last year, the number of people who became homeless for the first time nearly doubled from 2019, according to the report by the San Diego Regional Task Force on the Homeless released this week.

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Board of Supervisors to Vote on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 May 4th

04/21/21

The new, progressive legislative agenda introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher and passed by the Board of Supervisors earlier this year puts the County of San Diego in a good position to support the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021.

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MTS Launches Eat-Shop-Play Small Business Support Campaign

04/21/21

A new campaign to help small businesses recovering from the pandemic has launched by the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS). Eat-Shop-Play is a small business support program that rewards people for shopping local. Designed to get more customers into neighborhood stores and spur more economic development, the program is free for retailers and is supported by an MTS-sponsored outreach and advertising campaign.

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Local leaders discuss pandemic hardships to essential workers

04/21/21

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez and Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher Wednesday promoted county and state proposals which they say will help essential workers and others disproportionately harmed by the pandemic.

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Community leaders call on elected officials to support federal policing legislation

04/21/21

A day after a former Minneapolis police officer was convicted of murder in the killing of George Floyd, community leaders in San Diego called on the City Council and county Board of Supervisors to adopt a resolution in support of a federal police reform bill named after Floyd.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher Reacts To Derek Chauvin Trial Verdict

04/20/21

San Diego County Board of Supervisors’ Chair Nathan Fletcher reacts to the verdict rendered in the Derek Chauvin trial and released the following statement: “Justice was served today in Minnesota, but this case is reflective of a serious problem of systemic racism and perpetual violence against communities of color across our nation. The work to fundamentally deliver justice and fairness for communities of color must continue.”

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Nationwide Carpenters Union Battles Billions Stolen by Tax Fraud

04/15/21

Supervisor Fletcher affirmed his commitment to stand alongside the working class of San Diego with a resolved enforcement of the law. “If someone steals from their employer, you know the full force of the law will be there to go after them. And it should be no different if an employer steals from their employee,” said Fletcher. “Corrupt business practices by contractors hurt the workers, rob our communities, and ultimately increase the cost of everything we do.”

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Chair Fletcher Encourages Community to Support Active Recreation at Waterfront Park

04/14/21

First-term Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and front-runner Nora Vargas share their visions for new board priorities for San Diego County.

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Senate Bill Adding 2 Environmental Justice Reps To South Coast Air Quality Management District Passes California Senate Environmental Quality Committee, Moves To Next Step

04/12/21

SB 342 creates partnership between Senator Lena Gonzalez, San Diego County Chair Nathan Fletcher and Communities for a Better Environment.

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Grantville Trolley Station 250-Unit Development Aims to Help Housing Crunch in San Diego

04/09/21

The housing market will soon get some much-needed relief as transit and housing officials broke ground on a new $106 million 250-unit residential development at the Grantville Trolley Station. The Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and Greystar Real Estate are partnering on the development, which sits between the new SDSU West site and SDSU main campus. A second, neighboring development is in the works for later this year on another portion of the station property reserved for qualified low-income residents.

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Mayor Gloria, Supervisors Fletcher and Vargas Comment on Changes to Migrant Children Population in San Diego

04/09/21

Last night, in response to the evolving needs of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States, U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) transferred 300 teenage girls from the emergency intake site at the San Diego Convention Center to another site at Fort Bliss in Texas. The transfer creates space in San Diego for an equal number of “tender-age” children (ages 5 to 12) and older siblings who have been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The new arrivals will be in San Diego on Friday.

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State Clarification To Blueprint Rules Removes Orange Tier Confusion

04/08/21

Revisions to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy the State announced today clarifies how San Diego can move through tiers and Chair Nathan Fletcher released the following statement in response: “This action by the Governor is greatly appreciated and recognizes the tremendous progress being made against COVID-19 because of the vaccines. This will ensure greater certainty to our economic recovery by limiting the potential for multiple changes in tiers while still ensuring public health conditions are appropriately monitored.”

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State Clarification To Blueprint Rules Removes Orange Tier Confusion

04/08/21

Revisions to the Blueprint for a Safer Economy the State announced today clarifies how San Diego can move through tiers and Chair Nathan Fletcher released the following statement in response.

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County creates homeless department, launches North County outreach

04/08/21

The county’s efforts to help homeless people will expand beyond the unincorporated area and into cities as part of a new department created by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 6.

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S.D. County enters orange tier as COVID-19 restrictions ease further

04/08/21

San Diego County will officially move Wednesday, April 7, from red into the second-least-restrictive orange tier of the state’s COVID-19 reopening framework, allowing for increased attendance limits at most businesses and a reopening of bars outdoors amid declining coronavirus case rates and continuing vaccinations.

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Supervisors Approve Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Racism

04/07/21

During a Tuesday meeting that ran until 11:30 p.m. due to a packed agenda, supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, put forth by board Chairman Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chairwoman Nora Vargas.

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San Diego County Supervisors approve resolution condemning anti-Asian racism

04/07/21

The API community has been the targets of increased hate crimes and attacks in San Diego County and across the nation since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supervisors approve resolution condemning anti-Asian racism

04/07/21

San Diego County supervisors adopted a resolution denouncing xenophobia and anti-Asian racism, it was announced Wednesday.

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San Diego County moves to join a community choice energy program

04/07/21

Board of Supervisors OKs discussions with San Diego Community Power and the Clean Energy Alliance.

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San Diego County Board Votes Unanimously to Create Department for Homeless Services

04/06/21

The idea for the Department of Homeless Solution and Equitable Communities was first presented by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher at the State of the County but was heard by the full board for the first time on Tuesday.

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Supervisors OK Waiving County Event Fees for COVID Recovery

04/06/21

“Today hardworking San Diegans in the events industry can breathe a sigh of relief,” board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said. “We are happy to support these businesses and excited for the return of family-friendly events in San Diego County.” Fletcher said recently that the event industry “was dealt a tremendous economic blow by the pandemic. Unlike other sectors who were able to operate at limited capacity and bring in some revenue, they could not because of the protections around large gatherings.”

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Five Policies Chair Fletcher Introduced Were Passed at Tuesday’s Board Meeting

04/06/21

Five policies Chair Nathan Fletcher introduced or co-docketed during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting were supported during a marathon meeting that was still going after 10 p.m. The policies passed will address homelessness, the environment, behavioral health and support the event industry and denounce hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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New Guiding Principles for Community Choice Energy put County on Stronger Path to Join with Cities to Reach Environmental Goals

04/06/21

Changing San Diego County’s guiding principles on Community Choice Energy (CCE) puts the County on a stronger path to join a local CCE. Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer are bringing a policy to the Board on Tuesday, April 6 to change the guiding principles and authorize the Chief Administrative Officer to engage in negotiations with CCE providers.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher confirms the County of San Diego will move into the Orange Tier on Wednesday

04/06/21

“San Diego is officially moving into the “orange tier”, yet another significant step in our recovery from COVID-19. The vaccine has given us a path to save lives, restore our economy, send our kids back to school and get our way of life back. The combination of a low case rate plus the state hitting vaccine milestones allows us to continue moving forward.”

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