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Commentary: I fought in the Iraq War. Here’s why I wage an internal battle every year on Memorial Day.

05/22/20

While it is important and appropriate to honor those whose service led to the ultimate sacrifice for our nation, it is especially painful for those of us who returned from combat when our brothers and sisters did not.

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Supervisors Urge County To Fulfill Records Requests In Timely Fashion During Pandemic

05/22/20

“I think we’re many months into (the pandemic) now and so I would be supportive of a change in posture and ensuring we’re fully complying with the records request,” Fletcher said.

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MLB’s health, safety plan OK with many; county pleased with Padres’ protocols

05/21/20

“The Padres have developed a very robust plan that not only meets the guidelines we have of other businesses that are open but in many cases exceeds them,” Fletcher said.

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Supervisor Fletcher, Small Business Network Team Up for Post-Coronavirus Reopening

05/20/20

"The SBDC is a vital partner for small businesses in San Diego," Fletcher said. "This partnership will assist business owners in adapting to the new way of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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San Diego County gets the OK from state to resume dining-in at restaurants

05/20/20

San Diego County received word Wednesday night that its request to allow dining at restaurants and in-store shopping was approved, setting the stage for a rapid reopening, although with social distancing restrictions.

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San Diego and Imperial Small Business Development Centers to Provide Small Business Training to Adapt to COVID-19 Environment, in Partnership with Supervisor Fletcher

05/20/20

“The SBDC is a vital partner for small businesses in San Diego,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “This partnership will assist business owners in adapting to the new way of operating during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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San Diego County revives human relations commission in wake of racist incidents in Santee

05/19/20

"The goal of the Leon L Williams Human Relations Commission is to bring the community together,” Fletcher said, “to begin to tackle these issues, to have frank and honest conversations, to confront difficult subjects and increase cultural competency and empathy across society.”

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Board Supports Creation of Leon L. Williams Human Relations Commission

05/19/20

“This Human Relations Commission will bring our community together to tackle issues of racism, discrimination and address social inequities that divide San Diego County,' said Supervisor Fletcher.

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Supervisor Fletcher Explains His No Vote on NRP Rule Change

05/19/20

"We should hold our spending of taxpayer funds to the highest levels of transparency and accountability at all times, especially during a global pandemic," said Supervisor Fletcher.

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Board Passes Comprehensive Economic and Humanitarian Stimulus Package

05/19/20

"Our balanced distribution of resources will help with some of the costs the County is incurring as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, but most importantly it puts San Diego County residents, business owners and cities on path to recovery," said Supervisor Fletcher.

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County Ready for Stage 2 Reopening, Should Exercise Caution Moving Toward Stage 3

05/19/20

"I recognize the pressure elected officials feel to move faster and understand the very real economic distress coronavirus has caused, but we must exercise caution and ensure a smooth and consistent recovery," said Supervisor Fletcher.

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Supervisor Fletcher Reacts to Governor’s Guidance for Counties

05/18/20

This is a positive step for our region, and important we implement responsibly, monitor any impact and prepare for future stages.

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Supervisors Fletcher and Jacob Propose $34 Million Economic and Humanitarian Stimulus Package

05/18/20

Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Diane Jacob at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting will present a $34 million Economic and Humanitarian Stimulus Package to be a catalyst for local business, more behavioral health services, and strengthening children and families -- all of whom have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Supervisor Fletcher Wants Human Relations to be a Priority Again in San Diego County

05/17/20

“With the new Leon L. Williams Human Relations Commission, it’s my goal to bring the community together," said Supervisor Fletcher. "We want to cultivate an environment that encourages greater understanding and respect for one another, and we want to have a group that can work collaboratively to fight back against racism, xenophobia, and social injustice.”

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After racist incidents in Santee, county supervisors will vote on reviving human relations commission

05/15/20

“The problems and divisions we face are incredibly deep,” Fletcher said, “but we have to begin to find a way to come out of this. We have to find a way to bring people together. We have to find a way to have conversations where individuals can start to understand one another.”

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Sup. Fletcher Joins YMCA and San Diego Foundation for Launch of Summer Camp Programs

05/11/20

CBS News 8 recaps a partnership between Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, YMCA of San Diego County and The San Diego Foundation is making more childcare opportunities available for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic with summer camps for youth from low-income families and camp scholarships.

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La YMCA abrirá campamentos de verano para aumentar las oportunidades de cuidado infantil

05/10/20

“Las desigualdades en nuestra sociedad no fueron creadas por el coronavirus, pero son exasperadas por el coronavirus”, dijo Fletcher. “A medida que avanzamos en la respuesta a través de esto ... que estamos conscientes y tener en cuenta esas desigualdades y hacer todo lo posible para garantizar una recuperación sin problemas para todos."

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Sup. Fletcher Announces Summer Childcare Opportunities

05/09/20

ABC 10 News covers a partnership between Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, YMCA of San Diego County and The San Diego Foundation is making more childcare opportunities available for parents during the COVID-19 pandemic with summer camps for youth from low-income families and camp scholarships.

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YMCA Youth Summer Camp Program Will Help Parents Go Back to Work

05/09/20

A YMCA summer camp program for youth from low-income families was announced Saturday by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher.

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YMCA to open summer camps to increase child care opportunities

05/09/20

“The inequities in our society were not created by coronavirus, but they are exasperated by coronavirus,” Fletcher said. “As we move through the response through this ... that we are mindful and keep in mind those inequities and do everything we can to ensure a smooth recovery for all.”

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Sup. Fletcher, YMCA and The San Diego Foundation Partner to Open and Fund Summer Camps for Youth

05/09/20

“As we gradually open up our economy, single parent households and working families are going to need more support with watching their kids while they are at work -- this new partnership is one way we’re doing it.”

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YMCA of San Diego County and the San Diego Foundation bring summer camp to low-income families

05/09/20

A YMCA summer camp program for youth from low-income families was announced Saturday by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. The program will provide childcare for parents who are going back to work during the coronavirus pandemic as more businesses reopen.

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Supervisor Fletcher Joins Mayor Faulconer to Provide Childcare Vouchers to Essential Workers

05/08/20

At the direction of Mayor Kevin Faulconer on May 8, the City has committed $5 million in CARES Act funding to provide emergency child care vouchers to emergency workers in San Diego, matching the County’s $5 million commitment.

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Sup. Fletcher and Mayor Faulconer Expand Childcare Support for Essential Workers

05/08/20

“Life is a struggle for many families under normal circumstances and, during a pandemic, financial and childcare struggles are magnified. The $10 million in combined childcare vouchers we’re making available for essential workers and vulnerable working families will ease some anxiety during this difficult time,” said Fletcher, the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee Co-Chair Nathan Fletcher.

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Retail Stores To Open Curbside Service Friday

05/07/20

Retail stores across the region can open for curbside service as early as Friday provided they meet San Diego County's guidelines, but shopping malls, dine-in restaurants, outdoor museums and offices with social distancing will remain closed until the next phase of reopening from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Sup. Fletcher Joins Ben Higgins on Coronavirus Impact Podcast

05/05/20

PODCAST: A 1-on-1 interview with County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher on the framework to get businesses back open and get San Diego back to work.

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Board Rejects Sup. Fletcher's Hazard Pay Proposal

05/05/20

On May 5, the Board refused to support a measure we brought forward that would provide hazard pay to our County's essential employees. We will continue to stand up for workers' protections during this crucial time.

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Hazard Pay for Frontline County Employees Voted Down

05/05/20

The decision to ignore the needs of our essential workers on the frontlines of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic not only lacks compassion, but passes up an opportunity to make use federal CARES Act funds to care for those who are serving on the front lines of our fight against COVID-19.

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County approves framework for opening businesses, OKs childcare vouchers for essential workers

05/05/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who co-chairs the county’s COVID-19 subcommittee alongside Cox, said the reopening framework is intended to give general guidance and direction to businesses, but is also designed in a way that allows the region to adapt as things change.

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Making Childcare Available for Back-To-Work San Diegans

05/05/20

As we begin to open our economy back up, and some San Diegans are returning to work, there is now an unprecedented need for childcare across our region as schools' doors remain shut for the rest of the school year. On May 5, we passed a measure to bring emergency childcare vouchers for essential workers countywide, and it it critical that we expand these efforts to cover all workers as we open up

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Supervisor Fletcher & Board Provide $5M for Childcare Vouchers, Contingent on City of San Diego Contribution

05/05/20

"We are relieving a burden on essential workers by providing access to childcare vouchers. This step will help not only alleviate a financial burden but will increase access to childcare and allow them to focus on performing their essential services."

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Majority of Board Strikes Down Hazard Pay for Essential County Employees

05/05/20

To deny public health nurses, first responders and other essential County employees, many who directly engage and treat COVID19 patients, a modest hazard pay for serving on the frontlines of our response to the COVID-19 crisis lacks compassion.

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County Supervisors OK ‘Framework’ for Safe Reopening of Businesses

05/05/20

After the vote, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said it’s important to “start the difficult work of rebuilding our economy, but it is vital that it be done right.”

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Supervisors Pass Framework for Opening Businesses Safely

05/05/20

"We want people to be able to get back to work, and start the difficult work of rebuilding our economy, but it is vital that it be done right. The guidelines outlined in the framework we approved today help us begin to move forward together."

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Fighting for Our Essential Workers During COVID-19

05/05/20

We joined CBS news on May 5 to go over two important measures we are bringing before the Board of Supervisors: one identifying a tiered system for "hazard pay" to compensate County essential workers fairly, and one entitling all essential workers to emergency childcare vouchers.

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Supervisor Fletcher's Policies Will Help Essential Workers During COVID-19

05/04/20

“Some professions during this global pandemic have the difficult responsibility of running towards the sound of danger, and our frontline and essential workers are those people,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “To reward their selflessness the hazard pay and emergency child care voucher policies provide them with more financial support for their courage and sacrifice as they help us battle this public health crisis.”

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Hazard Pay for Our First Responders and Essential Workers

05/04/20

Supervisor Fletcher joined FOX 5 on March 4th to discuss an initiative he is bringing before the Board of Supervisors to provide a modest "Hazard Pay" to our County of San Diego employees, including first responders and public health nurses who are at the forefront of our fight against COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Testing Ramps Up in Region

05/04/20

Two sites, managed by the state, will open in El Cajon and Chula Vista May 5. The state will also take over the testing site at the North Inland Live Well Center in Escondido so that the County can redirect its efforts to other vulnerable populations and communities.

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Fletcher to propose hazard pay, child care support for county’s essential workers

05/03/20

Fletcher said in a letter to the board that many health care workers, first responders and other essential workers are struggling to juggle child care responsibilities as they battle on the front lines of the pandemic. The virus is also disproportionately affecting families who were already grappling with trying circumstances, like those experiencing homelessness or those with children who have special needs.

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Californians Mostly Keeping Social Distance Protocol at Beaches, Police Say

05/03/20

A week after Californians weary of stay-at-home orders packed beaches, authorities pleaded for weekend visitors to follow social distancing rules: no bunching, keep walking or swimming, and leave the umbrellas at home.

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San Diegans get back to the beach — cautiously — on closely watched opening weekend

05/02/20

A quintessentially balmy Saturday presented the first key test for beachgoers after weeks of restricted access to the sand and waves. It’s a test San Diego seems to have passed.

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MTS Introduces New Tool to Fight COVID-19; Other Measures Introduced to Help Passengers During Pandemic

05/01/20

MTS has added a new decontamination protocol to its regular cleaning schedule. In addition to daily cleaning with disinfectants, buses will be fogged with a CDC-approved substance that kills COVID-19 (and other viruses) on contact.

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BETTER TOGETHER: Sup. Fletcher joins News 8 to share the generosity of our San Diego community

04/30/20

If you want to help, you need help, or you just want to be inspired by the generosity of San Diegans helping each other, watch this special highlighting the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched in March by Supervisor Fletcher in partnership with The San Diego Foundation.

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COVID-19 Community Response Fund Surpasses $10 Million Raised; Grants Additional $1.8 Million to Help Vulnerable San Diegans

04/30/20

The San Diego Foundation today announced the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has reached $10.8 million in donations. To date, the Fund has granted $7 million to more than 50 San Diego nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Guidelines on Face Coverings

04/30/20

Effective Friday, May 1 everyone must wear face coverings whenever they are in public and expect to come within 6 feet of a non-household member. Face coverings provide a layer of protection that allows us all to stay safe from the spread of COVID-19.

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2020 Point in Time Count Results

04/28/20

. “With this data we can secure more funding to support our homeless outreach strategies and deliver critical mental health, substance abuse and housing services to people living in our region without shelter. To make the count a successful endeavor it takes people, and I am grateful for all the volunteers, but I have a special place in my heart for the more than five-hundred County employees who stepped-up this year -- thank you.”

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County lifts restrictions on ocean access; face coverings now required for all residents

04/24/20

“We certainly understand the special importance the ocean has to our community, to our society, to our way of life,” Fletcher said. “It’s where we swim, surf and recreate. The ocean is a symbol of who we are as San Diegans, and it’s appropriate at this point that we open limited access to the ocean.”

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Serving the Elderly During COVID-19

04/24/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and the San Diego Foundation, has given a $50,000 grant to Elderhelp, which serves more than 6,500 seniors annually throughout San Diego County.

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Statement: Harmony Grove Closed Session Vote

04/24/20

On Tuesday, April 21, I mistakenly voted in support of appealing litigation in our closed session on development in Harmony Grove. While my vote would not have changed the outcome, I wanted to publicly clarify my intent and opposition to the appeal.

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County Approves $5M in Small Business Loans for Unincorporated Areas

04/21/20

“We designed this program to allow public and private entities to donate money that our strategic partners can leverage using their technical expertise, staff capacity, balance sheets and resources to rapidly inject liquidity into the local San Diego County small business sector," Fletcher said.

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Supervisor Fletcher Votes Against Desmond, Gaspar Proposal to Open Businesses May 1

04/21/20

“We all want to open things back up, but we have to exercise caution and ensure our actions are guided by the facts presented to us and advice from public health experts not arbitrary dates decided by Supervisors Desmond and Gaspar.”

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Helping Feeding San Diego Serve County Residents During the COVID-19 Crisis

04/20/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and the San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to Feeding San Diego, an independent 501(c)(3) which operates a comprehensive food rescue and distribution network.

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Supervisor Fletcher, Partners Stand-Up Loan Program for Small Business and Nonprofits

04/20/20

“We designed this Program to allow public and private entities to donate money that our strategic partners can leverage using their technical expertise, staff capacity, balance sheets and resources to rapidly inject liquidity into the local San Diego County small business sector,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee.

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During pandemic, San Diego skies take a breath

04/18/20

“The coronavirus has been horrible and we certainly wish none of this would have ever happened,” said San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, a leader of the county’s COVID-19 response and board member of both the state and local air boards. “But when we go through tragedy and crisis and difficulty, a lot of times it has an impact on our actions.

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MTS Board Meeting Recap: COVID Financial Impacts, $100M Capital Improvement Program Approved, Ballot Measure Effort Postponed

04/16/20

At its meeting today, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) Board of Directors addressed significant topics that impact the future of transit in San Diego.

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Proactive COVID-19 Testing Begins for Shelter Residents at Convention Center

04/16/20

“It is a testament to the commitment made by local government, service providers and nonprofits to work in a coordinated manner to slow the spread of coronavirus,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Vice-Chair of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless and Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 Task Force.

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Supervisor Fletcher on the Future of ELEVATE SD

04/16/20

"It is with a heavy heart, we confront the obvious and unavoidable reality that while the time will come to engage the public on an increased investment in our transit future, that time will not be in 2020."

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Supervisor Fletcher Reacts To Cancellation of In-Person San Diego Pride Events

04/16/20

“For decades, San Diego Pride has formed the cornerstone of our community, fostering a spirit of inclusion, equality and respect for all San Diegans. While we may not be physically gathering together to celebrate this year’s Pride, we stand united in our solidarity and commitment to celebrating our resilient LGBTQ+ community.”

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Hope Lost, Now Found

04/15/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to the Salvation Army, which has dedicating the donation to the economically vulnerable.

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MTS and NCTD to “Sound the Horn” for Public Transit Workers

04/15/20

“The folks who operate, drive, and work on transit are unsung heroes every day," said Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Supervisor, and MTS Chair. "But in light of this health crisis and the fact that they are providing an absolutely essential service makes this acknowledgment even more meaningful. This is a small but powerful way to applaud the excellent work our transit operators are providing during this critical time.”

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Coming to the Aid of Those Who Need and Work in Child Care

04/10/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, is providing micro-grants ranging from $100 for food and diapers to $575 for child care costs to low-income, essential service workers and child care providers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supervisor Fletcher, County Board Join Coalition Requesting $2B be added to State Budget for Housing & Homelessness Resources

04/09/20

“We have risen to the occasion to protect unsheltered individuals during this coronavirus crisis, but now is the time to prepare to keep them from going back onto the streets when this pandemic ends,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Vice Chair of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless and Co-chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee.

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San Diego city and county partner on $25M behavioral health impact fund for service providers

04/08/20

San Diego County supervisors gave final approval Tuesday to an agreement reached with the City of San Diego to establish a $25 million behavioral health impact fund, which will pay for capital projects for mental health and substance abuse service providers

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MTS Will Reduce Service Levels on April 13 in Response to Coronavirus Pandemic

04/06/20

“Transit is an essential service and must remain accessible for essential workers and services. And especially for our transit dependent communities,” said MTS Board Chair Nathan Fletcher. “MTS has lost about 65 percent of ridership on buses and Trolleys since the Governor’s stay-at-home order. It seems counterintuitive, but this is actually a good thing. It means our community is working together to limit the spread of COVID-19 by staying at home.”

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UT: 250-bed ‘field hospital’ planned for Escondido ahead of expected COVID-19 surge

04/05/20

“It is a tremendously positive step forward for our region,” county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said. “We’ve talked a lot about flattening the curve; the second part of that is raising the bar, raising our health system capacity.”

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How COVID-19 Response Donations are Helping Society's Most Vulnerable

04/06/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to Interfaith Community Services that will provide meals, help with rent and utility bills, cover the cost of urgent medical and healthcare expenses, and more.

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Watch: Supervisor Fletcher on the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

04/03/20

Just weeks after we launched the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, donations are already being brought to bear in our communities to help those who have been hardest hit by the economic effects of COVID-19.

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COVID-19 Response Fund Grant to Tri-City Hospital is Saving Lives

04/03/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to the Tri-City Hospital Foundation for new GlideScopes – equipment that allows easier and safer emergency airway management for coronavirus patients and physicians.

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Convention Center Opens as Temporary Regional Homeless Shelter Amid COVID-19 Pandemic

04/01/20

“To best prepare for COVID-19, we need to all work together as a region," said Supervisor Fletcher. San Diego County is proud to provide emergency funding as well as mental and behavioral health services, healthcare and daily health screenings to help reduce the risk of this virus devastating our homeless community. Quite simply, it’s the right thing to do.”

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Major Gaps in Coronavirus Testing in Counties Across California

03/31/20

In terms of San Diego County, 31 out of every 10,000 people have been tested so far, one of the highest rates when compared to other large counties in California.

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San Diego volunteers start restoring 300,000 defective N95 masks for medical workers

03/31/20

"We are grateful Rock Church and its members have partnered with us to fix 300,000 vital N95 respirators by repairing the broken elastic bands of masks in our inventory," said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County of San Diego COVID-19 Subcommittee. "San Diegans are stepping-up in extraordinary ways under this unprecedented public health crisis and this collaboration is another example."

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How to Manage Your Mental Health and Cope During COVID-19

03/31/20

It’s important during times like these to monitor your own physical and mental health, as well as safely stay connected to your community. Know the signs of stress and when and how to seek help for yourself, as well as loved ones.

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County Restricts Cruise Ships With COVID-19

03/30/20

Health officials today announced the County is restricting the acceptance of cruise ships with COVID-19 cases and has instituted new rules for the unloading of passengers and crew members off cruise ships arriving in San Diego.

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Watch: Supervisor Fletcher Speaks at the 2020 San Diego Angel Conference

03/28/20

In March, we joined USD, The Brink, the Small Business Association and hundreds of local entrepreneurs and investors for the annual San Diego Angel Conference. Held virtually this year, the conference builds bridges between the visions that inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and the tools that will help them make their vision a reality.

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Domestic Violence Victims Amid COVID-19 Response

03/28/20

In the unprecedented circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re all affected by the crisis. This is especially true for couples and families who may be at risk of domestic violence and who are now in close quarters amid Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay at home order.

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County indefinitely extends public health order closing bars, schools, restaurants

03/28/20

“None of us know exactly how long it will last, we don’t exactly how many cases we will have or what day that we might hit the apex or flatten that curve,” said county Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, “but we know the early days — and we are still in the early days — are the most critical and the most important.”

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San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund Grants $400,000 to Help First Responders and Low-Income Workers

03/26/20

The San Diego Foundation today announced $400,000 in rapid response grants from the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund to support the immediate needs of first responders, low-income workers and other hard-hit communities impacted by the coronavirus outbreak.

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Was your job affected by coronavirus? Here’s how to file for unemployment

03/26/20

If you’ve lost a job or had hours reduced due to the pandemic, you can file a claim for unemployment benefits. Parents who have to stay home to care for a child due to a school closure are also eligible.

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Coronavirus briefings should be standardized at all levels of government

03/25/20

By having county doctors and health officials join in regular 2:30 p.m. briefings that last an hour — with about 15 minutes for updates and statements and about 45 minutes for questions that are emailed or texted by offsite reporters — the county is providing a needed service.

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San Diego County approves moratorium on residential, commercial evictions for people affected by COVID 19

03/24/20

“We want to make sure no one during this period of difficulty loses their home. We want to make sure everyone is fed. We want to make sure we can get through this in a humane and compassionate way and rebuild our economy going forward,” said Supervisor Fletcher.

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San Diego Converts Golden Hall To Shelter, Prepares For More COVID-19 Cases

03/23/20

The city of San Diego announced Monday the entirety of Golden Hall and parts of the Convention Center will be converted to homeless shelters with hundreds of beds as the city rushes to prepare for what health officials are describing as a storm on the horizon with the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dr. Seuss Fund Announces Matching Campaign for Donations to San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

03/23/20

The Dr. Seuss Fund at The San Diego Foundation will provide a match of $1 for every $2 contributed to the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund.

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Supervisors Fletcher and Gaspar Resolution Temporarily Halts Evictions in San Diego County Amid Coronavirus Crisis, Board Votes Tuesday

03/23/20

“Our economy and our residents are hurting. We need to preserve as much as we can. It is our duty to help San Diegans weather these challenges during the coronavirus crisis,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-chair, County of San Diego COVID-19 Subcommittee. “This resolution will provide temporary relief to individuals and businesses and provide a more stable road to financial recovery.”

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Preparations Underway to Open All of Golden Hall, Parts of Convention Center to Serve Homeless Individuals

03/23/20

“We want San Diegans to know their City, County and State government are working collaboratively with homeless service providers to activate a regionally coordinated plan to protect unsheltered people from COVID-19." -County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher

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County of San Diego to Receive Mobile Hospital - NBC San Diego

03/22/20

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Sup. Fletcher Emphasizes Importance of Accurate Information on COVID-19

03/21/20

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County officials stress stay-at-home order, acknowledge questions remain

03/20/20

“We are asking the public to join with us in this effort. Each and every one of us is on the front lines of having the ability to stand together and fight the spread of this,” Fletcher said.

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Qualcomm Foundation Donates $1 Million to San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund; Fund Reaches $5.7 Million

03/20/20

“Qualcomm has been a bedrock of economic stability and generosity in San Diego County for a very long time,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-chair, County of San Diego COVID-19 Subcommittee. “This substantial donation is another example of their continued commitment to empower people and contribute to our community’s well-being.”

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Supervisor Fletcher on Social Distancing - FOX 5 San Diego

03/20/20

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United Way of San Diego County Creates Emergency San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

03/20/20

“The United Way is ready to receive applications from San Diegans affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “They are a great partner, a dynamic community resource, and through their programming are on the frontlines to help people who struggle with food security, rental and utility assistance and income replacement or gap funding."

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Supervisor Fletcher lanza el Fondo Comunitario de COVID-19 - Univision San Diego

03/19/20

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Supervisor Fletcher on Testing Kits - NBC San Diego

03/19/20

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County Bans Groups of 10 or More People

03/18/20

The County is banning gatherings of 10 or more people in one room and smaller groups must stay six feet apart to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

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County’s Family Resource Centers, Housing and Community Development Services Office Suspending In-Person Services

03/18/20

Effective Thursday, March 19, the County’s Family Resource Centers, as well as the Housing and Community Development Services office are temporarily suspending in-person services.

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San Diego Leaders Launch COVID-19 Community Response Fund to Address San Diegans’ Growing Needs Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

03/16/20

“In San Diego, we care about one another,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Subcommittee and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. “We stand together and step up to help in times of great need. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors impacted by this ongoing health crisis.”

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Los líderes de San Diego lanzan el Fondo de Respuesta Comunitaria COVID-19

03/16/20

El fondo se centra en la seguridad alimentaria, asistencia de alquiler y servicios públicos, sustitución de ingresos o financiamiento de brechas de $1.3 millones sembrados al fondo por San Diego Gas & Electric y la Fundación de San Diego. Haga donaciones a: SDFoundation.org/COVID19

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MTS Adds Handwashing Stations, Extra Cleaning Crews to battle COVID-19

03/12/20

“We’re thankful to our Board Chair and County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher for his leadership, collaboration and the quick response to get these handwashing stations out onto our system,” said MTS CEO Paul Jablonski.

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RTFH First Continuum of Care in Nation to Seek Support from HUD

03/11/20

“Individuals experiencing homelessness deserve the same care, compassion and information about COVID-19 as everyone else. We are aggressively working to make sure that happens,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair, County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Subcommittee. “We want San Diegans to know that our region is working together and coordinated in our response managing the spread of COVID-19 and we take seriously our obligation to protect our most vulnerable, including homeless individuals.”

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Supervisors Create Subcommittee on Coronavirus

03/10/20

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today created a subcommittee to deal with the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak and announced additional steps to slow the spread of the virus.

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Board Supports Supervisor Fletcher’s Policy for Syringe Services Program

03/10/20

Today the Board of Supervisors heard the overwhelming medical, scientific, and community support for syringe services and the Board voted to move forward with creating a syringe services program to be brought back within four months for adoption.

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San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes to move forward with syringe service program

03/10/20

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 today to move forward with developing a syringe service program, as part of the county's harm-reduction strategies for public health.

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San Diego County supervisors approve plan to help deported veterans with Tijuana-based Vet Connect Station

03/10/20

“While that is a federal issue that has been going on in many administrations for many years that we can’t address, we can step up and try and extend our county services ... to those same veterans who served in the same wars and wore the same uniforms,” said Supervisor Fletcher.

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Deported Veterans to Receive Support from County of San Diego

03/10/20

The respect and dignity our veterans deserve knows no borders. We are delivering care, compassion and vital services to deported veterans by installing a county funded veterans connection computer station in Tijuana, Mexico.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Presents Policy for Syringe Services Programs at County

03/06/20

“The evidence is clear, Syringe Services Programs are a medically supported best practice that protects public health, saves lives, and puts people with substance use disorders on a path to recovery,” said Supervisor Fletcher.

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MTS Kicks off Essay Contest for Students to Win New Laptops

03/02/20

MTS & Coca Cola will award 40 high school students (Grades 9-12) a new laptop computer as part of the 17th Annual Laptop Scholarship Essay Contest. Students in grades 9-12 from all around San Diego County are encouraged to submit an essay and application starting March 2 through April 10.

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Supervisor Fletcher Joins SAY San Diego and ACT to Escape the Vape

02/27/20

We are proud to be working with so many amazing, dedicated young leaders who are fighting to protect the future! Vaping is a scourge in our schools and in our community, and is bringing illness and addiction to hundreds of our kids.

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Supervisors Fletcher & Cox Announce County Adds Substance Abuse Treatment to Psychiatric Hospital

02/26/20

“We are taking bold action and changing how we operate to ensure better outcomes for the patients who visit our psychiatric hospital. By taking the unprecedented step of co-locating mental health and substance abuse treatment we are better equipped to provide vital services to a hard to reach group of people, many of whom are experiencing chronic homelessness.”

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County Announces High-Intensity Drug Rehab Program for Frequent Mental Health Patients

02/26/20

At a news conference Wednesday, county supervisors Greg Cox and Nathan Fletcher announced what they’re calling the “Accelerated Connections to Treatment” program, saying that it is intended to break the cycle of readmission for a relatively small group of residents who often have co-ocurring mental health needs and substance abuse disorders.

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County to Kill Weeds without Using Harmful Toxins

02/26/20

Today, the County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a policy introduced by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Dianne Jacob to prohibit the County from using chemicals containing glyphosate, a chemical linked to rare cancers at County-owned and maintained properties.

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Satellite Voting Locations to Open Saturday

02/25/20

The Registrar of Voters will open four satellite voting locations this weekend to add to options for early voting and to help those who haven’t registered to vote but still want to take part in the March 3 Presidential Primary Election.

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County Selects Contractor for Southeastern Live Well Center

02/25/20

“This is another important milestone for this project,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “Last year we opened up the process, made it more transparent, gathered vital community input and now the committee has selected a contractor it believes can build the Southeastern Live Well Center to reflect the vision put forward by the residents. We will continue to keep the community informed throughout the build process.”

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Supes. Fletcher and Jacob Take Action to Protect Public Health, Push for County to use Alternatives to Roundup Weed Killer

02/25/20

“We are taking action to protect the public and our planet from the dangers of the harmful toxin glyphosate, a chemical found in products like Roundup,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “Using organic alternatives is a better way.”

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Supervisor Fletcher Supports Co-locating Mental Health & Substance Abuse Services; Board Vote is Supportive

02/25/20

The Board’s vote on Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) facilities today ensures better attention to community concerns about safety surrounding MAT facilities are addressed, accountability is upheld and enforcement can be carried out.

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District 4 Neighborhood to Receive Affordable Housing Because of County Investment

02/25/20

With today’s Board action: Innovative Housing Trust Fund, CDBG and HOME funds will be allocated to support the construction of 435 affordable housing units across the County.

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South Bay City Ranks Among the Top 20 Worst Commutes in US

02/24/20

If you’re regularly driving through Chula Vista, you have one of the worst commutes in the country, according to a study that compared drive times in the 100 largest cities in the U.S.

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Supervisor Fletcher and Chairman Cox to Develop $25M Behavioral Health Impact Fund

02/19/20

County Board of Supervisors’ Chairman Greg Cox, during his final State of the County Address Wednesday night, announced plans to join with Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the City of San Diego to develop a $25 million Behavioral Health Impact Fund this year.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Comments on Governor Newsom’s Homeless Plans announced during 2020 State of the State

02/19/20

Today Governor Gavin Newsom outlined a path forward on homelessness that is actionable and shows his commitment to addressing the challenge our state faces.

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Board of Supervisors Makes Right Decision to Ratify Local Emergencies

02/19/20

Today’s vote reaffirmed the County of San Diego’s decisive action on Friday to declare a local emergency and local health emergency was the right one.

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UT: Surge in youth vaping prompting cities, state to consider flavored tobacco bans

02/19/20

"A national surge in youth vaping is prompting many local cities, including San Diego, to consider banning the sale of flavored tobacco, vaping liquids and related products. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher visited Encinitas and San Diego last week, and is scheduled to moderate a Chula Vista community panel on Thursday."

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Team Fletcher is Hiring!

02/18/20

This position serves as an integral part of a dynamic, team-focused organization. The Community Representative attends community events and meetings; conducts constituent services and casework; acts as a liaison to the African American community and other communities/organizations as assigned.

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Supervisor Fletcher and Asm. Gonzalez to Vote Early on Valentine's Day

02/14/20

“Our democracy works best when the most people possible participate,” said Supervisor Fletcher. "By leveraging options like early voting, vote by mail, or visiting one of the County’s satellite voting locations before election day, you are able to avoid the expected rush on election day.”

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Sup. Fletcher to Present on Youth Vaping to SD City Council’s Environment Committee

02/12/20

“I am passionate about tackling the vaping crisis because I know that flavors hook kids on nicotine for life - and after years of making progress to reduce tobacco use by teens, we are seeing an alarming increase in the number of teens who vape,” said Supervisor Fletcher.

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PODCAST: Supervisor Fletcher Discusses His Proudest Accomplishments with Matt Strabone

02/12/20

Sup. Fletcher sat down with Matt Strabone for his "Show in Progress" podcast to chat about his work to help the County deal with some of our region's toughest challenges.

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Increasing Transit Ridership in San Diego Continues

02/11/20

“More and more San Diegans are using transit as an alternative to driving. This has a direct effect on lessening traffic congestion, providing cleaner air and lowering greenhouse gas emissions,” said Nathan Fletcher, MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Supervisor. “This momentum significantly helps our efforts moving MTS forward to provide a better connected, less congested, greener future.”

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Supervisor Fletcher in Encinitas Tonight to Present on Vaping to Youth Commission

02/05/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to present to Encinitas Youth Commission on Vaping Crisis tonight, which will be taken under consideration by the Youth Commission as they consider introducing recommendations to the Encinitas City Council about the sale of vaping products.

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County Moves to Implement Restrictions on Flavored Tobacco and Vaping Products

01/28/20

With today’s Board Action, the County has taken the final step to put the health of our children and our communities over the profits of big tobacco.

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UT: County approves Third Avenue mental health hub agreement, but Scripps bows out

01/28/20

Jacob commended her colleague, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, for pushing to have the Third Avenue property used for mental health rather than residential redevelopment and for sinking a large amount of political capital into pushing for changes that go deeper than merely building a few additional buildings with enough beds to replace those that will be lost in coming years.

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County to Enter Historic Partnership UCSD Health on Regional Behavioral Health Hub

01/28/20

"I am thrilled to announce we reached a historic agreement with UC San Diego Health on our journey to building a better way for delivering behavioral health services," said Supervisor Fletcher.

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Board Authorizes County to Move Forward with Plans for Flexible Housing Subsidy Pool, Regional Task Force on Homeless Partnership

01/28/20

As a member of the Governor’s Council on Regional Homeless Advisors, I am thankful our board voted to continue progress towards innovative solutions to tackle our housing and homelessness crisis.

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Supervisor Fletcher Announces County’s Census 2020 Outreach Plan

01/22/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today, alongside members of the Count Me 2020 coalition, announced at a press conference the County of San Diego’s plans to educate hard to reach populations about the 2020 Census and unveiled Census advertisements that will appear in the 1.8 million sample ballot pamphlets being distributed this week by the County Registrar of Voters.

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County Wants Your Input on Mental Health, Substance Use Issues

01/17/20

This month, San Diego County HHSA is hosting forums around the County to gather public input on how we can improve our services surrounding mental health and substance abuse.

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Important Transit Information for MLK Holiday Weekend and the Women’s March

01/17/20

Tens of thousands of people are expected in downtown San Diego this weekend for the 2020 Women’s March, and the Metropolitan Transit System is encouraging residents to avoid traffic, closed streets and parking hassles by taking the transit to the event.

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Board Gives Consent to Continue Refugee Resettlement Programming

01/14/20

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 voted to submit a response of consent to President Donald Trump’s Executive Order requiring state and local governments to sign-off on accepting the resettlement of refugees in their community.

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Board Approves Smoking/Vaping Related Ordinances

01/14/20

The ordinances the Board passed today to restrict the sale and use of smoking and vaping products in unincorporated areas of the County will save lives.

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Supervisor Fletcher Congratulates Incoming Board Chair Cox, Thanks Outgoing Chair Jacob for her Leadership

01/14/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today expressed appreciation for Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s leadership as Board Chair last year, and congratulated Supervisor Greg Cox on becoming Chair in his final year of service to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Fletcher is looking forward to another year of progress as Board of Supervisors' Chair pro tempore.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher & Other Homeless Advisors Make Recommendations to Governor Newsom

01/13/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, in his appointed role to the Governor’s Council of Regional Homeless Advisors, together with the other 12 members of the Council today presented an interim set of recommendations for how to address homelessness in a letter to California Governor Gavin Newsom and unveiled them during a press briefing in Sacramento.

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Supervisor Fletcher has Pride for Rainbow Crosswalk in his District

01/11/20

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is proud of San Diego’s first rainbow crosswalk to honor the history, culture and importance of the LGBTQ+ community of the region is located in the Hillcrest neighborhood, in the 4th Supervisorial District.

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Board of Supervisors to Vote on Anti-Vaping Ordinances

01/10/20

Supervisors Fletcher and Jacob joined Dr. Wilma Wooten, MD, MPH to roll out the details of a series of anti-vaping and anti-tobacco ordinances that will be brought to a full Board vote on January 14th.

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Supervisors Fletcher, Jacob Announce Details of Vaping Ordinances

01/09/20

County of San Diego Board of Supervisors’ Chairwoman Dianne Jacob and Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today announced details of new ordinances the board is set to consider Tues., Jan. 14, to crack down on the sale and distribution of flavored tobacco and e-cigarettes.

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Gov. Newsom Announces CA Homeless Fund

01/08/20

We stand with Governor Newsom's efforts to tackle homelessness in California. We must use all available resources to build more affordable housing and deliver behavioral health services to homeless populations in order to effectively address this crisis.

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Statement: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Reacts to Governor Newsom’s Executive Order on Homelessness

01/08/20

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Discusses De-escalating Tensions with Iran

01/08/20

Supervisor Fletcher sat down with FOX 5 anchors to discuss the unfolding situation in Iran, its targeting of U.S. forces in Iraq, and his own military experience serving in the two countries.

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Mental Health Care Finally Got County’s Attention in 2019

01/06/20

From the biggest rethink of mental health care in decades to caring for the smallest baby in the world, 2019 was a particularly eventful year in San Diego County health care.

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Fletcher Succeeds in Increasing County Spending on Behavioral Health

01/05/20

KPBS News' Mark Sauer and the Union-Tribune's Charles Clark discuss some of Sup. Fletcher's landmark accomplishments of 2019, including a focus on patient-centered care in our Behavioral Health System.

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Change Came to San Diego County in 2019

12/31/19

In 2019, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher built coalitions, pushed a progressive agenda and put San Diego on a path to change. Watch our 2019 recap video to look back on some landmark accomplishments from our first year in office.

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San Diego County Supervisor Fletcher eyes large behavioral health initiatives in 2020

12/26/19

"Nathan Fletcher is focusing on behavioral health, transit, and environmental protections after his freshman year."

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County-Supported Housing Navigation Center a Step Forward for San Diego

12/26/19

This month, the Housing Navigation Center opened its doors to an eager community of unsheltered residents of downtown San Diego.

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County Reimbursed $2 Million for Migrant Crisis Costs

12/20/19

FEMA check covers County HHSA costs for local migrant shelter; Supervisors’ Bold Action in January Helped Migrant Families.

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FEMA reimburses San Diego $2 million for costs incurred during migrant crisis

12/20/19

"Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox announced Friday that the Federal Emergency Management Agency reimbursed the county more than $2 million for providing medical attention to immigrants and asylum seekers who temporarily stayed at a shelter near downtown San Diego earlier this year."

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Editorial: Needle exchange program would bring San Diego County into 21st century

12/17/19

"If the county wants to keep improving both public health and its reputation, it should heed Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and start clean syringe exchange and condom distribution programs to limit the spread of diseases."

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Syringe exchange floated as possible way to fight STD increases in San Diego County

12/12/19

"Fletcher calls for his colleagues to discuss options in coming year"

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First Battery-Electric San Diego MTS Bus Now Serving Passengers

12/18/19

"The start of service also marks the start of a two-year electric bus pilot program announced earlier this fall."

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Voice of the Year 2019: Nathan Fletcher

12/16/19

"Nathan Fletcher is almost weekly staking out positions that have generated intense conversations."

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San Diego County adopts new approach for handling Child Welfare Services Hotline calls

12/10/19

"County Supervisors hope to reduce the number of cases that slip through the cracks."

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Board Supports Supervisor Fletcher’s Leave No Veterans Behind Proposal

12/10/19

Today the Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 in support of Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s proposal to have the Chief Administrative Officer come up with a plan to expand a County Vet Connect station with a secure internet connection in Tijuana, Mexico.

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Supervisor Fletcher Seeks to Help Deported Veterans in Tijuana

12/09/19

"Nathan Fletcher will bring forth a policy to County Board of Supervisors to assist deported veterans in accessing their benefits"

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Supervisor Fletcher Visits San Carlos Area Council Meeting

12/09/19

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Survey for District 4 Seniors

11/26/19

City of San Diego residents 50 years old or older are invited to take part in a survey to voice their priorities for making San Diego an Age-Friendly City where all residents can age well.

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Board Approves Supervisor Fletcher’s Proposal for a Flexible Funds for Housing Program (Flex Pool)

11/19/19

The homeless crisis facing San Diego requires us to be not only creative and innovative in seeking solutions, but collaborative, cities and counties working together with nonprofits and the private sector.

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County Supervisors Expand Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board

11/19/19

County Supervisors today expanded the new Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board to better serve children and families in the foster care system.

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Supervisor Fletcher Announces Proposal for Housing Subsidy Program

11/18/19

Today Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced a new policy proposal for the County of San Diego to assist unsheltered individuals, veterans, and seniors on fixed incomes with gap funding for direct rental assistance and other housing related expenses so they can secure permanent housing quickly and without barriers.

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Adding Satellite Locations is the Right Move

11/04/19

Ensuring voter access to the ballot in elections and majority rule are hallmarks of our system of our government.

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Low-Income San Diegans to Receive Funding to Buy Electric Vehicles Thanks to Supervisor Fletcher

10/30/19

Low income San Diegans will soon have a reason to get rid of their old gas guzzler and replace it with a low or zero emission vehicle thanks to a proposal Supervisor Nathan Fletcher brought forward on Wednesday.

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County Moves Forward With Plan for Behavioral Health Hubs

10/29/19

“It’s not just one new facility or another facility, it is a reimagining of the entire system,” said County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who persuaded the county to proceed with a new multi-service hub in Hillcrest on a plot once eyed for condos.

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Supporting Military Spouses Working at the County

10/29/19

Today’s action taken by the Board will provide military spouses with the same vacation accrual rate as when they left the County.

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Board of Supervisors Votes to Partner with Health Systems on Central Region Behavioral Health Hub

10/29/19

The Board of Supervisors today voted to accept the feasibility report on the Central Behavioral Health Hub.

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Conservatorship is a tool, but we must continue with other efforts

10/29/19

Conservatorship is a tool, but we must continue with other efforts

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UC San Diego Health & Scripps Health Partner for Supervisor Fletcher's Regional Behavioral Health Hub

10/28/19

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today announced the dilapidated County property at 4307 Third Avenue in Hillcrest has been deemed appropriate to build his vision for a Central Region Behavioral Health Hub and that UC San Diego Health and Scripps Health are working on a partnership agreement with the County of San Diego to jointly invest and provides services at the site.

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Supervisor Fletcher's Roadmap Charts New Direction for Electric Vehicles in San Diego County

10/16/19

The Supervisors Electric vehicle plan increases County EV Fleet 10 fold, install more charging infrastructure, and incentivizes purchases

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County Approves Community Choice Energy, but Waits to Join JPA

10/15/19

The Board of Supervisors took action that sets us on the path of energy choice for residents in unincorporated areas of the County.

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Board of Supervisors Acts to Address Public Health Crisis Caused By Vaping Products

10/15/19

Supervisor Fletcher and his colleagues move to address public health crisis of vaping.

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Politically Speaking: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Gives County Assessment

10/12/19

NBC 7's Alex Presha invites Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to discuss the county progress.

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Nathan Fletcher takes over as head of San Diego MTS board, vows to fight for transit upgrades

10/10/19

County Supervisors Nathan Fletcher took over as head of the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System Board of Directors on Thursday.

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New Transit Leadership Takes Reigns at MTS

10/10/19

In a unanimous vote today, the San Diego County Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) board of directors elected San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to a two-year term as chairperson.

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The County of San Diego is Evaluating Conservatorship

10/08/19

We must seriously scrutinize every viable option to help address the homeless epidemic in San Diego and throughout California.

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Supervisors Nathan Fletcher, Dianne Jacob Call for Crackdown on Vaping Products, E-Cigarettes

09/30/19

Alarmed by a spike in vaping-related illnesses and deaths, county Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Nathan Fletcher today called for a crackdown on products associated with vaping.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Selected for Nationally Recognized ‘Civil Society Fellowship’

09/26/19

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has been selected to join a distinguished group of leaders from across the United States as a member of the Civil Society Fellowship: A Partnership of ADL (Anti-Defamation League) and the Aspen Institute.

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Local government spend million caring for migrant dumped by Trump’s Border Patrol

09/24/19

Excerpts from USA Today article: A USA TODAY review of dozens of communities along the border – and some far from it – shows that local governments have spent at least $7 million over the past year to care for thousands of undocumented migrants released after being detained by the federal government. Leaders in those communities say it's their moral responsibility to care for migrants who are often sick from their time in Border Patrol facilities, exhausted from their journey and usually out of money.

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Line-Up for Clean Air Day in San Diego Announced

09/23/19

San Diego County elected leaders and community advocates are raising awareness about the importance of improving air quality by recognizing October 2 as ‘Clean Air Day’ and hosting events to promote the statewide ‘Clean Air Day ‘of Action spearheaded by the Coalition for Clean Air.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Votes No on the Tropical Forest Standard

09/19/19

I am gravely concerned about the loss of our tropical forests and the resulting impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. However, I am not convinced that the economic assumptions behind the Tropical Forest Standard will yield actual results.

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Supervisor Fletcher Reacts to Trump Revoking California’s Waiver to set greenhouse gas emissions and zero-emissions standards

09/18/19

A petty and petulant President is not only attacking California environmental standards, but the auto manufacturing industry that supports our efforts. This is all a Trump driven effort to increase greenhouse gas emission, gasoline consumption and air pollution--it makes no sense.

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What San Diego County is doing to prevent suicide by first responders

09/17/19

More first responders lose their lives to suicide than in the line of duty. We’re doing something about it. Last week, our country remembered the first responders and innocent Americans who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on America.

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White House report urges deregulation to reduce homelessness

09/17/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union Tribune article: County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, a member of the Regional Task Force on the Homeless, blasted the report.

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Board Approves Free, Confidential Mental Health Services for First Responders

09/10/19

Excerpts from NBC 7 San Diego story: The County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to approve a program that would provide free and confidential mental health services to San Diego's first responders.

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County supervisors greenlight mental health program for first responders

09/10/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article: On Tuesday the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously backed a proposal creating a new behavioral health program that will provide confidential mental health services to all first responders in the county, even if they are retired.

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Board Approves Tri-City Deal

09/10/19

This action to bring back mental health services at Tri-City hospital, that have been offline for almost a year, is a step in the right direction. However, we have a long way to go in order to ensure we build an integrated, coordinated and effective regional behavioral health system in San Diego.

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County’s Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board is looking for Applicants

09/10/19

The County of San Diego’s Child & Family Strengthening Advisory Board is expanding its board member seats by four and is now accepting applications.

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County continues to move forward in consideration of Community Choice Program

09/10/19

The Board of Supervisors continued to move forward in considering the development of a community choice energy program.

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Supervisor Fletcher Announces Program to Help First Responders with Mental Health

09/09/19

To combat the statistic that more first responders die from suicide than in the line of duty, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced a new policy proposal today for a confidential, stigma-free program to help first responders who are going through a mental health crisis.

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Body of father killed in Tijuana coming home to USA

09/03/19

Excerpts from CBS 8 story: Help has arrived for the family of a U.S. citizen who was murdered in a Tijuana mass killing.

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County, Tri-City Medical Center Reach Deal to Reopen Critical Psychiatric Unit

08/28/19

Excerpts from Times of San Diego article: County officials and Tri-City Medical Center reached an agreement in principal Tuesday to reopen a psychiatric unit closed since last year.

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Homeless veterans take center stage at bipartisan congressional hearing in San Diego

08/22/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article written by Charles Clark: Veterans’ advocates and housing experts described challenges and possible solutions for sheltering homeless veterans during a bipartisan congressional hearing in Oceanside Thursday.

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Supervisor Fletcher Reacts to State of California Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

08/13/19

California continues to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize our electricity sector – all while growing as one of the most prosperous regions of the United States.

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Small businesses get a boost from San Diego County, University of San Diego

08/12/19

Excerpts from ABC 10 story: County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the University of San Diego launched a small business accelerator program Monday for the communities of Chollas, City Heights, Encanto, Linda Vista, Rolando and Redwood Village.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, University of San Diego Launch Partnership to Increase Entrepreneurship and Grow Business Pipeline in 6 Communities

08/12/19

New partnership leverages combined $1.5 million in County and University Resources Innovate-Up workshop Innovation Bootcamp is August 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Malcolm X Library Sign-up today at Innovate-Up.com

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San Diego County Launches Program To Replace High-Emission Vehicles

08/07/19

Excerpts from KPBS story: Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox launched a program Wednesday to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.

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Supervisors Fletcher, Cox Launch Clean Air for All Grant Campaign, Announce

08/07/19

$28.5M to Fund elimination of high Polluting Vehicles, Equipment Upcoming Workshop for Businesses to Apply for Funds is set for August 27 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Statement: Expanded Supplier Diversity & Access to County Contracts

08/06/19

Creating more opportunities for local businesses to secure contracts is good for the local economy. We applaud staff for committing to streamline the contract process, diversify our supplier base and remove barriers to contracting with the County.

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A thriving democracy: the vote center approach

08/02/19

Editorial originally appeared in San Diego Uptown News: Democracy thrives when all citizens are offered the opportunity to vote. Greater participation in democracy pushes us closer to a more perfect union. And making it easy for citizens to vote holds up our right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

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Statement: Electric School Buses Will Help Improve Air Quality

07/30/19

As San Diego’s representative on the California Air Resources Board, congratulations are in order to the three San Diego school districts who were awarded funding to purchase all-electric school buses from the California Energy Commission.

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