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San Diego County Board of Supervisors votes to advance Spring Valley park plan

11/17/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-0 Wednesday to advance plans for a new park in the community of Spring Valley.

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Supervisors OK Transfer of Cannabis Licensing to Planning Department

11/17/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave final approval Wednesday to an ordinance that transfers cannabis licensing duties from the sheriff’s department to the county’s planning department.

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Supervisor Fletcher’s District to Get New 9-Acre Park; Board Approves Construction Contracting Cost

11/16/22

A new park is going to be built in Spring Valley. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized staff to proceed with identifying a contractor to build Calavo Park in a dense residential community with multifamily housing near schools.

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SUPERVISOR FLETCHER TO GIVE SAN DIEGO FAMILIES THANKSGIVING TURKEYS WEDNESDAY

11/15/22

Annual Operation Gobble Handed-off from Former Assemblymember Gonzalez to Supervisor Fletcher. 1,000 San Diego County Families Will Receive Turkeys from Three Different Distribution Events.

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Board of Supervisors Vote to Continue Worker Pay in Annual Homeless Count

11/15/22

The Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday to continue paying San Diego County employees who voluntarily participate in the upcoming point-in-time count of the region’s homeless population.

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Statement: Passing of Deanna Spehn

11/14/22

Deanna Spehn lived a life full of purpose and progress and will be terribly missed. She was a passionate member of the Tierrasanta community and played a pivotal role in making California a better place for all people. Deanna’s legacy will live on through the relationships she forged, the stories she wrote, and the transformational policies she helped Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins craft for our community. Lorena and I are saddened by Deanna’s passing and our hearts go out to her family, friends, colleagues, and Senate pro Tempore Atkins.

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HOMELESSNESS CENSUS, IMMIGRATION & PARKS ON THE TUES. & WEDS. BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING AGENDA

11/14/22

hair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their meeting on Tuesday will vote on a measure to incentivize County employees with pay to participate in the annual point-in-time county next year, and later that evening the meeting will continue at 5:30 p.m. for the annual Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH) Act community forum. On Wednesday one of the items the Board is voting on is a contract for Calavo Park in District 4.

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SUPERVISOR FLETCHER ANNOUNCES “SALUTE OUR VETERANS” WINNERS

11/07/22

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today during a small ceremony at the County Administration Center honored the winners of his inaugural “Salute Our Veterans” awards. The three winners were selected from 50 total nominations received in three categories. Kiara Blanchard, a veteran who helps children and nonprofits is the recipient of the Salute Our Veterans Community Leaders Award; The Mental Bar, a veteran-owned coffee shop, is the recipient of the Small Business Award; and Black Deported Veterans of America, Inc. is the recipient of the Non-Profit Award.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Responds to Governor Newsom’s Reaction to HHAP Funding Plans

11/03/22

“Homelessness is a statewide issue that requires a collaborative approach and a sense of urgency that compels action. It is vital for all communities to move faster, be more aggressive and show the public better results. I look forward to meeting with Governor Newsom and other leaders from across our state; it will be a time for us to learn from one another and work together on a unified strategy for this humanitarian crisis.”

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$700M transformation planned for the San Diego River

11/01/22

The long-term vision from county and city officials, would develop the river from Ocean Beach, Mission Valley and all the way through the mountains.

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Parks, bike trails and riverfront dining: The $700 million plan to transform the San Diego River

10/30/22

The long-neglected San Diego River could become a regional attraction with recreational amenities and riverfront dining under a new financing plan recently endorsed by county and city officials.

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San Diego County to Leverage Data to Combat Homelessness

10/28/22

San Diego County has launched two new efforts to help combat homelessness: the adoption of a policy enabling the use predictive analytics to help those at risk, and an app to help connect people experiencing homelessness with resources.

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DEADLINE APPROACHING TO SUBMIT PHOTOS FOR 3RD ANNUAL ALTAR DE MUERTOS

10/27/22

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s hosting his 3rd Annual Altar de Muertos in partnership with Supervisor Nora Vargas; San Diegans have until Monday, October 31 to submit photos of deceased loved-ones for placement on the Altar at the County Administration Center. To Submit a photo visit www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/Altar.

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Supervisors Fletcher, Anderson Propose $100M Opioid Settlement Framework

10/27/22

San Diego County supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Joel Anderson Wednesday revealed an Opioid Settlement Framework they are asking the Board of Supervisors to approve next week.

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COUNTY TRANSFERRING CANNABIS LICENSING FROM SHERIFF TO PLANNING DEPARTMENT

10/26/22

The County of San Diego is transferring its cannabis licensing program for unincorporated areas from the Sheriff’s Department to the County’s Planning and Development Services (PDS). This is another step in the County’s efforts to create a safe, regulated and legal cannabis policy for the unincorporated communities.

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Confronting surge in overdose deaths, supervisors make plans for opioid settlement money

10/26/22

San Diego County officials are making plans to tackle opioid addiction and overdoses, using $100 million the county expects to receive from settlements with drug manufacturers.

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County Planning and Development will take over cannabis business licensing from Sheriff’s Department

10/26/22

Cannabis business licensing in San Diego County will move from the Sheriff’s Department to the county’s Planning & Development Services, substantially lowering fees for the service.

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REGIONAL FIREFIGHTER MEMORIAL TO BE BUILT, SUPERVISOR FLETCHER’S POLICY IS PASSED

10/25/22

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher wants to honor the lives of fallen firefighters in San Diego County. Today, his policy to build the San Diego Regional Firefighter Memorial at Waterfront Park was approved by his colleagues, which is the first step in the process of planning and raising funds to build the Memorial.

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SUPERVISOR FLETCHER’S HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION POLICY PASSED

10/25/22

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s policy to use predictive analytics to prevent people from becoming homeless in San Diego County received the support of the other Supervisors during their meeting on Tuesday. After the vote, Supervisor Fletcher issued the following statement:

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FLETCHER, ANDERSON $100 MILLION PLAN TO TACKLE OPIOID CRISIS IN COUNTY GETS APPROVAL

10/25/22

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to support Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Joel Anderson’s plan to use an expected $100 million in settlement money from lawsuits with drug makers to address the opioid crisis in the region. After today’s vote, Supervisors Fletcher and Anderson issued the following statements:

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County approves program to detect who may become homeless

10/25/22

County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a plan that will use data to identify people who are at risk of becoming homeless as a way of keeping them in their homes and off the street.

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San Diego County Supervisors Approve Data Program to Reduce Homelessness

10/25/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a data analytics policy to help prevent homelessness. Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher proposed developing a comprehensive integrated data system that allows county employees to evaluate if a person is at risk of becoming homeless and offer support to keep them housed.

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'There is No Time to Wait’: Supervisors OK $100M Plan to Tackle Opioid Crisis

10/25/22

San Diego County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a framework in anticipation of an expected $100 million in settlement money from pharmaceutical companies to address the region’s opioid crisis.

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County Supervisors Approve Waterfront Park Memorial to Fallen Firefighters

10/25/22

A motion to build a memorial at Waterfront Park to firefighters who died in the line of duty was unanimously approved Tuesday by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON HOMELESSNESS PREVENTION, OPIOID SETTLEMENT FRAMEWORK

10/24/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday will vote on installing a homelessness prevention plan, a firefighter memorial at Waterfront Park and a plan to spend money from a lawsuit settlement with opioid manufacturers.

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CHAIR FLETCHER WANTS TO USE PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS TO PREVENT HOMELESSNESS

10/24/22

Predictive analytics are a modern tool used by Major League Baseball teams to help them win games; Chair Nathan Fletcher of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors wants to use predictive analytics to help prevent people from becoming homeless. Today during a press conference, he introduced the analytics policy that’s up for a vote on Tuesday and also announced a new app-based tool the County is now using to mobilize more of its employees to help connect unsheltered people to services.

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HOMELESSNESS County Supervisor Fletcher proposes data-driven homeless prevention plan

10/24/22

Chair to ask colleagues to approve initiative that would mimic outreach effort that has been successful in Los Angeles

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County Supervisors Approve Waterfront Park Memorial to Fallen Firefighters

10/24/22

A motion to build a memorial at Waterfront Park to firefighters who died in the line of duty was unanimously approved Tuesday by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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MTS BOARD APPROVES SITE FOR REGION'S FIRST ALL- ELECTRIC BUS FLEET FACILITY

10/21/22

A historic decision was made today by the Metropolitan Transit System’s Board of Directors to help San Diego reduce greenhouse gas emissions and advance cleaner air.

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SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER LAUNCHES ‘SALUTE OUR VETERANS’ AWARDS

10/21/22

On the hangar deck of the USS Midway, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher announced his office’s new Salute Our Veterans award to honor and recognize the contributions veteran community leaders, veteran-owned small businesses and nonprofits that support veterans make in San Diego County. “Once veterans have served their country many go on to serve their community; and I want to recognize some of the individuals and organizations who are going above and beyond the call of community service,” said Chair Fletcher, a United States Marine Corps combat veteran. Below is the criteria for each award. Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, October 26 and can be made at www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com/Veterans. Veteran Community Leader Award: An individual veteran who after serving our country in the military, continues serving our community by using their knowledge, skills and passion for community to support local initiatives, efforts, or organizations that make San Diego County a better place to live. Veteran-Owned Small Business Award: A small business owner who once served our Country, but is now making a difference by providing goods and services to area residents and goes above and beyond with their support of veterans and our community. Veteran Non-profit Award: A non-profit or agency whose mission is to provide services that uplift and improve the quality of life for veterans in San Diego County. During the press conference, Wilfred Quintong from the County’s Office of Military and Veteran Affairs highlighted a series of support services available through the County to serve veterans, including comprehensive VA benefits counseling, VA disability claims preparation and submission, claims follow-up, initiate appeals, Veteran driver's license application support, CalVET college fee waiver application support, CalFresh, Medi-Cal, and CalWORKS enrollment assistance, housing, and networking & advocacy with federal, state, and local agencies.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & SUPERVISOR ANDERSON INTRODUCE COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AND FUNDING FRAMEWORK TO TACKLE THE OPIOID CRISIS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY

10/19/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Joel Anderson of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today announced details of the Opioid Settlement Framework they are asking the Board of Supervisors to approve on Tuesday, October 25. During a press conference this morning, some of the strategies they introduced included expanding access to Medically Assisted Treatment (MAT), putting “Wellness Advocates” in hospitals, providing wrap-around services and housing, drug disposal strategies and public information campaigns.

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State Decision to Lift State of Emergency in Early 2023

10/18/22

While the last few years have been very tough, we should be proud that our County has one of the highest vaccination rates and lowest COVID death rates in the Country and I agree with the Governor that it is time to prepare to end the state of emergency.

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‘On thinner ice than ever’: County plans child care blueprint as parents’ options dwindle and costs soar

10/14/22

Public investment in child care is needed to keep children safe and parents in the workforce, speakers told the San Diego County Board of Supervisors at a conference on the issue this week. The board voted unanimously Wednesday to develop a child care blueprint and asked staff to return with a plan within eight months.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & SUPERVISORS VOTE TO ADVANCE PIVOTAL BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INITIATIVES

10/11/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors gave its Department of Behavioral Health the authority to proceed with a series of actions to continue the progress of building a better way to deliver behavioral health services.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS AGREE TO HELP EXPAND BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE; ADVANCE RECOMMENDATIONS IN REPORT SAN DIEGO WORKFORCE PARTNERSHIP

10/11/22

Today the San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously supported a policy introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer to have the County explore and develop plans for how it can implement the recommendations detailed in the behavioral health workforce report Chair Fletcher commissioned the San Diego Workforce Partnership to develop.

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COUNTY SETS UP NEW BEHAVIORAL HEALTH IMPACT FUND TO EXPAND SCOPE & LOCATIONS WHERE PROJECTS CAN BE FUNDED

10/11/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a policy introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher, to establish a new Behavioral Health Impact Fund that will expeditiously award grants for services and infrastructure to expand behavioral health options in the region. Today’s action set-up the fund, but no money was allotted to it.

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VICE CHAIR NORA VARGAS AND CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER ISSUE JOINT STATEMENT CONDEMNING RACISM BY CITY OF L.A. ELECTED LEADERS

10/10/22

Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher issued a joint statement condemning racism expressed by City of Los Angeles elected leaders.

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Chair Fletcher Responds to AG Fire Prevention Guidelines for Housing

10/10/22

Attorney General Bonta’s guidance is a helpful tool for local lawmakers; it aligns with the preventative actions our Board of Supervisors have taken to mitigate wildfire risk.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO VOTE ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH WORKFORCE POLICY & RECEIVE UPDATE ON MEASURES TO PREVENT JAIL DEATHS

10/10/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday will vote on whether or not to support the Behavioral Health workforce report and help advance its recommendations; receive an update on emergency measures from August to prevent jail deaths, host a Conference on Childcare and vote on establishing a new Behavioral Health Impact Fund.

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FLETCHER SAYS CITY BUDGETS NEED TO PRIORITIZE HOMELESSNESS

10/10/22

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher has been critical of San Diego cities that didn’t apply for a recent $10 million grant program to fund new homeless shelters, safe parking lots, safe camping lots and other homeless facilities.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL BONTA ISSUES GUIDANCE TO WEIGHT DEVELOPMENTS, FIRE RISK

10/10/22

Using San Diego as a backdrop Monday, California Attorney General Rob Bonta issued state guidance, along with best practices and mitigation measures for local governments to use when they consider approving development projects in fire-prone areas. “Attorney General Bonta’s guidance is a helpful tool for local lawmakers; it aligns with the preventative actions our Board of Supervisors have taken to mitigate wildfire risk,” San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher said in a statement Monday.

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SUPERVISOR FLETCHER VISITS HILLCREST TOWN COUNCIL

10/08/22

The Hillcrest Town Council was happy to welcome back County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher to the Sept. 13 meeting. Chair Fletcher shared an update on a wide range of work that he and the county are doing.

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CHAIR FLETCHER, LABOR COUNCIL AND CHAMBER HOSTING CHILDCARE CONFERENCE AT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ON OCTOBER 12 AT 2 PM

10/07/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, is following-through on his State of the County Address commitment to tackle the challenges of childcare for parents, workers and providers.

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COUNTY & CITY PASS RESOLUTION TO BUILD 10,000 UNITS OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING ON GOVERNMENT LAND, WORK ON DENSIFICATION & STREAMLINE PROCESSES

10/03/22

Today in a historic meeting of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the San Diego City Council, by a vote of 12-0, they voted to pass a resolution to align their efforts to remove barriers to housing production, work to build 10,000 units of housing on government-owned land, leverage available funds for housing, and explore housing densification options.

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CITY COUNCIL, COUNTY SUPERVISORS AGREE TO BUILD 10,000 AFFORDABLE UNITS ON PUBLIC LANDS

10/03/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and San Diego City Council Monday agreed unanimously on a resolution aligning the two bodies in plans to construct 10,000 units of housing on government-owned land, use available funding for housing and explore residential density options.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CITY COLLABORATE ON HOUSING CRISIS

10/03/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors and San Diego City Council Monday agreed unanimously on a resolution aligning the two bodies in plans to construct 10,000 units of housing on government-owned land, use available funding for housing and explore residential density options.

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Monday’s Housing Summit to Align County & City on Building 10,000 Housing Units on Government Land

10/02/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Council President Sean Elo-Rivera want their respective entities to work together to address the lack of affordable housing in our region.

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ENCINITAS ENDORSES PEDAL AHEAD'S E-BIKE PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME PEOPLE

10/01/22

Established by San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the Rider Safety Visibility organization in 2020, Pedal Ahead has distributed hundred of e-bikes in San Diego County and it’s about to expand to other parts of California. The state’s Air Resources Board has recently selected the organization to handle a statewide e-bike program and that program “is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2023,” the state board notes on its website.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS VOTE TO CREATE OPTIONS FOR BOTH MANDATORY & VOLUNTARY CBAs

09/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday took it’s next action to develop a Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) model for San Diego County

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CHAIR FLETCHER & COUNTY SUPES VOTE TO ADOPT NEW ANALYSIS DURING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS

09/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to update the County’s Transportation Study Guide (TSG) to mitigate traffic impacts for new developments in the unincorporated areas pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 743 and make changes to CEQA and Fire Protection Guidelines.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & COUNTY SUPES VOTE TO ADOPT NEW ANALYSIS DURING ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW OF DEVELOPMENTS

09/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to update the County’s Transportation Study Guide (TSG) to mitigate traffic impacts for new developments in the unincorporated areas pursuant to Senate Bill (SB) 743 and make changes to CEQA and Fire Protection Guidelines.

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JOINT COUNTY-CITY HOUSING SUMMIT HAPPENING OCT. 3 AT REQUEST OF CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER & COUNCIL PRESIDENT SEAN ELO-RIVERA

09/28/22

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera want their jurisdictions to work collectively on increasing the supply of affordable housing in the region.

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MORE VETERAN & MILITARY SPOUSE HIRING WILL HELP SAN DIEGO COUNTY CONTINUE TO THRIVE

09/28/22

Earlier today, BG Ivan Denton (retired), Director Office of National Programs, U.S. Department of Labor Veterans’ Employment and Training Service met with local veterans to discuss ways to improve veteran transition and employment opportunities in the San Diego Region.

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HOUSING CRISIS PROMPTS FIRST JOINT SAN DIEGO COUNTY-CITY MEETING IN DECADES

09/28/22

The region’s housing crisis is prompting San Diego city and county elected officials to hold an unusual joint meeting Monday to spur construction of 10,000 subsidized housing units on public land by 2030.

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COUNTY SEEKS TO REDUCE RELIANCE ON PSYCHIATRIC BEDS AS PRIMARY MENTAL HEALTH SOLUTION

09/27/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a series of updates and actions highlighted by the County’s Department of Behavioral Health Services to create a better way to deliver mental health and addiction treatment.

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HIRING MORE VETERANS AT THE COUNTY & OPENING A VETERAN RESOURCE CENTER IN EAST COUNTY RECEIVES UNANIMOUS SUPPORT FROM ALL 5 SAN DIEGO COUNTY SUPERVISORS

09/27/22

New strategies to hire more veterans for careers at the County of San Diego and opening a new veteran resource center in East County are two policies Chair Nathan Fletcher in partnership with Supervisors Jim Desmond and Joel Anderson passed today during the Board of Supervisors meeting.

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440 Families Permanently Housed Because of Chair Fletcher’s 2019 Flex Pool Policy

09/27/22

Four hundred and forty households at risk of becoming homeless in San Diego County were permanently housed because of a Flexible Housing Pool (FHP) of funds Supervisor Nathan Fletcher secured during his first year in office.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY DECLARE HOMELESSNESS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS

09/27/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors formally declared homelessness a public health crisis in San Diego County. The policy was brought forth by Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher and was approved unanimously today.

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SAN DIEGO DECLARES HOMELESSNESS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. ‘TODAY, OUR COUNTY TAKES A SIGNIFICANT STEP'

09/27/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously declared homelessness a public health crisis Tuesday, a move the board said will create a more unified, regional approach to the problem.

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Hiring More Veterans, Funding To Keep People Housed and a Community Benefit Agreement Are On the Agenda for the Board of Supervisors Tuesday & Wednesday

09/22/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors at their meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday will vote on policies to increase the number of veterans working at the County; identify and secure a facility in East County to support veterans; replenish funds for a flexible housing pool to help people at-risk of becoming homeless and a San Diego County Community Benefits Agreement strategy.

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CITY OF OCEANSIDE RECEIVES $3.2M FROM COUNTY FOR HOMELESS NAVIGATION CENTER

09/21/22

Today, the City of Oceanside was visited by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Jim Desmond, who awarded the City $3,258,021 to help with the construction of its new navigation center for the homeless.

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Vista, Oceanside, San Diego Awarded $4.3 Million to Address Homeless Crisis

09/21/22

Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three recipients of grants from a $10 million county fund to address the homelessness crisis in the region, it was announced Tuesday.

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Supervisors OK Settlement with Volunteers of America After Questionable Audit

09/21/22

The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved transferring two vacant buildings in National City from the local chapter of Volunteers of America as part of a settlement, after an audit found unverified spending from that organization.

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COUNTY AWARDS THREE CITIES WITH GRANTS FOR NEW HOMELESS SHELTERS, PARKING LOTS

09/20/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today announced the cities of Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three jurisdictions to receive a portion ($4.3-million combined) of the $10 million the County has made available to support cities as part of its stepped-up commitment to addressing homelessness.

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Vista, Oceanside, San Diego Awarded $4.3 Million for Homelessness

09/20/22

Vista, Oceanside and San Diego are the first three recipients of grants from a $10 million county fund to address the homelessness crisis in the region, it was announced Tuesday.

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San Diego, Vista and Oceanside receive county funding for homeless shelters

09/19/22

San Diego County officials on Monday awarded a total of about $5 million in grants to three cities as part of a $10 million program to increase shelter options for people living in encampments and vehicles.

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San Diego’s Second Chess Tournament at Waterfront Park

09/19/22

San Diego’s second chess tournament took place in Downtown’s Waterfront park… Nathan Fletcher’s office sponsored the tournament.

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Fitch Ratings Gives Top Marks to San Diego County’s $15.2B Investment Pool

09/18/22

The San Diego County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s office has announced that Fitch Ratings re-affirmed the San Diego County Investment Pool’s top rating.

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MTS Unveils Systemwide Satisfaction Survey Results and Advances Affordable Housing Project

09/15/22

Today, the Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) presented to its Board of Directors the results of a recent systemwide Customer Satisfaction Survey. This is the agency’s first survey questionnaire post-pandemic, and it revealed an overall satisfaction rate of 91%.

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LEAD San Diego Honors 6 Community Leaders at 20th Annual Visionary Awards

09/15/22

LEAD San Diego honored six business, community and elected leaders for their efforts to lead the region forward at the 20th annual Visionary Awards.

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Supervisors OK fee waivers for those affected by Border Fire

09/15/22

County supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved giving residents affected by the recent Border Fire a break by waiving permit and document fees, including for vital records.

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SUPERVISORS VOTE TO WAIVE FEES FOR PEOPLE AFFECTED BY RECENT BORDER 32 FIRE

09/14/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Joel Anderson and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted to waive fees for people affected by the Border 32 Fire when they apply for a permit to rebuild a structure, or acquire replacement copies of important documents lost in the fire, such as birth certificates.

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CHAIR FLETCHER’S 2021 PLAN TO FUND SAN DIEGO RIVER PARK AND TRAIL IS TAKING SHAPE

09/14/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today granted County staff the ability to pursue the formation of an Enhanced Infrastructure Financing District (EIFD) to support the creation of the San Diego River Park and Trail – a proposed 130-mile multi-use trail stretching from the mouth of the San Diego River in Ocean Beach to the headwaters in the Cuyamaca Mountains near Julian.

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PRIVATELY FUNDED PROJECTS WILL PAY TRAFFIC CONTROL WORKERS PREVAILING WAGE IN COUNTY

09/14/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously today to move forward with a policy to ensure privately-funded construction projects provide traffic control workers with a wage equal to or greater than the prevailing wage set by the State for work done on the County of San Diego’s nearly 2,000 miles right-of-ways.

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San Diego Supervisors OK fee waivers for those affected by border fire

09/14/22

County supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved giving residents affected by the recent Border Fire a break by waiving permit and document fees, including for vital records.

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New Rosecrans Shelter for San Diegans Experiencing Homelessness Opens Monday

09/14/22

Up to 150 San Diegans experiencing homelessness will be able to move into the Rosecrans Shelter when it officially opens Monday, following a tour by city and county leaders of the facility Friday.

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CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER: COUNTY WILL ADD ADDICTION TREATMENT CAPACITY WITH ACQUISITION OF VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA PROPERTY

09/13/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today unanimously approved taking over a 1.76 acre site with 40,000 square-feet of building space on it that was owned by Volunteers of America Southwest California, Inc. (VOA), and turn it into a new alcohol and drug treatment facility.

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Supervisors to Pursue Funding District for San Diego River Park and Trail System

09/13/22

The Board of Supervisors Wednesday unanimously voted to have county staff pursue the formation of a special financing district for the proposed 130-mile San Diego River Park and Trail.

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San Diego’s new homeless shelter first to offer mental health, addiction services on site

09/12/22

The beds are made, the showers and restrooms are in place, and mental health and addiction specialists are ready to work with clients at the new homeless shelter in San Diego’s Midway District.

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NEW ROSECRANS SHELTER FOR SAN DIEGANS EXPERIENCING HOMELESSNESS SCHEDULED TO OPEN SEPTEMBER 12

09/09/22

Up to 150 San Diegans living on streets and sidewalks will have another option with the Rosecrans Shelter, which is anticipated to open Monday, September 12.

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Homeless Shelter to Open Monday in Midway District

09/09/22

A 150-bed shelter originally projected to open in July is scheduled to open Monday in the Midway District, an area that has seen large homeless encampment on city streets in recent months.

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Transit Agencies Waiving Fares October 5 to Boost Ridership and Promote Clean Air

09/08/22

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) announced Free Ride Day will take place on Wednesday, October 5. All rides will be free on MTS and NCTD services, including the Trolley, COASTER, SPRINTER and fixed-route buses.

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On Politically Speaking This Week: CA GOP Trailblazers, CV Mayoral Race, Sports Betting in California

09/02/22

In this week's Politically Speaking, NBC 7’s Priya Sridhar talks about the CA GOP Trailblazers Program, takes a closer look at the Chula Vista mayoral race and the Bayfront development, talks to Supervisor Nathan Fletcher about the shortage of mental health workers and breaks down Prop. 26 & 27.

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More trees, more composting, fewer emissions: Supervisors approve trio of sustainability measures

09/02/22

In a trio of environmental actions, San Diego County supervisors approved an updated plan to slash carbon emissions, a series of sustainability measures and expanded options for composting.

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County Urges People to Take Emergency Precautions Before Disaster Strikes

09/01/22

County officials urged people to take emergency precautions before disaster strikes during an update on the Border 32 fire.

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San Diego County Supervisors OK Sustainability Initiatives, Decarbonization Plan

09/01/22

San Diego County supervisors Wednesday unanimously approved sustainability initiatives, including planting more trees in unincorporated areas, as part of the Regional Decarbonization Framework.

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MORE TREES, SOIL & PLANT CARBON TRAPS APART OF COUNTY REGIONAL DECARBONIZATION FRAMEWORK

08/31/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today passed several actions outlines recommended as part of the County’s Regional Decarbonization Framework, which will help address climate change, sustainability and advance the County toward its zero carbon goals.

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NATHAN FLETCHER WEIGHS-IN ON GOVERNOR NEWSOM'S CARE COURT PASSING THE CALIFORNIA STATE ASSEMBLY

08/31/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, issued the following statement in response to the California State Assembly approving Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court proposal:

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San Diego County Supervisors OK Sustainability Initiatives, Decarbonization Plan

08/31/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today passed several actions that outline recommended as part of the County’s Regional Decarbonization Framework, which will help address climate change, and sustainability and advance the County toward its zero carbon goals.

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CHAIR FLETCHER SAYS ALVARADO HOSPITAL DEAL ALLOWS COUNTY TO MOVE FASTER, SPEND LESS

08/30/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today approved a new plan to develop a Central Region Behavioral Health Hub at Alvarado Hospital. It will create 44 new acute inpatient beds along with a built-in Crisis Stabilization Unit (CSU), Emergency Psychiatric Unit (EPU), and additional services to meet the mental health and addiction treatment needs of San Diegans.

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Governor Signs Mobile Pharmacy Van Bill

08/30/22

Gov. Gavin Newsom has signed legislation from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, to authorize the creation of mobile pharmacy vans to bring medication and counseling to California’s hard-to-reach communities, improving health for homeless people and many others who have inadequate access to care.

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HOMELESSNESS, BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & THE REGIONAL DECARBONIZATION PLAN UP FOR A VOTE AUGUST 30 & 31 AT BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING

08/29/22

A new agreement with Alvarado Hospital for more behavioral health acute care treatment beds; an update from the San Diego County Office of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities; and a series of proposals for the County’s Regional Decarbonization Plan are on the Board of Supervisors agenda Tuesday, August 30 and Wednesday, August 31.

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County seeks quicker path by shifting mental health hub plans to Alvarado

08/29/22

Call it a pivot of a pivot. Like a running back bouncing into an unexpectedly open lane on the football field, the county is poised for an opportunistic shift in its strategy regarding mental health resources serving metropolitan San Diego.

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Education and Transportation Leaders Kick-off School Year Highlighting Free Transit for Youth

08/26/22

A new school year is about to begin for tens of thousands of students in San Diego, and getting to class is easier than ever before thanks to a recent program that makes transit free for all people 18 and under.

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COUNTY TO LIGHT BUILDING AUGUST 25 & 30 TO HONOR ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF THE FALL OF KABUL

08/25/22

To honor the the Afghan residents and service members lost, and the Afghans left behind following the withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan, Chair Nathan Fletcher, at the request of the nonprofit AfghanEvac, has ensured the San Diego County Administration Center will be illuminated in the colors of blue, red and green on August 25 and 30 to honor the special relationship between Afghans and Americans.

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Mayor Gloria, Chair Fletcher Announce $11.8 Million Project Homekey Award

08/24/22

Mayor Todd Gloria and County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher today announced that the State of California has awarded $11.83 million from Governor Gavin Newsom’s Project Homekey program to help finance the development of 40 new homes for San Diegans experiencing chronic homelessness.

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CARE Court plan gets backing from San Diego cities, county

08/24/22

California has a fragmented, inadequate mental health care response system, for which no single government entity is in charge of guaranteeing that people grappling with severe mental illness get care. Our society’s efforts to deal with this human tragedy have been a failure. We need a new approach.

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New report shows shortage in behavioral health workers

08/23/22

San Diego County is experiencing a shortage of behavioral health workers. A new report shows the need will continue to grow significantly over the next few years.

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Se Habla Español...and Seven Other Threshold Languages

08/23/22

Belonging, equity and access are part of the County’s core values, and one of the many ways to support those values is how we communicate. The County Board of Supervisors has accepted the Inclusive and Equitable Communications Plan.

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New child welfare rules aim to keep siblings together, help foster parents

08/19/22

New child welfare practices have updated protections for children, families and staff and have allowed more than three-quarters of foster children to be placed with their siblings, according to a report to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors this week.

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Meeting demand: How San Diego County plans to hire more behavioral health workers

08/18/22

The County of San Diego released a report Monday showing the area needs thousands of behavioral health workers in order to meet demand.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SEEK NEARLY $12 MILLION FROM STATE FOR PARK ENHANCEMENTS

08/17/22

After launching Experience the Outdoors last week to provide better access to regional County parks, Chair Nathan Fletcher voted along with the other Supervisors to apply for nearly $12 million from the California Natural Resources Agency to make upgrades to the County’s Tijuana River Valley Regional Park.

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COUNTY LAUNCHES EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS PROGRAM

08/17/22

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, parks officials and others officially kicked off “Experience the Outdoors,” on August 10th, a campaign to give more San Diegans opportunities to enjoy nature and the County’s regional parks.

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Supervisors Consider Expanded Neighborhood Signage Program for Unincorporated Areas

08/17/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday discussed enhancing a program to make decorative identification signs more affordable for unincorporated communities, including possible fee waivers.

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CHAIR FLETCHER CELEBRATES SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN COUNTY CHILD WELFARE SERVICES OVER LAST 3 YEARS

08/16/22

All 88 recommendations by a working group to improve the County of San Diego’s Child Welfare Services were completed in March of this year after a rigorous three-year commitment made by Chair Nathan Fletcher and leadership of the department to drive change in and agency that was often maligned for poor execution in years past.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD AUTHORIZE PAY INCENTIVES TO HIRE JAIL MEDICAL STAFF TO ADDRESS DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS, AND DEPUTIES TO CREATE SAFER COMMUNITIES

08/16/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher today took action to improve the conditions in County jails for the people in custody and those who work there. He led the way by passing an emergency action to address drug overdose deaths; and also voted to deliver recruitment and retention incentive pay for medical staff in jails and deputy classifications.

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San Diego County Supervisors OK Proposals Tackling Jail Deaths, Staffing Issues

08/16/22

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an emergency measure Tuesday aimed at addressing the number of drug overdose deaths in San Diego County jails.

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Supervisors OK Emergency Measure Addressing Jail Overdose Deaths, Staffing Issues

08/16/22

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an emergency measure Tuesday aimed at addressing the number of drug overdose deaths in San Diego County jails.

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Board approves emergency motion to help prevent deaths, overdoses in local jails

08/16/22

San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday passed an emergency motion to help prevent further in-custody deaths inside county jails.

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Supervisors approve new pay, incentives in effort to reduce sheriff’s overtime, jail deaths

08/16/22

Continuing deaths inside San Diego County jails prompted the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday to direct its top administrator to work with the Sheriff’s Department to protect people in custody and to raise pay incentives to fill open positions.

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CHAIR FLETCHER INTRODUCES EMERGENCY ACTIONS TO STOP DRUG OVERDOSE DEATHS IN COUNTY JAILS

08/15/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher on Friday docketed an emergency action to help prevent drug overdose deaths in County jails – in July there were five overdose deaths.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY NEEDS MORE BEHAVIORAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS, NEW REPORT SAYS

08/15/22

The San Diego County area faces a significant behavioral health worker shortage. A new report by the San Diego Workforce Partnership, completed at the request of the County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher, says by 2027 the San Diego region will need 18,500 more workers to meet the mental health and addiction treatment needs of the community.

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Report: Behavioral Health in SD Region Needs 18,500 Workers to Keep Up with Demand

08/15/22

A report completed at the behest of county leadership found the San Diego region will need to add more than 18,500 behavioral health workers in the next five years to meet the mental health and addiction treatment needs of the community, it was announced Monday.

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Report: Behavioral Health in SD Region Needs 18,500 Workers to Keep Up with Demand

08/15/22

A report completed at the behest of county leadership found the San Diego region will need to add more than 18,500 behavioral health workers in the next five years to meet the mental health and addiction treatment needs of the community, it was announced Monday.

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Report recommends $128 million ‘down payment’ to train thousands more mental health care workers in San Diego

08/14/22

San Diego’s significantly undersized mental health care workforce is underpaid compared to peers in other California markets and is so burnt out dealing with broken bureaucratic paperwork requirements that 44 percent of current workers say they may seek different jobs in the next 12 months.

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Report recommends $128 million ‘down payment’ to train thousands more mental health care workers in San Diego

08/14/22

San Diego’s significantly undersized mental health care workforce is underpaid compared to peers in other California markets and is so burnt out dealing with broken bureaucratic paperwork requirements that 44 percent of current workers say they may seek different jobs in the next 12 months.

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To reduce jail deaths and overdoses, supervisors to take up added pay, improved body scans

08/13/22

The record pace of deaths in San Diego County jails so far this year has driven Nathan Fletcher to help push the Sheriff’s Department toward reform.

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Charity that Scammed Taxpayers Forced to Give Up 120-bed Treatment Facility to County

08/12/22

Volunteers of America Southwest played a critical role in San Diego County’s mental health infrastructure for years – until it was exposed for siphoning money to family members of a chief executive and other financial misdeeds. Now, the charity is being forced to turn over a critical piece of that infrastructure to county officials, according to a new proposed settlement.

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San Diego County launches 'Experience the Outdoors' program

08/11/22

County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, parks officials and others officially kicked off “Experience the Outdoors,” Wednesday, a campaign to give more San Diegans opportunities to enjoy nature and the County’s regional parks.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & COUNTY PARKS DEPARTMENT LAUNCH EXPERIENCE THE OUTDOORS

08/10/22

Experience the Outdoors, a program announced by Chair Nathan Fletcher during the 2022 State of San Diego County Address, launched today at Los Penasquitos Canyon County Preserve to eliminate financial, equipment & training barriers so more San Diego County families and residents can enjoy the County’s 23 Regional Parks.

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County launches 'Experience The Outdoors' program

08/10/22

Wednesday, the county launched its 'Experience The Outdoors' program at the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve.

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Opinion: San Diego County’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams are a success. Here’s how they work.

08/05/22

In recent years, the County of San Diego, with support from its Board of Supervisors and Chair Nathan Fletcher, has made significant investments to reimagine how mental health and substance use care is delivered to improve the lives of residents and families.

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Opinion: Support AB 2408 to Stop Social Media Companies from Exploiting Kids

08/02/22

Have you scrolled through your social media feed lately? Depending on your age, interests, and viewing history, your feed will be populated with plenty of engaging content — vacation photos, birthday celebrations, hilarious videos, sports highlights, and probably all sorts of content that you may not be subscribed to but has been curated to capture your attention.

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County Declares Monkeypox Local Health Emergency

08/02/22

Local public health and elected officials today announced the declaration of a local health emergency to respond to monkeypox in the San Diego region.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & COUNTY SUPPORT CALIFORNIA STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR MONKEYPOX

08/01/22

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, is supportive of the State of California’s decision tonight to declare a State of Emergency for Monkeypox, and committed the County of San Diego will continue to work with state and city leaders to deliver resources to protect the San Diego County community.

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Officials Laud Local Icon Williams for Historic Contributions to San Diego County

08/01/22

Local elected officials and community leaders honored longtime political and equal rights leader Leon L. Williams with special awards Saturday to help celebrate his 100th birthday. Williams was awarded a Life Achievement Award by the County.

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Newsom declares state of emergency over monkeypox outbreak. San Diego may follow suit

08/01/22

Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a monkeypox state of emergency in California Monday as the number of cases continues to increase, though at a much lower rate than has occurred with coronavirus.

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County Names First Director for Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs

07/14/22

After a national recruitment, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency has selected Lucero Chavez Basilio, an experienced representative for immigrants and refugees, as the first director for the County Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs.

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Mayor Todd Gloria Announces ‘Parks After Dark’ Free Community Celebrations to Bring Neighbors Together and Reduce Crime

07/12/22

As part of an effort to bring communities together and create safer neighborhoods, San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, San Diego City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera, San Diego County Health and Human Services Director Nick Machionne, and the San Diego Parks Foundation today announced the launch of “Parks After Dark,” a new “Come Play Outside” program that will transform three San Diego neighborhood parks into community festivals every weekend this summer.

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CHAIR FLETCHER, SUPES PASS $7.35 BILLION BUDGET; FLETCHER CALLS IT MOST PROGRESSIVE AND WORKING FAMILY FOCUSED BUDGET SINCE JOINING BOARD

06/28/22

The $7.35 billion County of San Diego 2022-2023 Budget adopted today reflects the change Chair Nathan Fletcher vowed to bring to the County after being elected in 2019.

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FENTANYL HEALTH CRISIS ACTION REINFORCES FLETCHER’S EFFORTS TO SUPPORT HARM REDUCTION

06/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, today declared Illicit fentanyl a public health crisis; it an effort that builds on the actions Chair Fletcher initiated to expand the County’s commitment to harm reduction best practices, and to proactively develop a comprehensive strategy to use $100 million expected from settling a lawsuit with opioid manufacturers.

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CHAIR FLETCHER, OTHER SUPES DOUBLE DOWN ON COMMITMENT TO MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION TREATMENT SERVICES WITH RENEWAL OF CONTRACTS FOR SEVERAL PROGRAMS

06/28/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today authorized the County’s Behavioral Health Services Department to renew a series of procurements for mental health and addiction treatment with several providers, including renewal of an agreement for care coordination services with Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan.

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Callum’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults in or just exiting the foster care system can ride bus and rail lines throughout San Diego County for free starting July 1.

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Supervisors Pass $7.35 Billion San Diego County Budget for New Fiscal Year

06/28/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $7.35 billion budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, including $200 million in additional funding requests.

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County’s $7.36 billion budget highlights investments in mental health, homelessness

06/28/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $7.35 billion budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, including $200 million in additional funding requests.

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Jacqueline’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults in or transitioning out of the foster care system in San Diego County will soon be eligible for free public transportation through a new pilot program.

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Damian’s report: New program offers free transit for San Diegans leaving foster care

06/28/22

Young adults who are or have been in foster care can ride buses and trolleys in San Diego County for free starting July 1.

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A Message to Women from Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors

06/24/22

“This is a dark day in our country as constitutionally protected rights that have been in place for almost half a century have been erased.

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San Diego elected officials largely condemn Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade

06/24/22

Elected leaders in San Diego County largely condemned Friday's ruling overturning the federal abortion protections of Roe v. Wade, which puts abortion policy at the discretion of states, many that have restricted and outlawed the procedure in recent months.

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Senior housing under construction on county land in novel partnership

06/24/22

A new affordable housing development for seniors broke ground Thursday on county property in the Linda Vista neighborhood.

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COUNTY BREAKS GROUNDS ON NEW AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR SENIORS

06/23/22

A groundbreaking ceremony for Levant Senior Cottages, 126 affordable homes for senior citizens (plus 1 for the manager), took place this morning in San Diego’s Linda Vista neighborhood on County property that once was home to a building that serviced children and families.

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County Breaks Ground for First Affordable Housing Development on Surplus Property

06/23/22

In a first for the County, officials broke ground on a surplus property that will transform an empty lot into a site for low-income affordable housing.

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Construirán más de 100 casas en Linda Vista para ayudar a personas mayores

06/23/22

Más de 100 viviendas asequibles para personas mayores de edad serán acondicionadas en un terreno del Condado de San Diego en Linda Vista.

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San Diego County celebrates Juneteenth

06/18/22

San Diego County communities celebrated Juneteenth over the weekend with events around the region commemorating the freeing of the last group of slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865.

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New Pilot Program Will Offer Free Transit Passes for Young Adults Transitioning Out of Foster Care

06/17/22

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) approved a new pilot program to offer access to free transit fares for people 18 through 24 who have previously been in and exited the foster care system, or who are currently in Extended Foster Care.

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County raises Juneteenth flag for first time to commemorate holiday

06/17/22

Friday, San Diego County raised a Juneteenth flag for the first time at the administration building downtown in observance of the holiday.

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San Diego County becomes only local government to observe Juneteenth

06/17/22

The Juneteenth flag flew over the San Diego County Administration Center Friday, as all county facilities and offices prepared to close Monday in celebration of the holiday marking the end of slavery.

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Lambda Alpha International Recognizes San Diego City and County Elected Leaders

06/16/22

On Saturday, May 7, 2022, the San Diego chapter of LAI (Lambda Alpha International) held its 44th annual Crystal Globe Award and Installation Gala at the Westgate Hotel.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & THE COMMUNITY TO RAISE JUNETEENTH FLAG ON FRIDAY AT COUNTY ADMINISTRATION CENTER FOR FIRST TIME, KICK-OFF WEEKEND OF ACTIVITIES

06/15/22

The Juneteenth Flag will be raised at the County Administration Center for the first time in County history on Friday, June 17 at 11:30 a.m. during a special ceremony being held on the east plaza of the CAC.

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3-YEAR HOME HARDENING GRANT PROGRAM APPROVED FOR DULZURA, POTRERO & CAMPO

06/14/22

Eligible families living in the areas of Dulzura, Potrero and Campo where wildfires are very prevalent will have an opportunity to applying for up-to $40,000 in home hardening and defensible space improvement grants between 2022 and 2024 from a $24 million pot of money received as part of the California Wildfire Home Hardening Program.

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CHAIR FLETCHER, VICE CHAIR VARGAS’ ARTS & CULTURE COMMISSION ORDINANCE PASSES

06/14/22

Today, the Board of Supervisors unanimously supported Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas’ ordinance to establish a new 13-member San Diego County Arts and Culture Commission.

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MAJORITY OF COUNTY SUPERVISORS SUPPORT SUING GUN MANUFACTURERS

06/14/22

A majority of the five members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors today voted to support the County to explore taking legal action against gun manufacturers, and hold them accountable for unnecessary violence that occurs with their products.

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COUNTY SUPES VOTED TO DEVELOP GOVERNMENT LAND ACTION STRATEGY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION, AND OTHER JURISDICTIONS

06/14/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed a measure to partner with San Diego Foundation (SDF).

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Supervisors Approve County Workforce Recruitment Effort for Neurodiverse Community

06/14/22

County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a plan to recruit “neurodivergent” residents, including those on the autism spectrum, to the county workforce.

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Supervisors OK $24M Wildfire Home Hardening Program for 3 Rural Communities

06/14/22

County supervisors Tuesday voted 5-0 in favor of a $24 million grant program in which eligible residents in three communities can apply for funds to help them better protect their homes in wildfire-prone areas.

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County Supervisors move forward on new gun measures

06/14/22

Our Approved Proposal Will Allow San Diego County To Sue Gun Manufacturers

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San Diego County Supervisors Seek Legal Action Against Gun Manufacturers

06/14/22

In the wake of recent mass shootings in Uvalde, Texas, Buffalo and elsewhere, San Diego County supervisors voted 3-2 Tuesday to seek out policy recommendations that would enable the county to sue gun manufacturers for deaths caused by firearms.

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TWO COUNTY SUPERVISORS WANT COUNTY TO PROACTIVELY SUE GUN MANUFACTURERS

06/13/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisors Terra Lawson Remer want to further strengthen the County of San Diego’s position on protecting residents from unnecessary gun violence by holding gun manufacturers accountable through litigation.

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COUNTY SUPES FLETCHER & VARGAS WANT TO CREATE ARTS & CULTURE COMMISSION

06/09/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas want to reestablish a San Diego County Arts and Culture Commission.

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Supervisors Introduce New Effort to Support Autistic and Neurodivergent Workers

06/09/22

County Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and Chair Nathan Fletcher will introduce a proposal on Tuesday to recruit to the County workforce neurodivergent individuals, including autistic people, and ensure County departments have the proper skills to interview, train, and work with these members of our community.

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SUPERVISORS FLETCHER, LAWSON-REMER & THE SAN DIEGO FOUNDATION WANT TO CREATE “GOVERNMENT LAND ACTION STRATEGY” FOR REGION, FOUNDATION PLEDGES SEED MONEY

06/03/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer and The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) want to work with the 18 incorporated cities, and other government agencies to create a Government Land Action Strategy, to identify government-owned land to build 10,000 affordable homes over the next three-to-five years.

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ATTORNEY GENERAL ROB BONTA GETS UP-CLOSE LOOK AT MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS’ SUCCESS IN SAN DIEGO COUNTY DURING VISIT WITH CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER

06/01/22

San Diego County Mobile Crisis Response Teams have responded to more than 1,500 calls; and California State Attorney General Rob Bonta on Wednesday got an up-close view of this non-law enforcement response to mental health calls when he toured MCRT operations in Mission Valley with Chair Nathan Fletcher of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.

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NEW SHELTER FOR HOMELESS SAN DIEGANS NOW BEING SET-UP IN MIDWAY DISTRICT

05/31/22

The new Midway District Bridge Shelter that will serve up-to 150 San Diegans experiencing homelessness is now being constructed on a County of San Diego property in the City of San Diego’s Midway District.

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Work begins on ‘a place of healing’ for homeless in Midway

05/31/22

Construction has begun on what will be the city of San Diego’s first homeless shelter to provide 24-hour intakes and a focus on people with mental illness and addictions.

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Construction begins on new Midway bridge shelter for homeless

05/31/22

The development of a new bridge shelter for San Diegans experiencing homelessness is underway in the Midway District with the facility planned to be operational in July.

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Construction begins on new Midway District homeless shelter

05/31/22

Construction began Tuesday on a new homeless shelter in San Diego’s Midway District.

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San Diego County Planning How to Spend $100 Million Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement

05/28/22

County elected leaders and behavioral and public health experts Friday set the dates for three future planning sessions to determine how to use expected opioid settlement funds from Purdue Pharma to address opioid use in the county.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & SUPERVISOR ANDERSON ANNOUNCE PLANNING SESSIONS FOR OPIOID SETTLEMENT MONEY

05/27/22

San Diego County is on track to receive upwards of $100 million as part of an opioid settlement with Purdue Pharma as early as this year; so today Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Joel Anderson and County behavioral and public health experts announced three planning sessions to determine how to best use those funds to address the opioid epidemic in San Diego County.

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Leaders pledge millions to fight opioid crisis

05/27/22

San Diego County leaders and health officials are planning to spend millions of dollars to address the local opioid crisis.

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COUNTY, CITY, & STATE OFFICIALS ENCOURAGE USING TREATMENTS FOR COVID-19 AS CASES RISE

05/26/22

San Diego County has one one of the highest vaccination rates for COVID-19 in the country, but right now the numbers of cases are rising, and officials are encouraging San Diegans to take advantage of available treatments.

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As Milestone Nears, Public Reminded of COVID-19 Treatment Options

05/26/22

County health officials urged San Diegans diagnosed with COVID-19 to seek the treatments now available, as they gathered to mark a milestone in fighting the disease.

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The Workforce Partnership to Provide Laptops to Help Young Adults in Their Job Search

05/26/22

To prepare underserved young adults in their search for careers and continuing education, The Conrad Prebys Foundation provided the Workforce Partnership with a $50,000 donation to procure 60 laptops equipped with Microsoft Office for program graduates of the Southeastern San Diego Live Well Career Training (Live Well) program.

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Sen. Dodd: Mobile Pharmacy Van, Medical Equipment Bills Clear Senate

05/26/22

The California Senate has approved two bills from Sen. Bill Dodd, D-Napa, which would improve the lives of the state’s most vulnerable including seniors, the disabled and homeless people by increasing access to medication, treatment and specialized equipment.

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IBEW 569 and Rep. Peters Announces Federal Funds for MTS Zero Emission Bus Project Infrastructure

05/26/22

Today, U.S. Representative Scott Peters(link is external) (CA-52), MTS Board Chair and San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher, and representatives from IBEW Local 569 and the Environmental Health Coalition highlighted $750,000 in federal funding for the Metropolitan Transit System’s (MTS) Imperial Avenue Division Zero Emission Bus Project.

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Officials encourage monoclonal treatment for COVID-19 cases

05/26/22

San Diego County has one of the highest COVID-19 vaccination rates in the country, but right now cases are rising. Officials are encouraging San Diegans to take advantage of available treatments.

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County Plans to Open Homeless Tent Shelter at Health Services Complex in the Midway

05/26/22

The regular monthly meeting of the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Board, Wednesday May 18 contained two informative presentations, one by by County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the other by District Attorney Summer Stephan. Both were about the homeless issue.

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Morning Report: Supes Vote to Back, Advocate On Newsom’s Reform Proposal

05/25/22

County supervisors on Tuesday voted to endorse Gov. Gavin Newsom’s framework for a new state system to connect vulnerable Californians with serious mental illnesses with court-ordered care.

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San Diego County supervisors back state plan for court-ordered psychiatric care

05/25/22

San Diego County on Tuesday backed a proposal by Gov. Gavin Newsom to develop court-ordered treatment plans for people with schizophrenia or other psychotic illnesses.

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Flags lowered to half-staff at County Administration Building after Texas school shooting

05/25/22

Board of Supervisors Chairman Nathan Fletcher Wednesday directed flags at the San Diego County Administration Center to fly at half- staff in honor of the victims of Tuesday's mass shooting at a Texas elementary school.

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San Diego County approves $10M to help cities address homelessness

05/25/22

The San Diego Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a $10 million in one-time grants to help the region combat homelessness and access a state program helping homeless youth.

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Supervisors OK $10M in Grants for Cities, Youth to Address Homelessness

05/25/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday in favor of $10 million in one-time grants to help cities combat homelessness, and for accessing a state program to help homeless youth.

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COUNTY FLYING FLAGS AT HALF STAFF FOR CHILDREN KILLED IN TEXAS, LIGHTING BUILDING ORANGE

05/24/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher has directed flags at the County Administration Center to fly at half staff in honor of the young lives lost during a shooter's rampage at a school in Texas.

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GOVERNOR’S CARE COURT POLICY BACKED BY CHAIR FLETCHER & THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

05/24/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the Board of Supervisors voted to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court proposal. After the vote, Chair Fletcher issues the following statement:

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VICE CHAIR VARGAS AND CHAIR NATHAN FLETCHER STRENGTHEN COUNTY’S EFFORTS TO PROVIDE REPRODUCTIVE HEALTHCARE SERVICES

05/24/22

Vice Chair Nora Vargas and Chair Nathan Fletcher brought forth a new policy to strengthen the County’s efforts and to provide accessible and safe reproductive healthcare by launching a comprehensive assessment and advocating for state legislation and funding for services.

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CHAIR FLETCHER & BOARD TAKE ACTION TO HELP CITIES TACKLE HOMELESSNESS, REDUCE YOUTH HOMELESSNESS

05/24/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and the other members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors passed two actions that will expand the County’s commitment to addressing the homelessness crisis.

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Millions available to help San Diego cities build homeless shelters

05/24/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a $10 million grant program Tuesday to help cities build homeless shelters.

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County supervisors vote to assess and possibly expand access to abortion

05/24/22

San Diego County health officials will study the availability of abortion and other reproductive health care in the county and explore ways to expand those services, following a split vote by the Board of Supervisors Tuesday.

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San Diego County Supervisors OK $10M in Grants to Help Cities Combat Homelessness

05/24/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 4-0 Tuesday in favor of $10 million in one-time grants to help cities combat homelessness, and for accessing a state program to help homeless youth.

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Council declares San Diego `Safe City' for reproductive freedom

05/24/22

The San Diego City Council passed a resolution Tuesday declaring San Diego a "safe city for reproductive freedom and access to abortion," a move supporters believe makes it the first city in the nation to do so.

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CHAIR FLETCHER CALLS CARE COURT & $10M OF GRANT FUNDING FOR SHELTERS ‘NEW TOOLS’ TO FIGHT THE CRISES OF HOMELESSNESS, MENTAL HEALTH AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE

05/23/22

The County of San Diego under the leadership of San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher is continuing its unprecedented commitment to put more resources into addressing the region's mental health, substance abuse and homelessness crisis.

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County Wins 61 National Achievement Awards for Outstanding Programs

05/23/22

The County of San Diego garnered 61 Achievement Awards this year including a Best in Category nod from the National Association of Counties, which recognizes innovative county government programs.

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GOVERNOR NEWSOM APPOINTS JASON PAGUIO TO CALIFORNIA COMMISSION ON ASIAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER AMERICAN AFFAIRS

05/23/22

The Asian Business Association San Diego (ABASD) is pleased to announce that our President & CEO Jason Paguio has been appointed to the California Commission on Asian and Pacific Islander American Affairs by Governor Gavin Newsom.

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San Diego County supervisors consider $2.76 billion budget for health care, social services

05/23/22

San Diego County supervisors are considering a $2.76 billion spending plan for health, homelessness and social services that would add new behavioral health services, fund homeless shelters and develop affordable housing.

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CARE COURT, WOMEN’S REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH & $10M FOR HOMELESS SHELTERS ON BOARD SUPERVISORS AGENDA FOR TUESDAY AND WEDNESDAY

05/22/22

Women’s reproductive health, Governor Gavin Newsom’s CARE Court proposal, and funding to address youth homelessness and the $10 million for grants to help cities build shelters and safe parking lots are some of the policies on the agenda at the Board of Supervisors meetings on Tuesday, May 24, and Wednesday, May 25.

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NEW PARK OPENS IN SPRING VALLEY WITH COMMUNITY GARDEN, PLAY AREA, EXERCISE EQUIPMENT AND MORE

05/22/22

On Friday, May 13th, the grand opening of the Ildica County Park located at 8604 Ildica St. in Spring Valley took place.

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FREE COLLEGE, CAREER & BASIC NEEDS FAIR FOR STUDENTS & ADULTS ON SATURDAY, MAY 21 HOSTED BY CHAIR FLETCHER & AVENUES FOR SUCCESS AT HERBERT HOOVER HIGH SCHOOL

05/18/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher during his 2022 State of San Diego County Address discussed preparing our next generation workforce to be able to support their families, and he has partnered with Avenues for Success, Hoover High School and the Social Justice Academy with funding from the San Diego Foundation to host The Village United: a college and career fair that will feature workshops and basic needs resources for high school students, and adult members of the San Diego County community.

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CHAIR FLETCHER RELEASES BUDGET MESSAGE ON EVE OF COUNTY BUDGET HEARINGS

05/18/22

Detailed presentations about the recommended County of San Diego 2022-2023 Fiscal Year Budget will be delivered on Thursday, May 19 and Friday May 20 starting at 9:00 a.m. both days.

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All Local Law Enforcement Agencies to Refer Calls to County Mobile Crisis Response Teams

05/13/22

County behavioral health officials, law enforcement representatives and community partners today announced all of the region’s 911 dispatchers have signed on to a memorandum of understanding to refer certain mental health calls to the County’s Mobile Crisis Response Teams.

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1,200+ PEOPLE HAVE BEEN HELPED BY MOBILE CRISIS RESPONSE TEAMS SO FAR

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region now will refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a County-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT).

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All County law enforcement now able to refer to Mobile Crisis Response Team

05/12/22

All 11 law enforcement agencies in the San Diego County region will now be able to refer mental health crisis calls that come into 911 to a county-sponsored Mobile Crisis Response Team, it was announced Thursday.

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