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From homelessness to jail deaths to climate: What San Diego supervisors did in 2022 and have planned for 2023

12/31/22

 

San Diego County supervisors expanded behavioral health services, invested in homeless shelters and moved to curb climate change over the past year — actions they say reflect a philosophical shift toward greater county involvement in such efforts.

Where previous boards had focused largely on land use policy and county infrastructure, this one — whose membership will remain unchanged in 2023 — has vastly expanded the county’s role in social services and environmental protection.

The goal, said Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, is to “make San Diego a more livable place, a more just place ... a more inclusive place and a more sustainable place.”

In interviews with The San Diego Union Tribune, she, outgoing Board Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor Joel Anderson and Vice-Chair Nora Vargas reflected on their work in 2022 and goals for the new year. Supervisor Jim Desmond declined to participate.

Fletcher is stepping down as chair after two years in the position and has nominated Vargas for the seat when the board next meets in January. With the change in leadership, supervisors said they anticipate moving to address homelessness and housing shortages, finalize plans for a transition to renewable energy and expand services for children, seniors and veterans.

“I want to see the county continue being the regional leader in tackling the biggest challenges San Diego faces,” Fletcher said.

Here is a look back at the county’s 2022, and its plans for 2023.

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