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Nathan Fletcher selected chair of county Board of Supervisors

01/05/21

 

The county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously selected as their new chair Nathan Fletcher, who quickly outlined a more-progressive agenda than those followed by past boards.

“As the new chair of the board, I will work tirelessly for a county with more opportunity, more fairness, more equity and more justice,” he said.

Fletcher welcomed newly seated supervisors Joel Anderson, Terra Lawson-Remer and Nora Vargas to the the five-member board, saying he looked forward to a collaborative relationship with them.

He also acknowledged some past tension with fellow Supervisor Jim Desmond.

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With the elections of Democrats Lawson-Remer and Vargas, Democrats now make up the majority.

Anderson is a Republican and, like Fletcher, had served in the state Assembly. Fletcher welcomed him as someone he could work with.

“I saw someone who has a unique ability to hold to your convictions but also be willing to find common ground,” he said in welcoming Anderson.

Fletcher added that the new board will be much more left-leaning in the future.

“For many decades now the county has been governed by a very conservative board of supervisors, and the voters elected them and they governed consistent with their values,” he said.

“But times change, and now the voters have elected a new group of more progressive supervisors, and we will govern consistent with our values.”

Fletcher said the board would begin looking at new policies when it meets again next Tuesday.

“We need to make San Diego County a place where we lead the world on tackling climate change, investing in clean air and water,” he said. “Building affordable housing along acceptable and efficient transit lines. Making San Diego County a place where we don’t just say, ‘Black Lives Matter’ and ‘Immigrants are appreciated,’ but a county that backs that up with intentional policies.”

Fletcher also praised work done by the board over the past two years. He said the progress at passing almost 70 policies was greater than he had expected.

“We did some good work, but it wasn’t enough,” he said. “There is more to do, and we’re going to do it.” READ MORE