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COVID-19 relief gets big boost



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

Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher said the board’s decisions will help support the county’s response to the pandemic, along with making significant investments in helping the small business community, families and youth, services for seniors and the unsheltered along with investments for infrastructure programs like broadband and clean water infrastructure.

However, National City Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis said with the 2020-21 budget recently closed, it is “still a little early” to decide exactly how dollars will be locally allocated.
City officials typically take a summer recess in the month of July, but the mayor said council members will likely begin discussing how to prioritize funding when they resume regular meetings in August.

“Our ‘20-’21 budget focused on housing, homelessness, social services as well as maintaining services like public safety, parks and recreation, services to the community. I would think our ARPA allocation of $18.6 million would be aligned with those efforts but have not yet decided what it will look like,” Sotelo-Solis said.

The county plan suggests dollars should be spent on stormwater improvements, broadband, fire districts, electric vehicle infrastructure and environmental benefits, which are all in keeping with National City’s recent priorities. READ MORE