Chair Nathan Fletcher to Rewrite San Diego County's Legislative Agenda with New Policy
Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, is proposing a rewrite of the County’s legislative agenda in a new policy the Board of Supervisors will vote on next Tuesday, January 12, 2021. The legislative agenda guides activities by the County’s Office Strategy and Intergovernmental Affairs to advocate for funding, fight for or against certain laws being considered at the state and federal levels of government.
“Flipping through the pages of the County’s existing legislative agenda reads like conservative policy hits of the 1970s,” said Chair Fletcher. “To ensure the policy direction of the County is consistent with our values, I am bringing forward a policy to reform our County’s legislative agenda. The new agenda will include overarching principles and priorities that align with the Framework we are creating for the future of San Diego County.”
Some of the ways County existing legislative agenda harms communities of color, and goes against everything the new Board of Supervisors represent includes:
It does not support immigrants.
- Fights to deny available resources to those who are undocumented
- Pushes to give additional authority to federal border agents to detain drivers (p. 46 C-6)
It suppresses voting rights.
- Makes it harder for people to vote (requiring burdensome and unnecessary documentation beyond what is already required to register and vote) (11-G4 in Priority Guidelines)
It prevents people who served time from being rehabilitated.
- Fights to deny assistance to those with a criminal history. (p 26, J4 Priority Guidelines)
If approved by the Board of Supervisors, the new legislative agenda will include guiding principles such as:
- Partnering collaboratively with the State
- Work collaboratively with the 18 Incorporated Cities
- Work collaboratively on issues of binational concern with the City of Tijuana, the State of Baja California Norte, and the Country of Mexico
- Protect fiscal integrity of the County
- Equity in all policies and resource allocation
- Community-based approach to public safety
- Government transparency and access to information for all San Diegans
The priorities will include: COVID-19 response and recovery, behavioral health services, homelessness, affordable housing, environmental justice and protection, equity and racial justice, public health infrastructure, data infrastructure, habitat conservation and climate adaptation ad transit infrastructure and low-carbon transportation options
This policy aligns with Chair Fletcher’s Framework for the Future of San Diego County. The Framework prioritizes communities and populations in San Diego that have been historically left behind. Through this Framework, Chair Fletcher is fighting for: racial justice, health equity, economic opportunity, environmental protection, community-centered criminal justice, and fundamental changes to county operations.
About Chair Nathan Fletcher
Nathan Fletcher is Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. As Chair, he is leading the effort to confront COVID-19 and ensure we build back better through the recovery. He is also focused on transforming our approach to behavioral health, making substantial investment in our mental health and drug treatment programs. A committed environmentalist, Chair Fletcher uses his position on the California Air Resources Board, Board of Supervisors and as Chair of the Metropolitan Transit Agency to ensure we tackle climate change and work to ensure environmental justice. Chair Fletcher is leading a new group of Supervisors with a democratic majority, and more progressive values.
In 2021 Chair Fletcher is creating a Framework for the Future of San Diego County. The Framework prioritizes communities and populations in San Diego that have been historically left behind. Through this Framework, Chair Fletcher is fighting for: racial justice, health equity, economic opportunity, environmental protection, government transparency, and fundamental changes to county operations.