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Chair Nathan Fletcher & Supervisor Anderson Partner to Increase Transparency in San Diego County

01/07/21

Greater transparency is coming to the San Diego County government. Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Joel Anderson have partnered on a policy proposal to enhance transparency, accessibility, and open government; they announced the details during a joint press conference this morning outside the County Administration Center. The Board of Supervisors will vote on the policy during next week’s Board meeting.   

“We can all agree that a cornerstone of good government is more transparency and opportunity for public participation,” said Chair Fletcher. “Supervisor Anderson and I are coming together to move our county government in this direction. This policy will build on and expand the work around transparency we have already done. Trust between individuals and government is strengthened when there is greater opportunity and access for everyone.”

Supervisor Fletcher during his first two-years in office took steps to increase transparency with policies for evening budget hearings and evening/ public forums for Transparent Review of Unjust Transfers and Holds (TRUTH Act), along with expanded voter access during elections. Supervisor Anderson won his election campaigning on a message of bringing more transparency to the County. 

“Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis famously stated that ‘sunshine is the best disinfectant,’” said Supervisor Anderson.  

“To me that means that the intense light of transparency is the best way to ensure that the public interest is being served. This should include releasing more information, in a timely and efficient manner, and ensuring that discussions about public issues should occur in open, not behind closed doors. Therefore I am pleased that my first initiative as a County Supervisor is to work with my good friend, Board Chairman Nathan Fletcher.

 

“I look forward to working with my colleagues and the public to create a vigorous review process to ensure that all that can be done is being done to truly augment transparency.”

To increase access and transparency, the Supervisors are proposing the following: 

  • Establish an Advisory Committee to review, assess, conduct stakeholder outreach and recommend modifications to enhance transparency, accessibility, and open government within the County of San Diego's operations, public engagement processes, and website offerings, including but not limited to:
    • Public Records Act portal 
    • Accessing archived public records
    • Email retention policy
    • Board and stakeholder engagement, including but not limited to: 
      • Annual County budget 
      • Meetings of the Board of Supervisors, and other public meetings such as County Boards and Commissions
  • Appoint Supervisor Joel Anderson and Supervisor Nora Vargas to the committee 
  • Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to provide staffing to support the committee

The proposed policy aligns with Supervisor 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, government transparency, 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 System 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. To learn more visit www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com

About Supervisor Joel Anderson

Supervisor Joel Anderson served East County San Diego in the State Assembly from 2007-2009 and in the State Senate from 2010-2018. Prior to that, he served on the Padre Dam Municipal Water District and the Resource Conservation District of Greater San Diego Board of Directors. He has been a longtime grassroots advocate for issues he cared about, and ultimately it was his experience running his own business that inspired him to run for office to make California more friendly towards small business owners.  Never straying from the principles he was elected to uphold, a Sacramento Bee study identified Supervisor Anderson as the third most independent legislator based on his voting record.

​While Supervisor Anderson’s accomplishments are many, the most important role in his life is that of being a husband to his wife Kate of 31 years, and a father to their three children - Mary, Maura, and Michael. www.supervisorjoelanderson.com