Chair Nathan Fletcher, Supervisor of San Diego County’s Fourth District, is introducing new initiatives and programs, and working with others in the community to elevate activities that make San Diegans proud to say they’re from San Diego County. Below is a list of Chair Fletcher’s initiatives.
Fire Captain Ryan J. Mitchell’s First Responders Behavioral Health Support Program
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is proud to bring the promise of better mental health care for first responders through The Fire Captain Ryan J. Mitchell’s First Responders Behavioral Health Support Program. The program was created to provide First Responders in San Diego County a free and confidential space to seek behavioral health services 24/7 365 days a year.
Learn more by visiting: https://www.sdfirstrespondersprogram.org/
Pedal Ahead Electric Bicycle Community Program
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, in partnership with the 501c3 Rider Safety Visibility (RSV), launched Pedal Ahead, a two-year, emission-reducing program designed to serve as an alternative to automobile transportation in the fourth supervisorial district, with a particular focus on Chollas, City Heights, Encanto, Linda Vista, Rolando and Redwood Village. Pedal Ahead will provide quality of life improvements for residents through environmental sustainability, healthy living and by helping people commute to work, school and other important destinations. Learn more by visiting www.PedalAHead.com
COVID-19 Small Business, Nonprofit & Workers Relief & Recovery Initiatives
Supervisor Fletcher’s has taken action during the coronavirus pandemic to make funding, along with support services available to owners of small businesses, nonprofits and their employees. The complete list of the nearly $150 million in funding, along with support services includes:
$47.5 million of CARES Act money to support the County Relief Program for Small Businesses and Restaurants was created from an economic and humanitarian stimulus package for COVID-19 the Supervisor was able to pass. $9.5 million will be distributed to District 4 businesses disproportionately underfunded or left out from securing traditional state and federal government COVID-19 relief.
· $20 million to provide economic relief to businesses impacted by the Purple Tier closures.
·$56 million raised for San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund administered by The San Diego Foundation in collaboration to assist people struggling with food security, other essential living expenses, emergent needs, and rent and utility payments during the Coronavirus Pandemic. Learn more at sdfoundation.org/COVID19
· Secured $10 million for Frontline Worker Childcare Vouchers during the pandemic. The County gave $5 million of its CARES Acts funding and the City of San Diego agreed to match with another $5 million.
· Secured $1 million to support YMCA Summer Camp operations and scholarships so children from low-income homes can have a place to go as parents get back to work.
·The San Diego County COVID-19 Small Business & Nonprofit Loan Program was launched by Supervisor Fletcher in collaboration with The San Diego Foundation, Mission Driven Finance, Accion Serving Southern California, the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center Network, and the California Southern Small Business Development Corporation. Ten million -- $5 million from the County and $5 million from the San Diego Foundation -- was raised. It is unique because it is structured to use a combination of subordinated funds and state guaranteed funds up-to $30 million to provide financial relief to small businesses and nonprofit organizations in the County who are struggling as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Learn more at https://sandiegosbnlp.org/
·Partnered with the San Diego & Imperial Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network to establish the SBDC Businesses Adapting to the New COVID-19 Environment with $1.7 million in funding from the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (Go-Biz.), to educate, communicate, and assist San Diego County small business owners with navigating requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic as they reopen. Assistance includes free online training (live and recorded) and free one on one mentoring and advice. Learn more at https://www.sdivsbdc.org/adaptsd/
·Infused more than $3.2 million in County Neighborhood Revitalization Program and Community Enhancement Program grants into the region to support COVID-19 response and recovery.
Regional COVID-19 Taskforce for Equitable Recovery
Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has joined with leaders from across the region to create the Regional COVID-19 Taskforce for Equitable Recovery to implement equitable policies and programs that ensure a fair and just recovery for people of color and underserved communities in the San Diego region.
Innovate-Up is a public-private partnership between the County of San Diego and the University of San Diego to help entrepreneurs start-up and scale-up their businesses. Supervisor Fletcher brokered the partnership to help activate talent in the District 4 neighborhoods of Chollas, City Heights, Encanto, Linda Vista, Rolando Park and Redwood Village. Learn more at www.Innovate-Up.com
Jay’s Program is an inclusive employment program at the County of San Diego for people with disabilities. Supervisor Fletcher’s inspiration for the program is Raymond G. Bariuan – but everyone calls him Jay! Jay has autism and was one of Supervisor Fletcher’s first hires when he was in the California State Assembly. Jay has worked with the Supervisor in many different places over the years, and is currently at the County. Jay is an integral part of our Team Fletcher and does data entry, clerical work, and always puts a smile on the team's face.
Clean Air for All
Clean Air for All is a public education and grant campaign to raise awareness about improving air quality and tackling climate change in San Diego County.
Shine Bright with Pride
Shine Bright with Pride is an annual celebration to kick-off Pride Weekend in San Diego County. As part of this free community event local LGBTQ+ leaders are honored and the County Administration Center is lit up in the colors of the rainbow. Supervisor Fletcher hosts Shine Bright in partnership with the County’s Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bi-Sexual, & Allies ERG (LGBT & Allies).