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Initiatives


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


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


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).  

 


News: Initiatives

San Diego County to employers: Get proof your workers have COVID-19 shots or test them weekly

08/16/21

San Diego County officials called on local employers Monday to require their workers to get vaccinated against the coronavirus or receive a weekly COVID-19 test.

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San Diego Supervisors want to Revive Defunct County Arts Council

08/14/21

Supervisor Nora Vargas and Chairman Nathan Fletcher will ask their board colleagues on Tuesday to direct Chief Administrative Officer Helen Robbins-Meyer to examine ways to better promote arts across the region and report back in 90 days.

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San Diego County Notifying Restaurants of $4.5 Million in Permit Fee Refunds

08/12/21

San Diego County began notifying restaurants Thursday of $4.5 million in permit fee refunds for the period of March 16, 2020 through June 15 of this year — the result of a recent settlement in a lawsuit brought by a local restaurant group.

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San Diego County Counters Heat Waves with Free Fans and Rides to Cool Zones

07/29/21

Officials are preparing for summer heat with places for San Diegans to cool off.

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Spirit of Stonewall recipients an example in serving community

07/02/21

Each year, the San Diego Pride organization honors several people, organizations and groups for their contributions to the community, whether that be volunteering, donations, leadership, activism or, for the first time this year, in the arts. These honorees are nominated by the community and selected by Pride.

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San Diego County Not Changing Mask Guidance Because of Delta Variant

06/29/21

Chair Fletcher's statement regarding Mask Guidance in light of the Delta Variant of COVID-19.

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Adopted $7.23 Billion County Budget Supports Chair Nathan Fletcher's Framework for the Future

06/29/21

San Diego County’s unanimously adopted $7.23 billion Fiscal Year 2021-2022 Budget represents the new Board of Supervisors’ commitment to transform the County into a place that values fairness, equity and inclusion, and prioritizes community-centered policymaking.

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San Diego County supervisors approve $7.2B budget for 2021-2022 fiscal year

06/29/21

The budget includes money for programs aimed at reducing homelessness, environmental protection, governmental transparency and reforming the justice system.

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Supervisors Approve $7.2B County Budget with Increases for Mental Health, Environment

06/29/21

The Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to approve a $7.2 billion fiscal year 2021-22 spending plan for San Diego County.

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Our Newly-Adopted $7.2 Billion Budget Includes A Larger Focus On Mental Health

06/29/21

NBC 7's coverage of our historic County Budget.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher Reflects on COVID-19 w/ CBS 8

06/21/21

Shannon Handy from CBS 8 interview Chair Nathan Fletcher from a conference room in the medical examiner's office, a place he worked out of for several months during the COVID-19 pandemic. She speak with him about the County's response, proud moments and areas he wishes they could have improved on.

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Reflecting on COVID-19 Pandemic w/ ABC 10 News

06/21/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, sits down for an in-depth interview with ABC 10's Derek Staahl to discuss the County of San Diego's COVID-19 response and recovery.

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Reflecting on the COVID-19 Pandemic w/ NBC 7

06/21/21

NBC 7's Catherine Garcia sat down with Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, for a lengthy interview about the County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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County ceremony marks San Diego reopening

06/15/21

More than 200 people marked the reopening of San Diego County with live music and breakfast burritos at the Hall of Administration early Tuesday morning. The event celebrated a return to public life after more than a year of lockdowns amid the pandemic.

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Letter from Chair Fletcher: Commemorating Pride Month 2021

06/09/21

See remarks from Chair Fletcher commemorating the beginning of Pride Month 2021. Happy Pride Month, San Diego!

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Comunidad pide que las agencias locales del orden no colaboren con ICE

11/20/20

La junta de supervisores del condado de San Diego escuchó las peticiones de la comunidad, durante una audiencia realizada este martes

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California imposes curfew to curb skyrocketing COVID cases

11/19/20

California Gov. Gavin Newsom is imposing an overnight curfew as the most populous state tries to head off a surge in coronavirus cases.

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San Diego County Supervisors OK Additional $2M For COVID-19 Income Relief

11/17/20

San Diego County Supervisors voted 3-1 Tuesday to allocate an additional $2 million for an income replacement program for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Supervisor Fletcher Takes Definitive Steps to Support Accurate Gender Identification

10/21/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (He/Him/His) makes “personal pronouns” a part of the standard operating procedures for his County Board of Supervisors’ office to show support, respect and create an inclusive environment for all, especially the LGBTQIA+ community. Supervisor Fletcher and his entire team now have their “personal pronouns” listed in their email signatures and with their biographies at www.SupervisorNathanFletcher.com.

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Supervisor Fletcher & Rider Safety Visibility Launch Pedal Ahead Electric Bicycle Community Program

09/22/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, in partnership with the 501c3 Rider Safety Visibility (RSV), today 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.

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Supervisor Fletcher Reflects on Chelsea's Law 10 Year Anniversary

09/09/20

A decade ago today, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who was then a member of the California State Assembly, secured the governor’s signature on a landmark piece of legislation to protect children from violent predators and named to honor Chelsea King, who was violently killed by a known sexually violent predator.

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Board Supports Supervisor Fletcher’s Nearly $40 Million in Budget Changes

08/25/20

This afternoon Supervisor Fletcher voted in favor of the 2020-21 County Budget, noting it included $38,770,000 of funding in changes proposed by Supervisor Fletcher. Supervisor Fletcher released the following statement at the conclusion of today’s budget deliberations.

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Supervisor Fletcher and Community Leaders Pursue Nearly $50 Million in Amendments to Create a More Equitable San Diego County

08/25/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Invest in San Diego County Families, and other leaders from communities across the County of San Diego are urging the Board of Supervisors to support a series of budget amendments to help with rental assistance, behavioral health services for homeless San Diegans and income replacement because of COVID-19, internet access to bridge the digital divide and a series of environmental justice improvements, including air quality monitors.

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BETTER TOGETHER: Sup. Fletcher joins News 8 to share the generosity of our San Diego community

04/30/20

If you want to help, you need help, or you just want to be inspired by the generosity of San Diegans helping each other, watch this special highlighting the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched in March by Supervisor Fletcher in partnership with The San Diego Foundation.

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COVID-19 Community Response Fund Surpasses $10 Million Raised; Grants Additional $1.8 Million to Help Vulnerable San Diegans

04/30/20

The San Diego Foundation today announced the COVID-19 Community Response Fund has reached $10.8 million in donations. To date, the Fund has granted $7 million to more than 50 San Diego nonprofit organizations working on the frontline of the coronavirus outbreak.

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Serving the Elderly During COVID-19

04/24/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and the San Diego Foundation, has given a $50,000 grant to Elderhelp, which serves more than 6,500 seniors annually throughout San Diego County.

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Helping Feeding San Diego Serve County Residents During the COVID-19 Crisis

04/20/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and the San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to Feeding San Diego, an independent 501(c)(3) which operates a comprehensive food rescue and distribution network.

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Supervisor Fletcher, Partners Stand-Up Loan Program for Small Business and Nonprofits

04/20/20

“We designed this Program to allow public and private entities to donate money that our strategic partners can leverage using their technical expertise, staff capacity, balance sheets and resources to rapidly inject liquidity into the local San Diego County small business sector,” said Supervisor Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County’s COVID-19 Subcommittee.

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Hope Lost, Now Found

04/15/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to the Salvation Army, which has dedicating the donation to the economically vulnerable.

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Coming to the Aid of Those Who Need and Work in Child Care

04/10/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, is providing micro-grants ranging from $100 for food and diapers to $575 for child care costs to low-income, essential service workers and child care providers impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

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How COVID-19 Response Donations are Helping Society's Most Vulnerable

04/06/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to Interfaith Community Services that will provide meals, help with rent and utility bills, cover the cost of urgent medical and healthcare expenses, and more.

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COVID-19 Response Fund Grant to Tri-City Hospital is Saving Lives

04/03/20

The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, launched by Supervisor Fletcher and The San Diego Foundation, gave a $100,000 grant to the Tri-City Hospital Foundation for new GlideScopes – equipment that allows easier and safer emergency airway management for coronavirus patients and physicians.

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Watch: Supervisor Fletcher on the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund

04/03/20

Just weeks after we launched the San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund, donations are already being brought to bear in our communities to help those who have been hardest hit by the economic effects of COVID-19.

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Watch: Supervisor Fletcher Speaks at the 2020 San Diego Angel Conference

03/28/20

In March, we joined USD, The Brink, the Small Business Association and hundreds of local entrepreneurs and investors for the annual San Diego Angel Conference. Held virtually this year, the conference builds bridges between the visions that inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs and the tools that will help them make their vision a reality.

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Qualcomm Foundation Donates $1 Million to San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund; Fund Reaches $5.7 Million

03/20/20

“Qualcomm has been a bedrock of economic stability and generosity in San Diego County for a very long time,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-chair, County of San Diego COVID-19 Subcommittee. “This substantial donation is another example of their continued commitment to empower people and contribute to our community’s well-being.”

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United Way of San Diego County Creates Emergency San Diego Worker Assistance Initiative in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic

03/20/20

“The United Way is ready to receive applications from San Diegans affected by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher. “They are a great partner, a dynamic community resource, and through their programming are on the frontlines to help people who struggle with food security, rental and utility assistance and income replacement or gap funding."

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Supervisor Fletcher lanza el Fondo Comunitario de COVID-19 - Univision San Diego

03/19/20

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San Diego Leaders Launch COVID-19 Community Response Fund to Address San Diegans’ Growing Needs Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

03/16/20

“In San Diego, we care about one another,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair of the County of San Diego’s COVID-19 Subcommittee and the Regional Task Force on the Homeless. “We stand together and step up to help in times of great need. The San Diego COVID-19 Community Response Fund will lend a helping hand to our friends and neighbors impacted by this ongoing health crisis.”

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Los líderes de San Diego lanzan el Fondo de Respuesta Comunitaria COVID-19

03/16/20

El fondo se centra en la seguridad alimentaria, asistencia de alquiler y servicios públicos, sustitución de ingresos o financiamiento de brechas de $1.3 millones sembrados al fondo por San Diego Gas & Electric y la Fundación de San Diego. Haga donaciones a: SDFoundation.org/COVID19

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Supervisor Fletcher Announces County’s Census 2020 Outreach Plan

01/22/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher today, alongside members of the Count Me 2020 coalition, announced at a press conference the County of San Diego’s plans to educate hard to reach populations about the 2020 Census and unveiled Census advertisements that will appear in the 1.8 million sample ballot pamphlets being distributed this week by the County Registrar of Voters.

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Small businesses get a boost from San Diego County, University of San Diego

08/12/19

Excerpts from ABC 10 story: County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and the University of San Diego launched a small business accelerator program Monday for the communities of Chollas, City Heights, Encanto, Linda Vista, Rolando and Redwood Village.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, University of San Diego Launch Partnership to Increase Entrepreneurship and Grow Business Pipeline in 6 Communities

08/12/19

New partnership leverages combined $1.5 million in County and University Resources Innovate-Up workshop Innovation Bootcamp is August 22, 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at Malcolm X Library Sign-up today at Innovate-Up.com

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County Administration Center lights up for San Diego Pride weekend

07/11/19

Excerpts from Fox 5 story: San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher recognized LBGTQ community leaders, organizations and county employees Thursday evening during a lighting ceremony at the County Administration Center, where the building donned the colors of the rainbow.

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Supervisor Fletcher Ushers in Pride Weekend in San Diego County

07/08/19

County Administration Center to be Lit Up with Colors of the Rainbow July 11th Local LGBTQ leaders to be recognized with proclamations July 9th & 11th Team Fletcher to March in San Diego Pride Parade July 13th

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New legislation to develop an inclusive employment program

05/21/19

Excerpts from KUSI story: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is expected to introduce legislation Tuesday for the development of an inclusive employment program at the County of San Diego for people with intellectual disabilities.

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Supervisors eye program to hire people who are developmentally disabled to work in county departments

05/21/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article: San Diego County departments and offices will be staffed with people who have developmental disabilities under a new program being developed by county staff.

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Statement: Board Supports Supervisor Fletcher’s Proposal for Inclusive Employment

05/21/19

I am pleased the Board supported our recommendation for the County to develop an enhanced employment program for individuals with disabilities.

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Supervisor Fletcher Introduces Policy for Inclusive Employment Program at County

05/20/19

Raymond G. Bariuan, who goes by “Jay,” is the inspiration for this new program

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