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Environmental Justice


Clean air, clean water and healthy communities are vitally important for all of us. Not only do we need to do everything we can to protect the environment but also to leave it better for future generations. Additionally, we need to ensure that systemic environmental injustices in historically disadvantaged communities are addressed. Supervisor Fletcher is aggressively taking action on climate change as research tells us we have only 10 years to sharply curtail carbon emissions to avoid some of the worst potential impacts. He supports community choice energy programs to provide renewable energy, developing and implementing a climate action plan that complies with state law and increasing the use of renewable energy and energy efficient transportation. He is also working on these issues statewide as a member of the California Air Resources Board.

News: Environmental Justice

Mission Accomplished: Chair Fletcher Delivers Community Choice Energy after Years of Hard Work

08/31/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher & the Board of Supervisors delivered on bringing a better future for our environment and more choice for the ratepayers of San Diego County by voting today to join San Diego Community Power, the state's second-largest community choice energy program.

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San Diego County Approves Purchase of New Rapid Water Quality Testing For Beaches

08/17/21

Today, the new Board of Supervisors approved purchasing equipment to expedite water quality test results. This action builds on actions from two years ago when Chair Fletcher, then the lone Democrat on the Board of Supervisors, was instrumental in securing funds in the county budget for improved and faster beach water testing.

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Chair Fletcher & San Diego County Want To Help You Beat The Heat

07/28/21

San Diego County leaders want seniors, people with underlying health conditions, or residents who are easily affected when temperatures rise to know there are free cool zones, fans, drinking fountains, and other tools available to beat the heat.

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San Diego's $14 Billion Blue Economy: How Far Does It Reach?

07/25/21

TMA BlueTech has launched a multi-faceted economic impact and supply chain study to measure the size and economic impact of the broad maritime and more specific BlueTech (ocean & water/wastewater tech sectors) in San Diego County.

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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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COVID-19 relief gets big boost

06/21/21

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.

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Chair Fletcher Reacts to Board Actions on SB-743

05/19/21

Tackling climate change, increasing affordable housing, and facilitating more efficient transportation corridors are a top priority for this Board.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher, San Diego Gas & Electric Join Pedal Ahead Community Electric Bicycle Program to Celebrate Launch of SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week

05/17/21

San Diego County Supervisor Chair Nathan Fletcher and San Diego Gas & Electric joined with the Pedal Ahead community electric bicycle program to celebrate the launch of SANDAG’s Bike Anywhere Week with a special e-bike demonstration and showcase promoting ridership and workforce development in the burgeoning San Diego County bicycling industry.

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County task force tackles San Diego River Park plan

05/03/21

Plans for a 52-mile trail system along the San Diego River are moving ahead through a new county task force of local nonprofit, tribal and government officials.

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San Diego County moves to join a community choice energy program

04/07/21

Board of Supervisors OKs discussions with San Diego Community Power and the Clean Energy Alliance.

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Five Policies Chair Fletcher Introduced Were Passed at Tuesday’s Board Meeting

04/06/21

Five policies Chair Nathan Fletcher introduced or co-docketed during Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting were supported during a marathon meeting that was still going after 10 p.m. The policies passed will address homelessness, the environment, behavioral health and support the event industry and denounce hate against the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

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New Guiding Principles for Community Choice Energy put County on Stronger Path to Join with Cities to Reach Environmental Goals

04/06/21

Changing San Diego County’s guiding principles on Community Choice Energy (CCE) puts the County on a stronger path to join a local CCE. Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer are bringing a policy to the Board on Tuesday, April 6 to change the guiding principles and authorize the Chief Administrative Officer to engage in negotiations with CCE providers.

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San Diego County's New Board of Supervisors Move Towards Zero Carbon Emissions Within 15 Years

01/13/21

Today the County Board of Supervisors adopted a measure introduced by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer to begin the development, adoption, and implementation of a new and ambitious Climate Action Plan (CAP) to dramatically reduce the county’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

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County Supervisors OK Developing New Climate Action Plan

01/13/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted Wednesday to develop a new climate action plan that focuses on accomplishing zero carbon emissions within 15 years, helping communities with environmental challenges such as poor air quality and supporting a "green" economy.

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San Diego County Still Working On Climate Action Plan

11/19/20

San Diego County is already working on another climate action plan, hoping they can finally come up with one that stands up to legal scrutiny.

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California cities, counties split on enforcing health orders

11/19/20

San Diego County, the state’s second most populous with 3.3 million residents, has issued 52 cease-and-desist orders since Monday, sternly worded letters demanding that violators start following health orders. The letters, issued by the county public health officer and posted online, bring unwanted publicity but carry little weight without law enforcement backing.

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Supervisor Fletcher votes NO on Otay Village 13 project

11/18/20

“While the Otay Village 13 project is consistent with the density in the County General Plan, my concern with the use of carbon offsets precluded me from supporting this project at this time. ...

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Supervisor Fletcher and City Attorney Elliott Partner on Gun Safety

10/19/20

San Diego City Attorney Mara W. Elliott, San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Child Welfare Services, and Service Employees International Union Local 221 today announced a partnership to protect San Diego families from gun violence. Through this collaboration, child welfare social workers will receive specialized training on critical gun safety measures, including Gun Violence Restraining Orders and San Diego’s Safe Storage of Firearms law.

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Discussing air quality in San Diego on 3rd annual Clean Air Day

10/07/20

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher and David Flores with the Environmental Health Coalition talk to News 8 about the current air quality in San Diego.

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Clean air should be our mission every day, but especially on October 7th

10/06/20

Clean air is our right, not a privilege. Wherever we live — in a suburban cul de sac, in the heart of an urban center, or near a port or industrial facility– everyone deserves to breathe clean air. Unfortunately, too many Californians, especially communities of color, suffer severe health impacts from breathing unhealthy air.

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San Diego County will overhaul Climate Action Plan after rejection from courts

09/30/20

On Wednesday County Supervisors unanimously directed county staff to develop a new plan and adopted a resolution vacating its 2018 Climate Action Plan, which the 4th District Court of Appeals struck down in June.

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Supervisors OK Staffing Changes at Air Pollution Body

09/30/20

County supervisors voted 4-1 Wednesday in favor of reassigning two Air Pollution Control District employees to develop a plan to reduce emissions and community exposure. Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, who made the proposal, said it was based on environmental justice.

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