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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

Electric Bus Milestone – Construction Begins on Large Scale Charging System in South Bay

05/05/22

The San Diego Metropolitan System (MTS) is bringing the latest charging technology and most innovative solutions for zero-emission buses in the region.

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Tiny Gardens distributed for the second year in Linda Vista & City Heights

04/20/22

This is the second year Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista has provided Tiny Gardens to the community.

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Bayside Community Center hands out tiny garden bags to families

04/20/22

Wednesday, the Bayside Community Center gave out free tiny garden bags to 100 families in Linda Vista and City Heights.

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Tiny Gardens distributed for the second year in Linda Vista & City Heights

04/20/22

This is the second year Bayside Community Center in Linda Vista has provided Tiny Gardens to the community.

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CHAIR FLETCHER TO DISTRIBUTE TINY GARDENS IN LINDA VISTA & CITY HEIGHTS, IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS

04/18/22

Tiny Gardens for growing vegetables will be assembled and distributed by Chair Nathan Fletcher of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in partnership with Bayside Community Center and New Roots Community Farm on Wednesday, April 20, 2022.

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Join Chair Fletcher for the 2022 Tiny Garden Distribution

04/15/22

This Earth Month, Chair Nathan Fletcher is highlighting the important linkages between healthy food systems and environmental justice.

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Opinion: In addition to books, Californians can now use library cards to check out state parks

04/08/22

Parks have always had broad appeal, and a state Parks and Recreation Commission’s mission statement emphasizes the need to ensure low-income communities “the same access to healthful outdoor settings, well-maintained facilities and professionally competent programs as are enjoyed by all other Californians.”

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Father Joe’s Villages Praises Supervisor’s Homeless Proposals

03/30/22

Father Joe’s Villages Wednesday announced its support for measures proposed by Supervisor Nathan’s Fletcher during the annual State of San Diego County speech.

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San Diego County Air Pollution Control District, Local Organizations Announce Opening of New Program to Provide Portside Community Residents with Air Purifiers and Indoor Air Monitors

02/10/22

Local leaders from the San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD), County of San Diego, Port of San Diego, and Environmental Health Coalition, announced the launch of the Portside Air Quality Improvement and Relief (“PAIR”) Program at Cesar Chavez Park.

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Chair Fletcher & Board of Supervisors Take Action to Build Housing and Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

02/09/22

Chair Nathan Fletcher, and his colleagues on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, by a vote of 3-2, passed a measure to accelerate new housing development in key growth areas, and permanently exempt affordable housing development from Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) costs throughout the unincorporated region, and bring the county into compliance with state environmental and land use laws.

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Community gardens to get $7 million from county

01/27/22

Community gardens will get $7 million toward their operations, after the county Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to spend that amount on local food projects.

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San Diego supervisors explore how they can cut traffic while adding more homes

01/27/22

Facing the combined challenges of climate change and a housing shortage, the County Board of Supervisors Wednesday considered plans to encourage new home development while reducing the number of vehicle trips by residents.

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Section of Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego to turn into sports park

01/27/22

A section of the Waterfront Park in downtown San Diego is set to undergo a makeover.

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Excitement swirls around Waterfront Park's coming attractions

01/27/22

Waterfront Park has received several makeovers over the years. Now the northeast corner of the park will get its own transformation into a sports park.

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San Diego receiving federal funding for new electric-vehicle charging stations

01/24/22

More than $7 billion in federal funding has been allocated to build electric vehicle charging stations nationwide over the next five years.

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3 YEAR IMPACT REPORT RELEASED BY SUPERVISOR NATHAN FLETCHER’S OFFICE

12/21/21

Nathan Fletcher, Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, has released an interactive, multimedia “3 Year Impact Report” to highlight some of the progress that has taken place at the County since January 2019 when he began representing San Diego County’s 4th Supervisorial District.

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Program to help lower-income San Diego residents buy electric vehicles expected to launch next year

11/24/21

Delayed more than a year amid the pandemic, a state program designed to help lower-income Californians buy electric vehicles got funding approval last week to launch in San Diego County next year. The California Air Resources Board voted on Nov. 19 to approve a funding plan that includes $5 million to implement the Clean Cars 4 All program in San Diego County.

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COUNTY SUPERVISORS SUPPORT ELIMINATING OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING, CHAIR FLETCHER ISSUES VIDEO NEWS RELEASE IN RESPONSE TO VOTE

11/16/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors today with an 5-0 vote passed policy #18 authored by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer’s for the County to support Congressman Mike Levin’s American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act.

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San Diego County Supervisors oppose offshore oil drilling, create women’s equity ordinance

11/16/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors called for curtailing offshore oil drilling Wednesday, voting unanimously to support the American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act introduced in Congress by Rep. Mike Levin to prohibit oil and gas leasing in Southern California.

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Where Will San Diego Spend Money From Federal Infrastructure Law?

11/16/21

The $1 trillion infrastructure agreement was signed into law by Pres. Joe Biden on Monday, and now the federal government will send that money to local and state governments to fix things like crumbling roads and bridges. In San Diego, county leaders expect to spend the money on everything from fixing roads to investing in the expansion of the Mid-Coast Trolley.

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SUPERVISORS PUSH TO KEEP BEACHES & BAYS CLEAN FOR FAMILIES BY SUPPORTING THE ELIMINATION OF OFFSHORE OIL DRILLING

11/15/21

San Diego County beaches and bays are at risk of the preventable failures of the offshore oil drilling industry, as was evidenced by the recently busted pipe in Huntington Beach. Chair Nathan Fletcher and Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer want offshore drilling to stop and have introduced a policy for the County to support Congressman Mike Levin’s American Coasts and Oceans Protection Act.

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SAN DIEGO COUNTY AIR POLLUTION CONTROL DISTRICT APPROVES AMENDMENT TO LOCAL RULE TO REDUCE CANCER RISK IN THE REGION

11/04/21

The new San Diego County Air Pollution Control District (APCD) voted unanimously today to approve an item to reduce the toxic pollutants being discharged from facilities regulated by Rule 1210 – Toxic Air Contaminant Public Health Risks-Public Notification and Risk Reduction. The regulation change establishes health-protective limits at which these facilities (such as power plants, landfills, refineries, and other industrial sites) must notify surrounding communities of elevated health risks and reduce these risks.

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Board of Supervisors Unanimously Support Anderson and Fletcher’s Efforts Towards Decarbonization

10/20/21

At the October 20th Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Joel Anderson and Chair Nathan Fletcher introduced a joint measure that directed County staff to research alternative forms of renewable energy, as part of the Regional Decarbonization Framework effort.

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Port Sets 2030 Goals for More Breathable Air Via Maritime Clean Air Strategy

10/14/21

The Port of San Diego board has approved a policy intended to help the agency identify projects and initiatives to improve health through cleaner air around San Diego Bay. The intent is for the Maritime Clean Air Strategy to also support maritime operations. Port commissioners tout the “Health Equity for All” approach as more ambitious than any other clean air policy of its kind in the state.

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Tarballs found along San Diego coastline, Orange County oil spill suspected

10/08/21

Large clusters of tarballs were found along beaches in Oceanside and Carlsbad, San Diego County officials said Thursday, Oct. 7, with similar reports being made in Encinitas and Del Mar.

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