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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

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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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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