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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: Environment

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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Free Transit Rides on Election Day to Help Voters Get to the Polls

09/29/20

The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) and North County Transit District (NCTD) announced today that the agencies will host the region’s third “Free Ride Day” on Tuesday, November 3. Fixed-route bus and rail services will be free for everyone to use throughout San Diego County, ensuring residents are able to reach their polling place and exercise their right to vote.

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California Clean Air Day 2020 Comes to San Diego, Focuses on Health Impacts of Air Pollution

09/28/20

All Californians are invited to participate in the third annual California Clean Air Day on October 7, 2020. Today, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Councilmember Chris Ward along with SDG&E and local community leaders announced a series of activities that will be occurring in San Diego to improve air quality, educate people about its importance and advocate for changes to policy to create cleaner air. All San Diegans are being asked to take The Clean Air Day Pledge.

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Nathan Fletcher: "Governor's Climate Change Executive Order is Bold and Doable"

09/23/20

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, a California Air Resources Board (CARB) member, fully supports Governor Gavin Newsom’s climate change executive order and calls it bold and doable. After the announcement Supervisor Fletcher released the following statement:

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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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Pandemic Brings More Biking And Fewer Crashes — But Can It Last?

08/28/20

One of the few positive things to emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic has been a renaissance in cycling. Quieter streets with fewer cars, along with a desire to escape the isolation of working from home, have prompted many San Diegans to explore the city by bike.

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Safe Reopening Compliance Team To Help Business Navigate COVID-19 Rules, County’s Coronavirus Deaths Reveals Huge Disparity

07/27/20

Some businesses in the county are openly flaunting public health orders while others are confused about compliance. To that end, the county has set up a compliance team to help businesses navigate the rules and crack down on those that defy those rules. Also, breaking down San Diego COVID-19 deaths by ZIP codes reveals huge disparity.

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Pride Flag Raised Over County Building, Rainbow-Colored Lights Set For Weekend

07/17/20

"Flying the LGBTQ+ Pride Flag over the County Administration Center for the first time is a symbolically significant step in the direction of equality," said Fletcher, "but the work yet to be undertaken by our recently established human relations commission and office of equity and racial justice will take our commitment to equality to new heights."

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MTS wants your input on their Zero-Emission Bus transition plan!

07/15/20

More Zero-Emission Buses will be coming to San Diego and MTS wants your input! Tune in on July 21 to hear the latest on their transition plan to transform the entire fleet to zero emissions and an update on the recent electric bus pilot program. All comments and feedback will be considered by the MTS Board of Directors prior to submitting the plan to the California Air Resources Board.

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Supervisor Fletcher Addresses Air Quality with the USS Bonhomme Richard Fire

07/13/20

Air pollution from any source has devastating effects on communities, including our most impacted portside environmental justice communities. The San Diego County Air Pollution Control District is working with federal partners and has activated three new air quality monitors to measure emissions from the USS Bonhomme Richard fire. The Air Pollution Control District is working with the Navy to determine if additional monitoring is needed.

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County Supervisors Decline To Appeal Ruling On Climate Plan

07/08/20

Fletcher, a member of the state Air Resources Board, said in a statement Wednesday that it was "past time that our county accept the court's repeated guidance on the law and take seriously our obligation to meaningfully address environmental concerns."

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Supervisor Fletcher Praises County Decision To Not Appeal Court Decision on Climate Action Plan

07/08/20

“We must rethink our approach to housing development by focusing our efforts on infill development near transit to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and lower vehicle miles traveled, which will improve air quality and prevent the risks of building in fire zones."

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California Clean Air Day 2020 Focuses on Health Impacts of Air Pollution

07/08/20

"Nothing is more foundational to life than ensuring clean air for all. In San Diego the air may be clear, but the truth is: we have the 6th worst air pollution in the country,” said Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Chair, 2020 San Diego Clean Air Day Coalition.

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Supervisor Fletcher Says It Is Time to Redirect Energy Toward New Climate Action Plan

06/15/20

“Climate change is a significant threat to our communities and we are losing precious time to fight climate impacts, as wildfires become infernos and sea level rise threatens our coastlines," said Supervisor Fletcher. After eight long years and five losing lawsuits it is time for the County of San Diego to stop these appeals, put the court cases behind us and create a legal Climate Action Plan."

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During pandemic, San Diego skies take a breath

04/18/20

“The coronavirus has been horrible and we certainly wish none of this would have ever happened,” said San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, a leader of the county’s COVID-19 response and board member of both the state and local air boards. “But when we go through tragedy and crisis and difficulty, a lot of times it has an impact on our actions.

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County to Kill Weeds without Using Harmful Toxins

02/26/20

Today, the County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of a policy introduced by Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Dianne Jacob to prohibit the County from using chemicals containing glyphosate, a chemical linked to rare cancers at County-owned and maintained properties.

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Supes. Fletcher and Jacob Take Action to Protect Public Health, Push for County to use Alternatives to Roundup Weed Killer

02/25/20

“We are taking action to protect the public and our planet from the dangers of the harmful toxin glyphosate, a chemical found in products like Roundup,” said Supervisor Fletcher. “Using organic alternatives is a better way.”

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First Battery-Electric San Diego MTS Bus Now Serving Passengers

12/18/19

"The start of service also marks the start of a two-year electric bus pilot program announced earlier this fall."

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Low-Income San Diegans to Receive Funding to Buy Electric Vehicles Thanks to Supervisor Fletcher

10/30/19

Low income San Diegans will soon have a reason to get rid of their old gas guzzler and replace it with a low or zero emission vehicle thanks to a proposal Supervisor Nathan Fletcher brought forward on Wednesday.

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Supervisor Fletcher's Roadmap Charts New Direction for Electric Vehicles in San Diego County

10/16/19

The Supervisors Electric vehicle plan increases County EV Fleet 10 fold, install more charging infrastructure, and incentivizes purchases

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County Approves Community Choice Energy, but Waits to Join JPA

10/15/19

The Board of Supervisors took action that sets us on the path of energy choice for residents in unincorporated areas of the County.

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Line-Up for Clean Air Day in San Diego Announced

09/23/19

San Diego County elected leaders and community advocates are raising awareness about the importance of improving air quality by recognizing October 2 as ‘Clean Air Day’ and hosting events to promote the statewide ‘Clean Air Day ‘of Action spearheaded by the Coalition for Clean Air.

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Supervisor Nathan Fletcher Votes No on the Tropical Forest Standard

09/19/19

I am gravely concerned about the loss of our tropical forests and the resulting impact on global greenhouse gas emissions. However, I am not convinced that the economic assumptions behind the Tropical Forest Standard will yield actual results.

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County continues to move forward in consideration of Community Choice Program

09/10/19

The Board of Supervisors continued to move forward in considering the development of a community choice energy program.

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Supervisor Fletcher Reacts to State of California Lawsuit Against Trump Administration

08/13/19

California continues to cut greenhouse gas emissions and decarbonize our electricity sector – all while growing as one of the most prosperous regions of the United States.

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San Diego County Launches Program To Replace High-Emission Vehicles

08/07/19

Excerpts from KPBS story: Supervisors Nathan Fletcher and Greg Cox launched a program Wednesday to help mitigate the use of high-polluting vehicles around the county.

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Supervisors Fletcher, Cox Launch Clean Air for All Grant Campaign, Announce

08/07/19

$28.5M to Fund elimination of high Polluting Vehicles, Equipment Upcoming Workshop for Businesses to Apply for Funds is set for August 27 from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Statement: Electric School Buses Will Help Improve Air Quality

07/30/19

As San Diego’s representative on the California Air Resources Board, congratulations are in order to the three San Diego school districts who were awarded funding to purchase all-electric school buses from the California Energy Commission.

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Statement: CARB Board Member Nathan Fletcher Reacts to Clean Emission Deal with Automakers

07/25/19

“The agreement with four major automakers and California is a pivotal next step to ensure that all Americans are guaranteed the right to breathe clean air. I am proud to stand as a CARB Board Member in this fight against the Trump Administration and continue pushing policy to protect public health and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

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Statement: Vote on Otay Ranch Village 14 Plan

06/26/19

I could not support the project due to concerns over fire danger and the environmental impact

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San Diego County Supervisors OK Air Pollution Standards Proposal

05/22/19

Excerpts from KPBS article: The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday took the first steps toward putting a plan in place to reduce toxic air pollution.

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Statement: Board Supports Supervisor Fletcher’s Policy to Reduce Pollutant Threshold of Air Pollution Control District

05/22/19

The Board’s vote to support policy that creates greater protection on pollution emissions for industrial sites demonstrates we are committed to improving air quality in San Diego County

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Supervisor Fletcher Introduces Policy to Tackle Cancer-causing Toxic Pollution

05/21/19

Approximately 75% of Californians live in communities with greater protection than San Diego

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County to vote Wednesday on pursuing regulatory process to lower toxic air pollutants threshold

05/20/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article written by Charles Clark : The proposal, put forward by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, calls on the Air Pollution Control District to closer evaluate and lower the toxic air pollutant threshold, which is required under state law and set by individual Air Pollution Control Districts related to the connection between air pollutants and cancer risk.

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Sup. Fletcher Receives 37-0 Senate Confirmation for Air Resources Board Appointment

05/16/19

The full California State Senate confirmed San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s appointment to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) with a vote of 37-0 this morning.

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State Funds Paying For More Air Pollution Monitoring In San Diego

05/10/19

Excerpts from KPBS article: San Diego County officials are getting a much more robust pollution tracking system, thanks to a new state grant.

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Supervisors Fletcher & Cox Unveiled New Air Quality Monitoring Program

05/10/19

Innovative Air Quality Vehicle and Stationary Monitors First Step in Battling Air Pollution

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Supervisor Fletcher Receives Unanimous Support of Senate Rules Committee

05/01/19

The Senate Rules Committee for the State of California this afternoon unanimously approved County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher’s appointment to the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

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San Diego Ranks 6th Among Most Polluted Cities in U.S.

04/24/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article written by Lauryn Schroeder: Greater San Diego has the sixth worst ozone pollution in the country for the fifth year in a row, a report released Wednesday by the American Lung Association says.

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Statement: Board Supports Supervisor Fletcher’s Electric Vehicle Roadmap Proposal

04/10/19

It’s time to chart a new course for increasing the County’s use of electric vehicles and expanding the accessibility of charging stations

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Supervisor Fletcher Proposes Electric Vehicle Roadmap for County of San Diego

04/09/19

County Board of Supervisors to Vote Wednesday, April 10 at 9 a.m.

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San Diego County leading the way on clean air

04/08/19

Supervisor Fletcher Drives Electric Vehicle Interview w/ CBS 8

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County to Develop Community Choice Energy Program

02/26/19

Supervisors Jacob, Fletcher secure board backing to look at ratepayer alternative to SDG&E

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Statement: Community Choice Energy Passed by Board of Supervisors

02/26/19

San Diego County today took a significant step toward a more sustainable future.

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Q&A: Supervisor Nathan Fletcher explains why San Diegans need to drive less

02/24/19

Excerpts from San Diego Union-Tribune article: Newly sworn-in San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher has quickly positioned himself to be a major player on one of the state’s most contentious issues — how much people drive.

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County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher: Region Needs to Move in One Direction on Climate Change

02/21/19

Supervisor to attend first California Air Resources Board (CARB) meeting today

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Statement: Response to Air Pollution Control District Legislation

02/08/19

I have long advocated for this type of approach to diversifying the composition and strengthening the impact of our regional air quality efforts. Our goal is simple -- ensuring we have clean air for our families.

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Supervisor Fletcher Backs Jacob’s Call for Action on Community Choice Aggregation for County

02/06/19

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (D-San Diego) supports County Supervisor Dianne Jacob’s call for the Board to move forward with Community Choice Aggregation (CCA)

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Gavin Newsom Appoints Nathan Fletcher to Air Resources Board

01/28/19

Excerpts from Times of San Diego article: Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday nominated San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher to serve on the California Air Resources Board.

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Supervisor Fletcher Appointed to California Air Resources Board by Gov. Newsom

01/28/19

Today, County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher (D-San Diego) was nominated for appointment to the California Air Resources Board (CARB) by California Governor Gavin Newsom.

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Statement: Decision to Appeal superior Court Ruling on Climate Action Plan

01/09/19

Climate change is real and I take seriously our responsibly to meet or even exceed our climate goals.

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