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Veterans, Seniors, and Immigrants


Services that support veterans, immigrants and seniors are consistently in the crosshairs of political debates. Forced to bear the brunt of polarizing Washington, D.C. policies; veterans, immigrants and seniors in San Diego County are left vulnerable. Chair Nathan Fletcher is taking actions locally to deliver the supportive resources these communities deserve. He has taken meaningful legislative action to help immigrants by introducing bipartisan solutions to address the migrant crisis in San Diego and take on the Trump Administration. He also successfully pushed for the County budget to include supportive legal services for immigrants. Chair Fletcher, a U.S. Marine Corps combat veteran, has testified before congressional committees on veteran housing programs, fought the Trump Administration’s efforts to privatize VA hospitals and created new County positions to support veterans. His advocacy during the County budget process and votes during Board meetings has resulted in hundreds-of-millions of dollars being leveraged for supportive housing, nutrition and medical programs and increased staffing for seniors.

News: Veterans, Seniors, and Immigrants

Chair Nathan Fletcher & BOS Pass Policy to Expand Veterans Care Coordination Program

10/19/21

Chair Nathan Fletcher, a Marine combat veteran, today along with the rest of the Board of Supervisors voted to increase veterans’ accessibility to essential care coordination services when reentering the community after being incarcerated.

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Chair Nathan Fletcher Announces County’s Seeking to Hire Director for New Office Of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

10/05/21

The County of San Diego is now hiring for its Director of the newly established Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA). This announcement was made during the progress report on the formation of OIRA today during the Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Chair Fletcher Supports Governor Newsom’s Action to Help Afghan Refugee Arrivals in California

09/09/21

“Governor Newsom once again is demonstrating his leadership on refugee and immigrant issues by taking swift action to support Afghan refugees who come to California. We are a welcoming state and county, and I thank the Governor, Senate pro-Tempore Atkins and Speaker Rendon for prioritizing these funds for this worthy cause. San Diego County is ready to support their initiative and the Afghan people.”

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Chamber Invites Business Community to take 'Time to Vaccinate' Pledge

08/03/21

Time To Vaccinate campaign asks businesses to grant time and flexibility to employees getting COVID vaccine.

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Opinion: Thousands of Veterans Have Been Deported. It’s Time to Bring Them Home.

07/30/21

Federal action is necessary. Fighting one case at a time is long, costly and leaves too many behind.

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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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Chair Fletcher, Vice Chair Vargas, Federal & Local Leaders Commend Success of San Diego Convention Shelter Care for Unaccompanied Migrant Children

07/15/21

Chair Fletcher was joined by federal, regional, & local leaders to celebrate the success of the San Diego Convention Center in providing shelter for unaccompanied migrant children throughout the pandemic.

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Deported Veteran Advocate Nathan Fletcher Praises Biden Administration's New Policy

07/02/21

Nathan Fletcher, a U.S. Marine combat veteran and Chair of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, praised President Joe Biden for his Administration’s plan to bring deported Military Veterans back to the United States. Fletcher has spent many years fighting for the rights of deported veterans.

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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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VA Medical Center Trolley Station unveiled as part of $2 billion rail expansion

06/23/21

A Mid-Coast Trolley extension is slated to open for service in November, connecting downtown to UCSD and University City.

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Trolley Station near UCSD pays tribute to military members

06/23/21

A San Diego trolley station that was unveiled Wednesday near the VA Medical Center in La Jolla features a design that pays tribute to veterans and military members, who will have easier access to critical medical services.

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March and Ash Mission Valley Joins Local 135!

06/22/21

UFCW Local 135 would like to congratulate the cannabis workers at March and Ash’s flagship Mission Valley location on their decision to join the union!

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Board of Supervisors Approves the Creation of the Office of Immigrant & Refugee Affairs

06/09/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted (3-2) to approve the creation of the Office of Immigrant and Refugee Affairs (OIRA), paving the way for a more “Welcoming” County. The initiative, co-sponsored by Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas, will establish an office that will become the County’s central hub of services and resources for immigrants and refugees.

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San Diego County, Mexican Consulate Partner On Cross-Border Vaccines

05/25/21

A coalition of six United States subsidiary companies and San Diego County public officials Tuesday sponsored a COVID-19 mobile clinic to vaccinate 10,000 maquiladora workers employed in Baja California, Mexico.

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California county to consider establishing office to help immigrants using taxpayer money

05/12/21

San Diego County’s proximity to Mexico is one of the primary reasons behind a proposed publicly-supported Office of Immigration and Refugee Affairs. In a statement, San Diego County supervisors Nora Vargas and Nathan Fletcher emphasized the need for this office.

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Chair Fletcher Agrees with Decision to Cancel Border Wall Contracts

04/30/21

The cancelation of funding for the Trump border wall is another important step President Biden is taking to erase the divisive and inhumane immigration policies of the Trump Administration. This is good news for San Diego County and other border communities that respect and appreciate immigrants.

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DoD Cancels Border Wall Contracts Using Military Funds

04/30/21

San Diego County Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher applauded the Biden administration's move.

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Mayor Gloria, Supervisors Fletcher and Vargas Comment on Changes to Migrant Children Population in San Diego

04/09/21

Last night, in response to the evolving needs of unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the United States, U.S. Department of Health and Human services (HHS) transferred 300 teenage girls from the emergency intake site at the San Diego Convention Center to another site at Fort Bliss in Texas. The transfer creates space in San Diego for an equal number of “tender-age” children (ages 5 to 12) and older siblings who have been in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The new arrivals will be in San Diego on Friday.

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Supervisors Approve Resolution Condemning Anti-Asian Racism

04/07/21

During a Tuesday meeting that ran until 11:30 p.m. due to a packed agenda, supervisors voted unanimously in favor of the proposal, put forth by board Chairman Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chairwoman Nora Vargas.

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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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County and Mexican Consulate Partner for New Testing Access Strategy for Latinos in San Diego

09/11/20

A comprehensive Latino community testing outreach strategy was announced today by Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, Carlos González Gutiérrez, Consul General of Mexico in San Diego, Nancy Maldonado, Executive Director of Chicano Federation, and Barbara Jimenez, General Manager of the Central and South regions of the County Health and Human Services Agency to further expand testing access for Latino residents and other communities hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Supervisor Fletcher calls all minority business owners to apply for San Diego County relief grant

07/27/20

San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher is making a public call to all minority-owned companies to apply for a pool of aid money meant to assist small business owners during the pandemic.

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