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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

SUPERVISORS VOTE 5-0 TO USE COUNTY PROPERTY FOR ASYLEE SHELTER

04/26/22

Today, by a vote of 5-0, the Board of Supervisors agreed to identify and use a County property as a temporary shelter for migrant families and seek State and Federal reimbursements for services delivered at the shelter.

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San Diego County supervisors OK shelter policy for asylum seekers

04/26/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a temporary shelter policy to handle asylum-seekers who arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border asking for humanitarian protection.

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San Diego County supervisors vote to designate new migrant shelter

04/26/22

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to identify county property to use for a migrant shelter.

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SUPERVISORS FLETCHER & VARGAS WANT COUNTY TO BE PREPARED FOR TERMINATION OF TITLE 42

04/25/22

With Title 42 scheduled to be terminated on May 23 of this year, San Diego County is making preparations to accept Asylum Seekers who arrive at the U.S. – Mexico border asking for humanitarian protection.

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Rep. Mike Levin Introduces Legislation to Foster Veteran Entrepreneurship

04/06/22

U.S. Representative Mike Levin (D-CA) introduced legislation to foster veteran entrepreneurship by expanding veterans’ eligibility for the self-employment portion, or “track,” of the Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) program.

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Local lawmakers claim hundreds of millions for military, local projects

03/15/22

San Diego’s Congressional delegation and other lawmakers secured $107 million for local community projects and $127 million for local military and veteran projects as part of the massive federal spending bill federal lawmakers passed last week, officials announced.

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MTS break ground on 100% affordable housing project at Grantville Trolley Station

02/14/22

A split county Board of Supervisors has approved rules to streamline development in certain unincorporated areas with the potential for public transit.

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EAST COUNTY TO RECEIVE EMERGENCY SHELTERS IN THE NEXT YEAR

02/08/22

In a momentous vote on Tuesday, February 8, 2022, the Board of Supervisors received an update on, and unanimously approved actions related to, compassionate emergency solutions and pathways to housing for people experiencing homelessness.

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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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SAN DIEGO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVES CREATION OF LOCAL ORDINANCE TO END DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

11/16/21

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance that will help address barriers and discrimination that women face in the county and will also begin the process of developing a gender equity strategy to implement the ordnance’s adoption. The initiative was co-docketed by Chair, Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas and was approved unanimously by the Board of Supervisors (5-0).

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Deported Veterans Could Return to U.S. Under Proposed Law

11/10/21

If it passes and becomes law, the Veteran Deportation Prevention and Reform Act will pave the way for immigrant veterans to become U.S. citizens and open the door for vets who were already deported to return to the United States.

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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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