June 2021



Dear Friends, 


We have made great progress these past couple of months, and I couldn’t be prouder of the work everyone in District 1 has done to ensure that we have an equitable recovery from the pandemic. This month was especially significant because of the milestones we reached in terms of vaccinations and the partnerships we’ve solidified in the border region.

In this newsletter, I am happy to provide an update on our COVID-19 vaccination efforts and highlight some of the creative ways our County team is continuing these efforts as well as share some important community resources.

Additionally, we’re continuing our work in addressing some of the challenges that our community faces, by introducing policy with an equity lens. This past month, we established the Office of Environmental and Climate Justice to make sure that environmental justice is included in the policy-making process. We also presented an exciting new program that promotes menstrual equity. Finally, we continue our work to ensure a transparent budget process by engaging the community to help us build a budget reflective of their values.

My team and I remain committed to assist you and connect you to any County resources or services you might need. Please don’t hesitate in contacting my office, we’re here to serve you.

In Service,


Vice Chair Nora Vargas

Supervisor, District 1

COVID-19 Update


Chair Nathan Fletcher, Vice Chair Nora Vargas, and Mexico Consul General Carlos González Gutiérrez accompanied by UC San Diego Health and TIjuana Businesses representatives.

This month we reached a huge milestone in our vaccination efforts. To this date, over 75% of the goal population in San Diego County has received at least one dose of the vaccine against COVID-19 and in total, we’ve administered 3.69 million doses.

As we continue our efforts, I am proud to have co-led the launch of a pilot program to vaccinate thousands of workers from U.S-owned maquiladoras in Tijuana. By the end of the program, we will have provided 10,000 vaccines and protected the lives of thousands in our binational region. This program is a great example of the strong partnerships between the United States and Mexico on our joint road to recovery.

Additionally, our County has continued the efforts to reach communities that have not received a vaccine by providing mobile units throughout the region. There are 27 mobile units around the county ready to administer a dose for you.

As we get close to the reopening on June 15, please remember to stay safe.

For more information, please visit coronavirus-sd.com/vaccine.

San Diego County 2021 - 2022 Budget

District 1 Community Budget Workshop

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To view the proposed budget, click here.

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Join us for our Budget Roadshow

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On Saturday, June 5, 2021, I will be hosting numerous pop-ups throughout District 1 to gain direct insight from constituents and have you share your priorities to help build a budget reflective of our communities.

For the virtual event that will be held at 4:00 pm with the LGBTQ+ Community please click here to register.

Upcoming Budget Dates

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  • June 14, 2021 - 9:00 AM:

Public Hearings on Recommended Budget Begin

  • June 16, 2021 - 5:30 PM:

Evening Public Hearing on Recommended Budget

  • June 29, 2021 - 2:00 PM:

Budget Deliberations and Adoption

To access more information on budget dates click here.

Complete Our Survey

Can't make it to any of our events? We've got you covered!

My team and I created an online survey to make it more accessible to share your input. Please click below to access the survey.

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Championing Transformative Policies

Office of Environmental and Climate Justice


Last month, we launched the Office of Environmental and Climate Justice to address the long-standing health impacts from pollution that disproportionately affect communities of color in South County. The office will ensure that the County views environmental justice as a public health issue, and as such, employ public health interventions in our communities most impacted.

Drowning Prevention


As summer approaches and more people head toward beaches and pools, it was important for us to highlight drowning prevention measures. 64% of African-Americans and 45% of Latino children don’t know how to swim. The policy provides funding to ensure those communities and populations most at risk, can learn to swim and prevent unnecessary loss of life. Access the Drowning Prevention board letter here.

Community News

Menstrual Equity Initiative

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Period poverty is a public health crisis and as a healthcare and reproductive justice advocate I’m proud the County of San Diego is taking action to support the menstrual equity movement. Last week I was proud to help launch the Free 4 Menstrual Equity, or Free4ME, pilot program. The program will provide 57 free menstrual product dispensers across the 23 county-owned public and private facilities. It is a point of pride for me to see that libraries, community and family resource centers will house these free products that help meet a basic human need for all Menstruators.


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As we observe Juneteenth this month, I encourage everyone, to reflect, and use the occasion to measure and appreciate the progress and contributions made by African Americans to our society. This last year served to remind us all, that we still have a long way to go in this country to truly gain racial equality. Join me as I continue to fight for policies that level the playing field and move us toward equity, to truly build a County that works for all people.


In support of African American Association of County Employees (AAACE) and the Black community, the Cooper Family will be hosting their yearly Juneteenth celebration. This event is open to the public. 

Saturday, June 19, 2021

11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Memorial Park

2985 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113

For more information click here.

Community Resources

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Pride Month

Every year I look forward to participating in the pride parade and making it a family affair. While we may not be able to celebrate in person this year, I continue to celebrate and share my support for the LGBTQ+ community by continuing to advocate for equality, justice, and inclusion. 

While pride today is viewed as a celebration, bu we can’t forget that it was born out of the Stonewall Riots in 1969. So as we celebrate people living their truth with pride, we must continue to fight for those in the LGBTQ+ communities that still suffer injustice.

Thank you to our community partner, The Center, for compiling available resources for the LGBTQ+ community. For access to the resources, please click below.

LGBTQ+ Resources

Constituent Services

As always, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to my office.

If you are a resident of District 1 and need assistance with an issue, please contact our office by clicking the button below or calling (619) 531-5511.

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