May 2021


Dear Friends, 


As we continue on our path towards an equitable recovery, we have made amazing progress in administering over three million doses of the COVID-19 vaccine throughout San Diego County. I am particularly proud of the partnerships we’ve established with community, business, and faith organizations to ensure we provide vaccine access to hard-to-reach communities.


In this edition of our May newsletter, I am happy to provide an update on where we are at with our COVID-19 vaccination efforts, highlight some of the transformational policies I’ve recently championed, as well as share critical resources for our residents.

Furthermore, our office is taking the lead on addressing the public health crisis of the Tijuana River Valley through a unified regional approach via the newly formed South County Environmental Justice Task Force. Additionally, this past week the County kicked off its budget process with the release of staff's recommended budget of $7.03 billion for Fiscal Year 2021-2022. I look forward to working with you during this process so together we can shape a County budget that advances racial, social, and environmental justice, as well as provide opportunities for economic recovery.


I know this continues to be an incredibly difficult time for many and I want to assure you that my team and I are available to answer any questions. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office, we are here to serve you.

In Service,


Vice Chair Nora Vargas

Supervisor, District 1

COVID-19 Update

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We have reached a milestone in our efforts to put an end to the pandemic, by reaching over three million vaccinations administered as well as achieving high vaccination rates in District 1.

Additionally, to ensure that workers and families who have not been able to get vaccinated due to their work schedule can do so, we have opened evening hours (1pm-8pm) at the following three vaccination sites:


Sun. to Thurs.

North Coastal Live Well Health Center

1701 Mission Avenue

Chula Vista

Sun. to Thurs.

South Region Live Well Center at Chula Vista

690 Oxford Street

El Cajon

Tues. to Sat.

East Public Health Center

367 North Magnolia Avenue

Today we also announced that the County expects to start vaccinating youth ages 12-15 by this Thursday, May 13th, 2021, pending approval by the California Department of Public Health.

For more information, please visit

San Diego County Budget Process Begins

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Last Thursday, the County kicked off its budget process with the release of the staff- recommended budget for Fiscal Year 21-22.

In the spirit of transparency and of my commitment to engage community throughout the budget process, I will be hosting a Community Workshop on June 7th, 2021 at 6pm to hear from you, my constituents, on what our priorities for District 1 should be.

I look forward to working together with you to build a budget that is reflective of our community’s values.

Stay tuned for more details.

Championing Transformative Policies

Launch of the South County

Environmental Justice Task Force

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We convened the first meeting of the South County Environmental Justice Task Force, an effort proposed as part of my Environmental Justice Policy Package.

The task force is comprised of over 60 stakeholders representing government, nonprofit, and community entities, with a steadfast commitment to ending the decades-old cross border pollution of the Tijuana River Valley. The goal of this working group is to serve as one regional voice to advocate for additional funding and resources to address the Tijuana River Valley public health crisis.

Temporary Eviction Ordinance


Last week I was proud to be joined by a coalition of renters, landlords, and public officials, at a press conference in support of a temporary eviction ordinance designed to protect our county’s most vulnerable communities who have been hit the hardest by this pandemic and are facing eviction. The ordinance was passed by a 3-2 vote.

Protecting the Right to Organize Act

(PRO Act)


As a long-time advocate for working families, I was glad to introduce a Board Letter supporting the passage of H.R. 842 Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act).

The PRO Act restores fairness to the economy by strengthening the federal laws that protect worker's right to join a union.

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act


I was proud to join my colleagues in supporting a resolution urging Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to end qualified immunity and certain lethal police techniques.

George Floyd’s murder was a catalyst for a movement of people across the world demanding an end to police brutality, systemic racism, and calling for substantive reforms. This legislation is a first step in bringing forth systemic change and rooting out white supremacy and anti-blackness within our law enforcement agencies.

Departmental Sustainability Planning

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Last week, my colleagues and I approved a package of policies to restructure County operations to focus on sustainability. It’s important that as the third largest job provider in the region, that we lead by example as we evaluate our day-to-day operations, and push for environmental justice policies for our communities.

Cooperative Approach to Tribal Governments

and Fee to Trust Proposals


San Diego County is home to 19 Native American reservations. With our rich Native American history, I am proud to have presented policies, adopted by my colleagues, that strengthen our relationships with each Tribal government.

Community News

Grand Opening of the Greg Cox Bike Park

Video: County Opens Unique Campground and Newest Bike Park in South Bay

The Greg Cox Bike Park in Otay Valley Regional Park is now open. The Bike Park, named after former Supervisor Greg Cox, includes beginner and intermediate bike trails and is open to all ages; seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to dusk.

I am excited for this new recreation opportunity in South County and I look forward to continue to open new and inclusive public and play spaces in our District, and to balance that growth with the necessary protections of our land and local resources.

Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground


Late last month we celebrated the opening of the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park Campground and I was thrilled to join community members for the ribbon cutting.

The 79-acre campground offers scenic views of the valley, access to more than 20 miles of trails and 51 primitive campsites, including 16 for tents, five for equestrian campers, 30 multi-use sites that can accommodate trailers, and 10 yurts. The campground also features an amphitheater, a nature education center and nature play equipment made of natural objects for children, and restrooms and showers.

For reservations, click here.

*Note: The County of San Diego has extensively studied the area and has proven there is no contamination. We are also currently leading a Tijuana River Study to identify short-and-long term solutions to address public safety concerns associated with the Tijuana River.

Community Resources


Mental Health Awareness Month

May is Mental Health Month! This month serves as an opportunity to promote community awareness of mental health through conversations that reduce the stigma around seeking help.

To access County resources click here.


May is CalFresh Awareness Month

CalFresh is a supplemental nutrition program for families and individuals that meet certain income guidelines. The program is designed to reduce food insecurity and increase food budgets to improve participant’s access to fresh and healthy food.

For more information or to apply for CalFresh click here.


County Emergency

Rental Assistance

The County’s program helps eligible households who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and are behind on rent and utility payments. To apply for assistance, click here.

San Diego and Chula Vista residents, click here.


COVID-19 Funeral Assistance

FEMA is providing financial assistance for COVID-19 related funeral expenses incurred after January 20, 2020.

To gain access to the COVID-19 Funeral Assistance application call (844) 684-6333 or visit 

Upcoming Events

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Insta Charla on Telehealth

On Thursday, May 13, 2021, join me at 6:30 p.m. for an Instagram Live with Dr. Kyle Bukowski, Associate Medical Director at Planned Parenthood of the Pacific Southwest, discussing all things telehealth.

Live will be held on Instagram via @noravargassd.

New District 1 County Commissioners

In an effort to increase representation and bring new community voices to our County Boards and Commissions, I am thrilled to welcome four new commissioners, who are ready to serve the residents of District 1.


Deja Cabrera

Commission on the Status of Women and Girls

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Javier Alvarado

Parks Advisory Committee


Lei-Chala Wilson

County Hearing Officer

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Margarita Holguin

Community Action Partnership Administering Board

District 1 Equity Squad

I'm excited to introduce you to new members of the District 1 Equity Squad. Each member of the team brings the dedication and commitment necessary to ensure we meet our constituents where they are at and make county government work for them.

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Marco Briones 

Senior Digital and Outreach Strategist

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Beto Gurmilan

Press Secretary

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David Flores

Senior Policy Advisor

Student Fellows

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Jessica Garcia

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Ramon Saldivar

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Jasmine Osuna

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