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  • County Supervisors advance alternative to incarceration hub

    County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Mar 21, 2024

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved two actions March 13 to help people move forward after arrest and incarceration. The board’s vote advanced plans to open a new San Diego Resource and Reentry Hub in the central region of San Diego County. The hub will bring numerous services together in one place to support the needs of people who are leaving jail or who are referred by law enforcement. The board’s vote also directed county staff to return within 120 days with a proposed ordinance for supervisors to con...

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    County first responders highlighted in COVID-19 'Essential Voices' documentary

    County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 24, 2021

    Recognizing that the COVID-19 pandemic would prove to challenge the San Diego emergency response community in an unprecedented way, local producer Dave Meyer set about documenting individual experiences. Along with his co-collaborator and wife, Karen, Meyer began filming in spring 2020, chronicling in highly personal interviews, the toll, responsibilities, and hopes of a wide variety of first responders. "These people wanted to help their community, they had become part of...

  • Wastewater monitoring piloted as path to safe school reopening

    County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 17, 2021

    The County of San Diego is working with the University of California San Diego on a pilot program that may provide a roadmap for schools to safely reopen while our community gets vaccinated. The Safer at School Early Alert system, or “Sassy” as it is called by participants, is an evidence-based program to detect SARS-CoV-2 at schools and child care centers. The project began with technology launched as part of UC San Diego’s Return to Learn program which collects daily wastewater samples that are tested for shed coron...

  • San Diego Zoo Safari Park visitor potentially exposed to rabies

    County News Center, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Sep 11, 2020

    The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency is asking for the public's help in identifying one person, and possibly others, who may have been exposed to rabies while visiting San Diego Zoo Safari Park in San Pasqual Sunday, Sept. 6. A bat was witnessed flying around an unidentified female guest at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 6, at the Mombasa Cooker at Nairobi Village. It was later collected by a trained park employee and submitted to the county for rabies testing, and...

  • County partners with Lyft to drive disaster preparedness

    County News Center|Updated Sep 8, 2018

    San Diego County is vulnerable to many types of emergencies: fires, floods, earthquakes and more. These disasters can strike at any time, and residents should all be prepared to keep their families safe. But a 2017 survey conducted by the county found only half of San Diego County residents are prepared to evacuate their homes within 15 minutes, and only 38 percent have an emergency plan. To help drive disaster preparedness, the county's Office of Emergency Services is...

  • Drivers should take note of new laws

    County News Center, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jan 15, 2018

    Several new driving laws took effect in 2018 for all California drivers. Among them is a ban on marijuana use in vehicles for both the driver and any passengers. This law makes smoking or ingesting marijuana or marijuana products while driving or riding as a passenger in a vehicle illegal, even if the driver or a passenger has a medical marijuana card. Other new vehicle-related laws in California include: passengers must wear seat belts on buses equipped with the safety restraints; drivers of vehicles for hire such as public...