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  • County Supervisors approve appointment of new CAO

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jun 13, 2024

    The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously June 4 to appoint Ebony Shelton as the new Chief Administrative Officer (CAO). Shelton is the first Afro-Latina in county history to serve in the role. She will start her new position June 14. Shelton is a visionary leader who has dedicated her career to serving the community, most recently in a dual role as the county's chief financial officer and as a deputy chief administrative officer, overseeing the departments in the...

  • The county's multibillion-dollar budget – How it works

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 2, 2024

    Imagine trying to put together a budget for nearly 3.3 million people in a region about the size of Connecticut. It's a big project and county staff has been working on it for months. They're now putting the final touches on a balanced, recommended budget for the new fiscal year that starts July 1. The numbers will be released May 2. Last year, the overall budget was $8.17 billion. How does this affect you? If you go out to eat, visit the beach, own a home or vote then the...

  • County leaders report progress fighting wage theft

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Apr 12, 2024

    Local workers who fall victim to wage theft now have a better chance of getting the pay that is due them. County and state leaders reported advances on addressing wage theft within the region last month outside the County Administration Center. The event was part of a Week of Action honoring labor rights activist César Chávez. The County cited the Workplace Justice Fund as one of its most successful programs. The fund helps workers who won legal judgments for lost wages but are still waiting for the money from their e...

  • Registrar reminds voters to vote early for March Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    If you’re a registered voter and haven’t cast your ballot yet, you’ll soon get a reminder from the Registrar’s office that you have less than two weeks to cast your ballot for the March presidential primary election. The Registrar sent over 1.8 million reminder postcards to registered voters in San Diego County who had not voted as of Feb. 14. Don’t delay! If you have been holding onto your ballot, act now and vote from the comfort of your home. Sign and date your return envelope, seal your completed ballot inside and retur...

  • Chairwoman delivers her second State of the County address

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Nora Vargas gave her second State of the County address during an evening presentation Wednesday, Feb. 21. The chairwoman talked about the county’s many accomplishments over the last year, but said she was particularly proud of the community for rallying together to help flood victims from the devastating Jan. 22 storms. She postponed her original date for the State of the County address to host a Day of Service. The chairwoman said 1,000 volunteers responded to help more than 1,000 fami...

  • Help county set budget priorities

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 29, 2024

    It is not released until May, but the county is already working on the budget for the next fiscal year. And thinking about what to prioritize in a volatile economy. That’s where you come in. The county wants your help. You’re invited to fill out a survey on Engage San Diego County to tell us which services are most important to you, https://engage.sandiegocounty.gov/countybudget24-26. Your responses will be considered in balance with other critical factors to set budget priorities for this and future budget cycles. And you...

  • New county report to address inequity in the region

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 22, 2024

    Jobs and finances, food systems, health, and housing – data shows these areas have some of the largest equity gaps in the San Diego region. The Office of Equity and Racial Justice (OERJ) released the County's first Equity Indicators Report on Wednesday. The report comes in the wake of the county's declaration of racism as a public health crisis in January 2021. Many residents in San Diego County face oppression due to their race and ethnicity, gender, immigration status, d...

  • 146 Ballot drop boxes open for March Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 16, 2024

    Starting Tuesday, Feb. 6, registered voters can return their mail ballot for the March Presidential Primary Election to any one of 146 official ballot drop boxes located around the county. Mail ballots for the county's 1.9 million registered voters were expected to arrive that week. What do the Registrar's official ballot drop boxes look like? The Registrar's official ballot drop boxes are red, white and blue and feature the Registrar's logo along with the county seal. All...

  • Ballots go out to registered voters for March Presidential Primary Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    Over 1.9 million ballots are on their way to the county’s registered voters for the March presidential primary election. Voters should receive their ballots the week of Monday, Feb. 5. The official ballot packet will also include an “I Voted” sticker. Early voting begins Monday, Feb. 5 at the Registrar of Voters office in Kearny Mesa. Hours run from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. However, the Registrar’s office will be closed Monday, Feb. 19 in observance of Presidents Day. The Registrar encourages voters to take ad...

  • County, San Diego Foundation launch Flood Response Fund

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 9, 2024

    San Diegans who want to help local victims recover from this week’s severe storm can now make financial donations to a new Flood Response Fund. The county worked with the San Diego Foundation to set up the online fund. The San Diego Foundation will match donations up to $100,000. Money from the fund will only be directed to non-profits helping flood victims. The fund is not accepting any non-monetary donations at this time. Monday’s storm was the fourth wettest day recorded since 1850. The torrential downpours caused mil...

  • Flood victims should watch for mold

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Feb 1, 2024

    Flooding from the Jan. 22 torrential storms was bad enough, but now residents cleaning up their damaged homes face the threat of mold. The longer materials stay wet, the more likely mold will grow. It takes only two to three days for mold to form. Mold can pose health problems, especially for young children, seniors and those who are already ill. Long-term exposure can affect anyone. To take care of it, flood-impacted residents can hire a licensed mold remediation contractor w...

  • All registered voters to receive mail ballot for Gubernatorial Recall Election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 17, 2021

    The Registrar of Voters is alerting all active registered voters in San Diego County that they will receive a ballot in the mail for the Sept. 14 California Gubernatorial Recall Election. Ballots will be mailed the week of Aug. 16, giving voters nearly a month to mark their ballot and return it before Election Day. Voters can return their ballot in the mail, no postage necessary, or at one of many mail ballot drop-off locations around the county. Will there be in-person voting locations? Yes. In-person voting locations will...

  • County adopts $7.23 billion budget

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jul 10, 2021

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted a $7.23 billion revised budget for fiscal year 2021-22 after public deliberations on Tuesday, June 29. The adopted budget responds to voices in the community and follows a Framework for the Future that will fundamentally change county operations, with significant funding to address justice system reform, racial justice, health and environmental equity, homelessness and economic opportunity. “This is a budget that meets the needs of all our residents,” County Chief Adm...

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    County budget reflects residents' needs, builds framework for future

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated May 12, 2021

    With a new budget that responds to voices in the community and follows a Framework for the Future that fundamentally changes our operations, the Chief Administrative Officer's recommended budget was released May 6. It calls for $7.03 billion in fiscal year 2021-22 spending, an increase of 7.3% and a net increase of 660 additional staff years, excluding staff from the Air Pollution Control District which became an independent agency on March 1. Investments in both funding and...

  • Community groups help select new county director of the county Office of Equity and Racial Justice

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Feb 24, 2021

    A new director of the Office of Equity and Racial Justice has been named after a thorough national recruitment and selection process. Andrew Strong will head the office and brings 15 years of experience in local government leadership and community engagement. "Andrew is a respected member of the community in San Diego County. Hiring Andrew to be leader of our new Office of Equity and Racial Justice was a decision made after a thorough process that involved the community in...

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    New County Supervisors sworn into office

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office|Updated Jan 7, 2021

    Three new members of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors were sworn in during a virtual event on Monday, Jan. 4. Supervisor Nora Vargas succeeded long-time District 1 Supervisor Greg Cox, who had served on the board since 1995. The district covers Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City, some communities within the City of San Diego, and unincorporated areas including Bonita, Lincoln Acres and East Otay Mesa. Supervisor Vargas was sworn in by her...

  • Remaining members selected for county redistricting commission

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Dec 2, 2020

    All 14 of the required members for the San Diego County’s new Independent Redistricting Commission are now on board. The final six were selected Nov. 20. The commission is responsible for redrawing the boundaries of the county’s five supervisorial districts. The district lines change every 10 years after new federal census numbers are released. The 2020 census will show whether one district is more populated than the others. Each supervisor should represent a diverse population of about 650,000 residents. District lines can...

  • Registrar reminds voters to return your mail ballots

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    If you’re a registered voter and you haven’t cast your ballot yet, you will have already received a reminder from the Registrar’s office that you now have less than a week to cast your ballot for the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election. The Registrar sent over 1.6 million reminder postcards to registered voters in San Diego County who had not returned their mail ballot as of Oct. 14. Don’t delay! If you have been holding onto your ballot, act now and vote from the comfort...

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    First members selected for county's new redistricting commission

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Oct 21, 2020

    Eight members of the San Diego County's new Independent Redistricting Commission were selected during two random drawings at the Board of Supervisors' meeting, Oct. 13. Clerk of the board staff drew the names from a pool of 59 qualified applicants. Originally, there were 60 but one withdrew after he was accepted for another redistricting commission. Nearly 300 people had applied to serve on the county's volunteer commission. The commission will redraw the boundaries for the...

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    Mail ballots go out to registered voters for Nov. 3 election

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    More than 1.9 million mail ballots are on their way to San Diego County registered voters for the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election. You may have found yours in your mailbox as early as Monday, Oct. 5. You will also find your "I Voted" sticker inside your official mail ballot packet. The Registrar of Voters office also said you should receive your sample ballot pamphlets containing information on candidates and measures by Oct. 10, if you haven't already received them. The...

  • There's still time to register to vote

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    Tuesday, Sept. 22 was National Voter Registration Day ­– held as a reminder that you must be registered to vote if you want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 3, 2020 Presidential General Election. It takes less than two minutes to register online at sdvote.com. You may also request a voter registration form by calling the Registrar’s office at (858) 565-5800 or emailing [email protected]. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? Check your status online. If you recently moved or changed your name, you will need to re-register...

  • Check voter registration now to get mail ballot later

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Sep 12, 2020

    The registrar of voters will prepare election ballots for mailing in two weeks so active registered voters are urged to check their voter registration now to get a mail ballot at their address later. More than 1.8 million postcards went out to registered voters last month telling them to expect a mail ballot for the Nov. 3, presidential general election. If you are a registered voter and did not receive this postcard, it could mean you are not registered to vote in San Diego C...

  • Polling place site managers needed for Nov. 3 general election

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Sep 4, 2020

    The Registrar of Voters is seeking temporary full-time site managers to operate assigned polling places for the Nov. 3 general election. Site managers can earn $20 per hour. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, polling places will be open for four days instead of one. The registrar’s office will hire election workers rather than use volunteers because training is more extensive for the expanded time period. Site managers will be required to train and lead a staff while representing the Registrar of Voters in a professional, n...

  • San Diego County Adopts New Budget

    Tracy DeFore, San Diego County Communications Office|Updated Sep 3, 2020

    The San Diego County Board of Supervisors adopted a $6.5 billion revised budget for fiscal year 2020-2021 after public deliberations Tuesday, Aug. 25. The adopted budget addressed the unexpected COVID-19 and economic crises and also reflected calls for social justice and racial equality. A $6.4 billion recommended budget was presented to the board Aug. 10, and called for an increase of $159 million or 2.5% over 2019-2020 and $100 million to fight the COVID-19 public health crisis. Supervisors approved additional spending...

  • Poll workers still needed for March Presidential Primary

    Tracy DeFore, County of San Diego Communications Office

    The Registrar’s office is seeking additional poll workers throughout the county for the March 2024 presidential primary election. Poll workers play an essential role in elections and can serve their community while earning a stipend. There is a particular need for poll workers who are bilingual in Chinese, Vietnamese and Filipino to work at vote centers located around North County, South Bay and East County. In addition, the Registrar’s office needs poll workers who are bilingual in Somali for vote centers in Oak Park, and...

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