If you are a renter in the San Diego area, the San Diego Eviction
Prevention Collaborative has recently launched a great new
resource: housinghelpsd.org. The site is built to help tenants to
access available support programs and learn their rights.
SAN DIEGO — Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer, an economist and
environmental attorney testified before the U.S. House of
Representatives Energy and Mineral Resources Subcommittee on Thursday,
May 13th at 10:00am Pacific. A lifelong environmental advocate,
Supervisor Lawson-Remer was invited by Representative Levin to provide
testimony on the importance of protecting coastal communities like San
Diego County from offshore oil drilling.
SAN DIEGO — The County Board of Supervisors today approved a
package of policies to restructure County operations to focus on
sustainability, and provide residents and businesses new tools to
expand natural habitat. Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer partnered with
Chair Nathan Fletcher and Vice Chair Nora Vargas on various pieces of
“Having a board led by people as committed to environmental justice
as my colleagues Supervisors Fletcher and Vargas is transformational
for our region,” Supervisor Lawson-Remer said. “Sustainability is not
just something we need in our communities, but also in how local
government works. This legislative package will restructure the County
with sustainability as a focus, make climate action a part of our
culture and daily operations, and provide new tools for residents and
businesses to live more sustainably.”
SAN DIEGO — The County Board of Supervisors approved a plan by
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer today that will make San Diego the first
southern border county in the United States with a program to provide
legal representation for immigrants facing removal proceedings. The
initiative will help address the current backlog in immigration
courts, while also saving taxpayer dollars and supporting the local economy.
“Our justice system should be based on facts and law, not access to
wealth and resources. Everyone in this nation, whether a citizen or
not, has an established right under our constitution to be represented
by legal counsel, and this program will help immigrants afford the
ability to have a fair day in court,” said Supervisor Lawson-Remer,
who is also an attorney.
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday
to make phone calls in county-run jails and juvenile detention
Because a portion of the fees associated with those calls goes to
the San Diego County Sheriff’s department for inmate services —
roughly $2.8 million a year — the vote also asks county staff to
identify funding to replace the lost revenue.
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer introduced the proposal. In an
interview last week with the San Diego Union-Tribune, she said it was
morally wrong for the county to be generating revenue from inmate
phone calls, especially since research shows that incarcerated people
who are able to maintain connections to friends and family are less
likely to reoffend after they are released from custody.
ENCINITAS — More native plants could be protected and county
government programs would have a renewed focus on sustainability under
proposals that will go before the Board of Supervisors next month.
Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer presented details of the proposals
Saturday morning at San Diego
Botanic Garden, where she was joined by Ari Novy, president and
CEO of the garden and former executive director of the U.S. Botanical
Garden. While at the Encinitas facility, Lawson-Remer also
presented Novy with plaque proclaiming April 24 as San Diego Botanic
SAN DIEGO – Launching an effort to “Make the County Work for
All,” Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer is advancing two proposed reforms
at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors hearing to remove barriers keeping
eligible residents from enrolling in County aid programs.
The first Board Letter, co-sponsored with Vice Chair Nora Vargas,
seeks to end “Project 100%,” a policy that requires anyone applying
for CalWORKs to agree to a home inspection. Many eligible residents
have felt this is an intrusive requirement and it can serve as a
disincentive to apply.
SAN DIEGO — The County Board of Supervisors unanimously adopted
a proposal today by Supervisor Terra Lawson-Remer to stop charging
incarcerated individuals to make phone or video calls, making San
Diego County the first jurisdiction in the U.S. to ensure free
telephone and digital communication in a move applauded by criminal
justice advocates, residents and even the author of Orange Is the New Black.
SAN DIEGO — $100 million in emergency rental assistance will be
available starting Tuesday, March 2, the County announced today.
“This is a new lifeline for people who are having trouble making
ends meet due to the pandemic,” said County Supervisor Terra
Lawson-Remer. “We want to make sure this public health crisis does not
leave San Diegans in debt or without a home. If you are having trouble
paying rent or utilities, we are here to help.”
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted
to provide $30 million in grants to small businesses impacted by the
COVID-19 pandemic, as soon as federal or state stimulus dollars are available.
County leaders are teaming up with UC San Diego to create a blueprint
for reducing the region’s carbon footprint to zero by 2035.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday to contract
with UCSD’s School of Global Policy and Strategy to draft a plan that
would establish a framework for zeroing out carbon emissions that
cities through the county can embrace.
The Office of Supervisor
Lawson-Remer is ready and eager to help you navigate the
bureaucracy, connect you with County
services, provide you with information, answer your
questions, and listen to your feedback, concerns, or suggestions about
ways the County of San Diego can better serve our community.