Supervisor Joel Anderson

Second District

Supervisor Joel Anderson believes our children and grandchildren deserve the same benefits we enjoyed growing up in San Diego County. That's why he is working hard to improve our roads, support attainable housing, and promote career opportunities in East County.



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"Not only do I represent your concerns at the Supervisors’ board meetings, but my job and priority is to serve as a resource to you. If you have any County issues with which you need assistance, please contact my office, as we are here to help. I want to make County government work for you!" 
— Supervisor Anderson


Contact Info

County Administration Center

Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 619-531-5522

1600 Pacific Hwy
Room 335
San Diego, CA 92101

El Cajon District Office

Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 619-441-4327

475 W. Bradley Ave.
El Cajon, CA 92020 

Email: joel.anderson@sdcounty.ca.gov
Website: supervisorjoelanderson.com

Recent News

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Opinion: The Upcoming Make-or-Break Moment for San Diego’s Housing Crisis

News Date
09/26/22
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I’ve had the pleasure of working with my colleagues on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors for the past 21 months. Each of us have said publicly that producing housing is critical. 

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Supervisor hears wants, worries

News Date
09/23/22
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County Supervisor Joel Anderson, who represents most of East county, hosted a community meeting in Alpine on Sept. 17 where residents turned up to ask for fire insurance solutions, proclaim their displeasure about the impending county park, discuss homelessness, and more.

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Support Provided to Border 32 Fire Survivors

News Date
09/15/22
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County Emergency Services opened a Local Assistance Center Monday to support those affected by the Border 32 Fire. 

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Supervisors to Pursue Funding District for San Diego River Park and Trail System

News Date
09/14/22
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The Board of Supervisors Wednesday unanimously voted to have county staff pursue the formation of a special financing district for the proposed 130-mile San Diego River Park and Trail.

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Supervisor Anderson requests MOU to address homelessness along San Diego River

News Date
09/13/22
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In an internal memo to the Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Robbins-Meyer, Supervisor Joel Anderson, who represents East County communities of District 2, questioned if staff had looked into the possibility of establishing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the County and jurisdictions along the San Diego River, such as the San Diego River Park Foundation, and the Cities of San Diego and Santee. The goal of this MOU would be to address homelessness along the San Diego River.

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Anderson's Corner: Barbie Bates

News Date
09/08/22
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Heroes are not born; they are made. East County resident, Barbie Bates, never anticipated that she would be regarded as a hero in her community.

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Prioritizing student safety at new Alpine high school

News Date
09/02/22
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School is back in session, and we are especially excited this year to welcome Liberty Charter High School students to their new campus in Alpine!

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East County Sheriff's Deputies Conduct School Safety Trainings

News Date
09/01/22
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With students returning to class, school safety is on top of the list for San Diego County Sheriff's deputies after summer trainings.

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County Supervisor Joel Anderson hears community concerns during town hall meeting in Julian

News Date
08/31/22
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Joel Anderson, County Supervisor for District 2, held a Community Coffee Town Hall meeting in Julian on August 11. 

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San Diego supervisors OK passes to allow farmer, rancher access during natural disasters

News Date
08/30/22
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County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a program that will allow farmers and ranchers access to their land during a wildfire or other type of emergency or natural disaster.

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San Diego Foster Family Network Gives Children Under 5 Loving Homes Amid Surge in Foster Care System

News Date
08/23/22
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Organizations like Angels Foster Family Network have been working to connect young foster children to “resource families,” also known as “foster families.” Unlike the traditional foster system, Angels Foster Family Network ensures that each family only cares for one child, or one sibling set at a time, and primarily works with children under 5 years old.

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County Board Accepts Grant for 12-Bed Acute Psychiatric Unit in Santee

News Date
08/20/22
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted on August 16 to accept the Behavioral Health Continuum Infrastructure Program (BHCIP): Round 3 Launch Ready grant of approximately $12.4 Million that will go towards building a 12-bed Acute Psychiatric Uniit at the Edgemoor Hospital in Santee.

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Guest Commentary: Fighting for transportation improvements in Ramona

News Date
08/17/22
Short Description

My job as your County Supervisor is to make sure that the voices of the communities I represent are heard. As a member of the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) transportation committee, executive committee, and board of directors, I take every opportunity to bring East County’s concerns to the table when new transportation projects are proposed in our area.

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Supervisors to Repeal Old Law Forbidding Arcade Games Where Alcohol is Served

News Date
08/17/22
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The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the repeal Tuesday at the behest of Supervisors Joel Anderson and Nora Vargas, who said in a joint statement the move “will provide economic opportunities for small businesses in the unincorporated county.”

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East County gets its first safe parking lot for homeless

News Date
08/10/22
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Under the 67 freeway, just outside the city limits of El Cajon, a new “safe parking” program is officially launching for people looking to find permanent housing.

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Santee District 2 Community Meet and Greet

News Date
07/15/22
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Santee Vice Mayor Ronn Hall hosted, organized, and led a Santee District 2 Community Meet & Greet at Santee City Hall.

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Crews start using long-term retardant in fire-prone area of East County

News Date
07/12/22
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San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson’s office announced Tuesday that the county has contracted with a long-term fire retardant provider, whose product has already been used in a fire-prone area of East County.

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Supervisor Anderson Comments on the PSO Shortages Update

News Date
07/01/22
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Joel Anderson comments on the update received on addressing anticipated shortages of Public Safety Officers (PSO) in the San Diego Region.

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Palomar Health Seeks Hospice Volunteers in Ramona Area

News Date
06/29/22
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Those who have seen a loved one go through hospice know how emotionally and physically exhausting the process can be for the patient and their family members.

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Supervisors pass $7.35 billion San Diego County budget for new fiscal year

News Date
06/28/22
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a $7.35 billion budget for the 2022-23 fiscal year, including $200 million in additional funding requests.

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Supervisors Move Forward on Cannabis Tax Initiative and Safety Measures for Unincorporated Areas

News Date
06/20/22
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San Diego County Supervisors on June 15 approved a draft resolution for a ballot initiative to tax cannabis businesses in unincorporated areas. 

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Supervisors Anderson and Fletcher Ask State to Boost Funds for Noah Homes, Save Housing for Intellectually and Developmentally Disables Adults

News Date
06/19/22
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Both Supervisors held a press conference with Noah Homes on June 14 before presenting a motion to the Board of Supervisors to request modification to the State’s reimbursement rates for all housing and services provides for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

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Board Votes To Oversee Grant Program To Harden Homes In Rural Communities

News Date
06/17/22
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The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday, June 14 to establish a Home Hardening Program as part of a state pilot program to encourage homeowners to create fire-resistant homes.

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Op-Ed: Hope for Civil Public Discourse Restored in San Diego County After Commission’s Failed Attempt to Remove Pastor

News Date
06/12/22
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For months, I have watched closely as the San Diego County Human Relations Commission (HRC) has struggled to manage conflict between its members regarding differing religious beliefs. Watching these events unfold has been disheartening—especially since the sole purpose of the HRC is to “promote positive human relations, respect, and the integrity of every individual,” regardless of any protected class they may fall under, including religion. However, where there is conflict, there is opportunity to grow.

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A Lakeside shelter could help the homeless. It might also allow officers to force people off streets

News Date
06/10/22
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During a public meeting Thursday, Joel Anderson said dozens of small living quarters on an empty stretch of land could both assist those who needed help and give law enforcement legal cover to force homeless people off streets.

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Rise City Church Gives Back to East County Schools

News Date
06/10/22
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Rise City Church in Lakeside recently received special recognition from San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson for its efforts to help local East County schools.

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Hundreds Gather in Lakeside, Concerned About Proposed Homeless Shelter

News Date
06/09/22
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If approved, the homeless shelter will consist of about 60 individual sleeping cabins on a vacant lot located off Riverford Road, next to A-1 Self Storage

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USNS Mercy Hospital Ship receives special honor from County of San Diego

News Date
06/01/22
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The USNS Mervy T-AH 19 received special recognition from the County of San Diego this spring.

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San Diego County Planning How to Spend $100 Million Purdue Pharma Opioid Settlement

News Date
05/27/22
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County elected leaders and behavioral and public health experts Friday set the dates for three future planning sessions to determine how to use expected opioid settlement funds from Purdue Pharma to address opioid use in the county.

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Homeless encampment in unincorporated El Cajon getting cleared out

News Date
05/24/22
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A homeless encampent in unincorporated El Cajon is getting cleared out to make way for a construction project.

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Fletcher Hills Library expands hours

News Date
05/16/22
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All 33 San Diego County library branches have extended their hours – including the Fletcher Hills Library.

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Supervisor requests help in clearing homeless encampments

News Date
05/12/22
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 San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson released a memorandum Wednesday asking two county department leaders for more help in clearing homeless encampments along public roadways.

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Supervisor Joel Anderson Wants County to Clear Magnolia Encampment

News Date
05/11/22
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In a letter to county leaders, Supervisor Joel Anderson requested the county begin to clear a homeless encampment on North Magnolia Avenue in an unincorporated portion of El Cajon. 

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Julian Town Hall Renovation Begins

News Date
05/08/22
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Thanks to a $75,000 Neighborhood Reinvestment Program grant from Supervisor Joel Anderson, as well as gifts from major donors, businesses and the public, the renovation of Julian Town Hall has begun, starting with paving the parking lot in front of the bathrooms.

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County Fire Reaches New Heights with Mt. Laguna Fire Station

News Date
05/05/22
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County Fire, CAL FIRE and the community of Mt. Laguna on Wednesday celebrated the completion of the County’s highest elevation fire station, sitting at about 6,000 feet.

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Local officials unite in preparing for wildfires

News Date
05/04/22
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County of San Diego officials joined Cal Fire and partner agencies at the Ramona Cal Fire Air Attack Base Monday to share information about preparing for wildfires.

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East County cities weigh closer cooperation on homelessness as residents decry tent camps

News Date
04/29/22
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Four East County cities are considering closer cooperation to address homelessness as residents increasingly cite tent camps as a top concern.

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Supervisor Joel Anderson wants East County to work together to solve homelessness

News Date
04/29/22
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San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson is proposing a memorandum of understanding between the county and the cities of El Cajon, La Mesa, Lemon Grove and Santee to address homelessness in East County.

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Supervisors Vote to Allow Amusement Business in Uninorporated Areas

News Date
04/26/22
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a board letter put forth by Supervisor Joel Anderson and Vice Chair Nora Vargas that will provide economic opportunities for small businesses in the unincorporated County. 

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San Diego Women Empowered by Firearms Training, Education

News Date
04/22/22
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As violent crime rises across the state, a volunteer-run program is arming women in San Diego County with the knowledge and confidence to defend themselves.

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Supervisor Anderson looks for support from Biden administration

News Date
04/08/22
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San Diego County District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson asked President Joe Biden on March 28 for funding to assist with refugees who might seek asylum in greater numbers throughout the coming months.

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Taxpayers footed the bill for SANDAG staff to enjoy filet mignon, other upscale dining

News Date
04/07/22
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Staff at the San Diego Association of Governments pulled out their employee credit cards hundreds of times to pay for meals, often at upscale dining spots and with bills topping out at more than $100 per visit, an inewsource review of the regional planning agency’s records reveals.

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OP-ED: County Supervisors will decide if the Bible constitutes ‘hate speech’

News Date
03/30/22
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At our next board meeting, my San Diego County Board of Supervisors colleagues and I will have the opportunity to defend freedom of speech and religion or allow the Bible to be considered ‘hate speech’ by a county commission.

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Senior Chair Yoga Class Brings Stability and Socializatoin

News Date
03/30/22
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Most residents know Ramona Senior Center for its outstanding meal services, but an unlikely activity has become a hit among local seniors.

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Supervisor Anderson Requests Federal Funds to Help Settle Ukrainian, Afghan Refugees

News Date
03/28/22
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San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson Monday sent a letter to President Joe Biden requesting the federal government send additional financial assistance to counties taking in Afghan and Ukrainian refugees.

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Guest Commentary: Input needed from San Diego County reservoir users

News Date
03/23/22
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Do you visit unincorporated San Diego County’s lakes and reservoirs for activities like fishing, camping, boating, hiking, or exploring nature? The County of San Diego needs your input on how to best increase recreational opportunities at reservoirs.

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‘He's in My Heart': Escondido Football Coach Who Died of COVID Honored By County of San Diego

News Date
03/22/22
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During a ceremony to celebrate Grossmont High School's new Event Center, San Diego County leaders presented a proclamation for the late Carlos Chavez, who died at 47 following a 34-day battle with COVID-19.

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Officials Push for New Solutions to Homelessness in East County

News Date
03/22/22
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Anderson and Board Chair Nathan Fletcher are trying to bring a greater sense of urgency [to homelessness] these days.

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Opinion: Starting with Meals, We Can Help At-Risk Seniors Avoid Homelessness

News Date
03/18/22
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Serving Seniors serves meals 365 days a year to seniors in all areas of San Diego County either by direct delivery or hosting seniors at one of its dining sites.

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San Diego Supervisors ask Gov. Newsom to suspend 51-cent gas tax for a year

News Date
03/15/22
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Desmond and Anderson, Republicans who represent largely rural areas, said the price hikes fall hardest on workers who live far from cities and have long commutes.

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Dozens helped at East County Homeless Resource Fair

News Date
03/12/22
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In direct response to growing homeless encampments in unincorporated El Cajon, local leaders put together an East County Homeless Resource Fair Saturday to serve as a one stop shop for those unsheltered to get the help that they need.

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Supervisors Approve Anderson's Neighborhood Reinvestment Program Grant Alloctions

News Date
03/12/22
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San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson awarded more than a dozen organizations in East County with funds from the Neighborhood Reinvestment Program (NRP) grant at the March 1, 2022, Board of Supervisors meeting.

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Guest column: Local non-profits and charities find success in Poway Committee

News Date
03/10/22
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Most residents know the Poway Chamber of Commerce for its support of local businesses, but less may know of the Chamber’s efforts to support organizations that focus on improving the Poway community and the greater society.

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Supervisors propose solution to drop California’s gas prices

News Date
03/07/22
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San Diego County’s historically high gas prices are hitting drivers’ wallets like never before. But two county supervisors have proposed a solution they say would ease some of that financial burden.

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First San Diego County Chefs Apply for Microenterprise Home Kitchens

News Date
02/25/22
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a two-year, temporary authorization in January to let people countywide operate mini-restaurants out of their homes serving up to 30 in-person, take-out or delivery meals a day, with a maximum of 60 a week.

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Joint Operation Targeting Illegal Pot Shops Sees Success in East San Diego County: DA

News Date
02/17/22
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In a joint announcement, law enforcement, prosecutors and county leaders touted enforcement targeting unlicensed dispensaries, with particular success in the unincorporated areas of East County.

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Nearly all illegal marijuana dispensaries shut down in East County, officials say

News Date
02/17/22
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Regional law enforcement leaders said Thursday that they have shut down nearly all unlicensed dispensaries in eastern San Diego County, where the problem was concentrated over several years.

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By 3-2 Vote, Suprvisors Approve Plan to Identify Infill Areas in Unincorporated Areas Where New Homes Would be Exempt from Vehicle Mileage Tax

News Date
02/17/22
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The three Supervisors with substantial unincorporated areas in their districts following redistricting split their votes, with Chair Nathan Fletcher in favor, but Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond opposed.

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Local Citizen Recognized for Providing Warmth to East County Homeless

News Date
02/10/22
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An East County native passionate about helping people in need hosted her own blanket drive for an important cause this winter.

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Guest Commentary: Ramona Chamber’s special relationship with seniors

News Date
02/09/22
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When most people think of the Ramona Chamber of Commerce, they picture the bustling businesses lining Main Street that welcome visitors and locals alike and define the spirit of Ramona.

However, those who look a little closer will soon discover that the Ramona Chamber is much more than a federation of local businesses; it is a group of dedicated public servants who ensure none of their neighbors get left behind — especially its senior community.

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County Supervisors unanimously vote to prevent seniors form losing their homes

News Date
02/09/22
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San Diego County Supervisors Joel Anderson and Terra Lawson-Remer will introduce a joint-board letter at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting asking county staff to design a pilot program that would provide a “shallow rent subsidy” to low-income, rent-burdened older adults who are imminently at-risk of homelessness.

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County approves strategy for backcountry housing

News Date
02/09/22
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County Supervisor Joel Anderson says he sees San Diego's housing crunch all over.

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Program for emergency shelters, funding for homeless approved

News Date
02/08/22
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved a program that includes emergency shelters for homeless residents, along with funds to cover personal needs such as clothing or medicine.

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San Diego County Supervisors propose pilot program to help low-income seniors avoid homelessness

News Date
02/08/22
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San Diego County Supervisors Joel Anderson and Terra Lawson-Remer will introduce a joint-board letter at Tuesday's Board of Supervisors meeting asking county staff to design a pilot program that would provide a "shallow rent subsidy" to low-income, rent-burdened older adults who are imminently at-risk of homelessness.

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Santee Lakes Staff Recognized for Successful Trout Re-Opener

News Date
02/03/22
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For professional and novice fishermen alike, the commencement of trout restocking at Santee Lakes is a cause for celebration.

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County Supervisors move forward with alternative housing planning

News Date
01/30/22
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In the past, getting zoning approval for shelter space in San Diego County could take up to two years and require costly payments. Now, after the Board of Supervisors unanimously amended a zoning ordinance on Wednesday, there will be fewer obstacles for multiple kinds of safe shelter and housing options, which could especially serve East County.

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Supervisors back plan to address anticipated public safety officer shortages

News Date
01/27/22
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At the January 25 Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisors Joel Anderson, who represents East County communities of District 2, and Jim Desmond, who represents the North County communities of District 5, presented a board letter urging the County to be prepared to face upcoming public safety personnel shortages throughout the region as vaccine mandates, retirements, recruitment and retention issues impact staffing levels.

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San Diego supervisors explore how they can cut traffic while adding more homes

News Date
01/27/22
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Facing the combined challenges of climate change and a housing shortage, the County Board of Supervisors Wednesday considered plans to encourage new home development while reducing the number of vehicle trips by residents.

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San Diego County Supervisors formally approve home kitchen program

News Date
01/26/22
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In a unanimous vote Wednesday, San Diego County Supervisors officially gave the green light to micro-enterprise home kitchens, as part of a two-year program. Supervisors approved a second reading of the ordinance allowing the operation of home kitchens, or "MEHKOs," which will take effect in 30 days.

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County Board of Supervisors works to find solution for public safety shortages

News Date
01/25/22
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Across the county, there have been concerns about public safety as San Diego Law Enforcement deals with serious staffing shortages. Today the Board of County Supervisors took the first step towards finding a solution. Supervisors gave the Sheriff's Department 180 days to work with the county to develop a plan to deal with law enforcement staffing shortages.

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Hiring, Retention Trouble Have San Diego County Bracing for Possible Law Enforcement Shortage

News Date
01/25/22
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County supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to develop plans to address potential Sheriff's Department staffing shortages. As requested in a letter by Supervisors Joel Anderson and Jim Desmond, the board directed Helen Robbins-Meyer, chief administrative officer, to return within 180 days with updates and recommendations.

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CPUC delays action on controversial rooftop solar rate change

News Date
01/21/22
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The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) unveiled a proposal on December 13 that would take away most financial incentives for homeowners or businesses to install solar power.  But after backlash from outraged consumers and elected officials, the CPUC has postponed action.

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County’s New District Boundaries Take Effect

News Date
01/18/22
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More than 1 million San Diego County residents ― three out of every 10 ― woke up Saturday in a new supervisorial district. The boundaries of their County districts were revised by an independent redistricting commission that worked for a year with public input.

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Opinion: We’re legalizing home-based food businesses to help San Diegans

News Date
01/13/22
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After a public hearing and a unanimous vote at Wednesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, San Diego County is about to start an exciting new program that will allow people to sell food prepared in their homes.

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The first reading of Home Kitchen Ordinance was approved unanimously on Wednesday

News Date
01/13/22
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On Good Evening San Diego, KUSI’s Logan Byrnes talked with Supervisor Joel Anderson to talk about the approval.

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Supervisors OK First Step Toward Home Kitchen Trial Program

News Date
01/12/22
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Wednesday voted unanimously to take the first step toward allowing micro-enterprise home kitchens in the county, as part of a temporary program.

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San Diego cooking entrepreneurs rally for home-based kitchen businesses

News Date
01/10/22
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San Diego home-based cooking entrepreneurs rallied at waterfront park on Sunday to urge county leaders to pass an ordinance that would legalize and set up a permit system for Small home kitchen operations.

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Elected leaders discuss priorities for 2022

News Date
01/06/22
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County Supervisor Joel Anderson will be representing Rancho Bernardo and 4S Ranch in addition to Poway now that the boundaries of District 2 have changed.

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Supervisor Joel Anderson on what is to come in 2022

News Date
01/01/22
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Supervisor Joel Anderson joined KUSI’s Elizabeth Alvarez on “Good Morning San Diego” to discuss updates on what is to come in San Diego County in 2022.

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La Mesa Chamber hosts toy drive for military families

News Date
12/17/21
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This December, the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce provided an opportunity for members of the community to give back and support military families from Liberty Military Housing at their annual Toy Drive.

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Fire Prevention & Suppression Grants Awarded to County

News Date
12/17/21
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At the December 7 meeting, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved receiving more than $5 million in grants for wildfire prevention, suppression, and preparedness, such as creating defensible space and increasing training.

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The man behind Poway’s Tree of Lights

News Date
12/15/21
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For over three decades, Tom Farley has provided the people of Poway with a bright beacon of Christmas spirit in the form of a 78-foot Christmas tree made entirely of lights.

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Tofu House opens third location in College Area

News Date
12/10/21
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Tofu House SDSU celebrated its Grand Opening on Thursday, Nov. 18 with a ribbon cutting ceremony hosted by the College Area Business District.

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Computer Giveaway Benefits Children in Foster Care

News Date
12/09/21
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The County of San Diego is once again teaming up with the San Diego County Futures Foundation to brighten the holidays for local children in foster care.

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Why Jamul residents should be concerned about SANDAG’s latest proposed changes

News Date
12/09/21
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As a member of the SANDAG Board of Directors, I want to update you on the draft 2021 Regional Plan developed by SANDAG staff and the potential impact of the plan on Jamul residents. The plan will be voted on and finalized at the December 10, 2021 SANDAG Board meeting. 

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Promises Kept: Supervisor Joel Anderson Keeps East County's Lakes Open

News Date
12/03/21
Short Description

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, public access to many of the lakes in East County was threatened due to budget cuts. Since the recreational activities at our lakes like fishing, hiking, and boating are naturally "socially distanced" and healthy activities, many in our community were outraged by these closures.

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Red Cross Volunteers Honored for Response to El Cajon Apartment Fire

News Date
12/03/21
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Local American Red Cross volunteers sprung to action this fall and responded to the scene of a burning apartment complex in El Cajon.

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Parks Appreciation Day at MacArthur Park

News Date
11/26/21
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The La Mesa Park & Recreation Foundation brought the community together for an Earth Day celebration on November 6th at their Parks Appreciation Day event.

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Cities Are Eyeing Shelters for Their Homeless Populations

News Date
11/22/21
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Cities across San Diego County are paving the way for new shelters to serve their growing homeless populations.

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Supervisor Anderson Takes Action to Expand Access at Local Lakes

News Date
11/18/21
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San Diego County Supervisors on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve Supervisor Joel Anderson’s proposal aimed at expanding access to local lakes where hours have been cut back during the pandemic.

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Supervisors Updated on Climate Action Plan to Reduce Carbon Emissions to Net Zero

News Date
11/17/21
Short Description

San Diego County supervisors were told Wednesday that plans to reduce the region’s carbon emissions to zero by 2035 are achievable, but will require collaboration between local governments and multiple agencies.

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Supervisors Approve Developing Ordinance to Eliminate Discrimination Against Women

News Date
11/16/21
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County supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved the development of an ordinance, based on a United Nations treaty, to eliminate discrimination against women.

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County supervisors support stopping new offshore drilling in SoCal

News Date
11/16/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to support a congressional bill aimed at prohibiting new offshore oil drilling in Southern California.

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Green Elementary students host Pledge of Allegiance at supes meeting

News Date
11/12/21
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On the morning of Oct. 19, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors began their regular meeting with special virtual guests: first grade students from Myron Green Elementary School in San Carlos. 

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'We're allowing the hecklers' voice to force our hand' | Supervisors pass policy changes to limit disruptive conduct at meetings

News Date
11/10/21
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When his name was called to vote, Anderson answered, "Sadly, no." He said he strongly condemned the hateful remarks made last week, but that residents, especially rural communities, need more time to review agenda items.

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County Supervisors Approve Consultant to Seek Out River Park Funding

News Date
11/03/21
Short Description

Supervisor Joel Anderson, a member of the San Diego River Conservancy’s governing board, said he wants to ensure that the new consultant will also work on community outreach.

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Supervisors Approve Anderson Proposal for Homeless Shelters and Services in East County

News Date
10/30/21
Short Description

On Tuesday, Supervisors approved a measure introduced by Supervisor Joel Anderson to bring help to homeless people in East County..

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Under SANDAG transit tax plan, bang for the buck won't be equal

News Date
10/29/21
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In a letter to SANDAG, County Supervisor Joel Anderson, a SANDAG board member who represents East County, said the per-mile fee would unfairly impact many in his district, who have no alternative to driving.

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Blo Blow Dry Bar cuts ribbon for new owner

News Date
10/22/21
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The local beauty salon held a ribbon cutting ceremony this September to celebrate their new membership with the La Mesa Chamber of Commerce as well as their new ownership.  A representative from Supervisor Joel Anderson’s office joined the event and awarded the business with a Certificate of Recognition.

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County to seek more shelters, homeless services

News Date
10/20/21
Short Description

Shelters, safe parking lots, outreach and other services for homeless people could be coming to locations throughout San Diego County under an action unanimously supported by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday.

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County Begins to Place Long-Life Batteries in Traffic Signals as Prep for Outages, Emergencies

News Date
10/08/21
Short Description

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors, prompted by Desmond and Supervisor Joel Anderson, called in March to look for ways to reduce the potential impacts of the shutoffs, including backup power at major intersections.

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Supervisors Take Stand Against Sexual Predator Placements in County

News Date
10/08/21
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By a unanimous vote, San Diego County Supervisors adopted a proposal by Supervisor Jim Desmond to oppose all future placements of sexually violent predators in the county until state law is changed to allow participation by local governments – including veto power.

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County Supervisor Joel Anderson on helping resettle refugees in San Diego

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10/07/21
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San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson joined ABC 10News anchors Jim Patton and Virginia Cha to discuss the potential of helping Afghanistan refugees resettle in the county and what officials can do to help.

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Supervisor Anderson: We want to make sure all protections are in place against SVP ‘dumping’

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10/06/21
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On Tuesday, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to keep SVP placements out of the county.

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Supervisors support plan for Afghan refugee resettlement

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10/05/21
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The county Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a comprehensive plan for Afghan refugee housing and resettlement Tuesday.

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Verifying compliance during the sexually violent predator placement process

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10/04/21
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As San Diego County continues tackling the issue of where to place sexually violent predators, Supervisor Joel Anderson, representing District 2, joined KUSI’s Ginger Jeffries on Good Evening San Diego to discuss what action he is taking.

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Gratitude for service

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10/01/21
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San Diego County District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson (right) presented Serving Seniors President and CEO, Paul Downey with a certificate of recognition in honor of its decades of providing services to low-income and homeless older adults in San Diego County, including in East County communities.

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The county listened

News Date
09/17/21
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Most of us that live in Alpine have traveled thru the Alpine Blvd./Arnold /West Victoria intersection and the confusing signage if in the left lane on West Victoria that allows a right turn onto Arnold from the left lane. I presented this problem to Supervisor Joel Anderson...

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Supervisors Anderson & Vargas in Support of Homes Kitchens

News Date
09/17/21
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Thursday, September 9, Supervisor Joel Anderson and Vice Chair Nora Vargas hosted a press conference in support of "MEHKOs", or microenterprise home kitchen operations.

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Ramona Stater Bros. employees honored for courage as essential workers by Supervisor Anderson

News Date
09/15/21
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Grocery store employees at Stater Bros. Markets in Ramona received a surprise visit from District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson, who honored them for their dedication to the community as essential workers throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Supervisor Anderson asks public to take survey on improving County transparency

News Date
09/11/21
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For his first initiative as County Supervisor, East County’s representative Joel Anderson established the Transparency Subcommittee to solicit ideas from the public to improve access and participation with their County government. At a recent hearing, over 60 people attended and hundreds sent in comments with “great suggestions to ensure the public’s interest is best served,” says Anderson.

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Cravory Cookies opens in College Area

News Date
09/10/21
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On Aug. 26, Cravory Cookies celebrated the grand opening of their new College Area location with local families, lots of laughs, and gourmet cookies. A representative of County Supervisor Joel Anderson, Mariko Nakawatase, presented the Cravory Cookies team with an official Certificate of Recognition congratulating them on their new business venture.

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San Diego County Board's Transparency Committee holds first public meeting

News Date
09/07/21
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Plenty of people filled the seats at the San Diego County Board of Supervisors chambers on Tuesday evening.

They had gathered for the first public meeting of the Transparency Committee held by Supervisors Joel Anderson and Nora Vargas.

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Supervisor Anderson opposes declaring ‘COVID-19 misinformation’ a public health crisis

News Date
09/03/21
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Late Tuesday evening, the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 down party lines to declare “COVID- 19 misinformation” a public health crisis and to adopt a series of recommendations to actively combat it. County Supervisor Joel Anderson, who voted no, discussed his opposition with KUSI’s Matt Prichard on Good Evening San Diego.

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County Joins Region’s Largest Government-Run Power Purchasing Agency

News Date
09/01/21
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With the 3-2 party-line vote, customers in the county would automatically shift to San Diego Community Power’s energy rates unless they opt to stay with SDG&E at an appointed date. Republican Supervisors Jim Desmond and Joel Anderson, who both represent large swaths of rural unincorporated county land, opposed the decision.

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San Diego County Declares COVID Misinformation 'Public Health Crisis'

News Date
09/01/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday night approved a measure declaring medical misinformation a public health crisis. The board voted 3-2 to approve the measure at the end of a 15-hour meeting. All three Democrats on the board voted to approve the measure, and two Republicans voted against it.

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Santa Ysabel bakery honored for supporting community during pandemic

News Date
09/01/21
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The staff at Dudley’s Bakery in Santa Ysabel has received special recognition from San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson.

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San Diego County Supervisors OK Federal Pandemic Funds To Help Fire Districts

News Date
08/31/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday approved transferring $4 million in federal funds to independent fire protection districts to help them combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Some kids returned from Afghanistan are back in Cajon Valley classrooms

News Date
08/30/21
Short Description

The Cajon Valley Union School District confirmed that three families stranded in Afghanistan are safely back in El Cajon.

San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson, who last week wrote a letter to President Biden about the gravity of the situation for his constituents, said on Monday that he was relieved to hear that the El Cajon kids returned safely and “are back in school where they belong.”

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Benefits of an internship

News Date
08/27/21
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The beginning of my final quarter at the University of California – San Diego, I was distressed. I had decided that I no longer desired to attend law school and was increasingly anxious that my lack of direction and a resume would leave me unemployed after graduation. Thankfully, a representative of then- California State Senator Joel Anderson came to my class to speak about Anderson’s internship program.

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Pendleton Marines Among Casualties as 2 More San Diego Families Escape Kabul

News Date
08/27/21
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Two more San Diego-area families that were trapped in the Kabul region of Afghanistan have successfully been evacuated from the country, a congressman said Friday, while two Camp Pendleton Marines were identified among the casualties of a deadly suicide bombing.

San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson wrote a letter to President Joe Biden on Thursday urging the State Department’s assistance in evacuating the families.

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Legal Marijuana Shops Are Taking on the Black Market

News Date
08/19/21
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“I’m in a tough spot,” Anderson said. “I absolutely support legal cannabis businesses, but I also have a duty to my constituents, who are rightly and loudly complaining about the harm done to them by these illegal dispensaries. It is affecting quality of life and the safety of their communities.”

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Supervisors OK proposal for more law enforcement on illegal pot shops

News Date
08/17/21
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The proposal by Supervisor Joel Anderson allows the county to speed up the receivership process, allowing the county to take control of properties whose owners have repeatedly violated the law by illegally selling cannabis.

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Notes from Joel: Prepare against wildfires

News Date
08/13/21
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With hot temperatures and strong winds approaching San Diego County, it’s time for us to prepare for potential wildfires. East County is especially prone to wildfires, so each of us has an individual responsibility to prepare ahead of time and be ready to evacuate. Although the backcountry is typically hit the hardest, it’s not unlikely that a fire could start in the Mission Trails area.

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Supervisor Anderson plans to increase enforcement capabilities against illegal pot shops

News Date
08/12/21
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Supervisor Joel Anderson introduced an ordinance that would expedite the receivership process for County Counsel to take control of properties that have repeatedly violated the law by selling cannabis in unincorporated communities.

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Lakeside library closer to reality

News Date
08/06/21
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The new Lakeside Library groundbreaking, held July 29 at its future site on Woodside Avenue, was less about the upcoming construction and more about announcing some of the elements library stakeholders included in an effort to meet community needs.

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County: Be ready for wildfire risk

News Date
07/30/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors July 13 approved spending $2.5 million on roadside vegetation management, followed by a July 16 Wildfire Preparedness bulletin generally warning East County residents: wildfire prevention is being funded but residents have to plan ahead.

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San Diego expands cool zones, free rides during heat waves

News Date
07/28/21
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San Diego County leaders Wednesday announced several ways for seniors, people with underlying health conditions and residents who are easily affected when temperatures rise to keep cool during heat waves -- including free cool zones, fans, drinking fountains and free transportation.

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SANDAG board moves ahead with project labor agreement negotiations

News Date
07/23/21
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The regional planning board responsible for the infrastructure needs of San Diego County voted Friday to open negotiations with local labor leaders for an agreement that would ensure construction workers on future projects are paid union wages.

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San Diego County officials tout wildfire response, urge residents to prepare

News Date
07/16/21
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County leaders presented plans Friday for a quick response to wildfires and discussed recent investments in wildfire prevention. During a press conference at Gillespie Field in which they residents were urged to take steps to protect their homes, Supervisors Joel Anderson and Nathan Fletcher were joined by representatives from Cal Fire, the county Fire Protection District, San Diego Sheriff's Department and San Diego Fire-Rescue.

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San Diego County tackles housing shortage with general plan changes

News Date
07/15/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors took steps to resolve regional housing shortages Wednesday by approving amendments to the housing and safety elements of the county’s general plan and by adding a new environmental justice element to it.

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Anderson’s Corner: Supervisors support Anderson’s plan to shut down illegal pot shops

News Date
07/14/21
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San Diego County District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson, who represents cities and communities in the East County, garnered support from his board colleagues to allocate additional funds in the 20-21 fiscal year budget passed June 29 toward shutting down illegal cannabis dispensaries, or “pot shops.”

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County approves $7.2 billion budget with big investments in mental health, public safety

News Date
06/29/21
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Supervisor Joel Anderson underscored the importance of county government to his constituents, many of whom live in unincorporated communities outside of city boundaries and count on the county for public services.

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County’s COVID-19 relief funds get a boost

News Date
06/25/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors allocated more than $650 million of American Rescue Plan Act funds, known as ARPA funding on June 8 with the majority of the dollars slated for ongoing COVID-19 response costs, homeless services and small business support.

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County sets pot guidelines

News Date
06/18/21
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At the San Diego County Board of Supervisor’s meeting on June 9, the board voted for specific details to staff after giving its 90-day report in providing economic and equity access for the cannabis industry in the county.

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Supervisors Approve Plan to Spend Nearly $650M Federal Aid, Emphasis on COVID Response

News Date
06/08/21
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A draft plan for spending nearly $650 million in American Rescue Plan funding, with an emphasis on helping San Diego County residents affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, was approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors.

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Supervisor Joel Anderson reacts to SVP not being placed at Mt. Helix home

News Date
05/20/21
Short Description

A judge has ruled that a 78-year-old second sexually violent predator recommended for supervised release at a residence in the Mount Helix neighborhood will not be placed at the home.

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Anderson addresses support for his communities who are living at poverty level

News Date
05/19/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors Tuesday unanimously approved a transfer of nearly $16.7 million in funding for numerous infrastructure projects, including a bridge in Del Mar and youth center in the Mira Mesa neighborhood.

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Supervisors To Debate Fees For Development In Car-Centric Areas

News Date
05/17/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors is set this week to discuss a proposal that would slap new fees on development in car-centric communities, with the goal of incentivizing growth in more urban neighborhoods.

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Press conference held at rejected placement site for sexually violent predator

News Date
05/11/21
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Mount Helix residents are celebrating the first victory in the legal battle to fight the placement of sexually violent predators in their neighborhood.

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SVP placement irks Anderson

News Date
05/07/21
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District 2 Supervisor Joel Anderson held a press conference on April 18, condemning the “dumping” of sexually violent predators in East County.

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Supervisors approve better public notification on sex offenders

News Date
05/05/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved methods intended to increase public notification about registered sex offenders and placement of sexually violent predators.

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Supervisor Joel Anderson: Too Many Sex Offenders Are Being Placed In East County Homes

News Date
04/28/21
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On a sunny spring day in El Cajon’s Wells Park, a call for equity from Supervisor Joel Anderson; equity when it comes to the placement of sexually violent predators who’ve done their time, and now must be released.

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County OKs Dept. of Homeless Solutions

News Date
04/23/21
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The County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on April 6 to create a centralized Department of Homeless Solutions and Equitable Communities that would fall under the larger county department of Health and Human Services.

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Judge to decide if predator will live in East County neighborhood

News Date
04/20/21
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Elected officials and residents weighed in Tuesday on the proposed placement of a convicted sex offender in a supervised home in the Mount Helix neighborhood.

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Guest column: Protecting our region from wildfires

News Date
04/16/21
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Those of us who live in San Diego County know that the best way to protect our homes and property from wildfires is by doing whatever can be done, not during or after a crisis, but before an event occurs.

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San Diego County will update the housing element in its general plan

News Date
04/12/21
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San Diego County is considering adding an environmental justice element to its general plan, updating its safety plans, and adjusting its housing plans to discourage residential development in sites with very high natural hazards.

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County creates homeless department, launches North County outreach

News Date
04/07/21
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The county’s efforts to help homeless people will expand beyond the unincorporated area and into cities as part of a new department created by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, April 6.

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San Diego County moves to join a community choice energy program

News Date
04/07/21
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The· San Diego County Supervisory Board Late Tuesday night, the county’s unincorporated region takes a step towards joining one of two community selective aggregation programs in the region that act as an alternative to San Diego Gas & Electric for energy contract purchases.

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Supervisors OK COVID-related grants, discuss future ARPA funding

News Date
04/06/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted today to accept nearly $124 million in state funding for with contact tracing, mitigation and other strategies in combating further spread of the coronavirus.

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County Supervisors Back House Bill to Bolster Firearms Background Checks

News Date
04/06/21
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The county Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted 3-2 to support state and federal legislation that furthers gun safety reforms, including stronger background checks for firearm purchases.

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Anderson’s Corner: The supervisor’s first monthly column

News Date
03/31/21
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Hello friends. As you may know, I was sworn in on Jan. 4 to represent you on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors after the retirement of former Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who served our community well. I wanted to take a moment and let you know of the ways that my office can be of assistance to you.

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County Supervisors OK Lease For Future Warehouse In El Cajon

News Date
03/17/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a 50-year ground lease for a property near Gillespie Field on Wednesday where a 141,360-square-foot distribution center is planned.

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Supervisor Anderson plays key role in allowing craft breweries to resume normal operations

News Date
03/16/21
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Thanks to work done by San Diego County Supervisor Joel Anderson, San Diego craft breweries will now be allowed to operate and serve alcohol on their premises without having to serve food; which was a requirement put in place by Gov. Newsom . . .

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Supervisor Joel Anderson reacts as State eases restrictions on breweries, wineries;

News Date
03/12/21
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The California Department of Public Health updated reopening guidance on Thursday to allow for outdoor breweries, wineries and distilleries to operate without having to serve food.

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San Diego County extends timeline for introducing new cannabis permits

News Date
03/05/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors had planned to roll out a new permitting process for cannabis businesses in six months, but they decided Wednesday to push that back.

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SD County Supervisors OK $6.4M To Clean Up El Monte Preserve

News Date
03/03/21
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The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Wednesday in favor of spending $6.4 million to preserve open space, protect habitat and ensure proper cleanup of the El Monte River Valley property it purchased from the Helix Water District last month.

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County Supervisors Want More Input Before Cannabis Ordinance Vote

News Date
03/03/21
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County supervisors Wednesday voted 4-1 to seek more public feedback before approving any policies that would promote economic access and social equity in the cannabis industry in unincorporated communities.

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San Diego County Supervisors vote to end charging jail inmates for phone calls

News Date
03/02/21
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County supervisors Tuesday unanimously voted to end the practice of charging jail inmates for phone calls and video visits. During its virtual meeting, the board also directed Chief Administrative Officer Helen-Robbins Meyer to restructure or terminate the existing contract with Securus Technologies.



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