UT - Cannabis industry dives into County Supervisor races

Steve Moya cuts down marijuana plants at OutCo, a marijuana growing facility in unincorporated El Cajon. (John Gibbins / San Diego Union-Tribune) By Joshua Stewart Contact Reporter Business interests have long tried to pack legislative bodies with members who are sympathetic to their work, but electing marijuana-friendly members to the county Board of Supervisors has never been so important to the cannabis industry. Recreational marijuana sales begin on New Year’s Day, and the opportunities for cannabis businesses have never been better. But before dispensary owners and farmers can expand their operations in San Diego County, they need the supervisors to repeal a law that almost entirely stops new dispensaries and farms from opening — and also forces ones already in business to eventually shut down. Clearing a way for medicinal and recreational marijuana businesses to open up in unincorporated parts of the county requires sympathetic candidates to win the two seats that are up for grabs in next year’s election. As a result, the cannabis industry is jumping into the county supervisor races in a bigger way than ever before. “I see fundraising, I see canvassing, I see mailers,” Lincoln Fish, CEO of farm and dispensary OutCo. Dispensary owners have donated to sitting politicians and candidates before, but the 2018 election is the first since voters approved Proposition 64, a statewide measure that allowed the sale and taxation of recreational marijuana. However, the measure allows local jurisdictions to regulate cannabis, including outright bans. The cannabis industry wants to create a sympathetic majority on the board, a feat that requires the election of a marijuana-friendly successor to Ron Roberts, a term-limited supervisor from San Diego who has cautiously supported pro-cannabis policies. The primary is in June, but several members of the industry said they are supporting former state Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, but they also believe that attorney Omar Passons and former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña will also support their interests. They also said they will not support Bonnie Dumanis, the former district attorney who prosecuted members of the industry when she was in law enforcement. Continue reading

San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action Endorse Nathan Fletcher

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                   Contact: Joshua Kellems November 11, 2017          (619) 865-6583 mobile   San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action Endorse Nathan Fletcher Fletcher consolidates environmental community behind campaign SAN DIEGO - The San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action (SDCDEA), one of the leading progressive environmental groups in San Diego, has announced its endorsement of Nathan Fletcher for County Supervisor. With the SDCDEA endorsement, Nathan Fletcher has amassed a growing coalition of environmental support that also includes the League of Conservation Voters,  Serge Dedina, Imperial Beach Mayor and Executive Director of WildCoast, Mark West, Imperial Beach City Councilmember and former Chair of San Diego Surfrider, Cori Schumacher, Carlsbad City Councilmember, World Champion Surfer and Environmental Justice Advocate, Steve Padilla, Chula Vista Councilmember and California Coastal Commissioner.  San Diego County Democrats for Environmental Action is one of the leading voices in the region's conservation advocacy and with their endorsement solidifies Nathan Fletcher’s status as a progressive environmental champion.  Tommy Hough, President of the San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action said: "Nathan Fletcher is the candidate for Supervisor who can best ensure our remaining open space is preserved and enhanced, and that the county develops a clear, enforceable and effective Climate Action Plan that invests in clean energy and expands public transportation."     Continue reading

Neighborhood Champions Stand With Nathan Fletcher

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Contact: Dan Rottenstreich August 8, 2017   Neighborhood Champions Stand With Nathan Fletcher Grassroots support for Fletcher’s Supervisor Campaign continues to grow   SAN DIEGO – Adding yet more grassroots support to his campaign, today Nathan Fletcher announced the endorsement of neighborhood leaders from throughout the 4th Supervisorial District.  Today’s endorsements are: ·      Joe LaCava, Chair, San Diego Planning Committee, Honorary Mayor of La Jolla ·      Ryan Trabuco, President Emeritus, Clairemont Town Council ·      Rich Grosch, Chairman, Ocean Beach Planning Board   Continue reading

San Diego County Firefighters Back Nathan Fletcher For Supervisor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Contact: Dan Rottenstreich October 3, 2017   San Diego County Firefighters Back Nathan Fletcher For Supervisor   SAN DIEGO – Today, Nathan Fletcher won the backing of San Diego County Firefighters Local 2881 in his campaign for San Diego County Supervisor District 4.   San Diego County Firefighters Local 2881 represents over 500 professional firefighters, paramedics, fire apparatus engineers, foresters, pilots and fire prevention specialists working at CAL FIRE and assigned to the San Diego County Fire Department.  San Diego County Firefighters provide essential emergency services responding to wild fires and emergencies throughout the region and providing first response fire protection in incorporated San Diego County.     Continue reading

Nathan Fletcher Wins Backing Of League of Conservation Voters

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Contact: Dan Rottenstreich October 10, 2017   Nathan Fletcher Wins Backing Of League of Conservation Voters First Major Environmental Endorsement in 4th District Supe Race Goes To Fletcher   SAN DIEGO – The League of Conservation Voters San Diego (LCV-SD), one of the region’s most trusted and respected environmental advocacy groups today announced its endorsement of Nathan Fletcher for County Supervisor.  LCV-SD is the first environmental group to endorse in the County Supervisor race.     Continue reading

United Domestic Workers Backs Nathan Fletcher For 4th District Supervisor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Dan Rottenstreich October 19, 2017(619) 213-9839 mobile   United Domestic Workers Backs Nathan Fletcher For 4th District Supervisor  SAN DIEGO – The union representing San Diego’s 23,000 caregivers, who provide in-home health care to infirm, elderly and disabled County residents, is backing Nathan Fletcher for County Supervisor. Doug Moore, President of United Domestic Workers (UDW), said:  "UDW is a union made up of nearly 23,000 in-home care providers living and working in San Diego County. Our union stands for social and economic justice in our communities. This means fighting for accessible home care, healthcare, housing, and transit for San Diego County residents. It means being a strong and vocal advocate for those who need a voice most – including the 27,000 in-home care clients we serve. And it means supporting the leaders who will stand up for caregivers, seniors, people with disabilities and our communities. That’s why we are endorsing Nathan Fletcher for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors.”   Continue reading

San Diego Leaders Call On County Government To Step Up Response To Homeless Crisis, Hepatitis Outbreak

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 12, 2017Contact: Dan Rottenstreich, dan@rosekconsulting.com San Diego Leaders Call On County Government To Step Up Response To Homeless Crisis, Hepatitis Outbreak  ·      Coalition of federal, state, local lawmakers and community leaders call for dedicating $150 million in County funds previously offered for a Chargers Stadium to combat homelessness and Hepatitis crises. ·      Candidate for County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher proposes ‘Emergency Action Plan’ for County to tackle homeless crisis and invest in ‘Housing First’ strategies SAN DIEGO – A broad coalition of San Diego’s leading lawmakers and top community leaders gathered on the steps of the County Administration Building today to call on San Diego County Government to increase funding and step up its response to the homeless crisis and Hepatitis A outbreak. Leading today’s coalition, former Assemblyman and current candidate for County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said:“County leaders cannot sit on the sidelines as America’s Finest City becomes America’s worst homeless crisis.  If County politicians could offer $150 million for a Chargers stadium, then they can certainly invest that same amount in real solutions to the homeless, hepatitis A, and housing crisis affecting all of San Diego.” Continue reading

SD Democratic Party Endorses Nathan Fletcher For Supervisor

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 20, 2017 Contact: Dan Rottenstreich, dan@rosekconsulting.com, 619-213-9839 San Diego County Democratic Party Endorses Nathan Fletcher For County SupervisorDemocrats unite behind Fletcher to bring change to GOP dominated Board of Supervisors  SAN DIEGO – On Tuesday night, the San Diego County Democratic Party voted overwhelmingly to endorse Nathan Fletcher for San Diego County Supervisor. Nathan Fletcher said: “I am honored to be the choice of San Diego Democrats to bring long overdue change to the County Board of Supervisors.  For too long County Government has failed to address San Diego neighborhoods’ urgent needs and as County Supervisor I’ll fight to deliver real action to tackle the homeless crisis, protect our most vulnerable residents and strengthen economic security in all our communities.” Nathan Fletcher's endorsement was approved with over 90% of votes cast by grassroots Democratic Party delegates, well over the 60% threshold for endorsement.  An early, nearly-unanimous endorsement from the Democratic Party underscores both Fletcher’s tremendous base of support from throughout the community and the Democrats’ unity and commitment to bring change to the Board of Supervisors, which has been controlled by Republicans for decades.  Continue reading

Pastor Terrell Fletcher Endorses Nathan Fletcher for 4th District County Supervisor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:Contact: Dan Rottenstreich September 19, 2017(619) 213-9839 mobile   Pastor Terrell Fletcher Endorses Nathan Fletcher for 4th District County Supervisor   SAN DIEGO - Pastor Terrell Fletcher, a community leader and former San Diego Chargers running back, announced his support of Nathan Fletcher for County Supervisor today.   Pastor Terrell Fletcher said: "Nathan Fletcher has a deep seated commitment to service and the experience and ability to get things done. I know he will work tirelessly to make a real difference for our community and I am proud to support him.”   Pastor Terrell Fletcher is Senior Pastor at the City of Hope International Church in Southeast San Diego and is an acclaimed author and motivational speaker.  Previously, Fletcher had an eight-year career in the NFL as a star running back for the San Diego Chargers and was the 1994 Rose Bowl game’s Most Valuable Player.  Fletcher is a fixture of the San Diego community well known for his outspoken advocacy for social and economic justice.   Nathan Fletcher said: “Pastor Terrell Fletcher is a San Diegan in the truest sense. His commitment to the community and dedication to social justice is inspiring. As County Supervisor, I’ll fight to ensure every neighborhood gets its fair share from County Government and work to expand resources and protections for our most vulnerable communities.”   Continue reading

Assemblymember Todd Gloria Endorses Nathan Fletcher For 4th District Supervisor

  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Contact: Dan Rottenstreich September 18, 2017 (619) 213-9839 mobile   Assemblymember Todd Gloria Endorses Nathan Fletcher For 4th District Supervisor   SAN DIEGO – Assemblymember Todd Gloria, one of San Diego’s most accomplished and outspoken progressive Democratic leaders, today endorsed Nathan Fletcher for County Supervisor.  Assemblymember Gloria said:  "I have known Nathan Fletcher for almost two decades, and I know he is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of others. As a County Supervisor, I believe Nathan will drive meaningful change in county government and ensure the needs and priorities of working people always come first. That's why I'm proud to stand with Nathan Fletcher.” Continue reading