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August 15, 2017
All Five San Diego Community College Trustees
Back Nathan Fletcher For County Supervisor
Fletcher proposes partnership between Community Colleges and County Government to help vulnerable students, address college affordability
SAN DIEGO – Continuing to grow unprecedented broad-based support throughout San Diego’s Democratic and progressive communities, today Nathan Fletcher earned the formal backing of all five elected trustees of the San Diego Community College District. The endorsements come as Fletcher rolled out his plan for County Government to play a more active role in supporting community college, students and working towards college affordability.
Today’s endorsements are:
· Maria Nieto Senour - Boardmember representing District A
· Bernie Rhinerson - Boardmember representing District B
· Rich Grosch - Boardmember representing District C
· Mary Graham - Boardmember representing District D
· Peter Zschiesche - Boardmember representing District E
Maria Nieto Senour, President of the San Diego Community College Board of Trustees, said: “Nathan Fletcher understands how vital San Diego’s community colleges are for students and working people and he has a smart, sensible plan to make County Government a true partner working to strengthen and support our local 2-year colleges. Nathan Fletcher has my full support because he’s bringing change and bold new ideas to County Government to help our community colleges keep higher education affordable for working families and provide our most vulnerable students with the support they need to succeed.”
In tandem with today’s unanimous support for Fletcher from the Community College Trustees, Fletcher also announced an ambitious policy agenda for County Government to help strengthen and support San Diego’s network of Community Colleges, provide increased aid and resources to community college students and work to make public 2-year colleges affordable for all.
Designated County Worker On Each Campus To Support Vulnerable Students: By embedding a full time county worker on every community college campus, we can do more to ensure that vulnerable students are signed up for available local, state and federal support programs from Cal Fresh to health care. Hunger and food insecurity is a real problem on our college campuses. It is vital we do more.
Priority Housing Assistance For Homeless Students: Young people can’t learn if they don’t have a stable, secure home. County government should work to provide priority housing assistance to homeless community college students who are enrolled.
Mental Health Screening and Assistance: In conjunction with ensuring students are enrolled for all available housing, a focus of ensuring mental health screening, assessments, and treatment for community college students is a priority.
Transportation aid and assistance: Many community college students travel long distances across multiple transit platforms. It is imperative we ensure that transportation costs don’t interfere with access to a better future.
Expanding Internship Opportunities For San Diego Students: With a designated Internship Coordinator working with the County and our colleges, we could place hundreds of community college students in year round internships that provide rich educational opportunities while adding value to County services and departments.
Working Towards Tuition-Free Community College: Every student willing to study hard should be able to go to college regardless of how much money their parents make. County Government must stop ignoring the skyrocketing cost of college and work hand-in-hand with Community Colleges in San Diego to get on a path towards affordable and tuition-free college for every San Diego student.
Assisting Veterans Completing Their Education: Thousands of military veterans, many who face tough challenges including post-traumatic stress and disabilities, attend community college. County Veterans’ Services officers should be fully integrated on community college campuses to connect student veterans with available services and help ensure our returning heroes can complete their education and re-enter the civilian workforce.
Nathan Fletcher said: “County Government can build a brighter economic future for all of San Diego by working collaboratively with local community colleges to get all our students the help and support they need. I’m honored to have the support of San Diego’s top community college leaders and I’m committed to working with them to make a real difference in the lives of community college students.”
This comes on the heels of Nathan Fletcher’s call for a county ethics commission. Fletcher’s endorsements from the entirety of the San Diego Community College Board of Trustees add to the expansive, diverse coalition of top elected officials, respected organizations and grassroots residents backing Fletcher for County Supervisor.
Fletcher’s growing support includes:
· SEIU Local 221
· CWA Local 9509
· Congressman Juan Vargas
· Marty Block, State Senator, retired
· Howard Wayne, Assemblymember, retired
· Donna Frye, San Diego Councilwoman, retired
· Chris Ward, San Diego City Councilman
· Marti Emerald, San Diego Councilwoman, retired
· Kevin Beiser, San Diego Unified School Boardmember
· Rafael Castellanos, San Diego Port Commissioner
· Serge Dedina, Mayor of Imperial Beach
· Mark West, Imperial Beach Councilman
· Cori Schumacher, Carlsbad City Councilwoman
· Steve Padilla, Chula Vista City Councilman
· Jess Durfee, Francine Busby, Past Democratic Party Chairs
· Jennifer Campbell, President, Clairemont Democratic Club
· Fayaz Nawabi, President, Muslim Democratic Club of San Diego
· Jonathan Wubbolding, President, Pt Loma Democratic Club
· David Warmoth, Past President, San Diego Democrats for Equality
· Craig Roberts, California Democratic Party Regional Director
Nathan Fletcher is a Marine Corps combat veteran, former California State Assemblymember and a Professor of Practice at UCSD. In the State Assembly, Fletcher passed more than 30 laws to expand healthcare coverage, protect homeowners during the foreclosure crisis and strengthen penalties for violent crimes against children. Since leaving the Assembly, Fletcher founded a veterans’ advocacy foundation to help eliminate the stigma surrounding Post-Traumatic Stress and joined the teaching faculty at UCSD. Fletcher lives in City Heights with his wife, Lorena, and their four children.