Strategic planning communicates the County’s strategic direction for the next five years. The Strategic Plan explains the County’s four Strategic Initiatives, in addition to its vision, mission and values. The four Strategic Initiatives focus on how we achieve the County’s vision of a region that is Building Better Health, Living Safely and Thriving.

Building Better Health

Ensure every resident has the opportunity to make positive healthy choices, that San Diego County has fully optimized its health and social service delivery system and makes health, safety and thriving a focus of all policies and programs.

Living Safety

Make San Diego the safest and most resilient community in the nation, where youth are protected and the criminal justice system is balanced between accountability and rehabilitation.

Substainable Environments/Thriving

Strengthen the local economy through planning, development and infrastructure, protect San Diego’s natural and agricultural resources and promote opportunities for residents to engage in community life and civic activities.

Operational Excellence

Promote continuous improvement in the organization through problem-solving, teamwork and leadership with a focus on customers’ needs and keeping employees positive and empowered.


San Diego County Taxpayers Association

The County of San Diego, City of San Diego, San Diego Housing Commission, Regional Task Force on the Homeless and San Diego Convention Center won the Grand Golden Watchdog Award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association for Operation Shelter to Home. The San Diego County Taxpayers Association, which is not affiliated with County of San Diego government, recognizes the best in local public policy and programs. Operation Shelter to Home converted the convention center into a temporary homeless shelter in the wake of COVID-19. The program offered supportive services and testing, and helped find permanent or long-term housing for hundreds of occupants.    

The Taxpayers Association also honored the County of San Diego with the Regional Golden Watchdog Award for its Affordable Housing Program. The County is using state and federal funds in combination with its own Innovative Housing Trust Fund and excess properties to double the number of affordable housing units over five years.

National Association of Counties (NACo)

The County of San Diego garnered 54 Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which highlights innovative county government programs. The County won 10 more NACo awards than the year before. Among the awards were two Best in Category recognitions for the Fresh Start program and the Medical Examiner’s Open Data Portal.

  • The Public Defender’s Fresh Start program helps people with criminal histories move forward by reducing felony convictions to misdemeanors, dismissing or expunging criminal records and seeking Certificates of Rehabilitation. These actions help people find jobs, housing and get an education.  
  • The Medical Examiner released 22 years of death records onto the County’s open data portal in March 2019. The searchable internet portal is available to the public for analysis and is the most popular data search on the County’s web portal.  
  • Another NACo award went to the County’s Assessor/Recorder/County Clerk’s (ARCC) office. It developed a Disabled Veterans’ Property Tax Exemption program to qualify more 100% service-connected disabled veterans or their surviving spouses for a relatively unknown property tax break. ARCC increased the number of qualified disabled veterans from 5,524 in 2018 to 9,707 by 2019.   
  • The Department of Parks and Recreation won for its customized Ranger Academy. After nine days of training, 31 Park Rangers graduated from the program in May 2019. Training included policy and procedures, enforcement, diversity and inclusion, customer/public service, and field trainings comprised of interpretation, trail building, and playground and tree inspections.
  • The El Cajon Branch of the San Diego County Library (SDCL) won after holding its second annual Homecoming Out event to support LGBTQ+ youth and allies in the community. Homecoming Out replicates a traditional homecoming school dance but is designed to create a safe, alternative space for LGBTQ+ teens where they can socialize and celebrate their identities.

Other Awards

The Department of General Services won the National Merit Award in the Federal/State/County/Municipal category from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) for the Pine Valley Fire Station. The project has obtained LEED silver status. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and was created by the U.S. Green Building Council.  

The North Coastal Live Well Health Center project also received a DBIA National Merit Award in the Civic/Assembly category, one of three in the country. The project has received regional awards from both the DBIA and Construction Management Association.

The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging recognized Aging & Independence Services (AIS) with an Aging Achievement Award for Gramping: The Camping Event.  AIS works with the County’s Department of Parks and Recreation and other Health and Human Services Agency departments, such as Child Welfare Services, to support kinship families. The grandparent camping event allows kinship families to strengthen family bonds during a free, overnight camping trip to a County park.




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