Enhancing Communities and Keeping Them Safe

Healthy, Safe and Thriving Communities

Making our communities great places to live, work and play is among our County’s most important work. That work can range from bolstering public health, to adding firefighting resources, parks and even community gardens. 

Protecting people’s health and safety.

In the past year, our Board of Supervisors enacted new gun safe-storage laws and restricted “ghost guns.” They strengthened aerial firefighting protection by approving the purchase of a new twin-engine firefighting helicopter and adding two more firefighting helicopters through an agreement with San Diego Gas & Electric.

San Diego County Fire improved fire protection and emergency medical service for a key backcountry community and its 40,000 Ramona residents, by accepting responsibility for that service and increasing fire crews and resources.

The County completed fire station upgrades at Palomar Mountain and Sunshine Summit, built a new station on Mt. Laguna, and plans to build a new fire station in Jacumba. 

And, we became the first coastal county in the nation to start using a rapid, DNA-based ocean-water testing technology that will produce faster results and earlier warnings to help beachgoers make informed decisions about when bacteria levels reach unhealthy levels in the ocean. 

Moving forward, our new budget will spend $2.2 million in additional money to protect communities and prevent wildfire risk by managing roadside vegetation and creating fire breaks. Further, we have initiated a pilot state grant program to help homeowners “harden” their homes against fire. That would help increase defensible space, replace old roofs with noncombustible materials, install metal gutters and upgrade old windows to dual-paned windows with tempered glass.

Our new budget will also increase public health protection by adding 71 new public health positions. 

"So happy to work with them for my daughter. I have limited English, they are so patient with me to explain everything and why it's beneficial."

- Client, Public Health Services

Enhancing outdoor experiences.

Our Parks department will spend $1.4 million to expand and create new parks, including Calavo, Star Ranch, Lindo Lake, Park Circle and the Waterfront Park. And Parks recently launched its Experience the Outdoors program, a campaign to give more San Diegans opportunities to enjoy nature and the County’s regional parks. The program includes three different opportunities. Rad Regional Parks features a different County regional park each month and highlights various events. The Ride On Mountain Biking Challenge invites residents to try new bike paths and sharpen their skills on beginner, intermediate and advanced trails. And the Parks 101: First Timer Series is designed for people who are newcomers to outdoor experiences, providing equipment and education.

Our Health and Human Services Agency will oversee a $1 million Food Access Initiative to help create community gardens.


Acres of Parkland


Miles of Trails


Million Acres in Unincorporated Area Served by San Diego County Fire