Building Better Health

Sustainable Environments/Thriving

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.

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.

Living Safely

Operational Excellence

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.

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

2018-19 AWARDS

2018-19 NUMBERS

The County of San Diego garnered 44 Achievement Awards for program from the National Association of Counties (NACo), which highlights innovative county government programs in the nation on an annual basis. San Diego County was among the top three counties in the state to receive the most awards. Among the programs honored was one which teaches teenage girls in Urban Camp/Girls Rehabilitation Facility to train assistance dogs, and another for an ambitious renewable power program which will transition the County’s annual operational electricity bill from fossil-fuel-generated to renewable clean power.


A County program which has helped juvenile arrest rates in San Diego drop to the lowest level in nearly a decade received the Regional Golden Watchdog Award from the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. The association, which is not affiliated with County of San Diego government, recognizes the best in local public policy and programs. The Taxpayers Association also honored the San Diego County Assessor’s Office with a Public-Private Partnership Award for its work educating disabled veterans and their spouses about a little-used California property tax exemption.


The County won a Center for Digital Government award for Most Innovative Use of Social Media/Citizen Engagement for its Video Comment for the County's Recommended Operational Plan and another award for Best IT Collaboration Among Organizations for JELS (Justice Electronic Library System) Dependency Document Distribution System.


The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Official awarded Housing and Community Development Services with an Administrative Innovation National Award of Merit for Project One for All. POFA was recognized for providing a creative and innovative solution to helping people with serious mental illness who are also experiencing homelessness. Since implementation in February 2016, POFA has provided mental health treatment and housing to nearly 900 people.


The US Green Building Council awarded the County official LEED Platinum Certification, its highest distinction. The County of San Diego is the very first LEED certified county in California and only the second LEED Platinum County in the country.  The San Diego Chapter of the US Green Building Council also presented the County with three Sustainability Achievement Awards:  the Sustainable Public Organization Award for the Zero Net Energy Portfolio Plan, the Zero Net Energy Honor Award for the Alpine Library, the County’s first ZNE building, and the Design and Construction Award for the Alpine Library.


The South Region of the Health and Human Services Agency received the Communities of Excellence 2026 “Journey to Community Excellence” recognition. The Communities of Excellence 2026 Framework, based on the Baldrige Framework for organizational performance excellence, is a systematic approach for community leaders, residents and partners to strengthen the effectiveness of their efforts towards healthy and thriving residents and safe communities.


The Fitch Ratings agency reaffirmed the County Investment Pool’s AAA rating. It is the 19th consecutive year the Pool has had AAA rating.

For the second year, SANDAG awarded the County of San Diego its Diamond Award for efforts supporting staff’s use of environmentally sustainable transportation choices such as public transit, car and van pooling. Two more car/vanpool promotional events were hosted at the County Administration Center and County Operations Center.


The Community Transition Center (CTC) project earned a San Diego County Grand Jury letter of commendation for its work with newly released inmates who are transitioning into local communities. The San Diego County CTC model is unique statewide as the only county program that addresses the requirements of AB 109 realignment by receiving inmates transported directly from prisons upon release, assessing them and linking them to mental health and substance abuse services, and offering short-term transitional housing onsite. This program has served nearly 12,000 men and women.


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General Relief



Gas Pump, Taxi Meter,

Water Dispenser,

Scanner and Counter Scale Inspections


Restaurant, Public Pool, Public Housing, Body Art and Massage Facility Inspections


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Deaths Recorded

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