Supervisor Greg Cox represents more than 631,000 residents of the First Supervisorial District on the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. The First District extends from the Pacific Ocean in the west to the Otay and San Miguel mountains in the east and from Crown Point on Mission Bay in the north to the U.S./Mexico international border in the south. At the heart of the district lies San Diego Bay, a 23-square mile resource for commerce, ecology and recreation.
The First Supervisorial District includes the incorporated cities of Coronado, Imperial Beach, Chula Vista, National City and communities within the City of San Diego, including Barrio Logan, Chollas View, Grant Hill, La Playa, Lincoln Park, Logan Heights, Memorial, Mount Hope, Mountain View, Nestor, Otay, Palm City, Point Loma, San Ysidro, Shelltown, Sherman Heights, Southcrest, Stockton, Sunset Cliffs and part of Downtown San Diego. The district also includes the unincorporated communities of Bonita, Sunnyside, Lincoln Acres and East Otay Mesa.
Supervisor Cox is assisted by a highly experienced professional staff whose fundamental mission is to make County government work for citizens by focusing on outcome and results, not process and paperwork. Supervisor Cox’s staff assists him in policy development, research and review of the County budget and operations, special projects and constituent services.
Since joining the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Cox has brought about an evolution in County government by demanding accountability and fiscal discipline to reduce administration and increase services to the public. Supervisor Cox has focused on improving public safety to better protect residents and fight child and elder abuse; actively promoting the well-being of children, youth and families by creating more opportunities to succeed through innovative programs and projects like the San Pasqual Academy and the Bonita-Sunnyside and Lincoln Acres libraries.
Since taking office, Supervisor Cox has made it one of his highest priorities to improve the lives of foster children. Specifically, he has tirelessly worked to raise funds and provide programs, like School Success, to help foster children achieve academic success and graduate high school. In 2010, the graduation rate for foster children in San Diego was well over 85%, comparable to that of the general public and a dramatic change from 10 years ago when the rate was only 51%.
Supervisor Cox has made it a priority to improve access to healthcare in his district and countywide. As one of the two Supervisors who initiated the Healthcare Safety Net study in 2005, Supervisor Cox has provided hundreds of thousands of dollars in Neighborhood Reinvestment funds to local Community Clinics, and continues to work with clinics and hospitals to maintain and enhance the safety net in San Diego County. Supervisor Cox has improved accessibility to health and social services by using technology and creating innovative collaborations with community partners like 2-1-1 San Diego.
Supervisor Cox has worked to preserve open space while providing recreational opportunities through the creation of the Bayshore Bikeway, the Sweetwater River Bike Trail, Otay Valley Regional Park and the expansion of the Sweetwater River Regional Park and the Tijuana River Valley Regional Park. In March 2011, Supervisor Cox unveiled an exciting project that doubled the number of campsites available to the public at the Sweetwater Summit Campground. Supervisor Cox has actively worked with state and federal agencies to fund projects that encourage people to use active transportation including walking and bicycling, thus reducing toxic auto emissions that pollute our air. In March 2011, Supervisor Cox secured $2.5 million from the State Coastal Conversancy to complete a significant segment of the Bayshore Bikeway. He is championing San Diego’s effort to become the first California county to complete the California Coastal Trail which is a network of trails and routes spanning the entire coastline. Supervisor Cox has received praise from local environmental groups for leading a regional effort with all the coastal cities in the County to locate funding to restore the Beach Quality Safety Program, which preserves critical monitoring of our region’s beaches, bays and waterways.
Supervisor Cox has worked with federal and local offices regarding the design and construction of the new San Ysidro Port of Entry and associated infrastructure to enhance international commerce and trade. Supervisor Cox is working to complete construction of State Route 905, State Route 11 and a second Otay Mesa international border crossing. Supervisor Cox was elected by his peers to serve as the President of the U.S./Mexico Border Counties Coalition and the California State Association of Counties and remains active on the boards of both organizations. He also serves on the boards of the National Association of Counties, and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.