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OCT 2021 NEWS: Policy Updates, Budget Equity, Redistricting, and more!

In This Issue:

  • Policy Updates 
  • Coalition Updates
  • County Redistricting
  • In Case You Missed It
  • Job Opportunities 
  • A New Way to Support CPI

Office of Labor Standards & Enforcement

San Diego has had several recent news stories about investigations of wage theft and COVID-related paid sick leave violations affecting hundreds of workers. These cases are just the tip of the iceberg, but they affirm the need to protect workers’ rights, hold corporations accountable, and fight for better wages and working conditions for workers.   That is why we have been fighting so hard for Offices of Labor Standards & Enforcement at the City of San Diego and County of San Diego. Now, we need your help to make sure workers really get justice by ensuring these newly formed offices are worker-centered, not industry controlled, and have staff that proactively investigate firms in industries with high rates of violations. 

Youth Opportunity Passes

On October 22, 2021, the SANDAG Board voted to approve the Regional Plan Early Action Transit Pilot, allocating $6 million to fund free transit fares for youth 18 and under. This is a huge win for transit-dependent communities!     The pilot program will include improvements on high-demand routes, increases in bus frequency and access to night services on certain lines. All of these changes are part of the 10 Transit Lifelines, a transportation-justice framework created by CPI and our partners in the San Diego Transportation Equity Working Group.  

Community Budget Alliance (CBA)

Join us and our partners on November 17th for the launch of our People’s Budget Campaign for the Fiscal Year 2023 City of San Diego budget! Come learn more about our Community Budget Alliance (CBA) coalition, why it’s important to engage in the city budget process, how the budget works, and what the CBA’s community priorities are this year.   

Click here to preview our FY23 Budget Priorities.

To get regular CBA updates, sign up for our email list and follow the CBA on Facebook and Instagram.  

Invest in San Diego Families (ISDF)

 On April 6, the Board of Supervisors approved establishing a Budget Equity Assessment Tool. In collaboration with County Supervisor Nora Vargas, CPI helped draft and develop the Budget Equity Assessment policy to embed equity into the County’s budget development process.  

The County’s Office of Equity and Racial Justice hosted two community meetings this week to share their progress and get community feedback on the tool. We are looking forward to seeing the impact this tool will have on the upcoming fiscal year 2023 budget cycle! 

On October 20th, the San Diego County Independent Redistricting Commission released the first drafts of the new County maps. We have until December 2nd to give input and we need your help to guide the Commission towards the fairest map possible.  

If you haven’t yet, please sign up to get more information on how to join us in this important work. 

This month, San Diego County made headlines when Amazon announced that they are withdrawing from plans to build a distribution center in El Cajon because of a proposed law to require employers operating on county-owned land to pay their workers livable wages, provide safe and just working conditions, and offer family and worker supporting benefits and protections. 

We are currently hiring for the following positions. Click to learn more:  

Donating your vehicle (running or not) is a new, easy way to support CPI. CPI is partnering with CARS to accept motorized vehicle donations of all kinds including cars, trucks, trailers, boats, RVs, motorcycles, campers, off-road vehicles, planes, heavy equipment, and farm machinery.  

To donate a vehicle to support CPI, start by completing our secure online vehicle donation form, or calling toll-free at 855-500-RIDE (7433) during regular hours of operation. For other ways to support our economic justice work, please visit our donation page or email us at development@cpisandiego.org.  

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Written by CPI San Diego