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MAR 2022 NEWS: We are stronger together. Take action with us this month!

In This Issue:

  • Coalition Updates 
  • Policy Updates
  • In Case You Missed It
  • Job Opportunities 

COALITION UPDATES

Community Budget Alliance

If you were the mayor of San Diego for a day, how would you spend the 4 billion dollars in the budget? As a community member, how would you want the City of San Diego to spend your money? 

Join us and our partners in the Community Budget Alliance on Wed, March 30th from 5:30pm to 7:00 pm and learn how you can help create a People’s Budget at the City of San Diego.  

Invest in San Diego Families

Earlier this month, we had a community call to action to demand that the County of San Diego create a transparent and inclusive Capital Improvements Needs Assessment (CINA) process. Our voices were heard!

The Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Robbins-Meyer, acknowledged the process needs improvement and addressed our concerns at the Board of Supervisors meeting, referencing the emails that she and the Supervisors received. Thank you to all signed the petition and took action with us. Click below to get updates on future actions.  

Community Schools

How can we advance well-resourced, community-centered, anti-racist, and democratically run schools in the San Diego Unified School District? 

Help us answer this question by joining us at our Community Priorities Input Session on Wed, March 23rd from 4:30-6pm on Zoom. This will be a space for teachers, school professionals, parents, students, and other community members in San Diego Unified School District to share their vision for the schools and communities our students deserve. 

POLICY UPDATES

Transit Equity

Last October, the SANDAG Board voted to approve the 2021 Regional Plan Early Action Transit Pilot, which includes a pathway for all 10 Transit Lifelines, a transportation-justice framework created by CPI and our partners in the San Diego Transportation Equity Working Group (SDTEWG). The next step is to ensure these initiatives are properly funded and implemented.  

CPI is supporting putting a countywide ballot initiative on the 2022 ballot to  fund transportation improvements that will make life better for San Diego County residents. This measure would outline and fund: specific expansions of the transit system; increase safety and efficiency on our most burdened existing roads and highways; repair aging bridges, local roads, and rail lines; and reduce air pollution to improve our environment and our quality of life.  

PrOTECT Ordinance

CPI and our partners in the Coalition for Police Accountability and transparency (CPAT) are advocating to pass the PrOTECT Ordinance which seeks to ban the use of consent searches and limit discretionary stops by police in the City of San Diego.  

The City has hired a consultant who is currently reviewing the draft ordinance. After the legal review, the City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods (PSLN) Committee will have a hearing on the report and decide on the next steps of the process.  

Take action with us by signing the petition(s) below to show your support for the ordinance:  

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

A new report by UCLA CARE at Work and UCLA Labor Center finds that the current economic restructuring triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic is compounding the Black jobs crisis in Southern California and suggests that without intervention it will be at least a decade before Black workers’ employment rates, wages, and other employment metrics recover to pre-COVID 19 levels. The San Diego Black Worker Center, a project currently being incubated by CPI, helped ensure that Black workers in San Diego participated in this survey. 

P.S. Catch up on our 2021 webinar about the state of Black workers in SD County. 
P.P.S The San Diego Black Worker Center is hiring! 

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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

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Written by CPI San Diego