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APRIL 2022 NEWS: Access to public restrooms is a worker justice issue

In This Issue:

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

COALITION UPDATES

Invest in San Diego Families

CPI and our partners in the Invest in San Diego Families coalition are calling on the County of San Diego to improve access to public restroom facilities for all.  

There is a large and growing number of workers who are not tied to a workplace or office. For example, housecleaners, delivery drivers, and repair technicians are workers who spend most of their workday on the road moving from location to location where they are not guaranteed access to a restroom. Having access to safe and clean public restrooms is a workplace safety and health concern and basic human right.  A lack of bathrooms puts people in dangerous predicaments because they are not able to use basic facilities privately, legally, with dignity, and in a safe environment. 

 Take action with us at the Board of Supervisors hearing tomorrow, Tuesday April 26th at 9am by calling in and/or submitting non-agenda public comment.  

Community Budget Alliance

Mayor Todd Gloria’s proposed budget came out on April 15th and we are in the process of analyzing it. Public hearings on the budget for the City of San Diego are scheduled for May 4th and 16th 

Save those dates and stay tuned for more information. To get regular CBA updates, sign up for our email list and follow the CBA on Facebook and Instagram to stay updated on upcoming actions. 

POLICY UPDATES

Youth Opportunity Passes

Last October, the SANDAG Board voted to approve the 2021 Regional Plan Early Action Transit Pilot, which includes $6 million to fund Youth Opportunity Passes (YOPs) providing free transit fares for youth 18 and under. YOPs helps form a transit-culture, create life-long transit-riders, and give youth the opportunity to access after school programs, get to their jobs, volunteer in their communities, and so much more.  

San Diego communities have been advocating for YOPs for over 10 years, making this a major historic win for transit-dependent communities, especially youth.  

YOPs are available starting May 1, 2022.  

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Transit Equity

CPI is supporting putting a countywide ballot initiative on the November 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.  

The deadline to add your name in support is May 1, 2022.  

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.  

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

JOB OPPORTUNITIES

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Written by CPI San Diego