NAACP San Diego Supports Hotel Tax Increase for Homeless

 

Steve Dorner from the Housing Committee communicates the NAACP San Diego Branch’s support of the initiative proposed by Councilmember Alvarez.  This initiative would raise the Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel Tax) by 1%, and advise the Mayor to dedicate that 1% increase to reducing Homelessness.

Mr Dorner also put the Council on notice that should the measure pass, the NAACP will watch closely to see that the Mayor and Council follow the direction to spend the money on the Homeless.

Watch: NAACP San Diego Supports Affordable Housing Bond

Steve Dorner spoke on July 11th in favor of the $900M bond issue by the San Diego Housing Federation, which would provide 7500 new units of affordable housing. The measure passed the Rules Committee on a party line 3-2 vote, and goes on to the full Council, who will decide if it goes on the November ballot.

2018 San Diego City Council District 4 Primary Candidate Forum

The San Diego NAACP would like to thank the three candidates who showed interest in and respect for the NAACP membership and the public for coming to our Candidate Forum on April 28th.

We appreciate their time and their attention to our community.  We had a chair empty for Ms Myrtle Cole, who did not respond to our repeated invitations, but she was a no-show.

April 28 City Council D4 Forum

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2018 Primary Election Candidate Forums

Candidates for local Elections Speak to the NAACP

Looking forward to the elections in June 2018, the NAACPs Political Action Committee invited every candidate in three key local races to speak to the NAACP membership.

The candidates we have invited, and the dates on which they have spoken are listed below:

San Diego County District Attorney

  • Genevieve Jones-Wright: November 2, 2017
  • Summer Stephan: Unavailable to speak with us

San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 4

  • Omar Passons: August 3, 2017
  • Nathan Fletcher: October 5, 2017
  • Ken Malbrough: December 7, 2017
  • Bonnie Dumanis: January 4, 2018
  • Lori Saldaña: March 1, 2018

San Diego City Council, District 4

  • Monica Montgomery: September 7, 2017
  • Neal Arthur: April 5, 2018
  • Anthony Villafranca: April 5, 2018
  • Myrtle Cole: Did not respond to our invitation

In addition to their individual presentations, the candidates were invited to these forums, all held at the Malcom X Library:

  • 6pm, April 17, 2018: San Diego County District Attorney
    • Jones-Wright attended
    • Summer Stephan declined
  • 6pm, April 24, 2018: San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 4
    • Nathan Fletcher attended
    • Kenneth Malbrough attended
    • Omar Passons attended
    • Lori Saldaña attended
    • Bonnie Dumanis did not respond
  • 10:30am, April 28, 2018: San Diego City Council, District 4
    • Neal Arthur attended
    • Monica Montgomery attended
    • Tony Villafranca attended
    • Myrtle Cole did not respond

We are grateful to the vast majority of the candidates, who have shown their respect for the NAACP, its membership, and the over one hundred years of struggle for human rights it represents, by agreeing to visit us to present their candidacies and hear our views.

Video: County Board of Supervisors Candidates

Four of the five candidates for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 4 accepted our invitation to a candidate forum on April 24th, 2018.  Appearing were:

Bonnie Dumanis did not respond to our invitation.

Board of Supervisors District 4 Candidate Forum

The NAACP San Diego held a Candidate Forum for the candidates in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors primary election, scheduled to be held June 5th. Four of the five candidates (Nathan Fletcher, Kenneth Malbrough, Omar Passons and Lori Saldaña) were kind enough to participate.

SD Unified Should Elect Members by District

The San Diego Unified School District has been considering changes to its election process.  The NAACP San Diego Branch gave them some input at the April 23rd Town Hall meeting at Mission Bay High School.

Based upon the recommendations of the San Diego County Grand Jury Report, and our research, it is the position of the San Diego NAACP, that it is indeed time for a change with regards to San Diego Unified School District Board elections. We concur that the San Diego Unified School District should transition from the current at-large election system to a by-district or by-trustee election system. In addition, we concur that there should be an increase in the number of seats for the board.

We find several reasons that the district should make this transition which include, but are not limited to, compliance with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001, the recommendations of the Grand Jury Report, and the fact that several districts in San Diego County, and throughout the State of California, have already made this transition.

As pointed out by the San Diego County Office of Education, “Adopting a by-trustee-area election system ensures that a district is compliant with the California Voting Rights Act.” School Districts within San Diego County, such as the Carlsbad Unified School District, and the Poway Unified School District, have already adopted this system. In addition, according to the National Demographics Corporation, 131 school districts in the state of California are changing to by-district elections, as a result of the California Voting Rights Act.

As for the size of the school board, as previously mentioned, it is our position that there should be an increase in the number of board seats. According to our research, there are several school districts throughout the state of California, which have fewer students than the San Diego Unified School District does, but have more board seats. These districts include, but are not limited to the Fresno Unified School District, which according to the California Department of Education is the fourth largest district in the state, has an enrollment of 73,460 students, and seven board seats, according to Ballotpedia; the San Francisco Unified School District, which according to the California Department of Education, has an enrollment of 58,865, and seven board seats, according to Ballotpedia; and the Capistrano Unified School District, which according to the California Department of Education, is the eighth largest district in California, has an enrollment of 53,878, and seven board seats, according to Ballotpedia.

Lastly, we would like to conclude by strongly urging the board to adopt the recommendations of the Grand Jury report, to ensure compliance with the California Voting Rights Act of 2001 by transitioning to a by-district or by-trustee election system, to establish term-limits, and to increase the number of board seats. Changes are already underway with regards to school board elections, and attempts to maintain the status quo, or to resist such changes, is not only unacceptable and counterproductive, it simply will not stop a tide, which has already begun to turn.

Thank you.


Dr André Branch
President
NAACP San Diego Branch

April 17 District Attorney Forum

The District Attorney is a crucial position.  The District Attorney’s office decides what charges to file against people, young or old, black or white or latino, Christian or Muslim or Atheist, civilian or police officer.  A District Attorney can contribute to the School-to-Prison Pipeline or squeeze it out of existence.

If anything needs your attention this election season, it’s the race for district attorney.  We urge you to research the candidates:

Geneviéve Jones-Wright: https://www.joneswrightforda.com/
Summer Stephan: https://www.summerstephanforsandiegoda.com/

See what each of them stands for, and decide which of them should be in charge of the machinery of justice.

We held a forum on April 17th for them to present their views to the NAACP and the public; only Geneviéve Jones-Wright made time for us.

2018-04-17 DA Forum

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