Senior Housing Notice

MORGAN TOWERS IN NATIONAL CITY Low income senior apartment building is accepting applications for the waiting list for one bedroom apartments. To qualify, applicant must be 62 years of age or older (in the case of couples, one must be at least 62). Morgan Tower is a Low Income building, and is an Equal Housing Opportunity. To receive an application packet, contact Morgan Tower at (619) 477-4716, or come to the property OFFICE at 1317 D Avenue, National City, CA 91950. Placement on the waiting list is based on the date and time the fully-completed application is received.

Housing notice received by the Housing Committee.  We do not endorse any property manager or housing opportunity, we only pass along notices we have received.

Book Recommendation: Evicted

Members of the Housing Committee have been reading “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond. Both a New York Times bestseller and winner of a Pulitzer prize, the book has been very popular and well-reviewed. It’s both fascinating and maddening.

The book spends most of its time chronicling the struggles of specific tenants and landlords, while also providing baseline statistics and housing facts, and with a small section of recommendations at the end.

The book is not a primer on housing policy by any means; it does, however, make a very strong visceral impression.  That our economic system does very little to help the poor while giving every advantage to the monied class is news to no one who is paying attention, especially not anyone of color.

What was surprising to this reader, however, was the multiplicity of jeopardy that the evicted must face.  One eviction makes the next housing that much harder to find.  Eviction takes its toll in stress and health.  Along with eviction comes either the loss of all possessions or storage fees that amount to the loss of possessions.  Families with children face routine discrimination in the housing market, unprotected as they are by the Fair Housing Act.  Women even face threat of eviction for reporting domestic violence!

Naturally, people of color, and especially women of color, are presented as facing the greatest challenges.

The strength of the book is in the power of its stories.  The weakness of the book is that it only skims causes and solutions, and uncritically repeats some very arguable policy points.

Nonetheless, this is a very valuable read, if you want to be even more convinced that our economic system is fundamentally broken.

An Open Letter to Chief Nisleit

2 March 2018

Dear Chief Nisleit,

Welcome to your new position serving the residents of the City of San Diego.  We hope and believe that you are a man of good will who is eager to serve, and we wish you every success.

You are coming to the job at a time when, despite the continued reductions in crime, the country and the city are increasingly polarized, and suspicion reigns amongst our population and the officers who serve them.

We ask that you bear some things in mind as you assume your duties.  We ask that you make protecting and serving the population of San Diego your first priority.  Of course we appreciate the service of your officers and recognize that they and your department deserve your support, but you must not protect them to the detriment of those you are sworn to serve.

We ask that you deal frankly and honestly with issues of race and bias.  We ask that you be able to say the words, “The officers in the San Diego Police Department have biases;” an ability that eluded your predecessor.  We ask that you not immediately dismiss race as a factor, either in crimes or interactions between officers and those they serve, as your predecessor has done.  As we are a country and city in racial crisis, refusing to consider race and bias as factors in crimes or interactions between officers and the public they serve reveals resistance to deal frankly and honestly with race and bias.

We ask that you push for full implementation of recommendations in the SDSU report on Traffic Stops.  The City Council may have chosen to ignore it, but you have the standing and moral authority to reopen the discussion.  We ask that you demonstrate the leadership that the Council has failed to show.

We ask that you continue to train your officers in conflict de-escalation and the use of minimum necessary force.  We ask that the culture of the SDPD be one of public service, not authoritarianism backed by lethal force. We ask that you aggressively deal with the officers in your Department who deal aggressively with civilians, and that you work to make the culture of the SDPD one of accountability, not one characterized by a wall of silence.

You have our support and our respect as you assume your duties.  If you behave with forthrightness and honesty, if you do your best for all people of the City of San Diego, you will keep that support and respect.  We look forward to working with you, now and into the future.


Dr André J. Branch
NAACP San Diego Branch