No Charges in the Death of Mr Earl McNeil

San Diego County District Attorney Summer Stephan, in a move that saddened many and surprised few, declined to file charges against the National City Police Officers who failed to protect Mr Earl McNeil while he was in their custody.  Along with her announcement of non-action, some of the video footage and other documentation has now been released.  Ms Stephan evidently believes the level of indifference to human life and dignity it shows does not rise to a criminal level, regardless of what contribution it may have made to Mr McNeil’s death.

Community Activists, led by Ms Tasha Williamson, disagree with Ms Stephan’s lack of action, and vow to continue to advocate for justice for Mr McNeil.

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Zeta Phi Beta

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring the ΜΣΖ chapter of ΖΦΒ, Inc., at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter

Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was founded on January 16, 1920 at Howard University in Washington DC by five strong, principled coeds who possessed a great deal of modesty, strength of character and pride in academic achievement. They are Arizona Cleaver Stemons, Pearl Anna Neal, Myrtle Tyler Faithful, Viola Tyler Goings and Fannie Pettie Watts. To these women, Zeta was more than an organization-it was a movement, a belief system that reflected, at its core, the desire to provide true Service, to embrace Scholarship, to set a standard for Sisterly Love and to define the noble concept of Finer Womanhood.Zeta‘s national and local programs include the endowment of its National Educational Foundation community outreach services and support of multiple affiliate organizations.

 

The Mu Sigma Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated was chartered April 5, 1984. Our chapter services San Diego County through scholarships and community service projects. Our signature event held in April, Zeta to a Tea, Military Women Rock! honors women who have or are serving our country in the military. The money raised from the event fund our annual scholarships given to young ladies in our community.

October 19th ACT-SO Visit to Black Xpression

ACT-SO will be visiting the dynamic Open Mic night that is Black Xpression.  If you register (for free), ACT-SO will cover your entrance fee.

If you wear your ACT-SO t-shirt (which we will be happy to give students for free if they signup to compete), we will give you a $5 coupon toward food and drink!

For more information about Black Xpression, visit facebook.com/IWillXpress/.

Freedom Fund Dinner Honoree: Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell

The NAACP San Diego branch is so pleased to be honoring Mr Mitchell at our Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12th.  Tickets and sponsorships are still available!

EUGENE “MITCH” MITCHELL VICE PRESIDENT, State Government Affairs and EXTERNAL Affairs SAN DIEGO GAS & ELECTRIC SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS CO.

Eugene “Mitch” Mitchell is vice president of state government affairs and external affairs for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas).

Mitchell is responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities and oversees external affairs activities for SDG&E. Prior to his current position; Mitchell was responsible for state governmental affairs for both California utilities.

Prior to joining SoCalGas in 2005, Mitchell served as vice president of public policy and communications at the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce where he worked with the Chamber’s members and diverse volunteer base to develop a public policy agenda that is favorable to the business climate and standard of living in San Diego. He was also in charge of representing the Chamber and its members’ public policy positions to local, state and federal officials.

Previously, Mitchell was director of governmental relations for American Medical Response, the nation’s largest ambulance transportation firm. From 1996 to 1997, he served as assistant director of governmental relations for the San Diego Mayor’s Office under Mayor Susan Golding, overseeing the city’s legislative priorities and advising the mayor on policy issues.

Prior to working at the mayor’s office, Mitchell was the director of governmental relations for the San Diego City Fire Fighters Local 145 IAFF, one of the city’s largest labor unions.

Mitchell is an active member of the community. He has served for several years on the board of directors for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and the New Children’s Museum, and is also currently on the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, San Diego Museum of Art, the Voice of San Diego and the California Asian Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He previously served on the boards of the San Diego Opera and Burn Institute and San Diego Union-Tribune Citizen Editorial board. Mitchell was also once a governor’s appointee to the Little Hoover Commission. In 2009, Mitch was selected as one of the nine civic and community leaders to receive LEAD San Diego’s Visionary Award.

Mitchell earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from University of Redlands.

2018 Freedom Fund Dinner Auction Items

The NAACP’s Freedom Fund Dinner includes a silent auction.  There are many one-of-a-kind items available.

Tickets are still available for the dinner.  All proceeds go to support the work of the NAACP!

174 City of San Diego HUD Contracts and Subcontracts: $73M only for White-Owned Businesses

Yesterday we sent the following letter to the City of San Diego:

Comment on CAPER Fiscal year 2018/ HUD Program year 2017

 

Dear Economic Development Department,

 

While we appreciate the work involved in producing the CAPER report, the reality that it contains is quite alarming.

 

The San Diego Branch of the NAACP Housing Committee has many unanswered questions about the report, far too many to note here.

 

However, the most glaring and distressing, in terms of what we understand as HUD regulations, is the report on Minority and Women Owned Businesses.

 

Table 10 indicates that of a TOTAL of 162 subcontracts awarded by the City of San Diego:
1. NONE went to minority owned businesses
2. Nine went to Women Business Enterprises
3. ONE HUNDRED FIFTY THREE went to white  non-Hispanic males.

 

We would like this information to be explained in detail in the final report and we would like to understand your justification for these results.
These numbers directly contradict the spirit and letter of the purpose for the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  These figures put in jeopardy future federal funds that would come from HUD to the city of San Diego.
There are many more causes for concern in the report and we will comment on those at a later time.
We look forward to the final report and welcome the chance to cooperate on some of the problems that will be ongoing for some years in the future.

 

Sincerely yours,
Carol Spong
Chair, Housing Committee
NAACP San Diego Branch

Here is Page 15 of the report, which makes the situation abundantly clear:

FY18_DRAFT_CAPER_FINAL (dragged)

 

Nearly $73M and not a penny to a business owned by a person of color.  Can’t believe it?  Read the full FY18 Draft CAPER Report on the City’s website.

2018 Freedom Fund Dinner Adds Two Honorees

The San Diego NAACP is pleased to announce two additional individuals to be honored at the Freedom Fund Dinner on October 12, 2018:

– The Honorable Xavier Becerra, Calfornia Attorney General

– Eric Rivera, Vice President for Student Affairs at San Diego State University.

On January 24, 2017, Xavier Becerra was sworn in as the 33rd Attorney General of the State of California, and is the first Latino to hold the office in the history of the state.

The State’s chief law enforcement officer, Attorney General Becerra has decades of experience serving the people of California through appointed and elected office, where he has fought for working families, the vitality of the Social Security and Medicare programs and issues to combat poverty among the working poor. He has also championed the state’s economy by promoting and addressing issues impacting job generating industries such as health care, clean energy, technology, and entertainment.

Attorney General Becerra previously served 12 terms in Congress as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. While in Congress, Attorney General Becerra was the first Latino to serve as a member of the powerful Committee on Ways And Means, served as Chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and was Ranking Member of the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security.

Prior to serving in Congress, Attorney General Becerra served one term in the California Legislature as the representative of the 59th Assembly District in Los Angeles County. He is a former Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice. The Attorney General began his legal career in 1984 working in a legal services office representing the mentally ill.

Born in Sacramento, California, Attorney General Becerra is the son of working-class parents and was the first in his family to receive a four-year degree, earning his Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School. His mother was born in Jalisco, Mexico and immigrated to the United States after marrying his father. He is married to Dr. Carolina Reyes, and they are the proud parents of three daughters: Clarisa, Olivia and Natalia.

For nearly three decades, Eric Rivera has dedicated his life to advancing access, student success and achievement for all students in higher education. Mr. Rivera’s career in higher education spanned four institutions across the country and two of the largest state university systems in the nation (California State University and State University of New York). For the last 22 years, he served the community of San Diego through his work at San Diego State University (SDSU), most currently as their Vice President for Student Affairs.

Born and raised in the Bronx in New York City to immigrant parents who did not speak English, Mr. Rivera was the first in his family to go away and graduate from college. As a first-generation college student, he experienced firsthand the complexity and challenges of navigating college, facing obstacles his peers didn’t experience. This experience formed the foundation of his motivation to ensuring all students have the capital when entering college, and the importance of aligning campus resources with student access and student success strategies.

As Vice President for Student Affairs at SDSU, Mr. Rivera is responsible for the strategic planning and analysis of the division and has direct oversight for administering the division’s $60-million budget. Under his leadership, the division of Student Affairs significantly expanded learning communities and student support centers – such as the Black Resource Center, Commuter Resource Center, the Pride Center, Women’s Resource Center, and the Undocumented Resource Area. Mr. Rivera built the nationally recognized Aztec Parents Program which connects families to the university through meaningful programs, and established SDSU as a national leader in parent programs, alongside Stanford University and University of California, Berkeley, according to publications like the Los Angeles Times.

During Mr. Rivera’s time at SDSU, the university has grown from a regional university into one that is nationally recognized for its mission of access; academic and research excellence; and global focus. Mr. Rivera has played important roles in developing transformational educational opportunities, enhancing and expanding the campus’s physical landscape, and leveraging SDSU’s rich diversity to maximize the personal and academic success of all students. These efforts contributed to raising retention and graduation rates for all students while nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups. The university was recognized by The Education Trust as one of only 26 universities in the country that have increased graduation rates for all students while nearly eliminating achievement gaps among ethnic and racial groups.

At SDSU, while the overall graduation rate is 75.3%, African American students are graduating at 72.0%; Latino students at 72.5%; and low-income first-generation students in the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) are graduating at 71.1%. Most recently, SDSU was named a Top 100 degree producer by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, ranking No. 17th, recognizing the institution’s strengths in supporting and graduating minority students. The Top 100 report is the only national report on the awarding of degrees to African American, Asian American, Hispanic and Native American students at U.S. universities and colleges.

Mr. Rivera’s professional affiliations include National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), Council for the Advancement & Support of Education (CASE), Association for the Study of Higher Education, and Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities (ASHE & HACU). He served on NASPA’s Latino Knowledge Community Advisory Board and Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program Advisory Board.

In addition to his professional associations, Mr. Rivera is very active in the community. He was a member of the San Diego Community College Trustee’s Advisory Board and the City of San Diego Otay Mesa Planning Group. Mr. Rivera was appointed by the Mayor and City Council to the San Diego Convention Center Corporation Board of Directors from 2002 through 2006; and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce Education Committee during 2003-2004. He also currently sits on the San Diego Gas and Electric Advisory Board.

Mr. Rivera was honored with an SDSU Presidential Top 25 Award in 2007 and again in 2010. He was the recipient of an Abrazo award in 2010. He was also the recipient of the NASPA Latino Knowledge Community’s Outstanding Senior Student Affairs Officer Award in March 2007.