November 1st Section 8 Lawsuit Hearing

As you know, the NAACP San Diego Branch is involved in a lawsuit to fight the San Diego Housing Commission’s discriminatory and segregationist practice of setting Section 8 voucher levels too low to allow access to all areas of our city.

There will be a hearing on November 1st at 9:00 a.m. in Department 66 at 330 W. Broadway (the Hall of Justice). Please attend and show that the public supports our cause! The Court will be hearing SDHC’s claim that its setting of payment standards is “protected activity” made in furtherance of SDHC’s “right of free speech or petition.” SDHC, which is a government entity, has alleged that if this lawsuit is allowed to move forward, it will “chill” SDHC’s “valid exercise of the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and petition.”

The Court will also be hearing SDHC’s allegation that this lawsuit was not brought “solely in the public interest” because the relief we seek – to enjoin SDHC from perpetuating racial segregation – will not benefit the public but will benefit only non-white Section 8 recipients. SDHC’s position reflects a disturbing misunderstanding of how segregation adversely impacts all members of the community, not just racial minorities. SDHC’s position also reflects a flagrant misunderstanding of how its own program works since the relief we seek will benefit all voucher recipients, not only racial minorities. 

In addition, the Court will be hearing SDHC’s request to have the case dismissed, and SDHC’s claim that its CEO’s repeated use of “social engineering” to describe an Obama-era desegregation policy cannot be used in the lawsuit to show discriminatory intent.

We were also joined by our Assistant Treasurer, Wanda Rogers and NAACP members Abdul Waliullah Muhammad and Bro. Charles 3X, as well as at least one Section 8 client. 

The Court has directed the San Diego Housing Commission to share the documents we have been requesting for four months now and that is a win, the Housing Commission is not allowed to withhold this evidence and we feel this evidence will further demonstrate the extent to which the Section 8 payment standards perpetuate racial segregation. 

Overall, we had some gains and some setbacks, but we are still moving forward. There is a lot of information that the Commission has not given us that we need for our case and the judge  authorized us to get as least some of it from the Commission. We will be doing that as well as working to get everything we need to prevail in this case. Our extraordinary attorneys, Paraja Ijadi-Maghsoodi, Bryan Pease and James Crosby are putting in incredible hours and doing an incredible job for the people and for the NAACP. 

This will be a long case but we are in it to win it. We will keep you posted on developments. It appears clear that we will need to go beyond the courtroom to other methods of persuasion to achieve our goal of equity in housing in San Diego. Stay tuned.  Thanks to those who came out and supported us in the courtroom. 

Disappointed With “No” Votes on Satellite Offices

2019-10-30

The NAACP San Diego Branch would like to voice its displeasure that the San Diego County Board of Supervisors were unwilling to protect and strengthen the voting rights of all eligible San Diegans.  The board fell one vote short of the required four “yes” votes, with Supervisors Jim Desmond and Kristin Gaspar in opposition against the recommendation of the County’s Chief Administrative Officer and County Legal Counsel.  Once again, they’ve proven themselves to be roadblocks to a free and inclusive political process that respects the rights of all.

County Registrar Michael Vu said “if supervisors didn’t move forward with opening satellite offices, it could result in longer lines.  In addition, the county might be at risk for not certifying the next election within 30 days.” That would lead to the county seeking an extension through the courts, Vu added.

Chief Administrative Officer, Helen Robbins-Meyer said “We don’t have the opportunity to say…we’re not going to do it.” Ms. Robbins-Meyer went on to say that opening these satellite stations would be critical and urged the Board to vote to approve them.  

A state law passed earlier this year made the March 2020 race the first election where people on election day will be able to register to vote or change their party identification at any polling location.  The plan would have created four satellite locations which would have more technology and access to voter registration files, so the county would need fewer provisional ballots, all while providing several new locations for residents hoping to register and vote on the same day.

The NAACP San Diego applauds the three “yes” votes from Supervisors Fletcher, Cox and Jacob, who share our belief that democracy works best when the most people participate.

Sincerely,

Kamaal Martin, Chair, NAACP San Diego Branch Political Action Committee
Clovis Honoré, President, NAACP San Diego Branch


Advertisement: A. Davis Travel

We rarely advertise businesses on our website, but Ms Davis was so very helpful with our Silent Auction at the Freedom Fund Dinner on October 11th, that we wanted to thank her by letting you know about her services.


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A Davis Travel Chaperoned 89 people on her first Essence Festival trip and 66 people on a Fundraiser cruise where funds were raised for a local San Diego nonprofit organization July 2019 to name a couple of the many group trips done.  A Davis Travel doesn’t just book large trips, but sporting events, concert tickets, play tickets, hotels, rental cars, cruises, weekend getaways, reunions, weddings, fundraisers, girl trips, guys trips and more

Giving:

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A Davis Travel has also donated a Golf & Stay in Cabo San Lucas trip, 7 Night Resort Trip and a 2 Night Hotel stay to be auctioned off to raise funds for the NAACP at their 100th Anniversary gala October 2019,   Davis has also donated a cruise that was auctioned off to raise funds for the Carnival for Cancer (Bag Networking Event) to help raise funds Scripps Hospital July September 2019.  I have also given out several trips at Humphrey’s (John Phillips), BSD (Black San Diego Mixer and events, Music Box and Mediterranean Supper Club (Duvell “Snap Da Pro” Chase) to name of few of the several events.  We love to travel, serve other and book trips as well as helping others around us in the process.

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Watch: ACT-SO Visits Black Xpression

Every month ACTSO participates in an enrichment activity. On October 25th, we went to the open mic night Black Xpression. Our ACT-SO competitor Eryn brought down the house.


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April 4th, 2020

New Members of the Executive Committee

The Branch has welcomed four new members to its Executive Committee. They are:

The Dr Thompson and Ms Rebecca are both looking for members for their committees, so please email them if you are interested in Communications, Press and Publicity or Economic Development.

Donation Needed: Filing Cabinet

Your Branch needs a locking filing cabinet, so that our financial records will no longer be stored in an offset location. Do you have a locking filing cabinet you can donate? If so, please write to [email protected]. If we can’t find someone to donate one, we have our eye on one at Office Depot for $80; if you’d like to chip in to help with that, please also write [email protected]!

Press Conference Calling for an End to Restrictive Zoning

Recently the NAACP San Diego Branch participated in a press conference and comment at the City of San Diego Land-Use and Housing Committee. The goal of the press conference was to ask for an end to restrictive zoning, so that we can build more multi-family housing to address our housing crisis. Please follow these links to learn more about what happened:

10 News:  https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/group-claims-zoning-enables-housing-segregation

KUSI:  https://www.kusi.com/advocates-urge-end-to-zoning-that-they-say-causes-housing-segregation/

San Diego Union Tribune:  https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/business/growth-development/story/2019-10-09/coalition-calls-for-an-end-to-zoning-restrictions-that-prevent-multi-unit-housing

STEM Camp on News 8!

We are so pleased that KFMB took such and interest in this summer’s STEM Camp!


NAACP tech camp boosts STEAM learning

News 8 is honoring the NAACP San Diego’s 100th anniversary and its efforts to pursue racial justice and equality in our community. The NAACP is committed to mentoring our county’s next generation of innovators through its technology camp. Students at Bell Middle School showcased a robot that packs a suitcase and the app that programs its every move.

Read the article on cbs8.com >


San Diego County Board of Supervisors

We were recently approached by Supervisor Cox, who wanted to honor the Branch on its 100th Anniversary. At our October 3rd General Membership Meeting, we voted to decline the honor, due to longstanding issues with the Board of Supervisors treatment of African-Americans and other people of color, including the essentially broken CLERB, the resolution opposing AB-392, their failure to adequately address the housing crisis and other issues of interest to our Membership.

We plan instead to present a letter to the Board, outlining our complaints over their actions and policies.

However, we are aware that only a small part of our Membership is able to attend the General Membership Meetings, and we want to give everyone an opportunity to make their concerns known or give us feedback on the letter.

So, please, if you have input on what we should tell the supervisors, let us know by sending us an email!