SAECC COVID-19 Resurgent Fund

June 7, 2020

Mayor Kevin Faulconer
City Admin Building
11th Floor 202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Council President Gómez
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Cate
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Moreno
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Bry
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Kersey
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Sherman
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Campbell
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Montgomery
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Ward
City Admin Building
10th Floor
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Mayor and Members of the San Diego City Council,

You have recently received a proposal for a COVID-19 Resurgent Fund and Task force from The Strategic Alliance of Ethnic Chambers of Commerce (SAECC), comprised of the Central San Diego Black Chamber of Commerce, Asian Business Association of San Diego County, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People has identified six game changers that address major areas of inequality facing African Americans.  These game-changers are the focus of the work of the NAACP San Diego Branch.  The very first of those game-changers is Economic Sustainability: every person must have equal opportunity to achieve economic success, sustainability, and financial security.

We therefore write in very strong support of SAECC’s proposal.  We stand ready to assist the SAECC and the City in changing the narrative of economic depression that has gripped so many communities in San Diego.  Business in our underserved districts both DESERVE and DEMAND a fair shake at reopening their businesses as we move through this unprecedented epidemic.  Furthermore, the closure of these businesses would have a terrible follow-on effect on the lives and morale of the residents of these communities.

The City of San Diego, in the persons of its Mayor and Members of its City Council, has an unprecedented opportunity to open the door to economic recovery for our businesses, if for once the Mayor will show bolder leadership.  The SAECC are united in a way never before seen, and we are right there with them.

Sincerely,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

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