February 1, 2021

Councilmember LaCava
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Council President Campbell
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Whitburn
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Montgomery Steppe
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Von Wilpert
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Cate
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Campillo
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Moreno
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Councilmember Elo-Rivera
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101
Mayor Todd Gloria
City Administration Building
202 C Street
San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Mayor and Members of the San Diego City Council,

The work between the Mayor and City Council for our city’s economic recovery provides an opportunity to correct decades-long inequities. Underrepresented citizens and, specifically blacks, are not treated equally when it comes to being hired for full-time positions with benefits.  Many are hourly employees doing the work equivalent to salaried employees but are not afforded the same benefits. The Covid epidemic has exposed a massive discrepancy in the availability of health benefits and the delivery of health services. The City of San Diego can lead the way to correct these unfortunate inequities.

We would like the City Council to request the Mayor to direct the permanent Chief Operating Officer to provide plans from the various departments that describe the current levels of employment along with their plans to adjust current hiring and promotion practices so that current employees can obtain elevated positions that provide benefits. We also request opportunities be opened up for others who are interested in becoming city employees.

Qualified individuals who could be great assets to the City are often denied the opportunity due to lack of diversity on the interview panels, nepotism, and, in some cases, a lack of interest in hiring or promoting the best and brightest. We believe the city is better than that and look forward to your response.

 

Thank you,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

 

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