February 5, 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,

In response to today’s’ statements by Reverend Al Sharpton, the NAACP San Diego Branch wishes to express their continued support for Falck to become the new City of San Diego’s emergency ambulance provider.

Statements about the City of San Diego’s evaluation panel and its lack of representation from communities of color or gender diversity is something our branch has been demanding for years. It is an unfortunate characteristic of the City’s panels; however, it is not unique to the contract in question. In regard to current emergency services, the status quo is simply not working, and the current provider has failed to address our issues. The current response time levels are unacceptable. Our community has been forced to take our own measures to assure the safety of our community. We station an ambulance at the Black Contractors Association of San Diego (BCA) due to regular delays in emergency ambulance service.

We live and work in this community while the outgoing provider brings in out of town spokespeople, like Rev. Sharpton to comment on our prehospital healthcare. Unrelated labor associations must also recognize and stand aside and allow the organizations that do represent frontline workers to speak for themselves. The current provider has had time to address these issues and has failed. With all due respect, the Labor Council, Reverend Sharpton, and the Medical Association do not speak for our community. We have been demanding change for years of which the current provider has had plenty of time to address and has failed to do so.

We choose to stand by Falck who has already dedicated time and resources to our residents. In just a short time they have proven their commitment to working with our community and kept promises that the outgoing provider overlooks. Thank you,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

 

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