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August 11: DOE Community Solar Partnership

Introducing—The Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership

August 11th
9pm ET/ 6pm PT

GOAL: Affordable and accessible community solar to every American household by 2025

JOIN US:

Hear what NAACP units are already doing nationwide to advance the goal of community ownership and solar for all!!!
Explore the NAACP involvement in the National Community Solar Partnership!!!
Determine how your unit can join the solar revolution!!!

GUEST SPEAKER:

Krystal Laymon
Strategic & Interagency Initiatives, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
US Department of Energy

 The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Solar Energy Technology Office welcomes stakeholders to join the National Community Solar Partnership (NCSP), a coalition of community solar stakeholders working to expand access to affordable and accessible community solar to every American household by 2025. Joining NCSP gives partners an opportunity to apply for direct technical assistance (TA) to overcome critical barriers and network with other organizations in the community solar field through peer-learning. Together with DOE, subject matter experts, and peers, NCSP partners will help accelerate community solar innovation nationwide. 

REGISTER HERE

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: The Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: The Department of Energy National Community Solar Partnership. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

QUESTIONS?? [email protected]

2020 is a [Branch] Election Year

We are all of course aware that there is an election taking place in November that will determine whether civil rights protections, environmental protections, consumer protections, and nearly every other function by which government is supposed to protect its citizens from powerful monied interests will continue to be dismantled at a rapid rate. Furthermore, we are experiencing a global pandemic the likes of which hasn’t been seen in a century.

In the light of these grim struggles, the Branch’s election will be a relatively light affair.  Happily you don’t really need to worry about it right away; unless you want to run for office.  Here is the timeline for the Branch’s 2020 Election:

Step 1: the Membership Deadline:

In order to run for election in November of 2020, you must be a member in good standing as of May 1st(1), with your membership dues paid up.  If you have even a single day of lapsed membership from May 1st to the election in November, you will be ineligible to run.  We have seen this happen in our very Branch in the past, and the Secretary wishes to ensure it never happens again.

If you think you might run, check your membership card; if the Expiration Date is coming up, renew now!  Whatever the date may be, please make a mental note to renew before then, if you think you might run.  On their part, the Secretary will do their best to remind you when your dues are due, but it is ultimately your responsibility to keep up your membership.

Note: it is currently impossible to renew your membership in our Branch from National’s website.

You must renew your membership at join.sandiegonaacp.org, either with a credit card or by downloading a membership application and mailing it in with your check. Please write [email protected] with any questions.

Step 2: When and Where?

At our August General Membership Meeting, the Membership will decided to hold the election on November 12th, from 4pm – 9pm. Due to COVID-19, elections will not be done in person but will take place through an online voting system.

Step 3: Nominating Committee & Number of Members-at-Large

The next steps in our election take place at the September General Membership Meeting. We need to do three things at that meeting: Elect the Nominating Committee, decide how many Members-at-Large there should be on the Executive Committee, and choose the method of the election.

The Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee consists of 5-15 members, only 2 of which may be current Officers or Executive Committee members. In order to serve on the Nominating Committee, you must have been a member in good standing of the NAACP San Diego Branch for the entire time period of August 4th, 2020 through September 3rd, 2020.

The work of the nominating committee will be to produce a “slate;” persons recommended for each Branch Office and each at-large position on the Executive Committee.

Members-at-Large

Members-at-Large of the Executive Committee are elected members who are on the Executive Committee without serving the Branch in a specific office or as a Committee Chair. The Branch chooses in September how many should be elected; a minimum of 10 to a maximum of 24.

Election Method

Due to COVID-19, the Board of the NAACP has decided that all elections must take place online. They will be recommending software we can use for these online elections; we will choose from one of the recommended packages.

Election Guidance from National

2020 Election Procedure Manual

2020 Election FAQs

2020 Election Dates to Remember

Note 1:  Those of you who study the bylaws on a daily basis (we assume that is all of you) may have read that the membership deadline is April 1st. That deadline has been moved, for this year only, by the National Board of Directors.

Questions for the Diamond Business Improvement District

Aug 4, 2020

Ms. Lilliana Garcia, Executive Director
Southeastern Diamond BID
415 Euclid Avenue, Suite K-13
San Diego, CA 92114

Dear Ms. Garcia:

Unfortunately, I have not received a response to my original email dated July 28, 2020 and forwarded to you by SDBD Board members Jamal Jackson, US Bank and Jr. Minister Hugh Muhammad, regarding the area in and around the intersection of Imperial Avenue and Euclid Avenue; specifically Huffman Plaza. I am writing to again ask for your response to my email as well as clarification on certain items related to the operation of the Southeastern Diamond Business Improvement District. 

According to the SDBD website your Mission Statement is as follows: 

The Mission of the Diamond Business Association is to foster economic prosperity by advocating for and promoting the growth of businesses in the Diamond District.

The Diamond name is derived from the geographic location of the corridors, which as depicted by your map, is a diamond. That brings me to my first set of questions.

1) Representation: It appears that the make-up of the Board of Directors (minimum of 7 and maximum of 13) includes only three businesspersons whose business are actually located in the SDBD. Three others use the Ochi Courtyard (5003 Imperial Avenue: The BID Cowork Space) as their business address. Finally, the Board Chair is an associate member and also the head of Civic San Diego. 

The Diamond Cowork is owned and operated by the Diamond Business Association, Inc. We manage the manage the Diamond Business Improvement District (BID). We are the first BID managed cowork and the first cowork in our district. (Source Diamond Cowork website).

Question 1-A: Isn’t it a conflict of interest for BID Board Members to also rent space in The Diamond Cowork? 

Three of the current seats are expired and it appears that McCord has already served two terms beginning when he was co-owner of the Alpha Club.

Question 1-B: What is the marketing that occurs to attract new members and then to encourage participation on the board? Where are you in implementing the schedule identified in the By-Laws Article VII Election of Directors?

Question 1-C: Please explain why there isn’t more diverse geographic representation on the board? The boundaries include two industrial parks Gateway Center East (anchored by Costco and Raven Street), businesses along Logan Market street, Federal Blvd. etc. giving us the opportunity to have corporate support where currently there is none. Cox Communications, Coke Cola, KGTV Channel 10 are all businesses that could be a big help to the area and would add substantial presences to the SDBD board.

2) Vision: I started with the Mission Statement for a reason: the words economic prosperity stick out. What is the vision? Not to compare apples and oranges but Little Italy has a very successful BID. Yes, there are many reasons why; one of the strongest being the celebration of the history of the area. 

The Diamond BID was created in large part due to the late Brooks Huffman, working with the late Councilman George Stevens. Why is this important? Because he started his own business, Huffman Barbeque, in 1967. Three of the BID members are located in an office immediately east of Brooks Huffman Plaza. It was Brooks Huffman who convinced Councilman Stevens to install the lights on the overpasses in 1999. The website speaks to none of this, and the plaza is currently a disgrace to his name and what he tried to do. 

Ochi Nursery will be remembered because it is now the site of apartments that carry the same name, but who knows the story? There is historic significance to Ochi Nursery. Bronze Beauty Salon, Gentry Barber Shop are 2nd generation businesses still operating… who knew?

Question 2-A: When will you use the history of the area to make the community proud again, and enlist their support in the effort to generate economic prosperity? 

Question 2-B: Why isn’t there a strong plan to finally and creatively take care of Huffman Plaza? There are at least three plans on the books that are implementable and can serve as the catalyst to encourage support of a Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). There was support in the early 2000’s and if residents and business owners can actually see what the funds (in part) would be used for, they would support it. This would help to attract new businesses to all of the ground floor retail that is currently empty.

3) Final Questions

Question 3-A: We would like a copy of the latest SDBD Strategic Plan.

Question 3-B:  Is there a reason the Valencia Business Park RFP is not noted on the SDBD website under Available Commercial Property?

Question 3-C: What is the SDBD’s official position on the proposed Wellness Center on Market Street and why?

Question 3-D: How does the BID interface with the Chollas Valley and Southeastern San Diego Community Planning Groups? 

The economic heart of our community rests in the strength of our businesses. We need to understand what is being done and how it can be improved.

Thank you in advance for your responses.

Sincerely,

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch

Cc: Board of Directors, SDBD
Monica Montgomery, Co-Chair City-County Reinvestment Task Force
Nathan Fletcher, Co-Chair City-County Reinvestment Task Force
Mayor and San Diego City Council

See our response to their response here.

August 6th General Membership Meeting

Our August 6th General Membership Meeting was held online via Zoom at 6pm.

Meeting Highlights:

  • Informative presentation from Michael Vu, Registrar of Voters
  • Information on Community Grant program from Union Bank
  • Election of Dr Charlotta Robertson as Assistant Secretary
  • NAACP San Diego Branch election to take place November 12th online

Job Openings

Job notice received by the Branch from our friends at La Voz. We do not endorse any job opportunity, we only pass along notices we have received.

6th Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil

August 3, 2020

Re: 6th Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil in Support of the NAACP’s National Day of Mourning For African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions

The NAACP San Diego Branch invites you to our Sixth Annual Interfaith Prayer Vigil on Friday, August 14, 2020 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in support of the NAACP’s National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed In Police Involved Interactions.  

In 2016, the NAACP at its national convention adopted a resolution, proposed by the San Diego Branch, designating August 11th each year as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed In Police Involved Interactions (the full resolution is included below). 

During this virtual prayer vigil, clergy from various faith traditions will pray for an end to police brutality, recovery from the devastating impact of COVID -19, relief from systemic racism, and improved educational and employment opportunities.   We will pray for justice, equality, and healing in our city, state, and country, and other issues of concern to the African American community.

Some of the confirmed speakers include: California Assemblymember Shirley Weber, Dr. Suzanne Afflalo, Bishop William Benson, Rabbi Laurie Coskey, Imam Wali Fardan, Dr. Gwendolyn Matthews, Latanya West, Geneviéve Jones-Wright, Pastor Nate Stewart and Pastor Archie Robinson.  

This virtual prayer vigil can be viewed live on Facebook at facebook.com/NAACPSanDiego/ and on our website at sandiegonaacp.org

For more information and to register for this free event go to: sandiegonaacp.org/vigil

For questions contact: [email protected].

National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions

WHEREAS, the NAACP affirms the constitutional right of all citizens to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; and

WHEREAS,  the NAACP recognizes that police officers are sworn to protect all of the citizens in the communities in which they serve; and

WHEREAS, police killed at least 336 Black people in the United States in 2015; and

WHEREAS, Black people in the United States are three times more likely to be killed by police than White people; and

WHEREAS, 30% of Black victims killed by police in 2015 were unarmed compared to 19% of White victims; and

WHEREAS, in 97% of the killings of Blacks in police involved interactions in 2015, none of the officers involved were charged with a crime.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recognizes the 11th day of August each year as a National Day of Mourning for African Americans Killed in Police Involved Interactions.

Union Bank and the Promise Zone

July 31, 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

To the Mayor and the San Diego City Council:

If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far go together.

—African Proverb

For hundreds of years the lives of African-Americans have not been valued by our society.  We have been enslaved and discriminated against, either directly in law or by laws carefully designed to seem neutral but actually to be discriminatory.  As a result, we have been unable to accumulate the resources to cushion the effects of disasters like COVID-19.

We therefore ask the Mayor and City Council of San Diego to pay very careful attention to those institutions that support people in the Promise Zone, and not allow major institutions to treat them with disrespect and neglect. You know our needs are dire; 97% of the kids in the zone are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches.  The long history of advantage society has given to others means we need your assistance now.

The Promise Zone continues to be neglected by major corporations, and yet neither the Economic Development Department, the Diamond Business Improvement District, nor the City takes an interest.  We are putting you on notice, and we expect you to put them on notice, that we are not going to tolerate this kind of mistreatment any longer.

Yet another major financial institution, this time Union Bank, has chosen to ignore its obligations under the Community Reinvestment Act and close its branch at Federal and Euclid (see attached).  This puts a great deal of extra stress on residents of the area, who now must travel all the way to Rolando on public transportation during the COVID pandemic. Please use your influence to get Union Bank to reverse this decision.

School will start in less than a month, and our students will once again be home instead of in the classroom.  They’ll have the electricity for distance learning, even if their parents are out of work, since SDG&E is being understanding.  They may not, however, have the Internet, since Cox is not offering forgiveness on bills.  Perhaps the City can use its influence to get relief to Promise Zone kids who need to learn.

Where, in all this, is the Diamond Business Improvement District?  Why are they not watching out for our residents and exerting their influence over businesses in the area?  Could it be because there are vacant board seats going unadvertised?  Could it be because the board President is an employee of Civic San Diego, and thus has a conflict of interest?

We are weathering two crises now; the COVID-19 virus and the COVID-19 economic depression.  We need bold leadership to see all of our citizens through these two threats.  The people of San Diego will not accept less!

Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch