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SDBPOA Townhall


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SDBPOA Townhall

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At 6pm on April 21st, you may join the discussion by clicking below:

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Watch: March 10th Jury Townhall

At 6pm on March 10, we had a discussion regarding service on juries.

A “jury of your peers” cannot happen without a diverse jury pool. We had a lively discussion with Superior Court Judge Dwayne K. Moring, Deputy District Attorney Dwain Woodley and Deputy Public Defender Euketa Oliver on how to ensure justice for all!

Judge Dwayne Moring

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger appointed Dwayne K. Moring to a judicial seat on the San Diego County Superior Court on July 21, 2008. 

Judge Moring currently hears criminal matters as the Supervising Judge at the San Diego South County Courthouse. He is the first African-American Supervising Judge for the South County Courthouse.  His previous assignment was in one of the old Central Courthouse Felony Settlement Departments where half of all the felony cases filed at the main courthouse were heard in his department.  He was also assigned to the Juvenile Delinquency Court for three years.

Judge Moring tried approximately 75 felony and misdemeanor jury trials prior to his appointment.  He has presided over approximately 50 jury trials as a judge. 

Prior to his appointment, Judge Moring was a Deputy District Attorney in the Sex Crimes and Stalking Division of the San Diego District Attorney’s Office.  Previously, Judge Moring was a Deputy Alternate Public Defender with the San Diego Alternate Public Defender’s Office, and a Deputy City Attorney in the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.

Judge Moring is a board member of the San Diego Judges Association, a Sustaining Member of the San Diego Lawyers Club, a lifetime member of both the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association and Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation, and a Master with the J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court.  He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the: California Judges Association, Crawford High School Academy of Law, Pepperdine Caruso School of Law, and the University Club Atop Symphony Towers of San Diego.  He is also a member of the San Diego Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Judge Moring is the recipient of several awards for his involvement in the legal community.  In October 2017 he was recognized by Pepperdine University as one of its “Top 40 Over 40 Alumni.”  He was honored with the “Flame Of Inspiration Award” by the Thomas Jefferson School Of Law Black Law Student Association in March 2008 acknowledging his mentorship of minority law students.  In 2007, Judge Moring received the “Outstanding Service By A Public Attorney Award” from the San Diego County Bar Association.  He also received the San Diego County Sexual Assault Response Team’s “Response With A Heart Award” in appreciation of his significant contribution to sexual assault prosecution in 2007.

Judge Moring received his juris doctor degree from Pepperdine School of Law in 1991.  He also attended Pepperdine University as an undergraduate where he received a Bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1984.  

 Judge Moring was born and raised in San Diego, California.

Dwain Woodley

Dwain Woodley was appointed to Chief Deputy District Attorney at the San Diego District Attorney’s office by District Attorney Summer Stephan in 2018.  Chief Woodley, a 31 year attorney and Navy Jag Corps veteran,  earned his B.A. from McDaniel College 1986 and earned his J.D. the University of Maryland Law School in 1989. 

As a Navy Jag Woodley gained experience as a defense attorney and later joined the Office of the Public Defender of San Diego County where he represented indigent clients.  In 2001 he joined the office of the District Attorney of San Diego County where he led  Superior Court Division, Juvenile and South Bay Divisions. 

Chief Deputy Woodley was raised in Baltimore Maryland in a family that instilled the importance of public service.  He recognizes that the community must have trust in the fairness of the judicial system for it to work effectively and that having prosecutors from diverse backgrounds provides an extra level of confidence that the system is fair to its citizens.  Chief Woodley also understands that community safety is more than incarceration.  The judicial system as a whole should have a greater purpose – to prevent crime and to create a peaceful, law-abiding society. 


Euketa Oliver

Euketa Oliver is a Deputy Public Defender with the San Diego County Office of the Primary Public Defender.  For over 15 years, her practice has focused on representing indigent individuals in their criminal and appellate matters. For the past 3 years, Euketa has worked in the Writs and Appeals Unit, where she is responsible for providing legal advice to approximately 200 attorneys, office-wide trainings on new laws and legislation, as well as conducting extensive legal research and writing. As a Deputy Public Defender, Euketa has handled over 70 jury trials. She has argued appellate matters before the Fourth District Court of Appeal, Division One and the San Diego Superior Court Appellate Division. Prior to her legal career, Euketa obtained a Master of Arts degree in Counseling Psychology. Euketa is Immediate Past President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Foundation; co-chair of Lawyers Club of San Diego, Diverse Women’s Committee; serves on the San Diego Superior Court’s Anti-Bias Legal Equality (ABLE) committee, and member of the San Diego County Bar Association’s Bench-Bar Committee. 

Feb 27: ACT-SO Writer’s Workshop

ACT-SO Writer’s Workshop: Poetry & Black History

All are welcome to join us at 2pm on February 22nd to work on writing poetry. Examples of great poems from Black writers of the ages will be used to inspire and instruct writers of all ages.

At the time of the workshop, anyone may join by visiting:

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Happy Black History Month!

Celebrate Black History Month by joining one of our committees and working for racial justice!

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Watch: SDG&E Townhall

We are grateful for the time of Mr Mitchell and his team.

SDG&E Townhall

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Got questions about what goes into your bill?

Wondering about utility undergrounding?

Come get answers from San Diego Gas and Electric.

(General questions only; specific energy bills/properties will not be discussed.)

Presenting for SDG&E:

  • Mitch Mitchell, Vice President
  • Warren Ruis, Community
  • Tashonda Taylor, Operation
  • Adam Pierce, Rates
  • Kellen Gill, CCA Communications

Watch: PERT Townhall with Director Marvin

On January 28th, we had a very informative discussion with Director Marvin and Wes Albers from PERT.

2021 01 28 PERT (Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) Townhall

Mark Marvin, Ph.D. (Vice President of Community Research Foundation, PERT Division – Director) and Wes Albers (PERT Community & Law Enforcement Liaison) gave…

In 1996, PERT (Psychiatric Emergency Response Team) program was established in San Diego county. In fiscal year 2019-2020:

  • PERT Clinicians (Law Enforcement and EMS combined) conducted 35,701 contacts in the community.
  • PERT provided 12,340 Crisis Interventions (of which 5,750 or 47% were diverted from a 5150 hospital transport for other community resources) and 23,361 Community Service interventions.
  • PERT Clinicians provided 9,413 crisis intervention services to persons identifying as being homeless.
  • PERT attempted crisis resolution contact, but was unable to do so (e.g., person could not be located or declined to interact) an additional 7,695 occasions (thus, a total of 20,035 Crisis Interventions were attempted).

Mark Marvin, Ph.D. (Vice President of Community Research Foundation, PERT Division – Director) and Wes Albers (PERT Community & Law Enforcement Liaison) will address an overview of PERT including its history, the role of the PERT unit, and training provided to first responders.

Community Research Foundation, Inc. (2020). What is PERT?

Measure B Roundtable on November 30th

The following letter was received by the Branch:

Dear Francine and Brian,

I am writing to invite you to a roundtable discussion about Measure B, and next steps in the transformation of the current Community Review Board on Police Practices (CRB) into an independent Commission on Police Practices.

In preparing for this roundtable, we compiled a large list of local community groups. We are writing to you because of your leadership in the San Diego NAACP. If there is someone else in your group who would be a better fit to represent your organization, please feel free to forward this message to them.

The roundtable will be online, and will take place on Monday, November 30 at 4pm.

The purpose of this roundtable is threefold:

  1. To share documents developed by the CRB’s Ad Hoc Transition Committee (which was formed to plan the transition of the board into a commission, in anticipation of Measure B’s passage). These documents include a timeline for the transition, and a list of key concerns for the City Council’s consideration in drafting an implementation ordinance for Measure B.
  2. To answer any questions community organizations may have about Measure B and the new Commission on Police Practices.
  3. To solicit feedback from community organizations, specifically on which aspects you feel to be most important for the new Commission on Police Practices. 

The roundtable will be co-hosted by:

Patrick Anderson, current CRB member, chair of the Outreach Committee, member of the Ad Hoc Transition Committee
Poppy Fitch, current CRB member and 2nd vice chair
Andrea St. Julian, author of Measure B and member of San Diegans for Justice

We would appreciate your publicizing this public meeting with your organization’s members. The roundtable will be live-streamed at the City of San Diego’s YouTube page:

Questions or comments about the shared documents may be sent in advance of the roundtable to the following email address: [email protected]

Finally, I offer my profound gratitude for your commitment to community-based work, and my sincerest hope that you will be able to join us on November 30!


Patrick Anderson, Professor
Department of Communication 
Department of Ethnic Studies
Program in Critical Gender Studies
University of California, San Diego 


SDCOE: Enhancing Equity with SEL

The San Diego County Office of Education will be partnering with Panorama Education to host a 3-part virtual learning series focused on Enhancing Equity with SEL. It’s now more important than ever to focus on the racial inequities that exist within our school districts and learn how to actively fill the gaps.

Throughout the series, we’ll focus on how to leverage social-emotional learning (SEL) to address inequity that exists among, students, staff, and families. This is a space to ask questions and share resources with district leaders and educators just like you. Let’s tackle today’s challenges together and help each other grow.
If you would like to join us, please save your seat. Be sure to register for each specific learning session that you would like to attend:

If you are unable to attend a session but would like access to the recording and materials, register for that session and we will follow up after.
Please forward this email to your colleagues to spread the impact!

Thank you,The Equity Team