Members of the Housing Committee have been reading “Evicted,” by Matthew Desmond. Both a New York Times bestseller and winner of a Pulitzer prize, the book has been very popular and well-reviewed. It’s both fascinating and maddening.
The book spends most of its time chronicling the struggles of specific tenants and landlords, while also providing baseline statistics and housing facts, and with a small section of recommendations at the end.
The book is not a primer on housing policy by any means; it does, however, make a very strong visceral impression. That our economic system does very little to help the poor while giving every advantage to the monied class is news to no one who is paying attention, especially not anyone of color.
What was surprising to this reader, however, was the multiplicity of jeopardy that the evicted must face. One eviction makes the next housing that much harder to find. Eviction takes its toll in stress and health. Along with eviction comes either the loss of all possessions or storage fees that amount to the loss of possessions. Families with children face routine discrimination in the housing market, unprotected as they are by the Fair Housing Act. Women even face threat of eviction for reporting domestic violence!
Naturally, people of color, and especially women of color, are presented as facing the greatest challenges.
The strength of the book is in the power of its stories. The weakness of the book is that it only skims causes and solutions, and uncritically repeats some very arguable policy points.
Nonetheless, this is a very valuable read, if you want to be even more convinced that our economic system is fundamentally broken.
The San Diego NAACP would like to thank the three candidates who showed interest in and respect for the NAACP membership and the public for coming to our Candidate Forum on April 28th.
We appreciate their time and their attention to our community. We had a chair empty for Ms Myrtle Cole, who did not respond to our repeated invitations, but she was a no-show.
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Candidates for local Elections Speak to the NAACP
Looking forward to the elections in June 2018, the NAACPs Political Action Committee invited every candidate in three key local races to speak to the NAACP membership.
The candidates we have invited, and the dates on which they have spoken are listed below:
- Genevieve Jones-Wright: November 2, 2017
- Summer Stephan: Unavailable to speak with us
San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 4
- Omar Passons: August 3, 2017
- Nathan Fletcher: October 5, 2017
- Ken Malbrough: December 7, 2017
- Bonnie Dumanis: January 4, 2018
- Lori Saldaña: March 1, 2018
San Diego City Council, District 4
- Monica Montgomery: September 7, 2017
- Neal Arthur: April 5, 2018
- Anthony Villafranca: April 5, 2018
- Myrtle Cole: Did not respond to our invitation
In addition to their individual presentations, the candidates were invited to these forums, all held at the Malcom X Library:
- 6pm, April 17, 2018: San Diego County District Attorney
- Jones-Wright attended
- Summer Stephan declined
- 6pm, April 24, 2018: San Diego County Board of Supervisors, District 4
- Nathan Fletcher attended
- Kenneth Malbrough attended
- Omar Passons attended
- Lori Saldaña attended
- Bonnie Dumanis did not respond
- 10:30am, April 28, 2018: San Diego City Council, District 4
- Neal Arthur attended
- Monica Montgomery attended
- Tony Villafranca attended
- Myrtle Cole did not respond
We are grateful to the vast majority of the candidates, who have shown their respect for the NAACP, its membership, and the over one hundred years of struggle for human rights it represents, by agreeing to visit us to present their candidacies and hear our views.
Four of the five candidates for the San Diego County Board of Supervisors District 4 accepted our invitation to a candidate forum on April 24th, 2018. Appearing were:
Bonnie Dumanis did not respond to our invitation.
The NAACP San Diego held a Candidate Forum for the candidates in the San Diego County Board of Supervisors primary election, scheduled to be held June 5th. Four of the five candidates (Nathan Fletcher, Kenneth Malbrough, Omar Passons and Lori Saldaña) were kind enough to participate.