In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, black media is on the frontline providing reliable information to the communities they service. We are especially proud of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint, that at the direction of their Publisher, Dr. John Warren made their online newspapers free and began to keep their constituents educated and informed daily. Dr. Warren went even a step further and began to provide hardship copies of the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint weekly to thousands of food distribution bags given to in-need families in our community at no cost.
The San Diego Voice and Viewpoint is a shining example of leadership and should be celebrated for their love and respect of the communities they service.
I encourage the continued support of black media and the San Diego Voice and Viewpoint for, “A people without a voice can not be heard”.
Francine Maxwell, President NAACP San Diego Branch
In a recent article published in the Voice of San Diego, school board member John Lee Evans proclaimed that he is “sick and tired” of saying that we cannot afford what our students need. The article continues to point out the areas of deficit for the San Diego Unified School District that he believes receiving more money will solve.
Mr. Evans then illegally distributed this e-mail to every SD Unified employee via the district’s email system. Mr. Evans had previously been warned by the courts the ramifications of using district e-mail for political or personal gain, yet he chose once again to disobey the Superior Courts edict. One would begin to question his motives and his integrity by his egregious actions.
The school board and the superintendent have proven repeatedly their misuse of funds that come from the state and federal agencies. The board’s own political gain has completely overshadowed what is needed for students and schools. Every year the district proclaims to have a deficit of millions of dollars and that the state does not give them enough money to run our schools. But yet every single year under the tutelage of Superintendent Cindy Marten more and more people have been hired to work for her at the central office. Just look at all the revised organizational charts that the school board has approved. Not one of these employees touches the lives of our students. It simply gives her more help to do the jobs she should be doing and allows her to spend more time in “front of the cameras” giving false information to the citizens of San Diego.
Families in San Diego have had to cut back in their own homes to afford the living expenses that are now occurring in San Diego. The district needs to follow this example each year so that the budget is not continually running in the red. Mr. Evans’ article points a BIG finger at the governor, the state and years and years of inadequate funding yet not once does he look at the mismanagement of money and spending habits that occur in the SD Unified School District. Everything is everybody else’s fault!!!! After 11 years on the school board, Mr. Evans should have firsthand knowledge of how the problem can be solved yet all he can do is beg for more money!! Shame on you John Lee Evans. You know better than to point fingers in every direction but your own. You and the board members will approve every single item at the board meetings IF it helps promote your own political agenda or your own personal wellbeing.
The time is up! The parents and community members of San Diego can see through your smokescreen. We don’t need more money for you and the board to continue to spend foolishly. We need a new school board with members who believe in our students and know how to balance a budget no matter how much or how little they are given. Just like our students, we will rise to the challenge at hand in spite of your negativity and discouraging attitude.
Francine Maxwell, First Vice President and Acting President NAACP San Diego Branch