Censorship of NAACP Message on Racism in San Diego County Housing and Community Development Services

March 02, 2020

The Honorable Grex Cox, Chair
San Diego County Board of Supervisors
1600 Pacific Highway
San Diego, CA 92101

Dear Chairman Cox,

We at the NAACP are absolutely outraged by the actions of the Board of Supervisors.  First, we asked for reasonable accommodation to be heard during Black History Month. That was denied, by YOU, CHAIRMAN COX.  So, we were forced to pare down our presentation, split it between three of our members, and complete the presentation in six minutes.  

But, the more outrageous action was the censorship of our message.  In every other instance where slides were presented at the February 25, 2020 Board of Supervisors Meeting, the slides were broadcast by video to the public.  NOT A SINGLE ONE OF OUR SLIDES WAS BROADCAST. The slides that showed that Dwight Flesher was a racist, sexist, Islamophobe were censored from the public.

While we understood that the one slide that included “profanity” when referring to Muhammad and Islam would not be shown, the Board of Supervisors or Staff decided to censor ALL the slides.  The only logical explanation is that the Board of Supervisors or Staff decided to blunt our message and protect Dwight Flesher from being exposed to the world, despite the fact that he chose to display his racist attitudes on a public forum.  SHAME ON YOU. THE NAACP DEMANDS AN EXPLANATION.   

Francine Maxwell, First Vice President and Acting President
NAACP San Diego Branch


Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

Racism in San Diego County Housing and Community Development Services

February 24, 2020

Re: Racism in San Diego County Housing and Community Development Services.

On February 25, 2020, the San Diego Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will present evidence to the Board of Supervisors of a racist extremist currently acting as a “housing specialist” for San Diego County Housing and Community Development Services. The San Diego County Housing and Community Development Services runs Section 8 housing for San Diego County.

The San Diego Housing and Community Development office is designed to help those who need public assistance.  Because of America’s long history of racism, Section 8 housing overwhelmingly serves communities of color and other disadvantaged communities.  Discovering that someone in a position of power harbors a deep hatred for the very people he is supposed to help, is incredibly distressing. Persons seeking governmental assistance are among our most vulnerable citizens, and they should not need to fear hatred from very County employees hired to serve them.

During public comment, the NAACP will present a series of facebook posts from this County employee, showing shockingly anti-immigrant, anti-latinx, anti-islamic, anti-African American sentiments.  Such attitudes should not and cannot be held by someone who is in a position to approve or deny welfare benefits.

The NAACP already has evidence, in the form of complaint to the NAACP legal redress committee, that this employee is using his position to intimidate people in need, particularly people of color.   In addition, we know from this complainant that at least one supervisor is aware of this employee’s facebook posts and views. The question is why this employee remains in a position of power.

The NAACP San Diego Branch demands:

  1.  An investigation into hiring practices that allowed a racist to be hired as a housing specialist, including who hired him and the record of racial complaints filed against him. 
  2. An investigation to determine how widespread extremist views are in Housing and Community Development Services. 
  3. A re-evaluation of all the Section 8 cases to ensure that people received the assistance they are entitled to under the law.
  4. The County take steps to protect vulnerable people by ensuring that this employee is no longer in a position of power over people of color, immigrants, and members of religions of which he disapproves.

Francine Maxwell, First Vice President and Acting President
NAACP San Diego Branch


Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit

February 20th, 2020 Executive Committee Meeting

The Executive Committee met at 6pm, February 20th, in Room 347 of the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, 404 Euclid Ave.

Executive Committee meetings are public meetings, and anyone may attend. Only Executive Committee members may participate, however.

You may view the interactive meeting packet online.

Or, if you prefer to download the entire packet, you may. Please note that the packet has been updated with financial items that were not made available in advance.

Important: Tuesday Deadline to Register to Vote

Every election is important, but at the rate protections for civil rights, the environment, and the non-wealthy are being eliminated, this is an absolutely crucial time to make your voice heard. We have received the following information, which we pass along to you. PLEASE visit the official sites linked to in the following information, and make sure you are getting the correct information straight from the horse’s mouth!

  • Registration Deadline:  Last push for us to get the message out to have those that are not registered or those who need to re-register to do so by February 18. As we have discussed, it is important to have voters update or register on or before this date in order to avoid inconveniences that negatively impacts their participation in the election.After the registration deadline (Feb. 18), we will continue letting voters know that they can come to the ROV to register and vote. There hasn’t been any voting lines at the ROV, so now is the best time to act!  Here is our release, our tweet, and our IG post on the upcoming deadline.
  • Satellite Locations:  Stay tuned as all four locations are set and we’ve onboarded over 100+ individuals to staff the four sites between Feb. 29 thru the close of the polls on March 3. We’ll be doing a “teaser” of the availability of the satellite locations next week and post the actual sites at SDVOTE.com the week of Feb. 24. More to come on this, but again these sites offer almost all services that we have at the ROV office. The main purpose on election day is to have those that are NOT registered to vote to get to one of these locations so we can issue them the right ballot and avoid any long lines at the polls.
  • Poll Workers
    • Training Manual:  If you have any questions about how poll workers are trained, we post our Manual online so everyone can learn what the processes are at the polls, particularly for voter scenarios in a presidential primary election.
    • Senate Bill 207:  Urgent legislation was passed and signed into law by the Governor which will take effect for the upcoming March primary election. Because this bill was signed into law after we started poll worker training (February 13), the attached documents provide you how poll workers will be instructed to implement the new provisions.
    • Recruitment:  We continue to need poll workers and your help in getting the word out is greatly appreciated.
  • Polling Place List and Changes:  Some of you have asked for the list of polling places and the list of changes.  The polling places that were printed on the back cover of each voter’s sample ballot & voter information pamphlet can be found HERE underneath the “Public Notices & More” section.  Note:  Changes since the pamphlet mailing can be found underneath the main link. Please check it daily for any additional changes.

For more information, please see the Official Press Release from the County.

Feb 19 Superior Court Judges’ Forum

On Wednesday, February 19, the NAACP San Diego Branch will join San Diego Chapter of the Black Political Association of California (BAPAC SD) in hosting a voter education forum featuring candidates for the four open seats on the San Diego Superior Court.

The forum will be held at the Educational Cultural Complex in southeastern San Diego. Convening partners include the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, NAACP San Diego Branch, Central Black Chamber of Commerce and the ACLU Foundation of San Diego & Imperial Counties. 

Black San Diegans are overrepresented in the criminal justice system and underrepresented on the bench. In this race, there are no Black candidates and little discussion of issues of importance to justice-impacted communities. For these reasons and more, it is critically important that people of color are informed and engaged in this election and vote their entire ballot.

All eleven Superior Court Judge candidates were invited to participate in the February 19 forum. Eight have confirmed as of this date (in bold): Michelle IaleggioShawn McMillanStephen Miller, CJ Mody, Mike Murphy, Peter Murray, Tim Nader, Alana Robinson, Mark Skeel, Paul Staritaand Roberta Winston.

WHAT:    San Diego Superior Court Judge Candidates Forum

WHEN:   Wednesday, February 19, 2020, 6pm to 8pm. Doors open at 5pm.  

WHERE: Educational Cultural Complex (Common Ground Theatre)

                         4343 Ocean View Blvd., San Diego, CA 92113