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  Vote YES on Prop I  Vote NO on Prop H Scroll down to read the ballot statements in favor of Prop I and against Prop H   Continue reading

How have San Diego jobs and businesses fared through recent California minimum wage increases?

May 2016 The number of jobs in San Diego County has risen steadily in the past five years, continuing a healthy upward climb through two minimum wage increases. Data from the California Employment Development Department shows that the total number of nonfarm jobs in San Diego County rose continually between early 2012 and March 2016, on a trajectory that didn’t change when the California minimum wage increased from $8 to $9 in July 2014 and again to $10 in January 2016. San Diego County employers have hired an additional 75,800 workers since the state minimum wage rose to $9 in 2014.    Continue reading

Transit tax plan fails to address problems

By Brian Clapper, Monique Lopez & Dale Kelly Bankhead  Read original op-ed here published in The San Diego Union-Tribune San Diegans face two major threats to the health, safety and well-being of our region. The first is that our planet is galloping toward catastrophic climate change which poses a threat to every living thing. The second is rising economic inequality which undermines prosperity and stifles innovation. These crises are inextricably interrelated since we need both prosperity and innovation if we are to effectively combat climate change. Addressing these issues is fundamental to ensuring a high quality of life for generations to come. The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) could use its $204 billion transportation plan to address both, by creating high-quality local jobs and investing in reducing transportation emissions, the largest contributor to climate change in the region. Unfortunately, the regressive sales tax measure that the SANDAG Board of Directors is proposing to put on the November 2016 ballot fails to address either crisis. The National City Chamber of Commerce and the organizations in the Quality of Life Coalition are committed to moving San Diego forward to address climate change, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, protect the quality of our air and waterways and responsibly use public dollars to bring good jobs, renewed opportunity and a better quality of life to San Diegans. Continue reading

Analysis of the “Rebuild San Diego” Proposal

The “Rebuild San Diego” proposal does not raise any new revenue, failing to adequately address San Diego’s infrastructure needs. Decades of neglect by City officials have left us with crumbling, inadequate and missing infrastructure. Today, the City of San Diego does not have completed assessments for all assets, so we don’t know the full extent of the problem. Continue reading

Lack of hours hits minimum wage increase

Tens of thousands of San Diego's low wage workers got raises today, but boosting the minimum wage from $9 to $10 per hour won't do much against the region's high cost of living. Nichanora Montenegro got a raise today, to the new minimum wage. "Honestly, the $10 per hour minimum wage does not make an impact to home care workers like me," she said. Continue reading