State bill that could help Democrats in election headed to Senate hearing

State legislation opens the door to major changes in San Diego County elections is a step closer to becoming law and setting a new policy that could help put more Democrats in power. A bill introduced in February by Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego, cleared the Senate Elections and Constitutional Amendments Committee on Tuesday, and is headed to the full Senate. The legislation applies only to San Diego County, and it would authorize the Board of Supervisors or a voter initiative to require races for all county offices to be decided in the November general election. Currently, candidates for supervisor,
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A big fight is simmering over a bigger pot of county money

It’s wonky, it’s obscure, and it’s becoming a deal. As San Diego County works on finalizing next year’s budget, a nearly $2 billion fund and how it should or shouldn’t be spent has become one of the most contentious matters in county fiscal policy. At a recent hearing on the $5.69 billion proposed budget people filled four overflow rooms to give moral support as others appeared before supervisors to make 90-second arguments for how they think public money should be spent. “Loosen up those purse strings,” Tracy Carter, president of SEIU Local 221, the union that represents county workers. She
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Outsiders Clamor for County Officials to Loosen the Purse Strings

For years, a progressive chorus has urged the county to unleash its massive reserve savings account. The volume of that conversation’s grown this year – and two county supervisors just responded. County Supervisors Dianne Jacob and Ron Roberts announced a handful of proposals Monday to pull $25 million from the county’s reserve account to create an investment pool to encourage more affordable housing development and to consider building affordable homes on 11 county properties. They’re also looking to use $500,000 in grant funds from Roberts’ office to catalyze innovative, lower-cost development. The duo hopes fellow supervisors will approve the changes
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San Diego County and its biggest union clash in contract talks

San Diego Union Tribune Negotiations between San Diego County government and its largest labor union have hit a major snag because of a disagreement over who and how many people can be at the bargaining table, a disruption that could possibly impact thousands of employees. The county and Service Employees International Union, Local 221, a labor organization that represents more than 10,000 of the government’s 17,000 employees, have filed unfair practice charges against each other before bargaining sessions could dive into talks on pay, benefits, pensions and other matters that make up the meat of a labor contract. The county
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Assemblymembers Weber, Gloria propose reforms for San Diego County elections

The Center on Policy Initiatives is a proud supporter of both bills. Press Release from Councilmember Todd Gloria San Diego Legislators Author Legislation to Reform San Diego County Redistricting Commission, Move to November Run-off Elections SACRAMENTO, CA – California State Assemblymembers Shirley N. Weber (D-San Diego) and Todd Gloria (D-San Diego) announced dual legislation today that would reform County of San Diego elections. The two bills, AB 801 and AB 901, co-authored by Assemblymembers Weber and Gloria, would revamp the County of San Diego’s redistricting commission and allow races for County Board of Supervisor to be decided in the General
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BREAKING NEWS: County walks away from bargaining

On Feb. 16, your negotiating team sat down with the County negotiating team ready to begin bargaining alongside our community partners in the Invest in San Diego Families coalition. Our partners represent the community and the clients we serve. They have expertise in smart justice, the safety ladder and good jobs and most importantly, they have come together with our membership to speak with a united voice about the County’s responsibility to deliver quality services provided by top employees with good jobs and appropriate staffing levels. The County negotiating team unlawfully refused to negotiate with the SEIU bargaining team because
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