“All-in for CPI” poker tournament!

Join us for our 2nd annual “All-in for CPI” poker tournament! Step back in time into our backroom casino to play no-limit Texas Hold ‘Em for great prizes and a night full of fun. We reckon’ you’ll fancy the poker tournament, black jack, roulette and craps tables. Wrangle your friends and get your tickets fast, it’s sure to be a showdown!

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La Prensa–El Robo de Salario es Común, Raramente Denunciado

El temor a represalias ha orillado a miles de trabajadores en San Diego a no denunciar alguna irregularidad en el pago de su salario, reveló un estudio dado a conocer esta semana por el Centro de Iniciativas Políticas (CPI). El reporte evidencia que apenas un pequeño porcentaje de trabajadores afectados han presentado una queja ante las oficinas de la Comisión Laboral de San Diego. Se estima que el año pasado, empleadores en los condados de San Diego e Imperial no cumplieron con pagar el salario mínimo en más de 40 mil ocasiones, pero solamente 82 afectados presentaron una queja formal,

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Hoy– Denuncian robo de salarios e incumplimiento de ley a un año de ordenanza

Un año después de que entrase en vigor el aumento del salario mínimo en San Diego (California), trabajadores y activistas se congregaron hoy frente a las oficinas del Comisionado Laboral local para denunciar el robo de salarios y que no se ha cumplido la ley en su totalidad. Durante el encuentro, los participantes revelaron los resultados de un informe dado a conocer hoy por el Centro de Iniciativas Políticas (CPI) y la Universidad Estatal de San Diego (SDSU) que indica que el robo de sueldo es uno de los problemas más frecuentes para trabajadores en San Diego pero raramente es

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NBC7-New Report Shows Wage Theft Often Goes Unreported in San Diego

A new study suggests that wage theft often goes unreported in San Diego County. The survey of roughly 300 workers shows that a lack of information and fear of retaliation are among the top reasons why claims are rarely filed against an employer.< Most ‘wage theft’ claims deal with workers not getting paid the legal minimum wage or overtime. The study was carried out by the San Diego State Department of Sociology, the Center on Policy Initiatives and the Employee Rights Center of San Diego. It shows that over the last year, an estimated 40,000 local workers were not paid

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KPBS-One Year After San Diego Minimum Wage Hike, City Enforcement Uncertain

The city of San Diego’s new minimum wage law went into effect last June, and the city funded an enforcement office to hear complaints and investigate violations. But until a few weeks ago, the city had been directing wage complaints to state labor regulators, who said the law can not be properly enforced without local help. The Center on Policy Initiatives released a study on San Diego wage theft on Tuesday, estimating that employers in San Diego and Imperial counties fail to pay the minimum wage 40,000 times per year. The state received nearly 3,000 San Diego claims last year. The Center on Policy Initiatives worked

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SDUT-Study prompts calls for greater wage theft enforcement in San Diego

The authors of a new study showing widespread local wage theft are calling on Mayor Kevin Faulconer to more aggressively enforce San Diego’s minimum wage increase, which took effect one year ago. The study found that only a small percentage of affected workers file wage theft claims, many workers don’t understand wage laws or how to file claims, and that the resolution of claims often takes many months. The study comes two months after California’s labor commissioner asked Faulconer to partner with her on enforcement efforts because state officials in San Diego are overwhelmed by complaints. A statement from Faulconer’s office Tuesday said “all

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Join us in celebrating the 2017 Cohort of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute!

Join us in celebrating the 2017 Cohort of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute! The Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute focuses on training and placing leaders with an economic justice and equity framework onto strategic local and regional boards and commissions where they will have the ability to advocate for underserved communities, communities of color, and working families. Come show your support to the 2017 BCLI fellows as they continue to advocate change in San Diego.   Date: Friday, July 7, 2017 Time: 5:30pm – 8:00pm Where: Sherman Heights Community Center 2258 Island Avenue, San Diego, CA 92102   Tickets

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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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