Monthly Archives June 2017

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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