More work, less pay:

Individual earnings drop as household income rises in San Diego, 2017 Census data show   More San Diegans were working in 2017, but their earnings lost ground. The median household income in the City of San Diego jumped to $76,662, up 5% from 2016, largely because more people per household worked. But inflation-adjusted individual earnings dropped for the third year in a row, according to analysis by the Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) of U.S. Census Bureau data released this morning. “The good news is households have higher incomes, but only because more family members are working,” said CPI Research

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Community Representation Report: Boards and Commissions in the San Diego Region

Appointed and elected commissions and boards have the power to make decisions that significantly affect the daily lives, opportunities, and future well-being of people living and working throughout the San Diego region.  For this report CPI studied five local boards and commissions that are a cross-section of the types of entities making public policy decisions in San Diego County. Through interviews and public records, researchers examined the levels of diversity, inclusion, and community representation on the five bodies, how accessible and responsive they are to constituents, and how successfully they are addressing the needs of underserved communities. The study found significant underrepresentation of

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San Diego County poverty rates dropped in 2016, but inequity persists

In the City of San Diego, the poverty rate fell in 2016 to 13.1%, a drop of 2.5 percentage points from the previous year and the lowest rate since pre-recession 2007. The child poverty rate also fell from 19.7% in 2015 to 15.5%, roughly the same as the pre-recession rate. In San Diego County, across all cities and unincorporated areas, the poverty rate dropped more modestly from 13.8% to 12.3% in 2016. Almost 46,000 fewer individuals lived in poverty than during the previous year. Despite the overall improvement in poverty rates, stark inequities persist. Poverty increased among Black and Asian

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Petition: Tell the Mayor (Raise-up San Diego)

Tell the Mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, to act now to ensure San Diego workers collect their hard-earned pay We the undersigned urge the mayor to protect San Diego workers and law-abiding employers by actively enforcing the earned sick days and minimum wage law. The City must: work with community partners to inform workers of their rights to file claims do the due diligence to protect workers who file complaints from retaliation by their employer instigate investigations in industries where wage theft is rampant Employers that fail to pay the minimum wage rob workers in California of an estimated

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SOJ Keynote Speaker: Jennifer Epps-Addison

Jennifer Epps-Addison, Network President and Co-Executive Director of The Center for Popular Democracy and CPD Action Before joining CPD, Epps-Addison was the Chief Program Officer for the Liberty Hill Foundation in Los Angeles, which funds grassroots community organizing campaigns for social justice. A native of Milwaukee, Epps-Addison helped coordinate the Fight for $15 campaign as Executive Director of Wisconsin Jobs Now. She earned her BA in Political Science and Women’s Studies and her JD from the University of Wisconsin, and worked as a trial attorney in the State Public Defender’s Office. As Network President of The Center for Popular Democracy

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2017 Spotlight on Justice Honorees

BEACON OF PROGRESS AWARD: Awarded for shining a light that guides others to meaningful action to improve lives and build an equitable society Cesar Chavez Service Clubs Based on the values of the legendary Cesar Chavez, the Service Clubs offer innovative leadership development experiences for students at many elementary and high schools in the San Diego region. Through community service, leadership skills training, and civic participation, students build confidence and are inspired to believe in themselves and their ability to make a lasting difference. For those of us disappointed by so many of our “leaders,” young people are a source

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“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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