Posts tagged san diego

Signature-gatherers already were in action Thursday afternoon. A video shared on Instagram by City Council President Todd Gloria, who introduced the ordinance to increase the minimum wage, shows a man making a false claim while asking Gloria to sign a petition in support of the referendum.

"Have you signed the petition so the state can’t force the city of San Diego to increase the minimum wage yet?" the signature-gather asks.

"I support raising the minimum wage," Gloria said in response.

Gloria has said the increase is important because more than a third of San Diegans can’t make ends meet.

In response to the video, a spokesman for the San Diego Small Business Coalition said the statement was likely an accident.

"It sounds to me like this individual merely just got the script backwards or at least confused," Jason Roe said. "We will not tolerate anyone misrepresenting this."

He could not provide training materials given to signature gatherers. Roe said the organization has dozens of people circulating the petition and they just completed training the day prior.

"And we will just continue to train our folks but they’ve only been doing this for less than 24 hours and given the complexity of the issue, I don’t think anyone’s terribly surprised that somebody might not have gotten the script perfectly right," he said.

Text from sidebar from story on KPBS

ACTION ALERT: Tell the SD City Council to Stand With Working Families

Alliance San Diego is supporting the campaign to raise the minimum wage in San Diego. As part of the Raise Up San Diego coalition, we are backing the San Diego City Council efforts led by Council President, Todd Gloria (CD 3).

The campaign has progressed rapidly and a compromise with small business was recently announced by Council member Gloria to raise the minimum wage in San Diego. The compromise would raise the minimum wage to $9.75 in 2015, $10.50 in 2016, and $11.50 in 2017. Indexing the increase to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) would start in 2019 and there would be no exemptions. (read and see more here: http://bit.ly/1rI8l8b).

Recently, ASD’s Spring Civic Engagement Program (May 5- June 2, 2014) engaged voters on the question of raising the minimum wage. Voters, north and south of Interstate 8, strongly supported raising the minimum wage in the city of San Diego. We talked to more than 5,800 voters and 83% agreed to raising the minimum wage (only 9% said no to the wage increase). It is clear that San Diego residents think more needs to be done to support working class families in San Diego. Raising the minimum wage would increase wages for approximately 172,000 workers locally and put $267 million into their pockets annually.

Ask your city councilmember to support raising the minimum and make it possible for working class folks to take care of their families to call or email their city council member. It’s important that your city councilmember hear from people that support this effort to Raise Up San Diego!

TAKE ACTION TODAY!

Please send emails to http://org.salsalabs.com/o/1388/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=15727

Now that I'm sober, I have thought this through.

I stand by this comment. I can live with a nanny state, but I will not patronize an effete microbrewer doling out sips of their wares, regardless of the reason.

Don’t let California Backslide to More Dirty Energy

I just signed the petition “Don’t let California Backslide to More Dirty Energy” and wanted to ask if you could add your name too.

This campaign means a lot to me and the more support we can get behind it, the better chance we have of succeeding.

micdotcom:

Shocking story out of California shows DEA brutality at its worst


On Tuesday, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a summary of their investigation into Daniel Chong’s harrowing arrest, where DEA agents left him without food or water for five days and ignored his pleas for help.
Unfortunately, employing moral and ethical conduct was not as important for these agents as following institutional protocol. Chong’s story is an abominable example of authoritative abuse.
Read more | Follow micdotcom


First, other reporting on the incident state that Chong was visiting the home of the person alleged to be distributing contraband when the DEA took him in to custody — not that Chong was the dealer. Next, the article doesn’t mention that Chong was left to die in San Diego’s DEA Office. It does state that agents were not named.
[1] is sloppy, [2] is a weird choice.

micdotcom:

Shocking story out of California shows DEA brutality at its worst

On Tuesday, the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General (OIG) released a summary of their investigation into Daniel Chong’s harrowing arrest, where DEA agents left him without food or water for five days and ignored his pleas for help.

Unfortunately, employing moral and ethical conduct was not as important for these agents as following institutional protocol. Chong’s story is an abominable example of authoritative abuse.

Read more | Follow micdotcom

First, other reporting on the incident state that Chong was visiting the home of the person alleged to be distributing contraband when the DEA took him in to custody — not that Chong was the dealer. Next, the article doesn’t mention that Chong was left to die in San Diego’s DEA Office. It does state that agents were not named.

[1] is sloppy, [2] is a weird choice.

Last week, the Council passed the Mayor’s proposed budget that does not serve ALL neighborhoods in San Diego- it served SOME. District 8 was given less than 2% of the funds allocated to infrastructure improvements. I could not in good conscience support a budget that did not provide equal resources to every neighborhood in my district and those across San Diego.
Please help me fix this inequity by pledging to stand with me in the fight to ensure that every neighborhood receives its fair share by signing this petition below.
Together, we can ensure that the 2015 budget serves all neighborhoods in San Diego and not just some.


 (via David Alvarez)

Last week, the Council passed the Mayor’s proposed budget that does not serve ALL neighborhoods in San Diego- it served SOME. District 8 was given less than 2% of the funds allocated to infrastructure improvements. I could not in good conscience support a budget that did not provide equal resources to every neighborhood in my district and those across San Diego.

Please help me fix this inequity by pledging to stand with me in the fight to ensure that every neighborhood receives its fair share by signing this petition below.

Together, we can ensure that the 2015 budget serves all neighborhoods in San Diego and not just some.

(via David Alvarez)

San Diego County Supervisor Bill Horn ran a religious charity for decades. Experts say the operation ran counter to state and federal laws.

Marcus Owens, a Washington, D.C. lawyer who headed the nonprofit division of the IRS for 10 years, was particularly pointed in his assessment of Basic Faith:

“There is virtually nothing that I would describe as ‘legal’ about the way the supervisor appears to have managed the charity,” he said.

Frances Hill, who has helped shape U.S. nonprofit tax policy and serves as a professor at the University of Miami School of Law, studied the documents as well.

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” she told inewsource, “and anything quite so blatant as you make up your own rules and do what you see fit.”

Attention, Ron Fowler, et. al: you’re going to catch hell next season if you don’t open up your wallets and get guys who can hit.

Will you help advance Council President Todd Gloria's earned sick days and minimum wage measure?

Workers across the spectrum—retail, fast-food, tourism, clerical and many others—are speaking out. Each day, these low income earners are forced to make tough decisions: Can I pay the rent? Can I afford to stay home with my sick child?

Council President Todd Gloria’s measure will make a positive difference in the lives of more than 200,000 low wage employees. Stand with working San Diegans, a coalition of community and religious organizations and six Councilmembers who have voiced support for the measure. It is time to advance the earned sick days and minimum wage measure!

The Mayor and Council need to hear from you!