“The Alliance is working to address the state’s broken budget system and tax infrastructure.
For the past several years, the legislative budget process has ended in a stalemate with disastrous economic results that disproportionately and negatively impact working class and poor families.
There has to be a better way to decide on a budget and fund essential services. With our partners in the California Calls network we’re exploring possible solutions to make sure that everyone pays their fair share and that public resources are distributed in an equitable manner.”
In the midst of a national debate around racial profiling by police and its deadly consequences, California is taking bold steps forward. Alliance San Diego invites you to join us for our August Power Hour, which will be a forum on understanding and addressing racial profiling. The forum will provide a space for dialog on how racial profiling affects us here in San Diego and what steps we can take to address it. We will also have a discussion on recent policy developments aimed at tackling the problem of racial profiling. Food and refreshments...read more
Our “I Have a Voice” campaign is now over and we thank you for sharing Alliance San Diego’s vision of creating a San Diego where all people can achieve their full potential. Together, we’ve raised $34,000 from over 200 donors. This means we’ve raised enough money to: Outreach to 3,400 infrequent voters this election year, or Host over 300 community meetings, or Develop over 130 leadership development trainings, or Coordinate 70 message campaigns, or Plan 33 policy advocacy campaigns You all made this...read more
We have a special announcement about our “I Have a Voice” campaign. You can double your impact by making your donation this week. A generous donor will match every donation we receive between April 17 and April 24 up to $3,000 so we can Get Out the Vote and educate more voters about the issues that impact our communities. Are you going to let this match go by without joining in? Don’t miss it and donate today! We have an ambitious goal of recruiting 400 donors to join their voices with ours. If you join us, we will strengthen...read more
By Jim Miller A ballot measure that would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021 is headed for the November ballot, elections officials said Tuesday. The Secretary of State’s Office projected that sponsors of “The Fair Wage Act of 2016” had turned in 423,236 valid voter signatures, more than enough to qualify by random sampling and avoid a complete count. The initiative’s sponsor, Service Employees International Union United Healthcare Workers West, could choose to abandon the measure as late as June 30, amid the possibility...read more
As two initiatives to raise California’s minimum wage inch closer to the November ballot, business groups have formed a coalition to fight them. A brand new campaign committee called California Consumers Against Higher Prices is a coalition of a few dozen groups, including the the California Restaurant Association, theCalifornia Hotel and Lodging Association, the California Manufacturers and Technology Association and the Chambers of Commerce in Los Angeles, Fresno and San Diego. More information on this topic at...read more
This past Monday, Brown is the New White author Steve Phillips came to Alliance San Diego’s kickoff Power Hour Series to speak about the changing American electorate aka the New American Majority. Listen to Steve Phillips’ interview with KPBS Midday is here. Phillips talked about the hard data reflecting the changing American voting patterns especially among people of color. Together as people of color who identify as progressive and white progressives — that those specific demographics comprise 51% of the electorate what Phillips...read more
By Andrew Keatts After spending half a million dollars to halt San Diego’s minimum wage hike by forcing it onto the June ballot, business groups might not spend much at all persuading voters not to approve it. They didn’t change their minds on the policy – they still don’t like it. They just aren’t sure trying to win over voters will amount to anything but throwing good money after bad. “I’m not sure there’s enough money to win,” said Sean Karafin, executive director of policy and economic research at the San Diego Regional...read more
In an effort to embrace, empower, and engage our communities, Alliance San Diego is starting a “Power Hour” series of conversations that will begin Monday, February 29th at 6 pm and will continue on every even numbered month of the year. The series will kick off with Steve Phillips, the author of Brown Is the New White, which is a provocative new book about the importance of engaging a multiracial progressive majority to win change. The book recently made it to the Washington Post’s best seller list for February. RSVP for...read more
When people think of Propostion 13, they tend to associate it with keeping property taxes down for homeowners. What people may not realize is that Prop. 13 also gives big property tax breaks to big corporations. As a small business owner, I believe this aspect of Prop. 13 hurts small businesses and discourages entrepreneurship, and we need to reform it to level the playing field. Many corporations that own commercial property are paying property taxes at rates far below what the properties are worth. Corporations use technicalities to avoid...read more
By Jeremy B. White They can’t purchase alcohol or cigarettes, enlist in the military or gamble. But in California, 16-year-olds could gain the right to vote. Sometimes. A bill before the Legislature would amend California’s constitution to allow 16- and 17-year-olds to cast ballots exclusively in school district and community college board elections – the very races, proponents argue, in which Californians under 18 have the most at stake. They still wouldn’t be able to sway congressional or legislative contests or help pick the next...read more