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Judge Orders Changes to Ballot Language for Convention Center Expansion Measure, Leaves Voters Vulnerable

SAN DIEGO, CA —  Today, Superior Court Judge Richard Whitney ordered new language for the ballot question summarizing the tax for a convention center measure expansion in response to a lawsuit filed by voters. The voters had charged that the City of San Diego had adopted a ballot question that was not  true, impartial or transparent. The voters’ attorneys successfully argued that the City was using misleading and biased information in the ballot language that would prevent voters from making informed decisions about the measure, which is set to go before voters in March. 

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Convention Center Ballot Language Violates California Election Laws

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SAN DIEGO, CA — The ballot question adopted by the San Diego City Council for a measure set to go before voters in March that imposes a new tax to expand the convention center runs afoul of California election laws that require the summary to be a true, impartial and transparent synopsis of the measure, according to a lawsuit filed by voters.

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LAWSUIT: Convention Center Ballot Language Violates California Election Laws

SAN DIEGO, CA — The ballot question adopted by the San Diego City Council for a measure set to go before voters in March that imposes a new tax to expand the convention center runs afoul of California election laws that require the summary to be a true, impartial and transparent synopsis of the measure, according to a lawsuit filed by voters. 

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Rey López-Calderón Joins Alliance San Diego as New Advancement Director

SAN DIEGO, CA — Alliance San Diego is thrilled to announce the hiring of Rey López-Calderón as the organization’s new advancement director, starting in January 2020. 

López-Calderón brings a wealth of experience in organizational development, fundraising, and community organizing to Alliance San Diego, which has emerged as a highly effective community empowerment organization over the last decade. In his new role, López-Calderón will position Alliance San Diego to deepen its impact in building a more inclusive democracy that works for all people. He previously worked as national vice-president for Development for Common Cause and executive director of its California chapter.

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Civil Rights Activist Valarie Kaur To Keynote the 32nd Annual All Peoples Celebration

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SAN DIEGO, CA -- Alliance San Diego is proud to announce Valarie Kaur, a national civil rights activist and a leading Sikh American voice, as the keynote speaker for the 32nd annual All Peoples Celebration, a breakfast honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

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City Council Ignores The Law to Put Flawed Ballot Question Before Voters in March

San Diego, CA -  Today, November 4, 2019, the San Diego City Council voted 5-4 to put a potentially unlawful ballot question before voters that would finance the expansion of the San Diego Convention Center, among other things. The ballot measure would authorize the city to both impose a tax and issue bonds. However, the ballot question does not include significant details that are relevant to voters and required by law. 

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First ‘Remain in Mexico’ Refugee Granted Asylum Released from Custody

Human Rights First attorney Robyn Barnard with Alec

SAN DIEGO, CA — Alec, the first refugee granted asylum after being forced to remain in Mexico under the “Migrant Protection Protocols”, was released from the San Ysidro Port of Entry into the United States, thanks to the support and advocacy from organizations such as Human Rights First and Alliance San Diego, as well as local faith leaders. 

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First ‘Remain in Mexico’ Refugee Granted Asylum, Yet Government Threatens to Return Him to Danger

San Diego, California — On Tuesday, in San Diego, the first individual forced to remain in Mexico under the “Migrant Protection Protocols” was granted asylum based on his status as a persecuted Evangelical Christian church leader in Honduras. Despite this grant of asylum from an immigration judge, the individual—who is represented by Human Rights First and goes by the name Alec—has been threatened with return to Mexico by the U.S. government. 

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Communities Win: Supreme Court Strikes Citizenship Question for Now

SAN DIEGO, CA — Today, the Supreme Court ruled to temporarily strike the Trump Administration’s addition of a question regarding citizenship from the 2020 Census. With a 5-4 vote, The Supreme Court’s ruling invalidated the administration’s justification for adding the question citing the official explanation “seems to have been contrived.” 

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Citizenship Question Meant to Suppress Count, Rig Census for Partisan Gain

SAN DIEGO, CA — As San Diegans begin to ramp up efforts to count everyone in the 2020 Census next year, disturbing new evidence has emerged about why the Trump administration is pushing to add a citizenship question: to deter immigrants and people of color from being counted with the purpose of diluting their political power.

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