In San Diego and South County cities, we’re busy organizing and building power to win housing for all, equitable investment in our neighborhoods, and ensuring civic engagement year round in this binational region.
Where we Organize:
We have active chapters in the 4th and 8th Districts in the city of San Diego, on the west side of Chula Vista, and in National City. We continue to organize in new areas of both San Diego and South County.
Housing — Expanding Rent Control! In early 2018 ACCE San Diego worked hard to collect signatures alongside our allies to put Rent Control, Just Cause and a Rent Board on the ballot in National City. While we succeeded in putting the issue forward as Measure W, we were heavily outspent by corporate landlords and lost by an incredibly small margin of just 155 votes. Given the enormous amount of money spent on spreading lies and deception against Measure W, we plan to win next time!
- From Predatory Lending to Predatory Renting: In the wake of the 2008 financial crisis, many hard working families were forced from home ownership to becoming permanent renters. Now, the same interests who profited from predatory lending are now profiting from predatory renting. ACCE is leading the fight in San Diego against the corporate landlords and investors who are at the heart of the housing crisis in California. Through targeted, direct actions against landlords and management companies ACCE members are winning repairs to ill-maintained buildings and is stopping arbitrary rent increases that effect the hard working families in the neighborhoods where we organize.
- Investment in Our Neighborhoods: Too often, low-income communities are left without basic infrastructure and safety improvements like stop signs, lights, and sidewalks. ACCE members in all of our San Diego chapters have successfully fought and won improvements in their neighborhoods from community cleanups, to street resurfacing. With the passage of Prop P to improve infrastructure in Chula Vista, a citizens oversight committee was formed to ensure that infrastructure improvement projects are being done in the communities with the most need.
- Budget Advocacy: San Diego County is rated 9 out of 10 of the worst counties in the state when it comes to under enrollment in vital services like CALfresh, CALworks and Medical. It is currently also sitting on almost 2 billion dollars in reserves, that could be invested in these vital services and programs, like housing, mental health, and rehabilitation that would help to advance the communities that need them. As a result, ACCE together with community, faith-based organizations and labor allies formed the Invest in San Diego Families Coalition to ensure the investment and prioritization within the county budget to improve the quality of life for residents in the region.
- Immigration: San Diego is the largest border city in the US and immigrants, both documented and undocumented, contribute greatly to the local economy and culture. Early in 2017, ACCE members and partners successfully pushed a “Welcoming City” resolution in Chula Vista and a “Compassionate City” resolution in National City (both approved unanimously) to ensure that local police departments are not sharing immigration status information of their residents with federal immigration agencies.
- Worker Justice: In June of 2016, San Diego won their own minimum wage and earned sick day victory, when voters approved a measure to increase the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour immediately and increased it to $11.50 in 2017. This puts San Diego ahead of the state by a dollar and with 5 earned sick days instead of 3. Now ACCE and a broad coalition of community and labor partners are organizing to ensure that the City of San Diego is properly enforcing the new minimum wage ordinance.
Growing our Latino Voting Base in San Diego: In 2016, ACCE’s San Diego office ran a 23-person team of canvassers in Chula Vista aimed at increasing voter turn. Over our 6-week program, we spoke to over 10,000 voters and helped mobilize Latino voters in the long-ignored, low-income communities of West Chula Vista and District 8 of San Diego. 80% of the voters we contacted turned in their ballots. Of the total likely Spanish-speaking voters, ACCE Action turned out 30% of that voting bloc. While our program was non-partisan and we never spoke about candidates, at stake this election were two City Council seats and a Mayoral election. These races had incredibly close margins, being decided by hundreds of votes or less. Voter turnout was critical to ensure that low-income, immigrant communities’ voices were a deciding force in Chula Vista’s election results, which are expected to set a new direction for immigration policy in the region
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