Megan Burk writing for the Voice of San Diego last November speculated that City Heights could be “San Diego’s richest poor neighborhood.” After long term investments of $265m from foundations such as Price Philanthropies and The California Endowment
“The community still performs worse than the county average when you look at income, employment, obesity rates, educational outcomes, crime…”
City Heights and its immediate neighbors are some of the most diverse areas of the city with large immigrant and refugee communities. These groups are often ignored by the established political parties who don’t understand and don’t take the time to investigate the needs of these new citizens.
With Marti Emerald’s announcement that she won’t be running for D9 in 2016 the field is wide open for hopeful candidates to represent a non-Republican leaning area of the city. Some candidates have already announced, some are still considering, and one party is taking the radical approach of discovering the needs of the community before selecting a candidate.
This meeting was organized by our club treasurer Ramla Sahid who is the Director of the Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans (PANA).
- Sandra Galindo @SDSocialist
- Georgette Gomez @Georgette75
- Araceli Martinez @AMlitigation
- Sarah Saez @SarahSaezSD
- Caridad Sanchez @CaridadSan
and Carmen Lopez from the Registrar of Voters
The meeting took place at 4089 Fairmount Ave, San Diego, CA 92105 co-located with the AjA Project.
“One of the things that most people don’t know is that refugees – not immigrants – but refugees specifically, within five years of being here they are allowed to become citizens and that automatically makes them eligible to become voting citizens.”