The Issues

Partners for Progress (P4P) envisions a San Diego where all residents are empowered, informed, and have the opportunities to live full, engaged lives.

Invest in San Diego Families

People living in poverty in San Diego County are under-enrolled in government benefit programs, causing the local economy to miss out on $1 billion of economic activity each year.

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Smart Justice

Partners for Progress organizations are leading efforts around community-oriented policing, mobilizing diverse team of impacted community members to influence city decision makers and building relationships of accountability with local police division captains.

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Workplace Rights for San Diegans

San Diego’s shifting politics and demographics, coupled with state and national efforts create an opportunity to profoundly impact the experience of low wage workers. 

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Invest in San Diego Families

People living in poverty in San Diego County are under-enrolled in government benefit programs, causing the local economy to miss out on $1 billion of economic activity each year.

“Besides depriving tens of thousands of families of adequate nutrition and services they need, the continuing low enrollment leaves federal and state money on the table year after year. These funds could greatly boost local businesses and the regional economy,” says the report from the Center on Policy Initiatives, a nonprofit research group that focuses on economic issues for working families and communities.

The study focused on the state’s food stamp program CalFresh, short-term cash and assistance program CalWORKs, and Medi-Cal, the state’s version of Medicaid. The report says 14.7 percent of the county’s residents live below the federal poverty level and are eligible for at least one of these benefits. Between the three programs, financially eligible county residents miss out on $714 million in direct assistance per year. If that money had ended up in their homes, it would have created $905 million in economic activity and supported 6,450 new jobs, according to the report.

Partners for Progress views this report as an opportunity for the County of San Diego to improve upon its delivery, and is open to working with community partners from all tiers as part of the Invest in San Diego Families campaign.

Other media links:
http://www.kpbs.org/news/2015/oct/22/report-san-diego-county-economic-missing-out-1b-du/
http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/2015/oct/21/report-says-lost-benefits-costing-county/

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Smart Justice

The FrameWorks Institute reports, “when you ask people about the criminal justice system, they talk about police.” Partners for Progress organizations, namely the ACLU, SDOP, and others are leading efforts around community-oriented policing, mobilizing diverse team of impacted community members to influence city decision makers and building relationships of accountability with local police division captains.

Two recent policy changes have opened the door for dramatic changes to the criminal justice system, particularly at the county level: AB109 (Realignment) and Proposition 47 (Safe Neighborhoods & Schools Act). P4P is set up to create a new dynamic in the county to ensure maximum benefit is felt in communities that most need these reforms.  P4P partners are working to ensure that everyone impacted is able to fully benefit under the new laws. 

P4P partners have successfully advocated for the Sheriff to create a pretrial diversion program, system for enrolling people in jail and on community supervision in healthcare coverage, and, very shortly, a program where individuals can obtain a state-issued ID prior to release from county jail.  Though the agencies are willing to work on individual programs, we hope for a larger shift to prioritization of community services over incarceration.

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Workplace Rights for San Diegans

San Diego’s shifting politics and demographics, coupled with state and national efforts with a San Diego footprint create an opportunity to impact profoundly the experience of low wage workers. The San Diego Earned Sick Days and Minimum Wage measure, passed by a super-majority of the City Council last year, but is awaiting a public vote after being forced by low wage employer interest groups.   However, the campaign paved the way for other jurisdictions to also increase standards and improve conditions through local legislation, which also highlights the need for local mechanisms of enforcement.  

At the same time, the State Insurance Commissioner’s decision to provide funding to the San Diego County District Attorney for enforcement of insurance related employer violations, and the State Labor Commissioner’s “Wage Theft is a Crime” campaign (which has also partnered with San Diego’s local DA), provide a window of attention and opportunity around labor law enforcement that was not previously present in San Diego. 

 

Partners for Progress plays a unique role in taking advantage of these opportunities.  The new coordination of work between  community organizations, service providers, research and policy organizations, and labor is critical to aligning policy and enforcement to create  a more open, responsive system. 

 

Photo: Forum on wage theft with P4P partners, held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral 

 Wage Theft Forum

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