April Will Focus On The Unhoused
PACIFIC BEACH DEMOCRATIC CLUB GENERAL MEETING
Register at the link below for our April general meeting!
Date: Thursday, April 1st, 2021
Time: 6:00pm (the Zoom will open 15 minutes prior)
Zoom Registration Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqd-2srz8uHtBVVZ4mzpMsZSotxGkv-qfz
Note: Please register for this meeting using your first and last name and display your full name throughout the meeting.
You can view the agenda for tomorrow's meeting and the minutes for last month's meeting by clicking here.
Here's an outline of tomorrow's meeting:
1. Introducing the PBDC Scholarship Program! We'll be announcing our plans to offer a $500 scholarship to a student pursuing higher education (including vocational programs, colleges, or universities) this fall.
2. Christie Hill, Deputy Advocacy Director for ACLU, will speak to us briefly about PrOTECT and the effect of pretext police stops on San Diegans of color. On April 13th, City Council will hear from the researcher of the Campaign Zero report Evaluating Policing in San Diego. This is a call to action for members to attend and speak up on 4/13 - it's important for City Council to hear from community members that action is wanted to docket and pass PrOTECT!
3. A panel on supporting the unhoused members of our community. PBDC is fortunate to have speakers Caryn Blanton and Omar Passons coming to talk to us about local and regional initiatives regarding our unhoused neighbors.
Caryn Blanton is the co-chair of the Board of Directors and acting executive director for Shoreline Community Services, a nonprofit that is focused on eliminating homelessness in San Diego’s Central Beach Area, which includes Mission Beach, Pacific Beach and up to La Jolla Shores. Caryn is passionate about serving neighbors in the community. She has a proven track record of providing quality, efficient service, exploring problems and finding solutions for them, connecting with people and resources and standing with all community members using a listening ear and compassionate heart. More than 15 years of community development work has given her a unique vantage point of seeing the connection between what already "is" and what needs to be done. Omar Passons is a resident of North Park and club member. He is the Director of the County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency’s Division of Integrative Services. In that capacity, he leads a team to align critical services and supports offered by the County to best improve the lives of people in need – focused on homelessness, economic inclusion and health and justice. Omar is a former construction and land use attorney who has worked to elevate inclusive workforce and economic development in San Diego for several years. He is a past-President of the Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, a member of the Truman National Security Project, and a frequent guest columnist in the San Diego Union Tribune. Omar received his undergraduate and graduate degrees at the University of Arizona and his law degree from George Mason University School of Law. He is a civic leader on issues impacting economic equity, youth homelessness, and creating opportunities for all members of the community to lead lives of dignity.
4. Letter to Support a Safe Parking Lot at the Rose Marie Starns South Shores Park by Policy Chair Regina Sinsky-Crosby. Regina will walk us through the proposal that she and other community leaders are advocating for, regarding the establishment a Safe Parking Lot at a little-used park on the south end of Mission Bay.
Have extra fruit in your yard? Contact Senior Gleaners! This volunteer service will collect fruit from your fruit trees and donate it to those in need.
As always, please feel free to email us with any questions!
Photo Credit: Coalition on the Homeless: https://www.streetsheet.org/cities-are-moving-unhoused-people-into-hotel-rooms-san-francisco-isnt/, March 28, 2021.