Feb 26 – Documentary | MAKERS 8pm KPBS

Makers logoFor the first time on television, MAKERS tells the inspiring story of the modern American women’s movement. Narrated by Meryl Streep and told with music, humor, and first-hand accounts of the women who lived through these turbulent times, MAKERS covers the dizzying joy, aching frustration and ultimate triumph of a movement that turned America upside-down.

Visit the website MAKERS

Gun Owner vs. McConnell

Gary Nutt is a gun owner and veteran.

He’s not happy that his senator, Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, is standing in the way of sensible gun laws. Especially after gun interests spent $198,615 to elect McConnell.

So Gary worked with BoldProgressive.org to make a powerful TV ad calling for strong gun laws.

Latest poll shows that Kentucky voters favor an assault weapons ban by 50%-42%. But Senator McConnell is threatening to abuse Senate rules and block gun reform.

BoldProgressives.org’s ad reminds folks that McConnell is not on their side. He sides with big gun manufacturers who spent $198,615 to elect him.

Let’s go on offense! Watch the ad — and donate $3 to help air it in Washington DC and Mitch McConnell’s homestate of Kentucky? Click here.

Mar 2 – Pacific Beach Democratic Club Meeting – America’s World Service Corps

Castle Grounds

Castle Grounds (Photo credit: savemejebus)

Find out whether E Pluribus Unum is relevant in today’s world.

Concerned about climate change, educational inequality, unemployment, widening income gap, cultural ignorance, dumbed-down electorate, growing greed, softening character, increased domestic and international needs, re-emerging poverty, war as the answer…?

Do you think spending $1 million dollars per Star Trek looking soldier during this looming era of perpetual “conflict” is inculcating us with monetary insanity and economic Armageddon?

Tired of seeing our soldiers and Marines worn out, burdened by lost limbs, and loaded with PTSD thanks to wars based on fear and ignorance that breed the alarming numbers who despise us enough to be stealth warriors?

Wonder if there is enough concern, initiative, and vision in Congress to legislate and in the Executive Branch to enact answers to today’s problems?

Might you be interested in assessing some simple, cost effective, common sense based, citizen-initiated congressional legislation that answers these and next generation problems?

If so, bring a friend to the Pacific Beach Democratic Club meeting of March 2nd and learn about the Congressional Proposal to create America’s World Service Corps.

And if you have kids or grandkids, this is for them.

Dwayne Hunn
[email protected]

Saturday 2 March, 2013 at 11am

At the Pacific Beach Recreation Center, 1405 Diamond St, San Diego, CA 92109

For more info:

World Service Corps
The Peoples Lobby
The AWSC Proposal

Some OpEd coverage

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Support Filner’s Call for an End to Poverty Wages at Downtown Hotels

marriott-marinaJoin CPI in supporting Mayor Filner’s call for an end to poverty wages at downtown hotels.

Please add your voice by writing a short note on why you think our hotels should provide a decent living for their employees and city officials should say NO to poverty wages.  One or two sentences will do. (See below for facts you may want to reference.) 

Use this form and CPI will send your letter to KPBS, San Diego City Beat, Voice of San Diego, San Diego Free Press and the UNION Tribune.

Need facts for your letter? Try these:

  • San Diego’s hotel owners are threatening to sue the city to get $1 billion over the next four decades, but many don’t pay their employees enough to live on.
  • Tourism is an $8 billion industry in San Diego, yet it pays a median of $24,400 a year for fulltime work. [Details available in our Poverty Report].
  • A single adult needs to make about $28,000 to live self-sufficiently in San Diego County – or double that to support a family. [Read more in our “Making Ends Meet” report]
  • Hotels are a big part of the tourism industry, which pays the lowest wages, on average, of all San Diego’s major industries. That’s part of the reason one in three families in the county lives in economic hardship.
  • Many hotels often don’t offer healthcare for employees, or make it unaffordable. At Doubletree San Diego, housekeepers make only $8 an hour and have to pay $400 a month for family healthcare. There’s no excuse for such poverty jobs: the nearby Hilton San Diego Bayfront pays $15.50 an hour and provides full family healthcare for only $50 a month.
  • Low-wage jobs without healthcare coverage depress the spending power of the community and raise costs for taxpayers as workers must depend on public aid programs.
  • Hotels do well in San Diego. They need to do well by San Diego. If they expect to receive public funds, it’s only fair that hotel owners act responsibly and provide good-paying local jobs.

Please don’t delay or count on others to speak up. The hoteliers are pulling out the stops in their efforts to avoid paying decent wages. Let your voice be heard!

Feb 25 – Today! Help the Mayor Fight the Special Interests

English: San Diego City Council chambers

San Diego City Council chambers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mayor Filner is standing up for the citizens of San Diego against the special interests of the hotels. The hotels plan to collect tax monies over the next 40 years and use it for their own benefit. These are tax monies that should be used for critical infrastructure and other needs of our city.

The hotel tax hearing addressing this issue is scheduled for 2:00 PM on Monday, February 25, 2013. The hearing will be held in the City Council chambers on the 12th floor of City Hall at 202 “C” Street. Three (3) hours of parking are available at nearby Horton Plaza with parking validation (requires spending $10).

Since taxes are intended to be levied by governments to benefit the citizens of the community, private companies levying taxes for their own benefit sets a dangerous precedent. As Jim Miller writes in a must read San Diego Free Press article addressing the hoteliers “you’re not running America’s Finest Tourist Plantation anymore.  If you are going to get $30 million in public funds to promote your industry, you need to give back and pay a living wage to your workers.  Period.”

Please show up at the City Council today (Monday) at 2 pm to let them know how you feel, or send an email of support to Mayor Filner at [email protected] with copies to the council at the email addresses below.

You can also join CPI’s campaign to support Filner’s agenda here, they’ll send your letter to the local media outlets.

Join CPI in supporting Mayor Filner’s call for an end to poverty wages at downtown hotels.

Please don’t delay or count on others to speak up. The hoteliers are pulling out the stops in their efforts to avoid paying decent wages. Let your voice be heard!

District 1
Council President Pro Tem Sherri Lightner
Email: [email protected]

District 2
Councilmember Kevin Faulconer
Email: [email protected]

District 3
Council President Todd Gloria
Email: [email protected]

District 5
Councilmember Mark Kersey
Email: [email protected]

District 6
Councilmember Lorie Zapf
Email: [email protected]

District 7
Councilmember Scott Sherman
Email: [email protected]

District 8
Councilmember David Alvarez
Email: [email protected]

District 9
Councilmember Marti Emerald
Email: [email protected]