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San Diego County to establish Office of Equity and Racial Justice; specifics expected to come in September

06/23/20

Read the full article by Charles T. Clark in the San Diego Union-Tribune here.

Earlier this month, the City of San Diego committed to addressing equity and racial justice by establishing a new office focused on that topic. Now, the county is following suit.

San Diego County supervisors Tuesday unanimously agreed to establish an Office of Equity and Racial Justice, though the form and scope of its work are not yet clear.

Supervisor Nathan Fletcher introduced an initial proposal to establish the office with a $1.1 million annual budget and three full-time employees, who would work across county departments and engage underserved communities to ensure they’re involved in budget-making and in setting priorities.

The office also would aid a newly revived Human Relations Commission — reconstituted last month in response to two high-profile racist incidents in Santee.

Fletcher’s proposal received backing from community advocates, including representatives from the Racial Justice Coalition of San Diego, Pillars of the Community, San Diegans for Justice Coalition, the Black American Political Association of California and the Urban League of San Diego County.

Helen Robbins-Meyer, the county’s chief administrative officer, said the office will likely share some of the $5 million that county staff have set aside for equity issues in an upcoming budget proposal.