On September 29, 2020, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously (9-0) to amend the Municipal Code in order to establish an Office of Race and Equity. According to the Times of San Diego article by Elizabeth Ireland, the office will be tasked with, “…prioritizing the health and economic success of communities of color, identifying measurable racial equity goals, and increasing contracting opportunities for women-owned, minority-owned and disadvantaged businesses.”

The article goes on to state: “The Fiscal Year 2021 budget earmarked $824,752 for three full-time employees to staff the office, as well as various non-personnel costs. Additionally, $3 million was allocated in non-personnel expenditures for the Community Equity Fund.” Read more here:

https://timesofsandiego.com/politics/2020/09/29/city-council-votes-to-establish-office-of-race-and-equity/?fbclid=IwAR1kDKwXR3j2woasOYylLKZT9_Ovhd9D4Ew5nfwTAfCevpstR-vxoaPLkFk

View the video clip of the San Diego City Council voting on the Ordinance to Amend the San Diego Municipal Code to Establish the Office of Race and Equity here [Start 5:54 – End 6:16]:

http://sandiego.granicus.com/player/clip/8064?view_id=3&redirect=true

Of note, the County of San Diego has also established an Office of Equity and Racial Justice this past Summer and is currently seeking a Director for the office. For more information on this position and/or to apply, visit https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sdcounty/jobs/2871352/director-office-of-equity-and-racial-justice-20214609u.

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