As District 8 City Councilmember David Alvarez completes his two terms, voters will have the opportunity to choose a new champion for our community.

At EHC’s first-ever candidate forum, community members packed the Sherman Heights Community Center to meet Antonio Martinez, Vivian Moreno and Christian Ramirez, the City Council candidates for District 8. District 8 includes Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights, Logan Heights and more, and is one of EHC's core neighborhoods.

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For two hours, our leaders asked each candidate important questions about how they intend to make our communities healthy and safe places to live, work and play. Together we discussed the Barrio Logan community plan update, access to affordable transportation as well as safe places to walk and bike, equity in the City's climate action plan, the increase in temporary homeless shelters, protecting families from displacement and policies that would mediate community air pollution and route trucks out of our neighborhoods. 

  • Panchito, Barrio Logan leader: In order for change in underserved communities to be sustained over time, we need to maintain a pipeline of leadership in all sectors that will continue to champion the causes of our community. How will you create an environment in District 8 that encourages and/or prepares youth to be the leaders of tomorrow focused on building better communities?

  • Silvia, Sherman Heights leader: The issue of affordable housing, homelessness and how to provide supportive services to homeless individuals is directly impacting many residents of District 8. How will you address this community concern?

  • Philomena, Barrio Logan leader: Residents in District 8 deal with many burdens due to close proximity to both the Port of San Diego and the Naval Base. One of these is the impact of limited parking in the community due to shipyard and Navy workers parking throughout the community due to lack of designated parking at their workplaces. . What would you do to solve this ongoing issue?

  • Roddy, City Heights leader: The City of San Diego passed a Climate Action Plan in 2015 with a strong requirement for social equity that EHC members fought hard for. What would you do to prioritize Climate Justice in the implementation of this plan?

  • Maria, Barrio Logan leader: Land use and zoning that allows industries to locate next to homes results in health and safety issues If elected what would be your strategy and plan to address this issue?

Toward the end of the two-hour event, candidates were given the rapid-fire questions on the chart below and the options to choose yes, no or give a 15-second explanation. Candidate initials were marked in the columns for their chosen answers.

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Each of the candidates said yes to:

  • Meeting with the EHC Community Action Teams in Sherman Heights and Barrio Logan within 90 days of assuming office and attending at least two meetings each per year after that
  • Supporting the 2013 community-developed Barrio Logan community plan update
  • Supporting the Children’s Right to Lead-Safe Housing Ordinance Amendment to make housing lead safe at the point of sale
  • Hiring a climate justice staffer to support the City climate action plan
  • Supporting the Barrio Logan clean air and safe streets ordinance to set strictly enforced truck routes
  • Opposing the expansion of the 94 freeway
  • Supporting a free youth transit pass policy in San Diego
  • Standing against community threats from Border Patrol or Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
  • Supporting community members when they say they need a street light or a stop sign
  • Fighting for better bus and transit stops that include shelter and shade for people waiting
  • Opposing the continuation of temporary homeless shelters being disproportionately placed in District 8
  • Advocating for better retention practices in the San Diego Police Department
  • Supporting a joint-use park at Perkins Elementary School

Throughout the evening, community members shared their thoughts and takeaways on Twitter

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Thank you to each candidate, to our moderator and Barrio Logan College Institute CEO Jose Cruz and our fearless community leaders and volunteers who made this evening possible.

Don’t forget to use your voice and vote for our next community champion on June 5. If you have any questions about how to vote, contact Jorge Gonzalez at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 619-474-0220 x 122.

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With our vote, we are powerful.

One of the most powerful votes we can cast is for our San Diego City Council member. Our City Council directs how our cities run, including the policies that shape healthy and safe neighborhoods for our families.

In District 8, which includes Barrio Logan, Sherman Heights, San Ysidro and more, we have the opportunity to choose a new community champion.

On Thursday, March 15, EHC proudly hosts a public forum at the Sherman Heights Community Center (2258 Island Ave, San Diego, 92102) for City Council’s District 8 candidates. Join us at 5:30 p.m. to ask Antonio Martinez, Vivian Moreno and Christian Ramirez about how they plan to address important issues in our communities.

The District 8 Candidates Forum will be moderated by Jose Cruz, the chief executive officer of Barrio Logan College Institute, and light refreshments will be provided.

If you plan to attend the event or participate in the Facebook live stream, please RSVP on Facebook.

Annual Awards Celebration
Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 5:30-8:30PM at the Jacobs Center 

2018 – an election year like no other.
Let’s celebrate the power of voting and our vision of justice.

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Location: The Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation  - 404 Euclid Ave, 92115.  

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5:30PM - Outdoor reception, with live music, drinks and hors d'oeuvres

7:00PM - Program begins in Celebration Hall

 8:30PM - End of event

Keynote: Senator Toni Atkins, President pro Tempore-designee

Guest Speaker & Awardee: Mustafa Santiago Ali, Senior VP, Hip Hop
Caucus; former EPA Senior Advisor for Environmental Justice



Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-FletcherSpirit of Justice Award

National City Councilwoman Alejandra Sotelo-Solis - Spirit of Justice Award

National City Councilwoman Mona Rios - Spirit of Justice Award

Mustafa Santiago AliEnvironmental Justice Champion Award

California Environmental Justice AllianceBuilding Power Award

Engage San Diego -  Building Power Award


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Passion is contagious. Don't miss our 2018 Awards Celebration: United to Vote with keynote speaker Senator Toni Atkins as we recognize the following environmental and social justice leaders.

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Mustafa Ali Awardee

Mustafa Santiago Ali: Environmental Justice Champion Award

Ali has worked to alleviate the impact of air, water and industrial pollution on vulnerable communities across the nation with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 24 years. He was instrumental in developing the U.S. EPA Office of Environmental Justice and sent a strong message to the current administration upon his resignation in March 2017.


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Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez-Fletcher: Spirit of Justice Award

As the first Latina in California history to chair the Assembly Appropriations Committee and the first woman and person of color elected CEO and Secretary-Treasurer of the San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council, she has championed the needs of our community with state legislation that set national precedents. Her leadership has resulted in protection for children from lead in water at schools; supported women by combatting sexual assault; and fought climate change by expanding urban tree canopy. In 2017, she lead the passage of AB 805, that reforms SANDAG and enables transportation justice efforts to grow rapidly.


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Councilwoman Ale Sotelo-Solis - Spirit of Justice Award

As Councilwoman of National City, her efforts have had enormous benefits, especially through her tireless work to ensure a historic Westside Specific Plan to protect both community health and business and her leadership that resulted in 201 new and affordable homes for National City residents. At the state level, her advocacy to gain adoption of California’s first environmental justice element requirement is unparalleled.


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Councilwoman Mona Rios - Spirit of Justice Award

We applaud her lifetime work and to transportation justice as Councilwoman of National City. Rios’ tireless work to ensure passage of AB 805 is enabling transportation efforts to grow rapidly, particularly in transit-dependent communities. Her commitment as Vice Chair of Metropolitan Transit System is a momentous opportunity for a regional reset to transit and clean air, especially in the South Bay.


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For their commitment to environmental and social justice in California has had enormous benefits to the San Diego-Tijuana border region. CEJA’s leadership is unsurpassed and has lifted the environmental justice movement to new heights to address climate change, air pollution, healthy neighborhoods, clean and accessible energy and so much more.


Engage San Diego - Building Power Award

Engage San Diego is a regional civic engagement network whose mission is to build power to win social and economic justice through integrated voter engagement and community organizing. Engage San Diego seeks to build a culture of voting and achieve equitable vote share across all demographics in San Diego County. Engage brings together local organizations with diverse issues, constituencies and organizing styles and provides them with the space and leadership for innovative and effective civic collaboration.

Annual Awards Celebration
Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Jacobs Center 

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