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Residents and experts to discuss changes needed to create local government by the people, for the people

East County News Service

September 13, 2018 (Lemon Grove) -- Dozens of East County residents will gather for a free town hall discussion on the barriers that exclude working people from joining the agencies that make decisions impacting their lives.  The event will be held Sept. 26 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Lemon Grove Community Center, 3146 School Lane in Lemon Grove. It was prompted by the Community Representation Report  from the Center on Policy Initiatives, which revealed East County as the largest geographic region in San Diego with a stark lack of diversity between decision-makers on boards and commissions and community residents.

At this free event, residents will learn why community representation matters in East County and how to take action.

Along with local political candidates and interfaith leaders, community members will discuss:

  • How current systems created governing bodies that don’t represent the majority of people of San Diego
  • Changes these governing bodies can make to become more relevant and effective
  • How community members can participate in creating a government by the people, for the people

Panelists include

  • JoAnn Fields, government and community affairs for Imagine Media Group
  • Nadia Contreras, candidate for Lemon Grove City Council
  • Paul Khalid Alexander, founder of Pillars of the Community
  • Monica Montgomery, candidate for San Diego City Council District 4 
  • Bishop Cornelius Bowser, pastor of San Diego Charity Apostolic Church

SAN DIEGO LEADERS is a coalition of organizations that empowers leaders in underrepresented communities to achieve positions of influence in local decision-making agencies and advance social justice. Through research, education and organizing, San Diego Leaders works to evolve systems of power in order to allow all people in San Diego an opportunity to direct our community’s future. Learn more at

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