CPI | Center on Policy Initiatives

Contact Information

3727 Camino del Rio South
Suite 100
San Diego
CA
92108
(619) 584-5744

Our Mission

The Center on Policy Initiatives is a nonprofit research and advocacy center dedicated to the interests of working people in the San Diego region. Through research, community organizing and public education, we seek policy changes that promote economic justice and strengthen the middle class.

CPI works to end working poverty by building a fair economy in which good jobs with healthcare coverage allow all working people to live with dignity. We help strengthen communities through responsible development, affordable housing, child care, reliable public transportation, parks and other shared benefits.

Our Vision

We envision local government as an effective champion for the common good, and hope to enable residents of moderate-income communities to have an informed and powerful voice in decisions affecting their quality of life.

We envision local government as an effective champion for the common good, and hope to enable residents of moderate-income communities to have an informed and powerful voice in decisions affecting their quality of life.

Our Work

CPI’s research and analysis on poverty, healthcare, affordable housing and local government has shaped public debate for the last 10 years. It is regularly sought by local and state policymakers on the economy, local government and redevelopment.

CPI has developed innovative model policies to reform and improve government services.

CPI was the driving force behind San Diego’s Living Wage Ordinance, which was passed by the City Council in 2005. This ordinance guarantees a decent wage and healthcare benefits for employees of companies doing business with the city.

CPI won Responsible Contracting language that requires businesses that work with the City be good corporate citizens and bans those with histories of fraud or theft from working with the city.

The Service Worker Retention Ordinance, passed in 2005, protects workers who provide contracted City services from losing their jobs when a contract changes hands.

News Articles

Center on Policy Initiatives | August 28, 2008

By Susan Duerksen, CPI Communications Director

The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) celebrated an important victory in July, when the San Diego City Council approved several reforms we proposed to protect against some of the worst risks of privatization. These reforms will help make sure private contractors can't take over city functions by scrimping on worker health coverage in the quality of services.

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