San Diego County experienced increased economic hardship in 2011 as wages across most industries either decreased or remained stagnant, unable to keep up with the rising cost of living. According to an analysis by Partnership affiliate, Center on Policy Initiatives, of countywide data released this month by the U.S. Census Bureau, more than a third of county residents were living in economic hardship in 2011, with half of those families in outright poverty.
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The Center on Policy Initiatives (CPI) won important policy battles in 2008 that set the stage for major improvements in the lives of local workers. The new policies will make it tougher for developers and contractors to pay poverty wages and deny employee health coverage, raising the standard of living for many working families.
Good jobs now a goal for future development
By Donald Cohen, CPI Executive Director
We're used to a fast pace at CPI. But we outdid ourselves during a recent 12-day stretch: We published new research, won new policy at City Hall, involved hundreds of people in a complex policy campaign, and maintained almost daily presence in local media. The following chronology provides a picture of the work of CPI’s fantastic eight-person staff and demonstrates the media, policy and organizing impact we are having in San Diego.
By Murtaza Baxamusa, CPI Research and Policy Director
By Susan Duerksen, CPI Communications Director
For the Center on Policy Initiatives, 2007 was a year of moving our message, celebrating our