Letter to Mayor re furlough 4.6.20

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April 6, 2020

Mayor Kevin Faulconer

City of San Diego

Via Email

Re: Concern about decision to furlough city workers

Dear Mayor Faulconer,

In this time of pandemic response, we are gravely concerned with the news that your office has

suddenly and unilaterally decided to furlough some city workers including from the parks

department, library system and other departments. ​We are concerned about the reported lack of

communication with city workers and lack of forethought as to the consequences on families,

who are now facing a loss of income and healthcare just when they need them most.

Alliance San Diego is an organization committed to building an inclusive and just democracy,

one where stakeholders are given a seat at the table to participate in public decision-making,

especially when it affects them directly. The decision to furlough city workers was neither

inclusive nor just. It rendered city workers and their families vulnerable from one day to the next

and at the very moment that the pandemic is worsening in San Diego.

The greatest asset the City of San Diego has is the people who serve our community. This

pandemic will not last forever and when we emerge, we will need the libraries and the parks and

all the people who work in them and provide the services that help us all thrive. We urge you to

reconsider your decision to furlough these workers. They should not be forsaken. Rather, they

should be part of the decision-making and problem solving process in this moment.


Andrea Guerrero

Executive Director, Alliance San Diego



Council President Georgette Gomez

Council President Pro Tem and Budget Committee Chair

Alliance San Diego | P.O. Box 12266 | San Diego, CA 92112

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