May 6, 2014
Bruce Williams Calls for More Transparency and Inclusiveness in Designing Art to be Placed on Public Buildings
San Diego --- Bruce Williams, candidate for City Council District 4, calls on city leaders to ensure a more thoughtful, transparent, and inclusive process for designing public art projects.
Recently, the city began painting a mural on the Southeastern Division police substation that led to complaints about there being too many faces of Americans of African heritage, including Myrtle Cole.
“The city launched this significant community symbol project without adequate input,” said Williams. “While I have concerns about the reported comments, I do commend the police officers who reported what they heard which led to the painting being stopped pending further investigation and a hotline being set up for input. These are important healing conversations that must occur so that we can break free of the dysfunctional culture of silence.”
“I also commend city leaders and Chief Zimmerman for ceasing work on the mural and opening a more thoughtful, inclusive, transparent and healing community dialog,” Williams continued. “I question the judgment behind the decision to depict a candidate on the mural who resides in the district only through redistricting, who has served less than one full term on the council, and whose contributions to the San Diego police department and the community are far less than the achievements of other San Diego female police officers who are Americans of African heritage.”
“I believe that the best choice for the city would be to remove Ms. Cole’s image from the mural design to avoid, at a minimum, the perception of reducing this important mural statement to preferential self-serving abuse of the District 4 council office and the abuse of political service,” said Williams.
Bruce Williams is a long-time resident, leader and activist in District 4. He is known for bringing people together and developing solutions that benefit all residents. Bruce brings labor, business, residents, Democrats, and Republicans together for the common good of our community. To learn more, please go to www.voteforbruced4.com.
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April 1, 2014
Bruce Williams Calls for Action to Secure a Just & Livable Wage
Launching Call to Bring Residents Together to Secure a Workable Smart Policy
San Diego --- Bruce Williams candidate for City Council District 4, calls on labor and city leaders to come together for a comprehensive and thoughtful solution that will provide a just and livable wage, increase residents’ purchasing power, and keep businesses here in the city.
“This week we are remembering Cesar Chavez and his courage to fight against injustice and bring people together to improve workers’ lives. I believe, we, in San Diego, will lead the way on a sound and thoughtful wage policy. It is time for a just and livable wage for the residents of District 4, the city and across the state.” said Williams. “We are asking every resident to work with me on this better change.”
In conversations with local SEIU leader, David Lagstein, Williams was informed that their policy prevents him from communicating his position on this important issue to the rank-and-file members in a candidate forum. As a result, Williams has decided to go directly to the members and all residents to discuss his position and encourage a solution that is best for residents, labor, businesses, and the city. Specifically, Williams is calling on residents to join with him to obtain a just and livable wage that is good for district 4, our city and the state.
“The bottom line is that I want SEIU members to know that I stand with them to enact a thoughtful and comprehensive livable wage policy,” said Williams. “We need good and affordable housing, a clean and safe community, and a place where children want to stay, build their careers and start their own families.”
“That is why I believe we must develop a policy that is not in a silo. We need a policy where our city can still compete with other cities and will not chase businesses out of District 4 to relocate outside of city boundaries. We must develop a policy that will encourage businesses to stay here and that will increase residents’ purchasing power to be able to purchase homes and maintain a high quality of life,” said Williams.
Bruce Williams is a long-time leader and activist in District 4. He is known for bringing people together and developing solutions that benefit all residents. He brings labor, business, residents, Democrats, and Republicans together for the common good of our community. To learn more, please go to www.voteforbruced4.com.
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