Author: omarpassons

A Torrey Named Lee: Mr. Sawyer, wisdom, and La Jolla Country Day School

A Torrey Named Lee: Mr. Sawyer, wisdom, and La Jolla Country Day School

A couple weeks ago I was invited to be a part of the Human Library Project at La Jolla Country Day School. The basic premise is that students get a chance to check out human “books,” or guests who share their stories and answer questions to help the students expand their horizons.  I talked about my maternal grandmother Henrietta, about the sliver of difference between slavery and the $234 she earned in 1940 – ALL of 1940 – and about the generational impact of racial segregation. But the most important thing that happened to me was the 15 minutes I spent with the type of man this world needs more of. Let me tell you about Lee Sawyer. Read More

On being ashy

On being ashy

I have had the good fortune to speak with students at the Preuss School, as well as through the Aaron Price Fellows program, at La Jolla Country Day School, with the Blue Heart Foundation, and a few others over the last 15 months.  With the presence of bullying, of school violence, and the general difficulties of youth that always seem present, I have found myself sharing a story to help young people remember empathy. It’s a story about being ashy. Read More

Thoughts about Live Well Center – complex issues and transparency

Thoughts about Live Well Center – complex issues and transparency

The County of San Diego has a Live Well framework that it employs to guide an approach to improving the quality of life of San Diego residents.  There is a great deal of information about the framework on the County’s site here, but this post is specifically about the proposed Live Well center location in Southeastern San Diego, the process for moving forward, and the elements that will need meaningful attention and community participation to ensure local voices are heard and embraced in the leadership and development of the region’s future. Read More

Economic prosperity and inclusion: the County’s role (part 2 of 2)

Economic prosperity and inclusion: the County’s role (part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of this series, I covered the County’s role in protecting and promoting the community’s health and the connection between health and wealth.  You can read that here.  While it is a nice benefit of this approach that taxpayers will spend less money on health and social service programs as the health and economic prosperity of our community grows, there is another reason the County can and must take a bigger leadership role in the area of economic inclusion. That is the subject of this post. Read More

Hiring a homeless person – and learning

Hiring a homeless person – and learning

Homelessness is a major issue in our community. Early this year, my campaign released our Hope4Homeless plan to provide greater County leadership around tackling homelessness.  We sat down with policy experts, homeless youth, front line service providers, and did quite a bit of research. Add that to my own experience serving Rachel’s Women’s Center as part of Catholic Charities Homeless Women’s Services Advisory Committee several years ago and a healthy amount of journalism from Kelly Davis, Kelly Bennett-Heyd, David Garrick, Lisa Halverstadt and a few other journalists and we feel good that we’d spent meaningful time understanding before writing. Then this other thing happened. Read More

New Orleans Style Fun AND Civic Engagement: March to Vote (5/19)

New Orleans Style Fun AND Civic Engagement: March to Vote (5/19)

On Saturday, May 19th, Team Passons is making sure we all have a bit of fun with our electoral politics! Come out and join us as we “Second Line” our way through the March to Vote! A Second Line is a New Orleans tradition that you can read about here. But basically we are going to dance down the street with a big brass band doing its thing and anyone who wants to can join in the fun!  Bring your mail ballots so you can vote when we march to the endpoint – the post office!

The Basics

March to Vote starts at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday (5/19) at the IRS building downtown – 801 Front Street. We aren’t organizing the march, but we are bringing the fun! Join Euphoria Brass Band, Crew D’Etat, and a bunch of fun people to remind us that while marching has a serious purpose we can also mix in some fun!

March to Vote Facebook Event Page

After Party

Because the fun shouldn’t stop, we are going afterwards up to a South Park institution that has been the scene of many a political meet-up and forum (as well as several wedding receptions, wonderful memories with friends, and neighbor connections). Join us at Whistle Stop Bar (for those over 21) to keep the fun going from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Help us Fund the fun – Donate!

To RSVP to either event with Team Passons, email melissa@omarpassons.com

Or just show up!

Oh, here is Euphoria doing its thing!

Why the word ‘Believe’ is on our campaign shirts

Why the word ‘Believe’ is on our campaign shirts

We get asked regularly why our campaign shirts have the word ‘believe’ printed on the front above our Omar4SD logo.  There are two primary reasons.  The first comes out of a quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that I became aware of while on a trip with my wife to the King Memorial in Washington, D.C. a few years back.

This quote is from Dr. King’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech.

I started the clip at the point of the quote, but it is a great speech overall.  There is quite a lot to love about this speech, especially as we look at how some things in our region and our country are going right now.  But for me, I deeply believe in affirming the dignity, equality, and humanity of every person.  I loved this quote and wanted to carry it with us throughout the campaign.

Okay, what’s the other reason?

A group of supporters getting ready to walk in Pacific Beach

The other reason for using ‘believe’ as a mantra, a hashtag, a talking point, and just a point of discussion is that we want everyone in San Diego to believe in a different type of leadership and a different type of politics.  We believe we can have the type of leadership that focuses on making life better rather than taking political shots at others. We believe that the residents of the County’s District 4 ought to decide who represents them, not monied interests, political parties or Sacramento lobbyists and power brokers.  We believe in supporting our region’s children, in protecting our seniors, and in having honest – if difficult – public conversations about where our region is going.

Join us. Believe with us. Believe that we can focus on issues and substance rather than insider politics.  Believe in what makes San Diego beautiful and San Diegans warm and welcoming people and we can and will change the course of our region for the better!

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Economic prosperity and inclusion: the County’s role (pt 1 of 2)

Economic prosperity and inclusion: the County’s role (pt 1 of 2)

Economic prosperity does not happen by accident.  It is a byproduct of hard work, sacrifice, ingenuity, and – frequently – a bit of luck.  However, just as economic prosperity doesn’t just happen, it is also true that a complex set of factors has contributed to generational wealth limitations that have huge impacts on economic stagnation.  You might be wondering why as a candidate for the County Board of Supervisors I released an Opportunity4All plan to address economic growth or why I would be talking at all about economic inclusion and wealth. The answer might surprise you. Read More

North Park Festival of Arts (5/12) – Parent Comfort Room & Kids’ Play Area!

North Park Festival of Arts (5/12) – Parent Comfort Room & Kids’ Play Area!

On Saturday, May 12th, the Festival of Arts returns to North Park! Our campaign is driven in large part by my deep passion to better support children and seniors.  To help our youngest children (and their parents), we have decided to offer a few helpful comforts and some fun for the kiddos!

At our campaign office (located at 3815 Grim Ave, across from Mike Hess Brewing) you’ll find:

  1. Private, air-conditioned room for pumping/nursing/quiet time
  2. Changing stations for older kids
  3. Bathroom (for parents/grandparents/caregivers only)
  4. Arts/Crafts/Slime area outside

PLEASE NOTE: We are NOT able to provide actual child care on site, just a calm place for parents if they want a little privacy, a clean bathroom and to learn about why my candidacy has been so focused on our region’s children.

Our commitment to our region’s children and families drives this campaign and I am living proof of what happens when we better support children from the earliest stages!  Come have fun, hang out, and enjoy a great event for all ages.

Read our StrongStarts4All plan

  • Includes steps to bring down the cost of quality child care, home visits, improved arts access, youth mental health support and more

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