Measure B: the Commission on Police Practices

In 2019, San Diegans for Justice placed a measure on the November 2020 ballot to replace the former Community Review Board with an independent, community-led Commission on Police Practices (CPP) to bring public trust to the way SDPD is held accountable.

Measure B passed with an overwhelming vote of nearly 75%.

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Take action to protect Measure B.

The fight is not over yet. City Hall is currently working on the CPP Ordinance, the law that will govern the Commission on Police Practices. We are  working to ensure Councilmembers pass a strong ordinance that is true to Measure B and meets the community's needs and expectations.

The fight for fair and balanced reform to increase police accountability and transparency in the City of San Diego

Since the 1980s, civil rights leaders in San Diego have been fighting for independent oversight of the San Diego Police Department. After years of watered down proposals, police union lobbyists influencing city officials, and establishment politicians undermining grassroots organizations, the community demanded action. A coalition of over 70 organizations led by Women Occupy San Diego, Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association, Mid-City CAN Youth Council, and San Diegans for Justice came together to advocate for a city charter amendment.

Andrea St. Julian, Co-Chair of SDJ, authored the proposal that later became known as Measure B. The ballot measure replaced the former review board with an independent, community-led Commission on Police Practices. The new Commission has the power to:

  • conduct independent investigations into complaints of police misconduct

  • hire independent legal counsel that doesn't also represent the city and SDPD

  • subpoena law enforcement, witnesses, and all relevant records

  • evaluate SDPD's compliance with federal, state, and local laws

In November 2020, Measure B received nearly 75% of the vote in San Diego, a larger share of votes than any city candidate on the ballot the same year.

Measure B was supported by:

AAPI Democratic Club

ACLU San Diego and Imperial Counties

All Of Us or None

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, San Diego

American Federation of Teachers

American Friends Service Committee

Anti-Defamation League San Diego

Black Men and Women United, San Diego

Blue Dream Democrats

California Nurses Association

Center for Policy Initiatives

Climate Action Campaign

Council on American Islamic Relations

Coalition for Police Accountability and Transparency

Coalition of Labor Union Women

Clairemont Town Council

Community Advocates for Just and Moral Governance

Community Assistance Support Team

Criminal Defense Lawyers Club

Democratic Socialists of America, San Diego

Democratic Woman's Club of San Diego

Downtown San Diego Partnership

Earl B. Gilliam Bar Association

Filipino American Lawyers of San Diego

First Unitarian Universalist

Generation Justice

Hillcrest Town Council

Indivisible CA, Districts 52 and 53

La Jolla Democratic Club

La Jolla Shores Association

League of Women Voters, San Diego

March For Our Lives

Martin Luther King Jr. Democratic Club

Mid-City CAN

Mosques Against Trafficking

NAACP San Diego

National Action Network

National Lawyers Guild, San Diego Chapter

Ocean Beach Green Center

Older Women's League, San Diego Chapter

Pacific Beach Democratic Club

Pan Asian Lawyers of San Diego

Partnership for the Advancement of New Americans

Peace Resource Center

People's Alliance for Justice

People Over Profits, San Diego

Pillars of the Community

Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest

Point Loma and Ocean Beach Democratic Club

Public Interest Advocacy Collaborative

Rancho Peñasquitos Democratic Club

Rise Up San Diego

San Diegans for Criminal Justice Reform

San Diegans for Gun Violence Prevention

San Diego and Imperial Counties Labor Council

San Diego County Bar Association

San Diego County Building and Construction Trades Council

San Diego County Young Democrats

San Diego Democrats for Environmental Action

San Diego Democrats for Equality

San Diego Green New Deal Alliance

San Diego High School Democrats

San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

San Diego Labor Democratic Club

San Diego Organizing Project

San Diego Pride

San Diego Racial Justice Coalition

San Diego Union-Tribune Editorial Board

San Diego 350

Service Employees International Union Local 221

Standing Up for Racial Justice

Tom Homann LGBT Law Association

UNITE HERE Local 30

United Against Police Terror, COPWATCH San Diego

United Domestic Workers AFSCME Local 3930

Uptown Democratic Club

Veterans Democratic Club

Veterans for Peace San Diego

Women Occupy San Diego

U.S. Representative Scott Peters

California Secretary of State Dr. Shirley Weber

Senate President pro Tempore Toni Atkins

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez

Assemblymember Chris Ward

County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher

County Supervisor Nora Vargas

Mayor Todd Gloria

Council President Jen Campbell

Councilmember Monica Montgomery

Councilmember Vivian Moreno

Councilmember Priya Bhat-Patel

Former Mayor Kevin Faulconer

Former Council President Georgette Gómez

Former Councilmember Barbara Bry

Former Councilmember Cori Schumacher