City Heights youths chanted “more transportation, better education” outside of the San Diego Unified school board meeting Tuesday night. They were there to support a proposal from school board members Richard Barrera and Marne Foster that would provide free city bus passes for low-income students at some area high schools.
Alfredo Mendez was there to tell the board members how the “youth opportunity passes” would benefit him and his family. He’s a senior at Hoover High School, one of the campuses participating in the pilot program.
Because he’s 18, his family has to scrape together $72 a month to pay for a city bus pass so he can get to class and internships. That’s a major expense for his mom, who makes minimum wage. Paying for the $36 youth pass wasn’t much easier.