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[ AGENDA CULTURE AND DIVERSITY CITIZENS ACTION COMMISSION Remote Meeting September 16, 2020 6:00 P.M. ]

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PRESENT MS. PURVIS PREGNANT.

MR. RAMIREZ PRESENT MR. RICHARDSON PRESENT MR. STEPHENS PRESENT MS. STEVENS PRESENT MS. SOMEONE PRESIDENT.

OH, OKAY.

SO EVERYONE IS PRESENT.

UM, EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE THE AGENDA PACKET THAT KATIE SENT OUT.

SO HOPEFULLY YOU HAVE THE MINUTES IN FRONT OF YOU.

WE'RE GONNA MOVE TO THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM OUR LAST MEETING, WHICH WAS AUGUST THE SIXTH, AND THOSE WERE SENT OUT TODAY.

SO DO WE HAVE ANY AMENDMENTS OR CHANGES TO OUR MINUTES OR CAN WE ACCEPT THOSE? NO AMENDMENT.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO WE'LL MOVE ON WITH THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES THAT WERE SENT AND THOSE OF YOU THAT WEREN'T AT THIS MEETING, YOU CAN ABSTAIN IF YOU SO CHOOSE.

I'M JUST GOING TO GO THROUGH THE LIST.

MR. EAKINS, MS. MONICA, UM, MS. NEWBY, MS. PURVIS, MR. RAMIREZ, MS. RICHARDSON, MR. STEVENS, MS. STEVENS APPROVE THAT SOMEONE APPROVE, OKAY.

THE MEETING, THE MINUTES STAND THAT'S APPROVED.

WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON TO OUR NEW BUSINESS.

SO OUR FIRST NEW BUSINESS ITEM FOR TONIGHT IS THE SWEARING IN OF OUR COMMISSION MEMBER.

YAY.

EVERYBODY SHOULD HAVE THIS BIG SMILE ON THEIR FACE ABOUT THAT, BECAUSE LIKE I SAID, I'M SUPER EXCITED ABOUT Y'ALL BEING HERE.

AND I KNOW THAT YOU ALL HAVE A GREAT PASSION TO BRING TO THIS COMMISSION.

I'M EXCITED ABOUT ALL THAT WE HAVE IN STORE, ALL THAT WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING AND WORKING TOGETHER.

AND I'M REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO US ALL WORKING TOGETHER AS A TEAM.

AND I KNOW THAT YOU ALL HAVE SOME AWESOME SKILLS THAT YOU BRING AS EVIDENT BY YOUR APPLICATIONS AND YOUR INTERVIEW PROCESS.

SO I'M LOOKING FORWARD TO, UM, SEEING THAT LIGHT SHINE.

SO WE HAVE OUR SWEARING IN OF OUR COMMISSION MEMBERS TONIGHT.

OKAY.

THIS PART WAS A LITTLE INTERESTING.

UM, INSTEAD OF DOING EACH ONE INDIVIDUALLY, WE CAN DO EVERYONE TOGETHER, IF WE'RE OKAY WITH THAT.

AND JUST REPEAT AFTER ME, IF THAT'LL WORK FOR EVERYONE, I DON'T KNOW HOW TO WORK WITH MICROPHONES.

WE'LL SEE HOW IT GOES.

ALL RIGHT.

YES.

YES.

CORRECT.

SO EVERYBODY WANTS TO UNMUTE, I STATE YOUR NAME.

BYE.

DO YOU SOLEMNLY SWEAR OR AFFIRM TO SUPPORT THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES? THE CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF OHIO.

CAN'T THE CHARTER AND ALL INSTEAD OF THE CITY OF HUBER HEIGHTS AND THAT I WILL FAITHFULLY HONESTLY, HONESTLY, AND IMPARTIALLY DISCHARGE THE DUTIES OF MY OFFICE TO THE BEST OF MY ABILITIES.

I WILL, I'LL SEND THESE OUT CAUSE WE DO HAVE TO HAVE THESE SIGNED OFF ON THE MEMBERS, SO WE'LL GET THEM BACK AND WE'LL HANDLE THAT ON OUR END.

SO THANK YOU.

JUST ONE QUESTION, WHEN YOU SAID SEND THOSE OUT, DOES THAT NOT INCLUDE THE DOCUMENT OF THE SWEARING OR I'M SORRY, IS THAT THE SAME THING THAT YOU PLAN ON SENDING OUT? YES.

YES.

AND IT'S ALSO THAT YOU'D READ THE HUMAN RIGHTS BOARDS AND COMMISSION HANDBOOK.

SO YOU'LL SIGN BOTH OF THOSE AND THAT YOU'RE ACCEPTING, YOU'RE ACCEPTING THE POSITION

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AS A MEMBER OF THE CULTURAL DIVERSITY.

YOU MISS HIM.

OKAY.

SO YOU, WE ARE ALL DULY SWORN IN WHICH HOLDS US TO, UM, RESPONSIBILITIES AS COMMISSION MEMBERS.

AND I THINK THAT ONE OF THE THINGS THAT, UM, I DID WANT TO TALK TO SPEND A MINUTE ON IS THE FACT THAT, UM, BECAUSE WE'RE COMMISSION THAT WE KEEP OUR FORMAL CONVERSATIONS IN OUR MEETINGS AND ANYTHING, OR WE HAVE MORE THAN THREE PEOPLE PRESENT AND DISCUSSING BUSINESS TOPICS, THAT'S PERTINENT TO THE COMMISSION BECOMES A PUBLIC MEETING.

SO THAT MEANS THAT WE DON'T HAVE ANY MEETINGS OUTSIDE OF THE MEETING WITH THE EXCEPTION.

THE QUORUM IS WHAT KATIE, IS IT THREE OR FOUR? THE QUORUM IS FIVE, RIGHT? NO MORE THAT, YEAH.

SO NO MORE THAN FOUR QUORUM WOULD BE FIVE AT A MEETING.

OKAY.

NO MORE THAN FOUR.

SO THAT MEANS THAT ANY, ANY CONVERSATIONS WITH A FOUR OR MORE BECOMES A MEETING, IS THAT CORRECT? MORE THAN FOUR, MORE THAN FOUR BECOMES A MEETING.

OKAY, GREAT.

SO JUST SO THAT EVERYONE UNDERSTANDS THAT, UM, THAT MEANS EVEN COMMUNICATIONS VIA EMAIL, THAT'S ALL PUBLIC.

IF WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, IN GROUPS OF, OF THE MORE THAN FOUR.

SO JUST BE VERY COGNIZANT AND AWARE OF THAT.

AND THAT'S WHY THE INFORMATION TO YOU ALL, I JUST SEE EVERYBODY SO THAT WE WOULDN'T ACCIDENTALLY HAVE A MEETING.

SO JUST FYI FOR THAT, OUR NEXT ITEM OF BUSINESS IS APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY.

SO WE WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A SECRETARY FOR OUR COMMISSION.

THIS PERSON WOULD BE RESPONSIBLE FOR TRACKING ALL MINUTES FROM OUR MEETING, UM, AND SENDING THOSE OUT TO THE GROUP PRIOR TO OUR MEETING.

AND ALSO, UM, WITH KATIE, KATIE, WE HAVE NOT INTRODUCED YOU AND ROB, WE HAVEN'T REALLY INTRODUCED YOU TO THE GROUP EITHER.

SO CAN WE DO THAT? OKAY.

ROB, DO YOU WANT TO GO AHEAD AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF, ROB? THANKS, ROB KATIE, KATIE, NICELY HR DIRECTOR, AND A WELCOME ABOARD AND LOOKING FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ALL.

OKAY.

SO KATIE IS OUR CITY LIAISON, SO SHE WILL BE AT ALL OF OUR MEETINGS.

UM, I KNOW THAT WE HAVE OUR MAYOR JEFF GORE ON OUTSIDE.

SO HE'S, HE'S CHIMING IN AS WELL VISITING AND WE HAVE OUR CLERK, TONY ROGERS WITH US AS WELL.

UM, IF WE WANT TO KIND OF JUST GO AROUND SINCE THIS IS OUR FIRST MEETING AND JUST INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND TELL EVERYONE SOMETHING ABOUT YOU THAT YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE, AND WE'LL START WITH JEAN AND SHE'S ON MY SCREEN.

WELL, THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

WELL, GOOD EVENING EVERYBODY.

MY NAME IS JANE NEWBIE AND I HAVE BEEN A RESIDENT

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OF PIEPER HEIGHTS FOR OVER 30 YEARS.

I MOVED HERE WHEN MY FATHER RETIRED FROM THE AIR FORCE BACK IN 1990.

SO I'M VERY EXCITED TO BE PART OF THIS COMMISSION, YOU KNOW, HAS A PRODUCT THAT PAPER HEIGHTS.

UM, ONE EXCITING THING ABOUT ME IS I'M A ADVENTUROUS PERSON.

I LIKE TO DO DIFFERENT THINGS AS FAR AS EXERCISING, CHALLENGING MYSELF IN MORE WAYS THAN ONE.

AND JUST TRYING TO HAVE A POSITIVE ATTITUDE ABOUT ANYTHING THAT I ENDURE.

SO IT'S A PLEASURE AND THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THANKS JEAN AND FRED, MR. HAGAN.

WELL, THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

MY NAME IS DR.

FRED AKINS.

Y'ALL CAN CALL ME FOR IT.

AND, UH, LET'S SEE, I'VE BEEN IN HUBER HEIGHTS SINCE 1994.

UH, RAISED BOTH OF MY CHILDREN HERE AND THANK GOD THEY ARE OUT OF THE HOUSE.

UM, AT LEAST I LIKE TO THINK THEY'RE OUT OF THE HOUSE.

I THINK I SEE RACHEL EVERY OTHER DAY FOR WHATEVER REASON, BUT, UM, LET'S SEE.

UH, I, UM, I'M PRETTY ACTIVE IN MY FRATERNITY AND IN MY LODGE.

AND, AND I BELIEVE THAT THAT, UM, COMMUNITY COMMUNITY SERVICES, THE CORE OF WHAT WE, AS, AS PEOPLE WHO ARE ENGAGED IN OUR COMMUNITY SHOULD DO TO MAKE OUR COMMUNITIES BETTER.

UM, RATHER THAN SITTING BACK TALKING ABOUT WHAT PROBLEMS WE HAVE AND I DECIDED LET'S JUMP IN HERE, BOTH BE TO CONTINUE TO DO WHAT I'VE ALWAYS DONE.

AND THAT SERVES THE PEOPLE WHO I LIVE WORKING ONE WAY.

AND THAT'S WHY I'M HERE ON THIS COMMITTEE.

THANK YOU.

AND ERIC STEVENS, YOU'RE ON MUTE.

YOU'RE ON, I MEAN, NOW WE CAN HEAR YOU.

OKAY.

EVERYONE CAN HEAR ME NOW.

I'LL TELL YOU MY APOLOGIES.

YES.

SO, UH, YEAH, MY NAME IS STEVEN.

I'VE LIVED IN HUBER HEIGHTS.

I BELIEVE SINCE THE 2001 TIMEFRAME.

UM, I ENJOY THIS COMMUNITY.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT PLACE TO MOVE.

AND I JUST LIKE TO SAY, YOU KNOW, KIND OF PIGGYBACK ON WHAT FRED WAS SAYING, WHAT I ENJOY HELPING YOU BUY IT.

AND I HELP.

I ENJOY MENTORING, UPLIFTING PEOPLE.

I JUST, YOU KNOW, I'M HERE TO BE A PART OF, UH, I MEAN, I'M HERE A PART OF THIS COMMISSION TO HELP AND IMPROVE.

UM, YOU KNOW, HOW WE CAN MAKE A GREATER PLACE THAN THEY HAVE.

RIGHT.

I THINK IT'S A GREAT PLACE FOR THE BATHROOM TO MAKE A GREAT ITSELF.

LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH YOU ALL.

THIS SHOULD BE FUN AND EXCITING.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, MR. STEVENS AND MIA HONAKER ALL DAY MYSELF, I'VE LIVED IN HOOVER FOR 45 YEARS.

I WAS FIVE WILL CARE WHEN THE AIR FORCE JUST NEVER LEFT, THEN MARRIED A HUBERT, ANOTHER NATIVE HUBER HEIGHTS.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

OKAY.

IT'S THIS MICROPHONES ON THIS COMPUTER.

SO I'VE, UM, LIVED HERE.

WE LIVED HERE, UH, FOR MAJORITY OF MY LIFE AND I ALWAYS A PAST STRONG BELIEVER OF IF YOU WANT TO MAKE CHANGE IN YOUR COMMUNITY, GET INVOLVED.

AND I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH, UM, YOUTH SPORTS SCHOOLS, ALL ASPECTS OF DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE CITY AND COMMUNITY GROUPS FOR MANY, MANY, MANY YEARS.

UM, I, I CURRENTLY AM THE DIRECTOR FOR THE OFFICE OF LATIN X, ASIAN NATIVE AMERICAN AFFAIRS AT WRIGHT STATE.

SO I WORK WITH WILTERN IDENTITY NURSE.

SO HAVING DIVERSITY AND CULTURE IS NOT ONLY MY CAREER.

IT'S ALSO MY PERSONAL PASSION.

SO I'M SO GLAD TO SEE THAT THIS, UM, COMMISSION START IN THIS CITY THAT I CALL HOME AND I REALLY LOVE, AND I'M GLAD TO BE PART OF IT.

SO THANK YOU.

PERFECT.

THANKS MIA.

STEFAN RAMIREZ.

GOOD EVENING.

I AM, UH, HERE FROM, UH, STARTED LIVING HERE IN 2018.

I SPENT SEVEN YEARS INSIDE OF THE AIR FORCE WITH THE WRIGHT PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE BEING MOLEST DUTY STATION.

UH, PRETTY EXCITED TO BE ON THIS COMMISSION.

UH, TOOK A LITTLE BREAK AFTER I TRANSITIONED TO ADAPT TO THE NEW COMMUNITY AND GET TO KNOW EVERYONE.

I'M PRETTY EXCITED TO GET ENGAGED IN OUR COMMUNITY.

AGAIN.

UM, BEING INSIDE OF THE MILITARY HAS HAD ME, UH, AFFORDED

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HIM THE OPPORTUNITY TO BE ABLE TO DO TO A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT, UH, PEOPLE ACROSS THE WORLD, UH, ALL THE WAY FROM TURKEY TO GERMANY, TO, UH, TO LONDON, UH, AND DIFFERENT RELIGIONS AS WELL.

SO I HAVEN'T HAD ABILITY TO, TO BE ABLE TO TALK AND, AND, UH, AND TRY TO REACH OUT TO, TO DIFFERENT, UH, DIFFERENT GROUPS TO, TO LISTEN, TO, TO BE ABLE TO BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER HAS BEEN A PASSION FOR, EVEN THOUGH, UH, I'VE, I'VE ONLY JOINED THE AIR FORCE BACK IN WHAT TWO, UH, UH, 2000 AND 2009.

SO I'M PRETTY EXCITED.

AND, UH, TO A DEGREE, MY ABILITIES AS A, AS A CREATOR, I LIKE TO DRAW.

I'M AN ARTIST I'M AN OFF TIME.

UH, AND THEN DURING WORK, UH, FOR SPEEDWAY, I, UH, I'M A DATA ANALYST FOR, FOR FUEL.

UH, SO I'D LIKE TO BRING THOSE TWO TOGETHER TO PUT THE CREATION, UH, WHAT'S THE DATA ANALYTICS TO, TO, TO, YOU KNOW, PROVIDE SOME, SOME GREAT INSIGHTS.

SO I'M EXCITED TO HAVE YOU USE THOSE, UH, THOSE NEW TOOLS FOR, FOR, FOR THIS TEAM.

OKAY, NICE.

ALRIGHTY, RHONDA SUMMERLIN.

YOU'RE ON MUTE.

MY NAME IS RHONDA SUMLIN.

I'VE BEEN A RESIDENT OF HUBER HEIGHTS FOR ABOUT 10 YEARS.

UM, I'VE GOT TWO CHILDREN, TWO YOUNG LADIES AGES, 20 AND 15 I ONE GRADUATED FROM WAYNE.

SHE'S PRETENDING RIGHTS, AND I'VE GOT ONE, THAT'S A JUNIOR AT WAYNE NOW.

UM, I OWN MY OWN HOMEBASE VIRTUAL INSURANCE AGENCY.

UM, I'VE BEEN SERVING ON COMMISSION SINCE ABOUT 2018, STARTED OUT WITH THE ARTS AND BEAUTIFICATION COMMISSION.

UM, AND I'M SUPER EXCITED TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMISSION.

I AM PASSIONATE ABOUT ACTIVISM AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE, UM, AND JUST, AND I'M JUST EXCITED TO WORK WITH YOU OUT.

SO CONGRATS TO EVERYBODY ON, UM, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE, YOU'RE BEING SWORN IN TODAY AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO IN THIS AS CITY.

PERFECT.

THANKS RHONDA.

TARA PURPOSE.

I'M A TERROR PURPOSE.

I ONLY I'VE BEEN IN HUBER HEIGHTS ABOUT FOUR YEARS.

I MOVED HERE CAUSE I'M RAISING ONE OF THE UP AND COMING WAYNE ATHLETES.

AND, UH, WHAT'S THE BEST AREA FOR SPORTS, I GUESS.

SO, UM, MY SON PLAYS SELECT SOCCER AND BASKETBALL AND ALL OF THESE THINGS.

SO, UM, I'M A SOCIAL WORKER.

I ACTUALLY GRADUATED FROM WRIGHT STATE AND I WAS THE FIRST PERSON TO GRADUATE WITH THE CITIZEN SCHOLARS CERTIFICATE, WHICH WAS COMMUNITY BASED SERVICE LEARNING, UH, BASED CERTIFICATE.

UM, SO I'VE ALWAYS HAD A PASSION FOR COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND THAT I THINK SOME POINTS WE FALL OFF OUR TRAP.

SO THIS WAS A GREAT WAY FOR ME TO COME BACK TO, YOU KNOW, KIND OF MY JOY AND PURPOSE IN LIFE AND, AND HAVING COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT AND REALLY BEING, UH, A GREAT EXAMPLE FOR MY SON OF, YOU KNOW, BEING INVOLVED IN THE COMMUNITY TO AFFECT CHANGE VERSUS, YOU KNOW, LIKE, UH, UM, MR. ATKINS SAID, YOU KNOW THAT, UH, YOU HAVE TO BE INVOLVED IN YOUR COMMUNITY VERSUS SITTING BACK AND KIND OF WAITING FOR CHANGE TO HAPPEN AROUND YOU.

SO I'M SO EXCITED FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY AND, YOU KNOW, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY, RIGHT? THANK YOU, TARA.

AND, UM, LASTLY I'M YOLANDA STEVENS AND I'M THE CHAIR FOR THE COMMISSION.

UM, I'VE BEEN IN HUBER FOR OVER 20 YEARS, EXCITED ABOUT BEING A PART OF THIS COMMISSION.

UM, AND, AND STARTING THIS UP.

I OWN MY OWN CONSULTING, INDEPENDENT CONSULTING FIRM AND FOCUSED ON THE AREA OF LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, UM, TRAINING AND COACHING.

OH, UH, I HAVE THREE KIDS, ERIC AND I HAVE THREE KIDS IN THE SCHOOL.

NO, NO.

WE HAVE TWO KIDS IN THE SCHOOL DISTRICT.

WE HAVE A 12 YEAR OLD SON, A 15 YEAR OLD DAUGHTER AND AN 18 YEAR OLD SOPHOMORE IN COLLEGE.

SO THAT'S A LITTLE BIT ABOUT ME.

SO NOW WE ALL KNOW A LITTLE BIT ABOUT EACH OTHER, UM, AT LEAST TO START THE GROUNDWORK AND START THE, THE RELATIONSHIP BUILDING.

SO I'M GONNA GO AHEAD AND MOVE BACK TO THE AGENDA ON THE APPOINTMENT OF SECRETARY, SINCE EVERYONE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SEE THAT I'M SURE THAT THERE WAS SOMEONE WHOSE BRAIN STARTED BURNING LIKE, OH MY GOSH, I WOULD LOVE TO BE THE SECRETARY.

SO IS, IS THERE ANYONE WHO WAS INTERESTED IN SECRETARY, THE POSITION OF SECRETARY FOR THE COMMISSION

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DON'T ALL SPEAK AT ONCE.

HE WAS GREAT AT TAKING KEEPING NOTES.

YOLANDA, IF I COULD, YOU COULD GO AHEAD AND POINT ME.

OKAY.

UM, DO YOU GO AHEAD AND POINT ME OR MY DESIGNEE? WE'LL DO THE TAKE CARE OF ALL THE MINUTES AND SEND THEM OUT.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, I WILL APPOINT KATIE NICELY TOO AS SECRETARY TO KEEP TRACK OF THE NOTES.

OKAY.

WHERE MY DESK OR YOUR DESIGNEE TO CHECK EVERYTHING, WHICH IS PERFECT.

AND DO I HAVE TO TAKE A BOAT FOR THAT? YEAH.

YES.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPOINT KATIE OR HER DESIGNEE AS THE SECRETARY OF THE COMMISSION? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? YES.

YES.

SECOND I'M CHAIR.

I SECOND THAT MOTION.

THANK YOU.

SO IT'S APPROVED THAT KATIE OR HER DESIGNEE WILL BE THE SECRETARY.

WE'LL TAKE A ROLL CALL.

THE ROLL CALL.

YES.

YES.

ALRIGHT.

MISS HONAKER.

YES.

MS. NEWBIE.

HI.

HI, MR. RICHARDSON, MR. STEPHENS, MS. STEPHENS.

HI MOTIONS APPROVED.

OKAY.

ON TO OUR NEXT AGENDA ITEM, WHICH IS THE COMMISSION PURPOSE.

SO I THINK THAT WE TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THIS IN EVERYONE'S, UM, INTERVIEW, AND I KNOW KATIE ATTACHED THE, OUR INITIAL RESOLUTION FOR THE COMMISSION.

UM, AND I'M SURE THAT YOU ALL ARE KIND OF AWARE OF THE BACKGROUND, BUT I'LL JUST KIND OF DO AN OVERVIEW ANYWAY.

BUT, UM, THANKS TO OUR, OUR MAYOR AND OUR CITY MANAGERS, OPENNESS, BUT ERIC AND I, WHEN ALL OF THE THINGS STARTED HAPPENING IN THE WORLD, UM, WE FELT VERY COMPASSIONATE ABOUT IT, AND WE JUST REALLY FELT WE DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN IN OUR COMMUNITY.

WE DON'T WANT TO FEEL SAFE IN OUR COMMUNITY, ESPECIALLY SINCE WE HAVE YOUNG KIDS.

UM, WE WANT PEOPLE TO FEEL INCLUDED.

AND SO WE WENT, REACHED OUT TO MAYOR GORE AND TALKED TO HIM ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF STARTING AN INITIATIVE WITHIN THE CITY TO BE ABLE TO LOOK AT THE ISSUES OF INCLUSION, DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WITHIN THE CITY, SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE A REPEAT CIRCUMSTANCE OF A GEORGE FOYT CASE.

RIGHT.

UM, AND SO THAT'S HOW THE COMMISSION CAME ABOUT.

SO THAT'S SOME OF THE PURPOSE IN THE END, IN YOUR INTERVIEW PROCESS, EVERYONE SHARED KIND OF THEIR PASSIONATE AREAS THAT THEY'RE INTERESTED IN WORKING IN, UM, WHICH IS HOW SOME OF OUR THINGS CAME, CAME APART, CAME UP ON US ON THE AGENDA THAT WE HAVE INCLUDED ON THE AGENDA TONIGHT.

BUT BASICALLY THE PURPOSE OF THE COMMISSION IS REALLY TO LOOK AT HOW DO WE CREATE A DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE ENVIRONMENT WITHIN THE CITY? HOW DO WE MAKE THAT HAPPEN? HOW DO WE HELP OUR CITY OFFICIALS MAKE THAT HAPPEN AS WELL? AND SO THERE ARE KEY PRIORITY AREAS THAT WE'LL LOOK AT AS A COMMISSION.

BUT THE FIRST THING THAT WE NEED TO DO IS REALLY THINK ABOUT WHAT ARE SOME PRIORITY INITIATIVES THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO ADDRESS AND LOOK AT.

SO ONE OF THOSE THINGS, I'M KIND OF MOVING ALONG ON THE AGENDA TOO, BUT THE NBA RPC JUST CAME UP WITH AN EQUITY INITIATIVE RESOLUTION AND ALSO VOTER REGISTRATION HAD CAME OUT IN ALL OF THE INTERVIEWS, INTERVIEWS WITH EVERYONE

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AS A PRIORITY.

SO I'VE, I'VE INCLUDED THOSE ON OUR AGENDA TONIGHT, BUT I'M INTERESTED IN HEARING JUST FROM EVERYONE.

WHAT WOULD BE A KEY INITIATIVE? ARE THERE ANY OUT OUTSIDE OF THAT AS A TARGET AREA TO BEGIN A KEY INITIATIVE FOR YOU? AND I SEE MIA HAS HER HAND UP.

I THINK ONE OF THE KEY INITIATIVES THAT I LIKE TO SEE IS, UM, I THINK WE, WE TALKED ABOUT IT WHEN WE WERE, THE FOUR OF US IS, UM, UH, SOME KIND OF LIKE, UH, LIKE WE HAVE, UM, ON CAMPUS, I CALL IT A BIAS INCIDENT RESPONSE TEAM, OR A WAY THAT I'M SLOWLY OR NOT ANONYMOUSLY RE RESIDENCES BIAS AND, UM, AND THINGS THAT THEY CAN, WHERE WE CAN GET NOTIFIED LIKE IT, THEY CAN REPORT IT AND THEN IT COMES TO US AS A COMMISSION.

SO WE'RE MORE AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN OUR CITY, OTHER THAN JUST, UM, HEARING WORDS OR HEARING THINGS LIKE THAT.

THESE ARE ACTUAL REPORTS THAT CITIZENS HAVE MADE AND ALSO GIVES US CITIZENS, UM, RESIDENTS, A PLATFORM LIKE THEY CAN ACTUALLY, UM, IF THEY EXPERIENCE ANYTHING, IT'S, IT'S A SAFE SPOT FOR THEM TO REPEAT IT, THAT THEY KNOW THAT IT COMES TO THE GROUP THAT WE COULD POSSIBLY MAKE, UM, TAKE WHAT WE LEARNED FROM THERE AS OTHER INITIATIVES, OTHER THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO I LIKE TO SEE SOME SORT OF A, LIKE A REPORTING SYSTEM WHERE THEY CAN REPORT INCIDENTS LIKE THIS AND IT COMES TO, TO US.

SO WE ARE AWARE OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE COMMUNITY.

OKAY.

THANKS, MIA, TARA, I GOT YOU FOR ME.

I, I WOULD, YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE MAIN INITIATIVES I THINK, IS TO EVEN KIND OF PIGGYBACK ON THE INCIDENT OR THE, THE BIAS RESPONSE TYPE TEAM IS JUST A KIND OF A TRAINING OR A, SOME TYPE OF A SERIES OF TRAININGS, WEBINARS, SOMETHING, UM, ABOUT NONDISCRIMINATION AND BIASES AND IMPLICIT OR UNDERSTOOD BIASES, YOU KNOW, AND, UM, JUST OVERALL NON-DISCRIMINATION TRAINING FOR THE CITY MEMBERS, YOU KNOW, UM, THOSE INVOLVED IN IT, EVEN IT TO EXPAND THAT INTO, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT COULD BE ONLINE FOR BUSINESSES, BUSINESS OWNERS, COMMUNITY MEMBERS THAT WOULD WANT TO, YOU KNOW, JUST DIDN'T INVOLVE THEMSELVES IN THAT, OR UNDERSTANDING THEIR OWN BIASES AND HOW TO OVERCOME THEM AND, AND THEIR PRACTICES.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

JUST GONNA MIGRATE AROUND THE ROOM HERE.

YES.

IN ORDER FOR ME, I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE SOME TYPE OF RESOLUTION, UM, MUCH LIKE WHAT, UM, MV, WHAT IS IT MV RBC HAS WHERE THE CITY SPEAKS TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENSURING THE SYDNEY LEADERSHIP ELECTED OFFICIAL STAFF SPEAK TO THEIR COMMITMENT TO ENSURING THAT OUR CITY IS FAIR AND EQUITABLE, EQUITABLE, UM, IN ALL OF OUR PRACTICES, HIRING POLICING, UM, BIDDING ON CONTRACTS, ET CETERA, UM, SOMETHING THAT THE MAYOR WOULD SIGN, UM, THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE CONDITION AND THE COMMITMENT TO THE CITY AS A WHOLE.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MS. SUMMERLIN FIGURED OUT HOW TO RAISE MY HAND ON HERE YET.

I THINK IT MIGHT BE IMPORTANT, UM, THAT WE MAYBE PARTICIPATE IN A KNOWLEDGE BUILDING KIND OF SEMINAR FOR THE PEOPLE IN THIS GROUP, IF YOU WOULD.

UM, IT'S SOMEWHAT DIFFICULT TO SEND FOLKS OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY AND SAYING, OKAY, WELL, WE'RE GOING TO BRING ALL OF THESE PEOPLE IN FOR DIVERSITY TRAINING AND WE ARE GOING TO LEAD THAT TRAINING.

I DON'T WANT THAT TO BE THE MESSAGE.

I THINK WE NEED TO SURE THAT WE ARE UP TO SPEED IN THAT, THAT, THAT, THAT MESSAGE THAT WE ARE BRINGING THAT WE'RE GIVEN TO THE COMMUNITY BEFORE WE DO THAT.

UM, AND ANOTHER PIECE OF THAT IS, IS, OR I'LL SAY A PART OF IT IS MAKING SURE, OR AT LEAST SEEING TO WHAT EXTENT WE ARE ALREADY USING MINORITY CONTRACTORS AND THAT SORT OF THING.

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UM, BEFORE WE START POKING DAGGERS AND THINGS THAT, HEY, THIS IS A PROBLEM.

THIS WAS A PROBLEM.

TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT THE CITY IS ALREADY DOING TO MAKE SURE OF PEOPLE ON THIS COMMITTEE CAN COMMUNICATE THAT TO THE PUBLIC.

WHEN THOSE QUESTIONS ARE ASKED OF US, MAKE A, THIS COMMITTEE AND SAY, OKAY, THIS IS THE COMMITTEE THAT'S GOING TO RESOLVE ALL OF THE PROBLEMS THAT YOU BEHIND HAS AS IT RELATES TO DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION AND CULTURE.

WHEN WE OURSELVES MAY NOT KNOW COMPLETELY WHAT THE CITY IS ALREADY DOING, BUT SO LET'S, LET'S US GET EDUCATED FIRST, BEFORE WE START WITH THE PORTFOLIO, WE START ADDRESSING SOME OF THOSE THINGS THAT MAY HAVE ALREADY BEEN ADDRESSED US, MAYBE NOT BROUGHT TO THE FOREFRONT.

OKAY.

SO YOU'RE SAYING, LOOK AT KIND OF DOING AN ASSESSMENT OF WHAT THE CITY IS ALREADY DOING IN RELATION TO THE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION PIECE AND WHAT WE CAN IMPROVE.

AND THEN ALSO, UM, FOR US BEING TRAINED AS WELL IN ISSUES OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD, MS. NEWBIE.

YES.

UM, PRETTY MUCH WHAT MS. SOLOMON AND DR.

ATKINS RA MENTIONED, UM, IS WHAT I HADN'T MENTIONED, BUT DEFINITELY I WANT TO INCORPORATE MORE OF THE DIVERSITY DOES ACTIVITY TRAINING ASPECT, WHERE YOU CAN HAVE DIFFERENT SCENARIOS AMONGST A DIVERSE GROUP OF PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS TO SEE HOW THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HANDLE A SEARCH CERTAIN SITUATION, WHETHER IT BE BEYOND THEIR EMPLOYMENT, BASED ON THEIR JOB, IF THEY'RE EDUCATORS, HOW TO MAKE SURE THAT STUDENTS KNOW HOW TO INTERACT WITH EACH OTHER, YOU KNOW, BASED ON A CERTAIN, A BASED ON DIFFERENT CULTURES AND BACKGROUNDS.

SO I THINK IT JUST CAPTURES ALL OF THOSE THINGS.

OKAY.

THANK YOU, MS. NEWBIE, MR. RICHARDSON, ALL RIGHT.

IS GOING TO BE RIGHT NOW.

YOU HAVE TO DO ALL OF THAT.

SO I'M ERIC RICHARDSON.

UM, I'VE BEEN HERE IN THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMUNITY OVER, OVER 20 SOMETHING YEARS.

I HAVE THREE KIDS THAT HAVE ALL GRADUATED, UM, FOR WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL.

I COACH SPORTS, FOOTBALL AND BASKETBALL HERE, UM, IN OUR COMMUNITY.

UH, I AM A LOCAL REALTOR HERE.

UM, I WORKED FOR KELLER WILLIAMS AND, UM, SO I GOT THAT KIND OF GOOD STUFF GOING ON.

MY WIFE, UH, ALSO OWNS A BUSINESS THAT WE'VE HAD HERE IN HUBER HEIGHTS FOR A NUMBER OF YEARS.

UM, SO WE DEFINITELY LIKE OUR COMMUNITY.

I'M GLAD TO BE A PART OF THIS COMMISSION.

UM, BUT I DO LIVE HERE AND I LIKE THE AREA I LIVE IN THE BIGGEST, A GOOD AREA.

AND I'M DEFINITELY LIKE TO BE A PART OF THE PROCESS OF TRYING TO JUST FINE TUNE, YOU KNOW, SOME AREAS TO MAKE THINGS A LOT BETTER.

SO THAT'S MY INTRODUCTION AND I'M A MOVIE FAN, SO THAT'S GREAT.

RIGHT.

SO GOOD STUFF THERE.

UM, ONE THING, UH, I AGREE WITH WHAT HAS BEEN SAID SO FAR, I DEFINITELY WOULD LIKE TO GET SOME CONVERSATION, UH, GOING AROUND, YOU KNOW, DIVERSITY RACISM AND THINGS LIKE THAT, UH, SO THAT WE CAN BRING MORE THINGS FOREFRONT, TALK ABOUT, YOU KNOW, LET'S, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S GOING ON, YOU KNOW, IN OUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THINGS LIKE THAT, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES WE HAVE HERE IN THE CITY, UM, YOU KNOW, LET'S SEE WHAT THINGS ARE BEING HAPPENED WITH WHAT THINGS ARE BEING DONE.

SO I APPRECIATE THAT.

UM, AND THEN I THINK ALSO WHAT I WOULD LIKE IS A GOOD JOB WITH THAT IS THAT HOW DO WE LEARN HOW TO CELEBRATE, UH, THE DIVERSITY IN PEOPLE? I THINK DIVERSITY IS GOOD.

I MEAN, WE'RE ALL THE SAME PEOPLE, THAT PERSON, IT PROBABLY WOULDN'T BE A GOOD PLACE TO LIVE.

SO I THINK DIVERSITY BRINGS A DIFFERENT ASPECT OUT THERE, BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO LEARN HOW TO APPRECIATE THE DIFFERENCES IN PEOPLE AND WHAT THEY CAN BRING.

AND THEN HOW CAN I USE THOSE DIFFERENCES, PEOPLE TO ADVANCE THE THINGS THAT I WANTED TO DO AND THE THINGS THAT WE NEED TO DO COLLECTIVELY AS A GROUP AND AS THE COMMUNITY.

THANK YOU, MR. RICHARDSON, MR. STEVENS.

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OKAY, GREAT.

YEAH, I THINK ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I LIKE TO FOCUS IN ON IS REALLY LOOKING AT, UM, UH, POLICE REFORM, RIGHT.

AND LOOKING AT OUR CURRENT POLICIES AND PROCEDURES THAT YOU HAVE WITHIN THE HUBER HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT.

AGAIN, IT'S MORE SO TO LOOK AT HOW WE CAN TAKE PREVENTATIVE STEPS, TONS OF, UM, THINGS THAT WE'VE BEEN SEEING ACROSS THIS COUNTRY.

RIGHT.

I KNOW THERE'S, YOU KNOW, AS YOU KNOW, THERE'S A NUMBER OF CITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT ARE LOOKING AT POLICE REFORM, MAKING CHANGES, RIGHT.

SO THAT WE DON'T HAVE SOME OF THESE INCIDENCES THAT WE'VE SEEN HERE IN RECENT RECENT MONTHS.

RIGHT.

SO ONE, OBVIOUSLY LOOK AT CURRENT PROCEDURES, SEE HOW WE CAN POTENTIALLY MAYBE MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU WILL, UH, YOU KNOW, AS IT RELATES TO ME, YOU KNOW, MAYBE DEESCALATING DEESCALATION PROCEDURES, IF YOU WILL, OR LOOKING AT HOW WE CAN MAYBE MAKE, UH, INPUTS IN TERMS OF HOW YOU RESPOND IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS.

RIGHT.

AND MAYBE LOOKING AT WAYS WE COULD POTENTIALLY, WHEN THERE'S NINE 11 CALLS, WHEN THE SITUATIONS MAY BE, COULD THERE BE LIKE MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS THAT WILL ASSIST THE POLICE WHEN THEY GO OUT AND DRESS CERTAIN INSTANCES.

RIGHT.

SO THAT MAY BE, UH, IN TERMS OF MAYBE DEESCALATE IN CERTAIN SITUATIONS.

RIGHT.

AND THEN, UH, ALSO LOOKING AT HOW CAN WE GET THE, UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK IT'S ALL ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, RIGHT? HOW CAN WE DO MORE OF THIS MORE COMMUNITY POLICING, RIGHT.

MAYBE GETTING THE POLICE OUT IN SOME OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS AND BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, TALKING AND, AND, AND BUILDING, UH, AGAIN, UH, RELATIONSHIPS WITH PEOPLE IN THE COMMUNITY.

UH, SO THAT THERE'S NOT THIS FEELING OF ANIMOSITY OR A FEELING OF, UM, MISTRUST BETWEEN ONE ANOTHER.

RIGHT.

BUT IT'S, IT'S ABOUT BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS, I THINK, UH, BETWEEN, UH, BETWEEN THE POLICE DEPARTMENT FOLKS WITHIN THE COMMUNITY.

AGAIN, IT'S JUST, BECOME ONE OF THOSE CITIES THAT HAVE EXPERIENCED, UM, SORRY, SOMEONE ON SOMEONE'S OFF.

I WILL NOT HAVE BACKGROUND, BUT ANYWAY.

YEAH.

SO, UH, YEAH, WE WANTED TO KEEP THINGS AS IS REALLY LOOKING AT, AT OUR, UH, POLICING PROCEDURES AND POLICIES WITHIN THE, WITHIN HUBER HEIGHTS.

SEE WHAT WE COULD DO TO MAYBE MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS IF YOU WILL, TO ENSURE THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WE HAVE A, AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE FOLKS FEEL, FEEL SAFE AND FEEL COMFORTABLE WITH, UH, WITH THE POLICE FORCE.

THANK YOU, ROB.

I CALLED YOU OUT.

I'M SORRY.

RIGHT.

THAT'S THE FINE.

YES, PLEASE.

UH, I LOVE THE IDEAS THAT HAVE BEEN PUT, PUT FORTH, UH, FROM THE, UH, FROM THE MEMBERS ON THE, UH, THE COMMISSION SO FAR AND ABSOLUTELY WOULD AGREE WITH, UH, WITH FRIENDS, WADE FORWARDS AND, UH, ERIC AS WELL.

UM, I I'M, I LIKE TO, WELL, UH, I HAVE THE ABILITY TO, TO LOOK AT WHAT THE, UH, AMERICAN HEALTH ASSOCIATION HAD POSTED FOR, UH, OTHER CITIES IN OUR AREAS.

THEY HAVE 18 DECLARATIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN ORGANIZED AND, UH, UH, SUBMITTED TO THE PUBLIC TO REVIEW BASICALLY.

SO I KIND OF USE THAT AS MY OPPORTUNITY TO FIGURE OUT WHAT OTHER CITIES AND DISTRICTS AND COMMUNITIES ARE DOING ALREADY TO, TO UNDERSTAND HOW THEY'RE DEALING WITH IT IN OHIO SPECIFICALLY.

UM, AND IT'S, IT'S INTERESTING TO SEE WHAT SOME OF THEM HAVE PUT FORTH ARE READY, UH, ANYWHERE FROM, UH, UH, CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM TO JUST A GENERAL EDUCATION IMPLICIT BIAS TRAINING.

THAT IS ALL, ALL GREAT THINGS, BUT LIKE DR.

FRED SAID, UH, IT'D BE GREAT TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF, UH, GET A BENCHMARK TO WHERE WE'RE CURRENTLY AT AS A COMMUNITY, UNDERSTAND WHAT THE COMMUNITY IS DEALING WITH ON THE GROUND, UM, AND THEN FIGURE OUT WHERE WE, WHERE WE WANT TO BE AS COMMUNITY.

SO TO FILL THAT GAP AND WHAT TYPE OF, UH, EVENTS WE NEED TO HOLD, UH, TO, TO GET FROM POINT A TO POINT B,

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UM, UNDERSTAND THAT THE, A MVR PC, UH, HAD ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE SPECIFIC POINTS THAT THEY WERE CALLING DOWN AND TAUGHT THE RESOLUTION OF RANGING FROM SYSTEMIC, UH, AND INSTITUTIONALIZED SEGREGATION, UH, TO GLOBAL INEQUITABLE ADJUSTMENTS, UM, UNDERSTANDING HOW CONTRACTS ARE SET ASIDE FOR BUSINESSES, AND THEN JUST A STORIC HOW HISTORIC RED LINE HAS IMPACTED COMMUNITIES.

SO I LIKE TO UNDERSTAND IF WE'RE GOING TO PUT TOGETHER AS A RESOLUTION DISTRICT, AS A COMMISSION, UH, WHAT SPECIFIC AREAS AS A COMMUNITY IS IMPACTING US, UH, SPECIFIC FACTS, AND THEN HOW WE CAN IMPROVE OURSELVES AS A COMMUNITY AND WHAT ACTIVITIES WE NEED TO DO TO DO, TO GET TO A BETTER HUBER HEIGHTS WE'RE LOOKING AT.

UM, THANK YOU.

UH, STEFAN WE'RE LOOKING AT IS CREATING A BASELINE, UM, AND DOING A, AN ASSESSMENT, A NEEDS ASSESSMENT OF THE COMMUNITY TO ONE, SEE WHERE THEY ARE, HOW THEY FEEL, DO THEY BELIEVE THAT WE'RE AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY? IF SO, IF NOT, WHY? UM, AND USE THAT, THAT INFORMATION, THAT'S KIND OF A BASELINE TO DEVELOP SOME PROGRAMMING AND SOME KEY INITIATIVES, WHICH I THINK IS, UH, DEFINITELY IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAVE TO DO.

I DON'T THINK THAT WE WANT TO KIND OF JUST GO OFF PLANNING THINGS WITHOUT KNOWING THAT THAT'S EXACTLY WHAT WE NEED WITH THE EXCEPTION OF VOTER REGISTRATION, BECAUSE WE KNOW WE NEED THAT.

UM, SO TO KINDA, TO KINDA SPIN FROM THAT, UM, BASED ON THE DISCUSSIONS, YOUR INTERVIEWS, THE THINGS THAT YOU SHARED WERE KIND OF PRIORITY ITEMS FROM, FOR YOU, UM, HERE IN OUR MEETING, AND ALSO IN YOUR INTERVIEWS, I BASICALLY KIND OF BUCKETED THE COMMISSION INTO BASICALLY THREE DIFFERENT AREAS, UH, WHICH WOULD BE EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY ADVOCACY REFORM, WHICH IS WHERE YOUR POLICE, UH, MAYBE PUBLIC POLICY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT WOULD FALL UNDER REFORM.

AND THEN LASTLY WOULD BE OUTREACH BECAUSE AS I, AS I HEAR EVERYTHING THAT WE'RE TALKING ABOUT AND SOME OF THE IDEAS, AND PROBABLY SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WOULD COME FROM THE COMMUNITY WOULD PROBABLY FALL INTO ONE OF THOSE BUCKETS.

WHAT DO Y'ALL THINK, ARE THERE OTHER, OTHER AREAS THAT YOU THINK WE WOULD ADDRESS THAT FALL OUTSIDE OF THE EDUCATION COMMUNITY ADVOCACY REFORM OUTREACH? YES.

DR.

FRED, HEY, YOUR WORK, UM, THAT'S ONE CLARIFICATION ON THOSE THREE BUCKETS.

YOU SAID EDUCATION REFORM AND OUTREACH, CORRECT? YES.

OKAY.

EDUCATION AND, UH, SLASH COMMUNITY ADVOCACY.

OKAY.

I THINK THAT'S A LIST OF AREAS TO FOCUS ON.

I BELIEVE I WOULD AGREE WITH THAT.

I THINK MOST THINGS THAT ARE, IF NEW ONES COME UP, THEY CAN FIT UNDER THESE THREE CATEGORIES, AS WELL AS NOT TO STRETCH OURSELVES TOO THIN, AT LEAST AT THE ONSET, AND MAYBE ADD MORE PEOPLE IN WHAT THAT WANTS THAT DOES HAPPEN.

AND IF THAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN, THEN YOU CAN BRING ON DIFFERENT INITIATIVES THAT MAY NOT FIT ON THESE.

GREAT.

OKAY, ERIC, I AGREE WITH THREE BUTTONS, RIGHT.

SO WE WILL DO I DO I NEED TO TAKE A VOTE ON THAT? OKAY, GOOD.

SO I'M LEARNING, Y'ALL, WE'RE ALL LEARNING TO JUST ROLL WITH ME.

OKAY.

SO PERFECT.

SO FOR NOW WE'LL BUCKET THINGS INTO THOSE THREE AREAS.

UM, AND I THINK THAT THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT, WE'RE GONNA, I'M GONNA ADD THAT TO OUR LIST FOR, TO TALK ABOUT AS PROBABLY, UM, LATER HOW WE WOULD GO ABOUT THAT.

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SO I'M GONNA ADD THAT TO MY LIST OF THINGS.

OKAY.

SO I THINK THAT THAT GETS US THROUGH, UM, OUR ITEM D WHICH IS THE COMMISSION INITIATIVES AND PRIORITIES, UM, OUT OF THE PRIORITY THAT MOVES US INTO E WHICH IS THE ENVY RPC REGIONAL EQUITY INITIATIVE RESOLUTION.

SO HOPEFULLY YOU'VE HAD AN OPPORTUNITY TO REVIEW THAT, UM, THAT WAS BROUGHT TO THE CITY COUNCIL PLANNING, MEETING, WORKING MEETING LAST WEEK, I BELIEVE IT WAS.

UM, AND MY UNDERSTANDING IS THEY TOOK IT BACK TO MVR, PC, AND VOTED FOR, FOR THE RESOLUTION SMART UNDERSTANDING.

SO IT'S SOMETHING THAT, AND RHONDA MENTIONED THIS AND RHONDA IS OUR CO-CHAIR ALSO, I JUST WANT TO RECOGNIZE HER FOR THAT.

UM, IT'S WHAT WE MENTIONED THAT EARLIER.

SO W SHE MENTIONED HOW ADOPTING SOMETHING LIKE THE RESOLUTION FOR OUR CITY.

AND I THINK THAT THAT WOULD BE AN OPTIMAL AREA TO START AS A COMMISSION IS TO DEVELOP A CITY OR SOMETHING.

SO SHIT, THOUGHTS INPUT.

YES.

YES.

THANK YOU, MAN.

AND CHAIR.

UM, I WOULD CONCUR THAT THE CITY OF HUBER HEIGHTS SHOULD IMPLEMENT SOMETHING SIMILAR TO THIS BECAUSE BASED ON THIS, THE MEMORY OF THE OTHER SURROUNDING CITIES AND THE DAYTON AREA WILL ALSO IMPLEMENT THE SIMILAR, UM, TYPE OF, UM, RESOLUTION.

SO I CONCUR WE SHOULD GO FORWARD AND MAKE SURE WHOEVER HATES HAS THE SAME.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU, DR.

FRED, ARE YOU GOING TO START PICKING ON ME, BUT I THINK IT'S A GOOD IDEA.

I THINK WE NEED TO TAKE A LOOK AT THE RESOLUTION THAT WE HAVE IN FRONT OF US AND SEE HOW THIS NEEDS TO BE MODIFIED.

UM, I'M SURE THERE'S SOME THINGS SPECIFIC TO YOU BEHINDS THAT OUR CITIZENS MAY BE INTERESTED IN PUTTING IN THIS RESOLUTION, UM, TO INCLUDE IT TO, UM, MAYBE JUST INCLUDE MORE.

AND PERHAPS I WOULD LIKE TO SEE A, UM, A PIECE IN HERE RELATED TO SOCIAL MEDIA, CAUSE THERE'S A WHOLE LOT OF THINGS OUT THERE ON SOCIAL MEDIA THAT DOES NOT MAKE YOU BRIGHT, A FAVORABLE LIGHT.

LET ME PUT IT THAT WAY.

MAYBE ADDRESS SOMETHING IN BRO, OR AS IT RELATES TO OUR, AND I KNOW THAT'S ALWAYS A DANGEROUS SUBJECT WHEN WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO TRY TO CONTROL, BUT MONITOR WHAT PEOPLE SAY AND WHAT THEY DO AND HOW THEY BEHAVE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.

BUT I WOULD, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE SOMETHING THAT RELATED TO THAT MAYBE JUST A, WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT RESONANCE WITH THE BRIDES, HOW WE WOULD EXPECT THEM TO REPRESENT OUR CITY.

OKAY.

SO ARE YOU, UM, SUGGESTING THAT WE DO THAT, WE INVOLVE THE CITIZENS OR MOVE FORWARD WITH AN ASSESSMENT PRIOR TO DOING THIS? MY ANSWER, WHEN YOU, WHEN THE QUESTION IS, DO INVOLVE CITIZENS, THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE YES.

I THINK THE MORE INPUT THAT YOU HAVE IN A PROCESS, THE BETTER OFF IT'S GOING TO BE, OR AT LEAST MORE ACCEPTABLE, OR EVEN THE OUTCOME TO BE MORE GENERALIZABLE, IF YOU WOULD.

SO THE ANSWER TO THAT IS YES, LET'S GET AS MUCH INPUT IN THAT REGARD AS WE CAN.

YES, ROB, YES, REAL QUICK.

I JUST WANTED TO ADD A LITTLE BIT OF, UM, I GUESS INSIGHT IN TERMS OF, UH, SPEAKING ALONG ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AND ALL THOSE THINGS.

UM, AND THERE'S GOING TO BE KIND OF A, UM, A VERY, VERY LIGHT GRAY LINE, UH, IN, IN WHAT A CITIZEN COMMISSION VERSUS THE GOVERNMENTAL ACTION TYPE OF SCENARIO WOULD BE.

SO WHEN WE TALK IN TERMS OF RESOLUTIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, UNDERSTAND THAT THE, THE, UM, THE, THE PROCEDURES AND THE LEGAL REQUIREMENTS AND THINGS LIKE THAT, RESOLUTIONS ARE ACTIONABLE.

SO TO MAKE JUST GENERAL STATEMENTS, UM, AND, AND, AND JUST LIKE THE MVR, PC, UH, RESOLUTION, UH, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF ACTIONABLE THINGS WITHIN THAT.

THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD STATEMENTS.

THERE'S A LOT OF GOOD GOALS, UH, MAYBE MORE ALIGNED OF LIKE A MISSION STATEMENT, UM, TYPE OF SCENARIO.

SO, UH, WHEN WE USE TERMS LIKE THAT, I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE SET THE EXPECTATION, UH, AHEAD OF THE FACT THAT IF THE COMMISSION TALKS ABOUT, WELL,

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THE CITY SHOULD HAVE A RESOLUTION, WE'LL UNDERSTAND THAT US AS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT HAVE VERY, VERY LIMITED AUTHORITY AND ABILITIES TO ACTUALLY DO CERTAIN THINGS, ACTIONABLE ITEMS, THINGS.

WHEN I KNOW THERE'S MENTIONS OF PUBLIC HEALTH, I KNOW THERE'S MENTIONS OF THINGS LIKE THAT.

THOSE REALLY AREN'T THINGS THAT WE AS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNIT REALLY HAVE THE ABILITY TO, TO, TO REALLY ENACT OR TAKE ACTION ON.

SO I JUST WANT MAKE SURE THAT, UM, DR.

AKINS COMMENTS, UH, YOU KNOW, WE'RE, WE'RE SPOT ON IN THE SENSE OF GETTING AN IDEA OF UNDERSTANDING WHAT IT IS THE COMMUNITY MIGHT BE LOOKING FOR.

AND I THINK MAYBE IN TERMS OF EXPECTING AN ACTUAL RESOLUTION, UH, WHERE SOMETHING THAT IS ACTUALLY A PIECE OF LEGISLATION THAT HAS ACTIONABLE ITEMS AND ESTABLISHED AS POLICY, UH, MAYBE WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT IS MAYBE ENHANCING, UH, THE MISSION OR THE GOAL AND HAVE STATE HAVE STATED OBJECTIVES.

UH, AND, AND IN FACT, THE CITY ITSELF TAKING THIS ACTION OF SAYING, HEY, AS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT, AND YOU ALL ARE ACTUALLY A COMPONENT OF THE ELECTED OFFICIALS, UH, APPOINTED BY OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS, WHICH THEN REPRESENT AND MAKE DECISIONS BASED ON WHAT THEIR CONSTITUENTS WANT AND NEED AND ASK FOR.

UH, AND IT ALL HAS TO KIND OF WORK TOGETHER IN LINE OF THIS BUREAUCRATIC PROCESS THAT WE, UH, UH, THAT WE ALL HAVE.

SO WE WANT TO CERTAINLY HELP GUIDE AND, UH, AND PROVIDE THOSE AVENUES FOR, FOR, UH, FOR THIS COMMISSION AND ALSO FOR THE RESIDENTS.

UM, AND, AND I'M NOT SAYING THAT WE SHOULD NEVER NOT CROSS THAT.

I, IT'S A VERY LIGHT GRAY LINE.

IT'S CERTAINLY NOT A HARD, BOLD, UH, DOUBLE-WIDE THICK LINE AS TO WHAT CAN AND WHAT CAN'T BE DONE.

THERE'S GOING TO BE A MIX, BUT I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE UNDERSTAND WHAT THE EXPECTATION OF A FOR INSTANCE, A RESOLUTION, UH, THE, THE, UH, MIAMI VALLEY, REGIONAL PLANNING COMMISSION IS A SEPARATE ENTITY.

UH, EACH INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY AROUND MIGHT OR MIGHT NOT ADOPT SOMETHING.

UH, THEY'RE NOT REALLY AN OVERSIGHT TYPE OF COMMITTEE, UH, THAT WOULD MAKE A STATEMENT THAT STANDS FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL COMMUNITY.

AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE, UM, WE, AND, AND I'M, I'M PRETTY BLUNT.

UH, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE AREN'T ASSUMING THAT THERE ARE SIMILAR ISSUES IN OUR COMMUNITY.

SO THAT ASSESSMENT, I THINK, IS SPOT ON, UH, WE'VE GOT GREAT THINGS GOING ON AND WE'RE AHEAD OF MANY COMMUNITIES.

IN FACT, WE ALREADY TOOK ACTION AHEAD OF MV RPC, AND I'M REALLY GLAD THAT THEY ARE, UH, REVIEWING THEMSELVES INTERNALLY AND IDENTIFYING POLICIES THAT THEY NEED TO, THAT THEY NEED TO PUT INTO PLACE.

UH, WE IDENTIFIED ONE BY FORMING THIS COMMISSION IN AND OF ITSELF.

SO, UM, UH, W W I THINK BEFORE WE CHARGE OFF, HAVE YOU FORM WHAT YOU MIGHT BE THINKING OF A RESOLUTION SIMILAR IN THE SHAPE OF WHAT YOU SEE IN FRONT OF YOU? UM, THAT'S PROBABLY NOT THE RIGHT TOOL, UH, TO GET THOSE OBJECTIVES SET, SET FORTH, BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE DONE BY COUNCIL.

IF THAT MAKES SENSE, THAT'S KIND OF WHERE ONE OF THOSE ROLL TYPE OF THINGS COME IN THIS BODY CAN CERTAINLY HAVE RESOLUTIONS WITHIN IT, BUT THEY'RE NOT REALLY SPEAKING ON BEHALF OF THE COMMUNITY.

THAT'S THE COUNCIL YOU ARE ADVISING AND RECOMMENDING TO COUNCIL FOR CERTAIN.

UH, SO I JUST WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT THAT'S INTERJECTED IN THE CONVERSATION, THE, UH, THE STEPS IN THE, IN THE, IN THE POLICIES OF THE, UH, UH, OF THE GOVERNMENTAL BUREAUCRACY THAT, THAT, UH, THAT IS LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

DOES THAT MAKE SENSE? YES.

UM, TARA, TARA PURPOSE AS PART OF THIS.

SO I GUESS TO KIND OF PIGGYBACK ON WHAT YOU WERE JUST SAYING, OR TO POSE IT IN A DIFFERENT LENS THAN THE RESOLUTION, PERHAPS WE COULD HAVE HAPPENED AS ECHOING, ECHOING.

YEAH.

YEAH.

I DON'T THINK ABOUT, UM, EVERYBODY HAS THEIR AS MUTED, UH, THAT WE COULD DO IT AS A RECOMMITMENT OF A FULL ATTENTION THESE YEARS, BECAUSE ONCE WE'RE ABLE TO VIEW WHAT THOSE MAY BE, BUT I THINK IT WOULD BE REMISS OF US WITHOUT KNOWING WHAT THE CITIZENS VIEW.

IT'S THE ISSUES, YOU KNOW, THERE'S THE, ECOTRUST KILLING ME.

I'LL JUST STOP

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SAYING, TURN YOUR VOLUME DOWN.

OH YEAH, LET ME DO THAT TO MY OTHER SCREEN.

DO YOU HAVE AN EXTERNAL SPEAKER? IT MIGHT BE BETTER.

NOT REALLY A LITTLE BIT.

I DID TURN IT DOWN.

UM, IS THAT GOING NOW? I THINK MBA JRC STATEMENT AS WELL, BUT THERE, AGAIN, IT'S NOT A LOT OF ACTIONABLE STATEMENTS IN THERE.

LIKE, WHAT ARE WE ACTUALLY DO MOVING TOWARDS WITH OUR DATA VERSUS THE BROAD, YOU KNOW, YES, YOU DO NOW AS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY OR SAY IT IS A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY, BUT WE DON'T HAVE THAT CLOUT.

YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW IF THE CITY IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE THAT LOUD URGENCY, THAT'S LIKE THE SOUTHERNERS ROLE.

SO, I MEAN, WE CAN AGREE TO SUPPORT, BUT I THINK WE NEED TO DO PEOPLE VIEW, MAKE POLICIES AT WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL ABOUT NOT WEARING THE INDIANA AND THE RED COLOR IS THAT THEIR ISSUE TO DEBATE WAR, COULD THE ISSUE BE THAT BROOKE IS BUYING PRIVATE RENTALS, RICH MINIMIZING THE PRIMARY.

EVERY CITIZEN IS GOING TO HAVE A DIFFERENT VIEW TO THIS SAID, OKAY.

DR.

AKINS.

YES.

WHAT WAS YOUR QUESTION? YOU HAD YOUR HAND UP? NO, THAT WAS FROM MY PREVIOUS.

EVERY PROBABLY IS ECHOING ME NOW.

OKAY.

I THINK THAT EVERYONE'S MUTED EVERYONE ON MUTE.

OKAY.

WHEN I SPEAK, AM I CALLING AS WELL? YEAH, BUT YOU'RE MYSELF ECHOING.

YEAH.

SO I THINK IT MUST BE A BAD, BAD CONNECTION.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO MUTE MYSELF.

WONDER IF IT'S YOUR, IT'S SOMETHING THAT MEETING FOR SENSOR.

YEAH.

THAT'S ME.

AND, UH, NOBODY WILL HEAR THE MEETING IF I'M YOU.

SO, AND AGAIN, I'M IN, I'M IN A SILENT ROOM HERE, EVERYONE, ROB, I'M SORRY.

YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE.

THE ONLY ONE HERE.

YEAH.

YOU'RE NOT HECKLING ROB.

SO HOW ABOUT, SO HOW ABOUT THIS SUGGEST? I'M NOT SURE IF THIS WOULD HELP, RIGHT.

WE COULD, WOULD IT HELP TO EVERYONE HANG UP AND THEN CALL BACK IN? OR WOULD THAT BE AN ISSUE? SOMETIMES THAT CLEARS UP THE PROBLEM, YOU KNOW? AM I ECHOING AS WELL? YES.

OKAY.

I DON'T HAVE ANY ECHO AT ALL FROM YOU.

YOU SOUND CRYSTAL CLEAR.

YEAH.

IS EVERYBODY ELSE HEARING THE ECHO THOUGH? NOT.

YOU SOUND CLEAR.

I JUST HEAR IT IN THE ROOM.

OKAY.

WE'LL SEE IF WE CAN, UM, MANAGE.

OKAY.

I THINK, UM, BUT LET'S LET RHONDA MISS SOMEONE, IF YOU CAN EXPAND, BECAUSE YOU ALSO BROUGHT UP THE THOUGHT OF THE RESOLUTION, WHAT YOUR THOUGHT WAS.

CAN YOU HEAR ME? YES.

SO I THINK THE PURPOSE OF IS I'M HEARING AN ECHO.

OKAY.

IT'S ECHOING.

UM, YEAH, IT'S DRIVING ME.

CORRECT.

UM, SO, SO IT'S ME MORE SHOWING THAT THE CITY'S FAIR AND EQUITABLE IRENE COMMUNITY, A PROPER, UM, FAIR, UH, ON CON CITY IS, AND WE MAY SOLUTION,

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BUT I THINK A RESOLUTE, YOU UNDERSTAND? I'M SORRY.

I'M SORRY.

MS. UNDERSTAND HER.

NO CHOPPY.

IT SOUNDS LIKE IT IS VERY, IT IS VERY HARD TO UNDERSTAND AT THIS POINT, AGAIN, THE RECOMMENDATION THAT I HAVE IS HANG UP AND THEN DIAL BACK IN, SEE IF THAT CLEARS IT UP.

WILL THAT CAUSE ANY PROBLEMS WE DO THAT JUST JOIN THE LINK AGAIN.

THAT SHOULDN'T BE A PROBLEM AT ALL.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, WE WILL DIAL BACK IN THEN.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, IMMEDIATELY DIAL BACK IN.

THIS IS BETTER.

I'M STILL HEARING THAT I GO, YES, RIGHT HERE.

OKAY.

NOW THE ECHOES.

YEAH.

OKAY.

I'M GOING TO TRY SOMETHING.

CAN YOU ALL HEAR ME? YES.

I CAN HEAR YOU.

IS IT, UM, IS IT ECHOING NOW? YEAH.

OKAY.

NOW I'M GOING TO UNMUTE ROB.

MR. SCHOMER.

YOU ARE MUTED.

CAN YOU NOW UNMUTE YOURSELF, MR. SCHOMER.

OKAY.

NOW WE'RE ECHOING.

SO WHEN I UNMUTE, YOU STARTS TO ECHO AND NOW IT'S NOT ECHOING YOU'RE NOW IT'S ACTUALLY MUST BE SOMETHING WITH MIKE HERE.

OKAY.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

SO I'VE GOT TO REGROUP.

WHERE WERE WE RESOLUTION? WE'RE NOT SEEING YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

THANKS.

OKAY.

THE RESOLUTION RHONDA WAS SPEAKING, MS. SUMLIN.

OKAY.

SO WHAT I WAS SAYING IS THAT, UM, THE RESOLUTION AND WE HAVE RESOLUTIONS FOR EVERYTHING, UM, THE RESOLUTION WOULD JUST BE SOMETHING THAT THE CITY WOULD, THE MAYOR WOULD SIGN.

UM, AND I DON'T KNOW IF COUNCIL WOULD SIGN IT.

UM, THAT WOULD BE BASED ON OUR RECOMMENDATION OBVIOUSLY, BUT SOMETHING THAT THE CITY WOULD PUT IN PLACE STATING THEIR COMMITMENT TO THE COMMISSION, THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING TO FAIR

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AND EQUITABLE HIRING PRACTICES TO, UH, COMMITMENT TO PROPER POLICING OR, UM, UH, FAIR POLICING.

I DON'T KNOW WHAT WORD WE WOULD PUT, UM, TO, UM, EQUITABLE OPPORTUNITIES FOR BIDDING CONTRACTS, WHATEVER LANGUAGE WE WOULD PUT IN PLACE, BUT OBVIOUSLY THE COMMISSION, WE CAME TOGETHER FOR A REASON.

AND WHEN YOLANDA AND ERIC CAME TO MAYOR GORE, UM, IT WAS BECAUSE OF THE ISSUE WITH WHAT WAS GOING ON, THE CIVIL UNREST AND ALL THAT WAS GOING ON AS A RESULT OF GEORGE FLORIDA, KILLING.

UM, AND THERE WAS OBVIOUSLY, UH, A NEED FOR SOMETHING LIKE THIS, BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN IN OUR CITY.

SO THE, THE RESOLUTION IS SOMETHING THAT RECOMMIT THE CITY TO THE WORK THAT WE'RE DOING AND THE COMMISSION, AND TO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE KNOW ALREADY EXIST, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE UNFAIR HIRING PRACTICES, UM, THAT MARGINALIZED GROUPS, PEOPLE OF COLOR FACE, UH, WE KNOW THAT THERE ARE, UM, ISSUES IN, IN CITY SYSTEM, SYSTEMIC ISSUES THAT EXIST.

SO JUST SOMETHING TO COMMUNICATE THE CITY'S COMMITMENT TO, UM, WHAT THE COMMISSION IS DOING TO ERADICATE OR ELIMINATE THESE ISSUES.

SO WHEN WE TALK ABOUT A RESOLUTION, WE'RE TALKING MORE OF A STATEMENT OF COMMITMENT FROM THE CITY AND RECOGNITION THAT THIS IS AN ISSUE THAT THE CITY WANTS TO ADJUST AND STAY AHEAD OF.

SO IT'S MORE ABOUT THE COMMITMENT TO THE INITIATIVE AND THE RECOGNITION OF THE ISSUE, ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THESE ARE ISSUES THAT SYSTEMIC SYSTEMIC ISSUES EXIST AND THEIR COMMITMENT TO, YOU KNOW, STANDING BEHIND THIS COMMISSION, AS WE HOPE TO BEGIN WORK ON SOME OF THESE ISSUES AND CREATING A CITY THAT IS DIVERSE, THAT IS INCLUSIVE, BUT IT'S ALSO ONE THAT IS ADDRESSING SOME OF THE SYSTEMIC ISSUES THAT WE KNOW EXIST.

WE CAN'T OVERLOOK THOSE THINGS.

YEAH.

AND WHEN WE TALK ABOUT, UM, WHEN MR SCHOMER MENTIONED THE KIND OF GOALS AND OBJECTIVES, I REALLY SEE BAD AS THE, THE RESOLUTION DOES NOT HAVE TO BE SPECIFIC IN TERMS OF THIS IS WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN.

THESE ARE THE ACTIONS THAT ARE GONNA TAKE PLACE.

WHEN I THINK OF THE RESOLUTION, I THINK OF IT AS A HIGH LEVEL, THIS, THIS IS IT AN ISSUE.

THIS IS A RURAL ISSUE AS A CITY, WE'RE COMMITTED TO ADDRESSING THIS ISSUE AND WE SUPPORT OUR RESIDENTS AND THEN THE COMMISSION WOULD ENGAGE THE COMMUNITY IN ORDER TO ESTABLISH THOSE GOALS AND OBJECTIVES.

SO I SEE IT REALLY AS TWO TIER, A TWO TIERED APPROACH, IT'S THE RECOGNITION AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, AND THEN THE COMMISSIONS WORK UNDER THAT.

SO, UM, MR. SCHOMER, IS THAT SOMETHING THAT IS DUE FROM THAT? WHEN WE TALK ABOUT THAT GRAY LINE, WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS AS WE SPEAK THROUGH WHAT WE'RE ENVISIONING FOR A RESOLUTION? I MEANT WITH THE GRAY LINE IS ACTIONS OF THE COMMISSION OF BEING REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY COUNCIL, BECAUSE THIS IS A COMMISSION OF THE CITY COUNCIL, RIGHT?