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ALL RIGHT.

WELL, SIX

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OH TWO.

SO CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER.

DO YOU WANT ME TO TAKE NOTES OR DO YOU WANT TO YEAH, SHE TAKE NOTES.

THAT WOULD BE OKAY.

SO, UM, WE'LL

[ AGENDA CULTURE AND DIVERSITY CITIZENS ACTION COMMISSION ADVOCACY COMMITTEE MEETING Remote Meeting October 15, 2020 6:00 P.M. ]

GO AHEAD AND CALL THE MEETING TO ORDER OF THE CULTURE AND DIVERSITY CITIZENS.

ACTION COMMISSION ADVOCACY COMMITTEE MEETING.

UH, TODAY IS OCTOBER 15TH, 2020 IT'S 6:00 PM.

UM, ROLL CALL, UH, SARAH OR MISS HERE.

AND YOU WANT TO CALL ME? YES, ROB I'M HERE.

YEAH, WE'RE MIGHTY, BUT FEW, RIGHT? ABSOLUTELY.

YEP.

UM, SO TARA, YOU SENT, YOU'RE TAKING NOTES.

DID YOU WANT ME TO RUN THROUGH THE AGENDA? YEAH, THAT'S FINE.

ALL RIGHT, SO WE'LL START OFF WITH OUR NEW BUSINESS.

AND THE FIRST ITEM ON THE AGENDA IS APPOINTMENT OF A CHAIR.

UM, AND I THINK WE AGREED WE WERE GOING TO BE CO-CHAIRS RIGHT? ABSOLUTELY.

SO I GUESS WE'LL, WE'LL FLIP FLOP WHEN, WHEN ONE IS CHAIRING, THE OTHER ONE WILL TAKE MINUTES AND WE'LL JUST KINDA GO WITH THAT.

ABSOLUTELY.

I AM FROZEN ON SAMES.

I CAN HEAR YOU, BUT SO YOU FOR ME, SO I'M NOT SURE WHAT THAT'S ABOUT.

I DON'T TEAMS IS NOT MY FRIEND, SO IT DOES THE SAME THING FOR ME AT WORK.

SO, UM, YOU'RE FROZEN TOO ON THIS END, SO, UM, GOOD, GOOD, PERFECT.

RIGHT.

SO, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF I SHOULD GO OUT AND COME BACK IN.

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT'S UP TO YOU, BUT THEN I DON'T KNOW IF THAT WITH THE RECORDING REALLY JUST LEAVE OUR SELVES FROZEN AND, UM, HOPE THAT IT'S RECORDING OUR CONVERSATION AT LEAST.

YEAH.

OKAY.

I DON'T HAVE, I THINK IF I LEAVE, IT'LL BE FINE IF I COME BACK IN, EVEN THOUGH.

YEAH.

SO I'M GONNA JUST GO OUT FOR A MINUTE.

OKAY.

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YES.

MA'AM UM, YOU KNOW, I, UH, FOR WHATEVER REASON IT IS NOT LETTING ME GET BACK IN THE MEETING EVERY TIME I TRY TO GET IN, UM, IT IS KICKING ME BACK OUT.

OH, NO.

SAYING THAT I'M LEAVING.

SO I'M GOING TO TRY ONE OTHER THING.

SO HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

LET ME FORWARD.

IS THIS EMAIL LET'S SEE.

CAUSE, OH WAIT.

NO, CAUSE WE'RE RECORDING.

NEVERMIND.

YEAH.

HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

I THINK I CAN WORK AROUND IT, BUT I JUST WANTED TO LET YOU KNOW WHAT WAS GOING ON.

UH, TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES BE WITH, THEY ARE, IT IS FINE.

IS NOT MY FRIENDS AT ALL.

I, I HAVE THIS ISSUE AT WORK QUITE FREQUENTLY.

UH, WE USE IT ALL THE TIME AT WORK.

IT COULD BE THAT THAT COULD BE THE ISSUE IS MY WORK ACCESS VERSUS BECAUSE SOMEHOW IT HAS ME AS THE ONE, LIKE RUNNING THE MEETINGS.

AND IF IT'S COMING OUT OF MIND, MICROSOFT OFFICE, THAT'S PROBABLY PART OF THE ISSUE.

YEAH.

I HAVEN'T HAD ANY ISSUES WITH IT RECENTLY.

IT, I'M NOT SURE, BUT HERE'S WHAT I'M GOING TO DO.

I'M GOING TO GO, I'M GOING TO TRY TO SEE IF I CAN.

OKAY.

SO I SEE IT SO WEIRD.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S SEE.

THERE YOU ARE.

DO YOU SEE ME, RHONDA? I'M ACTUALLY GONNA TURN MY CAMERA OFF BECAUSE I THINK THAT'S PART OF THE ISSUE PERFECTLY.

I REALLY DO.

I THINK WHEN MY CAMERA IS ON THAT'S WHEN THE ISSUES HAPPENED, ONE OF OUR SUPERVISORS AT WORK HAD A TERRIBLE TIME.

ONCE WE WENT HOME TO WORK, BUT THE REST OF US HAVE MANAGED TO DO JUST FINE.

SO IT'S JUST, WHEN I GET THE, HEY, CAN I ZOOM? CAN YOU TEAMS REAL QUICK? AND I'M IN HERE LOOKING

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LIKE A CRAZY PERSON BECAUSE THEY WERE HOME.

SO YEAH.

WOW.

I THINK WE WERE AT THE, UM, APPOINTMENT AND CHEER WEREN'T WE THINK THAT'S WHAT IT IS THE CO-CHAIRS DO WE NEED TO DO? I MEAN, THERE'S ONLY TWO OF US.

DO WE, WE DON'T NEED TO SECOND OR ANY OF THAT STUFF.

DO WE, YOU KNOW WHAT, I'M NOT SURE THAT WE NEED TO MAKE MOTIONS IN A SUBCOMMITTEE MEETING BECAUSE WE'RE NOT REALLY VOTING ON ANYTHING.

WE'RE TAKING IT TO THE COMMISSION.

SO YEAH, I THINK WE'RE GOOD.

UM, SO THEN THE PURPOSE AND MISSION OF THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE IS THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA.

AND SO WE'LL HAVE A SESSION ABOUT THAT AT THIS TIME.

I'LL LET YOU GO FIRST.

UM, SO JUST DRAFTING IN MY HEAD AS WE'RE GOING, YOU KNOW, I DEFINITELY THINK OUR PURPOSE IS TO SERVE AS, UM, AN INTERMEDIARY BETWEEN THE COMMISSION AND THE GREATER COMMUNITY.

UM, WITH THE FOCUS OBVIOUSLY DIRECTLY ON ADVOCACY OF THE, I GUESS WHEN WE DECIDE WHAT OUR CORPORATE PURPOSE OR OUR CORE AREAS ARE ADVOCACY ON THOSE BEHALF OF THOSE AREAS.

YES.

AND THAT COULD BE AT A LOCAL, YOU KNOW, CITY OR A LOCAL COUNTY AND STATEWIDE, YOU KNOW, LEVEL OR INITIATIVES.

SO I OF, I WENT TO A, UM, I LOOKED AT A RESOURCE THAT I HAD BECAUSE YOU KNOW, ADVOCACY IS LOOKED AT AS SO MANY DIFFERENT THINGS AND THINKING ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING AND WHAT OUR MISSION IS WITH OUR COMMISSION.

I WAS THINKING ABOUT, YOU MENTIONED A STATE AND STATE AND LOCAL LEVEL EDUCATING OUR LEGISLATORS, EDUCATING THE PUBLIC, UM, DOING MAYBE SOME RESEARCH.

UM, SO REALLY TELL THE STORY OF OUR COMMUNITY AS THE RESIDENCY.

IT, UM, THAT COULD COME AS A RESULT OF MAYBE WHAT WE FIND IN OUR COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

YEAH.

UM, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S ORGANIZING A RALLY OR MORE MOBILIZING FOR CALLS, UH, RAISING AWARENESS ABOUT THE NEED FOR DIVERSITY, THE NEED FOR INCLUSION, UM, YOU KNOW, BUT ALSO SOME REGULATORY EFFORTS, IF WE, YOU KNOW, NEED TO TAKE ACTION, YOU KNOW, WHEN THAT'S NECESSARY.

UM, I THINK WE DID A GREAT JOB ABOUT OUR NON-PARTISAN VOTER EDUCATION AND VOTER REGISTRATION DRIVE THAT WE DID.

I THINK THAT'S, YOU KNOW, ANOTHER FORM OF ADVOCACY GETTING, YOU KNOW, GETTING THE COMMUNITY TO UNDERSTAND THE NEEDS OF VOTE.

IT'S NOT ABOUT WHO YOU VOTE FOR, BUT EVERYBODY NEEDS TO VOTE AND WE CAN'T TELL PEOPLE WHO TO VOTE FOR.

UM, BUT WE CAN ENCOURAGE CITIZENS TO VOTE.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND PROVIDE THAT, YOU KNOW, INFORMATION OF, YOU KNOW, DEADLINES.

AND, YOU KNOW, IF YOU GOT AN ABSENTEE VOTE ABSENTEE ON THE RISER VOTING PROVISIONAL AND YOU KNOW, THAT'S ADVOCACY AS WELL AS, YOU KNOW, EDUCATION, BUT WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO, YOU KNOW, CAUSE THIS WAS SPLIT OUT OF EDUCATION COMMITTEE, WE'RE GOING TO NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE'RE WORKING IN TANDEM WITH THAT GROUP AS WELL.

RIGHT.

AND THAT'S WHY I WAS THINKING IT, YOU KNOW, I'VE ALWAYS KIND OF COUNT THEM IN TANDEM BECAUSE IT'S LIKE COMMUNITY EDUCATION IS A PART OF AVID, SO YEAH, DEFINITELY WE'LL WANT TO WORK WITH THEM.

AND THEN, YOU KNOW, THE EDUCATING THE LEGISLATORS ME IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE THERE'S A LOT OF THINGS THAT OUR LEGISLATORS DON'T REALLY KNOW THE LOCAL LEVEL, YOU KNOW,

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EVERYTHING IS KIND OF HIGH LEVEL OVERVIEW FOR THEM.

AND I THINK A LOT OF TIMES THEY MAY NOT KNOW, YOU KNOW, WHAT'S GOING ON AT A VERY LOCAL COMMUNITY LEVEL, UM, IN THEIR DISTRICTS NOW IN THE STATES.

YEAH.

SO I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S IMPORTANT.

UM, YOU KNOW, THAT CITIZENS, THAT RESIDENTS FEEL LIKE THEY CAN GO TO THEIR STATE LEGISLATURE OR THEY CAN GO TO, UM, THE GOVERNOR, THEY CAN GO TO THE MAYOR, YOU KNOW, WHOEVER AND THAT THEIR, UM, YOU KNOW, THEIR NEEDS OR FOR REQUESTS ARE GOING TO BE LISTENED TO AND TAKEN SERIOUSLY.

YEAH.

UM, SO I GUESS, YOU KNOW, AT OUR NEXT MEETING, WE CAN REALLY, WE CAN DO THE GOOGLE SHARE LIKE WE NORMALLY DO AND KIND OF SHARE SOME IDEAS BACK AND FORTH SO WE CAN FORMULATE A FORMAL, A FORMAL, UM, MISSION STATEMENT FOR OUR COMMITTEE THAT WE CAN TAKE TO OUR NOVEMBER MEETING TO SHARE.

I'M JUST GOING TO LOOK UP SOME IDEAS AND, UM, THERE IS THERE IS THERE HELPFUL? OH MY GOSH, BUT IT CAN TAKE YOU DOWN A FOXHOLE IN YOUR GOOGLE GOOGLING ON TOP OF THE GOOGLE THAT YOU LAST DID.

AND THEN SEE THIS ONE, YOU KNOW, HOW WE WERE KIND OF PICK PIECE IT APART FOR THE OTHER, YOU KNOW, INITIATIVE THAT YOU AND I WERE WORKING ON.

UM, THIS IS THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE, UM, IS AN AD HOC COMMITTEE, WHICH WE COULD, YOU KNOW, CHANGE THAT, UH, WITH GOALS OF ADVANCING LOCAL AND STATEWIDE LEGISLATION, POLICY AND FUNDING, THAT ENHANCE OPPORTUNITIES FOR PERSONAL ONES.

UM, THIS ONE IS SPECIFIC TO, YOU KNOW, SUBSTANCE ABUSE, BUT THAT'S SOME IDEAS AND MAYBE INSTEAD OF DOING LIKE A, A MISSION IN A, MAYBE AN ADDITION TO THE MISSION STATEMENT, BUT DEFINE THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES.

ABSOLUTELY.

I THINK THAT'S WHAT THE BROADER COMMITTEE WHEN WE MET WAS KIND OF SEARCHING FOR WHEN WE WERE KIND OF TRYING TO PIECE OUT WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR HERE, BUT I THINK THAT'S THE ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES, YOU KNOW, WITH THOSE INITIATIVES, WHAT OUR ROLE, WHEN IT COMES TO THIS COMMITTEE TO THE BROADER GROUP, WHAT ARE WE SETTING OURSELVES UP FOR? AND THIS RESOURCE THAT I LOOKED AT, IT KIND OF, IT GIVES BULLET POINTS OF SOME IDEAS OF THINGS YOU CAN DO TO PROVIDE ADVOCACY, BUT THEN IT ALSO GIVES LIKE THESE THREE BROADER AREAS, UM, EDUCATION, UM, INFORMING ABOUT CURRENT POLICIES AND PROBLEMS AFFECTING YOUR COMMUNITY EVALUATION, UM, LOOKING AT YOUR ORGANIZATION'S MISSION AND GOALS AND EXAMINING WHETHER THE CURRENT PROGRAMS AND INITIATIVES INVOLVE ADVOCACY AS A MEANS TO ADDRESS PROBLEMS OR GRIEVANCES IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND IF NOT, HOW COULD YOU ENSURE THAT ADVOCACY IS A PART OF EVERY INITIATIVE, UM, THAT PLAYS A LARGER ROLE IN WHAT, WHAT THE COMMISSION OR THE PROGRAM IS.

AND THEN OF COURSE, COLLABORATION, UH, WORKING IN COALITION WITH GROUPS WHOSE PHILOSOPHY AND GOALS RESONATE WITH OURS.

UM, AND THAT'S, WE'RE GOING TO GET INTO THAT A LITTLE BIT LATER, UM, IDENTIFYING THOSE STAKEHOLDER GROUPS, BUT YEAH, I MEAN, I THINK BASICALLY WHAT WE DID WITH THE, UM, UH, OTHER INITIATIVE IS TO SHARE SOME IDEAS AND TO START, WE CAN, YOU AND I CAN, YOU KNOW, START A DOCUMENT, GO BACK AND FORTH AND THEN SHORE THAT UP.

UH, OH, SORRY.

I HAVE TO GET TO THE CHIROPRACTOR, UM, BEFORE, YOU KNOW, THE NEXT MEETING.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY LOVE IT.

YEP.

WE'RE GOING TO BE WORKING VERY CLOSELY.

I'M OKAY WITH IT.

ME TOO.

SO THE NEXT ITEM ON OUR AGENDA IS 2021 GOALS, AND WE KIND OF TALKED A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WANTING TO SET SOME GOALS FOR

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THE NEW YEAR, AND I DID WRITE SOME NOTES AND I KNOW YOU DID TOO.

UM, BUT I WILL LET YOU START NOW.

I'VE GOING TO FIND WHATEVER PILE OF NOTES THAT'S COMING THROUGH.

I THINK I NEED TO INVEST IN A PAPER COMPARABLE.

SO SOMEHOW STILL WORKING FROM HOME, I HAVE MANAGED TO A MASS, LIKE A TREE AND A HALF IN THIS HOUSE AND I'M LIKE, I DON'T EVEN HAVE A PRINTER STILL CONFUSED ON HOW I'VE MANAGED TO, UM, COME UP WITH ALL OF THIS.

UM, OKAY.

SO WE WERE TALKING ABOUT HOUSING, FAIR HOUSING EMPLOYMENT, UM, SUPPORTING OUR EDUCATIONAL STRUCTURE OR EDUCATION, NOT EVEN SUPPORTING, BUT LIKE A, AN EDUCATION TYPE INITIATIVE OR, UM, MORE, NOT A EDUCATION INITIATIVES, BUT MORE RALLYING WITH THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS TO ENSURE THAT THE MOST BASIC OF NEEDS ARE MET.

RIGHT.

UM, YOU KNOW, IF IT'S BACKPACK PROGRAMS FOR FOOD ON THE WEEKENDS, I KNOW, YOU KNOW, THEY DO THE CLOTHING THING AT SANE, WHICH IS AWESOME.

UM, BUT JUST WHERE THE, AND I SAW SHOES FOR THE SHOELESS WAS COMING TOO, WHICH WAS AN ORGANIZATION I USED TO WORK WITH.

THEY'RE PRETTY AWESOME.

SO THEY ARE DOING SOME THINGS, BUT WHAT ELSE IS, IS NEEDED JUST TO ENSURE THAT, YOU KNOW, SCHOOLS ARE SUPPORTED, CHILDREN ARE SUPPORTED IN THE SCHOOLS, UM, SO THAT THEY CAN FOCUS ON, ON LEARNING AND NOT ON GROWN-UP ISSUES.

UM, AND THEN WE WERE TALKING ABOUT ACCESS TO MEDICAL, YOU KNOW, MENTAL HEALTH, UM, ARE WE DOING, YOU KNOW, JUST, I THINK IT WAS IN GENERAL, LIKE AN OVERVIEW OF, OF ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE ACCESS, TO QUALITY, NOT ACCESS TO HEALTHCARE ACCESS TO QUALITY HEALTHCARE.

ABSOLUTELY.

AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I MENTIONED WAS THE, IN ACCESSIBILITY TO QUALITY CARE, AS IT RELATES TO STATE FUNDING OR MANAGED CARE PROGRAMS. AND THAT IS SOMETHING THAT, UM, I FEEL VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT AND I FEEL THAT THAT CAN BECOME A, ANOTHER MODE OF SYSTEMIC DISCRIMINATION OR A SYSTEMIC DISPARITY, HEALTHCARE DISPARITY.

HOWEVER, YOU LOOK AT IT AND, UM, WHEN YOU CAN CALL SIX OR SEVEN OFFICES IN A CITY AND BE TOLD THAT NOBODY IS ACCEPTING PATIENTS THAT HAVE MEDICAID OR MANAGED CARE PROGRAMS, THAT'S A DISPARITY TO ME AND IT CANNOT GO, UM, AND ADDRESSED.

AND IT'S, I THINK IT'S THE INACCESSIBILITY TO FIND A SPECIALIST, YOU KNOW, AND THAT'S WHERE THE, THE BIG GAP COMES IN IS YOU CAN FIND KIND OF BASIC CARE THINGS, BUT EVEN, YOU KNOW, WE WERE TALKING, I THINK ABOUT THE ACCESS TO LIKE EMERGENCY DENTAL CARE, YOU KNOW, GOING TO PLACES.

AND THEY'LL SAY LIKE, WELL, MEDICAID COVERS A REGULAR EXTRACTION, BUT YOU NEED A SURGICAL EXTRACTION.

AND THAT'S WHY YOU'RE GOING TO HAVE TO PAY THIS OUT OF POCKET.

BUT THERE'S NO, IT'S A DIFFERENCE OF VERBIAGE, IF ANYTHING, AND, AND THAT'S WHERE THE, YOU KNOW, WE COULD PROBABLY LOOK INTO THAT NEEDS ASSESSMENTS THERE TOO, WHERE WE, I DON'T, I DON'T THINK WE ADDED THIS TO THE NEW BUSINESS.

MAYBE WE NEED TO, UM, WHERE WE SUPPOSED TO FLUSH OUT HOW QUESTIONS FOR THE NEEDS ASSESSMENT, OR WERE WE DOING THAT? UM, WHEN WE CAME BACK TOGETHER, UM, AS THE LARGER GROUP, UM, I THINK WE CAN, WE CAN DEFINITELY.

UM, AND, AND TO BE HONEST, WE MAY HAVE TO MEET AGAIN BEFORE OUR MEETING.

SO MAYBE THAT'S A MEETING WITHIN ITSELF, YOU KNOW, WHERE WE LOOK AT THOSE QUESTIONS, BECAUSE I THINK OUR COMMITTEE IS GOING TO BE VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN, AT PEACE BECAUSE OF THE ADVOCACY, UM, PORTION OF, OF WHAT WE'RE DOING UNDER THE CONDITION.

UM, SO YEAH, I'M OPEN TO MEETING AGAIN BEFORE NOVEMBER 5TH MEETING.

OH MY GOSH.

WE LITERALLY ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF OCTOBER.

TODAY IS THE 15TH

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WORLD NEEDS TO SLOW DOWN OR ON THE BED WAS THE LAST NIGHT AT ONE WOULD SET AFTER SEVEN O'CLOCK.

IT SAID AT SEVEN OH ONE LAST NIGHT.

AND THAT WAS THE LAST NIGHT THE SUN WAS GOING TO SET AT IT'LL SET BEFORE SEVEN O'CLOCK FROM NOW ON WOW.

AS TIME CHANGED AT ANOTHER THEATER A COUPLE OF WEEKS, BUT YEAH.

UM, OKAY, SO HOUSING EXEC EDUCATION AND THEN HEALTHCARE INITIATIVES.

SO THOSE ARE THREE VERY STRONG INITIATIVES.

AND I THINK ALSO WITH THE KIND OF THE SETUP OF OUR TYPE OF COMMITTEE IS ADVOCACY.

WE'RE GONNA NEED TO MAKE OURSELVES AVAILABLE TO THE OTHER COMMITTEES BECAUSE OUR ROLE WILL BE TO ADVOCATE ON BEHALF OF THEIR POLICIES, THEIR, THEIR WANTS AND NEEDS ABSOLUTELY.

100%.

YEAH.

AND YOU KNOW, SO AS WE LOOK AT THREE, HAVE WE IDENTIFIED, CAUSE I KNOW WE TALKED ABOUT THAT FAIR HOUSING.

SO ARE WE LOOKING AT FAIR HOUSING EDUCATION AND MENTAL HEALTH? THAT'S WHERE WE ARE.

RIGHT.

I THINK, I THINK FAIR HOUSING EDUCATION AND MAYBE JUST HEALTHCARE INITIATIVE, BECAUSE I DON'T WANT TO PIGEON HOLE MENTAL HEALTH BECAUSE IF YOU'VE EVER DEALT WITH MEDICAID IN ITSELF, THAT'LL CAUSE YOU TO HAVE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES.

SO, YOU KNOW, BUT IT'S, IT'S THE SYSTEMS THAT WORK IN PLAY WITH EACH OTHER AND WE CAN'T PIGEON HOLE ONE AREA OF THE ISSUES IN THE HEALTHCARE SIDES AND MCS AND MEDICAID.

I LOVE IT.

OKAY.

SO THEN WE CAN, YOU KNOW, LIKE WITH THE OTHER INITIATIVES, WE CAN BREAK THOSE DOWN AND BRING THEM BACK TO DISCUSS AT ANOTHER ADVOCACY MEETING.

ABSOLUTELY.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO THE NEXT THING ON OUR LIST IS COMMUNITY STAKEHOLDERS.

UM, AND I THINK ONE OF THE CHALLENGES THAT I HAVE SEEN IS THAT, AND YOU CAN PROBABLY SPEAK TO THIS TOO.

UM, I HAVE BEEN ON BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS AND IN COMMITTEES WHERE THE MISSION WAS GREAT AND THERE WERE GREAT IDEAS, GREAT PLANS, BUT THINGS DIDN'T SEEM TO HAPPEN BECAUSE THE RIGHT PEOPLE, WEREN'T PEOPLE.

UM, AND IT'S JUST LIKE IF WE'RE GOING TO HAVE INITIATIVES AROUND HOUSING, EDUCATION AND HEALTH CARE AND WE NEED TO HAVE THE RIGHT STAKEHOLDERS AROUND THE TABLE.

SO, YOU KNOW, AS WE LOOK AT ADVOCACY, UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I DID IS I PRINTED A STAKEHOLDER MAP AND I'LL SEND THIS STUFF TO YOU TOO, THAT I PRINTED, BUT IT REALLY DIGS DOWN DEEP INTO THERE'S ABOUT A LIST OF 25 COMMUNITIES FOLDERS.

AND YOU COULD DRILL IT DOWN A LOT BETTER THAN THAT, BUT IT GOES INTO BUSINESS OWNERS, CARE SERVICES, COMMUNITY AND RESIDENT GROUPS, COUNSELORS, DEVELOPERS, EDUCATION PROVIDERS, STATE, AND PRIVATE ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES.

AND THE LIST GOES ON AND ON AND ON AND ON.

AND, YOU KNOW, UM, LET'S TAKE THE TIME TO IDENTIFY WHO THE STAKEHOLDERS ARE FOR THESE SPECIFIC INITIATIVES THAT WE WANT TO DEVELOP OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD, YOU KNOW, HOUSING INSPECTORS FOR HUBER HEIGHTS, FIRE INSPECTOR FOR HUBER HEIGHTS, UM, FOR SPECIFICALLY FOR HOUSING, UM, I MEAN WE COULD FLAT OUT ASK THE BIG RENTAL COMPANY TO COME TO THE TABLE.

SO LOCALLY, I THINK THEY NEED TO, I DON'T DISAGREE.

IT MIGHT BE LIKE PULLING TEETH, BUT AGAIN, WE'RE THROWING IDEAS OUT HERE.

UM, YOU KNOW, WHAT ABOUT THE LARGE DEVELOPERS THAT WE HAVE OUT HERE NOW? THE RYAN'S HOMES, THE, YOU KNOW, THESE, THESE LARGE THEY'RE

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PUMPING MONEY.

AND I MEAN, THE, THE ONE THAT JUST BUILT THAT, UM, WHAT IS THE VERY, VERY FANCY PLAYS BEING BUILT ON BRAND PIKE ALL THE WAY UP BY SOUL TB, BUT I CAN'T REMEMBER.

YEAH.

YEAH.

THEY LOOK LIKE PARTMENTS TOWNHOMES WHAT YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT.

YEAH.

YEAH.

THERE ARE LIKE $985 FOR A 777 DEPARTMENT.

AND, AND THAT'S SOMETHING THAT I DEFINITELY THINK WE HAVE TO LOOK AT ON THIS COMMITTEE, YOU KNOW, AS WE LOOK AT FAIR RENTAL PRICES, ARE WE ARE OUR RATES FAIR FOR THE AVERAGE WAGE EARNER IN THE CITY OF HUBER HEIGHTS? YOU KNOW, YOU'RE BELOW 70.

YES.

IF YOU'RE ABOVE 70, DO NOT.

WHAT DOES IS THAT SCARES PEOPLE INTO A PART OF OUR CITY THEY CAN'T AFFORD.

AND IT GETS VERY MUCH INTO THAT NORTH SOUTH HUBRIS THING, FEMINISTS EAST SIDE, WEST SIDE OF DAYTON TYPE OF MENTALITY.

I, I, YEAH.

WHICH IS WHY WE HAVE THIS COMMISSION BECAUSE WE'RE TRYING TO DISPEL THAT MYTH.

WE DON'T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK THAT YOU HAVE TO LIVE HERE.

IF YOU MAKE THIS, YOU, YOU CAN ONLY LIVE HERE IF YOU MAKE THAT, UM, YOU KNOW, WHY NOT HAVE A CITY WHERE THERE'S A QUALITY OF LIFE, NO MATTER WHERE YOU LIVE AND, YOU KNOW, AND RICHNESS TO THE COMMUNITY, REGARDLESS.

YES.

A RICH, DIVERSE, YOU KNOW, COMMUNITY FOR ALL, REGARDLESS OF IF YOU LIVE DOWN HERE OR UP THERE, BECAUSE I HATE THAT WHOLE NORTH SOUTH DATE, IT DRIVES ME CRAZY.

OR, YOU KNOW, I'M JUST LIKE WHAT YOU LIVE IN HUBER.

YOUR ZIP CODE IS FOUR, FOUR, TWO, FOUR FOR ONE FAMILY, ONE SAME, ONE DREAM TEAM HUBER.

RIGHT.

I DON'T, YEAH.

I DON'T, YOU KNOW, I'M LIKE THE NEWBIE TO THE TEAM.

SO I, I DIDN'T KNOW ALL OF THAT UNTIL I WAS ALREADY A RESIDENT HERE OF THIS.

LIKE, SO WHAT PART OF, YOU KNOW, I WAS TRYING TO DESCRIBE SOMETHING TO SOMEBODY AND THEN THEY'RE LIKE, YOU GREW UP IN HUBER HEIGHTS AND SHE, LIKE, WE WEREN'T ALLOWED TO GO BELOW FISH OR SOMETHING.

THAT WAS THE CUTOFF.

AND I'M LIKE, REALLY, LIKE NEVER HEARD THAT BEFORE.

WOW.

YOU KNOW, I WANT TO INVOLVE THE WARD REPS AS WELL.

YOU KNOW, WE'VE GOT SIX OF THEM AND YOU KNOW, NOT THAT THE EXPECTATION IS ALL SIX COME TO ONE MEETING, BUT, YOU KNOW, I WOULD LIKE, YOU KNOW, IN OUR COMMITTEE ON OUR SUBCOMMITTEE, YOU KNOW, EVERY NOW AND THEN LET'S HEAR WHAT'S GOING ON, WHAT'S GOING ON NEW IN YOUR WARD, YOU KNOW, WHAT BUSINESSES ARE COMING TO YOUR WARD AND WHAT'S GOING ON, ANYTHING SPECIAL THAT YOU WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT? IS THERE ANY WAY THAT WE CAN HELP ADVOCATE FOR SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN THE AREA THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR? SO, YOU KNOW, LOOKING AT WAYS THAT WE CAN REALLY GIVE BACK TO OUR CITY AND WAYS THAT WE CAN HELP OUT WITHIN OUR CITY, UM, IS THAT TOO, LIKE THEY'RE SPECIFIC TO LIKE THEIR LITTLE AREA, LIKE YOU'RE JUST WHAT'S UP AND COMING AND WHAT AREA YOU, THE AT-LARGE AND THIS IS A PERFECT CONVERSATION.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT I THINK MOST PEOPLE WOULD LOVE TO KNOW.

YOU KNOW, I COULD SAY THIS IS WHAT I THINK THEY DO.

I KNOW THAT THEY HAVE A MAP ON THE CITY WEBSITE KIND OF SPELLS OUT WHAT COUNCIL MEMBER IS RESPONSIBLE FOR, WHAT AREA OR WHAT PART OF THE MAP, WHAT WARD, BUT THE AT-LARGE MEMBERS, COUNCIL MEMBERS.

I'M NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT THAT MEANS, BUT I THINK THAT WOULD BE GOOD TO, YOU KNOW, HAVE THEM ADDRESS WHAT THAT EXACTLY MEANS WHEN YOU SAY AT LARGE,

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BECAUSE TO ME IT MEANS YOU'RE EVERYWHERE AND YOU'RE JUST IN CASE SOMEBODY ELSE CAN'T FILL THEIR POSITION AND YOU TAKE THERE COULD MEAN A VARIETY OF THINGS.

I MEAN, I'M SURE IT'S, I'M SURE IT'S ON THE INTERNET SOMEWHERE, BUT WE, SOMEBODY SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL US AND INFORMATION WITHOUT US DOING TOO MUCH DIGGING.

RIGHT.

SO, UM, THE FAITH, THE FAITH COMMUNITY, UM, I THINK ALSO, YOU KNOW, IS VERY IMPORTANT, YOU KNOW, WHEN YOU LOOK AT SOME OF FOOD AND SOME OF THE, UH, LIKE THE VOTER REGISTRATION, UM, MY CHURCH WAS VERY INSTRUMENTAL IN HELPING WITH THAT, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS GREAT AS SHALANDA AND ERIC SEARCH AS WELL.

UM, BUT THE FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY IS ALWAYS SO GIVING, I KNOW FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH, UM, IS VERY GIVING, VERY HELPFUL.

UM, THEY, WHEN I WAS ON THE OTHER MISSION, THEY WERE VERY GOOD ABOUT COMING OUT AND SUPPORTING, DONATING WHATEVER WE NEEDED.

AND I THINK A LOT OF THE TIMES WE DON'T HAPPEN TO OUR FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY ENOUGH.

UM, BUT A FAITH-BASED COMMUNITY IS HUGE ENGAGED CITY CHURCH.

YOU KNOW, I, I SHOUT OUT ENGAGED CHURCH, YOU KNOW, ENGAGED CHURCHES, BUSY, THEY'RE PROACTIVE, THEY'RE DOING AMAZING THINGS IN THE CITY.

UM, JUST BECAUSE THAT'S WHAT THEY DO.

RIGHT.

AND I THINK A LOT OF THE TIME WE UNDER UTILIZE OUR FAITH BASED COMMUNITY.

WELL, AND IT'S ALSO A RESOURCE THAT WE CAN, YOU KNOW, AND YOU, I MEAN, YOU SAID IT AS A RESOURCE, BUT IT'S ALSO A RESOURCE WHEN WE DO THE NEEDS ASSESSMENTS OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE COULD THINK ABOUT.

I MEAN, I GUESS IT'S NOT REALLY OUR BAG.

IT WOULD PROBABLY BE MORE EDUCATION.

UM, BUT, UH, EXCEL SPREADSHEET, A LISTING OF, OF OUR COMMUNITY RESOURCES DOES ENGAGE CHURCH FOOD ON THURSDAYS, WHO DOES THE BASKETS ON WEDNESDAYS, YOU KNOW, A COMPREHENSIVE AND THAT'S ADVOCACY TO A COMPREHENSIVE DOCUMENT WHERE PEOPLE CAN FIND THE RESOURCES NEEDED IN THEIR AREA VERSUS CALLING HELP LINK TWO, ONE, ONE, AND THEN TELLING YOU TO CALL THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IN YOUR ZIP CODE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S, I KNOW, I KNOW THAT THERE WAS A RESOURCE BOOKS, SO THERE IS ONE, BUT MY, AND THIS IS JUST HOW MY MIND WORKS.

YOU KNOW, IF SOMEBODY HASN'T READ OR IF SOMEBODY DOESN'T HAVE ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION OR, YOU KNOW, SOMEBODY DOESN'T HAVE FINANCIAL RESOURCES, YOU KNOW, ALWAYS TAKING IT A STEP FURTHER.

SO EVEN THOUGH THE RESOURCE MIGHT BE AVAILABLE, YOU KNOW, IF SOMEBODY IS COMING TO OUR COUNTRY AND THEY'RE NOT ENGLISH SPEAKING, CAN THEY READ THE RESOURCE BOOK? SO MAKING SURE THAT IT'S INCLUSIVE, THAT, YOU KNOW, IF SOMEONE DOESN'T SPEAK ENGLISH OR DOESN'T UNDERSTAND ENGLISH, AND THE BOOK IS WRITTEN IN ENGLISH, HOW DOES THAT HELP SOMEONE WHO CAN NOT READ AND WRITE IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE? UM, YOU KNOW, LET, LET'S JUST FACE IT.

WE HAVE, YOU KNOW, UNFORTUNATELY SOME ARE MADE TO FEEL LIKE THEY'RE NOT WELCOME IN THIS COMMUNITY.

AND SO WE HAVE TO DEAL WITH THAT ALSO, YOU KNOW, IF, IF YOU DON'T FEEL LIKE YOU'RE WELCOME, HAVE YOU ALSO LIKE, YOU'RE WELCOME.

HOW LIKELY ARE YOU TO GO TO CERTAIN PLACES TO GET RESOURCES? YOU'RE NOT, IT'S THE SAME REASON.

YOU'RE, YOU'RE VERY UNLIKELY TO ACCESS HEALTHCARE OR TO, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE, PEOPLE CAN, YOU KNOW, SHED THAT, THAT LENS HOWEVER THEY WANT TO, BUT IT DOES BECOME A DIFFERENT KIND OF AN ACCESS TO THE COMMUNITY AND SAYING THAT I, WE HAVE ANY KIND OF CULTURAL CENTERS HERE OR ANY TYPE OF, YOU KNOW, LIKE THERE WAS A BIG TURKISH CENTER, UM, DOWN OFF TROY STREET.

AND THERE WAS A HUGE SOMALI POPULATION ON THE OTHER SIDE OF DAYTON THAT HAS A CULTURAL CENTER.

YOU KNOW, IT WOULD BE NICE IF WE HAVE, I MEAN, IT'S DIFFICULT WHEN YOU START DEALING WITH IMMIGRANT POPULATIONS TO SAY, TO HAVE ONE CULTURAL CENTER, BECAUSE THERE'S STILL SOME THERE'S REFUGEES, YOU KNOW, THERE'S THERE'S ISSUES.

UM, BUT YOU KNOW, THAT'S SOMETHING THAT BROADER, YOU KNOW, TO SPEAK OF THAT INCLUSIVITY LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO, TO ALLOCATE THOSE RESOURCES, WE HAVE TO TRANSLATE, WHO'S GOING TO ASSIST WITH TRANSPORTATION, WHO CAN,

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UM, YOU KNOW, YEAH.

WHO WOULD BE ABLE TO DO THE THINGS THAT WE NEED THEM TO DO IN THAT BROADER SPECTRUM.

AND, AND THOSE ARE THE THINGS SOMETIMES THAT I THINK, YOU KNOW, WHEN I TALK ABOUT DIGGING DEEPER AND REALLY LOOKING AT THE RESOURCES THAT SIT AROUND THE TABLE, YOU KNOW, WHERE ONE DOESN'T HAVE THE ANSWERS, THERE IS SOMEBODY AT THE TABLE WHO DOES, SO BRINGING HELP LINK TO THE TABLE, UM, YOU KNOW, BRINGING THE HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL TO THE TABLE, UM, THE ABILITY, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT IS NEEDED.

AND THAT'S WHAT I SEE IS MISSING.

WE ARE MISSING THAT PIECE.

YOU KNOW, IT'S GREAT TO HAVE A RESOURCE, BUT, BUT LET'S TALK TO SOME PEOPLE WHO NEED RESOURCES AND THEY CAN REALLY TELL YOU WHAT NEEDS TO GO IN A RESOURCE BOOK.

RIGHT.

ABSOLUTELY.

YOU KNOW, AS A SOCIAL WORKER, ARE THERE, THE RESOURCES PEOPLE NEED ARE CLOTHING AND, AND FURNITURE AND YOU KNOW, WHO GIVES VOUCHERS FOR THINGS.

AND, UM, WE DO, WE HAVE A SENIOR CENTER HERE IN HEBREW HEIGHTS.

RIGHT.

IT'S CHAMBERSBURG.

UM, BUT I WONDER WHAT KIND OF, YOU KNOW, SERVICES ARE THEY OFFERING KIND OF, YOU KNOW, I'M SURE NOBODY'S DOING PROGRAMMING RIGHT NOW BECAUSE OF COVID, BUT HISTORICALLY, YOU KNOW, THERE'S A, THERE'S A LOT OF VULNERABLE COMMUNITIES AND A LOT OF TIMES THOSE GROWN-UP RURAL COMMUNITIES BLEED INTO ONE ANOTHER.

AND, AND SO, YOU KNOW, THERE'S SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT THERE THAT, YOU KNOW, MAYBE WE COULD EVEN ALLOCATE A LITTLE CORNER OF THE SENIOR CENTER FOR, OR A LITTLE CORNER OF RESOURCES OR, OR THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO, AND INVITING THOSE BIG STAKEHOLDERS, LIKE URBAN LEAGUE, YOU KNOW, THE HUMAN RACES OR HUMAN RELATIONS COUNCIL, THOSE ARE THE, THOSE ARE THE PEOPLE BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE ON A COLLECTIVE PAGE AND MOVING TOWARDS THE SAME TYPE OF MISSION, UM, FOR EDUCATION, I THINK DEFINITELY, YOU KNOW, BOARD OF EDUCATION, FOLK TEACHERS, ABSOLUTELY.

UM, FIRE AND POLICE, YOU MENTIONED.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

I MEAN, THE POLICE THERE TO REALLY, WHAT ARE WE REALLY SEEING IN THE SCHOOLS? YOU KNOW, I KNOW THAT EVERY OTHER DAY IT SEEMED LIKE THERE WAS FIGHTS OVER BY WAYNE HIGH SCHOOL AT ONE POINT, BUT THAT'S, YOU KNOW, TEENAGERS BEING TEENAGERS.

I DON'T THINK IT WAS ANY DIFFERENT AT MY HIGH SCHOOL.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE MAKE IT WHAT IT IS.

YOU KNOW, REALTORS ARE PRETTY ONEROUS, SORRY, MY BRAIN IS NOT FUNCTIONING WELL TODAY.

UH, STUDENT COUNCIL.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

STUDENTS, YOU KNOW, W WE NEED THE, WHAT ARE THE CHILDREN, NOT CHILDREN, BUT WHAT ARE THE STUDENTS VIEW? UM, YOU KNOW, I THINK THEIR VIEWPOINT MIGHT BE A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT HIGH SCHOOLS, COUNCIL, STUDENT COUNCIL IN SIXTH GRADE.

I'M NOT SURE IF HE HAS AN OPINION, BUT, AND MAYBE WE ADD AN ARM, A TEEN ADVOCACY ARM, YOU KNOW, MAYBE WE, YOU KNOW, CAUSE THAT'S ANOTHER THING WE'VE GOT TO BUILD LEADERS IN THESE YOUNG PEOPLE AND YOU KNOW, THEY NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE DYNAMICS IN THE CITY AS WELL.

YOU KNOW? UM, I THINK IT'S, IT'S WONDERFUL WHEN YOU CAN HAVE A GROUP OF TEENS SIT DOWN AT THE TABLE AND TELL YOU THEIR PERSPECTIVE.

YEAH.

YOU KNOW, I KNOW YOU GUYS THINK THESE ARE THE ISSUES, BUT FROM WHERE WE'RE SITTING, THESE ARE 100%.

I LOVE THAT.

I GOT LIKE A LITTLE GOOSEBUMPS.

I LOVE IT.

I MEAN, IT COULD BE BECAUSE I'M GETTING SOMETHING IT'S A VARIOUS REASON FOR THE GOOSEBUMPS TODAY.

ROGER, I LOVE THAT IDEA THOUGH, OF THE, OF A TEEN ADVOCACY VERSION OF THIS, YOU KNOW, THESE ARE THE KIDS THAT ARE GOING TO BE TAKEN CARE OF US WHEN WE ARE OLD AND ELDERLY AND WE'LL BE MAKING DECISIONS ON OUR BEHALF.

SO I LOVE THAT.

UM, DEFINITELY, YOU KNOW, WANT TO GET SOMEBODY FROM NAACP ON BOARD.

UM, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE PHENOMENAL AT UTILIZING

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AND BUILDING YOUTH LEADERS.

UM, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE SO MANY YOUTH COUNCILS.

IT'S, IT'S RIDICULOUS.

THEY'RE DOING A PHENOMENAL THING WITH YOUNG PEOPLE ALL OVER THE WORLD.

UM, AND I THINK THAT'S WHERE WE NEED TO BE.

YOU KNOW, WE NEED TO BE BUILDING YOUTH LEADERSHIP.

I AGREE KIDS DON'T LISTEN TO THEIR PARENTS AND LISTEN TO OTHER TEENAGERS, SO ABSOLUTELY NEED TO GET SOME OF THEM RALLYING FOR US.

UH, AND OUR, OUR IDEAS, UM, YOU KNOW, FOR, FOR HEALTHCARE, PREMIER HAS A PREMIER AND KETTERING BOTH HAVE PRETTY BIG STAKES OUT HERE.

I FEEL LIKE KETTERING HEALTH HAS A LITTLE BIT MORE OF A STAKE.

UM, I DON'T KNOW, THERE'S BOLTS WITH THE BIG KETTERING CENTER UP WHOLE TROY.

I FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE A LARGE STAKE IN THE COMMUNITY.

I'VE BEEN VERY THANKFUL TO HAVE THAT CENTER MYSELF.

UM, AND THEN THERE'S, YOU KNOW, THE CHILDREN'S URGENT CARE.

CHILDREN'S URGENT CARE.

THAT'S OUT THERE.

I DON'T KNOW HOW MUCH, YOU KNOW, AND I'D BE CURIOUS TO KNOW HOW MANY HUBER RESIDENTS ARE UTILIZING DENTISTS DOCTORS AND UTILIZING OUR MEDICAL CENTERS WITHIN THE CITY.

I WOULD BE INTERESTED TO KNOW THAT ARE WE GOING OUTSIDE OF OUR CITY TO GET OUR HEALTHCARE NEEDS MET OR DENTAL NEEDS MET OR ARE WE UTILIZING THE RESOURCES IN OUR COMMUNITY? AND IF NOT, WHY WE, I MEAN, WE GO TO DENTIST HERE WITH ALL OF OUR OTHER DOCTORS ARE OUT OF THE AREA.

THAT'S JUST FROM HAVING THE SAME DOCTORS FOREVER AND YOU KNOW, WE'VE MOVED, BUT YEAH, THAT'S INTERESTING.

YEAH, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, AS WE LOOK AT INVESTING IN OUR COMMUNITIES AND KEEPING OUR KEEPING BUSINESSES IN OUR COMMUNITIES, YOU KNOW, I WANT TO GO TO A DENTIST AND I WANT TO GO TO A DOCTOR IN THE CITY WHERE I LIVE.

I WANT TO GO TO CHURCH HERE, YOU KNOW, BUT IT'S HARD FOR PEOPLE TO GO TO A DENTIST OR DOCTOR IN A CITY WHEN THE DOCTORS AND DENTISTS ARE EXCLUDING PEOPLE.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO THEN YOU'RE FORCED TO DRIVE.

SO THEN THAT BRINGS UP ANOTHER ISSUE, ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION, ACCESS TO TRANSPORTATION, YOU KNOW, SO, AND, AND IF YOU DON'T HAVE THAT ISSUE, YOU'RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT IT BECAUSE YOUR NEEDS ARE MET.

BUT I THINK WE HAVE TO BEGIN TO STRESS THE IMPORTANCE OF, I AM MY BROTHER'S KEEPER.

I AM MY SISTER'S KEEPER AND IT'S NOT JUST ENOUGH TO HAVE MY NEEDS AND MY NEIGHBOR'S NEEDS ARE UNMET.

YEAH.

AND, AND YOU KNOW, FROM WHAT I DO FOR THE FULL TIME JOB, YOU KNOW, WE ARE SENDING PEOPLE, MEDICARE, MEDICAID TO SPECIALISTS.

I COULDN'T EVEN TELL YOU HOW FAR AWAY CLEVELAND CLINIC.

SOME PEOPLE ARE GOING ALL THE WAY TO CLEVELAND CLINIC THERE'S SPECIALISTS AND MEDICAID IS PAYING FOR THAT TRANSPORTATION.

SO INSTEAD OF HAVING A LOCAL DOCTOR HERE THAT WOULD ALLOW THEM TO GET SEEN HERE, YOU'RE EATING THAT COST ON A TRANSPORTATION PAID BY MEDICAID, WHICH IS A PER BID SERVICE, WHICH MEANS THERE'S NO SET RATE FOR THAT SERVICE, WHOEVER WILL TAKE YOU WITH THAT BID.

SO INSTEAD OF, YOU KNOW, THE DOCTOR TAKING A LITTLE LESS MONEY HERE, YOU'RE PAYING OUT THE NOSE OVER HERE TO TAKE THEM TO A DIFFERENT SPECIALIST.

SO IT REALLY DOESN'T HELP ANYBODY AT THE END OF THE DAY.

CAUSE IT'S STILL MEDICAID DOLLARS ONE WAY OR THE OTHER THAT'S PAYING FOR.

OKAY.

AND HOW ARE MEDICAID DOLLARS? WHO, WHO FUNDS MEDICAID? OH, WE WERE, WE ARE DEFINITELY ONE THING THAT IT IS, UM, YEAH, , THERE'S NO FREE LUNCH.

NO, IT IS ONE OF THE LARGEST LINE ITEMS ON, UM, BUDGET, MEDICARE, MEDICAID.

AND THAT'S WHERE I THINK THAT EDUCATION PIECE IS GOING TO COME INTO PLAY BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE NEED TO KNOW HOW THINGS WORK.

YOU KNOW, WHEN, WHEN YOU GO TO A PANTRY, HOW DID, HOW DO PANTRIES GET FOOD? WHERE DOES THAT FOOD COME FROM?

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HOW ARE THOSE PROGRAMS FUNDED? WHERE DO THOSE DOLLARS COME FROM? YOU KNOW, SO BETTER UNDERSTANDING HOW ALL OF THIS WORKS, WHY IT'S IMPORTANT TO COMPLETE A CENSUS.

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN WHEN I DON'T COMPLETE A CENSUS? WHEN WE'RE SAYING WE NEED X NUMBER OF THINGS, X NUMBER OF BUSINESSES PROGRAM, WE DON'T HAVE THIS, THAT OR THE THIRD, WELL COMPLETE THE CENSUS.

YEP.

YEP.

HOW MANY PEOPLE REALLY LIVE IN YOUR CITY? YOU KNOW, AND HOW MANY, YOU KNOW, IT'S, I THINK THAT'S THE MOVE TO END THE CENSUS EARLY TOO WITH, YOU KNOW, LIMITED THE AMOUNT OF COUNTS.

UM, YEP.

SO, YOU KNOW, WE TALKED ABOUT A LOT, ONE THING THAT, UM, IS NOT ON OUR AGENDA AND OBVIOUSLY IT'S NOT ON THERE BECAUSE IT HAPPENED AFTER THE AGENDA WAS PRINTED, BUT, UM, I WOULD BE REMISSED TO NOT MENTION OUR FRIENDS AT FOOD BAZAAR, UM, AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM.

UM, YOU KNOW, AND SO THERE WAS, WELL, THE POLICE POSTED IT.

UM, AND, AND I'M NOT GOING TO GO INTO DETAIL IF PEOPLE WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENED, IT'S PUBLIC RECORD.

UM, THE THING THAT CONCERNS ME IS THEY ARE A CULTURAL GROUP, UM, AND THEY ARE A PART OF THE FABRIC OF THIS COMMUNITY AND WE NEED TO SUPPORT THEM.

PART OF WHAT WE DO IS WE MAKE EVERYONE FEEL WELCOME.

WE MAKE EVERYONE FEEL LIKE THERE IS A PLACE FOR THEM IN THIS COMMUNITY.

AND WE HAVE MADE IT VERY CLEAR THAT WE DO NOT SUPPORT OR STAND BEHIND ANYTHING THAT MAKES ANYBODY IN THIS COMMUNITY FEEL EXCLUDED.

UM, MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE THEY ARE NOT WELCOME OR MAKES THEM FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BEING TARGETED.

UM, AND SO A PART OF THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE, I DO BELIEVE ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE DO IS WE DO ORGANIZE AND WE GET BEHIND THESE TYPES OF THINGS.

UM, SO THERE HAVE BEEN A COUPLE THAT HAVE REACHED OUT TO SAY THEY WANT TO GET TOGETHER AND SHOW SUPPORT TO FOOD BAZAAR.

UM, AND I DID MENTION THAT I WAS GOING TO BRING IT UP TONIGHT.

SO, UM, MY RECOMMENDATION AND I'M GOING TO TAKE THIS RECOMMENDATION TO OUR CHAIR OF OUR COMMISSION IS THAT WE ORGANIZE OR MOBILIZE, UM, TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR FOOD BAZAAR.

UM, I AM GOING TO REQUEST THAT WE HAVE A, UM, EMERGENCY MEETING, UM, TO PLAN, UM, WHAT, WHAT OUR COMMISSION IS GOING TO DO.

AND OBVIOUSLY WE KNOW WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH THE CITY AND WE WANT TO DO THINGS THE RIGHT WAY.

UM, SO THE PLAN IS TO REACH OUT TO YOLANDA AND FOR YOLANDA AND MYSELF, TO REACH OUT TO ROB ELMER, TO SEE WHAT THE PROCESS IS, TO HAVE SOME TYPE OF, UM, RALLY TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR FOOD BAZAAR.

UM, MIA AND MYSELF DID GO DOWN YESTERDAY AND WE WERE ABLE TO TALK TO THE OWNERS, UM, AND DEFINITELY TOLD THEM, YOU KNOW, THAT THIS DOES NOT REPRESENT OUR COMMUNITY.

UM, AND WE DON'T WANT THEM TO FEEL LIKE IT'S US.

UM, BUT OUR COMMISSION, THIS IS WHAT WE DO.

SO WE HAVE TO STAND BEHIND WHAT WE, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE SAY WE'RE GOING TO DO, AND THIS IS A PART OF IT.

DO THEY, DO THEY FEEL LIKE THEY WERE TARGETED? YES, THEY DO.

YES.

SO, YEAH.

AND I WAS SO BROKEN UP BEHIND IT, YOU KNOW, THEY ARE THE NICEST PEOPLE I LOVE CAMELLA, SHE'S SUPER SWEET AND YOU KNOW, IT, IT, IT JUST BREAKS MY HEART THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE THAT ARE, THAT MEAN-SPIRITED, UM, YOU KNOW, AND THAT THAT'S, IT'S JUST NOT WELCOME IN OUR CITY.

NO, NOT AT ALL.

I WONDER HOW TRANSPARENT, UM, IF WE DISCUSSED WITH CITY LEADERS, YOU KNOW, THE INVESTIGATION OF COURSE, THAT THEY'RE NOT UNTIL THE END, BUT, YOU KNOW, I WAS THINKING, YOU KNOW,

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WITH WORKING DOWNTOWN THERE'S CAMERAS ON LIKE EVERY OTHER CORNER AND THERE HAS TO BE LIKE, YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN? YEAH.

IT HAS TO BE MORE, AND THEN WE KNOW, AND HOPEFULLY THERE'S SOME RESOLVE TO THIS THAT COMES QUICKLY.

AND THEN THERE IS, UM, JUSTICE, THESE PEOPLE, BECAUSE, YOU KNOW, YOU'RE 100% CORRECT.

WE'RE AN INCREDIBLY, YOU KNOW, DIVERSE AREA.

AND IT'S KIND OF THE SAME THING WITH THE GROCERY STORE THAT OPENED IN OVER BY THE BMV.

YOU KNOW, WE MAKING PEOPLE FEEL WELCOME.

ARE WE CELEBRATING THE ADDITION OF THESE CULTURAL AREAS? YOU KNOW, GO GET SOMETHING IN THAT STORE THAT YOU CAN'T GO GET AT KROGER, YOU KNOW, AND THINGS LIKE THAT.

SO, YOU KNOW, WHATEVER, WHATEVER WE NEED TO DO, HOWEVER WE NEED TO GO ABOUT IT.

UM, YOU KNOW, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW OR WHAT THE PLAN IS TO, TO SHOW RALLY OR TO RALLY BEHIND THEM.

UM, BUT YOU KNOW, WHATEVER I'M ON BOARD AND, YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S NOT ABOUT BECAUSE WE DON'T KNOW WHAT THE MOTIVATION WAS BEHIND IT.

WE CAN SAY WHAT WE THINK.

YEAH.

THERE'S NOTHING BLATANT.

THERE WAS NO GRAFFITI ON THE WALLS.

THERE'S NO, YOU KNOW, BLATANT RACISM INVOLVED WHERE WE'RE LIKE, YES, THAT'S IT RIGHT THERE.

YOU KNOW, IT COULD BE, YOU KNOW, THERE WAS THE FIREBUG VINS EAST DATE, AND THAT JUST LIKED TO LIGHT FIRES, YOU KNOW, MATTER, BUT IT DOES SO HAPPENS.

THIS STUFF DOESN'T HAPPEN HERE.

IT DOESN'T HAPPEN OFTEN.

AND THEN IT'S A BRAND NEW TURKISH OWNED STORE AND IT, IT WASN'T OURS, IT WAS POSTED ON THEIR STORE.

UM, AND IT'S JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE.

AND WE HAVE TO SEND A MESSAGE THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE.

UM, YOU KNOW, AND YOU KNOW, WE KNOW THAT RACISM IS REAL IN 2020.

ABSOLUTELY.

BUT WE ALSO KNOW THAT THERE ARE SOME PEOPLE THAT ARE JUST UNFRIENDLY TO PEOPLE THAT THEY DON'T KNOW AND DON'T UNDERSTAND DISCRIMINATION.

I DON'T CARE HOW YOU LOOK AT IT.

ABSOLUTELY.

BUT THE MESSAGE THAT WE WANT TO SEND IS THAT IT'S NOT GOING TO BE TOLERATED IN OUR CITY.

ABSOLUTELY.

SO, UM, I AM PREPARED TO, UM, I'M GOING TO ASK, UH, YOLANDA, UM, TO, UH, YOU KNOW, I, I KNOW WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN.

AS FAR AS THE PROTEST, WE'RE NOT LOOKING FOR A PROTEST, WE'RE LOOKING FOR A RALLY TO SHOW SUPPORT.

UM, AND THAT'S WHAT WE WANTED TO DO.

THERE ARE SO MANY PEOPLE THAT LOVE THEM THAT LOVE THE STORE.

I GO THERE OFF AND I LOVE THEIR ICE CREAM AND, YOU KNOW, THAT'S WHAT WE NEED TO DO.

AND, YOU KNOW, YEAH.

SO THEY CHOSE TO PUT, THEY COULD HAVE PUT A BUSINESS ANYWHERE.

THEY CHOSE TO PUT IT HERE AND WE NEED TO SHOW THEM THAT WE ARE GRATEFUL AND THAT WE APPRECIATE THEM, THAT WE SUPPORT THEM.

SO, YEP.

SO I'M GOING TO PUT SOMETHING IN WRITING TO YOLANDA AND SEE HOW SHE WANTS TO PROCEED, UM, WITH AN EMERGENCY MEETING FOR OUR COMMISSION, UM, SO THAT WE CAN MOVE FORWARD WITH A RALLY TO SHOW OUR SUPPORT FOR THEM.

SO IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE TONIGHT? I DO NOT BELIEVE SO.

UNLESS NO.

ALL RIGHT.

WELL, UM, SO LIKE FAMILY TO ME NOW, SLOWLY BUT SURELY THROUGH VIRTUAL FAMILY, WELL, IT'S SEVEN OH TWO.

SO I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU TWO MINUTES BACK.

UH, THIS MEETING IS ADJOURNED AT SEVEN OH TWO AND, UM, WE WILL GET WITH KATIE, GET A RECORDING SO THAT WE CAN FORMALIZE OUR MINUTES AND GET THOSE MINUTES POSTED FOR OUR NOVEMBER MEETING.

ABSOLUTELY.

ALL RIGHT.

YOU HAVE A GOOD DAY.

YOU TOO.

BYE-BYE.

* This transcript was compiled from uncorrected Speech-to-Text.