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[AGENDA CULTURE AND DIVERSITY CITIZENS ACTION COMMISSION City Hall - Council Chambers 6131 Taylorsville Road March 4, 2021 7:00 P.M.]

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CALL TO ORDER THE MEETING OF THE CULTURE AND DIVERSITY CITIZENS ACTUALLY COMMISSIONED START OFF I'LL CALL DR.

AKINS PRESENT, PRESENT, PRESENT MR. STEVENS, MR. RAMIREZ, MR. RICHARDSON, PRESENT MS. STEPHENS PRESENT, PRESENT AGENDA APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES.

WE STILL HAVE A COUPLE OF MINUTES FORGING LIKE SEVEN, WHICH WE TITLED THE APPROVAL LAST MONTH AT OUR MEETING.

SO ARE THERE ANY AMENDMENTS TO OUR JANUARY SEVEN MINUTES OR CHANGES? SO FOR APPROVAL FOR THE MINUTES, CHAD, I MAKE THE MOTION THAT WE ACCEPT THE JANUARY 7TH, 2021 CULTURAL DIVERSITY ACTION COMMISSION BEING CORRECTION.

SHOULD THAT BE ANY CERTAIN IT'S BEEN PROPERLY MOVED AND SECONDED TO THE MINUTES? WE'LL CALL ALL THOSE IN FAVOR, ANY OPPOSITIONS SEVEN MINUTES ON THAT APPROVED MOVE TO APPROVAL OF THE FEBRUARY 4TH MINUTES.

ARE THERE ANY AMENDMENTS, MADAM CHAIR? I HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO REVIEW THOSE MINUTES.

WE JUST GOT THEM.

WAS THAT TODAY OR YESTERDAY OR MONDAY? I HAVE NOT HAD A CHANCE TO REPEAT THOSE.

TO BE HONEST, I DO HAVE A COUPLE OF AMENDMENTS.

UM, ONE, I JUST WANT TO HAVE IT REFLECTED, UH, MY LAST THING SPELLED WITH A PH TESTED OF ADMIT TO THAT.

AND ALSO WE HAVE AN, A MINUTES THAT, UH, WE ASKED FOR FUTURE MEETING MINUTES IF THEY COULD BE PROVIDED AT WAS A WEEK BEFORE THE NEXT SCHEDULED MEETING.

UM, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT IT SAYS THERE WITH THAT AS AN AMENDMENT UNDER OUR COMMITTEE REPORTS, IT STATES THAT MS. SUNLIT SAID THAT THE COMMUNITY IS, THIS IS UNDER THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE, STATED THAT MS. SPELLMAN SAID THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN DRAFTING A STATEMENT FOR THE CITY OF HUBER HEIGHTS TO DENOUNCE RACISM AND EXPRESS SUPPORT FOR RACIAL SOLIDARITY.

BUT THAT WAS ACTUALLY AN INCORRECT STATEMENT.

AND THAT WAS ACTUALLY IN THE REFERENCE TO THE END.

SHE MEANT SHE IS ACTUALLY REFERRING TO A RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL FOR THAT.

SO WOULD LIKE TO PERMIT US TO BE YOU LIKE THAT.

WELL, IT SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT THAT MS. DUBLIN SAID THAT THE COMMITTEE HAS BEEN BACK IN THE STATEMENT FOR THE CITY OF HUMOR, ICELAND ANNOUNCED RACISM AND EXPRESSING SUPPORT.

THAT STATEMENT SHOULD BE TAKEN OUT, THAT THEY HAD CAUSED SOME SAMPLE RESOLUTIONS FROM OTHER CITIES THAT SHOULDN'T TAKE IT.

YOU WANT THAT TAKEN OUT AND INSTEAD PLAYS AT THE END WHERE IT'S A PLATE IT'S MISPLACED.

IT'S JUST MISPLACED.

UM, ACTUALLY IT'S NOT THAT THE, THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE WAS NOT FAST IN THE STATEMENT WITH THE CITY OF PEOPLE HIGHEST.

THAT WAS ACTUALLY A RECOMMENDATION MADE THAT COUNCIL DO THAT.

MAKE THAT REVISION.

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CALL ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.

AYE, AYE.

ANY OPPOSITION TO THE MEETING REPORT? WE WILL.

ALL RIGHT.

GOOD STUFF.

SO THE REPORT COMMUNITY, UH, TURN ON SEPTEMBER, SORRY.

ON, UM, 17 FEBRUARY AT THE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND THE COMMUNITY ROOM.

THE MAIN FOCUS OF OUR, OUR LAST MEETING WAS TO REVIEW OUR CONVERSATION THAT WE HAD WITH MR. STONEWARE AND, UH, UH, CHIEF LIGHTENER REGARDING THE NAACP EIGHT POINT PLAN.

AND TO ALSO DEVELOP AN INITIAL SET OF RECOMMENDATIONS TO TAKE THE FULL COUNCIL.

UH, THE FIRST YEAR THAT WE TARGETED WAS A NEED FOR A MORE DEFINED PROCESS, UM, WITH THE COMMISSION'S ROLE, AS IT RELATES TO ADDRESSING COMPLAINTS.

UH, WE RECOGNIZE THAT THERE, DURING THE CONVERSATION WITH THEIR, I LEAVE WITH STRENGTHS, UM, IN TERMS OF MUST BE INVOLVED IN THE COMPLAINT INVESTIGATION PROCESS, HOW DO WE WANT TO SEE SOME, SEE SOME FORM OF INCREASED TRANSPARENCY IN THE PROCESS? UH, MR. SOMA DIDN'T PROVIDE ANY DRAFT OF THIS COMPLAINTS, UH, IN MISCONDUCT DOCUMENT, WHICH IDENTIFIES, UH, WORKING COMPLAINTS CAN BE SUBMITTED.

UH, BUT IT DOESN'T REALLY SPECIFY IN DETAIL, YOU KNOW, KIND OF HOW WE WERE EMPOWERED IN TERMS OF, UH, ADDRESSING A COMPLAINT ONCE YOU SEE.

UM, SO FOLLOWING THAT WE, WE, UH, WE DISCUSSED THEM ALL RIGHT.

SORRY.

NO, YOU'RE FINE.

YOU'RE FINE.

OKAY.

AND SO, AND SO WE ALSO, YOU KNOW, WE TALKED ABOUT SOME OF THE OTHER, UM, THE POINTS FROM THE NAACP EIGHT POINT PLAN.

AND AS A RESULT, WE CAME UP WITH THE INITIAL SALES OF A SET OF RECOMMENDATIONS, UM, THAT WE WANT TO, THAT WE WANT TO BRING FORWARD.

I'LL HIGHLIGHT ALL SEVEN OF THOSE RECOMMENDATIONS JUST FOR EVERYONE'S AWARENESS.

HOWEVER, I'M GOING TO STATE THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE WANT TO MOVE FORWARD WITH.

AND THEN I'LL MENTION SOME OF THE OTHER ONES THAT WE STILL WENT TO SCHOOL HOMEWORK ON BEFORE WE ACTUALLY, UH, TAKING BEFORE, UH, OR COMMISSIONING COUNCIL TO CONSIDER FOR, UM, IN TERMS OF INCORPORATION.

SO, UH, I GUESS THE FIRST RECOMMENDATION THAT WE, UM, THAT WE HAVE, THAT WE WANT TO TAKE FORWARD IS COMING BACK TO WHAT I WAS MENTIONING EARLIER.

SO AS A PART OF THE COMPLAINT REVIEW PROCESS, RIGHT, WE REQUESTED INCREASED TRANSPARENCY FOR CONDITIONED MEMBERS DURING AN ACTIVE INVESTIGATION ABOVE EMPLOYEES SAY, EMPLOYER POLICE MISCONDUCT.

SO THE LEVEL OF TRANSPARENCY SHOULD BE DEFINED IN THE COMPLAINT PROCESS.

AND, UH, AS AN EXAMPLE, TRANSPARENCY, COULDN'T TELL, PROVIDED A COMMISSION, THE COMMISSION WITH PERIODIC STATUS UPDATES INTO THE INVESTIGATION, INCLUDING FINDINGS ALSO BE ABLE TO, UH, ALLOW FOR MAYBE Q AND A QA SESSIONS, IF YOU WILL, WITH THE, UH, UH, BETWEEN THE COMMISSION AND THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, IF YOU WILL, UH, DURING AND FOLLOWING AN INVESTIGATION.

SO THAT WAS OUR INITIAL RECOMMENDATION.

UM, AGAIN, IT'S, IT'S ABOUT TRANSPARENCY AND WORKING WITH, UH, WITH THE CITY TO DEFINE WHAT THAT IS AND HOW BEST TO ENSURE WE CAN, YOU CAN ACHIEVE THAT.

UH, THE NEXT, UH, RECOMMENDATION THAT WE READ TOO, WAS THAT WE WANTED TO, UM, TO PROVIDE A QUARTERLY REPORT OF RESULTS FOR EACH COMPLAINT.

INVESTIGATION REPORTS INCLUDE, INCLUDE A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE COMPLAINT INVESTIGATING INVESTIGATION FINDINGS, AND ANY DISCIPLINARY ACTION INVOLVES DISCIPLINE ACTION, UH, FOR OFFICER IF WARRANTED, IF YOU WILL.

UM, SO THAT WAS OUR SECOND RECOMMENDATION.

AND, UH, SEE OUR THIRD RECOMMENDATION IS, UM, WE WANT TO, WE WANTED, UH, A DRUG AND ALCOHOL, ALCOHOL TESTS ADMINISTERED TO OFFICERS THAT DISCHARGE THEIR WEAPONS.

UM,

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WE THINK THAT THAT'S SOMETHING WE WERE REVIEWING THE POLICY.

WE DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING IN THERE WITH REGARDS TO THAT.

WE JUST THOUGHT THAT WAS A GOOD RECOMMENDATION THAT WE'D LIKE TO LIKE, LIKE TO PUT ON THE TABLE.

UM, THE NEXT RECOMMENDATION THAT WE HAD WAS, UM, WE RECOMMEND THAT THE CITY INVESTIGATE, UM, SO OPTIONS TO, UH, HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONALS, COMPANY, UH, POLICE OFFICERS, UM, DURING CERTAIN CALLS INVOLVING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES, RIGHT, OR, OR CASES, IF YOU WILL, TO INCLUDE DRUG AND ALCOHOL ADDICTION, SORT OF A SIMILAR TO WHAT WE, WE HAD, UH, WE SAW, I THINK IN KETTERING FOR THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS IS, UH, IMPLEMENTED A SIMILAR PROGRAM HERE RECENTLY WHERE THEY HAVE SOCIAL WORKERS THERE THAT ACCOMPANY, UH, POLICE OFFICERS DURING CERTAIN CALLS.

AND, UH, SO THOSE ARE THE RECOMMENDATIONS THAT WE WANT TO TAKE FORWARD.

YOU KNOW, WHAT THE COMMISSIONER DID ONTO THE CITY COUNCIL AND, UH, SOME OF THE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS.

WELL, I'M SORRY.

SO WE HAD ONE OTHER RECOMMENDATION, WHICH WE TALKED ABOUT WHEN WE MET WITH, UH, T LEITNER AND, UH, MR. SCHARMER, WHICH WAS, UH, WE WANTED THEM TO ADD ON THE WEBSITE ON THE CITY WEBSITE, YOU KNOW, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICIES, IF YOU WILL, SOME OF THE GENERAL ORDERS.

SO THEY'VE ALREADY STARTED LOOKING AT THAT AND MR. SHARMA SAID, SO HE EMAILED A COUPLE OF WEEKS AGO KIND OF WHAT IT WOULD LOOK LIKE.

SO THEY'RE ALREADY WORKING.

AND I JUST WANTED TO STATE THAT FORMALLY, THAT THAT WAS MY RECOMMENDATION FROM CANVAS ISN'T WORK RIGHT NOW.

UM, SO SOME OF THE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS, WE'RE JUST, WE'RE HAVING DISCUSSIONS ABOUT WHEN THEY'RE READY TO TAKE FOR THAT, JUST FOR AWARENESS, WE WANT TO MAKE YOU AWARE.

ONE HAS TO DO WITH, UM, HAS TO DO WITH THE BODY CAMERAS.

UH, SO I, YOU KNOW, RECOGNIZE NOW THAT IT IT'S, UH, IT'S A REQUIRED CALL.

IT'S A REQUIREMENT THAT ALL POLICE OFFICERS ARE TO WEAR THEIR BODY CAMERAS.

HOWEVER, IN THE POLICY, IT SAYS THAT THEY DID SAY THAT THEY HAVE TO TURN THEM ON.

IT JUST SAYS THAT THEY, THEY CAN'T TURN THEM ON IF THEY, IF THEY, IF THEY SO CHOOSE TO CHOOSE TO CHOOSE, THEY CHOOSE TO.

SO, UM, SO WE'RE JUST GOING TO HAVE SOME MORE CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT, YOU KNOW, BECAUSE THIS WILL BECOME AS WELL.

WHY WOULD IT NOT BE REQUIRED FOR THEM TO TURN, TURN THE CAMERAS ON? BUT AGAIN, WE WANT TO HAVE SOME MORE CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT BEFORE WE MOVE FORWARD, MAYBE MAKING SOME SORT OF CHANGE TO THAT POLICY, UH, AND THE OTHER, SORRY.

YEAH.

THE OTHER ONE HAD TO DO WITH, YOU KNOW, THE COMPLAINTS WE WERE DISCUSSING, WHETHER OR NOT WISHING YOU ALL COMPLAINTS, ESPECIALLY AS IT RELATES TO MAKE A POLICE COMPLAINT TO YOU ALL COMPLAINTS THAT COME INTO TO THE, INTO THE, UM, THAT COME TO THE CITY, TO THE CDC.

I MEAN, DOES OUR COMMISSION REVIEW THAT? SO WE WANT TO HAVE MORE CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT, WHAT COMPLAINTS DO WE WANT TO REPEAT, WHAT YOU WILL.

AND SO THAT, UH, SO WITH THAT, UH, THAT CONCLUDES MY REPORT.

OKAY.

JUST A QUESTION, MR. STEPHENS, YOU MENTIONED THE QUARTERLY REPORT OF COMPLAINTS.

IS THAT, UM, COMPLAINTS REGARDING THE POLICE DEPARTMENT OR ARE THOSE GENERAL COMPLAINTS OR THE CITY? RIGHT.

SO I, SO OUR INITIAL FOCUS, UM, WITH THE REFORM WAS TO LOOK AT AT LEAST THREE OR FOUR MONTHS, RIGHT? SO THIS WAS MORE IN THE CONTEXT OF, UM, LOOKING AT POLICE COMPLACENT AND NOT TO SAY THAT IT SHOULD NOT INCLUDE LOOKING AT COMPLAINTS FROM OTHER, UM, CITY ORGANIZATIONS, IF YOU WILL.

RIGHT.

BUT THE IDEA WAS, WANT TO BE ABLE TO HAVE, UH, I'M IN COURT RIGHT NOW, AT LEAST THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, THEY PROVIDE ANNUAL REPORT, UM, OF, UM, YOU KNOW, ARREST AND, AND, UM, YOU KNOW, DIFFERENT STATISTICS ON, YOU KNOW, UH, CRIME STATISTICS AND OVER THE COURSE OF THE YEAR.

RIGHT.

BUT, OR EVEN COMPLAINTS.

RIGHT.

I'M SORRY.

SO YOU'RE GOING TO FIND SOMETHING LIKE, THEY THINK ABOUT IT THAT I THINK WHEN THE DOCUMENT DOCUMENTS THAT I SAW, BUT AGAIN, WE JUST, EVEN THIS CASE WHERE I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO SEE COMPLAINTS AGAIN, IT COULD BE DALLAS, THE POLICE DEPARTMENT BE OTHER, OTHER DEPARTMENTS AS WELL.

UH, THAT AGAIN, UM, CLUES OR THE COMPLAINT WAS, YOU KNOW, WHAT THE FINDINGS WERE AND WHAT THE RESOLUTION OF THE COMPLAINT, YOU KNOW, HOW WAS IT RESOLVED? HOW WAS IT JUDICATED? SO CURRENTLY THERE DOES EXIST A YEARLY REPORT.

IS THAT A PUBLIC REPORT THAT'S AVAILABLE? I KNOW, I KNOW THAT, UM, THERE USED TO BE UNFOUNDED WEBSITE.

THERE'S A CITY MANAGER'S REPORT, BUT I THINK THE LAST DATE WHEN THAT WAS AUGUST, 2000 ON A LAKE, WHICH WAS, UM, I WAS KIND OF DISAPPOINTED THAT THAT'S NOT CONTINUED BECAUSE I THINK THAT THAT'S REALLY

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NEEDED FOR TRANSPARENCY WITH OUR CITY, BECAUSE IT HAD A LOT OF GREAT INFORMATION, UM, INCLUDING SOME OF THINGS, MAYBE NOT TO THE LEVEL OF DETAIL WHERE YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT THE COMPLAINT PROCESS, BUT JUST SOME OF THE STATISTICS AND THINGS THAT ARE HAPPENING IN OUR CITY.

SO, UM, I THINK THAT ACTUALLY THAT'S A RECOMMENDATION BECAUSE I THINK THAT WOULD BE VERY HELPFUL FOR OUR RESIDENTS TO HAVE THAT TRANSPARENCY IN THE INFORMATION.

UM, SO, BUT YOU'RE LOOKING AT SPECIFICALLY HAVING SOMETHING IN ADDITION TO THAT, WHEREAS PROVIDING QUARTERLY TO THE COMPETITION, RIGHT.

JUST AN INCREASE IN THE FREQUENCY, RIGHT.

INSTEAD OF WAITING FOR A HANDLE FOR SOME OF THAT DATA ON A QUARTERLY BASIS AND THE FIRST RECOMMENDATION, CAN YOU SOMEWHAT, RIGHT.

SO THE FIRST RECOMMENDATION REALLY HAS TO DO WITH THE COMPLAINT PROCESS.

RIGHT.

SO, I MEAN, THAT WAS ONE OF THE, I GUESS, KEY RESPONSIBILITIES OF THIS COMMISSION.

I THINK IF YOU LOOK AT THE SCOPE OR THE MISSION STATEMENT, RIGHT.

AND THEN THE, UH, WE BASICALLY GIVE THEM A MAYBE BOARD THEIR COMPLAINTS.

RIGHT.

I THINK WE NEED TO FLESH OUT IN MORE DETAILED AS TO WHAT THAT NEEDS TO LOOK LIKE.

WHAT DOES THAT PROCESS, AND I KNOW WHEN WE HAD SOME CONVERSATIONS WITH MR. SCHOENBERGER, HE SAID, WELL, UM, WE WOULD BE, SO IF SOMEONE WANTS TO SUBMIT, SUBMIT IT ON PLANE, WE COULD INTERVIEW AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS WITH THAT INDIVIDUAL ABOUT.

RIGHT.

UM, BUT THEN WHAT, RIGHT.

SO HOW, HOW DOES, HOW DO WE AS A GROUP, RIGHT? HOW ARE WE EMPOWERED TO, TO MAYBE, YOU KNOW, TAKE THAT COMPLAINANT AND ENSURE THAT IT'S BEING, UM, PROPERLY HANDLED AND PROCESSED, IF YOU WILL ALSO, IT'S REALLY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO, WE NEED TO ENSURE TRANSPARENCY, VISIBILITY THAT THERE'S, YOU KNOW, THIS TRUST THAT BOTH SIDES WE BUILD THE TRUST BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE CITIZENS.

AND SO WE JUST NEED TO, TO, TO DETAIL THAT A LITTLE BIT MORE, SO YOUR SPECIFIC RECOMMENDATIONS TO COUNCIL IS, WELL, IT'S LIKE, I GUESS IT'S MORE SO TO, UH, I HAVEN'T DEFINED WHAT, THAT WE WANT MORE TRANSPARENCY.

RIGHT.

SO I'M ASKING THEM FOR THEM TO REALLY HELP FLESH HELP DEVELOP THAT PROCESS.

RIGHT.

A MORE DEFINED PROCESS IN TERMS OF HOW WE'RE INVOLVED IN ONCE WE RECEIVE COMPLAINTS, WHAT IS IT THAT WE CAN AND CANNOT DO? OR WHAT IS IT THAT WE, WHAT CAN BE DONE TO, YOU KNOW, I SAID IT WAS ONE OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND ONE OF THE EXAMPLES I GAVE WAS, YOU KNOW, COULD WE BE REVIVED WITH, UM, YOU KNOW, STATUS UPDATES RIGHT.

ON THE INVESTIGATION WHILE THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING, WOULDN'T WE BE ABLE TO GET STATUS UPDATES ON THE INVESTIGATION.

RIGHT.

AND SO, UM, SO DOES THAT, DOES THAT HELP? THAT HELPS.

OKAY.

SO IT SOUNDS LIKE THE RECOMMENDATION FORM IS THAT THERE, UM, THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE FIVE POSITIVES IDENTIFYING THE WORLD THAT THE COMMISSION CAN TAKE IN THE COMPLAINT PROCESS AND HAVE IDENTIFIED, IS THAT YOU'RE ASKING TO TAKE, HAVING IDENTIFIED THAT THE EXACT ROLE THAT WE'RE ASKING TO TAKE? NO, WE HAVEN'T.

WE WANT TO ADD THAT.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

WHAT QUESTIONS WOULD YOU HAVE FOR BEFORE? SO WE'RE GOING TO START THIS, UM, INCIDENT REPORT SYSTEM, AND IT'S GOING TO BASICALLY START, AND I THINK THIS IS WITH THE POLICE TO SEE HOW THE SYSTEM WORKS AND DEFINE THE ROLES.

I THINK THAT'S EXCELLENT, BUT WE WILL EVENTUALLY OPEN THIS UP.

IS THAT MY PICTURE FROM LISTENING TO THE MEETING THIS WEEK FROM MR. SCHIRMER, THAT WE WILL EVENTUALLY OPEN THIS UP TO ALL BIASES, ALL INCIDENTS FOR ALL OF THE CITY.

RIGHT.

OKAY.

BUT I THINK YOU'RE DOING WELL.

I JUST WANT TO REALLY PUSH YOU.

YOU'RE DOING A GREAT, GREAT BEGINNING.

GREAT.

START TO A WORK THAT NEEDS TO BE DONE.

THE QUESTIONS.

SO WE HAVE FOUR SOUNDS LIKE THE FOUR RECOMMENDATIONS TO TAKE TWO COUNTS THOUGH.

WAS THAT CORRECT? YES.

BEING

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THE QUARTERLY REPORT, QUARTERLY REPORT OF COMPLAINTS, THE SECOND DRUG AND ALCOHOL TESTING TO OFFICERS WHO DISCHARGED THE WEAPON OR FOR THE CITY TO INVESTIGATE, UM, UTILIZING OR INVOLVING THE HEALTH CARE AND MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES OR CRISIS FOR SOCIAL WORKERS OR COMPANY POLICE.

AND THEN THE FOURTH WAS THE FILING PROCESS OR THE ROLE THAT THE COALITION WILL TAKE IN THE COMPLAINT PROCESS CLARIFYING THAT.

CORRECT.

AND WHAT IS ALREADY IN WORK? I MENTIONED ABOUT, UM, THE, OR HAVING ON THE WEBSITE, UH, THE DEPARTMENT POLICY.

SO THEY'RE ALREADY, YOU KNOW, THEY'VE ALREADY TAKEN THE ACTION TO START LOOKING INTO THAT, WHAT SPECIFIC POLICIES OR THOSE THAT, THAT WE'VE REQUESTED OR THAT THEY'RE WORKING ON.

RIGHT.

SO, YOU KNOW, THEY HAVE A NUMBER OF, UM, GENERAL ORDERS SUCH AS USE OF FORCE, WHICH IS, UM, POLICY.

SO THEY HAVE A LINE LISTING POLICIES OR ORDERS THAT THEY, THAT THEY HAVE THAT WE, THAT THEY SHARE WITH US AND WE'VE BEEN REVIEWING.

UM, THAT'S GREAT.

I THINK THAT'S VERY NECESSARY IS THAT ACTUALLY THAT RESIDENTS APPROACHED ME AND ASKED ME, ESPECIALLY AFTER THE INCIDENT AND PROBABLY, UM, DISSOLVED AS OUR CITY HAD BODY CAMPS, BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT EVEN AWARE OF IT.

AND SO I THINK IT IS A GREAT THING THAT OUR, UM, WE'RE PUTTING THAT ON THE WEBSITE AND MAKING THAT AVAILABLE SO THAT THE REPS ARE RESIDENTS KNOW.

OKAY, THANK YOU, MR. STEVEN.

SO WE HAD FOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE FLOOR TO MAKE A MOTION TO TAKE FOUR.

OKAY.

I WOULD LIKE TO QUICKLY BACK UP TO NUMBER THREE, THE MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES AND THE SOCIAL WORKER OF ACCOMPANY.

WE DID HAVE A DISCUSSION AND THERE IS A TYPE OF PROGRAM, UM, THAT IS BEING PILOTED.

UM, BUT I THINK THAT WAS ONE OF THE ITEMS THAT WE WERE ACTUALLY GOING TO WAIT ON, UM, A, GATHER SOME MORE INFORMATION FROM THE CITY BEFORE MOVING FORWARD AND MAKING THE RECOMMENDATION BECAUSE THERE COULD BE SOMETHING IN PROCESS AND WE'RE JUST NOT COMPLETELY AWARE OF THAT ENTIRE SCOPE OF WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE.

SO I PERSONALLY, AS PART OF REFORM, WE'D LIKE TO KIND OF PULL BACK ON NUMBER THREE.

UM, AND ONCE WE HAVE TIME TO HAVE A FURTHER CONVERSATION ABOUT WHAT THIS PILOT PROGRAM LOOKS LIKE, UM, INVOLVING PROBATE COURTS, UM, THEN WE CAN BACKTRACK AND MAYBE MAKE THAT RECOMMENDATIONS TO SEEK OUT SOME GRANT FUNDING AND TO LOOK AT NAMI AND SOME OTHER ORGANIZATIONS FOR ASSISTANCE WITH THAT SOCIAL WORKER VISIT.

MARKER.

ALL RIGHT.

LET'S BACKTRACK HERE.

REGARDING THE TRANSPARENCY IN THE PROCESS TOO.

THE QUARTER REPORTS, ALCOHOL TEST , IS THERE A MOTION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH US? FOR SURE.

I MAKE A MOTION FOR RECOMMENDATION.

ALL THOSE IN FAVOR.

AYE.

AYE.

THANK YOU FOR OUTREACH.

THANK YOU.

MADAM CHAIR.

UH, THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE MET, UH, THE LAST MEETING

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WAS MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23RD.

UM, WE DISCUSSED SEVERAL THINGS, THE FIRST ONE, WHICH WAS ABOUT THE BLACK HISTORY MONTH ESSAY CONTEST, WHICH, UH, CONCLUDED THIS PAST WEEK ON THE 28TH.

WE DID RECEIVE SEVERAL SUBMISSIONS FOR, UM, FOR EVALUATION OH SEVEN ESSAYS REVIEWED, EVALUATED BY THREE MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION.

AND, UH, AND MY WIFE HAS ALSO ASSISTED WITH THE EVALUATION OBJECTIVITY JUST A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE I FOUR AND WE'RE GOING TO INDEPENDENT EVALUATIONS OF THEM ALL.

AND THEN I'LL AGGREGATE THOSE AND THEN ADD INFORMATION TO YOU SOMETIME AFTER MONDAY.

SO WE'LL BE ON OUR DEADLINE FOR REPORTING.

UM, BUT THAT'LL, THAT'LL BE, UM, MONDAY.

AND I THINK WE SAID THE ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE MADE BY THE 12TH OF ALL RIGHTS WEBSITE AND COMMUNICATE THAT TO THE COMMUNITY FOR WHOEVER THE WINNER IS.

WE DID RUN THROUGH SOME CHALLENGES WITH, UH, COMMUNICATING WITH STUDENTS FROM THE SCHOOL, AS YOU COULD IMAGINE THAT THEY HAD USED GOOGLE DOCS.

AND WHEN I NEED TO REQUEST PERMISSION FOR THE GOOGLE DOCS, THIS SYSTEM KICKBACK MY EMAIL BECAUSE WE ARE NOT ALLOWED OUTSIDE EMAILS, CODING SYSTEM SYSTEM.

SO YOU RAN INTO THAT AND NEEDED THE, UM, THE, THE, UH, THE TEACHERS TO HELP FACILITATE THE SUBMISSION.

SO WE WERE ABLE TO GET SOME SUBMISSIONS AND THOSE AGAIN ARE BEING EVALUATED.

AND I THINK THERE WAS SOME MENTION OF MONEY DURING THE COUNCIL MEETING THAT IT WAS, UH, UH, GAMES OF CHANCE OR MAKE.

SO I JUST WANTED TO GO ON RECORD.

THAT IS, IS A OBJECTIVE PROCESS.

AND, UM, THE, THE PRIZE, IT WILL BE A CHECK ISSUED BY THE UP WHEN I HAVE NOT CATCH THE, UM, OUTREACH COMMITTEE ALSO, UH, STATUS OF YOUPRENEUR HEIGHTS, CULTURAL CULTURAL FESTIVAL, WHICH IS GOING TO BE ON JUNE 12TH.

UM, WE DISCUSSED, UH, CHANGING THAT TIME FROM TWO TO SIX AND THEN STARTING TO HAVE A LITTLE EARLIER.

SO THAT WOULD START AT 12 O'CLOCK INVITATIONS WILL BE SENT OUT, UM, TO, UH, UH, WE'LL SAY THE CULTURAL GROUPS THAT OPERATE IN NEW BRIAN'S INTO MIAMI AND BRING THEM INTO, UM, INTO OUR, UH, INTO OUR FESTIVAL.

AND WE DID DISCUSS FOOD.

THEN THERE'S AN, ALL THOSE KINDS OF THINGS AND MAYBE SORT OF THOSE, THOSE FOLKS GET INVITATIONS AS WELL.

AND, UM, THERE WAS A FLYER AND I DON'T KNOW IF WE SENT THIS OUT YET, SO WE'D ALREADY DONE LITTLE PAY FOR THE TIME, SO I'LL PASS THAT AROUND.

BUT, UM, AND THE THEME IS ENGAGED IN OUR COMMUNITIES, UNITED CULTURE, CELEBRATING ALL PEOPLE.

AND AGAIN, THIS WILL BRING TOGETHER THE ROBERT HUBER HEIGHTS COMMUNITY TOGETHER TO CELEBRATE ONCOLOGISTS AND LEARNING A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE CULTURES THAT YOU MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE KNOWN COMPLETELY ABOUT THEM TO DEAL WITH SOME OF THEM EXPOSURE TO EACH OTHER.

AND THAT'S REALLY THE PURPOSE OF THE FESTIVAL.

I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A, UM, A WONDERFUL EVENT.

WE HAVE SOME, SOME PRETTY ENTHUSIASTIC FOLKS WORKING ON THAT VIDEO AND ROBIN AND GENE .

HE WANTS ME TO SOLIDIFY, I'M SORRY TO THE CONDITION WANTS TO SOLIDIFY THOSE DETAILS OF AND GET EVERYBODY ELSE INVOLVED.

WE ARE HAVING A WORKING SESSION LEADING.

AND IF YOU COULD REMIND ME, I DON'T REMEMBER THE EXACT DATE, BUT I WANT TO SAY MARCH 12TH, 2015 MARCH.

THANK YOU.

AND, UM, JUST AGAIN, THAT MEETING WAS JUST TO GO OVER SOME OF THE DETAILS AND MAYBE THE STORY THAT WE ARE LONG TRACK TIME-WISE AS FAR AS MAKING, AS FAR AS GETTING THAT INFORMATION OUT AND MAKING SURE THAT WE HAVE, UH, UH, COMMITMENTS FROM OTHER PEOPLE PARTICIPATE IN OUR, AND WHAT WOULD BE SEEKING VOLUNTEERS FOR THAT COMMUNITY.

I HAVE A SIGN UP FORM THAT WE WILL NOT, WE WILL HAVE THAT I'M ALSO INVESTIGATING WAYS OF HOW TO DO IT MAYBE ONLINE, SO THEY CAN REGISTER ONLINE AND VOLUNTEER PLACE WHERE, AND WE ARE ALSO SEEKING SPONSORSHIPS FROM LOCAL BUSINESSES AND THEY WANT TO PARTICIPATE IN AND PUT SOME OF THE ASSIGNMENTS OVER THAT SUPPORT OF OUR CULTURE FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD.

WE'RE WORKING ON FINALIZING THAT DOCUMENT.

NOW FACEBOOK PAGE, I DON'T KNOW, EVERYBODY IS AWARE THAT WE DO HAVE A FACEBOOK PAGE, PLEASE LIGHTEN BOTTLE.

OKAY.

QUESTIONS FOR OUTREACH.

I DO WANT TO MAKE MENTION OF ONE THING.

WE DID HAVE SOME

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SPONSORSHIPS FOR THE BLACK HISTORY CONTEST, AND I WOULD JUST LIKE TO THINK THOSE KIND OF, HOW MUCH WAS IT THAT WE WERE ABLE TO GET FOR THE BLACK HISTORY CLASS.

AWESOME.

SO, I MEAN, I THINK THAT'S TREMENDOUS.

AND I WOULD LIKE TO GIVE THE OUTREACH COMMITTEE A HAND FOR A NEW ONE THAT WILL MOVE FORWARD WITH EDUCATION.

GOOD EVENING, EVERYBODY.

THE EDUCATION COMMITTEE ALSO MEANT ON FEBRUARY 23RD, WE HAD THE MEETING VIA A HYBRID FORMAT AT THE HEBREW HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY ROOM.

DURING THIS MEETING, WE DID A EVALUATION OF THE FOUR PROPOSED OR THE FORUM TOPICS THAT WE WANTED TO DO FOR THIS YEAR.

THE FIRST TOPIC PERTAINED TO A DIALOGUE, AS FAR AS DIVERSITY INCLUSION ALSO HAVE COVID-19 AFFECTS MINORITY COMMUNITIES, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, AND GROWTH FOR MY NOTE, MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES.

AND FINALLY RACISM HAS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE.

NOW AT THE TIME THAT WE BENT, WE KNEW THAT TO BE COUNCIL STILL HAD TO GO OVER OUR RECOMMENDATIONS AS A WHOLE IN TERMS OF THE COMMISSION, AS FAR AS OUR PHYSICAL REQUEST TO INCLUDE THESE FORUMS. SO BECAUSE OF THAT, WE DECIDED AS A COMMITTEE TO ONLY HAVE TWO FORMS, AND THE TWO TOPICS FOR THESE FORUMS INCLUDE NUMBER ONE, A DIALOGUE WITH THE HUBER HEIGHTS CITY COUNCIL, AND THE RESIDENTS TO TALK ABOUT THE ENFORCEMENT OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, AND ALSO ISSUES IN TERMS OF DISCRIMINATION, BIASES, AND SYSTEMATIC RACISM.

AND THE OTHER TOPIC WE DECIDED UPON WAS TO DISCUSS RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE.

NOW FROM REVIEWING THE PAST TWO PRIOR COUNCIL WORK SESSIONS, THERE WERE SOME MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL, WHICH I THINK YOU ALL WEREN'T HERE THAT HAD VOLUNTEERED TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS DIALOGUE.

AND IT WAS MENTIONED THAT AS A POSSIBLE LOCATION FOR THIS DIALOGUE IS HAVE IT AT THE HUBER HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT COMMUNITY ROOM, WHERE WE CAN HAVE A FACEBOOK LIVE FOR RESIDENTS WHO CANNOT PHYSICALLY ATTEND THE STILL BEING ENGAGED IN THE CONVERSATION.

SO THE COMMITTEE WOULD HAVE TO CONVENE AGAIN TO MAKE A FINAL DECISION, AS FAR AS WHEN WE WANT TO HAVE THIS EVENT IN ORDER TO BRING IT FORTH, HAS A RECOMMENDATION TO THE COMMISSION AS WELL AS TO THE COUNCIL AS WELL.

SO WE KNOW THAT WE HAVE ONE MAJOR ACTIVITY COMING UP REGARDING YOU GUYS TO THE, UM, CULTURE AS WELL, COMING UP.

SO WE HAVE TO PRIORITIZE THAT, BUT DEFINITELY WE WILL WANT TO HAVE THIS SOMETIME AFTERWARDS.

SO RIGHT BEFORE THE FALL SEASON, AND WE WOULD NEED AT LEAST TWO TO THREE MONTHS IN TERMS OF COORDINATION, BUT JUST IT'S ADVERTISEMENT BECAUSE THIS TOPIC IS SO IMPORTANT BECAUSE WE ALL ARE AWARE AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT WE GET THE FULL PARTICIPATION OF CITY COUNCIL AND THE CONSTITUENTS OR PEOPLE HEIGHTS IN REGARDS TO THE OTHER TOPIC, PERTAINING TO RACISM AS A PUBLIC HEALTH ISSUE, THE COMMITTEE WENT TO HAVE THIS FORUM IN THE FALL AND ENGAGED MR. COLTON YEARLY TO BECOME INVOLVED IN THAT.

AND ALSO I KNOW OF SOME MEMBERS OF THE END, THE LACY, HE, THAT MAY BE INTERESTED.

SO, AS I MENTIONED TO THE COMMITTEE, DURING OUR MEETING, I WILL ENGAGE WITH THEM TO SEE THEIR ABILITY IN THAT WE ALSO DISCUSSED THE WEB PAGE, WHICH ALL FOUR COMMITTEES I WOULD LIKE FOR US TO MAKE SOME TIME WITHIN THE NEXT TWO WEEKS TO DO A CONTINUING WORKING SESSION.

SO WE CAN START PROPOSING OR IDEAS TO BRING FORTH TO THE COMMISSION AND THEREFORE CITY COUNCIL FOR THEIR APPROVAL.

AND WE ALSO DISCUSSED OUR STANDING MEETING DATE, WHICH AGAIN IS GOING TO BE THE FOURTH, TUESDAY OF EVERY MONTH FROM SIX 30, UNTIL SEVEN 30

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IS STILL THIS HYBRID FORMAT WHILE WE'RE STILL INDEPENDENT.

AND THAT CONCLUDES THE REPORT COMING FROM EDUCATION COMMITTEE.

GOTCHA.

QUESTIONS.

THANK YOU, MISS DEBBIE.

SO JUST TO CLARIFY, BECAME ORIGINAL.

UM, YOU ANTICIPATED DOING THE FOUR QUARTERLY SESSIONS AND YOU, IT WAS REDUCED TO TWO BECAUSE OF THE UNCERTAINTY, THE BUDGET, CORRECT.

SO YOU WERE UNABLE TO MOVE FORWARD, CORRECT.

UM, AND SO WE HAVE PUSHED THE RECOMMENDATION TO COUNCIL FOR BUDGET FOR THAT.

UM, I LIKED THE IDEA AND ACTUALLY, I THINK IT WAS, UM, COUNCILMAN SHAW THAT MENTIONED DOING A TOWN HALL AND THE COUNCIL MEETINGS, CITY COUNCIL MEETING, WHICH I THOUGHT, WOW, THAT'S AN AWESOME IDEA BECAUSE IT REALLY OPENS UP THE DIALOGUE BETWEEN THE CITY AND THE RESIDENTS, AND REALLY STARTS TO, UM, TO TALK ABOUT SOME OF THESE ISSUES AND THE CHALLENGES AND ADDRESS THOSE ISSUES AND CHALLENGES.

AND I THINK THAT THAT'S THE IMPERATIVE THING WHEN WE'RE LOOKING AT ISSUES, ESPECIALLY THE ISSUE OF RACE.

I KNOW IT'S NOT, UM, IT'S NOT SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE WANT TO TALK ABOUT AND IT'S BECAUSE IT'S NOT COMFORTABLE AND THAT'S OKAY.

IT'S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE COMFORTABLE, BUT IT HELPS US GROW, RIGHT.

YOU CAN'T GET MUSCLE WITHOUT TEARING THE MUSCLE DOWN AND YOU CAN'T GET STRONG WITHOUT TEARING DOWN THAT MUSCLE AND GOING THROUGH SOME PAIN OR SO THERE'LL BE SOME GROWING PAINS.

THERE'LL BE SOME, THERE'LL BE CHALLENGES, BUT WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO DO THAT SO THAT WE CAN GROW AND WE CAN BECOME STRONGER AS A COMMUNITY.

SO I DEFINITELY LOVE THE IDEA OF GETTING ON CITY COUNCIL INVOLVED WITH THIS.

AND THEN IT WAS MENTIONED THAT AS I SAID TO THEM, BY MR. SHAW AS A, UM, AN OPPORTUNITY.

SO I STILL WOULD LIKE TO MOVE THAT BOARD TO SIT IN COUNCIL TO MAKE SURE THAT, YOU KNOW, THAT THERE, THE COUNCIL IS ON BOARD WITH DOING THIS TOWN HALL AND HAVING THIS DISCUSSION.

AND I'M VERY HOPEFUL THAT WE ARE OPEN TO OUR RESIDENTS AND HAVING THESE DISCUSSIONS.

SO I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THAT AS A RECOMMENDATION OR EDUCATION TO MOVE FORWARD, TO TAKE TO CITY COUNCIL, UM, TO, TO MAKE THE RECOMMENDATION THAT WE HAVE THAT CITY COUNCIL POST THIS TOWN HALL, AND WE'RE INVOLVED IN THIS PROCESS AND THEN FACILITATE AND THINGS OF THAT NATURE.

AND MAYBE, YOU KNOW, WE CAN, UM, HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS.

YOU'VE ALREADY HAD IDENTIFY SOME OF THE AREAS THAT YOU'D LIKE TO, THAT WE SHOULD TALK ABOUT.

IF WE HAVE SPECIFIC QUESTIONS, MAYBE WE CAN TAKE QUESTIONS FROM OUR RESIDENTS.

THE, UH, I DON'T KNOW SOME OF THE FACEBOOK PAGES OR, YOU KNOW, OUR, OUR CITY PAGES, UM, AND THEN REALLY GET OUR COMMUNITY INVOLVED IN THESE DISCUSSIONS, MADAM CHAIR, WHERE THEY GOT THE BUDGET, THAT IS DEFINITELY TO BE VOTED ON THAT MOMENT THAT WAS MADE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING.

SO WE WILL KNOW THEN ABOUT THE BUDGET WE MEET NEXT WEEK, NEXT WEEK, MONDAY THIS MONDAY.

OKAY.

JUST WANTED TO BE SURE THAT WE, WE KNOW WHERE TO MOVE FORWARD.

ALL RIGHT.

IF THERE ARE NO FURTHER QUESTIONS, WE ONE RECOMMENDATION ON THE TABLE AND THAT IS TO A RECOMMENDATION TO TAKE TO CITY COUNCIL, TO HOST THE TOWN HALL COMMUNITY TOWN HALL, TO DISCUSS THE ISSUE OF RACE BIAS DISCRIMINATION, AND HAVE A OPEN CONVERSATION WITH OUR COMMUNITY.

DO WE HAVE A MOTION TO MOVE THAT FORWARD? SECOND, IT'S BEEN PROPERLY MOVED AND SECOND, ALL THOSE IN FAVOR OPPOSITION ADVOCACY.

SO THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE MET LAST, UM, IN DECEMBER, I BELIEVE IT WAS.

AND WE HAD NOT MET SINCE WE DO HAVE A TENTATIVE SCHEDULE THAT IS SUPPOSED TO BE IN, IT'S SUPPOSED TO BE IN MARCH.

UM, YOU HAVE TO PUT A DATE OUT THERE WHERE WE'RE TRYING TO FIND THE LINES.

WE KNOW THE COMMUNITY ROOM IS AVAILABLE, BUT WE'RE GOING TO HAVE TO GET OUR TIME TOGETHER.

SO WE KNOW WE'RE GOING TO HAVE A MEETING THIS MONTH.

UM, SO WHAT ARE THE LIKE TO DO FIRST BEFORE I GIVE HIM MY REPORT? IS IT NORMALLY THEY'RE ALL OVER YOUNG PEOPLE.

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THEY WERE THERE BECAUSE WE DID NOT DO THERE.

UM, AND I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT THAT WE DO THAT.

AND I'M SO PROUD OF HIM FOR BEING HERE.

THEY ARE ADVOCATES FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE.

UM, , THEY'RE ALL WEARING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

UM, AND THEN OBVIOUSLY WE'VE GOT TO RIGHT STAN SMITH RIGHT THERE.

SO, UM, I ALWAYS WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOUNG PEOPLE.

UM, SO BEFORE I KIND OF GO THROUGH OUR ADVOCACY, WHAT I'LL DO IS KIND OF WRAP UP WHAT WE TALKED ABOUT AT OUR LAST MEETING.

AND THEN I WANT TO JUST KIND OF GO INTO WHY ADVOCACY IS NECESSARY, THRIVE IF YOU ALL DON'T MIND.

CAUSE IT'S DRIVING ME CRAZY.

UM, SO BEFORE I GET STARTED, I KIND OF JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ADVOCACY AND ACTIVISM.

UM, BECAUSE A LOT OF THE TIMES I THINK WE MIXED UP THE TWO.

AND SO I WANT TO OUR COMMISSION, OUR JOB IS TO ADVOCATE, BUT AT SOMETIMES IT MAY NECESSARILY BE HONEST.

SO ALSO ACTIVATE, UM, AND ADVOCACY IS REALLY THOUGHT OF AS SOMETHING THAT HAPPENS INSIDE THE SYSTEM OR ACTIVISM HAPPENS OUTSIDE OF THE SYSTEM.

SO ONE OF THE WAYS THAT WE ADVOCATED FOR ONE OF OUR MINORITY BUSINESSES WAS BY HAVING A UNITY RALLY.

UM, WE HAD A UNITY ROUNDING FOR THE TURKISH STORE BECAUSE I HAD SEVERAL ACTS OF VANDALISM AND WE WANTED TO LET THEM KNOW THAT WE SUPPORTED THEM, THAT WE WERE STANDING IN SOLIDARITY WITH THEM, THAT THEY WERE WELCOME MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.

SO THAT'S ONE OF THE WAYS ON OUR COMMISSION THROUGH THE ADVOCACY COMMITTEE THAT WE REACH OUT AND HELP LOCAL MINORITY BUSINESSES.

UM, SO I WANTED TO MAKE THAT POINT, NO, UM, IT'S IMPORTANT IT'S NEEDED.

UM, AND I THINK A LOT OF THE TIMES, UNLESS YOU HAVE WALKED IN THOSE SHOES AND YOU REALLY UNDERSTAND THE PLIGHT OF A MINORITY BUSINESS OWNER, YOU DON'T REALLY HAVE A TRUE UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT MINORITY BUSINESS OWNERS GO THROUGH ON A DAY TO DAY BUSINESS, JUST TO KEEP DOORS OPEN, TO GET THE FUNDING THAT'S NECESSARY TO DO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT YOU WANTED TO DO IN THE COMMUNITY.

AND WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE SUPPORT THOSE BUSINESSES.

UM, SO I WANTED TO JUST MAKE THAT CLARIFICATION.

UM, SO ADVOCACY IS NECESSARY.

SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE MAY DO TO ADVOCATE OR LETTER WRITING, MEETING WITH POLITICIANS, UH, WE MAY RUN PUBLIC FORUMS. UH, WE MAY HAVE QUESTIONS FOR CITY GOVERNMENTS, UM, AND THERE'S A LOT OF STATE THAT SOMETIMES THOSE QUESTIONS MAY BE TOUGH AND IT MAY SEEM LIKE WE'RE CHALLENGING, BUT THOSE QUESTIONS ARE NECESSARY TO GAIN CLARITY.

UM, SO I WANNA, YOU JUST PUT THAT OUT THERE.

WE MAY ALSO PARTICIPATE IN CONSULTATION PROCESSES LIKE WE'RE DOING WITH THE COMMUNITY NEEDS ASSESSMENT.

ALL OF THOSE THINGS ARE PART OF ADVOCATING FOR THE COMMUNITY AND MAKING SURE THAT THERE'S NOT JUST EQUALITY BECAUSE EQUALITY IS NOT ENOUGH.

WE NEED EQUITY.

AND THERE'S A DIFFERENCE WHEN YOU THINK ABOUT QUALITY, YOU GIVE EVERYBODY THE SAME TOOLS, THE SAME RESOURCES AND THE SAME OPPORTUNITIES YOU GIVE EVERYBODY TO SEE AT THE TABLE, BUT THAT'S NOT NECESSARILY THE SAME DOES EQUITY.

IN FACT, THERE'S NOT.

I WANT YOU ALL TO THINK ABOUT THIS.

IMAGINE BEING AT A BASEBALL GAME AND YOU HAD THREE PEOPLE AT THE GAME, YOU HAVE A MAN THAT'S SEVEN FOOT TALL AND THERE'S A FIVE FOOT FIVE FENCE OR A FIVE FOOT FENCE.

YOU HAVE A LADY WHO'S FIVE FOOT TALL AND YOU HAVE A DISABLED WOMAN.

IF YOU GIVE EVERYBODY A BOX, IS THAT THE, IS THAT A QUALITY? YES, BECAUSE YOU GAVE EVERYBODY A BOX, BUT IT'S THE DISABLED CITIZEN GOING TO BE ABLE TO SEE THE GAME? NO, BECAUSE SHE CAN'T GET ON THE BOX IS THE WOMAN THAT'S FIVE FOOT, FIVE OR FIVE FOOT.

IS SHE GONNA HAVE THE SAME ACCESSIBILITY TO THE GAME AS THE VAN THAT SEVEN FOOT TALL? ABSOLUTELY NOT.

BUT IF YOU TAKE AWAY THE BOX FROM THE BAND, CAUSE HE DON'T NEED THE BOX AND GIVE THAT BOX TO THE WOMAN, SHE'LL HAVE THE SAME ACCESSIBILITY TO THE GAME AS HE WILL.

AND THEN THE DISABLED WOMAN, SHE DOESN'T NEED A BOX.

SHE NEEDS A RAMP.

SO WHEN WE LOOK AT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN EQUALITY AND EQUITY, THERE'S A VERY DIFFERENCE.

WE'VE BEEN FIGHTING TOO LONG FOR EQUALITY IN OUR SYSTEM.

AND WHAT WE NEED IS ACTUALLY, WE NEED TO GIVE EVERYBODY

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FAIR OPPORTUNITY ASSESSMENT.

THEY'LL LEAD TO THE SAME THING, WHETHER IT'S HIRING, POLICING, WHATEVER THE CASE IS, HEALTHCARE, AND IT'S NOT THE SAME THING.

AND WE REALLY NEED OUR CITY TO UNDERSTAND THAT EQUALITY AND EQUITY ARE NOT THE SAME DAY.

THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO ADVOCATE.

THAT'S WHY, WHEN THINGS HAPPEN LIKE VANDALISM, THAT'S WHY WE NEED TO GO AND SUPPORT OUR MINORITY BUSINESSES.

AND ARE WE GOING TO DO THE SAME THING ACROSS THE BOARD? ABSOLUTELY.

BUT HOW HARD IS IT FOR A MINORITY OWNED BUSINESS TO GET RESOURCES TOGETHER, TO REBUILD THEIR BUSINESS, TO PUT ON A NEW ROOF, TO TAKE CARE OF REMOVING VANDALISM OFF THE SIDE OF THEIR BUILDING? HOW HARD IS IT FOR THEM WHEN THEY ALREADY STARTED OUT WITHOUT THE EQUITY? THAT'S WHY WE NEED ADVOCACY.

UM, SO SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE DID THROUGH ACT, LET'S SEE AT OUR LAST MEETING, WE TALKED ABOUT STATEMENTS OF SOLIDARITY OR STATEMENTS OF SUPPORT.

UM, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE OUR COUNSELORS DO IS WHEN THINGS HAPPEN AND UNDER CITIES, WE WOULD LIKE FOR YOU ALL TO SHOW SUPPORT TO OTHER CITIES, THERE WAS CASEY GOODS.

AND I THINK IN COLUMBUS, HOW ARE WE SHOWING OTHER CITIES THAT WE SUPPORT THEM WHEN THEY HAVE SITUATIONS LIKE THIS, THAT COULD BE HUBER HEIGHTS VERY WELL COULD BE HUBER HEIGHTS AND WE NEED TO EXTEND SUPPORT TO OTHER CITIES.

UM, IT'S NOT ENOUGH FOR US TO JUST TALK ABOUT CULTURE AND TO TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY.

WE WILL NEVER GET TO TRUE CULTURE UNTIL WE FIRST ADDRESS STRUCTURAL RACISM.

WE NEED RACIAL EQUITY.

WE NEED DIVERSITY AND WE NEED INCLUSION.

IT'S NOT ONE OR THE OTHER.

IT'S BOTH AND ALL, WE NEED IT ALL.

AND IT'S UNTIL WE CAN ADDRESS STRUCTURAL RACISM, WE CAN'T GET TO ANY OF THAT.

AND THAT IS REAL.

IT'S REAL FOR ALL OF US SITTING UP HERE, IT'S REAL FOR THOSE STUDENTS IN THE BACK, WE HAVE GOT TO ADDRESS STRUCTURAL RACISM, CITY OFFICIALS.

YOU ARE OUR BIGGEST ALLIES BECAUSE YOU HAVE A VOICE.

YOU ARE ELECTED AND PEOPLE LISTEN TO YOU.

YOU ARE OUR GREATEST ALLIES.

WHEN YOU SAY THAT SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE.

WHEN THEY HEAR IT FROM YOUR VOICE, IT'S GOING TO CHANGE.

SO WE NEED YOU TO BE ADVOCATES FOR CHANGE.

WE NEED YOU TO BE ADVOCATES FOR RACIAL EQUITY.

WE NEED YOU TO BE ADVOCATES FOR DIVERSITY.

WE NEED YOU TO BE ADVOCATES FOR INCLUSION ALTOGETHER.

WE CAN NOT TAKE ONE.

HE SAID THE PIE OUT OF THE EQUATION.

IT ALL MATTERS.

UM, THE OTHER THING, THESE MINORITY ON BUSINESSES STRUGGLE.

HOW MANY OF US UP HERE ARE MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES? RAISE YOUR HAND IF YOU'RE A MINORITY ON BUSINESS OWNER ON THIS.

OKAY.

THAT'S THREE OUT OF NINE.

OKAY.

YES.

HAVE YOU GUYS APPLIED FOR PVP HELP WORKING ON IT, GET WITH YOUR BANKERS, MAKE SURE YOU CAN EVEN APPLY FOR THE LAST YEARS.

THAT WILL BE FORGIVEN AND YOU CAN APPLY FOR THIS YEAR'S RUN.

SO YOU HAVE TWO CHANCES.

MAKE SURE YOU SPREAD THE WORD WHERE, WHERE CAN WE TALK ABOUT, OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

I DIDN'T MEAN IT.

I'M VERY PASSIONATE ABOUT THAT.

YEAH, WE APPRECIATE IT.

AND IT'S IMPORTANT TO, BECAUSE IT IS BEFORE WE DIDN'T QUALIFY FOR PPP BECAUSE, UM, I AM MY BUSINESS AND I'M SURE GLEN AND ANDY, YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT IT'S LIKE, ANDY'S IN HER BUSINESS.

MOST OF THE TIME.

IT'S TOUGH WHEN IT'S JUST YOU.

SO WHEN THEY GIVE A PAY A PAYCHECK PROTECTION PROGRAM TO A 500 MAN GROUP, IT'S VERY DIFFERENT THAN GIVING IT TO THE LITTLE, THE LITTLE WOMAN OR A LITTLE MAN ON THE TOTEM POLE.

YES.

AND HAVE UNTIL THE END OF THE MONTH, YOU'RE LESS THAN 20 EMPLOYEES.

SO I URGE THOSE NEW RULES, BUT THEN NICHE, PLEASE GET WITH ME.

ACTUALLY THEY TOLD US MARCH SEX FOR WHAT VITAMIN ROLLED OUT, BUT WE'LL WE'LL BEAR.

OKAY.

I'M SORRY.

I SAY EVEN THAT, EVEN WHAT YOU SAID, THE MISCOMMUNICATION OF INFORMATION, BECAUSE BIDEN IS TARGETING MINORITY OWNED BUSINESSES.

BUT IF WE DON'T KNOW TO APPLY, THEN WE CAME IN.

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SO I JUST WANTED TO THROW THAT OUT THERE.

ADVOCACY.

WE MAY NOT NEED AS MUCH AS REFORM.

WE MAY NOT NEED AS MUCH AS EDUCATION, BUT TRUST AND BELIEVE BEHIND THE SCENES.

WE ARE LOOKING AT WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE STATE.

WE'RE LOOKING AT WHAT IS GOING ON IN SURROUNDING CITIES.

AND WE WANT TO BE SURE THAT WE ARE ON TOP OF WHAT'S GOING ON IN THE WORLD AND HOW WE CAN MAKE A CHANGE IN OUR CITY.

THERE'S A LOT GOING ON IN OUR CITY THAT YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT.

UNLESS YOU'RE THE ONE TRYING TO GET HEALTHCARE AND DOCTORS AND DENTISTS TELL YOU, THEY WILL NOT ACCEPT YOU COVERAGE.

YEAH.

SO YOU HAVE TO GO OUT OF THE COMMUNITY TO GET CARE.

WHAT IF YOU DON'T HAVE A CAR? SO THOSE ARE SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WE REALLY HAVE TO BEGIN TO LOOK AT, NOT FROM OUR LENS, BUT THROUGH THE LENS OF SOMEONE WHO IS NOT LIKE YOU.

WHAT IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE A CAR? HOW COULD YOU GET TO THE DOCTOR? WHAT WOULD THAT LOOK LIKE? IF YOU DIDN'T HAVE INSURANCE, HOW WOULD YOU GET THAT? SO WE HAVE TO REALLY PUT ON SOMEONE ELSE'S LEGS AND THINK ABOUT IT FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, THEN TRULY YOU CAN ADVOCATE FOR SOMEONE ELSE VERY WELL.

UM, ABSOLUTELY.

AND I THINK, UM, WHETHER THE KEY THINGS THAT HE SAID IS THAT, WELL, WE NEED EVERYBODY TO ADVOCATE.

WE EVERYONE, AND WE NEED ALLIES.

ALSO, WE NEED RECOGNITION THAT THERE IS A TRUE ISSUE, THAT THIS IS REAL, UM, ESPECIALLY FROM OUR CITY COUNCIL, BECAUSE IF THIS IS AN ISSUE FOR ONE COMMUNITY MEMBER, THEN IT BECOMES AN ISSUE FOR A CITY COUNCIL BECAUSE IT HAS TO WORK IN THIS COMMUNITY.

AND WE HAVE ROUGHLY, I KNOW, I THINK IT'S ABOUT 30% AFRICAN AMERICAN.

DIDN'T MAKE IT OUT 8% OTHER, I DON'T KNOW.

BUT WE, WE TALK A LOT ABOUT, WE DO HAVE A VERY DIVERSE, SOME ARE, WERE D I BELIEVE THE MOST DIVERSE SUBURB IN THIS AREA.

BUT AGAIN, THE DIVERSITY DOES NOT MEAN THAT THERE'S INCLUSION.

SO WE HAVE DIVERSITY JUST BY OSMOSIS.

WE LOOK AROUND THIS ROAD AND WE ALL LOOK DIFFERENT.

WE COME FROM DIFFERENT BACKGROUNDS.

SOME ARE BUSINESS OWNERS, STUFF, WORK FOR COMPANIES.

THAT'S JUST, THAT'S DIVERSITY.

IT JUST HAPPENS.

RIGHT? BUT THE INCLUSION IS INTENTIONAL.

YOU HAVE TO BE INTENTIONAL WITH INCLUSION.

YOU CAN INVITE ME TO THE PARTY OR TO THE TABLE ALL THE TIME, ANYTIME.

BUT IF YOU DON'T INVITE ME TO DANCE, OR IF YOU DON'T INVITE ME TO EAT WITH YOU, EVEN THOUGH I'M AT THE TABLE, THEN I'M NOT INCLUDED.

SO DIVERSITY WITHOUT INCLUSION IS NOTHING.

AND WE HAVE TO BE WILLING TO LISTEN TO, TO OUR RESIDENTS, TO LISTEN TO THE CONCERNS.

AND I ASK HIM FOR OF OUR LEADERSHIP TO DO THAT.

WE ALL HAVE USED OUR VOICES ON THIS COMMISSION, AND THAT'S WHY WE'RE HERE TO MAKE RECOMMENDATIONS.

UM, WE DON'T TAKE ANY OF THESE RECOMMENDATIONS LIGHTLY, BUT REMEMBER THAT WE WERE RESIDENTS FIRST AND THESE ISSUES THAT WE BRING FORWARD ARE IMPORTANT ISSUES FOR OUR COMMUNITY.

WE ARE THE COMMUNITY.

SO I ASKED THAT THINGS THEY REALLY THOUGHT ABOUT, UM, AGAIN FROM A DIFFERENT LENS THAN YOUR OWN.

AND I KNOW THAT THAT'S, IT'S A CHALLENGE.

IF YOU'RE USED TO LOOKING AT THINGS FROM A CERTAIN PERSPECTIVE, IT'S HARD TO LOOK AT IT FROM ANY OTHER PERSPECTIVE, BUT WHAT WILL MAKE THAT EASIER IS HAVING THE CONVERSATIONS, TALKIE, EXPLORING, UNDERSTANDING SOMEONE ELSE'S WORLD AND NOT JUST OUR OWN.

AND I THINK THAT THE, THE TOWN HALL WILL BE A GOOD STEP TO DOING THAT, TO OPENING UP SOME OF THE CONVERSATIONS.

UM, I THINK THAT DIVERSITY TRAINING WITHIN OUR CITY RECOGNITION FROM OUR CITY, THAT RACISM IS REAL.

THAT'S ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION, DENOUNCING VERSUS A MASSIVE PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS.

ANOTHER STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION,

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BECAUSE TO THIS POINT, UM, YOU KNOW, AS AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN FEMALE IN HUBER HEIGHTS, I'M NOT SEEING MY CITY ADDRESS ANY OF THIS ISSUE OF RACISM.

THAT'S KILLING PEOPLE AROUND THE UNITED STATES.

I'VE HEARD NOTHING FROM MY CITY.

AND WHEN YOU SIT SILENT, IT'S REALLY SAYING THAT YOU CONDONE IT, YOU SEND A MESSAGE THROUGH YOUR SILENCE.

AND I DON'T THINK THAT'S THE MESSAGE THAT WE WANT TO SAY.

WE DON'T WANT TO SEND A MESSAGE TO OUR RESUMES, THAT IT DOESN'T MATTER.

WE HAVE TO KNOW, WE HAVE TO LET OUR COMMUNITY KNOW THAT THIS DOES MATTER, AND IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

HERE.

WE ARE CONSTANTLY, WE'LL HEAR ONE ANOTHER.

WE WILL CELEBRATE WITH ONE ANOTHER.

THAT'S IMPORTANT.

AND THAT'S WHY THIS COMMISSION CAME ABOUT ACTUALLY, BECAUSE WE DIDN'T WANT RACISM TO DESTROY OUR COMMUNITY AS IT HAS DONE IN SO MANY COMMUNITIES AROUND US.

THAT'S WHY THE COMMISSION AS WELL.

SO THANK YOU FOR YOUR WORK, RON.

I MEAN, RON, THE ANNUAL AUDIT I ADD TO YOUR STATEMENTS.

I KNOW THAT A LOT OF ISSUES HAVE BEEN COMING UP ABOUT ADVOCACY AND THE THINGS THAT WE'RE DOING.

THAT'S NOT INCLUDING OTHER, OTHER UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, BUT IT'S WHAT THE WORK THAT THIS IS DOING.

DOES IT BENEFIT JUST ONE COMMUNITY BENEFITS, ALL UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, FOR INSTANCE, UM, I DON'T KNOW IF YOU KNOW THAT VIOLENCE AGAINST THE ASIAN AMERICAN PACIFIC ISLANDER COMMUNITY HAS INCREASED BY 150%.

WE HAVE A NEIGHBORING CITY WHOSE BUSINESS AND AI BUSINESSES SHUTTING DOWN BECAUSE OF VANDALISM AND HATE.

SO, I MEAN, THIS IS A BUSINESS WHO'S 10 MINUTES AWAY FROM HERE.

THIS HAPPENED HERE WITH OUR TURKISH BUSINESS.

SO THIS IS STUFF THAT'S HITTING HOME WITH ALL OF THIS.

SO THIS WORK IS SO INCLUSIVE OR ALL GROUPS, BECAUSE WHEN YOU SPEAK OUT FOR ONE GROUP OR SPEAKING OUT FOR ALL UNDERREPRESENTED GROUPS, I I'M, I'M, I'M GOING TO GET EMOTIONAL, BUT I IT'S JUST, I GET TIRED.

SO TIRED OF HEARING THAT.

WHAT, WHAT ABOUT THIS GROUP? WHAT ABOUT THIS GROUP? WHAT ABOUT THIS GROUP IS WORKING ALL GROUPS.

WE ARE DOING WONDERFUL WORK, AWESOME WORK.

YOU HEAR OUR REPORTS.

THEY AVERAGE COMMITTEE IS INCLUSIVE AND CELEBRATING CULTURES.

THIS IS A NINE MEMBER COMMISSION OF WONDERFUL GROUPS OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SO EDUCATED.

AND SO KNOWLEDGE OF THIS TOPIC THAT WE ARE DOING THAT WORK.

SO THERE ARE ALL CULTURAL BEINGS CELEBRATED ALONG WITH THAT.

WE ARE DOING THE MOST IMPORTANT WORK.

IT'S SETTING UP THINGS THAT WE CAN MAKE THIS COMMUNITY.

SO A HUNDRED TIMES BETTER THAN WE ARE.

WE ARE A GOOD COMMUNITY.

NOBODY'S SAYING WE'RE A BAD COMMUNITY AT ALL, BUT THIS IS OUR HOME AS WELL.

AND WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE WHO LOOK LIKE US, ALSO OUR HOME HERE AND THERE ARE TIMES IN THIS WORLD NOW WHERE IT'S HARD FOR THAT.

AND IT'S SO DIFFICULT TO JUST GO OUT OF YOUR HOUSE WITHOUT FEELING THAT, I MEAN, AS PARENTS, I CAN'T SEND MY SON OUTSIDE WITHOUT FEELING THAT HE MAY NOT COME BACK THE LINE JUST BECAUSE HE LOOKS THE WAY HIS LOOK BECAUSE SKIN COLOR, IT'S JUST THAT FEAR AS A MOM THAT I JUST HAVE.

AND I HAVE NOWHERE NEAR THE FEAR AS MY FELLOW, OTHER MOMS WHO ARE, WHO ARE OUR BLACK MOTHERS WITH THEIR BLACK SONS, BECAUSE THEY FACE A LOT MORE THAN WHAT MY SON IS.

SO, BUT THAT DOESN'T MEAN THAT THEIR EXPERIENCE OR MIND SQUARES.

IT DOESN'T VALIDATE BECAUSE WE DON'T, YOU'RE NOT SEEING US WORK.

DOESN'T SEEM IT'S LIKE WHEN I'M TRYING TO SAY THIS IS ONLY, WE ARE NOT EXCLUDING ANY GROUPS.

WE'RE NOT EXCLUDING ANYBODY BECAUSE TO DO TRUE DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION WORK, WE HAVE TO BE INCLUDED CLOSER.

AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE DOING.

AND I JUST WANTED TO SAY, YOU WERE SAYING, THIS IS THE THING WE HAVEN'T WORKED.

IT SAYS DIVERSITY, MINUS INCLUSION EQUALS X SCHOOL.

WE HAVE TO INCLUDE ALL GROUPS.

AND WE ARE VIEWING THAT.

YOU MAY NOT SEE THAT RIGHT NOW.

LIKE HE MAY SEE THE MLK BLACK HISTORY MONTH ONLY BECAUSE THOSE EVENTS ARE HAPPENING.

NOW, THINGS ARE COMPETING IN THE FUTURE.

WE ARE ADDRESSING THAT.

SO THAT WORK IS BEING DONE AND NOBODY'S EXCLUDING ANY GROUPS.

NOBODY THAT'S INTENTIONALLY ANY OF THAT.

SO I JUST WANTED TO SAY, WE'RE ON THIS CONVERSATION THAT ALL THIS WORK WE'RE DOING DOES NOT BENEFIT JUST ONE PARTICULAR COMMUNITY.

IT BENEFITS THE ENTIRE COMMITTEE.

AND I WILL ADD ONE OTHER THING.

CAUSE I THINK THIS IS

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IMPORTANT.

AND I PROMISE THIS WILL BE THE LAST THING I SAY, RIGHT? SO IF YOU'RE ALREADY DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, BECAUSE YOU'RE A MINORITY, YOU'RE AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN URINATION, YOU'RE A NATIVE AMERICAN.

WHAT DO YOU THINK HAPPENS IF YOU'RE DISABLED? IF YOU'RE PART OF THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY, IF YOU'RE A PART OF, IF YOU'RE IN A LOW INCOME GROUP.

SO WHEN WE BEGIN TO SAY, DON'T FOCUS ON JUST THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY, WE HAVE TO FOCUS ON THE FIRST LAYER OF RACISM.

THAT'S FIRST, IF YOU'RE THEN A PART OF ANOTHER MARGINALIZED GROUP, YOU'RE GETTING DOUBLE YOUR YOU'RE GETTING A DOUBLE DIGIT.

SO WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE FIRST LATER, BECAUSE IF WE DON'T ADDRESS THE FIRST LAYER, NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER.

THAT'S THE THING I WANT YOU ALL TO TAKE AWAY FROM THIS CONVERSATION UNTIL WE ADDRESS THE TOP LAYER.

THAT'S THE STRUCTURE PART IS THE SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES THAT KEEP PEOPLE OF COLOR AND PEOPLE HATE TO HEAR THAT.

BUT IT'S REAL.

NOBODY IN HERE IS COLOR BLIND.

I SEE YOU.

DO YOU WANT TO SEE ME? DOES EVERYBODY SEE ME FOR WHO I AM? BECAUSE I SEE EVERYBODY.

AND UNTIL WE BEGIN TO SEE PEOPLE FOR WHO THEY ARE, NOTHING WILL EVER CHANGE.

WE HAVE TO ADDRESS THE SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES FIRST, BECAUSE IF WE DON'T DO THAT, YOU WILL NEVER SEE DIVERSITY.

YOU WON'T SEE DIVERSE CANDIDATES BEING HIRED.

YOU WON'T SEEK DIVERSE CANDIDATES APPLYING FOR THE POLICE AND FIRE POSITIONS.

YOU'LL NEVER SEE IN THE SYSTEM, YOU WON'T SEE MINORITY TEACHERS IN THE SCHOOL SYSTEM.

SO THIS THING IS, IT'S JUST A TRICKLE DOWN EFFECT.

IT STARTS AT THE TOP.

AND THE LEADERS ACROSS OUR CITY HAVE GOT TO EMBRACE EVERYTHING THEY DO THROUGH A RACIAL EQUITY LENS.

EVERY DECISION THAT YOU MAKE HAS TO BE MADE THROUGH A RACIAL EQUITY LENS AND ASK YOURSELF WHEN YOU'RE MAKING A DECISION IS WHAT I'M DOING RIGHT NOW, RACIALLY EQUITABLE.

AND IF IT'S NOT, DON'T DO IT.

IT'S THAT SIMPLE BECAUSE WE CAN CHOOSE TO BE RACIALLY EQUITABLE.

EVERY DECISION WE MAKE, WE HAVE A CHOICE, WHETHER WE'RE GOING TO GO ALONG WITH THE STATUS QUO OR WE'RE GOING TO BE THE ONE TO MAKE A CHANGE, WE HAVE A CHOICE.

DON'T EVER THINK THAT WE DO NOT HAVE A CHOICE.

YOU CAN CHOOSE TO BE FOR SOMETHING OR CHOOSE TO BE AGAINST IT.

AND WHAT I NEED IS I NEED CITY LEADERSHIP.

EVEN IF IT MEANS YOU LOSE YOUR SEAT, THAT YOU STAND FOR SOMETHING AND DON'T FALL FOR EVERYTHING.

AND I MEAN THAT FROM MY HEART, I TALKED TO EACH ONE OF YOU, EACH ONE OF YOU SITTING HERE AT SOME LEVEL, MR. SHAW, I NEED YOU TO STAY ON FOR SOMETHING, OKAY? I NEED YOU TO STAND FOR SOMETHING, GLENN.

I NEED YOU TO STAND FOR SOMETHING AND ED, I NEED YOU TO STAND FOR SOMETHING.

I DON'T CARE WHETHER YOU'RE REPUBLICAN.

I DON'T CARE WHETHER YOU'RE A DEMOCRAT.

I NEED YOU TO STAND FOR SOMETHING AND BE WILLING TO STAND UP AND SPEAK OUT.

WHEN YOU KNOW THAT SOMETHING IS NOT RIGHT.

EVEN IF THAT MEANS THAT YOU DON'T KEEP A SEAT, YOUR INTEGRITY IS INTACT.

YOUR CHARACTER WILL NEVER BE QUESTIONED AND YOU WILL BE RESPECTED BY EVERY MEMBER OF THIS COMMUNITY.

WHEN YOU STAND FOR SOMETHING, KATIE, THE SAME APPLIES TO YOU.

I NEED YOU TO STAY UP FOR SOMETHING, BRIAN, I NEED YOU TO STAY UP FOR SOMETHING BECAUSE THAT IS HOW OUR CITY WILL EMBRACE OUR MISSION.

COME ROLL WITH US.

THE ONLY WAY THAT WE CAN GROW IS IF WE ARE WILLING TO STAND FOR SOMETHING, SPEAK OUT AGAINST SOMETHING.

WHEN WE KNOW SOMETHING IS WRONG, EVEN IF IT MEANS THAT WE'RE NOT GOING TO GAIN THE POCKETS, THAT'S WHAT WE NEED.

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THAT IS THAT CLOSES OUR COMMITTEE REPORTS MOVE ON TO OLD BUSINESS.

WE HAVE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION OF THINGS IS THE FIRST ITEM.

DO WE HAVE AN UPDATE ON THE COUNCIL RECOMMENDATIONS? IS THERE SOMEONE FROM THE CITY THAT'S US A IT WASN'T, UH, I WASN'T PLANNING ON SPEAKING TONIGHT.

UM, JUST A COUPLE OF NOTES THAT I TOOK FROM THE COUNCIL MEETING, UM, UH, REGARDING SOME OF THE RECOMMENDATIONS AND YOU HAVE TO FORGIVE ME.

I KNOW THAT THERE WERE SOME BACK AND FORTH WITH THE COUNCIL THAT TALKED ABOUT SOME THINGS AND THEN CABLE, THOSE AND THE NEXT MEETING AND, UH, AND WHATNOT.

BUT, UM, JUST QUICKLY FOR MY NOTES, UH, AS TALKED ABOUT EARLIER IN THE, UH, THE ESSAY CONTEST WAS, UH, WAS APPROVED WITH RESPECT TO FUNDING.

UH, THERE WERE A COUPLE OF PROCEDURAL ISSUES THAT WILL NEED TO BE ADDRESSED BY COUNCIL, BUT, UH, THAT WAS NOT, UH, THAT WAS NOT A PARTICULAR ISSUE OF CONCERN.

UH, THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT THE WEBSITE, UM, AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE, UH, WITH RESPECT TO THE REQUESTS THAT CAME FROM THE COMMISSION.

UH, CURRENTLY THE WEBSITE IS SET UP, UM, VISUALLY TO REPRESENT, UH, PLACES OF THE CITY SO MUCH AS THE POPULATION OF THE CITY.

SO I KNOW THAT THERE WERE A REQUEST FOR SOME MORE, UH, DIVERSITY INCLUSIONARY PHOTOS, UH, TO BE PRESENT ON THE WEBSITE.

SO THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION FROM COUNCIL, UH, TO CONSIDER THAT REQUEST IN SHIFTING FROM A PLACE FOCUSED VISUAL TO A PEOPLE FOCUSED VISUAL.

SO, UH, THAT WAS, UH, THAT WAS SOME DISCUSSION THAT WAS HAD WITH MY COUNCIL.

UH, ADDITIONALLY, UH, THERE WERE, UH, THERE WAS CONSENSUS FROM COUNCIL REGARDING, UH, THE STATEMENT, OPPOSING RACISM, UM, BEING POSTED ON THE WEBSITE, AS WELL AS, UH, STATIC INFORMATION ON WHAT TO, UH, THE COMMITTEE, UH, ITS MEMBERSHIP IN CONTACT AVAILABILITY.

I BELIEVE THOSE WERE ALL POINTS THAT WERE TALKED ABOUT BY THE COMMISSION THAT WERE FROM BY COUNCIL.

UH, THERE WAS SOME QUESTION WITH RESPECT TO, UM, THE RESOURCE INFORMATION RESOURCE GUIDE AND THE CALENDAR, UH, I BELIEVE THAT WERE DISCUSSED ABOUT THE COMMISSION AND THEN A COUNCIL, UH, SPECIFICALLY, UH, THERE WERE ISSUES WITH RESPECT TO MAINTENANCE EXPECTATIONS, UH, THE TYPES OF RESOURCES THAT THE COMMISSION WOULD BE INTERESTED IN HAVING ON THE WEBSITE, HOW OFTEN THOSE, UH, WOULD BE, UH, WOULD NEED TO BE MAINTAINED BY STAFF.

SO THERE WAS SOME DISCUSSION ABOUT THAT, BUT I DON'T RECALL ANY SPECIFIC DIRECTION, UH, FROM COUNCIL WITH REGARD TO THAT.

UH, BUT, UH, I KNOW THAT THERE WAS SOME SECONDARY DISCUSSION ABOUT HAVING A UNIFIED CALENDAR FOR ALL OF THE COMMISSIONS AND ALL THE CITY ACTIVITY.

UH, SO I'M SURE THERE'LL BE SOME INTERNAL DISCUSSIONS ABOUT THAT AT THE STAFF LEVEL, BUT THAT SEEMED TO BE THE CONSENSUS FROM COUNCIL WAS THAT, UH, A MORE ACTIVE UNIFIED, UH, RECOGNIZABLE CALENDAR WAS APPROPRIATE.

UH, IN ADDITION TO WHICH, UH, THERE WAS A REQUEST FOR COUNSEL, IT WAS DISCUSSED EARLIER, UH, FOR A SUPPLEMENTAL APPROPRIATION FOR THE AMOUNT OF A LITTLE BIT WAS A $15,000 TO BE MOVED INTO THE COMMISSION'S BUDGET.

SO BEING ONE OF THE RESOURCES TO DO WHAT IT IS THAT YOU HAD ASKED OR WHAT YOU HAD, HAD RECOMMENDED TO DO.

UH, AND THEN, UH, THERE WAS THE ISSUE OF, UH, THE RESOLUTION.

THERE WAS, UH, A CIVIL COMMENTS FROM COUNCIL WITH RESPECT TO THE COMMISSION, BEING ABLE TO PROVIDE INPUT PRIOR TO THE COUNCIL, MAKING A FINAL ADOPTION OF THAT PARTICULAR LANGUAGE.

SO THERE WAS A REQUEST FROM THE COUNCIL THAT REPRESENTATION FROM THIS BODY BE AT THE, UH, AT LEAST AT THE NEXT WORK SESSION, IF NOT AT THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING, UH, TO OFFER SOME INPUT AND GUIDANCE WITH RESPECT TO THE LANGUAGE YOU FELT WAS MOST APPROPRIATE WITH REGARD TO THE RESOLUTION, UH, AS WELL AS THE, UM, EXCUSE ME, UH, AS WELL AS WITH THE LANGUAGE DENOUNCING RACISM, THAT WOULD BE ON THE WEBSITE.

SO, UH, THOSE ARE, UH, JUST A QUICK SYNOPSIS OF THE COMMENTS THAT, UM, UH, THAT I TOOK FROM THE COUNCIL MEETING.

I THINK THERE WERE A COUPLE OF OTHER ISSUES THAT THEY WERE WILLING TO ENTERTAIN AND WANTING TO ENTERTAIN THAT THEY TABLED SOME OF THOSE TO THE NEXT WORK SESSION, JUST SIMPLY, UH, THROUGH THE STANDPOINT OF TIME MANAGEMENT AND WORKLOAD.

SO THAT'S, THAT'S THE UPDATE.

DID YOU, UM, DID YOU HAVE ANY CLARITY AROUND, I WASN'T SURE WHERE IT WAS LEFT WITH THE BLACK SIDE DENOUNCING RACISM? IT WAS, I RECALL THE CITY'S INTENT IS TO PUT A STATEMENT ON THE WEBSITE, DENOUNCING RACISM, BUT WHAT THEY HAD ASKED FOR WAS FOR COMMENTARY FROM THIS COMMISSION, IF THERE WAS ANY PARTICULAR LANGUAGE THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND OR ANY PARTICULAR LIKE, WHICH THEY WANTED TO SEE TO

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CONSIDER PRIOR TO THAT STATEMENT, BEING POSTED THE PROCLAMATIONS FOR THE TWO, THE JUNETEENTH AND THE INDIGENOUS PEOPLE DAY IN THE LAND, OPENING UP CITY EVENTS WITH A LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT, THOSE WOULD HAVE BEEN TABLE FOR THE NEXT WORK SESSION.

THOSE WERE NOT, THOSE ARE NOT DISCUSSED AT THE MEETING MA'AM AND COUNCIL DIDN'T MAKE ANY COMMENT ON THE RECORD ABOUT WHEN THEY WOULD BE TAKEN UP, NOT TO SAY THAT THEY WOULDN'T BE THERE.

NO, I MEAN, OVER ON A RECOMMENDATION THAT WAS SENT, SO THAT'S WHAT I WAS WONDERING.

OKAY.

OKAY.

SO WAS THAT LEFT WITH THE COMMISSION, THE STATEMENT ON THE HEIGHTS WEBSITE, DENOUNCING RACISM, CORRECT.

OKAY.

ONE OF THE COMMISSIONS HAVE PUT ON ANY LANGUAGE THAT YOU FELT WAS APPROPRIATE FOR THEM TO CONSIDER IT AS WELL AS ON THE RESOLUTION, BUT BOTH OF WHICH THEY HAD, EXCUSE ME, BUT AT LEAST THE RESOLUTION THEY PLAN TO TAKE OUT WHAT WOULD BE THE LAST MEETING IN MARCH BASED ON THEIR COMMENTS FROM THE WORK SESSION ON TUESDAY.

OKAY.

OKAY.

UM, I UNDERSTOOD THAT FROM THE RFQ RFQ, SORRY, THE RESOLUTION, I THINK I, IT STOOD THAT FROM THE, OF THE RESOLUTION, BUT IT WAS NOT UNDER THAT UNDERSTANDING FOR THE STATEMENT WHEN THE CITY OF HUMOR, HIVES WITH WEBSITE.

UM, AND I'LL COME BACK TO THAT IN TERMS OF THE WEB PAGE.

I DO JUST WANT TO CLARIFY THAT THEY'LL REQUEST FOR THE WEBPAGE, THE ADDED WEBSITES FOR EACH OF THE COMMITTEES WAS NOT JUST FOR ACTIVITIES, BUT FOR EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES, UH, TO ADD RESOURCES, THERE ARE VIDEOS THAT FOCUS ON DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION, UM, RACIAL EQUITY.

UM, SO JUST TO BE CLEAR THAT IT WASN'T JUST FOR, TO THIS ACTIVITIES.

SO, SO WHAT I CAN, SO WHAT I CAN TELL YOU IS THIS IS THAT THE COUNCIL'S DISCUSSION WAS FOCUSED AROUND STATIC CHANGES TO THE WEBSITE THAT WOULD MEET YOUR REQUEST.

THERE WERE NO ISSUES THAT WERE BROUGHT TO COUNCIL FORWARD TO STAFF THAT MAKING THOSE AMENDMENTS IN THE NEXT FEW WEEKS OR THE NEXT FEW MONTHS WOULD BE AN ISSUE WHAT WAS DISCUSSED.

AND THERE WASN'T A SPECIFIC DIRECTION PROVIDED TO STAFF WITH RESPECT TO THOSE PARTICULAR ITEMS THAT YOU JUST REFERENCED.

SO REGARDING THESE RESOURCES, IF THEY ARE STATIC RESOURCES, THAT IS ONE THING FOR STAFF TO BE ABLE TO CONSIDER AND TO PUT FORWARD TO THE WEBSITE, IF THESE ARE RESOURCES THAT YOU'RE LOOKING TO HAVE CYCLED AND CHANGE ON REGULAR ON A REGULAR BASIS, THAT MEANS SOMETHING DIFFERENT.

SO THERE WILL NEED TO BE SOME CLARITY ABOUT WHAT YOUR EXPECTATION IS, BUT THOSE WERE ITEMS THAT WERE DISCUSSED AND BASED ON THE COUNCIL DISCUSSION, THAT WAS THE DIRECTION THAT WAS APPLIED FOR STAFF.

I MEAN, SOMETIMES.

OKAY.

SO YOU JUST NEED CLARITY ON HOW OFTEN WE WOULD NEED TO UPDATE THAT.

CORRECT.

OKAY.

ALL RIGHT.

NOW I CAN