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I'd like to call the April 8th, 2024 regular meeting of the City of Pacific Groves Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to 00:01:20
order at 6:00 PM. 00:01:25
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 00:01:32
Childbirth. Present Vice Chair, Freiberger. 00:01:38
President, Secretary Hoops. 00:01:42
President Task force member donate. 00:01:44
Present all are present. 00:01:47
Thank you. 00:01:49
Item number two is approval of the agenda, our meeting road map that is published 72 hours before each meeting, online and in 00:01:51
print so the public knows what items the task force will be discussing. 00:01:58
New items cannot be added to the agenda, but item 2 provides the task force an opportunity to review the agenda for any changes. 00:02:05
I will note that a voice vote or a roll call vote may be taken for action items, and roll call votes are required when a task 00:02:14
force member participates remotely or when a task force meeting is held remotely. 00:02:22
Therefore, I move to approve the agenda as presented. 00:02:30
Is there, is there a motion to approve? I mean, I'm sorry, is there a second? 00:02:35
My second. 00:02:39
Thank you. Thank you. In keeping with the voice call vote all those in favor, please say aye. 00:02:41
Aye. 00:02:48
It sounds like it's unanimous 4 to 0 with one position vacant. 00:02:50
Item number three on the agenda is presentations. The task force has received questions about presentations. 00:02:56
It is a practice of the task force that agendized presentations are the result of invitations from the task force. 00:03:04
Through staff to agencies, organizations and departments who have correlation with the work of the task force. 00:03:11
And there is no presentation scheduled for tonight. 00:03:19
Item number four is Task force and staff announcements city related items only. 00:03:23
Are there any task force announcements? 00:03:30
I would like to recognize National Library Week this week and celebrate the work of libraries in our communities that highlight 00:03:38
the diversity of thought and peoples and that make sure that every person is welcome. 00:03:44
Since the last task force meeting, I submitted a Capital Improvement Project CIP request for a walkway of remembrance along the 00:03:51
trail near the Chinese Village site near Hopkins Marine Station. 00:03:58
I also confirmed that the city is not aware of an inventory of plaques and signs. 00:04:05
That staff will check with outside organizations. 00:04:11
I confirmed that following council direction, the request for proposals has gone out for Demographer services for the City of 00:04:15
Pacific Grove. 00:04:19
It is early in the process, with more to come. 00:04:25
And finally, I wanted to share that I have the honor to be working with the City of Marina on their Diversity, Equity and 00:04:28
Inclusion Task Force as an invited out of city representative. 00:04:33
And their work will conclude later this year. 00:04:39
Are there any staff announcements? 00:04:43
Unknown staff announcements. 00:04:46
Chair item number 5 is Council liaison announcements. Are there any Council liaison announcements? 00:04:48
I do have an announcement on behalf of Councilmember Paduri. 00:04:56
As part of the cultural Proficiency plan. 00:05:00
The Pacific Grove Unified School District has a free adult class opened by local authors it. 00:05:03
Is, I believe entitled. I apologize. I don't have that right in front of me. On the road to Hope and Joy. A workshop. It is free 00:05:11
to the public and I believe. 00:05:16
You can contact the adult school for a. 00:05:23
Registration. 00:05:28
That's it for council liaison. 00:05:30
Announcements. Thank you. 00:05:33
Thank you. 00:05:35
Item number six is general public comment. 00:05:38
Members of the public may comment on any matter subject to the jurisdiction of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force that 00:05:41
is not on the agenda. 00:05:45
We occasionally receive written comment from the public which does not receive Task Force action. 00:05:51
Comments from the public at the meeting are limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. 00:05:57
Once public comment is closed, matters may be referred to staff for a response or follow up. 00:06:03
Public comment should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 00:06:10
And I want to quote from what is published on all city agendas for the council and boards and commissions. 00:06:14
Under the Brown Act, public comments for matters on the agenda must relate to that agenda item, and public comments for matters 00:06:21
not on the agenda must relate to the subject matter jurisdiction of this legislative body. 00:06:28
This is a warning that if a member of the public attending this meeting remotely or in person, violates the Brown Act by failing 00:06:35
to comply with these requirements of the Brown Act, then the chair may request that the speaker be muted. 00:06:41
If a member of the public attending this meeting in person engages in disruptive behavior that disturbs the orderly conduct of the 00:06:49
meeting, they may be removed from the meeting after a warning pursuant to Council Policy 000-17. 00:06:56
And that is, I believe, fairly new that is now published on every agenda within the city. 00:07:05
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping lights or countdown as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes has 00:07:10
ended. 00:07:14
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person. 00:07:19
Welcome. 00:07:32
Good evening, Chairman. Boy, I am really excited that you're going to give a poetry presentation at the library. 00:07:34
I'm gonna come so. 00:07:42
Congratulations. 00:07:44
I'm I'm glad that you've changed the disclaimer. 00:07:46
So that it doesn't look like we're disruptive. 00:07:50
Persons out here. 00:07:53
And I I realize that you are by law. 00:07:56
To make that disclaimer. 00:07:59
I would I am attending along with other people and then the in the audience there in the chamber. 00:08:02
The class at the adult school. 00:08:09
And it's called hope and joy. 00:08:12
And it's run by two authors, and Jealous and Caroline Haskell. I've attended 4 meetings, and. 00:08:16
I find them a very sincere group of people. I do find a lack of diversity in their opinions. It tends to be. 00:08:25
Very. 00:08:34
Partisan. So I invite people who have different points of view. They just, they don't think that everything is white supremacy or. 00:08:36
Institutional racism. They have a different point of view. 00:08:47
Or you know, an alternate way of looking at things to attend the meeting, I think. 00:08:52
They don't want people just dropping in because I've had, I've seen people just drop in. They don't want that. They want people 00:08:57
who will come register and stay and I think they have six more sessions and I think it's a worthwhile event. 00:09:04
We've had some good discussions. 00:09:12
As I said, I I don't have the same opinion other people do, but I've gotten a lot out of it and I have respect for the people that 00:09:15
are leading this group. 00:09:19
I think what is needed is we need more participation here on the task force. You know that it's the same people coming here. We 00:09:25
only have three people today. 00:09:30
So I invite people not just to come on zoom. 00:09:36
But to come here in person and let's have some interaction going. 00:09:40
The the last meeting was about the website. We've talked about that on a number of sessions and a value statement. 00:09:45
An inclusive playgrounds and inclusive crosswalk. 00:09:56
I remember that coming up last week, I think in March. 00:10:00
And I'm almost out of time. But aren't we all inclusive as far as playgrounds across walks? Is there anybody excluded from 00:10:04
playgrounds and crosswalks? I didn't realize that, so thank you very much. 00:10:11
Thank you. 00:10:19
Welcome. 00:10:33
Colleen Ingram resident. Thank you very much. I appreciate. 00:10:37
The class. 00:10:44
Put out to the public and I do understand. 00:10:47
Exactly what Carol said, that it's it is a participatory class. 00:10:50
And they do want people to to commit to it. 00:10:54
I also want to point out that. 00:10:58
That sounded really nice and and welcoming. 00:11:02
But there was a letter posted in the Herald about this class that didn't sound very welcoming at all. 00:11:06
So it's really hard for people to. 00:11:13
Know where there's safe space to have these kind of conversations is. 00:11:17
It's been posted here. Please have something like this available. 00:11:21
In the school offers it free. 00:11:26
Because they they did as stated in the. 00:11:30
The letter $15,000 to sponsor this for the community. 00:11:34
And then that's being, that's being attacked. 00:11:38
As being propagand. 00:11:42
And not inclusive. 00:11:45
And as far as an inclusive playground. 00:11:47
That's where all children with all abilities. 00:11:50
Can play and not all children with all abilities. 00:11:54
Are welcome in those spaces that we have right now. 00:11:58
So that's what I hope we strive for as a city. 00:12:02
Thank you. 00:12:05
Thank you. 00:12:08
Thank you, Chair Bowie and the Task force. I'm Mike Gibbs. I'm a resident and member of the EDC. I'm speaking on my own behalf. So 00:12:16
I have a question. I know you're not going to answer it and some other City Council sometimes answers questions. 00:12:22
Next month, May 17th, is a 70th anniversary. 00:12:29
Of one of the most interesting and significant landmark civil rights cases. 00:12:33
Raise your hand if you know what it is. 00:12:39
May 17th, 1954, Brown versus the Board of Education overturned about 60 years of separate but equal when that was established. 00:12:43
In 1896 by ***** versus Ferguson. 00:12:52
And I know vote basically in the 1954 case said segregation is not the law of the land anymore. 00:12:55
I lived in Birmingham in 1961. I went to a segregated school. 00:13:05
It was a white school. There were still segregated black schools. They hadn't implemented that yet in Alabama, Georgia, 00:13:12
Washington. George Wallace was the governor. 00:13:17
The Governor of. 00:13:22
Georgia was a guy named Lester Maddox. 00:13:24
Not a particularly nice. 00:13:27
The governor of Arkansas was Orville Faubus. I don't know if any of you remember this. All three of these guys were Southern 00:13:30
Democrats who were never got out of the Reconstruction Era. 00:13:35
In 1957, a federal judge ordered. 00:13:42
Bob us to get out of the schoolhouse door at Central High in Little Rock, AR. He did not. 00:13:45
The next day, Republican presidential. 00:13:52
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower ordered. 00:13:55
The 101st Airborne Regular Army. 00:13:59
In the Little Rock to escort 9 kids. 00:14:02
Into Central High. I don't know if you remember the story. There's a couple great books on these nine kids. 00:14:06
They're called The Little Rock 9, you should read. 00:14:12
If you haven't done so. 00:14:15
The UCLA has a Civil Rights Project I. 00:14:18
Encourage you to go there. 00:14:22
And they talk about this in retrospective. 00:14:24
And the situation that they say is we have a re segregation, some of our schools are more segregated than they were. 00:14:27
In 1950, four 1968. 00:14:36
And I'm wondering why that is. 00:14:40
My granddaughter goes to a segregated school in downtown Oakland. Or did called Sankofa. 00:14:43
It's a it was an elementary school. She was 910, eleven years old. 00:14:49
And about 92% are minority kids. 00:14:54
The math achievement level in that school. 00:14:59
Is about grade level, is about 7%. 00:15:02
The English achievement level is about 14%. 00:15:06
And I'm just wondering. It's a segregated school. 00:15:10
Who in the world? 00:15:13
Thinks this this is a good idea. 00:15:14
And who could we who could we arrest for this kind of behavior? We're failing our kids. I know. I'm going to run out of time here. 00:15:17
Thank you, Mr. Gibbs. You're welcome. We're failing our kids. And I'm asking the DI Task Force what we're all going to. Thank you, 00:15:23
Mr. Thank you. What we're all going to do about it. Thank you, Mr. Thank you for your patience, Chairman. Thank you. 00:15:30
Welcome. Good evening. Name is Adam de Boer, Pacific Grove resident. 00:15:42
Good to see you all this evening. Sorry I missed last month's meeting. I also would like to thank the school board for offering 00:15:47
this class. I've been taking it as well, although we've been sick this last week. 00:15:52
It is a very interesting opportunity for people to engage with the idea that racism is not simply something that affects those who 00:15:59
are oppressed, but also those who are part of the group that is oppressing people. 00:16:05
There's a very frequent reaction to it that that somehow we're all supposed to feel guilty or feel bad about ourselves or so on 00:16:13
and so forth. And and I said it before in comments in this group and say it again, guilt is not the objective. Bad feeling is not 00:16:21
the objective. Engagement and understanding is the objective. It's mystifying to me how it is that so many people are afraid of 00:16:29
other people having voice, having their voice in the public sphere. That is what this task force exists to promote. 00:16:36
Is to hear from diversity of opinions and the sort of things that we are talking about in that class are really things that 00:16:45
suppress that opinion, both from the minority culture as well as the majority culture. There are things that white people learn 00:16:51
that they're not supposed to say in polite company, and that is a lot of what this course is talking about. So I am enjoying the 00:16:57
chance to engage there. 00:17:04
It's very interesting, the notion of brown versus Board of Education. I thank Mr. Gibbs for bringing that up because one of the 00:17:11
pieces of evidence that was brought forth in there was the sort of self hatred that was demonstrated by the black children. 00:17:19
In their rejection of the the black dolls rather than the white dolls and the preference for the white dolls. 00:17:28
And that same. 00:17:33
Notion of not harming children is being brought to bear in some of the challenges from the white supremacists in this country 00:17:36
around not teaching about the actual history of our country that it will make people make the white kids feel bad. 00:17:44
But there's a very important distinction between self hatred based on what you are taught about yourself and this. 00:17:53
Thing of acknowledging what people who are not you, but who look like you have done in the past. 00:18:02
And the intention of one is to belittle and oppress people and keep them in their place. The intention of the other is to 00:18:08
enlighten people and drive them to action, both personal and group action. So once again, thank you to the school district for 00:18:15
offering this class and I appreciate it very much, right. 00:18:21
Thank you. 00:18:28
Seeing no other, I'll now open general public comment to members of the public present remotely. 00:18:37
Thank you, Chair. 00:18:43
Beth, you have the floor. 00:18:45
Welcome, Umm. 00:18:46
Hi, this is Beth Walker. Thank you. I wanted to. 00:18:51
Make a couple things. I did send an e-mail which I know you guys all saw about. 00:18:58
Some. 00:19:06
Information about. 00:19:06
Or suggestions I should say about how to? 00:19:09
Make Caledonia Park a little more. 00:19:12
Wonderful for the for our entire community. So I sent it to you guys into the rec board. I did go to the rec board and present it. 00:19:15
Just so you guys all know so because one of the suggestions was for an inclusive playground, and I know that that's on your list, 00:19:24
so I wanted to make you aware of. 00:19:29
What was going on there? And then the next thing I wanted to bring up was the. 00:19:35
LBGTQ, AI plus Pride organizations on the Monterey Peninsula each have launched a. 00:19:42
UMM Youth Recognition Scholarship Program. 00:19:51
So there's varying amounts and. 00:19:58
Different qualifications for each one. So there's one for Pajaro Valley Pride, one for Salinas Valley Pride and then also Monterey 00:20:02
Peninsula Pride. So I just wanted to bring up that as query youth recognition. Typically I think some of them are in middle 00:20:10
school, most of them are high school, just to give some scholarship money for whatever. 00:20:18
Adventures they want, and it is to recognize outstanding queer youth and queer allies in the community. So you can go to any of 00:20:26
the websites and see what the qualifications and amounts are. And I just wanted to let everybody know that those things were going 00:20:32
on. So thank you very much and I appreciate you guys a lot. 00:20:38
Thank you. 00:20:47
No, their hands are raised chair. 00:20:49
I'll now close general public. 00:20:52
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. 00:20:56
Members of the task force, staff and public may remove an item from the consent agenda. 00:21:02
Any item removed for discussion will be moved to the end of the agenda. 00:21:07
Have there been any item removal requests? 00:21:12
No chair, I have no requests, seeing none. Is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? 00:21:16
Move to approve the consent agenda. 00:21:24
Is there a second I second? 00:21:26
To approve the consent agenda. 00:21:29
Thank you. All those in favor, please say aye. 00:21:32
Aye, aye. 00:21:36
The vote is unanimous 4 to 0, with one position vacant. 00:21:38
The March 11, 2024 minutes of the DEI Task Force have been approved. 00:21:43
Item number 8 on the regular agenda is a recommendation that the Task Force receive a resolution recognizing the month of May as 00:21:49
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage AAPI Month. 00:21:55
And recommend the City Council adopt at its first May meeting each year. 00:22:02
I'll provide a brief presentation, then there will be time for task force questions, then public comment on this item, Task force 00:22:07
discussion and then action. 00:22:11
Interestingly enough, I found an e-mail from several years ago, an e-mail draft that I had started for the City Council around 00:22:18
asking for recognition of AAPI month and that indirectly led me to applying for the task force. So this feels like a bit of a full 00:22:24
circle for me. 00:22:30
And what I'll note is that the month of May is typically recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. And 00:22:38
it's to recognize that underrepresented groups such as Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals have made 00:22:46
important and lasting cultural, civic, educational, military, and economic contributions to our country, state, and the City of 00:22:53
Pacific Grove since before the City of Pacific Groves founding. 00:23:01
It's a time to learn about the centuries old history of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander life in America. 00:23:09
Including stories and actions against racism, discrimination and prejudice. The resolution which I will read, declares that the 00:23:17
City Council annually confirms May as AAPI month in Pacific Grove. 00:23:24
And invites all residents to celebrate the cultures, accomplishments, and contributions of Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific 00:23:32
Islander individuals and communities, and encourages all residents to support equality, justice, and the opportunity to prosper 00:23:40
for underrepresented groups such as Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals, families, groups, and communities. 00:23:48
And one thing. Another thing that I will note is when a recommendation comes from a group such as the Task Force. 00:23:56
It is that it's a recommendation, it's not a requirement. And so when we send it to the City Council, particularly as a 00:24:05
proclamation comes under the mayor's name, there may be changes made and I think that was noted with the last one, so. 00:24:12
So the proclamation as drafted reads. 00:24:20
Whereas each year the federal, state and local governments observe Asian American and Pacific Islander AAPI Month during the month 00:24:24
of May as a time to honour, commemorate and celebrate the contributions of and accomplishments by members of the Asian, Native 00:24:32
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities across the country and in Pacific Grove. 00:24:40
And whereas the arrival of Chinese settlers and their families predated the founding of the city of Pacific Grove, created a 00:24:48
fishing industry, supported scientific research, built the railroad through town, and survived the burning of their village and 00:24:55
whereas despite segregation and discrimination over the past two centuries. 00:25:02
Pacific Groves Asian American residents contributed to our city's economic, health and culture, fought bravely while their 00:25:09
families were incarcerated in internment camps during World War 2, arrived as immigrants to teach militarily strategic foreign 00:25:16
languages to service members at the DLI. FLC worked and continued to work as professionals, entrepreneurs, and essential workers 00:25:23
in many fields. 00:25:30
And whereas Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have served and continue to serve as public servants. 00:25:38
Educators, business owners, artists, activists, writers, healers, creators, volunteers, colleagues, neighbors, friends, and much 00:25:47
more in our community, state, and country, and their presence and values enrich our nation's character, shape our common future, 00:25:55
and affirm that the promise of liberty and justice in America belongs to all. 00:26:03
And whereas during this month, we must also shed light on the systemic inequities that adversely affect our AAPI communities. 00:26:13
Such as anti API Asian Pacific Islander racial violence and discrimination, which became more apparent throughout the pandemic. 00:26:22
And whereas in our efforts to make Pacific Grove a more welcoming and inclusive city acknowledging the diversity of 00:26:32
underrepresented groups and communities, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force recommends the proclamation of Asian 00:26:38
American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May of each year. 00:26:45
And therefore. 00:26:52
Concludes with the paragraph if the Mayor chooses to proclaim May 1st through May 31st, 2024 as Asian American and Pacific 00:26:54
Islander Month and encourage all citizens to recognize the significance of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage 00:27:01
and history and our nation and city. 00:27:07
So that is the resolution. 00:27:15
And we'll have an opportunity following public comment. 00:27:17
To discuss. 00:27:22
So are there any questions? 00:27:23
We're going to discuss this as the task force after public comment. Yes, that's right. After a presentation by the task force 00:27:29
members, we typically will answer any questions and then we'll go out to public comment and then we'll come back after having 00:27:36
heard public comment, then we'll be able to discuss. 00:27:42
And then take. 00:27:49
We choose, OK. 00:27:51
So now it's time for public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed to the Task 00:27:56
Force, not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. 00:28:03
Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond 00:28:11
according to council policy. 00:28:15
I will now open public comment on the AAPI resolution recommendation to members of the public present remotely. 00:28:21
Do we have any comments? 00:28:38
Clerk di Coordinator Handel from the public. 00:28:41
No hands online. 00:28:46
Our hands are raised. Thank you. 00:28:48
I will now open public comment on the resolution recommendation to those in person. 00:28:51
Welcome. 00:29:01
Thank you, Chair. Still Mike Gibbs. And I'm still on the EDC. I'm still speaking in my own behalf. 00:29:03
Excuse me? 00:29:09
If whoever gets up, I try not to talk too loud, but they should lean into the microphone. I had a hard time hearing Mr. Devore's. 00:29:11
The I'm sure that you're all aware of the NOAA building. It's commonly referred to NOAA building. It's at the end of a lighthouse 00:29:20
over there by the. 00:29:25
Golf course. And if you ever looked at it, there are murals on four sides. 00:29:31
Wonderful murals by an artist who's from Alaska called Name is Ray Troll. 00:29:37
And they're just magnificent. It's now privately owned, but if you ever go out there you will see a picture. One of the vignettes 00:29:43
is a Japanese abalone diver, and it happens to be a woman. 00:29:50
So next time you go out there, take a look at that. It would be great to have a kind of a history of the mural because it 00:29:57
identifies a lot of things like that. My second comment is that. 00:30:02
I know if you saw the front page of the. 00:30:09
San Francisco chronically yesterday and they had an outstanding article about. 00:30:12
The Japanese in San Francisco and what happened to them in 1941, right? You all know a chair referenced President Roosevelts 00:30:18
executive order. 00:30:23
120,000 Japanese, mainly on the West Coast, were gathered up, asked to report to centers and then placed into detention. 00:30:28
80,000 of them, 80,000 of them, were American citizens. 00:30:36
Men, women, children and families were carted off. 00:30:40
To camps. 00:30:44
OK, it talks about them coming back and re integrating in society. They went back to work. They re established themselves, but 00:30:45
only at about half the level. 00:30:50
That was there about 1400 in Japan town it's about 7-8 hundred I. 00:30:56
When they were released in about 19451946. 00:31:01
The last thing I want to say about that is that my wife is from a small town called Kingsburg. It's in the Central Valley. It's a 00:31:05
farming community, Japanese, Armenian, Swedish. Now it's primarily Hispanic community. 00:31:11
However, my grandparents my in laws went to school. 00:31:17
In Kingsburg, 19411942 and after they passed away, we were looking at their yearbooks, 1941. 00:31:23
There were about 20% of the class. 00:31:30
At high school. 00:31:33
Or Japanese. 00:31:35
Guess what? You look at the pictures from the next year. 00:31:36
They're all gone. 00:31:40
You don't know this until you see such a shocking. 00:31:42
Representation of this I didn't I we saw this five or six years ago and commented on it. 00:31:46
And the local group farmers, including my father-in-law, took over some of the farms and handed them back. If you're first 00:31:53
generation, you're called easy. If you're the second generation, you're called easy. 00:31:59
And there's a niece league. 00:32:05
And my father-in-law was elected president of the was elected president of the Nisi League. When they all came back. I just wanted 00:32:06
to thank you, Mr. Gibbs. I just wanted to share that story. Thank you. 00:32:11
Welcome. Thank you, Carol. Mark, we're back again. I. 00:32:24
My grandchildren if they did adna test would be. 00:32:29
Japanese, maybe 25%. And I I'm thinking this world that's very popular intersectionality. 00:32:33
And I think that the the California population is becoming increasingly intersectional. 00:32:40
In terms of race? 00:32:49
I don't know about gender that I can't report, but Sandy lied and we had a wonderful book. I don't know if you're aware of it. It 00:32:51
was probably one of the best books I ever read about the Asian population in Central California. 00:32:58
We had Chinese villages in Santa Cruz. 00:33:07
In Watsonville. 00:33:12
Salinas, you know, Chinatown. They go where Dorothy's kitchen is. That was Chinatown. And there's a wonderful Chinese. 00:33:13
Uh, church. They're not church, but umm. 00:33:21
What's word anyway? There's also a Japanese. 00:33:26
Buddhist temple. 00:33:31
It's right about a block from Dorothy's kitchen. 00:33:33
At Lobos, we had the first people there were Chinese. 00:33:36
And so I think we need to get over the idea. 00:33:42
The Pacific Grove was very guilty because we burned down the Chinese village, which was down by Hopkins Marine Station. There's no 00:33:45
proof of that. There's always that implication. Was it true? It could have been. There's no definite proof of it. So we have to 00:33:52
get over this white guilt thing and we have to honor people who are Asian and they're talking about Elmery. **** has that open 00:33:59
space down by Chautauqua. 00:34:05
And the last Council meeting? 00:34:13
I have a little bit more time. Was talking about a moon gate there instead of that gazebo that is falling apart. 00:34:16
Let's put up a moon gate and honor the Chinese. 00:34:23
That have lived all around the Central Coast here. 00:34:28
And we all want to respect them. So thank you. 00:34:32
Thank you. 00:34:37
No other public comment. I will now close public comment and bring the resolution recommendation back to the task force for 00:34:46
discussion and act. 00:34:50
Yes. 00:35:01
While I do want to make reference to the article in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, which I thought was a. 00:35:05
You know that particular history. 00:35:13
Is emblematic or symbolic of. I'm sure similar histories all throughout. 00:35:15
Primarily the the West Coast here. I thought it was an excellent and also heartbreaking because of what the ultimate. 00:35:20
Result was of. 00:35:32
Of the. 00:35:35
During the Second World War. 00:35:37
You know, I don't. I think that this what you've presented is wonderful. I think it's thoughtful. I. 00:35:41
Just like the Proclamation of Black History Month. 00:35:52
I think it's. 00:35:56
Yeah, it's thoughtful and. 00:35:58
Again, another way of. 00:36:00
Of acknowledging. 00:36:03
Directly. 00:36:05
You know, the experience, the presence, the history of Asian American Pacific island. 00:36:07
Hawaiian folks, So. 00:36:14
I I really approve of it. 00:36:16
Thank you. 00:36:21
Any further discussion? 00:36:23
I'm wondering if you could maybe reread a portion of it when you talked about the violence. 00:36:27
Which Asians have experienced. 00:36:34
And then you you mentioned during. 00:36:38
The pandemic was that that was in the side that was not. 00:36:42
In this in the proclamation right? I'm just wondering. I need clarity for myself that. 00:36:46
You're referring to the violence in general and not specific incidents that occurred in Pacific Grove. 00:36:53
That's a great question and great clarification, So says. Whereas during this month we must also shed light on the systemic 00:37:02
inequities that adversely affect our AAPI communities, such as anti API racial violence and discrimination, which became more 00:37:09
apparent throughout the pandemic. It's a general statement. I have personal knowledge of threats that were made to an elderly 00:37:16
Asian man in Pacific Grove, but more. 00:37:23
More generally, it's just a statement about instances that happened within our region, our state and our country. Thank you. Sure. 00:37:30
And. 00:37:45
Yeah. And I think I, I will admit that I am Vietnamese American. And so it perhaps has a special depth or resonance for me and 00:37:47
having gone to school here and having friends and relatives who. 00:37:54
Had families who went through the internment camps and very experienced various types of discrimination. It is something that 00:38:02
perhaps I'm a little more closely tied to than other recognitions. 00:38:08
And I also think it's it's so important. 00:38:14
In our history that there is what can be read. 00:38:19
But there is also listening first hand to the experiences of those who have experienced it. And I'll sort of go back again to the 00:38:22
library because there are some wonderful oral histories that are collected within our library of people from our community just 00:38:29
talking about their lives here and their experiences. And one of the things that I had hoped, I don't know that it ever happened 00:38:37
was the family who had the long term dry cleaning business. When the business finally closed, I thought oh. 00:38:44
There was an opportunity to get that that story, because all of those things that we read about in the newspaper and history 00:38:52
books, about internment and so on happened to this particular family. 00:38:57
Streets away from where we are now. 00:39:03
So yeah, but anyway, thank you all for. 00:39:06
Listening so well. Thank you. Umm, just another slight aside. Uh, do you happen to know if there was a Japanese internment camp 00:39:10
located in Salinas? 00:39:15
I'm sorry, this is a task force discussion. Yes, there was a loading spot, if you will, at the rodeo grounds where people from 00:39:22
throughout the the community and the county were brought and held so with their possessions. And then there was not an actual camp 00:39:30
that was located within our area. 00:39:37
Elsewhere in California, there was or families were sent to. 00:39:46
Nevada or Utah, I believe in some of those areas. 00:39:51
Thank you for clarifying that. 00:39:55
You said that there are first person accounts in the library. Here I. 00:40:01
Do you have any more detail about that or? 00:40:08
Most libraries collect those and. 00:40:44
Make them available. 00:40:47
OK. Thank you. 00:40:49
Since you are connected to the library and active at the library, is it possible to request that they have you know there were a 00:40:51
number of books mentioned? 00:40:56
Today as well that they haven't bring those out. 00:41:01
And have maybe a display or or a. 00:41:05
Kind of highlight highlight books on this topic. Typically libraries will do. If it's a particular month, they'll they'll 00:41:09
highlight books in their collection, materials in their collection. But I would encourage anyone to visit the library and they'll 00:41:14
find that they're very welcoming folks and they're very interested in hearing ideas from the community and sharing about what they 00:41:19
have. 00:41:25
Yeah. Thank you. 00:41:31
With no further discussion then, is there a motion to approve recommending this resolution to the City Council? 00:41:35
I move that we recommend the approval of this motion. 00:41:42
Of to the City Council, the resolution, The resolution to the great thank you. Is there a second? 00:41:46
All those in favor, please say aye. 00:41:59
Aye, the vote is unanimous. 4 to 0 with one position vacant. 00:42:01
So item number 8B on our regular agenda is an update on the DEI Resources web page. An update means that it will be an update and 00:42:08
not an action item. So Secretary Hoops will provide a brief update, then there will be task Force questions, then public comment 00:42:16
on this on this item, task force discussion and then no action. 00:42:23
Secretary Hoops. OK, thank you. The last discussion was a nice. 00:42:32
Segue into this too, because one of the things that we've been talking about with regard to the web page is how do we connect? 00:42:37
Different community resources into the web page, including library resources. And how do we get some of those books? Oral 00:42:46
histories? 00:42:50
Into one spot where they're available. So just wanted to kind of highlight that that's something that right now city it has been 00:42:55
working on. 00:42:59
To integrate into the web page. 00:43:04
And at this moment, the update I've gotten just earlier this month is that all the content is actually on the web page. There's 00:43:07
just some work being done on navigation and just making sure all the links are working correctly. Everything had to be. 00:43:14
Kind of. 00:43:22
Compiled a little differently than we had first envisioned it, just to get everything. 00:43:23
You know, able to be navigated, but it's all there and my hope is that we can have a chance to review that at the May. 00:43:28
Meeting. 00:43:38
That's my anticipation, but it is. 00:43:40
On its way. 00:43:43
Thank you. Any questions? 00:43:47
Or secretary hoops. 00:43:50
So then we'll move to public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed to the Task 00:43:55
Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. Public comment is 00:44:02
encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a viewpoint neutral 00:44:10
manner according to Council policy and I will now open public comment on the DEI Resources webpage to those here in person. 00:44:18
Welcome again. I think I'm going to have to go to public. Comment Addiction Anonymous. 00:44:34
The I think. 00:44:42
Task force member who has mentioned the segue or somebody did. 00:44:45
From the previous discussion to the to the website, it would be nice to have. 00:44:48
On the website you know if you have a proclamation for example like you just had to feature it on the website. I don't know if 00:44:53
that's going to be part of it or not. 00:44:56
Uh, task force member Freiburger mentioned. You know, what are the books. 00:45:00
There are, in terms of the internment, there are really, I mean there's there's a huge number of books. I checked. The library 00:45:04
couple that I read are not there. There's a great one about the kids in the impermanent camp playing sports and competing with 00:45:11
other kids and other, you know, in other schools that were not interred and the motivation and the passion they had. 00:45:18
To demonstrate their commitment to their culture and to the United States through through sports. So it'd be good to feature. I 00:45:26
don't know if it'd be possible if people could recommend books for the website when there are special events. I'd like to see 00:45:33
something like that where the public could say, could we feature this, You guys would have to. 00:45:39
Would have to bet that and see if they fit in. That would be a good idea or or maybe if people have you know, local experiences. 00:45:48
Maybe reach out and say, you know, were you here or were your grandparents here, or you have a story that you'd like to tell. 00:45:56
About, you know, living in Pacific Grove, that would be relative to your mission. So anyhow, I don't have any other comments. I'm 00:46:04
looking forward to seeing what's on the website, but the more interactive it is, the more it asks for input, the more updated it 00:46:09
is. And interesting it is. I think it would be good. Thank you. 00:46:14
Thank you. 00:46:21
Being no other public comment in person. 00:46:27
Do we have any public comment remotely? 00:46:30
I'm doing at Santiago's raised chair. OK, I will now close public comment. 00:46:33
And I'll bring the DEI Resources web page update back to the task force. Is there any discussion? 00:46:39
I think kind of on the subject of. 00:46:49
Keeping the web page updated. 00:46:51
I'm wondering if we can, as a task force, kind of consider how we want to. 00:46:54
Approach review of the web page when it does come. 00:47:00
Back to us. 00:47:04
Or is that something that we're going to do kind of sit and go through? 00:47:08
Resource. By resource or you know, I mean we have put all these resources out there and we. 00:47:12
I've talked about intending to add to them and accept, you know. 00:47:20
Public recommendations and have a comment suggestion box. 00:47:23
But I'm wondering on this first go around if we need sort of a. 00:47:28
Structured way to approach a. 00:47:34
Looking at it when it comes to us. 00:47:38
And what the task force thinks. 00:47:40
I'm seeing heads nodding so. 00:47:44
Yeah. Any any comments? 00:47:47
Yeah, I mean I think that's probably the, you know, the One Direction to take is to. 00:47:50
Evaluate things. I'm not sure if this means. 00:47:57
That we you know. 00:48:00
How much we? 00:48:03
Take, you know, time and energy and effort for. 00:48:05
Everything that comes comes in, I'm not sure. 00:48:09
How that how that would necessarily work, but I think, I think the whole idea, the spirit of this is to get. 00:48:13
Public input into. 00:48:19
You know to. 00:48:21
If possible, you know see if we can include it. 00:48:24
If OK if what I'm saying is that. 00:48:29
That I. 00:48:34
That's certainly the spirit of this is to take public comments and to take them in and to, you know, give it. 00:48:37
You know the best effort we can to include as much? Uh. 00:48:43
You know, in the way of resources and information and education really. 00:48:48
Vice Chair, I think in terms of process, which is what your question was, how do we review? I can see maybe several steps in this 00:48:56
that we each review individually because it is going to be very detailed. 00:49:02
Work that we have a chance to spend some time with it individually and then maybe have a working meeting where we share our notes 00:49:10
and work through it. 00:49:14
Piece by piece, it's going to be a bit painstaking and I don't know if we have a separate work meeting for something like that 00:49:19
because it's going to be a. 00:49:24
I don't want to say tedious, but it's going to be very detail oriented. But so I think I I see two steps in the process, 00:49:31
individual work and then. 00:49:35
Joint work. 00:49:40
Yeah. And I think it's, it's interesting to sort of think about the web page from a different couple of different perspectives. 00:49:42
And one is that this is going to be our first time doing something like this. And we've really built it over the last couple years 00:49:48
with public input and sort of what are the things that the public is asking for information education about and what ways does the 00:49:54
public want to continue to provide input into the web page. So there's that. And then there's sort of our responsibility as a task 00:50:00
force to make sure that. 00:50:07
We are aware that the web page has current relevant resources and that we periodically have it checked so that there aren't broken 00:50:13
links and there aren't things that are no longer there, so they're sort of that piece too. 00:50:21
And then it's also a fact that we are a task force that the participants change overtime where city volunteers and we're also a 00:50:29
brown Act owned task force which means our work is done in public and if there's any work done to advance an item that really is 00:50:37
more detailed work. We typically will appoint subcommittees. So two people or one person to then sort of. 00:50:46
Do the work that is then brought to the task force as a whole at a public meeting so that we can get public comment and do that 00:50:55
sort of fine tuning and what I might suggest sort of taking all of these ideas is a. 00:51:02
I'm doing this appropriately and then I think we might want to then have a subcommittee appointed that would then if there were 00:51:46
public comments that came in. 00:51:51
Periodically check the web page, and then periodically, maybe two to three times a year, come back at an agendized item at the 00:51:58
meeting to recommend new things for the web page or to recommend things be updated or something and clerk, DI coordinator and does 00:52:04
that all sort of fit with. 00:52:10
How a Brown Act Committee could work, Yes. Correct. OK. 00:52:17
And does that make sense? I mean, it's kind of multiple steps and layers, but I think we are all very committed to making sure 00:52:21
that this is useful for the public and really represents the full breadth of diversity, equity and inclusion resources. 00:52:29
For a public. And does that comport with what you were thinking, Secretary Hoops. Yes, thank you. I just wanted to be prepared 00:52:38
when? 00:52:41
We did bring it back that we kind of knew. 00:52:45
What to do with it? Once it was here, so yes, thank you. 00:52:47
Yes. So I think if I May 2nd Secretary groups for the chair. I believe that the. 00:52:51
That the website could be displayed prior to it going live as well. I think we have that opportunity to do that. 00:52:57
If if that's what the. 00:53:06
Task Force. 00:53:08
So have it displayed here. 00:53:10
For us to review and then. 00:53:12
Have comments, public comments come in, be able to do it at the meeting and then have it go live once that meeting, right? Yeah, 00:53:15
it's still not in final form and you wanted to have further discussions regarding it, I believe. I believe that could be 00:53:19
accomplished. 00:53:24
I can confirm with it, but I believe that can be accomplished. 00:53:29
Yeah. Does that sound just so that would work secretary hoops with what you've been working on? I think that's a good idea just to 00:53:33
get any final. 00:53:37
Know what? What is being sent out to be live before we? 00:53:42
It's ending. OK, good. And of course we all recognize any any web page is sort of a living document and it'll grow and change and 00:53:47
respond to really community need and what the task force is seeing and hearing as well, so. 00:53:54
So I think we have a sort of a plan forward. We will hope to get it. 00:54:02
The draft web page agenda is for the May meeting and then perhaps at the May meeting then make the decision to go live or we may 00:54:07
decide to have a retreat. That sort of is the next step if we feel there's a lot more work that needs to be done. And then we 00:54:14
would also then get a subcommittee of two people then appointed to then continue the work once the web page was live and then 00:54:21
bring it back. So we would decide how off. 00:54:28
In fact, it would probably go on a work plan. We would decide how often it would be brought back to the task force per year. 00:54:35
And I know that there was also something that we had talked about at a previous meeting about having a suggestion box or a link or 00:54:41
something that the public could put suggested resources in. And then if we had a subcommittee, then they could receive that 00:54:47
information, sort of go through it and come back with recommendations. 00:54:53
OK. All right. So I think we know where we're going. And thank you so much, Secretary Hoops, for a subcommittee of one. 00:55:01
Really appreciate it. Thank you. And thank you to the city staff and IT staff who are doing this as well because they're taking 00:55:09
all the lists and the words and turning it into something that's useful and. 00:55:14
Thank you. 00:55:20
OK. And so now we're going to move to item 8C. 00:55:23
And that's a recommendation that the council adopt the proposed value statements on diversity and equity. And those were included 00:55:27
in the agenda report. For the agenda item, Vice Chair Freiberger and Secretary Hoops will provide a brief presentation. Then 00:55:35
there'll be a time for task force questions, then public comment on this item, then Task Force discussion and action. 00:55:43
Vice Chair Freiberger and Secretary Hoops. 00:55:53
Presentation please. 00:55:55
Can we pull up the PowerPoint? 00:55:59
From this place. 00:56:02
Thank you SO. 00:56:14
Secretary Hoops and I were. 00:56:16
Are on the subcommittee to. 00:56:19
To write to two of the value statements, one has already been. 00:56:24
Accepted by the Council. 00:56:29
Next slide. 00:56:33
So basically we're going to. 00:56:39
Review the first statement that's already up there for inclusion, just to provide the context for the other two so that we're not. 00:56:42
When we wrote those, we kept the first one in mind and didn't repeat what was in there. 00:56:48
And so we'll present those two and then have the. 00:56:56
Discussion and. 00:57:00
Next slide. 00:57:02
So I'll read the inclusion value statement again for the city care recommended for the City Council. 00:57:06
We cultivate an environment of trust and respect for all residents and visitors alike. 00:57:14
We strive to ensure that our actions are inclusive and reflective of the diverse community of which we aim to be. 00:57:21
So that has already been accepted and is on the website. 00:57:29
So the two that we have. 00:57:34
Suggested. 00:57:36
The Diversity statement. 00:57:38
We believe that diversity of backgrounds, experience and beliefs. 00:57:41
Enrich our lives and community. 00:57:46
And that our differences in addition to our similarities. 00:57:49
Provide an environment for informed and responsive decision making and outcomes. 00:57:54
OK. And the next slide please. The equity value statement that we're proposing is we strive to understand the unique makeup of our 00:58:03
community so that we can provide equitable representation, access and opportunity to each of its members. 00:58:09
And this is where we bring it back to the task force for questions. 00:58:21
Thank you, vice chair and secretary. 00:58:27
Are there any questions? 00:58:30
Right seeing none, I'll move to public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed 00:58:39
to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive task Force action. Public 00:58:46
comment is encouraged if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a 00:58:53
viewpoint neutral manner according to Council policy. 00:59:00
I will now open public comments on draft value statements for the City Council to members of the public present remotely. 00:59:08
Are there any Members present? 00:59:15
Thank you, Chair. We do have bath. 00:59:17
You have the floor. 00:59:20
Welcome. 00:59:22
Hi, this is Beth Walker. I just wanted to say that I. 00:59:25
I think both statements are very well written and I anticipate our City Council adopting them. Thank you. 00:59:29
No further hands raised online. 00:59:40
Thank you. I'll now open public comment on draft value statements for the City Council to those in person. 00:59:43
Welcome. 01:00:02
I did. OK. Thank you. So you should have in front of you a. 01:00:05
It's a little handout, or threefold. It looks like this. 01:00:09
And I would just. 01:00:16
Directors if you, if you do the centerfold. 01:00:18
On the inside, it's kind of in yellow here, and there's a value statement. 01:00:21
And I appreciate the work that the subcommittee has done. I have a slightly different opinion. 01:00:25
And I made this comment before about equity. I think people are confused about equity. Most people understand what? 01:00:30
Equality is so I'll just read this so the people who are not here can hear this. 01:00:37
And this is statement by Abraham Lincoln at his inaugural address. 01:00:44
At the end, he says we are not enemies, but friends. 01:00:48
We must not be enemies, though passion may have been strained. 01:00:51
It must not break our bonds of affection. 01:00:55
It goes on to say the Mystic chords of memory stretching. 01:00:59
From every living heart will swell once again when touched. 01:01:03
As surely they will be. 01:01:06
But the better angels? 01:01:09
Of our nature. 01:01:11
Some of you have probably heard this before. 01:01:12
Why not have a statement like this? 01:01:15
Appealing to the better angels of all of our nature. 01:01:18
You all know he gave this in 1861. You know what happened next? 01:01:22
Terrible time for the United States. 01:01:26
I've directed to the statement right after. 01:01:29
Abraham Lincoln's a name, and this I would ask you to include. 01:01:32
Perhaps in your thinking in your value statement? 01:01:36
It is citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. 01:01:39
We are nation bound, not by race. 01:01:45
Not by religion. 01:01:47
But the shared values of freedom? 01:01:49
Liberty and equality. 01:01:51
I'd like to see something like that in your statement and chair. Bowie did mention at the beginning that you did collaborate or 01:01:55
work with groups that are consistent with your values. I'm not quite it's not exactly what you said. 01:02:02
I would. I would. I'm making a formal request and I can make it in writing. 01:02:09
That the group called Braver Angels. So there is a group that's brand new, five months old. 01:02:14
And it is brought together to depolarize what's going on in this country right now. Depolarize. 01:02:20
It is made-up of people from the right. 01:02:27
And. 01:02:30
Left out numbers the right about 3:00 to 1:00 in Monterey County. 01:02:31
I'm a member of this group. We have about 30 people that get together and we talk about tough issues. We talk about things that 01:02:34
are tearing us apart and and the issue is to find common ground. I hope that's what you are doing also. 01:02:41
I would be glad. Or if you don't want me, I have my blue Co chair. 01:02:48
Deanna Ross. She would be glad to come and make a presentation about how we could work. 01:02:52
With a task force. 01:02:56
On a common objectives in the community, we're working on projects in the community. 01:02:58
And if you would please, the website is here. If you would, go look at braverangels.org to find out more, thank you. Thank you for 01:03:03
your thank you for your patience. 01:03:07
Welcome. 01:03:22
I just wanted the the statements all look mostly good to me, to the the copy editor and me cannot avoid pointing out that it 01:03:28
should be enriches the diversity enriches rather than diversity and rich. But otherwise I think that is a good work. Thank you. 01:03:37
Thank you. 01:03:47
Seeing no other public comment, I will now close public comment and bring the draft value statements for the City Council item to 01:03:56
the Task Force for discussion and action. 01:04:01
Is there any discussion? 01:04:06
Statements that I put in there is. 01:04:30
That I've heard when I started getting. 01:04:35
On the task force about. 01:04:39
Different friendships. He's only divide us. And there was the theme in. 01:04:44
That kept bringing that up. 01:04:52
And I think looking at differences. 01:04:54
Along with similarities actually empowers us. 01:04:59
Because it is in hearing differences of opinion, whether it's right and left, whether it's. 01:05:03
Introvert. Extrovert, whatever the differences may be these. 01:05:10
Hearing these and including these. 01:05:14
And and paying attention to them in the decision making process of the council, because again it's geared towards the council 01:05:17
doing their work. 01:05:22
On behalf of the community. 01:05:27
That listening to the differences and providing. 01:05:29
The access to everybody equally. 01:05:33
That. 01:05:39
Enrich us, make our decision making process better and. 01:05:42
Hopefully meet the needs of the community. 01:05:47
Thank you. It's really helpful to hear how public comment and the thinking sort of helped inform the statement. 01:05:56
Other discussion. 01:06:06
I guess just my. 01:06:09
Senses that differences aren't necessary don't necessarily divisive. OK, they're differences and. 01:06:10
And I think the one of the focus of this task force is to address underrepresented people's. 01:06:19
Because that in itself is a difference. 01:06:27
And. 01:06:30
And I I definitely agree with Natalie that this is really about empowering all of us. 01:06:32
It's about empowering all of us and not just. 01:06:40
Who we think? 01:06:44
We represent. 01:06:46
So thank you. 01:06:48
Yeah. And I appreciate seeing that. There was a second comment there after similarities because that sort of jumped out at me from 01:06:53
that. So that's, yes, that was great. And I think, yeah, I think the diversity statement is a good. 01:06:59
A good way of looking at our community and looking at the ways our differences make us stronger. 01:07:06
For equity, I'd like to most of it for me. I was trying to go back to some of our earlier discussions of equity and I think one of 01:07:12
the things that's challenging when you look at equity's. 01:07:18
Is it also has to do with our country's history and our the heritage of the people in our community, but also our shared heritage 01:07:26
as Americans that. 01:07:32
Where inequities were sort of baked into the system and baked into. 01:07:40
Certainly in Pacific Grove, for example, we were a segregated community because there were rules against who could buy and rent 01:07:45
and so on, but that's not unique to our community that was also throughout the country. 01:07:50
And so, umm. 01:07:56
To my way of looking at equity and understanding equity, one of the ways. 01:07:58
Or looking at the ways that. 01:08:03
Persons with disabilities were kept out of so many things like playgrounds, but sidewalks and buildings and so on for so long, and 01:08:07
that's part of the history. 01:08:12
Our history, our country's history, our architectural history on any of those things. 01:08:18
And so that's. 01:08:24
Because of federal laws changing and requirements. 01:08:25
Things are less. 01:08:29
Inequitable now, but it wasn't something that just Pacific Grove did or just an individual did. It's part of more of that 01:08:30
systemic. 01:08:34
System that we're looking at education, you know, I mean, so there's a lot of examples but I wonder if there's a way of so we 01:08:40
strive to understand the unique makeup of our community, but we also. 01:08:45
Want to understand the the our shared our history and our heritage and and then I think this is incredibly important so that we 01:08:53
the City Council, the city can provide equitable representation access and opportunity. And I just thought to each of its members 01:09:00
to each person is really what we're talking about to every person so. 01:09:08
Just some of my thoughts with looking, looking at that and the difference between equity and equality. 01:09:17
I wonder if anybody has any thoughts about sort of those two parts to it. 01:09:26
I agree with that. 01:09:35
Looking at this. 01:09:37
You're right, they can't. We. 01:09:39
We can't just take. 01:09:42
The current makeup and take a look at that. It has to be in the context of. 01:09:44
Having eyes on what has happened historically, so I like your idea about adding language in there. 01:09:49
You know whether it's to say something like through. 01:09:59
A historical lens or through a lens on our. 01:10:02
Not just our community, but our country. 01:10:05
Our region's. 01:10:08
And I think the change to to each person is. 01:10:12
Completely appropriate because that also we've talked about wanting to be inclusive of visitors who are coming to the community's. 01:10:16
And not just those that exist here in this community, so. 01:10:26
I like those changes, I'm. 01:10:31
I mean, is this something we can? 01:10:32
Reflect on now and kind of put that language in to make a recommendation or. 01:10:36
Do you think it's something that should come back? 01:10:41
Well, that's that's a good question. 01:10:44
Clark DI Coordinator Is it possible to separate the two parts and to approve one part but have another part brought back? Or do we 01:10:48
need to look at it, look at it as a whole? 01:10:53
You could. You could do it either way. You could you'd separate the question. You could move to, change if and and move that way 01:10:59
because you are working on it, so you can do separate motions. 01:11:06
Separate the questions, definitely, or you can bring them back. 01:11:14
However you like. 01:11:19
OK, so so may I suggest that we keep them together because they'll be brought this way, they'll be brought to the council 01:11:21
together, and it will just be one act. If we separate them, then we're creating more work for the council and I don't mind 01:11:26
postponing. 01:11:31
Taking the time out and reworking. 01:11:38
And bringing them back to the main meeting descent. 01:11:40
The subcommittee OK with that? That's fine by me. And remember to donate. Yeah, just to when I was listening, I was thinking that 01:11:45
I. 01:11:50
A possible addition to the. 01:11:56
Striving to understand the unique makeup of our community. 01:12:00
Maybe including the? 01:12:05
The words or the terms legacy or history. 01:12:07
As well as. 01:12:10
The makeup of the community, which I think. 01:12:12
You know, in a very general sense, addresses. 01:12:16
I think what I heard being expressed. 01:12:19
Yeah. So that it's not just present time that we're dealing with, but we're dealing with the effects of of the past. 01:12:25
Yeah, when you're saying that, I sort of think, I wonder if it's we strive to understand our shared history's. 01:12:34
Unique heritage and makeup of our community or something like that. Because it's. 01:12:42
All parts of that, right? 01:12:47
But yeah, well, if the subcommittee is willing to take one more crack at this, we could have a motion to. 01:12:51
What is it called when we have it come back at the next meeting? 01:13:01
Sorry, I'm losing it. 01:13:05
Continue. That's it. So we could have a motion to continue the draft value statement for City Council to our May meeting and then 01:13:08
they would be it would be brought back then. 01:13:13
OK, I make a motion to. 01:13:19
Bring it to continue it. I second the motion. 01:13:22
Right, OK. 01:13:26
Let's see. So there was a motion to continue this item to our May. 01:13:29
13th meeting. 01:13:35
So the subcommittee will continue working on it. All those in favor, please say aye, aye. 01:13:37
Hey, the vote is unanimous. 4 to 0 with one position vacant. 01:13:42
So the next DEI task force meeting will be May 13/20/24 at 6:00 PM. 01:13:47
And I adjourn the meeting at 7:12 PM. 01:13:54
Thank you all for being here. 01:13:57
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I'd like to call the April 8th, 2024 regular meeting of the City of Pacific Groves Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to 00:01:20
order at 6:00 PM. 00:01:25
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 00:01:32
Childbirth. Present Vice Chair, Freiberger. 00:01:38
President, Secretary Hoops. 00:01:42
President Task force member donate. 00:01:44
Present all are present. 00:01:47
Thank you. 00:01:49
Item number two is approval of the agenda, our meeting road map that is published 72 hours before each meeting, online and in 00:01:51
print so the public knows what items the task force will be discussing. 00:01:58
New items cannot be added to the agenda, but item 2 provides the task force an opportunity to review the agenda for any changes. 00:02:05
I will note that a voice vote or a roll call vote may be taken for action items, and roll call votes are required when a task 00:02:14
force member participates remotely or when a task force meeting is held remotely. 00:02:22
Therefore, I move to approve the agenda as presented. 00:02:30
Is there, is there a motion to approve? I mean, I'm sorry, is there a second? 00:02:35
My second. 00:02:39
Thank you. Thank you. In keeping with the voice call vote all those in favor, please say aye. 00:02:41
Aye. 00:02:48
It sounds like it's unanimous 4 to 0 with one position vacant. 00:02:50
Item number three on the agenda is presentations. The task force has received questions about presentations. 00:02:56
It is a practice of the task force that agendized presentations are the result of invitations from the task force. 00:03:04
Through staff to agencies, organizations and departments who have correlation with the work of the task force. 00:03:11
And there is no presentation scheduled for tonight. 00:03:19
Item number four is Task force and staff announcements city related items only. 00:03:23
Are there any task force announcements? 00:03:30
I would like to recognize National Library Week this week and celebrate the work of libraries in our communities that highlight 00:03:38
the diversity of thought and peoples and that make sure that every person is welcome. 00:03:44
Since the last task force meeting, I submitted a Capital Improvement Project CIP request for a walkway of remembrance along the 00:03:51
trail near the Chinese Village site near Hopkins Marine Station. 00:03:58
I also confirmed that the city is not aware of an inventory of plaques and signs. 00:04:05
That staff will check with outside organizations. 00:04:11
I confirmed that following council direction, the request for proposals has gone out for Demographer services for the City of 00:04:15
Pacific Grove. 00:04:19
It is early in the process, with more to come. 00:04:25
And finally, I wanted to share that I have the honor to be working with the City of Marina on their Diversity, Equity and 00:04:28
Inclusion Task Force as an invited out of city representative. 00:04:33
And their work will conclude later this year. 00:04:39
Are there any staff announcements? 00:04:43
Unknown staff announcements. 00:04:46
Chair item number 5 is Council liaison announcements. Are there any Council liaison announcements? 00:04:48
I do have an announcement on behalf of Councilmember Paduri. 00:04:56
As part of the cultural Proficiency plan. 00:05:00
The Pacific Grove Unified School District has a free adult class opened by local authors it. 00:05:03
Is, I believe entitled. I apologize. I don't have that right in front of me. On the road to Hope and Joy. A workshop. It is free 00:05:11
to the public and I believe. 00:05:16
You can contact the adult school for a. 00:05:23
Registration. 00:05:28
That's it for council liaison. 00:05:30
Announcements. Thank you. 00:05:33
Thank you. 00:05:35
Item number six is general public comment. 00:05:38
Members of the public may comment on any matter subject to the jurisdiction of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force that 00:05:41
is not on the agenda. 00:05:45
We occasionally receive written comment from the public which does not receive Task Force action. 00:05:51
Comments from the public at the meeting are limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. 00:05:57
Once public comment is closed, matters may be referred to staff for a response or follow up. 00:06:03
Public comment should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 00:06:10
And I want to quote from what is published on all city agendas for the council and boards and commissions. 00:06:14
Under the Brown Act, public comments for matters on the agenda must relate to that agenda item, and public comments for matters 00:06:21
not on the agenda must relate to the subject matter jurisdiction of this legislative body. 00:06:28
This is a warning that if a member of the public attending this meeting remotely or in person, violates the Brown Act by failing 00:06:35
to comply with these requirements of the Brown Act, then the chair may request that the speaker be muted. 00:06:41
If a member of the public attending this meeting in person engages in disruptive behavior that disturbs the orderly conduct of the 00:06:49
meeting, they may be removed from the meeting after a warning pursuant to Council Policy 000-17. 00:06:56
And that is, I believe, fairly new that is now published on every agenda within the city. 00:07:05
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping lights or countdown as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes has 00:07:10
ended. 00:07:14
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person. 00:07:19
Welcome. 00:07:32
Good evening, Chairman. Boy, I am really excited that you're going to give a poetry presentation at the library. 00:07:34
I'm gonna come so. 00:07:42
Congratulations. 00:07:44
I'm I'm glad that you've changed the disclaimer. 00:07:46
So that it doesn't look like we're disruptive. 00:07:50
Persons out here. 00:07:53
And I I realize that you are by law. 00:07:56
To make that disclaimer. 00:07:59
I would I am attending along with other people and then the in the audience there in the chamber. 00:08:02
The class at the adult school. 00:08:09
And it's called hope and joy. 00:08:12
And it's run by two authors, and Jealous and Caroline Haskell. I've attended 4 meetings, and. 00:08:16
I find them a very sincere group of people. I do find a lack of diversity in their opinions. It tends to be. 00:08:25
Very. 00:08:34
Partisan. So I invite people who have different points of view. They just, they don't think that everything is white supremacy or. 00:08:36
Institutional racism. They have a different point of view. 00:08:47
Or you know, an alternate way of looking at things to attend the meeting, I think. 00:08:52
They don't want people just dropping in because I've had, I've seen people just drop in. They don't want that. They want people 00:08:57
who will come register and stay and I think they have six more sessions and I think it's a worthwhile event. 00:09:04
We've had some good discussions. 00:09:12
As I said, I I don't have the same opinion other people do, but I've gotten a lot out of it and I have respect for the people that 00:09:15
are leading this group. 00:09:19
I think what is needed is we need more participation here on the task force. You know that it's the same people coming here. We 00:09:25
only have three people today. 00:09:30
So I invite people not just to come on zoom. 00:09:36
But to come here in person and let's have some interaction going. 00:09:40
The the last meeting was about the website. We've talked about that on a number of sessions and a value statement. 00:09:45
An inclusive playgrounds and inclusive crosswalk. 00:09:56
I remember that coming up last week, I think in March. 00:10:00
And I'm almost out of time. But aren't we all inclusive as far as playgrounds across walks? Is there anybody excluded from 00:10:04
playgrounds and crosswalks? I didn't realize that, so thank you very much. 00:10:11
Thank you. 00:10:19
Welcome. 00:10:33
Colleen Ingram resident. Thank you very much. I appreciate. 00:10:37
The class. 00:10:44
Put out to the public and I do understand. 00:10:47
Exactly what Carol said, that it's it is a participatory class. 00:10:50
And they do want people to to commit to it. 00:10:54
I also want to point out that. 00:10:58
That sounded really nice and and welcoming. 00:11:02
But there was a letter posted in the Herald about this class that didn't sound very welcoming at all. 00:11:06
So it's really hard for people to. 00:11:13
Know where there's safe space to have these kind of conversations is. 00:11:17
It's been posted here. Please have something like this available. 00:11:21
In the school offers it free. 00:11:26
Because they they did as stated in the. 00:11:30
The letter $15,000 to sponsor this for the community. 00:11:34
And then that's being, that's being attacked. 00:11:38
As being propagand. 00:11:42
And not inclusive. 00:11:45
And as far as an inclusive playground. 00:11:47
That's where all children with all abilities. 00:11:50
Can play and not all children with all abilities. 00:11:54
Are welcome in those spaces that we have right now. 00:11:58
So that's what I hope we strive for as a city. 00:12:02
Thank you. 00:12:05
Thank you. 00:12:08
Thank you, Chair Bowie and the Task force. I'm Mike Gibbs. I'm a resident and member of the EDC. I'm speaking on my own behalf. So 00:12:16
I have a question. I know you're not going to answer it and some other City Council sometimes answers questions. 00:12:22
Next month, May 17th, is a 70th anniversary. 00:12:29
Of one of the most interesting and significant landmark civil rights cases. 00:12:33
Raise your hand if you know what it is. 00:12:39
May 17th, 1954, Brown versus the Board of Education overturned about 60 years of separate but equal when that was established. 00:12:43
In 1896 by ***** versus Ferguson. 00:12:52
And I know vote basically in the 1954 case said segregation is not the law of the land anymore. 00:12:55
I lived in Birmingham in 1961. I went to a segregated school. 00:13:05
It was a white school. There were still segregated black schools. They hadn't implemented that yet in Alabama, Georgia, 00:13:12
Washington. George Wallace was the governor. 00:13:17
The Governor of. 00:13:22
Georgia was a guy named Lester Maddox. 00:13:24
Not a particularly nice. 00:13:27
The governor of Arkansas was Orville Faubus. I don't know if any of you remember this. All three of these guys were Southern 00:13:30
Democrats who were never got out of the Reconstruction Era. 00:13:35
In 1957, a federal judge ordered. 00:13:42
Bob us to get out of the schoolhouse door at Central High in Little Rock, AR. He did not. 00:13:45
The next day, Republican presidential. 00:13:52
Republican President Dwight Eisenhower ordered. 00:13:55
The 101st Airborne Regular Army. 00:13:59
In the Little Rock to escort 9 kids. 00:14:02
Into Central High. I don't know if you remember the story. There's a couple great books on these nine kids. 00:14:06
They're called The Little Rock 9, you should read. 00:14:12
If you haven't done so. 00:14:15
The UCLA has a Civil Rights Project I. 00:14:18
Encourage you to go there. 00:14:22
And they talk about this in retrospective. 00:14:24
And the situation that they say is we have a re segregation, some of our schools are more segregated than they were. 00:14:27
In 1950, four 1968. 00:14:36
And I'm wondering why that is. 00:14:40
My granddaughter goes to a segregated school in downtown Oakland. Or did called Sankofa. 00:14:43
It's a it was an elementary school. She was 910, eleven years old. 00:14:49
And about 92% are minority kids. 00:14:54
The math achievement level in that school. 00:14:59
Is about grade level, is about 7%. 00:15:02
The English achievement level is about 14%. 00:15:06
And I'm just wondering. It's a segregated school. 00:15:10
Who in the world? 00:15:13
Thinks this this is a good idea. 00:15:14
And who could we who could we arrest for this kind of behavior? We're failing our kids. I know. I'm going to run out of time here. 00:15:17
Thank you, Mr. Gibbs. You're welcome. We're failing our kids. And I'm asking the DI Task Force what we're all going to. Thank you, 00:15:23
Mr. Thank you. What we're all going to do about it. Thank you, Mr. Thank you for your patience, Chairman. Thank you. 00:15:30
Welcome. Good evening. Name is Adam de Boer, Pacific Grove resident. 00:15:42
Good to see you all this evening. Sorry I missed last month's meeting. I also would like to thank the school board for offering 00:15:47
this class. I've been taking it as well, although we've been sick this last week. 00:15:52
It is a very interesting opportunity for people to engage with the idea that racism is not simply something that affects those who 00:15:59
are oppressed, but also those who are part of the group that is oppressing people. 00:16:05
There's a very frequent reaction to it that that somehow we're all supposed to feel guilty or feel bad about ourselves or so on 00:16:13
and so forth. And and I said it before in comments in this group and say it again, guilt is not the objective. Bad feeling is not 00:16:21
the objective. Engagement and understanding is the objective. It's mystifying to me how it is that so many people are afraid of 00:16:29
other people having voice, having their voice in the public sphere. That is what this task force exists to promote. 00:16:36
Is to hear from diversity of opinions and the sort of things that we are talking about in that class are really things that 00:16:45
suppress that opinion, both from the minority culture as well as the majority culture. There are things that white people learn 00:16:51
that they're not supposed to say in polite company, and that is a lot of what this course is talking about. So I am enjoying the 00:16:57
chance to engage there. 00:17:04
It's very interesting, the notion of brown versus Board of Education. I thank Mr. Gibbs for bringing that up because one of the 00:17:11
pieces of evidence that was brought forth in there was the sort of self hatred that was demonstrated by the black children. 00:17:19
In their rejection of the the black dolls rather than the white dolls and the preference for the white dolls. 00:17:28
And that same. 00:17:33
Notion of not harming children is being brought to bear in some of the challenges from the white supremacists in this country 00:17:36
around not teaching about the actual history of our country that it will make people make the white kids feel bad. 00:17:44
But there's a very important distinction between self hatred based on what you are taught about yourself and this. 00:17:53
Thing of acknowledging what people who are not you, but who look like you have done in the past. 00:18:02
And the intention of one is to belittle and oppress people and keep them in their place. The intention of the other is to 00:18:08
enlighten people and drive them to action, both personal and group action. So once again, thank you to the school district for 00:18:15
offering this class and I appreciate it very much, right. 00:18:21
Thank you. 00:18:28
Seeing no other, I'll now open general public comment to members of the public present remotely. 00:18:37
Thank you, Chair. 00:18:43
Beth, you have the floor. 00:18:45
Welcome, Umm. 00:18:46
Hi, this is Beth Walker. Thank you. I wanted to. 00:18:51
Make a couple things. I did send an e-mail which I know you guys all saw about. 00:18:58
Some. 00:19:06
Information about. 00:19:06
Or suggestions I should say about how to? 00:19:09
Make Caledonia Park a little more. 00:19:12
Wonderful for the for our entire community. So I sent it to you guys into the rec board. I did go to the rec board and present it. 00:19:15
Just so you guys all know so because one of the suggestions was for an inclusive playground, and I know that that's on your list, 00:19:24
so I wanted to make you aware of. 00:19:29
What was going on there? And then the next thing I wanted to bring up was the. 00:19:35
LBGTQ, AI plus Pride organizations on the Monterey Peninsula each have launched a. 00:19:42
UMM Youth Recognition Scholarship Program. 00:19:51
So there's varying amounts and. 00:19:58
Different qualifications for each one. So there's one for Pajaro Valley Pride, one for Salinas Valley Pride and then also Monterey 00:20:02
Peninsula Pride. So I just wanted to bring up that as query youth recognition. Typically I think some of them are in middle 00:20:10
school, most of them are high school, just to give some scholarship money for whatever. 00:20:18
Adventures they want, and it is to recognize outstanding queer youth and queer allies in the community. So you can go to any of 00:20:26
the websites and see what the qualifications and amounts are. And I just wanted to let everybody know that those things were going 00:20:32
on. So thank you very much and I appreciate you guys a lot. 00:20:38
Thank you. 00:20:47
No, their hands are raised chair. 00:20:49
I'll now close general public. 00:20:52
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. 00:20:56
Members of the task force, staff and public may remove an item from the consent agenda. 00:21:02
Any item removed for discussion will be moved to the end of the agenda. 00:21:07
Have there been any item removal requests? 00:21:12
No chair, I have no requests, seeing none. Is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? 00:21:16
Move to approve the consent agenda. 00:21:24
Is there a second I second? 00:21:26
To approve the consent agenda. 00:21:29
Thank you. All those in favor, please say aye. 00:21:32
Aye, aye. 00:21:36
The vote is unanimous 4 to 0, with one position vacant. 00:21:38
The March 11, 2024 minutes of the DEI Task Force have been approved. 00:21:43
Item number 8 on the regular agenda is a recommendation that the Task Force receive a resolution recognizing the month of May as 00:21:49
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage AAPI Month. 00:21:55
And recommend the City Council adopt at its first May meeting each year. 00:22:02
I'll provide a brief presentation, then there will be time for task force questions, then public comment on this item, Task force 00:22:07
discussion and then action. 00:22:11
Interestingly enough, I found an e-mail from several years ago, an e-mail draft that I had started for the City Council around 00:22:18
asking for recognition of AAPI month and that indirectly led me to applying for the task force. So this feels like a bit of a full 00:22:24
circle for me. 00:22:30
And what I'll note is that the month of May is typically recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. And 00:22:38
it's to recognize that underrepresented groups such as Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals have made 00:22:46
important and lasting cultural, civic, educational, military, and economic contributions to our country, state, and the City of 00:22:53
Pacific Grove since before the City of Pacific Groves founding. 00:23:01
It's a time to learn about the centuries old history of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander life in America. 00:23:09
Including stories and actions against racism, discrimination and prejudice. The resolution which I will read, declares that the 00:23:17
City Council annually confirms May as AAPI month in Pacific Grove. 00:23:24
And invites all residents to celebrate the cultures, accomplishments, and contributions of Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific 00:23:32
Islander individuals and communities, and encourages all residents to support equality, justice, and the opportunity to prosper 00:23:40
for underrepresented groups such as Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander individuals, families, groups, and communities. 00:23:48
And one thing. Another thing that I will note is when a recommendation comes from a group such as the Task Force. 00:23:56
It is that it's a recommendation, it's not a requirement. And so when we send it to the City Council, particularly as a 00:24:05
proclamation comes under the mayor's name, there may be changes made and I think that was noted with the last one, so. 00:24:12
So the proclamation as drafted reads. 00:24:20
Whereas each year the federal, state and local governments observe Asian American and Pacific Islander AAPI Month during the month 00:24:24
of May as a time to honour, commemorate and celebrate the contributions of and accomplishments by members of the Asian, Native 00:24:32
Hawaiian and Pacific Islander communities across the country and in Pacific Grove. 00:24:40
And whereas the arrival of Chinese settlers and their families predated the founding of the city of Pacific Grove, created a 00:24:48
fishing industry, supported scientific research, built the railroad through town, and survived the burning of their village and 00:24:55
whereas despite segregation and discrimination over the past two centuries. 00:25:02
Pacific Groves Asian American residents contributed to our city's economic, health and culture, fought bravely while their 00:25:09
families were incarcerated in internment camps during World War 2, arrived as immigrants to teach militarily strategic foreign 00:25:16
languages to service members at the DLI. FLC worked and continued to work as professionals, entrepreneurs, and essential workers 00:25:23
in many fields. 00:25:30
And whereas Asians, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders have served and continue to serve as public servants. 00:25:38
Educators, business owners, artists, activists, writers, healers, creators, volunteers, colleagues, neighbors, friends, and much 00:25:47
more in our community, state, and country, and their presence and values enrich our nation's character, shape our common future, 00:25:55
and affirm that the promise of liberty and justice in America belongs to all. 00:26:03
And whereas during this month, we must also shed light on the systemic inequities that adversely affect our AAPI communities. 00:26:13
Such as anti API Asian Pacific Islander racial violence and discrimination, which became more apparent throughout the pandemic. 00:26:22
And whereas in our efforts to make Pacific Grove a more welcoming and inclusive city acknowledging the diversity of 00:26:32
underrepresented groups and communities, the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force recommends the proclamation of Asian 00:26:38
American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May of each year. 00:26:45
And therefore. 00:26:52
Concludes with the paragraph if the Mayor chooses to proclaim May 1st through May 31st, 2024 as Asian American and Pacific 00:26:54
Islander Month and encourage all citizens to recognize the significance of Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander heritage 00:27:01
and history and our nation and city. 00:27:07
So that is the resolution. 00:27:15
And we'll have an opportunity following public comment. 00:27:17
To discuss. 00:27:22
So are there any questions? 00:27:23
We're going to discuss this as the task force after public comment. Yes, that's right. After a presentation by the task force 00:27:29
members, we typically will answer any questions and then we'll go out to public comment and then we'll come back after having 00:27:36
heard public comment, then we'll be able to discuss. 00:27:42
And then take. 00:27:49
We choose, OK. 00:27:51
So now it's time for public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed to the Task 00:27:56
Force, not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. 00:28:03
Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond 00:28:11
according to council policy. 00:28:15
I will now open public comment on the AAPI resolution recommendation to members of the public present remotely. 00:28:21
Do we have any comments? 00:28:38
Clerk di Coordinator Handel from the public. 00:28:41
No hands online. 00:28:46
Our hands are raised. Thank you. 00:28:48
I will now open public comment on the resolution recommendation to those in person. 00:28:51
Welcome. 00:29:01
Thank you, Chair. Still Mike Gibbs. And I'm still on the EDC. I'm still speaking in my own behalf. 00:29:03
Excuse me? 00:29:09
If whoever gets up, I try not to talk too loud, but they should lean into the microphone. I had a hard time hearing Mr. Devore's. 00:29:11
The I'm sure that you're all aware of the NOAA building. It's commonly referred to NOAA building. It's at the end of a lighthouse 00:29:20
over there by the. 00:29:25
Golf course. And if you ever looked at it, there are murals on four sides. 00:29:31
Wonderful murals by an artist who's from Alaska called Name is Ray Troll. 00:29:37
And they're just magnificent. It's now privately owned, but if you ever go out there you will see a picture. One of the vignettes 00:29:43
is a Japanese abalone diver, and it happens to be a woman. 00:29:50
So next time you go out there, take a look at that. It would be great to have a kind of a history of the mural because it 00:29:57
identifies a lot of things like that. My second comment is that. 00:30:02
I know if you saw the front page of the. 00:30:09
San Francisco chronically yesterday and they had an outstanding article about. 00:30:12
The Japanese in San Francisco and what happened to them in 1941, right? You all know a chair referenced President Roosevelts 00:30:18
executive order. 00:30:23
120,000 Japanese, mainly on the West Coast, were gathered up, asked to report to centers and then placed into detention. 00:30:28
80,000 of them, 80,000 of them, were American citizens. 00:30:36
Men, women, children and families were carted off. 00:30:40
To camps. 00:30:44
OK, it talks about them coming back and re integrating in society. They went back to work. They re established themselves, but 00:30:45
only at about half the level. 00:30:50
That was there about 1400 in Japan town it's about 7-8 hundred I. 00:30:56
When they were released in about 19451946. 00:31:01
The last thing I want to say about that is that my wife is from a small town called Kingsburg. It's in the Central Valley. It's a 00:31:05
farming community, Japanese, Armenian, Swedish. Now it's primarily Hispanic community. 00:31:11
However, my grandparents my in laws went to school. 00:31:17
In Kingsburg, 19411942 and after they passed away, we were looking at their yearbooks, 1941. 00:31:23
There were about 20% of the class. 00:31:30
At high school. 00:31:33
Or Japanese. 00:31:35
Guess what? You look at the pictures from the next year. 00:31:36
They're all gone. 00:31:40
You don't know this until you see such a shocking. 00:31:42
Representation of this I didn't I we saw this five or six years ago and commented on it. 00:31:46
And the local group farmers, including my father-in-law, took over some of the farms and handed them back. If you're first 00:31:53
generation, you're called easy. If you're the second generation, you're called easy. 00:31:59
And there's a niece league. 00:32:05
And my father-in-law was elected president of the was elected president of the Nisi League. When they all came back. I just wanted 00:32:06
to thank you, Mr. Gibbs. I just wanted to share that story. Thank you. 00:32:11
Welcome. Thank you, Carol. Mark, we're back again. I. 00:32:24
My grandchildren if they did adna test would be. 00:32:29
Japanese, maybe 25%. And I I'm thinking this world that's very popular intersectionality. 00:32:33
And I think that the the California population is becoming increasingly intersectional. 00:32:40
In terms of race? 00:32:49
I don't know about gender that I can't report, but Sandy lied and we had a wonderful book. I don't know if you're aware of it. It 00:32:51
was probably one of the best books I ever read about the Asian population in Central California. 00:32:58
We had Chinese villages in Santa Cruz. 00:33:07
In Watsonville. 00:33:12
Salinas, you know, Chinatown. They go where Dorothy's kitchen is. That was Chinatown. And there's a wonderful Chinese. 00:33:13
Uh, church. They're not church, but umm. 00:33:21
What's word anyway? There's also a Japanese. 00:33:26
Buddhist temple. 00:33:31
It's right about a block from Dorothy's kitchen. 00:33:33
At Lobos, we had the first people there were Chinese. 00:33:36
And so I think we need to get over the idea. 00:33:42
The Pacific Grove was very guilty because we burned down the Chinese village, which was down by Hopkins Marine Station. There's no 00:33:45
proof of that. There's always that implication. Was it true? It could have been. There's no definite proof of it. So we have to 00:33:52
get over this white guilt thing and we have to honor people who are Asian and they're talking about Elmery. **** has that open 00:33:59
space down by Chautauqua. 00:34:05
And the last Council meeting? 00:34:13
I have a little bit more time. Was talking about a moon gate there instead of that gazebo that is falling apart. 00:34:16
Let's put up a moon gate and honor the Chinese. 00:34:23
That have lived all around the Central Coast here. 00:34:28
And we all want to respect them. So thank you. 00:34:32
Thank you. 00:34:37
No other public comment. I will now close public comment and bring the resolution recommendation back to the task force for 00:34:46
discussion and act. 00:34:50
Yes. 00:35:01
While I do want to make reference to the article in the San Francisco Chronicle yesterday, which I thought was a. 00:35:05
You know that particular history. 00:35:13
Is emblematic or symbolic of. I'm sure similar histories all throughout. 00:35:15
Primarily the the West Coast here. I thought it was an excellent and also heartbreaking because of what the ultimate. 00:35:20
Result was of. 00:35:32
Of the. 00:35:35
During the Second World War. 00:35:37
You know, I don't. I think that this what you've presented is wonderful. I think it's thoughtful. I. 00:35:41
Just like the Proclamation of Black History Month. 00:35:52
I think it's. 00:35:56
Yeah, it's thoughtful and. 00:35:58
Again, another way of. 00:36:00
Of acknowledging. 00:36:03
Directly. 00:36:05
You know, the experience, the presence, the history of Asian American Pacific island. 00:36:07
Hawaiian folks, So. 00:36:14
I I really approve of it. 00:36:16
Thank you. 00:36:21
Any further discussion? 00:36:23
I'm wondering if you could maybe reread a portion of it when you talked about the violence. 00:36:27
Which Asians have experienced. 00:36:34
And then you you mentioned during. 00:36:38
The pandemic was that that was in the side that was not. 00:36:42
In this in the proclamation right? I'm just wondering. I need clarity for myself that. 00:36:46
You're referring to the violence in general and not specific incidents that occurred in Pacific Grove. 00:36:53
That's a great question and great clarification, So says. Whereas during this month we must also shed light on the systemic 00:37:02
inequities that adversely affect our AAPI communities, such as anti API racial violence and discrimination, which became more 00:37:09
apparent throughout the pandemic. It's a general statement. I have personal knowledge of threats that were made to an elderly 00:37:16
Asian man in Pacific Grove, but more. 00:37:23
More generally, it's just a statement about instances that happened within our region, our state and our country. Thank you. Sure. 00:37:30
And. 00:37:45
Yeah. And I think I, I will admit that I am Vietnamese American. And so it perhaps has a special depth or resonance for me and 00:37:47
having gone to school here and having friends and relatives who. 00:37:54
Had families who went through the internment camps and very experienced various types of discrimination. It is something that 00:38:02
perhaps I'm a little more closely tied to than other recognitions. 00:38:08
And I also think it's it's so important. 00:38:14
In our history that there is what can be read. 00:38:19
But there is also listening first hand to the experiences of those who have experienced it. And I'll sort of go back again to the 00:38:22
library because there are some wonderful oral histories that are collected within our library of people from our community just 00:38:29
talking about their lives here and their experiences. And one of the things that I had hoped, I don't know that it ever happened 00:38:37
was the family who had the long term dry cleaning business. When the business finally closed, I thought oh. 00:38:44
There was an opportunity to get that that story, because all of those things that we read about in the newspaper and history 00:38:52
books, about internment and so on happened to this particular family. 00:38:57
Streets away from where we are now. 00:39:03
So yeah, but anyway, thank you all for. 00:39:06
Listening so well. Thank you. Umm, just another slight aside. Uh, do you happen to know if there was a Japanese internment camp 00:39:10
located in Salinas? 00:39:15
I'm sorry, this is a task force discussion. Yes, there was a loading spot, if you will, at the rodeo grounds where people from 00:39:22
throughout the the community and the county were brought and held so with their possessions. And then there was not an actual camp 00:39:30
that was located within our area. 00:39:37
Elsewhere in California, there was or families were sent to. 00:39:46
Nevada or Utah, I believe in some of those areas. 00:39:51
Thank you for clarifying that. 00:39:55
You said that there are first person accounts in the library. Here I. 00:40:01
Do you have any more detail about that or? 00:40:08
Most libraries collect those and. 00:40:44
Make them available. 00:40:47
OK. Thank you. 00:40:49
Since you are connected to the library and active at the library, is it possible to request that they have you know there were a 00:40:51
number of books mentioned? 00:40:56
Today as well that they haven't bring those out. 00:41:01
And have maybe a display or or a. 00:41:05
Kind of highlight highlight books on this topic. Typically libraries will do. If it's a particular month, they'll they'll 00:41:09
highlight books in their collection, materials in their collection. But I would encourage anyone to visit the library and they'll 00:41:14
find that they're very welcoming folks and they're very interested in hearing ideas from the community and sharing about what they 00:41:19
have. 00:41:25
Yeah. Thank you. 00:41:31
With no further discussion then, is there a motion to approve recommending this resolution to the City Council? 00:41:35
I move that we recommend the approval of this motion. 00:41:42
Of to the City Council, the resolution, The resolution to the great thank you. Is there a second? 00:41:46
All those in favor, please say aye. 00:41:59
Aye, the vote is unanimous. 4 to 0 with one position vacant. 00:42:01
So item number 8B on our regular agenda is an update on the DEI Resources web page. An update means that it will be an update and 00:42:08
not an action item. So Secretary Hoops will provide a brief update, then there will be task Force questions, then public comment 00:42:16
on this on this item, task force discussion and then no action. 00:42:23
Secretary Hoops. OK, thank you. The last discussion was a nice. 00:42:32
Segue into this too, because one of the things that we've been talking about with regard to the web page is how do we connect? 00:42:37
Different community resources into the web page, including library resources. And how do we get some of those books? Oral 00:42:46
histories? 00:42:50
Into one spot where they're available. So just wanted to kind of highlight that that's something that right now city it has been 00:42:55
working on. 00:42:59
To integrate into the web page. 00:43:04
And at this moment, the update I've gotten just earlier this month is that all the content is actually on the web page. There's 00:43:07
just some work being done on navigation and just making sure all the links are working correctly. Everything had to be. 00:43:14
Kind of. 00:43:22
Compiled a little differently than we had first envisioned it, just to get everything. 00:43:23
You know, able to be navigated, but it's all there and my hope is that we can have a chance to review that at the May. 00:43:28
Meeting. 00:43:38
That's my anticipation, but it is. 00:43:40
On its way. 00:43:43
Thank you. Any questions? 00:43:47
Or secretary hoops. 00:43:50
So then we'll move to public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed to the Task 00:43:55
Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. Public comment is 00:44:02
encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a viewpoint neutral 00:44:10
manner according to Council policy and I will now open public comment on the DEI Resources webpage to those here in person. 00:44:18
Welcome again. I think I'm going to have to go to public. Comment Addiction Anonymous. 00:44:34
The I think. 00:44:42
Task force member who has mentioned the segue or somebody did. 00:44:45
From the previous discussion to the to the website, it would be nice to have. 00:44:48
On the website you know if you have a proclamation for example like you just had to feature it on the website. I don't know if 00:44:53
that's going to be part of it or not. 00:44:56
Uh, task force member Freiburger mentioned. You know, what are the books. 00:45:00
There are, in terms of the internment, there are really, I mean there's there's a huge number of books. I checked. The library 00:45:04
couple that I read are not there. There's a great one about the kids in the impermanent camp playing sports and competing with 00:45:11
other kids and other, you know, in other schools that were not interred and the motivation and the passion they had. 00:45:18
To demonstrate their commitment to their culture and to the United States through through sports. So it'd be good to feature. I 00:45:26
don't know if it'd be possible if people could recommend books for the website when there are special events. I'd like to see 00:45:33
something like that where the public could say, could we feature this, You guys would have to. 00:45:39
Would have to bet that and see if they fit in. That would be a good idea or or maybe if people have you know, local experiences. 00:45:48
Maybe reach out and say, you know, were you here or were your grandparents here, or you have a story that you'd like to tell. 00:45:56
About, you know, living in Pacific Grove, that would be relative to your mission. So anyhow, I don't have any other comments. I'm 00:46:04
looking forward to seeing what's on the website, but the more interactive it is, the more it asks for input, the more updated it 00:46:09
is. And interesting it is. I think it would be good. Thank you. 00:46:14
Thank you. 00:46:21
Being no other public comment in person. 00:46:27
Do we have any public comment remotely? 00:46:30
I'm doing at Santiago's raised chair. OK, I will now close public comment. 00:46:33
And I'll bring the DEI Resources web page update back to the task force. Is there any discussion? 00:46:39
I think kind of on the subject of. 00:46:49
Keeping the web page updated. 00:46:51
I'm wondering if we can, as a task force, kind of consider how we want to. 00:46:54
Approach review of the web page when it does come. 00:47:00
Back to us. 00:47:04
Or is that something that we're going to do kind of sit and go through? 00:47:08
Resource. By resource or you know, I mean we have put all these resources out there and we. 00:47:12
I've talked about intending to add to them and accept, you know. 00:47:20
Public recommendations and have a comment suggestion box. 00:47:23
But I'm wondering on this first go around if we need sort of a. 00:47:28
Structured way to approach a. 00:47:34
Looking at it when it comes to us. 00:47:38
And what the task force thinks. 00:47:40
I'm seeing heads nodding so. 00:47:44
Yeah. Any any comments? 00:47:47
Yeah, I mean I think that's probably the, you know, the One Direction to take is to. 00:47:50
Evaluate things. I'm not sure if this means. 00:47:57
That we you know. 00:48:00
How much we? 00:48:03
Take, you know, time and energy and effort for. 00:48:05
Everything that comes comes in, I'm not sure. 00:48:09
How that how that would necessarily work, but I think, I think the whole idea, the spirit of this is to get. 00:48:13
Public input into. 00:48:19
You know to. 00:48:21
If possible, you know see if we can include it. 00:48:24
If OK if what I'm saying is that. 00:48:29
That I. 00:48:34
That's certainly the spirit of this is to take public comments and to take them in and to, you know, give it. 00:48:37
You know the best effort we can to include as much? Uh. 00:48:43
You know, in the way of resources and information and education really. 00:48:48
Vice Chair, I think in terms of process, which is what your question was, how do we review? I can see maybe several steps in this 00:48:56
that we each review individually because it is going to be very detailed. 00:49:02
Work that we have a chance to spend some time with it individually and then maybe have a working meeting where we share our notes 00:49:10
and work through it. 00:49:14
Piece by piece, it's going to be a bit painstaking and I don't know if we have a separate work meeting for something like that 00:49:19
because it's going to be a. 00:49:24
I don't want to say tedious, but it's going to be very detail oriented. But so I think I I see two steps in the process, 00:49:31
individual work and then. 00:49:35
Joint work. 00:49:40
Yeah. And I think it's, it's interesting to sort of think about the web page from a different couple of different perspectives. 00:49:42
And one is that this is going to be our first time doing something like this. And we've really built it over the last couple years 00:49:48
with public input and sort of what are the things that the public is asking for information education about and what ways does the 00:49:54
public want to continue to provide input into the web page. So there's that. And then there's sort of our responsibility as a task 00:50:00
force to make sure that. 00:50:07
We are aware that the web page has current relevant resources and that we periodically have it checked so that there aren't broken 00:50:13
links and there aren't things that are no longer there, so they're sort of that piece too. 00:50:21
And then it's also a fact that we are a task force that the participants change overtime where city volunteers and we're also a 00:50:29
brown Act owned task force which means our work is done in public and if there's any work done to advance an item that really is 00:50:37
more detailed work. We typically will appoint subcommittees. So two people or one person to then sort of. 00:50:46
Do the work that is then brought to the task force as a whole at a public meeting so that we can get public comment and do that 00:50:55
sort of fine tuning and what I might suggest sort of taking all of these ideas is a. 00:51:02
I'm doing this appropriately and then I think we might want to then have a subcommittee appointed that would then if there were 00:51:46
public comments that came in. 00:51:51
Periodically check the web page, and then periodically, maybe two to three times a year, come back at an agendized item at the 00:51:58
meeting to recommend new things for the web page or to recommend things be updated or something and clerk, DI coordinator and does 00:52:04
that all sort of fit with. 00:52:10
How a Brown Act Committee could work, Yes. Correct. OK. 00:52:17
And does that make sense? I mean, it's kind of multiple steps and layers, but I think we are all very committed to making sure 00:52:21
that this is useful for the public and really represents the full breadth of diversity, equity and inclusion resources. 00:52:29
For a public. And does that comport with what you were thinking, Secretary Hoops. Yes, thank you. I just wanted to be prepared 00:52:38
when? 00:52:41
We did bring it back that we kind of knew. 00:52:45
What to do with it? Once it was here, so yes, thank you. 00:52:47
Yes. So I think if I May 2nd Secretary groups for the chair. I believe that the. 00:52:51
That the website could be displayed prior to it going live as well. I think we have that opportunity to do that. 00:52:57
If if that's what the. 00:53:06
Task Force. 00:53:08
So have it displayed here. 00:53:10
For us to review and then. 00:53:12
Have comments, public comments come in, be able to do it at the meeting and then have it go live once that meeting, right? Yeah, 00:53:15
it's still not in final form and you wanted to have further discussions regarding it, I believe. I believe that could be 00:53:19
accomplished. 00:53:24
I can confirm with it, but I believe that can be accomplished. 00:53:29
Yeah. Does that sound just so that would work secretary hoops with what you've been working on? I think that's a good idea just to 00:53:33
get any final. 00:53:37
Know what? What is being sent out to be live before we? 00:53:42
It's ending. OK, good. And of course we all recognize any any web page is sort of a living document and it'll grow and change and 00:53:47
respond to really community need and what the task force is seeing and hearing as well, so. 00:53:54
So I think we have a sort of a plan forward. We will hope to get it. 00:54:02
The draft web page agenda is for the May meeting and then perhaps at the May meeting then make the decision to go live or we may 00:54:07
decide to have a retreat. That sort of is the next step if we feel there's a lot more work that needs to be done. And then we 00:54:14
would also then get a subcommittee of two people then appointed to then continue the work once the web page was live and then 00:54:21
bring it back. So we would decide how off. 00:54:28
In fact, it would probably go on a work plan. We would decide how often it would be brought back to the task force per year. 00:54:35
And I know that there was also something that we had talked about at a previous meeting about having a suggestion box or a link or 00:54:41
something that the public could put suggested resources in. And then if we had a subcommittee, then they could receive that 00:54:47
information, sort of go through it and come back with recommendations. 00:54:53
OK. All right. So I think we know where we're going. And thank you so much, Secretary Hoops, for a subcommittee of one. 00:55:01
Really appreciate it. Thank you. And thank you to the city staff and IT staff who are doing this as well because they're taking 00:55:09
all the lists and the words and turning it into something that's useful and. 00:55:14
Thank you. 00:55:20
OK. And so now we're going to move to item 8C. 00:55:23
And that's a recommendation that the council adopt the proposed value statements on diversity and equity. And those were included 00:55:27
in the agenda report. For the agenda item, Vice Chair Freiberger and Secretary Hoops will provide a brief presentation. Then 00:55:35
there'll be a time for task force questions, then public comment on this item, then Task Force discussion and action. 00:55:43
Vice Chair Freiberger and Secretary Hoops. 00:55:53
Presentation please. 00:55:55
Can we pull up the PowerPoint? 00:55:59
From this place. 00:56:02
Thank you SO. 00:56:14
Secretary Hoops and I were. 00:56:16
Are on the subcommittee to. 00:56:19
To write to two of the value statements, one has already been. 00:56:24
Accepted by the Council. 00:56:29
Next slide. 00:56:33
So basically we're going to. 00:56:39
Review the first statement that's already up there for inclusion, just to provide the context for the other two so that we're not. 00:56:42
When we wrote those, we kept the first one in mind and didn't repeat what was in there. 00:56:48
And so we'll present those two and then have the. 00:56:56
Discussion and. 00:57:00
Next slide. 00:57:02
So I'll read the inclusion value statement again for the city care recommended for the City Council. 00:57:06
We cultivate an environment of trust and respect for all residents and visitors alike. 00:57:14
We strive to ensure that our actions are inclusive and reflective of the diverse community of which we aim to be. 00:57:21
So that has already been accepted and is on the website. 00:57:29
So the two that we have. 00:57:34
Suggested. 00:57:36
The Diversity statement. 00:57:38
We believe that diversity of backgrounds, experience and beliefs. 00:57:41
Enrich our lives and community. 00:57:46
And that our differences in addition to our similarities. 00:57:49
Provide an environment for informed and responsive decision making and outcomes. 00:57:54
OK. And the next slide please. The equity value statement that we're proposing is we strive to understand the unique makeup of our 00:58:03
community so that we can provide equitable representation, access and opportunity to each of its members. 00:58:09
And this is where we bring it back to the task force for questions. 00:58:21
Thank you, vice chair and secretary. 00:58:27
Are there any questions? 00:58:30
Right seeing none, I'll move to public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed 00:58:39
to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive task Force action. Public 00:58:46
comment is encouraged if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a 00:58:53
viewpoint neutral manner according to Council policy. 00:59:00
I will now open public comments on draft value statements for the City Council to members of the public present remotely. 00:59:08
Are there any Members present? 00:59:15
Thank you, Chair. We do have bath. 00:59:17
You have the floor. 00:59:20
Welcome. 00:59:22
Hi, this is Beth Walker. I just wanted to say that I. 00:59:25
I think both statements are very well written and I anticipate our City Council adopting them. Thank you. 00:59:29
No further hands raised online. 00:59:40
Thank you. I'll now open public comment on draft value statements for the City Council to those in person. 00:59:43
Welcome. 01:00:02
I did. OK. Thank you. So you should have in front of you a. 01:00:05
It's a little handout, or threefold. It looks like this. 01:00:09
And I would just. 01:00:16
Directors if you, if you do the centerfold. 01:00:18
On the inside, it's kind of in yellow here, and there's a value statement. 01:00:21
And I appreciate the work that the subcommittee has done. I have a slightly different opinion. 01:00:25
And I made this comment before about equity. I think people are confused about equity. Most people understand what? 01:00:30
Equality is so I'll just read this so the people who are not here can hear this. 01:00:37
And this is statement by Abraham Lincoln at his inaugural address. 01:00:44
At the end, he says we are not enemies, but friends. 01:00:48
We must not be enemies, though passion may have been strained. 01:00:51
It must not break our bonds of affection. 01:00:55
It goes on to say the Mystic chords of memory stretching. 01:00:59
From every living heart will swell once again when touched. 01:01:03
As surely they will be. 01:01:06
But the better angels? 01:01:09
Of our nature. 01:01:11
Some of you have probably heard this before. 01:01:12
Why not have a statement like this? 01:01:15
Appealing to the better angels of all of our nature. 01:01:18
You all know he gave this in 1861. You know what happened next? 01:01:22
Terrible time for the United States. 01:01:26
I've directed to the statement right after. 01:01:29
Abraham Lincoln's a name, and this I would ask you to include. 01:01:32
Perhaps in your thinking in your value statement? 01:01:36
It is citizenship is the common thread that connects all Americans. 01:01:39
We are nation bound, not by race. 01:01:45
Not by religion. 01:01:47
But the shared values of freedom? 01:01:49
Liberty and equality. 01:01:51
I'd like to see something like that in your statement and chair. Bowie did mention at the beginning that you did collaborate or 01:01:55
work with groups that are consistent with your values. I'm not quite it's not exactly what you said. 01:02:02
I would. I would. I'm making a formal request and I can make it in writing. 01:02:09
That the group called Braver Angels. So there is a group that's brand new, five months old. 01:02:14
And it is brought together to depolarize what's going on in this country right now. Depolarize. 01:02:20
It is made-up of people from the right. 01:02:27
And. 01:02:30
Left out numbers the right about 3:00 to 1:00 in Monterey County. 01:02:31
I'm a member of this group. We have about 30 people that get together and we talk about tough issues. We talk about things that 01:02:34
are tearing us apart and and the issue is to find common ground. I hope that's what you are doing also. 01:02:41
I would be glad. Or if you don't want me, I have my blue Co chair. 01:02:48
Deanna Ross. She would be glad to come and make a presentation about how we could work. 01:02:52
With a task force. 01:02:56
On a common objectives in the community, we're working on projects in the community. 01:02:58
And if you would please, the website is here. If you would, go look at braverangels.org to find out more, thank you. Thank you for 01:03:03
your thank you for your patience. 01:03:07
Welcome. 01:03:22
I just wanted the the statements all look mostly good to me, to the the copy editor and me cannot avoid pointing out that it 01:03:28
should be enriches the diversity enriches rather than diversity and rich. But otherwise I think that is a good work. Thank you. 01:03:37
Thank you. 01:03:47
Seeing no other public comment, I will now close public comment and bring the draft value statements for the City Council item to 01:03:56
the Task Force for discussion and action. 01:04:01
Is there any discussion? 01:04:06
Statements that I put in there is. 01:04:30
That I've heard when I started getting. 01:04:35
On the task force about. 01:04:39
Different friendships. He's only divide us. And there was the theme in. 01:04:44
That kept bringing that up. 01:04:52
And I think looking at differences. 01:04:54
Along with similarities actually empowers us. 01:04:59
Because it is in hearing differences of opinion, whether it's right and left, whether it's. 01:05:03
Introvert. Extrovert, whatever the differences may be these. 01:05:10
Hearing these and including these. 01:05:14
And and paying attention to them in the decision making process of the council, because again it's geared towards the council 01:05:17
doing their work. 01:05:22
On behalf of the community. 01:05:27
That listening to the differences and providing. 01:05:29
The access to everybody equally. 01:05:33
That. 01:05:39
Enrich us, make our decision making process better and. 01:05:42
Hopefully meet the needs of the community. 01:05:47
Thank you. It's really helpful to hear how public comment and the thinking sort of helped inform the statement. 01:05:56
Other discussion. 01:06:06
I guess just my. 01:06:09
Senses that differences aren't necessary don't necessarily divisive. OK, they're differences and. 01:06:10
And I think the one of the focus of this task force is to address underrepresented people's. 01:06:19
Because that in itself is a difference. 01:06:27
And. 01:06:30
And I I definitely agree with Natalie that this is really about empowering all of us. 01:06:32
It's about empowering all of us and not just. 01:06:40
Who we think? 01:06:44
We represent. 01:06:46
So thank you. 01:06:48
Yeah. And I appreciate seeing that. There was a second comment there after similarities because that sort of jumped out at me from 01:06:53
that. So that's, yes, that was great. And I think, yeah, I think the diversity statement is a good. 01:06:59
A good way of looking at our community and looking at the ways our differences make us stronger. 01:07:06
For equity, I'd like to most of it for me. I was trying to go back to some of our earlier discussions of equity and I think one of 01:07:12
the things that's challenging when you look at equity's. 01:07:18
Is it also has to do with our country's history and our the heritage of the people in our community, but also our shared heritage 01:07:26
as Americans that. 01:07:32
Where inequities were sort of baked into the system and baked into. 01:07:40
Certainly in Pacific Grove, for example, we were a segregated community because there were rules against who could buy and rent 01:07:45
and so on, but that's not unique to our community that was also throughout the country. 01:07:50
And so, umm. 01:07:56
To my way of looking at equity and understanding equity, one of the ways. 01:07:58
Or looking at the ways that. 01:08:03
Persons with disabilities were kept out of so many things like playgrounds, but sidewalks and buildings and so on for so long, and 01:08:07
that's part of the history. 01:08:12
Our history, our country's history, our architectural history on any of those things. 01:08:18
And so that's. 01:08:24
Because of federal laws changing and requirements. 01:08:25
Things are less. 01:08:29
Inequitable now, but it wasn't something that just Pacific Grove did or just an individual did. It's part of more of that 01:08:30
systemic. 01:08:34
System that we're looking at education, you know, I mean, so there's a lot of examples but I wonder if there's a way of so we 01:08:40
strive to understand the unique makeup of our community, but we also. 01:08:45
Want to understand the the our shared our history and our heritage and and then I think this is incredibly important so that we 01:08:53
the City Council, the city can provide equitable representation access and opportunity. And I just thought to each of its members 01:09:00
to each person is really what we're talking about to every person so. 01:09:08
Just some of my thoughts with looking, looking at that and the difference between equity and equality. 01:09:17
I wonder if anybody has any thoughts about sort of those two parts to it. 01:09:26
I agree with that. 01:09:35
Looking at this. 01:09:37
You're right, they can't. We. 01:09:39
We can't just take. 01:09:42
The current makeup and take a look at that. It has to be in the context of. 01:09:44
Having eyes on what has happened historically, so I like your idea about adding language in there. 01:09:49
You know whether it's to say something like through. 01:09:59
A historical lens or through a lens on our. 01:10:02
Not just our community, but our country. 01:10:05
Our region's. 01:10:08
And I think the change to to each person is. 01:10:12
Completely appropriate because that also we've talked about wanting to be inclusive of visitors who are coming to the community's. 01:10:16
And not just those that exist here in this community, so. 01:10:26
I like those changes, I'm. 01:10:31
I mean, is this something we can? 01:10:32
Reflect on now and kind of put that language in to make a recommendation or. 01:10:36
Do you think it's something that should come back? 01:10:41
Well, that's that's a good question. 01:10:44
Clark DI Coordinator Is it possible to separate the two parts and to approve one part but have another part brought back? Or do we 01:10:48
need to look at it, look at it as a whole? 01:10:53
You could. You could do it either way. You could you'd separate the question. You could move to, change if and and move that way 01:10:59
because you are working on it, so you can do separate motions. 01:11:06
Separate the questions, definitely, or you can bring them back. 01:11:14
However you like. 01:11:19
OK, so so may I suggest that we keep them together because they'll be brought this way, they'll be brought to the council 01:11:21
together, and it will just be one act. If we separate them, then we're creating more work for the council and I don't mind 01:11:26
postponing. 01:11:31
Taking the time out and reworking. 01:11:38
And bringing them back to the main meeting descent. 01:11:40
The subcommittee OK with that? That's fine by me. And remember to donate. Yeah, just to when I was listening, I was thinking that 01:11:45
I. 01:11:50