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And so I will call the May 11th, 2024 regular meeting of the City of Pacific Groves Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to 00:00:56
order at 6:01 PM. 00:01:02
City Clerk DI Coordinator Kendell, would you please take A roll call vote. 00:01:09
Yes. 00:01:14
Chair Bowie. 00:01:15
Present Secretary Hoops present as course member donay. 00:01:17
Absent today is Vice Chair Freiburger. 00:01:23
Thank you. 00:01:28
Item number two is the approval of the agenda. That's our meeting road map, published 72 hours before each meeting, online and in 00:01:29
print so the public knows what items the task force will be discussing. As has been my practice, I'll give a little background 00:01:36
before each agenda item. One of the ways we want to be an inclusive city is to make sure if it's somebody's first meeting, 00:01:43
official city meeting, that they have an understanding of what's going on. 00:01:49
So for the approval of the agenda, new items cannot be added to the agenda, but item 2 provides the task force an opportunity to 00:01:57
review the agenda for any changes. 00:02:02
And I'll 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 00:02:07
force member participates remotely. 00:02:12
The three of us are here, so I move to approve the agenda as presented. Is there a second? 00:02:18
I second. 00:02:25
All those in favor, please say aye, aye. 00:02:27
The vote is unanimous 3 to 0, with Vice Chair Freiberger absent and one position vacant. 00:02:32
Item number three on the agenda is presentations. 00:02:39
It's the practice of this task force that agendize. Presentations are the result of invitations from the task force through staff 00:02:43
to agencies, organizations, and departments who have a correlation with the work of the task force. 00:02:49
And there is no presentation scheduled for tonight I. 00:02:57
#4 is task force and staff announcements. City related items only? Are there any task force announcements? 00:03:02
Member donate. 00:03:15
Is it appropriate for me to comment on the? 00:03:19
Walk of Remembrance at this point, this is where you could make any announcements pertaining to the city. OK yeah. I just want to 00:03:23
acknowledge that the, the Walk of Remembrance, as I'm sure all of you know happened this weekend. It was really a weekend of the 00:03:30
Walk of Remembrance. There were, there was downtown Friday night and then certainly the Saturday walk and. 00:03:37
Other presentations, a second presentation. Sandy Leighton also gave a presentation on Saturday and then Sunday there was a 00:03:46
gathering at Point Louis. So I certainly want to. 00:03:53
Acknowledge that and honor the city for promoting it. I also want to acknowledge that the Guacamole Foundation gave. 00:04:01
A special honor to our chair, Chair Bowie, For all the work she has done, yeah. 00:04:13
In promoting, you know, Asian American, Pacific Island, Native Hawaiian peoples and also. 00:04:22
I just wanted to mention that this was a young man was was had. 00:04:32
A table full of these. 00:04:39
Brooks, which are from for K through 12, they're called Make Us Visible and it's it says Community begins locally and it's a 00:04:44
coloring book of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who contributed to our countries history. And I think 00:04:50
it's it's really an interesting. 00:04:56
Book and. 00:05:03
Yeah. 00:05:05
So anyway, congratulations, Chair Bowie. 00:05:07
Thank you member donate. 00:05:11
Secretary. 00:05:14
Thank you. As referenced, May is Asian, American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Month. And I want to thank the council for 00:05:17
your recognition at your May 1st meeting and the proclamation And as was mentioned, the Walk of Remembrance was held. And I was 00:05:24
particularly moved because there were seven generations of a family who's had originally been settlers at the village all the way 00:05:32
up to Babe in Arms, who was the 7th generation they're attending. 00:05:40
So that was very meaningful. 00:05:48
Are there any staff announcements and no staff announcements? 00:05:51
Thank you. 00:05:55
Item number 5 is council liaison announcements. Are there any council liaison announcements? None from my side. Thank you. 00:05:56
Item number six is general public comment. Members of the public may comment on any matter that is subject to the jurisdiction of 00:06:06
the City and of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force that is not on the agenda. 00:06:13
We do occasionally receive written comments from the public and they do not receive Task Force action. 00:06:20
Comments from the public at the meeting are limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. Once public comment is 00:06:26
closed, matters may be referred to staff for a response or a follow up. 00:06:32
Public comment should be addressed to the task force and not the audience, and as published on all city agendas under the Brown 00:06:39
Act, public comments for matters on the agenda must relate to that agenda item, and public comments for matters not on the agenda 00:06:46
must relate to the subject matter jurisdiction of this legislative body. 00:06:53
This is a warning that if a member of the public attending this meeting remotely or in person, violates the Brown Act by failing 00:07:00
to comply with these requirements of the Brown Act, then the chair may request that the speaker be muted. 00:07:07
If a member of the public attending this meeting in person engages in disruptive behavior that disturbs the orderly conduct of the 00:07:13
meeting, they may be removed from the meeting after a warning pursuant to Council Policy 000-17. 00:07:21
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping lights or the countdown as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes 00:07:30
has ended. 00:07:34
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person. 00:07:39
Welcome. 00:07:45
Good afternoon. I'm Phil Peak. Thank you, Chair Bowie and the other committee members for your service. I'm just here to introduce 00:07:52
our new City Manager, Matt Morganson. And I don't know if Matt did you want to say a couple of words and I hope you all get a 00:08:00
chance to to meet him sometime. 00:08:07
Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for introducing me and Chair Bowie and Commissioners. 00:08:19
Yeah, this is my second week here in Pacific Grove. And you know, enjoying every moment of it so far. Trying to get around the 00:08:23
different commissions and committees and understand all the work that you're doing. A lot of good stuff I'm saying and look 00:08:29
forward to supporting you with along with Sandra every everywhere we can. Thanks. 00:08:35
Thank you, Mayor and City Manager. 00:08:45
Welcome. 00:08:55
Good evening. This microphone seems higher than usual, which is great. That means I don't have to Crouch down. So I'm just up here 00:08:57
this evening to bring your and everyone's attention to what can happen when systemic racism is illuminated and the tyranny of 00:09:03
reduced expectations is overthrown. There's a Catholic Academy for African American high school girls in New Orleans where they 00:09:10
are repeatedly told that they can do anything and are expected to do excellently. They have 100% graduation rate and 100% college 00:09:16
acceptance rate. 00:09:23
One of the teachers there added an extra credit problem of proving Pythagoras theorem using trigonometry without relying on the 00:09:30
fundamental relation of trigonometry. That itself is just restating of the diagrams theorem. This is sort of something that you 00:09:36
don't normally see. It's just like, Oh yeah, extra credit. Let's do that. 00:09:42
But two seniors at the school actually managed to do it, even though multiple mathematicians said that it couldn't be done. They 00:09:50
submitted the proof for publication in a peer reviewed journal, and the initial review is looking good. 00:09:56
We should expect more from people, especially young folks, who don't know what's impossible so. 00:10:02
Little good news for you. 00:10:07
Thank you. 00:10:12
Welcome. Good evening. My name is quite as tall as Adam, so I can pull this over. My name is Mike Gibbs. I'm a member of the EDC. 00:10:19
I'm speaking on my own behalf and I thought that was a great example at Mr. Borg gave and I'd like to give some example And as you 00:10:26
know I communicated with Chair Bowie. This is the this week is a save beneath anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision 00:10:33
called Brown versus the Board of Education May 17th, the 17th anniversary. And of course you all know this eliminated. 00:10:41
Uh, segregation in schools which previously had been called separate but equal. Established by Plessy versus Ferguson in 1896, but 00:10:49
you may not know is what went on before this. I have a good friend who lives in Houston, born and raised in Houston, TX and he's 00:10:55
president of the Houston Tour Guide Association and he has on his tour for certain groups of people something called the Rosenwald 00:11:01
School. 00:11:07
In Houston, as if any of you heard of the Rosenwald schools. 00:11:13
Right. So Chair Bowie. Yeah. So it's a wonderful thing. I'm going to fold it up. 00:11:18
These schools began in 1913. 00:12:02
And some of the last ones didn't close well after until after Brown versus the Board of Education, and among the graduates from 00:12:05
the Rosenwald schools, John Lewis, who is still serving a great civil rights. 00:12:12
Advocate from 56 years ago. He's still in Congress. Maya Angelou made your Evers, you know, some of these names and then they had 00:12:20
a foundation that a scholarships and included people who one of my glasses on got scholarships. James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison 00:12:28
Langston Hughes and the great vocalist Mary Anderson all came out of the Rosenwald schools. And so it's a it's a chapter in 00:12:35
history that most people don't know about. If you would like to read the book, it's called A Better Life for Their Children. 00:12:42
And it's photographs and stories by Andrew Filer and a lot of the schools and their students are profiled in this book. It's an 00:12:50
absolutely amazing story. And this was part of the education system that was going on prior to Brown versus the Board of 00:12:55
Education. So thank you for your time. 00:13:00
Thank you. 00:13:06
Welcome. 00:13:11
Thank you. 00:13:13
I'm very impressed with the countenance, happiness and joy that you all bring to this meeting. 00:13:14
As an aesthetic that I sincerely appreciate such a wonderful group of people. Positive, sincere. 00:13:24
And serving the community. 00:13:32
I want to mention that I hope that you continue in the light of positive, happy, well balanced procedures for the city in the 00:13:34
future. I move the Pacific Grove in the 1980s and I had the pleasure of knowing a family of color as my next door neighbors, a 00:13:45
mother and her two teenage boys who were attending and and subsequently graduated from Pacific Grove High School. 00:13:56
Some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. I had the pleasure and they lived in Pacific Grove on 17th St. and I had the 00:14:07
pleasure of working with two brothers of backgrounds of color who lived on 15th St. with their parents, Also attended 12 years and 00:14:14
graduated from Pacific Grove High School. Some of the nicest, most mannerly, well balanced, positive boys and all four of those 00:14:22
boys. 00:14:29
Howie, Robbie, John and Stuart all went on to be successful in their careers and well represent their backgrounds in Pacific 00:14:37
Grove. I think it shows that when people, no matter what their background, if they're European, Asian, Native American, African, 00:14:45
Mexican, El Salvadorian, whatever, have a chance to be exposed to a well balanced community who accepts them and welcomes them. 00:14:54
And they grow up here and they go to school here and they fit right in. 00:15:02
And they never have a problem, never complain to me about anything of a racial or otherwise negative experience. And I know these 00:15:11
boys by name, and if they were here, they could vouch for their beautiful experience growing up at the Pacific Grove and attending 00:15:18
Pacific Grove schools. And it's all because of the positiveness of the teachers and the community and people like you. And I hope 00:15:26
that we can continue to express positive attitudes towards all the members of the community in a welcoming way. 00:15:34
For any new people that happened to move here and all are welcome in Pacific Grove. I've never heard of a case where someone was 00:15:42
denied residency, homeownership or rental or any other means to visit or dying or use any of Pacific Groves parks. So I just want 00:15:49
to thank you for good intentions for the futures and a nice representation that I think you people pretend to the people of 00:15:56
Pacific Grove. So thank you. 00:16:04
Thank you. 00:16:12
Welcome. 00:16:20
Good evening, Task force bloomers. I'm very happy that we have a new general manager. I'm very honored that we have the mayor 00:16:22
here. 00:16:27
My name is Carol Martin. I'm a resident Pacific Grove. 00:16:32
I have attended every meeting for years here and I'm used to set five members and you have three and we have a City Council 00:16:37
representative and that's great. The last meeting we talked about a website development. I'm not going to talk about it. I know 00:16:43
it's on your agenda. 00:16:49
Value statement. 00:16:57
I've only tried to value statement because that's a very subjective human. Everybody has a different view. 00:16:59
And then last we talked about inclusive crosswalks and playgrounds. I didn't realize that we didn't have inclusive bank room. 00:17:06
Lower crosswalks. I've been walking around here for years. They've written inclusive, so I'm hoping we'll define what that means. 00:17:18
But. 00:17:22
One of the problems we have with this task force is that you are always talking about LBGTQ, Native Americans, Asians, the walk of 00:17:27
Remembrance. 00:17:32
We have a cultural background here. We are not inclusive of that. 00:17:39
And it's probably the reason why they're having as much trouble getting a full task force board here and why you can't seem to get 00:17:45
anything moving on your agenda. And I'm going to see what these meetings for two or three years and nothing, nothing here. Thank 00:17:51
you. 00:17:57
Thank you. 00:18:04
My name is Beth Walker's. 00:18:16
Point of correction. 00:18:19
The Great. 00:18:23
John Lewis passed away in 2020, so he no longer is serving in Congress. I just wanted to follow up on that. And I'm also here to 00:18:24
say that we did extend the deadline of our Florida Monterey Peninsula Pride. We have a clear youth scholarship program that we're 00:18:32
accepting applications for. And I just wanted to let you know that we extended the deadline till the end of the month in case 00:18:40
anybody knows any query youth who would like to apply for some scholarship money. 00:18:47
And to the others, it would be amazing if we could have a lovely, all inclusive, welcoming community for everyone. I also strive 00:18:56
for that. 00:19:01
Thank you. 00:19:07
I just wanted to share about a couple of the events that I attended at the Walk of Remembrance, including a talk by the historian 00:19:33
Sandy Leiden. 00:19:37
And his words really inspired me. Some of what he had to say was look around, he said. Pay attention not only to who's here, but 00:19:43
to it is not here. Who shows up? Who doesn't? 00:19:50
He said it's easy to focus on the car accident that is racism. He pointed that out. Let's shine light on historical allies and 00:19:59
those who stood up then and now. There are forces fighting hard against equity and backlash to recognition and rights may come 00:20:05
again. 00:20:11
I do disagree a little bit with that last part about coming again because in my view it never left. 00:20:19
I'll use one example. 00:20:27
The fact that there is still no formal infrastructure for the Walk of Remembrance in Pacific Grove. 00:20:29
Which would honor the very significant historic contributions of the Chinese immigrant community to our town. It's difficult to 00:20:36
understand why there's opposition to this type of recognition for our citizens and their forebears, who really are all of our 00:20:42
forebears. 00:20:48
When this happens once again, as I have often in my life, I feel that the liberty and justice for all chanted at schools and at 00:20:56
public meetings throughout our country seem to be empty words. 00:21:02
I also attended a poetry reading which was not associated with the Walk of Remembrance, and it made me. It reminded me of one of 00:21:09
my favorite poems by William Stafford, original to read to each other, which I'd love to share. 00:21:15
If you don't know the kind of person I am, and I don't know the kind of person you are, a pattern that others made may prevail in 00:21:24
the world. 00:21:29
And following the wrong God home, we may miss our star. 00:21:35
For there is a many. 00:21:40
For there is many a small betrayal in the mind, a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break, sending the shouts, the horrible 00:21:43
errors of childhood storming out to play through the broken ****. 00:21:49
And so I appealed to a voice to something shadowy, a remote, important region in all who talk that we could fool each other. We 00:21:57
should consider rest of the parade of our mutual life, get lost in the dark. 00:22:04
For it is important that awake people be awake, are breaking a line may discourage them back to sleep. The signals we give yes or 00:22:12
no or maybe should be clear. The darkness around us is deep. 00:22:20
Thank you. 00:22:29
Thank you. 00:22:34
Seeing no one else in person. 00:22:38
Are there members of the public who would like to speak remotely? Cherry Berry? I see no hands raised. 00:22:41
Thank you. 00:22:48
I will now close general public comment I. 00:22:50
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. Members of the task force, staff 00:22:54
and public may remove an item from the consent agenda. Any item removed for discussion will be moved to the end of the agenda. 00:23:01
Have there been any item removal requests? 00:23:07
Sorry, no chair. 00:23:17
Thank you. Seeing none, is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? 00:23:18
I moved to. 00:23:26
Approve the consent agenda. 00:23:29
Thank you. Is there a second second? Thank you. 00:23:31
We have a motion and a second to all those in favor. Please say aye, aye. The vote is unanimous 3 to 0, with Vice Chair Freiberger 00:23:35
absent and one position vacant. 00:23:41
The April 8th 2024 minutes of the DI Task Force and the recognition of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus 00:23:48
Pride Month and the recommendation to Council to adopt at its May 15th 2024 meeting that recognition have been approved. 00:23:58
Item number 8A is a recommendation that the Council adopt the proposed value statements on diversity and equity. 00:24:10
Secretary Hoops will provide a brief presentation. Then there will be task Force questions, then public comment on this item, then 00:24:19
task force discussion and action. 00:24:24
Secretary Hoops. 00:24:30
OK, City Clerk Dei Coordinator, Kendall, can you please pull up the PowerPoint? 00:24:34
OK, this will look very familiar, but we have made some edits based on our discussion from last meeting in April. 00:24:44
So I'm just going to quickly review the proposed value statements and then we can discuss the edits that were made. Next slide, 00:24:54
please. 00:24:59
And this is what I just said. So next slide please. 00:25:06
OK, so this is the diversity value statement. We really just had a small edit here, but the proposed value statement is we believe 00:25:11
that diversity of backgrounds, experience and beliefs enriches our lives and community and there are differences in addition to 00:25:18
our similarities, provide an environment for informed and responsive decision making and outcomes. 00:25:25
Next slide please. 00:25:33
The Equity Value Statement Revised sounds like through the lens of history. We strive to understand the unique heritage and 00:25:35
composition of our community so that we can provide equitable representation, access and opportunity to all those in Pacific 00:25:41
Grove, both residents and visitors alike. 00:25:47
And those with the draft statements. 00:25:58
Thank you, Secretary Hoops, and thank you for filling in while the vice chair was absent tonight, too. 00:26:03
Are there any questions for secretary Hoops? 00:26:09
OK. 00:26:13
Seeing none, then we will move to public comment. It's time for public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this 00:26:15
agenda item, which is draft value statements for the City Council. 00:26:21
And should be dressed to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 30 minutes and will not receive Task 00:26:29
Force action. 00:26:32
Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a 00:26:37
viewpoint neutral manner according to council policy. 00:26:42
I will open public comment on draft value statements for the City Council to members of the public present remotely. 00:26:48
Clerk, coordinator, Candel, do we have any no hands raised Chair, OK. 00:26:57
Thank you. 00:27:02
I will now open public comment on draft value statements for the City Council to those in person. 00:27:03
Welcome. 00:27:16
Back in my Gibbs again, speaking on my own behalf. Thank you for your work on this. I don't have any problem with the Valley 00:27:18
statement. I was here when it was discussed in April. Just one thought though, and I and I said this at that time, I believe. I'm 00:27:25
not real clear what the values are, but I think we can all agree that there's things out there that we all operate by. And I wrote 00:27:33
a story for my grandkids. I won't make this too long, but they asked me who I thought was a good role model. 00:27:40
And I think you all have to be a good role model. I think Mr. Mr. Sort of Honor you for that and your work. And I had to think 00:27:48
back of other people, our parents, of course, people in the community who are role models. And I was a big baseball fan. Still am. 00:27:55
I always thought that Hank Aaron was the greatest player of all time. As you probably know, he broke Bay brass, Bay Bruce record. 00:28:02
I saw him play the first time in 1957 in Milwaukee. 00:28:08
And years later, he broke the record when he was with the Atlanta Braves. But I was in a doctor's office out of the out of the 00:28:16
area and had to make an emergency visit. And the doctor, as I was waiting for him, had on his wall a letter from Hank Aaron. 00:28:23
That's really cool. So I asked him about the letter and he said, well, I was supporting Hank Aaron during his run for the home run 00:28:31
record because he got a lot of abuse, a lot of threats. You know, 98% of the people who were behind 2% were pretty terrible. 00:28:39
And I said, that's really neat, right So. 00:28:47
When I left I was going out and I said what do you, what do I owe you Doc? He said nothing. 00:28:52
So when I got home, I found a signed Hank Aaron. Baseball sent it to me and he sent me this great letter. And the letter said I 00:28:57
honored the values that Hank Aaron represented in his trek to the home run. 00:29:03
Grace, humility and courage. And those are kind of the words I'm looking for. That we all, you know, we can all live by. That, I 00:29:09
think, would fit right into the DEI task force. 00:29:15
You know what? What's your, what's your all about? At least I would hope so. Thank you. 00:29:22
Thank you. 00:29:27
Seeing no other members of the public, I will close public comment and return this item to the task force. 00:29:40
For further discussion. 00:29:48
Welcome to discuss. I have a couple of comments. 00:29:55
Well, I just. 00:30:03
You know, I think it represents a lot of flaw in care. 00:30:05
And uh. 00:30:08
The wording for me is is. 00:30:10
Totally acceptable. 00:30:14
And I appreciate the fact that the subcommittees work on it. 00:30:17
Right. Thank you. 00:30:23
Yes, also appreciate the work. 00:30:25
The council has adopted value statements that are found on the website, and when the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force 00:30:28
was founded, there was a value statement drafted and accepted for inclusion. And one of the things that the first task force felt 00:30:37
was that there should also be a value statement for diversity and for equity, as they are sort of touchstones for the Council. 00:30:46
In their work for our community and they are also a description of our broader community, all of us and what we what we value. So 00:30:55
I'm really just want to honor the work that the Vice chair and the secretary have done to really bring this forward so that this 00:31:02
work which the council tasked us with. 00:31:08
Perhaps a year and a half or two years ago is being completed. So thank you. Really appreciate that. One, one suggestion I would 00:31:16
make with the diversity phrase is that there's a period after similarities that I believe should be a comma. So if that if it's 00:31:22
acceptable for the task force to have that changed, I think that would be great. And then the second suggestion that I would make, 00:31:29
and I really appreciate that one of the discussion points in our last meeting was that equity is not something that rests on an 00:31:36
individual. 00:31:42
Equity is something that is the result of history and historic actions and laws and so on. And so I think the addition of through 00:31:49
the lens of history really captures that well. I'd actually like to build on a comment from that speaker or two several speakers 00:31:57
made during our general public comment and I wonder about ending the equity value statement with. So through the lens of history, 00:32:05
we strive to understand the unique heritage and composition of our community. 00:32:13
So that we can provide equitable representation, access and opportunity to all those in Pacific Grove and have it in there not 00:32:21
sort of cutting off both residents and visitors because I think several speakers made the point that the community is all of us 00:32:29
and it is those of us who live here, those who visit and come within the city bounds, those who work here, all of those things. So 00:32:37
I think taking that guidance from our from our public and just all those in Pacific Grove period. 00:32:45
So I wonder how you would feel about that? 00:32:53
I think that's great. Reading it back, I think that, yeah, that that captures kind of the the heart of what I agree what we've 00:32:58
heard people say in our discussion last time. 00:33:04
I think that's completely acceptable. I think it sounds good to stop there. 00:33:13
All right. Is there any further discussion? 00:33:22
And if not, is there a motion to approve? 00:33:25
I move to approve the draft value statements with the edits that were made here tonight. 00:33:31
Can I second that motion? 00:33:38
Thank you. And clerk DI coordinator. Kendall, were you able to capture those edits? I would thank you. Thank you so much. All 00:33:41
right, all those in favor, please say aye. Aye and the vote is unanimous 3 to 0 with vice chair Freiburger absent and with one 00:33:47
position vacant. 00:33:53
Thank you. 00:34:01
Check another thing off the the work plan and the list. That is great. So item number 8B on the regular agenda is an update on the 00:34:03
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources web page. Secretary Hoops will provide a brief update and then there will be Task Force 00:34:10
questions, then public comment on this item and then Task Force discussion. Because this is an update, there will not be any 00:34:18
action taken, but there may be actions at further meetings based on the discussion. 00:34:25
All right. Secretary Hoops again. OK. Based on what we had discussed during the April meeting, what we have here to present 00:34:34
tonight is actually the draft. 00:34:39
Web page to share with the task force and with those present. 00:34:46
So yes, thank you, City Clerk Kendall. My recommendation is that we go through the the web page as it stands. As you can see it 00:34:52
says that it's under construction. 00:34:59
And then at the last meeting we had discussed then deciding whether we needed a retreat or whether we were ready to make a 00:35:06
recommendation that it go live, which I understand we can't do tonight, but that would be the next step. 00:35:12
So if that's OK with the task force, I would say we just go through. 00:35:21
Piece by piece should we start with the glossary? So on the left there's a tab for the dei glossary that we constructed. 00:35:26
And this houses all the terms that we have listed and compiled and had reviewed at a previous meeting as well, but has them. 00:35:35
In a more readable format. 00:35:47
So. 00:35:50
Let me know if I'm going too fast. 00:36:56
On the right hand side, the City of Pacific Grove DEA Task Force. This is a section that will need our input at some point. I 00:37:36
don't know if you'd like to click on it. City Clerk Kendall. Nothing is housed under here right now, so I think that will be worth 00:37:44
a discussion for our task force. 00:37:51
And then if we can go to history of Pacific Grove, so the tabs and the subjects that we had provided to city it. 00:38:04
Were then organized into types of media. 00:38:15
And then into sections within each label. 00:38:17
And so along the left hand side here we can see that some of them are sites, so they're represented with the little computer. And 00:38:23
then there are links down below. Under further Reading, there are links to books and can you just click on one of those City Clerk 00:38:28
Kendall on one of Yeah, that one is fine. 00:38:34
And it will link us right to our own Public Library catalog. Oh. 00:38:42
Says no results found, so that's one we'll need to fix. 00:38:48
OK, we can go to the next. 00:39:00
Peace. 00:39:03
And then we'll see the same thing along. 00:39:12
Under each of the tabs and like we discussed before, intersectionality is certainly at play here on our our website as well. So 00:39:15
we'll see some crossover between the the tabs. 00:39:22
And the way that we link those might be something that we decide to talk about as a task force as well. 00:39:31
Thanks and we can go to the next one. 00:40:38
And then there's spots at the bottom for. 00:42:19
Additional resources. I think that was one of the pieces listed in our original document and so. 00:42:23
Homes were created for additional resources as we needed to add them, but again to be. 00:42:32
To be discussed and figured out if that's the best kind of layout for that. 00:42:39
Thank you, City Clerk Kendall. 00:42:47
And so that was an overview of what the website will contain and what it will look like. And it is very much still every page 00:42:59
under construction or work in progress, yes. 00:43:05
Any questions for the task? 00:43:13
Within the Task force for Secretary Hoops, we'll have discussion after we hear from the public. 00:43:15
I just one thing was that acknowledgement and recognition of youth. 00:43:23
Youth and I'm wondering about age and ageism if if that can also include youth. 00:43:29
UH Recognition or resources? 00:43:37
Yeah. 00:43:42
That's a good question. 00:43:43
Seeing no other questions from the Task Force at this time, I'm sure we'll have a lot to discuss. It's time for public comment and 00:43:51
comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments 00:43:58
will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the 00:44:04
meeting and as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a viewpoint neutral manner according to Council 00:44:10
policy. 00:44:16
I will open public comment on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources web page draft to those in person. 00:44:23
Welcome. 00:44:41
And then we could have maybe more input from the community, you know, OK. And another thing is I hope that in the context of the 00:45:17
things that you write in there, especially in the the glossary with the terms, you know that they will be written in a positive, 00:45:24
encouraging present time sense. 00:45:31
OK, like Martin Luther King said, let's recognize everyone by their character, not by the color of their skin, their ethnicity, 00:45:38
when he had sexual orientation, age. 00:45:43
Handicapped. So on and so forth. OK, I always recognize people by their character, and I've had a lot of success with that in my 00:45:49
life, both as a school teacher and working in the hospitality industry, following that and having some of my own businesses that 00:45:54
were always successful. 00:45:59
And. 00:46:06
So like for an example about some of the ways of writing things I have a little difficulty with, I just gotta use as an example, 00:46:08
please, so that you will not use this type of verbiage in the context of your website. Like when Miss Bowie says at the beginning 00:46:16
of each item, you know, she makes warnings about disruption, don't be disruptive, speak to the council, speak to the people up in 00:46:24
the front of the room, and so forth. I think that kind of elicits a little bit of negativity when you say. 00:46:32
Don't be disruptive. I don't ever see anybody be disruptive at these meetings. Let's wait and see if someone's disruptive and then 00:46:41
take appropriate action. Not kind of plan to see that. Oh, is that a possibility I could be disruptive? I'm not really sure. OK. I 00:46:47
just wanted to share that with you. Thank you very much. 00:46:53
Thank you. 00:47:00
Welcome. 00:47:04
Thank you. Mike Gibbs speaking on my own behalf. I was there at the past two sessions where you talked about the web page and I 00:47:06
don't really have any comments. I saw a couple of sites up there I'm very familiar with. I would encourage you, I don't know if 00:47:13
you have, but have you clicked if there's a website if you click through? 00:47:20
Every single website to explore exactly. 00:47:28
Exactly what the content is, and some of these organizations link to other organizations and you may find things that you're not. 00:47:31
Happy with or they don't represent the community. I would suggest there's another organization in town going through this exact 00:47:42
same thing. They recommended some websites, they published them and material on the website is not what they thought it was. 00:47:50
So I would just, there's a lot of material there, a lot of websites, a lot of resources. The dictionary was going by too fast. I 00:47:58
couldn't read what was going on there. So I would encourage you to really sign somebody or give you this up and click on all of 00:48:05
the material, make sure that you've drilled down because if you do not and it goes out to the public, people are going to have 00:48:13
questions about it that you may not want to answer at that point. So I would do the homework before. 00:48:21
It's it's made out there. So that's my first question. Have you looked at it? The 2nd is a. 00:48:29
Before this goes live, I'm guessing you're going to make this available to the public. It really was not possible to see what the 00:48:34
material was and was this. I didn't see it. It may have been in the packet. I didn't see this kind of information in the packet. 00:48:42
Was the the dictionary in there and all these links in the packet I it may have been in there. So I think people are going to 00:48:49
really want to see this because this will whatever is in there is going to represent the city and everybody in the city. 00:48:56
And I'm. 00:49:04
I'm not going to say I'm suspicious, but I would be extremely careful about what you put out there. So I hope you can answer those 00:49:06
two questions. One, did somebody go through everything and will it be made to this available to the citizens before it's published 00:49:11
live online? Thank you. 00:49:16
Thank you. 00:49:22
Welcome. 00:49:30
Thank you. 00:49:31
Helene Ingram resident. 00:49:32
Thank you so much. I have been wondering, you know, when is this going to come out, when is this going to come out and have no 00:49:34
idea. I mean I knew there was going to be a lot of information that had to be covered, but all of the work that had to go into 00:49:41
this and and the dictionary itself which I didn't expect to be able to read through the dictionary. 00:49:49
Here in in the meeting. 00:49:57
Nor did I expect to go through and have a conversation about all of these resources. I hope that it will be able to be presented 00:49:59
to the public without a BIG. 00:50:05
Community events, because we don't need to have everything micromanaged and censored for public information. 00:50:12
Should something happen to be a little bit of a glitch, it can be addressed as it comes out. It's not gonna be something that's 00:50:23
gonna be terrible for the community. I don't think we'll be damaging to anyone to have an error come up, but I'm. I'm so excited 00:50:28
to see. 00:50:33
The progress and finally some representation and. 00:50:39
Result of the work, the hard work you've done and had to endure all this time. So thank you. 00:50:46
Thank you. 00:50:54
Welcome. 00:51:03
Thank you. You're welcome. 00:51:05
Let's see I want to rotate here I. 00:51:09
The the glossary, I think it was great that there were all the sources there. I think links to those sources, I mean, would be 00:51:13
even better. So people can explore sort of where they really came from. I think, you know, to, to Mr. Gibbs's point, if there's a 00:51:19
way to sort of have a disclaimer saying that the city is not responsible for the content here, I think that might go a little bit 00:51:25
of the way there. 00:51:31
Let's see, we had talked in the early days of this this project about there being a way for citizens to provide feedback and I 00:51:39
don't think I may have missed it. I didn't see. I know with material like this there's a danger of course of obnoxious people 00:51:46
sending hateful things in feedback forms. With AI these days there are possibility for at least like sentiment analysis to add a 00:51:54
kind of a pre filter. So if people are being. 00:52:01
The way some people can be, you might be protected from from viewing that feedback. 00:52:09
And lastly, I do want to acknowledge that that chair Boo, you are following the city attorney's instructions and saying these 00:52:16
warnings to people about disruption is not a personal choice on your behalf. And especially after Dan Miller's behavior in this 00:52:24
Commission last year, it does actually seem warranted. So thank you very much. 00:52:31
Thank you. 00:52:40
Welcome. 00:52:48
Hi, thanks. Beth Walker, first, I forgot to congratulate you the last time I was up here on your award, so. 00:52:50
Congratulations. That's awesome. And then secondly, this is really beautiful. Thank you for all of your hard work. I know it was 00:52:57
not easy and took a lot of time and so thank you guys very much. Appreciate your work. 00:53:03
Thank you. 00:53:12
Welcome. 00:53:19
Thank you. 00:53:21
You know there there's a Charles Dickens book and it's called Bleak House and it was written about 1718 Sixty and one. One of the 00:53:27
themes in the book is the John Dyson John Dice. And it's a lawsuit that goes on throughout 800 pages of the book. People die and 00:53:34
people are born and lawyers keep making money on this lawsuit and it goes on for five or six generations. The lawyers make money, 00:53:40
but. 00:53:47
Nobody in the families make money so that is called the John Dyson John Dice and that's the way I feel about this lot this excuse 00:53:55
me website I there's some additional it's so left wing. I'm sorry it is very left wing you're you're experiencing that in this in 00:54:03
this chamber right now but we need some definitions on what values are because it's not clear what the word values means when we 00:54:10
definitions on hate speech. It's not clear what hate speech is. Is that somebody that doesn't agree with the left wing agenda. 00:54:18
So hate speech values. 00:54:27
Term that came up in the class at the PG adult school was adultism. Oh, I had never heard of adultism before, but you need to 00:54:31
include adultism and find a way to define it. So hate speech values adultism and we have only heard youthism and that is 00:54:39
discrimination against people under 18. And we need the term reverse racism because there is a possibility that there might be 00:54:46
something called reverse racism. 00:54:54
How about political indoctrination? That needs to be in your definition as well, and the definition of radical left wing 00:55:02
propaganda. Thank you. 00:55:08
Thank you. 00:55:15
Welcome. 00:55:32
I wanted to thank you Katie and everyone that worked on this. That information did go by pretty quickly and the only thing that I 00:55:34
thought that might be included would be resources that were more local. For instance, I know we have a great senior citizen Senior 00:55:41
Center here and also it's not in Pacific Grove. There's the village project in Seaside and just things of that nature for maybe 00:55:49
people who are actually looking for resources. 00:55:56
In terms of economics deprivation, I know the Community Foundation and maybe gathering for women if people are looking for rental 00:56:04
assistance or anything like that. 00:56:08
So that was just something I thought of as something that was actionable for people. 00:56:14
Thanks. 00:56:20
Thank you. 00:56:23
Seeing no other public comment, I will close public comment. 00:56:30
And. 00:56:34
Just going to actually, if you'll indulge me for a moment, go back to the task force purpose, which is that the citizens of 00:56:37
Pacific Grove desire to improve the city's social environment to better meet the needs of residents and visitors alike. 00:56:44
The task force purpose includes to examine city policies, programs and practices through a community lens to promote diversity, 00:56:52
equity, inclusion, racial justice and healing. 00:56:58
To promote the participation of underrepresented communities, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ plus people with 00:57:04
disabilities, immigrants, et cetera, and monitor change that occurs to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice within the 00:57:12
city. And to provide feedback, guidance, strategies, and recommendations to increase community engagement by under represented 00:57:19
groups. 00:57:27
That is our purpose. That is why we exist as a task force. 00:57:36
Early on in the term of the first task force, we actually heard a lot from the public who said we want to better understand 00:57:40
diversity, equity, inclusion, racism. We want to have a place where we can go and find out how we can learn about these things in 00:57:48
our community. We want to know what the resources are. We need some help in understanding this. 00:57:56
That is a little bit beyond our purpose, which is really to advise the City Council and the city manager and to look at city 00:58:05
policies and practices. But the very first task force took this up and thought this is something that the community is asking for, 00:58:13
that no other Commission in the city, no other department in the city is tasked with or has the possibility of providing a type of 00:58:21
community information and education that we were being asked for. 00:58:29
There are many places in the community where some of this information can be learned at our library. Of course, our Free Library 00:58:37
is the sort of ultimate place, but because we were tasked with diversity, equity and inclusion in the city of Pacific Grove, 00:58:45
public really came to us. And so that was what the first task force and the first subcommittee that worked on it was really 00:58:52
looking at. And I think that one of the first things we did and I remember and I hope the. 00:59:00
Clerk DI coordinator Kendall can sort of help me think through was if we're putting these items, resources, information on the 00:59:08
city website, what is the city's responsibility and how do we make sure that the city is protected? Because as we all know, you 00:59:14
put something up, you put a link up, something changes, it could become something else, it could be attacked. So I think that we 00:59:21
had a response from the city attorney at that time. 00:59:27
That gave us some framework and guidance for that. That's correct, Chair Bowie. We actually, when we were first discussing it, 00:59:34
just as as you said, we reached out to our City attorney and we had something crafted and I'll share it very briefly if if you'll 00:59:42
allow me to. This was put together, this was actually drafted by our current City Attorney's office and this is on the DI 00:59:50
resources. So it's this is already on. 00:59:58
The website Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force provides the links below as educational resources to the public. The 01:00:06
opinions expressed in any articles or written material are those of the author. Neither the City nor the DDI Task Force endorsed 01:00:14
warrants or makes any representations as to such content, so this has been resting on our DI website resources. 01:00:22
Or Vietnam. I appreciate that. Thank you. I'm afraid I may have made a very grave error. Did I just open public comment to members 01:00:30
of the public in person and not to remotely? 01:00:35
I think you are right. I do see a hand raised. 01:00:43
So I it's our council member Colletti. 01:00:47
Yes. And so I'd like to reopen public comment for those who are present remotely and. 01:00:51
Yeah, thank you Sandra and and the chair I did, I did have a brief comment to make regarding the history, city history that you're 01:01:00
making available through this web page. One thing to consider is to use the cities own historic context document which is a 01:01:07
wonderful document. 01:01:14
It is the go to resource for Pacific Grove history as far as I'm concerned. It was done by Page and Turn Turnbull in 2011 and 01:01:22
includes actually a very good description of the point alone Miss Village. So I I would suggest you consider including that as 01:01:28
well. Thank you. 01:01:35
Thank you. 01:01:42
Are there any other members of the public remotely who would like to? 01:01:45
Provide comment. No further answer are raised Jerry. 01:01:49
Thank you. Now I'll close public comment. 01:01:54
Are those remotely? 01:01:57
And go back to what I was hoping to do was just give a little background of how we came to be at this point, to have a web page, 01:01:59
resources web page. And a lot of work went into how we can provide this for the community in a way that also upholds our our 01:02:06
purpose. And I think that subcommittee then handed the work over to Secretary Hoops, who took it on herself, and then a 01:02:13
subcommittee was formed. 01:02:20
And has been continued on that. 01:02:28
But I think umm, tonight to me is very exciting because we're actually seeing what a webpage could look like. And of course it is 01:02:32
very much a work in progress. As we know with a webpage it either is live. 01:02:39
Or it's not. And so at this point my understanding is it's being worked on at the city staff level, but we will have an 01:02:46
opportunity. 01:02:51
To discuss it tonight and some more things that could make it helpful, taking in the public comments that we heard. But then again 01:02:58
and perhaps secretary hoops, you can just talk a little bit more about the process for making it a. 01:03:04
When it actually becomes live. 01:03:11
So the well again kind of going back to the discussion that we had at the April 8th meeting. 01:03:15
Our thought at that time as a task force was to be able to review the draft page, which is not made public yet. It's only 01:03:25
available. 01:03:30
For review and like we saw, everything is very much under construction, so it's meant to still be worked on with feedback from the 01:03:36
task force from the public. 01:03:39
At the point where we as a task force, decide we are comfortable with the contents. 01:03:45
As they are, then we can again go back to city staff and ask that the link be made live so that it becomes available as a resource 01:03:53
to our community here as well as to the public. 01:04:01
Thank you. And of course anything that goes live is both a work in progress all the time and also having to be checked and 01:04:10
reviewed all the time. And the more links there are, the more things that have to be checked and possibilities for all of that. 01:04:17
And the other thing I would like to note is that the glossary that is provided was actually approved by the task force at one of 01:04:24
our past meetings. It was presented and and approved. 01:04:31
So that that was the basis for the terminology and it is really wonderful to have the sources each annotated and noted as well for 01:04:39
someone to follow up. It's always a challenge working with something like a web page into how much detail and how far do you go 01:04:46
and there's always going to be more that's going to need to be added. So a couple of other things, I think we've talked about it 01:04:53
past meetings as well. We're having a suggestion form. 01:05:00
That members of the public could put in ideas, could put in links, and so on, and that those would then be reviewed by a 01:05:08
subcommittee of the task force and then brought to a an agendized task force meeting to then be considered for addition or not, 01:05:15
and then also having the subcommittee. 01:05:22
Possibly be also charged with checking and sort of monitoring. Staff would continue to maintain the web page, but the task force 01:05:30
would still have a hand in periodically reviewing it. 01:05:37
And yes, and I think it's just always going to be our reach is always going to exceed our grasp and I think that it will be a work 01:05:45
in progress. 01:05:49
Member donate. 01:05:55
Yeah, I mean, I, you know, I agree. I'm not not been a part of this whole process. So it's a learning experience for me and. 01:05:58
Yeah. But I think the spirit of it is, is that it's, you know, it's an ongoing. 01:06:07
It's an ongoing process. It's an ongoing. 01:06:12
It's like a building that's never finished, it's always being constructed further so and I want to acknowledge and thank all the 01:06:15
amount of work that's been done. 01:06:19
For this I mean it, you know, it represents a lot of. 01:06:25
Just a lot of input and a lot of thought, so thank you. 01:06:29
I'm just going to say credit to to city staff as well for all the work because I think it wasn't. We had so much information that 01:06:37
we were sending over and just to be able to put it, you know, knowing that it's a work in progress, but just to be able to put it 01:06:43
in a format where we have a place to work from. 01:06:50
I think really took a lot of work, so thank you to city staff as well. 01:06:58
Information and this way of receiving it but we also know that it will be viewed nationally and internationally. When I was doing 01:07:14
some work on some things was sort of helping to set up how the. 01:07:20
Some of the items that task force was looking at, I was looking for task forces like ours throughout California, throughout the 01:07:27
United States and found very few. And so I think this will also be a resource document for other jurisdictions, other places as 01:07:33
well. So that's important to remember. 01:07:39
Is there anything more? Let's see. So next steps we either talked about perhaps having a retreat to look at a little bit more 01:07:46
finished version. 01:07:51
Or providing more guidance through the subcommittee and then having it go live? Is there a preference secretary hoot? 01:07:56
I think. 01:08:08
I mean to the point of of public comment that was received too because this was kind of a quick overview. I definitely see the 01:08:09
value in a retreat where we can as a task force kind of focus in on it too I. 01:08:18
It's otherwise I fear that we'll kind of go back and forth with small edits until we're ready to go live versus being able to look 01:08:27
at it from a more. 01:08:31
Macro view as a whole task force and and perhaps retreat isn't quite the right word. Perhaps a study session where this would be 01:08:38
the one item that would be on it, we would be reviewing it. But at a study session again you typically don't take action, so it 01:08:43
would be. 01:08:48
Just having more time having having it. Boy, it's hard to figure out how you put a web page in a in an agenda packet, but. 01:08:54
Yeah. And perhaps the clerk DI coordinator could sort of help us think through that. 01:09:05
I'm thinking that potentially pages could be printed. I'm not, I'm not tested, what we have is a draft, but potentially the pages 01:09:12
could be printed and they could be presented that way as part of the study session ahead of time and and compile the packet that 01:09:18
way. Again, I'd have to look at the different pages and maybe I think I could possibly give you a count of what those pages would 01:09:24
be, but certainly. 01:09:30
Would be bigger than our usual packets, but it wouldn't be very helpful. Yeah. And that that is a challenge because until it's 01:09:38
live, you can't go to it and see it and look at it. 01:09:43
Unless it's in a meeting like this so but it and a study session would be the most appropriate probably too. 01:09:50
Is that? 01:09:58
I yeah. 01:10:03
Just in in looking through it kind of here in this space, I definitely think there's a few more things. 01:10:05
That should be added and. 01:10:12
Discussed before it goes live, but I think maybe, yeah, at the study session also deciding, like we've all talked about, knowing 01:10:17
this is going to be a living. 01:10:22
Web page that will always have things that need to be worked on, I think also deciding our. 01:10:28
Our comfort level kind of our threshold of OK we're, we're ready for it to go. We know that it's not going to look. 01:10:35
Perfect. The moment it goes out and that's OK. But I do believe that, Yeah, like, like it was said, there are things that we've 01:10:41
talked about in past meetings that aren't yet there. That suggestion or contribution box is a huge one. 01:10:47
I think that there are sections that. 01:10:55
That need more resources and a lot of those will come from from the contributions. 01:10:58
So I think there's definitely things that. 01:11:04
Should be tweaked a little bit before it goes out. 01:11:08
OK. 01:11:12
I was just going to say I think in terms of the task force. 01:11:15
Task force member Freiberger and myself are relatively new, so I think having some time to A. 01:11:19
You know, educate ourselves and to also you know work with the two of you in terms of. 01:11:27
You know, being able to contribute something, you know ourselves. 01:11:35
Might be helpful as well. OK. 01:11:39
So I think what I'm hearing is that a future study session to allow time for some more of the input that we've heard tonight and 01:11:43
some of the other things that we talked about before to be at least put in there in some form, perhaps not their final form. And 01:11:49
then having knowing that the web page won't be live during the study session, but having in the agenda packet some examples of 01:11:56
different areas that could be looked at to give an idea. 01:12:03
And I suspect that it may take. 01:12:10
At least a couple months for for that to be ready to come back, so I'll work with CLERK DI coordinator Kendell on setting a an 01:12:13
appropriate date for a study session. 01:12:18
OK. And I think that will be our next step. And again, many, Many thanks for getting this to this next point. It's just really 01:12:25
important. 01:12:30
Thank you. 01:12:36
Thank you to the members of the public all along. You've really helped us refine and find out what it is we can best provide for 01:12:38
you. 01:12:41
So thank you again. And the next DI task force meeting will be June 10th, 2024 at 6:00 PM. And I will adjourn the meeting at 7:12 01:12:47
PM tonight. Thank you for being here. 01:12:53
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It's 6:00 PM. 00:00:52
And so I will call the May 11th, 2024 regular meeting of the City of Pacific Groves Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to 00:00:56
order at 6:01 PM. 00:01:02
City Clerk DI Coordinator Kendell, would you please take A roll call vote. 00:01:09
Yes. 00:01:14
Chair Bowie. 00:01:15
Present Secretary Hoops present as course member donay. 00:01:17
Absent today is Vice Chair Freiburger. 00:01:23
Thank you. 00:01:28
Item number two is the approval of the agenda. That's our meeting road map, published 72 hours before each meeting, online and in 00:01:29
print so the public knows what items the task force will be discussing. As has been my practice, I'll give a little background 00:01:36
before each agenda item. One of the ways we want to be an inclusive city is to make sure if it's somebody's first meeting, 00:01:43
official city meeting, that they have an understanding of what's going on. 00:01:49
So for the approval of the agenda, new items cannot be added to the agenda, but item 2 provides the task force an opportunity to 00:01:57
review the agenda for any changes. 00:02:02
And I'll 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 00:02:07
force member participates remotely. 00:02:12
The three of us are here, so I move to approve the agenda as presented. Is there a second? 00:02:18
I second. 00:02:25
All those in favor, please say aye, aye. 00:02:27
The vote is unanimous 3 to 0, with Vice Chair Freiberger absent and one position vacant. 00:02:32
Item number three on the agenda is presentations. 00:02:39
It's the practice of this task force that agendize. Presentations are the result of invitations from the task force through staff 00:02:43
to agencies, organizations, and departments who have a correlation with the work of the task force. 00:02:49
And there is no presentation scheduled for tonight I. 00:02:57
#4 is task force and staff announcements. City related items only? Are there any task force announcements? 00:03:02
Member donate. 00:03:15
Is it appropriate for me to comment on the? 00:03:19
Walk of Remembrance at this point, this is where you could make any announcements pertaining to the city. OK yeah. I just want to 00:03:23
acknowledge that the, the Walk of Remembrance, as I'm sure all of you know happened this weekend. It was really a weekend of the 00:03:30
Walk of Remembrance. There were, there was downtown Friday night and then certainly the Saturday walk and. 00:03:37
Other presentations, a second presentation. Sandy Leighton also gave a presentation on Saturday and then Sunday there was a 00:03:46
gathering at Point Louis. So I certainly want to. 00:03:53
Acknowledge that and honor the city for promoting it. I also want to acknowledge that the Guacamole Foundation gave. 00:04:01
A special honor to our chair, Chair Bowie, For all the work she has done, yeah. 00:04:13
In promoting, you know, Asian American, Pacific Island, Native Hawaiian peoples and also. 00:04:22
I just wanted to mention that this was a young man was was had. 00:04:32
A table full of these. 00:04:39
Brooks, which are from for K through 12, they're called Make Us Visible and it's it says Community begins locally and it's a 00:04:44
coloring book of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders who contributed to our countries history. And I think 00:04:50
it's it's really an interesting. 00:04:56
Book and. 00:05:03
Yeah. 00:05:05
So anyway, congratulations, Chair Bowie. 00:05:07
Thank you member donate. 00:05:11
Secretary. 00:05:14
Thank you. As referenced, May is Asian, American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Month. And I want to thank the council for 00:05:17
your recognition at your May 1st meeting and the proclamation And as was mentioned, the Walk of Remembrance was held. And I was 00:05:24
particularly moved because there were seven generations of a family who's had originally been settlers at the village all the way 00:05:32
up to Babe in Arms, who was the 7th generation they're attending. 00:05:40
So that was very meaningful. 00:05:48
Are there any staff announcements and no staff announcements? 00:05:51
Thank you. 00:05:55
Item number 5 is council liaison announcements. Are there any council liaison announcements? None from my side. Thank you. 00:05:56
Item number six is general public comment. Members of the public may comment on any matter that is subject to the jurisdiction of 00:06:06
the City and of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force that is not on the agenda. 00:06:13
We do occasionally receive written comments from the public and they do not receive Task Force action. 00:06:20
Comments from the public at the meeting are limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. Once public comment is 00:06:26
closed, matters may be referred to staff for a response or a follow up. 00:06:32
Public comment should be addressed to the task force and not the audience, and as published on all city agendas under the Brown 00:06:39
Act, public comments for matters on the agenda must relate to that agenda item, and public comments for matters not on the agenda 00:06:46
must relate to the subject matter jurisdiction of this legislative body. 00:06:53
This is a warning that if a member of the public attending this meeting remotely or in person, violates the Brown Act by failing 00:07:00
to comply with these requirements of the Brown Act, then the chair may request that the speaker be muted. 00:07:07
If a member of the public attending this meeting in person engages in disruptive behavior that disturbs the orderly conduct of the 00:07:13
meeting, they may be removed from the meeting after a warning pursuant to Council Policy 000-17. 00:07:21
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping lights or the countdown as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes 00:07:30
has ended. 00:07:34
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person. 00:07:39
Welcome. 00:07:45
Good afternoon. I'm Phil Peak. Thank you, Chair Bowie and the other committee members for your service. I'm just here to introduce 00:07:52
our new City Manager, Matt Morganson. And I don't know if Matt did you want to say a couple of words and I hope you all get a 00:08:00
chance to to meet him sometime. 00:08:07
Thank you, Mr. Mayor, for introducing me and Chair Bowie and Commissioners. 00:08:19
Yeah, this is my second week here in Pacific Grove. And you know, enjoying every moment of it so far. Trying to get around the 00:08:23
different commissions and committees and understand all the work that you're doing. A lot of good stuff I'm saying and look 00:08:29
forward to supporting you with along with Sandra every everywhere we can. Thanks. 00:08:35
Thank you, Mayor and City Manager. 00:08:45
Welcome. 00:08:55
Good evening. This microphone seems higher than usual, which is great. That means I don't have to Crouch down. So I'm just up here 00:08:57
this evening to bring your and everyone's attention to what can happen when systemic racism is illuminated and the tyranny of 00:09:03
reduced expectations is overthrown. There's a Catholic Academy for African American high school girls in New Orleans where they 00:09:10
are repeatedly told that they can do anything and are expected to do excellently. They have 100% graduation rate and 100% college 00:09:16
acceptance rate. 00:09:23
One of the teachers there added an extra credit problem of proving Pythagoras theorem using trigonometry without relying on the 00:09:30
fundamental relation of trigonometry. That itself is just restating of the diagrams theorem. This is sort of something that you 00:09:36
don't normally see. It's just like, Oh yeah, extra credit. Let's do that. 00:09:42
But two seniors at the school actually managed to do it, even though multiple mathematicians said that it couldn't be done. They 00:09:50
submitted the proof for publication in a peer reviewed journal, and the initial review is looking good. 00:09:56
We should expect more from people, especially young folks, who don't know what's impossible so. 00:10:02
Little good news for you. 00:10:07
Thank you. 00:10:12
Welcome. Good evening. My name is quite as tall as Adam, so I can pull this over. My name is Mike Gibbs. I'm a member of the EDC. 00:10:19
I'm speaking on my own behalf and I thought that was a great example at Mr. Borg gave and I'd like to give some example And as you 00:10:26
know I communicated with Chair Bowie. This is the this week is a save beneath anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision 00:10:33
called Brown versus the Board of Education May 17th, the 17th anniversary. And of course you all know this eliminated. 00:10:41
Uh, segregation in schools which previously had been called separate but equal. Established by Plessy versus Ferguson in 1896, but 00:10:49
you may not know is what went on before this. I have a good friend who lives in Houston, born and raised in Houston, TX and he's 00:10:55
president of the Houston Tour Guide Association and he has on his tour for certain groups of people something called the Rosenwald 00:11:01
School. 00:11:07
In Houston, as if any of you heard of the Rosenwald schools. 00:11:13
Right. So Chair Bowie. Yeah. So it's a wonderful thing. I'm going to fold it up. 00:11:18
These schools began in 1913. 00:12:02
And some of the last ones didn't close well after until after Brown versus the Board of Education, and among the graduates from 00:12:05
the Rosenwald schools, John Lewis, who is still serving a great civil rights. 00:12:12
Advocate from 56 years ago. He's still in Congress. Maya Angelou made your Evers, you know, some of these names and then they had 00:12:20
a foundation that a scholarships and included people who one of my glasses on got scholarships. James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison 00:12:28
Langston Hughes and the great vocalist Mary Anderson all came out of the Rosenwald schools. And so it's a it's a chapter in 00:12:35
history that most people don't know about. If you would like to read the book, it's called A Better Life for Their Children. 00:12:42
And it's photographs and stories by Andrew Filer and a lot of the schools and their students are profiled in this book. It's an 00:12:50
absolutely amazing story. And this was part of the education system that was going on prior to Brown versus the Board of 00:12:55
Education. So thank you for your time. 00:13:00
Thank you. 00:13:06
Welcome. 00:13:11
Thank you. 00:13:13
I'm very impressed with the countenance, happiness and joy that you all bring to this meeting. 00:13:14
As an aesthetic that I sincerely appreciate such a wonderful group of people. Positive, sincere. 00:13:24
And serving the community. 00:13:32
I want to mention that I hope that you continue in the light of positive, happy, well balanced procedures for the city in the 00:13:34
future. I move the Pacific Grove in the 1980s and I had the pleasure of knowing a family of color as my next door neighbors, a 00:13:45
mother and her two teenage boys who were attending and and subsequently graduated from Pacific Grove High School. 00:13:56
Some of the nicest people you'd ever want to meet. I had the pleasure and they lived in Pacific Grove on 17th St. and I had the 00:14:07
pleasure of working with two brothers of backgrounds of color who lived on 15th St. with their parents, Also attended 12 years and 00:14:14
graduated from Pacific Grove High School. Some of the nicest, most mannerly, well balanced, positive boys and all four of those 00:14:22
boys. 00:14:29
Howie, Robbie, John and Stuart all went on to be successful in their careers and well represent their backgrounds in Pacific 00:14:37
Grove. I think it shows that when people, no matter what their background, if they're European, Asian, Native American, African, 00:14:45
Mexican, El Salvadorian, whatever, have a chance to be exposed to a well balanced community who accepts them and welcomes them. 00:14:54
And they grow up here and they go to school here and they fit right in. 00:15:02
And they never have a problem, never complain to me about anything of a racial or otherwise negative experience. And I know these 00:15:11
boys by name, and if they were here, they could vouch for their beautiful experience growing up at the Pacific Grove and attending 00:15:18
Pacific Grove schools. And it's all because of the positiveness of the teachers and the community and people like you. And I hope 00:15:26
that we can continue to express positive attitudes towards all the members of the community in a welcoming way. 00:15:34
For any new people that happened to move here and all are welcome in Pacific Grove. I've never heard of a case where someone was 00:15:42
denied residency, homeownership or rental or any other means to visit or dying or use any of Pacific Groves parks. So I just want 00:15:49
to thank you for good intentions for the futures and a nice representation that I think you people pretend to the people of 00:15:56
Pacific Grove. So thank you. 00:16:04
Thank you. 00:16:12
Welcome. 00:16:20
Good evening, Task force bloomers. I'm very happy that we have a new general manager. I'm very honored that we have the mayor 00:16:22
here. 00:16:27
My name is Carol Martin. I'm a resident Pacific Grove. 00:16:32
I have attended every meeting for years here and I'm used to set five members and you have three and we have a City Council 00:16:37
representative and that's great. The last meeting we talked about a website development. I'm not going to talk about it. I know 00:16:43
it's on your agenda. 00:16:49
Value statement. 00:16:57
I've only tried to value statement because that's a very subjective human. Everybody has a different view. 00:16:59
And then last we talked about inclusive crosswalks and playgrounds. I didn't realize that we didn't have inclusive bank room. 00:17:06
Lower crosswalks. I've been walking around here for years. They've written inclusive, so I'm hoping we'll define what that means. 00:17:18
But. 00:17:22
One of the problems we have with this task force is that you are always talking about LBGTQ, Native Americans, Asians, the walk of 00:17:27
Remembrance. 00:17:32
We have a cultural background here. We are not inclusive of that. 00:17:39
And it's probably the reason why they're having as much trouble getting a full task force board here and why you can't seem to get 00:17:45
anything moving on your agenda. And I'm going to see what these meetings for two or three years and nothing, nothing here. Thank 00:17:51
you. 00:17:57
Thank you. 00:18:04
My name is Beth Walker's. 00:18:16
Point of correction. 00:18:19
The Great. 00:18:23
John Lewis passed away in 2020, so he no longer is serving in Congress. I just wanted to follow up on that. And I'm also here to 00:18:24
say that we did extend the deadline of our Florida Monterey Peninsula Pride. We have a clear youth scholarship program that we're 00:18:32
accepting applications for. And I just wanted to let you know that we extended the deadline till the end of the month in case 00:18:40
anybody knows any query youth who would like to apply for some scholarship money. 00:18:47
And to the others, it would be amazing if we could have a lovely, all inclusive, welcoming community for everyone. I also strive 00:18:56
for that. 00:19:01
Thank you. 00:19:07
I just wanted to share about a couple of the events that I attended at the Walk of Remembrance, including a talk by the historian 00:19:33
Sandy Leiden. 00:19:37
And his words really inspired me. Some of what he had to say was look around, he said. Pay attention not only to who's here, but 00:19:43
to it is not here. Who shows up? Who doesn't? 00:19:50
He said it's easy to focus on the car accident that is racism. He pointed that out. Let's shine light on historical allies and 00:19:59
those who stood up then and now. There are forces fighting hard against equity and backlash to recognition and rights may come 00:20:05
again. 00:20:11
I do disagree a little bit with that last part about coming again because in my view it never left. 00:20:19
I'll use one example. 00:20:27
The fact that there is still no formal infrastructure for the Walk of Remembrance in Pacific Grove. 00:20:29
Which would honor the very significant historic contributions of the Chinese immigrant community to our town. It's difficult to 00:20:36
understand why there's opposition to this type of recognition for our citizens and their forebears, who really are all of our 00:20:42
forebears. 00:20:48
When this happens once again, as I have often in my life, I feel that the liberty and justice for all chanted at schools and at 00:20:56
public meetings throughout our country seem to be empty words. 00:21:02
I also attended a poetry reading which was not associated with the Walk of Remembrance, and it made me. It reminded me of one of 00:21:09
my favorite poems by William Stafford, original to read to each other, which I'd love to share. 00:21:15
If you don't know the kind of person I am, and I don't know the kind of person you are, a pattern that others made may prevail in 00:21:24
the world. 00:21:29
And following the wrong God home, we may miss our star. 00:21:35
For there is a many. 00:21:40
For there is many a small betrayal in the mind, a shrug that lets the fragile sequence break, sending the shouts, the horrible 00:21:43
errors of childhood storming out to play through the broken ****. 00:21:49
And so I appealed to a voice to something shadowy, a remote, important region in all who talk that we could fool each other. We 00:21:57
should consider rest of the parade of our mutual life, get lost in the dark. 00:22:04
For it is important that awake people be awake, are breaking a line may discourage them back to sleep. The signals we give yes or 00:22:12
no or maybe should be clear. The darkness around us is deep. 00:22:20
Thank you. 00:22:29
Thank you. 00:22:34
Seeing no one else in person. 00:22:38
Are there members of the public who would like to speak remotely? Cherry Berry? I see no hands raised. 00:22:41
Thank you. 00:22:48
I will now close general public comment I. 00:22:50
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. Members of the task force, staff 00:22:54
and public may remove an item from the consent agenda. Any item removed for discussion will be moved to the end of the agenda. 00:23:01
Have there been any item removal requests? 00:23:07
Sorry, no chair. 00:23:17
Thank you. Seeing none, is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? 00:23:18
I moved to. 00:23:26
Approve the consent agenda. 00:23:29
Thank you. Is there a second second? Thank you. 00:23:31
We have a motion and a second to all those in favor. Please say aye, aye. The vote is unanimous 3 to 0, with Vice Chair Freiberger 00:23:35
absent and one position vacant. 00:23:41
The April 8th 2024 minutes of the DI Task Force and the recognition of June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Plus 00:23:48
Pride Month and the recommendation to Council to adopt at its May 15th 2024 meeting that recognition have been approved. 00:23:58
Item number 8A is a recommendation that the Council adopt the proposed value statements on diversity and equity. 00:24:10
Secretary Hoops will provide a brief presentation. Then there will be task Force questions, then public comment on this item, then 00:24:19
task force discussion and action. 00:24:24
Secretary Hoops. 00:24:30
OK, City Clerk Dei Coordinator, Kendall, can you please pull up the PowerPoint? 00:24:34
OK, this will look very familiar, but we have made some edits based on our discussion from last meeting in April. 00:24:44
So I'm just going to quickly review the proposed value statements and then we can discuss the edits that were made. Next slide, 00:24:54
please. 00:24:59
And this is what I just said. So next slide please. 00:25:06
OK, so this is the diversity value statement. We really just had a small edit here, but the proposed value statement is we believe 00:25:11
that diversity of backgrounds, experience and beliefs enriches our lives and community and there are differences in addition to 00:25:18
our similarities, provide an environment for informed and responsive decision making and outcomes. 00:25:25
Next slide please. 00:25:33
The Equity Value Statement Revised sounds like through the lens of history. We strive to understand the unique heritage and 00:25:35
composition of our community so that we can provide equitable representation, access and opportunity to all those in Pacific 00:25:41
Grove, both residents and visitors alike. 00:25:47
And those with the draft statements. 00:25:58
Thank you, Secretary Hoops, and thank you for filling in while the vice chair was absent tonight, too. 00:26:03
Are there any questions for secretary Hoops? 00:26:09
OK. 00:26:13
Seeing none, then we will move to public comment. It's time for public comment. Comments and statements must pertain to this 00:26:15
agenda item, which is draft value statements for the City Council. 00:26:21
And should be dressed to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 30 minutes and will not receive Task 00:26:29
Force action. 00:26:32
Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a 00:26:37
viewpoint neutral manner according to council policy. 00:26:42
I will open public comment on draft value statements for the City Council to members of the public present remotely. 00:26:48
Clerk, coordinator, Candel, do we have any no hands raised Chair, OK. 00:26:57
Thank you. 00:27:02
I will now open public comment on draft value statements for the City Council to those in person. 00:27:03
Welcome. 00:27:16
Back in my Gibbs again, speaking on my own behalf. Thank you for your work on this. I don't have any problem with the Valley 00:27:18
statement. I was here when it was discussed in April. Just one thought though, and I and I said this at that time, I believe. I'm 00:27:25
not real clear what the values are, but I think we can all agree that there's things out there that we all operate by. And I wrote 00:27:33
a story for my grandkids. I won't make this too long, but they asked me who I thought was a good role model. 00:27:40
And I think you all have to be a good role model. I think Mr. Mr. Sort of Honor you for that and your work. And I had to think 00:27:48
back of other people, our parents, of course, people in the community who are role models. And I was a big baseball fan. Still am. 00:27:55
I always thought that Hank Aaron was the greatest player of all time. As you probably know, he broke Bay brass, Bay Bruce record. 00:28:02
I saw him play the first time in 1957 in Milwaukee. 00:28:08
And years later, he broke the record when he was with the Atlanta Braves. But I was in a doctor's office out of the out of the 00:28:16
area and had to make an emergency visit. And the doctor, as I was waiting for him, had on his wall a letter from Hank Aaron. 00:28:23
That's really cool. So I asked him about the letter and he said, well, I was supporting Hank Aaron during his run for the home run 00:28:31
record because he got a lot of abuse, a lot of threats. You know, 98% of the people who were behind 2% were pretty terrible. 00:28:39
And I said, that's really neat, right So. 00:28:47
When I left I was going out and I said what do you, what do I owe you Doc? He said nothing. 00:28:52
So when I got home, I found a signed Hank Aaron. Baseball sent it to me and he sent me this great letter. And the letter said I 00:28:57
honored the values that Hank Aaron represented in his trek to the home run. 00:29:03
Grace, humility and courage. And those are kind of the words I'm looking for. That we all, you know, we can all live by. That, I 00:29:09
think, would fit right into the DEI task force. 00:29:15
You know what? What's your, what's your all about? At least I would hope so. Thank you. 00:29:22
Thank you. 00:29:27
Seeing no other members of the public, I will close public comment and return this item to the task force. 00:29:40
For further discussion. 00:29:48
Welcome to discuss. I have a couple of comments. 00:29:55
Well, I just. 00:30:03
You know, I think it represents a lot of flaw in care. 00:30:05
And uh. 00:30:08
The wording for me is is. 00:30:10
Totally acceptable. 00:30:14
And I appreciate the fact that the subcommittees work on it. 00:30:17
Right. Thank you. 00:30:23
Yes, also appreciate the work. 00:30:25
The council has adopted value statements that are found on the website, and when the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force 00:30:28
was founded, there was a value statement drafted and accepted for inclusion. And one of the things that the first task force felt 00:30:37
was that there should also be a value statement for diversity and for equity, as they are sort of touchstones for the Council. 00:30:46
In their work for our community and they are also a description of our broader community, all of us and what we what we value. So 00:30:55
I'm really just want to honor the work that the Vice chair and the secretary have done to really bring this forward so that this 00:31:02
work which the council tasked us with. 00:31:08
Perhaps a year and a half or two years ago is being completed. So thank you. Really appreciate that. One, one suggestion I would 00:31:16
make with the diversity phrase is that there's a period after similarities that I believe should be a comma. So if that if it's 00:31:22
acceptable for the task force to have that changed, I think that would be great. And then the second suggestion that I would make, 00:31:29
and I really appreciate that one of the discussion points in our last meeting was that equity is not something that rests on an 00:31:36
individual. 00:31:42
Equity is something that is the result of history and historic actions and laws and so on. And so I think the addition of through 00:31:49
the lens of history really captures that well. I'd actually like to build on a comment from that speaker or two several speakers 00:31:57
made during our general public comment and I wonder about ending the equity value statement with. So through the lens of history, 00:32:05
we strive to understand the unique heritage and composition of our community. 00:32:13
So that we can provide equitable representation, access and opportunity to all those in Pacific Grove and have it in there not 00:32:21
sort of cutting off both residents and visitors because I think several speakers made the point that the community is all of us 00:32:29
and it is those of us who live here, those who visit and come within the city bounds, those who work here, all of those things. So 00:32:37
I think taking that guidance from our from our public and just all those in Pacific Grove period. 00:32:45
So I wonder how you would feel about that? 00:32:53
I think that's great. Reading it back, I think that, yeah, that that captures kind of the the heart of what I agree what we've 00:32:58
heard people say in our discussion last time. 00:33:04
I think that's completely acceptable. I think it sounds good to stop there. 00:33:13
All right. Is there any further discussion? 00:33:22
And if not, is there a motion to approve? 00:33:25
I move to approve the draft value statements with the edits that were made here tonight. 00:33:31
Can I second that motion? 00:33:38
Thank you. And clerk DI coordinator. Kendall, were you able to capture those edits? I would thank you. Thank you so much. All 00:33:41
right, all those in favor, please say aye. Aye and the vote is unanimous 3 to 0 with vice chair Freiburger absent and with one 00:33:47
position vacant. 00:33:53
Thank you. 00:34:01
Check another thing off the the work plan and the list. That is great. So item number 8B on the regular agenda is an update on the 00:34:03
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources web page. Secretary Hoops will provide a brief update and then there will be Task Force 00:34:10
questions, then public comment on this item and then Task Force discussion. Because this is an update, there will not be any 00:34:18
action taken, but there may be actions at further meetings based on the discussion. 00:34:25
All right. Secretary Hoops again. OK. Based on what we had discussed during the April meeting, what we have here to present 00:34:34
tonight is actually the draft. 00:34:39
Web page to share with the task force and with those present. 00:34:46
So yes, thank you, City Clerk Kendall. My recommendation is that we go through the the web page as it stands. As you can see it 00:34:52
says that it's under construction. 00:34:59
And then at the last meeting we had discussed then deciding whether we needed a retreat or whether we were ready to make a 00:35:06
recommendation that it go live, which I understand we can't do tonight, but that would be the next step. 00:35:12
So if that's OK with the task force, I would say we just go through. 00:35:21
Piece by piece should we start with the glossary? So on the left there's a tab for the dei glossary that we constructed. 00:35:26
And this houses all the terms that we have listed and compiled and had reviewed at a previous meeting as well, but has them. 00:35:35
In a more readable format. 00:35:47
So. 00:35:50
Let me know if I'm going too fast. 00:36:56
On the right hand side, the City of Pacific Grove DEA Task Force. This is a section that will need our input at some point. I 00:37:36
don't know if you'd like to click on it. City Clerk Kendall. Nothing is housed under here right now, so I think that will be worth 00:37:44
a discussion for our task force. 00:37:51
And then if we can go to history of Pacific Grove, so the tabs and the subjects that we had provided to city it. 00:38:04
Were then organized into types of media. 00:38:15
And then into sections within each label. 00:38:17
And so along the left hand side here we can see that some of them are sites, so they're represented with the little computer. And 00:38:23
then there are links down below. Under further Reading, there are links to books and can you just click on one of those City Clerk 00:38:28
Kendall on one of Yeah, that one is fine. 00:38:34
And it will link us right to our own Public Library catalog. Oh. 00:38:42
Says no results found, so that's one we'll need to fix. 00:38:48
OK, we can go to the next. 00:39:00
Peace. 00:39:03
And then we'll see the same thing along. 00:39:12
Under each of the tabs and like we discussed before, intersectionality is certainly at play here on our our website as well. So 00:39:15
we'll see some crossover between the the tabs. 00:39:22
And the way that we link those might be something that we decide to talk about as a task force as well. 00:39:31
Thanks and we can go to the next one. 00:40:38
And then there's spots at the bottom for. 00:42:19
Additional resources. I think that was one of the pieces listed in our original document and so. 00:42:23
Homes were created for additional resources as we needed to add them, but again to be. 00:42:32
To be discussed and figured out if that's the best kind of layout for that. 00:42:39
Thank you, City Clerk Kendall. 00:42:47
And so that was an overview of what the website will contain and what it will look like. And it is very much still every page 00:42:59
under construction or work in progress, yes. 00:43:05
Any questions for the task? 00:43:13
Within the Task force for Secretary Hoops, we'll have discussion after we hear from the public. 00:43:15
I just one thing was that acknowledgement and recognition of youth. 00:43:23
Youth and I'm wondering about age and ageism if if that can also include youth. 00:43:29
UH Recognition or resources? 00:43:37
Yeah. 00:43:42
That's a good question. 00:43:43
Seeing no other questions from the Task Force at this time, I'm sure we'll have a lot to discuss. It's time for public comment and 00:43:51
comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item and should be addressed to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments 00:43:58
will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the 00:44:04
meeting and as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond in a viewpoint neutral manner according to Council 00:44:10
policy. 00:44:16
I will open public comment on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources web page draft to those in person. 00:44:23
Welcome. 00:44:41
And then we could have maybe more input from the community, you know, OK. And another thing is I hope that in the context of the 00:45:17
things that you write in there, especially in the the glossary with the terms, you know that they will be written in a positive, 00:45:24
encouraging present time sense. 00:45:31
OK, like Martin Luther King said, let's recognize everyone by their character, not by the color of their skin, their ethnicity, 00:45:38
when he had sexual orientation, age. 00:45:43
Handicapped. So on and so forth. OK, I always recognize people by their character, and I've had a lot of success with that in my 00:45:49
life, both as a school teacher and working in the hospitality industry, following that and having some of my own businesses that 00:45:54
were always successful. 00:45:59
And. 00:46:06
So like for an example about some of the ways of writing things I have a little difficulty with, I just gotta use as an example, 00:46:08
please, so that you will not use this type of verbiage in the context of your website. Like when Miss Bowie says at the beginning 00:46:16
of each item, you know, she makes warnings about disruption, don't be disruptive, speak to the council, speak to the people up in 00:46:24
the front of the room, and so forth. I think that kind of elicits a little bit of negativity when you say. 00:46:32
Don't be disruptive. I don't ever see anybody be disruptive at these meetings. Let's wait and see if someone's disruptive and then 00:46:41
take appropriate action. Not kind of plan to see that. Oh, is that a possibility I could be disruptive? I'm not really sure. OK. I 00:46:47
just wanted to share that with you. Thank you very much. 00:46:53
Thank you. 00:47:00
Welcome. 00:47:04
Thank you. Mike Gibbs speaking on my own behalf. I was there at the past two sessions where you talked about the web page and I 00:47:06
don't really have any comments. I saw a couple of sites up there I'm very familiar with. I would encourage you, I don't know if 00:47:13
you have, but have you clicked if there's a website if you click through? 00:47:20
Every single website to explore exactly. 00:47:28
Exactly what the content is, and some of these organizations link to other organizations and you may find things that you're not. 00:47:31
Happy with or they don't represent the community. I would suggest there's another organization in town going through this exact 00:47:42
same thing. They recommended some websites, they published them and material on the website is not what they thought it was. 00:47:50
So I would just, there's a lot of material there, a lot of websites, a lot of resources. The dictionary was going by too fast. I 00:47:58
couldn't read what was going on there. So I would encourage you to really sign somebody or give you this up and click on all of 00:48:05
the material, make sure that you've drilled down because if you do not and it goes out to the public, people are going to have 00:48:13
questions about it that you may not want to answer at that point. So I would do the homework before. 00:48:21
It's it's made out there. So that's my first question. Have you looked at it? The 2nd is a. 00:48:29
Before this goes live, I'm guessing you're going to make this available to the public. It really was not possible to see what the 00:48:34
material was and was this. I didn't see it. It may have been in the packet. I didn't see this kind of information in the packet. 00:48:42
Was the the dictionary in there and all these links in the packet I it may have been in there. So I think people are going to 00:48:49
really want to see this because this will whatever is in there is going to represent the city and everybody in the city. 00:48:56
And I'm. 00:49:04
I'm not going to say I'm suspicious, but I would be extremely careful about what you put out there. So I hope you can answer those 00:49:06
two questions. One, did somebody go through everything and will it be made to this available to the citizens before it's published 00:49:11
live online? Thank you. 00:49:16
Thank you. 00:49:22
Welcome. 00:49:30
Thank you. 00:49:31
Helene Ingram resident. 00:49:32
Thank you so much. I have been wondering, you know, when is this going to come out, when is this going to come out and have no 00:49:34
idea. I mean I knew there was going to be a lot of information that had to be covered, but all of the work that had to go into 00:49:41
this and and the dictionary itself which I didn't expect to be able to read through the dictionary. 00:49:49
Here in in the meeting. 00:49:57
Nor did I expect to go through and have a conversation about all of these resources. I hope that it will be able to be presented 00:49:59
to the public without a BIG. 00:50:05
Community events, because we don't need to have everything micromanaged and censored for public information. 00:50:12
Should something happen to be a little bit of a glitch, it can be addressed as it comes out. It's not gonna be something that's 00:50:23
gonna be terrible for the community. I don't think we'll be damaging to anyone to have an error come up, but I'm. I'm so excited 00:50:28
to see. 00:50:33
The progress and finally some representation and. 00:50:39
Result of the work, the hard work you've done and had to endure all this time. So thank you. 00:50:46
Thank you. 00:50:54
Welcome. 00:51:03
Thank you. You're welcome. 00:51:05
Let's see I want to rotate here I. 00:51:09
The the glossary, I think it was great that there were all the sources there. I think links to those sources, I mean, would be 00:51:13
even better. So people can explore sort of where they really came from. I think, you know, to, to Mr. Gibbs's point, if there's a 00:51:19
way to sort of have a disclaimer saying that the city is not responsible for the content here, I think that might go a little bit 00:51:25
of the way there. 00:51:31
Let's see, we had talked in the early days of this this project about there being a way for citizens to provide feedback and I 00:51:39
don't think I may have missed it. I didn't see. I know with material like this there's a danger of course of obnoxious people 00:51:46
sending hateful things in feedback forms. With AI these days there are possibility for at least like sentiment analysis to add a 00:51:54
kind of a pre filter. So if people are being. 00:52:01
The way some people can be, you might be protected from from viewing that feedback. 00:52:09
And lastly, I do want to acknowledge that that chair Boo, you are following the city attorney's instructions and saying these 00:52:16
warnings to people about disruption is not a personal choice on your behalf. And especially after Dan Miller's behavior in this 00:52:24
Commission last year, it does actually seem warranted. So thank you very much. 00:52:31
Thank you. 00:52:40
Welcome. 00:52:48
Hi, thanks. Beth Walker, first, I forgot to congratulate you the last time I was up here on your award, so. 00:52:50
Congratulations. That's awesome. And then secondly, this is really beautiful. Thank you for all of your hard work. I know it was 00:52:57
not easy and took a lot of time and so thank you guys very much. Appreciate your work. 00:53:03
Thank you. 00:53:12
Welcome. 00:53:19
Thank you. 00:53:21
You know there there's a Charles Dickens book and it's called Bleak House and it was written about 1718 Sixty and one. One of the 00:53:27
themes in the book is the John Dyson John Dice. And it's a lawsuit that goes on throughout 800 pages of the book. People die and 00:53:34
people are born and lawyers keep making money on this lawsuit and it goes on for five or six generations. The lawyers make money, 00:53:40
but. 00:53:47
Nobody in the families make money so that is called the John Dyson John Dice and that's the way I feel about this lot this excuse 00:53:55
me website I there's some additional it's so left wing. I'm sorry it is very left wing you're you're experiencing that in this in 00:54:03
this chamber right now but we need some definitions on what values are because it's not clear what the word values means when we 00:54:10
definitions on hate speech. It's not clear what hate speech is. Is that somebody that doesn't agree with the left wing agenda. 00:54:18
So hate speech values. 00:54:27
Term that came up in the class at the PG adult school was adultism. Oh, I had never heard of adultism before, but you need to 00:54:31
include adultism and find a way to define it. So hate speech values adultism and we have only heard youthism and that is 00:54:39
discrimination against people under 18. And we need the term reverse racism because there is a possibility that there might be 00:54:46
something called reverse racism. 00:54:54
How about political indoctrination? That needs to be in your definition as well, and the definition of radical left wing 00:55:02
propaganda. Thank you. 00:55:08
Thank you. 00:55:15
Welcome. 00:55:32
I wanted to thank you Katie and everyone that worked on this. That information did go by pretty quickly and the only thing that I 00:55:34
thought that might be included would be resources that were more local. For instance, I know we have a great senior citizen Senior 00:55:41
Center here and also it's not in Pacific Grove. There's the village project in Seaside and just things of that nature for maybe 00:55:49
people who are actually looking for resources. 00:55:56
In terms of economics deprivation, I know the Community Foundation and maybe gathering for women if people are looking for rental 00:56:04
assistance or anything like that. 00:56:08
So that was just something I thought of as something that was actionable for people. 00:56:14
Thanks. 00:56:20
Thank you. 00:56:23
Seeing no other public comment, I will close public comment. 00:56:30
And. 00:56:34
Just going to actually, if you'll indulge me for a moment, go back to the task force purpose, which is that the citizens of 00:56:37
Pacific Grove desire to improve the city's social environment to better meet the needs of residents and visitors alike. 00:56:44
The task force purpose includes to examine city policies, programs and practices through a community lens to promote diversity, 00:56:52
equity, inclusion, racial justice and healing. 00:56:58
To promote the participation of underrepresented communities, including but not limited to people of color, LGBTQ plus people with 00:57:04
disabilities, immigrants, et cetera, and monitor change that occurs to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice within the 00:57:12
city. And to provide feedback, guidance, strategies, and recommendations to increase community engagement by under represented 00:57:19
groups. 00:57:27
That is our purpose. That is why we exist as a task force. 00:57:36
Early on in the term of the first task force, we actually heard a lot from the public who said we want to better understand 00:57:40
diversity, equity, inclusion, racism. We want to have a place where we can go and find out how we can learn about these things in 00:57:48
our community. We want to know what the resources are. We need some help in understanding this. 00:57:56
That is a little bit beyond our purpose, which is really to advise the City Council and the city manager and to look at city 00:58:05
policies and practices. But the very first task force took this up and thought this is something that the community is asking for, 00:58:13
that no other Commission in the city, no other department in the city is tasked with or has the possibility of providing a type of 00:58:21
community information and education that we were being asked for. 00:58:29
There are many places in the community where some of this information can be learned at our library. Of course, our Free Library 00:58:37
is the sort of ultimate place, but because we were tasked with diversity, equity and inclusion in the city of Pacific Grove, 00:58:45
public really came to us. And so that was what the first task force and the first subcommittee that worked on it was really 00:58:52
looking at. And I think that one of the first things we did and I remember and I hope the. 00:59:00
Clerk DI coordinator Kendall can sort of help me think through was if we're putting these items, resources, information on the 00:59:08
city website, what is the city's responsibility and how do we make sure that the city is protected? Because as we all know, you 00:59:14
put something up, you put a link up, something changes, it could become something else, it could be attacked. So I think that we 00:59:21
had a response from the city attorney at that time. 00:59:27
That gave us some framework and guidance for that. That's correct, Chair Bowie. We actually, when we were first discussing it, 00:59:34
just as as you said, we reached out to our City attorney and we had something crafted and I'll share it very briefly if if you'll 00:59:42
allow me to. This was put together, this was actually drafted by our current City Attorney's office and this is on the DI 00:59:50
resources. So it's this is already on. 00:59:58
The website Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force provides the links below as educational resources to the public. The 01:00:06
opinions expressed in any articles or written material are those of the author. Neither the City nor the DDI Task Force endorsed 01:00:14
warrants or makes any representations as to such content, so this has been resting on our DI website resources. 01:00:22
Or Vietnam. I appreciate that. Thank you. I'm afraid I may have made a very grave error. Did I just open public comment to members 01:00:30
of the public in person and not to remotely? 01:00:35
I think you are right. I do see a hand raised. 01:00:43
So I it's our council member Colletti. 01:00:47
Yes. And so I'd like to reopen public comment for those who are present remotely and. 01:00:51
Yeah, thank you Sandra and and the chair I did, I did have a brief comment to make regarding the history, city history that you're 01:01:00
making available through this web page. One thing to consider is to use the cities own historic context document which is a 01:01:07
wonderful document. 01:01:14
It is the go to resource for Pacific Grove history as far as I'm concerned. It was done by Page and Turn Turnbull in 2011 and 01:01:22
includes actually a very good description of the point alone Miss Village. So I I would suggest you consider including that as 01:01:28
well. Thank you. 01:01:35
Thank you. 01:01:42
Are there any other members of the public remotely who would like to? 01:01:45
Provide comment. No further answer are raised Jerry. 01:01:49
Thank you. Now I'll close public comment. 01:01:54
Are those remotely? 01:01:57
And go back to what I was hoping to do was just give a little background of how we came to be at this point, to have a web page, 01:01:59
resources web page. And a lot of work went into how we can provide this for the community in a way that also upholds our our 01:02:06
purpose. And I think that subcommittee then handed the work over to Secretary Hoops, who took it on herself, and then a 01:02:13
subcommittee was formed. 01:02:20
And has been continued on that. 01:02:28
But I think umm, tonight to me is very exciting because we're actually seeing what a webpage could look like. And of course it is 01:02:32
very much a work in progress. As we know with a webpage it either is live. 01:02:39
Or it's not. And so at this point my understanding is it's being worked on at the city staff level, but we will have an 01:02:46
opportunity. 01:02:51
To discuss it tonight and some more things that could make it helpful, taking in the public comments that we heard. But then again 01:02:58
and perhaps secretary hoops, you can just talk a little bit more about the process for making it a. 01:03:04
When it actually becomes live. 01:03:11
So the well again kind of going back to the discussion that we had at the April 8th meeting. 01:03:15
Our thought at that time as a task force was to be able to review the draft page, which is not made public yet. It's only 01:03:25
available. 01:03:30
For review and like we saw, everything is very much under construction, so it's meant to still be worked on with feedback from the 01:03:36
task force from the public. 01:03:39
At the point where we as a task force, decide we are comfortable with the contents. 01:03:45
As they are, then we can again go back to city staff and ask that the link be made live so that it becomes available as a resource 01:03:53
to our community here as well as to the public. 01:04:01
Thank you. And of course anything that goes live is both a work in progress all the time and also having to be checked and 01:04:10
reviewed all the time. And the more links there are, the more things that have to be checked and possibilities for all of that. 01:04:17
And the other thing I would like to note is that the glossary that is provided was actually approved by the task force at one of 01:04:24
our past meetings. It was presented and and approved. 01:04:31
So that that was the basis for the terminology and it is really wonderful to have the sources each annotated and noted as well for 01:04:39
someone to follow up. It's always a challenge working with something like a web page into how much detail and how far do you go 01:04:46
and there's always going to be more that's going to need to be added. So a couple of other things, I think we've talked about it 01:04:53
past meetings as well. We're having a suggestion form. 01:05:00
That members of the public could put in ideas, could put in links, and so on, and that those would then be reviewed by a 01:05:08
subcommittee of the task force and then brought to a an agendized task force meeting to then be considered for addition or not, 01:05:15
and then also having the subcommittee. 01:05:22
Possibly be also charged with checking and sort of monitoring. Staff would continue to maintain the web page, but the task force 01:05:30
would still have a hand in periodically reviewing it. 01:05:37
And yes, and I think it's just always going to be our reach is always going to exceed our grasp and I think that it will be a work 01:05:45
in progress. 01:05:49
Member donate. 01:05:55
Yeah, I mean, I, you know, I agree. I'm not not been a part of this whole process. So it's a learning experience for me and. 01:05:58
Yeah. But I think the spirit of it is, is that it's, you know, it's an ongoing. 01:06:07
It's an ongoing process. It's an ongoing. 01:06:12
It's like a building that's never finished, it's always being constructed further so and I want to acknowledge and thank all the 01:06:15
amount of work that's been done. 01:06:19
For this I mean it, you know, it represents a lot of. 01:06:25
Just a lot of input and a lot of thought, so thank you. 01:06:29
I'm just going to say credit to to city staff as well for all the work because I think it wasn't. We had so much information that 01:06:37
we were sending over and just to be able to put it, you know, knowing that it's a work in progress, but just to be able to put it 01:06:43
in a format where we have a place to work from. 01:06:50
I think really took a lot of work, so thank you to city staff as well. 01:06:58
Information and this way of receiving it but we also know that it will be viewed nationally and internationally. When I was doing 01:07:14
some work on some things was sort of helping to set up how the. 01:07:20
Some of the items that task force was looking at, I was looking for task forces like ours throughout California, throughout the 01:07:27
United States and found very few. And so I think this will also be a resource document for other jurisdictions, other places as 01:07:33
well. So that's important to remember. 01:07:39
Is there anything more? Let's see. So next steps we either talked about perhaps having a retreat to look at a little bit more 01:07:46
finished version. 01:07:51
Or providing more guidance through the subcommittee and then having it go live? Is there a preference secretary hoot? 01:07:56
I think. 01:08:08
I mean to the point of of public comment that was received too because this was kind of a quick overview. I definitely see the 01:08:09
value in a retreat where we can as a task force kind of focus in on it too I. 01:08:18
It's otherwise I fear that we'll kind of go back and forth with small edits until we're ready to go live versus being able to look 01:08:27
at it from a more. 01:08:31
Macro view as a whole task force and and perhaps retreat isn't quite the right word. Perhaps a study session where this would be 01:08:38
the one item that would be on it, we would be reviewing it. But at a study session again you typically don't take action, so it 01:08:43
would be. 01:08:48
Just having more time having having it. Boy, it's hard to figure out how you put a web page in a in an agenda packet, but. 01:08:54
Yeah. And perhaps the clerk DI coordinator could sort of help us think through that. 01:09:05
I'm thinking that potentially pages could be printed. I'm not, I'm not tested, what we have is a draft, but potentially the pages 01:09:12
could be printed and they could be presented that way as part of the study session ahead of time and and compile the packet that 01:09:18
way. Again, I'd have to look at the different pages and maybe I think I could possibly give you a count of what those pages would 01:09:24
be, but certainly. 01:09:30
Would be bigger than our usual packets, but it wouldn't be very helpful. Yeah. And that that is a challenge because until it's 01:09:38
live, you can't go to it and see it and look at it. 01:09:43
Unless it's in a meeting like this so but it and a study session would be the most appropriate probably too. 01:09:50
Is that? 01:09:58
I yeah. 01:10:03
Just in in looking through it kind of here in this space, I definitely think there's a few more things. 01:10:05
That should be added and. 01:10:12
Discussed before it goes live, but I think maybe, yeah, at the study session also deciding, like we've all talked about, knowing 01:10:17
this is going to be a living. 01:10:22
Web page that will always have things that need to be worked on, I think also deciding our. 01:10:28
Our comfort level kind of our threshold of OK we're, we're ready for it to go. We know that it's not going to look. 01:10:35
Perfect. The moment it goes out and that's OK. But I do believe that, Yeah, like, like it was said, there are things that we've 01:10:41
talked about in past meetings that aren't yet there. That suggestion or contribution box is a huge one. 01:10:47
I think that there are sections that. 01:10:55
That need more resources and a lot of those will come from from the contributions. 01:10:58
So I think there's definitely things that. 01:11:04
Should be tweaked a little bit before it goes out. 01:11:08
OK. 01:11:12
I was just going to say I think in terms of the task force. 01:11:15
Task force member Freiberger and myself are relatively new, so I think having some time to A. 01:11:19
You know, educate ourselves and to also you know work with the two of you in terms of. 01:11:27
You know, being able to contribute something, you know ourselves. 01:11:35
Might be helpful as well. OK. 01:11:39
So I think what I'm hearing is that a future study session to allow time for some more of the input that we've heard tonight and 01:11:43
some of the other things that we talked about before to be at least put in there in some form, perhaps not their final form. And 01:11:49
then having knowing that the web page won't be live during the study session, but having in the agenda packet some examples of 01:11:56
different areas that could be looked at to give an idea. 01:12:03
And I suspect that it may take. 01:12:10
At least a couple months for for that to be ready to come back, so I'll work with CLERK DI coordinator Kendell on setting a an 01:12:13
appropriate date for a study session. 01:12:18
OK. And I think that will be our next step. And again, many, Many thanks for getting this to this next point. It's just really 01:12:25
important. 01:12:30
Thank you. 01:12:36
Thank you to the members of the public all along. You've really helped us refine and find out what it is we can best provide for 01:12:38
you. 01:12:41
So thank you again. And the next DI task force meeting will be June 10th, 2024 at 6:00 PM. And I will adjourn the meeting at 7:12 01:12:47
PM tonight. Thank you for being here. 01:12:53
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