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I think then we will move ahead. City Clerk DI Coordinator Kendell, will you please call the roll? 00:01:55
No chair, but I will if you don't mind. Thank you. City Manager, will you please call the Commissioner Hoops? 00:02:02
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Sure, boy. 00:02:09
Present Secretary Stevens. 00:02:10
And Commissioner Mark is absent and we already announced the resignation, so we do have a quorum. 00:02:13
Thank you very much. 00:02:21
The next item on the agenda is presentations. 00:02:25
Presentations are special informational items that either assist us with our work as the City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 00:02:29
Task Force, or they may be recognitions by staff, a task force member or a guest. 00:02:35
No task force discussion and no public comment will be taken. 00:02:43
This evening's presentation will be on the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, and it will be from Jenny McMurdo, who is the 00:02:48
Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer, and she will be joining us over Zoom. 00:02:55
Welcome, Miss McMurdo. 00:03:03
Thank you, Chair Bowie, and thank you to the Commissioners. 00:03:05
I really appreciate being asked to do a presentation this evening. I am going to share my screen and I do apologize for being out 00:03:08
today and not being in person. I was not feeling well. I didn't want to get anybody else sick in the room so. 00:03:15
Is it OK for me to share my screen? 00:03:23
Yes, it is OK. 00:03:26
And share. 00:03:28
All right. 00:03:30
Alright, can everybody see? 00:03:32
My screen. 00:03:35
Yes. 00:03:36
Yes, we can see your wonderful. 00:03:38
So today I'm going to give a a really very, very brief overview of the Chamber of Commerce, our tourist information centres, the 00:03:42
hospitality Improvement District and the downtown Business Improvement District because those are all kind of under the umbrella 00:03:48
of the chamber or something. Give a basic overview of the chamber, all the little subsidiaries underneath us and our 00:03:54
responsibilities. And then kind of talk through some of the, you know, the populations and communities that we serve, a few 00:04:00
strategies that I've I've implemented. 00:04:06
For the year and a half that I've been at the Chamber and then also some things that we're working on for the future as well in 00:04:12
regards to DI issues, so. 00:04:17
Let me guess, Sir. 00:04:22
All right. I have a little bit of fun when I do my PowerPoint presentation. So the reason why I use an umbrella is that the 00:04:24
chamber is kind of this umbrella that covers a bunch of other things. And so we have obviously our Chamber of Commerce, which is 00:04:29
our 501C6. 00:04:34
But then underneath that we have multiple other entities. Our main office is the really cute one on the center of forest and 00:04:39
central. We're open five days a week, 9:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday. And then we have, we also serve as a tourist 00:04:47
Information Center here. We get lots of walk-ins here actually. And then we also have the center that's at 100 Central Ave. that's 00:04:55
open seven days a week and is closed on very few days a a year, I think four days a year, it's actually closed that. 00:05:02
And that one serves. 00:05:10
A lot. And then we're also the administrator for the hospitality Improvement District, all 26 properties that meet biannually and 00:05:13
also the administrator for the Business Improvement District or the downtown Business Improvement District that needs monthly. So 00:05:18
kind of if you think of it as an umbrella, the chamber is here or the umbrella and then we have all these other things underneath 00:05:23
us. 00:05:28
And that we do. So who? Who are we? I get this question a lot. 00:05:34
Who is the chamber? 00:05:38
What do we do? And so I'm going to give you just some real basics. We're A501C6 nonprofit, so we're a membership based 00:05:40
organization where we promote our members business interests within without the goal of making a profit and that no one from our 00:05:47
organization can make a profit. Basically our mission is to promote the prosperity of local businesses and the well-being of the 00:05:54
community as a whole. That's been our mission statement for I believe. 00:06:01
Almost 60 years, although the chamber is almost 100 years old. 00:06:09
Who we are as far as our Board of Directors, this is the chamber Board of Directors. There's multiple boards this year actually 00:06:14
starting on July 1st. Adrienne Johnson from Artisana Gallery is going to be our chair and she is currently asking a few people to 00:06:22
be her vice chair. So that that one won't be announced quite yet. Our Treasurer is going to be Kevin Phillips this year. Joe 00:06:29
Shamas is finally saying, OK, I'm going to sit on the regular board now. I'm going to step off the executive Board. 00:06:36
Our secretary is Julie Davis from Vivos Chowder House. She's also a realtor in town. And our pastor immediate pasture is Michael 00:06:45
Becker from Carrie Rd. Company, who just retired last week. 00:06:50
And then we also have multiple other people on our board. Craig Bell, the owner of First Awakenings, Amy Descamps, now the owner 00:06:56
of Moe and Co Home Candles Crystal Mothers had got debt. She just opened her own law firm, Gaudette Law and Mediation, Fadi Hana, 00:07:03
who's the GM of Lighthouse Lodge and Cottages Stephanie Loftus. 00:07:10
Owner of the Quill, Susan Merfeld, who works for public beach company Circuit Peters. 00:07:18
Owner of Mezzaluna Pastaria Clarissa Rowe from Monterey County Bank, Joshua Moss from PG Travel and Paul Tomassi from the Monterey 00:07:23
Bay Aquarium. 00:07:27
Just. 00:07:32
As a snapshot, our board, I've been working over the past year and a half to try to diversify our board, not only in age but also 00:07:33
experience. And if you look at these names, we actually have an equal number of male and female people on our board now. 00:07:42
And quite a few up and comers on the board, which I'm really proud of. 00:07:51
Alright. 00:07:55
Moving on. 00:07:57
Ohh my gosh. 00:07:58
Too many moving parts. 00:08:00
So the HID, the hospitality Improvement District has an Advisory Board and these are the folks that are on that Advisory Board. 00:08:02
Our chair this year is Fatty Hanna. He took over for Amrish Patel who just sold his in earlier this year. Amy Wheeler is new to 00:08:09
this Advisory Board. She is a GM for Gosby House and Green Gables in the Four Sisters collections that are in town. Michael Gresh 00:08:17
from Monterey Peninsula has been on this Advisory Board for a number of years as well as Robert Borner. 00:08:24
Purpose of gardens in and then we also always have a standing representative from Asilomar who was Enos but he has left a similar 00:08:32
and they have not replaced him yet. So we are actually using their marketing person currently just to keep that seat and as soon 00:08:38
as they actually hire their next GM we will have someone else. 00:08:45
On this Advisory Board and then the chamber serves as the administrator. So we don't really make the decisions, but we meet with 00:08:52
the Advisory Board, they give us direct, they give me direction and then I I work on those tasks for them. This is a self assessed 00:08:59
district, so the property is actually self assessed themselves. 00:09:06
It's collected by the city and then 50% of it comes to this Advisory Board here, 50% of it goes to MCB. 00:09:13
And the typical total annual revenues this is, it kind of is all over the place especially with COVID, but it's around 488,000 and 00:09:20
that gets split between the two entities then we have about 244 each year to to use. 00:09:27
However, the Advisory Board would like it to be used. 00:09:35
No. 00:09:39
Something weird is happening with my computer now. 00:09:40
The Downtown Business Advisory Board consists of, I believe, seven people. Our chair this year is Liz Jacobs from Wild Fish. Our 00:09:43
Treasurer is Matt Bosworth from Mechanics Bank. 00:09:48
Stephanie Locked Us is new to this board. From the quilt also is Jason Bradley from Bradley Photographic Sherry Stands from Paul 00:09:54
Draper. He's been on for awhile as well as Marietta Bane from Fandango and Kim Pullin from Pacific Grove Plaza. And then again the 00:10:01
Chamber CEO is always the administrator for the Downtown Business Improvement District. So I take direction from this Advisory 00:10:09
Board that meets monthly same sort of setup as the HID that self assessed. 00:10:16
This is voted on by the businesses collected by the city, but this Advisory Board actually receives all of those revenues and then 00:10:24
they determine how they would like to use that each year. 00:10:29
All right. 00:10:36
So who we are as team members, and I am really proud of the team that I have. Actually, I really love these people. I'm really 00:10:37
lucky to work with these individuals. Our Director of Membership and events is Christy Messner. I'm sure you've probably met her. 00:10:44
Our Director of Operations is Ellen Koehler, our Tourist Information Center Manager over at 100 Central Avenues, Renee Crocker. 00:10:51
And she takes care of all of the scheduling and pretty much everything at that tourist Information Center. 00:10:58
Her team consists of two paid staff or part time staff, Bob Peyton and Diane Tyrell, and we have about six to seven community 00:11:05
volunteers that also help out in that tourist Information Center that's open seven days a week. 00:11:11
And then we also have a marketing consultant, Lindsey Horton, who has her own. 00:11:18
Her own media business and she is working for both HD and the Chamber, which is great. We have her on both sides to keep 00:11:22
consistency. 00:11:26
Which is nice. Ohh. 00:11:30
All right. I'll keep going fast. 00:11:33
Um, so this is our membership. This is the Chamber membership. It's sort of a breakdown of where everybody sits in our membership. 00:11:35
You'll see the largest group of our members consists of professional services. So that's your, you know, your hairstylist, that's 00:11:42
your tax preparer and such. So almost 50% of our membership is made-up of professional services. 00:11:50
17% then is the the next largest which is retail food and beverage is the next which is for about 14% lodgings. 11 real estate is 00:11:58
pretty big that's why they get a pretty big chunk of the pie. It's 7% and then other just ones that are hard to quantify exactly 00:12:05
what category. So I'm just pulling the basic categories but as you can see the majority of. 00:12:13
Our membership really is professional services and that's. 00:12:22
That's fairly common, actually. 00:12:26
All right, so this is What does the Chamber do? One of the biggest things that a Chamber of Commerce does, and why Chambers of 00:12:30
Commerce have existed for many years. 00:12:35
Is to advocate for business interests as well. As you know business friendly practices. So I don't want to say interest, I mainly 00:12:39
say business friendly. We want the community to be business friendly. 00:12:45
So we, you know, we advocate also that's. 00:12:52
All sorts of in all sorts of different ways at City Council, the DC I actually sit on the EDC as a non voting commissioner. 00:12:55
Occasionally go to Planning Commission, occasionally go to recreation board if there are events that are coming up that we need, 00:13:04
that need our support. 00:13:08
This year we've been really involved with the formation of the youth ambassadors of PG Sustainable PG. I've been working with them 00:13:12
on. 00:13:16
Packaging and plastics in particular. In fact, one of the initiatives we had this year was to print all of our brochures in both 00:13:21
English and Spanish. And so that we can distribute those not only at farmers market but also to the restaurants in town, to all 00:13:30
the workers which has been, which has been really beneficial to them. I've been working with our sister to PG, which is new. 00:13:39
And also we started a business roundtable this year that's really small, but it's growing. 00:13:48
And then also we work with the County Board of Supervisors, the MCB, you know I can go down the list of all of these that are that 00:13:54
are listed here. But we're always keeping our eyes on you know obviously the local environment, but also what's going on in the 00:14:00
States and then even further in federal government occasionally we have to go that far up to say. 00:14:07
You know, hey, we support these things that are gonna be good for businesses and Pacific growth. 00:14:14
Certain initiatives. 00:14:20
We also connect via all of all of our events. 00:14:22
PG has a lot of a lot of wonderful events and the Chamber is involved in a good number of them. The main ones, I call them 00:14:25
signature events. These are big events that we do are the shuttles to AT&T as well as to the US Open. 00:14:33
We have decided because of the Women's Open this year we're unsure about. 00:14:41
Umm. 00:14:47
The amount of people that will be staying in PG and going to the tournament. So this is a a learning year for us. We're not doing 00:14:48
shuttles this year, but we are actively watching and I've been having conversations with the hotels saying do you have? 00:14:56
Advanced bookings for the woman's open and we haven't seen a huge surge in it yet, but we're watching it this year and if it looks 00:15:03
like there's enough. 00:15:08
To warrant shuttles, we'll be doing those in the future as well. 00:15:12
We always do our membership luncheon and awards ceremony each year. Good Old Days, obviously, and there's I'll talk about Good Old 00:15:16
Days in a moment because there's some some fun things that we're we're looking towards in the future for Good Old Days as well. 00:15:22
Flavors of PG, which highlights our restaurants in town. Christmas at the end will be back this year. Yay, it's been a while. 00:15:29
And then some additional events that we do that the Chamber actually does Independence Day, which is coming up shortly. 00:15:36
We do assist with car Week events. Holiday Light Parade is actually ours. Still, most fun in the park is our events. 00:15:43
We assist with the BID events, we assist with a few city events just depending on what their needs are. A lot of times it's 00:15:50
entertainment or you know decor or things like that that will help out with. 00:15:57
We also do mixers and ribbing, cut lots of ribbon cuttings, educational and networking luncheons. And then this year Christie 00:16:03
started our She's In Charge mixers, which is to to connect women in business in our community. 00:16:10
OK, I just have way too much fun with these. 00:16:20
Uh, how we what do we do communication wise? The main ones are the daily and ongoing ones. We are constantly monitoring our social 00:16:22
media, our website, which is all in house. 00:16:28
And our tourist information centers, we have walk-ins like I said about 900 a month. 00:16:33
And in the summer months, it goes up to about 2000 a month. And in this office we still get quite a large volume. That was the 00:16:40
tourist Information Center, 100 Central Ave. Those are our numbers over there. But we still get a lot of people even in this 00:16:45
little office too. 00:16:51
Weekly we have our weekly spotlight that goes out to all of our members as well as anyone in the public that wants to sign up for 00:16:56
it. We have our weekly shoreline page in the Monterey County Herald that we promote our businesses as well as things going on in 00:17:03
PG. We have member to member promotions that go out that are just stand alone usually e-news. 00:17:09
And then we have all of the monthly partnership meetings that we're involved in. And then annually we do our guide to Pacific 00:17:17
Grove and we print 30,000 of those each year, distribute those to the hotels or to anybody who wants them. We have a lot of 00:17:23
visitors who call us up and say can you send us a guide and they get sent out right away. 00:17:29
We also do an annual business walk, which. 00:17:36
We actually do it more than just annually. Annually is the is the typical one, but we're out there walking almost every day. 00:17:39
What we do with business education. So there was a workshop series that was started prior to me being here called Good Morning 00:17:47
Pacific Grove. I'm trying to get it back on its feet because it went away during COVID. We've done a couple of them thus far. This 00:17:53
was the last one, the social media for small business and we have a. 00:17:58
A companion piece that's coming up here in July. So that one, an advanced one, I just don't have a date yet for it. And then we 00:18:04
also have our partners like TPO, Human Resources, the MCH AM, CBC and our chamber members who also do workshops that we try to 00:18:11
promote and also score Central. 00:18:17
Central Coast California score chapter. They also do workshops on almost a daily basis and we're always promoting those as well as 00:18:24
alternative ways to do online education and and keep yourself. 00:18:31
Up to date on the latest in HR trends. 00:18:39
We also published Cal Chamber and NFIB articles in our weekly spotlight. And then EDC has some business programs that they've been 00:18:42
working on, the facade improvement program that's really great for business. That's been a really popular program hoping to see it 00:18:47
expand. 00:18:53
Umthepickpg.org website was something that I worked on with city staff and still work, you know, work in tandem with them on that 00:18:58
and then even this year. 00:19:04
That women and Minority owned Business grants through the CDC is still in process. So those are all. 00:19:10
All things that were were involved in doesn't mean that we're doing it ourselves, but that we're working with teams of people who 00:19:16
are who are leading the charge on that. So I'm just going to pull these up. 00:19:21
Uh, what? We do marketing and member promotion. This is a pretty big part of our job. Not only do we have our marketing and PR 00:19:27
consultant, Lindsey, but we also do a lot of this in the house. It's just just the three of us. 00:19:33
We have our our local promotions through social media, e-news print, our guide, welcome baskets that we're starting up. 00:19:40
You know, sometimes you'll see those T-shirts that we're giving away at all of our events. Those are important. That is branded 00:19:50
Pacific Grove. And so when someone takes that poem, then there are a walking billboard for us, which is lovely. The downtown 00:19:56
directory is something that we need to update wayfinding sign signage. So if you see some of the the green signs that were 00:20:02
downtown, that was prior to me being here. But that was something that the chamber was involved in as well. I believe there's one 00:20:08
of them that needs to be. 00:20:15
Actually replaced because it was hit by a car. And then we also do our visitor advertising through website ads. We just added some 00:20:21
really exciting streaming service ads and podcast targeted audiences through the. 00:20:28
In the Bay Area, which is kind of exciting and we'll see how that goes. 00:20:36
Local papers plus a lot of Bay Area, Central Valley, those are in LA area, Those are feeder markets here. 00:20:40
We have our light box ads that are that are lit up at the tourist Information Center, so you can really see them visibly as you're 00:20:48
as you're driving by and walking by our downtown information board, which is right here by our office. 00:20:55
And then again the Brandon Merch that we try to give to the hotels to give to their guests to take home with them to also help 00:21:03
promote Pacific Grove. 00:21:07
Ohh my gosh that was really fast. I think that's the fastest I've ever gone through it. 00:21:13
But this is, this is who we are. The Pacific Grove Chamber is is doing our best to be as current as possible and look towards the 00:21:18
future of business in Pacific Grove and. 00:21:24
That's also why I use this photo of Amy De Samson, one of our board members who has her own candle making company that is 00:21:30
distributed internationally. It's only a three-year old business and they manufacture and ship everything from Pacific Growth out 00:21:37
of Russell Service Center. You'll see some river candles behind her on the on the wall there. She is quite a dynamic individual 00:21:45
and she's in her mid 20s and one of the things that I was charged with was bringing in people to our board. 00:21:52
Who have a younger mindset that are in business and are working really hard and are representative of what's happening in PG right 00:22:00
now and Amy's. 00:22:05
Almost one of the most perfect people for us to to have on our board and give us that perspective. 00:22:10
Believe that's my last one. 00:22:16
All right, I'm going to stop sharing my screen. 00:22:19
I know that you don't take questions, but I am always open to questions. 00:22:24
Please feel free to give me a call at the chamber or e-mail me. It's really simple to remember. Jenny Jay NYC at pacificgrove.org. 00:22:31
A couple of the things that I talked about earlier about good old days there. We've been working for a number of years on on being 00:22:40
more inclusive with music, with food, with access for kids. One of the things that I'm working on for 2024 is to get sign language 00:22:50
interpretation for our for our music. It's it's a difficult task because we have 5 to 6 stages going on simultaneously. 00:23:00
For 8 hours a day. 00:23:10
And the sign language interpreters can only work, I believe, a total of 2 hours, which would mean we need 20 for the two days that 00:23:12
we have. It's a bit of a puzzle, but we're working on it because I think it's really important to to have that access for our 00:23:19
whole community. It will be a puzzle, but we'll work it out for 2024. 00:23:26
Some other things that we're working on at the chamber to try to. 00:23:33
Try to get our businesses. 00:23:40
Up and understanding of the new regulations, but also just to just to be more mindful of being more inclusive in our community 00:23:42
working on some partner workshops with TPO on on DEI initiatives and I was really blessed to be part of this city run half day 00:23:49
workshop. 00:23:56
That you did, and I can't remember exactly when, I want to say September of last year. 00:24:03
And I've been in touch with that presenter because I think that she was truly amazing. I know I enjoyed that day. I know the city 00:24:08
staff and boards and commissions that were there really enjoyed it. I'd like to see her come back. 00:24:14
And maybe do something for the public as well. I think her her knowledge was. 00:24:21
Umm. 00:24:26
Extraordinary and I think that she would be a benefit to have back in in a more public way for the community. So those are the the 00:24:27
main things some challenges ahead of us and. 00:24:33
You know, that's that's the chamber in a nutshell. 00:24:40
Thank you, Miss McMurdo. We appreciate it. 00:24:46
You're welcome. 00:24:48
Next item on the agenda is the approval of the agenda. 00:24:51
The agenda is how the work gets done at city boards, Commission meetings and the City Council. 00:24:55
And it also is the way that we comply with the Brown Act by making sure that the business of the task force is done in front of 00:25:01
the public. 00:25:05
And the public has notice of what business we are going to be doing. 00:25:09
So we always want to give an opportunity for our task force members. 00:25:13
To be sure that there's nothing that's changed on the agenda. 00:25:18
So I would ask if there is a motion to approve the agenda. 00:25:22
Motion to approve the agenda. 00:25:27
And is there a second? 00:25:29
2nd. 00:25:31
OK. Thank you. 00:25:31
City Clerk DI Coordinator Kendell, would you please take A roll call vote unless it's the city manager who will take A roll call 00:25:33
vote. Yes chair. I will do that Commissioner Hoops. 00:25:38
Aye. 00:25:44
Chair, Boy. 00:25:44
Aye, Secretary Stevens, Aye. 00:25:46
Motion passes 30 Commissioner Mark absent. 00:25:48
Thank you. 00:25:52
Item number four is Task Force and Staff announcements and these are city related items only. 00:25:55
Are there any task force announcements? 00:26:02
I would like to acknowledge Juneteenth as a federal holiday. 00:26:09
On June 19th, our country will celebrate Juneteenth. 00:26:13
A federal holiday that celebrates the end of the enslavement of black people in the United States. 00:26:17
According to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. 00:26:23
Freedom finally came on June 19th, 1865. 00:26:29
When some 2. 00:26:33
1000 Union troops arrived at Galveston Bay, Texas. 00:26:34
The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state. 00:26:38
We're free by executive decree. 00:26:44
This came this day came to be known. 00:26:47
As Juneteenth by the newly freed people in Texas. 00:26:50
And is now a federal holiday. 00:26:54
Several Juneteenth celebration Juneteenth celebrations are happening around Monterey County from June 14th through June 19th. 00:26:56
Including events by the Juneteenth Coalition. 00:27:04
Thank you, Secretary Stevens. 00:27:11
I have several announcements to make and I'll take them in alphabetical order. 00:27:16
Being a librarian. 00:27:21
I'll start by saying that. 00:27:23
Just before the meeting, we received word of the resignation of member One Musketa. 00:27:25
I want to thank him for his service and note that he will be missed. 00:27:31
Umm. 00:27:35
And we are always looking for. 00:27:36
People to join us on the task force who will help us. 00:27:38
Move our purpose and mission forward in the city. 00:27:42
June is National Immigrant Heritage Month. 00:27:47
When we recognize the contributions that immigrants have made. 00:27:50
To the success of our nation, to our state, and to the city of Pacific Grove. 00:27:53
We want to honor those who have come. 00:27:58
And those who still come to our country. 00:28:00
Their belief in the American Dream and their push for a better life. 00:28:04
Is recognized. 00:28:09
Following up on Secretary Stevens's announcement about Juneteenth. 00:28:11
I would note that there is a special exhibit highlighting the 1902 Ninth Cavalry of Buffalo Soldiers, who were some of the first 00:28:16
African American soldiers to serve in the Army. 00:28:21
And who helped build some of the buildings at the Presidio that will be opening at the Presidio Museum? 00:28:27
And it does have a connection with Pacific Grove. 00:28:34
The 425 men of that unit were segregated from the white soldiers that they worked alongside. 00:28:37
And made camp for two years above the Chinese village in Pacific Grove. 00:28:44
I'll note that today, June 12th, is Loving Day, the anniversary of a 1967 court decision. 00:28:51
That struck down bans on interracial marriage. 00:28:58
This is a date of personal significance to me. 00:29:01
As my parents marriage was not legal in 16 states when they settled here. 00:29:04
The month of June is Pride Month. 00:29:11
And that is about the acceptance. 00:29:13
Diversity and inclusion. 00:29:15
For the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. 00:29:18
Plus communities including non binary. 00:29:23
The city held a pride flag raising on Thursday, June 1st. 00:29:26
With 45 to 50 attendees of all ages present. 00:29:30
I want to thank the City Council, the city staff and community members who supported this important day. 00:29:34
As I said at the flag raising. 00:29:41
In Pacific Grove, we value inclusiveness. 00:29:43
Made this beautiful rainbow flag. 00:29:47
Be flown as a symbol that Pacific Grove welcomes. 00:29:49
Values, respects and celebrates the lives of residents. 00:29:53
Employees, visitors, volunteers of all genders and sexualities, our neighbours, colleagues, families, loved ones. 00:29:57
Friends and community members. 00:30:07
May this be true every day of every month of every year. 00:30:09
Then the City Hall pride flag was raised to join the pride flags outside the police and the fire stations. 00:30:14
Unfortunately, by Saturday, that pride flag had been stolen. 00:30:21
Community members alerted city staff. 00:30:26
And another was raised first thing Sunday. 00:30:29
And it's still waves today. 00:30:32
Finally, I want to acknowledge that the task force often receives comments via e-mail between meetings. 00:30:35
I want to acknowledge the comments and community interest. 00:30:42
We are not able to engage in dialogue via e-mail or comment upon present or future task force business. 00:30:45
Before it is agendized for discussion at our public meetings. 00:30:53
Are there any staff announcements? 00:30:59
No staff announcements. Thank you, Chair. 00:31:03
Thank you. 00:31:06
Item number 5 is Council liaison announcements I. Is Council member Pandori able to join us and does he have any comments? 00:31:08
I'm here but I do not have any announcements. Thank you. 00:31:17
It's. 00:31:20
Thank you. 00:31:22
Item number six is general public comment. 00:31:24
This is an opportunity for members of the public to comment on any item that is not on our agenda. 00:31:28
But it is within the jurisdiction of the city. 00:31:34
And the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. 00:31:37
If you do want to make comments regarding items on the regular agenda. 00:31:41
They will be heard prior to the task forces consideration of those items at the time such items are called. 00:31:45
Each member of the public may comment once per agenda item. 00:31:52
Comments from the public will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. 00:31:57
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time limit lights as a guide. 00:32:03
Comments and statements should be addressed to the task force. 00:32:09
And not the audience. 00:32:12
Public comment is encouraged as long it is, as it is not disruptive to the meeting. 00:32:15
As the chair, if there is disruptive conduct, I will respond in a viewpoint neutral manner as follows. 00:32:21
I may ask the individual to cease the disruptive behavior. 00:32:28
Or call a meeting recess. 00:32:32
If the disruption continues, I may confer with city staff, including the city attorney. 00:32:34
And. 00:32:40
Ask that the member of the public making the disruption be ejected from the meeting or adjourn the meeting. 00:32:41
I will also note that if comments are made during a public comment section or on an agenda item that vary from that particular 00:32:47
agenda item. 00:32:52
Or speak to an agenda item during public comments. 00:32:56
I will stop the speaker and ask the speaker to redirect. 00:33:00
Comments made made made in person or remotely using zoom. 00:33:04
Or by the phone? 00:33:08
In person, please come up to the podium and Please note the time keeping lights. 00:33:09
Red means that your 3 minutes has ended. 00:33:14
If you're joining us by phone, please press star 9 to raise your hand. 00:33:17
And Star 6 to unmute your phone. 00:33:21
I will now open general public comment to the members of the public present in person first. 00:33:25
And then remotely. 00:33:31
Welcome. 00:33:46
Ohh, Pacific Grove resident, I simply want to point out something that I've noticed that a few of your last meetings and it has 00:33:50
been mentioned before, so it's nothing new. 00:33:54
We all have viewpoints. We all have values. 00:33:59
And I think we're all moving in a really positive direction. 00:34:03
When it comes to exception, acceptance, inclusion, diversity and equity. 00:34:08
And these are things that. 00:34:15
Fundamentally have been written in stone as the laws of the civil rights movement when President Lyndon Johnson was in office, and 00:34:17
we're exemplifying that now and moving in even more. 00:34:23
Nurturing and positive direction and everyone's not going to agree 100%. 00:34:29
On how these should be perceived, how they should be instituted, and so forth. One thing that I find very offensive is when people 00:34:37
get up here. 00:34:41
And use name calling. 00:34:45
In regards to certain people, I'm not gonna come up here and make bad comments and name call any of you. 00:34:48
And they don't, or anyone in the audience, and they don't expect any in the audience. 00:34:54
Anyone. Myself. I don't expect anyone to do any name calling. 00:34:58
And you know, you know, you know what I'm talking about. I'm not gonna give you any examples. We've heard it before. Whoops. 00:35:03
Ohh, I'm sorry, I forgot to turn that off. 00:35:09
Anyway. 00:35:11
So please, let's have some decorum and I'd like to ask the chairperson. 00:35:12
Of the task force to monitor when someone does do that. 00:35:17
Even though it may not be totally disruptive in a physical way, it's disruptive in a vocabulary and emotional and heartfelt way. 00:35:22
So please be aware of that and and try to limit people from doing that. And if they keep doing it, maybe they should be asked to 00:35:27
leave or not come to the meetings. Thank you. 00:35:33
Thank you. 00:35:39
Welcome. 00:35:48
Thank you. 00:35:49
Thank you Chairman Louie and members of the task force. My name is Carol Moncourt. 00:35:50
I'm I've been a citizen here for. 00:35:57
I think 37 years. 00:36:01
Umm. 00:36:04
So I think Jenny Mccardle for her presentation. 00:36:06
And. 00:36:11
I wish we had more professional services. 00:36:13
And business people that would attend these meetings. 00:36:16
But I understand that we are a very polarized country. 00:36:19
We are a very polarized city. 00:36:23
And I think you're all very much aware of it. I am sorry that we have a resignation on this task force and. 00:36:26
I'm glad that. 00:36:33
Council person the Dory is here and I'm sorry that Naja Mark was not able to attend. 00:36:36
Due to maybe personal reasons. 00:36:43
Would you remove very polarized country and? 00:36:45
Very poor in cities, so I think we need to be knowledge that and I'm going to try to step back from this so I don't get that. 00:36:49
Umm. 00:36:55
And. 00:36:57
We see the pride flags everywhere. We have it on the flagpole outside here. 00:36:58
And a lot of the businesses that put them in. 00:37:03
Their flower pots and it's a wonderful acceptance of Pride month. My understanding from the Internet is, is LGBTQIA Plus 9 by I 00:37:07
don't know, I'm I always get confused because I get different acronyms. But what I'd like to suggest, and I'm going to talk about 00:37:15
this some other time, some other month, is that I would love to see the teeth separated from the LBG. 00:37:24
Because I'm wonderful LBG neighbors, many of them. They are very stable people. 00:37:33
And they buy their own homes. But the tea is a rather new idea. It's been around for about 10 years, maybe 20 at the most. 00:37:40
But only recently has this been affecting children. This has been affecting children in the gender affirming care. Thank you and I 00:37:48
would appreciate that and. 00:37:54
Thank Queen shows. Thank you. Thank you. 00:38:00
Welcome. 00:38:13
Thank you. 00:38:14
Colleen Ingram, Pacific Grove resident. 00:38:16
GLAD is the world's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer plus media advocacy organization. 00:38:20
They just recently completed their 9th annual acceptance study. 00:38:30
Which reveals that a record number of non LGBTQ plus Americans. 00:38:33
Me included, 84% of US support equal rights. 00:38:39
For the Pride community. 00:38:43
An overwhelming majority believe. 00:38:45
LGBTQ plus, people should have the freedom to live their lives. 00:38:47
And not be discriminated against and that schools should be safe and accepted. 00:38:52
For all youth. 00:38:56
80% are comfortable with having gay, lesbian or bisexual people. 00:38:59
In the place of worship. 00:39:03
However, the Equality Federation. 00:39:05
Shows that over 500 anti. 00:39:09
LGBTQ plus bills were introduced. 00:39:12
In state legislatures this year. 00:39:15
356 bills specifically. 00:39:18
Targeting transgender people. 00:39:21
And this effort is led by various Christian nationalist groups. 00:39:23
That's not name calling. 00:39:27
2021 and 2022 were years that had record setting years for anti. 00:39:30
LGBTQ Plus legislation. 00:39:36
Despite the record acceptance figures. 00:39:39
Misinformation and spread of false narratives about the Pride community remain at an all time high. 00:39:42
Examples of such are accusations of pedophilia. 00:39:49
In grooming of children for sexual predation. 00:39:53
86% of non LGBTQ Americans. 00:39:57
Myself included. 00:40:01
Agree that exposure to online hate can. 00:40:02
Content leads to. 00:40:06
Real world violence? 00:40:08
Specific grows not immune to these acts of hostility and aggression. 00:40:10
Toward the Pride community and to supporters of diversity, equity, and inclusion. 00:40:14
Fair and accurate. 00:40:20
Representation in media and journalism have a powerful and measurable effect on the lives of LGBTQ plus people. 00:40:22
Yet America is at a critical juncture when it comes to their acceptance and safety. 00:40:29
Allyship of the Pride community must turn into action. 00:40:35
Media content creators. 00:40:40
And corporate leaders must lead and respond to hate with. 00:40:42
Undeterred support for the Pride community. 00:40:46
Including for LGBTQ plus. 00:40:49
Employees, shareholders and consumers. 00:40:52
How I ship is not easy. 00:40:56
But when values of diversity, equity and inclusion are tested? 00:40:59
We must defend them directly and that's why I'm speaking today. 00:41:02
Thank you. 00:41:07
Thank you. 00:41:10
Welcome. 00:41:23
Thank you. My name is Mike Gibbs. I'm a member of the. 00:41:24
PG EDC but I'm speaking on my own. 00:41:28
I think. 00:41:32
So first of all, Jenny. 00:41:34
I did a nice job. 00:41:36
In my partner and members of the Pacific Grove Chamber. 00:41:38
We moved our office here over the past two or three weeks or so. 00:41:42
And one of the events that that Jenny and the chamber supporting. 00:41:45
I think she's sponsoring it. There's some brochures back here on the table. It's called Chocolate Block. 00:41:50
It's gonna be the 24th bunch of kids out with colored chalk. I'll probably be there, but I didn't reserve a space. 00:41:55
Of making. 00:42:01
Fund design, so that will be a PG event on the 24th. 00:42:03
The. 00:42:08
I was glad to hear that. 00:42:10
Chairman Bowie mentioned the Buffalo Soldiers. They have a long and storied history. 00:42:12
I didn't know about their presence here in Pacific Grove, so that's no, that's good to know, if I understood that correctly. 00:42:16
And I'd also sent the task force some information. 00:42:22
About another group which was here in World War Two. They arrived in 1942 and it was called the. 00:42:26
54th. 00:42:32
Coast Artillery Regiment. 00:42:33
And the group that was here was the First Battalion. It's an all black. 00:42:36
Group, and they were assigned here. Many of them had been members of the ***** Professional Baseball League. 00:42:39
And part of the cool, part of the history of Pacific Grove, that. 00:42:44
Before they had lights out because of the. 00:42:47
They had extinguished the lights in case of their raids. 00:42:50
They played ball in the community and became part of the community in that way. 00:42:53
And I had asked the DUI task force to recognize that. 00:42:57
And I did hear back from Miss Boo. She acknowledged my e-mail. So this group is asking to have some support. 00:43:01
For some kind of a plaque or recognition or memorial or something. 00:43:09
You know, because they were on the grounds what were in there, the Lighthouse and the Noah building is now. 00:43:13
And they they actually had cannons. They fired them off in practice, and it was pretty loud. 00:43:18
But they were well accepted by the community and were part of the community. 00:43:24
And so interestingly enough, there was the 3rd Battalion was up in Santa Cruz and they have a memorial in Santa Cruz for these 00:43:28
guys. 00:43:32
And so far, the previous representative, the United States House of Representatives. 00:43:36
A sponsored A. 00:43:41
Well, he had a an endorsement on the floor of the House. 00:43:44
And it was read into the Congressional record. 00:43:48
And I'd like to have the same recognition here and. 00:43:50
If anybody can reach out to Jimmy Panetta, that would be great. So we're just asking for that. I think it's something we can all 00:43:53
get around. 00:43:57
The last thing I'd like to say in my last 21 seconds. 00:44:01
Is that more the most frequent comments I get? Believe it or not, is member of the EDC is what the heck happened to the trolley? 00:44:05
And so Jenny was here talking about this, and it used to come out of Monterey if there's any money or funds. 00:44:12
I'd like to see the trolley running again. That's good for everybody here in Pacific Grove. So that's my, that's my comment. Thank 00:44:18
you for your time. Thank you. 00:44:22
Welcome. 00:44:40
Thank you. 00:44:41
My name is Beth Walker. I'm a. 00:44:42
Resident of Pacific Grove. 00:44:45
I'm also on the board of directors of Monterey Peninsula Pride and the chair of the. 00:44:47
Celebration and parade. 00:44:52
The celebration and parade for Pride in Monterey on the Monterey Peninsula will be taking place July 15th. 00:44:54
In downtown Monterey. 00:45:02
And with the celebration commencing in. 00:45:04
Custom House Plaza. 00:45:08
Everybody is welcome to attend. 00:45:10
For those who have nefarious. 00:45:13
Motives. We will have both police and park support in order to. 00:45:18
Stave off any. 00:45:25
In order to protect all of our participants from any. 00:45:28
Buddy that wants to come into town and be. 00:45:32
Crazy. 00:45:35
So then. 00:45:36
I would just like. 00:45:39
So. 00:45:40
There's so many things to say. 00:45:42
We don't want your kids. 00:45:45
You're straight kids to be gay. 00:45:47
We want our gate kids to survive. 00:45:49
And I will tell you that. 00:45:53
There is a faction of this country that does not want that to happen. They would like us all to die. 00:45:56
So when you die, God is not going to ask you about someone else. 00:46:03
He won't ask you about the two men down the street who got married. 00:46:08
He won't ask you about the girl who had an abortion. 00:46:11
He won't ask you about the atheists that lives on the corner. 00:46:14
He won't ask you about the woman who feels more comfortable as a man. 00:46:17
He will ask you how you loved those people. 00:46:21
As he called you to do. 00:46:24
Thank you. 00:46:26
Thank you. 00:46:28
Seeing no other public comment in person. 00:46:34
Do we have any online or remotely? 00:46:37
We do chair. We have two hands raised, Inga Lawrence and Dahmer. 00:46:39
Welcome. 00:46:45
Andre. 00:46:46
Umm. 00:46:48
It took till agenda item 4 to even see the inside of the council chambers and I wondered if the Zoom audience could feel a little 00:46:49
more included. All we had was a huge full screen blue timer that kept popping just slightly in and out, just flashing, which was 00:46:57
really distracting. 00:47:04
And then when Jenny split her screen. 00:47:12
Well, then it's slightly. 00:47:15
Smaller. 00:47:17
But it would be and that's when we. 00:47:19
Afterwards is when we finally saw the inside of the chambers and saw your faces. 00:47:21
So um. 00:47:26
I know that that's a staff issue and not. 00:47:28
Years, but it would be nice to feel included by welcoming welcoming us into the Chamber itself this way and. 00:47:30
And I know that the city has a smaller time or two. 00:47:40
It goes off in the corner. 00:47:43
Of a zoom screen and. 00:47:46
That would be rather more appreciated than this blue Sky One, Which. 00:47:48
Does keep. 00:47:53
Flickering and popping and is incredibly distracting. 00:47:54
Thank you very much. 00:47:58
Thank you. 00:48:02
Maria Adams. 00:48:03
Welcome. 00:48:05
Thank you. 00:48:08
Um, during the flag raising and generally. 00:48:09
During this month, my dog wears a bandana that has rainbow hearts on it and one day when we were walking a car drove by it and 00:48:13
yelled homophobic slurs at us. 00:48:17
And I just, I just want to say that I don't wear pride rainbows on and I don't wear blue, pink and white stripes to tell people 00:48:23
who is in my bed. 00:48:28
Because that's nobody's business. 00:48:34
I wear rainbows so that the family across the street knows they are safe. 00:48:37
I wear rainbows so the couple in the restaurant know that they are not alone. 00:48:43
I wear blue, pink and white stripes so the boy who sees me notice him looking at dresses knows that I am not judging him. 00:48:49
I wear pride so people that will know they do not have to hide. 00:48:58
When marginalized people along with their allies. 00:49:04
Gathered to celebrate. 00:49:07
And empower one another. They are often accused of division. 00:49:10
Pride is not anti straight, just as just like Black Lives Matter is not anti white and feminism is not anti men. 00:49:15
Such accusations are a form of narcissistic abuse. 00:49:23
I observe that equality feels like oppression for some of us who are used to, and more importantly, insist on being centered. 00:49:28
There is a Bible story where God placed a rainbow in the sky as a promise to never again be destructive towards life. 00:49:36
Imagine if whenever we Christians saw rainbows in our culture. 00:49:43
We chose to see them as a sign to promise not to be distrustful. 00:49:47
Destructive or harmful towards others. 00:49:51
Thank you. 00:49:54
Thank you. 00:49:57
No other hands are raised chair. 00:49:59
Thank you. 00:50:04
I will now close general public comment. 00:50:05
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. 00:50:10
The vote on the consent agenda applies to each item unless removed. 00:50:16
Any task force member or the public may remove an item for individual consideration. 00:50:21
When items are removed for consideration. 00:50:26
They're placed at the end of the regular agenda. 00:50:29
One motion shall be made to approve all non removed items on the consent agenda. 00:50:32
Are there any requests by a task force member or a member of the public to remove a consent agenda item? 00:50:38
Seeing none, I would ask for a motion to approve the consent agenda. 00:50:48
I make a motion to approve the consent agenda. 00:50:54
Is there a second second? 00:50:57
Thank you, City Manager, May we have a roll call vote? 00:50:59
Yes, Commissioner Hoops. 00:51:04
Aye. 00:51:06
Chair, Boy. 00:51:07
Secretary Stevens Aye Motion passes 301. Commissioner Mark absent. 00:51:09
Thank you. The minutes of the May 8th, 2023 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force meeting were approved. 00:51:15
Item 8A on the regular agenda is a report from the underrepresented Groups and Communities Subcommittee appointed on May 8th, 00:51:23
2023. 00:51:28
Consisting of Secretary Stevens and myself. 00:51:33
There will be a PowerPoint presentation, then any questions from the task force, then the opportunity for public comment on that 00:51:37
item. 00:51:41
And then the task force discussion and it is not an action item. 00:51:45
Umm. 00:51:50
City Clerk DI Coordinator Kendell, May we begin the PowerPoint? 00:51:51
Yes, chair. 00:51:57
Thank you. 00:51:58
Chair Bowie and I met on June 11th to talk about our roles, responsibilities, and expectations for the subcommittee. 00:52:14
For underrepresented groups and communities. 00:52:24
Next slide please. 00:52:28
During that conversation, we. 00:52:30
We're able to develop the following tasks. 00:52:34
DUI Task force purpose. We talked about the purpose, which we'd like to go over again. 00:52:37
Examine city policies, programs, and practices through a community lens. 00:52:43
To promote diversity, equity, inclusion. 00:52:48
Racial justice and healing. 00:52:51
To promote participation of underrepresented communities, including but not limited to people of color. 00:52:53
LGBTQ Plus. 00:53:00
People with disabilities, immigrants, et cetera, and monitor change that occurs to diversity, equity, inclusion and racial, racial 00:53:02
justice within the city. 00:53:07
And finally, to provide feedback, guidance, strategies and recommendations to increase community engagement. 00:53:13
By underrepresented groups. 00:53:20
Next slide please. 00:53:22
The DEA. 00:53:25
Task Force, powers and duties. 00:53:26
We act in an advisory capacity to the City Council and City Manager on the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion and racial 00:53:29
justice as related to the City of Pacific Grove. 00:53:34
We recommend to the Council. 00:53:41
That they adopt the adoption of laws, rules, regulations, programs and practices on the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, 00:53:43
racial justice and healing that relate to the City of Pacific Grove. 00:53:49
I will now pass it over to Chair Bui. 00:53:56
Thank you. 00:53:59
So next we looked at what is the definition of the term under represented, which is in our purpose twice. 00:54:00
Edmund Cambridge and Oxford Dictionaries. It's insufficient or inadequate representation. 00:54:08
If a type of person is underrepresented in a group or organization, there are not enough of them in it. 00:54:14
In the Macmillan Dictionary, in the minority. 00:54:21
Underrepresented groups do not have enough people with power to speak for them or to help them. 00:54:25
And we really talked about how that would be then groups that are not in the majority in the city or workforce. 00:54:32
Next slide please. 00:54:40
So then we came to the actual language of. 00:54:42
Defining underrepresented groups and communities, again from our purpose. 00:54:46
And we noted that it includes, but it's not limited to. 00:54:50
And then several categories of people, people of color. 00:54:55
LGBTQ Plus. 00:54:59
People with disabilities, immigrants. 00:55:01
And then the term, et cetera. 00:55:04
We have heard the task force has heard over the last year and a half some suggestions and ideas for other groups of 00:55:07
underrepresented people or communities. 00:55:12
And we've also heard from members of the public. 00:55:17
So we then decided part of our task was going to be researching other underrepresented groups and communities in the city of 00:55:20
Pacific Grove. 00:55:24
Women, for example. 00:55:28
Economically disadvantaged persons. 00:55:30
Children and teens. 00:55:33
One of the things we discussed was that. 00:55:34
To be appointed to a city board or Commission, you have to be 18 or older because you have to be able to vote. 00:55:37
We also noted that the City of Pacific Grove does not have any sort of a youth Advisory Board or council or anything like that. 00:55:44
Non-english speakers was another category that was talked about. We're sure that there are others. This was just from our initial 00:55:52
discussion. 00:55:55
Then we realize that we're going to need to be data-driven. 00:56:00
As far as looking at groups of underrepresented people and finding out who is actually underrepresented and not so, we started 00:56:04
discussing some of the different data collection sources that we may be able to work with. 00:56:10
Of course, at the federal level, it's the census. The state provides some additional information on economic, employment, other 00:56:17
things. 00:56:21
And then locally. 00:56:26
In addition to Census demographic information, the Pacific Grove Unified School District has demographic information on the 00:56:27
students in the school district. 00:56:32
We would imagine that the Chamber, for example, might have some information on the demographics of the workforce. 00:56:37
There may be other agencies and organizations that may have demographics and information that would be helpful to us. 00:56:44
There is an Alliance for the Blind and Visually Impaired for Pacific in Pacific Grove. 00:56:51
For example, the aquarium may well have information on visitation and the demographics of visitors. The Convention and Visitors 00:56:57
Bureau may as well. Others may have it. 00:57:02
And then we talked a little bit about in addition to demographic counts and categories and and those sorts of things, how do we 00:57:08
handle areas where people more self identify by different categories and also areas where people may have concern about 00:57:15
identifying themselves in different categories. So we wanted to give you a sense of where we are starting to go with our work in 00:57:22
identifying underrepresented groups and communities. 00:57:29
And our work will continue. 00:57:37
Next slide please. 00:57:39
So now is the time for Task Force questions, if there are none, or we'll try to answer them. 00:57:43
And we'll go out to public comment on this particular item. 00:57:49
And then we'll go back to task force discussion. 00:57:53
So are there any task force questions? 00:57:57
Thank you. 00:58:00
So it is now time for public comments on this agenda item. 00:58:04
Underrepresented groups and communities comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. Speakers 00:58:09
must adhere to the time limits and the time limit lights will be a guide. 00:58:15
Comments and statements should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 00:58:21
Public comment is encouraged as long as it is not disruptive to the meeting. 00:58:26
As the chair, if someone chooses to engage in conduct that is disruptive. 00:58:31
I will respond in a viewpoint neutral manner according to the rules of order. 00:58:35
Comments may be made in person or remotely using Zoom or by phone. 00:58:40
I will first open public comment on the underrepresented groups and Community subcommittee item. 00:58:46
To members of the public who are present remotely. 00:58:52
Then I will go to those in person. 00:58:55
Thank you, Chair. 00:58:59
Inga, Lawrence and Dahmer. 00:59:00
Welcome. 00:59:02
Thank you. 00:59:04
Thank you also for including economically disadvantaged, because sometimes I feel that the only thing that runs this city. 00:59:06
And that it cares about is. 00:59:14
The almighty dollar. 00:59:17
And. 00:59:19
That excludes. 00:59:20
Well, probably a minority, because it's a very rich city. 00:59:24
In that sense, as far as the incomes of people, because. 00:59:28
Believe me, I'm poverty level there, but I do own a home. 00:59:33
And that's the roof over my head, so. 00:59:38
That's how it's going to stay and I would not jeopardize that. 00:59:42
But thank you for including that in because many contracts and. 00:59:46
Things the city does are not inclusive. 00:59:52
Of economically disadvantaged. Thank you very much. 00:59:56
Thank you. 01:00:02
No more hands raised online chair. 01:00:04
Thank you. 01:00:08
Now we'll go to members of the public who are present in person. 01:00:09
Welcome. 01:00:21
Thank you. 01:00:22
Colleen Ingram again. 01:00:23
I I just was. 01:00:25
Wanting to thank you for this work and to also. 01:00:27
Umm. 01:00:32
Share my hope that there will be some education. 01:00:32
Concerning the misrepresentation of underrepresented. 01:00:36
Communities that which speaks to my previous comments how important that is. 01:00:40
To counter with. 01:00:46
Truths and positivity. 01:00:49
Thank you. 01:00:50
Thank you. 01:00:53
No other. 01:01:04
Members of the public interested in speaking, I will now close public comment. Bring it back to the task force for discussion. 01:01:05
Seeing none. 01:01:23
I think that we will move on to the next item and the subcommittee will continue to work diligently on this. 01:01:24
Important area of definition. 01:01:31
Item number 8B on the regular agenda is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant Selection Subcommittee Update and 01:01:35
Recommendation. 01:01:39
There'll be an agenda report and then any task force questions, then public comment and then the task force discussion. 01:01:45
This is an action item. 01:01:52
I'll turn it over to the members of the subcommittee. 01:01:55
Alright and I will start us. Ohh, thank you very much. So we do have a PowerPoint to share here. 01:01:59
What I'm going to do in the beginning is just kind of get us caught up on the background of where the recommendation for the 01:02:06
consultant came from. 01:02:10
And kind of the steps that it's been through to get to today. 01:02:15
So next slide please. 01:02:20
As an adopted City Council value in 2021, the city has a commitment to inclusivity. 01:02:23
And desires to cultivate an environment of trust and respect for all residents and visitors alike. 01:02:29
The city strives to ensure that actions are inclusive and reflective of the diverse community of which we aim to be. 01:02:35
So to that end, a per city ordinance #21-007. 01:02:43
A DUI task force comprised of five community volunteers appointed by the mayor. 01:02:48
Was created on April 7th, 2021 to act in an advisory capacity and make recommendations to the City Manager and to the Council to 01:02:53
adopt laws, rules, regulations, programs and practices on the topics of DEI. 01:03:00
Racial justice and healing that relate to the City of Pacific Grove. 01:03:08
Next slide please. 01:03:13
The DUI Task Force Plan recommendations for a city DI plan were outlined for council on May 18th, 2022. 01:03:15
Recommendations included hiring a consultant to research and gather information through data, surveys, meetings and interviews. 01:03:23
To establish findings and to ultimately develop and present a plan to the DUI Task Force for Review and to Council for Adoption, 01:03:31
Implementation, Reporting and Evaluation. 01:03:36
A request for qualifications, otherwise known as RFQ, was developed by staff with input from the task force. 01:03:42
And circulated for proposals from October 28th, 2022 through November 30th, 2022. 01:03:50
The results from the work via this RFQ will inform how the city moves forward in an effective manner to address the DE needs of 01:03:57
the city. 01:04:01
Next slide. 01:04:05
On December 12th, 2022, a subcommittee comprised of Chair Rao and Secretary Bowie was appointed to review the 8 proposals that 01:04:07
were submitted. 01:04:12
This subcommittee identified the top three proposals. 01:04:17
On February 13th, 2023, a DEA Consultant Selection Subcommittee consisting of Secretary Stevens and myself, Member Hopes. 01:04:20
Was appointed to review those top 3 consultant proposals. 01:04:29
To conduct interviews with the proposers, conduct a reference checks and recommend the top proposer to City Council and to the DUI 01:04:32
task force. 01:04:36
Next, we wanted to provide a summary of the request for qualifications. 01:04:44
The City of Pacific Grove is seeking proposals for qualified persons, firms or organization organizations to assist in conducting. 01:04:49
And organizational and community evaluation as a foundation towards building a more equitable, diverse and inclusive organization 01:04:58
for employees and the community in which we serve. 01:05:03
And this is found in your. 01:05:09
Agenda packet. 01:05:14
If you can, go to the next slide. 01:05:15
We talked next about the methodology, the methodology that. 01:05:20
Member whoops and I used to. 01:05:24
And to the recommendation, we started with the DI Consultant Selection Subcommittee. We reviewed the three consultants. 01:05:27
RFQ responses selected by the previous DUI consultant subcommittee and conducted interviews with each of the three responding 01:05:35
consultants. 01:05:40
We conducted interviews and they were conducted with the following consultants. 01:05:45
Seed Collaborative on May 9th, 2023. 01:05:49
CPS HR Consulting on May 10th, 2023. 01:05:53
And try Bessie Consulting on May 18th, 2023. 01:05:58
The city staff conducted reference checks, and the DEA Consultant Selection Subcommittee scored each consultant based on the 01:06:03
established. 01:06:07
Selection scoring criteria. 01:06:11
That were. 01:06:14
Outlined in RFQ as well. 01:06:15
As interviews conducted. Next slide please. 01:06:17
This is an overview of the scoring guidelines that was established during the last subcommittee. 01:06:22
Number one for 30 points experience in the field of organizational and community DEI assessment, planning and evaluation. 01:06:29
Next prior relevant for projects or experience for government agencies providing services. 01:06:37
To populations similar in size or larger than PG for 20 points. 01:06:43
Knowledge and expertise of individuals that will work on the project. 01:06:49
10 points. 01:06:53
Familiarity with the geographic area. 5 points. 01:06:55
Completeness of responses to the RFQ, demonstrating expertise and qualifications of organization. 20 points. 01:06:59
Training resources provided by vendor. 01:07:07
Was not scored, but we evaluated each consultant to ensure that they. 01:07:10
Included the training resources. 01:07:15
And finally references for 15 points for a total score of 100. 01:07:17
Next slide please. 01:07:22
Our recommendation? 01:07:24
Seed Collaborative, LLC, known as SEED, is the recommendation of the DEI Consultant Selection Subcommittee based on the 01:07:26
aforementioned criteria and selection process. 01:07:32
Seed Collaborative has been performing DE. I work with institute institutions and communities, including municipalities, 01:07:38
government agencies. 01:07:43
Quasi government agencies and nonprofit organizations. 01:07:48
To operationalize visionary initiatives. 01:07:51
At the intersection of organizational development. 01:07:54
And diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. 01:07:57
Seed is a team of eight consultants and three support professionals with over 50 years of experience performing DI focused work. 01:08:01
Seed proposed proposes to provide the following scope of services. 01:08:09
Providing an organizational and community assessment. 01:08:14
Facilitating the development of the EIB recommendations, strategies, and metrics. 01:08:18
For transformative and sustainable change. 01:08:24
Developing recommendations for a comprehensive training strategy and finally providing thought partnership. 01:08:27
In Project Management services. 01:08:34
Seed Collaborative is a recommendation of the DUI Consultant Subcommittee based on the criteria. 01:08:38
The council next steps. The council has three options. One is to approve the award. 01:08:44
#2 Provide alternate alternate. 01:08:50
Direction or three do nothing. 01:08:53
Thank you. 01:08:57
Thank you, Secretary Stephenson member. Whoops, that was a lot of work. 01:08:59
Want to appreciate that? 01:09:03
I actually have a question of the city manager. 01:09:06
And I wonder. 01:09:09
We heard a description of the RFQ process and that is different from an RFP process, a request for a proposal process. Is that 01:09:12
right? Could you talk a little bit about that difference? 01:09:18
Yes, chair. So an RFQ is a request for qualifications. It is usually in the. 01:09:24
Professional services Arena consulting. 01:09:31
Etc. 01:09:36
By. 01:09:37
Code and and Pacific Grove. 01:09:38
And the city is able. 01:09:41
To select. 01:09:42
From a process like that without? 01:09:44
Having a formal bid process like you see with the public works bid. 01:09:46
This would be a recommendation to the city manager. 01:09:51
Ultimately, the City Council would have to approve the. 01:09:54
Contract because it is over the city manager spending authority. 01:09:58
When this item does go to the City Council, I will be talking to the city attorney. 01:10:02
About the process that we went through here at the DUI Task force and what? 01:10:07
Should be provided to the Council. 01:10:11
Thank you. 01:10:14
Thank you. 01:10:15
Are there any other questions? 01:10:18
Thank you. 01:10:22
So now. 01:10:24
I will go out for public comments on this particular agenda item. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task 01:10:26
Force action. 01:10:30
Speakers that must adhere to the time limits, using the time limit lights as a guide. 01:10:35
Comments and statements should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 01:10:40
Public comment is encouraged as long as it is not disruptive to the meeting. 01:10:45
As the chair, if someone chooses to engage in conduct that is disruptive. 01:10:52
I will respond in a viewpoint neutral manner according to rules of order. 01:10:56
Comments may be made in person or remotely using Zoom or by phone. 01:11:01
I will first open public comment on the DI Consultant Selection Subcommittee item to members of the public. 01:11:05
Present in person, then to those remotely. 01:11:12
Welcome. 01:11:16
I'm interested in the seed collaboration. 01:11:21
And I understand they have a newsletter. Is there some way that we could get information about this organization, all the people 01:11:24
in the public? 01:11:28
I mean, there's some way that we could contact? 01:11:33
Somebody regarding getting more information. Thank you. 01:11:37
Thank you. 01:11:42
Welcome. 01:11:49
Hi. 01:11:50
Richard on that. 01:11:51
And I'm one of the people that. 01:11:53
Really don't believe we need. 01:11:55
This type of a task force. 01:11:58
My understanding is a task force comes in when there's a problem. 01:12:00
The task force make sure recommendations takes care of things. 01:12:04
Now if we have these great problems. 01:12:08
And it's so obvious to everybody. 01:12:11
Why do we need a consultant? 01:12:13
What are What are we doubling up on? 01:12:17
I thought that was the job of the task force. 01:12:19
Now you want us to spend more money? 01:12:22
In a city that's suffering. 01:12:24
With the people that we have here. 01:12:26
I don't think it's right. 01:12:28
The task force is supposed to come up. 01:12:30
And solve the problem. That's what a task force is. 01:12:32
Now you're going to give to somebody else who says more money? 01:12:35
I think this is irresponsible. 01:12:38
Thank you. 01:12:40
Thank you. 01:12:41
Welcome. 01:12:54
Thank you, Vince Tuman, LPG resident. 01:12:55
I haven't heard. 01:12:58
Any disclosure as? 01:13:00
To what you wanna spend on this or if there's money involved in in you've been interviewing people, I think that's great but. 01:13:02
I'm not sure we really need consultants. And whenever I hear the word consultants, I always think of money that the city is gonna 01:13:10
spend 50,100 thousand, 200,000, whatever. And then oftentimes these consultants really don't. 01:13:17
Satisfy the community for their worth. 01:13:24
So my feeling is that we have 3 knowledgeable people, maybe more. I see a lot of empty seats. All of you. 01:13:28
Got involved in the DI test force because you had zeal for the concept. 01:13:36
You're interested in promoting the values of diversity, equity and inclusion, and tonight you made a nice presentation about the 01:13:43
underrepresented groups. 01:13:48
She put a lot of time into that. 01:13:53
And you're obviously people of merit. 01:13:56
With education. 01:13:59
And desire. 01:14:00
So if something's gonna happen. 01:14:01
Positively coming from the DUI Task Force. 01:14:04
I think it has to come from within the community. 01:14:07
Self generated, self initiated and self accomplished. 01:14:11
By you people on the Committee on the Task Force, by people in the community, I heard some wonderful representatives of the 01:14:15
underserved communities. 01:14:21
A few women got up. 01:14:26
And spoke very passionately. I'm sure if you have a passion, you have ideas for how to correct what it is that's bothering you, 01:14:28
what it is that you see to be an error. 01:14:33
And I'm sure you do too. You're on this task force for a purpose you you gravitated for to it because of interest. 01:14:38
Maybe, uh, situations that happened to you in the past, you glean knowledge from those how they could be corrected. 01:14:46
That's what I got out of the people who've already spoken, and that's what I've gotten out of life. I've worked side by side with 01:14:53
a lot of people in underrepresented fields. 01:14:58
I work primarily in the hospitality business and if you've ever worked for a restaurant or hotel. 01:15:03
You know that there were a lot of underrepresented people in those categories and I'm well rested. Thank you. I want to remind you 01:15:08
that underrepresented was the last agenda. OK. And this one is the consultant I talk as, as I think that this is what the 01:15:13
consultant. 01:15:17
Is being hired for is to correct? 01:15:22
Some of the problems with underrepresented groups. Let me phrase it that way. 01:15:25
OK. 01:15:29
So I don't know how much money is being involved. I wish you would make that public at this time so we could find out what these 01:15:30
consultants who you've interviewed are expecting to receive as compensation for the work that I think should come as a grassroots 01:15:36
movement. Let's call it a grassroots movement. I know we have a lot of people who have zeal knowledge and would like to accomplish 01:15:42
something for the community. Thank you. 01:15:48
Thank you. 01:15:56
Welcome. 01:16:06
Thank you, Mike Gibbs. 01:16:07
From here, speaking on my own behalf. 01:16:09
I I just have a a question I guess. 01:16:11
The city manager introduced an item that I didn't see in the agenda that description. 01:16:14
Of the difference between RFQ and RFP qualifications means people present the qualifications. 01:16:19
RFP means they present their proposal, what I read. 01:16:24
In the minutes and the packet was a proposal, not a list of qualifications, so I hope he does check with the city attorney and 01:16:28
find out what the difference is. 01:16:31
It would be horrible to go through all this work and find out that it wasn't legal. 01:16:35
So I would just ask that to be. 01:16:39
Undertaken the Seed collaborative. In fact, Mr. Tuminello was asking. 01:16:43
If I read this right, is asking for a third of $1,000,000. 01:16:48
$356,000 in change to conduct a 30 month effort to bring something called Targeted Universalism. 01:16:51
2 Pacific Grove, the seeds partner. 01:16:59
Is to me somewhat of a mysterious think tank called the Othering and Belonging Institute. 01:17:01
I don't know what that is. 01:17:06
But they're going to present this through the framework of targeted universalism. I'm wondering if that has anything to do with. 01:17:08
The universal basic income? I don't really know. 01:17:15
But what this is, is going to be a 13139 hours of work of four elite consultants. 01:17:19
If I divide that into the total amount, that's $266.00 an hour. 01:17:25
My plumber doesn't even make that. And he knows, you know, he's got skills. 01:17:29
So I'm I'm quite sure what problems we're going to be fixing because the injury. 01:17:34
That we need to fix or the wound that we need to heal has not been described. 01:17:39
I would like to just see a little bit more information about how the money is going to get spent. 01:17:44
But I do know that in order to pay for this situation, it will be at the expense of local restaurants. 01:17:49
Struggling to find workers who can't afford housing? 01:17:55
In Pacific Grove. 01:17:58
At a time when local women, and I've talked to three of them, women owned small businesses. 01:17:59
Don't have the ability to pay off their credit cards or pay off their inventory that they had to purchase during COVID. It's aged 01:18:05
out. 01:18:08
The city is facing declining revenues. 01:18:12
Increasing capital costs, we saw that in the City Council meeting and high unfunded pension liabilities. 01:18:16
There's not even enough money in the city coffers to pay for bathrooms. 01:18:21
In the historic treasure and iconic Chicago Hall. 01:18:24
So why are we going to spend a lot of money? I mean, this is 1/3 of $1,000,000. 01:18:28
On wealthy lawyers, college professors, and people from Southern California with degrees from expensive colleges like Brandeis, 01:18:32
USC and Berkeley to come into Little Pacific Grove and tell us what to think. 01:18:38
And what to do? And I agree with Mr. Tuminello. 01:18:45
I I've listened to you all speak for a number of sessions. You're all thoughtful. 01:18:48
Dedicated, well reasoned and informed. Why don't we have the recommendation from the task force? I think it would be a great 01:18:52
thing. 01:18:57
So I encourage you to take this on on your own and not send money outside of Pacific Grove. 01:19:01
Maybe we should raise your pay. 01:19:07
Thank you. Thank you. 01:19:09
Seeing no one else present will move to members of the public. 01:19:15
Remotely. 01:19:19
Thank you, Chair. 01:19:21
You know. 01:19:24
Thank you Inga, Lawrence and Weimer. 01:19:50
Welcome. 01:19:53
Thank you. 01:19:54
I'm wondering if any of the members of the task force have have attended a City Council meeting where they just. 01:19:57
Talked about budget, they just did a first reading. 01:20:04
And. 01:20:09
This is such a wildly overreaching. 01:20:10
Expensive. 01:20:15
Overkill. 01:20:18
For I think what's troubling our city. 01:20:20
Or. 01:20:23
It is just. 01:20:23
Really 356,200. 01:20:25
It it's just incredibly a high price and I don't know exactly where this pie in the sky came out of. 01:20:30
Because. 01:20:38
Certainly Pacific Grove. 01:20:40
Cannot afford that. 01:20:42
We taxpayers cannot afford that. We're trying to dig up to million. 01:20:44
To do a an update of our general plan. 01:20:49
That we have no hope of meeting that either they we have, the city has asked them to cut back on their contract. 01:20:53
I mean. 01:21:00
This is this is really, really ambitious. Thought you had here because I don't see it flying anywhere. 01:21:01
Scale it back. 01:21:11
Get it reasonable. 01:21:12
Get it? If you need some help, target it. 01:21:14
This is just too high a price tag. Period. 01:21:19
Thank you. 01:21:22
Through Paris. Thank you. 01:21:24
Welcome. 01:21:26
Hi. 01:21:29
Thank you Task force members for all of your work on this and and the rest of your work on the. 01:21:32
Diversity, equity and inclusion. 01:21:39
Business for the city. 01:21:43
You know it following public comments. 01:21:45
Both City Council. 01:21:49
And to this task force over the last year, a couple of years. 01:21:51
It's so clear that. 01:21:56
You know, was to someone who has some compassion how much need there is for figuring out how to make this city more welcoming and 01:21:58
more inclusive. 01:22:03
And I do understand if. 01:22:09
That is not. 01:22:12
How What You know what one's experience is that if you feel welcome and you feel comfortable and you feel included. 01:22:13
That maybe it's hard to see. 01:22:20
You know how that lands on other people who aren't, you know, like you? 01:22:22
I'm excited about this, about this proposed project. 01:22:27
I don't know how we're going to, how the city will find money for it. I mean money is certainly is a a stumbling block, but I hope 01:22:33
that that is the case. 01:22:38
Umm. 01:22:42
I've only briefly, I mean during this meeting, looked up. 01:22:43
Seed Collaborative and some of their membership. 01:22:47
What my understanding is of targeted universalism is it means the universal part, means that if we make things better for everyone 01:22:51
then we also can look at. 01:22:56
What particular underrepresented groups might need particular kinds of help? 01:23:02
But the idea of universalism is that if we make things better for everybody, including groups that are not underrepresented. 01:23:08
Then then everyone will benefit. It's like the rising tide will lift all boats. 01:23:19
I'm particularly appreciative of this task force because as volunteers, I know you do a tremendous amount of work. 01:23:25
Including on these subcommittees. 01:23:33
And there's a limit to what? 01:23:36
Volunteer, volunteer body can do just. 01:23:38
You know, literally the amount of hours and the specific expertise that. 01:23:41
Is involved in things like doing a community survey, for instance. 01:23:46
That is, that has particular objectives in mind. 01:23:50
And making representatives, I see that the C collaborative. 01:23:54
Has done this type of work for for a number of other California cities and I'll be interested in looking into that more. So thank 01:23:58
you very much for this work and I'll look forward to see it proceed. 01:24:05
Thanks. 01:24:13
Thank you. 01:24:15
No other hands are raised, chair Bowie. 01:24:18
I will now close public comment and bring it back to the task force for discussion and action. Yes, city manager. 01:24:23
Just thought if I could provide a little clarification. When the City Council asked the DUI Task Force to undertake this task, the 01:24:30
request was. 01:24:34
That a consultant be identified in a so-called menu of services be brought back. 01:24:39
For the City Council to select from so. 01:24:45
You know, certainly. 01:24:48
This consultant and the other consultants obviously felt compelled to. 01:24:50
Provide, you know, the the full gamut of of services that they could offer. 01:24:54
The Council I I don't you know, believe is. 01:24:59
Trying to take everything but they would like to see what is offered and pick from that from which they can afford. I think is the 01:25:02
idea, so. 01:25:05
Just wanted to provide that clarification. Thank you. 01:25:08
Thank you, City Manager Harvey. 01:25:14
Yes, I will note as somebody who was a part of the original task force. 01:25:17
One of the first things that we looked at was what were other cities doing to? 01:25:23
Look at diversity, equity and inclusion in their communities. 01:25:29
The city that we found that was the closest comparison to ours was the city of San Luis Obispo. 01:25:32
And. 01:25:38
They had a task force and they worked with the consultant. 01:25:40
This was back in 2021. 01:25:44
They met 14 * / 9 months. It took about one year and their consultant budget was $270,000. 01:25:46
Out of those recommendations came everything from an Office of Diversity and Equity and Inclusion in the city of San Luis Obispo. 01:25:54
To UM multicultural Festivals arts grants to working with specific groups and organizations. They came up with probably 40 to 50 01:26:04
recommendations that the City Council was able to. 01:26:10
Take up many of them. They also came up with a laundry list from members of the community of the sorts of things they would like 01:26:16
to see that didn't necessarily fit into their recommendations. And one of the abilities that the consultant had working with the 01:26:22
task force in the city of San Luis Obispo is to actually call those meetings together. They weren't Brown ACT meetings, they 01:26:28
weren't agendized meetings. They were an opportunity for community members to come together and talk, for people to be in a more 01:26:34
informal. 01:26:41
Relationship with each other and get things sort of talked through that led to the recommendations. They were also able to do 01:26:48
surveys. They were of course able to do much deeper demographic work than any community member could do. So that was really what 01:26:55
we were looking at as far as the sort of the best best practice. 01:27:02
Of having a consultant working with the task force and the city that was very similar to ours. 01:27:09
And I appreciate the city manager's mention of the city council's direction to really look at a menu. 01:27:15
As well and have them. 01:27:20
Different things that could be done by the consultant. 01:27:22
Depending on what the need was seen for in the city as well as the. 01:27:25
Cities, budget situation. 01:27:30
I really want to commend both of you. It's a lot of work to take on, to do interviews, to do reference checks, to do the kind of 01:27:33
thoughtful work for our community. I know you have a full time job, I know you have a full time job, and you have family 01:27:38
obligations and other things, so I really want to appreciate that. 01:27:44
I wonder if there was anything that made either of you really just that moment when you thought yes, this would be a good group to 01:27:51
work. 01:27:56
With our community, with what we've been hearing from our community members as far as what is needed. 01:28:00
Umm. 01:28:07
Yes. So actually one thing and and we're hearing it tonight too and it kind of just reminded me. 01:28:08
One of seeds major focuses was. 01:28:15
We're not coming into. 01:28:19
Tell you what to do as a city we're coming into or our our role is to come in and to work with a city to to establish their goals. 01:28:22
The city's goals. 01:28:28
To figure out how that city wants to move forward in topics of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging. 01:28:35
Umm. 01:28:43
And that this is never meant to be a. 01:28:44
Someone coming in to give directive, but rather someone coming in to collaborate and to set. 01:28:49
The city in motion on the city zone path, so that was really attractive, especially given. 01:28:55
The the community that we have here and some of the concerns that we've heard in the past. 01:29:02
Umm. 01:29:07
And yeah, I'll say that for now and. 01:29:09
Passed over to. 01:29:12
Thank you, Member Hoops. 01:29:14
And something that really struck me is that. 01:29:16
Seed talked about collaboration, and that's part of their name. 01:29:21
And they talked about buy in, buy in from. 01:29:26
The mayor by in from City Council by in from the city manager and the city staff. 01:29:30
And most importantly, buy in from the community, working collaboratively with the community to listen. 01:29:36
To listen to your needs, listen to. 01:29:43
You know what the issues are. 01:29:47
And coming up with a recommendation that is part of your recommendation. 01:29:49
For the city to move forward. 01:29:54
And and. 01:29:56
Member Hoops And I really like that because it made it. 01:29:58
Something that's going to be more collaborative versus like member who've said coming in and telling us what to do, it is a 01:30:01
shared. 01:30:05
Product in product of recommendations to city to city and City Council on this is what we can do to advance DEI. 01:30:09
Goals. 01:30:17
For the city. 01:30:18
Thank you. That's good to hear. 01:30:22
Is there anything else that you would like to say or to add? 01:30:25
For the discussion. 01:30:30
Since it's just the three of us. 01:30:31
I think just to reiterate what? 01:30:35
Secretary Stevens said during the presentation and what Chair Bowie has said as well. 01:30:39
Umm. 01:30:44
Because we're. 01:30:45
A volunteer group who works under the Brown Act. We have. 01:30:47
Limitations in the kind of dialogue that we can have with the community and. 01:30:51
What we saw through talking with these consultants was. 01:30:58
This would be a a group of people that doesn't work under those same limitations and like Caribou said, can really come in and 01:31:04
have those kinds of conversations that I think are. 01:31:09
Are wanted and are needed. 01:31:15
And the other piece of that is that because we are. 01:31:18
An advisory? 01:31:21
Committee and Advisory Board, what we're really doing here is making that recommendation to City Council. 01:31:23
Based on the work we did to get to know these consultants. 01:31:30
And as Secretary Stevens said. 01:31:34
It's really up to council. 01:31:37
Um, how to proceed with with that recommendation? 01:31:39
Yeah, so just. 01:31:43
Closing out with that. 01:31:44
Thank you. 01:31:49
Again, I really appreciate the work. I am a little concerned with the with the enormity of with the largeness of the fee and I do 01:31:53
realize and I I want to thank the city manager because you did remind me with my previous city hat when it's an RFP process, it's 01:32:00
sealed bids and you basically take the lowest bid and then you work through then. 01:32:07
Making sure that the project that has been bid is the project that you actually want and everything they say they can deliver. And 01:32:15
often there are costs that arise after that and you make sure that you have those escalators in the contract. Whereas the RFQ is 01:32:23
really looking at the qualifications, looking at the needs, looking at what has been expressed in the request for qualifications 01:32:30
and then taking the best information you can and making the best recommendation based on those qualifications. 01:32:38
And I also want to appreciate that I think throughout the task force we have experiences from people who have lived here for 01:32:46
decades and decades and decades. 01:32:50
And people who are a little bit newer, people who have experience working with federal agencies. 01:32:53
With local districts and so on. And so I think it's a really good viewpoint to represent the community. 01:32:59
And looking at this recommendation. 01:33:07
So given that, the city manager did remind us that what we are recommending is. 01:33:10
An organization that has presented a menu of costs and then we turn it over to the city manager. 01:33:17
And then at that point, then the city manager will help. 01:33:23
Make the recommendation to City Council. 01:33:27
Of which we may be involved in if you need anything additional from us. 01:33:29
I believe that. 01:33:34
We are ready to. 01:33:37
Have a vote then if there's no further discussion. 01:33:40
OK. 01:33:44
So I would like to make the motion to approve the. 01:33:46
DUI Task Force subcommittees recommendation for the Seed Collaborative. I believe that's the name. 01:33:52
To be the recommended to be the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant. 01:34:01
Is there a second? 01:34:08
And 2nd from Secretary Stevens. 01:34:10
OK, City manager, may we have a roll call vote? Yes, Commissioner Hoops. 01:34:13
Aye, sure, boy. 01:34:18
Aye, Secretary Stevens. 01:34:19
Motion passes 301 Commissioner Mark absent. 01:34:21
Thank you. 01:34:27
Our next meeting will be July 12th, 2023 at 6:00 PM. 01:34:29
And I'll adjourn the meeting at. 01:34:35
7:35 PM. 01:34:38
Thank you. 01:34:41
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I think then we will move ahead. City Clerk DI Coordinator Kendell, will you please call the roll? 00:01:55
No chair, but I will if you don't mind. Thank you. City Manager, will you please call the Commissioner Hoops? 00:02:02
Present. 00:02:08
Sure, boy. 00:02:09
Present Secretary Stevens. 00:02:10
And Commissioner Mark is absent and we already announced the resignation, so we do have a quorum. 00:02:13
Thank you very much. 00:02:21
The next item on the agenda is presentations. 00:02:25
Presentations are special informational items that either assist us with our work as the City's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 00:02:29
Task Force, or they may be recognitions by staff, a task force member or a guest. 00:02:35
No task force discussion and no public comment will be taken. 00:02:43
This evening's presentation will be on the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce, and it will be from Jenny McMurdo, who is the 00:02:48
Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce President and Chief Executive Officer, and she will be joining us over Zoom. 00:02:55
Welcome, Miss McMurdo. 00:03:03
Thank you, Chair Bowie, and thank you to the Commissioners. 00:03:05
I really appreciate being asked to do a presentation this evening. I am going to share my screen and I do apologize for being out 00:03:08
today and not being in person. I was not feeling well. I didn't want to get anybody else sick in the room so. 00:03:15
Is it OK for me to share my screen? 00:03:23
Yes, it is OK. 00:03:26
And share. 00:03:28
All right. 00:03:30
Alright, can everybody see? 00:03:32
My screen. 00:03:35
Yes. 00:03:36
Yes, we can see your wonderful. 00:03:38
So today I'm going to give a a really very, very brief overview of the Chamber of Commerce, our tourist information centres, the 00:03:42
hospitality Improvement District and the downtown Business Improvement District because those are all kind of under the umbrella 00:03:48
of the chamber or something. Give a basic overview of the chamber, all the little subsidiaries underneath us and our 00:03:54
responsibilities. And then kind of talk through some of the, you know, the populations and communities that we serve, a few 00:04:00
strategies that I've I've implemented. 00:04:06
For the year and a half that I've been at the Chamber and then also some things that we're working on for the future as well in 00:04:12
regards to DI issues, so. 00:04:17
Let me guess, Sir. 00:04:22
All right. I have a little bit of fun when I do my PowerPoint presentation. So the reason why I use an umbrella is that the 00:04:24
chamber is kind of this umbrella that covers a bunch of other things. And so we have obviously our Chamber of Commerce, which is 00:04:29
our 501C6. 00:04:34
But then underneath that we have multiple other entities. Our main office is the really cute one on the center of forest and 00:04:39
central. We're open five days a week, 9:00 to 5:00, Monday through Friday. And then we have, we also serve as a tourist 00:04:47
Information Center here. We get lots of walk-ins here actually. And then we also have the center that's at 100 Central Ave. that's 00:04:55
open seven days a week and is closed on very few days a a year, I think four days a year, it's actually closed that. 00:05:02
And that one serves. 00:05:10
A lot. And then we're also the administrator for the hospitality Improvement District, all 26 properties that meet biannually and 00:05:13
also the administrator for the Business Improvement District or the downtown Business Improvement District that needs monthly. So 00:05:18
kind of if you think of it as an umbrella, the chamber is here or the umbrella and then we have all these other things underneath 00:05:23
us. 00:05:28
And that we do. So who? Who are we? I get this question a lot. 00:05:34
Who is the chamber? 00:05:38
What do we do? And so I'm going to give you just some real basics. We're A501C6 nonprofit, so we're a membership based 00:05:40
organization where we promote our members business interests within without the goal of making a profit and that no one from our 00:05:47
organization can make a profit. Basically our mission is to promote the prosperity of local businesses and the well-being of the 00:05:54
community as a whole. That's been our mission statement for I believe. 00:06:01
Almost 60 years, although the chamber is almost 100 years old. 00:06:09
Who we are as far as our Board of Directors, this is the chamber Board of Directors. There's multiple boards this year actually 00:06:14
starting on July 1st. Adrienne Johnson from Artisana Gallery is going to be our chair and she is currently asking a few people to 00:06:22
be her vice chair. So that that one won't be announced quite yet. Our Treasurer is going to be Kevin Phillips this year. Joe 00:06:29
Shamas is finally saying, OK, I'm going to sit on the regular board now. I'm going to step off the executive Board. 00:06:36
Our secretary is Julie Davis from Vivos Chowder House. She's also a realtor in town. And our pastor immediate pasture is Michael 00:06:45
Becker from Carrie Rd. Company, who just retired last week. 00:06:50
And then we also have multiple other people on our board. Craig Bell, the owner of First Awakenings, Amy Descamps, now the owner 00:06:56
of Moe and Co Home Candles Crystal Mothers had got debt. She just opened her own law firm, Gaudette Law and Mediation, Fadi Hana, 00:07:03
who's the GM of Lighthouse Lodge and Cottages Stephanie Loftus. 00:07:10
Owner of the Quill, Susan Merfeld, who works for public beach company Circuit Peters. 00:07:18
Owner of Mezzaluna Pastaria Clarissa Rowe from Monterey County Bank, Joshua Moss from PG Travel and Paul Tomassi from the Monterey 00:07:23
Bay Aquarium. 00:07:27
Just. 00:07:32
As a snapshot, our board, I've been working over the past year and a half to try to diversify our board, not only in age but also 00:07:33
experience. And if you look at these names, we actually have an equal number of male and female people on our board now. 00:07:42
And quite a few up and comers on the board, which I'm really proud of. 00:07:51
Alright. 00:07:55
Moving on. 00:07:57
Ohh my gosh. 00:07:58
Too many moving parts. 00:08:00
So the HID, the hospitality Improvement District has an Advisory Board and these are the folks that are on that Advisory Board. 00:08:02
Our chair this year is Fatty Hanna. He took over for Amrish Patel who just sold his in earlier this year. Amy Wheeler is new to 00:08:09
this Advisory Board. She is a GM for Gosby House and Green Gables in the Four Sisters collections that are in town. Michael Gresh 00:08:17
from Monterey Peninsula has been on this Advisory Board for a number of years as well as Robert Borner. 00:08:24
Purpose of gardens in and then we also always have a standing representative from Asilomar who was Enos but he has left a similar 00:08:32
and they have not replaced him yet. So we are actually using their marketing person currently just to keep that seat and as soon 00:08:38
as they actually hire their next GM we will have someone else. 00:08:45
On this Advisory Board and then the chamber serves as the administrator. So we don't really make the decisions, but we meet with 00:08:52
the Advisory Board, they give us direct, they give me direction and then I I work on those tasks for them. This is a self assessed 00:08:59
district, so the property is actually self assessed themselves. 00:09:06
It's collected by the city and then 50% of it comes to this Advisory Board here, 50% of it goes to MCB. 00:09:13
And the typical total annual revenues this is, it kind of is all over the place especially with COVID, but it's around 488,000 and 00:09:20
that gets split between the two entities then we have about 244 each year to to use. 00:09:27
However, the Advisory Board would like it to be used. 00:09:35
No. 00:09:39
Something weird is happening with my computer now. 00:09:40
The Downtown Business Advisory Board consists of, I believe, seven people. Our chair this year is Liz Jacobs from Wild Fish. Our 00:09:43
Treasurer is Matt Bosworth from Mechanics Bank. 00:09:48
Stephanie Locked Us is new to this board. From the quilt also is Jason Bradley from Bradley Photographic Sherry Stands from Paul 00:09:54
Draper. He's been on for awhile as well as Marietta Bane from Fandango and Kim Pullin from Pacific Grove Plaza. And then again the 00:10:01
Chamber CEO is always the administrator for the Downtown Business Improvement District. So I take direction from this Advisory 00:10:09
Board that meets monthly same sort of setup as the HID that self assessed. 00:10:16
This is voted on by the businesses collected by the city, but this Advisory Board actually receives all of those revenues and then 00:10:24
they determine how they would like to use that each year. 00:10:29
All right. 00:10:36
So who we are as team members, and I am really proud of the team that I have. Actually, I really love these people. I'm really 00:10:37
lucky to work with these individuals. Our Director of Membership and events is Christy Messner. I'm sure you've probably met her. 00:10:44
Our Director of Operations is Ellen Koehler, our Tourist Information Center Manager over at 100 Central Avenues, Renee Crocker. 00:10:51
And she takes care of all of the scheduling and pretty much everything at that tourist Information Center. 00:10:58
Her team consists of two paid staff or part time staff, Bob Peyton and Diane Tyrell, and we have about six to seven community 00:11:05
volunteers that also help out in that tourist Information Center that's open seven days a week. 00:11:11
And then we also have a marketing consultant, Lindsey Horton, who has her own. 00:11:18
Her own media business and she is working for both HD and the Chamber, which is great. We have her on both sides to keep 00:11:22
consistency. 00:11:26
Which is nice. Ohh. 00:11:30
All right. I'll keep going fast. 00:11:33
Um, so this is our membership. This is the Chamber membership. It's sort of a breakdown of where everybody sits in our membership. 00:11:35
You'll see the largest group of our members consists of professional services. So that's your, you know, your hairstylist, that's 00:11:42
your tax preparer and such. So almost 50% of our membership is made-up of professional services. 00:11:50
17% then is the the next largest which is retail food and beverage is the next which is for about 14% lodgings. 11 real estate is 00:11:58
pretty big that's why they get a pretty big chunk of the pie. It's 7% and then other just ones that are hard to quantify exactly 00:12:05
what category. So I'm just pulling the basic categories but as you can see the majority of. 00:12:13
Our membership really is professional services and that's. 00:12:22
That's fairly common, actually. 00:12:26
All right, so this is What does the Chamber do? One of the biggest things that a Chamber of Commerce does, and why Chambers of 00:12:30
Commerce have existed for many years. 00:12:35
Is to advocate for business interests as well. As you know business friendly practices. So I don't want to say interest, I mainly 00:12:39
say business friendly. We want the community to be business friendly. 00:12:45
So we, you know, we advocate also that's. 00:12:52
All sorts of in all sorts of different ways at City Council, the DC I actually sit on the EDC as a non voting commissioner. 00:12:55
Occasionally go to Planning Commission, occasionally go to recreation board if there are events that are coming up that we need, 00:13:04
that need our support. 00:13:08
This year we've been really involved with the formation of the youth ambassadors of PG Sustainable PG. I've been working with them 00:13:12
on. 00:13:16
Packaging and plastics in particular. In fact, one of the initiatives we had this year was to print all of our brochures in both 00:13:21
English and Spanish. And so that we can distribute those not only at farmers market but also to the restaurants in town, to all 00:13:30
the workers which has been, which has been really beneficial to them. I've been working with our sister to PG, which is new. 00:13:39
And also we started a business roundtable this year that's really small, but it's growing. 00:13:48
And then also we work with the County Board of Supervisors, the MCB, you know I can go down the list of all of these that are that 00:13:54
are listed here. But we're always keeping our eyes on you know obviously the local environment, but also what's going on in the 00:14:00
States and then even further in federal government occasionally we have to go that far up to say. 00:14:07
You know, hey, we support these things that are gonna be good for businesses and Pacific growth. 00:14:14
Certain initiatives. 00:14:20
We also connect via all of all of our events. 00:14:22
PG has a lot of a lot of wonderful events and the Chamber is involved in a good number of them. The main ones, I call them 00:14:25
signature events. These are big events that we do are the shuttles to AT&T as well as to the US Open. 00:14:33
We have decided because of the Women's Open this year we're unsure about. 00:14:41
Umm. 00:14:47
The amount of people that will be staying in PG and going to the tournament. So this is a a learning year for us. We're not doing 00:14:48
shuttles this year, but we are actively watching and I've been having conversations with the hotels saying do you have? 00:14:56
Advanced bookings for the woman's open and we haven't seen a huge surge in it yet, but we're watching it this year and if it looks 00:15:03
like there's enough. 00:15:08
To warrant shuttles, we'll be doing those in the future as well. 00:15:12
We always do our membership luncheon and awards ceremony each year. Good Old Days, obviously, and there's I'll talk about Good Old 00:15:16
Days in a moment because there's some some fun things that we're we're looking towards in the future for Good Old Days as well. 00:15:22
Flavors of PG, which highlights our restaurants in town. Christmas at the end will be back this year. Yay, it's been a while. 00:15:29
And then some additional events that we do that the Chamber actually does Independence Day, which is coming up shortly. 00:15:36
We do assist with car Week events. Holiday Light Parade is actually ours. Still, most fun in the park is our events. 00:15:43
We assist with the BID events, we assist with a few city events just depending on what their needs are. A lot of times it's 00:15:50
entertainment or you know decor or things like that that will help out with. 00:15:57
We also do mixers and ribbing, cut lots of ribbon cuttings, educational and networking luncheons. And then this year Christie 00:16:03
started our She's In Charge mixers, which is to to connect women in business in our community. 00:16:10
OK, I just have way too much fun with these. 00:16:20
Uh, how we what do we do communication wise? The main ones are the daily and ongoing ones. We are constantly monitoring our social 00:16:22
media, our website, which is all in house. 00:16:28
And our tourist information centers, we have walk-ins like I said about 900 a month. 00:16:33
And in the summer months, it goes up to about 2000 a month. And in this office we still get quite a large volume. That was the 00:16:40
tourist Information Center, 100 Central Ave. Those are our numbers over there. But we still get a lot of people even in this 00:16:45
little office too. 00:16:51
Weekly we have our weekly spotlight that goes out to all of our members as well as anyone in the public that wants to sign up for 00:16:56
it. We have our weekly shoreline page in the Monterey County Herald that we promote our businesses as well as things going on in 00:17:03
PG. We have member to member promotions that go out that are just stand alone usually e-news. 00:17:09
And then we have all of the monthly partnership meetings that we're involved in. And then annually we do our guide to Pacific 00:17:17
Grove and we print 30,000 of those each year, distribute those to the hotels or to anybody who wants them. We have a lot of 00:17:23
visitors who call us up and say can you send us a guide and they get sent out right away. 00:17:29
We also do an annual business walk, which. 00:17:36
We actually do it more than just annually. Annually is the is the typical one, but we're out there walking almost every day. 00:17:39
What we do with business education. So there was a workshop series that was started prior to me being here called Good Morning 00:17:47
Pacific Grove. I'm trying to get it back on its feet because it went away during COVID. We've done a couple of them thus far. This 00:17:53
was the last one, the social media for small business and we have a. 00:17:58
A companion piece that's coming up here in July. So that one, an advanced one, I just don't have a date yet for it. And then we 00:18:04
also have our partners like TPO, Human Resources, the MCH AM, CBC and our chamber members who also do workshops that we try to 00:18:11
promote and also score Central. 00:18:17
Central Coast California score chapter. They also do workshops on almost a daily basis and we're always promoting those as well as 00:18:24
alternative ways to do online education and and keep yourself. 00:18:31
Up to date on the latest in HR trends. 00:18:39
We also published Cal Chamber and NFIB articles in our weekly spotlight. And then EDC has some business programs that they've been 00:18:42
working on, the facade improvement program that's really great for business. That's been a really popular program hoping to see it 00:18:47
expand. 00:18:53
Umthepickpg.org website was something that I worked on with city staff and still work, you know, work in tandem with them on that 00:18:58
and then even this year. 00:19:04
That women and Minority owned Business grants through the CDC is still in process. So those are all. 00:19:10
All things that were were involved in doesn't mean that we're doing it ourselves, but that we're working with teams of people who 00:19:16
are who are leading the charge on that. So I'm just going to pull these up. 00:19:21
Uh, what? We do marketing and member promotion. This is a pretty big part of our job. Not only do we have our marketing and PR 00:19:27
consultant, Lindsey, but we also do a lot of this in the house. It's just just the three of us. 00:19:33
We have our our local promotions through social media, e-news print, our guide, welcome baskets that we're starting up. 00:19:40
You know, sometimes you'll see those T-shirts that we're giving away at all of our events. Those are important. That is branded 00:19:50
Pacific Grove. And so when someone takes that poem, then there are a walking billboard for us, which is lovely. The downtown 00:19:56
directory is something that we need to update wayfinding sign signage. So if you see some of the the green signs that were 00:20:02
downtown, that was prior to me being here. But that was something that the chamber was involved in as well. I believe there's one 00:20:08
of them that needs to be. 00:20:15
Actually replaced because it was hit by a car. And then we also do our visitor advertising through website ads. We just added some 00:20:21
really exciting streaming service ads and podcast targeted audiences through the. 00:20:28
In the Bay Area, which is kind of exciting and we'll see how that goes. 00:20:36
Local papers plus a lot of Bay Area, Central Valley, those are in LA area, Those are feeder markets here. 00:20:40
We have our light box ads that are that are lit up at the tourist Information Center, so you can really see them visibly as you're 00:20:48
as you're driving by and walking by our downtown information board, which is right here by our office. 00:20:55
And then again the Brandon Merch that we try to give to the hotels to give to their guests to take home with them to also help 00:21:03
promote Pacific Grove. 00:21:07
Ohh my gosh that was really fast. I think that's the fastest I've ever gone through it. 00:21:13
But this is, this is who we are. The Pacific Grove Chamber is is doing our best to be as current as possible and look towards the 00:21:18
future of business in Pacific Grove and. 00:21:24
That's also why I use this photo of Amy De Samson, one of our board members who has her own candle making company that is 00:21:30
distributed internationally. It's only a three-year old business and they manufacture and ship everything from Pacific Growth out 00:21:37
of Russell Service Center. You'll see some river candles behind her on the on the wall there. She is quite a dynamic individual 00:21:45
and she's in her mid 20s and one of the things that I was charged with was bringing in people to our board. 00:21:52
Who have a younger mindset that are in business and are working really hard and are representative of what's happening in PG right 00:22:00
now and Amy's. 00:22:05
Almost one of the most perfect people for us to to have on our board and give us that perspective. 00:22:10
Believe that's my last one. 00:22:16
All right, I'm going to stop sharing my screen. 00:22:19
I know that you don't take questions, but I am always open to questions. 00:22:24
Please feel free to give me a call at the chamber or e-mail me. It's really simple to remember. Jenny Jay NYC at pacificgrove.org. 00:22:31
A couple of the things that I talked about earlier about good old days there. We've been working for a number of years on on being 00:22:40
more inclusive with music, with food, with access for kids. One of the things that I'm working on for 2024 is to get sign language 00:22:50
interpretation for our for our music. It's it's a difficult task because we have 5 to 6 stages going on simultaneously. 00:23:00
For 8 hours a day. 00:23:10
And the sign language interpreters can only work, I believe, a total of 2 hours, which would mean we need 20 for the two days that 00:23:12
we have. It's a bit of a puzzle, but we're working on it because I think it's really important to to have that access for our 00:23:19
whole community. It will be a puzzle, but we'll work it out for 2024. 00:23:26
Some other things that we're working on at the chamber to try to. 00:23:33
Try to get our businesses. 00:23:40
Up and understanding of the new regulations, but also just to just to be more mindful of being more inclusive in our community 00:23:42
working on some partner workshops with TPO on on DEI initiatives and I was really blessed to be part of this city run half day 00:23:49
workshop. 00:23:56
That you did, and I can't remember exactly when, I want to say September of last year. 00:24:03
And I've been in touch with that presenter because I think that she was truly amazing. I know I enjoyed that day. I know the city 00:24:08
staff and boards and commissions that were there really enjoyed it. I'd like to see her come back. 00:24:14
And maybe do something for the public as well. I think her her knowledge was. 00:24:21
Umm. 00:24:26
Extraordinary and I think that she would be a benefit to have back in in a more public way for the community. So those are the the 00:24:27
main things some challenges ahead of us and. 00:24:33
You know, that's that's the chamber in a nutshell. 00:24:40
Thank you, Miss McMurdo. We appreciate it. 00:24:46
You're welcome. 00:24:48
Next item on the agenda is the approval of the agenda. 00:24:51
The agenda is how the work gets done at city boards, Commission meetings and the City Council. 00:24:55
And it also is the way that we comply with the Brown Act by making sure that the business of the task force is done in front of 00:25:01
the public. 00:25:05
And the public has notice of what business we are going to be doing. 00:25:09
So we always want to give an opportunity for our task force members. 00:25:13
To be sure that there's nothing that's changed on the agenda. 00:25:18
So I would ask if there is a motion to approve the agenda. 00:25:22
Motion to approve the agenda. 00:25:27
And is there a second? 00:25:29
2nd. 00:25:31
OK. Thank you. 00:25:31
City Clerk DI Coordinator Kendell, would you please take A roll call vote unless it's the city manager who will take A roll call 00:25:33
vote. Yes chair. I will do that Commissioner Hoops. 00:25:38
Aye. 00:25:44
Chair, Boy. 00:25:44
Aye, Secretary Stevens, Aye. 00:25:46
Motion passes 30 Commissioner Mark absent. 00:25:48
Thank you. 00:25:52
Item number four is Task Force and Staff announcements and these are city related items only. 00:25:55
Are there any task force announcements? 00:26:02
I would like to acknowledge Juneteenth as a federal holiday. 00:26:09
On June 19th, our country will celebrate Juneteenth. 00:26:13
A federal holiday that celebrates the end of the enslavement of black people in the United States. 00:26:17
According to the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture. 00:26:23
Freedom finally came on June 19th, 1865. 00:26:29
When some 2. 00:26:33
1000 Union troops arrived at Galveston Bay, Texas. 00:26:34
The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state. 00:26:38
We're free by executive decree. 00:26:44
This came this day came to be known. 00:26:47
As Juneteenth by the newly freed people in Texas. 00:26:50
And is now a federal holiday. 00:26:54
Several Juneteenth celebration Juneteenth celebrations are happening around Monterey County from June 14th through June 19th. 00:26:56
Including events by the Juneteenth Coalition. 00:27:04
Thank you, Secretary Stevens. 00:27:11
I have several announcements to make and I'll take them in alphabetical order. 00:27:16
Being a librarian. 00:27:21
I'll start by saying that. 00:27:23
Just before the meeting, we received word of the resignation of member One Musketa. 00:27:25
I want to thank him for his service and note that he will be missed. 00:27:31
Umm. 00:27:35
And we are always looking for. 00:27:36
People to join us on the task force who will help us. 00:27:38
Move our purpose and mission forward in the city. 00:27:42
June is National Immigrant Heritage Month. 00:27:47
When we recognize the contributions that immigrants have made. 00:27:50
To the success of our nation, to our state, and to the city of Pacific Grove. 00:27:53
We want to honor those who have come. 00:27:58
And those who still come to our country. 00:28:00
Their belief in the American Dream and their push for a better life. 00:28:04
Is recognized. 00:28:09
Following up on Secretary Stevens's announcement about Juneteenth. 00:28:11
I would note that there is a special exhibit highlighting the 1902 Ninth Cavalry of Buffalo Soldiers, who were some of the first 00:28:16
African American soldiers to serve in the Army. 00:28:21
And who helped build some of the buildings at the Presidio that will be opening at the Presidio Museum? 00:28:27
And it does have a connection with Pacific Grove. 00:28:34
The 425 men of that unit were segregated from the white soldiers that they worked alongside. 00:28:37
And made camp for two years above the Chinese village in Pacific Grove. 00:28:44
I'll note that today, June 12th, is Loving Day, the anniversary of a 1967 court decision. 00:28:51
That struck down bans on interracial marriage. 00:28:58
This is a date of personal significance to me. 00:29:01
As my parents marriage was not legal in 16 states when they settled here. 00:29:04
The month of June is Pride Month. 00:29:11
And that is about the acceptance. 00:29:13
Diversity and inclusion. 00:29:15
For the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer. 00:29:18
Plus communities including non binary. 00:29:23
The city held a pride flag raising on Thursday, June 1st. 00:29:26
With 45 to 50 attendees of all ages present. 00:29:30
I want to thank the City Council, the city staff and community members who supported this important day. 00:29:34
As I said at the flag raising. 00:29:41
In Pacific Grove, we value inclusiveness. 00:29:43
Made this beautiful rainbow flag. 00:29:47
Be flown as a symbol that Pacific Grove welcomes. 00:29:49
Values, respects and celebrates the lives of residents. 00:29:53
Employees, visitors, volunteers of all genders and sexualities, our neighbours, colleagues, families, loved ones. 00:29:57
Friends and community members. 00:30:07
May this be true every day of every month of every year. 00:30:09
Then the City Hall pride flag was raised to join the pride flags outside the police and the fire stations. 00:30:14
Unfortunately, by Saturday, that pride flag had been stolen. 00:30:21
Community members alerted city staff. 00:30:26
And another was raised first thing Sunday. 00:30:29