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All the September 11th, 2023 regular meeting of the City of Pacific Groves Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to order at 00:00:38
6:00 PM. 00:00:43
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 00:00:50
Yes, Chair Billy. Present Vice Chair Mark. 00:00:55
Present Member Hoops. 00:01:00
Present #5. 00:01:02
All are present. 00:01:06
Thank you. 00:01:08
Item number 2 on the agenda is the approval of the agenda. The agenda is the road map for our meeting. It's published online and 00:01:10
available in print at least 72 hours before each meeting so the public has notice of items being considered by the task force. 00:01:18
Item two is an opportunity for any task force members to give any input or pull or ask to rearrange any items on the agenda. 00:01:27
Are there any such? 00:01:36
Then I move to approve the agenda as presented. Is there a second? 00:01:41
Thank you. 00:01:48
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 00:01:49
Yes, chair. 00:01:55
I remember. 00:01:57
Aye, Vice Chair. Mark. 00:02:00
Member. 00:02:05
Motion carries 4. 00:02:08
Thank you. 00:02:10
Item number three on the agenda is presentations. Presentations are special informational items to help us with our task force 00:02:12
work or recognitions by staff, a task force member or guest. 00:02:19
No task force discussion or public comment will be taken. 00:02:26
This evenings presentation will be by Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Operations from C Monterey, which was formerly known as 00:02:31
the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 00:02:37
And I believe Miss Johnson is going to be joining us by. 00:02:44
Good evening. Can you hear and see me? 00:02:49
Excellent. Thank you so much for inviting me to give a brief presentation this evening. I am Jennifer Johnson. I've been with 00:02:54
formerly MCCVB and because of the acronym, we're in the process of changing our name to C Monterey. That is our website, 00:03:01
cmonterey.com and that is how most of our community knows us. So we're going through the process of rebranding and. 00:03:09
Changing our name over. So that's what we're using now. I've been with the organization 12 years now I. 00:03:18
Got here in 2012, so 11. 00:03:26
We are a I'm going to I Can I share my screen now? Is that OK? I have a little brief presentation for you. 00:03:30
Can you see my presentation? 00:03:41
Yes, I'm sorry, your face has just gotten very small on my screen, so I'm not sure. 00:03:45
Yes, we can see it. OK. Excellent. Thank you. All right. 00:03:52
We're changing our name to see Monterey. 00:03:59
Some of you may or may not know us as an organization. We are A501C6. 00:04:02
Non profit corporation. So we're not a charitable organization, but we do exist for the benefit of our destination. And about 18 00:04:07
months to two years ago, we started a strategic planning process where we invited the community through input sessions. We held 00:04:15
town halls, We did specific interviews with leaders in the community, both business and the private sector and in government. And 00:04:23
we did a survey where we had over 300 representatives from the community weigh in on who we are as an organization. 00:04:31
And all of that culminated into our new vision and mission, which are very much community based. It's our vision that what we do 00:04:39
as an organization enriches Monterey County's economic vitality and our quality of life as residents. 00:04:47
And our mission is to generate community prosperity for our county. We are a county wide organization through the responsible 00:04:55
promotion and growth of our tourism economy. That includes our visitors and all of our direct and indirect businesses. Many, many 00:05:01
of them are family owned and operated in our destination and are not large chains. We outline who are, who we are as an 00:05:07
organization and what we value and in alignment with. What we're here to talk about tonight is our diversity, equity and inclusion 00:05:13
commitment. 00:05:20
As an organization individually, as team members and as a whole, including our Board of Directors, we crafted our commitment 00:05:27
together so that our team and board can all live and breathe our commitment, not just put it on paper or on our website. 00:05:34
It's used throughout all of our document documentation, both in governance and in human resources and relations. We're committed 00:05:42
to ensuring that all team members feel welcome and have an equal opportunity to connect, belong and grow. We encourage our team 00:05:49
members to contribute to the organization, to the hospitality industry, to advance their skill sets, and to be comfortable and 00:05:56
confident as their authentic selves within the framework of professional guidelines that we as a team have established. 00:06:04
One of the things we did last spring, we've done several, but I'm showing you this one last spring as this particular photo shoot 00:06:14
included the City of Pacific Grove. So we refreshed our image assets and our library that we use in our marketing and 00:06:19
communications. 00:06:25
Programs and as you can see our, sorry the cover slide, I'm going to go back to just very briefly. This is one of the decks that 00:06:32
we use in our meetings industry. 00:06:37
So we have two consumer buckets that our organization targets basically and they are group business and leisure travelers and this 00:06:42
is one of the decks that we use all inspired for our meetings industry. 00:06:49
But when it comes to our marketing communications, our imagery is so very important because that's what connects to our potential 00:06:58
customers and our repeat customers and our visitors and meetings businesses see those images and that's what drives the demand and 00:07:04
the desire to come to our destination. So we ensure that our images are inclusive of the diversity of our destination both in 00:07:11
Group business and as leisure markets. 00:07:18
In alignment with diversity, equity and inclusion and excessive accessibility, many organizations or the task force like yours 00:08:08
include accessibility as a part of DEI. And we have also layered it into what we do. We create blogs, we create web pages and 00:08:15
content, and then we push those out through our social channels of Instagram, Facebook. You'll see some things on TikTok Reels and 00:08:23
other platforms like that. 00:08:30
Where our content is shared, liked, commented on, and truly appreciated honestly by our consumers who see the information that we 00:08:38
share. 00:08:43
These are just an example. As I said, this is just a very brief overview, but we also did a photo shoot of South County. We have 00:08:49
other areas of diversity that we promote. These are just a sampling of some of the images we wanted to share with you today. Then 00:08:56
I'm going to drill down in some examples specific to accessibility. 00:09:03
If you were to Google, not Google, but do a search on cmonterey.com for words like wheelchair accessible. Some of the web pages 00:09:10
that come up are the things to do in Pacific Grove. Your content is very what we call SEO friendly. So we're using great keywords 00:09:18
that are in alignment with the assets that you have and accessibility is one of them. That potential visitors can easily access 00:09:26
information so that they know that there is. 00:09:33
A trail that is accessible by wheelchairs throughout Pacific Grove. 00:09:42
Right there on the beach, you get the best views. 00:09:47
Some of our other diversity content includes blogs that we created both last year and this year. We did a Hispanic owned business 00:09:51
businesses in Monterey County and API owned businesses and a black-owned businesses in Monterey County. We used examples from many 00:09:58
different jurisdictions within the county because as again we are county wide. But some that I want to do to be aware of that we 00:10:05
did highlight not just through the blog but through social media posts. 00:10:12
Where we got additional engagement from visitors, where Edison and Melrose, the romesh and company. So it's not just tourism based 00:10:19
whenever we do a diversity blog, but there are other businesses like a skin care store that is normally not traditionally visitor 00:10:28
based but is definitely recognizable as a minority owned business. 00:10:36
We also did a wonderful campaign for women owned businesses in Monterey County back in March and these included highlights for 00:10:46
Lucy's on Lighthouse, the Wild Fish, Edison and Melrose again and the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. So again, just a sampling, 00:10:53
it's something that we infuse throughout our messaging as an organization. We are always aware of how we represent the 00:11:00
destination. 00:11:06
And I just wanted to say once again thank you for the opportunity to share just a a sprinkling and give you a visual of how how we 00:11:14
represent Pacific growth specifically from ADEINA perspective. I'd like to end the presentation with a request and and an open 00:11:23
door welcome for any additional suggestions you have for content that you'd like to see changed or modified on the Pacific Rd. 00:11:31
Landing pages. We're going through the process now of rebranding our website. You saw in the blog images the new. 00:11:40
Font and imagery that we're using. So we do ask for input from the community at every level of our organization, Marketing, PR, 00:11:49
Business development, community relations. I can be your point of contact or if you go onto our website, seemonterey.com. 00:11:57
Under members, you'll see our team and the entire list of all of us here at Sea Monterey. 00:12:05
Thank you. 00:12:11
Thank you, miss. 00:12:14
We'll go on with our. 00:12:20
And item number four is task force and staff announcements. 00:12:22
City related items only. 00:12:27
Are there any announcements from the task force? 00:12:30
Doctor Natalie Freiberger Member Freiberger. 00:12:38
I'd like to briefly introduce myself. Today's my first meeting. I was welcomed and sworn in on Friday. 00:12:42
I am Monterey, locally born and bred. 00:12:51
I was born to a family of. 00:12:56
War refugees from EU. 00:12:58
English is my second language. We spoke Russian at home. My father taught at DLI. 00:13:03
And I went on to major in Russian and come back to the Monterey Peninsula. 00:13:08
To teach at DLI as well. 00:13:14
Moved to Pacific Grove in 1980, so I've been here for a few years. 00:13:17
My husband and I My husband worked at Pebble Beach Company for a while. We raised two children here and while working at DLI, I 00:13:24
worked in a number of capacities. I left the classroom after about 15 years and went into administration. 00:13:32
Faculty training and got interested and involved in the field of intercultural communication, which has a lot of overlap with 00:13:41
diversity, equity and inclusion. 00:13:46
So my interests are very much around inclusion. 00:13:53
How we help each other to feel like we belong in a location. 00:13:58
And I. 00:14:04
Very excited and honored to be serving on the task force. 00:14:07
Thank you. 00:14:14
Thank you. 00:14:16
Welcome. We're so lucky to have you. 00:14:20
That incredible resume, your accomplishments, and your willingness to be here. Thank you. 00:14:24
First of all, I'd like to acknowledge September 11th. 00:14:32
And. 00:14:37
And recognition and remembrance of that day. 00:14:40
Also, I'd like to appeal to our better angels and stop and think about how 9/11 has impacted us in terms of DI. 00:14:46
And the opportunities to get to know other cultures. 00:14:59
For better or worse, it gave us. 00:15:07
A different sense the the world changed for us that day. Moving on, I went to marinas, Martin Luther King sculpture unveiling this 00:15:12
weekend and it was phenomenal. 00:15:20
I hope you will take the time to go out and see the sculpture. 00:15:29
It's it's impressive. 00:15:33
And I hope that their efforts for. 00:15:36
For diversity and equity and inclusion will reverberate out here to Pacific Grove, and I'm sure they will. 00:15:41
Lastly, I attended the via Zoom the Board of Education, PG Board of Education, last meeting and. 00:15:51
And heard all of the efforts they have been making for the last two years for cultural proficiency. 00:16:00
I was a very, very vocal critic. 00:16:08
To their lack of efforts. 00:16:12
And they have really, really inspired me and frankly I think we are not doing enough and I hope that we can do more to inform the 00:16:16
community and. 00:16:22
And inform ourselves, so thank. 00:16:30
Thank you, Vice chair. 00:16:37
I want to acknowledge the resignation of member Coral Barrett. We wish them all the best in the future and, of course, welcome 00:16:39
member Freiburger, appointed on September 6th by the Council. 00:16:44
Also at the September 6th meeting, the Council recognized Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15th and goes until 00:16:50
October 15th. 00:16:55
The first settlers in our area, long after the indigenous people, were from Spain and Mexico for almost 250 years. Our area was 00:17:00
under Spanish and then Mexican rule. 00:17:06
This month is a time to acknowledge the many contributions from the food raised for our table to the centuries old Spanish names 00:17:12
of Pacific Grove streets and landmarks. 00:17:17
And celebrate the diverse cultures and extensive histories of the American, Hispanic and Latina Latino experience. 00:17:23
As we have heard, businesses in Pacific Grove recognize inclusion and diversity into their workforce, training, local and visitor 00:17:32
promotion. I want to note recent chamber announcements that included A score, a Service Corps of retired executives workshop on 00:17:39
alternative funding opportunities for Hispanic owned businesses, a harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention training 00:17:46
that was entitled to respecting diversity. 00:17:53
And many fall community opportunities that are going to be available to enjoy different foods, music for all ages. 00:18:01
Also celebrating diversity is the Pacific Grove Public Libraries High School History Essay Contest, open to all current high 00:18:10
school students residing in PG. 00:18:15
The writing prompt is, and I quote the modern community of Pacific Grove has emerged from a blend of cultures, languages and 00:18:20
traditions of indigenous people, others and immigrants from Africa, the Americas, Asia, the British Isles. 00:18:29
The European continent, the Mediterranean basin and beyond, who lived, worked and played here. 00:18:37
Write an essay of 1000 to 3000 words on any aspect of the history of one or more of these cultures and how they are reflected in 00:18:44
today's Pacific Grove. I'll note the first prize is $1000, with two honorable mentions of $500 each, and the deadline to enter is 00:18:51
October 31st, 2023. 00:18:58
And following upon the vice Chair's. 00:19:06
The City of Pacific Grove provides a memorial bench program for those who have lost loved ones through the support of public works 00:19:10
employees. 00:19:14
These benches describe our community's memories. 00:19:19
On 9/11 I wanted to quote from a bench near Lover's Point. 00:19:22
In memory of Suzanne Kelly, lost in the attack on the Pentagon. 00:19:27
A place of solace and rest it. 00:19:32
Dedicated to the victims and those touched by the. 00:19:36
Of 9/11/2001. 00:19:40
Are there any staff announcements? 00:19:48
Yes, thank you. 00:19:52
Chair Bowie, We have one announcement as the chair indicated there was a resignation to the DEI Task force. 00:19:54
And so we do have a vacancy. If you are interested, you can contact my office or you can. 00:20:04
Get a application an application online at my web page. Contact me. I can send you one. 00:20:12
And submit that to my office. 00:20:19
Thank you, Clerk DEI, Coordinator, Ken. 00:20:24
Item number 5 is Council liaison announcements. Are there any? 00:20:28
No Council liaison announcements on behalf of Councilmember P. 00:20:33
Thank you. 00:20:38
Item number six is general public comment. 00:20:40
This is an opportunity for members of the public to comment on any item that is not on the agenda. 00:20:43
That is within the jurisdiction of the City of Pacific Grove and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. And I should have 00:20:49
mentioned at the beginning, I generally talk a little bit as we make our way through the agenda because there may be some people 00:20:55
who have not been at a city meeting before and this is an opportunity to provide a more inclusive atmosphere so people understand 00:21:01
what's going on. 00:21:06
The task force often receives comments via e-mail between meetings. I want to acknowledge the comments and community interest and 00:21:13
to note that task force members are not able to engage in a dialogue. 00:21:20
Via e-mail. 00:21:27
Comments regarding regular agenda items and that will be the next part of the agenda are heard before the Task force's 00:21:29
consideration of the items. 00:21:34
Each member of the public may comment once per agenda. 00:21:40
Comments from the public will be limited to 3 minutes and will be received without comment from the task force while public 00:21:44
comment is open. 00:21:48
When public comment is closed, items may be referred to staff for a brief response or follow up. 00:21:54
Comments and statements should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 00:22:02
Public comment is encouraged if it is not disruptive to the meeting the definition of disruptive. 00:22:08
Conduct that actually disrupts, disturbs, impedes, or renders infeasible the orderly conduct of the meeting is found in Government 00:22:15
Code Section 54957. 00:22:21
.95 and also in the Council policy 000-17. 00:22:28
Pursuant to the policy as. 00:22:35
If disruptive conduct needs to be addressed, I will warn the individual that their behavior is disrupting the meeting and that 00:22:38
their failure to cease their behaviour may result in their removal. 00:22:43
If the disruption continues, I may confer with city staff, including the city attorney. 00:22:49
Caused the removal of the individual if they do not promptly cease their disruptive behavior or call a recess. 00:22:55
Comments may be made in person or remotely using zoom or by phone. Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping 00:23:03
lights as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes has ended. 00:23:09
If in person, please come up to the podium one at a time. If joining the meeting by phone, please press star 9 to raise your hand 00:23:17
to. 00:23:21
And star 6 to unmute your. 00:23:26
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person first. 00:23:30
And then remotely. 00:23:36
Welcome. 00:23:53
Excuse me, I'm going to read this because I'm rather nervous speaking in front of people. 00:24:08
Before I read this, I just want to mention. 00:24:14
From my understanding, you're supposed to say the Pledge of Allegiance. 00:24:16
These many meetings, and I appreciate in the future that you do that, Mister Davis, can you speak into the microphone, please? 00:24:20
Pardon. Can you speak into the microphone, please? You don't have to be too close, but can you hear me now better? That's better. 00:24:27
Thank you. 00:24:30
Again, I mentioned before I go into my 3 minutes. 00:24:34
According to the Brown Act and. 00:24:37
Procedure. You're supposed to say the Pledge of Allegiance before these meetings. My name is Richard Davis. 00:24:40
I'm a 6th generation Californian on both sides, Mom and. 00:24:46
And my. 00:24:50
Is goes back to the 17th century of Fairfax, VA. 00:24:54
I take particularly. 00:25:00
In people's rights and things like this because my. 00:25:03
Ancestor George Mason, the 5th, wrote the Bill of Rights. 00:25:08
In his many generations before George Mason, the 1st 1627 came. 00:25:13
To Fairfax, VA. 00:25:20
That's why. 00:25:25
Our nation's. 00:25:26
Deeply embedded in the psyche of my family. 00:25:28
That's the reason I took great. 00:25:31
At the recent Chinese apology from our mayor on the 29 reasons. 00:25:34
That you felt were egregious. I I read that very carefully, Did my research. 00:25:44
And would like to. 00:25:50
A few of the most egreg. 00:25:52
Well then, many of the false claims in this resolution was that on the evening of May 8th, excuse me, May 16th, 19, Oh. 00:25:58
A fire of suspicious origin burned down the Chinese village, which broke out in a barn at the West End of the village at 8:00. 00:26:05
What happened on that peninsula? 00:26:15
Just a few minutes before that fire was an earthquake. 00:26:17
It was the most powerful. 00:26:21
Of the over 20 months of aftershocks from the Great San Francisco Earthquake. 00:26:24
And this earthquake was estimated 7.9 in the Richter scale, which they didn't have then, but that's what experts of the US. 00:26:28
Estimated ads the San Francisco earthquake. 00:26:37
Of a few weeks before was 8. 00:26:40
That earthquake of 8:00 PM makes 16th was so powerful. 00:26:43
That have changed the course of the salin. 00:26:48
From Salinas to where it is now in. 00:26:52
That's what started the fire. 00:26:56
The Chinese villagers there were. 00:26:59
Mostly fishermen. 00:27:02
They developed the squid fishing at night, which was very clever. They had these big metal lanterns with pitch bark in them. They 00:27:03
used them in their boats to bring up a squid at night as well as. 00:27:09
Their home heat their. 00:27:16
My grandmother witnessed this. 00:27:19
She was eight or nine years old at the time she was. 00:27:22
And. 00:27:26
Her family. 00:27:29
The Templars and. 00:27:31
Started that town, that area. 00:27:33
Later her. 00:27:37
We're here in. 00:27:38
Pacific Growth. 00:27:40
Thank you. Mr. Another Miss. Melissa, pardon. I'm sorry, your 3 minutes are up. Well, that was that including the IT didn't begin 00:27:43
until you started your remarks. 00:27:48
All right, well, I don't really as fast as I should. 00:27:55
Just do your homework on. 00:28:02
Chinese Exclusion Act. We were excluded from China for 50 years. Thank you, Mr. Davis. 00:28:06
Thank you for your remarks. I'll see you next month. 00:28:12
Welcome. 00:28:28
Good evening. Excuse me, My name is Adam De Boer, resident PG. 00:28:29
With the indulgence of the chair, I'd like to speak briefly. 00:28:36
Mammogram. 00:28:39
We've all heard for years from women about how uncomfortable mammograms are and how unpleasant an experience it is to receive one. 00:28:40
I know I've heard more than an earful, but I have to say, in all the times that I've received a mammogram, I have never 00:28:46
experienced that discomfort. All the mammograms I've received have been easy and pleasant. I had 10 finished grandmothers, and not 00:28:51
one of them ever complained to me. 00:28:56
About mammogram. 00:29:02
I asked a woman who graduated from PG High School recently whether she found mammograms uncomfortable, and she wouldn't really get 00:29:04
into the details with me, but she didn't complain either. So I have to say, I don't think there's actually a problem with 00:29:09
mammograms. I don't know what the fuss is all about. 00:29:14
Now of course, all of that was facetious. I don't have the lived experience to have anything to say about mammograms, nor do the 00:29:20
women in my life have any particular reason to be sharing talking with me about the experience, because I have no way to relate to 00:29:25
it. 00:29:30
In the public comments here and before the City Council and even at the EDC, there has been a consistent set of voices talking 00:29:35
about how PG doesn't have any issue with diversity or equity or inclusion. There is no problem here. Everyone is welcome. 00:29:42
Identifying people as belonging to different groups as divisive. E pluribus Unum. 00:29:50
The people saying such things do not have the lived experience to be able to comment on this. 00:29:56
With any authority What? 00:30:01
This task force exists to promote the participation of underrepresented communities. 00:30:04
The people saying there is no problem here would do better to listen to and believe what those underrepresented community members 00:30:09
have to say. 00:30:13
Rather than trying to stay for them, saying with absolutely no possible experiential basis that there is no problem here. 00:30:16
E pluribus Unum indeed. 00:30:24
But the one does not erase the many. 00:30:26
The many need to be heard. 00:30:29
Thank you. 00:30:32
Thank you. 00:30:34
Thank you. My name is Mike Gibbs, president of Pacific Grove and a member of the Pacific Grove Economic Development Commission. I 00:31:01
am here tonight. 00:31:06
And by the way, Natalie, welcome. To defend the right of anyone to say pretty much anything, there's the Brown Act in the Pacific 00:31:11
Grove Code of Conduct. 00:31:16
But you can say ugly things, and people on this Commission and this task force have. 00:31:22
I would just like to point to. 00:31:28
Recent comments by a member of this task force. 00:31:30
Referred to a member of one of the Commission's in very ugly terms, related to ugly historical events. 00:31:33
And it was, that's OK, You can say those kind of things. She also referred to two members of the City Council as lap dogs. 00:31:41
And she impugned the. 00:31:49
Moral character and. 00:31:51
Of a sitting City Council member. 00:31:53
And social media. 00:31:55
But that's OK because our Constitution defends First Amendment rights to do so. But what I cannot defend is the chairpersons use 00:31:57
of power in the last meeting to cut off the voice of a former City Council member, Dan Miller. 00:32:04
In the middle of. 00:32:11
Without explanation. 00:32:13
Without comment, shut him down, he was on. 00:32:15
And she directed the city clerk to push the button and cut him off. I have not had heard an apology. 00:32:19
From this task force or from this or from the chairperson? 00:32:26
And I think it's pretty egregious that I cannot defend. 00:32:30
That is violation of brown act, violation of common sense, a violation of just common decency. 00:32:35
So, so I'm here. Mr. Miller is not here tonight. I don't know if he's on the line. He may be making a comment. So he was cut off 00:32:42
at one minute and four seconds. 00:32:46
So what I'm going to do is stand. 00:32:52
And give Mr. Miller his time. 00:32:55
And the. 00:32:58
64 seconds to make an. 00:32:59
Well, hearing no apology, the last thing I have to say. 00:33:55
Your. 00:33:59
Is our. 00:34:00
I believe that's attributed to Desmond Tutu. 00:34:02
Thank you. 00:34:04
Thank you. 00:34:07
Welcome. 00:34:19
My name is Carol Marquardt. I'm a citizen of Pacific Grove. 00:34:22
And I want to. 00:34:27
Our new task force. 00:34:29
And thank you for taking this position. This is a very. 00:34:34
Task force to be part of because I realize you're not dealing with. 00:34:40
You're dealing with some contention here. 00:34:46
I I do have some problems with the disclaimer at the beginning of the meeting and I appreciate the police officer who is. 00:34:51
Just in case some kind of violence breaks out or some kind of overt A disruptive behavior. But we don't really behave that way in 00:34:59
Pacific Grove. Nobody does. 00:35:05
So in a way that. 00:35:11
Seems. 00:35:15
Invent some kind of disruptive behavior. 00:35:17
And it assumes that anybody that does not agree with the mission of this task force is a hate group. 00:35:20
Or some kind of, you know, radical evangelical group. We are not. We belong here. We live here. Just like you do. 00:35:28
And I do resent being, you know, suggesting that we are gonna misbehave so. 00:35:38
I don't know how much time I have. OK, I have one minute. So we do have this diversity calendar for the year that was talked about 00:35:44
the last meeting. And I wanna mention that we need a day for each of the following people. 00:35:51
Jews. The Holocaust, Black slavery, Chinese. The Exclusion Act, Japanese. The internment camps, Vietnam. 00:35:59
The Naplin. Mexicans. The drug cartels, Ukrainians, Russia, Women, Men. 00:36:08
Foster children, old people, mentally ill homeless people, Palestinians, Kurds, you Kurds, low income people, obese people, queer 00:36:14
people. 00:36:19
But not straight people. Maybe, maybe not. But anyway. 00:36:24
I would appreciate knowing what you're going to do with the diversity calendar. 00:36:29
In I hope you're going to talk about it at this meeting, and I do look forward to a list of. 00:36:34
The disempowered people from a list. 00:36:43
The top list to the bottom list because we have a lot of people who are of protected class and I know that you are here to 00:36:47
protect. 00:36:52
People who are disempowered. So I hope we will go ahead with that list. And I know you had a subcommittee for that. So I'm looking 00:36:58
forward to that. Thank you. 00:37:03
Thank you. 00:37:11
Welcome. Hello. 00:37:27
Welcome. 00:37:29
They're going to be awesome. 00:37:31
My name is Beth Walker and I would like. 00:37:32
Come up and. 00:37:37
Reiterate. 00:37:40
A few things which you obviously know. 00:37:42
The person who was cut off in the last meeting was talking about a different topic than what was on the agenda, if that person 00:37:46
wanted to actually. 00:37:51
The comments he was making, which are completely legitimate, he needed to do so in general public comments and not during the 00:37:57
topic that we were discussing. So the other thing is, is that. 00:38:04
I apologize. 00:38:11
That you had to sit here for 60 seconds thinking that there was going to be apology. First of all, he knows. 00:38:13
That you can't do that. And he's doing it on purpose. And I'm really. 00:38:20
Thank you. 00:38:28
Clerk Dei Coordinator Kendall seeing no other public comment in person Are there Is there public comment via Zoom or on the phone? 00:38:41
Yes, Chair Inga Lawrence. 00:38:53
Welcome. 00:38:56
Thank you, Chair. 00:38:58
I've been most disheartened the last two. 00:39:02
To hear outspoken members of a protected class DEI class who regularly speak at DEI meetings. 00:39:06
Absolutely, VIL. 00:39:15
Personally. 00:39:18
At a zoning administration. 00:39:21
As being a self-proclaimed low income senior. 00:39:25
Vilify me for participating in a city government appeal process because I shouldn't have the means. 00:39:31
To do. 00:39:39
And supposedly I shouldn't participate because I live in a different section of town from the project and rarely leave my house. 00:39:41
This was also done by a person at the City Council public comment portion of their meeting. 00:39:51
And yes, two of them are in attendance tonight, not just the zoning administration. 00:39:58
If this is what is now considered inclusion and equity. 00:40:05
By the self chosen protective classes, I think Pacific Grove and the DEI are worse off than I could imagine. 00:40:10
And yes, low income senior citizens are certainly being discriminated against. 00:40:20
Thank you very much. 00:40:28
Thank you. 00:40:32
Dan Miller. 00:40:36
Welcome. 00:40:39
Yeah, first of all, to the woman that got up, I believe it's Beth Walker. 00:40:41
That wants to vilify me. Let's make it clear. I spent seven years. 00:40:46
On the City Council, I spent three years on the Planning Commission. I've attended close to 500. 00:40:54
Meetings of one kind or another. I know what's on topic and what's not on topic. 00:41:01
But I also know my freedom of speech and whether something wants to be said during my 3 minutes. 00:41:07
The concept that after 30 seconds the chair starts trying to cut me off. And I know there's not going to be an apology because 00:41:15
you're really good at making everybody else apologize for stuff. But when you make a mistake, take away my right of free speech, 00:41:21
which you're sworn in to uphold the Constitution. 00:41:28
When you swear in to be on this task force. 00:41:34
And you obviously did not do that. 00:41:38
So. And anybody who wants to during their 3 minutes, if silence in silent protest, they can stand there. It's been done before, 00:41:41
it'll be done again. And the concept that Miss Walker all of a sudden knows what it is that's acceptable at a meeting and what 00:41:48
isn't. I don't know what her background is, but I haven't seen her on a Commission committee or board. I haven't seen her on City 00:41:55
Council and so at some point in time. 00:42:02
This all has to stop this vilifying of people because they don't fit into what you want. We just saw it with C Monterey. 00:42:10
It's when you start saying we have a. 00:42:18
Asian business people, we have a thing for Hispanic business people. We have a women owned business blog. 00:42:22
Did anybody hear the white guy? 00:42:31
Business owner blog that they have or the specific that they have for them. 00:42:34
And I guess not, because I guess they no longer matter. So this is seems to me like it's kind of a let's get even with. 00:42:39
All those guys that we perceive had all this power all over us all these years and. 00:42:47
Again, the concept that you cannot identify with people that have gone through stuff is just absolutely wrong. I was raised 00:42:54
Mormon. 00:42:59
You want to talk about people that were run out of where they lived and stuff, do a little bit of history on that one and see what 00:43:04
happened. So maybe I should start being treated differently because I'm Mormon and I should get a special blog and be looked at 00:43:12
Whatever. I have a business because I'm a Mormon with the business. It's time to move on, Quit pointing out our differences. This 00:43:20
is a melting pot and we should all come together instead of completely all the time talking about our division and differences. 00:43:28
Thank you. 00:43:36
Thank you. I would like to remind everyone in person and online that. 00:43:39
Under public comments, comments are to be addressed to the task force and not to the audience. 00:43:47
Thank you. Do we have? 00:43:54
Public Comment Online We do chair Heather, Mother's head. 00:43:56
Sangoozi, I apologize if I didn't pronounce that. 00:44:01
Welcome. 00:44:05
Thank you. For many months now I've been trying to find the right words and actions to respond skillfully, constructively and 00:44:08
hopefully to the destructive, harmful and cynical attacks that our beloved Communities Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force 00:44:14
endures over and over and over again. 00:44:21
For many months now, I have been trying to find the right words and actions to express skillfully, constructively and hopefully 00:44:28
the righteous indignation so many of us feel towards the small but determined group that stands diametrically opposed to the 00:44:33
important efforts of DEI and our beloved hometown. 00:44:39
While we are here to work with you towards removing barriers and obstacles in the way of the safe, accessible and inclusive 00:44:46
community for all peoples, particularly those most vulnerable to hate, ignorance, intolerance under representation and 00:44:51
misrepresentation, there are cynical forces in our community intentionally behaving as roadblocks in these meetings and towards 00:44:57
this work. 00:45:03
While those of us who seek liberty and justice truly for all embrace DEI efforts towards truth and reconciliation with populations 00:45:10
historically and actually harmed by municipal codes and discriminatory, degrading, and often dehumanizing practices, some cynical 00:45:16
forces in our hometown seek to center their own narratives alone. 00:45:23
However, misinformed, frequently mistaking fiction for fact, and always centering white dominant, often male voices over all 00:45:29
others. 00:45:34
I know I don't have to tell you, our bravest, most dedicated and dearest members of this task force, how our righteous indignation 00:45:39
feels. But for those among us who don't know, it often feels like the wind has been knocked out of us. It causes shortness of 00:45:46
breath, our hands to tremble, our hearts to race and pound in our ears, and our words to sometimes feel strangled in our throats. 00:45:54
I come today to thank you for your service to our community when the cynical forces want you to believe that you are disposable. I 00:46:36
come here today to celebrate your humanity. Because dei, work is human work. 00:46:41
So thank you for having the courage to face these dehumanizing forces, though I wish you did not have to with your unapologetic 00:46:47
and beautiful humanity. Because you you each speak and represent lived experience that is far closer to the lived experience in my 00:46:53
home and that my family experiences in our hometown. 00:46:59
Than any of those cynical forces with love, support, appreciation and blessings for your safety and protection. Always have their 00:47:06
mother's head. Zoom Guzzi. 00:47:10
Thank you. 00:47:17
MRC welcome. 00:47:20
Hi there my. 00:47:25
And my name is Melanie Zaragoza, and I apologize that I can't be there in person, but I'm very pleased to be able to attend via 00:47:27
Zoom, so thank you for having me. 00:47:33
As a young person, a Chicana, and a person who is a part of the LGBTQ plus community, I just want to thank the task force for the 00:47:40
work that they're doing to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. It means so much to me. It means so much to the people I 00:47:46
surround myself with. 00:47:52
And it really is a fantastic path forward to reinvigorate Pacific Grove and ensure that it has a lasting legacy. 00:47:59
Thank you. 00:48:07
Thank you clarity Coleman. 00:48:12
Welcome. 00:48:14
Hello I just wanted to take a moment to thank the DEI Task force for the amazing work that they're doing. 00:48:18
Can you hear me? 00:48:30
Yes. OK. So I just wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you. 00:48:32
I'm also listening to the variety of public comments and I just want to be a voice of allyship and. 00:48:38
And to encourage us all not to give up doing this good work, we need to do it together in community. 00:48:47
And the task force is taking on things that are really important. 00:48:53
I have. 00:48:58
Been involved in changes in Pacific Grove and I'm going to stay in the conversation. 00:49:00
Because it's really important that the loudest voices are for everyone. 00:49:07
For all of us to be safe in our community. 00:49:12
Oh yeah. So I just wanted to lend my voice and. 00:49:15
And and there's healing in this work for all of us, including the people who are so afraid to talk about real issues. 00:49:20
There's healing for all of us if we can just open up our hearts. 00:49:28
And get out of the way of our egos. 00:49:31
Cheers to healing our community in the best possible. 00:49:35
Thank you. 00:49:38
Thank you. 00:49:41
I see no further hands online chair. 00:49:43
I will now close general public comment. 00:49:49
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. The vote on the consent agenda 00:49:53
applies to each item unless removed. 00:49:59
Any task force member or member of the public may remove an item for individual consideration. 00:50:04
When items are pulled for discussion, they will be placed at the end of the regular agenda. 00:50:11
One motion shall be made to approve all non removed items on the consent. 00:50:16
Are there any requests by a task force member or the public to remove a consent agenda item? 00:50:22
Seeing none, I would move to approve the consent agenda. Is there a second? 00:50:33
2nd thank. 00:50:40
City Clerk Dei Coordinator Kendall, May we have a roll call vote? 00:50:43
Yes, Chair Bill. 00:50:47
I remember. 00:50:50
Aye #5. 00:50:52
Vice Chair Mark. 00:50:56
Motion carries 40 to approve the consent agenda. 00:50:58
Thank you. The minutes of the August 14th, 2023 regular meeting were approved. 00:51:03
Item number 8A on the regular agenda is an oral report on the DEI Resources web page. There will first be a brief oral agenda 00:51:11
report, then any task force. 00:51:17
Then public comment on this agenda item and then task force discussion. 00:51:24
And member Hoops of the Web page subcommittee will provide the report. 00:51:30
Thank you, Chair Bowie. This is going to be a short report out, but I just wanted to give an update and let everyone know that we 00:51:35
are still moving forward working on the Resources web page. I was fortunate to receive the work that the previous subcommittee had 00:51:42
done on this Resources web page and it was substantial. 00:51:48
And so in continuing to. 00:51:57
Umm, gather resources and take a look at that. Always done. I've had some. 00:52:00
Questions come up around making sure that this web page is going to be. 00:52:05
A useful and representative resource for the community. So next step is I have a meeting scheduled with city staff and our IT 00:52:12
department of the city to make sure that we can. 00:52:18
Get those questions answered to move forward toward actually publishing. 00:52:24
That web page. 00:52:29
Thank you. Are there any questions of? 00:52:34
On her report. 00:52:37
We have a time frame. 00:52:43
I'll meet with city staff next week and. 00:52:47
Have a better idea of time frame from there we didn't have a time frame set forth. 00:52:50
Good. Thank you. 00:52:56
Should we? Should we try to create a time frame? 00:52:59
You know for. 00:53:03
You know completion or at. 00:53:06
A draft. 00:53:09
Perhaps after we've heard from the public we could have a little discussion if we'd like to. 00:53:13
It's now time for public comments on the DEI Resources web page. Agenda item comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not 00:53:25
receive Task Force Action. Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time limit lights as a guide. 00:53:32
Comments and statements should be addressed to the task force and not the. 00:53:40
Public comment is encouraged if it is not disruptive to the meeting as the chair. If someone engages in conduct that is 00:53:45
disruptive, I will respond according to the rules of order. 00:53:51
Comments may be made in person or remotely using Zoom or by phone. I will first open public comment on the DEI Resources web page 00:53:57
to members of the public who are present. 00:54:03
Either via zoom or by phone and then to those. 00:54:10
Clerk Dei Coordinator Kendall, Do we have any members of the public present remotely who would like to speak? 00:54:16
I do not see any hands raised chair. 00:54:24
OK. Thank. 00:54:27
And we'll move it to members of the public in person. 00:54:29
Welcome. Thank you. Mike Gibbons, Assistant of Pacific Grove. This is a. 00:54:42
And thank you for listening to me again. This is an interesting topic. I'm anxious to see what's going to be on the web page. And 00:54:48
I'm not asking a question, but it's my understanding that video recordings. 00:54:54
Made in a task force or board or Commission meeting are not allowed. 00:55:01
By the people in the audience. I'm just making a. 00:55:05
OK. I just want that on the record. So the resources web page, I'd like to hear a little bit more about what's on there and you 00:55:10
know, we've talked in the past, I've suggested having public forums or having, you know if you're going to talk to the city staff, 00:55:17
I think the public input would be really helpful. SurveyMonkey. 00:55:23
Something quick you can do on, you know, Google survey or something like that. Give them categories and just prioritize and see 00:55:30
what kind of resources. I'm not sure they're quite. 00:55:34
If they're limited or they're broad, but I would like to suggest 11 resource is, and I've been talking to council member Paduri 00:55:39
about this for a while, but there isn't one place for city staff, the police or any of the mental health. 00:55:48
Public health people to go to find if there is a place for if somebody's homeless, a man or woman is homeless. There really isn't 00:55:58
a resource to consolidate all of these. There's a number of things out there and available, but there is one group that does great 00:56:04
work that totally independent and self funded. It's called I Help. 00:56:11
And it's Interfaith homeless group. It's been around for 30 years. It right now I volunteer in a group. They meet in local 00:56:18
churches every single night. 00:56:24
Is covered for a group of men, separate group of women. It's about 18 men, maybe 8 to 10 women, and they can find a place to have 00:56:30
a dinner. We serve them, cook and serve the meals. Here it's at Wellspring Church Down at Central and 14th. 00:56:38
I serve the meals, we meet with the guys, and then the guys clean up. They bring their bed rolls. They sleep in the education 00:56:46
building. We cook. We cook them breakfast or fix them or breakfast and a bag of lunch the next day. 00:56:52
And so they always have a place to sleep, they always have a meal and there is no, there's really no resource. They have a web 00:56:58
page. They're really struggling right now. They lost $40,000 grant from monetize that went to a north north county to help out 00:57:04
with the flooding. 00:57:09
But they could really use some help. But mainly it's a resource. I'd like to see a button, a link that that the police see where 00:57:15
somebody can go look at if we need somebody wanders into City Hall and doesn't have a place to sleep. 00:57:21
Needs a meal. You have to be clean, you have to be sober, and there's also a jobs program if you're clean and sober and have 00:57:28
skills, or if not, they'll train you. If you do, they'll help find a job. So I don't know if that's the kind of thing you would be 00:57:33
considered on, you know, on the resources page, but things like that that are helpful to the community and something on there, 11 00:57:38
words. 00:57:42
But one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 00:57:47
Words to live by on your web page. 00:57:52
Thank you. 00:57:55
Welcome. 00:58:09
Thank you. Hello, my name is Mari Adams. 00:58:10
My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico. Just thought I'd throw that in there. 00:58:14
For Hispanic moment. 00:58:20
Thank you for your work on the website and maybe I have a suggestion that maybe one of the items that could be included on the 00:58:24
website would be an explanation of the rules. 00:58:31
That people are allowed to make public comment according to the rules of our state, the Brown Act, and there are further rules on 00:58:39
that, that there is public comment and then there are comments on agendas and not anybody gets to say anything that they want to 00:58:45
under an agenda item. 00:58:51
And it seems that there are some people in the community that are either confused about that or perhaps they just think that the 00:58:58
rules don't apply to them. So maybe you could make that more clear for us. 00:59:03
Thank you. 00:59:09
Thank you. 00:59:12
Seeing no other. 00:59:22
Person's present. I will close public comment and bring this item back to the task force for discussion. 00:59:24
So any. 00:59:31
Chair baby, I do see one hand raised if you would like to take that online. 00:59:34
Let's. 00:59:42
I will reopen public comment remotely for this one person and then it will be closed. Thank you. 00:59:44
Lisa. 00:59:52
Thank you. I apologize. I misunderstood the order in which you were taking public comment. And I just wanted to say that I 00:59:55
appreciate the work that's being done on the resources web page, the DEI resources web page and I appreciate all the work that all 01:00:03
the members of the DEI task force are doing. Thank you. 01:00:11
Thank you and I will close public comment and bring this back to the task force for discussion. 01:00:21
And really any any feedback or any comments for member hoops as she continues the work of the subcommittee? 01:00:28
So my understanding we still need to figure out how. 01:00:38
How to upload the resources onto the website that that's what the conversation with the IT department is going to be? 01:00:45
Yes, so that's that's the piece with the IT department is knowing how to load it and. 01:00:55
So far there are suggested different media, different types of media. So how do we? 01:01:02
Upload them. How do we make sure they're available in a Safeway? 01:01:09
Yes, as far as the IT. 01:01:16
And are we able just to have a static a static page with links at this time and descriptors? 01:01:18
That may be part of the information she's hoping to write from it. 01:01:28
And did City Clerk Kendall have any? 01:01:34
No, no new input through the chair. 01:01:40
Vice chair, no. There is a web page ready to go and just working out all the details to get to. 01:01:44
Where we want to be? Did I remember something about templates or was that regarding another? 01:01:52
Meaning. 01:01:59
I do not recall templates. We have worked with the City Attorney for a disclaimer and so that is on the resources web page 01:02:01
already. 01:02:05
But the rest of the details are forthcoming. OK, well, slow and steady wins the race. 01:02:11
OK. 01:02:19
Something that I remember that we had talked about at previous task force meetings was. 01:02:21
Not wanting this to be a static. 01:02:27
You know, web page wanting to have the ability to have those live links. I think the library was one because I think it was 01:02:30
important that a lot of these resources be freely available to the public. So wanting to connect to that, but also our 01:02:36
responsibility as task force members. We've heard a lot from community members since our task force was first inaugurated. People 01:02:43
are interested in finding out about different cultures, different groups. People are interested in finding out about how you talk 01:02:49
about difficult subjects. 01:02:55
And sort of work through things that could be very painful, very conflict ridden. But there's a genuine desire I think in our 01:03:01
community to to find these tools that will help us come together as a more inclusive and a more cohesive community. And so and 01:03:09
also certainly accessibility is something that we've heard about and wanting to make sure the resources are fully accessible. 01:03:17
We've also heard overtime about resources for teens, for children, for parents. 01:03:25
For seniors for SO. As you can see, there's a lot of dimensions to the resources that are like going to be put on this web page. 01:03:34
And then finally, as a task force, we have the responsibility to be curators if you will of our communities curiosity and interest 01:03:43
in helping to guide them. Clearly we're not going to be able to provide comprehensive guides to anything and also everything 01:03:50
changes so quickly. We also want to make sure that on a regular basis the task, once the web pages is up and populated, the task 01:03:58
force has the opportunity to on a regular basis review it and make sure that. 01:04:05
Links are still active and all of those things. 01:04:14
And I also feel that that can be a very challenging activity. 01:04:17
To do at a public meeting to go line by line at a web page. So we will not be doing that. But but it's certainly all of these all 01:04:23
of these parts go into this and I really want to thank member Hoops for being willing to. 01:04:29
Keep carrying this forward into completion and chair I I just can't. 01:04:35
I can't help but think. 01:04:42
Given a. 01:04:46
Given the controversy and given the fact that this is our second term. 01:04:47
That perhaps a static would be the first phase. That would be the way to go and perhaps good is good enough. 01:04:53
We we do clearly have a mystique about us around the DEI task force. Given the fact that we aren't able to have a a back and forth 01:05:02
with the community, this would be a way to go ahead and. 01:05:10
Provide information to the community as many many citizens are are misinformed and aren't necessarily understanding of what we're 01:05:19
trying to accomplish so that we can throw some resources, some strong resources out there, at least with. 01:05:28
The click of a hyperlink. 01:05:39
And again, I I also can't help but notice we do have a big dragon breathing down our our necks. 01:05:42
To actually start producing. 01:05:52
And maybe that's just my perception. 01:05:54
Thanks. I think what we're also hearing is sort of the urgency of the work. And yes and and again something else that we've also 01:05:56
heard since the very beginning of this discussion is how is the public going to be able to give input, how can we get information. 01:06:04
We've heard surveys, we've heard certainly public comment at every meeting just about would be an opportunity under general public 01:06:11
comment, but we also wanted to look at other ways. So yes, so any any comments back? 01:06:19
Yeah, I mean. 01:06:27
I just wanted to say. 01:06:28
I'm not going into it opposed to having. 01:06:29
A working web page that we can put information out there. I agree. I want to make sure that as. 01:06:33
Putting it up, it's done in a thoughtful way, a representative way. I know one of the things that I ran into in. 01:06:41
Looking at what has been identified and trying to gather resources is understanding that, like chair Bowie said, we may need input 01:06:48
because. 01:06:53
My lived experience is not that. 01:06:58
All of the groups that we are looking. 01:07:02
Uplift and. 01:07:05
And provide resources about. 01:07:08
On the website. So finding those ways to not only put the information out there, but make sure that we're able to gather resources 01:07:10
from people who may have. 01:07:16
More knowledge about certain resources than we do, I think is really important and all of that will come up. 01:07:22
In my questioning with with city staff as well, so I agree, I think it'd be a good idea to get things. 01:07:29
Out there. I also want to make sure that as we're doing that we're not. 01:07:36
We're not having any out. 01:07:42
Information we're not misrepresenting. We have a pathway for getting to that next. 01:07:44
Phase. 01:07:51
Member Freiburger. 01:07:57
Thank you very much. I think we're moving forward and I imagine we'll have another report soon from the subcommittee. Thank you. 01:08:00
So our next meeting will be October 9th, 2023 at 6:00 PM and I'd like to adjourn the DI Task Force meeting at 7:08 PM. 01:08:10
Thank you. 01:08:20
All the September 11th, 2023 regular meeting of the City of Pacific Groves Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to order. 01:09:06
At 6:00 PM. 01:09:16
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 01:09:18
Yes, Chair Billy. Present Vice Chair Mark. 01:09:23
Present Member Hoops. 01:09:28
Present number. 01:09:30
All are present. 01:09:34
Thank you. 01:09:36
Item number 2 on the agenda is the approval of the agenda. The agenda is the road map for our meeting. It's published online and 01:09:38
available in print at least 72 hours before each meeting so the public has notice of items being considered by the task force. 01:09:46
Item two is an opportunity for any task force members to give any input or pull or ask to rearrange any items on the agenda. 01:09:55
Are there any such? 01:10:04
Then I move to approve the agenda as presented. Is there a second? 01:10:09
Thank you. 01:10:16
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 01:10:17
Yes, chair. 01:10:23
I remember. 01:10:25
Aye, Vice Chair. 01:10:28
Aye, member FRE. 01:10:31
Motion carries 4. 01:10:36
Thank you. 01:10:38
Item number three on the agenda is presentations. Presentations are special informational items to help us with our task force 01:10:40
work or recognitions by staff, a task force member or guest. 01:10:47
No task force discussion or public comment will be taken. 01:10:54
This evening's presentation will be by Jennifer Johnson, vice president of operations from C Monterey, which was formerly known as 01:10:59
the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 01:11:05
And I believe Miss Johnson is going to be joining us by. 01:11:12
Good evening. Can you hear and see me? 01:11:17
Excellent. Thank you so much for inviting me to give a brief presentation this evening. I am Jennifer Johnson. I've been with 01:11:22
formerly MCCVB and because of the acronym, we're in the process of changing our name to C Monterey. That is our website, 01:11:29
cmonterey.com and that is how most of our community knows us. So we're going through the process of rebranding and. 01:11:37
Changing our name over. So that's what we're using now. I've been with the organization 12 years now I. 01:11:46
Got here in 2012, so 11. 01:11:54
We are a I'm going to I Can I share my screen now? Is that OK? I have a little brief presentation for you. 01:11:58
Can you see my presentation? 01:12:09
Yes, I'm sorry, your face has just gotten very small on my screen, so I'm not sure. 01:12:13
Yes, we can see it. OK. Excellent. Thank you. All right. 01:12:20
We're changing our name to see Monterey. 01:12:26
Some of you may or may not know us as an organization. We are A501C6. 01:12:30
Nonprofit corporation. So we're not a charitable organization, but we do exist for the benefit of our destination. And about 18 01:12:35
months to two years ago, we started a strategic planning process where we invited the community through input sessions. We held 01:12:43
town halls. We did specific interviews with leaders in the community, both business and the private sector and in government. And 01:12:50
we did a survey where we had over 300 representatives from the community weigh in. 01:12:57
On who we are as an organization and all of that culminated into our new vision and mission, which are very much community based. 01:13:05
It's our vision that what we do as an organization enriches Monterey County's economic vitality and our quality of life as 01:13:11
residents. 01:13:17
And our mission is to generate community prosperity for our county. We are a county wide organization through the responsible 01:13:23
promotion and growth of our tourism economy. That includes our visitors and all of our direct and indirect businesses. Many, many 01:13:29
of them are family owned and operated in our destination and are not large chains. We outlined who are, who we are as an 01:13:35
organization and what we value and in alignment with. What we're here to talk about tonight is our diversity, diversity, equity 01:13:42
and inclusion commitment. 01:13:48
As an organization individually, as team members and as a whole, including our Board of Directors, we crafted our commitment 01:13:55
together so that our team and board can all live and breathe our commitment, not just put it on paper or on our website. 01:14:02
It's used throughout all of our document documentation, both in governance and in human resources and relations. We're committed 01:14:10
to ensuring that all team members feel welcome and have an equal opportunity to connect, belong and grow. We encourage our team 01:14:17
members to contribute to the organization, to the hospitality industry, to advance their skill sets, and to be comfortable and 01:14:24
confident as their authentic selves within the framework of professional guidelines that we as a team have established. 01:14:32
One of the things we did last spring, we've done several, but I'm showing you this one last spring as this particular photo shoot 01:14:42
included the City of Pacific Grove. So we refreshed our image assets and our library that we use in our marketing and 01:14:47
communications. 01:14:53
Programs and as you can see our, sorry the cover slide, I'm going to go back to just very briefly. This is one of the decks that 01:15:00
we use in our meetings industry. 01:15:05
So we have two consumer buckets that our organization targets basically and they are group business and leisure travelers and this 01:15:10
is one of the decks that we use all inspired for our meetings industry. 01:15:17
But when it comes to our marketing and communications, our imagery is so very important because that's what connects to our 01:15:26
potential customers and our repeat customers and our visitors and meetings businesses see those images and that's what drives the 01:15:32
demand and the desire to come to our destination. So we ensure that our images are inclusive of the diversity of our destination, 01:15:39
both in Group business and as leisure markets. 01:15:46
In alignment with diversity, equity and inclusion and excessive accessibility, many organizations or the task force like yours 01:16:36
include accessibility as a part of DEI. And we have also layered it into what we do. We create blogs, we create web pages and 01:16:43
content, and then we push those out through our social channels of Instagram, Facebook. You'll see some things on TikTok Reels and 01:16:51
other platforms like that. 01:16:58
Where our content is shared, liked, commented on, and truly appreciated honestly by our consumers who see the information that we 01:17:06
share. 01:17:11
These are just an example. As I said, this is just a very brief overview, but we also did a photo shoot of South County. We have 01:17:17
other areas of diversity that we promote. These are just a sampling of some of the images we wanted to share with you today. Then 01:17:24
I'm going to drill down in some examples specific to accessibility. 01:17:31
If you were to Google, not Google, but do a search on cmonterey.com for words like wheelchair accessible. Some of the web pages 01:17:38
that come up are the things to do in Pacific Grove. Your content is very what we call SEO friendly. So we're using great keywords 01:17:46
that are in alignment with the assets that you have and accessibility is one of them. That potential visitors can easily access 01:17:54
information so that they know that there is. 01:18:01
A trail. 01:18:09
That is accessible by wheelchairs throughout Pacific Grove. 01:18:10
Right there on the beach, you get the best views. 01:18:15
Some of our other diversity content includes blogs that we created both last year and this year. We did a Hispanic owned business 01:18:19
businesses in Monterey County and API owned businesses and a black-owned businesses in Monterey County. We used examples from many 01:18:26
different jurisdictions within the county because as again we are county wide. But some that I want to do to be aware of that we 01:18:33
did highlight not just through the blog but through social media posts. 01:18:40
Where we got additional engagement from visitors, where Edison and Melrose, the romesh and company. So it's not just tourism based 01:18:47
whenever we do a diversity blog, but there are other businesses like a skin care store that is normally not traditionally visitor 01:18:56
based but is definitely recognizable as a minority owned business. 01:19:04
We also did a wonderful campaign for women owned businesses in Monterey County back in March and these included highlights for 01:19:14
Lucy's on Lighthouse, the Wild Fish, Edison and Melrose again and the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. So again, just a sampling, 01:19:21
it's something that we infuse throughout our messaging as an organization. We are always aware of how we represent the 01:19:28
destination. 01:19:34
And I just wanted to say once again thank you for the opportunity to share just a a sprinkling and give you a visual of how how we 01:19:42
represent Pacific growth specifically from ADEINA perspective. I'd like to end the presentation with a request and and an open 01:19:51
door welcome for any additional suggestions you have for content that you'd like to see changed or modified on the Pacific Rd. 01:19:59
Blanding pages. We're going through the process now of rebranding our website. You saw in the blog images the new. 01:20:07
Font and imagery that we're using. 01:20:17
So we do ask for input from the community at every level of our organization. Marketing, PR, Business development, community 01:20:19
relations. I can be your point of contact. Or if you go onto our website, seemonterey.com, under Members, you'll see our team and 01:20:25
the entire list of all of us here at Sea Monterey. 01:20:32
Thank you. 01:20:39
Thank you, miss. 01:20:42
We'll go on with our agenda. 01:20:48
And item number four is task force and staff announcements. 01:20:50
City related items only. 01:20:55
Are there any announcements from the task force? 01:20:58
Doctor Natalie Freiberger Member Freiberger. 01:21:06
I'd like to briefly introduce myself. Today's my first meeting. I was welcomed and sworn in on Friday. 01:21:10
I am Monterey, locally born and bred. 01:21:19
I was born to a family. 01:21:24
War refugees from EU. 01:21:26
English is my second language. We spoke Russian at home. My father taught at DLI. 01:21:30
And I went on to major in Russian and come back to the Monterey Peninsula. 01:21:36
To teach at DLI as well. 01:21:42
Moved to Pacific Grove in 1980, so I've been here for a few years. 01:21:45
My husband and I My husband worked at Pebble Beach Company for a while. We raised two children here, and while working at DLI I 01:21:52
worked in a number of capacities. I left the classroom after about 15 years and went into administration, faculty training, and 01:21:59
got interested and involved in the field of intercultural communication, which has a lot of overlap with diversity, equity and 01:22:06
inclusion. 01:22:13
So my interests are very much around inclusion. 01:22:21
How we help each other to feel like we belong in a location. 01:22:26
And I am. 01:22:32
Very excited and honored to be serving on the task force. 01:22:35
Thank you. 01:22:42
Thank you. 01:22:44
Welcome. We're so lucky to have you. 01:22:48
That incredible resume, your accomplishments, and your willingness to be here. Thank you. 01:22:52
First of all, I'd like to acknowledge September 11th. 01:23:00
And. 01:23:05
And recognition and remembrance of that day. 01:23:08
Also, I'd like to appeal to our better angels and stop and think about how 9/11 has impacted us in terms of. 01:23:14
And the opportunities to get to know other cultures. 01:23:27
For better or worse, we gave us. 01:23:35
A different sense the the world changed for us that day. Moving on, I went to marinas, Martin Luther King sculpture unveiling this 01:23:40
weekend and it was phenomenal. 01:23:48
I hope you will take the time to go out and see the sculpture. 01:23:57
It's it's impressive. 01:24:01
And I hope that their efforts for. 01:24:04
For diversity and equity and inclusion will reverberate out here. 01:24:09
To Pacific Grove, and I'm sure they will. 01:24:16
Lastly, I attended the via Zoom the Board of Education, PG Board of Education, last meeting and. 01:24:19
And heard all of the efforts they have been making for the last two years for cultural proficiency. 01:24:28
I was a very, very vocal critic. 01:24:36
To their lack of efforts. 01:24:40
And they have really, really inspired me and frankly I think we are not doing enough and I hope that we can do more to inform the 01:24:44
community and. 01:24:50
And inform ourselves so. 01:24:58
Thank you, Vice chair. 01:25:05
I want to acknowledge the resignation of member Coral Barrett. We wish them all the best in the future and, of course, welcome 01:25:07
member Freiburger, appointed on September 6th by the Council. 01:25:12
Also at the September 6th meeting, the Council recognized Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15th and goes until 01:25:18
October 15th. 01:25:23
The first settlers in our area, long after the indigenous people, were from Spain and Mexico for almost 250 years. Our area was 01:25:28
under Spanish and then Mexican rule. 01:25:34
This month is a time to acknowledge the many contributions from the food raised for our table to the centuries old Spanish names 01:25:40
of Pacific Grove streets and landmarks. 01:25:45
And celebrate the diverse cultures and extensive histories of the American, Hispanic and Latina Latino experience. 01:25:51
As we have heard, businesses in Pacific Grove recognize inclusion and diversity into their workforce, training, local and visitor 01:26:00
promotion. I want to note recent chamber announcements that included A score, a Service Corps of retired executives workshop on 01:26:07
alternative funding opportunities for Hispanic owned businesses, a harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention training 01:26:14
that was entitled to respecting diversity. 01:26:21
And many fall community opportunities that are going to be available to enjoy different foods, music for all ages. 01:26:29
Also celebrating diversity is the Pacific Grove Public Libraries High School History Essay Contest, open to all current high 01:26:38
school students residing in PG. 01:26:43
The writing prompt is, and I quote the modern community of Pacific Grove has emerged from a blend of cultures, languages and 01:26:48
traditions of indigenous people, others and immigrants from Africa, the Americas, Asia, the British Isles. 01:26:57
The European continent, the Mediterranean basin and beyond, who lived, worked and played here. 01:27:05
Write an essay of 1000 to 3000 words on any aspect of the history of one or more of these cultures and how they are reflected in 01:27:12
today's Pacific Grove. I'll note the first prize is $1000, with two honorable mentions of $500 each, and the deadline to enter is 01:27:19
October 31st, 2023. 01:27:26
And following upon the vice Chair's. 01:27:34
The City of Pacific Grove provides a memorial bench program for those who have lost loved ones through the support of public works 01:27:38
employees. 01:27:42
These benches describe our community's memories. 01:27:47
On 9/11 I wanted to quote from a bench near Lover's Point. 01:27:50
In memory of Suzanne Kelly, lost in the attack on the Pentagon. 01:27:55
A place of solace and rest it. 01:28:00
Dedicated to the victims and those touched by the. 01:28:04
Of 9/11/2001. 01:28:08
Are there any staff announcements? 01:28:16
Yes, thank you. 01:28:20
Chair Bowie. 01:28:22
We have one announcement as the chair indicated. 01:28:23
There was a resignation to the DEI task force. 01:28:28
And so we do have a vacancy. If you are interested, you can contact my office or you can. 01:28:32
Get a application an application online at my web page. Contact me. I can send you one. 01:28:40
And. 01:28:47
Submit that to my office. Thank you. 01:28:48
Thank you, Clerk DEI, Coordinator, Ken. 01:28:52
Item number 5 is Council liaison announcements. Are there any? 01:28:56
No Council and liaison announcements on behalf of Councilmember P. 01:29:01
Thank you. 01:29:06
Item number six is general public comment. 01:29:08
This is an opportunity for members of the public to comment on any item that is not on the agenda. 01:29:11
That is within the jurisdiction of the City of Pacific Grove and the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. And I should have 01:29:17
mentioned at the beginning, I generally talk a little bit as we make our way through the agenda because there may be some people 01:29:23
who have not been at a city meeting before and this is an opportunity to provide a more inclusive atmosphere so people understand 01:29:29
what's going on. 01:29:34
The task force often receives comments via e-mail between meetings. I want to acknowledge the comments and community interest and 01:29:41
to note that task force members are not able to engage in a dialogue. 01:29:48
Via e-mail. 01:29:55
Comments regarding regular agenda items and that will be the next part of the agenda are heard before the Task force's 01:29:57
consideration of the items. 01:30:02
Each member of the public may comment once per agenda item. 01:30:08
Comments from the public will be limited to 3 minutes and will be received without comment from the task force while public 01:30:12
comment is open. 01:30:16
When public comment is closed, items may be referred to staff for a brief response or follow up. 01:30:22
Comments and statements should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 01:30:30
Public comment is encouraged if it is not disruptive to the meeting the definition of disruptive. 01:30:36
Conduct that actually disrupts, disturbs, impedes, or renders infeasible the orderly conduct of the meeting is found in Government 01:30:42
Code Section 54957. 01:30:49
.95 and also in the Council policy 000-17. 01:30:56
Pursuant to the policy as Chair, if disruptive conduct needs to be addressed, I will warn the individual that their behavior is 01:31:03
disrupting the meeting and that their failure to cease their behavior may result in their. 01:31:10
If the disruption continues, I may confer with city staff, including the city attorney. 01:31:17
Caused the removal of the individual if they do not promptly cease their disruptive behavior or call a. 01:31:23
Comments may be made in person or remotely using Zoom or by phone. 01:31:31
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping lights as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes has ended. 01:31:36
If in person, please come up to the podium one at a time. If joining the meeting by phone, please press star 9 to raise your hand 01:31:45
to. 01:31:49
And star 6 to unmute your. 01:31:54
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person first. 01:31:58
And then remotely. 01:32:04
Welcome. 01:32:21
You have to excuse me, I'm going to read this because I'm rather nervous speaking in front of people. 01:32:35
Before I read this, I just want to mention. 01:32:42
From my understanding, you're supposed to say the Pledge of Allegiance. 01:32:44
These many meetings, and I appreciate in the future that you do that, Mister Davis, can you speak into the microphone, please? 01:32:48
Can you speak into the microphone, please? You don't have to be too close, but can you hear me now better? That's better. Thank 01:32:55
you. 01:32:58
Again, I mentioned before I go into my 3 minutes. 01:33:02
According to the Brown Act and. 01:33:05
Procedure. You're supposed to say the Pledge of Allegiance before these meetings. My name is Richard Davis. 01:33:08
I'm a 6th generation Californian on both sides, Mom and dad. 01:33:14
And my. 01:33:18
Is goes back to the 17th century of Fairfax, VA. 01:33:22
I take particularly. 01:33:28
And people's rights and things like this, because my. 01:33:31
Ancestor George Mason, the 5th, wrote the Bill of Rights. 01:33:36
In his many generations before George Mason, the 1st 1627 came. 01:33:41
To Fairfax, VA. 01:33:48
That's why. 01:33:53
Our nation's. 01:33:54
Deeply embedded in the psyche of my family. 01:33:56
That's the reason I took great offense. 01:33:59
At the recent Chinese apology from our mayor. 01:34:02
On the 29 reasons. 01:34:10
That you felt were egregious. I I read that very carefully, Did my research. 01:34:12
And would like to. 01:34:18
A few of the most egreg. 01:34:20
Well then, many of the false claims in this resolution was that on the evening of May 8th, excuse me, May 16th, 19. 01:34:26
A fire of suspicious origin burned down the Chinese village, which broke out in a barn at the West End of the village at 8:00. 01:34:33
What happened on that pen? 01:34:42
Just a few minutes before that fire was an earthquake. 01:34:45
It was the most powerful. 01:34:49
Of the over 20 months of aftershocks from the Great San Francisco Earthquake. 01:34:51
And this earthquake was estimated 7.9 in the Richter scale, which they didn't have then, but that's what experts of the US. 01:34:56
Estimated ads the San Francisco earthquake. 01:35:05
Of a few weeks before was 8. 01:35:08
That earthquake of. 01:35:11
8:00 PM May 16th was so powerful. 01:35:13
That have changed the course of the salin. 01:35:16
From Salinas to where it is now in. 01:35:20
That's what started the fire. 01:35:24
The Chinese villagers there were. 01:35:27
Mostly fishermen. 01:35:30
They developed the squid fishing at night, which was very clever. They had these big metal lanterns with pitch bark in them. They 01:35:31
used them in their boats to bring up a squid at night as well as. 01:35:37
Their home heat their. 01:35:44
My grandmother witnessed this fire. 01:35:47
She was eight or nine years old at. 01:35:49
She. 01:35:52
And. 01:35:54
Her family. 01:35:57
The Templars and. 01:35:59
Started that town, that area. 01:36:01
Later her. 01:36:04
We're here in. 01:36:06
Pacific Growth. 01:36:08
Thank you. Mr. I'm sorry, you're 3 minutes are up. Well, that was that including the no, it didn't begin until you started your 01:36:11
remarks. 01:36:16
All right, well, I don't really as fast as I should. 01:36:23
You just do your homework on. 01:36:30
Chinese Exclusion Act. We were excluded from China for 50 years. Thank you, Mr. Davis. 01:36:34
Thank you for your remarks. I'll see you next month. 01:36:40
Welcome. 01:36:55
Good evening. Excuse me, My name is Adam De Boer, resident PG. 01:36:57
With the indulgence of the chair, I'd like to speak briefly. 01:37:04
Mammogram. 01:37:07
We've all heard for years from women about how uncomfortable mammograms are and how unpleasant an experience it is to receive one. 01:37:08
I know I've heard more than an earful, but I have to say, in all the times that I've received a mammogram, I have never 01:37:14
experienced that discomfort. All the mammograms I've received have been easy and pleasant. I had 10 finished grandmothers, and not 01:37:19
one of them ever complained to me. 01:37:24
About mammogram. 01:37:30
I asked a woman who graduated from PG High School recently whether she found mammograms uncomfortable, and she wouldn't really get 01:37:32
into the details with me, but she didn't complain either. So I have to say, I don't think there's actually a problem with 01:37:37
mammograms. I don't know what the fuss is all about. 01:37:42
Now of course, all of that was facetious. I don't have the lived experience to have anything to say about mammograms, nor do the 01:37:48
women in my life have any particular reason to be sharing talking with me about the experience, because I have no way to relate to 01:37:53
it. 01:37:58
In the public comments here and before the City Council and even at the EDC, there has been a consistent set of voices talking 01:38:03
about how PG doesn't have any issue with diversity or equity or inclusion. There is no problem here. Everyone is welcome. 01:38:10
Identifying people as belonging to different groups as divisive. E pluribus Unum. 01:38:18
The people saying such things do not have the lived experience to be able to comment on this with any authority whatsoever. 01:38:24
This task force exists to promote the participation of underrepresented communities. 01:38:32
The people saying there is no problem here would do better to listen to and believe what those underrepresented community members 01:38:37
have to say. 01:38:41
Rather than trying to stay for them, saying with absolutely no possible experiential basis that there is no problem here. 01:38:44
E pluribus Unum indeed. 01:38:52
But the one does not erase. 01:38:54
The many need to be. 01:38:57
Thank you. 01:39:00
Thank you. 01:39:02
Thank you. My name is Mike Gibbs, president of Pacific Grove and a member of the Pacific Grove Economic Development Commission. I 01:39:29
am here tonight. 01:39:34
And by the way, Natalie, welcome. To defend the right of anyone to say pretty much anything, there's the Brown Act in the Pacific 01:39:39
Grove Code of Conduct. 01:39:44
But you can say ugly things, and people on this Commission and this task force have. 01:39:50
I would just like to point to. 01:39:56
Recent comments by a member of this task force. 01:39:58
Referred to a member of one of the Commission's and very ugly terms related to ugly historical events. 01:40:01
And it was, that's OK, You can say those kind of things. She also referred to two members of the City Council as lap dogs. 01:40:08
And she impugned the. 01:40:17
Moral character and. 01:40:19
Of a sitting City Council member. 01:40:21
And social media. 01:40:23
But that's OK because our Constitution defends your First Amendment rights to do so. But what I cannot defend is the chairpersons 01:40:25
use of power in the last meeting to cut off the voice of a former City Council member, Dan Miller. 01:40:32
In the middle of. 01:40:39
Without explan. 01:40:41
Without comment. Shut him down. He was. 01:40:43
And she directed the city clerk to push the button and cut him off. I have not had an urgent apology. 01:40:46
From this task force or from this or from the chairperson? 01:40:54
And I think it's pretty egregious that I cannot defend. 01:40:58
That is violation of the Brown Act, violation of common sense, a violation of just common decency. 01:41:03
So, so I'm here. Mr. Miller is not here tonight. I don't know if he's on the line. He made me making a comment. So he was cut off 01:41:10
at one minute and four seconds. 01:41:14
So what I'm going to do is stand. 01:41:20
And give Mr. Miller his time. 01:41:23
And the. 01:41:26
64 seconds to make an. 01:41:27
Well, hearing no apology, the last thing I have to say. 01:42:23
Your power. 01:42:27
Is our. 01:42:28
I believe that's attributed to Desmond Tutu. 01:42:30
Thank you. 01:42:32
Thank you. 01:42:35
Welcome. 01:42:47
My name is Carol Marquardt. I'm a citizen of Pacific Grove. 01:42:50
And I want to. 01:42:55
Our new task force. 01:42:57
And thank you for taking this position. This is a very. 01:43:02
Task force to be part of because I realize you're not dealing with. 01:43:08
You're dealing with some contention here. 01:43:14
I I I do have some problems with the disclaimer at the beginning of the meeting and I appreciate the police officer who is. 01:43:19
Just in case some kind of violence breaks out or some kind of overt A disruptive behavior. But we don't really behave that way in 01:43:27
Pacific Grove. Nobody does. 01:43:33
So in a way that. 01:43:39
Seems. 01:43:42
Invent some kind of disruptive behavior. 01:43:44
And it assumes that anybody that does not agree with the mission of this task force is a hate group. 01:43:48
Or some kind of, you know, radical evangelical group. We are not. We belong here. We live here. Just like you do. 01:43:55
And I do resent being, you know, suggesting that we are gonna misbehave so. 01:44:06
I don't know how much time I have. OK, I have one minute. So we do have this diversity calendar for the year that was talked about 01:44:12
the last meeting. And I wanna mention that we need a day for each of the following people. 01:44:19
Jews. The Holocaust, Black slavery, Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese. The internment camps, Vietnam. 01:44:27
The Naplin. Mexicans. The drug cartels, Ukrainians, Russia, Women, Men. 01:44:36
Foster children, old people, mentally ill homeless people, Palestinians, Kurds, you Kurds, low income people, obese people, queer 01:44:42
people. 01:44:47
But not straight people. Maybe, maybe not. But anyway. 01:44:52
I would appreciate knowing what you're going to do with the diversity calendar. 01:44:57
In I hope you're going to talk about it at this meeting, and I do look forward to a list of. 01:45:02
The disempowered people from a list. 01:45:11
The top list to the bottom list because we have a lot of people who are of protected class and I know that you are here to. 01:45:15
People who are disempowered. So I hope we will go ahead with that list. And I know you had a subcommittee for that. So I'm looking 01:45:26
forward to that. Thank you. 01:45:31
Thank you. 01:45:39
Welcome. Hello. 01:45:55
Welcome. 01:45:57
You're going to be awesome. 01:45:59
My name is Beth Walker and I would like. 01:46:00
Come up and. 01:46:05
Reiterate. 01:46:08
A few things which you obviously know. 01:46:09
The person who was caught off in the last meeting was talking about a different topic than what was on the agenda, if that person 01:46:14
wanted to actually. 01:46:19
The comments he was making, which are completely legitimate, he needed to do so in general public comments and not during the 01:46:25
topic that we were discussing. So the other thing is, is that. 01:46:32
I apologize. 01:46:39
That you had to sit here for 60 seconds thinking that there was gonna be apology. First of all, he knows. 01:46:41
That you can't do that. And he's doing it on purpose. And I'm really. 01:46:48
Thank you. 01:46:56
Clerk Dei Coordinator Kendall seeing no other public comment in person Are there Is there public comment via Zoom or on the phone? 01:47:09
Yes, Chair Inga Lawrence. 01:47:20
Welcome. 01:47:24
Thank you, Chair. 01:47:26
I've been most disheartened the last two weeks. 01:47:30
To hear outspoken members of a protected class DEI class who regularly speak at DEI meetings. 01:47:34
Absolutely vilify me. 01:47:43
At a zoning administration. 01:47:49
As being a self-proclaimed low income senior. 01:47:53
Vilify me for participating in a city government appeal process because I shouldn't have the means. 01:47:59
To do so. 01:48:07
And supposedly I shouldn't participate because I live in a different section of town from the project and rarely leave my house. 01:48:09
This was also done by a person at the City Council public comment portion of their meeting. 01:48:19
And yes, two of them are in attendance tonight, not just the zoning administration. 01:48:26
If this is what is now considered inclusion and equity. 01:48:32
By the self chosen protective classes, I think Pacific Grove and the DEI are worse off than I could imagine. 01:48:38
And yes, low income senior citizens are certainly being discriminated against. 01:48:48
Thank you very much. 01:48:56
Thank you. 01:49:00
Tan Miller. 01:49:04
Welcome. 01:49:07
Yeah, first of all, to the woman that got up, I believe it's Beth Walker. 01:49:09
That wants to vilify me. Let's make it clear. I spent seven years. 01:49:14
On the City Council, I spent three years on the Planning Commission. I've attended close to 500. 01:49:22
Meetings of one kind or another. I know what's on topic and what's not on topic. 01:49:29
But I also know my freedom of speech and whether something wants to be said during my 3 minutes. 01:49:35
The concept that after 30 seconds the chair starts trying to cut me off. And I know there's not going to be an apology because 01:49:43
you're really good at making everybody else apologize for stuff. But when you make a mistake, take away my right of free speech, 01:49:49
which you're sworn in to uphold the Constitution. 01:49:55
When you swear in to be on this task force. 01:50:02
And you obviously did not do that. 01:50:06
So. And anybody who wants to during their 3 minutes, if silence in silent protest, they can stand there. It's been done before, 01:50:09
it'll be done again. And the concept that Miss Walker all of a sudden knows what it is that's acceptable at a meeting and what 01:50:16
isn't. I don't know what her background is, but I haven't seen her on a Commission committee or board. I haven't seen her on City 01:50:23
Council and so at some point in time. 01:50:30
This all has to stop this vilifying of people because they don't fit into what you want. We just saw it with C Monterey. 01:50:38
It's when you start saying we have a. 01:50:46
Asian business people, we have a thing for Hispanic business people. We have a women owned business blog. 01:50:50
Did anybody hear the white guy? 01:50:59
Business owner blog that they have or the specific that they have for them. 01:51:02
And I guess not, because I guess they no longer matter. So this is, it seems to me like it's kind of a let's get even with. 01:51:07
All those guys that we perceive had all this power all over us all these years and. 01:51:15
Again, the concept that you cannot identify with people that have gone through stuff is just absolutely wrong. I was raised 01:51:22
Mormon. 01:51:27
You want to talk about people that were run out of where they lived and stuff, do a little bit of history on that one and see what 01:51:32
happened. So maybe I should start being treated differently because I'm Mormon and I should get a special blog and be looked at 01:51:40
Whatever. I have a business because I'm a Mormon with the business. It's time to move on, Quit pointing out our differences. This 01:51:48
is a melting pot and we should all come together instead of completely all the time talking about our division and differences. 01:51:56
Thank you. 01:52:04
Thank you. I would like to remind everyone in person and online that. 01:52:07
Under public comments, comments are to be addressed to the task force and not to the audience. 01:52:15
Thank you. Do we have another? 01:52:22
Public Comment Online We do chair Heather, Mother's head. 01:52:24
Zen, go see. I apologize if I didn't pronounce that. 01:52:29
Welcome. 01:52:33
Thank you. For many months now I've been trying to find the right words and actions to respond skillfully, constructively and 01:52:36
hopefully to the destructive, harmful and cynical attacks that our beloved Communities Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force 01:52:42
endures over and over and over again. 01:52:49
For many months now, I've been trying to find the right words and actions to express skillfully, constructively and hopefully the 01:52:56
righteous indignation so many of us feel towards the small but determined group that stands diametrically opposed to the important 01:53:01
efforts of DEI and our beloved hometown. 01:53:07
While we are here to work with you towards removing barriers and obstacles in the way of the safe, accessible and inclusive 01:53:14
community for all peoples, particularly those most vulnerable to hate, ignorance, intolerance under representation and 01:53:19
misrepresentation, there are cynical forces in our community intentionally behaving as roadblocks in these meetings and towards 01:53:25
this work. 01:53:31
While those of us who seek liberty and justice truly for all embrace DEI efforts towards truth and reconciliation with populations 01:53:38
historically and actually harmed by municipal codes and discriminatory, degrading, and often dehumanizing practices, some cynical 01:53:44
forces in our hometown seek to center their own narratives alone. 01:53:51
However, misinformed, frequently mistaking fiction for fact, and always centering white dominant, often male voices over all 01:53:57
others. 01:54:02
I know I don't have to tell you, our bravest, most dedicated and dearest members of this task force, how our righteous indignation 01:54:07
feels. But for those among us who don't know, it often feels like the wind has been knocked out of us. It causes shortness of 01:54:14
breath, our hands to tremble, our hearts to race and pound in our ears, and our words to sometimes feel strangled in our throats. 01:54:21
I come today to thank you for your service to our community when the cynical forces want you to believe that you are disposable. I 01:55:04
come here today to celebrate your humanity. Because dei, work is human work. 01:55:09
So thank you for having the courage to face these dehumanizing forces, though I wish you did not have to with your unapologetic 01:55:15
and beautiful humanity. Because you you each speak and represent lived experience that is far closer to the lived experience in my 01:55:21
home and that my family experiences in our hometown. 01:55:27
Than any of those cynical forces with love, support, appreciation and blessings for your safety and protection. Always Heather 01:55:34
Mother's head, Zoom Guzzi. 01:55:38
Thank you. 01:55:45
MRC welcome. 01:55:48
Hi there my. 01:55:53
And my name is Melanie Zaragoza, and I apologize that I can't be there in person, but I'm very pleased to be able to attend via 01:55:55
Zoom, so thank you for having me. 01:56:01
As a young person, a Chicana, and a person who is a part of the LGBTQ plus community, I just want to thank the task force for the 01:56:08
work that they're doing to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. It means so much to me. It means so much to the people I 01:56:14
surround myself with. 01:56:20
And it really is a fantastic path forward to reinvigorate Pacific Grove and ensure that it has a lasting legacy. 01:56:27
Thank you. 01:56:35
Thank you clarity Coleman. 01:56:40
Welcome. 01:56:42
Hello I just wanted to take a moment to thank the DEI Task force for the amazing work that they're doing. 01:56:46
Can you hear me? 01:56:58
Yes, yes. OK. So I just wanted to take a moment to say a heartfelt thank you. 01:57:00
I'm also listening to the variety of public comments and I just want to be a voice of allyship and. 01:57:06
And to encourage us all not to give up doing this good work, we need to do it together in community. 01:57:15
And the task force is taking on things that are really important. 01:57:21
I have. 01:57:26
Been involved in changes in Pacific Grove and I'm going to stay in the conversation. 01:57:28
Because it's really important that the loudest voices are for everyone. 01:57:35
For all of us to be safe in our community. 01:57:40
I yeah. So I just wanted to lend my voice and. 01:57:43
And and there's healing in this work for all of us, including the people who are so afraid to talk about real issues. 01:57:48
There's healing for all of us if we can just open up our hearts. 01:57:56
And get out of the way of our egos. 01:57:59
Cheers to healing our community in the best possible. 01:58:03
Thank you. 01:58:06
Thank you. 01:58:09
I see no further hands online chair. 01:58:11
I will now close general public comment. 01:58:17
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. The vote on the consent agenda 01:58:21
applies to each item unless removed. 01:58:27
Any task force member or member of the public may remove an item for individual consideration. 01:58:32
When items are pulled for discussion, they will be placed at the end of the regular agenda. 01:58:38
One motion shall be made to approve all non removed items on the consent agenda. 01:58:44
Are there any requests by a task force member or the public to remove a consent agenda item? 01:58:50
Seeing none, I would move to approve the consent agenda. Is there a second? 01:59:01
2nd. 01:59:08
Thank you, City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall. May we have a roll call vote? 01:59:09
Yes, chair bully. 01:59:15
I remember. 01:59:18
Aye #5. 01:59:20
Vice Chair Mark. 01:59:24
Motion carries 40 to approve the consent agenda. 01:59:26
Thank you. The the minutes of the August 14th, 2023 regular meeting were approved. 01:59:31
Item number 8A on the regular agenda is an oral report on the DEI Resources web page. 01:59:39
There will first be a brief oral agenda report, then any task force questions. 01:59:46
Then public comment on this agenda item and then task force discussion. 01:59:52
And member Hoops of the Web page subcommittee will provide the report. 01:59:58
Thank you, Chair Bowie. This is going to be a short report out, but I just wanted to give an update and let everyone know that we 02:00:03
are still moving forward working on the Resources web page. I was fortunate to receive the work that the previous subcommittee had 02:00:10
done on this Resources web page and it was substantial. 02:00:16
And so in continuing to. 02:00:25
Umm, gather resources and take a look at that. Always done. I've had some. 02:00:28
Questions come up around making sure that this web page is going to be. 02:00:33
A useful and representative resource for the community. So next step is I have a meeting scheduled with city staff and our IT 02:00:40
department of the city to make sure that we can. 02:00:46
Get those questions answered to move forward toward actually publishing. 02:00:52
That web page. 02:00:57
Thank you. Are there any questions of? 02:01:02
On her report. 02:01:05
We have a time frame. 02:01:11
I'll meet with city staff next week and. 02:01:15
Have a better idea of time frame from there we didn't have a time frame set. 02:01:18
Thank. 02:01:25
Should we? Should we try to create a time frame? 02:01:26
You know for. 02:01:31
You know completion or at. 02:01:34
A draft. 02:01:37
Perhaps after we've heard from the public we could have a little discussion if we'd like to. 02:01:41
It's now time for public comments on the DEI Resources web page. Agenda item comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not 02:01:53
receive Task Force Action. Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time limit lights as a guide. 02:02:00
Comments and statements should be addressed to the task force and not the. 02:02:08
Public comment is encouraged if it is not disruptive to the meeting as the chair. If someone engages in conduct that is 02:02:13
disruptive, I will respond according to the rules of order. 02:02:19
Comments may be made in person or remotely using Zoom or by phone. I will first open public comment on the DEI Resources web page 02:02:25
to members of the public who are present remotely. 02:02:31
Either via zoom or by phone and then to those. 02:02:38
Clerk Dei Coordinator Kendall, Do we have any members of the public present remotely who would like to speak? 02:02:44
I do not see any hands raised. 02:02:52
OK. Thank. 02:02:55
And we'll move it to members of the public in person. 02:02:57
Welcome. Thank you. Mike Gibbons, Assistant of Pacific Grove. This is a. 02:03:10
And thank you for listening to me again. This is an interesting topic. I'm anxious to see what's going to be on the web page. And 02:03:15
I'm not asking a question, but it's my understanding that video recordings. 02:03:22
Made in a task force or board or Commission meeting are not allowed by people in the audience. I'm just making a comment. 02:03:29
OK. I just want that on the record. So the resources web page, I'd like to hear a little bit more about what's on there and you 02:03:38
know, we've talked in the past, I've suggested having public forums or having if you're going to talk to the city staff, I think 02:03:45
the public input would be really helpful. SurveyMonkey. 02:03:51
Something quick you can do on, you know, Google survey or something like that. Give them categories and just prioritize and see 02:03:58
what kind of resources. I'm not sure they're quite. 02:04:02
If they're limited or they're broad, but I would like to suggest 11 resource is, and I've been talking to council member Paduri 02:04:07
about this for a while, but there isn't one place for city staff, the police or any of the mental health. 02:04:15
Public health people to go to find if there is a place for if somebody's homeless, a man or woman is homeless. There really isn't 02:04:25
a resource to consolidate all of these. There's a number of things out there and available, but there is one group that does great 02:04:32
work that totally independent and self funded. It's called I Help. 02:04:39
And it's Interfaith homeless group. It's been around for 30 years. It right now I volunteer in a group. They meet in local 02:04:46
churches every single night. 02:04:52
Is covered for a group of men, separate group of women. It's about 18 men, maybe 8 to 10 women, and they can find a place to have 02:04:58
a dinner. We serve them, cook and serve the meals. Here it's at Wellspring Church Down at Central and 14th. 02:05:05
I serve the meals. We we with the guys, and then the guys clean up. They bring their bed rolls. They sleep in the education 02:05:14
building. We cook, We cook them breakfast or fix them or breakfast and a bag of lunch the next day. 02:05:20
And so they always have a place to sleep, they always have a meal and there is no, there's really no resource. They have a web 02:05:26
page. They're really struggling. Right now. They lost $40,000. 02:05:32
Grant from Montage that went to a north north county to help out with the flooding. 02:05:37
But they could really use some help. But mainly it's a resource. I'd like to see a button, a link that that the police see where 02:05:43
somebody can go look at if we need so many wanders in the City Hall and doesn't have a place to sleep. 02:05:49
Needs a meal. You have to be clean, you have to be sober, and there's also a jobs program if you're clean and sober and have 02:05:56
skills, or if not, they'll train you. If you do, they'll help find a job. So I don't know if that's the kind of thing you would be 02:06:01
considered on, you know, on the resources page, but things like that that are helpful to the community and something on there, 11 02:06:05
words. 02:06:10
One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 02:06:15
Words to live by on your web page. Thank you. 02:06:20
Thank you. 02:06:23
Welcome. 02:06:37
Thank you. Hello, my name is Mari Adams. 02:06:38
My grandparents were immigrants from Mexico. Just thought I'd throw that in there. 02:06:42
For Hispanic. 02:06:48
Thank you for your work on the website and maybe I have a suggestion that maybe one of the items that could be included on the 02:06:52
website would be an explanation of the rules. 02:06:59
That people are allowed to make public comment according to the rules of our state, the Brown Act, and there are further rules on 02:07:06
that, that there is public comment and then there are comments on agendas and not anybody gets to say anything that they want to 02:07:13
under an agenda item. 02:07:19
And it seems that there are some people in the community that are either confused about that or perhaps they just think that the 02:07:26
rules don't apply to them. So maybe you could make that more clear for us. 02:07:31
Thank you. 02:07:37
Thank you. 02:07:40
Seeing no other. 02:07:50
Person's present. I will close public comment and bring this item back to the task force for discussion. 02:07:52
So any. 02:07:59
Chair baby, I do see one hand raised if you'd like to take that online. 02:08:02
Let's see. 02:08:08
I will reopen public comment remotely for this one person and then it will be closed. Thank you. 02:08:12
Lisa Gianni. 02:08:20
Thank you. I apologize. I misunderstood the order in which you were taking public comment. And I just wanted to say that I 02:08:23
appreciate the work that's being done on the resources web page, the DEI resources web page and I appreciate all the work that all 02:08:31
the members of the DEI task force are doing. Thank you. 02:08:38
Thank you and I will close public comment and bring this back to the task force for discussion. 02:08:49
And really any any feedback or any comments for member hoops as she continues the work of the subcommittee? 02:08:56
So my understanding we still need to figure out how. 02:09:06
How to upload the resources onto the website that that's what the conversation with the IT department is going to? 02:09:13
Yes. So that's that's the piece with the IT department is knowing how to load it and because. 02:09:23
So far there suggested different media, different types of media. So how do we? 02:09:30
Upload them. How do we make sure they're available in a Safeway? 02:09:37
Yes, as far as the IT goes. 02:09:43
And are we able just to have a static a static page with links at this time and descriptors? 02:09:46
That may be part of the information she's hoping to write from it. 02:09:56
And did City Clerk Kendall have any? 02:10:02
No, no new input through the chair. 02:10:08
Vice chair, no. There is a web page ready to go and just working out all the details to get to where we want to be. Did I remember 02:10:12
something about templates or was that regarding another? 02:10:19
Meaning. 02:10:27
I do not recall templates. We have worked with the City Attorney for a disclaimer and so that is on the resources web page 02:10:29
already. 02:10:33
But the rest of the details are forthcoming. OK, well, slow and steady wins the race. 02:10:39
OK. 02:10:46
Something that I remember that we had talked about at previous task force meetings was. 02:10:49
Not wanting this to be a static. 02:10:55
You know, web page wanting to have the ability to have those live links. I think the library was one because I think it was 02:10:58
important that a lot of these resources be freely available to the public. So wanting to connect to that, but also our 02:11:04
responsibility as task force members. We've heard a lot from community members since our task force was first inaugurated. People 02:11:10
are interested in finding out about different cultures, different groups. People are interested in finding out about how you talk 02:11:17
about difficult subjects. 02:11:23
And sort of work through things that could be very painful, very conflict ridden. But there's a genuine desire I think in our 02:11:29
community to to find these tools that will help us come together as a more inclusive and a more cohesive community. And so and 02:11:37
also certainly accessibility is something that we've heard about and wanting to make sure the resources are fully accessible. 02:11:45
We've also heard overtime about resources for teens, for children, for parents. 02:11:53
For seniors for SO. As you can see, there's a lot of dimensions to the resources that are like going to be put on this web page. 02:12:02
And then finally, as a task force, we have the responsibility to be curators if you will of our communities curiosity and interest 02:12:11
in helping to guide them. Clearly we're not going to be able to provide comprehensive guides to anything and also everything 02:12:18
changes so quickly. We also want to make sure that on a regular basis the task, once the web pages is up and populated, the task 02:12:26
force has the opportunity to on a regular basis review it and make sure that. 02:12:33
Links are still active and all of those things. 02:12:42
And I also feel that that can be a very challenging activity. 02:12:45
To do at a public meeting to go line by line at a web page. So we will not be doing that. But but it's certainly all of these all 02:12:51
of these parts go into this and I really want to thank member Hoops for being willing to. 02:12:57
Keep carrying this forward into completion and chair I I just can't. 02:13:03
I can't help but think. 02:13:10
Given a. 02:13:14
Given the controversy and given the fact that this is our second term, that perhaps a static would be the first phase, that would 02:13:15
be the way to go and perhaps good is good enough. We we do clearly have a mystique about us around the DEI task force. Given the 02:13:25
fact that we aren't able to have a a back and forth with the community, this would be a way to go ahead and. 02:13:36
Provide information to the community as many many citizens are are misinformed and aren't necessarily understanding of what we're 02:13:47
trying to accomplish so that we can throw some resources, some strong resources out there, at least with. 02:13:56
The click of a hyperlink. 02:14:07
And again, I I also can't help but notice we do have a big drag and breathing down our our necks. 02:14:10
To actually start producing. 02:14:20
And maybe that's just my perception. 02:14:22
Thanks. I think what we're also hearing is sort of the urgency of the work. And yes and and again something else that we've also 02:14:24
heard since the very beginning of this discussion is how is the public going to be able to give input, how can we get information. 02:14:32
We've heard surveys, we've heard certainly public comment at every meeting just about would be an opportunity under general public 02:14:39
comment, but we also wanted to look at other ways. So yes, so any any comments back? 02:14:46
Yeah, I mean. 02:14:55
I just wanted to say. 02:14:55
I'm not going into it opposed to having. 02:14:57
A working web page that we can put information out there. I agree. I want to make sure that as we're. 02:15:01
Putting it up, it's done in a thoughtful way, a representative way. I know one of the things that I ran into in. 02:15:09
Looking at what has been identified and trying to gather resources is understanding that, like chair Bowie said, we may need input 02:15:16
because. 02:15:21
My lived experience is not that. 02:15:26
All of the groups that we are looking to. 02:15:30
Uplift and. 02:15:33
And provide resources about and for on the website. So finding those ways to not only put the information out there, but make sure 02:15:35
that we're able to gather resources from people who may have. 02:15:42
More knowledge about certain resources than we do, I think is really important and all of that will come up. 02:15:50
In my questioning with with city staff as well, so I agree, I think it'd be a good idea to get things. 02:15:57
Out there. I also want to make sure that as we're doing that we're not. 02:16:04
We're not having any out. 02:16:10
Information we're not misrepresenting. We have a pathway for getting to that next. 02:16:12
Phase. 02:16:19
Member Fryberger. 02:16:25
Thank you very much. I think we're moving forward and I imagine we'll have another report soon from the subcommittee. Thank you. 02:16:28
So our next meeting will be October 9th, 2023 at 6:00 PM and I'd like to adjourn the DI Task Force meeting at 7:08 PM. 02:16:38
Thank you. 02:16:48
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All the September 11th, 2023 regular meeting of the City of Pacific Groves Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to order at 00:00:38
6:00 PM. 00:00:43
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 00:00:50
Yes, Chair Billy. Present Vice Chair Mark. 00:00:55
Present Member Hoops. 00:01:00
Present #5. 00:01:02
All are present. 00:01:06
Thank you. 00:01:08
Item number 2 on the agenda is the approval of the agenda. The agenda is the road map for our meeting. It's published online and 00:01:10
available in print at least 72 hours before each meeting so the public has notice of items being considered by the task force. 00:01:18
Item two is an opportunity for any task force members to give any input or pull or ask to rearrange any items on the agenda. 00:01:27
Are there any such? 00:01:36
Then I move to approve the agenda as presented. Is there a second? 00:01:41
Thank you. 00:01:48
City Clerk Dei. Coordinator Kendall, would you please take A roll call vote? 00:01:49
Yes, chair. 00:01:55
I remember. 00:01:57
Aye, Vice Chair. Mark. 00:02:00
Member. 00:02:05
Motion carries 4. 00:02:08
Thank you. 00:02:10
Item number three on the agenda is presentations. Presentations are special informational items to help us with our task force 00:02:12
work or recognitions by staff, a task force member or guest. 00:02:19
No task force discussion or public comment will be taken. 00:02:26
This evenings presentation will be by Jennifer Johnson, Vice President of Operations from C Monterey, which was formerly known as 00:02:31
the Monterey County Convention and Visitors Bureau. 00:02:37
And I believe Miss Johnson is going to be joining us by. 00:02:44
Good evening. Can you hear and see me? 00:02:49
Excellent. Thank you so much for inviting me to give a brief presentation this evening. I am Jennifer Johnson. I've been with 00:02:54
formerly MCCVB and because of the acronym, we're in the process of changing our name to C Monterey. That is our website, 00:03:01
cmonterey.com and that is how most of our community knows us. So we're going through the process of rebranding and. 00:03:09
Changing our name over. So that's what we're using now. I've been with the organization 12 years now I. 00:03:18
Got here in 2012, so 11. 00:03:26
We are a I'm going to I Can I share my screen now? Is that OK? I have a little brief presentation for you. 00:03:30
Can you see my presentation? 00:03:41
Yes, I'm sorry, your face has just gotten very small on my screen, so I'm not sure. 00:03:45
Yes, we can see it. OK. Excellent. Thank you. All right. 00:03:52
We're changing our name to see Monterey. 00:03:59
Some of you may or may not know us as an organization. We are A501C6. 00:04:02
Non profit corporation. So we're not a charitable organization, but we do exist for the benefit of our destination. And about 18 00:04:07
months to two years ago, we started a strategic planning process where we invited the community through input sessions. We held 00:04:15
town halls, We did specific interviews with leaders in the community, both business and the private sector and in government. And 00:04:23
we did a survey where we had over 300 representatives from the community weigh in on who we are as an organization. 00:04:31
And all of that culminated into our new vision and mission, which are very much community based. It's our vision that what we do 00:04:39
as an organization enriches Monterey County's economic vitality and our quality of life as residents. 00:04:47
And our mission is to generate community prosperity for our county. We are a county wide organization through the responsible 00:04:55
promotion and growth of our tourism economy. That includes our visitors and all of our direct and indirect businesses. Many, many 00:05:01
of them are family owned and operated in our destination and are not large chains. We outline who are, who we are as an 00:05:07
organization and what we value and in alignment with. What we're here to talk about tonight is our diversity, equity and inclusion 00:05:13
commitment. 00:05:20
As an organization individually, as team members and as a whole, including our Board of Directors, we crafted our commitment 00:05:27
together so that our team and board can all live and breathe our commitment, not just put it on paper or on our website. 00:05:34
It's used throughout all of our document documentation, both in governance and in human resources and relations. We're committed 00:05:42
to ensuring that all team members feel welcome and have an equal opportunity to connect, belong and grow. We encourage our team 00:05:49
members to contribute to the organization, to the hospitality industry, to advance their skill sets, and to be comfortable and 00:05:56
confident as their authentic selves within the framework of professional guidelines that we as a team have established. 00:06:04
One of the things we did last spring, we've done several, but I'm showing you this one last spring as this particular photo shoot 00:06:14
included the City of Pacific Grove. So we refreshed our image assets and our library that we use in our marketing and 00:06:19
communications. 00:06:25
Programs and as you can see our, sorry the cover slide, I'm going to go back to just very briefly. This is one of the decks that 00:06:32
we use in our meetings industry. 00:06:37
So we have two consumer buckets that our organization targets basically and they are group business and leisure travelers and this 00:06:42
is one of the decks that we use all inspired for our meetings industry. 00:06:49
But when it comes to our marketing communications, our imagery is so very important because that's what connects to our potential 00:06:58
customers and our repeat customers and our visitors and meetings businesses see those images and that's what drives the demand and 00:07:04
the desire to come to our destination. So we ensure that our images are inclusive of the diversity of our destination both in 00:07:11
Group business and as leisure markets. 00:07:18
In alignment with diversity, equity and inclusion and excessive accessibility, many organizations or the task force like yours 00:08:08
include accessibility as a part of DEI. And we have also layered it into what we do. We create blogs, we create web pages and 00:08:15
content, and then we push those out through our social channels of Instagram, Facebook. You'll see some things on TikTok Reels and 00:08:23
other platforms like that. 00:08:30
Where our content is shared, liked, commented on, and truly appreciated honestly by our consumers who see the information that we 00:08:38
share. 00:08:43
These are just an example. As I said, this is just a very brief overview, but we also did a photo shoot of South County. We have 00:08:49
other areas of diversity that we promote. These are just a sampling of some of the images we wanted to share with you today. Then 00:08:56
I'm going to drill down in some examples specific to accessibility. 00:09:03
If you were to Google, not Google, but do a search on cmonterey.com for words like wheelchair accessible. Some of the web pages 00:09:10
that come up are the things to do in Pacific Grove. Your content is very what we call SEO friendly. So we're using great keywords 00:09:18
that are in alignment with the assets that you have and accessibility is one of them. That potential visitors can easily access 00:09:26
information so that they know that there is. 00:09:33
A trail that is accessible by wheelchairs throughout Pacific Grove. 00:09:42
Right there on the beach, you get the best views. 00:09:47
Some of our other diversity content includes blogs that we created both last year and this year. We did a Hispanic owned business 00:09:51
businesses in Monterey County and API owned businesses and a black-owned businesses in Monterey County. We used examples from many 00:09:58
different jurisdictions within the county because as again we are county wide. But some that I want to do to be aware of that we 00:10:05
did highlight not just through the blog but through social media posts. 00:10:12
Where we got additional engagement from visitors, where Edison and Melrose, the romesh and company. So it's not just tourism based 00:10:19
whenever we do a diversity blog, but there are other businesses like a skin care store that is normally not traditionally visitor 00:10:28
based but is definitely recognizable as a minority owned business. 00:10:36
We also did a wonderful campaign for women owned businesses in Monterey County back in March and these included highlights for 00:10:46
Lucy's on Lighthouse, the Wild Fish, Edison and Melrose again and the Monterey Bay Meditation Studio. So again, just a sampling, 00:10:53
it's something that we infuse throughout our messaging as an organization. We are always aware of how we represent the 00:11:00
destination. 00:11:06
And I just wanted to say once again thank you for the opportunity to share just a a sprinkling and give you a visual of how how we 00:11:14
represent Pacific growth specifically from ADEINA perspective. I'd like to end the presentation with a request and and an open 00:11:23
door welcome for any additional suggestions you have for content that you'd like to see changed or modified on the Pacific Rd. 00:11:31
Landing pages. We're going through the process now of rebranding our website. You saw in the blog images the new. 00:11:40
Font and imagery that we're using. So we do ask for input from the community at every level of our organization, Marketing, PR, 00:11:49
Business development, community relations. I can be your point of contact or if you go onto our website, seemonterey.com. 00:11:57
Under members, you'll see our team and the entire list of all of us here at Sea Monterey. 00:12:05
Thank you. 00:12:11
Thank you, miss. 00:12:14
We'll go on with our. 00:12:20
And item number four is task force and staff announcements. 00:12:22
City related items only. 00:12:27
Are there any announcements from the task force? 00:12:30
Doctor Natalie Freiberger Member Freiberger. 00:12:38
I'd like to briefly introduce myself. Today's my first meeting. I was welcomed and sworn in on Friday. 00:12:42
I am Monterey, locally born and bred. 00:12:51
I was born to a family of. 00:12:56
War refugees from EU. 00:12:58
English is my second language. We spoke Russian at home. My father taught at DLI. 00:13:03
And I went on to major in Russian and come back to the Monterey Peninsula. 00:13:08
To teach at DLI as well. 00:13:14
Moved to Pacific Grove in 1980, so I've been here for a few years. 00:13:17
My husband and I My husband worked at Pebble Beach Company for a while. We raised two children here and while working at DLI, I 00:13:24
worked in a number of capacities. I left the classroom after about 15 years and went into administration. 00:13:32
Faculty training and got interested and involved in the field of intercultural communication, which has a lot of overlap with 00:13:41
diversity, equity and inclusion. 00:13:46
So my interests are very much around inclusion. 00:13:53
How we help each other to feel like we belong in a location. 00:13:58
And I. 00:14:04
Very excited and honored to be serving on the task force. 00:14:07
Thank you. 00:14:14
Thank you. 00:14:16
Welcome. We're so lucky to have you. 00:14:20
That incredible resume, your accomplishments, and your willingness to be here. Thank you. 00:14:24
First of all, I'd like to acknowledge September 11th. 00:14:32
And. 00:14:37
And recognition and remembrance of that day. 00:14:40
Also, I'd like to appeal to our better angels and stop and think about how 9/11 has impacted us in terms of DI. 00:14:46
And the opportunities to get to know other cultures. 00:14:59
For better or worse, it gave us. 00:15:07
A different sense the the world changed for us that day. Moving on, I went to marinas, Martin Luther King sculpture unveiling this 00:15:12
weekend and it was phenomenal. 00:15:20
I hope you will take the time to go out and see the sculpture. 00:15:29
It's it's impressive. 00:15:33
And I hope that their efforts for. 00:15:36
For diversity and equity and inclusion will reverberate out here to Pacific Grove, and I'm sure they will. 00:15:41
Lastly, I attended the via Zoom the Board of Education, PG Board of Education, last meeting and. 00:15:51
And heard all of the efforts they have been making for the last two years for cultural proficiency. 00:16:00
I was a very, very vocal critic. 00:16:08
To their lack of efforts. 00:16:12
And they have really, really inspired me and frankly I think we are not doing enough and I hope that we can do more to inform the 00:16:16
community and. 00:16:22
And inform ourselves, so thank. 00:16:30
Thank you, Vice chair. 00:16:37
I want to acknowledge the resignation of member Coral Barrett. We wish them all the best in the future and, of course, welcome 00:16:39
member Freiburger, appointed on September 6th by the Council. 00:16:44
Also at the September 6th meeting, the Council recognized Hispanic Heritage Month, which begins September 15th and goes until 00:16:50
October 15th. 00:16:55
The first settlers in our area, long after the indigenous people, were from Spain and Mexico for almost 250 years. Our area was 00:17:00
under Spanish and then Mexican rule. 00:17:06
This month is a time to acknowledge the many contributions from the food raised for our table to the centuries old Spanish names 00:17:12
of Pacific Grove streets and landmarks. 00:17:17
And celebrate the diverse cultures and extensive histories of the American, Hispanic and Latina Latino experience. 00:17:23
As we have heard, businesses in Pacific Grove recognize inclusion and diversity into their workforce, training, local and visitor 00:17:32
promotion. I want to note recent chamber announcements that included A score, a Service Corps of retired executives workshop on 00:17:39
alternative funding opportunities for Hispanic owned businesses, a harassment, discrimination and retaliation prevention training 00:17:46
that was entitled to respecting diversity. 00:17:53
And many fall community opportunities that are going to be available to enjoy different foods, music for all ages. 00:18:01
Also celebrating diversity is the Pacific Grove Public Libraries High School History Essay Contest, open to all current high 00:18:10
school students residing in PG. 00:18:15
The writing prompt is, and I quote the modern community of Pacific Grove has emerged from a blend of cultures, languages and 00:18:20
traditions of indigenous people, others and immigrants from Africa, the Americas, Asia, the British Isles. 00:18:29
The European continent, the Mediterranean basin and beyond, who lived, worked and played here. 00:18:37
Write an essay of 1000 to 3000 words on any aspect of the history of one or more of these cultures and how they are reflected in 00:18:44
today's Pacific Grove. I'll note the first prize is $1000, with two honorable mentions of $500 each, and the deadline to enter is 00:18:51
October 31st, 2023. 00:18:58
And following upon the vice Chair's. 00:19:06
The City of Pacific Grove provides a memorial bench program for those who have lost loved ones through the support of public works 00:19:10
employees. 00:19:14
These benches describe our community's memories. 00:19:19
On 9/11 I wanted to quote from a bench near Lover's Point. 00:19:22
In memory of Suzanne Kelly, lost in the attack on the Pentagon. 00:19:27
A place of solace and rest it. 00:19:32
Dedicated to the victims and those touched by the. 00:19:36
Of 9/11/2001. 00:19:40