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New items cannot be added to the agenda, but item 2 provides the task force with an opportunity to review the agenda for any 00:01:00
changes. 00:01:04
Seeing none, I move to approve the agenda as presented. Is there a second? 00:01:10
I second. 00:01:16
Thank you. 00:01:18
City Clerk Dei Coordinator Kendall, Do we need to take A roll call vote for the approval of the agenda? 00:01:22
Yes, you can do roll call or you can do. 00:01:28
You can call the roll call yourself, but I you know we can do it either way, yes, if you could, please call. 00:01:33
Cherbourg I remember Danae. 00:01:41
Aye, Vice Chair Feiberger. 00:01:44
Aye motion carries 301 with Secretary hoops absent. 00:01:46
Thank you. Item number three on the agenda is presentations. Informational presentations help us with our work and also provide 00:01:51
information for the public. We have some queries out, but there is no presentation scheduled for tonight. 00:01:58
Item number four is task force and staff announcements for city related items only. 00:02:06
Are there any task force announcements? 00:02:12
Other than that, March is Women's History Month. 00:02:22
In March here and I want to acknowledge that. 00:02:27
Thank you. I have a few announcements, and in my announcements I try to recognize the underrepresented people, groups, 00:02:32
communities, histories and activities in Pacific Grove. 00:02:37
To those who celebrate Ramadam Kareem. 00:02:43
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Pacific Grove has been the home of the Gateway Centre of Monterey County for 00:02:47
70 years and their services have been provided to generations of community members and their families. 00:02:54
And in recognition of Woman's History Month in March, the Pacific Grove Public Library is holding a daring Happiness Poetry and 00:03:02
Cake event on Friday, March 22nd at 5:30 PM. 00:03:08
And a Sylmar Conference Grounds is hosting their annual Women's History Month event all day on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM 00:03:15
to 4:00 PM. 00:03:19
These events and more represent the diversity of our community and can be found on the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Calendar 00:03:24
of Events. 00:03:28
Are there any staff announcements? 00:03:34
No staff announcements, chair. 00:03:37
Thank you. Item number 5 is council liaison announcements. Are there any council liaison announcements? 00:03:40
Yes, chair. 00:03:47
Councilmember Pediri is not here tonight, but he asked me to make the following announcement in last week's council meeting. The 00:03:49
city has taken the first a step towards changing its at large voting system. 00:03:55
To a by district voting system. For City Council elections, the city will issue an RFP. 00:04:01
For a demographer to study demographics and present council with a report thereafter. 00:04:08
Thank you. 00:04:14
Thank you. 00:04:18
Item number six is general public comment. 00:04:21
Members of the public may comment on any matter subject to the jurisdiction of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force that 00:04:24
is not on the agenda. 00:04:28
Comments from the public are limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. 00:04:33
Once public comment is closed, matters may be referred to staff for response or a follow up. 00:04:39
Public comment should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 00:04:45
Under the Brown Act. 00:04:51
Public comments for matters on the agenda must relate to that agenda item. 00:04:52
And public comments for matters not on the agenda must relate to the subject matter jurisdiction of this legislative body. 00:04:57
This is a warning that if a member of the public attending this meeting remotely or in person, violates the Brown Act by failing 00:05:05
to comply with these requirements of the Brown Act, then the chair may request that the speaker be muted. 00:05:11
If a member of the public attending this meeting in person engages in disruptive behavior that disturbs the orderly conduct of the 00:05:19
meeting, they may be removed from the meeting after a warning pursuant to Council Policy 000-17. 00:05:27
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping lights or countdown as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes has 00:05:36
ended. 00:05:40
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person. 00:05:45
Welcome. 00:05:58
Chair boy and task force members, my name is Mike Gibbs. I'm a member of the Economic Development Commission. I'm speaking. 00:06:02
On my own behalf and thank you for this opportunity. 00:06:09
I've been thinking a little bit about words and. 00:06:13
You know, sort of how we get along in the culture. And somebody said to me once, words matter. 00:06:16
Was like equity, equality, white supremacy. 00:06:21
Interpretations are so crazily different from one person to the next. 00:06:25
I've found out that some people confuse equity with equality, and we all remember that, Jefferson wrote. 00:06:30
In the Declaration of Independence. 00:06:36
We hold these truths to be self-evident. 00:06:38
That all men are created equal. 00:06:41
Endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights. 00:06:43
Among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 00:06:46
So that means a little bit something different today. It's somewhat controversial in some quarters if you read that quote from 00:06:50
the. 00:06:54
Declaration. 00:06:57
I was around in 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed. 00:07:00
I was working shortly thereafter as an EEOC Officer, Equal Appointment Opportunity Officer. 00:07:04
And our job was to enforce. 00:07:10
The law at that point didn't matter who you were, what you stood for. Everything was treated equal and and fair. Equity today, I 00:07:12
think, means something a little bit different. I haven't quite figured it out, like running a race and somebody gets a head start. 00:07:19
But my concept of equity is when you've invested in a house or stock in a company, or what you put into a new job or your or your 00:07:26
family. 00:07:30
Oxford Dictionary dictionary refers to equity as representing any legal sense all. 00:07:35
That is fair and impartial, and I kind of wish it was. 00:07:41
That way today. 00:07:44
Because it's taking a different tone. 00:07:45
And a cultural perspective. One phrase I wish would go away was white supremacy. It brings raw, uncensored emotion on all sides. 00:07:48
And for what purpose? To divide and judge, I don't know. I can't help but remember a small irony in a book. 00:07:56
By hometown guy Ben Jealous. 00:08:03
Where he mentions that suicides in men, white men. 00:08:06
Over the age of 55 exceeds the murders of young black men between the age of 16. 00:08:10
And 25 what means supremacy now? 00:08:15
Among those two groups. 00:08:19
I met I'm. 00:08:21
Confounded by the use of words today. Too much history, too much pain. Maybe we should just keep it simple. 00:08:23
In the words of Archbishop Desmond. 00:08:29
When asked how people can find joy, he said. 00:08:31
Joy, it's how we're. 00:08:35
Who are made to be compassionate? 00:08:37
Our ultimate joy is when we seek to do good. 00:08:39
For others, words matter. 00:08:42
How about we start with joy? 00:08:45
Thank you very much. 00:08:46
Thank you. 00:08:49
Welcome. 00:08:59
The Constitution did or the declaration of. 00:09:04
Independence. Sorry, Beth Walker. 00:09:06
Sorry, Beth Walker. 00:09:09
Yes, all men are created equal, but it's all free men and it's only men. Otherwise you are only counted as 2/3. 00:09:15
So. 00:09:24
It's not really. 00:09:25
Translated into today's environment. 00:09:27
The other thing is that white supremacy is on the rise in this country. 00:09:30
All there are many. 00:09:35
Groups who believe that. 00:09:37
Only white men. 00:09:40
Should be ruling. 00:09:42
This is evident in many of the laws that are being overturned by the Supreme Court, namely Roe V Wade. 00:09:44
Because. 00:09:53
It is also evident in all of the uprisings across the country. People like the Proud Boys, like the Three Percenters. If you go on 00:09:55
their websites or listen to any of their rallies, they will flat out say that only white men. 00:10:05
Should be here and should be in charge. That is white supremacy. I don't understand how we can think that it's not back and in 00:10:14
full force and needs to be rebuked. 00:10:21
Thank you. 00:10:29
Thank you. 00:10:31
Welcome. Thank you, Chairman Bowie. Thank you, Chairman Bowie. My name is Carol Marquardt. 00:10:39
I I missed the beginning of the meeting. I was late today, but I don't know if you said the Pledge of Allegiance. 00:10:48
But I know that you have mentioned celebrations like Gay Pride and the Chinese New Year in Black History, and this is the month of 00:10:56
the Woman, and that's great. But you also have to remember that Pacific Grove was a Methodist retreat at one time. 00:11:04
And we have about 36 churches. 00:11:12
And there's Unitarian and Methodist and Catholic, and I think there's the spiritual awakening church down the street. But they're 00:11:15
all biblically based in some reason. 00:11:20
And I think it would be great if you could honor Christian celebrations as well, because that's part of our history in this town. 00:11:26
I hope that you're not trying to simply negate the history of this town or degrade it. I hope that you will be inclusive of the 00:11:35
history of this town as well. 00:11:39
I don't know if you declined about public comments are encouraged if it is not disruptive that general announcement, I hope that 00:11:45
you are not continuing to do that because it was written up in the Monterey Herald that people do object to it and do find a fence 00:11:51
that they are disruptive or violent or there's some kind of mob out here. And I mean obviously you can look behind you and see 00:11:58
that's not true. Thank you. 00:12:04
Thank you. 00:12:13
No other public comment in person. Is there any members of the public present remotely who would like to speak? 00:12:19
I do have one hand raised Inga, Lawrence, and Deimer. 00:12:25
Welcome. 00:12:28
Thank you. 00:12:31
One of the things that's really nice that I hope you really caught because it's gonna figure right into your metrics and 00:12:33
everything else, is that we are hiring a demographer. 00:12:38
Because of this moving to district, I mean, it's going to be. 00:12:44
Cheaper to go along with it than to fight it and hopefully get the council members down to five to be. I mean 4-5 because we 4 00:12:49
districts is all we can handle. We couldn't demographically do it into. 00:12:58
6 districts for seven members still. So that'll all be coming through. But the very good thing is that we're hiring a demographer 00:13:07
who will come in and do most of the metrics. That's kind of in your work plan for you, which is a very good thing. And then you 00:13:17
can build upon that. And I know it's a slow process, but we're moving there and to see where everybody does live and how many. 00:13:26
Areas have how many people in them and what they consist of and socioeconomic too, and it's it's going to be a very good thing and 00:13:37
I'm pleased that the council has taken this action. 00:13:43
You know, whether they were forced to or not. 00:13:50
By LULAC It's fine because we're headed there and this will give us some very, very good information. So. 00:13:53
I hope you've really taken that to note. 00:14:02
Thank you very much. 00:14:05
Thank you. 00:14:08
No other hands. 00:14:10
Thank you. I'll now close general public comment. 00:14:12
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. 00:14:16
Members of the task force, staff and public may remove an item from the consent agenda. 00:14:22
Any item removed for discussion will be moved to the end of the agenda. 00:14:27
Have there been any item removal requests? 00:14:31
See. I see no hands raised online chair. 00:14:38
Seeing none, is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? 00:14:47
I moved to approve the consent agenda. Is there a second? I second? 00:14:55
Secretary Dei Coordinator Kendall, will you please take A roll call vote? 00:15:00
Vice Chair Fryberger. 00:15:08
Aye, remembering. 00:15:10
Aye, Chair, Billy, Aye. 00:15:13
Motion carries 301 secretary hoops absent. 00:15:16
Thank you. The February 12th, 2024 minutes of the DEI Task Force have been approved. 00:15:20
Item number 8A on the regular agenda is a recommendation that the task force approve a capital improvement project or CIP 00:15:28
submittal. 00:15:32
Done by the chair before the March 20th deadline. 00:15:38
I'll provide a brief presentation, then there will be time for task force questions, then public comment on this item, then task 00:15:41
force discussion and action. 00:15:46
At our last meeting, after public comment and task force discussion, the task force selected the resubmittal of the Walkway of 00:15:51
Remembrance project that is extending the presentation of Chinese history along the site of the former Chinese village. 00:15:59
By adding new boulders with informative plaques between the recreation trail and the Hopkins Marine Station. 00:16:07
This project was previously submitted 2 years ago, but it was not moved forward, recommended or approved. 00:16:13
Other suggestions made by the public and task force at that time and over the past meetings have included an inclusive playground 00:16:21
signage or plaques around the city recognizing underrepresented groups and historic events. 00:16:28
Most recently I received questions about what is an inclusive playground. 00:16:36
According to the National Recreation and Parks Association, which is the National Parks and Recreation Group, it is a playground 00:16:41
that goes beyond the minimal ADA Americans with the Disabilities Act requirements that of course, any city is required to meet. 00:16:47
That's looking at slope, looking at ramps, things like that. And it's to really go beyond that to positively answer 3 questions 00:16:54
for young people with disabilities. 00:17:01
Can I get there? 00:17:08
Can I play and can I stay? 00:17:10
And in the recreation world, can I get there involves sort of what sort of access is available? 00:17:13
To people with differing abilities, can I play is what sort of equipment is available and how is it presented? And then finally, 00:17:20
can I stay? Are there restrooms? What sort of facilities are there so that somebody can actually choose to spend some time there? 00:17:27
And there are two examples in Monterey County. Tatum's Garden in Salinas is one and one recently opened in Soledad, the city of 00:17:34
Soledad Orchard Lane Park. And I would also note that. 00:17:41
They are the only two inclusive playgrounds in Monterey County as of this time. Tatum's Garden actually has a foundation and 00:17:49
they're looking at putting a third one in Carmel Valley, so that is possibly underway. So anyway, some background about inclusive 00:17:54
playgrounds. 00:17:59
So at this point the sort of the selection of a past years project from the task force is what was discussed at the past meeting. 00:18:06
But I did want to make sure that we have another opportunity to take a look and see if there's anything else that the task force 00:18:13
would like to propose and bring forward. 00:18:19
And this is the time now for any questions from the task force. And then we'll go out for public comment and then we'll have a 00:18:26
discussion and a decision about what we'll do. 00:18:31
OK. 00:18:37
We'll have a chance to go through this process every year, so. 00:18:53
All right. OK. 00:19:00
Great. Then we will move into public comment. 00:19:02
And comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item, which has to do with the Task Force Capital Improvement CIP. 00:19:07
Proposal and should be addressed to the Task Force, not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive 00:19:17
Task Force action. Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I 00:19:23
will respond according to Council policy. 00:19:29
And now I will open public comment on the CIP project recommendation to members of the public present remotely. 00:19:36
And there are none. 00:19:46
I will now open public comment on the CIP project recommendation to those in person. 00:19:49
Welcome. I'm sorry, Chair. We do have one online caller. I apologize. 00:19:54
My confusion there. 00:20:00
Inga, Lawrence and Deimer. 00:20:01
Welcome. 00:20:04
Thank you very much. I just wanted to remind you all to turn your microphones on and speak into them. I have no problem with care 00:20:06
buoy but. 00:20:09
The other please do. Thank you. 00:20:14
Thank you. 00:20:20
I'll now open public comments on the CIP project recommendation to those in person. 00:20:22
Welcome. 00:20:27
Sure. 00:20:31
Yes. 00:20:36
And. 00:21:08
And she's struggling a little bit. 00:21:23
Also I think. 00:21:34
And this? 00:21:45
And they were stationed here. 00:22:06
Because of their teamwork. 00:22:29
It was that there's still a group out there. We would love to support this if you all could. 00:22:33
I think it's a great project to get everybody behind. It's got all kinds of. 00:22:56
Other you know. 00:23:00
Like housing in Pacific Rd. I think left and right. 00:23:07
In Congress, he's behind it, and I think we could give him here. I can't promise that. 00:23:16
Thank you. 00:23:36
Seeing no one else in person, is there a need up? I'll close public comment for those in person, Is there a need to reopen it 00:23:40
remotely? It appears we have a couple of hands raised, Councilmember Coletti. 00:23:47
I will reopen public comment for those remotely then welcome. Thank you, Sandra. The the podium microphone is not active, so a 00:23:53
record of the comments is not being created. Thank you. 00:23:58
Thank you. Thank you. 00:24:04
OK, I think that must have been what other pans may have been trying to say, because I have no more, no further hands. 00:24:12
Thank you. 00:24:19
Is there anyone else remotely who'd like to make a public comment? 00:24:23
No other. 00:24:30
No. So I will now close public comment for those remotely. 00:24:34
Like DI Coordinator Kendall, is there any procedure for if we do have equipment failure or glitch such as that? No, I'm I'm not 00:24:45
aware of any any specific written procedure, but you could have the member of the public. 00:24:53
Have his say and once again, if you'd like that on the record. 00:25:02
OK. And does it, did it sound as though this was been the case for the entire meeting or no, I think it was just that microphone 00:25:05
was turned off. OK. So, all right, so. 00:25:12
I will reopen public comment in person, so this is an unusual circumstance where we have both. 00:25:19
Public comment open, closed, open, closed. But we want to make sure that they do have the speaker does have a chance to be on the 00:25:25
record. So I will reopen public comment for those in person and it is also I will permit Mr. Gibbs to provide his comment again so 00:25:30
that it can be placed into the record. 00:25:36
Thank you, Chair. And just a reminder to all, if the light is on, the microphone is off. Sometimes that's confusing, but it is on. 00:25:42
You're OK now to speak, Mr. Gibbs. 00:25:47
It's on right now. Thank you. 00:25:52
Thanks for giving me what's going with us again, I'm not going to go over the art abilities you have this. My only comment and 00:25:54
I'll keep it shorter is that I think that the. 00:25:59
A plaque or some memorial for the 54th Coast Artillery Regiment that was stationed here during World War 2. 00:26:05
Is a is a chance? 00:26:12
For everybody in Pacific Grove to work together. 00:26:16
Like I said, it's got. 00:26:20
Opinions on how we got to this point? The mayor read a proclamation. I won't have it right here, but I won't read it again. 00:26:22
Jimmy Panetta, or a congressman, was good enough to read it on the floor of the House. We wrote it and he rewrote it and read it. 00:26:29
It was outstanding. 00:26:32
For anybody that would like a copy, I have the video. 00:26:36
Of Panetta. I have the of course. The video of the mayor is available on the city website. 00:26:40
So I think it's just a chance to get together and honor. 00:26:45
One of the most outstanding artillery units that we had. 00:26:49
We were honored to have these guys here and they were selected because they were the top unit that was able to to operate. This 00:26:54
machinery is brand new. Nobody had ever done it before. Extremely hard work was an 8 man team and they were able to do it better 00:26:59
and faster and more accurately than anybody else and for that. 00:27:05
And their dedication and patriotism. We should recognize them all together. 00:27:11
Answer, but we thank you for that. Another chance to do that. Appreciate it. 00:27:15
Thank you. 00:27:19
Welcome. Thank you. I'm going to say what I said for the general public comment since it wasn't recorded. 00:27:29
Excuse me for one second. 00:27:37
I'd like to check with our staff and just see if it wasn't recorded. 00:27:40
It was just testing 1-2 three. It was just Mr. Gibson, we heard your comment. Thank you. 00:27:44
Thank you. 00:27:51
Seeing no other public comment, I will now close public comment. 00:27:56
And if I if I may just check in with CLERK dei coordinator Kendall. What we are doing now is we are. 00:28:01
Going to be voting on a proposed CIP project from the DEI Task Force to be included with the other projects that are being 00:28:09
proposed from other boards, commissions and committees to then be reviewed by staff, potentially costed out and then brought 00:28:17
forward by staff to be reviewed by the City Council. 00:28:25
Is that correct? That's the process that we're going through. Yes. The submission is done directly by the by a member of your task 00:28:33
force. And so you could include that in your discussion. And yes, that is the process I. 00:28:41
The Once all of the projects are collected, they are reviewed by and all of. 00:28:49
Maybe three or four, and then a list is provided to the council of proposed CIP. Projects on a list of all the others are also 00:28:57
provided to the City Council and ultimately at a City Council discretion as to which move forward. 00:29:05
Thank you. Yes. And then at this point, there's no budget for any, any CIP item that then becomes a part of the city's. 00:29:14
Alongside the city's operating budget for the council to be to then review the projects and then to be approved. 00:29:23
Correct. I did hear the question from a member of the public with regards to. 00:29:29
ADEI. 00:29:36
Budget and there isn't a specific DEI or any board. 00:29:40
Budget It's it's the budget of the council. 00:29:44
Thank you. Appreciate that. And my final question would be having looked at the past year's CIP approved projects, they tend to be 00:29:47
primarily capital projects, things that are. 00:29:53
Built or things that are repaired or buildings and roads and facilities and things like that. Is that is that correct a 00:30:01
characterization? Yes. OK. 00:30:06
Yes, and they usually. 00:30:11
I believe, I believe there's there's a $5000 and I don't know, I don't believe it's a cap, but there is a. 00:30:15
I won't even say that because I'm not entirely sure, but there there's something along the lines of at least $5000 for these 00:30:24
projects to be reviewed. That's right. And if I had brought my agenda report from last month, I think all that information was was 00:30:29
provided in that, yes. 00:30:33
Yes. So it is. And it's an annual process that the City Council goes through in terms of deciding what physical improvements to be 00:30:39
made, I guess. 00:30:44
I know I will now bring it back to the task force for discussion. 00:30:50
Yes. Remember Denny? Yeah, I don't. I don't really have anything to answer that. 00:30:59
Vice Chair Freiburg. 00:31:07
I just would like to clarify as we vote to. 00:31:09
Bring something forward the. 00:31:13
What we had discussed. 00:31:15
Was the addition to the. 00:31:17
Trail the walkway of remembrance, and that's what we're voting on specifically that. 00:31:20
That eats, yes. So that was what was selected by the task force by sort of consensus at our last meeting. But this is an 00:31:26
opportunity if there's anything else that a task force member would like to propose. 00:31:31
Because the one thing I will note is this would be basically resubmitting a project that had been submitted and did not make it to 00:31:39
the recommendation list or to the approval list. So it's. 00:31:45
So there is that. 00:31:52
Right. Thank you. OK. 00:31:54
Seeing no other discussion, is anyone ready to make a motion? 00:32:00
Yes, I make a motion that we approve the. 00:32:07
The capital improvement. 00:32:11
I'm not sure exactly how to word it, but. 00:32:13
Yeah. Is it the one? It's so that you'd like to. 00:32:16
Approve a capital improvement project for. 00:32:20
The one that was selected last time? The walkway. Yes, yes, I would. Thank you. OK, All right. 00:32:27
So motions, yeah, motion's been made, and I second the motion. 00:32:33
With no further discussion, now that we have a motion and a second I. 00:32:40
Clerk DI Coordinator Kendall, May we have a roll call vote? 00:32:45
Yes, member Danae. 00:32:50
Aye, Vice Chair Feiber. 00:32:52
Aye, chair Bowie. 00:32:55
Aye, motion carries 301 secretary hoops absent. 00:32:56
Thank you. Item number 8B on the regular agenda is the Diversity, equity and Inclusion Task Force work plan. 00:33:04
I'll provide a brief presentation and then there'll be task force questions, then public comment on this item and then task force 00:33:12
discussion and action. 00:33:16
Clerk Dei Coordinator, Kendall, may we have the presentation? 00:33:22
So every city board, Commission and committee has goals set by the council and typically an annual work plan is adopted to help 00:33:44
that advisory group move forward with their goals that were set by the council. It's always a good reminder to look at our purpose 00:33:52
again and what our job is to do and what areas is our subject matter. 00:34:00
And that's focusing on the participation of underrepresented communities. 00:34:09
And monitoring change. 00:34:14
Examining City policies, programs, and practices to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, and healing, and to 00:34:16
provide feedback, guidance, strategies, and recommendations to increase community engagement by underrepresented groups. And that 00:34:21
is our purpose. 00:34:27
Next. 00:34:33
The powers and duties are to act in an advisory capacity to the council and city manager on topics of diversity, equity, inclusion 00:34:36
and racial justice. And I think that's a really good reminder is we can't make something happen. We can advise and and our advice 00:34:42
may be taken or it may not. 00:34:48
And secondly, more formally then, we recommend the adoption of such rules, laws, regulations, programs and practices. Again on our 00:34:55
subject matter, the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice and healing that relate to the City of Pacific Grove. 00:35:03
So that's our purpose and that's what we do. 00:35:11
In order to accomplish the work of our work plan and to be in compliance with the Brown Act, we typically appoint subcommittees 00:35:15
which are two members so it's less than a quorum. And the subcommittees then do the work of researching, drafting recommendations 00:35:21
and also give regular updates to the public. And then that when we have an agendized item from the subcommittee, then that gives 00:35:27
the public an opportunity to comment upon it. 00:35:33
And then it's brought back to the task force and we either approve and adopt the recommendation from the subcommittee or we revise 00:35:40
it based on public input or our discussions. And then finally we advise the city manager, but we provide recommendations to the 00:35:45
City Council. 00:35:50
Next please. 00:35:56
So past comments that sort of went into our preliminary discussion of the work plan is that the task force convened a town hall. 00:35:59
Chance for the community to come together and discuss diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice and healing. 00:36:07
That the task force highlight the diversity in the community and we've heard that from many different angles, many different 00:36:14
aspects. 00:36:17
That the task force promote community healing. 00:36:21
And that's always an interesting one. That's a little, I have a little hard time getting my arms around what that would mean for 00:36:24
us as a task force. 00:36:28
We've also been asked why the task force hasn't conducted a community wide survey on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion 00:36:32
to find out what more of the community is interested in learning about or hearing about. 00:36:37
Also because we have identified young people as one of the underrepresented groups. 00:36:44
Specific group with the coastal artillery, we've also heard about it from Indigenous persons, you know, if there's an opportunity 00:37:23
to have more highlighting of that. 00:37:27
Also, there is some pretty significant black history that has also happened here besides the coastal artillery. So again, there 00:37:32
have been some suggestions about, you know, having multiple plaques around the city identifying these areas of heritage. It would 00:37:39
be actually very interesting to see if there is an inventory of the existing plaques that there are around the city, in parks, 00:37:46
along walkways, that sort of thing. I don't know if anything like that exists. 00:37:54
And then finally, the idea of supporting an inclusive playground. It was brought up. 00:38:01
As well as something that would be. 00:38:05
Something in in terms of our diversity, equity and inclusion. 00:38:08
It could be a way of looking at inclusion. 00:38:12
So those were some past comments that have also gone into sort of the the formulation of a proposed work plan. Next slide please. 00:38:15
So what you have before you is the format that past task forces have used for developing the work plan I. 00:38:25
It first of all is the item, work plan item itself and then there's a column for the date that the task force approved that item 00:38:34
to be on the work plan or the item was completed and approved. It's done both the subcommittee, who the subcommittee members are 00:38:40
and then an opportunity because in the past we have the task force has brought the work plans back every three to four months so 00:38:46
that they can be updated and the public can be aware of the work that we're doing and we can all sort of keep track of what we're 00:38:52
doing. 00:38:59
And what I realized looking at this is there probably should be another page equally long as this with all of the things that have 00:39:06
been accomplished by past task forces. 00:39:10
With past work plans and I think that's something that we don't want to lose sight of as well. Somebody mentioned joy and needing 00:39:16
to have the opportunity to celebrate as well and I think that is important. And then finally some notes, an opportunity for notes. 00:39:23
And this work plan that you're looking at is divided into two parts. And the upper part of the page is the what's being sort of 00:39:31
proposed as the task force work plan. And then the second part of the page, because we've also received questions as a task force. 00:39:37
Well, what has happened with the consultant? What has happened with various items that the task force was working on? What is the 00:39:42
status of those items? So I tried to capture as many of those as I could and I realized I've actually left off some looking at it, 00:39:48
so. 00:39:54
This is a work in progress. It's a living document. 00:40:01
But the bottom part of the page is some of the past actions and sort of where are they now. 00:40:04
Reflective of Pacific Groves diverse community and that is something that actually began with our very first task force and has 00:40:47
been sort of carried forward but not completed. 00:40:51
And so I will, I believe that member Donay and secretary Hoops volunteered to be on that. 00:40:56
The third one was again a part of our Our purpose is to identify metrics and monitor well. Our purpose is to monitor change. Well, 00:41:03
how do we monitor change? We need to figure out how what the metrics are that we would use. 00:41:10
So in order to accomplish that part of our purpose to identify metrics and monitor change that occurs to diversity, equity, 00:41:18
inclusion and racial justice within the City of Pacific, Grove and Vice Chair Freiberger and I volunteered to be on that 00:41:23
subcommittee. 00:41:28
The next one is our diversity equity inclusion web page process and review. And my thinking is that when the draft web page is 00:41:35
brought back to the task force, hopefully in a month or two there, we will then need a subcommittee to then continue working on 00:41:40
that and. 00:41:46
Bring back recommendations and so on. 00:41:53
So that one we would need a subcommittee and then finally develop and adopt our 2024-2025 work plan. So that would be the task 00:41:56
force as a whole. 00:42:00
So that's what I have as based on our last meeting sort of our discussions. 00:42:06
And then past actions. So first of all the DI consultant selection recommendation that process was done with. 00:42:12
Let's see, Secretary Stevens and now Secretary Hoops. And that recommendation was then brought forward to staff. And it's my 00:42:21
understanding that right now that that is being held basically pending the budget review. 00:42:29
And then the second was recommending that the City Council ratify into the municipal code the anti discrimination policy based on 00:42:39
federal law, which the city abides by. But we don't at that time we did not see that that was ratified into the municipal code, so 00:42:46
staff is researching whether that was completed. 00:42:52
Then the recommend that the city promote community healing around the Feast of Lanterns with community partner support. It's a 00:42:59
little unclear what the role of the task force is, Who are we recommending it to, and what would be the role of the city in 00:43:06
something like this? So that may need some more discussion from the task force, I think. 00:43:12
Then recommend that the city engage in outreach efforts via survey to solicit feedback, especially from a Hispanic community, on 00:43:19
the name and title for a celebration. 00:43:23
And what I thought looking at that the status is something like that could be included if there was a future survey. 00:43:29
By the task force, there could be something. 00:43:37
That could address that. 00:43:40
And then finally recommend to the City Council moving forward with an inclusive crosswalk to welcome diversity and that was 00:43:43
submitted as a part of the 2022-2023 CIP projects and it was not recommended or funded. 00:43:50
And I realized that that doesn't capture all of the actions that the task force has done in the last three to four months. So 00:43:59
there's a few more that need to be added to this. But. 00:44:05
So that is what? 00:44:11
Proposed work plan would look like that would both set forward some goals and some activities for us to be working on with 00:44:14
subcommittees, but it would also act as a sort of a running total and a reminder of past actions and where they are in helping to 00:44:20
move them forward. 00:44:26
Next slide. 00:44:35
Oh, OK. So that's the end of the work plan review. So now there'll be an opportunity to ask for the task force to ask any 00:44:38
questions, but we'll wait to do discussion until after public. 00:44:43
Are there any questions from the task? 00:44:51
The procedural question, if we wanted to add a. 00:44:54
Work to the work plan as the year goes on and we and we continue to work together and things. 00:44:58
Emerge What is the process for? 00:45:05
Adding them to our work plan. 00:45:10
We would need to be agendized and the opportunity could come if we bring the work plan back every three to four months. That could 00:45:13
be one opportunity, and then another opportunity would be to have any member of the task force propose it as an agenda item. 00:45:21
OK. All right. Thank you. 00:45:29
I'm sorry, we're going to get public comment first before we ask questions. You can ask questions now, but we'll get public 00:45:33
comment before we move into a discussion of the pros and cons or anything else. 00:45:39
OK. Thank you. 00:45:46
OK. 00:45:48
So now it's time for public comment, and comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item, the Task Force work plan and 00:45:53
should be addressed to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force 00:45:58
action. 00:46:03
Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond 00:46:08
according to council policy and I'll open public comment on the task force work plan to those in person first. 00:46:15
Seeing none. 00:46:29
I'll open it to members of the public who are remotely here. 00:46:30
Chair Bowie. I see no hands raised. 00:46:36
Right. Seeing none, I'll know close, public comment and bring the work plan back to the task force for discussion. 00:46:41
Well, going down the list if we do. 00:46:54
Secretary Hoops and I have been working on the value statements and we'll be presenting a draft. 00:46:59
Value statements at the April meeting. 00:47:05
Then the other. 00:47:18
I guess discussion question I have is as I heard today we the city of Pacific Grove is hiring a. 00:47:20
What's the position? 00:47:30
Demographer, demographer. How will that? 00:47:34
Just any projections how that might interact with the. 00:47:38
Work here in terms of identifying diversity and watching. 00:47:42
Creating metrics to measure it. Will that be? 00:47:48
Well, there'll be a cross section of work there. That's a really good question. 00:47:52
I'm So what the council approved at their meeting was I believe in. 00:47:58
Clerk DI Coordinator Kendall, please correct me. I believe is to proceed with the Request for proposals process. 00:48:03
For gaining the services of a demographer. So it is certainly not something that's going to happen. 00:48:12
Right away. 00:48:19
And I believe that it's going to be a very focused demographer looking specifically for issues that may come up around voting 00:48:21
districts. So I don't know that it's. 00:48:27
Necessarily going to be a general demographic survey of the City of Pacific Grove. 00:48:33
And if you could. 00:48:39
I'm saying that correctly, yes, yes, it. And in fact I'm looking at the what the recommendation was and what the Council. 00:48:43
Approved. And so more specifically, I'm reading the recommendation here and it was to issue a request for proposal for a qualified 00:48:53
demographer to study the demographics of the city, and this would include the population of the city and its various racial and 00:48:58
ethnic groups under the 2020 census. 00:49:04
The most recent estimates of the proportion of eligible voters in the various racial and ethnic groups in the city. 00:49:10
Estimate estimate of the socio economic characteristics of the various racial and ethnic groups in the city. 00:49:17
The criteria criteria governing the design of electoral districts for the election of City Council members. 00:49:25
Proposed timeline for the transition to by district elections. 00:49:32
Should the Council decide upon that course of action? 00:49:37
And direct the city manager to return to the City Council with the demographers report for discussion and further direction. So 00:49:42
that's what the RFP. 00:49:46
Proposal. 00:49:51
So it sounds as though information from. 00:49:54
The selected demographers research and report would certainly be available to the public and available to us as an advisory 00:49:57
committee. 00:50:02
I think it might be good for us to review the way that it's. 00:50:08
Because the hiring isn't done yet to review the. 00:50:11
The call or the announcement to see if there's anything else that we think might. 00:50:17
Also. 00:50:22
Could be included as part of this and and see if there's any recommendations we want to make to maybe expand the study at all. 00:50:24
Yeah, I think I need to think about that for a minute. 00:50:39
I think that. 00:50:42
There are some very specific legal issues, voting rights issues that are that are hoping to be addressed by this, and I don't know 00:50:44
that I I I would imagine it would be. 00:50:50
And I'm just speaking off the top of my head, but there there would be more interested in narrowing it down rather than broadening 00:50:57
it. So, so I'm not sure and I also have the feeling because the Council has already set this in motion. 00:51:03
That I'm not sure what our role would be at this point but I think that that is a another good question and if I could ask clerk 00:51:10
DI coordinator Kendall any thoughts or else to perhaps research this and and I could certainly I could certainly research but it 00:51:18
you know they it was given staff was given clear direction of the city manager was given clear direction on the RFP and so I. 00:51:27
Yeah, I could certainly, you know, research further and see if there's any. 00:51:36
Any anything that I that we can offer you know maybe prior? 00:51:40
Maybe at the next meeting or? 00:51:45
I can discuss with you directly, Chair. 00:51:47
That would be, that would be. 00:51:53
I think that would be helpful. Yep. 00:51:54
Thank you. 00:51:58
Yeah, I I would just like to add to that. 00:52:03
That. 00:52:07
In whatever way that the task force can be. 00:52:10
Involved or, you know, give recommendations or perhaps. 00:52:13
You know, get together I. 00:52:19
To discuss it, perhaps via meeting about the demographic study, because I think that's. 00:52:21
Seems like it's this in the spirit of the task force to. 00:52:29
You know, look at the dynamics of the, the districts and. 00:52:33
I think it would be, you know, it would be helpful to to have that happen and certainly since the work is being done, if you know 00:52:39
that and we think that something else should be included, it's, it's. 00:52:45
This would be the time to make the recommend to make our recommendation again. We only recommend to we're not spending money. 00:52:53
But since the work is being done, there might be opportunities to gather some additional data. 00:53:01
That. 00:53:07
May be currently required for for the voting purposes, but would serve a larger purpose of DEI. 00:53:08
Yes, I could certainly see that. And I also again as we've talked about with our demographics that we looked at in terms of census 00:53:17
data, school demographic data and so on, there are some of the underrepresented groups that are not necessary that are self 00:53:23
identifying and so they may not necessarily be captured in any of those more formal standard demographic processes. So and I also 00:53:29
think that. 00:53:36
I couldn't. I can imagine. 00:53:44
A role for us as this process moves along, as we are looking at ways to engage and promote the engagement of underrepresented. 00:53:47
Persons in our community, in our civic processes. So yeah, so I think the demographer is a good start, but I know that. 00:53:57
There's a lot more to this moving ahead, yeah, I just, I think, I think whatever input we can give as the task force would really 00:54:05
be helpful. 00:54:10
Yeah, giving input at the inception of a process is is easier than than doing it after the the. 00:54:15
Horses left the barn, so to speak. 00:54:25
Absolutely. Well, I think we will follow up and hear more about this. 00:54:28
That's all right. 00:54:34
OK. Thank you. Going back to the work plan and. 00:54:36
Perhaps clerk DI coordinator Kendall? Perhaps we could have the work plan just back up on the screen for a minute. 00:54:39
This is certainly not the last opportunity to add or do things with the work plan because we will bring it back regularly. 00:54:58
And I think that having having some, I mean just talking through this it I think it would be interesting to have a little bit more 00:55:05
of a formal presentation on inclusive playgrounds because there seems to be interest in that. And then also the idea of having 00:55:11
plaques, new plaques in the city or new signage or new recognition of different groups in different locations. I think that would 00:55:18
also be an interesting one to bring back as well I. 00:55:24
And then you'll see under the notes, I've tried to list everyone who had volunteered so far, and there'll be an opportunity 00:55:33
further along in the meeting to actually approve subcommittees and then get that work started. But. 00:55:39
From your point of view, is there anything else in the work plan that should be there or? 00:55:45
Are we? Excuse me, are we able to comment on some of these? Yeah, this is the time for this. 00:55:51
Yeah. 00:55:58
I was curious. My question is the recommendation around the. 00:56:01
Looking at the the Feast of Lanterns. 00:56:07
Healing around that. Is there any kind of committee that's been formed with that? I believe there was a an event this summer. 00:56:11
And I don't, I don't know if that's. 00:56:18
Particular committee that's. 00:56:21
Been take has taken up the Feast of Lanterns. Yeah. So the Feast of Lanterns was a nonprofit, 501C3 nonprofit with the board and 00:56:24
so on. And my understanding is that there is a, there is that new group and I'm sorry the name has escaped me right now. That sort 00:56:30
of. 00:56:35
Taken, taken on that that work and I think really spearheaded by young people, by high school students who have really been 00:56:42
working as ambassadors out in the community and different organizations as well as putting on that event. So it's not a, it's not 00:56:49
a city committee if you will. It's a completely separate nonprofit organization. 00:56:55
You had mentioned two areas that could be added. Is that something we want to do today to add the to the work plan, the area 00:57:05
plaques and? 00:57:09
Umm. Playgrounds could certainly do that. Umm, sure. 00:57:14
And let's see. So let me let me just make a few notes here. So I'd like to add. 00:57:20
Draft I did recommend identify. 00:57:27
Let's see, I wonder with the plaques one if. 00:57:35
We want to have something about researching. 00:57:39
Existing plaques and then recommending. 00:57:43
New plaques that would be. 00:57:46
Inclusive of our city's diverse heritage or something like that, OK? 00:57:49
And of course, sometimes work plan items carry over year to year of course. 00:57:58
And then I would suggest maybe for the second one to research inclusive playgrounds. 00:58:15
And I'm not quite sure, because, again, it gets back to that playgrounds technically fall under the Parks and Recreation. 00:58:20
Exactly, but but we could research it and and. 00:58:29
Inform ourselves and then if necessary. 00:58:36
Move forward with the proposal or recommendation. I think the research needs to happen first. OK, so that would be adding two 00:58:39
additional items to our work plan and one would be research existing plaques and recommend new ones that are inclusive of our 00:58:45
city's diverse heritage. 00:58:52
And the second would be to research inclusive playgrounds, yes. 00:58:58
OK. Yes, great And I. 00:59:02
Suggest maybe? 00:59:06
At our next meeting, perhaps having. 00:59:08
Bringing back and having subcommittees for those when when we have. 00:59:10
Our full four person task force here. 00:59:14
So with those two additions, is there anything else? 00:59:19
Is this format useful do you think would it be helpful to have it be seeing this every two, three to four months and then sort of 00:59:25
focused on the work at hand? Yeah, I think so. I mean I, you know, because then we can kind of do a progress report on, you know, 00:59:30
what we've been able to do and what. 00:59:35
What still needs to be done. Yeah. Keep us focused. Yeah. OK, good. 00:59:41
Great. There's no more discussion I. 00:59:47
Is there a motion to approve the work plan with the two added work plan areas of the plaques? 00:59:50
And the inclusive playground. 00:59:56
I move to. 00:59:59
Accept the task force work plan with the two new additions. 01:00:01
I second the motion. 01:00:06
All right. There's been a motion and a second. 01:00:09
Secretary DI Coordinator Kendall, will you please take A roll call vote? 01:00:13
Yes, Vice chair Fiber. 01:00:18
Aye member donay. 01:00:21
Aye, Chair Bowie Aye. Motion carries 301. 01:00:24
Secretary Hoops absent? 01:00:30
Thank you. And finally, item number 8C is the appointment of the work plan subcommittees. I'll provide a brief presentation, 01:00:34
there'll be time for Task Force questions, then public comment on this item, then task force discussion and action. 01:00:41
So subcommittee appointments are now needed to accomplish the work of the 2024-2025 work Plan. And then, based on expressed 01:00:48
interest at our previous meeting, the following subcommittees are recommended for appointment the Cultural Calendar Subcommittee 01:00:54
of Secretary Hoops and Member Donay. 01:00:59
And Metrics and Monitoring Subcommittee of Chair Bowie and Vice Chair Freiberger. 01:01:05
With. 01:01:11
Future meetings to have future subcommittees. 01:01:13
Any questions? 01:01:17
OK, I'll now. 01:01:20
Open public comment on the work plan subcommittee appointments to those who are here in person and time for public comment. Again, 01:01:22
comments will be limited to 3 minutes and must pertain to this agenda item. It will not receive Task Force action. It's 01:01:28
encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond according to Council 01:01:33
policy. 01:01:39
Seeing no public comment in person, I will now open public comment on the work plan subcommittee appointments to those remotely. 01:01:48
No virtual comment. OK. Thank you. I'll now close public. 01:01:57
I'll now close public comment and bring the Work Plan Subcommittee appointments item back to the Task Force for a discussion and 01:02:03
action. 01:02:06
And one thing that I would notice, I think it is helpful to have subcommittee reports regularly agendized so that every month 01:02:11
there's an opportunity to either give an update or to provide a recommendation. So I think that also helps keep the pace of work 01:02:16
going. 01:02:21
Pretty well. 01:02:27
OK. All right. Is there any discussion? 01:02:27
You know, just I supposed to table the. 01:02:39
Subcommittees for the 2 new items that we just added until we, like you said, until we have a full yes. 01:02:42
Groups so that everybody has an opportunity to jump in? Yep. 01:02:49
Are we approving the subcommittees as they are? 01:02:56
Is these that are that are that are already? Yeah. 01:03:01
OK. All right. Do you need a motion? Yes, I move that we approve the additional subcommittees as identified in the task force. 01:03:05
And I second the motion. 01:03:19
Great. We have a motion and a second secretary DI coordinator. Kendall, will you please take A roll call vote? 01:03:21
Yes, Vice Chair Feiberger. 01:03:28
Aye member donay. 01:03:30
Aye, chair Billy. 01:03:32
Aye, motion carries 301 secretary hoops absent. 01:03:34
Thank you. The next DEI task force meeting will be April 8th, 2024 at 6:00 PM and I will now adjourn the meeting at 7:04 PM. Thank 01:03:39
you. 01:03:45
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Line and in print so the public knows what items the task force will be discussing. 00:00:54
New items cannot be added to the agenda, but item 2 provides the task force with an opportunity to review the agenda for any 00:01:00
changes. 00:01:04
Seeing none, I move to approve the agenda as presented. Is there a second? 00:01:10
I second. 00:01:16
Thank you. 00:01:18
City Clerk Dei Coordinator Kendall, Do we need to take A roll call vote for the approval of the agenda? 00:01:22
Yes, you can do roll call or you can do. 00:01:28
You can call the roll call yourself, but I you know we can do it either way, yes, if you could, please call. 00:01:33
Cherbourg I remember Danae. 00:01:41
Aye, Vice Chair Feiberger. 00:01:44
Aye motion carries 301 with Secretary hoops absent. 00:01:46
Thank you. Item number three on the agenda is presentations. Informational presentations help us with our work and also provide 00:01:51
information for the public. We have some queries out, but there is no presentation scheduled for tonight. 00:01:58
Item number four is task force and staff announcements for city related items only. 00:02:06
Are there any task force announcements? 00:02:12
Other than that, March is Women's History Month. 00:02:22
In March here and I want to acknowledge that. 00:02:27
Thank you. I have a few announcements, and in my announcements I try to recognize the underrepresented people, groups, 00:02:32
communities, histories and activities in Pacific Grove. 00:02:37
To those who celebrate Ramadam Kareem. 00:02:43
March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month. Pacific Grove has been the home of the Gateway Centre of Monterey County for 00:02:47
70 years and their services have been provided to generations of community members and their families. 00:02:54
And in recognition of Woman's History Month in March, the Pacific Grove Public Library is holding a daring Happiness Poetry and 00:03:02
Cake event on Friday, March 22nd at 5:30 PM. 00:03:08
And a Sylmar Conference Grounds is hosting their annual Women's History Month event all day on Saturday, March 23rd from 10:00 AM 00:03:15
to 4:00 PM. 00:03:19
These events and more represent the diversity of our community and can be found on the Pacific Grove Chamber of Commerce Calendar 00:03:24
of Events. 00:03:28
Are there any staff announcements? 00:03:34
No staff announcements, chair. 00:03:37
Thank you. Item number 5 is council liaison announcements. Are there any council liaison announcements? 00:03:40
Yes, chair. 00:03:47
Councilmember Pediri is not here tonight, but he asked me to make the following announcement in last week's council meeting. The 00:03:49
city has taken the first a step towards changing its at large voting system. 00:03:55
To a by district voting system. For City Council elections, the city will issue an RFP. 00:04:01
For a demographer to study demographics and present council with a report thereafter. 00:04:08
Thank you. 00:04:14
Thank you. 00:04:18
Item number six is general public comment. 00:04:21
Members of the public may comment on any matter subject to the jurisdiction of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force that 00:04:24
is not on the agenda. 00:04:28
Comments from the public are limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force action. 00:04:33
Once public comment is closed, matters may be referred to staff for response or a follow up. 00:04:39
Public comment should be addressed to the task force and not the audience. 00:04:45
Under the Brown Act. 00:04:51
Public comments for matters on the agenda must relate to that agenda item. 00:04:52
And public comments for matters not on the agenda must relate to the subject matter jurisdiction of this legislative body. 00:04:57
This is a warning that if a member of the public attending this meeting remotely or in person, violates the Brown Act by failing 00:05:05
to comply with these requirements of the Brown Act, then the chair may request that the speaker be muted. 00:05:11
If a member of the public attending this meeting in person engages in disruptive behavior that disturbs the orderly conduct of the 00:05:19
meeting, they may be removed from the meeting after a warning pursuant to Council Policy 000-17. 00:05:27
Speakers must adhere to the time limits, using the time keeping lights or countdown as a guide. Red means that your 3 minutes has 00:05:36
ended. 00:05:40
I will now open general public comment to members of the public present in person. 00:05:45
Welcome. 00:05:58
Chair boy and task force members, my name is Mike Gibbs. I'm a member of the Economic Development Commission. I'm speaking. 00:06:02
On my own behalf and thank you for this opportunity. 00:06:09
I've been thinking a little bit about words and. 00:06:13
You know, sort of how we get along in the culture. And somebody said to me once, words matter. 00:06:16
Was like equity, equality, white supremacy. 00:06:21
Interpretations are so crazily different from one person to the next. 00:06:25
I've found out that some people confuse equity with equality, and we all remember that, Jefferson wrote. 00:06:30
In the Declaration of Independence. 00:06:36
We hold these truths to be self-evident. 00:06:38
That all men are created equal. 00:06:41
Endowed by the Creator with certain unalienable rights. 00:06:43
Among them life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. 00:06:46
So that means a little bit something different today. It's somewhat controversial in some quarters if you read that quote from 00:06:50
the. 00:06:54
Declaration. 00:06:57
I was around in 1964 when the Civil Rights Act was passed. 00:07:00
I was working shortly thereafter as an EEOC Officer, Equal Appointment Opportunity Officer. 00:07:04
And our job was to enforce. 00:07:10
The law at that point didn't matter who you were, what you stood for. Everything was treated equal and and fair. Equity today, I 00:07:12
think, means something a little bit different. I haven't quite figured it out, like running a race and somebody gets a head start. 00:07:19
But my concept of equity is when you've invested in a house or stock in a company, or what you put into a new job or your or your 00:07:26
family. 00:07:30
Oxford Dictionary dictionary refers to equity as representing any legal sense all. 00:07:35
That is fair and impartial, and I kind of wish it was. 00:07:41
That way today. 00:07:44
Because it's taking a different tone. 00:07:45
And a cultural perspective. One phrase I wish would go away was white supremacy. It brings raw, uncensored emotion on all sides. 00:07:48
And for what purpose? To divide and judge, I don't know. I can't help but remember a small irony in a book. 00:07:56
By hometown guy Ben Jealous. 00:08:03
Where he mentions that suicides in men, white men. 00:08:06
Over the age of 55 exceeds the murders of young black men between the age of 16. 00:08:10
And 25 what means supremacy now? 00:08:15
Among those two groups. 00:08:19
I met I'm. 00:08:21
Confounded by the use of words today. Too much history, too much pain. Maybe we should just keep it simple. 00:08:23
In the words of Archbishop Desmond. 00:08:29
When asked how people can find joy, he said. 00:08:31
Joy, it's how we're. 00:08:35
Who are made to be compassionate? 00:08:37
Our ultimate joy is when we seek to do good. 00:08:39
For others, words matter. 00:08:42
How about we start with joy? 00:08:45
Thank you very much. 00:08:46
Thank you. 00:08:49
Welcome. 00:08:59
The Constitution did or the declaration of. 00:09:04
Independence. Sorry, Beth Walker. 00:09:06
Sorry, Beth Walker. 00:09:09
Yes, all men are created equal, but it's all free men and it's only men. Otherwise you are only counted as 2/3. 00:09:15
So. 00:09:24
It's not really. 00:09:25
Translated into today's environment. 00:09:27
The other thing is that white supremacy is on the rise in this country. 00:09:30
All there are many. 00:09:35
Groups who believe that. 00:09:37
Only white men. 00:09:40
Should be ruling. 00:09:42
This is evident in many of the laws that are being overturned by the Supreme Court, namely Roe V Wade. 00:09:44
Because. 00:09:53
It is also evident in all of the uprisings across the country. People like the Proud Boys, like the Three Percenters. If you go on 00:09:55
their websites or listen to any of their rallies, they will flat out say that only white men. 00:10:05
Should be here and should be in charge. That is white supremacy. I don't understand how we can think that it's not back and in 00:10:14
full force and needs to be rebuked. 00:10:21
Thank you. 00:10:29
Thank you. 00:10:31
Welcome. Thank you, Chairman Bowie. Thank you, Chairman Bowie. My name is Carol Marquardt. 00:10:39
I I missed the beginning of the meeting. I was late today, but I don't know if you said the Pledge of Allegiance. 00:10:48
But I know that you have mentioned celebrations like Gay Pride and the Chinese New Year in Black History, and this is the month of 00:10:56
the Woman, and that's great. But you also have to remember that Pacific Grove was a Methodist retreat at one time. 00:11:04
And we have about 36 churches. 00:11:12
And there's Unitarian and Methodist and Catholic, and I think there's the spiritual awakening church down the street. But they're 00:11:15
all biblically based in some reason. 00:11:20
And I think it would be great if you could honor Christian celebrations as well, because that's part of our history in this town. 00:11:26
I hope that you're not trying to simply negate the history of this town or degrade it. I hope that you will be inclusive of the 00:11:35
history of this town as well. 00:11:39
I don't know if you declined about public comments are encouraged if it is not disruptive that general announcement, I hope that 00:11:45
you are not continuing to do that because it was written up in the Monterey Herald that people do object to it and do find a fence 00:11:51
that they are disruptive or violent or there's some kind of mob out here. And I mean obviously you can look behind you and see 00:11:58
that's not true. Thank you. 00:12:04
Thank you. 00:12:13
No other public comment in person. Is there any members of the public present remotely who would like to speak? 00:12:19
I do have one hand raised Inga, Lawrence, and Deimer. 00:12:25
Welcome. 00:12:28
Thank you. 00:12:31
One of the things that's really nice that I hope you really caught because it's gonna figure right into your metrics and 00:12:33
everything else, is that we are hiring a demographer. 00:12:38
Because of this moving to district, I mean, it's going to be. 00:12:44
Cheaper to go along with it than to fight it and hopefully get the council members down to five to be. I mean 4-5 because we 4 00:12:49
districts is all we can handle. We couldn't demographically do it into. 00:12:58
6 districts for seven members still. So that'll all be coming through. But the very good thing is that we're hiring a demographer 00:13:07
who will come in and do most of the metrics. That's kind of in your work plan for you, which is a very good thing. And then you 00:13:17
can build upon that. And I know it's a slow process, but we're moving there and to see where everybody does live and how many. 00:13:26
Areas have how many people in them and what they consist of and socioeconomic too, and it's it's going to be a very good thing and 00:13:37
I'm pleased that the council has taken this action. 00:13:43
You know, whether they were forced to or not. 00:13:50
By LULAC It's fine because we're headed there and this will give us some very, very good information. So. 00:13:53
I hope you've really taken that to note. 00:14:02
Thank you very much. 00:14:05
Thank you. 00:14:08
No other hands. 00:14:10
Thank you. I'll now close general public comment. 00:14:12
Item number seven is the consent agenda. This deals with routine and non controversial matters. 00:14:16
Members of the task force, staff and public may remove an item from the consent agenda. 00:14:22
Any item removed for discussion will be moved to the end of the agenda. 00:14:27
Have there been any item removal requests? 00:14:31
See. I see no hands raised online chair. 00:14:38
Seeing none, is there a motion to approve the consent agenda? 00:14:47
I moved to approve the consent agenda. Is there a second? I second? 00:14:55
Secretary Dei Coordinator Kendall, will you please take A roll call vote? 00:15:00
Vice Chair Fryberger. 00:15:08
Aye, remembering. 00:15:10
Aye, Chair, Billy, Aye. 00:15:13
Motion carries 301 secretary hoops absent. 00:15:16
Thank you. The February 12th, 2024 minutes of the DEI Task Force have been approved. 00:15:20
Item number 8A on the regular agenda is a recommendation that the task force approve a capital improvement project or CIP 00:15:28
submittal. 00:15:32
Done by the chair before the March 20th deadline. 00:15:38
I'll provide a brief presentation, then there will be time for task force questions, then public comment on this item, then task 00:15:41
force discussion and action. 00:15:46
At our last meeting, after public comment and task force discussion, the task force selected the resubmittal of the Walkway of 00:15:51
Remembrance project that is extending the presentation of Chinese history along the site of the former Chinese village. 00:15:59
By adding new boulders with informative plaques between the recreation trail and the Hopkins Marine Station. 00:16:07
This project was previously submitted 2 years ago, but it was not moved forward, recommended or approved. 00:16:13
Other suggestions made by the public and task force at that time and over the past meetings have included an inclusive playground 00:16:21
signage or plaques around the city recognizing underrepresented groups and historic events. 00:16:28
Most recently I received questions about what is an inclusive playground. 00:16:36
According to the National Recreation and Parks Association, which is the National Parks and Recreation Group, it is a playground 00:16:41
that goes beyond the minimal ADA Americans with the Disabilities Act requirements that of course, any city is required to meet. 00:16:47
That's looking at slope, looking at ramps, things like that. And it's to really go beyond that to positively answer 3 questions 00:16:54
for young people with disabilities. 00:17:01
Can I get there? 00:17:08
Can I play and can I stay? 00:17:10
And in the recreation world, can I get there involves sort of what sort of access is available? 00:17:13
To people with differing abilities, can I play is what sort of equipment is available and how is it presented? And then finally, 00:17:20
can I stay? Are there restrooms? What sort of facilities are there so that somebody can actually choose to spend some time there? 00:17:27
And there are two examples in Monterey County. Tatum's Garden in Salinas is one and one recently opened in Soledad, the city of 00:17:34
Soledad Orchard Lane Park. And I would also note that. 00:17:41
They are the only two inclusive playgrounds in Monterey County as of this time. Tatum's Garden actually has a foundation and 00:17:49
they're looking at putting a third one in Carmel Valley, so that is possibly underway. So anyway, some background about inclusive 00:17:54
playgrounds. 00:17:59
So at this point the sort of the selection of a past years project from the task force is what was discussed at the past meeting. 00:18:06
But I did want to make sure that we have another opportunity to take a look and see if there's anything else that the task force 00:18:13
would like to propose and bring forward. 00:18:19
And this is the time now for any questions from the task force. And then we'll go out for public comment and then we'll have a 00:18:26
discussion and a decision about what we'll do. 00:18:31
OK. 00:18:37
We'll have a chance to go through this process every year, so. 00:18:53
All right. OK. 00:19:00
Great. Then we will move into public comment. 00:19:02
And comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item, which has to do with the Task Force Capital Improvement CIP. 00:19:07
Proposal and should be addressed to the Task Force, not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive 00:19:17
Task Force action. Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I 00:19:23
will respond according to Council policy. 00:19:29
And now I will open public comment on the CIP project recommendation to members of the public present remotely. 00:19:36
And there are none. 00:19:46
I will now open public comment on the CIP project recommendation to those in person. 00:19:49
Welcome. I'm sorry, Chair. We do have one online caller. I apologize. 00:19:54
My confusion there. 00:20:00
Inga, Lawrence and Deimer. 00:20:01
Welcome. 00:20:04
Thank you very much. I just wanted to remind you all to turn your microphones on and speak into them. I have no problem with care 00:20:06
buoy but. 00:20:09
The other please do. Thank you. 00:20:14
Thank you. 00:20:20
I'll now open public comments on the CIP project recommendation to those in person. 00:20:22
Welcome. 00:20:27
Sure. 00:20:31
Yes. 00:20:36
And. 00:21:08
And she's struggling a little bit. 00:21:23
Also I think. 00:21:34
And this? 00:21:45
And they were stationed here. 00:22:06
Because of their teamwork. 00:22:29
It was that there's still a group out there. We would love to support this if you all could. 00:22:33
I think it's a great project to get everybody behind. It's got all kinds of. 00:22:56
Other you know. 00:23:00
Like housing in Pacific Rd. I think left and right. 00:23:07
In Congress, he's behind it, and I think we could give him here. I can't promise that. 00:23:16
Thank you. 00:23:36
Seeing no one else in person, is there a need up? I'll close public comment for those in person, Is there a need to reopen it 00:23:40
remotely? It appears we have a couple of hands raised, Councilmember Coletti. 00:23:47
I will reopen public comment for those remotely then welcome. Thank you, Sandra. The the podium microphone is not active, so a 00:23:53
record of the comments is not being created. Thank you. 00:23:58
Thank you. Thank you. 00:24:04
OK, I think that must have been what other pans may have been trying to say, because I have no more, no further hands. 00:24:12
Thank you. 00:24:19
Is there anyone else remotely who'd like to make a public comment? 00:24:23
No other. 00:24:30
No. So I will now close public comment for those remotely. 00:24:34
Like DI Coordinator Kendall, is there any procedure for if we do have equipment failure or glitch such as that? No, I'm I'm not 00:24:45
aware of any any specific written procedure, but you could have the member of the public. 00:24:53
Have his say and once again, if you'd like that on the record. 00:25:02
OK. And does it, did it sound as though this was been the case for the entire meeting or no, I think it was just that microphone 00:25:05
was turned off. OK. So, all right, so. 00:25:12
I will reopen public comment in person, so this is an unusual circumstance where we have both. 00:25:19
Public comment open, closed, open, closed. But we want to make sure that they do have the speaker does have a chance to be on the 00:25:25
record. So I will reopen public comment for those in person and it is also I will permit Mr. Gibbs to provide his comment again so 00:25:30
that it can be placed into the record. 00:25:36
Thank you, Chair. And just a reminder to all, if the light is on, the microphone is off. Sometimes that's confusing, but it is on. 00:25:42
You're OK now to speak, Mr. Gibbs. 00:25:47
It's on right now. Thank you. 00:25:52
Thanks for giving me what's going with us again, I'm not going to go over the art abilities you have this. My only comment and 00:25:54
I'll keep it shorter is that I think that the. 00:25:59
A plaque or some memorial for the 54th Coast Artillery Regiment that was stationed here during World War 2. 00:26:05
Is a is a chance? 00:26:12
For everybody in Pacific Grove to work together. 00:26:16
Like I said, it's got. 00:26:20
Opinions on how we got to this point? The mayor read a proclamation. I won't have it right here, but I won't read it again. 00:26:22
Jimmy Panetta, or a congressman, was good enough to read it on the floor of the House. We wrote it and he rewrote it and read it. 00:26:29
It was outstanding. 00:26:32
For anybody that would like a copy, I have the video. 00:26:36
Of Panetta. I have the of course. The video of the mayor is available on the city website. 00:26:40
So I think it's just a chance to get together and honor. 00:26:45
One of the most outstanding artillery units that we had. 00:26:49
We were honored to have these guys here and they were selected because they were the top unit that was able to to operate. This 00:26:54
machinery is brand new. Nobody had ever done it before. Extremely hard work was an 8 man team and they were able to do it better 00:26:59
and faster and more accurately than anybody else and for that. 00:27:05
And their dedication and patriotism. We should recognize them all together. 00:27:11
Answer, but we thank you for that. Another chance to do that. Appreciate it. 00:27:15
Thank you. 00:27:19
Welcome. Thank you. I'm going to say what I said for the general public comment since it wasn't recorded. 00:27:29
Excuse me for one second. 00:27:37
I'd like to check with our staff and just see if it wasn't recorded. 00:27:40
It was just testing 1-2 three. It was just Mr. Gibson, we heard your comment. Thank you. 00:27:44
Thank you. 00:27:51
Seeing no other public comment, I will now close public comment. 00:27:56
And if I if I may just check in with CLERK dei coordinator Kendall. What we are doing now is we are. 00:28:01
Going to be voting on a proposed CIP project from the DEI Task Force to be included with the other projects that are being 00:28:09
proposed from other boards, commissions and committees to then be reviewed by staff, potentially costed out and then brought 00:28:17
forward by staff to be reviewed by the City Council. 00:28:25
Is that correct? That's the process that we're going through. Yes. The submission is done directly by the by a member of your task 00:28:33
force. And so you could include that in your discussion. And yes, that is the process I. 00:28:41
The Once all of the projects are collected, they are reviewed by and all of. 00:28:49
Maybe three or four, and then a list is provided to the council of proposed CIP. Projects on a list of all the others are also 00:28:57
provided to the City Council and ultimately at a City Council discretion as to which move forward. 00:29:05
Thank you. Yes. And then at this point, there's no budget for any, any CIP item that then becomes a part of the city's. 00:29:14
Alongside the city's operating budget for the council to be to then review the projects and then to be approved. 00:29:23
Correct. I did hear the question from a member of the public with regards to. 00:29:29
ADEI. 00:29:36
Budget and there isn't a specific DEI or any board. 00:29:40
Budget It's it's the budget of the council. 00:29:44
Thank you. Appreciate that. And my final question would be having looked at the past year's CIP approved projects, they tend to be 00:29:47
primarily capital projects, things that are. 00:29:53
Built or things that are repaired or buildings and roads and facilities and things like that. Is that is that correct a 00:30:01
characterization? Yes. OK. 00:30:06
Yes, and they usually. 00:30:11
I believe, I believe there's there's a $5000 and I don't know, I don't believe it's a cap, but there is a. 00:30:15
I won't even say that because I'm not entirely sure, but there there's something along the lines of at least $5000 for these 00:30:24
projects to be reviewed. That's right. And if I had brought my agenda report from last month, I think all that information was was 00:30:29
provided in that, yes. 00:30:33
Yes. So it is. And it's an annual process that the City Council goes through in terms of deciding what physical improvements to be 00:30:39
made, I guess. 00:30:44
I know I will now bring it back to the task force for discussion. 00:30:50
Yes. Remember Denny? Yeah, I don't. I don't really have anything to answer that. 00:30:59
Vice Chair Freiburg. 00:31:07
I just would like to clarify as we vote to. 00:31:09
Bring something forward the. 00:31:13
What we had discussed. 00:31:15
Was the addition to the. 00:31:17
Trail the walkway of remembrance, and that's what we're voting on specifically that. 00:31:20
That eats, yes. So that was what was selected by the task force by sort of consensus at our last meeting. But this is an 00:31:26
opportunity if there's anything else that a task force member would like to propose. 00:31:31
Because the one thing I will note is this would be basically resubmitting a project that had been submitted and did not make it to 00:31:39
the recommendation list or to the approval list. So it's. 00:31:45
So there is that. 00:31:52
Right. Thank you. OK. 00:31:54
Seeing no other discussion, is anyone ready to make a motion? 00:32:00
Yes, I make a motion that we approve the. 00:32:07
The capital improvement. 00:32:11
I'm not sure exactly how to word it, but. 00:32:13
Yeah. Is it the one? It's so that you'd like to. 00:32:16
Approve a capital improvement project for. 00:32:20
The one that was selected last time? The walkway. Yes, yes, I would. Thank you. OK, All right. 00:32:27
So motions, yeah, motion's been made, and I second the motion. 00:32:33
With no further discussion, now that we have a motion and a second I. 00:32:40
Clerk DI Coordinator Kendall, May we have a roll call vote? 00:32:45
Yes, member Danae. 00:32:50
Aye, Vice Chair Feiber. 00:32:52
Aye, chair Bowie. 00:32:55
Aye, motion carries 301 secretary hoops absent. 00:32:56
Thank you. Item number 8B on the regular agenda is the Diversity, equity and Inclusion Task Force work plan. 00:33:04
I'll provide a brief presentation and then there'll be task force questions, then public comment on this item and then task force 00:33:12
discussion and action. 00:33:16
Clerk Dei Coordinator, Kendall, may we have the presentation? 00:33:22
So every city board, Commission and committee has goals set by the council and typically an annual work plan is adopted to help 00:33:44
that advisory group move forward with their goals that were set by the council. It's always a good reminder to look at our purpose 00:33:52
again and what our job is to do and what areas is our subject matter. 00:34:00
And that's focusing on the participation of underrepresented communities. 00:34:09
And monitoring change. 00:34:14
Examining City policies, programs, and practices to promote diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice, and healing, and to 00:34:16
provide feedback, guidance, strategies, and recommendations to increase community engagement by underrepresented groups. And that 00:34:21
is our purpose. 00:34:27
Next. 00:34:33
The powers and duties are to act in an advisory capacity to the council and city manager on topics of diversity, equity, inclusion 00:34:36
and racial justice. And I think that's a really good reminder is we can't make something happen. We can advise and and our advice 00:34:42
may be taken or it may not. 00:34:48
And secondly, more formally then, we recommend the adoption of such rules, laws, regulations, programs and practices. Again on our 00:34:55
subject matter, the topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice and healing that relate to the City of Pacific Grove. 00:35:03
So that's our purpose and that's what we do. 00:35:11
In order to accomplish the work of our work plan and to be in compliance with the Brown Act, we typically appoint subcommittees 00:35:15
which are two members so it's less than a quorum. And the subcommittees then do the work of researching, drafting recommendations 00:35:21
and also give regular updates to the public. And then that when we have an agendized item from the subcommittee, then that gives 00:35:27
the public an opportunity to comment upon it. 00:35:33
And then it's brought back to the task force and we either approve and adopt the recommendation from the subcommittee or we revise 00:35:40
it based on public input or our discussions. And then finally we advise the city manager, but we provide recommendations to the 00:35:45
City Council. 00:35:50
Next please. 00:35:56
So past comments that sort of went into our preliminary discussion of the work plan is that the task force convened a town hall. 00:35:59
Chance for the community to come together and discuss diversity, equity, inclusion, racial justice and healing. 00:36:07
That the task force highlight the diversity in the community and we've heard that from many different angles, many different 00:36:14
aspects. 00:36:17
That the task force promote community healing. 00:36:21
And that's always an interesting one. That's a little, I have a little hard time getting my arms around what that would mean for 00:36:24
us as a task force. 00:36:28
We've also been asked why the task force hasn't conducted a community wide survey on the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion 00:36:32
to find out what more of the community is interested in learning about or hearing about. 00:36:37
Also because we have identified young people as one of the underrepresented groups. 00:36:44
Specific group with the coastal artillery, we've also heard about it from Indigenous persons, you know, if there's an opportunity 00:37:23
to have more highlighting of that. 00:37:27
Also, there is some pretty significant black history that has also happened here besides the coastal artillery. So again, there 00:37:32
have been some suggestions about, you know, having multiple plaques around the city identifying these areas of heritage. It would 00:37:39
be actually very interesting to see if there is an inventory of the existing plaques that there are around the city, in parks, 00:37:46
along walkways, that sort of thing. I don't know if anything like that exists. 00:37:54
And then finally, the idea of supporting an inclusive playground. It was brought up. 00:38:01
As well as something that would be. 00:38:05
Something in in terms of our diversity, equity and inclusion. 00:38:08
It could be a way of looking at inclusion. 00:38:12
So those were some past comments that have also gone into sort of the the formulation of a proposed work plan. Next slide please. 00:38:15
So what you have before you is the format that past task forces have used for developing the work plan I. 00:38:25
It first of all is the item, work plan item itself and then there's a column for the date that the task force approved that item 00:38:34
to be on the work plan or the item was completed and approved. It's done both the subcommittee, who the subcommittee members are 00:38:40
and then an opportunity because in the past we have the task force has brought the work plans back every three to four months so 00:38:46
that they can be updated and the public can be aware of the work that we're doing and we can all sort of keep track of what we're 00:38:52
doing. 00:38:59
And what I realized looking at this is there probably should be another page equally long as this with all of the things that have 00:39:06
been accomplished by past task forces. 00:39:10
With past work plans and I think that's something that we don't want to lose sight of as well. Somebody mentioned joy and needing 00:39:16
to have the opportunity to celebrate as well and I think that is important. And then finally some notes, an opportunity for notes. 00:39:23
And this work plan that you're looking at is divided into two parts. And the upper part of the page is the what's being sort of 00:39:31
proposed as the task force work plan. And then the second part of the page, because we've also received questions as a task force. 00:39:37
Well, what has happened with the consultant? What has happened with various items that the task force was working on? What is the 00:39:42
status of those items? So I tried to capture as many of those as I could and I realized I've actually left off some looking at it, 00:39:48
so. 00:39:54
This is a work in progress. It's a living document. 00:40:01
But the bottom part of the page is some of the past actions and sort of where are they now. 00:40:04
Reflective of Pacific Groves diverse community and that is something that actually began with our very first task force and has 00:40:47
been sort of carried forward but not completed. 00:40:51
And so I will, I believe that member Donay and secretary Hoops volunteered to be on that. 00:40:56
The third one was again a part of our Our purpose is to identify metrics and monitor well. Our purpose is to monitor change. Well, 00:41:03
how do we monitor change? We need to figure out how what the metrics are that we would use. 00:41:10
So in order to accomplish that part of our purpose to identify metrics and monitor change that occurs to diversity, equity, 00:41:18
inclusion and racial justice within the City of Pacific, Grove and Vice Chair Freiberger and I volunteered to be on that 00:41:23
subcommittee. 00:41:28
The next one is our diversity equity inclusion web page process and review. And my thinking is that when the draft web page is 00:41:35
brought back to the task force, hopefully in a month or two there, we will then need a subcommittee to then continue working on 00:41:40
that and. 00:41:46
Bring back recommendations and so on. 00:41:53
So that one we would need a subcommittee and then finally develop and adopt our 2024-2025 work plan. So that would be the task 00:41:56
force as a whole. 00:42:00
So that's what I have as based on our last meeting sort of our discussions. 00:42:06
And then past actions. So first of all the DI consultant selection recommendation that process was done with. 00:42:12
Let's see, Secretary Stevens and now Secretary Hoops. And that recommendation was then brought forward to staff. And it's my 00:42:21
understanding that right now that that is being held basically pending the budget review. 00:42:29
And then the second was recommending that the City Council ratify into the municipal code the anti discrimination policy based on 00:42:39
federal law, which the city abides by. But we don't at that time we did not see that that was ratified into the municipal code, so 00:42:46
staff is researching whether that was completed. 00:42:52
Then the recommend that the city promote community healing around the Feast of Lanterns with community partner support. It's a 00:42:59
little unclear what the role of the task force is, Who are we recommending it to, and what would be the role of the city in 00:43:06
something like this? So that may need some more discussion from the task force, I think. 00:43:12
Then recommend that the city engage in outreach efforts via survey to solicit feedback, especially from a Hispanic community, on 00:43:19
the name and title for a celebration. 00:43:23
And what I thought looking at that the status is something like that could be included if there was a future survey. 00:43:29
By the task force, there could be something. 00:43:37
That could address that. 00:43:40
And then finally recommend to the City Council moving forward with an inclusive crosswalk to welcome diversity and that was 00:43:43
submitted as a part of the 2022-2023 CIP projects and it was not recommended or funded. 00:43:50
And I realized that that doesn't capture all of the actions that the task force has done in the last three to four months. So 00:43:59
there's a few more that need to be added to this. But. 00:44:05
So that is what? 00:44:11
Proposed work plan would look like that would both set forward some goals and some activities for us to be working on with 00:44:14
subcommittees, but it would also act as a sort of a running total and a reminder of past actions and where they are in helping to 00:44:20
move them forward. 00:44:26
Next slide. 00:44:35
Oh, OK. So that's the end of the work plan review. So now there'll be an opportunity to ask for the task force to ask any 00:44:38
questions, but we'll wait to do discussion until after public. 00:44:43
Are there any questions from the task? 00:44:51
The procedural question, if we wanted to add a. 00:44:54
Work to the work plan as the year goes on and we and we continue to work together and things. 00:44:58
Emerge What is the process for? 00:45:05
Adding them to our work plan. 00:45:10
We would need to be agendized and the opportunity could come if we bring the work plan back every three to four months. That could 00:45:13
be one opportunity, and then another opportunity would be to have any member of the task force propose it as an agenda item. 00:45:21
OK. All right. Thank you. 00:45:29
I'm sorry, we're going to get public comment first before we ask questions. You can ask questions now, but we'll get public 00:45:33
comment before we move into a discussion of the pros and cons or anything else. 00:45:39
OK. Thank you. 00:45:46
OK. 00:45:48
So now it's time for public comment, and comments and statements must pertain to this agenda item, the Task Force work plan and 00:45:53
should be addressed to the Task Force and not the audience. Comments will be limited to 3 minutes and will not receive Task Force 00:45:58
action. 00:46:03
Public comment is encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond 00:46:08
according to council policy and I'll open public comment on the task force work plan to those in person first. 00:46:15
Seeing none. 00:46:29
I'll open it to members of the public who are remotely here. 00:46:30
Chair Bowie. I see no hands raised. 00:46:36
Right. Seeing none, I'll know close, public comment and bring the work plan back to the task force for discussion. 00:46:41
Well, going down the list if we do. 00:46:54
Secretary Hoops and I have been working on the value statements and we'll be presenting a draft. 00:46:59
Value statements at the April meeting. 00:47:05
Then the other. 00:47:18
I guess discussion question I have is as I heard today we the city of Pacific Grove is hiring a. 00:47:20
What's the position? 00:47:30
Demographer, demographer. How will that? 00:47:34
Just any projections how that might interact with the. 00:47:38
Work here in terms of identifying diversity and watching. 00:47:42
Creating metrics to measure it. Will that be? 00:47:48
Well, there'll be a cross section of work there. That's a really good question. 00:47:52
I'm So what the council approved at their meeting was I believe in. 00:47:58
Clerk DI Coordinator Kendall, please correct me. I believe is to proceed with the Request for proposals process. 00:48:03
For gaining the services of a demographer. So it is certainly not something that's going to happen. 00:48:12
Right away. 00:48:19
And I believe that it's going to be a very focused demographer looking specifically for issues that may come up around voting 00:48:21
districts. So I don't know that it's. 00:48:27
Necessarily going to be a general demographic survey of the City of Pacific Grove. 00:48:33
And if you could. 00:48:39
I'm saying that correctly, yes, yes, it. And in fact I'm looking at the what the recommendation was and what the Council. 00:48:43
Approved. And so more specifically, I'm reading the recommendation here and it was to issue a request for proposal for a qualified 00:48:53
demographer to study the demographics of the city, and this would include the population of the city and its various racial and 00:48:58
ethnic groups under the 2020 census. 00:49:04
The most recent estimates of the proportion of eligible voters in the various racial and ethnic groups in the city. 00:49:10
Estimate estimate of the socio economic characteristics of the various racial and ethnic groups in the city. 00:49:17
The criteria criteria governing the design of electoral districts for the election of City Council members. 00:49:25
Proposed timeline for the transition to by district elections. 00:49:32
Should the Council decide upon that course of action? 00:49:37
And direct the city manager to return to the City Council with the demographers report for discussion and further direction. So 00:49:42
that's what the RFP. 00:49:46
Proposal. 00:49:51
So it sounds as though information from. 00:49:54
The selected demographers research and report would certainly be available to the public and available to us as an advisory 00:49:57
committee. 00:50:02
I think it might be good for us to review the way that it's. 00:50:08
Because the hiring isn't done yet to review the. 00:50:11
The call or the announcement to see if there's anything else that we think might. 00:50:17
Also. 00:50:22
Could be included as part of this and and see if there's any recommendations we want to make to maybe expand the study at all. 00:50:24
Yeah, I think I need to think about that for a minute. 00:50:39
I think that. 00:50:42
There are some very specific legal issues, voting rights issues that are that are hoping to be addressed by this, and I don't know 00:50:44
that I I I would imagine it would be. 00:50:50
And I'm just speaking off the top of my head, but there there would be more interested in narrowing it down rather than broadening 00:50:57
it. So, so I'm not sure and I also have the feeling because the Council has already set this in motion. 00:51:03
That I'm not sure what our role would be at this point but I think that that is a another good question and if I could ask clerk 00:51:10
DI coordinator Kendall any thoughts or else to perhaps research this and and I could certainly I could certainly research but it 00:51:18
you know they it was given staff was given clear direction of the city manager was given clear direction on the RFP and so I. 00:51:27
Yeah, I could certainly, you know, research further and see if there's any. 00:51:36
Any anything that I that we can offer you know maybe prior? 00:51:40
Maybe at the next meeting or? 00:51:45
I can discuss with you directly, Chair. 00:51:47
That would be, that would be. 00:51:53
I think that would be helpful. Yep. 00:51:54
Thank you. 00:51:58
Yeah, I I would just like to add to that. 00:52:03
That. 00:52:07
In whatever way that the task force can be. 00:52:10
Involved or, you know, give recommendations or perhaps. 00:52:13
You know, get together I. 00:52:19
To discuss it, perhaps via meeting about the demographic study, because I think that's. 00:52:21
Seems like it's this in the spirit of the task force to. 00:52:29
You know, look at the dynamics of the, the districts and. 00:52:33
I think it would be, you know, it would be helpful to to have that happen and certainly since the work is being done, if you know 00:52:39
that and we think that something else should be included, it's, it's. 00:52:45
This would be the time to make the recommend to make our recommendation again. We only recommend to we're not spending money. 00:52:53
But since the work is being done, there might be opportunities to gather some additional data. 00:53:01
That. 00:53:07
May be currently required for for the voting purposes, but would serve a larger purpose of DEI. 00:53:08
Yes, I could certainly see that. And I also again as we've talked about with our demographics that we looked at in terms of census 00:53:17
data, school demographic data and so on, there are some of the underrepresented groups that are not necessary that are self 00:53:23
identifying and so they may not necessarily be captured in any of those more formal standard demographic processes. So and I also 00:53:29
think that. 00:53:36
I couldn't. I can imagine. 00:53:44
A role for us as this process moves along, as we are looking at ways to engage and promote the engagement of underrepresented. 00:53:47
Persons in our community, in our civic processes. So yeah, so I think the demographer is a good start, but I know that. 00:53:57
There's a lot more to this moving ahead, yeah, I just, I think, I think whatever input we can give as the task force would really 00:54:05
be helpful. 00:54:10
Yeah, giving input at the inception of a process is is easier than than doing it after the the. 00:54:15
Horses left the barn, so to speak. 00:54:25
Absolutely. Well, I think we will follow up and hear more about this. 00:54:28
That's all right. 00:54:34
OK. Thank you. Going back to the work plan and. 00:54:36
Perhaps clerk DI coordinator Kendall? Perhaps we could have the work plan just back up on the screen for a minute. 00:54:39
This is certainly not the last opportunity to add or do things with the work plan because we will bring it back regularly. 00:54:58
And I think that having having some, I mean just talking through this it I think it would be interesting to have a little bit more 00:55:05
of a formal presentation on inclusive playgrounds because there seems to be interest in that. And then also the idea of having 00:55:11
plaques, new plaques in the city or new signage or new recognition of different groups in different locations. I think that would 00:55:18
also be an interesting one to bring back as well I. 00:55:24
And then you'll see under the notes, I've tried to list everyone who had volunteered so far, and there'll be an opportunity 00:55:33
further along in the meeting to actually approve subcommittees and then get that work started. But. 00:55:39
From your point of view, is there anything else in the work plan that should be there or? 00:55:45
Are we? Excuse me, are we able to comment on some of these? Yeah, this is the time for this. 00:55:51
Yeah. 00:55:58
I was curious. My question is the recommendation around the. 00:56:01
Looking at the the Feast of Lanterns. 00:56:07
Healing around that. Is there any kind of committee that's been formed with that? I believe there was a an event this summer. 00:56:11
And I don't, I don't know if that's. 00:56:18
Particular committee that's. 00:56:21
Been take has taken up the Feast of Lanterns. Yeah. So the Feast of Lanterns was a nonprofit, 501C3 nonprofit with the board and 00:56:24
so on. And my understanding is that there is a, there is that new group and I'm sorry the name has escaped me right now. That sort 00:56:30
of. 00:56:35
Taken, taken on that that work and I think really spearheaded by young people, by high school students who have really been 00:56:42
working as ambassadors out in the community and different organizations as well as putting on that event. So it's not a, it's not 00:56:49
a city committee if you will. It's a completely separate nonprofit organization. 00:56:55
You had mentioned two areas that could be added. Is that something we want to do today to add the to the work plan, the area 00:57:05
plaques and? 00:57:09
Umm. Playgrounds could certainly do that. Umm, sure. 00:57:14
And let's see. So let me let me just make a few notes here. So I'd like to add. 00:57:20
Draft I did recommend identify. 00:57:27
Let's see, I wonder with the plaques one if. 00:57:35
We want to have something about researching. 00:57:39
Existing plaques and then recommending. 00:57:43
New plaques that would be. 00:57:46
Inclusive of our city's diverse heritage or something like that, OK? 00:57:49
And of course, sometimes work plan items carry over year to year of course. 00:57:58
And then I would suggest maybe for the second one to research inclusive playgrounds. 00:58:15
And I'm not quite sure, because, again, it gets back to that playgrounds technically fall under the Parks and Recreation. 00:58:20
Exactly, but but we could research it and and. 00:58:29
Inform ourselves and then if necessary. 00:58:36
Move forward with the proposal or recommendation. I think the research needs to happen first. OK, so that would be adding two 00:58:39
additional items to our work plan and one would be research existing plaques and recommend new ones that are inclusive of our 00:58:45
city's diverse heritage. 00:58:52
And the second would be to research inclusive playgrounds, yes. 00:58:58
OK. Yes, great And I. 00:59:02
Suggest maybe? 00:59:06
At our next meeting, perhaps having. 00:59:08
Bringing back and having subcommittees for those when when we have. 00:59:10
Our full four person task force here. 00:59:14
So with those two additions, is there anything else? 00:59:19
Is this format useful do you think would it be helpful to have it be seeing this every two, three to four months and then sort of 00:59:25
focused on the work at hand? Yeah, I think so. I mean I, you know, because then we can kind of do a progress report on, you know, 00:59:30
what we've been able to do and what. 00:59:35
What still needs to be done. Yeah. Keep us focused. Yeah. OK, good. 00:59:41
Great. There's no more discussion I. 00:59:47
Is there a motion to approve the work plan with the two added work plan areas of the plaques? 00:59:50
And the inclusive playground. 00:59:56
I move to. 00:59:59
Accept the task force work plan with the two new additions. 01:00:01
I second the motion. 01:00:06
All right. There's been a motion and a second. 01:00:09
Secretary DI Coordinator Kendall, will you please take A roll call vote? 01:00:13
Yes, Vice chair Fiber. 01:00:18
Aye member donay. 01:00:21
Aye, Chair Bowie Aye. Motion carries 301. 01:00:24
Secretary Hoops absent? 01:00:30
Thank you. And finally, item number 8C is the appointment of the work plan subcommittees. I'll provide a brief presentation, 01:00:34
there'll be time for Task Force questions, then public comment on this item, then task force discussion and action. 01:00:41
So subcommittee appointments are now needed to accomplish the work of the 2024-2025 work Plan. And then, based on expressed 01:00:48
interest at our previous meeting, the following subcommittees are recommended for appointment the Cultural Calendar Subcommittee 01:00:54
of Secretary Hoops and Member Donay. 01:00:59
And Metrics and Monitoring Subcommittee of Chair Bowie and Vice Chair Freiberger. 01:01:05
With. 01:01:11
Future meetings to have future subcommittees. 01:01:13
Any questions? 01:01:17
OK, I'll now. 01:01:20
Open public comment on the work plan subcommittee appointments to those who are here in person and time for public comment. Again, 01:01:22
comments will be limited to 3 minutes and must pertain to this agenda item. It will not receive Task Force action. It's 01:01:28
encouraged, if not disruptive to the meeting as chair. If someone chooses to be disruptive, I will respond according to Council 01:01:33
policy. 01:01:39
Seeing no public comment in person, I will now open public comment on the work plan subcommittee appointments to those remotely. 01:01:48
No virtual comment. OK. Thank you. I'll now close public. 01:01:57
I'll now close public comment and bring the Work Plan Subcommittee appointments item back to the Task Force for a discussion and 01:02:03
action. 01:02:06
And one thing that I would notice, I think it is helpful to have subcommittee reports regularly agendized so that every month 01:02:11
there's an opportunity to either give an update or to provide a recommendation. So I think that also helps keep the pace of work 01:02:16
going. 01:02:21
Pretty well. 01:02:27
OK. All right. Is there any discussion? 01:02:27
You know, just I supposed to table the. 01:02:39
Subcommittees for the 2 new items that we just added until we, like you said, until we have a full yes. 01:02:42
Groups so that everybody has an opportunity to jump in? Yep. 01:02:49
Are we approving the subcommittees as they are? 01:02:56
Is these that are that are that are already? Yeah. 01:03:01
OK. All right. Do you need a motion? Yes, I move that we approve the additional subcommittees as identified in the task force. 01:03:05
And I second the motion. 01:03:19
Great. We have a motion and a second secretary DI coordinator. Kendall, will you please take A roll call vote? 01:03:21
Yes, Vice Chair Feiberger. 01:03:28
Aye member donay. 01:03:30
Aye, chair Billy. 01:03:32
Aye, motion carries 301 secretary hoops absent. 01:03:34
Thank you. The next DEI task force meeting will be April 8th, 2024 at 6:00 PM and I will now adjourn the meeting at 7:04 PM. Thank 01:03:39
you. 01:03:45
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