Important Benicia City Council meeting Tues. August 25, 6pm – Please write or call in to show support!By Roger Straw, August 24, 2020
Following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and peaceful protests here in Benicia, a new local organization was formed, Benicia Black Lives Matter (BBLM).
When BBLM members contacted Benicia elected officials and city staff, including Police Chief Erik Upson, they were met with attentive openness, warmth and a willingness to take action.
BBLM offered a good list of recommendations, and shortly, a Staff Report and a City Resolution were drafted for consideration by the City Council this Tuesday. The report, “Recognition of Benicia Black Lives Matter and Consideration of Resolution to Take Actions to Address Unconscious Bias“ and the accompanying Resolution outline measures already taken, and call for significant changes, including these 3 major components and more.
- Creation of a part-time Equity and Diversity Manager position (30 hours/week) at an estimated cost of $133,000 per year;
- Conduct an “Equity Indicators in Benicia” report with consultant costs estimated at $75,000;
- Mandate anti-bias training for all City employees and elected and appointed officials at an estimated cost of $8,000.
City Council members will consider whether to approve the resolution at its meeting today – Tuesday, August 25, 6pm on ZOOM. The discussion and vote is the ONLY item on Tuesday’s Agenda, so it will come up quickly. The ZOOM access information follows below.
To show support by email, see BENICIA – WHERE TO WRITE
To attend the ZOOM meeting – here’s from the 8/25/20 Council Agenda:
How to Submit Public Comments for this videoconferencing meeting:
Members of the public may provide public comments to the City Clerk by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any comment submitted to the City Clerk should indicate to which item of the agenda the comment relates. Specific information follows:
– Comments received by 3:00 pm on the day of the meeting will be electronically forwarded to the City Council and posted on the City’s website.
– Comments received after 3:00 pm, but before the start time of the meeting will be electronically forwarded to the City Council, but will not be posted on the City’s website, and will not be read into the record.
– Comments received after the start time of the meeting, but prior to the close of the public comment period for an item will be read into the record, with a maximum allowance of 5 minutes per individual comment, subject to the Mayor’s discretion.
Additionally, the public may view and provide public comment via Zoom (via computer or phone) link:
• If prompted for a password, enter 454382.
• Use participant option to “raise hand” during the public comment period for the item you wish to speak on. Please note, your electronic device must have microphone capability. Once unmuted, you will have up to 5 minutes to speak.