I proposed the following resolution at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23, 2020. It failed on a 2-3 vote.
Our next meeting is July 14. I will offer some closing thoughts during the Councilmember Comments section at the end of the meeting.
The resolution is Item 5c and starts around 1:06 in the recording.
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAN DIMAS,
COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, CALLING FOR UNITY, DIALOGUE, AND ACTION TO ABOLISH RACISM, WHEREVER IT MAY EXIST, AND TO ENSURE JUSTICE AND RESPECT FOR ALL MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.
WHEREAS, on May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a Black man, was killed by members of the Minneapolis police force using excessive force, and his death was shocking, abusive, and unwarranted; and
WHEREAS, the actions of the officers in this case are not representative of, and undermine, the hard work and dedication of hundreds of thousands of Law Enforcement professionals nationwide, who work tirelessly to keep our communities safe; and
WHEREAS, San Dimas is a diverse community that is concerned about the equal and fair treatment of all persons; and
WHEREAS, racism and racial injustice harm the people of our nation and the people of San Dimas; and
WHEREAS, the City of San Dimas will not accept that any person be discounted, undervalued, or marginalized; and
WHEREAS, we must come together as a community, listen, and learn from each other in order to identify where change should be made and how we can make it.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of San Dimas does hereby resolve that:
SECTION 1. The City Council mourns the death of George Floyd and condemns his senseless killing.
SECTION 2. The City Council denounces and will not tolerate any act of racism, hate, or violence. We affirm the values of Equality, Justice, Compassion, and Respect. We will continuously strive to ensure Accountability, Understanding, and Solidarity in the community.
SECTION 3. The City Council will assist in the creation of a local civilian advisory committee to foster constructive, honest, and substantive dialogue between the community and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the San Dimas City Council, and the San Dimas Public Safety Commission.
SECTION 4. The Mayor shall sign this Resolution and the City Clerk shall attest and certify to the passage and adoption thereof.