Equity and justice
At the start of the board meeting, directors immediately focused their attention on the systemic racism that exists in our institutions and communities, as brought to the forefront by a widely viewed cell phone video at the end of May. The brutal murder of George Floyd, while in police custody, sparked protests around the nation and around the globe, with resounding calls for justice and equity. The Board of Director's Executive Committee put forward a statement, denouncing systemic racism and committing to equity and justice throughout city institutions, which the board overwhelmingly approved. The statement
was issued publicly immediately following the board meeting.
During the meeting, the National League of Cities (NLC) Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL)
Director Leon Andrews gave a presentation on how local leaders can strengthen their knowledge and capacity to eliminate racial disparities. Much of the presentation was built on the REAL program, which is available online for cities.
As local leaders work to begin the healing and dismantle the barriers to equity and fairness in our cities, the League will be exploring avenues for additional collaboration with NLC in the coming weeks to bring REAL resources directly to California cities and city leaders.
“Dear California, We Will Emerge Even Stronger, Together.” public service announcement
Recently, League President and Town of Yountville Mayor John F. Dunbar, League Executive Director Carolyn Coleman, and a number of mayors throughout the state had the opportunity to participate in a statewide open video message to all Californians from California mayors to say thank you for all that residents have done to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The “Dear California, We Will Emerge Even Stronger Together”
was previewed at the League board meeting, and will run on Comcast TV channels throughout the state. The video message will also be shared on the League website and social media channels.
Ballot measures and key advocacy items
In addition to approving the Legislative Consent Calendar and other policy committee legislative recommendations during Friday’s meeting, the board took action on several ballot measures slated for the November 2020 statewide ballot. Under the League’s bylaws, the board may take a position supporting or opposing a statewide ballot measure only by a two-thirds vote of those directors present. This policy assures that any position taken reflects the broad consensus of League members. The League:
- Voted to take a No Position on two ballot measures:
- The California Schools and Local Communities Funding Act (the “Split Role” initiative)
- The Rental Affordability Act
- Voted to take a Support position on the Family Home Protection and Fairness in Property Tax Reassessment Act (the “Realtors” measure)
The next League board meeting will be held in Long Beach on Oct. 8 in conjunction with the League’s Annual Conference & Expo.