Racial Equity and Justice

Last updated:  9/18/2020  12:00:00 AM

The City of Mountain View is fully committed to racial equity and justice as we strive to create a welcoming, safe and inclusive community for all. While recent national events have created an urgent cry for policing reform across the country, the City recognizes that systemic racism is far-reaching and long-standing and requires a comprehensive approach of reflection, engagement and action.

This webpage is dedicated to keeping the community informed about the City’s efforts to uphold our commitment to racial equity and justice and the opportunities for community members to be involved.

On June 23, 2020, the City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution proclaiming that the City of Mountain View stands in solidarity with its black residents and communities of color and that Black Lives Matter.

On June 9, 2020, Mayor Abe-Koga announced the appointment of an Ad-Hoc Council Subcommittee on Race, Equity and Inclusion (REI Subcommittee) to engage the community in meaningful dialogue and take action toward a vision of racial justice and equity in Mountain View and renewed public trust in law enforcement. The Subcommittee consists of Vice Mayor Ellen Kamei, who serves as Chair, Mayor Margaret Abe-Koga and Councilmember Lucas Ramirez.

The REI Subcommittee will meet periodically from June through November 2020 with plans to bring recommendations to the full City Council in December 2020. REI Subcommittee meeting agendas and materials are available below. For questions or comments on the REI subcommittee, please email REISubCom@mountainview.gov .

Subcommittee Meetings

June 30, 2020 REI Subcommittee Meeting:

  •  June 30, 2020 Meeting Agenda
  • June 30, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Coming Soon
  •  June 30, 2020 Meeting Video
  •  June 30, 2020 Discussion Topics
    •  Police Department Use of Force Policies: The City has reviewed and revised MVPD’s use of force policies to align with the 8 Can’t Wait campaign and California Attorney General.
    •  Scope of Race, Equity, and Inclusion Subcommittee: The REI Subcommittee discussed the scope of community conversations and other potential activities to work toward racial equity and justice.   

August 24, 2020 REI Subcommittee Meeting: 

  •  August 24, 2020 Meeting Agenda
  • Link to August 24, 2020 Meeting Minutes - Coming Soon
  • Link to August 24, 2020 Meeting Video
  • August 24, 2020 Discussion Topics
    • Alternative Police Service Delivery Models: The City is exploring alternative approaches for MVPD to respond to mental health-related calls for service with regional collaboration. The Subcommittee received a presentation from Santa Clara County regarding the Mobile Crisis Response Team. The City is further exploring alternative approaches for mental health related calls for service, including the White Bird Clinic’s CAHOOTS program in Eugene, Oregon.
      •  Presentation Slides: Santa Clara County Mobile Crisis Response Team - Coming Soon
    •  MVPD Policing Activity:  The City is compiling and evaluating data on policing activity to identify and understand any disproportionate impacts to communities of color. The Subcommittee received a presentation on preliminary MVPD Racial Demographic Statistics.The City is working with academic partners to bring analytical expertise and a neutral perspective to better understand MVPD policing data and develop approaches to address any disproportionate findings.
    •  Public Police Oversight:  The City is examining community-involved police oversight models to determine potential oversight approaches for Mountain ViewThe Subcommittee received an overview presentation on police oversight models.  The City continues to assess what option would work best in Mountain View based on community input, Mountain View Police Department operational realities, and any identified issues related to public trust and police accountability. 

October 05, 2020 Meeting – 5 pm to 7 pm via Zoom

  • Agenda items to include:
    • Overview of equity-based budgeting
    • Overview of the Mountain View Police Department budget
    • Consideration of gender inclusive language guidelines.   

November 19, 2020 Meeting – 5 pm to 7 pm via Zoom

  • Agenda items to be determined.   

 

The City is implementing a Racial Equity and Justice Action Plan focused on policing practices, policies and accountability, celebration and recognition of community diversity, and review of City operations and policies, with opportunities for community engagement throughout. Updates on the Action Plan will be provided at each REI Subcommittee meeting.

Download the Racial Equity and Justice Action Plan

 

As the movement for racial justice began to sweep the nation at the end of May 2020, and we saw some of the largest protests in Mountain View in recent memory, the City recognized the opportunity and obligation to connect with residents to listen to concerns, provide information, promote dialogue and find a path forward together.

The Human Relations Commission (HRC) Listening Forums on Local Policing

The HRC met with Police Chief Max Bosel on June 4, 2020 to discuss the Police Department’s values and policies. The HRC formed a subcommittee to help facilitate police-community relations through the planning of listening forums on local policing. These multilingual forums with facilitated small group discussion will provide a safe space for individual community members to share their stories about their experience with policing in Mountain View. Based on this input, the HRC will prepare a report to the City Council and Police Department to help inform future police policies and programs.
Dates of the Listening Forums on Local Policing are:

  • Session 1 - Monday, August 31 (6:30-8:30) - English
  • Session 2 - Thursday, September 10 (5-7) - Youth
  • Session 3 - Thursday, September 17 (6:30-8:30) - Spanish
  • Session 4 - Thursday, September 24 (6:30-8:30) - Mandarin

More information is available at Engage.MountainView.gov. This site also provides a feature for people who are more comfortable anonymously submitting their stories in writing to do so.

Mountain View Police Department Interactive Educational Forums

MVPDx: Partnership for the Future of Policing, is a listening and learning program that brings residents together with Mountain View Police officers to discuss, collectively, what next steps look like for our City when it comes to how the department protects and serves those who live, work, and visit our community.

The program, which will take place over seven sessions, will deep-dive into various themes and topics that will allow community members to ask questions, foster dialogue, and increase connections with local law enforcement to build the best future possible for policing in Mountain View. The first cohort will be starting in September with representatives from a range of groups and individuals who have contacted the Police Department seeking to engage on this topic. The interest list will be used to help fill future cohorts.

To learn more and to sign up for the program interest list, visit their webpage.

Please note, classes will be primarily conducted over Zoom but will also include in-person activities. Each cohort is limited to no more than 12 people to maximize engagement and conversation and comply with public health protocols.

The Police Department continues extensive one-on-one outreach with community members who have reached out with questions, comments, and concerns around policy, procedure, and budgeting. You may contact PolicePIO@mountainview.gov for police specific questions. If you have general questions or comments about the City’s Racial Equity and Justice efforts, please contact REISubCom@mountainview.gov.

Step Into Your Power: A Conversation with Jamia Wilson (hosted by the Mountain View Library)
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 from 6:00 - 7:00 pm via Zoom

We're in the midst of an unprecedented moment where there is widespread desire for collective connection and action. Jamia Wilson will offer insight on how we can all be everyday revolutionaries as we step into our power, tap into our strengths, and influence change in our own communities and beyond. Join us for a discussion of race, activism, and women's rights with author, feminist activist, and renowned speaker Jamia Wilson.

Jamia Wilson is the director of the Feminist Press at the City University of New York and the former VP of programs at the Women’s Media Center. Her work has appeared in numerous outlets, including the New York Times, the Today Show, CNN, Elle, BBC, Rookie, Refinery 29, Glamour, Teen Vogue, and The Washington Post. She is the author of Young, Gifted, and Black, the introduction and oral history in Together We Rise: Behind the Scenes at the Protest Heard Around the World, Step Into Your Power: 23 Lessons on How to Live Your Best Life, Big Ideas for Young Thinkers, ABC's of AOC, and the co-author of Roadmap for Revolutionaries: Resistance, Advocacy, and Activism for All.

Registration is required. Sign up at https://mountainview.libcal.com/calendar/libraryevents/jamiawilson

The Neuroscience of Implicit Bias (two-part workshop hosted by the Mountain View Public Library)

Advancements in neuroscience show that our implicit biases impact our decision making and problem-solving skills.  Neuroscience can help us better understand and change our preconceived notions of others to foster a more equitable society.  Join the Mountain View Public Library for a two-part workshop with nationally renowned speaker Kimberly Papillon.  In the sessions, she will provide concrete strategies and tools you can implement to thwart the unconscious biases in our decision making interactions with others.

Registration is required.  Sign up using the links below.

The Mountain View Police Department takes great pride in being transparent and earning trust within our community. It is a top priority for the MVPD to remain engaged with and meet the standards of the community in how we protect and serve city residents and visitors.

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