Racial Equity and Justice

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.

Initial actions are described below, including: statements affirming the City’s values, such as the Council Resolution Proclaiming Black Lives Matter; review and alignment of the Mountain View Police Department’s policies with best practices advocated by 8 Can’t Wait; and creation of an Ad-Hoc Council Subcommittee on Race, Equity and Inclusion.

More work is underway including development of a comprehensive Action Plan on Racial Equity and Justice and planning for a series of listening forums and other engagement events. Ongoing updates to this webpage will be made as this work continues to take shape.

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 to engage the community in meaningful dialog 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 Subcommittee’s first meeting was on June 30, 2020.

Subcommittee Meetings

 June 30, 2020:

August 24, 2020 scheduled.

Focus Areas and Next Steps

Staff is developing a comprehensive Action Plan on Racial Equity and Justice. The primary areas of focus are:

  • Review of Police Department data and current operations
  • Launch of multilingual Community Engagement Series on Local Policing, in conjunction with the Human Relations Commission and Police Department/Resident Interactive Forums
  • Exploration of alternative service delivery for calls for service affecting vulnerable members of the community
  • Research on community-involved police accountability/oversight and transparency models
  • Enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts in citywide practices and procedures, including budgeting, land use, employee recruitment, training and other programs

The detailed Action Plan will be presented at the August 24 Council Subcommittee meeting.

 Contact

Melvin Gaines; Melvin.gaines@mountainview.gov; 650-903-6397

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. Engagement on policing has included the Police Chief meeting with the Human Relations Commission on June 4 and participating in a citywide Town Hall on June 12, 2020The 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. The Police Department is also planning a series of interactive educational forums which will allow for dialogue and listening on these topics and more (details coming soon).

In addition, the Human Relations Commission (HRC) is planning a series of multilingual listening forums in August to give voice to individual community members who want to share their stories about their experience with policing in Mountain View, with themes to be reported to the Police Department and City Council. Stay tuned for dates and details.

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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