Monthly Archives: June 2020
Jun 9 2020
City of Pasadena Special Public Safety Committee Meeting Oversight of the Pasadena Police Department #InThisTogetherLA #InThisTogetherPasadena
 

Dear Fellow CSCers

This month’s call-to-action recommends that the Pasadena City Council consider evidence-based reform and greater community oversight of the Pasadena Police Department. One way to reduce crashes and traffic violence is through enforcement, but our organization has been concerned that a call for increased traffic enforcement could increase or validate police violence against people of color. The streets cannot be complete if ALL people cannot travel safely. See below for more information about how you can make a difference.


The City of Pasadena is hosting a special Public Safety Committee meeting Wednesday, June 10th at 1:00 p.m. to discuss potential options for greater accountability and civilian oversight of the Pasadena Police Department (this meeting was postponed from June 4th).

The City’s Public Safety Committee is composed of four elected officials — Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton, and Council Members John Kennedy (Chair) and Steve Madison. This is an issue they formally considered several years ago — following several fatal use-of-force incidents and in response to requests by a coalition of local community groups including the Pasadena chapters of the NAACP and ACLU — but a majority of the City Council (i.e. 5 members) could not agree.

Below are details on the meeting, including where it can be viewed online, as well as how community members can submit comments. This is an opportunity for Pasadena residents looking for a way to be engaged locally.

  • What: Pasadena Public Safety Committee – Special Meeting
  • When: Wednesday, June 10th, 1:00 p.m. start
  • Videoconference: Livestreamed on https://www.pasadenamedia.org/channel/kpas/
  • Meeting Agenda: Agenda Item #1-3 – includes 2015 staff report on options
  • How to submit Public Comment: Public comment can be submitted via the City’s online form or by emailing vflores@cityofpasadena.net, but only comments submitted via the City’s online form can be read aloud.
    • On the online form, simply select “Public Safety Committee”, Agenda Item #1. Please note that if you would like your comment to be read aloud to the Committee Members you will need to check that box on the online form.

Agenda for the Public Safety Committee can be found here when it is posted.

Tell Pasadena you support police reform and oversight

There is a Facebook event page to share with your friends, neighbors, and networks. Help and spread the word!


Lastly, read Pasadena CSC’s official letter to the council in support of police reform and oversight.

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Jun 4 2020
Pasadena Public Safety Commission – Special Meeting on Police Oversight Today 6/4 (2pm) @ActiveSGV
 

Pasadena Public Safety Commission – Special Meeting on Police Oversight Today 6/4 (2pm)

Good morning Pasadena stakeholders and contacts,

I hope my email finds you managing these challenging times as well as reasonable.

As a Pasadena resident, I am reaching out to you to share details about a special Public Safety Committee meeting the City of Pasadena is hosting today, Thursday, June 4th, to discuss potential options for greater civilian oversight of the Pasadena Police Department. 
The City’s Public Safety Committee is composed of four elected officials — Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek, Vice Mayor Tyron Hampton, and Council Members John Kennedy and Steve Madison. This is an issue they formally considered over five years ago — following several fatal use-of-force incidents and in response to requests by a coalition of local community groups including the Pasadena chapters of the NAACP and ACLU — but could not find a majority of Council Members to act upon (5 of 9 votes needed in Pasadena).
I recently had the opportunity to reconnect with a co-organizer of the CICOPP (Coalition For Increased Civilian Oversight of Pasadena Police), Juliana Serrano of All Saints Church, who shared that the coalition would greatly appreciate comments to the Committee from Pasadena residents and stakeholders in support of greater civilian oversight of the department. Per Juliana, the group recognizes that while greater oversight alone is not enough based on the impact of citizen commissions in other communities, it would be a concrete step for Pasadena after years of inaction on this issue.
Below are details on the meeting, including where it can be viewed online, as well as how community members can submit comments. As many people search for ways to engage locally at this time, I wanted to be sure to bring this to your attention.
Thank you in advance for your time and consideration,
  • What: Pasadena Public Safety Committee – Special Meeting
  • When: Thursday, June 4th (2pm start)
  • Videoconference: Per agenda it should be livestreamed on www.pasadenamedia.org
  • Meeting Agenda: Agenda Item #1 – includes 2015 staff report on options
  • How to submit Public Comment: Public comment can be submitted via the City’s online form. Simply select “Public Safety Committee”, agenda item 1. Please note that if you would like your comment to be read aloud to the Committee Members you will need to check that box on the online form submit your online response shortly AFTER the meeting has begun (2pm). Here is the form URL: www.cityofpasadena.net/commissions/public-comment

Wesley Reutimann
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Active San Gabriel Valley
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Jun 3 2020
MEMORIAL VIGIL AT HOME TONIGHT, June 3, 2020 Passing this along
 

MEMORIAL VIGIL AT HOME TONIGHT. Passing this along,
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Peaceful, silent protest from home.

This Wednesday June 3rd, at 9:00 pm, for exactly 8 min and 46 seconds, let’s go outside our homes and shine a flashlight into the sky. That’s the amount of time that Floyd had a knee on his neck, pleading for his life.

All we need to do is to go outdoors (rooftop, front yard, back yard, street, any place outdoors) and turn on a flashlight, or emergency light, and point it to the sky for exactly 8 min and 46 seconds starting at exactly 9:00 pm.

Let’s get the entire city of Los Angeles to do it, let’s show that we, the people, can come together peacefully, even when we are forced to be apart. Let’s show that we care, and that we DEMAND change.

A light in the dark symbolizes hope, and I hope that we can incite change with a simple, yet powerful 8 min and 46 seconds gesture. It really takes nothing to join this at-home protest and we can make the city of LA bright.

Wednesday June 3rd, will be 9 days from Floyd’s murder. He lost his life in almost 9 minutes by police unnecessary brutality. Let’s come together and peacefully show that it’s not okay and that we demand change.

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Jun 2 2020
Pasadena, CA Los Angeles County Curfew for June 2, 2020
 
Curfew Again Tonight
In accordance with Los Angeles County’s Order, the City of Pasadena is implementing another curfew from 6 p.m. June 2 through 6 a.m. June 3. No person should be in any public area unless they are emergency workers with identification or essential workers traveling to or from work. Any person found outside after the curfew is subject to citation or arrest by the Pasadena Police Department and Prosecution by the Pasadena City Prosecutor’s Office.
Out of an abundance of caution, people are reminded to stay home during the curfew. While it’s okay to walk in your neighborhood, please avoid business areas after curfew.
The City appreciates your patience and understanding as we take proactive measures to protect our community from the devastation and peril taking place in neighboring cities.
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