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Goal setting 2020- equity & transparency

From: domainremoved <Julie>
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 2020 14:51:30 -0800

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Dear esteemed council and senior staff,

Please consider elevating the inclusion of all residents views as you establish this years’ goals with an eye toward equity city wide. As the Color of Law event you attended in November showed, we have a disturbing history of housing discrimination in Menlo Park.

On to specific asks-

1) Add qualified neutral parties for high stakes projects: Specifically, please consider bringing in trained professionals to hold space for community input and keep both Facebook and the city accountable for promises made and intentions assumed during the process of planning for the rebuilding of the Belle Haven library, senior center, community center, fitness center and youth center.

2) commit to incorporating an equity lens and equity metrics in city evaluations of consultants, project and staff.

3) create new funds with the transitory occupancy tax (TOT) that are designed to be spent to build public amenities to benefit the neighborhoods where the taxes are collected. For example, we could use the funds the Nia Hotel paid last year to increase the open hours of the Onetta Harris community center.

4) Be transparent about what makes the list (for example, amenities funds were a priority goal at some point during goal setting last year- what happened?) and report quarterly on the status of the progress toward the goals.

Thank you.

Julie Shanson
Oak Court
Menlo Park resident
-- Julie
Received on Wed Jan 29 2020 - 14:55:50 PST

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