Principles to Guide the Review

Step 1: The City Council will adopt a resolution condemning racism, inviting the community to share their experiences with fellow community members, and making the My Brother’s Keeper pledge with respect to police use of force policies. This item is scheduled for the Council’s June 23, 2020 meeting; details on the meeting will be available on the City’s website.

Step 2: Conduct a series of listening sessions (to be scheduled) to collect stories and experiences from our residents of unequal or unfair City policies and practices. The meetings will be combined with other opportunities to share stories and experiences such as email, mail, and social media platforms. Seek out leaders of the Black, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native American communities in Rohnert Park to gain input and hear experiences regarding City policies and practices.

Step 3: Document the stories and experiences and input from Step 2 and publish a report for community review.

Step 4: Reform policies found to be causing an unequal or unfair experience living in Rohnert Park.

Principles to guide the effort include:

  1. Respect: All participants, including staff, residents, and appointed and elected officials, demonstrate respect in words and actions and approach decisions with open-mindedness so that everyone feels comfortable expressing their opinion regardless of differences.

  2. Inclusiveness and Equity: The City reaches out and encourages the participation of all members of the community in dialogue. Spanish language translation and interpretation are made available at all community listening sessions. The City looks at culturally appropriate ways to engage those who may not have historically been engaged, particularly community members from our Latinx and other ethnically diverse communities.

  3. Easy Participation: Promote an open and readily accessible government. Communications and information are timely, easy to understand, and offered in a variety of formats, appropriate to a given process. Information will also be available in Spanish. The City will provide clarity about the public decision-making process, including milestones and a defined endpoint. Participants have the flexibility to participate in a variety of ways, including online and in person.

  4. Meaningful Engagement: Provide opportunities for all community members to participate in an open and unbiased process, free of predetermined outcomes, to consider and deliberate feasible options. The City authentically solicits, acknowledges, incorporates, and responds to community input.

  5. Mutual Accountability: The City and community are mutually accountable for a fair process, honest and respectful participation, informed and fact-based discussion, outcomes that reflect input, and acceptance of the result. City processes will include meaningful assessments to measure progress, implementation of improvements as needed, and effective communication of both.