DEI Initiatives Update - October 5, 2020

October 5, 2020

This information will be shared tonight at the City Council meeting during the City Manager's Report. Participate.

Background - At the Monday, June 15, 2020 Council Meeting, the City Council approved an immediate action planto address systemic racism and injustice in Mill Valley. The plan included the establishment of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force to review and develop additional actions, investigate best practices, and make specific recommendations to Council for next steps.

Since our last update on September 21, 2020, the following has taken place: 

DEI Task Force Formation:

​Next steps include 

  • ​Task Force members will have some orientation sessions this week
  • ​The tentative schedule for the first public engagement meeting is the “Circle of Truth” forum on October 15
  • We will update the community when the schedule is set and how to participate 
  • ​The tentative plan is to meet weekly and to develop a set of recommendations for Council by the first meeting in December
  • ​The Task force will then decide on Phase 2 and Phase 3 DEI Task Force Strategies, prepare for Ambassadors "Community Champions Teams" (CTT) Sessions
  •  January - Launch Phase 2 DEI Initiatives

DEI City-Wide Initiatives

Public Art - Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future: This community art project is still on the Downtown Plaza and will remain through October, weather permitting.  Learn more.

Affordable Housing - The Housing Advisory Committee held a meeting on September 30 to discuss the “Home Match” Program and a preliminary review and analysis of City-owned parcels to leverage for affordable housing.

Parks and Recreation Commission - At their upcoming meeting on October 7 - There are two DEI-related items on the Agenda: Perspectives; Past, Present and Future Plaza Public Art Update, and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives Update. 

Police Department Update:
Our Police Department would like to provide an update on AB 953 - “The Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015”

  • Our Interim Police Chief brought a report to Council on August 3rd, and shared that the Racial and Identity Profiling Advisory Board requires a department the size of the Mill Valley Police Department to begin collecting “stop” data in 2022 and to report the data in 2023
  • ​Since the report to Council, the Mill Valley Police Department has been researching different platforms, internal and external, to achieve proper data collection and reporting
  • ​Currently, Mill Valley Police Department is beta testing, along with 5 other Bay Area law enforcement agencies, a platform for this data collection as well as distribution to the Department of Justice
  • ​The police department continues to focus on being ahead of the requirements and collecting the required data in an organized and proper manner in 2021 
  •  We will keep Council and the community updated as the testing phase continues

Stay Involved, Learn More:
Your participation and input is welcome and encouraged in all City DEI initiatives: