DEI Initiatives Update - November 2, 2020

November 2, 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 plan to 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 October 19, the following has taken place: 
DEI Task Force
Since early October, Task Force members have had Orientation Sessions and three Working Sessions They have formed subcommittees to work on specific areas, which include:

  • Affordable Housing 
  •  Education 
  •  Police Department 
  •  Community Services 
  •  Economic & Civic Advancement 

Public Engagement Meeting
The DEI Task Force would like to invite the community to a Public Engagement Meeting on November 5, from 7-9 pm. The meeting will:

  • Introduce the DEI Task Force and share its mission 
  •  Have each Working Group briefly present what they are focusing on
  •  Give the community the opportunity to share what is important to them

Next Steps
Task Force sub-committees will meet on November 12 and the full DEI Task Force will meet on November 19, which will include “Public Open Time”. The DEI Task Force will develop a set of recommendations for Council which will be presented in December. Phases 2 and 3 DEI Task Force Strategies will be included in the recommendations presented to the City Council.
DEI City-Wide Initiatives
New Police Chief Recruitment - The recruitment process for the new Chief of Police is underway, and it will involve interviews with key stakeholders in the community, including representatives from the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. 
Public Art - Perspectives: Past, Present, and Future: This community art project is still on the Downtown Plaza and will remain through November, weather permitting.  
Parks and Recreation Commission - Upcoming items of interest on the Parks and Recreation Commission Agenda for November 4, 2020 include:

  • An informational update regarding the Review and Analysis of City-Owned Parcels to Leverage for Affordable Housing
  •  Update Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives 

 Police Training Update - Our Interim Police Chief brought a report to Council on August 3rd, and shared information MVPD training requirements. In addition to the mandatory and recommended training, she shared additional trainings that Mill Valley police officers have attended such as visits to the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles (2 officers) and participation in a training titled “Bias Based Policing: Remaining Fair & Impartial” (6 officers).
We wanted to update the community of the recently completed trainings in the last month: 

  • Bias Based Policing – (4) MVPD Officers
  •  Bias & Racial Profiling – (8) MVPD Officers
  •  Principled Policing, Train the Trainer – (1) MVPD Officer

Moving forward, MVPD will continue to implement professional development opportunities to equip officers with the tools and insight needed to provide a safe and secure community for our residents and visitors in a transparent and equitable manner.

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