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R2020-116 RESOLUTION R2020-116 RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NAPA, STATE OF CALIFORNIA, AFFIRMING THAT DISCRIMINATION AND SYSTEMIC RACISM IS A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS THAT RESULTS IN DISPARITIES IN FAMILY STABILITY, HEALTH AND MENTAL WELLNESS, EDUCATION, EMPLOYMENT, ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, PUBLIC SAFETY, CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXPERIENCE, AND HOUSING WHEREAS, discrimination and systemic racism manifests in distinct ways across many social intersections, including race, gender identity, sexual orientation, class, disability, immigration status, and age; and WHEREAS, the adverse impacts of discrimination and systemic racism are well documented and these impacts accelerate aging and disproportionately burden Black and other minority populations with diseases, such as heart disease and cancer; and WHEREAS, the Napa community is not immune to these adverse impacts, and members of marginalized communities here are more likely to experience economic insecurity, experience language barriers in accessing health care, and have higher drop-out rates among other issues; and WHEREAS, Black and other marginalized communities, including Indigenous people, women, Latinx, LGBTQ+, immigrants, and people with disabilities, are also more likely to be subjected to unjust treatment in the criminal justice system especially where training is inadequate and supervisors are not committed to equal treatment of all persons; and WHEREAS, as public officials, it is the City Council's duty to use its legal and moral authority to protect all members of the Napa community, to foster a community free of fear, intimidation and violence — a community in which people are not targeted or hurt unnecessarily by law enforcement or vigilantes and to provide equal protection under the law; and WHEREAS, there is a need to create additional pathways where all are comfortable and feel secure in accessing government services and assistance, making reports of misconduct and/or criminal activity; and WHEREAS, the adverse impacts of discrimination and systemic racism on health are well-documented; and WHEREAS, the magnitude of these issues, which affect a large number of people, threatens health over the long-term, and requires the adoption of largescale solutions, constitute a public health crisis; and R2020-116 Pagel of September 15,2020 WHEREAS, on August 18, 2020, the City of Napa Police Chief detailed recommendations that include updated defensive tactics training, additional cultural and ethnicity awareness training, continued and expanded community engagement programs for the Police Department, and the establishment of a Community Police Advisory Committee to review Police Department policies and procedures; and WHEREAS, the City Manager has directed the creation of a multi-year, multi- phase training program for employees of the City to address diversity, equity and inclusion; and WHEREAS, the City Manager will endeavor to create and strengthen partnerships with other government entities, non-profit agencies and community groups and to seek and obtain regular feedback from employees and community members to identify areas of discrimination or systemic racism that may exist within the City government; and WHEREAS, the City of Napa will view all future policy decisions with an equity lens to ensure our marginalized communities including Black, Latinx, women, LGBTQ+, Indigenous people and other populations and potential impacts to them are considered; and WHEREAS, the City Council is acting to affirm its commitment to serving all members of the community and helping to erase barriers to quality education, healthcare, safe housing, food security, and employment opportunities to allow for a healthy and successful life for each citizen; and WHEREAS, the City Council has considered all information related to this matter, as presented at the public meetings of the City Council identified herein, including any supporting reports by City Staff, and any information provided during public meetings. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Napa, as follows: 1. The City Council hereby finds that the facts set forth in the recitals to this Resolution are true and correct, and establish the factual basis for the City Council's adoption of this Resolution. 2. The City Manager is hereby directed to seek and obtain regular input from the public to identify potential areas of discrimination or systemic racism that may exist within the City government, focusing on City employment, training and development, and housing programs. The City Manager will obtain guidance on the resolution of such issues, present Council with future action recommendations, and work to strengthen and establishing partnerships with other community agencies to determine opportunities to make impactful use of City resources. R2020-116 Page 2 of 3 September 15,2020 3. This Resolution shall take effect immediately upon its adoption. I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing Resolution was duly adopted by the City Council of the City of Napa at a public meeting of said City Council held on the 15th day of September, 2020, by the following vote: AYES: Gentry, Alessio, Luros, Sedgley, Techel NOES: None ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None ATTEST: it /`r Tif at Carran City Clerk Approved as to form: Michael W. Barrett City Attorney R2020-116 Page 3 of 3 September 15,2020