It was a quiet week in Harris Hall without any Council meetings, but busy in other ways.
We’re continuing conversations with the University about the East Grandstands of Hayward Field – the city manager, Alan Zelenka and I each met separately with the President Schill. I’m optimistic that we will find a path to engage the community in honoring the grandstand’s role in history while still enabling the University to proceed with their renovation. Council will discuss this at the meeting on May 9th.
In the coming weeks, Council will also return to a review of possible amendments to the Ordinance for the Protection of Individuals and Groups. When Council passed the initial ordinance, the Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee made clear that additional protections should be added. These could extend protections related to information gathered by non-law enforcement departments that is personally identifiable regarding race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, housing status or disability unless that information is reasonably necessary for the delivery of service. This requires a City-wide assessment of when and what information different City programs are collecting now. Council will learn from staff about this in June.
On Wednesday we celebrated the swearing in of our new Police Chief Chris Skinner. The chief will be very busy in the coming weeks getting familiar with his department, but once he’s established, he will make himself available and will be eager to meet with the community.