It’s been a rough week. We continued to struggle with hazardous air quality as our treasured forests burn; and President Trump announced his decision to rescind the rights of Dreamers under DACA to live, work, and contribute to our community.
Our burning landscape and orange skies remind us that we are in this together. Addressing climate change is urgent and the leadership we take as a community will help not only our quality of life, but encourage others to follow our example. The Mayor’s Ad Hoc Committee on the Climate Recovery Ordinance, established under Mayor Piercy and continuing with me, will next meet on Sept. 27th.
We are also fortunate to live in a state with a Governor who stands on the side of all of the people who call this home – families who came generations ago and young adults, Dreamers, who arrived as children. Ours is one of 15 states to sue the Trump administration for a stance that is “fundamentally unfair” and violates due process rights.
I have posted my support for DACA on Facebook and addressed Tuesday’s rally. Councilors will have a chance to express their support either individually or as a body at our first meeting after summer break this Monday, Sept. 11th.