Last Monday night, Council voted unanimously in support of a Resolution supporting the rights of Dreamers under DACA to continue to study, work and contribute to our communities and called on our federal legislators to defend these rights and work to develop a pathway toward citizenship.
In response to a request from the Human Rights Committee, Council also voted 7-1 to direct the City Manager to make $10,000 available immediately to provide application fees to Dreamers who need to apply to renew their status by October 5th. I understand the concerns expressed by several councilors that this is a reach for Council, which does not normally provide funds when requested by any group. There is concern about a precedent. My view is that this is an unprecedented crisis, created when the President withdrew support for an existing law and commitment. As I said on Monday, as a locality we have almost no tools to help young immigrants in these dangerous days. This single act at least enables us to walk the talk of our support.
On other news, at the request of Council, I have created a committee to review the naming options for Broadway Plaza, or Kesey Square, as it is more commonly known. That committee will meet for the first time this Wednesday at noon in the Sloat room of the Atrium Building and is open to the public.