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Town Hall on race and policing to be held Thursday

Virtual discussion will feature local community leaders and police chiefs

From top row, left to right: Project WeHope co-founder Paul Bains, East Palo Alto Center for Community Media Executive Director Henrietta Burroughs, former East Palo Alto police Chief Ron Davis, attorney Winter Dellenbach, Palo Alto police Chief Bob Jonsen, East Palo Police Chief Al Pardini and StreetCode Academy CEO Olatunde Sobomehin will participate in a June 25 virtual town hall on race and policing. Courtesy and file photos.

In the wake of weeks of protests over the killing of George Floyd and calls for change to eliminate racism and police brutality, the Voice's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, is hosting "Race, Policing and the Color of Justice," a conversation on how the Midpeninsula can chart a path forward.

The June 25 virtual town hall will feature panelists familiar to the local community: Paul Bains, president and co-founder of Project WeHope, chaplain for East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments and pastor of Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ; Henrietta Burroughs, executive director of East Palo Alto Center for Community Media; Winter Dellenbach, attorney and community advocate and founder of Friends of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park; and Olatunde ("Tunde") Sobomehin, CEO of the educational nonprofit StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto.

Also joining the panel will be three current or former police chiefs: Ron Davis, former East Palo Alto police chief (2005-2013), executive director of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and current adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom on policing and social justice reform; Palo Alto Police Chief Bob Jonsen, the former police chief of Menlo Park; and Al Pardini, East Palo Alto chief of police since 2014.

The conversation is aimed at answering key questions facing the nation and local communities right now, said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Embarcadero Media, the town hall sponsor and the Mountain View Voice's parent company: "What do we want racial justice and policing look like in our community and what's keeping us from getting there?"

The event will be presented on Zoom.com on Thursday, June 25, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. RSVP at EmbarcaderoMediaGroup.com/race-and-police.

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Town Hall on race and policing to be held Thursday

Virtual discussion will feature local community leaders and police chiefs

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Mon, Jun 22, 2020, 5:12 pm

In the wake of weeks of protests over the killing of George Floyd and calls for change to eliminate racism and police brutality, the Voice's sister paper, the Palo Alto Weekly, is hosting "Race, Policing and the Color of Justice," a conversation on how the Midpeninsula can chart a path forward.

The June 25 virtual town hall will feature panelists familiar to the local community: Paul Bains, president and co-founder of Project WeHope, chaplain for East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments and pastor of Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ; Henrietta Burroughs, executive director of East Palo Alto Center for Community Media; Winter Dellenbach, attorney and community advocate and founder of Friends of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park; and Olatunde ("Tunde") Sobomehin, CEO of the educational nonprofit StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto.

Also joining the panel will be three current or former police chiefs: Ron Davis, former East Palo Alto police chief (2005-2013), executive director of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and current adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom on policing and social justice reform; Palo Alto Police Chief Bob Jonsen, the former police chief of Menlo Park; and Al Pardini, East Palo Alto chief of police since 2014.

The conversation is aimed at answering key questions facing the nation and local communities right now, said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Embarcadero Media, the town hall sponsor and the Mountain View Voice's parent company: "What do we want racial justice and policing look like in our community and what's keeping us from getting there?"

The event will be presented on Zoom.com on Thursday, June 25, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. RSVP at EmbarcaderoMediaGroup.com/race-and-police.

Comments

Charlie
Slater
on Jun 22, 2020 at 6:59 pm
Charlie, Slater
on Jun 22, 2020 at 6:59 pm
8 people like this

Another newspaper in the county has an editorial today about the protection of bad cops. When do we see police body cam images of incidents around here? When they support the account presented by police. Why have police unions been so successful in California in increasing compensation and avoiding public oversight of police practices? Don't expect any answers at the Town Hall on June 25.


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Sylvan Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:47 am
Ok, Sylvan Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 8:47 am
2 people like this

Charlie, poor Charlie. How many 'incidents' did you have with 'bad cops' in Mountain View?
It seems there are bunch of shady people are complaining in the comments about police in Mountain View, one does not like the war on drugs, another asks for non-punitive approach to the sexual crimes, what is going on?


Charlie
Slater
on Jun 23, 2020 at 2:33 pm
Charlie, Slater
on Jun 23, 2020 at 2:33 pm
6 people like this

@ Fake name "OK" You did not respond to my points. Do you have any information or just an opinion or undisclosed agenda? Next time, you may include a badge number or not.


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Sylvan Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 3:45 pm
Ok, Sylvan Park
on Jun 23, 2020 at 3:45 pm
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@Charlie,
Hmm, I do not see any information from you, just a regular whining.
Next time, post your full non-fake name and street address.
Then I may include my personal information in an envelope and send it to you.


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