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Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee

Committee Purpose

Petaluma's Ad Hoc Community Advisory Committee (AHCAC) will study and discuss issues contributing to community members not feeling safe or welcome in Petaluma and to develop recommendations to improve diversity, equity, and inclusivity in Petaluma.  Those recommendations will then be considered when the City Council reviews citywide and police policies.

Committee Make Up

AHCAC members will represent Petaluma’s diverse community and include traditionally under-represented groups. On March 15th, 2021, the City Council approved 28 seats for the AHCAC. The membership includes 6 At-Large members nominated by the City Council and 22 additional representatives, representing previously approved local organizations. The 22 representatives were individually nominated and brought forward by their respective memberships. Each of the following organizations will have a representative on the committee:

  • 100 Black Men of Sonoma County
  • Committee on the Shelterless (COTS)
  • Indivisible Petaluma
  • Japanese American Citizens League
  • NAACP Sonoma County
  • North Bay Organizing Project – Petaluma Chapter (NBOPP)
  • Old Adobe Unified School District
  • Petaluma Area Chamber of Commerce (DEI)
  • Petaluma Blacks for Community Development (PBCD)
  • Petaluma City School District
  • Petaluma Community Relations Council
  • Petaluma Health Center
  • Petaluma Healthcare District
  • Petaluma People Services Center
  • Petaluma Pride
  • Petaluma Youth Commission
  • Petaluma Youth for CAHOOTS
  • Sonoma County Black Coalition
  • Sonoma County Black Forum
  • St. Vincent's De Paul High School
  • Team for Inclusivity, Diversity, and Equity (TIDE) in K-12 schools.
  • Waugh Unified School District

Guiding Principles

Safe Expression - Staff and committee members will ensure that the meetings are a safe place for participants to share their experiences, perspectives, and opinions.

Inclusiveness and Equity - Staff and committee members will encourage all members of the community to participate.  As such, Spanish language translation will be available. We will also support participants new to public engagement so they feel safe and included.

Easy Participation and Equal Access - Communications between staff and the committee will be timely, easy to understand, translated into Spanish, and offered in a variety of formats. Staff and committee members will jointly define the committee’s goals and end points.

Meaningful Engagement - The committee will hold open meetings and listen to all participant opinions before concluding outcomes and recommendations.  The City will openly consider all recommendations presented.

Accountability - We are all committed to a fair and open process that allows for honest and respectful participation, informed and fact-based discussion, and outcomes that reflect input. We will also develop meaningful assessments to measure progress.

Schedule / Agenda Topics

The Committee will meet monthly for six months to study and discuss the following topics:

  • Recommendations from the Task Force Report on 21st Century Policing
  • Recommendations from the Community Forum on Racism and Interactions with Police in Petaluma September 2020 Report
  • Community questions regarding police policies, including use of force, complaints, early warning, implicit bias, equipment, transparency, and oversight.
  • Community questions regarding citywide DEI policies.
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