See invitation and Daily Bulletin article below. It is important that we have a good turn-out for the city council vote on an ordinance which would give people without a driver’s license (as we know it is primarily immigrants who are affected) to call a relative or friend with a driver’s license to pick up their car (and not have it impounded). In Pomona, this would not just be at checkpoints — as the law now requires — but 24 hours a day. Pomona Habla has been in the forefront of fighting unjust checkpoints — now it is in the forefront of stopping these injustices 24 hours a day. Since the Daily Bulletin ran a front-page article on this issue in its Sunday paper, we know that the anti-immigrant “chupacabra” forces will be out in numbers. We urge you to attend by being at city hall early (between 5 and 5:30) to ensure a place inside. Let’s pack city hall!
ESTA NOTA ES PARA RECORDARLES QUE HOY LUNES 5 DE MARZO EL CONCILIO DE LA CIUDAD DE POMONA VA A CONSIDERAR LA PROPUESTA DE POMONA HABLA DEMANDANDO UN ALTO A LA INJUSTA, DISCRIMINATORIA Y OPRESIVA INCAUTACION DE CARROS..
THIS NOTE IS TO REMIND YOU THAT TODAY MONDAY, MARCH 5 THE POMONA CITY COUNCIL IS GOING TO CONSIDER THE PROPOSAL SUBMITTED BY POMONA HABLA TO STOP THE UNFAIR, DISCRIMINATORY AND OPPRESSIVE IMPOUNDS.
NO FALTEN/PLEASE ATTEND. 5:00pm AT POMONA CITY HALL AT GAREY AND MISSION.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL Eddie 909-918-6170
Pomona City Council to consider ordinance involving unlicensed drivers, vehicle impounds
Created: 03/03/2012 06:07:44 AM PST
POMONA – City Council members will consider a proposed ordinance Monday night to give unlicensed drivers a 45-minute window of time to contact a licensed driver to pick up their vehicles before police tow them away.
The Police Department has recommended the City Council not adopt such an ordinance, a city staff report said.
The proposal would affect unlicensed drivers stopped by police officers in situations that do not involve checkpoints and where the driver has committed no other violation aside from driving without having a license, according to a city staff report said.
Under the proposal, developed by members of the Pomona Habla/Pomona Speaks Community Coalition, an officer who stops an unlicensed driver would have the option of issuing a citation for the violation and allow the driver to leave or give them 45 minutes to contact a licensed driver who is either the registered owner of the vehicle or is authorized by the driver to pick up the vehicle, the staff report said.
City staff members have various concerns involving the proposal.
Among the concerns is that police personnel will have to remain with the unlicensed driver and the vehicle until another driver arrives, keeping officers from responding to other calls, the staff report said.
Other concerns involve officer and public safety, liability issues and officer productivity, the staff report said.
Members of the coalition presented the concept to City
Council members last summer and since then have been working to develop the proposed ordinance.
City Council members will meet for the closed portion of the meeting at 5:30 p.m. and will reconvene for the open portion of the meeting at 6:45 p.m. in City Hall, 505 S. Garey Ave.
Reach Monica via email or call her at 909-483-9336.