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Pomona Approval of Sanctuary State Compliance Measure

Pomona gives first approval to ‘sanctuary state’ compliance measure

 

By Monica Rodriguez | morodriguez@scng.com | Daily Bulletin

PUBLISHED: December 11, 2017 at 11:53 pm | UPDATED: December 12, 2017 at 5:07 pm

POMONA >> City leaders gave preliminary approval Monday night to a proposed Pomona ordinance meant to ensure the city will implement requirements spelled out in the state’s new so-called “sanctuary state” law.

Immigrant-rights groups urged the City Council to adopt an ordinance to keep Pomona in conformance with SB 54, known as the California Values Act.

Pomona City Council members voted unanimously for the proposed ordinance, which will come back to the council Dec. 18 for a final vote.

The ordinance was crafted with the involvement of representatives of various immigrant-rights groups, the city’s police chief and deputy chief, and members of the city attorney’s office, said Councilwoman Cristina Carrizosa.

“It’s was a very collaborative process,” Mayor Tim Sandoval said. “Out of this came the document you see … I think everyone is proud of the final document.”

Gov. Jerry Brown signed the California Values Act into law in October. The legislation goes into effect Jan. 1.

Generally, the law will prohibit state and local law enforcement agencies from using their resources for immigration-enforcement purposes including investigating, interrogating, detaining or arresting people.

Pomona’s proposed ordinance will ensure “city policy remains in conformity with state law on the issue, in particular, the requirement now under SB 54 that cities do not engage in immigration enforcement purposes except under specific circumstances,” according to a city staff report. That would include cases in which a judicial warrant was issued.

Among the things the proposed ordinance would do is prohibit the city from entering into agreements unless they are in compliance with SB 54, the staff report reads.

State legislation will require police departments to provide an annual report to the California Department of Justice with details of participation in any joint law enforcement task force. The proposed ordinance will require the Pomona city manager to provide the same information to the City Council at the same time it is submitted to the state Department of Justice, the staff report reads.

Pomona’s proposed ordinance will ensure that “neither the city nor any official, employee, agent or contractor of the city will be able to amend this stated city policy to make such policies out of compliance with this ordinance or SB 54,” according to the staff report.

The proposed ordinance makes it clear that the Pomona city manager is responsible for development and implementation of the training materials for city personnel as it pertains to the scope and requirements of SB 54, the city staff report reads.

The city manager also will present to the City Council a report on the status of training and compliance with SB 54. The report will be provided at least once a year to the City Council or when requested by the council.

Sandoval reiterated that the City Council is “in full support of all our residents in the city,” he said. “We are going to do everything that we can to protect you.”

Prior to the council’s vote, Jose Calderon, president of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, told the council that over the years the city and a coalition of local organizations have worked together to address issues of concern to the city’s immigrant population. Issues have ranged from addressing the needs of day laborers seeking work to support for state legislation that has resulted in driver’s licenses being issued to those living in the state without the proper immigration documents.

“This is very important to our community which includes immigrants and the families of immigrants,” Calderon said.

Tuesday, Calderon said he was happy with council’s action and is demonstrating it is “taking the lead and figuring out how to ensure the voice and protection of those in a section of the community not always heard.”

But not everyone agrees with the direction the City Council is taking. Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation of American Immigration Reform, said Tuesday actions such as those taken by the  Pomona City Council are those of local leaders who are upset with the federal government taking steps to enforce immigration regulations.

“Ultimately, it is SB 54 that’s in violation of federal law,” Mehlman said.

In 1996, Congress adopted legislation outlawing sanctuary cities yet the federal government has not challenged California’s legislation or that of cities, he said.

The actions California, Pomona and other communities are sending to those in the country illegally including those who are undocumented and have committed a serious crime is “we will do whatever it takes to protect and coddle you,” Mehlman said.

Calderon said the nation is living through a period in which policies that have allowed people to live in the country legally are being overturned, instilling fear in them and their loved ones in addition to leaving them facing an uncertain future.

The Pomona City Council’s actions provide some help to people in such a situation, Calderon said.

“It’s really a courageous act,” he said.

 

Support of Pomona SB 54 Compliance Ordinance

Dear Mayor Sandoval and the Members of the Pomona City Council,

 

On behalf of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley, I write to strongly support the SB-54 Compliance Ordinance that is currently being proposed by the ICE Out of Pomona Coalition and currently under consideration by the city council.

In previous years, our Latino and Latina Roundtable has collaborated with city council members and officials on issues that directly affect the rights of our Latino/a community and our diverse communities.  As a result, as part of coalition efforts, we have been able to find common ground in supporting the rights of our immigrant and refugee families.  As part of these efforts, Pomona became a national model for how to work with coalitions in developing a center for day laborers.   In recognizing how immigrant families were being affected by checkpoints, the council took the lead in making important changes to the conducting of these checkpoints.  In the course of this action, the council openly supported the passage of a bill allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain a driver’s license.  In carrying out these actions, the council has ensured the rights, not only of the majority Latino community, but a large sector who are immigrants of all nationalities.

Now, with the introduction of the SB 54 Compliance Ordinance, the council is once again being asked to take the lead in being an example as to how SB 54 can be implemented on a local level.  This request comes at a time when our immigrant communities are facing some of the deepest attacks on human rights in history.  With the present administration doing away with Temporary Protective Status status for refugees from Nicaragua, Haiti, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone, there is the reality that this status may not be renewed for 265,00 immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who have been here for decades.   We personally know families who live in Pomona who are being affected by these policies.  We also know many DACA recipients from Pomona who are facing the reality that DACA may be terminated on March 5.

Under these conditions, the Pomona City Council can take the lead in supporting the intent of the California Values Act and ensure support for our vulnerable communities.  This issue is very important to our membership that includes immigrants and the families of immigrants.  We are fully in support of this ordinance and urge your unanimous approval.

Sincerely,

Jose Calderon,  President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable of the San Gabriel and Pomona Valley

 

Show up in support of Ordinance on SB-54 before Pomona city council on Monday

Reminder:  The Latino and Latina Roundtable, as part of the Ice Out of Pomona Coalition, call on your support this Monday, December 18 (at 6 PM) at Pomona City Hall when the Pomona City Council will vote on an  “An Ordinance of the City Council to Comply With the Requirements of the California Values Act in Order to Preserve Public Safety.” 

Where:  Pomona City Hall 

 When:  Dec. Dec. 18  

Time:  show up no later than 6 pm to get a good seat inside the city council chambers. 

 

http://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/12/11/pomona-council-gives-first-approval-to-sanctuary-state-compliance-measure/ 

 

 

 

 

Jose Zapata Calderon

President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

1050 North Mills Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-6101

(909) 952-1640

 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu

Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

Ordinance on SB-54 before Pomona city council on Monday

Tremendous organizing effort by the Ice Out of Pomona Coalition in collaborating with the Pomona City Council in passing the first reading of this ordinance which will undoubtedly be a model for other cities in California to follow.  The Latino and Latina Roundtable, as part of the Ice Out of Pomona Coalition, call on your support now on December 18 (at 6 PM) at Pomona City Hall when the Pomona City Council will vote on an  “An Ordinance of the City Council to Comply With the Requirements of the California Values Act in Order to Preserve Public Safety.  Where:  Pomona City Hall  When:  Dec. Dec. 18   Time:  show up no later than 6 pm to get a good seat inside the city council chambers.  :

 

http://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/12/11/pomona-council-gives-first-approval-to-sanctuary-state-compliance-measure/

 

http://www.dailybulletin.com/2017/12/11/pomona-council-gives-first-approval-to-sanctuary-state-compliance-measure/

 

 

 

Jose Zapata Calderon

President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

Emeritus Professor of Sociology and Chicano/a and Latino/a Studies

1050 North Mills Avenue

Claremont, CA 91711-6101

(909) 952-1640

 Jose_Calderon@pitzer.edu

Website:  www.josezcalderon.com

To LRT Members: Ice Out of Pomona Coalition ordinance is on the Council Agenda!

The Latino and Latina Roundtable, as part of the Ice Out of Pomona Coalition, invites our members to join us at the Pomona City Council in support of “An Ordinance of the City Council to Comply With the Requirements of the California Values Act in Order to Preserve Public Safety (see the attached city council agenda).  The Introduction and First Reading of this Ordinance will take place this Monday, November 11 and the actual vote will take place on Dec. 18.  We are not organizing in a big way for Dec. 11 since this is primarily for the introduction and urge our members not to post this on social media.  We do ask that you start preparing for Dec. 18th for the actual vote.  In the city council agenda (page 3 and bottom of page 4) , you will find the Latino and Latina Roundtable support letter attached (as well as a letter from lawyer Jim Sanbrano who has been a representative of LRT on the coalition).  Where:  Pomona City Hall  When:  Dec. 11 and Dec. 18   Time:  show up no later than 6 pm to get a good seat inside the city council chambers.

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The Age of Trump and the Rise of Authoritarianism

The Age of Trump and the Rise of Authoritarianism

I like the title of this conference, flirting with Fascism, because what is happening in this country right now – has some vestiges of fascism – although this is not a settled question.  We still have democratic forms and some democratic rights – that we must use to advance a more just and democratic society.  However, what are some of these vestiges?

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Please Welcome Our New LRT Executive Director – Kathy Cabrera

We are excited to introduce our Latino and Latina Roundtable members and friends to our first director, Kathy Cabrera.  Kathy brings to our organization many assets to help us accomplish our goals and sustain or organization for years to come.

 

Kathy grew up in the city of Ontario and graduated from Pitzer College.  While at Pitzer, she was involved in numerous projects including: teaching ESL classes at the Pomona Day Labor Center; coordinating weekly Encuentro meetings between day laborers and students, and helping to organize the La Paz Alternative Spring Break and Cesar Chavez Pilgrimage.  In Pomona, Kathy gathered research and participated in defeating measure T that would have replaced the elections of city councilmembers by district to at-large elections.

 

She was a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Malaysia; working alongside nonprofit organizations to raise funds for educational programs; and working as a research assistant and recruiter of Spanish-speaking parents at the University of Chicago for a social-emotional study in Chicago Public Schools.

 

In the next few weeks, Latino and Latina Roundtable members will be receiving e-mails and communication from Kathy Cabrera.  She has begun working on organizing our new office space, newsletter, facebook page, website, and files.  She will be handling our administrative responsibilities, fundraising, grant writing, outreach and strengthen communications with our members and community.  With her assistance we are looking forward to sustaining an ongoing organization to fight for social justice, create leadership and to educate our community on issues affecting us along with empowering our community.

 

When you have time, please stop by our new office at 1444 E. Holt Ave. in Pomona (Entrance #3 – Classroom 6)  and introduce yourself to her.

 

 

 

Jose Zapata Calderon

President of the Latino and Latina Roundtable

Invitation to Mercado Artisano and Sopa – Nov. 25 at dA Center

Hi everyone, Just wanted to invite you to the Mercado Artisano and Sopa on Saturday, November 25, 2017.  I will be selling my ceramic art and jewelry.  There will be other artists selling their ware as well as local women selling their Pozole and Tamales. This is an Alternative Market of local art and artisans.  Please let your friends and family know of this event.  Hope to see you there.  

 

PS.  50% of the profit of my artwork will be go to social justice organizations/causes

 

 

Rose Calderon

 

Mercardo Artisano and Sopa

The dA Center for the Arts

252 S Main St. Ste D.
Pomona, CA 91766

Invitation from Professor James Mestaz: Film Screening and Discussion this Thursday

 

Invitation to Film:  Latino: The Changing Face of America with filmmaker Roxanne Frias – Nov. 16 – 6:30 – 8:30 PM (Claremont McKenna College Kravis Center Lower Court 62) Panel responders include James Mestaz, Jose Calderon, Tomas Sandoval, Martha Gonzalez, and Tony Jimenez.

James V. Mestaz

Visiting Assistant Professor/Postdoctoral Fellow

History Department

Claremont Mckenna College