Last updated November 17, 2020
Following several Council meetings with significant public comment, the City Council direct staff to create a community task force to address the potential for implicit bias and systemic racism within City programs, policies, and procedures. This webpage will serve as the continually updated source for information on the ARDPIE Task Force and the work being completed. Please continue to check back for new information.
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The City would like to welcome Martinez residents to submit questions about the task force, suggestions for community groups to contact, and recommendations for the facilitator position. Please click here to submit your input.
The Task Force will be comprised of approximately 9 members, representing a diverse cross section of interests, race, ethnic, religious, and gender identification and orientation. They will:
Consistent with Council direction, the City Manager selected a panel of six community members to assist with evaluating ARDPIE applications for the Mayor and Council's consideration. This Community Panel represents a diverse range of interests and racial and ethnic backgrounds, including Black, Asian, and Hispanic as well as LGBTQ. The Panelists recommended their top candidates for an interview with the Panel, which staff aggregated.
There were 13 applicants with three recommendations and above who were invited to participate in a Zoom interview with the Community Panel on Thursday, October 8.
The panel interviewed 11 (2 chose not to participate) and evaluated them for:
Following the interviews, the panelists individually tiered the applicants into three categories as followed:
Staff is forwarding the applicant information and Community Panel scoring for discussion with the City Council on October 21, 2020. The staff report is available here.
More information regarding the Task Force selection process can be found here.
The Community Panel and ARDPIE applicant information is ultimately public information, except for personal contact information (home address, email, phone). In order to respect the deliberative process, and allow the applicants equal opportunity to express their interests and experience, staff did not include Community Panel or applicant information during the applicant evaluation process. This information has been included in the October 21, 2020 staff report found above/below.
The City of Martinez is committed to diversity and inclusion and has several times re-affirmed this value through resolutions and public statements:
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