I was glad to see the articles in The Independent on Rep. Swalwell's (D-CA) efforts on police reform at the federal level and the article about the march in Pleasanton for unity on social justice. Congratulations to Julie Testa, Pleasanton City Council, for her effective efforts working with the organizers of the march – 3,000 peaceful demonstrators. Ms. Testa also handed out face coverings to marchers to help reduce risks with COVID-19.
It is worth noting that at the May city council meeting, prior to the tragic death of George Floyd, Testa asked that a discussion of police policies be placed on the agenda. Only Councilmember Karla Brown supported having that important and timely discussion.
Every city council should take seriously the responsibility of police oversight by a civilian committee, not a limited internal city/police overview. Because we need leadership willing to have the difficult discussions of police review, we need to elect Karla Brown as mayor and elect Valerie Arkin and Nancy Allen to the city council.