Council Deliberations on Anti-Discrimination Ordinance

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For those who missed the Davis City Council Meeting from Tuesday evening, here are some of the key snippets and exchanges. Included on here are the admissions by Councilmember Stephen Souza that he rewrote the proposal just prior to the city council meeting and that he has only that evening read the minutes from the original discussions. Moreover, you see Souza questioned on the use of the personnel board to lodge complaints against employees. You see Councilmember Heystek question City Manager Bill Emlen on how he would operate under the proposed changes. Finally you see Mayor Sue Greenwald flesh out that the “mediate” and “investigate” mentioned in the ordinance clearly do not refer to those terms in the legal sense since the ordinance explicitly states that these findings are not admissible in the court of law–whereas if the HRC were an investigative body with actual authority to adjudicate, the wording would be more reflective of that.

See for yourself by clicking on the video below…

—Doug Paul Davis reporting

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48 thoughts on “Council Deliberations on Anti-Discrimination Ordinance”

  1. Curious

    The name Kelly seems to ring a bell. Is this the name of the city staff person who handled the research and Council presentation of the psychological services contract with the city?

  2. Curious

    The name Kelly seems to ring a bell. Is this the name of the city staff person who handled the research and Council presentation of the psychological services contract with the city?

  3. Curious

    The name Kelly seems to ring a bell. Is this the name of the city staff person who handled the research and Council presentation of the psychological services contract with the city?

  4. Curious

    The name Kelly seems to ring a bell. Is this the name of the city staff person who handled the research and Council presentation of the psychological services contract with the city?

  5. Anonymous

    Kelly was a secretary, assistant to the city manager and was advanced to an actual deputy city manager when Emlen took over as city manager.

  6. Anonymous

    Kelly was a secretary, assistant to the city manager and was advanced to an actual deputy city manager when Emlen took over as city manager.

  7. Anonymous

    Kelly was a secretary, assistant to the city manager and was advanced to an actual deputy city manager when Emlen took over as city manager.

  8. Anonymous

    Kelly was a secretary, assistant to the city manager and was advanced to an actual deputy city manager when Emlen took over as city manager.

  9. davisite

    After viewing this clip, I get what Darnell was “seeing”… Souza was clearly not poised to do battle over this but rather,from the outset, was trying to avoid being run over by this political Mack truck that the Gang of Three had created.

  10. davisite

    After viewing this clip, I get what Darnell was “seeing”… Souza was clearly not poised to do battle over this but rather,from the outset, was trying to avoid being run over by this political Mack truck that the Gang of Three had created.

  11. davisite

    After viewing this clip, I get what Darnell was “seeing”… Souza was clearly not poised to do battle over this but rather,from the outset, was trying to avoid being run over by this political Mack truck that the Gang of Three had created.

  12. davisite

    After viewing this clip, I get what Darnell was “seeing”… Souza was clearly not poised to do battle over this but rather,from the outset, was trying to avoid being run over by this political Mack truck that the Gang of Three had created.

  13. Vincente

    Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did. He didn’t do his homework, he turned in his assignment at the last second, he didn’t read the deliberations from 1986, he wrote this, and he put this forward and then about halfway through, he collapsed like a deck of cards. He created this himself, he wrote the subcommittee report, he therefore chose to put a report with a recommendation rather than laying out options for the council, and finally he never consulted with the city attorney even though this issue came up in OCTOBER of last year. Somehow in those 8 months, he never once bothered to ask Harriet if there was a conflict? Oh please.

  14. Vincente

    Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did. He didn’t do his homework, he turned in his assignment at the last second, he didn’t read the deliberations from 1986, he wrote this, and he put this forward and then about halfway through, he collapsed like a deck of cards. He created this himself, he wrote the subcommittee report, he therefore chose to put a report with a recommendation rather than laying out options for the council, and finally he never consulted with the city attorney even though this issue came up in OCTOBER of last year. Somehow in those 8 months, he never once bothered to ask Harriet if there was a conflict? Oh please.

  15. Vincente

    Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did. He didn’t do his homework, he turned in his assignment at the last second, he didn’t read the deliberations from 1986, he wrote this, and he put this forward and then about halfway through, he collapsed like a deck of cards. He created this himself, he wrote the subcommittee report, he therefore chose to put a report with a recommendation rather than laying out options for the council, and finally he never consulted with the city attorney even though this issue came up in OCTOBER of last year. Somehow in those 8 months, he never once bothered to ask Harriet if there was a conflict? Oh please.

  16. Vincente

    Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did. He didn’t do his homework, he turned in his assignment at the last second, he didn’t read the deliberations from 1986, he wrote this, and he put this forward and then about halfway through, he collapsed like a deck of cards. He created this himself, he wrote the subcommittee report, he therefore chose to put a report with a recommendation rather than laying out options for the council, and finally he never consulted with the city attorney even though this issue came up in OCTOBER of last year. Somehow in those 8 months, he never once bothered to ask Harriet if there was a conflict? Oh please.

  17. Anonymous

    To reply to the other “anonymous” – Kelly was never a secretary – she was the economic development coordinator first when she came to Davis, then the department was re-structured to have Mike Webb and Ken Hiatt as the economic development persons and she became assistant to the city manager, then deputy city manager.

  18. Anonymous

    To reply to the other “anonymous” – Kelly was never a secretary – she was the economic development coordinator first when she came to Davis, then the department was re-structured to have Mike Webb and Ken Hiatt as the economic development persons and she became assistant to the city manager, then deputy city manager.

  19. Anonymous

    To reply to the other “anonymous” – Kelly was never a secretary – she was the economic development coordinator first when she came to Davis, then the department was re-structured to have Mike Webb and Ken Hiatt as the economic development persons and she became assistant to the city manager, then deputy city manager.

  20. Anonymous

    To reply to the other “anonymous” – Kelly was never a secretary – she was the economic development coordinator first when she came to Davis, then the department was re-structured to have Mike Webb and Ken Hiatt as the economic development persons and she became assistant to the city manager, then deputy city manager.

  21. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks for the video, they really should put video of city council meetings online at the city of davis website. it wouldn’t take that much effort or cost much, and it’d make the council much more transparent to the average citizen.

    the county supervisors have started doing it, i see no reason why davis can’t.

  22. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks for the video, they really should put video of city council meetings online at the city of davis website. it wouldn’t take that much effort or cost much, and it’d make the council much more transparent to the average citizen.

    the county supervisors have started doing it, i see no reason why davis can’t.

  23. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks for the video, they really should put video of city council meetings online at the city of davis website. it wouldn’t take that much effort or cost much, and it’d make the council much more transparent to the average citizen.

    the county supervisors have started doing it, i see no reason why davis can’t.

  24. 無名 - wu ming

    thanks for the video, they really should put video of city council meetings online at the city of davis website. it wouldn’t take that much effort or cost much, and it’d make the council much more transparent to the average citizen.

    the county supervisors have started doing it, i see no reason why davis can’t.

  25. Anonymous

    Kelly was an “assistant to the city manager” = secretary to the city manager. The key phrase being “assistant to.” Assistant,i.e., helper, supporter, aide.

    Please. They never used the title “deputy city manager” until she worked under Emlen. I’d like to see the work done to earn that title when this kind of shoddy work is done. That is quite a jump in titles.

  26. Anonymous

    Kelly was an “assistant to the city manager” = secretary to the city manager. The key phrase being “assistant to.” Assistant,i.e., helper, supporter, aide.

    Please. They never used the title “deputy city manager” until she worked under Emlen. I’d like to see the work done to earn that title when this kind of shoddy work is done. That is quite a jump in titles.

  27. Anonymous

    Kelly was an “assistant to the city manager” = secretary to the city manager. The key phrase being “assistant to.” Assistant,i.e., helper, supporter, aide.

    Please. They never used the title “deputy city manager” until she worked under Emlen. I’d like to see the work done to earn that title when this kind of shoddy work is done. That is quite a jump in titles.

  28. Anonymous

    Kelly was an “assistant to the city manager” = secretary to the city manager. The key phrase being “assistant to.” Assistant,i.e., helper, supporter, aide.

    Please. They never used the title “deputy city manager” until she worked under Emlen. I’d like to see the work done to earn that title when this kind of shoddy work is done. That is quite a jump in titles.

  29. Anonymous

    “….Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did.”

    Vincente.. You have left out Asmundson’s contribution. Souza was the spokesperson for this subcommittee of TWO. Add to this, the observation that Saylor and Asmundson have been like Siamese twins(one head joined to two bodies) since their School Board days, and you come up with THREE.

  30. Anonymous

    “….Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did.”

    Vincente.. You have left out Asmundson’s contribution. Souza was the spokesperson for this subcommittee of TWO. Add to this, the observation that Saylor and Asmundson have been like Siamese twins(one head joined to two bodies) since their School Board days, and you come up with THREE.

  31. Anonymous

    “….Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did.”

    Vincente.. You have left out Asmundson’s contribution. Souza was the spokesperson for this subcommittee of TWO. Add to this, the observation that Saylor and Asmundson have been like Siamese twins(one head joined to two bodies) since their School Board days, and you come up with THREE.

  32. Anonymous

    “….Still not buying this line of thinking. The Gang of Three did not create this Mack Truck–Souza did.”

    Vincente.. You have left out Asmundson’s contribution. Souza was the spokesperson for this subcommittee of TWO. Add to this, the observation that Saylor and Asmundson have been like Siamese twins(one head joined to two bodies) since their School Board days, and you come up with THREE.

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