Potential Approaches To Developing Strategies And Political Capitol
Develop a high level steering committee (4-8 people max) to develop a coordinated development plan to be presented to the larger group for comment, modification and approval. This is really key to developing a strong centralized message, unifying support, and identifying beneficial strategies.
Create a strong symbolic identifying logo for T-shirts posters ect. One thought would be the rain cross overlaid with the “peace symbol”. This allows for a strong visual impact and quick identification with the message. T-shirts could be designed on café press making it pretty easy.
Develop “talking points” (a brief list of objectives and justifications) that can easily be shared with reporters and residents that promote the centralized message.
Come to consensus on how to approach the City Council meetings. While I understand the anger, I believe that the outbursts may be utilized by the Mayor and the Council to minimize the message and potentially even access to speak (it has happened in other Cities). I have mixed feelings on this point but think it is an important topic of discussion. If we are asking for peace in our neighborhoods it might be better if our message is delivered with minimal anger and outbursts.
Further engage the friendly media. After developing a strong centralized message a small protest outside City hall with signs. The media will see a strong centralized message and might be open to favorable coverage that includes more exposure of the developed talking points.
Develop a problem residence action plan. Assuming that the issue is still a problem in September, develop a plan to identify the worst offenders and how to communicate with the problem residents. One thought in this regard is to enlist the assistance of UNET and the University (both indicated a willingness to assist). UNET offered us the opportunity to participate in “ride alongs” how about a reverse “ride along” where a few members of our group would approach students at the problem residence (during the day) with a UNET officer and representative from the University to discuss recent disturbances and stress the community expectations. It has been my experience that the dialog at the time of the issue is less productive because most of the times the students have been drinking and are often aggressive or threatening. Further to this point the representatives from our group could be different than the neighbor that lives right next to them (minimizing the fear of reprisal by the students).
Pressure the City and The University to require the University to maintain the current local addresses of all students. Not only is it a safety issue (how to notify roommates in an emergency, how the police can locate a specific student ect.) it appears to be only a political convenience that such information is not currently maintained by the University. This is a critical point to hold the University to ownership of their students and the issues they are responsible for.
Develop a documentation strategy. This could include an online database (or offline spreadsheet) where members of our group or the community list disturbances with details like: address, nature of the disturbance, if the police were called, time police were called, the name of the dispatcher, time the police arrived. This would also be helpful in identifying worst offenders the team could focus on communicating with. It could also include collection of video evidence of large parties that could be published on a YouTube channel. Taking photos and video has particular technical and safety challenges so there might be a need to focus on only the worst cases with a specialized volunteer group (or the issues may be greater than the risk… just a thought). Information is the key. Right now we are aware of our individual experiences but a clear picture of the details and the scope of the overall severity is difficult to present. There are also doubts that all calls are logged or responded to currently by the RPD; however, without memorialized details it is more difficult to indicate there is an issue.
This from Bob Garcia:
Excellent group presentation this evening at City Council!
I hope You don’t mind My suggestion! I didn’t get to speak to You there because You left and We left around the same time.
Here is what we’ve done and do;
We the Community Action Group (CAG) take the Politicians and Game Players out of their playground and bring them to Ours. You have to have the Meetings out of City Hall, in order to get progress done! For You All, ( City Councilman Melendrez, City Attorney Priamos, Chief of Police Diaz and Lt. Flores, UCR (Jeff Krause) and the Chancellor, UCR Police Chief, Assemblyman Medina, Congressman Takano, Senator Roth, Your County Supervisor, Your Friend and Mine Mayor Bailey, City Manager Barber and Your Community Residents. Either in one Meeting, or in several meetings with all of the above in order to take action.
This is what We have done in the past to get the following done:
- The Tragic Accident of one Our Residents by an Officer on Mother’s Day,
- the Drive By Shootings, the Murders, the Drug Activity, the Criminal Behavior and Vandalisms,
- the Proposed Elementary School, t
- he Renovation of Our Community Center, and etc, and the list goes on.
All of the above are open and willing to meet with You if You set up the meetings as We did.
Many of them would never have come to Casa Blanca, if I would not have approached them individually to come out and make a presentation and take action.
We meet prior to, with the CAG Board and the Presenters or Panel Members, individually is best, to give them a list of some of the questions to be addressed and then for them to be prepared to answer additional questions by the audience at a later date.
When they are out in the Public, in Your jurisdiction, they are more open and willing to assist You, whereas they present themselves differently, than in their Meeting locations.
Always give them a timeline on when You want Your response, because they will delay the response as much as they can, believe Me, I’ve gone through that in the past.
I hope this is helpful information and not stepping on anyone’s toes, just want to help out My great friends in the UCR Neighborhood Association, because You All have a great cause to pursue You goals on bringing Your community back to a peaceful neighborhood!
My Prayers, Blessings, and Peace to You All,