Update: The Mayor put this project “on hold.” It will return, presumably with a Racial Equity Toolkit analysis leading the way. CM Sawant has famously proposed diverting the money to build 1,000 new homes. More to come…
The City Council was deluged on August 15 by #BlockTheBunker protesters, but the Council approved construction of the new North Precinct police station, anyway. They left the contentious question of how much the building will cost for the upcoming budget process, to begin in late September.
The Council added a requirement for a “Racial Equity Toolkit” (RET) analysis of the project. RET is a procedure to be followed by the project manager to ensure that racial questions are addressed and affected communities are part of the process. Specifically, the resolution says:
In conducting the RET analysis, FAS [Dept. of Finance & Administrative Services] shall solicit community perspectives from the North Precinct service area’s various demographic groups, including but not limited to historically underrepresented populations, vulnerable populations, those most likely to interact with the police, those historically disproportionately impacted by police action, and those most likely to be victims of crime. … The RET analysis should be completed by October 3, 2016.
There will be a “community engagement” process, at some point. We can’t wait!