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File #: 21-1119    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: Action Item
File created: 6/15/2021 In control: City Council Meeting Agenda
On agenda: 6/17/2021 Final action:
Title: CC - Recommendation from the City Council Ad Hoc Equity Subcommittee to (1) Discuss and Consider the Adoption of a Resolution Acknowledging Culver City's Racial History; and (2) Provide Direction to the City Manager as Deemed Appropriate.
Attachments: 1. 2021-06-17_ATT_Proposed Resolution Apology.pdf
Related files: 21-1090
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CC - Recommendation from the City Council Ad Hoc Equity Subcommittee to (1) Discuss and Consider the Adoption of a Resolution Acknowledging Culver City's Racial History; and (2) Provide Direction to the City Manager as Deemed Appropriate.

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Meeting Date: June 17, 2021

Contact Person/Dept: Serena Wright-Black/Administrative Services
Lisa Vidra /City Attorney's Office

Phone Number: (310) 253-5640

Fiscal Impact: Yes [X] No [] General Fund: Yes [X] No []

Public Hearing: [] Action Item: [X] Attachments: Yes [X] No []

Commission Action Required: Yes [] No [X] Date:

Public Notification: (E-Mail) Meetings and Agendas - City Council (06/09/2021), (06/15/2021)

Department Approval: John M. Nachbar, City Manager (06/09/2021)
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RECOMMENDATION

The City Council Ad Hoc Equity Subcommittee (Vice Mayor Daniel Lee and Council Member Yasmine-Imani McMorrin) recommends City Council discuss and consider (1) adoption of a Resolution acknowledging Culver City's racial history; and (2) provide direction to the City Manager as deemed appropriate.


BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION

The City of Culver City was incorporated as a charter city in 1917. Prior to its incorporation, part of the land which would become Culver City was occupied for centuries by the Gabrielino-Tongva Indians. Culver City, along with many other planned communities in the United States from 1890 - 1960 by a single developer, was designed to be "all-white suburbs" and "excluded blacks, Jews, and Catholics from its inception"1

James Loewen, sociologist, professor, and author of Sundown Towns: A Hidden Dimension of American Racism, defines sundown towns as "any organized jurisdiction that for decades kept African Americans or other groups from living in it and was thus 'all-white' on purpose," through formal and informal methods. Loewen identified ov...

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