City Manager Tom Aspell struck a positive tone when it comes to the city’s progress towards addressing inequality at the end of racial equity training for current and incoming councilors.
“This will be fun,” he told councilors about the equity work ahead of them. “If you really look at what this community has done, what community of 45,000 has seven free neighborhood pools that provide free swimming lessons to any child in that community?”
Although Tuesday’s meeting was open to the public, it was designed to give the city’s all-white council the tools to understand how government laws and policies maintain racial inequity and to help them develop a shared language for discussing diversity, equity and inclusion.
The three-hour training, conducted by
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