|City council chambers.|
However, Council Member Micah Posner, along with Lane, announced that they would be bringing the BearCat issue back to the council's agenda in March.
"What is anticipated to come up to the agenda in March," Mayor Lane said, "is both the vehicle use policy and the discussion of the system for procurement going forward on larger items like this and the grant program, how we accept grants."
Lane said there would be time for the public to discuss the BearCat issue at the meeting in March.
Community members continue to call for the BearCat order to be rescinded.
The announcement from Lane and Posner addresses some of the subjects of interest cited by community members organizing with SCRAM! (Santa Cruz Resistance Against Militarization!), but the group's three demands remain as follows:
1) to bring the BearCat back onto the SC City Council agenda for a full public hearing and to rescind the approval
2) to establish a long term policy for grant applications and acceptance in the City that ensures timeliness, transparency, full public disclosure and input
3) to help develop and implement policies that prevent military equipment from flowing into law enforcement agencies throughout Santa Cruz County
|Santa Cruz City Hall.|
|Sherry Conable of SCRAM! speaks.|
|Santa Cruz Food Not Bombs table outside of Council Chambers.|
|Police Chief Vogel speaks about fireworks as community members entered the chambers.|
|Speaking to the city council.|
|Vietnam Veteran Frederick Baker of Veterans For Peace speaks to the council.|
|Ron Pomerantz of SCRAM! speaks to the council.|
|Community member wearing a "BearCat" around their neck.|