Board of Supervisors will Discuss Racism as a Public Health Issue

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– After hearing from a number of speakers about the death of George Floyd last week, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Black community, and other race-related issues and concerns, the Board of Supervisors today directed County staff to draft a resolution declaring racism as a public health crisis and outline plans for a Countywide Vision element group that would address racism for the Board’s consideration at next week’s meeting.

“The desire to change is now at the critical point and I hope we don’t miss this moment in time to make change,” said Supervisor Janice Rutherford, who proposed a discussion about a Vision element group. “The first line of the Vision is, ‘We envision a complete county that capitalizes on the diversity of its people.’ Our diversity is our strength. Through an element group we could discuss those conversations about this tough issue, address potential policy issues, come up with programs and have conversations about these issues.”

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