Speaking on agenda item #2 (FY2020-21 Midcycle Budget Amendments).
I've lived in district 3 for 14 years. It took 10 years of living here before I ever saw the police talk to or pull over someone who wasn't black. I've driven past a cluster of brand new SUVs surrounding one black homeless person more times than I can count. This must be so terrifying for the surrounded person. Instead of paying the police to harass the homeless, mentally ill and drug-addicted, can we please use half the OPD budget to get some affordable housing, mental health, social services that actually support the community? Since moving here in 2000 there have been many school closures. How about we have a school opening? Lets use our hard earned money for good, not for terror.