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Re-fund Our Community: Speak Up 6/7, 6/14 & 6/21/21

Updated: Jun 20

Investing more in vitalizing our communities than policing them is a no-brainer.

Here's Your Chance to Make It Happen.


Pro-Community is Not Anti-Police.

We are not budget experts; rather, we are average people like you, who simply delved into our City Budget, and found concerning disparities. Our goal is to present you with clear information to empower you to speak up for our community needs.


Background:

Pasadena's Proposed Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2022 currently prioritizes policing above all else. The Budget will be discussed on June 7, and likely voted upon on June 21.


Should we continue to prioritize the overabundant funding of a police department that surveils, brutally beats, and even kills some of our community members with apparent impunity?


We must re-imagine policing, and that starts with re-investing in our community.


A Necessary Shift in Funding from Police Must Occur to Prioritize Our City’s Desperate Need to improve Youth Outreach, Homelessness, Affordable Housing, Mental Health, Public Health, and other Community Services.

We ask you to educate yourself on the budget, and raise your voice with us as we demand accountability and better use of our resources at the Monday, June 7th, 4:30pm City Council Meeting discussing the Pasadena Police Department Budget.


The Facts:

The Budget, in its entirety, can be viewed here.


Note:

  • PPD may claim it is "defunding" itself by:

  • Giving $10,000 from abundant Asset Forfeiture funds to two community groups (Proposed Budget, pg 168).

  • Voluntarily "funding" a second Pasadena Outreach Response Team (PORT), which aims to assist people experiencing homelessness, living with chronic health conditions, diagnosed with mental health and/or substance use disorders, by re-directing $225,000 from its General Fund Operating Budget (Proposed Budget, pg 163).

  • This re-allocation of our community dollars is insufficient to meet community demand (e.g. PORT has limited hours of availability and no mental health professional).

  • Re-allocating our community dollars in this way allows PPD to maintain a position of control.

  • The City should directly fund critical programs instead of providing PPD with a budget surplus from which they can "charitably give," when politically beneficial.

  • PPD reportedly saved $2.3 million from its prior Operating Budget (5/3/21 Agenda Item 9, attachment D, page 4 and City Manager Mermell's verbal comments May 10, 2021, approximate time stamp 2:20:00).

  • Per Chief Perez, this was accomplished by hiring less officers than budgeted (Spoken comments at 5/19/21 Public Safety Committee Meeting).

  • Rather than re-investment in the community, these operational funds have already been approved for remodeling the police department (including new break rooms and an open floor concept) and a new