The City of Rancho Cordova stands for justice, and we are united in our opposition to violence and racism.
The horrific death of George Floyd has been a tipping point in our nation’s history, and the protests we have seen raging across the United States, of people fighting for justice, calling for an end to racism, can no longer go unheard. Racism has no place in our country and no place in our city.
Here, people exercised their right to protest, as they should. And we stood with them for justice and an end to racism. We will continue to stand with them for as long as it takes to implement positive change and end racism.
Where We’ve Been
Rancho Cordova is one of the most diverse cities in the nation, and we celebrate and support this diversity in many ways. We host the International Festival (iFest) each year, so people can take a “trip around the world” and experience other cultures. We support organizations like MACH (Mentees at Cordova High), even bringing our students of color on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure to Denver, CO to compete for the All-America City award. We nurture a robust School Resource Officer program, where students and officers make connections and become friends. We partner with Center of Praise Ministries, which donated a building for the new Rancho Cordova Youth Center. The city earmarked $3 million to renovate the center and to create programs that connect youth with adult mentors and activities. We have a robust community engagement program that is active in many of our communities of color, that celebrates community assets and grows community leaders. And much more.
Challenges Can Create Change
Despite our past good work, this moment challenges us to do better and be better. Recently, there was a police incident right here in our community: a 15-second video of a police officer and a 14-year-old in our community that was disturbing and unacceptable. The city contracts with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office for police services, so the Sheriff's Office is conducting a full investigation into this incident, and the investigation is being overseen by the Inspector General. In addition, the officer has been reassigned, so he is no longer working in Rancho Cordova. We believe this incident is not representative of our RCPD officers, who work tirelessly on behalf of our community. However, we want to ensure that anomalies like this never happen again.
What is important is that we recognize we still have work to do, and that we do that work. Statements and words are meaningless unless there is action and positive change behind them. In fact, we are enacting positive change right now – and there's more on the horizon.
We invite you to be part of this opportunity to change. We have assembled a group of diverse community leaders to help us understand the issues facing the black community. We will be hosting listening sessions for our residents and businesses to further understand the issues we face. Our officers will attend youth interaction training through Strategies for Youth, and we have invited leaders from our religious, educational and mentoring organizations to attend as advisors, as well. And this is only the start.
We recognize that our efforts are not as simple as a statement. We pledge that we will continue to listen, to make positive changes, and to evolve until our black community, which has been rocked by so many unacceptable incidents, no longer feels the need to remind us that black lives matter. Because the fact is that black lives matter greatly to us.
Join us. We are listening. And we stand ready to implement positive change.
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