The Evelyn Cheatham Ordinance has received its measure letter for the November election. Support Measure P this November for stronger oversight of the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office.
La Ordenanza Evelyn Cheatham ha recibido su carta de medida para la elección en Noviembre. Apoye a la “Medida P” este Noviembre para supervisión más fuerte sobre la Oficina del Alguacil del Condado de Sonoma.
It is extremely unfortunate that there were vulgarities and vicious attacks on public officials, such as Chair Gorin, during the recent hearing by the Board of Supervisors of the Evelyn Cheatham Ordinance. The sexualized and violent language against a woman was especially offensive.
While the campaign committee for the ECO had no role in the harmful comments made to the Board of Supervisors, the committee condemns such comments and regrets that the Board and the public had to experience them during hearing.
Thank you to the Board for placing the ECO on the ballot. We hope to continue this work over the next few months in a spirit of cooperation and trust. We ask our public officials to join with us in a spirit of collaboration to educate voters on the need for this essential ballot measure.
On Thursday 8/6 the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 to place the Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance on the August 2020 ballot. The ECO Committee is proud to have witnessed and been a part of the broad community support that turned out in support of putting the ECO on the ballot. This bill would provide IOLERO with 1% of the Sheriff's budget and strengthen its oversight powers to help hold the sheriff's office accountable for future violations of our rights.
Several amendments were added to the ECO at the request of the current IOLERO director Karlene Navarro, the IOLERO CAC, and community groups that appeared at the 8/3 IOLERO CAC meeting. These amendments include:
Response to Supervisors' proposed process to amend IOLERO
Why we remain insistent that our county supervisors place the Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance on the November ballot.
Please sign our new Change.org petition to get the Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance on the ballot.
Several thousand voters signed our original campaign petition to strengthen police oversight in Sonoma County before efforts were halted by the pandemic and the county's shelter-in-place requirements. Rather than lose this singular form of democracy, we ask the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors to place The Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance on the ballot for November 2020. County supervisors can preserve direct democracy and allow “we the people” to vote on this initiative.
Please sign this change.org petition, even if you already signed the ballot measure petition. We need as many signatures as possible to convince the supervisors to put our measure on the ballot.
Dear Friends of Justice, Transparency, and Public Accountability:
Thank you so much for your support for our effort to strengthen community oversight of the Sheriff’s Office. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, our push to put this ordinance on the ballot has been halted in its tracks. Community members not only fear close interactions necessary to gather signatures, local health officials have forbidden such interactions.
We therefore have been forced to suspend our signature gathering efforts at this time. It is possible that the governor and state legislature may make changes to state laws governing signature gathering that will allow us to become active again, such as by allowing online signature gathering. We will keep you posted should such changes be made.
IN THE MEANTIME, we are shifting our efforts to advocate that the Board of Supervisors place on the ballot all initiatives that have been filed for November 2020. This pandemic and local orders to combat it have halted multiple efforts to place citizen measures on the ballot for a vote of the people. DIRECT DEMOCRACY has been profoundly undermined by local government restrictions requiring social isolation. While these health measures may be necessary, the effects on democracy are real and concerning.
WE MUST ALL BE CONCERNED BY THE UNDERMINING OF DIRECT DEMOCRACY OCCURRING AT THIS TIME.
Finally, we emphasize again that efforts to strengthen civilian oversight of the Sheriff support that agency in being its best. They are not an attack on law enforcement. We value and respect our officers. Effective oversight will enhance community trust in law enforcement and help them do the best job possible. For example, civilian oversight across the country right now is helping law enforcement determine the best way to deal with the effects of COVID-19 on the work of officers, for the mutual protection of the health of both officers and the public.
We thank you for your ongoing support of our efforts and request that you join us in asking that our local elected officials honor the democratic process by placing on the November ballot all ballot measures that had been filed at the time local orders were issued halting signature gathering.
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IOLERO, the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach, was established in 2016 as a result of community outrage after 13-year-old Andy Lopez was gunned down by Deputy Sheriff Gelhaus. Now, in December 2019, David Ward was killed by a chokehold used Deputy Sheriff Blount. Sonoma County needs independent, effective civilian oversight of our Sheriff's Office in order to better protect vulnerable communities including young people, immigrants, homeless people, and people with mental health challenges.
Best practices in modern law enforcement focus on community-oriented policing and collaborating with civilian oversight. Effective oversight increases transparency and accountability, which increases trust between law enforcement and all communities. IOLERO's effectiveness is currently challenged by inadequate staffing, inadequate budget, inadequate authority, and the Sheriff Office's refusal to grant IOLERO access to all relevant records and information.