Here’s an interesting, but perhaps not that effective Council Referral from Trish Spencer and Malia Vella. The initial subject matter is good, but it feels a bit hollow if the goal is to do something with minimal or nominal expenditures, from the Council Referral:
Consider Outreach Efforts to Provide Immigrant and Refugee Support Services and Programs with Nominal or Minimal Expenditures.
The goal is laudable: providing outreach to provide immigrant and refugees in Alameda with supportive services and programs, but how do you do it effectively — in this environment — if you set out to not really spend any money?
From the Council Referral:
While the Mayor was at the recent U.S. Mayors Conference, Seattle’s Mayor shared that they are implementing programs to support and assist immigrant and refugee families. Vice Mayor Malia Vella was also recently in Seattle and had the opportunity to learn of their work.
We would like our Council to consider what efforts the City of Alameda can take reaching out to our City’s Social Service Human Relations Board (SSHRB), local schools, including but not limited to Alameda Unified School District and the College of Alameda, non-profits, service providers, faith based providers, counselors, social workers, and attorneys to provide services to assist our immigrant and refugee residents and students, without spending any City monies, or with only nominal or minimal expenditures.
I mean, if the desire is to spend no money or limited money what we’re really just talking about here is creating a directory of services that other people and organizations are providing. I’m not quite sure that compiling a directory is necessarily “outreach” or could be construed as the City providing services itself. It’s not nothing, but it definitely feels a bit anemic compared to the strong action taken regarding the Sanctuary City resolution.