WHAT ARE STAKEHOLDERS?
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Blanding Watson, President of the Lancaster Chapter of the NAACP, spoke during the comment period at the end of the meeting (click here to watch the meeting). The first very brief item he brought up was that he thought council should hold public forums on the closing of the hospital. Then he said what is immediately below.
Following that he was asked about the NAACP’s Martin Luther King Service this Sunday at 5:00 pm at the Trinity Lutheran Church (click here for the event Facebook page). Following that discussion, Councilwoman Janet Diaz asked him several questions and that exchange is also below. I have some serious questions and concerns about his answers.
They will come tomorrow along with what constitutes a “stakeholder” and more of what Darlene Byrd told city council before Watson spoke.
— Watson – The second item I wanted to say in terms of what was discussed earlier with one of our stakeholders – Sister Darlene Byrd – had brought up some items about the complaint form and the police review board. Those are some items that I think we should probably add for the next community police relations council meeting that we have on a pretty much regular basis and those concerns we should add to our agenda because they are concerns of the community and that’s what I wanted to say.
— Diaz – Can you explain to me you were talking about the police and NAACP getting together. Can you tell me is that something that the public is invited to? Or is that something…
— Watson – Oh, what I was speaking to was we have brought in the Department of Justice and the State Human Relations Commission and also there are other stakeholders as well – it’s not just the NAACP – and we talk a lot about the police and the relation issues that are going on. Things like, for example, the body camera program, complaints – some of those things come up. The use of force policy and any other issues that may have been presented. And a lot of the items we had talked about at the forum we had at Brightside. Currently we’re dealing with an RFP but I was just asking for us to add some of those concerns as a part of that meeting. I think Councilman Soto, you even said you were going to look into some – I didn’t hear everything you were saying. So that’s pretty much what that was about.
— Diaz – Is that open to the public?
— Watson – Those particular meetings are not. Those meetings actually have the stakeholders and also there’s a citizen that’s a part of that. It’s a planning – pretty much a planning council kind of council for a larger picture.
— Diaz – How many members are there?
— Watson – Mitzi probably can answer that better than I can.
— Mitzi – It’s 12 people that are involved.
— Diaz – Are they [inaudible] of the city?
— Watson – Yes. We have also been looking at adding some more people to be a part of it as well in the future. [Watson looks at Mizti and asks “right?” She says “Yes.”] This is from last year we were talking about adding more stakeholders of the community and also some citizens.
— Diaz – How many times do you meet?
— Watson – Well we were meeting when we had all these issues that came up pretty much every week. [Mitzi says “every Monday – 10:00 am.”] We didn’t have any meetings last month. I didn’t attend the last meeting.
— Diaz – Thank you.
— Watson – Any more questions for me? [Laughter]