At its regular Wednesday meeting, on a 6–3 vote, Bloomington’s city council established a new commission that will be called the Community Advisory on Public Safety (CAPS) commission.
The new commission has the goal to “increase the safety of all Bloomington community members, especially those often marginalized due to race, disability, gender, sexual identity, or sexual orientation.”
Dissenting were Jim Sims, Susan Sandberg, and Sue Sgambelluri.
The three are also members of the city council’s standing public safety committee, which reviewed the ordinance at two meetings—one in late October and another one last week. Their lack of support for the new commission was conveyed by abstentions on the committee’s vote.
As members of the city council’s public safety standing committee, the three who dissented will now share in the committee’s job to make recommendations for appointments to the 11-member CAPS commission. Members are supposed to include Black, Latinx, other people of color, people with disabilities, people who are non-cisgender, and members of other marginalized groups.
Sims, who chairs the council’s public safety committee, told The Square Beacon, “I was in the minority on the vote. The majority wanted this, and it is now my responsibility to participate and make it work.” Continue reading “Bloomington gets new city commission on public safety with 6–3 city council vote.”