Are you looking for meaningful ways to make a difference in our community?
There are many individuals, groups, and organizations actively working on issues and projects that impact our community.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to highlight some of these efforts here. If you are interested in sharing information about groups or organizations working in our community, please reach out and let us know.
ReEvolution, in partnership with the Chan Zuckerberg Foundation, is offering a year-long series of Community Building Restorative Circles related to issues that impact our Redwood City community.
For more information, please contact Paul Bocanegra at firstname.lastname@example.org
San Mateo County Juvenile Justice Trying Youths as Adults
On January 25, 2022, the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission unanimously passed a resolution opposing trying youths as adults in San Mateo County.
We support these efforts and are inviting community members, elected officials, community leaders, and organizations to join the effort to end the practice of trying youths as adults in San Mateo County by adding your name at: https://forms.gle/XqdotJQppscLt7TU7
SAN MATEO COUNTY JUVENILE JUSTICE & DELINQUENCY PREVENTION COMMISSION
RESOLUTION NO. 2022-02
RESOLUTION ON YOUTH TRIED AS ADULTS
WHEREAS, the Mission of the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission is to serve as the public conscience in the best interest of juveniles, advocate for programs and services that prevent youth incarceration, and uphold respect for the human dignity of all minors who enter the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice System.
WHEREAS, the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission is dedicated to evidence-based juvenile and criminal justice reform measures that improve public safety and reduce recidivism.
WHEREAS, decades of research and the U.S. Supreme Court have confirmed that youth are neurologically, socially, and developmentally different from adults, and therefore are more likely to be rehabilitated by developmentally appropriate treatment and intervention.
WHEREAS, the juvenile justice system was developed to address the specific behavioral, developmental, and mental health needs of youth and are therefore better equipped to hold and treat them after an offense has been committed.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission supports efforts that grant juvenile courts original and exclusive jurisdiction over cases involving youth under the age of 18.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Commission supports efforts to keep youth under the age of 18 in juvenile justice facilities instead of adult facilities.
Fighting Against the End of Physical Mail & Sheriff Surveillance
Silicon Valley De Bug is asking organizations and individuals to sign-on to our letter to tell the Sheriff to end his policy banning physical mail and ramping up surveillance.
If you know of anyone impacted by this policy who is incarcerated or supporting family, feel free to pass them onto us. Social Justice Legal Foundation is supporting the movement and talking to incarcerated people about the effect of this policy on their communication with loved ones.
Read the Letter to the Sheriff Here
Sign the Letter to the Sheriff Here
Redwood City Boards & Commissions
The City of Redwood City is currently seeking community members who are interested in sharing their knowledge and experience to help shape City programs and policies by serving on one of the City’s many advisory bodies. Positions are voluntary and are available on 11 advisory bodies.
For more information about the roles and responsibilities of each body, please visit https://www.redwoodcity.org/city-hall/advisory-bodies-and-committees/regulatory-and-advisory-boards-commissions-and-committees
Reach Codes Survey
Reach Codes are amendments to the Energy and Green Building Standards Codes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Adopting Reach Codes create opportunities for local governments to lead initiatives on climate change solutions, clean air, and renewable energy.
In September 2020, the Redwood City Council approved the Reach Codes ordinance that mandates electrification and energy efficiency for all new construction projects. Reach Codes are amendments to the Energy and Green Building Standards Codes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). Reach Codes establish higher standards for new constructions to provide environmental and health benefits to the community.
The Redwood City Reach Codes focuses on new residential, commercial, and multifamily buildings that will be seeking building permits after December 9, 2020. The ordinance does not apply to additions or alterations. In November 2022, the City will update Reach Codes for the 2023 Building Code cycle. They are looking for our feedback. Please take 2 minutes to complete the Reach Code Survey at https://jxublzodx91.typeform.com/to/w6jjvjlX?typeform-source=www.redwoodcity.org and share your opinion on how Redwood City should address all-electric building codes this year.