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Antioch City Council Woman Seeks Reparations Discussion

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Antioch City Council

City of Antioch Mayor Pro Tem Tamisha Torres-Walker requested the council receive a report on current reparation efforts both locally and at the state level. The request came under future agenda items.

“I would like to see this council come back to the agenda, have a presentation on current reparations efforts whether it be the county or the state level,” requested Walker.

It’s unclear if the Antioch City Council is considering reparations to residents impacted by past transgressions by the city and its residents, or just seeking an update to inform residents of state and local activity on reparations.

Walkers request came after a member of the public spoke during public comments suggesting Antioch begin discussions on reparations for both African Americans and Asian members of the community. This request also came after the council voted to give themselves 5 city council secretaries.

In January, ABC7 reported San Francisco is set to discuss  $5 million payments proposal by its reparations committee to each eligible black resident in San Francisco.

In an article by the Daily Mail, the first meeting of the California slavery reparations task force meet in Oakland in which a business entrepreneur demanded $350k for every black American in the state while each business owner given $250k and 15-20 acres of land. Another person said each person should be given the average price of a home in California at approx. $800k.

California Governor Gavin Newsom created the state Reparations Task Force which recommended $223k per person.

Last June, a 500-page report was released by the task force which described discriminatory policies that drove housing segregation, criminal justice disparities and other realities that harmed Black Californians in the decades since the abolition of slavery.

Future Agenda Item Requests

Mayor Pro Tem Torres-Walker requests:

  • Presentation on Reparations
  • Presentation from office of racial equity and social justice: called “racism is a challenge in this county and needs to be addressed”.
  • Creation of human rights and racial equity commission
  • Review current rental inspection ordinance – see if it needs to be updated
  • Anti-harassment policy and just cause for eviction
  • Discussion on increase connectivity for communities and neighbors identified as hardest hit during pandemic—such as WIFI access/hot spots.

Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock Requests:

  • Proposed allowing Antioch Police to purchase their fleet vehicles
  • Review Smoking ordinance – looking at cigar portion with packaging limits

Councilwoman Monica Wilson Request:

  • Discussion on EV charging stations throughout Antioch
  • Ban on new gas stations

Mayor Lamar Thorpe:

  • Special Meeting will be called for HomeKey in the near future.

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Bill Moon February 15, 2023 - 8:30 am

Every resident in Antioch should be super concerned with the direction of this city. No where on this list do I see traffic safety for James Donlon, W 10th Street and various other streets. Remember everyone, they were supposed to bring back street safety plans by January. The next meeting will be in March and still nothing. They are all talk.

No where on this list do we see road conditions. Public safety. Economic Development. Somersville corridor improvements.

Clowns February 15, 2023 - 10:58 am

Walker and Thorpe should pay reparations for the embarrassment, dysfunction and racism they have brought to the city.
Im curious which plantations in Antioch had slaves??

Too short February 16, 2023 - 1:29 am

Just ask your grandma

Jack February 15, 2023 - 2:48 pm

Maybe Torres-Walker should first pay back the city of Antioch for all the wasted tax dollars spent on Antioch Police responded to her house and dealing with her kids on dirt bikes. She should be billed for those 12 times police responded to her home.

Too short February 16, 2023 - 1:30 am

Or we can fire violent police

MEV February 15, 2023 - 5:35 pm

Monica wants to ban new gas stations in Antioch. LOL. I’m sure they’re just beating down the door to do business here. Luckily, we have a good supply of gas stations unless too many more clerks get shot during a robbery. They need to be talking about terririst threats and violence at these schools too. What are they doing about homeless? Can’t believe Walker re-elected.

Shari Campbell February 15, 2023 - 10:09 pm

I agree absolutely what the above citizens posted. These proposals are ridiculous! Plus they agreed to give themselves secretaries!! We need the police officers on all campuses which were hired and ready to start at the beginning of the school year but Mayor Thorpe basically fired them all. We need more officers which are hard to entice to work for Antioch. All cities are having a hard time finding good officers. Plus a lot less people are deciding to become officers.

Robert C. February 16, 2023 - 8:05 am

And the idiocy continues. “Reparations,” however one defines them and whatever one’s views may be, are NOT a local government issue. These people fundamentally don’t understand the role of local government.

John February 16, 2023 - 4:10 pm

Walker-Torres is a clown, if she is going to become Mayor of Antioch. Then I am moving as soon as possible! The current Mayor is bad enough.

Unbelievable February 17, 2023 - 4:07 am
Jaimoe February 17, 2023 - 8:10 am

You haven’t rebelled? I told you
You want what you have, then
Sub-servient public deserves to be punished ⁶
Antioch residents love drama and high prices
… Revolt to show us different

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