May 24, 2011 1 Comment
Last night, the Sunnyside City Council voted to approve a resolution of support for the police department’s Gang Elimination Strategy.
After about one hour of citizen comments, tremendously in favor of supporting the police department, and some back and forth by Council Members, a resolution of support for the Gang Elimination Strategy of the police department finally got its up or down vote.
By a vote of 4-3, the council narrowly approved adding the actual Gang Elimination Strategy documents as an appendage to the resolution. Council Members Mike Farmer, Nick Paulakis, Don Vlieger, and Tom Gehlen voted to approve the amendment to the resolution.
Mayor Jim Restucci, along with Council Members Pablo Garcia and Theresa Hancock opposed the Gang Elimination Strategy documents, with none offering any better alternative.
Mayor Restucci said it was not necessary to include the actual documents.
Pablo Garcia was concerned about the “process” in which the Council was voting, but did not give any specifics other than to say he did not believe there was a “consensus” of Council Members before the meeting.
Theresa Hancock was opposed to calling criminal gang members committing gun crime and murder the “enemy.” She also did not like the idea of police officers advising business owners that they have active gang members (as defined by state statute) on their payroll.
After the vote to add the supporting documents, the Council then voted to approve the resolution 5-2. After initially voting against it, Mayor Restucci switched his vote on the final resolution by voting for it.