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|(June 10, 2020, 5:20 p.m.) -- Porter Gilberg, a member of City Hall's "Citizen Police Complaint Commission" who declared at a June 5, 2020 Black Lives Matter LB protest that CPCC is "a farce,".contributed sums in 2019 to re-elect 2nd Dist. Councilwoman Jeannine Pearce in 2020.
Mr. Gilberg, Executive Dir. of LB's LGBTQ Center, was appointed to CPCC by Mayor Garcia with Council approval on June 11, 2019.
Pearce campaign finance records show that on May 24, 2019, Mr. Gilberg gave the "Community To Re-Elect Councilwoman Pearce 2020" committee $50 and on June 7, 2019 provided a $100 contribution for a total of $150.
Pearce, whom Mayor Garcia conspicuously declined to endorse for 2020 re-election, subsequently dropped out of the 2020 race in November 2019. Cindy Allen, a retired LBPD officer who entered the race in Oct. 2019 and was swiftly /endorsed by LBPOA's PAC and Mayor Garcia, is in a November 2020 runoff against Reform Ticket candidate Robert Fox for the 2nd dist. Council seat.
In 2018, Councilwoman Pearce -- along with all of her incumbent Council colleagues and Mayor Garcia -- had calendar opportunities to advance a Charter Amendment to strengthen CPCC's oversight and discipline functions...but they didn't. Instead, in June 2018 the Mayor/Council put forward the Measure M utility revenue transfer (subsequently held unconstitutional by a Superior Court, currently appealed by the City). In November 2018, the Mayor/Council advanced proposed Charter Amendments AAA-DDD (which included BBB, opposed by LB's Reform Coalition, that has enabled the Mayor and Council incumbents to seek third terms without a write-in requirement.)
Reached for comment and context on recent events, Mr. Gilberg told LBREPORT.com that we are at an important moment where the City has an opportunity to address decades of institutional racism in the City. He said Charter Reform of CPCC is just one of many actions that need to be taken and a lot of work can be done to repair harm that the City has caused to Black residents, and those repairs are supported by leaders who at this moment are asking the City to take meaningful actions.
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As previously reported by LBREPORT.com, Councilwoman Pearce was one of the four co-agendizers of a June 9 City Council item (led by Councilman Rex Richardson and adopted on a 9-0 vote) that directs city management to implement a "Framework for Reconciliation" (LBREPORT.com coverage here and here.)
At the June 9 Council meeting, Pearce pursued a colloquy with LBPD Chief Robert Luna about events of May 31, 2020 (which led to nearly 45 minutes of colloquy and comments by other Councilmembers. LBREPORT.com coverage with extended audio here.
In April 2017, Councilwoman Pearce (whom Mayor Garcia named to chair of the Council's "Elections Oversight Committee") advanced an amendment to LB's Municipal Code (approved on split Council votes) that enabled the Mayor and Council incumbents to weaponize sums in collected in their contributor-funded "officeholder accounts" to support of oppose election of candidates other offices.
In a well publicized Feb. 2017 incident, LBPD officers didn't arrest Councilwoman Pearce for alleged domestic violence and concluded she hadn't been driving in an alcohol impaired condition. LBPD's actions became a matter of public controversy and speculation has since circulated (not confirmed officially to date) that CPCC made recommendations against at least some of LBPD's actions in the matter that LB's City Manager didn't accept and can and did reject under a current provision of LB's City Charter.
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