City of San Diego Charter Committee Rejects Proposal for More Transparent CRB

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April 22, 2016 (San Diego) Women Occupy presented an extensive proposal to the city of San Diego during the city charter review. It would have added independent investigators to the Citizens Review Board, as well as made it truly independent from the City Attorney’s office.

The city agreed to the change of the CRB to the Community Review Board and agreed to get an independent counsel on retainer. But as it was pointed to the Charter Committee, the principal obligation of the city attorney is to protect the city from painful and costly lawsuits, if an officer should be proven to be wrong. This creates a pressure to n the CRB to rule in favor of whatever internal affairs finds.

What Women Occupy and other organizations keep pointing out to the city is that there is no trust in the CRB. Kate Yavenditti, a lawyer with the National…

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