#NovatoProud added a whole new chapter at the
North Bay Climate Action Summit
at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Novato Mayor Josh Fryday and Sustainability Coordinator Gretchen Schubeck brought together city and town managers, city and county elected officials, board chairs and senior staff from public agencies, as well as leaders from the nonprofit community throughout Marin, Napa, and Sonoma Counties. Mayor Fryday and the keynote from Congressman Jared Huffman is rushed to you essentially intact, with very light edits for flow. We'll be posting a more polished version soon, as well as the wrap-up with Edward Quevedo from Foresight+Innovation Lab, and closing remarks from President of the Marin County Board of Supervisors Damon Connolly, Chair of the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors James Gore, and Vice-Chair of the Napa County Board of Supervisors Ryan Gregory.

Stand by, too, for the sensational and inspiring closing remarks from three high school students: Kennedy Irvin from New Tech High School in Napa, Lucy London from Novato High School, and Lillian Lynch from Windsor High School.

above, June 20, 2018:
at "families belong together" vigil at marin civic center, june 20, 2018, marin county democratic party chairman announces novato mayor josh fryday is in texas.

full episode of "the marin advocate" may 26, 2018

Above, may 26, 2018:
the marin advocate congratulates governor brown for calling trump on his lies and the marin county board of supes for joining the amicus brief in support of sb54.

Above, may 20, 2018:
60 people dressed in t-shirts and jeans were killed by soldiers. Our White House spokesman blamed those in t-shirts and jeans. the loathsome john cox spoke in marin.
Today is also National Peace Officer's Memorial Day. 42 have already died this year. In America as a whole, 5291 people have died from gun violence so far this year, including 224 children.

Supporting Fairness, Inclusiveness, Education, Safety, and Prosperity

How Supporting SB 54 "The California Values Act" Means Supporting All of the Above

The values of Novato, and of Marin County as a whole, are clear to me. These values are shared by California and have become part of state law.

Today, however, we find ourselves needing to stand up and say out loud who we are. National politicians who make laws from Washington are attacking our values. Even in California, a populist candidate running for governor has pledged to rescind the California Values Act.

He might succeed. That’s why I asked the Novato city council to declare its support for SB 54, the California Values Act. I went to City Hall on May 8, offering a simple resolution to go on record in favor of SB 54, and to file an amicus brief in favor of the defendants in United States of America v. The State of California et al. It’s the right thing to do and makes sense as civic policy. Overwhelming evidence shows so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ are safer and more prosperous. Trump and his anti-immigrant DOJ say the opposite, which fuels divisiveness and is simply untrue.

I'm pleased to say that Novato resident and activist Patty Hoyt joined this call to action. Along with two other Novato parents, Patty started a grassroots effort with Novato Stands United, a 550-member-strong group all working toward the same goal: “to stand up and do what is right for our children, for our community, for our country, and for our world.” Patty has since founded NovatoSUP, a Marin County political action committee aimed at increasing voter engagement. “We are a welcoming committee to all who live and work here,” she says, “and we’re fighting to keep it that way.” Below is the video of our appearance at Novato City Hall.


The California Immigrant Policy Center (CIPC) and ICE Out of California are two organizations leading this fight. CIPC provided the text of the resolution in support of SB 54 to be presented to the council. (Please note the resolution text below.)

I hope you will stand with Novatans who believe, as I do, that there comes a time when silence is betrayal. You may not believe we need to speak out. But it’s better to speak out, even if we don’t need to, rather than find out later that we did need to speak out — and we didn’t.

Contact the entire Novato City Council at this alias:  novatocouncil@novato.org

San Rafael makes you go to a web page:  www.cityofsanrafael.org/contact-city-council/

Mill Valley makes you write council members individually:   www.cityofmillvalley.org/gov/citycouncil/default.htm

Questions? Contact me at  kevin@kevinjmorrison.com

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Here's the text of our resolution:



WHEREAS, immigrants are a vital part of California’s heart and soul and contribute profoundly to bettering our communities, and we recognize the humanity of all people who call our community home; and 

WHEREAS, all people should be treated fairly by law enforcement, no matter what they look like or where they were born; and 

WHEREAS, the threat of deportation puts victims and witnesses of crime at risk, with reports of domestic violence and sexual assault plummeting in several cities in 2017 compared to the previous year[1]; and 

WHEREAS, Senate Bill 54 (De León), the California Values Act prevents state and local law enforcement resources from being commandeered by the Trump Administration and diverted to tear families apart, and limits immigration enforcement actions at public schools, hospitals and courthouses; and 

WHEREAS, sanctuary jurisdictions have lower rates of violent crime on average than those without sanctuary policies, and according to a study by the University of California, San Diego, in 2015, the typical large metropolitan area in a sanctuary county experienced 15 percent lower overall crime rate than similar metro areas in non-sanctuary counties[2]; and 

WHEREAS, SB 54 the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution makes clear that the federal government cannot force states to use state resources to carry out federal programs and policies; and 

WHEREAS, SB 54 is consistent with federal law, fully constitutional, and helps protect due process for all Californians, including immigrants; and

WHEREAS, a spokesperson for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement resigned in March of 2018, citing fabrications by the agency’s director and stating the he “didn’t want to perpetuate misleading facts”[3]; and

WHEREAS, the final version of SB 54 set a minimum standard across the state to limit abuses; and

WHEREAS, our community refuses to use our resources to separate children from their parents and detain and deport hard-working mothers and fathers, neighbors, co-workers and friends; and

WHEREAS, the City of Novato values all members of our community, embraces compassion, equality, and inclusion, and proudly defends the rights of all residents, including immigrants

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the City of Novato is in strong support of the California Values Act and directs the City Attorney to file an amicus brief in support of the Defendants in United States of America v. The State of California et al., and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the City of Novato directs the City Attorney, in consultation with immigrant rights and criminal justice nonprofit organizations, to draft an Ordinance that builds on the protections provided by the SB 54 to ensure that local law enforcement and other city agencies are not engaged with immigration enforcement in any manner, unless required by federal or state law. The City Council will introduce and vote on this Ordinance within 15 days of the passage of this resolution.

I HEREBY CERTIFY that the foregoing resolution was duly and regularly adopted by the City Council of the City of Novato, Marin County, California, at a meeting thereof, held on the __ day of __, 2018, by the following vote, to wit: 


AYES: Councilmembers 

NOES: Councilmembers 

ABSTAIN: Councilmembers 

ABSENT: Councilmembers 



City Clerk of the City of Novato 


Approved as to form: 



City Attorney of the City of Novato 


[1] http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-immigrant-crime-reporting-drops--story.html

[2] https://www.americanprogress.org/issues/immigration/reports/2017/01/26/297366/the-effects-of-sanctuary-policies-on-crime-and-the-economy/

[3] https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/03/13/ice-spokesman-resigns-over-false-statements-by-top-officials-about-calif-immigrant-arrests/