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A community listening session scheduled for Thursday is now set to occur from 6-8 p.m. tonight, according to a correction sent by city staff.

Residents can register and join the Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee’s session by visiting the [website](

On June 9, 2020, the Santa Monica City Council unanimously affirmed the Obama Foundation’s Mayor’s Pledge and agreed to review its police use of force policies; engage the community by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in its review; report the findings of the review to the community and seek feedback; and reform its police use of force policies.

Following this direction, the Interim City Manager appointed a 15-member Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee to facilitate community input and make recommendations for reform to the Interim City Manager. The Advisory Committee has also been asked to review broader proposals for invest / divest strategies to better achieve public safety and wellbeing for all in the Santa Monica community.

Santa Monica community members are encouraged to participate in the meeting to share their experiences with public safety in the City and to provide insights and recommendations on reforms that they would like to see as the Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee begins its work.

Public comment will be facilitated by Dr. Kikanza Nuri-Robins, an organizational change consultant and advocate for justice, equity, and inclusion who works with mission-driven organizations across the country to sustain healthy cultures by improving communication. Members of the public are encouraged to share their thoughts, whether positive or negative, honestly, openly, and consistent with the City’s rules of civility for public meetings.

The meeting will be held via teleconference in both English and Spanish.