Mayors Pledge and IOLERO Ordinance

At the June Executive Board meeting, we unanimously voted to have President Sandy Reynolds write letters to:

  1. Support The Mayors Pledge from President Obama's organization, My Brothers Keeper Alliance for mayor to commit to four major concerns, Review, Engage, Report, and Reform. Santa Rosa Mayor Tom Schwedhelm signed the pledge and a letter of support was sent out from the Santa Rosa Democratic Club.
  2. Request the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors take critical action and place on the November 3, 2020 ballot, the "Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance". Prior to the pandemic, signatures were being gathered to have this measure on the November ballot. Because signature gathering is no longer allowed at this time, it is up to the County Supervisors to place this on the ballot. This measure seeks to ensure that IOLERO meets the core principles established by The National Association of Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement.

We are asking you, members and friends of the Club, to step up, stand up, and speak up by following up with Mayor Tom Schwedhelm to thank him for signing the pledge and ensuring he follows through on the pledge, and contacting your County Supervisor to request that the Board place the "Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance" on the November 3, 2020 ballot.

Contact for Mayor Schedhelm is: tschwedhelm@srcity.org and phone is: 707-543-3017. The Pledge can be found at https://www.obama.org/mayor-pledge.

Contact for Board of Supervisors is: https://sonomacounty.ca.gov/Board-of-Supervisors/Contact-Board-of-Supervisors/

Letter to Mayor Tom Schwedhelm:

To: Santa Rosa Mayor Schwedhelm
Date: June 5, 2020
From: Santa Rosa Democratic Club

Re: Mayor’s Pledge (My Brother’s Keeper Alliance)

Dear Mayor Schwedhelm:

On behalf of the Executive Board of the Santa Rosa Democratic Club, we extend our support and appreciation to you for your Commitment to Action by “Signing the Pledge” to introduce common-sense limits on police use of force. The killings of George Floyd and too many Black Americans have left our nation anguished and outraged. We as Americans have finally said, unequivocally, Enough is Enough. Action has to happen NOW! You, as Mayor, and the other City Council officials, are in a unique position to introduce common sense limits on police use of force. We as Democratic leaders support you in this endeavor! We are pleased to see other Mayors in Sonoma County also signing this pledge. On Thursday night, when our board met, we had just voted to send you a letter urging you to take this pledge. We had all seen the Obama Town Hall from the night before (on Obama.org) where Obama asked that every mayor in every town in our country take this pledge. We were fired up and ready to go to support this action and ask all the mayors in Sonoma County to do likewise. When we saw online, before the end of our meeting, that you had already been requested by thousands of local people to make that commitment and that you had done so, we were deeply appreciative. However, this letter is still coming to you to acknowledge that we too are part of the thousands who will continue to support your commitment. We as Democrats will continue to fight for Justice for all Americans, for all people who live in our country, for the right to peaceful protests, for the rule of law regardless of color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin and will fight tyranny regardless of who leads our country. No one is above the law!

In partnership, Sandy Reynolds,
President, Santa Rosa Democratic Club



Letter to Susan Gorin, Chair, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors

June 7, 2020

To: Susan Gorin, Chair, Sonoma County Board of Supervisors
From: Santa Rosa Democratic Club Executive Board

Re: IOLERO initiative on the November ballot

Dear Chairwoman Gorin:

The Santa Rosa Democratic Club Executive Board is requesting that the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors place the “Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance” initiative on the November ballot. This measure seeks to ensure that IOLERO meets the core principles established by The National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement. The Sonoma County Democratic Party endorsed this initiative. The nine Democratic Clubs in Sonoma County supported this measure and were actively gathering signatures to place this on the November ballot. The signature gathering stopped abruptly when the COVID-19 hit and all outside activity was halted.

Life has changed. In addition to the deadly virus the killing of George Floyd and too many of other Black Americans have left our nation anguished and outraged. We as Americans have finally said, unequivocally, “Enough is Enough!” Action from our local city and county leaders needs to happen NOW! We have already written to Santa Rosa Mayor Schwedhelm supporting his signing “The Pledge” to introduce common-sense limits on police use of force. As the Chair of the Board of Supervisors, we request that you take the critical action to ensure that the oversight needed for law enforcement at the County level be realized, and that at the very least give the voters their opportunity to voice their support for the “Evelyn Cheatham Effective IOLERO Ordinance” on the November ballot.

We as Democrats will continue to fight for Justice for all Americans, for all people who live in our country, for the right to peaceful protests, for the rule of law regardless of color, creed, gender, religion, sexual orientation, country of origin and will fight tyranny regardless of who leads our country. No one is above the law!

In partnership,
Sandy Reynolds, President