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Series of countywide Community Conversations to address racial injustice

SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF. —Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg will host three virtual countywide Community Conversations asking residents and community-based organizations to share their experiences and answer questions about public safety and justice (and disparities in those systems) for the purpose of improving the quality of life for residents of the county. 

"I am listening to residents with the goal of empowering communities to tell us the tools they need to thrive in their own image,” said Ellenberg. "In order to know what that desired image is, I plan to go right to the source – our residents.”   

Supervisor Ellenberg’s colleagues on the Board of Supervisors have demonstrated their support of the need for community engagement as a critical piece of any policy creation that would uplift and support residents by agreeing to disseminate throughout their own districts information about these upcoming conversations. 

Supervisor Ellenberg’s goal as the Chairperson of the County’s Public Safety and Justice Committee (PSJC) is to collect and compile feedback from residents and community-based organizations into a report, and utilize that report as a tool for equitable and thoughtful decision making. The report will be presented at the August 6, 2020 PSJC meeting. 

This report will offer a community-generated platform to share with the Public Safety and Justice Committee and the Board of Supervisors an image of the kind of just, equitable communities they seek. 

Engagement from residents and various community-based organizations will be reflected in the report to help guide policy direction, giving policies authenticity and giving community members the confidence that Supervisor Ellenberg will continue to elevate and advocate for actions that will improve the quality of life for every resident of Santa Clara County. 

Community Conversation Dates: 

  • Saturday, July 11  from 10 - 11:30 AM 
  • Thursday, July 16  from 11:30 AM - 1 PM 
  • Tuesday, July 21 from 6:30-8 PM 
To participate, please RSVP at 

If residents are not able to participate, they are encouraged to share their experiences and recommendations by emailing​ with the subject line “Community Conversations” from now to July 22 to be included in the report.  

Last updated: 6/23/2020 12:11 PM