REDWOOD CITY SUSPENDS INVOCATIONS
Evaluating Criteria Selection for Police Volunteers
For Immediate Release
July 29, 2015
Redwood City, Calif. - Redwood City announced today the suspension of invocations at City Council meetings until further discussion with the Mayor and City Council. Interim City Manager Aaron Aknin advised the Mayor and City Council that the practice of City Council invocations is suspended pending further review and discussion with the City Council. In addition, Aknin and the Police Department will be sitting down with the Redwood City Chaplaincy program to review guidelines for the selection of police volunteers.
"The City of Redwood City has a long history of invocations going back decades without incident," said Aaron Aknin, interim city manager. "The City of Redwood City is proud of our diversity and strong community. Invocations are not the forum to promote or discourage any particular religious or other belief. Invocators are invited as guests of the Mayor and City Council and community as a whole to share peaceful and respectful insights. Suspending the invocation process until further discussion with the Mayor and Council will ensure that invocations support our community's diversity and values."
Redwood City invocations are coordinated by the Redwood City Clergy Network. Advice on decorum is given to all invocators on how to present a respectful invocation at City Council meetings.
Redwood City Council meetings will continue to offer a public comment section for the public to share individual comments and views.
About Redwood City
The City of Redwood City is a San Francisco Bay Area community located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the technology-rich region extending from the San Francisco shoreline to the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains. Redwood City is the third largest city within the County of San Mateo, with over 84,000 residents. The city enjoys an average of 255 sunny days a year, which it boasts via the city slogan: "Climate Best by Government Test". Incorporated in 1867, Redwood City is home to the San Mateo County History Museum (located in the county's old courthouse) and the only active deep water port within the south bay of San Francisco. The city's vibrant downtown, quickly becoming known as the entertainment hub of the San Francisco Peninsula, offers residents, visitors, and businesses a unique retail, entertainment, and restaurant experience. For more information, visit the City of Redwood City's website at www.redwoodcity.org or follow @RedwoodCity on Twitter. To learn more about Redwood City's downtown and to plan a visit, go to downtownredwoodcity.org.