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File #: 20-0551   
Type: Report to Council Status: Passed
Meeting Body: City Council
On agenda: 6/9/2020
Title: Adopt a Resolution Denouncing Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Sentiment Due to the COVID19 Pandemic and Affirming City of Sunnyvale Support of and Commitment to the Well-Being and Safety of Asian American Communities.
Attachments: 1. Resolution, 2. Statement on Our City Values and Public Service, 3. Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center
REPORT TO COUNCIL

SUBJECT
Title
Adopt a Resolution Denouncing Xenophobia and Anti-Asian Sentiment Due to the COVID19 Pandemic and Affirming City of Sunnyvale Support of and Commitment to the Well-Being and Safety of Asian American Communities.

Report
BACKGROUND
In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, San Francisco State University's Asian American Studies Department and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) civil rights groups launched the online reporting center Stop AAPI Hate to collect and track incidents of anti-AAPI hate violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying in California and nationwide. Since its launch on March 19, there have been more than 1700 cases reported.

The World Health Organization has cautioned against using geographic descriptors because it leads to ethnic discrimination. Since the December 2019 outbreak of the COVID-19 virus in Wuhan, China, the infection has grown to more than three million confirmed cases and more than 200,000 confirmed deaths worldwide, and in the United States, over one million cases have been reported as of May 3.

EXISTING POLICY
General Plan, Chapter 2 Community Vision, Goal IV Safe and Healthy Community:
To maintain Sunnyvale's traditional high level of public health and safety, so all residents, employees and visitors feel safe at all times and in all places in the City.

General Plan, Chapter 6 Safety and Noise, Goal SN-3 Safe and Secure City:
Ensure a safe and secure environment for people and property in the community by providing effective public safety response and prevention and education services.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
The action being considered does not constitute a "project" with the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15378 (a) as it has no potential for resulting in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonably forese...

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