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Sebastopol City Council to Consider Surveillance Technology and Community Safety Ordinance

December 6 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm PST

On December 6, 2022, at 6 p.m., the Sebastopol City Council will hopefully approve the Surveillance Technology and Community Safety Ordinance proposed by the ACLU of Sonoma County.  The ordinance is the result of a collaborative process with our chapter and Sebastopol Police Chief Ron Nelson, who supports this effort to increase transparency and accountability when it comes to the use of surveillance technologies by law enforcement. Please show your support for the proposed ordinance by writing or calling Sebastopol City Council members and/or commenting at the City Council meeting.  More information is below.

Meeting Details

Topic: City Council Meeting – December 6, 2022
Time: Dec 6, 2022 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Zoom Meeting link:


Meeting ID: 875 0127 1488
Passcode: 545950

More details about the meeting can be found here.

Background Information. Please feel free to include/adapt the below points in your email and/or public comment:

  • Law enforcement use of surveillance technologies and services pose significant risks and deserve the time and attention of thorough consideration and community involvement.
  • Use of surveillance systems to monitor our lives and collect information about us without our consent helps fuel an unfair criminal justice system, violates core civil rights, and prevents us from living safe, fulfilling lives.
  • Here in our community, if we care about reproductive justice, if we care about stopping police violence, if we care about protecting activists – then we must do everything we can right now to bolster privacy protections, not build more surveillance.
  • We urge City Council to pursue adoption of the Surveillance Technology Ordinance to codify best practices for meaningful community engagement and to ensure transparency, accountability, and oversight for all proposals to acquire or use surveillance technology.
  • A surveillance technology ordinance would mandate that city departments ask the city council for permission prior to  the funding, acquisition, or use of all surveillance technologies or services by any city department in Sebastopol.
  • A surveillance technology ordinance puts the city in the proper position where the community has control over police surveillance and minimizes the chance that surveillance programs are in operation in the city with no knowledge by the community. 

Please contact info@sonomaaclu.org with any questions.

City Council Contact Information

City Council Email   citycouncil@cityofsebastopol.org 

Please send a copy to the City Clerk so that your comment can be entered into the record.

City Clerk Mary Gourley: mgourley@cityofsebastopol.org 


Staff Report

The Staff Report below recommends that the Ordinance be adopted, and can be downloaded by clicking here. The Item is Number 5 on the Consent Calendar of the City Council’s December 6, 2022 Agenda.

Sebastopol City Council Agenda December-6-2022


December 6
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm PST
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