City Council Greenlights Historical Context Study to Guide Racial Equity Initiatives


September 22, 2022

In its effort to make “reparations a reality,” the Culver City Council has given its blessing to staff to prepare and issue a request for proposals to “conduct an historical context study of the city of Culver City.”

At its recent meeting, the Council unanimously agreed to appropriate $150,000 from the general funds for the study and a consultant to oversee the project.

With its action, Culver City follows in the footsteps of West Hollywood which recently approved a Request for Proposal of a Historical Context Study that would guide them in establishing racial equity initiatives.

Last month, the Council voted to start an effort to create “a system of reparation designed to narrow the racial income and housing gap in the city.”

City officials said Culver City will work with the California Reparations Task Force to make local reparations a reality. They also said that they plan to create a fund for reparations, using revenue obtained from taxing cannabis businesses.

The unanimous vote came roughly a year after the Council approved a resolution acknowledging the racial history of Culver City.

Approved by a 3-2 vote, the Council resolution also “expresses the city’s commitment to rectify the consequences of these egregious policies and practices” and to design a system of reparations.


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