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San Ramon City Council to review commemorative flag policy during special meeting

Council has received requests to fly Pride flag, the Philly Pride flag and the Black Lives Matter flag at city sites

The San Ramon City Council is set to discuss the city's flagpole policy and will consider issuing a new policy that would allow commemorative flags to be flown for special occasions at city facilities, an issue which will be reviewed during the City Council's special meeting on Wednesday.

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If approved by the council, commemorative flags will essentially reflect the viewpoints of the council and can only be approved if first proposed by a sitting council member -- ensuring the council maintains regulatory control over which flags are flown.

"The government can advance its own speech without requiring viewpoint neutrality when the government itself is the speaker, so long as the government does not show religious preference or encourage a certain vote in an election," Deputy City Manager Steven Spedowfski said in a staff report.

Spedowfski added that there are currently three requests from residents to fly three different commemorative flags under the city of San Ramon flag on the pole in front of City Hall -- the Pride flag, the Philly Pride flag and the Black Lives Matter flag.

San Ramon City Council's special meeting is set to be held remotely at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Interested residents can view the meeting on the city's YouTube page or on its Zoom account using webinar ID 914 7201 7946.

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Residents can submit public comments via email to [email protected] Comments must be sent prior to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and include “Public Comment 6/17/2020” in the subject line.

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San Ramon City Council to review commemorative flag policy during special meeting

Council has received requests to fly Pride flag, the Philly Pride flag and the Black Lives Matter flag at city sites

by Ryan J. Degan / Danville San Ramon

Uploaded: Tue, Jun 16, 2020, 4:37 pm

The San Ramon City Council is set to discuss the city's flagpole policy and will consider issuing a new policy that would allow commemorative flags to be flown for special occasions at city facilities, an issue which will be reviewed during the City Council's special meeting on Wednesday.

If approved by the council, commemorative flags will essentially reflect the viewpoints of the council and can only be approved if first proposed by a sitting council member -- ensuring the council maintains regulatory control over which flags are flown.

"The government can advance its own speech without requiring viewpoint neutrality when the government itself is the speaker, so long as the government does not show religious preference or encourage a certain vote in an election," Deputy City Manager Steven Spedowfski said in a staff report.

Spedowfski added that there are currently three requests from residents to fly three different commemorative flags under the city of San Ramon flag on the pole in front of City Hall -- the Pride flag, the Philly Pride flag and the Black Lives Matter flag.

San Ramon City Council's special meeting is set to be held remotely at 5 p.m. on Wednesday. Interested residents can view the meeting on the city's YouTube page or on its Zoom account using webinar ID 914 7201 7946.

Residents can submit public comments via email to [email protected] Comments must be sent prior to 4 p.m. on Wednesday and include “Public Comment 6/17/2020” in the subject line.

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The Dude
San Ramon
on Jun 16, 2020 at 10:55 pm
The Dude, San Ramon
on Jun 16, 2020 at 10:55 pm
Member
San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 11:52 am
Member, San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 11:52 am

Do we have to allow political statements in front our public buildings? If so, how about a dem or gop flag.... or pro life, anti abortion... Don't let this type of display get started because you'll never be able to stop it.

This isn't appropriate in any sense of the word.


E Q
San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 1:42 pm
E Q, San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 1:42 pm

Equality for all is not a political statement. The city should allow it. Would be interesting to see who the neighborhood racists and bigots are when they speak against this at the meeting.


Barbara Lum
Danville
on Jun 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm
Barbara Lum , Danville
on Jun 17, 2020 at 3:42 pm

There is no good reason to open up this can of worms. One flag one nation under God!


Joyce Allegro
San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 4:47 pm
Joyce Allegro, San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 4:47 pm

No way!!! There is only one flag that should be flying and that is the American flag. Why offend residents who may not agree with whatever the flavor of the month flag is.


E Q
San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm
E Q, San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 4:57 pm

Huh? This is not about replacing the American flag. The city hall already flies the American flag, the California flag, and the San Ramon flag. A flag that represents equality is not a replacement for any of these flags. It's sad that some people view Black Lives Matter or Pride as "flavors of the month".


The Dude
San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm
The Dude, San Ramon
on Jun 17, 2020 at 9:42 pm

EQ I don't see anyone talking about replacing the American flag. My point is that it's a slippery slope. Is it equally acceptable to you to fly a Nazi or NAMBLA flag? Where do you draw the line?


Jacquie Guzzo
San Ramon
on Jun 18, 2020 at 12:32 am
Jacquie Guzzo, San Ramon
on Jun 18, 2020 at 12:32 am

LGBTQ+ issues are not limited to politics. I talk to parents almost weekly who are from various religions, different politics, with frankly not many unifying characteristics - except that we all have kids who are lgbgtq+. When your kid cries to you expressing their undeniable feelings, knowing you'll be disappointed with their truth - then come talk to me. My kid came out at age 20. It's not my fault - or his. There's no fault to assign. He's awesome and heading to law school now after graduating magna cum laude. Proud mama here! fyi - You might be surprised by my politics and religion. Neither of us wants to convert anyone... we just want what's fair.


E Q
San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:34 pm
E Q, San Ramon
on Jun 19, 2020 at 9:34 pm

The Dude, it is actually possible to say that we are ok with symbols of love and equality and justice, and not ok with symbols of hate.


SR_Resident
San Ramon
on Jun 23, 2020 at 12:47 pm
SR_Resident, San Ramon
on Jun 23, 2020 at 12:47 pm

Thank you San Ramon and Danville Council! "Danville, San Ramon governments fly LGBTQ+ pride flag"
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