NEXT MEETING: August 19, 2016
ShotSpotter: Richmond PD’s quick response system
Lieutenant Eric Smith, a 19 year veteran of the Richmond Police Department, will give an overview of ShotSpotter, a technology that quickly determines the exact location of guns fired in the city. The system uses a series of acoustic sensors and software to pinpoint their locations, then automatically sends that information to the Richmond Communications Center and to field personnel.
And all of that happens within a minute.
MEETING OF August 12
President Josh called the meeting to order and asked “lonely” Don Lau to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Herb Cole led a silent prayer for peace, freedom and justice on earth. “Thoughtful” Sid Chauvin had this to share: “I hope they never find life on any other planet.
Visiting Rotarians and Guests
Happy and Sad Dollars
Ensuring that West Contra Students Thrive
Your Scribe introduced the speaker for the day, Maribel Lopez, Director of Community Leadership for GO Public Schools West Contra Costa. Maribel has been a student, teacher and now parent, all at the same school—Dover Elementary School in San Pablo.
Maribel recounted how she came to work for GO Public Schools, and provided an overview of the organization’s mission, goals and programs. After graduating from Richmond High, she became a parent liaison at Dover Elementary, which lead her to Contra Costa College and ultimately UC Berkeley. She graduated with a degree in social welfare but decided to “do her social work” as a teacher after seeing her middle school featured in a documentary about the worst schools in California. That revelation convinced Maribel to become a bilingual teacher at Dover for Kindergarten and 2nd Grade.
The classroom experience led Maribel to GO, Great Oakland Public Schools, which was started by parents in Oakland. The organization was founded in 2015 and supports a coalition of students, families, educators, and community allies united around generating solutions to ensure that every West Contra Costa student thrives.
GO works with grassroots constituents (students, parents, families), grasstops (political and community leaders, decision-makers), educators and the school district staff. Maribel encourages people to step into their own power to advocate for students in West Contra Costa. In the short time they have been in existence, they have already enjoyed success, including supporting the new Superintendent search and presenting a well-received event, “Black Minds Matter.” Visit https://gopublicschoolswcc.org/ for more information.
- Stacey Street, Rotating Editor