With more of a stutter step than a burst of enthusiasm, the City Council agreed last evening to place the proposed labeling of Culver City as a sanctuary city on its March 27 agenda.
In other high-profile matters:
- Deftly, the Council temporarily handed off a complex of questions about the parameters governing growing of marijuana, use of it, sale of it, taxing of it to the Planning Commission and the Finance Advisory Committee.
- On the night of the first reading of a popular environment-oriented ban on certain forms of polystyrene by restaurants, minor adjustments in language and policy passed to the irritation of the ban’s strongest advocates, especially Councilwoman Meghan Sahli-Wells.
- The Council voted 5-0 to support County Measure H on the March 7 ballot that seeks to end homelessness.
- The Council agreed to lend financial support to the May 13 Car Show at Vets Park and the CicLAvia event.
Responding to a heavily detailed 7-point pro-immigrant, anti-deportation letter sent to each Council member, both Mayor Jim Clarke and Vice Mayor Jeff Cooper expressed hesitation about enacting a resolution.
It is not yet clear what had changed from earlier in the day when Mr. Clarke seriously had doubted the possibility of bringing a sanctuary city designation before the Council.
The mayor, a traditional liberal, is a law-and-order guy. He accented the importance of subscribing to the law while repeating an earlier assertion that Culver City already is acting as a kind of sanctuary city. Implied but going unspoken was the notion that such a label may be a stain on the community’s image.
Mr. Cooper, a centrist, objected to social justice-style topics in the letter, including proposed obligatory contributions to the L.A. Justice Fund.
With the exception of Ms. Sahli-Wells, no one on the dais indicated more than a passing interest in hurrying the subject to a Council agenda.