Elk Grove Leadership Issues Statement Regarding Charlottesville

August 25, 2017 |  

In the days since the ugly and tragic events in Charlestonville, leaders from around the country and across the political spectrum have come together in denouncing the hate and violence of the Nazi, KKK, Confederate and white supremacist movements. We must do more than just mourn the death of Heather Heyer. Here in Elk Grove, we make clear that those that espouse violence and genocide against African Americans, Muslims, Sikhs, Latinos, Asians, the Jewish community, LGBTQ or any other community are not welcome in our city nor anywhere in our nation. 

President Trump spoke about Charlottesville, saying that some of the bigoted marchers were ‘fine people’ along with other equivocal comments. His words have been used by racist terror groups to show that they have support across the country. We say without hesitation that President Trump was wrong in giving safe harbor to bigots. He should have said clearly that marching on the side of the Nazi, KKK, Confederates and white supremacists is a despicable act intended to terrorize communities. Never let it be said that the people of Elk Grove remained silent against hate. 

Authors: Amar Shergill, Executive Board Member California Democratic Party
Jaclyn Moreno, Sacramento Indivisible Regional Action Network

Assemblymember Jim Cooper
Steve Ly, Elk Grove City Mayor
Steve Detrick, Elk Grove City Councilmember
Pat Hume, Elk Grove City Councilmember
Stephanie Nguyen, Elk Grove City Councilmember
Darren Suen, Elk Grove City Councilmember
Beth Albiani, Elk Grove Unified School District Board Member
Nancy Chaires Espinosa, Elk Grove Unified School District Board Member
Chet Madison, Elk Grove Unified School District Board Member
Parveen Tumber, American Sikh Public Affairs Association
Dan Schmitt, Elk Grove - South County Democratic Club
Tracie Stafford, Women Democrats of Sacramento County
Xanthi Pinkerton, Dir. of Comm., Elk Grove Unified School District

Editor's note: Earlier today this same joint letter was individually released by Elk Grove Vice Mayor Steve Detrick without attribution. It was posted with Detrick listed as the author which was incorrect. We apologize for the error.  

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Eye on Elk Grove said...

While there is no reason to question the sincerity of the authors of this statement as all three spoke, or had a statement read on their behalf, at last Wednesday’s Elk Grove City Council meeting delivering the same message, nor some of the people who signed this statement. However, there is reason, and rightfully so, to question the political motives of Steve Detrick, Pat Hume and Darren Suen.

All three were asked to publicly denounce Trump at last Wednesday’s Elk Grove City Council meeting as reported on Elk Grove News. They refused, with Hume making some very harsh statements regarding the brave people who had the courage to stand up to the Alt right.


What we heard from Detrick, Hume and Suen were their personal unscripted comments. Then after public outcry after the EGN article was posted on facebook, this written statement is issued with a complete turnabout from Detrick and Hume. Suen started on the right path as you can read in the above link but then agreed with Detrick.

So like Donald Trump, do we believe the unscripted comments by Hume and Detrick, or do we believe the written comments penned by others, then signed by Hume and Detrick once again, after public outcry? See a pattern here?

And speaking of Detrick, ahead of the issuance of the joint statement, he issues the exact one as a “personal statement” signing it at the bottom with his name and title. Then we find out he did not write it.

In closing, a woman lost her life in a horrific manner standing up for what she believed in, and the least that could have been done here is to spell her name correctly. It is Heather Heyer.

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