Discrimination comes in many forms. Imagine if Nancy Barba had said another word. Would that rise to the level of commissioner misconduct? She said that the recent survey about parking reduction “sways to a larger, older segment of the population.” What if she had named any other protected classes in that statement? Would there be consequences? Would there be a public outrage? Fill in the blank and see what you think.
- National Origin
- Sex or Gender
- Veteran Status
- Physical or Mental Disability
This situation with Nancy Barba has grown worse. Our City Attorney, Heather Baker fielded a complaint about Nancy Barba’s comments and has concluded that this does “not rise to the level of Commissioner misconduct or age discrimination.” Further, Ms. Baker has considered the matter closed. We think otherwise and that if you are reading this that you should get involved. Ms. Barba said that the age of survey respondents “actually discredits the survey in [her] mind.” We view that comment as direction to staff that the survey results are not valid because of the age of some of the respondents. Our City Attorney sees things differently.
We should not tolerate normalizing discrimination. It is never okay to make these kinds of comments. That Ms. Barba made the comments and that Ms. Baker is letting them go without consequence should be quite alarming to all citizens of Culver City, of all political beliefs. We urge you to send email to city leadership about this matter.
Here is City Attorney, Heather Baker’s full response to the discrimination complaint:
On May 25, 2022, Planning Commission Vice Chair, Nancy Barba said the following: “The surveys not only are they not representative and it is problematic…that it sways to a larger older segment of the population which also correlates with …housing and building owners in the community. So, all of that is actually discredits the survey in my mind. That’s not who we need to be thinking about here. We should be thinking about the future. We should be thinking about how these decisions will influence everything we’re trying to do with the General Plan Update, everything we’re trying to do for housing, for transportation, for alternative modes of mobility. So, I think all of those things come into play.”