The City of Paramount was built, and survives, on values that promote diversity, equity, togetherness, and progress. These values can be explored by viewing our Vision, Mission Values, and Strategic Outcomes. The City strives to address quality of life and social issues impacting Paramount residents and the overall community.
As such, the City has partnered with residents to help facilitate Unity in the Community: A Series of Community Discussions.
Calls for Action
On May 25, 2020, an unarmed Black man named George Floyd was brutally and unjustifiably killed during a confrontation with police officers in Minneapolis, MN. Consequently, the police officers involved in Mr. Floyd’s death were fired and charged with murder. This incident, along with a series of similar incidents across the country in recent history, sparked a national outcry for civic leaders to address police brutality and systemic racism. In Paramount, the City Council and City staff have received and responded to numerous wide-ranging requests to combat racism, social injustices, and police brutality.
Unity in the Community: A Series of Community Discussions
To address these calls for action, the Unity in the Community discussions will be modeled on similar efforts held in Paramount in 2016 in response to a tide of police shootings on the national level. This current series of Unity in the Community discussions will strive to open a dialogue on the issues of racism, police relations, community involvement, and youth engagement. Moderated by a committee of residents, the goal is to enable Paramount residents of all ages and backgrounds to share their concerns and come up with solutions to attain Unity in the Community.
Unity Planning Committee
In preparation for the series of Unity in the Community discussions, a planning committee has met four times since June. The committee is composed of the following:
- Grady Jones, Pastor, New Commandment Baptist Church (moderator)
- Tony Warfield, Community Member, Entrepreneur, Public Works Commissioner
- Dr. Linda Timmons, Community Member, Author, Child and Family Counselor
- John Moreno, City Manager
- Andrew Vialpando, Assistant City Manager
- Adriana Lopez, City Director of Public Safety
- Dr. Ruth Perez, Superintendent, Paramount Unified School District
- Captain David Sprengel, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lakewood Station
Values and Mission
The Unity in the Community members developed a list of values and mission principles. To view, click here.
Topics of Discussion
Meeting dates and their corresponding topics for community discussions will be announced about two to three weeks in advance on this webpage and on social media (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). Due to current COVID-19 Health Order restrictions, community discussion meetings, at this time, will be held remotely, broadcast live on the Paramount YouTube channel.
The next topic of discussion is:
A First Conversation on Police Relations: Building Trust and Relationships in Paramount - Saturday, October 3 at 10:00 a.m.
Here’s How to Get Involved in the Discussion
The Unity in the Community panel will address questions from the public regarding the topic scheduled for discussion via live YouTube broadcast (Paramount YouTube channel). For the October 3, 2020 meeting you may participate in the discussion in one of two ways:
Submit Your Question for Discussion: Questions received at ParamountCommunity@gmail.com with the subject line Question for Discussion will be answered by the committee during the Conversation on Police Relations. The deadline to submit questions is Friday, September 25.
Sign up for Live Public Comment: We will also provide an opportunity for live remote public comment (via telephone) to share your input and concerns with the Committee on a first come, first served basis. If you are interested in providing live public comments, please email ParamountCommunity@gmail.com with the subject line Request for Live Public Comment.
To address as many issues as possible, the live public comment period will be limited to 15 minutes. Each person will have 90 seconds to share their questions and comments. Requests for live public comment that are not heard on October 3 may be addressed at a following Unity Discussion.