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Posted on: October 11, 2023

Milpitas City Council Temporarily Discontinues Zoom Public Comments

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The Milpitas City Council has joined an increasing list of jurisdictions requiring public comments to be delivered in person or in writing through the end of the year. In recent weeks, hate speech has spread through the hijacking of government public meetings such as Sacramento, Monterey, El Cerrito, Walnut Creek, Berkeley, South San Francisco, Livermore, and others. A virtual tool that allowed residents to participate, influence decisions, and hold elected officials accountable has quickly become a platform for hate and harassment.

“We stand firmly against any form of bigotry, racism, or prejudice. Such views have no place in Milpitas, and we are committed to fostering an environment where all our residents feel safe, valued, and included,” said Mayor Carmen Montano.

According to Vice Mayor Evelyn Chua, “We encourage open and respectful dialogue, where differing opinions can be shared and discussed constructively. However, we draw the line at speech that seeks to divide, demean, or harm Milpitas community members.”

The determination to temporarily discontinue virtual public comments was made in light of recent reports of Zoom-bombing attacks in other communities. Members of the public will be required to attend meetings in-person if they want to comment on an agenda item. They will also continue to have the option to share comments through email and/or regular mail, but these will not be verbalized during the City Council meeting. However, every comment submitted will be provided to the City Council and will be considered a public record.

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