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Mayor Steve Young proposes forming a new Diversity Commission

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KENNEWICK, WA- At the last city council meeting, Bob Parks announced he will not be resigning, after the all the controversy surrounding his Facebook post. 

Many groups did not accept this as a solution to the diversity problem in Kennewick. Using social media, groups came together and proposed a boycott of corporate and big box businesses along Columbia Center Boulevard. On Wednesday at 4:00, a group of concerned citizens who are also involved with Hispanic groups in Pasco met with the Kennewick city manager to discuss solutions to the diversity problems. 

The night before, at the city council meeting, Mayor Steve Young proposed the formation of a Diversity Commission.  The commission would be made up of seven members and some of their main ideas include: 

• To engage with residents and businesses at the neighborhood level.
• Identify where the public views we have gaps in our services based on the diversity of our population.
• Determine where the City needs to improve communication and/or enhance services based on input received.
• Identify ways that the City can better promote diversity and encourage more citizens to consider running for a City Council position, participate on one of the many City boards and commissions, or apply for City employment.
• Present recommendations to Council on how to best engage our citizens so that there is adequate input regarding policy matters involving diversity.

After the meeting with the city manager, they announced their will be no boycott. They said lines of communication opened up and they can only look forward to working with the city. They plan on taking three steps and one of the three is the Diversity Commission. After the meeting they also stated they are putting the Bob Parks situation behind them and focusing on bettering diversity in the community.