Earth’s biodiversity is the essence of ecological vitality. So, too, is human diversity crucial for cultural, societal and democratic health. That understanding was affirmed on Tuesday, 2/28, as the Santa Monica City Council unanimously adopted a Resolution Embracing Diversity, which clarifies the City’s role in enforcing federal immigration law. Mayor Ted Winterer’s community letter asserts, “Santa Monica has a rich history of embracing diversity and acting with compassion… qualities that we must protect and nurture.” For decades, Santa Monica’s Comprehensive Sustainability Plan’s third guiding principle states, “Environmental Quality, Economic Health and Social Equity are Mutually Dependent.”

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