Local folks, please call your reps. All others, particularly journalists, please let them know you're watching.
Apologies if this seems hyper local, but the Stephon Clark case is important AND last night needs continued attention.
1. Local councilmembers don't have term limits, which means they can basically serve until they bored.
It results in situations where they can keep promising to fix situations but don't, because no term limit/constituent vigilance.
Need a primer? I wrote one. teenvogue.com/story/how-to-d…
Which broadly means the mayor has limited authority to act. It's all on the city manager, who is not an elected and therefore, not beholden to constituents.
If YOUR council is under a weak mayor format, start focusing on how you can have it changed. Make sure your local electeds have power, but are also accountable to you.
Also, this is why I keep tweeting about Sacramento. Clergy having to stand between protestors + police. Witness.