Debate and protocols at the 10/9 City Council meeting

Photo Destiny De La Cruz, Clovis Roundup

October 10, 2023 – Mikaela Silva of Clovis Community College’s Speech and Debate Team extended an invitation to the city of Clovis and its council members to attend their Speech Gala. First collegiate forensics team created in the state of California within the last 20 years.

The Speech Gala will be held from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, October 17th on Clovis Community College Campus (Academic Center 1, Room 150). There will be impromptu, interpretative, and entertaining debate.

The team is asking for community support by paying $1 for entrance to the Speech Gala, where light refreshments will be served. The team hopes to travel to four tournaments this school year. For updates and information, you can visit their Instagram @ccc_speech_and_debate

During the public comments portion, one citizen voiced concerns about gun control, and he specifically referenced the SB 2 bill. The legislation would establish stricter standards for obtaining a license to carry a concealed weapon, like a handgun. 

Senate Bill 2 is authored by Senator Anthony J. Portantino. According to the Senate’s website, “The bill would implement significant improvements to strengthen California’s existing concealed-carry weapon (CCW) laws.”

The bill states that it would strengthen state gun safety by, “Ensuring those carrying firearms in public are responsible, law-abiding citizens who do not pose a danger to themselves or others;

Protecting children and young adults from gun violence by setting a minimum age requirement of 21 years of age to obtain a CCW license,”

Additionally, provisions in SB 2 include, “Advance safety through stronger storage and training requirements on the proper handling, loading, unloading, and storage of firearms;

Safeguard the public by identifying certain sensitive public places where guns may not be carried;

Include due process protections to allow anyone denied a CCW license based on a finding that they are not qualified to carry firearms in public to a hearing before a superior court judge.”

The citizen who raised concerns about gun control said he plans to formulate a structured movement for referendum on these laws, and in the future he’d like support from the council.

City Manager John Holt presented an item to the council that was the “first blush” for adoption of City Council Protocols. There was much discussion amongst the council about these specific protocols. The protocols were not adopted, the language within these protocols is to be “cleaned up” before they are once again presented to the council for adoption in November. Some of the protocols included the role of the mayor, communications with staff (specifically including the city manager), and use of city letterhead and city seal.

Destiny De La Cruz is a budding journalist with a passion for photojournalism. As a Fresno State alumni, she earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication & Journalism, the Film & Media Arts option with a minor in Anthropology. She has an interest in all things film, food, literature & outdoors.