A recent email to council members from former mayoral candidate Tracie Stafford sparked a lengthy online discussion after it was posted on the popular Elk Grove Laguna Forums pageon Facebook. Stafford, an African American, questioned the location of Monday’s meeting at Elk Grove Regional Park, suggesting that “the location was chosen to deter people of color from attending” because the surrounding park setting at night could evoke images of lynching. She asked that the city move the location.
Stafford said in a statement that the concerns about the location were shared with her in confidence by residents she invited to attend the forum.
“I take my role as a community advocate very seriously and the email was intended to protect the town hall participants,” she said. “The email was then shared and politicized for reasons unknown to me.”