BY NICK DIAMANTIDES
Tuesday night’s Signal Hill City Council meeting proved that the peace movement is alive and well. The council voted unanimously to add the city to the Mayors for Peace 2020 Vision Campaign.
More than 2,800 cities worldwide and 134 cities in the United States have joined the Campaign, which has the elimination of all nuclear weapons as its primary emphasis.
The resolution adopted by the council on Tuesday states, “In August 1945, the first nuclear weapons ever used in human history caused an indescribable catastrophe for the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, with survivors who still suffer physically, psychologically, and socially from various side effects; and…eliminating thousands of warheads and reducing the number of Third World countries that have them is the best defense against terrorist use of nuclear weapons…”
The resolution goes on to urge the elimination of all nuclear weapons and states that genuine and lasting world peace requires the support of human rights, the protection of the environment and the solving of other problems “that threaten peaceful coexistence within the human family.”
In another action, the council unanimously passed a resolution allocating a $35,893 federal stimulus package grant for the Signal Hill Park LED lighting project. Another $14,107 for the project will come from the city’s park development fund.
In a separate action, the Signal Hill Redevelopment Agency (composed of all the members of the city council) unanimously approved a $70,000 contract with the Buxton Company (based in Fort Worth, Texas) to develop a retail economic strategy for the city.
The next city council meeting is scheduled for June 16, 7pm in the Council Chambers of Signal Hill City Hall.