Aug. 04 - Aug. 04

Police Oversight Community Forum

Category: City Manager

The City of Santa Ana is hosting a community forum on Wednesday, August 4 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to engage residents on police oversight. The community forum will be held virtually on Zoom.

The virtual community forum will cover the topic of police oversight, including the different models and frameworks that make up police oversight boards and commissions. The forum will also include a moderated panel of practitioners and experts in police oversight to share their experiences with police oversight. Below is the line-up of the panelists:

  • John Alden (Executive Director, Oakland Community Police Review Agency)
  • Tiffany Bailey (Munger, Tolles & Olson Fellow, ACLU)
  • Michael Gennaco (Independent Auditor, Anaheim Police Review Board)
  • George Lippman (former Member, Berkeley Police Review Commission)
  • Eileen Teichert (Chair, Riverside Community Police Review Commission)

Residents can access the Zoom webinar using this link or by calling (669) 900-9128 and entering Meeting ID: 834 9837 7560.

Take the Community Feedback Survey

The City of Santa Ana wants to find out what the community thinks is the best approach for police oversight and how the City of Santa Ana should go about implementing police oversight. The City of Santa Ana is particularly interested in hearing from the community to find out which model and/or framework of police oversight best meets Santa Ana’s needs, how a police oversight board/commission should be structured, and what powers/authority the police oversight board/commission should have. For more information and to take the survey, visit the City’s website: If you have questions, call (714) 647-5234.

More About the Panelists

John Alden (Executive Director, Oakland Community Police Review Agency)

John Alden has served as the Executive Director of the Community Police Review Agency since July 2019. Mr. Alden brings to Oakland a decade of deep experience in police accountability. Mr. Alden previously worked for the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (DPA), formerly known as the Office of Citizen Complaints, and also for the Internal Affairs Division of the San Francisco Police Department. In those offices, he managed the investigation of complaints of police misconduct and use of excessive force, litigated disciplinary hearings, and advocated for changes in police policies and procedures. Mr. Alden also served as the Managing Attorney of the Independent Investigations Bureau ("IIB") in the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office, a unit specializing in the investigation and prosecution of Officer-Involved Shootings, In-Custody Deaths, and other forms of potentially criminal officer misconduct.

Before working in police accountability, Mr. Alden began his career as a prosecutor, working in Sonoma and Marin Counties, and then transitioned to private practice litigating employment law matters. Early in his career, he worked in the State Legislature as an Unruh Fellow.

Mr. Alden received both his law degree and bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.


Tiffany Bailey (Munger, Tolles & Olson Fellow, ACLU)

Tiffany Bailey is a Munger, Tolles & Olson Fellow and Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Southern California. Her work centers on issues relating to policing, including gang injunctions and databases issues. Tiffany was previously an Arthur Liman Fellow for the Economic Justice Project at the ACLU of Southern California, where she worked on issues relating to the over-policing and criminalization of the unhoused community. Tiffany graduated from Yale Law School. She clerked on the California Supreme Court for Justice Leondra R. Kruger and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for Judge Marsha S. Berzon.


Michael Gennaco (Independent Auditor, Anaheim Police Review Board)

Michael Gennaco (Independent Auditor, Anaheim Police Review Board)As a principal of OIR Group, Mr. Gennaco provides services in the field of independent oversight; serves as a monitor for negotiated agreements involving police reform, assists federal courts in developing remedial plans intended to cure defects in Constitutional policing; conducts independent reviews of critical incidents including officer-involved shootings and in-custody deaths; conducts audits of law enforcement departments focusing on review of internal investigative processes and policies; and undertakes independent internal investigations of allegations of police misconduct. 

Mr. Gennaco is currently the Independent Police Auditor for the Anaheim, Palo Alto, Burbank, Davis, and Las Cruces, New Mexico Police Departments and is currently the Interim Independent Police Auditor for the City of Vallejo.  Mr. Gennaco played a central role in creating independent oversight models for both the largest sheriff’s department and prison system in the United States. Mr. Gennaco has also provided independent review of critical incidents, adverse civil verdicts and/or best practices audits and designed remedial recommendations for the cities of Madison, Westminster, Pasadena, Portland, Torrance, Spokane, Santa Monica, Santa Maria, Inglewood, Glendale, Oxnard, Alhambra, Davis, Lompoc, Oakland, and Vallejo Police Departments, and the Orange County, San Diego County, King County, San Francisco, Ventura, Merced, and Denver Sheriff Departments as well as the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the Department of Juvenile Justice.  

Prior to his work in police oversight, Mr. Gennaco served as an Assistant United States Attorney, Chief of the Civil Rights Section, and was responsible for prosecuting police officers for excessive force and other Constitutional violations. 


George Lippman (former Member, Berkeley Police Review Commission)

George Lippman is a former Chair and Member of the Berkeley Police Review Commission. Mr. Lippman was instrumental in the City of Berkeley's transition to the Police Accountability Board. Mr. Lippman remains active in the Berkeley community and currently serves on the Peace and Justice Commission. 


Eileen Teichert (Chair, Riverside Community Police Review Commission)

Eileen Monaghan Teichert is beginning her third year on the Riverside Community Police Review Commission and her first year as chair. She is a retired attorney who formerly served as Riverside Supervising Deputy City Attorney, San Bernardino County Transportation Authority General Counsel, and the City Attorney for the City of Sacramento.

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Aug 04, 2021 - Aug 04, 2021


07:00 PM - 08:30 PM


20 Civic Center Plaza

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