Why did I get the notice in English and Spanish?

The notice was provided in both English and Spanish to ensure effective communication with the diverse community of the City of St. Helena. With bilingual communication, the City continues to promote inclusivity and ensure that language barriers do not hinder residents' understanding and engagement with important information. This approach allows Spanish-speaking residents to have equal access to the information and actively participate in the process.

Doing so also helps the City avoid any potential of a discrimination lawsuit for disparate treatment. The marginal increase in cost to send both English and Spanish versions is significantly less than the cost of a lawsuit. The City also does not keep a database of its residents preferred language, doing so could open the City up to additional lawsuits.

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1. Why was this notice needed? Why couldn’t it just be a brief mention in my normal water bill with a link to an online resource?
2. Why did I get the notice in English and Spanish?
3. Why was the notice sent on cardstock?
4. Why was the notice sent in color?
5. Why was the protest form not included with the original mailing?