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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

April 24, 2018 at 5:30 PM

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First District: Terrence-Christopher Patterson, Howard Sapper, Dmitra Smith (Vice Chair)
Second District: J. Kevin Jones, Jr. (Chair), Faith Ross
Third District: Alana Marie Bjorkquist (Officer-at-Large), Akash Kalia (Officer-at-Large), Carol S. McHale,
Fourth District: Carmen Cervantes, Rocio Rodriguez
Fifth District: Marti Estrin, Christopher Kerosky, Ramon Meraz
Staff:  Tracy Cunha, Deputy Clerk

  1. Call to Order  – Mission Statement – Introductions – Jones
  2. Approval of the April 24, 2018 Agenda – Jones
    • Due to Brown Act requirements, only changing the order of, or deletion of items may be allowed.  New items may not be added.
  3. Approval of the March 28, 2018 Draft Minutes – Jones (pgs. 4 – 6)
  4. Openings & Appointments – Jones
    • Chair will report out on district openings
  5. Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items – Jones
    • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted.
  6. Regular Calendar – Jones
    Discussion and possible action to follow on items 1 through 4
    1. Rohnert Park Public Safety Act – Smith – 30 Minutes
      Commissioner Smith to introduce a proposed Rohnert Park Public Safety Act (RPPSA) submitted by constituent Chris Wroth. Mr. Wroth will address the Commission and seek their endorsement of the Act. Other co-sponsors may be present to speak. (pgs. 7 – 20)
    2. Safe Sonoma County – Officers, Staff – 10 Minutes
      Officers and Staff will discuss necessary tasks required prior to potential launch of campaign.
    3. Budget Adjustments & Estimated Year-End Expenses – Jones, Staff
      Discuss current general funds balance, expected and remaining expenditures, and potential requests, to include:
      • Junior Commissioner Project – Request to transfer of up to $1000 – 7 Minutes
        • Anticipated year-end expenses of approximately $454
        • Graduation gifts at approximately $488
      • Outreach/Events – 13 Minutes
        • Breakdown of anticipated expenditures
    4. Administrative Report – Jones, Staff – 7 Minutes
      Staff may provide an update on various county-based, commission-related projects, as well as review other administrative and budgetary items, as needed, to include:
      • Discussion on nominations and election process for 2018-2019 Officers to take place in May
  7. Ad Hoc, Liaison, Project Updates - All -- When Applicable
    1. Ad Hoc Committees
      • Immigrants’ Rights – Informational report attached (pg. 21)
      • LGBTQI – Jones, McHale, Meraz – 2 Minutes
      • Outreach – Estrin, Kalia, Ross, Sapper – 7 Minutes
        • Proposed Facebook Policy (pg. 21)
      • People with Disabilities – Sapper – 2 Minutes
    2. Liaisons & Projects
      • Homeless liaison – Bjorkquist, Kalia – 5 Minutes
      • Independent Office of Law Enforcement & Outreach liaison – Cervantes, Meraz
      • Junior Commissioner Project – Smith, McHale, Rodriguez – 3 Minutes
      • Legislative liaison – Patterson
      • Sonoma County Racial Justice liaison – Smith
  8. Commissioner Announcements/Communications with Supervisors/Tabling Opportunities – All – 3 Minutes
    1. Sheriff Candidates Forum – Monday, April 30, 2018 at 6.30, Veterans Building, Santa Rosa
    2. Cinco de Mayo Festival – Saturday, May 5, 2018, Set-up 10.00AM – 2.00PM
  9. Additional Agenda Items for Next Commission Meeting – Jones
  10. Adjournment

Agendas and Materials

Agendas and Materials: Agendas and most supporting materials are available on the Commission’s website.

Due to legal, copyright, privacy or policy considerations, not all materials are posted online. Materials that are not posted are available for public inspection between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B, Santa Rosa, CA.

Disabled Accommodation

If you have a disability which requires an accommodation, an alternative format, or requires another person to assist you while attending this meeting please contact:

Commission Office,  (707) 565-2693 or email:

Please contact us as soon as possible to ensure arrangements for accommodation. 

Commitment to Civil Engagement

All are encouraged to engage in respectful dialog that supports freedom of speech and values diversity of opinion. Commissioners, Staff, and the public are encouraged to:

  • Create an atmosphere of respect and civility where Commissioners, County Staff, and the Public are free to express their ideas within the time and content parameters established by the Brown Act and CHR’s standard Parliamentary procedures (Robert’s Rules of Order);
  • Establish and maintain a cordial and respectful atmosphere during discussions;
  • Foster meaningful dialogue free of attacks of a personal nature and/or attacks based on age, (dis)ability, class, education level, gender, gender identity, occupation, race and/or ethnicity, sexual orientation;
  • Listen with an open mind to all information, including dissenting points of view, regarding issues presented to the Commission;
  • Recognize it is sometimes difficult to speak at meetings, and out of respect for each person's perspective, allow speakers to have their say without comment or body gestures, including booing, whistling or clapping;

Public Comment at Commission Meetings

Members of the public are free to address the Commission. Public comments:

  • On items not on the agenda are heard following the consent items at the beginning of the meeting.
  • Should fall under the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission (as noted in the founding documents).
  • Are limited to 3 minutes per topic; time limitations are at the discretion of the Chair. If several individuals wish to address one topic, the time will be divided between/among speakers

Commission members may not deliberate or take action on items not on the agenda, and generally may only listen.

Contact Information

Commission on Human Rights
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464975, -122.725632
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