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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

December 19, 2017 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), Rachel Judkins*, Faith Ross
Third District: Alana Marie Bjorkquist (Officer-at-Large), Akash Kalia (Offier-at-Large), Carol S. McHale
Fourth District: Adam J. Basler, Carmen Cervantes, Rocio Rodriguez
Fifth District: Marti Estrin, Christopher Kerosky, Ramon Meraz
Staff: Tracy Cunha, Deputy Clerk

* On Leave of Absence

  1. Call to Order – Mission Statement Introductions – Jones
  2. Approval of the December 19, 2017 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. Consent Calendar – Jones
    1. Approval of the November 28, 2017 Draft Minutes (pgs 4-6 attached)
    2. Public Comment on Consent Items
      • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted.
    3. Vote on Consent Calendar
  4. Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items – Jones
    • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted
  5. Regular Calendar – Jones
    Discussion and possible action to follow on items 4 and 5.
    1. Post-Fire Commission Priorities & Potential Areas of Focus – Jones – 25 Minutes
      The Commission will report out on results of fact-finding action items assigned at November 28, 2017 meeting, to include:
      1. Basler: Potential of inmates receiving expedited training in the building trades
      2. Meraz: Fact-finding on duplication of efforts within the community
      3. Sapper: Details on number of cases of price gouging
      4. All Commissioners: Suggestions on other potential educational speakers
    2. Collaboration with Petaluma Community Relations Council (PCRC) – Jones, Staff – 20 Minutes
      The Chair and Commissioner Ross will outline a potential joint meeting in January between the Commission and the PCRC as part of a forum on housing.
    3. Potential Participation in Fundraiser with Chateau St. Jean – Sapper – 7 Minutes
      Commissioner Sapper to propose the participation of the Commission with a fire recovery-related fundraiser at Chateau St. Jean.
    4. Administrative Items – 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.
  6. Ad Hoc Committees & Liason Updates – Jones -15 Minutes
    1. Immigrants’ Rights – Kerosky, Cervantes, Estrin, Meraz, Rodriguez
    2. Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review & Outreach (IOLERO) – Cervantes, Meraz
    3. Homelessness in Sonoma County – Kalia, Bjorkquist: Commissioners Jones and Smith will report out on a recent tour of Camp Michela (pgs 7-10 attached)
    4. Junior Commissioner Project – Smith, McHale, Rodriguez
    5. Legislative Affairs – Patterson, Basler
    6. LGBTQI Task Force – Jones, McHale, Meraz
    7. Outreach – Estrin, Kalia, Ross, Sapper
    8. People with Disabilities – Basler, Sapper
    9. Sonoma County Racial Justice – Liaison – Smith
    10. Volunteer Coordinator – Bjorkquist, McHale
  7. Commissioner Announcements/Communications With Supervisors/Tabling Opportunities - All - 5 Minutes
  8. Additional Agenda Items fpr Next Commission Meeting - Jones
  9. 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
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8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
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Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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