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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

January 29, 2018 at 5:30 PM

Meeting Documentation


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 January 29, 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 December 19, 2017 Draft Minutes – Jones
  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. Ad Hoc, Liaison & Project 2018 Updates – Jones – 20 Minutes
      The Chair will ask each ad hoc, liaison, and project committee to provide no more than a two minute status update.
      Ad hoc committees:
      • Immigrants’ Rights
      • LGBTQI
      • Legislative Affairs
      • Outreach
      • People with Disabilities

      Liaisons & Coordinators:
      • Homelessness
      • Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review & Outreach
      • Sonoma County Racial Justice
      • Volunteer Coordinator

      Project committees:
      • Junior Commissioner Project
    2. U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Raids/Know Your Rights – Kerosky – 3 Minutes Commissioner Kerosky will provide some information related to the legal rights of those potentially detained during an ICE raid.
    3. Administrative Report – Jones, Staff – 2 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. 6:00pm: Forum: Petaluma Housing Crunch
    The Petaluma Community Relations Council (PCRC) has teamed up with the Sonoma County Commission on Human Rights (SCCHR) to host a two-hour public forum addressing Petaluma’s Housing crisis. Each presenter will be granted 6 to 8 minutes to speak.
    The meeting will also include a representative from North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), Gabriela Orantes, who will facilitate a Question & Answer, audience input, and discussion for the second hour of the forum.
    Presenters scheduled to speak:
    • “James,” a former member of the homeless community will share the challenges he and others face regarding housing.
    • Mike Johnson, Chief Executive Officer – COTS (Committee on the Shelterless) will share his past experiences as a homeless individual, and discuss the needs for the nearly 10% of Petaluma’s population who live in poverty. He will also address the stigma attached to being “poor.”
    • Jane Hamilton, Executive Director – Rebuilding Together Petaluma will address challenges facing seniors in Petaluma.
    • Elece Hempel, Executive Director – Petaluma People Services Center will speak about Community Development and Fair Housing issues.
    • Sue Castellucci, Housing Coordinator, Housing Division – City of Petaluma, will speak about Block Grant Funds, and the city’s status as an “Entitlement Community.” as well as public/private partnership successes in the past.
    • David Rabbitt, 2nd District Supervisor – Sonoma County Board of Supervisors – representing Petaluma, Cotati, a portion of Rohnert Park, as well as the unincorporated communities of Penngrove, Two Rock, Bloomfield, and a portion of the unincorporated community south of Sebastopol. Supervisor Rabbitt will address the current housing climate and what the County is planning.
    • Gabriel Orantes – North Bay Organizing Project (NBOP), will speak about rent control.
  7. Commissioner Announcements/Communications With Supervisors/Tabling Opportunities - All - 3Minutes
    • Future forum topics
  8. Additional Agenda Items for 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
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Sonoma County Administration Building
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Santa Rosa, CA 95403
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