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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

June 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Petaluma Regional Library

100 Fairgrounds Drive

Petaluma, CA 94952
38.2423203, -122.6317185


First District: Howard Sapper (Officer-At-Large), Dmitra Smith (Vice Chair)
Second District: J. Kevin Jones (Chair), Faith Ross, Zahyra Garcia (effective 5/21/19)
Third District: Alana Bjorkquist
Fourth District: --
Fifth District: Christopher Kerosky, Tamara Murrell

  1. Call to Order – Mission Statement – Introductions – Jones
    Each Commissioner will be invited to introduce themselves and to share an act of kindness that they offered in the past week or will commit to in the coming week.
  2. Approval of the June 26, 2019 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 May 22, 2019 Draft Minutes – Jones
    Draft attached.
  4. Openings & Appointments – Jones
    Openings in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th (3), and 5th
  5. Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items – Jones – 15 Minutes
    Members of the public are invited to comment on items not on the agenda. Due to Brown Act restrictions, Commissioners will be able to ask clarifying questions but will not be able to take specific action until a future date, if and when, the topic is added to a regular agenda.
  6. Regular Calendar – Jones – 90 Minutes
    1. Featured Speakers – Garcia – 30 minutes
      Petaluma human rights activists Sam Tuttleman and Therese Mughannam will speak about their month long trip to Palestine and Israel with the Center for Jewish Nonviolence in April 2019
    2. Budget request – Jones – 15 minutes

      : All invoices and reimbursement requests for this fiscal year (7/1/18 – 6/30/19) must be submitted by June 24th. Invoices that surface after June 24, for services obtained or goods purchased through June 30th, must be submitted to Scott no later than July 5th.
      1. Possible recommendation for funding on FACES Exhibition project
      2. Update and possible recommendation for funding on bus backs (Jones)
    3. Administrative Items – Jones – 30 minutes
      1. Administrative responsibilities and support
      2. Vacancy analysis
      3. Officer nominations and election
  7. Ad Hoc, Liaison, Project Updates – All – When Applicable – 15 Minutes
    1. Ad Hoc Committees
      • Immigrants' Rights – Kerosky
      • LGBTQI – Jones
      • Outreach – Kalia, Ross, Sapper
      • People with Disabilities – Sapper
    2. Liaisons and Projects
      • Homelessness liaisons – Bjorkquist, Kalia
      • Independent Office of Law Enforcement & Outreach liaisons – OPEN
      • Junior Commissioner Project – Smith
      • Legislative Affairs liaison – OPEN
      • Sonoma County Racial Justice liaison – Smith
  8. Commissioner Announcements / Communications with Supervisors / Tabling Opportunities – All – 5 Minutes
  9. Additional Agenda Items for Next Commission Meeting – Jones
  10. Adjournment
    Meeting adjourned.

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
Contact us by Phone
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464975, -122.725632
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