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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

March 26, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Human Resources Training Room
575 Administration Drive
Suite 117-C
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464796, -122.725614


First District: Howard Sapper (Officer-At-Large), Dmitra Smith (Vice Chair)
Second District: J. Kevin Jones (Chair), Faith Ross
Third District: Alana Bjorkquist, Akash Kalia
Fourth District: --
Fifth District: Christopher Kerosky, Tamara Murrell

  1. Call to Order – Mission Statement – Introductions – Jones
  2. Approval of the March 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 January 22, 2019 Draft Minutes – Jones
  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. Update: Junior Commission Report - Smith - 30 minutes
      Members of the Junior Commission will provide an update on their project. The report will include a request for funding for Dreamers Mural project being organized in coordination with ArtStart. American Dreamers has donated $1,000 toward the project and the JC has been raising funds (total required $3,600). Recommendation is for the CHR to add $1,000 toward the project and to underwrite any shortfall in funding obtained by the JC.
    2. Interfaith Council - Smith - 15 minutes
      The Sonoma County Interfaith Council will present on their initiative to support a Hate Free Sonoma County, including a request that the CHR consider becoming a co-signer on their statement. Statement copied below.
    3. Outreach - Jones - 15 minutes
      Consider budget allocation for bus back campaign
    4. Indigenous Peoples Day Project - Smith - 15 minutes
      Consider budget allocation to support project
    5. Administrative Update - Jones - 15 minutes
      • Update on Commissioner Jones conversation with Supervisor Rabbitt on status of CHR Website resource update status and remaining work.
      • Meeting venues (library) and times
    6. 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
    7. Commissioner Announcements / Communications with Supervisors / Tabling Opportunities – All – 5 Minutes
    8. Additional Agenda Items for Next Commission Meeting – Jones
    9. 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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