Commission on Human Rights Meeting
October 22, 2019 at 5:30 PM
First District: Howard Sapper (Officer-At-Large), Dmitra Smith (Vice Chair)
Second District: Faith Ross, Zahyra Garcia
Third District: --
Fourth District: --
Fifth District: Christopher Kerosky, Tamara Murrell
- Call to Order – Mission Statement – Introductions – Smith
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.
- Approval of the October 22, 2019 Agenda – Smith
Due to Brown Act requirements, only changing the order of, or deletion of items may be allowed. New items may not be added.
- Approval of the September 25, 2019 Draft Minutes – Smith
- Openings & Appointments – Smith
Openings in 1st, 2nd, 3rd (3), 4th (3), and 5th
- Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items – Smith – 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.
- Regular Calendar – Smith
- Nominations for the 2018-2019 Officers – Smith – 15 Minutes
The Chair will read the duties and qualifications of Chair and open nominations for the FY 2018-2019 that begin July 1, 2018. The same process shall then follow for the nominations for Vice Chair and the two Officer-at-Large positions.
Qualifications and duties are listed in Section 3. “Governance” of the Commission’s bylaws.
- Strategic Planning – Smith – 60 Minutes
Smith will speak to the needs of adjusting various operational functions of the Commission in light of no clerical staffing. In addition, discussion and possible vote on restructuring Commission meetings to six public meetings and six working sessions per year. Any other ideas by Commissioners will be heard now.
- Commissioner Announcements / Communications with Supervisors / Tabling Opportunities – All – 3 Minutes
- Additional Agenda Items for Next Commission Meeting – Smith
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.
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: email@example.com
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.
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