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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

September 25, 2019 at 5:30 PM

Guerneville Regional Library

14107 Armstrong Woods Road

Guerneville, CA 95446
38.5037937, -122.9973233

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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

  1. 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.
  2. Approval of the September 25, 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.
  3. Approval of the June 24, 2019 Draft Minutes – Smith
    Draft attached.
  4. Openings & Appointments – Smith
    Openings in 1st, 2nd, 3rd (3), 4th (3), and 5th
  5. 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.
  6. Regular Calendar – Smith – 90 Minutes
    1. Featured Speakers – Kerosky – 60 minutes

      Cristian Fertino,
      DACA recipient, UC Riverside graduate, immigration advocate and subject of the newest short film “Cristian’s Story” will speak following the screening (to be released on KRCB and PBS stations across the country this fall by My American Dreams).

      Professor Daniel Malpica,
      Sonoma State University Chicano and Latino Studies professor to speak about immigration developments from an academic perspective. 

      Liliana Gallelli,
      Immigration lawyer will present on changes in the law, especially asylum law and procedure affecting the refugees at the border.       

      Reverend Dara Olandt
      ,Assistant Minister—Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Santa Rosa will discuss recent work at the border and congregational sponsorship of an asylum-seeking family.
    2. Budget request – Smith – 15 minutes
      1. Discussion of budgetary focus for CHR in the 2019-2020 fiscal year — media, messaging, outreach, forums, etc
      2. Update and possible recommendation for funding on bus backs (JONES)
      3. Update on possible 3rd party fiscal sponsorship for fundraising.
    3. Administrative Items – Smith – 30 minutes
      1. Administrative responsibilities and support – discussion and possible vote on restructuring commission meetings to six public meetings & six working sessions per year
      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 – OPEN
      • Outreach – Ross, Sapper
      • People with Disabilities – Sapper
    2. Liaisons and Projects
      • Homelessness liaisons – OPEN
      • 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 – Smith
  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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