As outlined in our previous Biennial Work Plan, our prior efforts have been concentrated in three major areas:
- Strengthening the Commission
- Outreach to the public
- Partnerships with organizations and agencies
Each area, while maintaining an individual focus and singular objectives, was also closely aligned with the other two areas so that each major work area supported and benefited from all areas. This was a three-pronged effort. The first was to ensure a body of Commissioners capable of fully supporting achievement of CHR’s goals. The second was to ensure that CHR’s programs were designed and carried out with an eye to delivering value. The third related to the community’s perception of the Commission and its role as a resource to the community.
To operate most effectively, the Commission relies on a full complement of individuals dedicated to furthering the appreciation for and acceptance of diversity. Over the past three years we have grown to our present strength off 13 Commissioners. Our attrition has been due primarily to economic and health concerns. We continue to maintain close contact with the County’s five Supervisors in an effort to encourage effective appointments. Our goal remains a full roster of 15 Commissioners. All Commissioners are fully briefed on their duties and responsibilities, including the Brown Act and mandated Ethics Training.
During this two-year period we continued our efforts to keep both the public and the full spectrum of County Government apprised of Commission activities. In addition to creating and sustaining viable working relationships with County and city officials, we strive to involve ourselves in ongoing community thrusts. These efforts include ongoing participation in Cinco de Mayo celebrations, high school diversity days and numerous other tabling events. Individual Commissioners participate actively in a variety of committees, advocacy groups and other public forums. Specific efforts are outlined in the section of this plan dealing with the efforts of ad hoc committees.
Individual Commissioners are strongly encouraged to regularly communicate with the Supervisor who appointed them. Additionally, Commission Officers maintain both regular ongoing and issue-specific contact with the Board of Supervisors and other appropriate County officials.