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Commission on Human Rights Meeting

Date: December 28, 2021

Time: 5:30 - 11:59 p.m.

Registration Required: No

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First District: Howard Sapper (Officer-at-Large), Kathleen Finigan, Omar Paz Jr.
Second District: Elizabeth Escalante (Vice Chair), Isai Garcia, Iliana Madrigal
Third District: Katrina Phillips (Chair), Isabel Lopez, Ana Horta
Fourth District: Paulina Lopez, Rosa Reynoza
Fifth District: Lyndsey Burcina

Staff: Meira Bowcut, Admin Aide

The December 28, 2021 Commission on Human Rights Meeting will be facilitated virtually through Zoom.

Participate by computer, table, or smartphone application:

Go to:
Passcode: 424544

Participate by phone:

Dial +1 (669) 900 9128
Webinar ID: 960 8759 0803
Passcode: 424544

    Instructions will be provided on how to access the Spanish translation in Zoom
    Due to the Brown Act requirements, only changing the order of or deletion of items may be allowed. New items may not be added unless imperative for emergency circumstances.
    1. Openings – one (1) in the Fourth District and two (2) in the Fifth District
    Public comment is limited to two minutes per topic or four minutes when using interpretation services
  6. REGULAR CALENDAR – Discussion and possible action on items below
    1. Donation to Sonoma Act of Kindness – PHILLIPS & LOPEZ (15 Min)
      Discussion and action on an amount to be donate to this organization
    2. Donation to Everyone Is A Star Foundation – SAPPER (15 Min)
      Proposing to donate tickets to individuals for Family Appreciation Night
    3. Community Spotlight – SAPPER (20 Mins)
      Monthly feature guest to present on their service contributions to the community
      • Annie Falandes from Homeless Action Sonoma Inc.
    4. Panel of Sheriff Candidates – PHILLIPS (15 Mins)
      Inviting Sheriff Candidates to speak in a panel setting via zoom in March
    5. Creating an Indigenous Peoples Ad Hoc – PHILLIPS (15 Mins)
      Discussion and voting on the creation of an indigenous ad hoc
    6. Sonoma Developmental Center Updates – SAPPER (15 Min)
      Update the Commission on the 3 alternative projects for the center
    7. Homeless Situation in Guerneville – FINIGAN (15 Min)
      Proposing a statement in regards to the shelter situation

Meeting Documentation

Instructions for the Public

In accordance with AB 361, Governor Newsom’s March 4, 2020 State of Emergency due to COVID19 pandemic, Sonoma County Public Health Officer’s Recommendation for Teleconference Meetings, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Resolution 21-0399, the Commission on the Status of Women meetings will be held virtually.

Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 361 (AB 361) on September 16, 2021, which amends the Ralph M.Brown Act to provide additional provisions that allow meetings of legislative bodies to continue to be conducted via teleconference. This Resolution makes the findings to confirm the current conditions allow teleconference meetings pursuant to AB 361 for the Board of Supervisors and on behalf of all of the commissions and committees created by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Government Code section54952(b). This will allow members of the public to safely observe and participate in local government meetings during the continued pandemic.

The following are key provisions of the Executive Order with the substantive changes from the prior order identified in bold below:

  • Allows public agencies to hold public meetings via teleconference and to make the meeting accessible electronically or telephonically to all member of the public seeking to attend and address the Board.
  • The requirement that each teleconference location be publicly accessible is suspended.
  • The requirement to post agendas at all teleconference locations and notice each location where the member is calling in from is suspended.
  • The requirement that at least a quorum be present in the boundaries of the jurisdiction is suspended.
  • Notice must still be given 72 hours in advance for regular meeting and 24 hours in advance for special meetings.
  • Local Agencies may hold meetings via teleconferencing and allow the public to observe and address the meeting telephonically or otherwise electronically. (NOTE: the prior order required at least one physical location be open for the public to observe and address the meeting. A physical location for observing the meeting is no longer required.)
  • If meeting is held telephonically or otherwise electronically, agencies must implement a procedure for receiving and swiftly resolving requests for reasonable modification or accommodations from individuals with disabilities, consistent with the ADA. The procedure must be advertised each time notice of the meeting is given.
  • Agencies are encouraged to use sound discretion and to make reasonable efforts to adhere to the Brown Act as closely as possible.

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.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, materials that are not posted will be available directly from the Commission at

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 the Deputy Clerk at (707) 565-1851, as soon as possible to ensure arrangements for accommodation.

Approval of the Consent Calendar

The Consent Calendar includes routine financial and administrative actions that are usually approved by a single majority vote. There will be no discussion on these items prior to voting on the motion unless Commission Members request specific items be discussed and/or removed from the Consent Calendar.

Public Comment

Any member of the audience desiring to address the Commission on a matter on the agenda:

Members of the public are invited to join this meeting via Zoom teleconferencing. In order that all interested parties have an opportunity to speak, please be brief and limit your comments to the subject under discussion. Each person is usually granted 3 minutes to speak; time limitations are at the discretion of the Chair.

While members of the public are welcome to address the Commission, under the Brown Act, Commission members may not deliberate or take action on items not on the agenda, and generally may only listen.

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.