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
Fourth district: Paulina Lopez, Rosa Reynoza
Fifth district: Lyndsey Burcina
Employee: Meira Bowcut, Admin Assistant
The meeting of the Human Rights Commission on November 23, 2021 will be moderated virtually via Zoom.
Participation via computer, table or smartphone app:
Go to: https://sonomacounty.zoom.us/j/92571011666?pwd=c2lyMnRLdkt3bithZHpOTFZEZFFUdz09
Participate by phone:
Dial +1 (669) 900 9128
Webinar ID: 960 8759 0803
- CALL TO ORDER – MISSION STATEMENT – Appeal – PHILLIPS
You will be given instructions on how to access the Spanish translation in Zoom
- AGENDA APPROVED NOVEMBER 23, 2021 – PHILLIPS
Due to the requirements of the Brown Act, only changing the order or deleting items may be allowed. New items are not allowed to be added unless an emergency is required.
- APPROVAL OF OCTOBER 26, 2021 MINUTES – PHILLIPS
- OPENINGS & DATES – PHILLIPS
- Openings: one (1) in the Third District; one (1) in the Fourth District; and two (2) in the fifth district
- PUBLIC COMMENT ON NOT SPECIFIED ITEMS – PHILLIPS
Public comment is limited to two Minutes per topic or four Minutes when using interpreting services.
- REGULAR CALENDAR
Discussion and possible actions on the following points
- December 28, 2021 meeting
Discussion and measures to cancel the next meeting
- Sponsorship of the Human Trafficking Task Force Billboard Project – PHILLIPS (15 min)
Chairman Phillips suggests sponsoring a billboard
- Copper woman presentation – FINIGAN (15 min)
A presentation to seek assistance in stopping all government evictions
- Dmitra Smith’s resolution – ESCALANTE (15 min)
Vice-Chair Escalante will table a resolution on indigenous peoples
- Community spotlight – ESCALANTE (20 min)
Monthly feature guest to present their service contributions to the community.
- Evette Minor – Roseland Community
- Dealing with complaints – SAPPER & FINIGAN (15 min)
Discussion of a complaint about rats in a shelter
- December 28, 2021 meeting
- OFFICER REPORTS AND ADMINISTRATIVE UPDATES
Officials for all administrative matters.
- Public Service Ethics and Sexual Harassment Training
- Community resources
- ADDITIONAL AGENDA ITEMS FOR THE NEXT COMMISSION MEETING – PHILLIPS
Changes to the Brown Act approved by Governor Newsom in response to Covid-19
Governor Newsom signed Executive Ordinance N-29-20, which replaces Executive Ordinance N-25-20 as that ordinance relates to the Brown Act (the ordinance can be found here). Executive Order N-29-20 also responds to concerns from public health officials and government agencies that complying with laws governing public gatherings could accelerate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The new executive order no longer requires public entities governed by the Brown Act to have a physical location open to the public to observe and speak to the meeting. Agencies are now allowed to allow the public to observe and address the meeting by telephone or other electronic means.
The most important provisions of the Implementing Ordinance are listed below, with the main changes compared to the previous Ordinance being marked in bold below:
- Allows public entities to hold public meetings via conference call and to make the meeting available electronically or by telephone to all members of the public who wish to attend and address the board of directors.
- The requirement that every location for conference calls must be publicly accessible is suspended.
- The requirement to post agendas at all conference call locations and to record every location the member calls from is suspended.
- The requirement that there is at least a quorum within the boundaries of jurisdiction is suspended.
- The announcement must be made 72 hours in advance for regular meetings and 24 hours in advance for special meetings.
- Local agencies may conduct meetings via conference call and allow the public to follow and address the meeting by telephone or other electronic means. (NOTE: The previous arrangement required that at least one physical location be available to the public to observe and address the meeting. A physical location to observe the meeting is no longer required.)
- If the meeting is held by telephone or otherwise electronically, agencies must implement a process to receive and quickly resolve requests for reasonable changes or adjustments from persons with disabilities in accordance with the ADA. The procedure must be announced each time a meeting is called.
- Agencies are encouraged to use reasonable discretion and use reasonable efforts to comply with the Brown Act as closely as possible.
Agendas and materials
Agenda and materials: agendas and most of the supporting materials are available on the Commission’s website.
For legal, copyright, data protection or regulatory reasons, not all materials are placed online.
NOTE: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, materials that have not been published will be available directly from the Commission at [email protected]
Handicapped accessible accommodations
If you have a disability that requires accommodation, an alternative format, or someone else to assist you while attending this meeting, please contact the Assistant Secretary at (707) 565-2821 as soon as possible to order arrange accommodation.
Approval of the consent calendar
The consent calendar contains routine financial and administrative actions that are usually approved by a simple majority. There will be no discussion on these items prior to voting on the motion unless commissioners or the public request that certain items be discussed and / or removed from the consent calendar.
Anyone who wants to address the Commission on an issue on the agenda:
Citizens are invited to participate in this meeting via Zoom conference call. So that all interested parties have the opportunity to speak, we ask you to be brief and to limit your comments to the topic of discussion. As a rule, each person has 3 minutes to speak; Time limits are at the discretion of the chairman.
While members of the public are welcome to speak to the commission, the Brown Act requires commissioners not to deliberate or act on topics that are not on the agenda and, in general, only to listen.
Commitment to civic engagement
All are encouraged to engage in a respectful dialogue that supports freedom of expression and values ââdiversity of opinion. Commissioners, staff and the public are encouraged to:
- Create an atmosphere of respect and courtesy where commissioners, county staff, and the public can express their ideas within the time and content parameters set by the Brown Act CHRs standard parliamentary procedures (Roberts Rules of Procedure);
- Create and maintain a warm and respectful atmosphere during discussions;
- Promotion of a meaningful dialogue without attacks of a personal nature and / or attacks based on age, (disability) ability, class, level of education, gender, gender identity, occupation, race and / or ethnicity, sexual orientation;
- Hear all information, including dissenting views, on the questions put to the Commission openly;
- Recognize that it is sometimes difficult to speak in meetings and, out of respect for each person’s perspective, allow the speakers to speak without comment or body gestures, including boos, whistles, or claps;
Human Rights Commission
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration drive