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Human Services Commission (formally HRC)

Note: As of July 1, 2013, the Disability Advisory Commission (DAC) and the Human Rights Commission (HRC) have been combined into the Human Services Commission.

Commission Duties

The Human Services Commission (formerly the Human Rights Commission) was established to implement the San José Human Rights Policy and to develop programs promoting the fulfillment of human rights in the City. The commission studies, reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations to the City Council relative to all matters affecting human rights including discrimination, equal employment opportunity policies and practices, and recommends courses of action regarding the City’s equal opportunity and equal access efforts and its programs relating to City employment.

The City Council is the final decision-making body and the Human Services Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Council and works with staff members of the City Manager’s Office.

Meetings

The commission meets on the third Thursday of the month at 6:15 p.m., City Hall Tower Conference Room 1753. On average, commissioners spend five hours a month attending monthly meetings and an additional seven hours per month on commission business.

Commission Work Plan

To see what the Commission is currently working on, take a look at their FY 2018-2019 work plan.

Member Qualification

The Commission consists of thirteen members who are representative of the entire community and who have an interest and commitment to human rights concerns. Each member serves a three year term. All members must be residents of San José.

There is no compensation for the members of the Human Rights Commission. However, from time to time, commissioners may be reimbursed for some expenses incurred on City business.

Political Reform Act

The Conflict of Interest Section of the Political Reform Act applies to the Human Rights Commission. However, commissioners are not required to file a Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700).

Appointment

All applications received are submitted to the Project Diversity Screening Committee for review according to the needs of the commission as specified in a Needs Assessment Memo. Applications will be forwarded to the city attorney for a conflict of interest review and thereafter, the applicants will be asked to appear before the Screening Committee members for an interview. Following interviews, the Screening Committee will develop a list of applicants which will be submitted to the council member liaison to the commission. The liaison will forward the list to the Rules Committee of Council either with or without a supplemental recommendation. The City Council makes the final appointment to the commission based on Rules Committee recommendations.

Attendance

Commission Members are expected to attend all Commission Meetings. San José Municipal Code Section 2.08.060 specifies that a Commissioner who has unexcused absences from any three consecutive regular meetings, or 20% of the meetings in a calendar year, is deemed to have resigned from the Commission.

For further information about the commission, please contact the commission staff at (408) 535-8110 or via email.

Additional Information

For more information, please reach out to Sabrina Parra-Garcia, Executive Analyst with the City Manager's Office at 408-535-8171 or sabrina.parra-garcia@sanjoseca.gov.

Agendas Time Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
January 18, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM T-1753 January 18, 2018
February 15, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM T-1753 February 15, 2018 February 15, 2018

March 29, 2018

(Special Meeting)

6:15 - 8:00 PM T-1753 March 29, 2018
April 19, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM T-1753 April 19, 2018 April 19, 2018
May 17, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM T-1753 May 17, 2018
(Draft Minutes)
June 21, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM T-1753
August 16, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753    
September 20, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
October 18, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM  T-1753
   
November 15, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM 
T-1753
   
December 20, 2018 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
January 17, 2019 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
February 21, 2019 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
March 21, 2019 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
April 18, 2019 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
May 16, 2019 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
June 20, 2019 6:15 - 8:00 PM
T-1753
   
Agendas TIme Location Minutes Post Meeting Documents
January 19, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 (Cancelled)
February 16, 2017 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 February 16, 2017
March 16, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 March 16, 2017
April 20, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 April 20, 2017
May 18, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 May 18, 2017
June 15, 2017 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 June 15, 2017
(Cancelled)
July 20, 2017 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM W-120
August 17, 2017 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 August 17, 2017
September 21, 2017 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 September 21, 2017
October 19, 2017 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM W-120
November 16, 2017 6:15 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 November 16, 2017 November 16, 2017
Agendas Time Location Post Meeting Documents
November 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 (Cancelled)
October 20, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120

October 20, 2016
(Draft Minutes)

(Audio Recordings)

September 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 September 15, 2016
August 18, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 August 18, 2016
June 16, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 June 16, 2016
(Cancelled)
May 19, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 May 19, 2016
April 21, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 April 21, 2016
March 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 March 17, 2016
February 18, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 February 18, 2016
January 21, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM W-120 January 21, 2016