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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 FY2017-18 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 .

 

 AGENDA TIME LOCATION
MINUTES
 POST MEETING DOCUMENTS
 January 18, 2018  6:15 - 8 pm  Tower 1753  Minutes  
 February 15, 2018  6:15 - 8 pm  Tower 1753  Minutes  Post Meeting Documents
 March 29, 2018 - Special Meeting  6:15 - 8 pm  Tower 1753  Minutes  
 April 19, 2018  6:15 - 8 pm  Tower 1753  Minutes  Post Meeting Documents
 May 17, 2018  6:15 - 8 pm  Tower 1753  Draft Minutes  
 June 21, 2018  6:15 - 8 pm  Tower 1753    


 AGENDA TIME LOCATION
MINUTES
 POST MEETING DOCUMENTS
January 19, 2017  6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120  Meeting Cancelled  
February 16, 2017  6:30 pm - 8 pm   Wing 120  Minutes  
March 16, 2017   6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120  Minutes  
April 20, 2017  6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120  Minutes  
May 18, 2017   6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120  Minutes  
June 15, 2017  6:15 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120  Meeting Cancelled  
July 20, 2017 - No Meeting   6:15 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120    
August 17, 2017  6:15 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120   Minutes  
September 21, 2017  6:15 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120  Minutes  
October 19, 2017 - No Meeting  6:15 pm - 8 pm
 Wing 120
   
 November 16, 2017  6:15 pm - 8 pm
 Wing 120
 Minutes  Post Meeting Docs


 AGENDA TIME LOCATION
DOCUMENTS

November 17, 2016 6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Meeting Cancelled
October 20, 2016 6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Draft MinutesAudio
September 15, 2016  6 pm - 8 pm   Wing 120 Minutes
August 18, 2016 6 pm - 8 pm   Wing 120 Minutes
June 16, 2016 6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Meeting Cancelled
May 19, 2016 6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Minutes 
April 21, 2016 6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Minutes
March 17, 2016 6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Minutes 
February 18, 2016  6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Minutes
January 21,2016 6 pm - 8 pm  Wing 120 Minutes