Summary of California Code Creating County Human Right Commission

The purpose of the California Code that is responsible for the creation of the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission is to foster peaceful relations among people regardless of race, religious background, national origins, gender, physical or mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or civic interest. The legislation intends to make it clear that it is local governments’ principal concern and responsibility to promote positive human relations for the purpose of insuring public peace, health, safety, and general welfare of all the people of California.  The State of California authorizes local governments to expend public funds to attain these objectives. is the responsibility of the Humboldt County Human Rights Commission:
    (a) To foster mutual respect and understanding among all people, including people subject to prejudice and discrimination due to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, civic interest, or any other factors.
    (b) To make any studies in any field of human relationship in the community as in the judgment of the commission will aid in effectuating its general purposes.
    (c) To inquire into incidents of tension and conflict among or between people, including people subject to prejudice and discrimination due to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, civic interest, or other factors, and to take action by means of conciliation, conference, and persuasion to alleviate those tensions and conflict.
    (d) To conduct and recommend any educational programs as, in the judgment of the commission, will increase good will among inhabitants of the community and open new opportunities into all phases of community life for all inhabitants. Code specifies that the establishment of a commission at one level of local government shall not preclude establishment of a commission at other levels of local government.  Discretion is given to local governments to establish their own human rights ordinances. These locally created ordinances determine the number of members of the commission, the terms of the members, the manner of appointment of the members, the selection of a chairperson and the compensation, if any, to be paid to them.  California Code requires local governments in selecting their commissions’ membership to consider people from groups of various race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, or civic interest, and people from other groups subject to prejudice and discrimination. Local governments can permit their commission to employ an executive director, a secretary, and such attorneys, experts and other employees as may be necessary.  Moneys to pay for such employment are allowed to come from local appropriations, funds from private, as well as other public sources. Humboldt County Human Rights Commission is charged with the following obligations:
    (a) To hold conferences, and other public meetings, in the interest of the constructive resolution of tensions, prejudice, and discrimination among or between groups of people, including people subject to prejudice and discrimination due to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental isability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, civic interest, or any other factors.
    (b) To issue any publications and reports of investigation as in its judgment will tend to effectuate the purposes of this code.
    (c) To enlist the cooperation and participation of a variety of people, including people subject to prejudice and discrimination due to race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, civic interest, or any other factors, industry and labor organizations, media or mass , fraternal and benevolent associations, and other groups in an educational campaign devoted to fostering among the diverse groups of the community mutual esteem, justice and equity.
    (d) To encourage and stimulate agencies under the jurisdiction of the local governing body that created the commission to take any action as will fulfill the purposes of this code.
    (e) To submit an annual report to the governing body.

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