The Human Rights Commission Meeting has a public comment portion around 5PM, I signed up to speak for a 3 minute slot.
This is the video clip of that portion of the meeting, combined with a discussion at the last part of the meeting among HRC commissioners still at the table.
--> https://youtu.be/PR6W7Ul6nYs [video 22 minutes]
In the public comment time, I mention to the commission that the meeting minutes & agenda were not posted [again].
The not posting of their meeting information has been happening for most of the year and is in violation of open meeting laws (as I understand it).
I have previously mentioned at their meetings that their website is out dated (not currently kept) and is not accurately showing what they are doing (meeting minutes) or who is even a current HRC commissioners. I have been asking that their Agenda be posted and I have also suggested when it is posted ...could it stay up longer to let the community know what they are doing.
I have also questioned them during previous meetings (public comment) why there is no links to any of the meetings videos (that I recorded) or even the slights mention that to the public or interested parties, that they could see the recorded meetings. I felt the fact that all their meetings are recorded it could benefit their/our community but it's never mentioned by them in any way.
I have wondered (and asked them) why on their social media sites (FB & Twitter) they is no mention of any of these meeting videos, yet corporate news links and corporate news video / articles are being linked to. The control over Facebook, Twitter and their website seems to me to be muzzled and or not utilized or is just being neglected. In these times of information sharing and social media service there is no excuse that the HRC is not using these tools for outreach and networking with we the people in the community. If not through these ways then how are they communicating with the people they serve.
Apparently having access to the media passwords and the permissions and the approval has been tightly kept (or not very well shared) by an "over worked & very busy" paid staff members (3 or 4)... and apparently (staff) doesn't take to kindly to people (volunteers commissioners) (public?) that rub them the wrong way, or have their opinions that are different, or have a dissenting voice or dare ask the question(s) they are avoiding.
As a person from the community who actively attends their meetings and shares the work of the HRC volunteer body, I feel disrespected by the way the "paid staff" ignores the public and then justifies their own "non-work". As a long time follower of the commission I have seen the negative relationship of the city toward the commission and how it can be detrimental to some of those volunteer commissioners and the whole commission as well. Numerous folks on the HRC have quit for probably much of the same reason(s) ...speaking up or disagreeing with city management / control. The city council at times almost seems like it is wanting the commission to fail, as it continuously marginalizes, takes away from and stifles rather than reaches out or assists the commission in its struggle to be successful. (Budget, directors, staff, media, openness, individuality, office space, office needs, free speech, dissent, justice, human rights, fairness, transparency, service,)
Oh the Irony! Within days of this recent public comment / conversation...(6.1.15) The HRC paid staff have *now posted every single months HRC meeting minutes and they have updated the main website to show who are their current volunteer members. The HRC Agenda for Aug is forthcoming. [So they say on the website] Too bad --> it had to sink this low ....just to get them to do what they should of been doing all along.
Oh and if the paid (Equity) staff say they are budgeted for only X amount of work hours available for the Human Rights Commission ...then maybe they should use some of the HRC budget to hire someone that can do the job they "are too busy" not doing . Every year the HRC sends unused money back to the city.
Regarding the notion that there is no time for the paid staff to do the job correctly for the HR commissioners in the limited time frame allotted ...maybe they better look at how that was "budgeted" or figured out for them, cause it's not adequate or serving them well.
With a bunch of new volunteer members and some crafty economic revamping by the paid staff / city hall commissioner's ....I'm sure no one will know what's "really going on" with the Human Rights Commission budget, especially with all the non-transparency of the HRC and their unconnected public.
Then again maybe there is some hope ...The staff finally posted all their required meeting minutes online for the public to see.
The full meeting from 6.1.15 will be posted here on PIMC soon.