Human Rights and Equity Programs

Fairfax County, Virginia

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Fairfax, VA 22035

Kenneth Saunders,
Director

June 6, 2018 Commission Meeting

Commission Meeting
6/06/2018 7:30 pm


COMMISSION MEMBERS

 

 

Present:

Commissioner Crawford

Commissioner S. Malik

Commissioner Salinas

Commissioner Shipman

Commissioner Solon

Commissioner Khairallah

Commissioner Brangman

Commissioner Alber

Commissioner Griffin

Commissioner Bhinge

Director Saunders

Absent:

Commissioner Selim

CALL TO ORDER

Commission Chair Gloria Crawford called the Wednesday, June 6, 2018, Commission meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Approval of Agenda: It was moved by Commissioner Salinas and seconded by Commissioner Khairallah that the June 6, 2018 agenda be approved as amended. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

Approval of Minutes: It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Salinas that the April 4, 2018 minutes be approved as presented. The motion passed by majority vote, with Commissioners Alber and Khairallah abstaining.

STAFF ISSUES: Director Saunders updated the Commissioners on the April 2018 monthly report. Mr. Saunders stated that the OHREP had 20 closures and a settlement for $49,000. Director Saunders announced that Commissioner Mona Malik resigned from the Commission. A new commissioner, Raul Torres, former Executive Director of Arlington County’s Human Rights Commission will be sworn in on the week of June 18.

COMMISSION BUSINESS:

HRC #2017123H FIR. It was moved by Commissioner Khairallah and seconded by Commissioner Solon that the complaint be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of the Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

HRC #2017129H - FIR. It was moved by Commissioner Solon and seconded by Commissioner Griffin Paul that the complaint be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of the Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP. The motion passed by unanimous vote.

HRC # 2017141H – FIR. It was moved by Commissioner Khairallah and seconded by Commissioner Brangman that the complaint be dismissed due to insufficient evidence that a violation of the Human Rights Ordinance has occurred consistent with the recommendation of the OHREP. The motion passed by majority vote, with one no vote.

COMMUNITY CONCERNS: Future Awards Programs: Commissioner Crawford stated that the Awards Committee has had a discussion about an awards ceremony and its potential success. The Committee questioned whether or not they should continue holding it as part of the Fair Housing Month event or consider not having an awards ceremony at all. Director Saunders stated that there is no budget for a ceremony and suggest alternative ways to present an award(s). Director Saunders suggested that an award recipient could be presented with an award before the Board of Supervisors (BOS). Commissioner S. Malik commented on the suggestion of Director Saunders and stated that the Commission needs to have their own ceremony and present an award at a BOS meeting. Commissioner Bhinge agreed with Director Saunders’ suggestion as she was recently recognized by the BOS and it was such an honor and very satisfying to receive such recognition. Commissioner Crawford stated that she will hold a conference call to further brainstorm ideas with the Awards Committee. Commissioner Crawford then will bring the recommendation to the Commissioners who can then vote on what they want to do. Commissioner Crawford would like to add an item to the agenda to be discussed at the next Commission meeting.

PENDING BUSINESS: There was no Pending Business.

NEW BUSINESS: There was no New Business.

The meeting adjourned at 9:00 p.m.

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