San Gabriel, CA – On November 20, Ordinance No. 670 will go into effect, creating the City’s first-ever HEAR Commission, to advance and advocate for equity, access, diversity, social justice, safety, mutual appreciation, increased cultural competency, positive inter-group relations and respect for all members of the San Gabriel community.
To celebrate the creation of the HEAR Commission, the San Gabriel City Council will hold a press conference to raise awareness and provide more information about this historic new commission on November 20 at 11:00 a.m. in front of the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.
To carry out its duties, the commission will have access to City data, information and materials to assess and recommend policy changes to advance equity and access for everyone in the community.
The commission will have seven members appointed by the majority of the City Council in staggered, two-year terms. Appointments will be made to represent a diverse membership in several areas, including economic status, education, race, ancestry, religion, age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, geography and immigration status. Once appointed, members of the HEAR Commission will meet on a monthly basis. Applicants may learn more about the HEAR Commission and the application process on the City’s website at SanGabrielCity.com/1501/HEAR-Commission. The application process for applicants will remain open through Tuesday, December 15.
The concept of the HEAR Commission was developed after extensive community outreach with numerous stakeholder groups conducted by an ad hoc subcommittee of the City Council led by Mayor Denise Menchaca and Councilmember Jason Pu. The subcommittee began its work after the City Council adopted Resolution No. 20-31 committing the City to an ongoing process to review City policies and practices and to ensure the fair, even and equal administration of its laws. Adoption of Resolution No. 20-31 was sparked by the murder of George Floyd and the civil unrest that followed. The creation of the HEAR Commission is the City of San Gabriel’s first step to fulfill the promise of Resolution No. 20-31 and to ensure equity, access, diversity and safety for all members of the San Gabriel community.
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