Human Relations Commission (HRC)

about the human relations commission

The City of Mountain View Human Relations Commission (HRC) was established in 1994 to address the various economic, political, educational and social issues facing the community. The Commission consists of seven members.

The general functions of the Human Relations Commission include:

  • Acting as an advisory body to the City Council
  • Serving as a forum for public discussion
  • Acting as a liaison/facilitator between City government and the public on issues as they relate to respect, inclusivity and involvement


The Human Relations Commission meets the first Thursday of each month, except for the months of July and August, at 6:30 p.m. in the:

Plaza Conference Room
City Hall, 2nd Floor
500 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94040

The next regular meeting of the HRC Commission scheduled for September 3, 2020, at 6:30 p.m. by video conference call. To view the agenda, click here.


View recent meeting agendas and minutes.
archived meeting agendas and minutes.

Video Conference Calls

June 4, 2020 Video Conference (Password:6Q**1u1t)


The Commission consists of:

  • IdaRose Sylvester (Chair)
  • Linda Batton (Vice Chair)
  • Kevin Ball 
  • Annette Lin
  • Fernando Romero
  • Julie Solomon

View the Advisory Body Roster for additional information.


Current Human Relations Commission projects are noted in this work plan.  

civility roundtable - understanding your hidden biases to build a better community

The Human Relations Commission will host a Civility Roundtable event on Monday, March 30, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Mountain View Community Center.  The topic will be "Understanding Your Hidden Biases to Build a Better Community".  The community dialogue will be facilitated by Dr. Raymond Plaza, Ph.D.,Director, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and Dr. Brett Solomon, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education from Santa Clara University.

Participants will have an opportunity to learn about bringing to light how biases, often implicit, unconscious, and unintended to bring harm, impact how we communicate and relate to people in our community who are different than ourselves.  Participants will learn to understand their biases, and learn skills to help overcome them.

The event is free to the public, but does require pre-event registration by March 27.  To view the event flyer, click here.

Immigrant Resources Needs and Assets Survey - How do Immigrants experience Mountain View?

The Human Relations Commission (HRC) is conducting a survey to understand the needs and resources related to immigrant services.  The survey aims to gather information from immigrants who live or work in Mountain View. By "immigrants", we are referring to:

  • People who are not born in the United States AND
  • Who were not assigned U.S. citizenship at birth AND
  • Who have moved to the U.S. intending to live here.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes and will NOT ask about U.S. citizenship or documentation status.  Survey responses are anonymous and are available in English, Spanish, Mandarin, and Russian.

Participation is voluntary.  Summary findings will be shared publicly later in 2020 and will inform a report to the City Council. 

LGBTQ+ Needs and assets assessment: preliminary findings and recommendations

As part of the FY 2017-18 work plan, the HRC conducted an LGBTQ+ needs and assets assessment in the City of Mountain View.  The subcommittee presented its preliminary findings and recommendations to the Commission at its June 7, 2018 regular meeting. Final findings and recommendations were presented to the City Council at its September 11, 2018 meeting.


On December 13, 2016, the City of Mountain View City Council voted to become a Human Rights City, adopting the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and affirming the City's commitment to foster mutual understanding, and promote respect and engagement within our community.


Civil Discourse: A Training on How to Have Civil Conversations About Important Community Issues - April 6, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, 2019, the HRC hosted a Civility Roundtable (CRT) training focused on Civil Discourse in partnership with the League of Women Voters (LWV).  The training introduced civil discourse techniques that can be used to enable productive conversations with people of differing points of view, and tools to work collaboratively towards agreement.

Civility Roundtable - Free Speech: How far is too far? - March 7, 2018

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018, from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm, the HRC hosted a Civility Roundtable (CRT) discussion entitled "Free Speech: How far is too far?" The Civility Roundtable is an HRC signature event, started in 2012, with a focus on engaging in and facilitating civil discourse between residents. Past CRT’s have explored on the topics of corporate responsibility, undocumented workers, gun violence, police relations, Mountain View traffic and parking, and affordable housing.

The Roundtable addressed the concept of free speech in our modern day culture. The dialogue explored how societal norms of speech change in different contexts—where the speech was said, and by whom, and how it was expressed. The focus of the event was for the community to engage in a civil dialogue about the rights and legal limitations of free speech, and its effects when lines of safety and civility are crossed.

To view the roundtable dialogue on KMVT's YouTube channel, click here.

The roundtable was moderated by Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors President Joe Simitian.

• Angela Alvarado (Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office)
• David DeCosse (Director of Campus Ethics Programs, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics)
• Andrea Gemmet (Mountain View Voice)
• Joseph Scherer (GreenFire Energy)

LGBTQ Listening Forum - January 27, 2018

The Santa Clara County Office of LGBTQ Affairs and the City of Mountain View Human Relations Commission held a LGBTQ community listening forum on Saturday, January 27, 2018. As part of the event, the HRC is conducting a LGBTQ+ Needs and Assets Assessment to learn more about the services and policies that support the LGBTQ+ community living and working in Mountain View. 

Community Building Forum - February 11, 2017

A Community Building Forum was held on February 11, 2017.  Click here for the agenda packet.  To view a recording of the event, please visit the KMVT YouTube page.

Additional Information
The City Manager’s Office supports the Human Relations Commission. For additional information or to request Agendas via email, please contact the City Manager’s Office at (650) 903-6301 or email