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 will be held on June 7, 2018. To view the meeting agenda, click here.

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


The Commission consists of:

  • Kevin Boer (Chair)
  • Julie Solomon (Vice Chair)
  • Linda Batton 
  • Serge Bonte
  • Nicole Isger
  • Arti Sharma

View the Advisory Body Roster for additional information.


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

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.  Members of the public are invited to view the preliminary findings and to provide public comment to the HRC by Friday, August 24, 2018.  Please send comments to


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 out community.


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 Mountain View Human Relations Commission (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)

We purposefully assembled diverse participants, all of whom have some relationship to Mountain View. Today’s polarizing and entrenched political views lead to tense, sometimes disrespectful discussions, with people talking across and around each other, not to each other. Supervisor Simitian will engage in a dialogue with the panelists that explore the subject of free speech, and audience members will join in the conversation through real-time opinion polling and have an opportunity to participate in a Q & A session with the panelists.

Event Flyer (English)

Event Flyer (Spanish)

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.  Adults, aged 18 and older who live and work in Mountain View and identify as LGBTQ+ are encouraged to take the anonymous survey by March 15, 2018.

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