Chapter 2.117
LATINO AFFAIRS COMMISSION

Sections:

2.117.010    Establishment—Statutory authority.

2.117.020    Membership.

2.117.030    Term of office.

2.117.040    Organization and procedures.

2.117.050    Powers and duties.

2.117.010 Establishment—Statutory authority.

The Latino Affairs Commission is established under the authority of Government Code Section 31000.1 and in compliance with SCCC 2.38.060. [Ord. 4186 § 1, 1992].

2.117.020 Membership.

(A)    The Commission shall consist of nine members, residents of the County, appointed by the Board of Supervisors.

(B)    Each Supervisor shall nominate one person who may reside within the Supervisor’s district.

(C)    Four members shall be persons appointed on an at-large basis, two of whom shall be nominated by the City of Santa Cruz, and two of whom shall be nominated by the City of Watsonville. [Ord. 4186 § 1, 1992].

2.117.030 Term of office.

(A)    Each member representing a Supervisorial district shall serve for a term of four years, commencing on April 1st of the year in which the member’s nominating Supervisor begins a full term.

(B)    Each at-large member shall serve for a term of four years, staggered with the term of one at-large member nominated by each city commencing on April 1st of the year in which the Fourth District Supervisor begins a full term, and the other at-large member nominated by each city commencing on April 1st of the year in which the Fifth District Supervisor begins a full term, with such staggering determined by lot. [Ord. 4186 § 1, 1992].

2.117.040 Organization and procedures.

(A)    General Organization. The Commission shall comply in all respects with SCCC 2.38.110 through 2.38.250, unless otherwise provided herein.

(B)    County Staff. The Human Resources Agency shall provide staff support for the Commission. The Director of the Human Resources Agency, or his or her designated representative, shall serve as Administrative Secretary to the Commission. The Administrative Secretary shall receive copies of all reports and recommendations prepared by the Commission. [Ord. 4186 § 1, 1992].

2.117.050 Powers and duties.

The Commission shall exercise the following responsibilities in its efforts to ensure that the interests of the County’s Latino population are protected and promoted:

(A)    Advise the Board of Supervisors on any significant problems currently encountered by the County’s Latino residents;

(B)    Review the needs of Latino citizens in the County, and recommend comprehensive goals and objectives for effectively meeting those needs;

(C)    Monitor the various services made available to Latino citizens by public and private agencies in the County and make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on how County government can help ensure effective and efficient delivery of those services;

(D)    Develop a procedure to identify and set priorities regarding the areas of greatest need for County support and/or attention, and prepare annual recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding specific courses of action in response to identified needs and priorities;

(E)    Advise the Board of Supervisors how best to cooperate with local, State, Federal and private agencies serving Latino citizens, and assist in the preparation, implementation, and review of any regional plan or program designed to serve Latino citizens;

(F)    Advise the Board of Supervisors how best to cooperate with local, State, Federal and private agencies in order to maximize the availability of funds to meet the specific economic needs of the Latino population, with the objective of leveraging such funds to the greatest degree possible. [Ord. 4186 § 1, 1992].