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Human Relations Commission


Conduct programs designed to bring groups together to close gaps resulting from past discriminatory practices and proactively address current ongoing intergroup tensions. Mediate disagreements among individuals, groups and organizations which result from discriminatory practices within the scope of this Division. Process complaints using the procedures in Section 26.0908(e) or make additional, appropriate referrals. Render a written report of its activities to the Mayor and the City Council annually. Prepare and disseminate educational and informational material relating to prejudice and discrimination and recommended ways and means of eliminating such prejudice and discrimination.


Appointed by Mayor confirmed by the City Council.


Commissioners shall be appointed for a term of office of four years. The seventeen Commissioners will serve staggered terms with eight terms ending in even years and nine terms ending in odd years. All vacancies occurring during a term shall be filled for the remainder of the unexpired term. Commissioners may serve a maximum of two full four year terms, for a maximum of eight consecutive years, with a four year interval before reappointment in accordance with Section 43 of the City Charter.


Seventeen members who shall serve without compensation. The Mayor shall appoint eight members; the Mayor shall appoint the remaining nine members, one each from a list of up to three nominations submitted by each Councilmember. All members of the Commission shall be residents of the City of San Diego unless otherwise waived by the Council pursuant to Council Policy 000-13. All prospective members shall have demonstrated an expertise in human relations work and a commitment to fostering better human relations in the City of San Diego.

Governed By

San Diego Municipal Code, PDF icon Chapter II, Article 6, Division 9, amended sections 26.0901, 26.0902, 26.0904, 26.0905, 26.0906, 26.0907, 26.0908, 26.0909, and 26.0910, amended by PDF icon O-0213-65 on March 12, 2013; San Diego Municipal Code, Chapter II, Article 6, Division 9, Sections 26.0901, 26.0902, 26.0903, 26.0904, 26.0905, 26.0906, 26.0907, 26.0908, 26.0909, 26.0910 and 26.0911 Ordinance PDF icon 0-17614(New Series)-adopted March 18, 1991.

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