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Santa Clara County Seeks Volunteers to Participate on Boards and Commissions

 
SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CALIF.—The County of Santa Clara is seeking dynamic volunteers to participate on County Boards and Commissions that serve in an advisory role to the Board of Supervisors on a broad range of issues.
 
Each member of the Board of Supervisors appoints volunteers to represent his or her district on Boards and Commissions. Terms are three to four years and members of a commission may serve up to three consecutive terms. Appointments are made on a regular basis. Except where noted, all commissioners serve in unpaid volunteer positions. All board and commission meetings are held at the County Government Center and are open to the public.
 
For more information, a list of vacancies or to apply online, visit the Boards and Commissions Web page at www.sccgov.org/portal/site/bnc or contact the Office of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, Records Unit at (408) 299-5001. You may also contact your individual Board of Supervisor’s office.
 
The Board of Supervisors will appoint volunteers to fill the following vacancies:
 
Advisory Commission on Consumer Affairs
The Consumer Affairs Commission was established September 10, 1974. The duties of the Commission are to assist and advise the Administration on matters of interest to consumers; to consult and cooperate with various agencies to prevent duplication of efforts in the field of consumer protection; and to receive complaints and inquiries from consumers regarding deceptive or unfair trade practices in the County. The Commission is composed of 9 members. The term is three years.
 
Advisory Council to the Council on Aging
The Older Americans Act of 1965 as amended and the Older Californians Act established that the Area Agencies on Aging shall call upon citizens to advise the Board of Supervisors on issues affecting older persons. The purpose of the Council shall be to serve as a principal independent advocate on behalf of older persons within the planning and service area. The Council is composed of 36 members, five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors with a term of three years.
 
Airports Commission
The Airports Commission was established on August 17, 1982. The Commission consists of seven members with a term of four years. The Commission advises on matters of policy concerning the operations, long-term financing, capital improvements and the acquisition of land or airspace for the County airport system; reviews and make recommendations on research studies; makes recommendations on cooperation with military airports and joint use arrangements; and assists in the implementation and review of the County Airports Master Plan. The commission shall consist of seven voting members. Each commissioner shall serve a term of four years.
 
Certification Appeals Board
The Certification Appeals Board was established on December 12, 2000. The purpose of this body is to review the decisions of the Certification Coordinator when there is an appeal filed for a denial of certification and to review all sanction appeals for facilities and staff, with respect to Adult Drug and Alcohol Residential Facilities. The Board consists of five members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of three years.
 
Child Abuse Council
The Child Abuse Council was designated by the Board of Supervisors on February 24, 1987 as the local voluntary council to carry out its original charge of recommending programs for funding by the Children's Trust Fund. Members are appointed from nominations of the Child Abuse Council and shall have background in the child abuse field and shall provide new and innovative contributions to the issues for treatment of, prevention of and education about child abuse. Anyone with an interest in, and commitment to, improving child abuse services in the County may apply to be a non-voting member. The council consists of 23 members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of four years.
 
Citizens’ Advisory Commission on Elections
Citizen’s Advisory Commission on Elections was established by the Board of Supervisors on December 16, 2008. The Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors and the Registrar of Voters with respect to promoting the integrity, efficiency and accuracy of voter registration and election processes, encouraging the widest possible citizen participation in elections, promoting voter education and outreach, and providing information and advice to the Board of Supervisors and Registrar of Voters. The Commission consists of 7 members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of three years.
 
Code Enforcement Appeals Board
The Code Enforcement Appeals Board was established June 12, 1979. It is the purpose of this body to provide an Appeals Board for any interested person dissatisfied with any decision by the Building Official or his duly authorized representative with respect to the suitability of alternate materials, alternate methods and types of construction, or interpretation of the various building and construction codes. The Board consists of 5 members. The term is three years.

Commission on the Status of Women
The Commission on the Status of Women was established on December 26, 1973. The general purpose of the commission is to promote the Board of Supervisors' policy to take affirmative action to eliminate the practice of discrimination and prejudice on account of sex in the areas of housing, employment, education, and related fields. The Commission is composed of 15 members. The term is three years.

Domestic Violence Council
The Domestic Violence Council was established April 23, 1991. The purpose of the Council is to encourage coordination between agencies dealing with domestic violence; promoting effective prevention, intervention and treatment techniques; and improving the response to domestic violence and abuse to reduce incidents of violence. The appointed members serve three-year terms.

Fish & Game Commission
The Fish and Game Commission was established April 18, 1960. The duty of the Commission is to investigate all requests for the expending of the moneys in the County Fish and Game Propagation Fund and make written recommendations regarding expenditures. Requests may be initiated by members of the Commission or by any member of the public. Each member shall be familiar with fish and game problems within the County of Santa Clara. The five appointed members serve 4-year terms.
 
Health Advisory Commission
The purpose of this commission is to act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors regarding issues which impact the health of the public. In this advisory capacity, the commission will use information to assess needs and identify priorities to make recommendations. Recommendations may include policy changes, or concern service enhancement, system changes, resource allocation and the infrastructure to deliver, monitor and evaluate County action. The 15 appointed Commission members serve four year terms.
 
Historical Heritage Commission
The Historical Heritage Commission was established on March 20, 1973. The purpose of the Commission is to protect, preserve and promote the historical and cultural heritage of this county so that this and future generations may know and appreciate the significant historical places, people and events that have been a part of this area of our State and Nation. The Commission is composed of 11 members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of four years.

HIV Planning Council for Prevention and Care
The HIV Health Services Planning Council was established on October 3, 1995 in order to comply with federal requirements necessary for Santa Clara County to apply for and receive Ryan White Title I funds. The purpose of the Planning Council is to develop a comprehensive plan for the organization and delivery of health services; establish priorities for the allocation of funds within Santa Clara County; assess the efficiency of the administration mechanism in rapidly allocating funds to the areas of greatest need; participate in the development of the Statewide coordinated statement of needs; and establish methods for obtaining input on community needs and priorities. The Council consists of a minimum of 29 members. Beginning July 1, 2010, members of the Planning Council shall serve three-year terms. Terms begin on July 1 and end three years later on June 30.

Homeless Healthcare Advisory Board
The purpose of the Homeless Healthcare Advisory Board is to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters relating to the operation of those health care clinics operated by the County of Santa Clara which are designated as federally qualified centers defined by 42 U.S.C.1395xaa(3)(Santa Clara FQHCs.) The Board consists of twelve members appointed by the Board of Supervisors for a four-year term, six of which are user members and two are homeless or former homeless members.
 
Housing Authority of Santa Clara County
The Santa Clara County Housing Authority was established on March 13, 1967. Its general purpose is to combat the ills created and fostered by unsanitary or unsafe dwelling accommodations and to address the shortage of safe and sanitary dwelling units. The Commission is composed of seven members appointed by the Board of Supervisors. Five of the members shall represent the public at large and two of the members shall be project tenants, one of whom must be a senior citizen over 62 years of age. The public at large members are appointed for four-year terms and the project tenant members for two years terms.
 
Housing and Community Development Advisory Committee
In order to insure broad-based citizen involvement for the Santa Clara County Block Grant program, the Board of Supervisors established the Housing and Community Development Citizen's Advisory Committee on April 30, 1979. The Committee serves as the policy recommending body to the Housing and Community Development Council Committee. The Committee is composed of a total of 13 members with five members appointed by the County Board of Supervisors and eight members appointed at the discretion of the participating non-entitlement cities. The length of term is one year. There are no term limits. Members may be automatically renewed unless otherwise notified by the appointing body.
 
Human Relations Commission
The Human Relations Commission was established August 22, 1972. The general purpose of the Commission is to advise the Board of Supervisors on matters that foster mutual respect and understanding among or between people within Santa Clara County and to address incidents of prejudice and discrimination perpetrated on and by the people or groups of people within Santa Clara County because of race, religion, national origin, cultural background, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability or other factors. The commission is composed of 15 members, appointed by the Board Supervisors, with a term of four years.
 
Joint Community Relations Committee for Reid-Hillview Airport
The Reid-Hillview Airport Joint Community Relations Committee was established by the Board of Supervisors May 18, 2004. The purpose of the RHV-JCRC is to enhance the compatibility of the RHV with the surrounding community by facilitating communication among airport users, community members and County Staff and by providing policy advice to the County Board of Supervisors. The Reid-Hillview Airport Joint Community Relations Committee is composed of eleven appointed members. Two additional members shall be Board-as-a-Whole appointments, with a term of four years.
 
Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council
The Board of Supervisors adopted a Resolution creating the Juvenile Justice Coordinating Council on November 19, l996. The tasks of the Council include assessing current resources, identifying service areas where resources may not be adequate, and developing proposals to prevent and respond effectively to juvenile crime. The JJCC will oversee this planning process, which will result in a final Local Action Plan to be submitted to the Board of Corrections by March 14, 1997. The planning process is closely integrated with efforts of the Crime Task Force and Joint Conference Committee on Children and Youth. The Council composed of 15 members, with no term limits.
 
Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee
The Citizens' Oversight Committee for Measure A was established by the Board of Supervisors on January 13, 2009. The Committee conducts annual reviews of the report issued by the chief financial officer for the County detailing the amount of bond proceeds collected under Measure A and expended during the preceding year. The Committee shall conduct an annual public meeting to discuss its findings with respect to the bond proceeds being expended for the purposes specified in Measure A. The Commission consists of 10 members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of four years.
 
Mental Health Board
The Mental Health Board was established on November 14, 1966. The Board acts in an advisory capacity in reviewing and evaluating the community's mental health needs, services, facilities and special problems. The Mental Health Board of the Santa Clara County is composed of members of the community at large, clients and family members of clients of the mental health system. The purpose of the Board is to review and evaluate the community's mental health needs, facilities and special problems; advise the Board of Supervisors and the county mental health director as to any aspect of the county mental health program; and submit an annual report to the Board of Supervisors on the needs and performance of the county's mental health system. The Board is composed of 16 members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of three years.
 
Public Authority for In-Home Supportive Services Advisory Board
In 1992, California passed a bill that allowed counties to create Public Authorities for In Home Support Service (IHSS). The Public Advisory Committee studies, reviews, evaluates and makes recommendations to the Public Authority Governing Body and the Public Authority Executive Director relative to matters affecting persons receiving In-Home Supportive Services in the County, including but not limited to advocating on behalf of all County residents not receiving In-Home Support Services who require in-home attendant services to live independently in the community. The Commission is composed of eleven members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of four years.
 
Santa Clara County Health Authority
The Santa Clara County Health Authority was established pursuant to Section 14087.38 of the California State Welfare and Institutions Code. The purposes of the Health Authority Governing Board are to meet the problems of delivery of publicly assisted medical care in Santa Clara County, to demonstrate ways of promoting quality care and cost efficiency, and to further such other purposes as are contemplated by section 14087.38 and described in the ordinance. The governing board of the Health Authority shall consist of thirteen members appointed by the Board of Supervisors with a term of three years. 
 
San Martin Planning Advisory Committee
The San Martin Planning Committee was created on January 12, 1981. Committee members should be from the San Martin "community." The general purpose of the Committee is to review the San Martin Water Quality Study and provide staff analysis of the planning implications; review interim land use policies established in the General Plan for San Martin; make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors on the need for and scope of detailed planning for the San Martin area; act as the citizen's planning committee for the development of the detailed San Martin Plan as recommended in the General Plan. The Committee is composed of twelve members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, serving a term of four years.
 
Saratoga Cemetery District
The Saratoga Cemetery District was established in the late 1950s to provide burials for residents of the District as well as relatives of residents and eligible former residents. The Board of Trustees provides for the maintenance of cemetery plots and submits annual estimates of expenditures to be raised by taxation to the County. The County levies the tax upon property in the District to raise the necessary funds. The Saratoga Cemetery District Board of Trustees is composed of five members appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a term of four years.
 
Senior Care Commission
The Senior Care Commission was established on September 15, 1987. The general purpose of the Commission is to assess issues, concerns and needs of persons over age sixty with restricted self-care capabilities who are in need of institutional and/or community-based long-term care, and to make recommendations regarding legislation, education and services affecting this population. The Commission is composed of sixteen members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors to three-year terms.
 
Sister County Advisories Commissions
The County of Santa Clara encourages the creation of Sister-County affiliations to promote friendship and understanding and to build bridges with countries of origin for various ethnic populations residing in the County. Such relationships enhance the region's international profile; encourage mutual understanding; and foster cultural, educational, technological and business exchanges between people of Santa Clara County and the people of its Sister communities.
 
The Commissions act in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors in promoting, aiding and encouraging diverse commerce, cultural, educational and technological exchange with the respective areas.  Commission activities must be self-supporting through fundraising or donations. All commissioners are appointed by Board to serve three-year terms, for a maximum of three terms. 
 
Province of Florence, Italy Sister County Advisory Commission
Hsinchu County, Taiwan Sister County Advisory Commission
Moscow City and Region, Russia Sister County Advisory Commission

Social Services Advisory Commission
The Commission was established on October 24, 1978. The purpose of the Social Services Advisory Commission is to assess community social service needs; to provide policy guidance to the Board of Supervisors and Social Services Agency; and to establish working relationships with the various community organizations concerned with Social Services. The commission consists of fifteen members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, with a three year term.
 
South County Joint Planning Advisory Committee
The South County Joint Planning Advisory Committee was created by the Board of Supervisors on December 11, 1984 to provide a framework for review of County policy, concurrent with city policies, so as to jointly meet expected growth in population and employment. The Committee is composed of fourteen members representing the Cities of Gilroy, Morgan Hill and San Martin; and four members appointed by the County Board of Supervisors. The appointment is for an unlimited term.
 
Uvas/Llagas Flood Control and Watershed (South Zone)
The Flood Control Zone Advisory Committees of the Santa Clara Valley Water District are comprised of representatives of each city in the zone and a representative and alternate from the county where the unincorporated area exceeds 25 percent of the area of the zone. The District is divided into five flood control zones that conform to the boundaries of the major watersheds affecting the Valley floor. Members bring to the District the desires of the citizens of the communities they represent and aid in coordinating governmental projects. For the Uvas/Llagas the Board of Supervisors nominates one representative from the South Zone. The term of service is one year. Multiple terms may be served.
 
Youth Task Force
The goal of the Santa Clara County Youth Task Force (YTF) is to serve as an official advisory board to the Board of Supervisors and other policymakers and decision-makers in Santa Clara County to address issues that face youth. The YTF will strive to influence policies that will improve the quality of life for all youth today and in the future. YTF members are youth (ages 13-18) that promote youth activism and empower them to transform and create positive change in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities.  Appointment is for an allocated 1-year term.
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Shirley Zackor, Office of Public Affairs(408) 299-5119
Posted: September 6, 2012