COUNTY OF MONTEREY
Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission
2008 Annual Report
I. Role of the Commission
The Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission was formed and appointed by
the Monterey County Board of Supervisors in 1972. The Commission is
guided by the policies and procedures established by the Board of
Supervisors in the performance of its duties. Its responsibilities include:
Reviewing the Monterey Plan and presenting proposals for modification to
the Board of Supervisors; Recommending goals and timetables regarding
the Monterey Plan for Departments and the County; Reviewing and making
recommendations regarding the progress of departmental plans in
furtherance of the Monterey Plan; Reviewing the County's recruitment,
testing, selection, and promotion procedures; Meeting with department
heads, appropriate employee groups, and community groups to implement
the Monterey Plan; and, Reviewing and advising the Board of Supervisors
on issues relating to equal access to contracting opportunities. The
Commission conducts open meetings under the provisions of the Ralph M.
For these purposes, the Commission is divided into two standing
committees: the Monterey Plan Compliance Committee and the
Departmental Review of Plan Compliance Committee. During this period,
the Commission also established an ad hoc committee to make
recommendations on how to address the Commission’s priorities.
II. Meeting Dates, Time and Location
The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of each month with a
minimum of nine meetings per year. Meetings are held in Salinas at the
Monterey County Administration Building, 168 West Alisal Street, Board of
Supervisor’s Chambers, First Floor.
III. Structure of the Commission
The Commission consists of no more than 16 representatives:
One representative from each of the five Supervisory districts
Two representatives from the Monterey County Department Heads
One representative from the Commission on the Status of Women
Up to five representatives of various community based organizations
which actively advocate for civil rights and/or represent the interests of
Three members from the following bargaining units
a. One representative from the Monterey County Sheriffs Association
b. Two representatives from the Monterey County Employees
Association/SEIU Local 521
IV. Membership is as follows:
MONTEREY COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS 5 COMMISSIONERS
District 1 Vacant
District 2 Vacant
District 3 Vacant
District 4 Billy F. DeBerry
District 5 Kay Kirkland
DEPARTMENT HEADS COUNCIL 2 COMMISSIONERS
COMMISSION ON THE STATUS OF WOMEN 1 COMMISSIONER
Dr. Bettye Lusk
LABOR ORGANIZATIONS 3 COMMISSIONERS
Monterey County Sheriffs Association Commander Fred Garcia
SEIU Local 521 Maria Castillo
SEIU Local 521 Freda Escobar
COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS 5 COMMISSIONERS
League of United Latin American Citizens Martha Chavarria
National Association for the Advancement of Dr. Kathrina Ognyanovich
Colored People (Chair)
United Veterans Council Robert Greene
Gay, Lesbian, Bi-Sexual, Transgender Community Vacant
Filipino Community Vacant
The Commission currently has five vacancies. Information regarding commission
appointments and length of membership can be requested from the Monterey
County Equal Opportunity Office.
V. Summary of Activities
During this period, the Commission held a retreat at the Monterey
County Free Libraries Marina Branch on October 1, 2008. The retreat
was jointly facilitated by Commission and Equal Opportunity Office.
The retreat covered such topics as the Monterey Plan, Garza Consent
Decree, Job Groups and Job Categories, Labor Market Analysis,
Utilization Analysis, Selective Certification, the Ralph M. Brown Act,
as well as the Commission’s Bylaws, Roles, Purpose and Objectives.
As an outcome of the retreat, the Commission developed a list of one
dozen priorities for future action. An Ad hoc Committee was
established to review the priorities and provide recommendations for
addressing each of the top six priorities.
The six priorities are as follows:
1. Garza Consent Decree – what is the status, who is responsible for
enforcement, what is the responsibility of the EOAC relative to Garza, what
training do departments receive on Garza, how many waivers have been
2. Increase emphasis on updating and implementing the Monterey Plan in a
3. Implement the EOAC Code of Ethics as recommended by the Organization
and Development Ad Hoc Committee.
4. Develop a suggested Diversity Policy for the County to implement.
5. Increase the Commission’s advisory role to the Board of Supervisors.
6. Increase emphasis on promotions in departmental reviews.
B. The County Review of the Monterey Plan Compliance Committee
The County Review of the Monterey Plan Compliance Committee is a
standing committee of the Equal Opportunity Advisory Commission.
Its primary responsibility is to review the Monterey Plan for Equal
Access for Employment and Contracting Opportunities and to make
recommendations to the Commission for update or revision of the
During this period, as the Committee addressed its responsibilities,
questions were raised concerning the legal status and viability of the
Garza and Roberts Consent decrees and the Committee requested,
through the Equal Opportunity Officer, a clarifying legal opinion.
While that opinion was pending, the Committee suspended its efforts
to review the Plan. A copy of the Chairman’s report is attached.
C. Departmental Review of Monterey Plan Compliance Committee
The Departmental Review of Plan Compliance Standing Committee
has developed a number of recommendations to improve the current
process of reviewing the Departments’ compliance with the Monterey
Plan. Some of these include requesting that the annual EO report
from departments be done at the beginning of the year, with the
Commission scheduling reports only for those Departments with
significant EO issues. The Committee has also developed alternative
questions for the Departments’ reports. Any changes will be
implemented simultaneously with the Monterey Plan revision.
In January, the Commission conducted its annual election of officers.
Commissioner Kathrina Ognyanovich was elected Chair and
Commissioner Alejandro Hogan was elected Vice-Chair.
E. Department Equal Opportunity Plans
During this period the Commission met with and reviewed the
Departmental Equal Opportunity Plans of the Monterey County Free
Libraries, Public Defender’s Office, County Parks Services,
Department of Social and Employment Services, Treasurer Tax
Collector, Office of the District Attorney, Emergency
Communications Department, Elections and Natividad Medical
F. Other Commission Activities
During this period, the Commission enlisted the support of the
Commission on the Status of Women and Supervisor Dave Potter’s
office to have the Board of Supervisors declare April 22nd as Equal
Pay Day in the county; in August, the Equal Opportunity Officer
provided a joint orientation for commissioners who had not received
an orientation to their responsibilities as commissioners; the majority
of Commissioners received the AB1234 Ethics Training; the
Commission committed to operating in a manner that reduces the
amount of paper used in its operations; and instituted an evaluation
process to critique and improve on the effectiveness of Commission