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(a) The aim of the Community Relations Commission is to enhance and promote a mutual understanding and respect between all members of the community regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, handicap, age, ancestry or HIV-positive status. The goal of the Community Relations Commission is to discourage, prevent and eliminate discriminatory practices. This goal shall be achieved through programs and activities that provide knowledge and enhance sensitivity for its citizens. This goal shall also be achieved through the dissemination of information, educational materials and reports and through the cooperation of the Commission with various community groups and agencies in educational campaigns.
(b) It is hereby declared to be the policy of the city, in the exercise of its police power for the protection of the public safety, the public health and the general welfare, for the maintenance of peace and good government and for the promotion of the city’s trade, commerce and manufacture, to promote and protect the right and opportunity of all persons to participate in the social, cultural and economic life of the city, free from restrictions because of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, handicap, age, ancestry or HIV-positive status. In order to eliminate prejudice and discrimination, an instrumentality of government shall be established, through which residents may be kept informed of developments in human relations and from which the elected and appointed officials and the departments of the city may obtain advice and assistance in adopting those measures to keep peace, good order and harmony among residents, to bring about and maintain harmony and avoid intergroup tensions, to promote tolerance and goodwill, and to ensure equality of treatment and opportunity for all individuals regardless of race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, handicap, age, ancestry or HIV-positive status.
(Ord. 99-25, passed 7-8-1999)