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File #: 22-316    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Miscellaneous Status: Passed
File created: 4/27/2022 Departments: COUNTY EXECUTIVE
On agenda: 5/3/2022 Final action: 5/3/2022
Title: Introduction of an ordinance amending Section 2.71.110(b) of Chapter 2.71 of Title 2 of the County of San Mateo Ordinance Code to designate Juneteenth as an annual holiday for County employees, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
Attachments: 1. 20220503_io_Designating Juneteenth as an Annual Holiday for County Employees.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Michael P. Callagy, County Executive
Subject: Introduction of an Ordinance Designating Annual Juneteenth Holiday for County Employees

RECOMMENDATION:
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Introduction of an ordinance amending Section 2.71.110(b) of Chapter 2.71 of Title 2 of the County of San Mateo Ordinance Code to designate Juneteenth as an annual holiday for County employees, and waive the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.

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BACKGROUND:
Juneteenth, or Juneteenth National Independence Day, commemorates the traditional observance of the end of slavery in the United States. It is observed annually on June 19. While President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, declaring the slaves in Confederate territory free, that Proclamation was not announced in Texas until June 19, 1865. The 13th Amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the entire United States, was subsequently ratified in December 1865. Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States.

On June 17, 2021, President Joseph Biden signed into law a Federal holiday recognizing June 19th as Juneteenth National Independence Day. San Mateo County Ordinance Code Section 2.71.110(b) provides that the Board of Supervisors has discretion to grant as a County holiday any holiday appointed by the President of the United States.

DISCUSSION:
The County of San Mateo is a welcoming community dedicated to diversity, equity, and inclusion in its services. June 19th celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S. as the Emancipation Proclamation reached the last remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy and has been celebrated by the African American community for over 150 years. The County of San Mateo recognizes the history of racism in our country and how it has led to many disparities in education, job atta...

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