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June 23, 2010

COSW Meeting Information - June 23, 2010



Wednesday, June 23, 2010

5:00 PM

                      City Hall, Room 408

                        1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place 

                     San Francisco, CA 94102



                                    President Andrea Shorter                                Vice President Kay Gulbengay                       

                  Commissioner Katherine Munter                     Commissioner Dorka Keehn               

                                    Commissioner Carolene Marks                      Commissioner Julie Soo


Total Estimated Meeting Time: 1 hr 33 minutes



I.       CALL TO ORDER/ AGENDA CHANGES                           DISCUSSION/ACTION         2 min.

Remarks by President Shorter.

Action: To approve the meeting agenda.


II.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                  DISCUSSION/ACTION         5 min.         

Explanatory document – Draft Minutes from May 26, 2010.

Action: To approve draft minutes from May 26, 2010.


III.    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT                                 DISCUSSION                        20 min.


A.     Executive Director's Report                                      Executive Director Murase              Explanatory document: The Executive Director’s Report discusses the work of the Department based on the Commission’s Strategic Plan which reflects the principles of the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). 


IV.    CONSENT AGENDA                                                             DISCUSSION/ACTION         10 min.

 All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Agenda and are considered to be routine by the Commission on the Status of Women.  They will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Agenda and considered as a separate item.  Members of the public may speak on each item listed on the Consent Agenda.

Action:  To approve the Consent Agenda.


A.           Resolution Recognizing Vicki Hennessy Director of the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

B.           Resolution Recognizing the Bridges to Freedom Language Fluency Project Instructors

C.     Resolution Recognizing the Late Effie Lee Morris

D.     Resolution Recognizing Kate Kendell on the Occasion of PRIDE Month


V.           OLD BUSINESS                                                                     DISCUSSION


A.     Election of Officers                                                     President Andrea Shorter                  10  min.

The Commission will elected a President and Vice President for FY10-11 for a one-year term beginning July 1,

2010. Commissioner Kay Gulbengay and Commissioner Julie Soo have been nominated for President and Vice

President, respectively.

Action: To elect Kay Gulbengay as President of the Commission for FY10-11.

Action: To elect Julie Soo as Vice President of the Commission for FY10-11.


B.     Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Program (VAW) Update                25 min.

Grants Administrator Carol Sacco will provide an update on the VAW Grants for FY 2010-2011.




1. Jewish Family and Children's Services


C.     Friends of the Commission Update                                                                                       15 min.

Marily Mondejar, President of the Friends of the Commission, will provide an update on the Friends.  Paula March, fundraising consultant, will give an update on the October 18 CEDAW Luncheon. 


VII.   PUBLIC COMMENT                                                                        DISCUSSION                                     5 min.

This item is to allow members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Commission’s purview as well as to suggest new agenda items for Commission’s future consideration.


IX.          ADJOURNMENT                                                                       ACTION                                1 min.

Adjourn the meeting in memory of Anne Yamasaki and Norma Satten. 





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