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November 17, 2010

COSW Meeting Information - November 17, 2010


Wednesday, November 17, 2010

5:00 PM

                      City Hall, Room 263


1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

                     San Francisco, CA94102



                                    President Kay Gulbengay                                Vice President Julie Soo                     

                  Commissioner Katherine Munter                     Commissioner Dorka Keehn               

                                    Commissioner Carolene Marks                      Commissioner Andrea Shorter                                        Commissioner Rebecca Prowda                  

Total Estimated Meeting Time: 1 hr 6 minutes







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

Remarks by President Gulbengay.

Action: To approve the meeting agenda.


II.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                  DISCUSSION/ACTION         5 min.         

Explanatory document – Draft Minutes from September 23, 2010.

Action: To approve draft minutes from September 23, 2010.


III.    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT                                 DISCUSSION                        10 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 November 25th as the International Day for the Elimination of Violence towards Women and Girls

B.           Resolution Recognizing Charlie Toledo On the Occasion of Native American Heritage Month

C.           Resolution recognizing Liz Aguilar-Tarchi on the occasion of the Claire Joyce Tempongko Memorial Mass

D.           Resolution Recognizing the Friends of the Commission on the Status of Women

E.            Resolution Recognizing Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach on the Occasion of its 35th Anniversary





V.           NEW BUSINESS       


A. National Organization of Women Presentation                                                                          10 min.

Invited Mona Lisa Wallace, President of the San Francisco NOW, will give an overview of the San Francisco Chapter.


B.     Amnesty International Presentation                                                                                         10 min.

Invited Rini Chakraborty, Western Regional Director with Amnesty International USA, will give an overview of the San Francisco Chapter. 


C.     Women’s Intercultural Network – California Women’s Agenda                                             10 min.

A board member will provide a debrief about the September 25 summit. 


D.     Transition Network                                                                                                                10 min.

Robyn Yale will provide an overview of the work of the Transition Network which provides support to older women thru various transitions.


E.      COSW Strategic Planning Retreat Agenda                                                                           10 min.

The Commission will review the retreat agenda. 


VI.    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.


VII.         ADJOURNMENT                                                                        ACTION                                1 min.

Adjourn the meeting.    





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