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August 22, 2012

COSW Meeting Information - August 22, 2012

Wednesday, August 22, 2012
4:00 PM (Note: Earlier Start Time)
City Hall, Room 408
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

President Julie Soo
Vice President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez
Commissioner Alicia Gamez
Commissioner Kay Gulbengay
Commissioner Rebecca Prowda
Commissioner Andrea Shorter
Commissioner Stephanie Simmons

Total Estimated Meeting Time: 2 hour 48 minutes

Remarks by President Soo.
Action: To approve the meeting agenda.

Explanatory document – Draft Minutes from July 25, 2012.
Action: To approve draft minutes from July 25, 2012.


A. Executive Director's Report 15 min.
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).

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 Judge Donna Little on the Occasion of Her Retirement
B. Resolution Recognizing Marci Seville on the Occasion of Women’s Equality Day
C. Resolution Recognizing the 3% Conference on Women in Advertising
D. Resolution Recognizing the 30th Anniversary of the Domestic Violence Consortium
E. Resolutions Recognizing the 2012 CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Honorees


A. FY2011-2012 Violence Against Women Prevention & ACTION 20 min.
Intervention Grants Annual Performance Summary
Graduate Fellow Katherine Ray will present the performance summary for the VAW Grants Program which details service hours and clients served by the 24 Partner Agencies providing services to women survivors of violence and their families.

B. Impact of the San Francisco Sheriff’s Situation on Domestic Violence Policy Work 60 min.
On August 16, the Ethics Commission sustained charges of official misconduct against suspended Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi. The Commission will review the recommendation of the Justice & Courage Oversight Panel on Domestic Violence Policy Reform on this issue.

Members of the Justice & Courage Oversight Panel will review key policy proposals on domestic violence as follows:

Key Policy Proposals on Domestic Violence 20 min.
1. Officer Involved Domestic Violence Policy
2. Workplace Policy on Domestic Violence
3. City-wide Domestic Violence Policy

Action: To adopt a position on the status of the Sheriff.

C. 2012 Conflict of Interest Code Review DISCUSSION 10 min.
Commissioners will review proposed amendments to the Commission’s Conflict of Interest Code.

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.

Adjourn the meeting in memory of Milton Marks III, Judge Ollie Marie-Victoire, and Helen Gurley Brown.

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