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October 24, 2012

COSW Meeting Information - October 24, 2012


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

5:00 PM

City Hall, Room 408

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA  94102




                                    President Julie Soo                                          Vice President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez      

                  Commissioner Alicia Gamez                            Commissioner Kay Gulbengay

                  Commissioner Rebecca Prowda                       Commissioner Andrea Shorter                                                                                    

Total Estimated Meeting Time: 1 hour 43 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 19, 2012.

Action: To approve draft minutes from September 19, 2012.


III.    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT                                DISCUSSION/ACTION        


A.     Executive Director's Report                                                                                                  10 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).


IV.    CONSENT AGENDA                                                                        DISCUSSION/ACTION         20 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 Libby Denebeim

B.           Resolution Recognizing Congresswoman Jackie Speier

C.           Resolution Recognizing the 10th Annual Cheyenne Bell Awards

D.           Resolution Recognizing the October 11 as the First International Day of the Girl







V.     NEW BUSINESS                                                                    DISCUSSION/ACTION


A.      Gender Analysis of Commission Appointments Presentation                                                 20 min.

Maria X. Martinez a graduate of the University of San Francisco Masters of Public Affairs Program, will present on a report “From 1994 to 2011:  Are San Francisco Commissions More Representative?”


B.     The Trust Women Silver Ribbon Campaign                                                                            25 min.

Dr. Ellen Shafer of the Trust Women Campaign will present on plans for commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision in January 2014.


VI.    Reports                                                                                                                                   15min.

Commissioners can report on activities related to the work of the Commission. 


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.


VIII.   ADJOURNMENT                                                                ACTION                                1 min.

Adjourn the meeting. 





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