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January 23, 2013

COSW Meeting Information - January 23, 2013


Wednesday, January 23, 2013

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 Becca Prowda                          Commissioner Andrea Shorter                                                                                    

Total Estimated Meeting Time: 1 hour 53 minutes



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

Remarks by President Soo.

Action: To approve the meeting agenda.


II.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                  DISCUSSION/ACTION         5 min.         

Explanatory document – Draft Minutes December 5, 2012.

Action: To approve draft minutes from December 5, 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).


1.      Billion Women Rising Presentation                                          Susan Celia Swan & Marily Mondejar

V-Day Executive Director Susan Celia Swan and San Francisco coordinator Marily Mondejar will make a presentation on the upcoming February 14 Billion Women Rising event to be held at Civic Center. 


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 the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Decision

B.           Resolution Recognizing the Courageous Dollar Store Strikers

C.           Resolution Recognizing Modern Day Abolitionist Jaida Im

D.           Resolution Recognizing Modern Day Abolitionist Cindy Liou

E.           Resolution Recognizing the One Billion Rising Campaign




V.     OLD BUSINESS                                                                     DISCUSSION

A.     Adult Probation Department  Gender Analysis Update                                                      20 min.

Chief Wendy Still will provide an update on gender-specific programming in the Adult Probation Department.


VI.    NEW BUSINESS                                                                    DISCUSSION/ACTION


A.           FY2013-2014 Proposed Budget                                                                                             30 min.

Commissioners will review the proposed budget for FY13-14.  

Action: To adopt the budget for FY13-14.


VII. Reports                                                                                                                                   20 min.

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


A.     Health & Safety                                                                          President Julie Soo

B.     Association of California Commissions for Women                   Vice President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez

C.     Human Trafficking                                                                     Vice President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez

D.     Justice & Courage                                                                       Commissioner Andrea Shorter

E.      Gender Equality Principles Initiative                                           Commissioner Kay Gulbengay

F.      Family Violence Council                                                                        Executive Director Emily M. Murase  

G.     Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Programs           Commissioner Becca Prowda 

1.         Community Meetings                                                          President Julie Soo/Vice President Nancy

Kirshner-Rodriguez/Commissioner Kay Gulbengay/Commissioner Alicia Gamez


VIII. 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.  CLOSED SESSION                                                                  DISCUSSION/ACTION         60 min.           

A.     Public comment on all matters pertaining to the Closed Session.          

B.      Closed Session pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b) and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b):


C.      Open Session

Action:  Motion and vote to elect whether to publicly disclose any or all of the information discussed in the closed session under San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.12(a).


X.   ADJOURNMENT                                                                    ACTION                                1 min.

Adjourn the meeting in memory of Vivian Brown. 





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If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at 25 Van Ness, Suite 240, San Francisco,  CA  94102 during normal office hours.


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