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October 23, 2013-REVISED-

COSW Meeting Information - October 23, 2013

Wednesday, October 23, 2013
5 pm
City Hall, Room 408
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez Vice President Andrea Shorter
Commissioner Amy Ackerman Commissioner Alicia Gamez Commissioner Mary Jung Commissioner Julie Soo
Total Estimated Meeting Time: 1 hour 48 minutes

Note: The Commission will hear public comment on each item on the agenda before or during consideration of that item.

Remarks by President Kirshner-Rodriguez.
Action: To approve the meeting agenda.

Explanatory document – Draft Minutes from September 25, 2013.
Action: To approve draft minutes from September 25, 2013.


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).

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.
Explanatory documents: Resolutions honoring the below-listed organizations and individuals
Action: To approve the Consent Agenda.

A. Resolution Recognizing Leigh Kimberg in honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month
B. Resolution Recognizing Tom Ammiano in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance
C. Resolution Recognizing the 10th Anniversary of the Filipina Women’s Network
D. Resolution Recognizing Stacey Hoang
E. Resolution Recognizing the Friends Board members Shinta Lim, Jennifer Plotke, and Oona Marti.


A. St. Vincent De Paul Society DISCUSSION 10 min.
Jean Reah, Clinical Director, will provide an overview of the Wellness Center.

B. Affordable Care Act DISCUSSION 10 min.
Department Fellow Iris Wong will provide an overview of the Affordable Care Act.

C. Human Trafficking Grant Funding Approval ACTION 20 min.
Explanatory documents: Funding Committee Recommendation, Review Panel demographic information

The Department has conducted a competitive grant process to fund community-based organizations to provide comprehensive services for human trafficking victims and/or anti-human trafficking efforts. Based on input from the Violence Against Women Grants Review Panel, the VAW Funding Committee will submit recommendations for the San Francisco Response to Human Trafficking Grant Opportunity for January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015.

Action: To adopt the recommendation of the Violence Against Women Funding Committee to fund the Asian Women’s Shelter proposal for $75 for FY13-14 and $150,000 for FY 14-15 for the San Francisco Response to Human Trafficking grant.

D. Commission Meeting Time ACTION 15 min.
Action: To change the Commission meeting start time to 4 pm on the 4th Wednesday of the month.

VI. Reports DISCUSSION 15 min.
Commissioners can report on activities related to the work of the Commission.

A. CEDAW Friends of the Commission on the Status of President Kirshner-Rodriguez
Women Luncheon, Ivory Steuben Luncheon
B. Domestic Violence Awareness Month Launch Vice-President Shorter
C. Gender Equality Principles Initiative Retreat Commissioner Ackerman

This item is to allow members of the public to address the Commission on matters that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission and that do not appear on the agenda. as well as to suggest new agenda items for future meetings..

Adjourn the meeting.
Action: To adjourn the meeting.

The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound producing electronic devices.

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open-captioned. Agendas are available in large print. Materials in alternative formats, American Sign Language interpreters, and other accommodations will be made available upon request. Please make your request for alternative format or other accommodations to the Department on the Status of Women at 415-252-2570. Providing at least 72 hours notice prior to the meeting will help to ensure availability. The nearest BART station is Civic Center Plaza at the intersection of Market, Grove, and Hyde Streets. The MUNI Metro lines are the J, K, L, M, and N (Civic Center Station or Van Ness Avenue Station). MUNI bus lines serving the area are the 47 Van Ness, 9 San Bruno, and the 6, 7, 71 Haight/ Noriega. Accessible curbside parking is available on 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (San Francisco City Hall) and Grove Street. In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based scented products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals. For inquiries or requests for accommodations, please call 415- 554-6789 (V), 415-554-6799 (TTY).

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Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements
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