September 25, 2013
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
City Hall, Room 408
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Street
San Francisco, CA 94102
Members Present Staff Present
President Nancy Kirshner- Executive Director Emily M. Murase, PhD
Rodriguez Media and Community Affairs Director Aimee Allison
Vice President Andrea Shorter Outreach and Development Manager Stacey Hoang
Commissioner Amy Ackerman Women’s Policy Director Minouche Kandel
Commissioner Alicia Gamez Commission Secretary Cynthia Vasquez
Commissioner Mary Jung Gender Equality Principles Program Manager
Commissioner Julie Soo Elizabeth Laferriere
Department Policy Fellow Stephanie Nguyen
Department Fellow Iris Wong
President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez called the meeting to order at 5:06 pm. President Kirshner-Rodriguez welcomed new Commissioners Mary Jung and Amy Ackerman who were sworn-in by Mayor Ed Lee earlier in the day. She stated that it has been 50 years since the initial report on a Presidential Commission on the Status of Women and she feels privileged to be leading the local Commission.
Action: Approve agenda.
No public comment.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Commissioners reviewed minutes.
Action: Approve amended minutes from August 28, 2013.
No public comment.
III. EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT
Dr. Emily Murase directed Commissioners to her written report and reviewed highlights. Women's Human Rights Specialist Ann Lehman testified at the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee in support of the Family Friendly Workplace Ordinance on behalf of the Department. Dr. Murase also recognized the efforts of Grants Manager Stacey Hoang whose federal grant progress report was recently approved by the Department of Justice Office of Violence Against Women. She commended Gender Equality Program Manager Elizabeth Laferriere for her work organizing the September 9 Healthy Mothers Workplace Awards Program. Commissioner Ackerman and President Kirshner-Rodriguez echoed their accolades to Ms. Laferriere and, in particular, the beautiful awards featuring original artwork by children in the Boys & Girls Club.
Dr. Murase reminded Commissioners of the upcoming annual CEDAW Luncheon that will take place on Monday, September 30 at 11:30 am at the Julia Morgan Ballroom at the Merchants Exchange Building. Ms. Soon Young Yoon, Chair of CSW/NGO/NYC will be a special guest at the luncheon.
Dr. Murase concluded her report with an announcement that Mayor Lee, the Department, and the Domestic Violence Consortium will be marking the Domestic Violence Awareness Month Launch on Tuesday, October 1, 6 - 7 pm on the Polk Street Steps. The event will feature lighting up City Hall in purple, the color that marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Invited speakers include Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, District Attorney George Gascon, Police Chief Greg Suhr, and Adult Probation Chief Wendy Still. Commissioners are urged to attend this important event.
B. Violence Against Women Intervention and Prevention Grants Program (VAW)
Pacific Asian American Bay Area Coalition Policy Fellow Stephanie Nguyen presented the FY2012-2013 annual report of the Violence Against Women Prevention & Intervention Grants Program. Commissioners requested demographic data from the City to provide a context for the report. Commissioners suggested that the Department contact Lyn Rosenthal, the White House Domestic Violence Advisor, for guidance on reporting criteria. Another resource is available from the Department of Health where health measures can be accessed by zip code. Discussion focused on the numbers of youth and male clients included in the report.
IV. CONSENT AGENDA
Action: To approve the Consent Agenda.
A. Resolution Recognizing Budget Director Kate Howard
B. Resolution Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of San Francisco Women Against Rape
C. Resolutions Recognizing the 2013 CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Honorees
Janelle White, Executive Director of San Francisco Women Against Rape (SFWAR) thanked the Commission for the recognition and for funding SFWAR since 1997. Ms. White explained that SFWAR provides resources, support, advocacy, and education to end sexual violence. The agency currently operates a 24 hour crisis line which began in 1973 at 20 hours a week.
Dr. Murase reminded Commissioners of the CEDAW Women’s Human Rights Awards annual Luncheon scheduled for Monday, September 30 which begins with a VIP reception at 11:15 am, followed by the luncheon, 12N – 2 pm, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom of the Merchants Exchange Building.
V. NEW BUSINESS
A. Legislation Supporting Licensing and Regulations of Massage Establishments and Practitioners
Ashley Summers, Carol Mo, and Dyanna Quezon of Supervisor Katy Tang's office gave a presentation on the proposed legislation supporting licensing and regulating massage establishments and practioners. Initial discussion focused on advertising connected to sporting events and the hospitality industry that, in some cases, facilitate commercial sex and exploitation. Discussion then focused on land use controls to regulate massage parlors. Ms. Quezon explained that land use controls do not apply to massage establishments where 100% of masseuses possess state certification. In San Francisco, 160 massage establishments are certified by the Department of Public Health. Other establishments are governed by state certification laws. Ms. Quezon further explained that, in the mid 2000's, regulation of massage parlors was moved out of the Police Code to the Health Code. One of the identified problems was understaffing of the Department of Health inspectors. Ms. Quezon stated that Supervisor Tang allocated additional funds for staffing at the Department of Health. Commissioners urged that the fines be such that they provide for further staffing of inspectors.
The proposed legislation goes before the October 1 Health Commission and to the October 3 meeting of the Board of Supervisors Rules Committee, with an anticipated approval date of late November. Supervisor Tang's office has asked the City Attorney to craft a few amendments, including one referencing the state law that requires posting of human trafficking resources and hotlines in many businesses.
The Small Business Commission has already supported the legislation. Commissioners urged that the posting of these notices be pursue by SFPD foot patrols.
Action: To adopt a position supporting proposed legislation on massage establishments and practioners.
Commissioners can report on activities related to the work of the Commission.
A. Human Trafficking
Commissioner Julie Soo recognized the Department for a very successful human trafficking conference and thanked Women’s Policy Director Minouche Kandel for her leadership with the San Francisco Collaborative on Human Trafficking. The St. Francis Memorial Hospital Board is interested in having another presentation made to doctors on human trafficking and signs of trafficked victims.
B. Other Commission Business
Commissioner Gamez reported that she will be attending the Conference of Delegates for the San Francisco Bar Association and reported on the group’s interest in women’s issues.
Commissioner Soo recognized Assemblymember Phil Ting for strengthening the protection of victims seeking restraining orders against stalkers.
Commissioners decided to hold the annual strategic planning retreat on Friday, November 22 from 9 am – 2 pm. [This date has changed to Wednesday, November 20, 9:30 am -12:30 pm.]
Dr. Murase announced that the Commission will be holding a joint commission meeting with the Health Commission on Tuesday, December 3 at 4 pm at 101 Grove Street, in Room 311.
VII. PUBLIC COMMENT
Robin Brasso expressed her concern of the Health Department citing young trafficked girls when inspecting massage parlors.
President Kirshner-Rodriguez explained how there are some loopholes in the system that do not allow the City to control how many people are licensed to be masseuses. The true jurisdiction lies with the Department of Public Health, and unfortunately, there is not adequate staff to do this.
Commissioner Soo asked that the meeting be adjourned in memory of Evelyn Wilson, a Lowell alumna, a legendary parliamentarian for the San Francisco Board of Education, and community activist.
Meeting adjourned at 6:42 pm.
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