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COSW Meeting Information - April 23, 2014 - Meeting Agenda

COSW Meeting Information - April 23, 2014


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

4-6 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 D. Soo                                                                                      

Total Estimated Meeting Time: 1 hour 56 minutes


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


 I.      CALL TO ORDER/ AGENDA CHANGES                          ACTION                                 10 min.

Remarks by President Kirshner-Rodriguez.

Action: To approve the meeting agenda.


II.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                   ACTION                                 5 min.         

Explanatory document – Draft Minutes from March 26, 2014

Action: To approve draft minutes from March 26, 2014.


III.     EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT                                 DISCUSSION


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                                                                        ACTION                                 10 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.

Explanatory documents: Resolutions honoring the below-listed organizations and individuals

Action:  To approve the Consent Agenda.


A.        Resolution Recognizing Janet Morrison Menzies                         




A.     Children’s Fund Renewal                                                                                                    15 min.

Girls Alliance Executive Director Emma Mayerson will provide an update on the status of including recommendations about the needs of girls in the Children’s Fund renewal discussion.




A.   Gender Analysis of the Fire Department                                                                              15 min.

Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White will provide an update on the 2011 gender analysis of the Fire Department examination.


B.   UN Commission on the Status of Women 58 Presentation                                               15 min.

Department Fellows Iris Wong and Tara Gamboa-Eastman will provide a report on the Department’s participation in the UN Commission on the Status of Women 58 meetings in New York.


C.   Male Champions for Change                                                                                                 10 min.

Janet Morrison Menzies, who serves on the Secretariat for the organization “Male Champions for Change,” started by the Australian Commissioner of Sex Discrimination Elizabeth Broderick, will provide a brief overview.


VII.    Reports                                                                                  DISCUSSION                         15 min.

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

A.       Cities for CEDAW                                                                 Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez

B.       General Commission Business                                          Commissioners


VIII.   PUBLIC COMMENT                                                                        DISCUSSION                                     10 min.

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..


IX.   ADJOURNMENT                                                                    ACTION                                1 min.

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.


City Hall is accessible to persons using wheelchairs and others with disabilities.  Assistive listening devices are available and meetings are

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).


Know Your Rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)

Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decision in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.  For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance, or to report a violation of the Ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force at 415-554-7724.  To obtain a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance contact the  Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689, phone: 415-554-7724, fax: 415-554-7854.  Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can also be obtained from the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s website at


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.


Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code § 2.100] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the San Francisco Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA  94102; telephone 415-252-3100; fax 415-252-3112; website:

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