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COSW Meeting Information - February 20, 2014 - Meeting Minutes

COSW Meeting Information - February 20, 2014


Wednesday, February 20, 2014

4 pm

City Hall, Room 408

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA  94102


Members Present                                        Staff Present        

President Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez              Executive Director Emily M. Murase, PhD

Commissioner Amy Ackerman                    Associate Director Carol Sacco

Commissioner Alicia Gamez                       Fiscal & Policy Analyst Stephanie Nguyen

Commissioner Mary Jung                            Women’s Policy Director Minouche Kandel

Commissioner Julie D. Soo                         Senior Grants Administrator Carol Sacco

                                                                Commission Secretary Cynthia Vasquez

Excused: Vice-President Andrea Shorter


 I.      CALL TO ORDER/ AGENDA CHANGES                         

President Kirshner-Rodriguez welcomed everyone. 

Action: To approve the meeting agenda.

m/s/c (Gamez/Ackerman/Unanimous)

No public comment.

  1. FY2014-2015 Proposed Budget                                         

Commissioners reviewed the proposed budget for FY14-15, FY15-16.  Dr. Murase reported that the City Charter mandates that the Commission approve a budget to be submitted to the Mayor’s Budget Office by February 21. 

Commissioners agreed that they do not want to see funding cuts to the Partner Agencies, and that they would collaborate with Partner Agencies to advocate for no funding cuts and request additional funding for the vital services being provided. 

Action:  To reconsider the January 22 vote to reject the proposed FY14-15, FY15-16 budget.

m/s/c (Ackerman/Jung/Unanimous)

Action: To adopt the proposed budget for FY14-15, FY15-16.

m/s/c (Ackerman/Jung/Recused Gamez/Unanimous)

Beverly Upton, Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Consortium, thanked the Commission for its leadership and support.  Ms. Upton expressed her optimism in working with the Commission and Partner Agencies to advocate for no funding cuts. 

III.     PUBLIC COMMENT                                                                       

Executive Director Murase reported that the One Billion Rising event that took place on February 14 was a tremendous success with over 3,000 people attending, including elected officials, Department Heads, Partner Agencies and many others to rise against violence. 

Commissioner Soo announced that, on February 25, the San Francisco Collaboration Against Human Trafficking will be holding a strategic planning retreat. 

President Kirshner-Rodriguez announced that the regularly scheduled meeting of the Commission will take place on Wednesday, February 26 at City Hall in Room 408.

  1. ADJOURNMENT                

Action: To adjourn the meeting.

m/s/c (Soo/Jung/Unanimous)

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