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COSW Meeting Information - May 28, 2014 - Meeting Agenda

COSW Meeting Information - May 28, 2014


Wednesday, May 28, 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: 2 hours


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                                          1 min.

Remarks by President Kirshner-Rodriguez.

Action: To approve the meeting agenda.


II.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES                                                       ACTION                               3 min.         

Explanatory document – Draft Minutes from April 23, 2014.

Action: To approve draft minutes from April 23, 2014.


III.     EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S REPORT                                          DISCUSSION                             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.

  1. ​​Resolution Recognizing the 40th Anniversary of Equal Rights Advocates

   B.      Resolution Recognizing Cynthia Vasquez

   C.      Resolution Recognizing David Assmann upon his retirement from the Department of the Environment

   D.      Resolution Recognizing the 35th Anniversary of Community United Against Violence

   E.      Resolution Recognizing Tina Shum upon her retirement from Cameron House

   F.      Resolution Urging All Efforts to Release Abducted Nigerian Schoolgirls


VI.     GENDER ANALYSES                                                               


  1. Animal Care and Control Department Gender Analysis                                                  30 min.

Animal Control Operations Manager Vicky Guldbech and Captain Denise BonGiovanni will provide a report on the Animal Care and Control Department based on gender analysis questions.


B.  Gender Analysis of the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families                      30 min.

Director Maria Su will provide an update on the Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families and gender based data.


VII.    REPORTS                                                                                 DISCUSSION                           10 min.

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

  1. Cities for CEDAW                                                                   President Kirshner-Rodriguez
  2. Family Violence Council                                                        President Kirshner-Rodriguez
  3. Justice and Courage                                                              Vice President Shorter
  4. Human Trafficking                                                                 Commissioner Soo
  5. Status of Girls                                                                                    Commissioner Ackerman
  6. General Commission Business                                              Commissioners


VIII.   AGENDA FOR FUTURE COMMISSION MEETINGS               DISCUSSION                                    5 min.

Discussion regarding agendas for upcoming meetings.


IX.     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.


X.   ADJOURNMENT                                                                                    ACTION                      1 min.

Adjourn the meeting in honor of Mary Burns.                                Action: To adjourn the meeting.

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