Veterans' Affairs Commission - November 10, 2020 - Minutes
APPROVED MEETING MINUTES
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 – 6:00 pm
Via Microsoft Teams
VICTOR OLIVIERI, PRESIDENT
COURTNEY MILLER, SECRETARY
WILLIAM BARNICKEL, MATTHEW BRAUER (EXCUSED), DOUGLAS BULLARD, HANLEY CHAN, DEBORAH DACUMOS (ABSENT), GEORGE ISHIKATA, IKRAM MANSORI, JEFF MARSHALL, STEPHEN MARTIN-PINTO(ABSENT), CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD(ABSENT), MYLES TUCKER, RAYMOND WONG
CALL TO ORDER
Meeting called to order at 1800
Legislative Committee – Commissioner Tucker
USPS letter distributed
State – Veterans home issue no major update at this time
Communications Committee – Commissioner Brauer
Events Committee – Commissioner Mansori
Rules Committee – Commissioner Ishikata
Amended by-laws posted on the website
Working on vetting potential applicants to the VAC have not received any to date
Finance Committee – Commissioner Marshall
Discussed the method by which we establish the Vet’s fund. Exploring three options. Should reach out to BOS or Mayor to get a supporter to push this forward.
Ad hoc Committee – Commissioner Chan
Veterans Related Legislation
APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
October Regular Meeting Minutes – Approved [Commissioner Miles Abstain]
September Regular Meeting Minutes – Approved
Veteran’s Preference in BMR [Action Item]
President – Commissioner Ishikata (declined), Commissioner Olivieri
Vice President – Commissioner Tucker
Secretary – Commissioner Miller (declined), Commissioner Bullard
An opportunity for members of the public to directly address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission, including items being considered today which have not been considered by a Commission committee and excluding items which have been considered by a Commission committee. Members of the public may address the Commission for up to two minutes.
Each member of the public will be allotted the same number of minutes to speak, except that public speakers using translation assistance will be allowed to testify for twice the amount of the public testimony time limit. If simultaneous translation services are used, speakers will be governed by the public testimony time limit applied to speakers not requesting translation assistance. The President or the Commission may limit the total testimony to 30 minutes.
Members of the public who want a document placed on the overhead for display should clearly state such and subsequently remove the document when they want the screen to return to live coverage of the meeting.
HONORS REPORT AND MOMENT OF SILENCE
In memory of American service members in all wars and conflicts who made the ultimate sacrifice. We also remember the passing of homeless veterans, veterans who died while awaiting approval of benefits, and suicides within the veteran and armed service communities.