Veterans' Affairs Commission - January 12, 2021 - Agenda
OFFICIAL MEETING NOTICE
VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMISSION
Tuesday, January 12, 2021 – 6:00 pm
Hosted Remotely via MS Teams
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VICTOR OLIVIERI, PRESIDENT
IKRAM MANSORI, VICE-PRESIDENT
STEPHEN MARTIN-PINTO, SECRETARY
WILLIAM BARNICKEL, MATTHEW BRAUER, DOUGLAS BULLARD, HANLEY CHAN,
DEBORAH DACUMOS, GEORGE ISHIKATA, JEFF MARSHALL, CHRISTOPHER MCDONALD, COURTNEY MILLER, MYLES TUCKER, RAYMOND WONG
CALL TO ORDER
New Committee Structure, new Committee appointments, and new District Liaison assignments
Annual Retreat and Annual Summit online
Vice President Mansori
Oversight of Legislative Committee, Events Committee, and Finance Committee
Oversight of the Communications Committee and Rules Committee
County Supervisor Liaison Assignments for 2021
District 1 and 7 have new Supervisors (Connie Chan and Myrna Melgar)
Meet monthly to remain aware of new legislation that will affect veterans or military servicemembers
Legislative Committee – Commissioner Myles Tucker
Communications Committee – Commissioner Douglas Bullard
Events Committee – Commissioner William Barnickel
Rules Committee – Commissioner George Ishikata
Finance Committee – Commissioner Jeff Marshall
Ad hoc Committee – Commissioner Chan
APPROVAL OF MEETING MINUTES
December Regular Meeting Minutes
Veterans Preference in BMR [Action Item]
Representative Speier's legislative priorities for Veterans Affairs during the 117th United States Congress
Ms. Raghda Karajah
Update from County Veterans Service Office (CVSO) [Information/Discussion]
- Data on average wait times
- Notable cases that were handled by the office
- New trends in cases
New amendment to bylaws [Action Item]
- “Every Commissioner shall actively serve in at least one commission committee.”
Review of applications for vacancies to Veteran’s Affairs Commission [Action Item]
- Currently 3 vacancies
Yearly Retreat [Action Item]
- Online unless In-Person meeting becomes feasible
- No later than February 28
- Use to set priorities for 2021
Social Media Accounts [Action Item]
Commissioners Mansori and Martin-Pinto
- Twitter account and passwords
- Shall the commission create a Parler Account
- Shall the commission create an email@example.com email for social media accounts
This is the opportunity for members of the Veterans Affairs Commission to share special thanks and congratulatory remarks for the good welfare taking place in the veterans community.
This is the 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 but not on the agenda. 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 of 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’s community and the Armed Services.
This document is Official Business of the Veterans Affairs Commission, City and County of San Francisco. It is part of the official Public Record of the City and County of San Francisco.
Public Records are covered under the State of California Brown Act, as well as the Sunshine Ordinance of the City and County of San Francisco. These acts ensure that deliberations of City Business are conducted “before the People,” and that City and County operations are open to the People’s review.
For information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), or to report a violation of the ordinance, please contact the Administrator of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force.
Veterans Affairs Commission Meetings:
General meetings of the SFVAC are scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month, with the exception for the month of July, when there is no scheduled SF VAC meeting, and are held in Room 416 in City Hall.
Meeting confirmation, and specific announcement of general meetings are made via public posting of the Meeting Agenda as required by law, at least 72 hours prior to scheduled meetings. Agendas for SFVAC meetings (and archived meeting minutes) are available on the SFVAC Pages of the City of San Francisco website, and are also available for public view and inspection at the 5th Floor Government Information Center at the San Francisco Public Library, at 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102. The documents librarian telephone number is (415) 554-4472.
City Hall of San Francisco is wheelchair accessible via all entrances. There is wheelchair accessible public parking nearby, including the underground garage at the north side of City Hall. The nearby BART/MUNI station (Civic Center) is wheelchair accessible as are nearby city bus lines and stops. For more public transit information services, call (415) 923-6142 or dial 311.
If you or a Veteran, you know is in
immediate danger to themselves or others,
please call 911 or visit your local emergency room.
The Veterans Crisis Line is also available by
texting 838255 or by going to their website
and chatting with a mental health professional.
Text MYLIFE to 741741