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March 21, 2011

San Francisco Youth Commission
Monday, March 21, 2011
City Hall, Room 416

There will be public comment on each item.


1. Call to Order

Chair LaCroix called the meeting to order at 5:22pm.
Commissioners present: Marshall-Fricker, Liang, Hewitt, Fierro, Hirano, Beaulac, Benezra, Kaminsky, Chan, LaCroix.
Commissioners tardy: Lin, Yang.
Commissioners absent: Zukerman, Sun, Perez, Nauer, Herzstein.
Staff present: Yedidia.

2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)

Commissioner Hirano moved to approve the agenda, seconded by commissioner Kaminsky. The agenda was approved unanimously by acclamation.

3. Public Comment on Items not on Agenda

There was none.

4. Legislation Referred from the Board of Supervisors (Action Item)

5. Presentations (All Items to follow Discussion and Possible Action)

A. Presentation on the Department of Children, Youth and Their Families DRAFT Initial Findings 2011 Community Needs Assessment
Presenter: Maria Su, Director, Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
Documents A, B

In the absence of Maria Su, DCYF’s senior planner Sandra Naughton presented the Youth Commission with the Initial Findings of the 2011 Community Needs Assessment. Such a presentation is mandated by the Children’s Amendment section of the City Charter.

Commissioners Chan and Benezra asked clarifying questions.

6. Youth Commission Business (All Items to follow Discussion and Possible Action)

A. Resolution supporting Planned Parenthood and calling on the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor to urge the U.S. Congress not to cut the organization’s funding
Presenter and sponsor: Commissioner Kaminsky

Commissioner Kaminsky read this resolution into the public record, which asks the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor’s Office to call on the federal government not to cut funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides educational and health services to young people.

Commissioner Hirano offered a few comments.

Commissioner Kaminsky asked that the Youth Commission postpone its vote on this matter until its second reading. No official action was taken.

B. Resolution Declaring Youth Commission Cosponsorship of the Financial Empowerment Event “MONEY!” at Abraham Lincoln High School, with Supervisor Carmen Chu and Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Presenters and Sponsors: Commissioners Sun & Beaulac
Document D

Commissioners Beaulac and Sun read this resolution into the public record, which formally declares the Youth Commission’s support of this upcoming, April 30, 2011 financial literacy event, which will practically addresses issues of economic justice.

After modest discussion, commissioner Fierro moved to vote on this resolution on its first reading, seconded by commissioner Yang. This motion was approved by the following unanimous roll call vote: Ayes (12)—Marshall-Fricker, Liang, Hewitt, Fierro, Hirano, Beaulac, Yang, Benezra, Kaminsky, Chan, LaCroix, Lin.

Subsequently, Hirano moved to approve this resolution, seconded by commissioner Liang. This resolution was adopted unanimously by acclamation.

C. Approval of Youth Commission Outreach Plan for 2011-2012 Application
Presenter: Commissioners Nauer, Beaulac, Fierro
Document E

Introductory comments were provided by commissioner Fierro and Beaulac regarding the application, which had been discussed at length at the previous two Youth Commission meetings.

After very brief discussion, Commissioner Kaminsky moved to approve the Youth Commission outreach plan, seconded by commissioner Hirano.

7. Staff Report (Informational Item)

Staff Mario Yedidia provided a quick report regarding the number of Youth Lifeline fast passes distributed,

8. Committee Reports: City & School; Arts, Culture, Recreation and Entertainment; Youth Justice (Informational Item)

Commissioner Fierro provided a brief update regarding the City & School Committee’s talk regarding setting up an exchange program between Lincoln and St. Ignatius High Schools.
Commissioner Kaminsky invited commissioners to come to tomorrow’s joint hearing of the Arts & Culture Committee’s meeting with the Entertainment Commission.
Commissioner Yang said that the immigrant rights “working group” of Youth Commissioners had been in discussion with the Immigrant Rights Commission and the school district’s Student Advisory Council on potential collaborations in the months to come. Commissioner Chan explained that she and commissioner Benezra have been doing focus groups/holding informal discussions with homeless young people at the LGBTQ Center—she mentioned that these conversations have shifted from creating a queer-only shelter to reforming current services to be more queer-friendly, perhaps by helping implement Chapter 12N of the Administrative Code.

9. Attendance Review (Action Item)

10. Announcements (This includes Community Events)

11. Adjournment

Chair LaCroix adjourned the meeting at 7:30pm in honor of Women’s History Month.

Supplemental documents for agenda items are available for review at City Hall Room 345. Minutes are also available on the Youth Commission Website at


The Youth Commission meeting will be held in City Hall Room 416. The formal address of City Hall is 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at the United Nations Plaza and Market Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: MUNI Metro Lines J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Oceanview, N-Judah, and T-Third Street at Van Ness and Civic Center Stations; 9-San Bruno, 19-Polk, 47-VanNess, and 71-Haight Noriega. For information about MUNI accessible services call 923-6142.

The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Accessible curbside parking spaces have been designated on the corners of McAllister and Polk, and Grove and Polk. There is accessible parking available within the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage at the corner of McAllister and Polk Streets, and within the Performing Arts Parking Garage at Grove and Franklin Streets.

If you require the use of an American sign language interpreter, a sound enhancement system, or a reader during the meeting, calendars and minutes of the meeting in alternative formats; such arrangements can be made by calling Mario Yedidia at (415) 554-6446, at least 72 hours prior to the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible.

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