COMMISSION MEETING MINUTES
CAROLENE MARK S
EMILY MURASE, PhD
Members Present Staff Present
Commissioner Kay Gulbengay Executive Director Emily Murase, PhD
Commissioner Dorka Keehn Policy Analyst Ann Lehman Vice President Carolene Marks Administrative Analyst Laura Marshall President Andrea Shorter Policy Analyst Anu Menon
Grants Administrator Carol Sacco
Commission Secretary Cynthia Vasquez
Excused: Commissioner Nikki Calma and Commissioner Katherine Munter
I. CALL TO ORDER/AGENDA CHANGES
President Shorter called the meeting to order at 5:00 pm and welcomed all present.
Action: Approved agenda.
No public comment.
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Action: Approved draft minutes from November 19, 2008.
No public comment.
III. EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS REPORT DISCUSSION
A. Executive Directors Report
Dr. Murase referred Commissioners to her written report and thanked the Commissioners for their support during these difficult times. The Mayor required the Department to layoff one position, effective February 2009. The budget instructions for FY09-10 are to propose a 25% budget reduction.
IV. CONSENT AGENDA
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.
A. Resolution Commending Mindy Yip, Recipient of the Milken National Educator Award
B. Resolution Recognizing the Dedicated Service of Jing Xu Lee
C. Resolution Recognizing the Dedicated Service of Marily Mondejar
D. Resolution Recognizing Linda Parker Pennington
Action: To approve the Consent Agenda.
No public comment.
Commissioner Marks continues to work with Bay Area African American women to produce a brochure educating this underserved community on how to get examined, diagnosed, and treated for cancer. Commissioner Marks is also working on transgender health issues.
Commissioner Marks will be meeting with Deputy Health Director Barbara Garcia to discuss what work is currently being done on women’s health issues.
B. Justice and Courage
This topic will be discussed later in the agenda.
C. Women’s Human Rights Treaty
Policy Analyst Anu Menon reported that President-elect Barack Obama has pledged that he will push for theUS to join international human rights treaties, including the Convention to Eliminate All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). It is anticipated that San Francisco will be in the national spotlight for it’s groundbreaking CEDAW work.
The Department continues to work with Calvert and Verite on the next Gender Equality Principles Initiative roundtable. There are 16 prominent Bay Area businesses that are participating, including Sun Microsoft Systems, Google, and Charles Schwab. The roundtable will take place on January 23 and the topic will be Gender Equity Principle #4 Management and Governance.
In January, the Mayor’s Office will be releasing the FY09-10 budget instructions that are expected to include a memo to all departments to gather data disaggregated by gender and race on the clients they serve. San Francisco will be the first city in the country to do this.
D. Violence Against Women Prevention and Intervention Grants Program
Dr. Murase reported that the contract agreement with Community United Against Violence (CUAV) has been signed and outreach services to the lebian, bisexual, and transgender communities will begin on January 1, 2009. Dr. Murase thanked Grants Administrator Carol Sacco for her continued leadership on the Controller’s Joint Monitoring Committee that oversees non-profits providing social services to the City.
E. Girls Committee
President Shorter reported that the fist girls’ service providers’ policy roundtable was held on November 18. The roundtable was convened with community-based organizations working on juvenile justice issues, representatives from the Juvenile Probation Department, and the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to discuss coordinated service issues. Discussion focused on a regional coordination of girls services in the Bay Area.
F. Language Access
Dr. Murase reported that as a direct result of the Domestic Violence Victim Safety and Accountability Audit introductory Spanish language class was offered to criminal justice personnel. This was a highly successful and a second session is in the process of being developed. Chinese language instruction will also be offered.
G. Family Violence Council
The next meeting of the Family Violence Council will take place on January 15, 2009.
VI. OLD BUSINESS
1. Justice & Courage
Dr. Murase reported that the senior policy analyst position has been eliminated due to the budget reductions. Commissioner Keehn has asked Ken Theisen and Beverly Upton, members of the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel to discuss updates and the history of the Panel and provide and update. Mr. Theisen provided a brief history of the Oversight Panel and explained that when there are budget reductions, domestic violence services are the first to be cut. As a direct result of the Domestic Violence Victim Safety and Accountability Audit, many impactful changes have been made and many of the recommendations have been implemented. There is still work to be done and the Department’s oversight role continues to be needed.
Beverly Upton explained how it has been an honor to work with the Justice & Courage Oversight Panel, an important and influential group. At this time, when cuts are being proposed, it is important to rally behind the progress that has been made. She emphasized that it is important to secure funding for the services to the underserved communities.
Kathy Black, also a member of the Justice and Courage Oversight Panel, encouraged the Commission to convene a strategic planning meeting to ensure that the work thus far does not get lost.
2. Policy Priorities
Dr. Murase announced that she will now be staffing the Justice & Courage Oversight Panel. Since there has been a reduction in staffing, it is important that the impactful work that has been made by the Oversight Panel continue. The Domestic Violence Response is a perfect example of the strides that have been and continue to be made. Dr. Murase welcomed recommendations to ensure that the work continues with less staffing.
3. Report on FY09-10
Dr. Murase reported that the expected City deficit for FY09-10 is larger than the one the City faced this year. Due to the current economic crisis, there will be substantial decrease in general funds which is the primary source of funding for the Department. The Mayor’s Office has asked for a 25% reduction for the upcoming year and Dr. Murase welcomed suggestions to where those cuts should be made. The Commission will be presented with a proposed budget for FY09-10 at the January Commission meeting. Dr. Murase further reported the Mayor is convening 6 different work groups to explore cost effective ideas, including consolidation of departments. Dr. Murase will be participating in these working groups.
President Shorter urged the Commission to carefully review the criteria for those departments that are being considered for consolidation. Much of the work that is done by our Department/Commission is unique and would need to be examined carefully. At this time, it is important to show and model the work that is done.
4. Guidelines for Resolutions
This item was postponed until the January Commission meeting.
5. 2009 COSW Meeting Schedule
Action: To approve 2009 COSW meeting schedule.
No public comment.
VII. NEW BUSINESS
1. CLOSED SESSION
1. Public comment on all matters pertaining to the Closed Session.
2. Closed Session pursuant to Government Code 54957(b) and San Francisco Administration Code Section 67.10 (b)
PUBLIC EMPLOYEE PERFORMANCE EVALUATION: Executive Director, Emily Murase.
3. Open Session
VIII. RECONVENE IN OPEN SESSION
The meeting was reconvened in Open Session at 7:30 PM.
A. Possible report on action taken in Closed Session. (Gov't Code section 54957.1(a)(2) and S.F. Admin. Code section 67.12(b)(2))
Action: Not to disclose action taken in Closed Session.
No public comment.
B. Vote to elect whether to disclose any or all discussions held in Closed Session. (S.F. Admin. Code section 67.12(a))
Action: Not to disclose any discussions held in Closed Session.
No public comment.
VIII. PUBLIC COMMENT
No public comment.
Motion to adjourn meeting in memory of the life of Norma Hotaling.
Meeting adjourned at 7:33 pm.
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