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Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

April 12, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Permit and Resource Management Department
2550 Ventura Avenue
Hearing Room
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.465074, -122.723705

Meeting Documentation


First District: Jan Blalock (Chair), Joanne M. Brown, Carrie Castro
Second District: Trisha Almond (Officer-at-Large), Barbara Badham*, Karen Langdon
Third District: Victoria Fleming, Jennielynn Holmes, Jennifer Whyte
Fourth District: Leticia Padilla
Fifth District: Lorena Barrera, Ariana Diaz De Leon (Vice Chair), Jessica Wood (Officer-at-Large)
Staff: Tracy Cunha, Deputy Clerk
* On Leave of Absence

  1. Call to Order – Introductions – Mission Statement – Blalock
  2. Approval of the April 12, 2018 Agenda – Blalock
    Due to the requirements of the Brown Act, only changing the order of, or deletion of items may be allowed. New items may not be added.
  3. Consent Calendar Items – Blalock – 8 Minutes
    1. Approval of the March 6, 2018 Draft Minutes
    2. Ad Hoc Committee & Project Reports
      • Empowering Women – no update
      • Intimate Partner Violence – Report out on April 11, 2018 event
      • Mental Health/Suicide – Update attached
      • Junior Commissioner Project – Update attached
        Commissioners may add to written reports, or ask questions, in a period of two minutes per ad hoc or project.
    3. Public Comment on Consent Items
    4. Vote on Consent Items
  4. Public Comment on Agendized Items – Blalock
    • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted.
  5. Commissioner Announcements/Communications with Supervisors/Tabling Opportunities – All – 5 Minutes
    • Co-sponsorship of April 30, 2018 Sheriff’s Candidate Forum with the Community Advisory Council (CAC) and the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) approved of by the Officers – $100.
    • Table at annual Cinco de Mayo festival on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Roseland from 3.00 to 9.00PM, approved of by the Officers – $80.
  6. Openings and Appointments – Blalock
    • Staff will administer the Oath of Office for the reappointment of 3rd District Commissioner Victoria Fleming to a second two-year term through March 20, 2020
    • The Chair will report out on openings
  7. Public Comment On Non-Agendized Items – Blalock
    • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted
  8. Regular Calendar Items
    Discussion and possible action on items 1 through 6.
    1. Association of California Commissions for Women (ACCW) – Almond, Blalock, Diaz De Leon, Langdon – 10 Minutes
      • Commissioners will report out on the March 23 & 24, 2018 event.
      • Commissioners will share details on upcoming annual conference of the National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW), August 1 through 4, 2018, and one day ACCW meeting.
    2. Affordable Child Care Ad Hoc – Diaz De Leon, Fleming, Wood – 7 Minutes Commissioners to seek approval of revised work plan, adjusted following the October 2017 wildfires. Attached, pgs.
    3. Budget Adjustments & Estimated Year-End Expenses – Blalock, Staff – 18 Minutes Discuss current general funds balance, expected and remaining expenditures, and potential requests, to include:
      • Annual Dues for National Association of Commissions for Women – Blalock – 3 Minutes. NACW is the only national professional organization representing Commissions for Women and Commissions on the Status of Women across the country – $80.
      • Women’s Leadership Summit – Barrera, Brown – 7 Minutes. Commissioners Barrera and Brown to propose the Empowering Women ad hoc to sponsor up to five Commissioners to attend the May 17, 2018 Women’s Leadership Summit at the Richmond Memorial Convention Center – $120 each.
      • Promotional Items – Blalock, Staff – 5 Minutes. Discussion on purchasing t-shirts with Commission logo for both current Commissioners and outgoing Junior Commissioners.
      • Affordable Child Care Ad Hoc – Diaz De Leon, Fleming, Wood – 2 Minutes Confirmation that current allocation of $1300 will be expended in FY2017-18 upon approval of revised work plan.
      • Junior Commissioner Project – Castro, Padilla – 2 Minutes Confirmation that current allocation of $2085 will likely be expended in FY2017-18 with projected graduation costs.
    4. Strategic Planning and Scope of Focus for 2018-19 – Officers – 15 Minutes Discussion on parameters of annual strategic planning, to include:
      • Ad hoc committees seeking renewal
      • Potential new ad hoc committees
      • Determine need for professional facilitator
      • Future planning of notable Women’s History Month events
    5. Legislative Affairs Report – Barrera, Brown, Diaz De Leon, Fleming – 3 Minutes Liaisons will provide an update on legislative issues they are monitoring and letters of support or opposition that have been written.
      • Letter in support of CA Senate Bill 1150 – Gender Discrimination
    6. Administrative Report – Staff – 3 Minutes Chair and Staff to provide an update on various county-based, commission-related projects, as well as review other administrative and budgetary items, as needed, to include:
      • Reminder of upcoming nominations. Included in agenda packet:
        • Section 3. Governance of the Commission Bylaws (pgs).
        • Year-to-Date Attendance Record
  9. Community Issues, Liaisons, and Coordinators – 5 Minutes
    Program development updates not included above.
    • Field Trip – Update from Commissioners managing specific field trips
    • Human Trafficking Task Force – Blalock
    • Speaker Coordinator – All
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Vacant
  10. Agenda Items for Next Commission Meeting
    Proposal, discussion, and possible action items for next Commission meeting.
  11. Adjournment

Agendas and Materials

Due to legal, copyright, privacy or policy considerations, not all materials are posted online. Materials that are not posted are available for public inspection between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at 575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B, Santa Rosa, CA.

Public Comment

Any member of the audience desiring to address the Commission on a matter on the agenda: Please walk to the public speaker’s table and after receiving recognition from the Chair, please state your name and make your comments. In order that all interested parties have an opportunity to speak, please be brief and limit your comments to the subject under discussion. Each person is usually granted 3 minutes to speak; time limitations are at the discretion of the Chair. While members of the public are welcome to address the Commission, under the Brown Act, Commission members may not deliberate or take action on items not on the agenda, and generally may only listen.

Commitment to Civil Engagement

All are encouraged to engage in respectful dialog that supports freedom of speech and values diversity of opinion. Commissioners, Staff, and the public are encouraged to:

  • Create an atmosphere of respect and civility where Commissioners, County Staff, and the Public are free to express their ideas within the time and content parameters established by the Brown Act and CSW’s standard Parliamentary procedures (Robert’s Rules of Order);
  • Establish and maintain a cordial and respectful atmosphere during discussions;
  • Foster meaningful dialogue free of attacks of a personal nature and/or attacks based on age, (dis)ability, class, education level, gender, gender identity, occupation, race and/or ethnicity, sexual orientation;
  • Listen with an open mind to all information, including dissenting points of view, regarding issues presented to the Commission;
  • Recognize it is sometimes difficult to speak at meetings, and out of respect for each person's perspective, allow speakers to have their say without comment or body gestures, including booing, whistling or clapping;

Disabled Accommodation: If you have a disability which requires an accommodation, an alternative format, or requires another person to assist you while attending this meeting, please contact the Deputy Clerk at (707) 565-2821, as soon as possible to ensure arrangements for accommodation.

Contact Information

Commission on the Status of Women
Human Resources Department
County of Sonoma
Business Hours
Monday – Friday
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sonoma County Administration Building
575 Administration Drive
Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464975, -122.725632
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