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Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

December 14, 2017 at 5:00 PM

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Please Note Change of Location Above


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: Michelle Denham, Stephanie Larson, 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 – Blalock
  2. Approval of The Agenda December 14, 2017 - 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 5 Minutes
    1. Approval of the November 9, 2017 Draft Minutes (pgs. 4-10)
    2. Public Comment on Consent Items
      • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted.
    3. Vote on Consent Calendar
  1. Commissioner Announcements/Communications with Supervisors/Tabling Opportunities – All – 5 Minutes

  2. Openings and Appointments – Blalock
    • Chair will discuss openings and appointments
  3. Public Comment on Non-Agendized Items– Blalock
    • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted
  4. Regular Calendar Items
    Discussion and possible action expected on items 4 through 8
    1. Guest Speaker – NancyKirshner-Rodriguez, Executive Director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls– Blalock – 25 Minutes
      Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez is the Executive Director of the California Commission on the Status of Women and Girls. An independent state agency, the Commission focuses on identifying and eliminating inequities in laws, practices and conditions that affect California’s now more than 19 million women and girls.

      The Commission implements its mandate by identifying policies that need legislative or executive action; maintaining and distributing information to the public on California programs and policies designed to impact the status of  women and girls; and developing efforts to effectively support and monitor the implementation of new laws.

      Kirshner-Rodriguez will provide an overview of current activities and the legislative agenda in Sacramento. (Bio attached to agenda packet; pg 11).

    2. Association of California Commissions on Women (ACCW) March Conference Update – Almond, Blalock, Diaz De Leon – 5 Minutes
      Commissioners will report on the status of plans for the March 23 & 24, 2018 ACCW conference hosted by the Commission.
    3. 40th Anniversary of Women’s History Month Celebration – Blalock, Staff – 12 Minutes
      Chair BBlalock and Staff will provide update on the plans in progress for the 40th Anniversary celebratory event in collaboration with the Women’s History Month Project and the City of Santa Rosa.
    4. Legislative Affairs Report – 5 Minutes
      (Barrera, Brown, Diaz De Leon, Fleming)
      Liaisons will provide an update on legislative issues they are monitoring and letters of support or opposition that have been written
    5. Administrative Report– Staff – 5 Minutes
      • Budget Adjustment of $8.87 for Sonoma County Human Trafficking Task Force Campaign
      • Staff to provide updates on a variety of administrative issues related to the Commission
      • Additional items attached (pgs. 12-14)
        • Letter of appreciation from the Sonoma County YWCA
        • Invitation to Roseland Annexation Celebration January 20, 2018
        • Reminder of 2018 Wednesday Night Market dates
  5. Community Issues, Liaisons, and Coordinators – 5 Minutes
    Program development updates not included above.
    • Association for California Commissions on Women (ACCW) – Almond, Brown
    • Field Trip – Update from Commissioners managing specific field trips
    • Human Trafficking Task Force – Blalock
    • Speaker Coordinator – All
    • Volunteer Coordinator – Vacant
  6. Agenda Items for Next Commission Meeting
    Proposal, discussion, and possible action items for next Commission meeting.
  7. 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.

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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