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Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

June 14, 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 June 14, 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. Approval of the April 12, 2018 Draft Minutes Blalock
    (pgs 4-9)
  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 – 7 Minutes
    • Report out on Sheriff’s Candidate Forum with the Community Advisory Council (CAC) and the Independent Office of Law Enforcement Review and Outreach (IOLERO) – Brown
    • Commissioners did not participate in the Women’s Leadership Summit, therefore funds from the Empowering Women ad hoc were not used.
    • Follow Up on Mental Health Ad Hoc Event, Not Alone – Barrera, Almond, Langdon
  6. Openings and Appointments – Blalock
    • Vice Chair will report 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. Year-End Ad Hoc Committee Presentations – Blalock – 40 Minutes
      • Each existing ad hoc will have 7 minutes to present their accomplishments and indicate – where applicable – if they will be seeking a renewal by submitting a 2018-19 Work Plan. Each presentation will be followed by 3 minutes for Q&A.
        • Affordable Child Care (pg. 10)
        • Empowering Women (pg. 11)
        • Intimate Partner Violence (pg. 12)
        • Mental Health (pgs. 13-15)
    2. Women’s History Month Suffrage Project – Blalock – 5 Minutes
      Chair Blalock to briefly discuss project being coordinated by the National Women’s History Project to gauge interest in participating in suffrage project.
    3. Changes in Commission Staff Support – Blalock, Staff – 7 Minutes
      The Chair and Staff will review required adjustments in operational support and will discuss ways in which to mitigate a decrease in staff support.
    4. Nominations and Elections for FY2018-2019 Officers – Blalock – 25 Minutes
      The Chair will read from the Commission bylaws, the duties and qualifications of Chair and open nominations for the FY2018-2019 term that begins July 1, 2018. The same process shall then follow for the nominations for Vice Chair and the two Officer-at-Large positions. Should there be more than one candidate for any position, each will be allowed three minutes to address the commission prior to the vote.
      Commissioners eligible for office:
      • Almond
      • Barrera
      • Blalock
      • Brown
      • Diaz De Leon
      • Fleming
      • Langdon
      • Padilla
      • Whyte
      • Wood
    5. National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW) – Blalock – 10 Minutes
      • Discuss sponsorships to the 48th NACW Annual Conference or Association of California Commissions for Women meeting
      • Feedback on June 7, 2018 Webinar on Advancing Gender Justice through Increased Employment, Earnings, and Economic Security from Commissioners who participated
    6. Women’s Equality Day Resolution – Blalock, Brown – 10 Minutes
      • 08-14-18 HR-CSW Women’s Equality Day Resolution (pgs. 16-19)
        • Request a Gold Resolution from the County of Sonoma Board of Supervisors
        • Ad hoc committees to update respective sections of the related Summary
      • Proposal for Commissioners to reach out to city and town councils within their respective districts requesting each to officially recognize August 26, 2018 as Women’s Equality Day.
    7. Tabling Dates at Regional Markets – Almond, Staff – 10 Minutes
      Commissioner Almond and Staff will look to secure confirmed dates of participation at regional markets, as well as at the Santa Rosa Wednesday Night Market. Approval of tabling fees will be required.
    8. Administrative Report – Staff – 10 Minutes 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:
      • Review year-end budget (distributed at meeting)
      • Storage Unit
  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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