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Commission on the Status of Women Meeting

September 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Permit and Resource Management Department
2550 Ventura Avenue
Hearing Room
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
38.464712, -122.72334


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 September 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
    (Items 1 through 5)
    1. Approval of the August 10, 2017 Draft Minutes
      Ad Hoc Committee & Project Reports
    2. Intimate Partner Violence Ad Hoc Update
    3. Commissioner Comments on Consent Items
      1. Commissioners may make brief comments or put forth questions regarding items placed on the Consent Calendar.
    4. Public Comment on Consent Items
      1. Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted.
    5. Vote on Consent Calendar
  4. Commissioner Announcements/Communications with Supervisors/Tabling Opportunities – All – 5 Minutes
  5. Openings and Appointments – Blalock
    • Administration of Oath of Office/Reappointment to 5th District Commissioner Lorena Barrera
  6. Public Comment – Blalock
    • Public comment is limited to three minutes per topic, unless otherwise noted
  7. Regular Calendar Items
    Discussion and possible action expected on items 6 through 8
    1. Guest Speaker – Linda Carlson, MSW – Executive Director, Womens Recovery Services – Wood – 25 Minutes
      Linda Carlson will provide information about the residential addiction treatment program for pregnant and parenting women located in Santa Rosa. Ms. Carlson will address issues that arise during recovery including domestic violence, trauma and abuse histories, parenting stresses, and other concerns.
    2. Women’s History Month Anniversary Celebration – Blalock – 10 Minutes
      Chair Blalock will lead a discussion focused on creating a planning committee to look at a potential joint project between the County of Sonoma and the City of Santa Rosa to recognize the 40th Anniversary of Women’s History Week being initiated by the County of Sonoma Commission on the Status of Women in 1978.
    3. Marketing Plan & Process – Blalock, Staff – 10 Minutes
      The Chair and Staff will provide an outline of the marketing and outreach process and protocol.
  8. Continuing Business
    Discussion and possible action expected on items 9-10
    1. Legislative Affairs Report – 7 Minutes
      (Barrera, 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.
    2. Administrative Report – Staff – 5 Minutes
      Staff to provide updates on a variety of administrative issues related to the Commission
  9. Community Issues, Liaisons, and Coordinators – 5 Minutes
    Program development updates not included above.
    1. Association for California Commissions on Women (ACCW) – Almond, Brown
    2. Field Trip – Update from Commissioners managing specific field trips
    3. Human Trafficking Task Force – Blalock
    4. Speaker Coordinator – All
    5. Volunteer Coordinator – Denham
  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

Tracy Cunha
Deputy Clerk
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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