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Commission on the Status of Women

Commission on Status of Women Meeting 

Date: July 14, 2022

Time: 6:00 - 11:59 p.m.


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575 Administration Drive, Suite 116B
Santa Rosa, CA 95403

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First District: Jan Blalock (Chair), Joanne M. Brown (OAL) 
Second District: Katie Gordon , Caitlin Quinn , Julie Schulman 
Third District:  Ofra Isler, Ana Diaz-Garcia, Amber Lucas (On Leave of Absence) 
Fourth District: Marta Cruz, Gina Fortino Dickson 
Fifth District: Jessica Wood (Vice-Chair)

The Commission on the Status of Women Meeting will be facilitated virtually through Zoom, as well as in person.

    The Commission on the Status of Women of Sonoma County recognizes that we are on the ancestral lands of the Pomo, Wappo, and Coast Miwok, who are the original stewards of this land. We further acknowledge that the office of the Commission on the Status of Women resides on Southern Pomo land in Santa Rosa. We respect and honor the past, present, and future generations, and are grateful for the opportunity to give our respect to the first inhabitants.
    At the beginning of each Commission meeting, any member of the public may address the Commission concerning any item not on the Commission's agenda. Speakers will be limited to three (3) minutes unless otherwise specified by the Chair or the Presiding Officer. The public will be given an opportunity to speak on each business item at the time it is called. The Commission may discuss and/or take action regarding any or all of the items listed below.
    The Commission will receive a presentation from Vicki Groninga of Impact 100, Redwood Circle.
    Officers and Staff to discuss administrative-related matters including, but not limited to, field trip ideas and speaker coordination.
    1. Introduce new Commissioners Ana Diaz-Garcia and Gina Fortino Dickson
    2. Reminder of Ethics Training and Sexual Harassment training requirements, due July 22
    3. Report on Athena House NOW Zoom meeting June 13- Chair Blalock
    4. Petaluma Night Out tabling update
    Commissioners to provide any commission-related announcements, report on communications with supervisors, and also announce any tabling opportunities.
    Chair will report out on current openings.
    1. We currently have openings in the 4th and 5th districts.
    1. Discussion and possible vote on the Strategic Planning meeting details. Meeting to be held in place of our normal meeting on August 11, 5-8pm.
    2. Discussion and possible vote on sponsorship of Athena House fundraiser
    Commissioners to provide reports and/or updates from the work being done by their ad hoc committee(s) and/or project committee(s).
    1. Impact of COVID-19 on Women in the Workforce
    2. Junior Commission on the Status of Women
    3. Sonoma County Spirit Award Project
    4. Voices of Sonoma County Women: COVID-19 Pandemic Edition
    5. Gender Equity ad hoc- CEDAW Resolution
    Commissioners to provide brief updates or ideas on the following:
    1. Association of California Commissions for Women (ACCW)
    2. Human Trafficking Task Force
    3. Legislative Advisory Group
    4. National Association of Commissions for Women (NACW)
    5. YWCA
    Proposal, discussion, and possible action items for next Commission meeting. (No action required by commissioners for this section)

Meeting Documentation

July 14, 2022 Minutes

Biography of Guest Speaker,  Vicki Groninga

Vicki Groninga

I grew up in New Hampshire and moved to California to complete my BA and MA.  After receiving my MA in Counseling, I worked at Santa Rosa Junior College as the Director of the Reentry Program.  I later moved into the business world and worked at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies in various positions in HR for almost 30 years.  I am married to Curt Groninga and have two grown stepdaughters, two great son-in-laws, and five wonderful grandchildren.  My hobbies are reading, cooking, and traveling. Since I retired in 2013, I have spent time volunteering, most recently for the Roseland School District, Impact 100 Redwood Circle (founding member), and Elisha’s Pantry. I have been a member of Forum since 2007.

Changes to the Brown Act authorized by Governor Newsom in response to Covid-19

In accordance with AB 361, Governor Newsom’s March 4, 2020 State of Emergency due to COVID-19 pandemic, Sonoma County Public Health Officer’s Recommendation for Teleconference Meetings, and the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Resolution 21-0399,the Commission on the Status of Women meetings will be held virtually.

Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 361 (AB 361) on September 16, 2021, which amends the Ralph M. Brown Act to provide additional provisions that allow meetings of legislative bodies to continue to be conducted via teleconference. This Resolution makes the findings to confirm the current conditions allow teleconference meetings pursuant to AB 361 for the Board of Supervisors and on behalf of all of the Commissions and Committees created by the Board of Supervisors pursuant to Government Code Section 54952(b). This will allow members of the public to safely observe and participate in local government meetings during the continued pandemic.

The following are key provisions of the Executive Order with the substantive changes from the prior order identified in bold below:

  • Allows public agencies to hold public meetings via teleconference and to make the meeting accessible electronically or telephonically to all member of the public seeking to attend and address the Board.
  • The requirement that each teleconference location be publicly accessible is suspended.
  • The requirement to post agendas at all teleconference locations and notice each location where the member is calling in from is suspended.
  • The requirement that at least a quorum be present in the boundaries of the jurisdiction is suspended.
  • Notice must still be given 72 hours in advance for regular meeting and 24 hours in advance for special meetings.
  • Local Agencies may hold meetings via teleconferencing and allow the public to observe and address the meeting telephonically or otherwise electronically. (NOTE: the prior order required at least one physical location be open for the public to observe and address the meeting. A physical location for observing the meeting is no longer required.)
  • If meeting is held telephonically or otherwise electronically, agencies must implement a procedure for receiving and swiftly resolving requests for reasonable modification or accommodations from individuals with disabilities, consistent with the ADA. The procedure must be advertised each time notice of the meeting is given.
  • Agencies are encouraged to use sound discretion and to make reasonable efforts to adhere to the Brown Act as closely as possible.

Agendas and Materials

Agendas and Materials: Agendas and most supporting materials are available on the Commission’s website.

Due to legal, copyright, privacy or policy considerations, not all materials are posted online.

NOTE: Due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation, materials that are not posted will be available directly from the Commission at

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 CSW at, as soon as possible to ensure arrangements for accommodation.

For auxiliary aids or services or other reasonable accommodations to be provided by the County at or before the meeting please notify the Commission at least 3 business days in advance of the meeting date. If the County does not receive timely notification of your reasonable request, the County may not be able to make the necessary arrangements by the time of the meeting.

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Approval of the Consent Calendar

The Consent Calendar includes routine financial and administrative actions that are usually approved by a single majority vote. There will be no discussion on these items prior to voting on the motion unless Commission Members or the public request specific items be discussed and/or removed from the Consent Calendar.

Public Comment

Any member of the audience desiring to address the Commission should wait to be called upon via the online meeting method. In order that all interested parties have an opportunity to provide comments, please be brief and limit your comments to the subject under discussion. (Please note that your comments will be read during the appropriate time in the meeting.)

Each person is usually granted 3 minutes to speak but in this case, the comments should be typed and the comments will be timed to the three (3) minute mark as they are read by the one of the officers.

Please note that 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;