San Francisco Youth Commission
Monday, June 16th, 2014
City Hall, Room 416
1. Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl.
San Francisco, CA 94102
There will be public comment on each item.
Nicholas Persky, Michelle Kong, Joshua Cardenas, DeAsia Landrum, Angel Van Stark, Jina Bae, Anna Bernick, Sophie Edelhart, Monica Flores, Ramon Gomez, Michel Li, Lily Marshall-Fricker, Luisa Sicairos, Denesia Webb, Eric Wu, Joyce Wu, Ariel Yu
1. Call to Order and Roll Call
The meeting was called to order at 5:37 pm.
Commissioners present: Persky, Kong, Cardenas, Landrum, VanStark, Bae, Bernick, Edelhart, Gomez, Li, Marshall-Fricker, Sicairos, Webb, E. Wu, J. Wu, Yu
Commissioners absent: Flores
Staff present: Allen Lu, Phimy Truong
There was quorum.
2. Approval of Agenda (Action Item)
Commissioner Yu, seconded by Commissioner Bernick, moved to approve the agenda. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
3. Approval of Minutes (Action Item)
A. May 19th, 2014
Commissioner Edelhart, seconded by Commissioner Landrum, moved to approve the minutes. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
4. Public Comment on Items not on Agenda (Discussion Only)
Thomas Robert Simpson, founder and director of AfroSolo, spoke about his organization and its mission to promote and present an event focused on uplifting and inspiring young black men and boys. He hopes to come back at a future Full YC to present and ask for support. Chair Persky welcomed a presentation from Mr. Simpson at an upcoming meeting.
Hart Fogel, co-chair of the Marin County Youth Commission, thanked the San Francisco Youth Commission for having them and for the Q&A session. On behalf of the Marin County Youth Commissioners, he is excited to see what he can learn from the SF Youth Commission.
5. Consent Calendar (Action Item)
All items hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a Commissioner so requests. In that event, the item will be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item immediately following the vote on the rest of the items.
A. Referral from the Board of Supervisors, File No. 140571-2: Amending the Board’s Rules to Establish Scheduling Procedures for Hearing on Matters Referred to the Youth Commission
Sponsors: Supervisors Mar, Campos
Commissioner VanStark, seconded by Commissioner Kong, moved to approve the consent item. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
6. Youth Commission Business (All Items to Follow Discussion and Possible Action)
A. [Second Reading] Resolution 1314-06: Supporting the San Francisco Unified School District’s Disability Awareness Efforts
Presenters: Ariel Yu, Luisa Sicairos, Anna Bernick, Joyce Wu, and SAC Representatives Elizabeth Jones and Rain Talosig
Commissioners Yu, Sicairos, Bernick, and J. Wu read the resolution into the public record. Commissioner Yu provided a brief context of the resolution for members of the public and invited her colleagues for any discussion. Director Truong commended the committee for the solid research the Education, Health, & Wellness Committee did this year.
Commissioner Kong, seconded by Commissioner Landrum, moved to adopt the resolution. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
B. San Francisco Youth Commission 2013-2014 Annual Report + Request for Approval
Presenters: Allen Lu
Mr. Lu provided an overview of this year’s Annual Report and how the document highlights the programmatic achievements compared to the Commission’s Policy and Budget Priorities which are official policy recommendations. He shared the format of the document and reviewed some accomplishments from the year. Director Truong also highlighted more specific ways the Youth Commission has impacted the San Francisco Community. Staff highly commended the Youth Commissioners for their work this year and asked if they had any feedback for the report.
Commissioner Sicairos asked that we highlight Commissioners who have graduated this year.
Commissioner Edelhart asked to update and clarify her fun fact in her biography.
Commissioner Landrum requested that we have a page for superlatives and quotes.
Commissioner Li requested staff to add information about Mo Magic and small businesses efforts under the Youth Employment and Immigration Committee Report.
Commissioner VanStark, seconded by Commissioner Bernick, moved to approve and adopt the San Francisco Youth Commission 2013-14 Annual Report. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
7. Staff Report (Discussion Only)
Staff gave programmatic updates and reminded commissioners to connect with their appointing officials. Commissioners should also expect some check in meeting requests coming soon.
8. Committee Reports (Discussion Only)
A. Executive Committee, Chair Michelle Kong
Commissioner Kong shared the committee’s efforts around the Children’s Fund Hearing, Youth Lobby Week, and meeting with Mrs. Hydra Mendoza – who gave praise for the Youth Commission’s work on TAY inclusion. Commissioner Cardenas shared legislation introduced - increase of minimum wage and another on transportation. Commissioner Kong asked the chairs to look out for emails regarding brainstorming.
B. Youth Justice Committee, Chair Sophie Edelhart
Commissioner Edelhart shared the upcoming CIP press conference, hearing, and celebration on Thursday from 10:30am-3:30pm. The committee will be focusing on MOU implementation this summer.
C. Immigration & Employment Committee, Chair Michel Li
Commissioner Li shared the committee’s continuing work with Mo Magic’s small business efforts in District 5 and EF4C’s DACA grants.
D. Education, Health & Wellness Committee, Chair Ariel Yu
Commissioner Yu shared how the committee made changes to the resolution adopted tonight and discussed upcoming/next year’s plans.
E. TAY, Housing, and LGBT issues Committee, Chair Eric Wu
Commissioner E. Wu shared how the committee is continuing to work on their Youth Housing Town Hall report and is looking for a July approval. The committee also met with Minouche Kandel, Director of Women’s Policy at DOSW, who wanted youth to get involved with the Child Sex Trafficking Committee for the Mayor’s Task Force. The committee also met with Alison Schlageter, HSA’s Youth Programs Coordinator, and discussed TAY housing, particularly access points for disconnected TAY, housing opportunities, and TAY cycling out of juvenile justice systems.
F. Youth Advisory Council, Representative Joyce Wu
Commissioner J. Wu shared that the YAC met twice the past month, and one of the meetings was participating in a nationwide Google Hangout on the status of black men. During the last meeting, she shared with the YAC the Youth Commission’s work surrounding the Policy & Budget Priorities and the Annual Report. The YAC was present in helping put together the YEF Anniversary this past week.
G. Children’s Fund Updates, Commissioners Eric Wu, Michelle Kong
Commissioner Kong talked about the Children’s Fund rally where 6 Supervisors and over 100 people came out to support the Fund. The item will be heard again this Thursday at the Rules Committee before going to the Full Board of Supervisors. She demonstrated her gratitude for the Supervisors who are behind TAY, the increase to 4 cents, a sunset of 20-25 years, and youth seats, though we have not heard how many seats there will be yet.
9. Attendance Authorizations (Action Item)
A. Request for authorization of absences
i. May 19, 2014
a. Joshua Cardenas
Commissioner Cardenas explained that he was experiencing family complications and that his family is doing better now. Commissioner Marshall-Fricker, seconded by Commissioner Gomez motioned to authorize the absence. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
b. Luisa Sicairos
Commissioner Sicairos explained that she was sick. Commissioner Yu,, seconded by Commissioner Kong motioned to authorize the absence. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
c. Denesia Webb
Commissioner Webb explained that she had to catch up with work from being sick and missing class. Commissioner Bernick, seconded by Commissioner Sicairos motioned to authorize the absence. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
ii. May 5th, 2014
a. Jina Bae, arrived at 5:40 marked tardy
Commissioner Bae explained that she was coming from an AP Psychology Exam, and was late because of it. Commissioner Landrum, seconded by Commissioner Sicairos motioned to authorize the absence. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
b. Michel Li, arrived at 5:40 marked tardy
Commissioner Li explained that she was also coming from the same AP Psychology Exam, and was late because of it. Commissioner Sicairos, seconded by Commissioner Landrum motioned to authorize the absence. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
c. Denesia Webb
Commissioner Webb explained that she was sick. Commissioner Landrum,, seconded by Commissioner Sicairos motioned to authorize the absence. There was no public comment. The motion was approved by acclamation.
10. Announcements (This Includes Community Events)
Commissioner VanStark announced that he is working on a short film called HIV Positive and is looking for extras and/or help with it.
Commissioner Kong announced that she and Commissioner Gomez are being awarded scholarships at the City Hall grand staircase at 4:00pm on June 26th, and invited her everyone.
YC 2012-13 Chair Mia Shackelford announced that Pride was coming up and asked commissioners to partake in the planning and festivities by connecting with their District offices. She also extended her availability to meet with any commissioners interested in talking about college or policy.
The meeting was adjourned at 6:41 pm.