VETERANS AFFAIRS COMMISSION
City & County of San Francisco
War Memorial Veterans Building - 401 Van Ness Avenue, Room 104
Monday, October 3, 2011
President Raymond Wong, Presiding
1. Call to Order and Pledge of Allegiance
2. ROLL CALL (Please Sign-In on Attendance Sheet)
3. REVIEW of Current Meeting AGENDA for approval
4. REVIEW of earlier Meeting MINUTES for changes and/or Approval
a. Review of Sec’y Noetzel’s DRAFT MINUTES for the VAC Meeting of 12 September, 2011
5. Call for Public Comment. (Time reserved for introduction of guests and general comments by guests).
6. WELCOME to New Commissioner Col.(Ret.) Deborah Dacumos AN, PhD.
President WONG, and Sec’y Noetzel to introduce & welcome our newly appointed Commissioner.
7. NEW Business – No items listed at publication of Agenda.
8. Officers REPORTS:
A. President’s Report; President Ray Wong to report on:
Conventions/conferences attended, and more.
B. Secretary’s Report; Sec’y Noetzel to report on:
VAC Website - CHANGES and issues
VAC Correspondence since last meeting
9. Current VETERANS PROJECTS
> Liaison and Event Organizer Comm. W. Levin to report on VETERANS DAY PARADE (Scheduled for 11/11/11).
> Liaison Comm. NOETZEL, to report on progress on project to contact Human Resources Directors of Major
S.F. Corporations on VETERANS HIRING POLICIES.
10. REPORTS on ONGOING ISSUES:
A. Veterans EMPLOYMENT.
Dual Liaison(s), Comm. Thompson, and Comm. Wilkerson, to report on latest developments in this area, including Report on 8/15/11 Meeting to review results of the JOB FAIR in May.
B. Veterans HEALTH AND WELFARE.
> Liaison, Comm. Crichlow to report on WholeVet Program, including
potential ACTION on Advisory Letter of Support to Mayor and BOS.
> Liaison Comm. Crichlow to report on ‘Signing of the Covenant’ Program and plans for organizing a
major Program Kick-off and Covenant Signing EVENT, at Veterans Building.
> Liaison, Comm. Ramirez to report on his ongoing series of TOWN HALL MEETINGS in Veterans Building,
including report the September meetings (AM and PB sessions of meetings on 9/28/11).
C. HOMELESS Veterans. (Note: Liaison Comm. Gibbs not available due to medical issues).
Comm. Crichlow to report on ongoing AMVETS program to provide meals for San Francisco Homeless Veterans every other SUNDAY, in Room 202 of the War Memorial Veteran’s Building.
11. Veterans Related LEGISLATION.
A. Status Report on Issues that were subject of VAC letters to City Government of San Francisco, on
several Legislative issues (as defined by Sec’y Noetzel in his Report on VAC Correspondence).
B. Open Forum on new or Legislation of interest to Veterans, including potential impact of recent repeal of DADT.
Discussion on media fabrication of the term “The San Francisco Military”, with possible vote on
ACTION to advise City of S.F. Government on this divisive term of derision.
12. WAR MEMORIAL VETERANS BUILDING
> Comm. Caldera to report on further developments in his investigation of Restrictive New Policies with respect to
reserving space for Veterans Related and Patriotic events within the building, including presentation
of a DRAFT of a proposed letter to address the new requirements for insurance, and a CONTRACT before space
can be reserved. Item includes potential ACTION to include approval for forwarding of subject LETTER.
> Discussion on efforts to promote IAVA “Smart Job Fair” in Green Room of War Memorial Veterans Building on
Thursday, 6 October 2011
13. Commission GOALS AND PLANS
Comm. Caldera to lead continuing discussion regarding VAC Support for FLEET WEEK in San Francisco (Oct.
6-11, 2011), including results of the Commissioners further attempts to contact Fleet Week Events
Director Gen. Mike Myatt regarding promotion of discounts by local businesses and vendors for visiting Armed
Services Personnel and Veterans. Item includes potential ACTION including Letter of inquiry to Gen. Myatt.
14. OLD BUSINESS. No items listed at publication of Agenda.
15. ANNOUNCEMENTS: Floor opened for short announcements of veteran related events/activities
in near future.
16. Honors Report and Moment of Silence: In memory of American Armed Service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the Iraq/Afghanistan conflicts, plus the passing of homeless veterans and recent suicides within the veterans and armed services community.
Note: Commissioners who are unable to attend this meeting are asked to notify the Commission Secretary well prior to meeting, at: email firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 415-378-8214
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The War Memorial Veterans Building (between Grove & McAllister Streets) is wheelchair accessible via front entrance (401 Van Ness). There is wheelchair accessible public parking nearby, including the underground garage at the north side of City Hall. The nearby BART/MUNI station (Civic Center) is wheelchair accessible as are nearby city bus lines and stops. For more Public Transit information services, call 415-923-6142.