Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, April 16, 2012

Minneapolis City Hall, Martin Luther King, Jr. Conference Room - 241

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN




6:07 PM, Call to Order and Roll Call


Commissioners in Attendance: Danielle Shelton Walczak, Lonnie Nichols, Adosh Unni, Thomas Gallagher, Emily Froehle, Wendy Adler Robinson, Peter Larsen, Terrance Noble, G. Christine Peters, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Marla Khan, Cecelia Rodriguez-Melendez, Michael McHugh


Commissioners Absent: Patricia Nelson, Michelle Monteiro, Jennifer Thompson, Surya Rochel, Kenneth Fukuda


City Staff: Carol Bachun, Lee Zutz, Johnnie Burns, Toni Newborn


Guests: None


Chair Froehle indicates that Commission Meetings are not required to operate under strict adherence of Roberts Rules of Order, but are expected to operate effectively by implementing guidelines inherent to Roberts Rules of Order for meetings such as one person speaks at a time and stay on point until conclusion of a topic.  Motions can be made and seconded for a vote or made and voted on by consensus.


Froehle moves approval of the meeting agenda with the addition of the MLK Community Member Award to the Public Relations and Education Committee report; approved by consensus. 


Approval March 19, 2012 MCCR minutes; Moved by Froehle and approved by consensus with Shelton-Walczak abstaining.


Toni Newborn, Civil Rights Senior Investigator (CRSI) provides report on Probable Cause (PC), No Probable Cause (NPC) and Dismissals, indicating that as of April 16, 2012, there are 82 case files pending resolution with the department.  There are six (6) current cases under review by the Commission; 1 PC, 2 NPC and 3 Dismissals.  There were 80 cases 1-12 months age, 1 case in the 13 – 30 month category and 1 case was older than 31 months, the very old case that will remain in the backlog until resolution.  Any case over 365 days old is deemed to be in the backlog.  CRSI Newborn indicates that 160 cases have been contracted for the 2012 EEOC, with 35 cases having been submitted to date for credit.




Commission on Civil Rights Committee Reports:

Contract Compliance – McHugh shares that the State Demographer released a report pushing for Equal Employment Opportunity Contract hiring goals of 32% for minority owned and 6% women owned businesses.


Standards and Procedures: Gallagher reports that S&P discussed standards but had no urgent issues.  Gallagher attended a conference on the disparity of the conviction rate of minority and non-minority criminal offenders, noting that the incarceration rate for minorities is substantially higher.


Public Relations and Education: Commissioners Casey and Khan present a hand out and timeline for the MLK Community Member Award.  Commissioner Khan has set up a mock Facebook for the Commission and asked to take photos.  The On-Air presentation with KFAI radio is scheduled for Sunday, May 6 at 10:00 A.M, and the PR&E committee will place a meeting notice on the Minneapolis Commission on Civil Rights calendar for a meeting to prepare for KFAI radio and finalize the MLK Community Member Award for Gigi’s Café on April 25, 2012, at 6:30 PM.


Froehle moves support for the framework and timeline of the MLK Community Member Award with the amendment of an open ended timeline for presentation of the award by the City Council; approved by consensus.


League of Minnesota Human Rights Commission: Commissioner Nelson absent, no report provided.


Assistant City Attorney Bachun provides a handout and training to the Commission on Civil Rights on the Open Meeting Law.  The Commission on Civil Rights consists of 21 members and a quorum of the Commission is always nine (9) as established by the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, section 141.20(c).  There is a discussion about noticing informal subcommittee meetings which concludes with the advice that if in doubt notice the meeting on the Commission’s calendar to make sure that as members of the commission we are being open and available to the public.


Commission Chair report: Froehle indicates that a schedule for the Appeals Committee will be distributed by Department Staff, as will clarification on per diem rates for Commission meetings.  Froehle adds that a document, created of, by and for the Commission created in late 2011, listing recent accomplishments and future priorities will also be distributed for feedback.


The Appeals Committee for May is Thompson Presiding with panel members Peters and Casey, and Khan as the Alternate.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 7:22 PM, moved by Froehle and approved by consensus.



Last updated May 31, 2012



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