Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, October 21, 2013

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

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN



6:00 PM: President Froehle calls the Meeting to Order


Roll Call

Commissioners in Attendance: Thomas Gallagher, Lonnie Nichols, John Oberreuter, Bernadette Casey, Arlene Santiago, G. Christine Peters, Wendy Adler Robinson, Michael Harralson, Kenneth Fukuda, Carina Aleckson, Peter Larsen, Terrance Noble, Emily Froehle, Adosh Unni, Danielle Shelton Walczak


Commissioners Absent: Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, Gerald Strauss, Marla Khan


City Staff: Lee Zutz, Toni Newborn, Carol Bachun


Guest(s): None


Approval September 16, 2013 MCCR minutes; moved by Froehle and approved by consensus with Unni and Shelton-Walczak abstaining.


Approval of October 21, 2013 MCCR Meeting Agenda is moved by Froehle and approved by consensus with addition of discussion on Commissioner Election Procedures.


Chair Froehle shares that she received a letter of resignation from Commissioner Patricia Nelson.


Committee reports and updates to the full commission:

Contract Compliance: Chair Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting: CC did not meet; Karen Francois is the acting Assistant Director of the Contract Compliance Division of the department.


Standards and Procedures: Chair Danielle Shelton Walczak, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:00 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting.  Shelton Walczak says that the time to get involved with S&P in an effort to finish complete recommendation for proposed changes to the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances, Title 7 – Civil Rights, Chapter 141 – Administration and Enforcement.


Public Relations and Education: Co-Chairs, Bernadette Casey and Marla Khan, meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting.  Commissioner Casey leads discussion on how schools can be more responsive and communicative with the Commission about the Minneapolis MLK Essay Competition.

The Public Hearing Working Group will meet to begin developing a public hearing structure that includes quarterly meetings; the lead topic at this time is equity in Housing.


The MCCR Executive Committee meets immediately after the monthly meeting of the full commission; and is comprised of MCCR Officers and Committee Chairs: next meeting is 18, 2013.


League of Minnesota Human Rights Commissions: Former Commissioner Patricia Nelson continues as District Director of the MLHRC and Commissioner Fukuda is a Director at large; the League website is www.LeagueofMNHumanRights.org  Fukuda shares that the next MLHRC meeting is this coming Saturday (October 26) in Richfield.


Interim Assistant Director (IAD) Toni Newborn, Complaint Investigations Division provided a power point presentation of the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB).  As of October 21, 2013, there were 69 case files pending resolution with the department and a total of 94 cases submitted by the Department for the 2013 EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) contract.  There are 5 current cases under review by the Commission: 2 Probable Cause (PC), 2 No Probable Cause (NPC), 1 Dismissal.  The Department EEOC contract for 2014 will be 91 cases.

Announcements: The 3rd Ward Neighborhood Fest held on October 9 at Nicollet Island Pavilion was a successful outreach event for the Civil Rights Department.  Events such as this are opportunities for Commissioners to interact with the public and assist department staff with tabling and miscellaneous activities.


Chairs report: Froehle says that 9 applications were received for open Commission appointments and also indicates that she did not reapply to serve on the Commission.  Froehle adds that a CLE program was offered by the Commission and Department, it had good participation and that Attorneys present were able to apply for a continuing education legal credit.


Commissioner Shelton Walczak provides a hand out on proposed changes to Article 1, Section 102 Election Procedure for the Commission.  There is a healthy discussion, with Assistant City Attorney Bachun providing intermittent legal interpretation, resulting in a continuance of the topic when Froehle moves to table the proposed election procedure changes that is approved by consensus.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 7:41 PM is moved by Froehle and approved by consensus.



Last updated Apr 16, 2014



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