Commission Meeting MINUTES of Monday, November 18, 2013

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

350 South 5th Street, Minneapolis, MN



6:05 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, Peter Larsen, Emily Froehle, Adosh Unni, Danielle Shelton Walczak, Gerald Strauss, Marla Khan


Commissioners Absent: Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez, Terrance Noble, Carina Aleckson


Chair Froehle shares that she has received statements of resignation from Commissioners Rodriguez-Melendez and Noble


City Staff: Lee Zutz, Toni Newborn, Carol Bachun


Guest(s): None


Approval October 21, 2013 MCCR minutes; moved by Froehle and approved by consensus with Khan and Strauss abstaining.


Approval of November 18, 2013 MCCR Meeting Agenda is moved by Froehle and approved by consensus.


Committee reports and updates to the full commission:

Contract Compliance: meets 3rd Monday of month at 5:30 pm in City Hall prior to the Full Commission meeting: CC did not meet; Chair Cecilia Rodriguez-Melendez resigned from the Commission.


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 initiates a discussion and introduces changes to Article 1, Section 102, Election Procedures.  There is a healthy discussion, with Assistant City Attorney Bachun providing intermittent legal interpretation.


Motion: Change sections 102.1, 102.2, 102.4, 102.5, and 102.6 as proposed by Commissioner Shelton-Walczak as amended; moved by Chair Froehle, no objections, no abstentions, motion carried.

Motion: Change section 102.3 as proposed by Commissioner Shelton-Walczzak as amended; moved by Chair Froehle, 2 votes in favor, 13 votes opposed, motion not approved.


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 Khan and Commissioner Larsen meet with a representative of the Domestic Abuse Project (DAP) and tentatively schedule another meeting for March 2014.  Commissioner Casey and Khan provide an update on essay entries received for the Minneapolis MLK Essay Competition and invite interested Commissioners to the first reading/screening of entries at GiGis Café on the evening of December 17, 2013.  Date of second reading for finalist entries TBA.


Commissioner Unni provided an update on the activities of the Public Hearing Working Group, an effort to schedule quarterly public hearings on the topic of Equity in Housing in Minneapolis.  The first forum is proposed for March 2014.


The MCCR Executive Committee has been scheduled to meet immediately after the monthly meeting of the full commission; and is comprised of MCCR Officers and Committee Chairs: next meeting was scheduled for Monday, December 09, 2013 at 5:30 P.M.


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 an annual meeting is tentatively scheduled for December and the next MLHRC meeting is this Saturday, November 24 in Lake Elmo.


Interim Assistant Director (IAD) Toni Newborn, Complaint Investigations Division provided a power point presentation of the Commissioner’s Update Brief (CUB).  As of November 18, 2013, there were 67 case files pending resolution with the department and a total of 6 cases submitted by the Department for the 2014 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 is 91 cases.  The definition of a backlog case has changed from one year, to current term of 300 days, and in 2014 a period of receiving and filing a case for 270 days without resolution will define a backlog case.


Chairs report: Froehle says that the Appeals Committee for December will be Froehle, Larsen, and Oberreuter; with Gallagher as alternate.


Commissioner Nichols introduces drafting a letter to request a Presidential return to Minnehaha Falls in 2014 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Baine Johnson’s visit in 1964.  Commissioners question, comment and discuss; and Commissioner Nichols indicates that a letter will be drafted for the December meeting.


Public Comment: None


Adjournment at 7:35 PM is moved by Froehle and approved by consensus.

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