Fines and Fees Task Force Meeting Minutes

October 12, 2016

Minutes

Fines and Fees Task Force Meeting

October 12, 2016, 3:00-5:00pm

City Hall, Room 278

Attendees:

Task Force Members Present:

Anne Stuhldreher (Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector), Michael King (Office of Economic and Workforce Development), Warren Hill (Human Services Agency), Carmen Aguirre (Public Defender’s Office), Tara Anderson (District Attorney’s Office), Diana Hammons, Emmett Nelson (Municipal Transportation Agency), Dion Libutti (Community Housing Partnership), Scott Nelson (Coalition on Homelessness), Elisa Della-Piana (Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights), Kendra Amick (Bay Area Legal Aid),

Members of the Public: Carol Beckett (Department of Child Support Services), Lee Ann Hudson (Adult Probation), Jennifer Chan (SF Superior Court), Shannon Martin (SF Superior Court), Karen Shain (SF Adult Probation), Margarita Rodriguez (SF Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector), Jeff Smejkal (SF Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector), Alexandra Bastien (PolicyLink), Amabel Akwa-Asore (OEWD), Sean Kline (SF Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector), Carol Beckett (CSS), Tanea Lunsford (SF Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector), Anna Arevalo (SF Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector), Joel Kim (Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights)

  1. Introduction

Tanea Lunsford (Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector) facilitated a check-in go-round of all participants. Treasurer José Cisneros welcomed Task Force Members and provided background about how his interest in fines and fees stems from the work of the Treasurer’s Office of Financial Empowerment, that aims to build the financial reserves of low income San Franciscans.

  1. Agenda Review / Agenda Approval

Agenda was approved by Task Force members. There were no agenda changes.

  1. Group Agreements

Task Force agreed to practice Group Agreements during meeting times that consist of the following: 1) Deep Listening 2) One person speaking at a time 3) Making space for everyone to participate 4) Participating in Solution-Based discussion.

  1. Presentation by SF Office of the Treasurer

Anne Stuhldreher (Treasurer & Tax Collector Task Force Member) presented on the national, state and local context of fines and fees.

  1. Group Input into Our Path Forward

Amanda Fried (Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector) facilitated a discussion to begin shaping the course of action for the Municipal Fines and Fees Task Force. A detailed approach to reforming fines and fees impacting low income people and people of Color was agreed upon among members.

  1. Public Comment

The public was encouraged to participate intermittently in discussion and agenda items.

  1. Closing

The meeting was adjourned at 5pm.