Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

SF supes panel reschedules vote on LGBT aging task force vacancy

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ rules committee has rescheduled its vote on selecting an applicant for a vacant seat on the city’s LGBT Aging Policy Task Force after postponing the matter earlier this month.

It is now set to take place Thursday, October 31 when the panel meets at 1:30 p.m. in Room 263 at City Hall.

As the Bay Area Reporter‘s blog noted following the Thursday, October 3 hearing, the three supervisors on the rules committee delayed nominating one of the five applicants for the vacancy after a majority failed to appear that day.

Following the hearing, several applicants told the B.A.R. that they had not been informed about it or been contacted by the supervisors to meet for interviews.

“I didn’t hear about it until a colleague read your article. I was surprised you knew about the meeting and I didn’t,” said Marshall Feldman, coordinator of psychotherapy services at the UCSF Alliance Health Project. “I am very interested in the seat.”

Supervisors Norman Yee (District 7) and Malia Cohen (District 10) had acknowledged during the hearing that they had not had a chance to meet with any of the applicants and preferred postponing the vote.

District 5 Supervisor London Breed announced, however, that she was prepared to recommend that the seat be given to psychotherapist G. Joyce Pierson who was the project director for the LGBT Elder Law Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights.

The other applicants are Carla Harris, 50, who identifies as lesbian and is board president of Pathways to Safety; gay AIDS survivor and activist Gregg Cassin; and gay lawyer James Wagoner, 57, who is HIV positive and launched the GLBT Seniors Advocacy Project at Bay Area Legal Aid.

The person who wins the endorsement of the committee must then be approved by the full board. They will fill out the term of the panel’s former vice chair, Jazzie Collins, a transgender activist who died this summer.

The volunteer body is working on delivering its recommendations for how San Francisco officials can address the needs of older LGBT residents by March of 2014.

— Matthew S. Bajko, October 25, 2013 @ 4:34 pm PST
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