1. Richmond City Council - Governmental Operations Committee May 28, 2009


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    Richmond City Council's Governmental Operations Committee held May 28, 2009, began 4:10 PM. • Review of Procurement Policies – Eric Mens, Director, Procurement Services Dwight Snead, President of Dwight Snead Construction Company and Kenneth Jones, President and CEO of Prestige Construction Group each expressed concern that the City’s use of the electronic procurement tool eVA might have a negative impact on minority-owned businesses. • 2009 General Assembly Legislation Report – Valerie Salaam, Council Policy Analyst Papers for Consideration: 1. Ord. No. 2009-82 (Patron: President Graziano) - To amend City Code § 2-221, concerning additional duties of the City Auditor, to remove the additional duties previously set forth in such section and to modify the method by which Council members request audits and projects from the City Auditor. 2. Ord. No. 2009-90 (Patron: President Graziano) - To amend City Code § 2-1057, concerning the composition and terms of office of the Audit Committee, to provide that citizen members shall be allowed to serve for up to three successive terms. 3. Ord. No. 2009-91 (Patron: President Graziano) - To amend City Code § 2-212, concerning procedures for disclosure of misconduct, to clarify the methods by which misconduct may be reported and to affirmatively require City employees to report instances of misconduct, including fraud, waste and abuse. Discussion Items: Vacancy/Turnover Report Audit Consolidation Status Report Board Vacancies Audit Committee – 2 Vacancies Nicholas Macauley – (Appointment)

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    • Residential Solar: Is the Market Ready to Explode? - MIT Club of Northern California


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      The residential rooftop solar market is growing rapidly in California without state incentives. Across the country solar is becoming more cost competitive with the grid, spurring a boom in deployment. Yet costs in the US - see chart below - remain dramatically higher than elsewhere (residential rooftop solar prices in Germany are half of those in the U.S. and the DOE’s SunShot goals are even more aggressive) and higher than they need to be to achieve truly broad acceptance. Please join us on September 26th to hear from the CEOs and advocates who enable this revolution as they discuss the next steps in bringing solar to every roof. Tom Werner – CEO, SunPower, Paul Nahi – CEO, Enphase, Andrew Birch – CEO, Sungevity, Nicholas Lazares - Chairman & CEO, Admirals Bank, Susannah Churchill – CA Policy Advocate, Vote Solar, Moderator: Barry Cinnamon – Former CEO, Akeena/Westinghouse Solar

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      • Electric Transmission 203: Planning to Expand and Upgrade the Grid


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        Electric transmission experts speaking at a Capitol Hill event on June 28, 2010. What is the current planning process for upgrading and expanding our electric grid? How can it be improved? More information is available at www.eesi.org/062810_transmission.

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        • Obesity is the Government's Business


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          With 33% of adults and 17% of children obese, the U.S. is facing an obesity epidemic. A major risk factor for expensive, chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer, it costs our health care system nearly $150 billion a year. Should government intervene, or is this a matter of individual rights and personal responsibility?

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          • Shaping a Low-Carbon World: Lessons from Nordic Countries


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            Energy experts from Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland speaking on Capitol Hill about how and why Nordic countries have achieved global leadership in low-carbon technologies and strengthened their economic competitiveness. The oil crises of the 1970s spurred the Nordic countries to invest heavily in energy efficiency – including combined heat and power/district heating and energy efficient buildings – and renewable energy such as wind power, hydropower, geothermal, waste-to-energy, and biofuels. In the decades since, these countries have broken the direct relationship between economic growth and energy consumption, and emerged as global leaders in clean energy exports. More information is available at http://www.eesi.org/102110_nordic

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            • Maternal health policy at the national level: Problems, priorities, and progress


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              Global Maternal Health Conference 2013 This session took into the account the role of politics within maternal health and its influence on health outcomes. Jat and colleagues looked at Madhya Pradesh state in India within a qualitative health lens to learn why political changes were focused on maternal health within the state. Virani studied Karnataka, India and its political situation to determine how to better develop a relationship between government and health researchers. Rahman focused on Bangladesh and reported on how the reorganizing of the maternal health field has changed as it has been decentralized and allows for more modifications to MH programs. Sesia's presentation focused on a hospital in Oaxaca, Mexico. Sesia's study found that Advanced Life Support in Obstetrics (ALSO) training needed several pieces in order for it to be successful, and that the training alone did not allow for better health outcomes without the support of other sectors such as work environment and provider performance. Moderator: Sharon Bissel, John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation The emergence of maternal health as a political priority in Madhya Pradesh, India: a qualitative study Tej Ram Jat, UNFPA Presentation: https://meeting.tfigroup.com/TFI/media/uploaded/EVTFI/event_743/a_GMHC%202013-Tej.pdf Opportunities and impediments to fostering research-policy linkages in maternal health: Lessons from a knowledge-translation project in Karnataka, India Altaf Virani, Centre for Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore Abstract: https://meeting.tfigroup.com/TFI/media/uploaded/EVTFI/event_743/Virani%20701.pdf Policies and programs for quality maternal health care services under Health, Population, and Nutrition Sector Development Program of Bangladesh Health Sector Reform Mohammad Mahfuzur Rahman, BNSB Hospital, Dhaka Maternal health advocacy and policy incidence in Mexico: The experience of the national and state Safe Motherhood Committees’ technical meetings on maternal health Paola Maria Sesia, CIESAS/National and Oaxaca State Committee on Safe Motherhood-México Abstract: https://meeting.tfigroup.com/TFI/media/uploaded/EVTFI/event_743/Sesia%201253.pdf Filmed in Arusha, Tanzania. Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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              • Learning from past successes in advocacy for policy change


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                Measuring Advocacy for Policy Change meeting on Respectful Maternity Care This plenary session comprised of an opening, overview and keynote speech. At 00:00 (minutes:seconds) representatives from the Maternal Health Task Force, USAID and TRAction gave a opening welcome and reviewed the goals and objectives of the meeting. Stanton, at 19:00 led a session on the overview of respectful maternity care (RMC) noting that the importance of disrespect and abuse should not be lost in the more positive RMC message, and that behavior change will be difficult as it's often based on discrimination. At 30:00 the White Ribbon Alliance video scheduled to play was omitted. Thurman, at 33:30 provided the keynote speech, focusing on the advocacy efforts of the HIV/AIDS movement in the United States. She discussed the elements to create change, including advocacy, social marketing and activism. Thurman urged participants to seize unplanned moments and opportunities for change, noting that behavior change is hard and information alone is not enough to make a difference. At 1:13:30 a question and answer period began, reviewing issues of the use of numbers and statistics in messaging, accountability, compelling messages and images, and coalition building. Overview of respectful maternity care Mary Ellen Stanton, USAID HIV and AIDS: Domestic and global efforts and scale up Sandy Thurman, Emory University Presentation: http://www.mhtf.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/17/2013/10/Thurman.pdf Q and A and Discussion Sandy Thurman, Jim Sherry, USAID TRAction and Ana Langer, MHTF October 21-22, 2013 For more information, please visit: http://maternalhealthtaskforce.org/respectful-care-meetings/measuring-advocacy-for-policy-change

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                • Thinking Outside the Box About Affordable Housing


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                  • Gender, Schooling and New York City


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                    What has been the experience of those who are experimenting with schools for specific populations? How have practitioners applied the research on the needs of boys and girls in school and with what results? This session presents some of the strategies that New York City schools have implemented in response to the research on gender, particularly as it intersects with other aspects of students' lives, like race, ethnicity, class, parental status, and sexual orientation. Featuring Kevin Jennings, founder and executive director of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network; John King, managing director of the Excellence and Preparatory Networks of Uncommon Schools; Lisa M. Stulberg, assistant professor of educational sociology at NYU Steinhardt; Ann Rubenstein Tisch, the founder and creator of the Young Women's Leadership Schools

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                    • The Shadows of Power: The Council on Foreign Relations and the American Decline


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                      HOW The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) ROSE to power from the Destruction after World War One (WWI). WAR has been a very effective tool. Will you be a PAWN and PATRIOTICALLY obey? Think for Yourself and Question Authority.

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