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Youth Commission Minutes - March 4, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
734 Third Street
Brentwood, CA 94513

The meeting was called to order at 7:02 p.m. by Chris Walker, Vice Chairperson.

Commissioners Katie Barsanti, Austin Boer, Lauren Conder, Mickell Escobar, Bailey Hamblin, Anthony Montes, Irving Ordaz and Chris Walker were present. Commissioner Elysia Cook and Matthew Strauss were absent. Adult Advisors Dave Castle and Julie Truesdell were present. Adult Advisor James Martinez was absent. Police Liaison Matt Bell was present. City Staff Liaison Barbie Gary was present.

Mayor Bob Taylor spoke to the Youth Commission and advised he is working to get more visibility for Brentwood on local news channels; with local and state legislators; and at the monthly Contra Costa Mayor’s Conference. The Mayor praised the recent Youth in Government event that was organized by City Staff Liaison Gary. He encouraged the commissioners to participate in next year’s event. He highlighted the growth of our city as evidenced by the increased attendance and participation in the annual BANC Tree Lighting event and the Holiday Parade. He updated the Youth Commission with the current Downtown Streetscape Project; the continuation of the summer concerts in the park and the vintage car show on Thursdays; as well as the new businesses that will be opening at the Streets of Brentwood. He shared the national recognition that our city is receiving for being one of sixty-seven cities to receive the Playful City USA award and that Brentwood has received accolades for having some of the best streets in the nation. He is working to increase our police force and bring improved fire services to Brentwood. Mayor Taylor invited the Youth Commission to call his secretary at any time to request his attendance at their meeting.


No changes were made to the agenda.


1. Approve regular meeting minutes of February 4, 2009. (M. Strauss)
2. Accept Fiscal Status for 2008/09 budget year. (E. Cook)
3. Accept monthly status report (C. Walker)

• Motion to approve the consent calendar.
Motioned: Escobar
Second: Hamblin
Ayes: 8
Nays: 0
Absent: Cook and Strauss

4. DISCUSSION ITEM: Discuss possible fundraising options for the Youth Commission Scholarship Program. ( B. Hamblin)

Commissioner Hamblin distributed a list of her fundraising ideas to generate money for the scholarship program. There was some discussion about the ideas but it was recommended that the item is presented again for further discussion.

5. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update from the Youth Commission Master Plan Subcommittee regarding the Youth Survey and discussion regarding tabulating the results. (D. Castle)

Adult Advisor Castle advised that the youth surveys have been collected from Liberty High School, Edna Hill Middle School and Bristow Middle School. He believes that Chair Strauss has the surveys for Adams Middle School and Heritage High School but he wasn’t able to attend tonight’s meeting. Adult Advisor Castle advised that the subcommittee hasn’t met to discuss how to tabulate the surveys. Adult Advisor Castle recommended a simple tally method for each question and they can be separated into age groups. He invited suggestions from the commissioners present for how to tabulate the results.

Adult Advisor Truesdell recommended that the commissioners work in pairs to tabulate a particular school.

City Staff Liaison Gary recommended using an Excel spreadsheet to tally the data. Excel can further display the results in bar graphs and pie charts. Additionally, she advised that if the tabulating was done together as a group, a special workshop would need to be posted in order to comply with Brown Act requirements.

Adult Advisor Castle will discuss with Chair Strauss regarding a group meeting to tabulate the surveys.

6. DISCUSSION ITEM: Update from the Middle School Involvement Subcommittee regarding visiting local middle schools to increase middle school student involvement with the Youth Commission. (I. Ordaz)

Commissioner Ordaz advised he needs someone to go with him to Bristow Middle School next week.

Commissioner Boer advised that Edna Hill’s availability is at 2:15 p.m. next Monday or Friday. He is not available to visit Edna Hill as he recently moved out of town.

Commissioner Hamblin volunteered to visit Edna Hill and she also volunteered to go to Bristow with Commissioner Ordaz. To reciprocate, Commissioner Ordaz will go to Edna Hill with Commissioner Hamblin.

Commissioners Barsanti and Montes went to the Leadership Class at Adams Middle School yesterday. They felt the presentation went well as the students appeared interested.


City Staff Liaison Gary advised the Youth Commissioner and Youth Commission Scholarship applications are available online and at the schools; Youth Commissioner applicants are encouraged to attend a Youth Commission meeting; and Youth Commissioners whose term is expiring need to reapply by submitting a completed application.

Police Liaison Matt Bell provided information about the upcoming Sacramento Experience. Several commissioners expressed an interest in attending. He will email registration information to them.

Update from the Middle School Involvement Subcommittee
Update from the Master Plan Subcommittee – Survey Tally Status
Tour de Starbucks
Fundraising Ideas

Meeting adjourned at 8:04 p.m.

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