Domestic Partner Benefits
8/1/2000 Council Meeting
Mayor Stasek said that Council has spent a lot of time and effort on
this item, and there has been a lot of feedback from members of the community, and so she feels this item
deserves the full Council attention.
MotionŚM/S Stasek/NoeŚCarried 4-0; Ambra, Kasperzak, Zoglin
absent-Continue consideration of
domestic partner benefits to the next regular Council meeting on
September 12, 2000.
6/20/2000 Study Session
Another Councilmember said that Proposition 22 was drafted
specifically to address California's
recognition of out-of-town gay marriages that might be performed in
the future. She said the ballot measure arguments specifically
reject the charge that the measure would impact other benefits for
gay partners. She questioned the eligibility for dependents benefit
and noted that a City employee's dependents are automatically
eligible; so dependents of domestic partners would also be eligible.
One Councilmember said that initially, her thoughts were that the
City should follow the State registry, but her main priority was
that the Council make this as streamlined as possible. She said,
quite frankly, opposite-sex couples can get married and enjoy these
benefits, so while she certainly would not oppose a decision by
Council to include opposite-sex couples, she came to this from an
issue of fairness for same-sex couples who cannot get married and
take advantage of these benefits. That is what she is trying to
2/28/2000 Council Meeting
The Mayor asked the Council to consider authorizing 8 to 10 hours of
staff time to update and augment information on options for domestic
partner benefits, to be brought back to a Council study session.
Motion: M/S Lieber/Noe Carried 6-0; Kasperzak absent
2/23/1999 Council Meeting
Opposition to mandatory participation in the Social Security system
- A Councilmember expressed her support for this item because of the
longstanding, well-funded program of public employee retirement that
has been put in place.
5/11/99 Council Meeting
One Councilmember said that while she wants to be sure that the City
identifies any internal candidates, she is also interested in
evaluating a whole pool of candidates.