03.25 Agenda

City and County of San Francisco

Commission on the Environment


Notice and Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, March 22, 2005, at 5:00 p.m.

City Hall, Room 416



Commission Members:  Nia Crowder, President, Paul Pelosi, Jr., Vice President, Christina Desser, Angelo King, Alan Mok, Arlene Rodriquez, and Johanna Wald.


Commission Secretary:  Monica Fish





Public comment will be taken before the Commission takes action on any item.




2.      ACTION:  Adoption of Minutes of the February 24, 2005 Special Meeting. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Minutes of the February 24, 2005 Special Meeting)**


3.      PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Members of the public may address the Commission on matters that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.


4.      ACTION:  Consideration and adoption of Resolution No. 003-05-COE Duke Energy Settlement for approval of plan to Implement Solar Energy Project (Explanatory Documents: Duke Energy Settlement Resolution Solar Energy Systems 003-05-COE and Duke Energy Settlement Joint Proposal of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and San Francisco Department of the Environment for Solar Systems in Southeast San Francisco (Word))**



Sponsor:  Director Jared Blumenfeld

Staff: Anne Eng and Raymond Manion, Department of the Environment


5.      INFORMATION:  Report on Community Choice Aggregation.   

Sponsor:  Commissioner Nia Crowder

Speaker:  San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Representative



  1. INFORMATION:  Precautionary Principle Background and Update

Sponsors:  Director Jared Blumenfeld and Debbie Rafael, Toxic Reduction Program Manager, Department of the Environment


7.      INFORMATION:  Update on World Environment Day (WED)

Sponsor:  Director Jared Blumenfeld

8.      INFORMATION: Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Committee Report

         Commissioner Crowder will highlight the March 21, 2005 Special Meeting.

9.      INFORMATION: Operations Committee Report

         The January 19, 2005 meeting was cancelled due to a lack of quorum.  Commissioner Rodriguez will discuss the upcoming meeting scheduled for April 20, 2005, at 4:00 p.m. at the Department of the Environment, Ground Floor Conference Room.

10.  INFORMATION: Policy Committee Report

         Commissioner Wald will highlight the February 24, 2005 meeting.  Commissioner Wald will review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on Thursday, March 24, 2005 at 5:00 PM at City Hall, Room 421.

11.  INFORMATION: Director’s Report

         Jared Blumenfeld, Director, Department of the Environment will give updates on SFE administrative and programmatic operations relating to Budget Planning, Strategic Planning, Climate Division, Outreach and Education Division, Environmental Justice Division, Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction Program, and the Urban Forestry Division.   

12.  INFORMATION: Commission Secretary’s Report

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

1.      Communications & Correspondence


         Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) and Sunshine Declaration Forms are due to the Commission Secretary before March 30 or to the Ethics Commission by April 1.


2.      Update on Pending City Legislation


         The Bag Fee Nexus Study scheduled completion date to the Department of the Environment is April 22, 2005.

13.  INFORMATION: President’s Announcements

14.  INFORMATION: New Business

15.  PUBLIC COMMENTS:  Members of the public may address the Commission on matters that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.




Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

TEL:  (415) 355-3709

FAX: (415) 554-6393


** Copies of explanatory documents are available at (1) the Commission’s office, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, California between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., (2) on the Commission’s website, (3) upon request to the Commission Secretary, at telephone number 415-355-3709, or (4) via e-mail at Monica.Fish@sfgov.org within three business days of a meeting.


Public Comment


At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission but are not on today’s agenda.  Public comment will be taken following each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes, unless otherwise announced by the President. If it is demonstrated that the comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.


The Brown Act forbids the Commission from taking action or discussing any item or issue not appearing on the posted agenda.  This rule applies to issues raised in public comment as well.   In response to public comment, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:


1.         Briefly responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public, or

2.         Request staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting, or

3.         Directing staff to place the item or issue on a future agenda  (Government Code Section 54954.2(a).)


Disability Access


The Commission on the Environment meetings are generally held in the Civic Center area.  Please see the agenda for exact meeting location.  The Commission meeting rooms are wheelchair accessible.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street.  Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center.  For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142.  There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City accommodate these individuals.  Individuals with chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call the Mayor’s Office on Disability accessibility hotline at (415) 554-6060.


Know your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance

(Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)


Government’s duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils, and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people’s business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people’s review.  For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, Adele Destro, Interim Sunshine Task Force Administrator, City Hall, Room 409, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA  94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-7854; E-mail: sotf@sfgov.org.  Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s website at www.sfgov.org.


Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code §2.100, et. seq] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at: 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317; web site at www.sfgov.org/ethics.

Important Information


The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

NOTE: Persons unable to attend the meeting may submit to the Commission on the Environment, by the time the proceedings begin, written comments regarding the agenda items above. These comments will be made a part of the official public record and shall be brought to the attention of the Commission on the Environment members. Any written comments should be sent to: Commission Secretary of the Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 by 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing. Comments which cannot be delivered to the Commission Secretary by that time may be taken directly to the hearing at the location above.

When bringing handouts to meetings, please photocopy on both sides of the paper and try to use post-consumer recycled or tree-free paper.  Also, please bring sufficient copies of handouts for the Commission, the Commission Secretary and the public.

Posted:  3/17/05


iness day of the preceding week:  For American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes, please contact Monica Fish at (415) 355-3709 to make arrangements for the accommodation.  Late requests will be honored, if possible.





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