09.27 Agenda

 

 

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT

 

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING AND AGENDA

Tuesday, September 27, 2005, 5:00 P.M.

City Hall, Room 416

One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

 

COMMISSION MEMBERS:  Commissioners Nia Crowder (President), Paul Pelosi Jr. (Vice President), Christina Desser, Angelo King, Alan Mok, Arlene Rodriguez and Johanna Wald.

 

Commission Secretary:  Monica Fish

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

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

 

1.      CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL

 
 

2.   ACTION:  Adoption of Minutes of the July 26, 2005 Meeting. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Minutes of the July 26, 2005 Meeting (Word))

 

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.

 

  1. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION:  Waste Characterization Study:  Analysis of what is left in San Francisco’s waste stream (Explanatory Document:  Waste Characterization Study August 2005 (PDF)).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  Dan Sicular, Senior Project Manager, Environmental Science Associates

 

 
  1. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION:  Toxicity Profile:  Study on toxicity in waste stream (Explanatory Document:  Toxicity Profile of Disposed Waste Generated Within San Francisco (PDF)).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  George Savage, Executive Vice President, CalRecovery Inc. 

 

  1. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION:  Biodiesel and City Departments.

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  Kevin Drew, Residential Recycling Coordinator and

Randall Von Wedel, Ph.D., Principal Biochemist, BioSolar / CytoCulture International, Inc.

 

  1. DISCUSSION and POSSIBLE ACTION:  Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion for Qualified Renewable Energy Businesses (Board of Supervisors File No. 050922).  Commission may vote on a Resolution supporting the legislation (Explanatory Documents:  Board of Supervisors Ordinance File No. 050922 Introduced May 24, 2005 (PDF) and Draft Resolution Supporting Legislation (Word)).

SPONSOR:  Commissioner Nia Crowder

SPEAKER:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

 

8.  INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION:  Update on Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Program and Presentation of Public Participation Guidelines (Explanatory Documents:  Department Regulations SFE2005-01-PPO and SFE2005-02-PPO and How Commodities are Purchased under San Francisco’s Precautionary Purchasing Ordinance (PDF)).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKERS:  Chris Geiger, City Toxic Reduction Coordinator and

Deanna Simon, City Toxic Reduction Specialist Assistant

 

  1. INFORMATIONAL REPORT:  Status Report on the Climate Action Plan (Explanatory Document: Update on the Climate Action Plan (Word) and Climate Action Plan Executive Summary (PDF)).

SPONSOR:  Commissioner Nia Crowder

SPEAKERS: Cal Broomhead, Energy Manager and

 Melissa Capria, Climate Action Coordinator

 

  1. DISCUSSION and POSSIBLE ACTION:  Status Report on Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) Environmental Goals: Commission may consider requesting a joint public hearing between the Commission and TIDA on the Treasure Island Draft Sustainability Report.

SPONSOR:  Commissioner Nia Crowder

SPEAKERS:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director,

Jack Sylvan, Treasure Island Project Manager, Mayor’s Office of Workforce &
Economic Development-Base Reuse

 

  1. INFORMATIONAL REPORT:  Community Outreach and Report on the westbound portion of the Bay Bridge bike lane.

SPONSOR:  Commissioner Nia Crowder

SPEAKER:  Andy Thornley, Program Director, San Francisco Bike Coalition 

 

12.  DISCUSSION and ACTION:  Proposed Amendment to the Bylaws of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment to amend the regular meeting date of the Hydrogen & Renewable Energy Committee (Explanatory Documents:  Notice of Proposed Amendment to the Bylaws and Draft Resolution Amending Bylaws (Word)).

 

13.  DISCUSSION:  Interest in Commission Office.  As stated in the Commission of the Environment Bylaws, Article IV – Officers, Section 3A:  “At the regular Commission meeting held in September of each year, any Commissioner interested in running for office shall state publicly his or her interest and willingness to run for a specific office.”  Elections will be held at the November Regular Meeting.

 
14.  INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION and FUTURE ACTION: San Francisco Environment proposed move from 11 Grove to 25 Van Ness.  Specific focus on plans to retain Eco-Center and ensure that move is done in a cost effective manner. Vote on plan of action for move at the next Commission meeting.  A meeting is to be scheduled for the October Finance and Operations Committee meeting.

SPONSOR:  Commissioner Paul Pelosi Jr.

15.  INFORMATION: Commission Secretary’s Report

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

§         Communications and Correspondence (Explanatory Document: Correspondence)

§         Update on Pending City Legislation (Explanatory Document:  Commission Secretary Report September 27, 2005 (Word)).

16.  INFORMATION: Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Committee Report

§         Chair’s Report:  Commissioner Crowder will highlight the meeting of August 29, 2005 and review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on October 26, 2005, 5:00 p.m. to be held at City Hall, Room 421.

17.  INFORMATION: Operations Committee Report

         Chair’s Report:  Commissioner Rodriguez will review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on October 19, 2005, at 4:00 p.m. to be held at the Department of the Environment, Ground Floor Conference Room.

18.  INFORMATION: Policy Committee Report

         Chairs Report:  Commissioner Wald will highlight the meeting of September 22, 2005 and review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on October 27, 2005, 5:00 p.m. to be held at City Hall, Room 421.  The August 25, 2005 meeting was cancelled.

19.  INFORMATION: Director’s Report

         Jared Blumenfeld, Director, Department of the Environment will give updates on San Francisco Environment 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 (Explanatory Document:  Director’s Report (Word))   

20.  INFORMATION: President’s Announcements

 
21. INFORMATION:  New Business
 
22.  FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS
 
23.  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.

 

24.  ADJOURNMENT

 

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 meeting 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, Frank Darby, Sunshine Task Force Administrator, City Hall, Room 409, One 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:  9/22/05

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