*The Commission on the Environment’s Regular Meeting of Tuesday, November 22, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. has been rescheduled to Monday, December 5, 2005 at 5:30 p.m. and will be held in Room 408, City Hall.
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
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. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION: Overview of Mayor’s Greening Initiative (Explanatory Document: Presentation to the Commission on the Environment 12.05.05 (Powerpoint))**.
SPONSOR: Commissioner Nia Crowder
SPEAKER: Marshall Foster, Director of Greening, Mayor’s Office
5. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION and ACTION: San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance: A Garden in Every School. The Commission will consider and vote on Resolution File No. R-2005-06-COE urging the Mayor’s Office to work with San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance (SFGSA) and San Francisco Unified School District to create a garden in every school (Explanatory Document: Resolution File No. R-2005-06-COE).
SPONSOR: Commissioner Arlene Rodriguez
SPEAKERS: Becky Wike, Staff, Department of the Environment
Nan McGuire, Chair of SFGSA and
Arden Bucklin-Sporer, Director, Educational Gardens
6. INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION and ACTION: Five-year Impound Account, Budget and Plan. The Commission will consider and vote on approving the Five-year Impound Account, Budget and Plan (Explanatory Document: Five Year Impound Plan)
SPONSOR: Commissioner Arlene Rodriguez
SPEAKER: David Assmann, Deputy Director
7. DISCUSSION and ACTION: Nomination and Election of Officers. At the September 27, 2005 Commission meeting, Commissioner Nia Crowder expressed interest in the office of President and Commissioner Pelosi expressed interest in the office of Vice-President.
8. INFORMATION: Commission Secretary’s Report
Monica Fish, Commission Secretary
§ Communications and Correspondence
1. Commission on the Environment Meeting Schedule 2006
2. Bylaws as Amended Through September 27, 2005
3. Policy on Discriminatory or Harassing Remarks Made a Public Meetings of City Boards and Commissions
4. Mayor’s Holiday Reception Invitation to Commission Members
§ Update on Pending City Legislation
Board of Supervisors File 050922, Ordinance No. 249-05 approved on November 10, 2005 for Payroll Expense Tax Exclusion for Qualified Clean Energy Technology Businesses.
9. INFORMATION: Hydrogen and Renewable Energy Committee Report
§ Chair’s Report: Commissioner Crowder will review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on December 14, 2005, 5:00 p.m. to be held at City Hall, Room 421.
10. INFORMATION: Operations Committee Report
▪ Chair’s Report: Commissioner Rodriguez will highlight the meeting of October 17, 2005 and review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on January 18, 2006 at 4:00 p.m. to be held at the Department of the Environment, Ground Floor Conference Room.
11. INFORMATION: Policy Committee Report
▪ Chairs Report: Commissioner Wald will highlight the meeting of November 9, 2005 and review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on January 26, 2006 at 5:00 p.m. to be held at City Hall, Room 421.
12. 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.
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 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.
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).)
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.
The following services are available on request 48 hours prior to the meeting; except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline shall be 4:00 p.m. of the last business 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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.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.
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.
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: November 30, 2005