11.28 Agenda


 CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT

 

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING AND AGENDA

 

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2006, 5:00 P.M.

 

City Hall, Room 416

One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

 

COMMISSION MEMBERS:  Commissioners Paul Pelosi Jr. (President), Johanna Wald (Vice-President), Ruth Gravanis, Angelo King, and Alan Mok

 

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 September 20, 2006 Special Meeting Retreat and September 26, 2006 Regular Meeting (Explanatory Documents:  Draft Minutes of the September 20, 2006 Special Commission Meeting Retreat and September 26, 2006 Regular Commission 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.      INFORMATIONAL REPORT and ACTION:  Commission approval of the Implementation of the Precautionary Principle-Three Year Review Report and Supporting Documentation.  The Commission will submit a report to the Board of Supervisors on the effectiveness of the Precautionary Principle Policy as required by Environment Code Chapter 1, Section 102. (Explanatory Document:  Precautionary Principle: Three Year Review.) 

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  Debbie Raphael, Toxics Reduction Program Manager

 

5.      INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION:  Air quality data collected by the Bayview Hunters Point Community Air Monitoring Project (BayCAMP) (Explanatory Document:  BayCAMP Overview ).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  Anne Eng, Environmental Justice Program Manager and

Gary Rubenstein, Air Quality Consultant, Sierra Research

 

6.      INFORMATIONAL REPORT:  Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands Sustainability Plan (Explanatory Document:  Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands Sustainability Plan)

SPEAKERS:  Mr. Jack Sylvan, Mayor’s Office of Base Reuse and Development

Ms. Jean Rogers, Associate Principal, ARUP, Treasure Island Community Development, LLC

 

7.      DISCUSSION:  The Commission will initiate a discussion of ways to make current practices on Treasure Island more sustainable.

SPONSOR:  Commissioner Ruth Gravanis

SPEAKERS:  Ms. Cyndy Comerford, San Francisco Department of Public Health;

Mr. Peter Brastow, Nature in the City and San Francisco Environment Staff

 

8.      DISCUSSION and ACTION:  The Commission will discuss creating and adopting a policy regarding members’ attendance at Commission Meetings (Explanatory Documents:  Mayor’s September 18, 2006, October 30, 2006 Letter and Attendance Template Draft Attendance Cover Letters/Attendance Policy to Mayor and Board of Supervisors Resolution No. 502-06)

SPEAKER: Monica Fish, Commission Secretary 

 

9.      DISCUSSION and ACTION:  Nomination of Officers.  At the regular Commission meeting held in November 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.  Such Commissioners, and any other Commissioners nominated at the November meeting, shall be candidates for office.


10.  INFORMATION: Commission Secretary’s Report

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

 

§        Communications and Correspondence

 

§        Update on Pending City Legislation

11.  INFORMATION: Operations Committee Report

         Chair’s Report:  Commissioner Mok will highlight the meeting of Wednesday, October 18, 2006.  The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, January 17, 2007, at 4:00 p.m., 11 Grove Street, Eco-Center Conference Room.

12.  INFORMATION: Policy Committee Report

         Chairs Report:  Commissioner Wald will highlight the meetings of Monday, October 30, 2006 and November 13, 2006 and review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on Monday, December 11, 2006, 5:00 p.m. to be held at City Hall, Room 421.  

13.  INFORMATION: Director’s Report

         Nelly Sun, Senior Management Assistant to 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.   

 

14.  INFORMATION:  Upcoming City Developments.

SPONSOR:  Commissioner Johanna Wald

SPEAKER:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

15.  PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENTS. 

16.  INFORMATION:  New Business

17.  FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS.

18.  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.

19.  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 website https://sites.google.com/a/sfenvironment.org/commission/environment-commission as attachments to the meeting agenda or minutes, ;(3) upon request to the Commission Secretary, at telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at Monica.Fish@sfgov.org within three business days of a meeting. If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the Department of the Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 during normal office hours or will be made available at the Commission’s website https://sites.google.com/a/sfenvironment.org/commission/environment-commission as attachments to the agenda or meeting minutes.

 

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 meeting is held at City Hall, Room 416 in the Civic Center Area.  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.

 

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.

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: 25 Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor, 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: November 21, 2006

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