05.22 Agenda

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT

 

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING AND AGENDA

 

TUESDAY, MAY 22, 2007, 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, Jane Martin, 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 March 27, 2007 Regular Commission Meeting (Explanatory Document:  Draft Minutes of the March 27, 2007 Regular Commission Meeting--see attachment below)

 

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:  GreenPoint Rated in San Francisco.  This informational presentation will provide a GreenPoint Rated program overview, how it works with other green building programs, a public agency perspective on program implementation, and a discussion on opportunities for San Francisco (Explanatory Document:  Memo to Commission Green Point Rated Program (Word)).

SPONSOR:      Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKERS:     Rich Chien, Residential Green Building Coordinator

              Bruce Mast, Development Director, Build it Green

  Karen Kho, Green Building Program Manager, Alameda County

 

5.      DISCUSSION AND ACTION.  Summary of revised Rodenticide Policy and Resolution approving the 2007 Reduced Risk Pesticide List (Explanatory Documents: (PDF) 2007 Reduced Risk Pesticide List http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/2007ReducedRiskPesticideList.pdf; (PDF) Pesticides Changed in 2007 Reduced Risk Pesticide List http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/PesticidesChangedin2007ReducedRiskPesticideList.pdf; (Word) Draft Resolution File No. 2007-03-COE Approving Reduced Risk Pesticide List for 2007 http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/ResFile2007-03-COEApprovedPesticideList.doc; (Word) Summary of Least Hazardous Rodent Management Activities http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/ProposalCOEMay07ver2.doc).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  Chris Geiger, Toxics Reduction Program

 

6.      DISCUSSION AND ACTION:  The Commission will discuss and consider approving proposed grants for the Department of the Environment’s Environmental Justice Program (Explanatory Documents:  (Word) Draft Resolution File No. 2007-04-COE approving Environmental Justice Grant Awards http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/FileR-2007-04-COEApprovalEJGrants.doc and (Word) Environmental Justice Staff Funding Recommendations http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/SF%20fundingrecommendationsforEJgrants2007.doc).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  Anne Eng, Environmental Justice Program Manager

 

7.      DISCUSSION AND ACTION:  The Commission will discuss and consider approving proposed grants for the Department of the Environment’s Recycling Program (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution File No. 2007-05-COE approving Recycling Grant Awards--see attachment below).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  Kevin Drew, Recycling Program Coordinator

 

8.      DISCUSSION AND ACTION:  Controller’s Office Proposed Impound Account Guidelines (Explanatory Document: Use of Impound Account Funds (Word) http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/2007ImpoundAccountDraft2.doc).

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  David Assmann, Deputy Director

 

9.      INFORMATIONAL REPORT:  Department of the Environment’s implementation of the Controller’s Office Audit Report Recommendations (Explanatory Document:  Controller’s Office Audit Report Recommendations and Department of the Environment’s Implementation Status Report (Excel) http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/COAuditRecommendationImplementation2007.xls and Memo to Supervisor Elsbernd on Implementation of Audit Recommendations (Word) http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/SupeElsberndAuditUpdateMay2007.doc)

SPONSOR:  Jared Blumenfeld, Director

SPEAKER:  David Assmann, Deputy Director

 

10.  INFORMATION: Commission Secretary’s Report (Word) http://web1.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/CommissionSecretaryReport(1).doc    

Ms. Rachel Buerkle, Acting 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, April 18, 2007 and review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on Wednesday, July 18, 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 Meeting of Monday, May 14, 2007 and will review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on Monday, June 11, 2007, 5:00 p.m. to be held at City Hall, Room 421.  

13.  INFORMATION: Director’s Report (Word) 

Ms. 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.  PRESIDENT’S ANNOUNCEMENTS. 

15.  INFORMATION and DISCUSSION:  New Business/Future Agenda Items.

16.  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.

17.  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 at (415) 554-6789 or (415) 554-6799 (TTY) for additional information.

 

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, Jr., 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) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112, 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:  May 17, 2007

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