11.14 Rescheduled Notice and Agenda

 

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT

 

NOTICE OF SPECIAL RESCHEDULED MEETING

AND AGENDA

*WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2007, 5:00 P.M.

The Women’s Building, Audre Lorde Room

3543 – 18th Street

San Francisco, CA 94110

 


 

*The Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 5:00 p.m. Regular Commission meeting held at City Hall, Room 416 has been RESCHEDULED to NOVEMBER 14, 2007 at 5:00 p.m. at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th Street.

 

COMMISSION MEMBERS:  Commissioners Paul Pelosi Jr. (President), Johanna Wald (Vice-President), Ruth Gravanis, Darian Rodriguez Heyman, Angelo King, Jane MarieFrancis Martin, and Alan Mok

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

 

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

 


1.      Call to Order and Roll Call

2.      Adoption of Minutes of the September 25, 2007 Regular Commission Meeting and October 2, 2007 Special Meeting Retreat (Explanatory Documents:  Draft Minutes of the September 25, 2007 Regular Commission Meeting  and October 2, 2007 Special Meeting Retreat (Discussion and Action).

 

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.      Implementation of San Francisco's phthalate ban, discuss opportunities for San Francisco families to test their home products for the presence of toxic chemicals, and explore options for future action (Informational Report and Discussion).

SPONSOR:  President Paul Pelosi Jr.

STAFF SPEAKER:  Debbie Raphael, Toxics Reduction Program Manager

 

5.      Overview of the Department of the Environment’s School Education Programs (Informational Report and Discussion). 

SPONSOR:  Director Jared Blumenfeld

STAFF SPEAKERS: Tamar Hurwitz, Environmental Education Manager and

Rachel Pomerantz, Environmental Education Coordinator 

 

6.      Greening of Schoolyards in San Francisco (Informational Report and Discussion). 

SPONSOR:  Director Jared Blumenfeld

SPEAKER: Arden Bucklin, San Francisco Green Schoolyard Alliance Executive Director

 

7.      Challenges and Changes to School Lunch Nutrition (Informational Report and Discussion)  

SPONSOR:  Director Jared Blumenfeld

SPEAKERS: Paula Jones, San Francisco Food Systems Director and

School Health Program Representative

 

8.      Commission Secretary’s Report (Information and Discussion) (Word).

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

 

Communications and Correspondence

Update on Pending City Legislation

 

9.      Operations Committee Report (Information and Discussion)

         Chair’s Report:  Commissioner Mok will highlight the meeting of Wednesday, October 16, 2007 and review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2008, at 4:00 p.m., 11 Grove Street.

10.  Policy Committee Report (Information and Discussion)

         Chairs Report:  Commissioner Wald will highlight the meeting of Monday, October 22, 2007 and will review the agenda for the upcoming meeting on Monday, November 19, 2007, 5:00 p.m. to be held at City Hall, Room 421.  

11.  Director’s Report (Information and Discussion)

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.   

 

12.  Announcements.  (Information and Discussion)

 

13.  President’s Announcements.  (Information and Discussion)

14.  New Business/Future Agenda Items. (Information and Discussion)

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.

16.  Adjournment

 

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

TEL:  (415) 355-3709; FAX: (415) 554-6393

 

The next Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, January 22, 2008 at City Hall, Room 416.

 

** 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 on November 14, 2007 will be held at the Women’s Building at 3543 18th Street, Audre Lorde Room, in San Francisco.  All rooms are wheelchair accessible.

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.

How to Get Here

Telephone & Fax
T:
415-431-1180; F: 415-861-8969

Transit: Plan your trip using the transit Trip Planner!

  • Take BART to the 16th Street Station.
  • Muni bus lines serving this area: 14, 22, 26, 33, 49 and the J Church.

By Car: Check the online map

Check traffic at 511.org

 

Parking:

  • Parking is available at two city garages, each 3 blocks away.
    For rates, contact the SF Department of Parking & Traffic.
    • Mission/Bartlett Garage,
      3255 21st Street (between Valencia and Mission).
      415-821-6715
    • 16th St/Hoff Garage,
      16th & Hoff (just above 16th St Bart).
      415-861-4048
  • Street parking is available, both metered and non-metered.
    Caution: Between the hours of 4pm & 6pm on weekdays, there is a tow-away zone on Eighteenth St opposite the Building.

 

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