05.26 Agenda

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT

 

NOTICE OF MEETING AND AGENDA

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2009, 5:00 P.M.

City Hall, Room 416

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

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

 

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 March 24, 2009 Commission Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Document: March 24, 2009 Draft Minutes) (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.      Approval of the 2008 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Precautionary Purchasing Ordinance.   Sponsor:  Acting Director David Assmann, Staff Speakers: Chris Geiger, Ph.D., City Toxics Reduction Coordinator and Paul Ledesma, City Government Recycling Coordinator (Explanatory Document:  2008 Annual Report) (Informational Report, Discussion and Action)

 

5.      Update on Ocean (Wave and Tidal) Power Projects. Sponsor:  Acting Director David Assmann; Staff Speaker: Johanna Partin, Renewable Energy Program Manager (Explanatory Document:  City and County of San Francisco Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Application) (Informational Report and Discussion)

 

6.      Presentation and Approval of Commuter Benefits Ordinance Compliance Rule Making and Presentation on the Commuter Benefits and Emergency Ride Home Programs. Sponsor:  Acting Director David Assmann; Staff Speaker:  Faiz Khan, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Manager (Explanatory Documents:  Commuter Benefits Compliance Forms) (Informational Presentation, Discussion and Action)

 

7.      Description of the Overall Process of the Mayor's Office to Develop Projects for American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Funds, the Projects Being Developed by the Department of the Environment, and the Process Going Forward. Sponsor:  Acting Director David Assmann; Staff Speakers: Cal Broomhead, Energy and Climate Programs Manager, Vandana Bali, Manager Clean Vehicles Program, Bob Hayden, Clean Transportation Advisor (Informational Report and Discussion) 

 

8.      Commission Questionnaire to Solicit Legislative Ideas from Environmental Organizations.  Sponsor:  Commissioner Jane Martin, Staff Speaker: Mark Westlund, Program Outreach Manager (Explanatory Document:  Questionnaire) (Discussion)

 

9.      Operations Committee Report. (Information and Discussion)

Chair’s Report:  Report on the April 15, 2009 Meeting and review of the agenda for the upcoming meeting of July 15, 2009 at 5:00 p.m., to be held at the Department of the Environment Eco Center.

 

10.  Policy Committee Report. (Information and Discussion)

Chairs Report:  Highlights of the April 13 and May 11, 2009 meetings and review of the agenda for the June 8, 2009 meeting to be held at City Hall, Room 421.   

 

11.  Commission Secretary’s Report. (Explanatory Document: Commission Secretary’s Report) (Information and Discussion)

         Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

·         Communications and Correspondence

·         Update on Pending City Legislation

 

12.  Director’s Report. (Explanatory Document: Director’s Report) (Information and Discussion)

Updates on Department of the Environment administrative and programmatic operations relating to Budget Planning, Strategic Planning, Clean Air, Climate Division, Outreach and Education Division, Environmental Justice Division, Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction Program, and the Urban Forestry Division.

 

13.  Announcements.  (Information and Discussion)

 

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

 

15.  New Business/Future Agenda Items. (Information, Discussion and Possible Action)

 

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

 

The next Meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2009, 5:00 p.m. 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 (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. 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 as links to the agenda or meeting minutes.
 

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 that 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.

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.

 

Posted: May 20, 2009

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