02.24 Special Meeting Agenda


City and County of San Francisco

Commission on the Environment


Notice and Special Meeting Agenda

Thursday, February 24, 2005 at 4:00 p.m.

City Hall, Room 421



Commission Members:  Nia Crowder, President, Paul Pelosi, Jr., Vice President, Christina Desser, Angelo King, Alan Mok, Arlene Rodriquez, and Johanna Wald.


Commission Secretary:  Monica Fish





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




2.       ACTION:  Consideration and approval of Resolution No. 001-05-COE “Urban Forestry Duke Energy Settlement” (Explanatory Document: Urban Forestry Duke Energy Settlement Resolution 001-05-COE (Word) and Duke Energy Settlement Joint Proposal of San Francisco Department of Public Works and San Francisco Department of the Environment (Word))**


Resolution approving the expenditure of $250,000 of the duke energy settlement for planting and maintaining trees in the bay view, POTRERO HILL, and visitaction valley neighborhoods of san francisco.

Sponsor:  Director Jared Blumenfeld

Staff: Alexis Harte, Department of the Environment, Carla Short, DPW Urban Forestry


3.       ACTION:  Adoption of Minutes of the January 25, 2005 Meeting. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Minutes of the January 25, 2005 Meeting)**


4.       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.


5.       DISCUSSION:  Discussion on selecting dates, topics and other relevant items for the Commission on the Environment Retreat. 


   6.  INFORMATION: Commission Secretary’s Report

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

1.       Communications & Correspondence


·         Annual Sunshine and Ethics Training Monday, March 7, 2005

·         Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) and Sunshine Ordinance Declaration

·         Life Safety Compliance at City Hall Meetings

·         Commissioner Parking during Commission Meetings


2.       Update on Pending City Legislation

·         Board of Supervisors Resolution on Local Shopping Bag Fee Nexus Study


7.       INFORMATION: President’s Announcements


8.       INFORMATION: New Business


9.       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 [email protected] within three business days of a meeting.


Disability Access


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, Adele Destro, Interim Sunshine Task Force Administrator, City Hall, Room 409, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA  94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-7854; E-mail:  [email protected].  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: 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.

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.

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