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04.28 Approved Minutes





Thursday, April 28, 2005, 5:30 P.M.

City Hall, Room 421

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102





COMMITTEE MEMBERS:  Commissioners Johanna Wald, Chair, Christina Desser, Arlene Rodriguez


*The Policy Committee meeting was rescheduled from 5:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.





1.      Call to Order and Roll Call.  The meeting was called to order at 5:35 p.m.  Present:  Commissioners Wald and Rodriguez; Excused: Commissioner Desser.


2.      ACTION:  Adoption of Minutes of the March 25, 2004 and February 24, 2005 Meetings. Upon motion by Commissioner Rodriguez and second by Commissioner Wald, the Minutes of the March 25, 2004 and February 24, 2005 meetings were unanimously adopted. 


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.  No public comment was heard at this time.


  1. PRESENTATION:  Update on the Treasure Island Sustainability Plan.


Mark Palmer, Green Building Coordinator, Department of the Environment gave an update on the transfer of Treasure Island from the Navy to the City and discussed the presentation that was made to the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) in order to provide sustainable development practices on Treasure Island.  Topics discussed:


§         Costs and Financial Benefits of Green Buildings

§         Executive Order S-20-04 by the California Governor

§         Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Categories and Certification Levels

§         2004 LEED Silver Amendment to the Environment Code

§         LEED-NC in the USA (State and Local Government Use)

§         San Francisco LEED Registered Projects

§         Treasure Island Sustainability Plan Horizontal and Vertical Development Requirements and Goals

§         LEED-Neighborhood Development (ND) Pilot Project


Public comment from Ruth Gravanis:


§         Advising of the upcoming joint hearing of the San Francisco Planning Commission and the Treasure Island Development Authority Board (TIDA) on May 5, 2005 to consider the Draft Environmental Impact Review (EIR) for the Transfer and Reuse of Naval Station Treasure Island and the Summary of Comments and Responses to the Draft EIR that will be presented for certification of the Final EIR.  Commission members were asked to send in their comments to the Responses to the Draft EIR before May 5th or make comments to subsequent EIR’s; 


§         Suggesting improvements to the Sustainability Plan in terms of endangered species;


§         Recommending that the Commission on the Environment hold a hearing on the Treasure Island Sustainability Plan and develop a Resolution to present to the Board of Supervisors and the TIDA Board urging them to implement the Plan;


§         Requesting that the Commission support the Bike Coalition’s west span bike pedestrian maintenance plan on the Bay Bridge; 


§         Recommending that the Commission develop a Resolution that includes asking for peer review of the developer’s Land Use Plan and to urge the Board of Supervisors not to endorse the Term Sheet until the consolidation of the various plans currently under development are incorporated as part of the plan development;


§         Requesting that the Commission provide input as to what they would like to see in the developer’s Transportation Plan before it is published and/or wait until after it is published to provide comments.


6.      PRESENTATION:  Informational presentation on Carbon Trading Opportunities and Policy Issues.


Cal Broomhead, Energy Manager, Department of the Environment discussed whether the City of San Francisco should pursue carbon trading.  Topics discussed:


§         Problems and Proposed Solutions

§         The European Market that is being developed

§         Chicago Climate Exchange

§         California Climate Action Registry

§         San Francisco’s Commitments as a CCP Member

§         Sources of San Francisco Greenhouse Gas Emissions in San Francisco and Reduction Forecast and Target

§         CCSF Trading Potential and Risks

§         Policy Options

§         San Francisco Carbon Reduction Programs

§         Moving Forward and Other Steps

§         Urban trees and climate change/carbon reduction


The Committee members recommended that conditions be developed as to who and how we sell carbon and where the monies would go.  A suggestion was made to have Chicago Climate Exchange members speak to the Committee on how this process is working.


Public comment from Sudeep M. Rao recommending that the California Public Utilities Commission develop a baseline or starting point.


Public comment from Ruth Gravanis recommending that Communities for a Better Environment and other air quality groups provide input into the process.


7.      PRESENTATION:  Informational presentation updating the current status of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) Combustion Turbine (CT) Projects.


Karen Kubick, Project Manager, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission gave an update and background information on the Combustion Turbine Project Mitigation Measures.  SFPUC staff in attendance and taking part in the presentation were James Marks, Community Outreach Coordinator and Russell Stepp, Utility Specialist.  Topics discussed:


§         Combustion Turbine Project Team

§         CT’s Acquired from the Williams Settlement

§         The CAISO Action Plan

§         San Francisco Airport and In-City CT Projects

§         Comparison of City Owned Units with Potrero Power Plants

§         Comparison of San Francisco Electric Reliability Project (SFERP) Emissions with Emissions from Other Local Sources

§         How SFERP Affects the Community/Health/Air Quality Issues

§         Particulate Matter Mitigation

§         Additional and Potential Community Benefits

§         Community Outreach/Education, In-City Project and Overall Program Schedules

§         Project Goals to shut down Hunters Point and Potrero generating units

§         CT Project Schedule/Synergy


Open Houses will be held on June 20 at the Southeast Community Center and June 21 at the Potrero Neighborhood House from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Public comment from Sudeep M. Rao on PM10 and PM2.5 mitigation benefits.


Public comment from Ruth Gravanis asking for a guide to presentation acronyms and on community concerns with peaker plants. 


8.      INFORMATION:  New Business 


No new business was heard at this time.                                                                                                                                                                 

9.      FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS:  No future agenda items were discussed at this time.


10.  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.


Public comment from Ruth Gravanis on the hidden placement of recycling bins at the City Hall North Light Court.  A request was made for the Department Recycling Coordinator to follow-up. 


Public comment from Sudeep M. Rao on the status of the City’s Renewable Program and Energy Conservation Plan.


The Committee recommended that Department Staff attend the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Open House meetings.


11.  ADJOURNMENT:  The meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.


Copies of presentations are available at the Commission office, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, California between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. or upon request to the Commission Secretary, at telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at [email protected].



Respectfully submitted by,


Monica Fish, Commission Secretary


Adopted:  June 23, 2005

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