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03.08 Agenda

CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO

COMMISSION ON THE ENVIRONMENT

POLICY COMMITTEE

 

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING AND AGENDA

MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010, 5:00 P.M.

City Hall, Room 421

San Francisco, CA 94102

 

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:  Commissioners Johanna Wald (Chair), Ruth Gravanis (Vice-Chair), Jane MarieFrancis Martin

 

ORDER OF BUSINESS

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

 

1.      Call to Order and Roll Call.

2.   Approval of Minutes of the February 22, 2010 Policy Committee Rescheduled Meeting. (Explanatory Document: February 22, 2010 Draft Minutes) (Discussion and Action)

3.   Public Comments:  Members of the public may address the Committee on matters that are within the Committee’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.

4.   Review of Responses from Environmental Organizations to the Commission on the Environment’s Outreach Survey.  The Committee may make recommendations for a follow-up to the survey and may refer this item to the Commission for consideration. (Explanatory Documents: Commission Survey to Environmental Organizations, Summary of Responses, and Individual Responses) Sponsor: Commissioner Jane MarieFrancis Martin; Department Speaker: Jean Walsh, Public Outreach Specialist (Discussion and Possible Action)

5.   Status of Urban Forest Master Plan Revision and Potential Changes to the Management of the Urban Forest. Sponsor:  Commissioner Jane MarieFrancis Martin; Speakers:  Planning and Department of Public Works Representatives; Rob Dusenbury, Senior Designer, Sherwood Design Engineers; Terry Milne, Urban Forestry Council Chair (30 minutes) (Discussion and Possible Action)

6.   Approval of Resolution requesting that the Commission on the Environment support the Golden Gate Park Alliance’s request for the Planning Department to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Beach Chalet Soccer Field project.  The Policy Committee shall discuss and vote on the Resolution for recommendation to the Commission on the Environment to consider at their March 23 meeting. Sponsor: Commissioner Ruth Gravanis (Explanatory Documents:  Draft Resolution File No. 2010-02-COE, Golden Gate Park Alliance Letter to Commission on the Environment,  Synthetic Playfields Report; “New Soccer Complex to Drastically Alter Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach”; Golden Gate Audubon Appeal and Letter to City Agencies; Department of the Environment Staff Responses) Speakers: Kathy Howard, Member Steering Committee, Golden Gate Park Preservation Alliance and Noreen Weeden, Audubon Society representative (Presentation time: 10 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

7.   Director’s Updates.  Speaker:  David Assmann, Acting Director (Informational Report and Discussion)

8.  Announcements. (Discussion)

            9.  New Business/Future Agenda Items. (Discussion)

10.  Public Comments:  Members of the public may address the Committee on matters that are within the Committee’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda. 

11.  Adjournment.

 

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary

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

 

The next Commission on the Environment Policy Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 12, 2010 at 5:00 p.m. in Room 421, City Hall.

 

** 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 Policy Committee meeting website https://sites.google.com/a/sfenvironment.org/commission/policy-committee,  (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 Policy Committee 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 meeting website link https://sites.google.com/a/sfenvironment.org/commission/policy-committee as links with each 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 Committee, 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 Committee members. Any written comments should be sent to: Commission Secretary of the Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 or by email at Monica.Fish@sfgov.org 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 Committee, the Commission Secretary and the public.

 

Public Comment

At this time, members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Committee but are not on today’s agenda.  Public comment will be taken following each agendized item.  Each member of the public

may address the Committee for up to three minutes, unless otherwise announced by the Chair. If it is demonstrated that the comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the Chair may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

 

The Brown Act forbids the Committee 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 Committee 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 Policy Committee Meeting will be held at City Hall, Room 421, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102, in the Civic Center area.  The meeting room is 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 at (415) 554-6789 or (415) 554-6799 (TTY) for further information.
 

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, 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: 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, Second Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112; web site at www.sfgov.org/ethics.

 

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