May 26 2015 Commission on the Environment Meeting Agenda


TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015, 5:00 P.M.

COMMISSION MEMBERS:  Commissioners Joshua Arce (President); Elmy Bermejo, Heather Stephenson, Johanna Wald, Sarah Wan


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

1. Call to Order and Roll Call.

2. Introduction of New Commission Member. (Discussion)

3. Approval of Minutes of the January 21, 2015 Special Commission and Operations Committee Meeting Draft Minutes and March 24, 2015 Commission on the Environment Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Documents: January 21, 2015 and March 24, 2015 Draft Minutes) (Discussion and Action)

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. Why You Should Visit a Healthy Nail Salon in San Francisco. Sponsor:  Commissioner Joshua Arce, Speaker: Anya Deepak, Commercial Toxics Reduction Associate (5 minutes) (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

6. Nomination and Election of Commission Vice President.  (Discussion and Action)

7. Director’s Report. Updates on Department of the Environment administrative and programmatic operations relating to Budget Planning, Strategic Planning, Clean Air/Transportation, Climate, Energy, Public Outreach and Education, Environmental Justice, Habitat Restoration, Green Building, Zero Waste, Toxics Reduction, and Urban Forestry. (Explanatory Document: Director’s Report) Speaker:  Deborah Raphael, Director (Informational Report and Discussion)

8. Electric Vehicles as Part of the 0-50-100-Roots Strategy for Climate Action.  (Explanatory Documents:  Getting to Zero, Equity and Clean Transportation, and BAAQMD EV Presentations) Sponsor:  Deborah Raphael, Director; Speakers: Robert Hayden, Manager, Clean Transportation Program; Roland Hwang, Director, Energy and Transportation Program, Natural Resources Defense Council; Sekita Grant, Legal Counsel, Environmental Equity, Greenlining Institute; Damian Breen, Deputy Director, Bay Area Air Quality Management District (40 minutes) (Informational Report and Discussion)

9. Review and Approval of Resolution 2015-04-COE Approving Funding Recommendations for Department of the Environment Zero Waste Grant Awards for the 2015-17 Funding Cycle. (Explanatory Documents:  Draft Resolution 2015-04-COE and Funding Recommendations) Sponsor:  Deborah Raphael, Director; Speakers:  Shawn Rosenmoss, Senior Environmental Specialist, Development, Community Partnerships, SF Carbon Fund and Alexa Kielty, Zero Waste Specialist (15 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

10. Approval of Proposed Amended Guidelines for the Use of Impound Account Funds.  (Explanatory Documents:  Draft Amended Guidelines, Resolution Approving Impound and General Grant Guidelines, and Deputy City Attorney Memo on Use of Impound Accounts for the Environmental Justice Program) Sponsor:  Deborah Raphael, Director; Speaker:  Joseph Salem, Program Manager, Finance and Administration (5 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

11. Update on Agreement for Disposal of San Francisco Solid Waste at Recology Hay Road Landfill in Solano County.  (Explanatory Document:  San Francisco Solid Waste Disposal Agreement) Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director; Speaker:  Jack Macy, Commercial Zero Waste Senior Coordinator (15 minutes) (Informational Report and Discussion)

12. Introduction of New Department of the Environment Staff Members.  Sponsor and Speaker:  Deborah Raphael, Director (Information and Discussion)

13. Operations Committee Chair’s Report.  Highlights of the May 13, 2015 meeting and review of the agenda for the August 12, 2015 meeting. (Informational Report and Discussion)

14. Policy Committee Report. (Informational Report and Discussion)
Chairs Report:  Review of the agenda for the June 8, 2015 Meeting to be held at City Hall, Room 421.

15. Announcements.  (Information and Discussion)

16. President’s Announcements.  (Informational Report and Discussion)

17. Commission Secretary’s Written Report. (Explanatory Document: Commission Secretary’s Report and Correspondence Log) Monica Fish, Commission Secretary (Informational Report and Discussion)
• Communications and Correspondence
• Update on City Legislation

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

19. 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.

20. Adjournment.

The next Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2015, 5:00 p.m. at City Hall, Room 416.

** Copies of explanatory documents are available at (1) the Commission’s office, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, California, 94103 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Photo identification is required for entry to the building. (2) on the Commission’s website; (3) upon request to the Commission Secretary, at telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at [email protected] 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, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103 during normal office hours or will be made available on the Commission’s website as attachments 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, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103 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 will be held at City Hall, Room 416 in the Civic Center Area.  The Commission 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.

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 72 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.

Language Access
Language Assistance: To request an interpreter for a specific item during the meeting, please contact the Commission Secretary, Monica Fish, at (415) 355-3709 or Mon[email protected]  at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

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, One 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

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

Monica Fish, Commission Secretary
TEL:  (415) 355-3709; FAX: (415) 554-6393

Posted: May 20, 2015