May 27 2014 Commission on the Environment and SFPUC Joint Meeting and Commission Regular Meeting Agenda


TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014, 3:00 P.M.
TUESDAY, MAY 27, 2014, 5:00 P.M.


*NOTE MEETING ROOM CHANGE:  The Commission on the Environment meeting will be held in City Hall, Room 250, not the Regular Meeting Location of City Hall, Room 416.


Public comment will be taken before the Commissions take action on any item.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Opening Remarks by Public Utilities Commission President Vince Courtney and Commission on the Environment President Joshua Arce.

4. Presentation and Discussion of SFPUC and SFEnvironment’s (SFE) shared responsibilities and plans to advance the City’s environmental goals in toxics reduction and environmental safety, water conservation, wastewater management, clean vehicle adoption, and renewable generation and energy efficiency, including a discussion of opportunities, challenges, and potential future collaboration in pursuit of environmental objectives. (Discussion) (Michael Carlin, Deputy General Manager, SFPUC & David Assmann, Acting Director, SFE) (Explanatory Documents:  Presentations)

a. Toxics Reduction and Environmental Safety (Chris Geiger, SFE & Steve Ritchie, SFPUC)
b. Water Conservation (Steve Ritchie, SFPUC & Tamar Hurwitz, SFE)
c. Wastewater Management (Tommy Moala, SFPUC, Commissioner Ruth Gravanis, Environment Commission, & Sushma Bhatia, SFE)
d. Clean Vehicle Adoption (William Zeller, SFE & Barbara Hale, SFPUC)
e. Renewable Generation and Energy Efficiency (Barbara Hale, SFPUC & Cal Broomhead, SFE)

5.  General Public Comment
Members of the public may address the Special Joint Meeting of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the Commission on the Environment on matters that are within either of their respective jurisdictions and are not on today’s agenda.

6. Adjournment.


COMMISSION MEMBERS:  Commissioners Joshua Arce (President); Angelo King (Vice-President), Ruth Gravanis, Nicholas Josefowitz, 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. Approval of Minutes of the March 25, 2014 Commission on the Environment Rescheduled Meeting. (Explanatory Document:  March 25, 2014 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. Informational Presentation on San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Transit Effectiveness Project (TEP). Sponsor:  Commissioners Nicholas Josefowitz and Johanna Wald; Speaker:  Julie Kirschbaum, Operations and Scheduling Manager, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, SFMTA (10 minutes) (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

5. Presentation on San Francisco Unified School District’s Sustainability Program.  Sponsor:  Acting Director David Assmann; Speaker:  Nik Kaestner, Director of Sustainability, San Francisco Unified School District (10 minutes) (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

6. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution 2014-08-COE in Support of Amendments to the Clean Construction Ordinance.  (Explanatory Document:  SF Planning Department Draft Resolution of Proposed Amendments to the Construction Ordinance and Draft Resolution File 2014-08-COE) Sponsor:  Commissioner Johanna Wald; Speakers:  Wade Weitgrefe, Planner, San Francisco Planning Department; Jessica Range, Senior Planner, Planning Department, and Jonathan Piakis, Industrial Hygienist/Noise Control Officer, Department of Public Health (15 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

7. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution File No. 2013-14-COE in support of San Francisco Solar Policy for New Construction. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution) Sponsors:  Commissioners Arce and Josefowitz; Speaker: Alison Healy, Renewable Energy Program Manager  (10 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

8. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution 2014-06-COE commending Commissioner Emeritus Alan Mok for his Service to the Commission on the Environment. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution) Sponsor and Speaker:  Acting Director David Assmann (5 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

9. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution 2014-07-COE commending Acting Director David Assmann for his Service to the Department of the Environment, Commission on the Environment, and to the City and County of San Francisco. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution)  Sponsor and Speaker:  Commission President Joshua Arce (5 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

10. Operations Committee Chair’s Report.  Highlights of the May 14, 2014 Meeting.  (Information and Discussion)

11. Policy Committee Report. (Information and Discussion)
Chairs Report:  Highlights of the April 9 and May 22, 2014 Meetings and review of the Agenda for the June 9, 2014 Meeting to be held at City Hall, Room 421.

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

13. 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) (Informational Report and Discussion).  Speaker:  Acting Director David Assmann

14. Announcements.  (Information and Discussion)

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

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

17. 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.

18. Adjournment.

The next Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 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 250 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 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, 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