September 24 2013 Commission on the Environment Meeting Agenda


TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2013, 5:00 P.M.

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. Introduction of Newest Commissioners.  Sponsor:  Commissioner Joshua Arce (5 minutes) (Discussion)

3. Approval of Minutes of the August 6, 2013 Commission on the Environment Rescheduled Meeting. (Explanatory Document: August 6, 2013 Commission on the Environment 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. Outreach Presentation on Zero Waste Training for City Employees.  Speaker:  Julie Bryant, City Government Zero Waste Senior Coordinator (7 minutes)  (Informational Presentation and Discussion)

6. Review and Approval of Resolution 2013-11-COE Commending the Laborers Local 261/City and County of San Francisco Gardeners Apprenticeship Program for Graduating the Program's First Class of Community Workers. (Continued from the August 6, 2013 Meeting) (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution File 2013-11-COE) Sponsor:  Commissioner Joshua Arce; Speaker:  Commissioner Arce and Laborers Program Representative Vince Courtney, Jr. (Discussion and Action) (5 minutes)

7. Public Hearing on Green Purchasing Regulations (Precautionary Purchasing Ordinance). (Explanatory Documents:  Public Hearing Notice and Green Purchasing Regulations) Sponsor:   Melanie Nutter, Director; Speaker:  Jessian Choy, City Toxics Reduction Specialist (10 minutes)(Public Hearing, Information and Discussion)

8. Briefing on Implementation of the Healthy Air and Clean Transportation Ordinance for Fiscal Year 2012-13. (Continued from the August 6, 2013 Meeting) Sponsors:  Commissioners Ruth Gravanis and Nicholas Josefowitz; Speaker:  Bob Hayden, Manager of CommuteSmart and Clean Vehicle Programs (Informational Presentation and Discussion) (Proposed for Continuance)

9. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution 2013-12-COE in support of the Department of the Environment’s Grant for Brownfields Outreach Services. (Explanatory Documents: Draft Resolution File No. 2013-12-COE) Speakers:  Anne Eng, Environmental Justice Program Manager (5 minutes) and Perry Lang, Black Coalition on AIDS  (5 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

10. Update on Proposed Agenda for Bayview Commission Meeting and Proposal for Future Commission Meetings Plan in the Community.  (Continued from the August 6, 2013 Meeting) Sponsor:  Commissioner Joshua Arce; Speaker:  Donald Oliveira, Public Outreach Program Manager (10 minutes) (Informational Report and Discussion)

11. Discussion of Options for the Commission on the Environment’s Annual Retreat and Policy Committee Input. (Continued from the August 6, 2013 Meeting) Sponsor and Speaker:  Commissioners Ruth Gravanis and Johanna Wald (Informational Report and Discussion)

12. Operations Committee Chair’s Report.  Highlights of the August 14, 2013 Meeting and Review of the Agenda for the November 13, 2013 Meeting.  (Information and Discussion)

13. Policy Committee Report. (Information and Discussion)
Chairs Report:  Highlights of the August 12 and September 9, 2013 Meetings and review of the Agenda for the October 21, 2013 Meeting to be held at City Hall, Room 421.
14. Commission Secretary’s Report. (Explanatory Document: Commission Secretary’s Report and Correspondence Log) (Information and Discussion)
Monica Fish, Commission Secretary
• Communications and Correspondence
• Update on City Legislation

15. 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) (Information and Discussion)

16. Announcements.  (Information and Discussion)

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

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. Public comment on all matters pertaining to the subsequent closed session on Public Employee Performance Plan and Appraisal Report.

21. Vote on whether to hold closed session to evaluate the performance of the Executive Director, Melanie Nutter.  (Cal. Govt. Code § 54957; SF Admin. Code § 67.10(b).)  [ACTION]

Possible closed session to evaluate the performance of the Executive Director, Melanie Nutter.  (Explanatory Document:  Performance Plan and Appraisal Report) (Cal. Govt. Code § 54957; SF Admin. Code § 67.10(b).)  [DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION]

Reconvene in open session:
1. Vote to elect whether to disclose any or all discussions held in closed session.  (Cal. Govt. Code § 54957.1(a); SF Admin. Code § 67.12(b).)  [ACTION]
2. Possible report on action taken in closed session and the vote thereon.  (Cal. Govt. Code § 54957.1(a); SF Admin. Code § 67.12(b).)

24. Adjournment.

The next meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, November 27, 2013 at 5:00 p.m., 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., (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.

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