San Francisco Environment Department

June 10 2020 Commission on the Environment Special Meeting

City and County of San Francisco
Commission on the Environment


Wednesday, June 10, 2020, 6:00 P.M.

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Due to the COVID-19 health emergency and to protect Commissioners, SFE staff, and members of the public, the Commission on the Environment’s Meeting Room (Room 416) is closed.

Members of the public are to participate remotely. If you want to ensure your comment on any item on the agenda is received by the Commission on the Environment in advance of the meeting, please send an email to [email protected] by 5pm on Tuesday, June 9 or call (415) 255-5870.  Please see the information on the next page for remote meeting access.

COMMISSION MEMBERS:  Heather Stephenson (President), Eddie Ahn (Vice President), Elmy Bermejo, Tiffany Chu, Johanna Wald, Mike Sullivan and Sarah Wan.




Public comment will be taken on each agenda item before the Commission takes action on that item.

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call.
  2. President’s Welcome. (Discussion)
  3. Approval of Minutes of the January 28, 2020 Commission on the Environment Meeting. (Explanatory Documents: January 28, 2020 Draft Minutes) (Discussion and Action)
  4. Public Comment:  Members of the public may address the Commission on matters that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.


  1. Discussion of Budget Guidelines and Revisions to the Department of Environment’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 and 2021-22 Draft Budget. Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director. Speaker: Joseph Salem, Program Manager, Finance and Administration. (Explanatory Document: Draft Department of the Environment Fiscal Year 2020-21 and 2021-22 Budget) (Discussion)
  2. Discussion and Action to Approve the Draft 2019 Annual Buy Green Report. Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director. Speaker: Jessian Choy, City Toxics Reduction Analyst. (Explanatory Document: Draft 2019 Annual Buy Green Report) (Discussion and Action)
  3. Discussion and Action to approve increasing the Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance Fees. Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director. Speaker: Maggie Johnson, Senior Toxics Reduction Coordinator. (Explanatory Document: Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance Revised Fee Schedule) (Discussion and Action)
  4. Presentation to Highlight and Acknowledge Department of the Environment Staff Deployed as Disaster Service Workers and Aiding in the City’s Response to COVID-19. Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director. Speakers: Adam Romoslawski, Senior HR Consultant, Esther Tang, Environmental Education Coordinator, and Ciara Pringle, Toxics Reduction Associate. (Discussion)
  5. Presentation on Recently Launched Essential Workers Ride Home Program. Sponsor: Charles Sheehan, Chief Policy and Public Affairs Officer. Speaker: Alex Bogdan, Senior Strategist Marketing & Community Engagement, and Mike Pickford, SFCTA Senior Transportation Planner, SFCTA. (Discussion)
  6. Discussion and Action to Approve Resolution File No. 2020-01-COE regarding funding for the San Francisco Carbon Fund Grants. Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director. Speaker: Shawn Rosenmoss, Senior Environmental Specialist for Development and Community Partnerships. (Explanatory Documents: Resolution File 2020-01-COE San Francisco Carbon Fund Grant and Funding Recommendations) (Discussion and Action)
  1. Director’s Report. Speaker: Deborah Raphael, Director.(Explanatory Document: Director’s Report) (Discussion)
  2. Announcements.  (Discussion)
  3. New Business/Future Agenda Items. Speaker: Charles Sheehan, Chief Policy and Public Information Officer (Discussion)
  4. Adjournment.

The next meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 5:00 p.m. at City Hall, Room 416.


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Providing Public Comment









In accordance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide order for all residents to “Stay at Home” - and the numerous local and state proclamations, orders and supplemental directions - aggressive directives have been issued to slow down and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Copies of explanatory documents are available at 1) on the Commission’s website; (2) upon request to the Public Affairs Asst. Coordinator, at telephone number 415-255-5870, or via e-mail at [email protected].  


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 Committee Members. Any written comments should be sent to: Commission Affairs Manager, Department 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 Affairs Manager 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 Affairs Manager 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 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 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).)


Accessible Meeting Policy

The Commission on the Environment meeting will be held virtually due to the public health emergency.

To obtain a disability-related accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, or to obtain meeting materials in alternative format, please contact Diedre Tanenberg at (415) 355-5870. Providing at least 72 hours’ notice will help to ensure availability.  Written reports or background materials for calendar items are available for public inspection and are available online at Public comment will be taken on each item before or during consideration of the item.

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 Diedre Tanenberg at (415) 255-5870 to make arrangements for the accommodation.  Late requests will be honored, if possible.


Language Access
Per the Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), Chinese, Spanish and or Filipino (Tagalog) interpreters will be available upon requests. Meeting. Minutes may be translated, if requested, after they have been adopted by the Commission.  Assistance in additional languages may be honored whenever possible. To request assistance with these services please contact the Commission Affairs Manager at 415-355-3500, or [email protected] at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.  Late requests will be honored if possible.



根據語言服務條例(三藩市行政法典第91章),中文、西班牙語和/或菲律賓語(泰加洛語)傳譯人員在收到要求後將會提供傳譯服務。翻譯版本的會議記錄可在委員會通過後透過要求而提供。其他語言協助在可能的情況下也將可提供。上述的要求,請於會議前最少48小時致電 415-355-3709或電郵至[email protected]向委員會秘書提出。逾期提出的請求,若可能的話,亦會被考慮接納。


Acceso A Idioma

De acuerdo con la Ordenanza de Acceso a Idiomas “Language Access Ordinance” (Capítulo 91 del Código Administrativo de San Francisco “Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code”) intérpretes de chino, español y/o filipino (tagalo) estarán disponibles de ser requeridos. Las minutas podrán ser traducidas, de ser requeridas, luego de ser aprobadas por la Comisión. La asistencia en idiomas adicionales se tomará en cuenta siempre que sea posible. Para solicitar asistencia con estos servicios favor comunicarse con el Secretario de la Comisión al 415-355-3500, o [email protected] por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunión. Las solicitudes tardías serán consideradas de ser posible.


Access Sa Wika

Ayon sa Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 ng San Francisco Administrative Code), maaaring mag-request ng mga tagapagsalin sa wikang Tsino, Espanyol, at/o Filipino (Tagalog). Kapag hiniling, ang mga kaganapan ng miting ay maaring isalin  sa ibang wika matapos ito ay aprobahan ng komisyon. Maari din magkaroon ng tulong sa ibang wika. Sa mga ganitong uri ng kahilingan, mangyaring tumawag sa Clerk ng Commission sa 415-355-3500, o [email protected] sa hindi bababa sa 48 oras bago mag miting. Kung maari, ang mga late na hiling ay posibleng pagbibigyan.


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, City Hall, Room 244, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA  94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-5163; 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


Diedre Tanenberg, Public Affairs Assistant Coordinator

TEL: (415) 255-5870; FAX: (415) 554-6393


Posted: June 6, 2020

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