May 24 2016 Commission on the Environment Meeting


TUESDAY, MAY 24, 2016, 5:00 P.M.

COMMISSION MEMBERS:  Commissioners Jacquelyn Omotalade (President), Elmy Bermejo (Vice-President), Lisa Hoyos, 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 22, 2016 Commission on the Environment Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Documents: March 22, 2016 Draft Minutes) (Discussion and Action)

3.      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.


4.      Presentation of the Commission on the Environment – Environmental Service Award. Sponsor: Jacquelyn Omotalade, President (10 Minutes) (Discussion)


5.      Approval of Consent Agenda. (Action)

a)     Accept the recommendation of the Operations Committee by approving the Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance schedule of fees.  Under the Environment Code, the Department is directed to establish a schedule of fees charged to Product Stewardship Plan operators who represent the manufacturers of covered drugs sold in the City.  The fees will be used by the Department to cover costs of administering and enforcing the Safe Drug Disposal Stewardship Ordinance.  The Operations Committee has recommended approval of the proposed fee schedule. (Explanatory Documents: Presentation to the Operations Committee on program costs and Schedule of Fees Table) Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director.


6.      Approval of Resolution File 2016-09-COE supporting an ordinance to prohibit the sale of products made from polystyrene foam or that are non-recyclable and non-compostable. (Explanatory Documents: Resolution File 2016-09-COE, Food Service and Packaging Waste Reduction Ordinance) Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director; Speakers: Conor Johnston, Legislative Aide, Office of Supervisor London Breed; Jack Macy, Commercial Zero Waste Coordinator (15 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

7.      Presentation and discussion on San Francisco’s climate action strategy on transportation. Under the City Charter, the Commission on the Environment conducts public education and outreach to the community on San Francisco’s sustainability efforts. Sponsor: Deborah Raphael, Director (Discussion and Action) 

a.      Presentation on efforts to modernize and achieve 100% renewable electricity powering the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Speaker: Nick Josefowitz, Member, BART Board of Directors; Holly Gordon, Sustainability Group Manager, BART (10 minutes) 

b.     Presentation on the expansion of Bay Area Bike Share. Speakers: Emily Stapleton, General Manager, Motivate and Heath Maddox, Transportation Planner, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (10 minutes)

c.      Community Outreach Presentation: Update on SF Moves Program: A collaboration between the Department of the Environment and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority. Speakers: Liore Milgrom-Gartner, Outreach and Transportation Program Specialist; Daniel Soto, Outreach and Transportation Program Associate (10 minutes)

8.      Approval of Resolution File 2016-06-COE supporting the proposed Transportation Demand Management Ordinance which is a component of the Planning Department’s Transportation Sustainability Program.  (Explanatory Document: Resolution File 2016-06-COE, Proposed Transportation Demand Management Program Ordinance) Speaker: Wade Wietgrefe, Environmental Review Planner, Planning Department (10 minutes)

9.      Approval of Resolution 2016-10-COE Approving Funding for Mission Asset Fund to operate a revolving microloan program to small businesses interested in participating in the SF Energy Watch program. (Explanatory Documents: Resolution File 2016-10-COE, San Francisco Carbon Fund Funding Recommendations) Speaker:  Shawn Rosenmoss, Senior Environmental Specialist, Development, Community Partnerships, (15 minutes) (Discussion and Action)

10.   Director’s Report. (Explanatory Document: 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. Speaker:  Deborah Raphael, Director (Discussion)

11.   Policy Committee Report.  Highlights of the April 11, 2016 and May 9, 2016 meetings. (Discussion)

12.   Operations Committee Report.  Highlights of the May 11, 2016 meeting. (Discussion)

13.   Announcements.  (Discussion)

14.   Commission Affairs Manager Written Report. (Explanatory Document: Commission Affairs Manager Report, Correspondence Log) Speaker: Anthony Valdez, Commission Affairs Manager (Discussion)

15.   New Business/Future Agenda Items. Speaker: Guillermo Rodriguez, Policy Director (Discussion and Possible Action)

16.   Adjournment.

The next Regular Meeting of the Commission on the Environment is scheduled for Tuesday, July 26, 2016, 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 Affairs Manager, 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 Affairs Manager, 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 Commission, the Commission Affairs Manager 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 Anthony Valdez 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 Affairs Manager, Anthony Valdez, at (415) 355-3709 or [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

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Anthony Valdez, Commission Affairs Manager
TEL:  (415) 355-3709; FAX: (415) 554-6393


Posted: Tuesday, May 18, 2016