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State Legislation Committee
May 11, 2005
2:00 pm

City Hall, Room 288


Mayor's Office (Chair) - Amiee Albertson
Supervisor Aaron Peskin's Office - David Owen
Supervisor Alioto-Pier's Office - Rob Black
Assessor's Office - Craig Dziedzic
City Attorney's Office - MaryJane Winslow
Controller's Office - Peg Stevenson
Treasurer's Office - Pauline Marx




    Action item: vote to approve the minutes of the April 13, 2005 meeting of the State Legislation Committee.


    Action items: vote to support, not support, or take no position on the following state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco.

    NOTE: The most current version of all legislation can be viewed on the Internet at:

    Department of Elections

    Contact: John Arntz: 554-4375

    A. AB 783(Jones): to require the State to reimburse counties for the costs of special elections.

      4 Recommended Position: Support

    A. SB 117(Murray): to require the State to pay for return postage on absentee ballots.

      5 Recommended Position: Support

    San Francisco Health Plan

    Contact: Ellen Kaiser: 615-4258

    A. AB 1438 (Salinas): to change the quorum requirements for local health plan governing boards.

Recommended position: Support

    Department of Public Health

    Contact: Colleen Chawla: 554-2633

    B. AB 283 (Koretz): to place restrictions on the sale of pseudoephedrine containing products, which are used to manufacture methamphetamines.

      Recommended position: Support

    C. Department of Public Health 2005 State Legislative Agenda. Establishes the Department's position on a range of health-related legislative topics.

Recommended position: Support

    Public Utilities Commission

    Contact: Suzanne Arena: 934-5701

    D. AB 371 (Goldberg): to shift regulation of water recycling from local government to a statewide process and to otherwise encourage water recycling.

Recommended Position: Support

    E. SB 769 (Simitian): to create a refrigerator replacement program for low-income residential rental units.

Recommended Position: Support

    F. AB 672 (Klehs): to allow public agencies to consider expanded access to public reservoirs.

Recommended Position: Support

    Mayor's Office on Disability

    Contact: Susan Mizner: 554-6789

    G. SB 855 (Poochigian): to impose pre-litigation procedural requirements upon the filing of claims of violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

      Recommended Position: Oppose

    Department of Human Services

    Contact: Maggie Donahue: 557-5279

    H. AB 855 (Bass): to enable people convicted of drug offenses to qualify for CalWORKS.

Recommended Position: Support

    I. SB 436 (Migden): to require counties to describe in their annual independent living program report what housing resources are currently available for emancipating pregnant or parenting youth.

Recommended Position: Support

    City Attorney's Office

    Contact: Rona Sandler (SB 471): 554-4690

    Contact: MaryJane Winslow (SB 308): 554-4276

    J. SB 471 (Escutia): to allow Cities to require cleanup of additional properties not currently covered under brownfields regulations.

Recommended position: Support

    K. SB 308 (Simitian): to impose a fee on real estate transactions to finance investigation of civil elder abuse claims.

Recommended position: Support


    Discussion item: members of the Committee may suggest topics for consideration at future meetings.


    Discussion item: members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest that are within the Committee's subject matter jurisdiction.


Disability Access

Room 288 of City Hall is located at 1 Dr. Carton B. Goodlett Place, and is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART Station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall. Accessible Muni lines serving this location are: #47 Van Ness, and the #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness, as will as Muni Metro stations at Van Ness and Civic Center. For more information about Muni accessible services, call 923-6142. There is accessible parking at the Civic Center Plaza garage. To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in the meeting, please contact Rebecca Mayer, Mayor's Office of Public Policy and Finance, at 415-554-6114 at least two business days before the meeting.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

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 information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Donna Hall at Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102, by phone at 415-554-7724, by fax at 415-554-7854, or email Citizens may obtain a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance by contacting the Task Force, or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, 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 (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sec. 2.100 -2.160) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the San Francisco Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone 415-581-2300, fax 415-581-2317, Internet website:

Cell Phones and Pagers

The ringing and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devises 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.

Public Comment

Public Comment will be taken on each item.

Document Review

Documents that may have been provided to members of the State Legislation Committee in connection with the items on the agenda include proposed state legislation, consultant reports, correspondence and reports from City departments, and public correspondence. These may be inspected by contacting Amiee Albertson, Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Mayor's Office of Public Policy and Finance at: 415-554-5965.

Health Considerations

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.