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State Legislation Committee

April 13, 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 - Jennifer Matz
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 March 9, 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 Public Health

    Contact: Colleen Chawla: 554-2633

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

Recommended position: Support

    B. AB 547 (Berg): to authorize needle exchange programs.

      Recommended position: Support

    C. SB 167 (Speier): extend the deadline by which hospitals can complete seismic retrofit until 2020.

Recommended position: Support

    San Francisco Health Plan

    Contact: Ellen Kaiser: 615-4258

    D. SB 38 (Alquist): to expand the Healthy Families program to cover all children up to 300% of the Federal Poverty Level.

Recommended position: Support

    Department of Human Services

    Contact: Maggie Donahue: 557-5279

    E. AB 363 (Chu): to create the Child Welfare Services Outcomes and Accountability Incentive Fund.

Recommended position: Support

    F. SB 1018 (Smitian): to include employees of certain financial institutions as mandated reporters of financial abuse for elder and dependent adults.

Recommended position: Support

    G. AB 1605 (Wolk): to include employees of certain financial institutions as mandated reporters of financial abuse for elder and dependent adults.

Recommended position: Support

    H. AB 824 (Chu): to extend the current age limit of 21 to 24 for the Transitional Housing Placement Program for Emancipated Foster/Probation Youth (also known as THP+).

Recommended position: Support

    City Attorney

    Contact (AB 1282 and AB 236): Jean Alexander: 554-3910

    Contact (AB 769 and SB 894): Mary Jane Winslow: 554-4276

    I. AB 1282 (Mullin): to eliminate the 50/50 split between San Francisco and San Mateo counties on the sale of jet fuel at SFO, and allow San Mateo to keep all revenues.

Recommended position: Oppose

    J. AB 236 (Bermudez): to cap the sales tax on sale of jet fuel at 63 cents per gallon.

      Recommended position: Oppose

    K. AB 769 (Horton): to authorize an enforcement agency to require an owner of residential rental property to complete 15 hours of educational courses if he or she fails to repair a building condition that is in violation of the housing or building standard.

Recommended position: Support

    L. SB 894(Dunn): to allow the court to issue an injunction against a property owner to prevent a recurrence or future occurrence of nuisance activity.

      Recommended position: Support

    Mayor's Office of Community Development

    Contact: Ahsha Safai: 252-3103

    M. SB 6 (Ducheny): to allow Enterprize Zones created after 1990 to apply for a 5-year extension.

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.