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Mayor's Office (Chair) - Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez
Supervisor Peskin - David Noyola
Supervisor Alioto-Pier - Catherine Stefani
City Attorney's Office - MaryJane Winslow
Treasurer's Office - David Augustine/Pauline Marx
Assessor's Office - Alissa Pines
Controller's Office - Peg Stevenson

         I . ROLL CALL 
May 8, 2008 meeting of the State Legislation Committee.


The State Legislation Committee Meeting of July 10, 2008, will hear and vote on the following
2008 Department State Legislation Plans: (See attachments under supporting documents link:

 Human Services Agency
 Public Utilities Commission

See also MTC supporting document re: AB 2558


Office of Economic & Workforce Development: Submitted by Kyri McLellan, 554-6123

AB 981 (Leno)

Enables the San Francisco Board of Supervisors to create the Treasure Island Transportation Management Agency (TITMA), a single-purpose entity with flexible powers to implement the innovative and sustainable transportation program.  This bill this the evolution of AB 1543 (which the legislature passed last year, but Governor vetoed).  It authorizes the TITMA with 2/3s approval of both the Board of Supervisors and the SFCTA to implement a demonstration congestion pricing program for Treasure Island.   Congestion pricing would limit the amount of Treasure Island-generated automobile traffic on the Bay Bridge; discourage driving and encourage the use of transit; and generate a revenue source to subsidize transit operations serving the Island.



Department of Public Health: Submitted by Jim Soos, 554-2633

SB 1420, Alex Padilla
In Assembly Health - Hearing scheduled June 17
Recommend Support

This bill would require each food facility with 14 or more outlets in the state to make nutritional information available to consumers for all standard menu items.  The nutritional information required would include total calories, saturated fat, trans fat, carbohydrates and sodium.  Because Americans are increasingly relying on restaurants for their meals, it is important that nutrition information be available at the point of purchase in order that consumers may make an informed decision.  The bill would exempt certified farmers' markets, commissaries, licensed health care facilities, public and private school cafeterias, vending machines, and grocery stores.

SB 1738, Darryl Steinberg
In Assembly Health - Hearing scheduled June 24
Recommend Support

This bill requires the Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) to establish and fund six pilot programs to provide Medi-Cal and supplemental services to individuals defined as frequent users of health care to decrease emergency department and hospital use contingent upon federal approval and matching funds.  Defines frequent users as individuals who have five or more emergency department visits in the past 12 months, or eight or more visits in the past 24 months, and who have two or more of the following risk factors:  chronic disease diagnosis, mental illness diagnosis, homelessness, substance abuse, or a history of non-adherence to prescribed treatments.  In October 2004, DPH and the SFFD EMS staff began a "High End Users" program designed to provide more appropriate treatment for frequent users of emergency and hospital services.  In addition to improving the quality of life for these frequent users, an analysis of total ambulance pickups found a 24 percent decrease in ambulance trips and emergency department visits for this population between FY 2004-05 and FY 2005-06.

Assessor-Recorder, Submitted by Alissa Pines: 554-5231

SB 153, Revenue & Taxation Committee
The bill was heard on June 23rd at 1:30.
Recommended support

This legislation will extend property tax benefits that registered domestic partners and married couples have to non-registered domestic partners. For a variety of reasons, many domestic partners do not register with the State as such. Those that do (as well as married couples) are legally entitled to the change in ownership exclusion  which means that their home is not reassessed when one member of the couple dies. This legislation will only apply to two tenants who together 100% of the real estate interest and will enable  the surviving tenant to retain the same value and tax rate and thus stay in the home if desired. This legislation will benefit many couples in SF who own property together but do not register as DPs with the State.

MTA, Submitted by Kate Breen, 701-4338

       AB 2558 (Feuer) Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation Fees
Bill passed Sen. Transportation 6/24, pending hearing in Senate Appropriations
Recommended Support

This bill authorizes the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to impose with a vote of the people climate change mitigation and
adaptation surcharges on either motor vehicle fuel or motor vehicle registrations within their jurisdictions.  In the Bay Area, would require MTC and the BAAQMD to develop an expenditure plan to fund programs and projects to cost-effectively reduce greenhouse gas emissions; requires GHG reduction analysis and equity analysis. Expenditure plan would be submitted to each county's Board of Supervisors for approval to place on ballot in each county.

Support position recommended in that this proposal moves the debate forward on fees that directly aim to target GHG emissions and link those fees to programs that can be proven to show GHG emission reductions. This concept is in concert with San Francisco's stated objective of being a leader in global climate change efforts.

(See supporting document under supporting documents link: MTC AB2558)

Dept. of Environment: Submitted by Mark Westlund, 355-3714

AB 2939 (Hancock)
An act to amend Sections 17958.5, 17958.7, and 18941.5 of  the Health and Safety Code, relating to building standards.
Bill is currently in Senate Appropriations
 Recommend Support

The bill allows cities to adopt building codes more strict than those adopted at state level, without the need to justify the code using criteria of geology, topography and climate.  Under current law, SF would need approval from the state building standards commission for our planned green bldg ordinance. If this bill passes, SF could avert this process.

AB 2466  (Laird & Huffman)
An act to add Chapter 7.5 (commencing with Section 2830) to Part 2 of Division 1 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to energy.
Bill is currently in Senate Appropriations
Recommend Support

This bill allows municipalities and school districts to get reimbursed by investor-owned utilities for energy generated by renewable sources on publicly owned buildings.  That means in SF, any municipal buildings that supply the PG&E grid to be reimbursed for the value of the energy.  Currently, the meters go to "net zero."   



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. 

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 the Sunshine Ordinance Taskforce Administrator at  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 Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez, Director of Government Affairs, Mayor's Office at: (415) 554-4846.

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.