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Wednesday, June 17, 2009


City Hall, Room 288




Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez

Supervisor Chiu – David Noyola

Supervisor Alioto-Pier – Jennifer Stuart

City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow

Treasurer’s Office – Pauline Marx

Assessor’s Office – Kevin Matthews

Controller’s Office – Peg Stevenson





Action Item: the Committee will vote to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2009 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 andCounty of San Francisco


Mayor's Office

Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez


                AB 155 (Mendoza) Local government: Bankruptcy proceedings.

This bill would provide that a local public entity may only file under federal bankruptcy law with the approval of the California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission, as specified.  Status: Passed Assembly (Ayes 47, Noes 25) on 6/3/09.

                Recommended Action: Oppose


SB 218 (Yee)

The bill would expand the definition of the term “state agency” in the California Public Records Act (CPRA) to include entities that receive public funds or which perform a government function on behalf of the University of California, the California State University or the California Community Colleges.  SLC voted to Support on 5/26/09.

Recommended Action: Oppose



AB 814 (Krekorian) Firearm Relinquishment

This bill would establish a clear process for firearm relinquishment by persons who are convicted of crimes which render them ineligible to possess firearms.  Under existing law, persons who become prohibited are advised, through a notice and form created by the Department of Justice, to transfer their firearms to a third party designee who must, within thirty days, relinquish the firearms to a local law enforcement agency, sell or transfer them to a third party through a licensed firearms dealer, or sell them to a dealer.  Existing law provides no mechanism, however, to ensure that these firearms are actually relinquished. 

Under AB 814, a prohibited person must, upon conviction, transfer his or her firearms to a designee who must sell the firearms to a dealer, sell or transfer them to a third party through a dealer, or relinquish them to local law enforcement.  If the prohibited person is not in law enforcement custody following conviction, the relinquishment process must be completed within 5 days.  If the prohibited person remains in custody, the process must be completed within 14 days.  Under the bill, all prohibited persons must, within the relinquishment period, submit a form to local law enforcement stating: 1) whether or not they owned any firearms to relinquish; and 2) if so, to whom any firearms were relinquished.

Status: Approved by the Assembly in 72-3 vote on 6/3/09

Recommended Action: Support


AB 346 (Torlakson) Joint-Use for Healthier Children and Families

This bill would authorizes grants to fund joint-use projects on property adjacent to school sites and owned by a governmental entity.  It would also expand the type of projects that would be eligible to be built using grant funds.  It gives more flexibility to school districts in raising the required local share by allowing them to use the value of land or real property upon which the joint0use project is to be build as a part of the 50% local share.  The bill would become operative if the voters approve a statewide general obligation bond act.  Status:  In Senate Committee on Rules

Recommended Action: Support


AB 627 (Brownley)  Improving Nutrition in Child Care

This bill would improve nutrition in child care by requiring health and nutrition-related requirements for child care licensing and would require that the Secretary of Public Instruction create an 18 month pilot program to implement certain nutrition and physical activity standards in exchange for higher reimbursement rates in child care providers who participate in the Child and Adult Care Food Program.  A non-General Fund funding source is required for implementation.  Status:  Passed in the Assembly – moved to Senate.

Recommended Action: Support


AB 527 (Arambula) EBT Access at Farmers’ Markets

This bill would allow farmers markets to partner with a third party organization to accept EBT (food stamps) if they do not have a system in place by January 1, 2012.  The current version of the legislation does not require farmers markets to accept food stamps.  Status:  Passed in Agriculture Committee on April 29, 2009; in Committee on Appropriations

Recommended Action: Support


SB 718 (Leno) Public Social Services: CalWORKs and the Food Stamp Program

Current state law requires finger print imaging for food stamp cases.  This bill would remove the finger imaging requirement from the food stamp cases for “food stamp only” cases. This removal of the fingerprint imaging requirement would not apply to applicants for, or recipients of, food stamps that also apply for or receive designated non health benefits associated with county aid and relief to indigents.  This change would eliminate a significant barrier to enrolling certain eligible residents into the food stamp program.  Status: Held in committee and under submission.

Recommended Action: Support


                Supervisor David Chiu’s Office

                David Noyola


                AB 746 (Coto)

This bill would relax conflict of interest code to permit contractors to participate actively in the preparation of a Request For Proposals their company would later respond to.

Recommended Action: Oppose





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 421 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.