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May 26, 2010

State Legislation Committee - May 26, 2010






Wednesday, May 26, 2010


City Hall, Room 288




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

Supervisor Chiu  Judson True

Supervisor Alioto-Pier  Bill Barnes

City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow

Treasurer’s Office – Pauline Marx

Assessor’s Office – Kevin Alin

Controller’s Office – Leo Levenson



            I . ROLL CALL 


Action Item: the Committee will vote to approve the minutes of the April 21, 2010 meeting of the State Legislation Committee.





Discussion item:  the Committee will review and discuss state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco


Mayor’s Office

Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez


SB 1255 (Padilla) Schools: nutrition: beverages.

This bill prohibits, beginning on July 1, 2011, the sale of electrolyte replacement beverages (Gatorade) on school campuses within one-half hour of the start of school to one-half hour after the end of the school day.  The bill is currently set to be heard on the Senate Floor.

            Recommended Action: Support


SB 1342 (Simitian) Election precincts.

This bill would authorize a local elections official to subtract permanent vote by mail voters from that total when specified conditions are met.  (In 2007, the SF State Legislation Committee voted to support SB 967 which was the prior version of the bill. The bill was vetoed with Schwarzenegger’s generic “this is not a priority” language).   The bill is currently in the Assembly awaiting committee assignment. 

            Recommended Action: Support




AB 2700 (Ma) Domestic partner registration: termination.

This bill would allow same-sex couples registered as domestic partners and who are legally married to dissolve both contracts through a single procedure, rather than two separate processes. The bill is sponsored by Equality California and the Conference of California Bar Associations. The bill is in the Senate awaiting committee assignment.

            Recommended Action: Support


SB 840 (Yee) Reporting crimes.

This bill expands the duty to report the commission of a murder, rape or specified sex offense on a child under the age of 18. This bill is in the Assembly awaiting committee assignment.

            Recommended Action: Support


Department of Emergency Management

Amiee Albertson Alden


SB 1205 (Corbett) The San Francisco Bay Area Disaster Recovery Authority Act.

This bill would establish the San Francisco Bay Area Disaster Recovery Authority to create a long-term regional recovery plan, to be implemented before and after an earthquake or other disaster occurs in the bay area, by cooperating with various stakeholders in the Bay Area, including, but not limited to, the cities, counties, special districts, schools, emergency operators, hospitals, members of the public, private businesses, and nongovernmental organizations.  This bill is currently in Senate Appropriations on Suspense with a hearing set for May 27. 

SLC took a position of Oppose unless Amended on March 25, 2010. 

Recommended Action: Support as Amended


Human Services Agency

Noelle Simmons


AB 2064 (Perez and Bass) Emergency Housing Shelter Operations Grant Account: notice of funding availability.

This bill would require the Department of Finance to make a timely determination as to the amount of General Fund moneys in the Emergency Housing Shelter Operations Grant Account within the Emergency Housing and Assistance Fund. The bill would require the Department of Housing and Community Development to issue a notice of funding availability to potential applicants and local boards, as applicable, indicating the amount of General Fund moneys in the Emergency Housing Shelter Operations Grant Account, as determined by the Department of Finance, that is available for the shelter operations program, no later than 30 days after the effective date of the bill.  This bill would declare that it is to take effect immediately as an urgency statute and requires 2/3 vote.   This bill is currently in Assembly Appropriations on suspense with a hearing set for May 28.

            Recommended Action: Support


Department of Public Health

Jim Soos


AB 1640 (Evans) Breast and cervical cancer screening / SB 836 (Oropeza) Breast cancer screening: expanded coverage.

AB 1640 would express the intent of the Legislature that eligibility for screening services return to those in place as of December 31, 2009 (i.e., age 40), and would require the department to notify the Joint Legislative Budget Committee at least 90 days prior to changing eligibility requirements for services or reducing access to screening services.  This bill is currently in Assembly Appropriations on Suspense with a hearing set for May 28

SB 836 would require the department to provide breast cancer screening and diagnostic services to individuals of any age who are exhibiting symptoms, with a physician’s recommendation, and individuals 40 years of age or older, provided the individual otherwise meets the state’s eligibility requirements.  This bill is currently in Senate Appropriations on Suspense with a hearing set for May 27. 

Recommended Action: Support


SB 928 (Simitian) Consumer products: content information.

This bill would require a manufacturer or wholesaler of specified consumer products (air care products, automotive products, cleaning products, and polish or floor maintenance products) to provide a notice that lists all substances that are contained in that product by posting that information on the manufacturer’s or wholesaler’s Internet Web site. A manufacturer or wholesaler that does not maintain an Internet Web site would be required by the bill to establish such an Internet Web site.  This bill is currently in the Assembly ES&TM Committee

Recommended Action: Support


Public Utilities Commission

Nathan Purkiss


AB 2488 (Ruskin) City and County of San Francisco: regional water system.

This bill clarifies the Bay Area Water Supply and Conservation Agency’s (BAWSCA) authority as a regional agency to plan and implement regional conservation and water-supply projects, including access to state grants. The bill also updates the state water code to reflect BAWSCA’s organizational realities and administrative procedures stemming from the original BAWSCA enabling legislation (AB 2058/Papan: Chapter 844, Statutes of 2002).  This bill is currently in Senate Local Government Committee.

Recommended Action: Support



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.



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