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April 11, 2012

State Legislation Committee - April 11, 2012
STATE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
11:00am
City Hall, Room 201

MEMBERS:
Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Jason Elliott (Renee Willette)
Supervisor Chiu – Judson True
Supervisor Elsbernd – Alex Volberding
City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow
Treasurer’s Office – Greg Kato
Assessor’s Office – Angela D’Anna
Controller’s Office – Michelle Allserma (Drew Murrell)

AGENDA
 
I. ROLL CALL
All present but Judson True
 
II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 3-14-12 (Action Item)
 
Approved 6-0 (True absent). No public comment.
 
III. PROPOSED LEGISLATION (Discussion and Action)
Discussion and possible action item: the Committee will review and discuss state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco. Items are listed by Department, then by bill number.
 
PORT
a. AB 2259 (Ammiano) – Infrastructure Financing Districts – Amending AB 664 Recommended position: Sponsor
Would amend AB 664 that expanded the powers of the Port of San Francisco to authorizing financing plans for special waterfront districts. This proposal was previously approved as future legislation by the SLC on 3-14-12.

Approved 6-0 (True absent). No public comment.

b. AB 2649 (Ammiano) Affordable housing - Recommended position: Sponsor
Would free Seawall Lot 322-1 from trust use restrictions, authorize affordable housing at the site and permit the City to lease the site below market. This proposal was previously approved as future legislation by the SLC on 3-14-12.

Approved 7-0. No public comment.


DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH
c. AB 2109 (Pan) Immunization release - Recommended position: Support
Would require that parents, guardians, or emancipated minors seeking a Personal Belief Exemption from school- or day care-based immunization requirements obtain a CDPH-approved form signed by themselves and a licensed health care provider acknowledging that they have been informed by the provider of the benefits and risks of immunization and the risks associated with communicable diseases.

Approved 7-0. No public comment.

d. AB 2096 (Perez) Hospital reimbursements - Recommended position: Oppose
Would expand the hospitals eligible for reimbursement through the Medicaid 1115 Waiver Safety Net Care Pool fund from the current 21 designated public hospitals to also include the 44 non-designated public (district) hospitals.

Approved 7-0. No public comment.

RECREATION AND PARKS
e. SB 973 (Vargas) CEQA exemptions for special events - Recommended position: Support
Would narrowly amend CEQA to exempt special events and park use permits from requiring environmental review and help to preserve CEQA’s original intent.

Approved 7-0. No public comment.

CITY ATTORNEY and DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
f. AB 2231 (Padilla) Sidewalk repairs - Recommended position: Oppose
Would change current law by making cities and counties responsible for the repair of any sidewalks they "own" or that have been damaged by any plant or tree. The bill also would make cities and counties liable for any injury resulting from the failure to repair.

Approved 7-0. No public comment.

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION
g. AB 1627 (Dickinson) Building standards - Recommended position: Oppose
Would prohibit a local building department from issuing a building permit for a residential or nonresidential building unless the department confirms that the building plan complies with specific environmental standards.

Bill was gutted and amended. Item tabled. No public comment.

MAYOR’S OFFICE OF HOUSING
h. SB 1220 (Lowenthal) Affordable housing - Recommended position: Support
Would enact the Housing Opportunity Trust Fund Act of 2012. The bill would make several legislative findings and declarations relating to the need for establishing permanent, ongoing sources of funding dedicated to affordable housing development.

 
Approved 6-0 (True absent). No public comment.

DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE PROBATION
i. AB 1709 (Mitchell) Juveniles: jury trails - Recommended position: Oppose
Would provide require that a youth who is 16 years of age or older at the time of the commission of an offense that could be used as a future felony conviction under the Three Strikes law is be entitled to a jury trial in the juvenile court.

Item continued one month. No public comment.

OFFICE OF ECONOMIC AND WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
j. SB 1401 (Lieu) Workforce investment - Recommended position: Support
Would provide that the CA Workforce Investment Board is responsible for aligning education and workforce investment systems with the needs of the 21st century workforce.

Approved 6-0 (True absent). No public comment.

MAYOR’S OFFICE
k. SB 1545 (DeSaulnier) MTC Headquarters - Recommended position: Oppose
Would prohibit public money from being used on the development of an office building at 390 Main Street, San Francisco, until after the State Auditor has completed a specified audit relating to the move of the headquarters of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Approved 7-0. No public comment.

VIII. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT
Discussion item: members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest that are within the Committee’s subject matter jurisdiction.

 
No public comment.
VII. ADJOURNMENT
 
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 sotf@sfgov.org. 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 www.sfgov.org/sunshine.htm.

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: www.sfgov.org/ethics.

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 Renee Willette, Deputy Director of Legislative & Government Affairs, Mayor’s Office at: (415) 554-6971.

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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