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February 15, 2012

State Legislation Committee - February 15, 2012

STATE LEGISLATION COMMITTEE
Wednesday, February 15th, 2012
1:00pm
City Hall, Room 288

Meeting Minutes

 
MEMBERS:
Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Jason Elliott (Renee Willette)
Supervisor Chiu – Judson True
Supervisor #2 – Alex Volberding
City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow (Jack Song)
Treasurer’s Office – Greg Kato
Assessor’s Office – Angela D’Anna
Controller’s Office – Michelle Allserma (Leo Levenson)

AGENDA

I. ROLL CALL

Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Jason Elliott (Renee Willette) -present
Supervisor Chiu – Judson True - present
Supervisor #2 – Alex Volberding – present
City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow (Jack Sung) – present
Treasurer’s Office – Greg Kato – present
Assessor’s Office – Angela D’Anna – present
Controller’s Office – Michelle Allserma (Leo Levenson)-present

 
II. CA STATE BUDGET UPDATE (Discussion)

III. CONSENT AGENDA (Action Item)

The SLC has previously taken a position on all of the items on the consent agenda.

a. AB 298 – Brownley – Recycling : reusable bags - Support
b. AB 540 – Beall – MediCal: alcohol and drug screening - Support
c. AB 1094 (formerly AB900) – Swanson – Schools to provide compost and recycle bin - Support
d. AB 1019 – Perez, J –Solid Waste: Carpet Stewardship - Support
e. AB 1354 – Huber – Public Works: payments: retention - oppose
f. SB 568 – Lowental –Recycling: polystyrene free containers - support
g. SB 594 – Wolk – Requirement for public health laboratories – oppose unless amended
h. SB 703 – Hernandez – Establish a basic healthcare plan in California – support

No public comment.

Items a-d and items f-h were approved 7-0. Item e was not approved.

IV. PROPOSED STATE POLICY AGENDA –TRANSPORTATION, FINANCE AND HOUSING POLICY (Discussion and Action)
Discussion and possible action item: the Committee will review and discuss a proposed state policy agenda for transportation, finance and housing policy areas. Proposed state policy agendas for review and possible adoption will be listed by broad policy area, then specific policy item.

TRANSPORTATION – Recommended position from the Municipal Transit Agency: Support
a. Funding and the State FY12-13 Budget
b. State Bond Funding
c. California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Reform
d. Taxi Legislation and Policy
e. Fare Evasion Citation Enhancment
f. Regional Governance and AB57

FINANCE – Recommended position from the Treasurer Tax Collector: Support
a. Transient Occupancy Tax

HOUSING – Recommended position from the Mayor’s Office of Housing: Support
a. Infrastructure Financing District Legislation
b. Local Taxation Authority
c. Affordable Housing and SB375

Public Comment by David Pilpel

Modification to Housing Policy item b to change “adjust” to “decrease” in sentence 1.

Modification to Housing Policy item c to add the sentence, “The City should support efforts in legislature to consider the elimination of Redevelopment in all future Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) processes.”

All modifications and items approved 7-0.

V. 2011 UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Discussion item: the Committee will review and discuss state legislation approval process for the 2012 calendar year.

TREASURER TAX COLLECTOR
a. AB 51 (Yamada) – Recommended position: Support with Amendment Employer use of paycards rather than direct deposit
b. AB 1158 (Calderon) – Recommended position: Oppose
Would increase amount for a deferred deposit transaction to be up to $500

No public comment 

Both items approved 7-0.

VI. FUTURE LEGISLATION (Discussion and Possible Action)
a. Treasurer Tax Collector: Proposal for State Legislation to establish a fair rate of interest on claims and judgments (Including Local Tax Refunds) against California Public Entities

Item moved to next month’s agenda.

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.

Public Comment by David Pilpel


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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