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May 9, 2012

State Legislation Committee - May 9, 2012
Wednesday, May 9, 2012
City Hall, Room 305



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)











All present except Drew Murrell


II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 4-11-12 (Action Item)


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.


Approved 6-0. No public comment.



SB 1136 (Steinberg) Mental Health Services Act (MHSA) adjustments - Recommended position: Support if amended
Would require the Mental Health Services Oversight and Accountability Commission to develop a joint plan for coordinated evaluation of MHSA client outcomes and require the HHS Agency to lead the joint plan effort.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

AB 2002 (Cedillo) Safety net provider definition - Recommended position: Oppose
Would expand the definition of “safety net provider.”

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

ACA 23 (Perea) Assembly Constitutional Amendment - Recommended position: Support
Would change the voter-approval requirement for special transportation taxes proposed by local government from two-thirds to 55 percent.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

AB 2128 (Cook) Traffic fines – Recommended position: Oppose
Would set new guidelines on the setting of yellow lights relative to prevailing speeds rather than posted speeds. Would also make it a lesser offense to not come to a complete stop at a traffic signal if making a right turn at a two-way street or a left turn from a one-way street into a one-way street.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

AB 1971 (Buchanan) Fines on transit-related materials - Recommended position: Support
Would increase the fine for criminally receiving junk metals and other transit-related materials.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

SB 1189 (Hancock) High Speed Rail Bond – Recommended position: Support
Would appropriate $523,400,000 from the High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Fund to the Department of Transportation for allocation by the California Transportation Commission.  

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

SB 1380 (Rubio) CEQA bike exemption – Recommended position: Support
Would exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) a bicycle plan prepared pursuant to Streets and Highways Code Section 891.2.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

AB 1709 (Mitchell) Juveniles: jury trails - Recommended position: Oppose
Would 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 entitled to a jury trial in the juvenile court.

Continued to the call of the Chair 6-0. No public comment.
SB 1506 (Leno) Drug possession - Recommended position: Support ?Would make the simple possession of some drugs a misdemeanor punishable with up to a year of jail time. Currently this action is considered a felony and it’s punished with up to three years in county jail.
Approved with the amendment that any savings accrued by the state because of SB 1506 are to be re-dedicated to substance abuse treatment programs at the county level.
6-0. No public comment.

AB 2263 (Bradford) Expungement relief – Recommended Position: Support Would expand expungement relief to people convicted of non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual crimes, those serving longer periods of time in county jail or under mandatory supervision who prior to realignment would have been sentenced to state prison. Would expand the eligibility for expungement to include people sentenced to county supervision for non-serious, non-violent and non-sexual crimes under Public Safety Realignment Act (AB109/117).
Approved 6-0. No public comment.

SB 970 (De Leon) Social services enrollment reform – Recommended position: Support
Would promote horizontal integration across health and human services programs, thereby maximizing enrollment and retention of eligible clients.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

SB 1503 (Steinberg) – Long term services plan – Recommended position: Support
Would require the Director of Social Services and the Director of Health Care Services to convene a stakeholder group to plan for the integration of long-term services and supports programs.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

AB 1725 (Lowenthal) Veteran status fee and county services – Recommended position: Support
Would create a fee system for veterans wishing to add a “V” status to their drivers’ license or state ID card. This fee would be partially remitted to the state controller’s office to create the Veterans Service Office Fund to be distributed to counties for veterans services.
Continued to the call of the Chair 6-0. No public comment.

AB 1525 (Allen, Alejo) Elder abuse – Recommended position: Support
Would add money wire transferring provisions to the Elder Abuse Act.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

AB 2336 (Mansoor) Plastic product labels - Recommended position: Oppose?Would preempt existing local government authority to enforce plastic labeling laws as outlined in San Francisco’s environmental code.

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

AB 2196 (Chesboro) Landfill reduction - Recommended position: Support
Would set a statewide goal of cutting the amount of organics in our landfills in half.
Approved policy positions in concept and gave future approval for identical legislation once created 6-0. No public comment.

SB 1118 (Hancock) Mattress disposal – Recommended position: Support with amendment
Would require manufacturers of mattresses, on and after July 1, 2013, to establish and implement a program to collect and recycle used mattresses from consumers.
Approved 6-0. No public comment.

SB 1186 (Perea) ADA lawsuits - Recommended position: Pending
Among other changes, would prohibit an attorney or other person from issuing a demand for money to a building owner or tenant prior to the filing of a complaint on the basis of one or more construction-related accessibility violations, as specified. 
Continued to the call of the Chair 6-0. No public comment.

V. PROPOSED STATE POLICY AGENDA – Human Services Agency (Discussion and Action) Discussion and possible action item: the Committee will review and discuss proposed state policy agendas. Proposed state policy agendas for review and possible adoption will be listed by submitting department, then specific policy item.

Human Services Agency – Recommended position from the Human Services Agency: Support
• Aging and Adult Services & Long Term Care
• Self Sufficiency Supports and Child Welfare
• Cross Program Priorities

Approved 6-0. No public comment.

Department of the Environment – Recommended position from the Department of the Environment: Support
• Energy Efficiency
• Renewable Energy
• Zero Waste

Continued for one month 6-0. No 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.




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 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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