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January 23, 2013

State Legislation Committee - January 23, 2013
Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013
City Hall, Room 278

Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Jason Elliott (Kelly Pretzer)
Supervisor Chiu – Judson True
Board of Supervisors, Seat 2 – Vacant
City Attorney’s Office – Mary Jane Winslow
Treasurer’s Office – Greg Kato
Assessor’s Office – Angela D’Anna
Controller’s Office – Michelle Allersma (Drew Murrell)



All present except Judson True

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 12-12-2012 (Action Item)
Approved 5-0. No public comment.

III. PROPOSED LEGISLATION (Discussion and Action)
Discussion and possible action item: the Committee with review and discuss state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco. Items are listed by Department, then by bill number.

a. SB 47 (Yee) – Assault weapons
Recommended position: Support Would amend existing 1989 Assault Weapons Ban to close the “bullet button” loophole.

Approved 5-0. No public comment.

b. SB 108 (Yee) – Firearm Lending and Residential Storage
Recommended position: Support
Would make violations of existing firearm storage regulations criminal offense, punishable as an infraction or a misdemeanor.

Approved with the amendment that grants amnesty from prosecution for the gun owner if the firearm has been reported lost or stolen 5-0. No public comment.

c. Hollow Point Ammunition
Recommended position: SponsorWould make hollow point ammunition illegal for commercial sale or possession.

Approved 4-0, City Attorney’s office (Mary Jane Winslow) abstained. No public comment.

a. “Pooled” Interest Rates
Recommended position: Sponsor Would provide for the application of “pooled” interest rates rather than only fixed rates.

Approved 5-0. No public comment.

IV. PROPOSED STATE POLICY AGENDA – City Attorney, Public Health,
Economic Development, Environment, Mayor’s Office of HOPE, Recreation
and Park, and Treasurer/Tax Collector (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.

City Attorney – Recommended position from the City Attorney’s Office: Monitor legislation and support or oppose as necessary regarding:
a. Litigation


i. Liability
ii. Expert Witness Fees
iii. Unfair Competition and Business Practice
iv. Attorney’s Fees
v. Medical Recovery Fees

b. Code Enforcement
c. Land Use
d. Public Contracts



i. Burden of Proof
ii. Strict Liability
iii. Mandated Mediation or Arbitration

e. Conflict of Interest Code

Approved 5-0. No public comment.

Public Health – Recommended position from the Department of Public Health:
Monitor, support, or oppose as necessary regarding:
a. Public Health & Prevention
b. Health Care Coverage
c. Health Reform Implementation
d. Hospitals
e. Emergency Medical Services
f. Realignment
h. Behavioral Health Services
i. Homeless/Housing
j. Incarcerated
k. Immigrant Access to Health Care/Multicultural Care
l. Long-Term Care
m. Maternal, Child, and Adolescent Health (MCAH)

Approved 5-0. No public comment.

Economic Development – Recommended position from the Office of Economic and
Workforce Development: Support
a. State Enterprise Zone
b. California State Film & TV Tax Credit Program

Approved 5-0. No public comment.

Environment – Recommended positions from the Department of the Environment:
a. Green Building/Energy
b. Clean Air/Climate Change
c. Zero Waste
d. Toxics
e. Environmental Justice
f. Urban Forestry & Gardens
g. Renewable Energy Rebates

Approved 5-0. No public comment.

Mayor’s Office of HOPE – Recommended position from the Mayor’s Office of HOPE:
a. Wireless Lifeline Services
b. Implementation of Health Care Reform
c. Homeless Youth
d. Emergency Underage Shelters (SB 119)
e. Youth Criminal Records
f. The Select Committee on Homelessness

HOPE representative absent so this has been continued to March.

Recreation and Parks – Recommended position from the Recreation and Parks
Department: Support
a. State Funding for Local and State Park Improvements
b. Prop 1C Funding for Parks
c. Sale of Parks and Open Space
d. Incentivize Sustainability Efforts
e. Support Healthy Californians
f. Mandatory Recreation Requirements

Approved 5-0. 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.

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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