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January 15th, 2014

State Legislation Committee - January 15, 2014
**Special Meeting**
Wednesday, January15th, 2014
City Hall, Room 421


Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Jason Elliott (Tamsen Drew)
Supervisor Chiu – Judson True
Supervisor Farrell – Jess Montejano (Catherine Stefani)
City Attorney’s Office – Mary Jane Winslow
Treasurer’s Office – Greg Kato
Assessor’s Office – Trisha Prashad (Edward McCaffrey)
Controller’s Office – Michelle Allersma (Drew Murrell/James Whitaker)



PRESENT: Elliott, True, Stefani, Winslow, Kato, Allersma
ABSENT: Prashad

II. APPROVAL OF MINUTES FROM 12-11-2013 (Action Item)

No public comment.
Motion to approve: True; Seconded by: Winslow.
Approved: 6-0

III. PROPOSED DEPARTMENT STATE POLICY AGENDAS City Attorney’s Office, Health Service Systems–(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.

a. City Attorney’s Office
i. Litigation
ii. Code Enforcement
iii. Land Use.
iv. Public Contracts.

No public comment.
Motion to approve: True; Seconded by: Allersma
Approved: 6-0

b. Health Service Systems
No public comment.
Motion to approve: Allersma; Seconded by: Winslow
Approved: 6-0

IV. 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. AB 59 (Bonta) Claims
Recommended position: Support
The California Supreme Court decision in McWilliams v. City of Long Beach states that only a “statute” could regulate claims, such as class action claims. The Court decision stated that a “statute” may only be adopted by the legislature or by initiative. This change would add “enactment” and “resolution” to the relevant Government Code sections to allow municipalities and counties to pass local laws to regulate claims, such as class action claims.

No public comment.
Motion to approve support position on AB 59 specifically, and the intent of the bill more generally: Allersma; Seconded by: Kato
Approved: 6-0

Presentation and discussion on the Governor’s Proposed Budget and annual State Legislative process by the City’s State Lobbyists, Shaw, Yoder & Antwih.

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 well 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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