Meetings - May 21, 2020 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
May 21, 2020 - 5:30pm

San Francisco Commission of

Animal Control & Welfare



Thursday, May 21, 2020

5:30 PM



On May 13, 2020 the Commission received authorization from the Mayor’s Office to hold its regularly scheduled meeting remotely.  Due to the COVID-19 health emergency and to protect Commission members and members of the public, the Commission’s meeting room (room 408) is closed.  This meeting is being held by videoconference pursuant to the Governor’s Executive Order N-29-20 and the Fifth Supplement to the Mayoral Proclamation Declaring the Existence of a Local Emergency.


Members of the public are encouraged to participate remotely.  To ensure your comment on any agenda item is received by the Commission in advance of the meeting, please send an email to by 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 20. 


Members of the public requesting reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to observe the meeting or offer public comment are asked to please email requests to by 5:00pm on Wednesday, May 20.  


WATCH (via SFGovTV) -


PUBLIC COMMENT CALL-IN:  (888) 363-4734  / Access Code:  2241350

 Providing Public Comment

  • Ensure you are in a quiet location
  • Speak clearly
  • Mute any TVs, radios, or internet streaming around you


1.  When the Commission is taking public comment regarding an agenda item, it will ask callers to dial “1 - 0” to be added to the speaker line.


2.  The automated prompt will indicate that callers are entering “Question and Answer” time, but this is the “Public Comment” period.


3. Callers will hear silence while waiting for their turns to speak.


4. The automated prompt will indicate when it is each caller’s turn to speak.  Each caller will have the standard two minutes to provide comment.





Nina Irani; Russell Tenofsky; Michael Angelo Torres; Annemarie Fortier; Jane Tobin; Bunny Rosenberg; Brian Van Horn, DVM; Lisa Wayne, RPD; John Skeel, ACC; Officer Ryan Crockett, SFPD




Mailing Address:                                City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,

Room 362

San Francisco, CA 94102


Commission Chairperson:                      Nina Irani



(Note: Public comment will be taken on each item after it is introduced to the Commission.  Following public comment, the Commission may further discuss and vote on the item if it is an action item.)


1. Call to Order and Roll Call  [Action Item]



2. General Public Comment [Discussion Item]
Members of the public may address the Commission with comments on items within the Commission’s jurisdiction other than items on the agenda at the beginning or end of the meeting, but not both.



3. Approval of Draft Minutes from the February 2020 Meeting  [Discussion/Action Item]


4. Chairperson’s and Commissioners’ Reports [Discussion Item]

Commissioners’ reports regarding recent activities in the community involving animal issues that have been discussed by the Commission in the past.



5. New Business


A. San Francisco Live Animal Markets [Discussion Item] [Commissioner Van Horn] In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and proposed state legislation regarding live animal markets, the Commission will discuss the state of local markets, including their regulation.


6. Old Business


A. Euthanasia Protocol at SF Animal Care and Control  [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Tenofsky] The Commission will discuss ACC protocols for when euthanasia is advised and an ordinance codifying the protocols.  


B.    Feral Cat Management Policy [Discussion Item] [Commissioner Irani] A discussion of Animal Care & Control’s feral cat management policy, focusing on temporary policy in place during the COVID-19 pandemic.



7. General Public Comment [Discussion Item]
Members of the public may address the Commission with comments on items within the Commission’s jurisdiction other than the items on the agenda at the beginning or end of the meeting, but not both.


8. Items to be put on the Calendar for Future Commission Meetings [Discussion Item]



9. Adjournment

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Disability Access:  Room 408 is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART Station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, the #71 Haight/Noriega, the F Line to Market and Van Ness, and the Metro stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For more information about MUNI accessible services, call 923-6142.

There is accessible parking at the following locations: two (2) designated blue curb spaces on the southwest corner of McAllister Street at Van Ness Avenue; the Performing Arts Garage (entrance on Grove Street between Franklin and Gough Streets), and at Civic Center Plaza Garage. 

To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation to participate in the meeting, please contact Arianna Flores at 252-2500 (voice) or 252-2550 (TDD) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.

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.


Policy on Cell Phones, Pagers, and Electronic Devices: The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devices 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.


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 MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE OR TO REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE ORDINANCE, CONTACT THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE TASK FORCE: Administrator Sunshine Ordinance Task Force City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689 Phone: (415) 554-7724, Fax: (415) 554-5784 E-mail: Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, at the San Francisco Public Library, and on the City’s website at


Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (SF Administrative Code 16.520 - 16.534) to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112, and website:


Documents for Public Inspection: Any documents related to an item on this agenda that are distributed to the Commission will be available for public inspection at the Commission website within 72 hours of the meeting.



Providing Public Comment – Instructions

(888) 363-4734 / Access Code: 2241350

  1. DIAL the Toll-Free number listed for the meeting.
  2. Enter the Access Code then press ‘#’.
  3. Press # again to join the meeting as a participant.
  4. When you hear that ‘you are connected to the meeting as a participant’:
    1. Stop and LISTEN
    2. Wait for the Commission to announce Public Comment
  5. When the Commission calls for Public Comment, dial ‘1’ then ‘0’ to be added to the speaker line.
  6. The automated system will tell you that you will be notified of your turn and that you can also withdraw your question by pressing ‘1’ then ‘0’.  WAIT for your turn to speak.
  7. When the automated system states ‘your line is unmuted, please ask your question after the tone [BEEP]’ THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOUR COMMENT after the beep.

(although the system refers to a ‘question and answer’ session, this is the time for public comment)

  1. You will have the standard 2 minutes to provide your comment.
  2. Once your two minutes have ended, you will be moved out of the speaker line and will be listening as a participant (unless you disconnect the line). 
  3. If you wish to speak on other agenda items you may stay on the line and listen for the Commission’s next call for Public Comment, and then repeat the instructions by dialing ‘1’ then ‘0’ to be added to the speaker line.


We appreciate your patience as we work to resolve the numerous challenges presented during the health emergency. 

Best Practices

  • Call from a quiet location
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Mute any televisions, radios, or internet streaming (including SFGovTV) around you
  • Address your comments to the Commission, not to individual Commissioners