Meetings - November 21, 2019 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
November 21, 2019 - 5:30pm
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Room 408
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

San Francisco Commission of

Animal Control & Welfare


Thursday, November 21, 2019

5:30 PM

Room 408

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689


Annemarie Fortier; Nina Irani; Bunny Rosenberg; Russell Tenofsky; Jane Tobin; Michael Angelo Torres; Brian Van Horn, DVM;  Lisa Wayne; Shari O’Neil, DVM, ACC; Officer Ryan Crockett, SFPD


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

Room 362 

San Francisco, CA 94102

Commission Voicemail:            (415) 554-6074


Commission Chairperson:            Annemarie Fortier

(Note: Public comment will be taken on each item.  Items are first introduced to the Commission, and then there is public comment.  After public comment, the Commission may further discuss the item and vote 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 or recommendations 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. 


3. Approval of Draft Minutes from the October 2019 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

  1. Enforcement of California’s animal cruelty law and exposure of farm animal cruelty.  [Discussion] [Commissioner Irani] California Penal Code section 597 is one of the strongest animal cruelty laws in the country, making it a crime to intentionally and maliciously harm an animal, including animals raised in farming operations.  Activists from Direct Action Everywhere have investigated and reported alleged cruelty at commercial facilities. The commission will discuss this law and its enforcement. The speaker will be Jon Frohnmayer, organizer and counsel for Direct Action Everywhere


  1. GGNRA Proposed Changes [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Tobin] Review of changes to GGNRA dog walking regulations. Sally Stephens of SFDog will speak.


  1. Election of Officers [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Fortier] The Commission will elect new officers. 


  1. Review of Sunshine Rules [Discussion] [Commissioner  Fortier] Discussion about how Sunshine Rules apply to Commissioners communications with each other and outside of the Commission. 


  1. Name Change of Commission [Discussion] [Commissioner Torres] A discussion of feasibility of changing the name of the Commission in order to avoid confusion with Animal Care and Control. 


6. Old Business

  1. Euthanasia Protocol at SF Animal Care and Control  [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Tenofsky] In rare cases, animals that are brought to ACC are euthanized. A review of the protocols, including notificiation of partner organizations, when euthanasia is advised.  

  2. Commission Technology Update [Discussion/Action Item]  [Commissioner Fortier]An update on Commissioners efforts to update the webpage and secure oversight from a City government agency. 


7. General Public Comment [Discussion Item]
Members of the public may address the Commission with comments or recommendations 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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