City and County of San Francisco

March 8, 2012


Thursday, March 8, 2012
5:30 PM

Room 408
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
Susanna Russo, Geneva Page, Jack Aldridge, DVM, Ryan Young, Sally Stephens
Philip Gerrie, Pam Hemphill, Vicky Guldbech, John Denny, Lisa Wayne
MAILING ADDRESS: City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place,
Room 362
San Francisco, CA 94102

(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

2. General Public Comment
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 February 9, 2012 Meeting
[Discussion/Action Item]

4. Chairperson’s report and opening remarks

5. New Business
A) Discussion and possible action to recommend to the Board of Supervisors that San Francisco develop a Coyote Management Plan to ensure people, pets and coyotes co-exist. Coyote Management Plans typically include educational outreach and training on “hazing” techniques to change coyote behavior to avoid contact with humans and pets. Possible additions in San Francisco could include sustained educational outreach, training the community to conduct effective hazing, and creation of an online database for coyote sightings. A speaker from Project Coyote, a group that promotes active co-existence between people and wildlife, will discuss how other communities manage coyotes and what San Francisco can do for its coyote management plan. [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Stephens]

B) Discussion only of how San Francisco may be supporting the puppy mill industry. Animals in puppy mills are kept in squalid conditions, bred repeatedly, and denied socialization and veterinary care. The puppies that result can have health and behavior problems as a result of conditions at the mills. Dr. Jennifer Scarlett, Co-President of the SF/SPCA, will report on results of a city-wide survey on pet acquisition conducted by the SF/SPCA, and how to fight the national problem of puppy mills through local activism. [Discussion Item] [Commissioner Young]

6. Old Business
A) Discussion and possible action to recommend that the Board of Supervisors change the way the Commission communicates with the Board. Currently, the SF Health Code Article 1, sec 41.3 says “The Commission shall render a written report of its activities to the Board of Supervisors quarterly.” The recommendation is to amend SF Health Code Article 1, sec 41.3 to read: “The Commission shall render a report of its activities via email to the members of the Board of Supervisors and the Clerk of the Board quarterly.” [Discussion/Action Item] [Commissioner Gerrie]

7. General Public Comment
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. Closing Review of Task Allotments and Next Steps
[Discussion Item]

10. 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 Carla Vaughn at 252-2500 (voice) or 252-2550 (TDD) at least two working days prior to the meeting.

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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 (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco's Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the Ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force. The current Sunshine Ordinance Task Force Administrator, Frank Darby Jr., can be contacted at the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, City Hall, Room 244, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689; Office (415) 554-7724; Fax (415) 554-7854; E-mail: [email protected] Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s Web site 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 1390 Market Street, #701, San Francisco, CA 94102, telephone (415) 554-9510; fax (415) 703-0121 and web site

Documents for Public Inspection: Any documents related to an item on this agenda that are distributed to the Commission in advance of the meeting are available for public inspection and copying at the Government Information Center, 5th Floor, SF Main Public Library, 100 Larkin St (at Grove), open seven days a week. They are also available on the Commission website:


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