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January 19, 2011

Elections Commission Meeting

Wednesday, January 19 2011

6:00 p.m.

City Hall Room 408



Order of Business


                1.      Call to Order & Roll Call




2.      Public comment on any issue within the Elections Commission’s general jurisdiction.



        3.      Announcements  



        4.  Approval of Minutes


       Discussion and possible action to approve the Minutes of the December 15, 2010 Elections Commission Meeting. 


5.   Director’s Report

·         Division Updates



·         Budget/Personnel



·         Technology Division



·         Campaign Services



·         Voter Services



·         Outreach






·         Publications






·         Poll Worker Division








6.    Commissioners’ Reports

● Meetings with public officials
● Oversight and Observation activities
● Long-range planning for Commission activities and areas of study

        ● Proposed legislation which impacts elections



7.    Old Business


(a)   Discussion and possible action regarding status hiring  a Commission Secretary



8.         Closed session.



Closed Session pursuant to Brown Act section 54957(b) and Sunshine Ordinance section 67.10(b) to discuss annual performance evaluation of a public employee.  Discussion and possible action.



Director of Elections John Arntz


9.           Discussion and possible action regarding closed session action and deliberations. 



(a)    Discussion and vote pursuant to Brown Act section 54957.1 and  Sunshine Ordinance section 67.12 on whether to disclose any action taken or  discussions held in closed session.



Motion: The Elections Commission finds that it is in the best interest of the public (not) to disclose its closed session deliberations regarding the performance evaluation of the Director of Elections.


10.      New Business



(a) Discussion and possible action to approve the Commission’s Annual Report for calendar year 2010.


11.       Discussion and possible action regarding items for future meeting agendas and meeting dates.



(a)   Forward looking calendar for the Commission;


(b)   Establish performance goals for the Director, Department of Elections at start of each calendar year;


(c)     Motor voter registration discussion


(d)    Hospital voter issues review



12.      Discussion and possible action to elect Officers of the San Francisco Elections Commission. 



The process shall be as follows:  The current president will open nominations first for the office of president of the Elections Commission.  When there are no further nominations, the president will close nominations.  Public comment will then be sought.  At the conclusion of public comment, there will be a roll call vote of all commissioners during which each commissioner shall say the name of a nominee for whom he or she wishes to vote.  Any nominee receiving four votes shall be elected president.  The same process will then be followed for the office of vice president.  The terms of office for the new officers begin immediately at the conclusion of tonight’s meeting.  (Elec. Comm. Bylaws, Art. V, Sec. 1(B).)




There will be an opportunity for public comment on each agenda item.

Materials contained in the Commission packets for meetings are available for inspection and copying  during regular office hours at the Department of Elections, City Hall Room 48.  Materials are placed in the Elections Commission's Public Binder no later than 72 hours prior to meetings.  Any materials distributed to members of the Elections Commission within 72 of the meeting or after the agenda packet has been delivered to the members are available for inspection at the Department of Elections, City Hall Room 48, in the Commission's Public Binder, during normal office hours.

Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices: The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. The Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

Disability Access: The Elections Commission meeting will be held in Room 408, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA. The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center. For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142. There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.

To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in a meeting, please contact the Department of Elections at least 48 hours before the meeting, except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline is 4:00 p.m. the previous Friday.  Late requests will be honored, if possible. Services available on request include the following:  American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes.  Please contact the Department of Elections at (415) 554- 4375 or our TDD at (415) 554-4386 to make arrangements for a disability-related modification or accommodation.

Chemical-Based Products: 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.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code):  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, CITY HALL, ROOM 244, 1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, SAN FRANCISCO CA 94102-4689; PHONE: (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, at the San Francisco Public Library, and on the City's website at

Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements:  Individuals that influence or attempt to influence local policy or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code sections 2.100 – 2.160) 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:




Annual Report 2010 pdf


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