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Budget and Policy Committee

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Approved:  (6-04-03)

City and County of San Francisco


                                            BUDGET AND POLICY COMMITTEE    

Minutes of the Meeting Held

Tuesday, May 27, 2003


1.         Call to Order and Roll Call.  Commissioner Brenda Stowers, Chair, called the meeting to order at 5:35 pm.  Commissioner Michael Mendelson, Commissioner Robert Kenealey and Counselor Claire Sylvia were present.


2.         Flag Salute was led by Commissioner Robert Kenealey.


3.         Discussion and possible action to adopt and recommend a policy regarding general policies on fiscal accountability and responsibility to the full Commission.  Commissioner Mendelson MOVED that the Committee accept the policy as presented in the materials before the Committee.  Commissioner Kenealey asked what was the reason for the policy.  Commissioner Mendelson replied that it would be the Commission’s publicly stated policy so that the public would be aware of the ground rules that the Department applies in fiscal matters.  Commissioner Kenealey replied that the policy was no more than what is required by the budget and fiscal provisions of the Charter.  Commissioner Stowers asked Claire Sylvia if there was anything in the policy that was not specifically covered by the Charter.  Ms. Sylvia responded that purchasing rules and regulations were not in the City’s Charter.  Counselor Sylvia further explained that the policy would ask the Department to do more than what the Charter requires, for example, at the time an appropriation is requested, the policy requires that the total program cost be divulged.  Commissioner Mendelson expressed concern that the budget problems experienced under the former director, when moneys were spent without the Commission be made aware of the full expenses, should never happen under future Directors.  Vote: two – yes, one – no.  MOTION CARRIED.


4.    (a)  Discussion and possible action to review and recommend to the full Commission an annual report template.  Commissioner Stowers MOVED that the Committee review and recommend a template for the annual report to the Commission and said that Article XI of the Commission’s Bylaws, under section one, covers the content of the annual report.  Commissioner Mendelson called the Committee’s attention to item #5 on the agenda, which recommends an amendment to the Bylaws regarding the annual report.  Commissioner Stowers withdrew her motion and Commissioner Kenealey MOVED that the Committee recommend to the Commission an amendment to Article XI of the Bylaws deleting the reference to “annals” and substituting “annual report”, such report to be prepared by the President with the approval of the Commission.  MOTION CARRIED unanimously.


(b) Discussion and possible action to recommend approval of the proposed Commission Annual Report dated 24 January 02 – 19 March 03 submitted by Michael Mendelson, President and edited by Alix Rosenthal, Vice President. 

Commissioner Stowers MOVED to report to the Commission that the Committee will keep the Annual Report in Committee until further action.   MOTION CARRIED unanimously.


(c)  Discussion and possible action to recommend approval of the proposed “Addendum President’s Annual Report”; First Three Months, Addendum #1, or Addendum #2 submitted by Thomas Schulz, Past President.  Commissioner Mendelson MOVED not to approve the addenda submitted by Commissioner Schulz.  Further, Commissioner Mendelson stated that much of what appears in the addenda occurred before the Commission came into being.  Commissioner Kenealey said that the addenda express the philosophy of a member of the Commission, which is inappropriate for an annual report, however the statements relating to the redistricting task force should be included in the final annual report.  Commissioner Kenealey MOVED that the Committee not approve the addenda submitted by Commissioner Schulz, addendum 1 and 2, to the Annual Report for the Elections Commission.  MOTION CARRIED unanimously to not approve the proposed addenda.



ADJOURNMENT at 6:30 pm



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