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  State Legislation Committee

April 3, 2006

11:00 am


City Hall, Room 288








Mayor’s Office (Chair) – Amiee Albertson
Supervisor Aaron Peskin’s Office – David Owen
Supervisor Alioto-Pier’s Office – Sarah Ballard
City Attorney’s Office – MaryJane Winslow
Treasurer’s Office – Pauline Marx

Assessor’s Office – Craig Dziedzic

Controller’s Office – Peg Stevenson



        I.      ROLL CALL



Action item: vote to approve the minutes of the March 6, 2006 meeting of the State Legislation Committee.



Action items:  vote to support, not support, or take no position on the following state legislation affecting the City and County of San Francisco.


NOTE:  The most current version of all legislation can be viewed on the Internet at:



Juvenile Probation

Contact:  Bill Sifferman:  753-7556

A.      AB 2615 (Tran):  to provide probation officers access to information identifying sexual assault victims when preparing a pre-sentencing report.

Recommended Position:  Support



Contact:  Marcia Rosen:  749-2588

B.      SB 1210 (Torlakson):  to restrict use of eminent domain.

Recommended Position:  Oppose


Department of Children, Youth, and Their Families

Contact:  Allen Smith:  437-6174

C.      SB 638 (Torlaskson):   to improve distribution of funding for after school programs.

Recommended Position:  Support


Mayor’s Office of Economic Development

Contact:  Kyri McClellan:   554-6123

D.      HR 29 (Houston ):  to support location of the National Biological Foundry in the San Francisco Bay Area,

Recommended Position:  Support


Treasurer/Tax Collector

Contact:  David Augustine:  554-7601

E.      SB 1374 (Cedillo):  to reauthorize state law that allows the Franchise Tax Board to provide cities data about businesses filing within their jurisdiction.

Recommended Position:  Support



Contact:  Linda Tulett:  554-7916

F.      AB 821 (Ridley-Thomas):  to establish a voter outreach program to potential voters that are incarcerated for a non-felony conviction or who are recently off parole.

Recommended Position:  Support


G.     AB 1634 (McCarthy):   to appropriate state funds to reimburse counties for the cost of the November 2004 special election.

Recommended Position:  Support


Public Health

Contact:  Scott Boule:  554-2633

H.      SB 1659 (Cox):  to make technical changes to state law regarding seismic retrofit of hospitals.

Recommended Position:  Support


I.         SB 1661 (Cox): to add an additional two-year extension of the January 1, 2013, deadline for hospitals to perform seismic retrofit if the hospital is under construction and has made a good faith effort to comply with the 2013 deadline.

Recommended Position:  Support


J.       SB 1500 (Speier):  to create a statewide campaign designed to deter the abuse of methamphetamine in California,

Recommended Position:  Support


Public Utilities Commission

Contact:  Suzanne Arena:  934-5701


K.      AB 2573 (Leno): to authorize the City and County of San Francisco to use Hetch Hetchy Water and Power solar generation to supply electricity to qualifying remote new load (in other words, new city developments.) The bill also removes the cap on solar projects size as well as the cap on the amount of solar that Hetch Hetchy Water and Power can provide within the City and County of San Francisco.

Recommended Position:  Support


L.       AB 2659 (Ruskin): to prohibit the use of state funds, personnel, or resources on behalf of a feasibility study or review relating to the restoration of the Hetch Hetchy Valley until the Legislative Analyst determines that certain levee work, capital improvement projects, and evaluations have been completed.

Recommended Position:  Support


M.     AB 1953 (Chan): to revise the term "lead free" to mean not more than 0.2% lead when used with respect to solder and flux and not more than .25% lead when used with respect to pipes and pipe fittings, and fixtures.

Recommended Position:  Support


N.      AB 2778 (Lieber): to require the California Public Utilities Commission, in consultation with the Energy Commission, to administer, until January 1, 2017, a self-generation incentive program for distributed generation resources in the same form that exists on January 1, 2004.

Recommended Position:  Support


O.     SB 1251 (Alquist): to require the Department of Water Resources to convene a task force to prepare a comprehensive statewide flood and stormwater management plan and financing strategy for implementing that plan.

Recommended Position:  Support




Discussion item:  members of the Committee may suggest topics for consideration at future meetings.



Discussion item:  members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest that are within the Committee’s subject matter jurisdiction.




Disability Access


Room 288 of City Hall is located at 1 Dr. Carton B. Goodlett Place, and is wheelchair accessible.  The closest accessible BART Station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall.  Accessible Muni lines serving this location are:  #47 Van Ness, and the #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness, as will as Muni Metro stations at Van Ness and Civic Center.  For more information about Muni accessible services, call 923-6142.  There is accessible parking at the Civic Center Plaza garage.  To obtain a disability-related modification or accommodation, including auxiliary aids or services, to participate in the meeting, please contact Aaron Goldsmith, Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance, at 415-554-6114 at least two business days before the meeting.



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 information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Donna Hall at Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA  94102, by phone at 415-554-7724, by fax at 415-554-7854, or email  Citizens may obtain a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance by contacting the Task Force, or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet, at



Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements


Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance (San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Sec. 2.100 –2.160) to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the San Francisco Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA   94102; telephone 415-581-2300, fax 415-581-2317, Internet website:



Cell Phones and Pagers


The ringing and use of cell phones, pagers, and similar sound-producing electronic devises 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.



Public Comment


Public Comment will be taken on each item.


Document Review


Documents that may have been provided to members of the State Legislation Committee in connection with the items on the agenda include proposed state legislation, consultant reports, correspondence and reports from City departments, and public correspondence.  These may be inspected by contacting Amiee Albertson, Fiscal and Policy Analyst, Mayor’s Office of Public Policy and Finance at:  415-554-5965.


Health Considerations


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.