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plastic bags, but it's also getting residents of san francisco to bring their own bags. that is a big element of our campaign. today our department has in its history given over 100,000 canvas bags. so, we've really continued to promote the reasonable bag element and we will continue to do so. that will be a strong push in the fall. >> that's wonderful. and then the question i had about sraddha's wonderful presentation, could you sort of give me a sense of the venues at which she would make that presentation? is that what you do when you actually go into an individual house? or is that more typical of like a group -- a homeowners meeting or something, a tenants meeting? >> this particular presentation is a new presentation, but it will be geared towards public housing residents in san francisco. we have made similar
presentations at housing authority type meetings for tenants. and also for the hope s.f. leadership academy. so, it tends to be a group of public housing residents who gather in a room where we give the presentation. >> great, thank you. thank you both for those. >> commissioner, thank you. donnie has put in a lot of work on this. and before we go to public comment, maybe a quick thought from our director. >> i also just wanted to chime in and thank donnie who has done a fantastic job leading up our outreach team, our guest, donnie, and clark and sraddha for the fantastic presentations. as you saw, the message is clear, it's practical, it's actionable and that's what we want to get out into the community how they can participate. but also i think it was underscored in public comment, we really stress on being culturally competent and putting as many of our materials into -- as the new languages as possible so we can reach the broadest constituency.
just wanted to thank you all for the great presentations and more to come at the future commission meetings. >> thank you. any em members of the public like to comment on this item? yes. ~ lou harris. i have a question, i'd like to have it answered now. i live next door to an open space. this is about mouse and rats have decided my house is a good place to go and live. if i don't want to poison them or kill them, if i trap them live, what do i do with them? where do they go? where they won't be bugging other people? is there a place for them? i don't believe in killing wildlife just because they're being wildlife. >> we're working on mice, s-r-os, i believe.
i might have that wrong. >> wait a minute, point of order here. you know, i think you should appoint somebody to speak with her, but there is actually no comment, public comment. >> yes. what? >> maybe we can give your answer within 30 seconds unless you have more remarks. >> i can give a 30-second answer. okay. >> unfortunately, we're not allowed to release any life rodents anywhere except where you caught them. it's state law. so, you are limited in what you can do. you have to either kill them with a trap or bait, which we don't recommend, or keep them out. >> they're eating my clothes. [laughter] >> thank you. thank you very much. any other members of the public? good evening, commissioners. eric burks, san francisco green
party and local grassroots organization in our city. those two presentations were excellent. i think those are probably -- i've been watching government tv and going to hearings for 10 years and i think those were the best presentations i've ever seen. i guess because they're geared to the public. i would say -- i would agree with -- i can't remember which commissioner brought it up, but i think it was commissioner josefowitz that maybe a handout or something like that that's really comprehensive on all household chemicals. not just pesticides, because i know that it greatly improved my life decades ago when i got every single chemical out of my house and went natural on everything. so, it would be good with that presentation to have some kind of flyer to hand out. and maybe with the other presentation as well. any presentation, have a flyer that goes with it that kind of
broadens what the presentation said. i think though presentations were excellent. as commissioner king said, this is a good way to inaugurate the department of the environment on tv. >> thank you. any other speakers? seeing -- oh, one more. hi, my name is eddie. i want to say i appreciate the presentation. one thing that came to my mind when i was looking at the presentation was that a lot of young people that -- who are immigrants to this country, they may not appreciate the knowledge that they need to learn about how to deal with pests and how to use -- not use chemicals, especially for many of the young people. i think they should be the next generation of people that we
need to really help to learn those knowledge. so, to help their immigrant parents. i know commissioner -- earlier director mentioned earlier, we want it make sure we have cultural competency component in the fliers. that's one aspect of actually getting the fliers out there. it's actually getting people to understand to actually apply accordance to the law and really understand the need for this environmental, you know, process to really learn about this process. that's very important. so, if you can somehow provide the resources, engage whether it's the la tb owe community, asian community or the immigrant community, that would be great. thank you. >> thank you. any other members of the public? thanks, donnie, thanks, everybody. [gavel] >> next item. >> briefing from mayor's deputy legislative director on city lobbyist process and protocol. speaker is kelly pretzer, deputy director for state and
federal legislative affairs. informational report and discussion item. >> thank you, monica. just quick background. it was back in april when our policy committee was asked to consider a resolution in support of an assembly bill dealing with producer responsibility for marine plastic pollution. when we had the hearing on this matter, we discovered that our city lobbyist was already on it and already working to support this bill, which what news, but we weren't exactly sure how that happened. we found out it was our staff that requested the support. some of us thought it would be great to have a quick little briefing and also to meet kelly and quick briefing on the process by which item are determined appropriate for the lobbyists to carry them and then also maybe a word about how we as a commission can become involved in that process. so,ing welcome, kelly pretzer. >> all right. thank you. good evening, president arce, members of the commission. really pleased to be here tonight.
my name is kelly pretzer. i am deputy director of the legislative affairs in the mayor's office and i'm primarily responsible for handling state and federal legislative affairs on behalf of the city. and if you'll indulge me for a moment, quoting section of the san francisco charter, section 3.1, which among many other things is clear that the mayor has responsibility for coordination of all inter and governmental activities of the city and county. it was under that authority that i operate. and then stepping a little more into the administrative code, article 3 section 5.5 specifically delineates how the city weighs in on state legislative issues. article 3 creates what's called the state legislation committee or slc, a fun lick factoid article was put in place in 1939. so, the state legislation committee is not a new thing.
with the legislation committee is chaired by the mayor, comprised by two members of the board of supervisors, appointed by the president of the board of supervisors. the controller, the assessor, the treasurer, and the city attorney. or any of their designees or representatives. currently the two members of the board that sit on the state legislation committee are president david chiu as well as supervisor mark farrell. the state legislation committee meets at a regularly scheduled meeting monthly on the second wednesday of each month at 11:00 a.m. in city hall. our next meeting is august 14th at 11:00 a.m. in city hall room 201. this meeting is open to the public, publicly noticed with an agenda and noticed 72 hours before each meeting. state legislation committees, state legislation committee meetings, those overarching state legislative agendas as well as specific legislative
proposals are considered. and i'll go into what both of those are. generally in the earlier months of the year, january and february before the state legislation really kicks into gear, departments like the department of the environment will bring forward an overarching policy agenda for the committee to consider and hopefully endorse. so, these are general statements of policy. they're not reactive to a specific bill or proposal, but things that in any circumstance the department would like to see done. most departments do this. some of the larger proposals come from our department of public health. our human services agency. and those agencies that have most interaction with state legislators. in addition, as the year moves on and particularly around march and april when we get to see all of the ideas that have been percolating with our state legislators, departments will bring forward specific legislative proposals and in the circumstance that you
described, commissioner gravanis, they bring forth a specific bill and recommend that the legislation committee take up a commission of either support or oppose. ~ take a position we consider generally between 10 and 20 bills at each meeting. so, over the course of a year, we have quite a few positions on a number of bills. the administrative code is very clear that only the state legislation committee can speak on behalf of the city and county of san francisco. so, if you look at any legislative analysis, any stand or support or oppose [speaker not understood], you can guarantee that item has gone through the state legislation committee process. the second part of your question, commissioner, was, then, how does the city's lobbyist in sacramento then follow through on those recommendations. the mayor's office retains the services of a lobbyist in san francisco to advocate for those items that have been considered and acted on by the state legislation committee. so, that is a very clear direction that the city now has
an official position of support or oppose and it gives all lobbyists then clear direction as to what we'd like to see happen in sacramento whenever they might be asked. how does the city feel about x or y. it's very clear and transparent. currently our lobbyist in sacramento is the firm shaw yoder antwee. communication with lead advocate paul yoder and provide input from other city department, city staff. while we do have single [speaker not understood] designated to be our key point of contact, we have multiple advocates from the firm working on myriad of issues. they cover every issue for us whether it be health care reform implementation, economic initiatives or environmental issues. our lobbyists will send us any news or information that they might have heard throughout their day in sacramento. and then i quickly field that information out to relevant
departments. and then, of course, the situation happens where departments will receive news and information from their colleagues in sacramento and we ask departments to keep me, to keep the mayor's office in the loop so that we can direct our lobbyists most effectively. it's just information sharing. it's really key to ensuring we're all in the same message and advocating most effectively. that covers our state issues, but i also work on federal legislative issues. unfortunately there is not a federal legislation committee. maybe didn't want to bite off too much in 1939. stay focused on the state. however, the process can sometimes be very similar, at least when we think about overarching legislative agendas. in december or january of each year, i reach out to each department and ask for them to put forward a sort of federal legislative platform or a list of federal legislative priorities. while those priorities don't go through a legislative committee process like they do for state
priorities, they are compiled into a single document which then becomes the city and county's federal legislative platform for the year. similar to state issues, we do retain the services of a lobbyist in washington, d.c. to advocate on our behalf. currently the firm is holland and knight and our lead advocate there is a woman named eve o'tool who has represented city for many years. similar to state issues, that fluid information sharing that i described is critical is making sure that the city's priorities are most effectively advocated for. and with that, that's a brief overview on state and federal legislative issues and the process behind that and happy to answer any questions you might have. >> thank you, kelly. bureau chief we go to commissioner josefowitz, any questions, thoughts, comments from our sponsor, commissioner gravanis? >> thank you, that was really
informative, something we should have known a long long time. it was a clear presentation. thanks very much. >> commissioner josefowitz. >> thanks very much, that was interesting. i just had a few questions. and the first one was how can we be more help as a commission, more helpful to you in your work as you sort of take san francisco's position up to sacramento or to washington on environmental issues? >> certainly. i think that one of the best, most clear ways that the commission can is by resolutions of policy and policy statements. and those clear directions about what it is you'd like to see and see done. provide clear direction to the staff, but also to me in understanding what exactly your priorities are. so, really encourage the commission to do -- you already do that's correct but to continue to do that. it's very helpful. >> and is there any way that we can be helpful personally in sacramento, sort of going up
and sort of, you know, i don't know, sort of advocating ourselves on behalf of any of the legislation we consider in committee, is that something we kind of toyed with a few times as how we can maybe be a bit more proactive about that. we obviously don't want to do anything that would interfere with your carefully crafted plan. >> absolutely. once a bill has gone through the state legislation committee process, in some ways we are free to -- once we have that clear direction from the committee, we are free to advocate as strongly as we can for the city's position. so, once it's made it through that clear process and the city's position is clearly stated, yes is the short answer. please, we look for all the help we can get in putting forward san francisco's priorities. >> great. i mean, i think based on some conversations we've had previously, i think that would be something some of us might be quite interested in
assisting on. i guess another question that i have is how are the priorities prioritized? because, you know, having minimal amount of experience in sacramento, you know, you can either just sort of sign your name at the bottom as a supporter or oppose list. or one can actually go and sort of push things and talk to legislators and try and sort of inform the staff. i was wondering has that happened. >> sure, in some ways we look to departments to do a little bit of that prioritization themselves. there are only so many legislative proposals and certainly the more pieces of legislation the city takes a position on in some ways that might dilute the city's effectiveness or the city's voice. so, i think that department staff and particularly to director [speaker not understood] do a wonderful job of really making sure that it's a make or break critical pieces of legislation that go through. so, i know that if it's coming to my desk, this is really,
really important and something that requires my attention. i do also think, when thinking about the overarching legislative agendas, in some ways those are more -- i use this term a little bit loosely, but more of a reference document. it's the first place that i go when someone asks me what the city might think about an issue is to say, well, the department has already done the cataloging of its primary issues. let's see if it's addressed in there and get some early immediate direction. so, in that way more is better to kind of give us a better reference point when understanding the department's priorities. >> and then my final question is when we were discussing one of the bills in policy committee, we were sort of unclear as to the best process by which we could express our support for a portion of the bill, but maybe not for the whole thing or maybe those a bit we thought might get amended, was really critical and we would want to not
support it if it was amend or something like that. we don't have a hugely sort of quick turn around because we meet infrequently. so, i was wondering how on the very practical level we could best sort of communicate that to you or to the city's lobbyist. >> absolutely. a couple of suggestions there. while the state legislation committee does meet once a month, we have been known particularly in april and may when things move very quickly to throw in an additional meeting. so, that's something we do to make that body even more reactive and proactive hopefully. so, in that way department staff has greater opportunities to have that official county and city stamp on an item. but we also have been known to take positions that are a little bit more nuanced than just support or oppose and in particular the department of the environment has been really great about picking out the critical pieces. like you've said, if we lose this piece of the bill, then it
becomes far less important to us. or support, we like where this bill is going, but request additional amendments. here's how we could make it better. so, in that way we could be a little bit more creative about the types of positions that we take and can be a little bit more prescriptive to give that leeway to react to the legislative process which sometimes can be a bit unpredictable. >> great, thank you very much. that was tremendously informative. and thank you for the good work you did. >> thank you, kelly. thank you very much. any members of the public like to comment on this item? seeing none, thank you again, kelly. [gavel] >> next item, please, monica. >> clean power s.f. program update. speakers kim malcolm, clean power s.f. san francisco public utilities commission. this is a discussion and possible action item. >> and really quickly, colleagues, thank you. malcolm for being here. we have a new commissioner,
relatively new commissioner and we've been working on this program, staying on top of it, becoming aware and there was interest from a number of us on the commission to hear the status of the program, to have a check-in, and to find out more of what's the status and where things are at going into what we know is a decision that's before the san francisco public utilities commission next tuesday. so, thank you very much for being with us tonight. >> thank you for having me. i'm pleased to be here. i was able to brief your policy committee i believe in may at hauled's invitation. actually a number of things have happened since may. ~ commissioner wald i want to give you a history on a program, which is quite long for a program that hasn't been
launched yet. and tell you about the kinds of policy issues we've been trying to address recently and where we're at right now. okay. i understand, monica, over to the left, the one that's on. we'd like to show the powerpoint presentation now. while we're doing that, you do have the paper copy of my briefing before you and we can start that. if you look at the third slide, the board of supervisors approved clean power s.f. as part of a bigger energy
strategy in 2004, and that energy strategy was intended to pursue the city's commitment to reducing greenhouse gases, to develop local -- okay. i think mine is not loaded here. so, i'll just try to be clear for the audience. to develop local renewable energy resources, increase conservation and energy efficiency projects, and support the local economy with jobs from a build out of local energy resources. and then there was a lot of work done between 2004 and september 2012 when the board of supervisors approved the, i should say authorized the general managers' signature on a contract with shell energy of
north america. that contract would identify shell or cnet as the city's procurement agent for about 30 megawatts of power on california's energy market. at the same time, the board of supervisors -- sorry -- approved of several program elements and pretty much gave us the go ahead to implement the program. where we're at today is we do have a program design and i've been working on it for the last four months since i joined the commission. and what we need right now in order to move -- >> i'm going to ask you to pause for just one moment. commissioner king had a question. >> sure. >> well, a couple things. if we can't get the powerpoint going, then we should at least -- if that thing can just pick up the page -- >> the pictures. >> right.
you should put the page on the projector. and the other thing is if we're going through by paper, you need to say which page number you're on because i'm getting confused. >> okay, sorry. >> i know, but i was on page 3. see, i was confused. see, i have to say that -- i have to say it for all the people who may not be courageous enough to admit their limitations. >> you can just put it on the document camera. >> all right, at least we can have something for people to look at. >> thank you. thank you. >> thank you. >> yes. so, as i was saying, currently we have developed the program design that is hopefully
responsive to the concerns and the ideas we've heard from our public officials which includes our own commission, lafco, members of this commission, and our rate fairness board. as well as the board of supervisors. today the program is designed to provide 100% renewable product to all clean power sf customers, renewable by the california public utilities commission standards. and we are planning to initiate work on our local buildout at launch. we're doing planning and work on that right now which i can explain a little more in a few minutes. as i mentioned, we have a contract with shell energy of north america for 20 to 30 megawatts of power. and something that i've been working on very hard in the last month or so is an investigation of whether we can be buying power in-house with
expertise we already have. san francisco puc already scheduled and delivers about 240 megawatts of power to municipal and other customers every year, adding -- adding 10 or 20 megawatts would not be a big change in what they're doing. it's a matter of conducting some risk assessment and figuring out the best way to do that on behalf of the city. i also think i should tell you that we believe we could serve the program with hetch hetchy power at least four months out of most years and we're doing some analysis of that internally as well. and finally because the shell contract has been quite controversial for some, we've asked shell to investigate whether it could provide us a portfolio that would be -- from resources that are greenhouse
gas free, all hydro, and all wind, all california, and all unionized facilities. and they're working on that. i think they're actually pretty close. they can't give me any confirmation until we're actually in our final discussions about the contract and we actually have a way and plan to move ahead. as you probably already know, we intend to serve 80 to 90,000 small residential users in the first phase of the program, and we would target areas of the community where we know from customer surveys that there's the highest level of interest and support for the program. in fact, i thought i should mention that we had a lot of support in a lot of san francisco communities even when our rate was almost -- proposed rate was almost twice as high as pg&e's. it's no longer that high and i'll explain that in a minute.
because we had a rate originally that was higher than pg&e initially, we designed the program to not include customers, low-income customers that are subscribers of pg&e's care discount program. they could opt in, they could join the program voluntarily, but we wouldn't require them to opt in. we want all of those customers and we'll be conducting customer outreach in those -- in low-income communities and among some commercial customers, but they won't be subject to an opt-out initially. finally, we have a very extensive customer outreach program that is intended to educate customers about their opportunities to opt out about the different program components. we actually want people to
understand that they have two choices. one being clean power sf and the other being pg&e. if they don't want to be with our r, we want them to opt out. they'll have plenty of opportunities to do that. four by mail. any customer can always go online and opt out, or call us and opt out. or look at us with a phone and we'll probably help them out that way, too. in fact, the department of the environment staff is going to help us with the customer outreach that -- in a program that we've -- that we're designing with them to go into neighborhoods. do you have any questions about that? >> commissioner king on the -- that's from the last one. you didn't erase. >> i'm sorry.