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February 16, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, February 16, 2012

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting


COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:  Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya, Wu

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT MIGUEL AT 1:40 P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE:  John Rahaim – Director of Planning, Scott Sanchez- Zoning Administrator, Sophie Hayward, Sharon Young, Tom Disanto, Keith Demartini, Teresa Ojeda, Kevin Guy, Brittany Bendix, Christina LaMorena, Sharon Lai, Adrian Putra, and Linda Avery – Commission Secretary.

 

A.            CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date.  The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.

           

None

 

B.         CONSENT CALENDAR

 

All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing

 

1.         2011.1172C                                                                           (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)    

626 CLEMENT STREET  - north side of Clement Street between 7th and 8th Avenues; Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 1426 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to pursuant to Sections 178(e)(2) and 303 of the Planning Code to modify the conditions of a prior Conditional Use authorization under Motion No. 18282 (Case No. 2010.0793C) to allow the expansion of a full-service restaurant use (d.b.a. Volar Roman House) within an approximately 1,800 square-foot karaoke lounge (d.b.a. Volar Karaoke) on the ground floor of a two-story mixed-use building within the Inner Clement Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The expansion will involve converting the approximately 300 square-foot vacant ground floor commercial space located at the front of the building (previously occupied by a retail store d.b.a. D&B Wireless) into a new dining area for the existing full-service restaurant use.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:              Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya, Wu

MOTION:           18544

 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

2.         Commission Comments/Questions

·         Inquiries/Announcements.  Without discussion, at this time Commissioners may make announcements or inquiries of staff regarding various matters of interest to the Commissioner(s).

·         Future Meetings/Agendas.  At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Planning Commission.

 

Commissioner Antonini:

I wanted to comment on what I thought was an excellent piece in the "The Examiner" on Sunday by Supervisor Weiner.  It speaks about an issue we have discussed at great length – not having a very large middle- income population in San Francisco. He goes through a very good analysis, showing that, that group has shrunk significantly from 1990 through 2010, and it was not even that large in 1990. This is the core of most cities where you have families with children, and those who become most involved because they care for their children, and, you know, they build from generation to generation. You certainly see a big shift from the San Francisco of the 1950's when we had a huge middle-class and we don’t any more. Whether you define that as the 80th percentile to 120th, it is small no matter how you cut it. That whole income group is not there. What he did, that was quite good, was look at this. This is a chicken and egg question often. What comes first is that we do not have a middle-class and therefore we do not have jobs for the middle class, or is it that the jobs are not here and therefore, we do not have a middle-class. These people in that income group need these jobs. Many businesses, when surveyed about why they moved out of San Francisco, have said that the population mostly lived in other places. Typically, people who would service these so-called back-office operations that typically offer and are considered white-collar and whatever definition you want to use have housing that is appropriate for their needs. The price is always something that people look at, but what is also important is access to neighborhood schools, and that is something that has been discussed a lot. Also the size of the home, people with families are often looking for individual homes that will have enough bedrooms and parking for the cars that they inevitably will have. I think the Supervisor is right on target when he says that if we build this kind of housing or make it possible, families will acquire the existing housing that suits their needs, then we will attract this group back to San Francisco. It was a very good editorial. With that in mind, I took a ride down to Brisbane yesterday and saw an area that is doing it right. They built individual almost de-attached homes, with clearly single-family homes with side by side parking. Very pleasant, and where possible, I think that is something we have to look at in San Francisco. Where we will find the land is the question.  But I think there might be sites where this is possible.  We have to encourage production of this kind of housing wherever possible, so I appreciated that editorial piece that the Supervisor has done. He is involved with a group that is studying this. There was a hearing on Monday which regrettably I was not able to attend, but I think it is a subject we need to focus on because the core of any city is its middle income families, and we have to find a way to be able to address that shortage.

Commissioner Borden:

I want to be the first among the chorus' of voices to welcome our new commissioner. We are excited to serve with you and have a full Commission again. I know there will be a lot of fun times ahead. I know people think it is crazy to say it is fun, but we would not serve on this commission if we did not believe it. I was fortunate along with Commissioner Wu last night to attend the Green Connection Kickoff, it is an initiative funded through a grant partnership among various city agencies as well as non-profits, to connect people to green spaces. It is shocking when you look at this northeastern part of the City. It is an initiative to look at the existing green spaces, how to create green spaces, how to connect people to the home, their communities how we look at it, and how we connect lots of people there.  Also, there were maps and places where people could make suggestions. I' m really excited about the initiative because there will be a lot of unconditional workshops with walking tours and biking tours to kind of explore these areas. I think it is very exciting that we have an opportunity to look at something leading ahead in this way.  We often do not have funding to do these things. I want to say congratulations to the partners of that.

Commissioner Sugaya:

I cannot remember where I got this, but I did send a copy to staff, but it is a workshop being held in Emeryville on cell towers on March 8 from 7:00 to 9:00 in the evening. The topic seemed to be the kind of things that we seem to be facing every time we have cell antennas on our agenda. I know nothing about the Center for Municipal Solutions.  I'm not sure if it is worth anybody going, like staff or not.  But anyway, I will pass this along. They have some fairly enticing questions in here.

Commissioner Moore:

Commissioners for those who were not able to make it Tuesday, City Hall looked absolutely spectacular. Whoever organized it should get big kudos. It looked fantastic. In today's "New York Times," there is an article which I strongly recommend for everybody to read. We have been asking ourselves about the impact on foreclosures in San Francisco, which is an issue difficult to put your finger on. The article speaks about extensive foreclosures defining San Francisco.  Officials suggest how pervasive irregularities may be across the Nation, that it actually speaks about the study that was done that discovered large amounts of irregularities in this City and County. I suggest everybody read it. It says a lot, and there is actually quite a bit to be concerned about.

President Miguel:

Some of that article was in today's "Examiner" as well. Other than that, I have been having a few meetings with people regarding the Masonic Auditorium issue, and there may even be hope of a solution. We will see.

Commissioner Antonini:

 I also had some meetings. I would like to, of course, welcome Commissioner Wu aboard. But Cresmont Neighborhood Association -- that may not be the correct term, but I did meet with them and there is a project coming up in that area, there were about 20 neighbors there on Monday night. It was very interesting. We will be hearing about that as we look forward. Also, I talked with the Mayor's office and the project sponsors in regards to California Pacific and where we are on that. I'm trying to be proactive on that one as well as anything else when looking at our future calendar.

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

3.             Director’s Announcements

 

            Director Rahaim:

I would also like to on behalf of the Department welcome Commissioner Wu to the Planning Commission.  We look forward to working with you very much. I did want to report quickly on the meeting last night that Commissioner Borden mentioned. I want to thank both Commissioner Borden and Wu for coming. It was a very interesting event. Because of the location on Market Street, I think, and the timing of the event to come immediately after work, and a lot of people who came were people I did not recognize from previous events, so it was a nice variety of people. In a nutshell, the Green Connections Study is funded by the Strategic Growth Counsel at the State, which is a consortium of State Departments. It is a two-year grant. The first is meant to look at a city wide network of green connections that would connect open spaces and the city's water. Not only for people to use, but for wildlife. The second phase of the grant will be to take six corridors in six underserved neighborhoods, which are generally in the southeast quadrant of the City, and design those to a higher level of detail so that we can then seek funding to actually make improvements that are not exclusively but primarily city streets. The idea is to pick the most logical ones and the most buildable ones, if you will, to turn into these kinds of green corridors. It is an interesting process, and we are fortunate to get this grant.  It is something that grew out of the Open Space Element work and was identified as a next phase of work for city-wide open space. I did want to mention briefly that regarding the cell tower issue, we have been in discussions with the Department of Public Health and the Department of Technology, they are being cooperative in helping us think through their sides of this issue, namely the public health issues and the capacity and coverage issues and we are continuing to work with them on beefing up that side of the process, if you will, so that they can do the same kind of analysis.  We will hopefully be coming back in the next couple of months and propose changes to the process. Finally, with regard to the successor agencies and the Redevelopment Commission, there is not a lot to report except that the first meeting of the oversight board is scheduled for the first Tuesday in March on the 6th.  One of the orders of business that I' m hoping we will address is the name of this entity. We are currently called the Oversight Board of the Successor Agency of the Former Redevelopment Agency, which is a real mouthful. There is not a good acronym. I'm hoping we will come up with some more pitchy name for the organization at that point as well.


 

4.         Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors, Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission.

 

LAND USE COMMITTEE:

·         Chinatown Transit Station Special Use District.  The Ordinances would allow the demolition of the existing two-story mixed-use building without the prior review and approval of a replacement building. The building contains 18 residential dwelling-units located above 8 ground floor businesses.  This Commission approved the Ordinances on Jan 26.  This week the legislative sponsor amended the SUD to ensure that the MOU for relocating tenants of this property conforms with the Central Subway’s Relocation Impact Study and Last Resort Housing Plan, adopted by the Board in 2010.  The item was then recommended for approval to the Board. On Tuesday the Full Board approved the Ordinance on First read.

 

FULL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

 

·         Glen Park Community Plan Ordinances Amending the General Plan, Planning Code & Zoning Map. The culminating approvals of a 10 year community planning effort were heard by the LU committee this week.  The Commission considered these Ordinances and recommended approval on November 10, 2012.  At that time, the Commission approved the documents as drafted.  This week Supervisor Wiener officially sponsored the legislation and recommended approval to the Committee.  Department staff provided an overview of the Plan and the proposed Ordinances. The Supervisors’ comments included a strong interest in seeing transportation projects implementation by the SFMTA.  Public comment was provided in support of the Plan by a local neighborhood group, the Glen Park Association.  The full Board approved the Ordinances on first reading.

·         Appeal of CU Authorization for Wireless Antennas at 601 14th Ave.  This WTS facility was proposed for the Jewish Bureau of Education. This Commission approved the CU on Dec 6th.  The appellant was the First Slavic Baptist Church of San Francisco.  The appellants had concerns about radiofrequency radiation, the siting on an educational facility, and the lack of independent analysis of “capacity & coverage”.  Staff explained that this case, the CU was approved prior to the Commission’s most recent revision of the Siting Guidelines, which now require this independent analysis as part of the submittal documents.  While we had asked AT&T to voluntarily pursue such analysis, they were unable to do so prior to the hearing.  The Department explained that this location, as a preference one location, is exactly where the City has requested that cell providers locate their antennas.  Finally, we were joined at the hearing by DPH staff. Together, we described the site would be safe according to science developed over 3 decades of study and more than 25,000 studies. Two supervisors (Olague and Mar) requested that the Siting process be updated.  With a 9-1 vote, the CU was upheld.  Supervisor Mar cast the dissenting vote and in the meeting minutes he requested that DPH provide pre-installation and post-installation readings of cumulative RF at the site to better inform the public about the levels of RF in the area.

 

INTRODUCTIONS:

·         111163 Resolution establishing a Balboa Park Station Area Plan Community Advisory Committee to provide input and community oversight relating to area transportation and other public improvements. Avalos

·         120125 Ordinance:  amending the San Francisco Planning Code Section 205.4 to allow mobile food facilities at certain types of institutions in RH, RM, RED, and RTO Districts subject to specified conditions. Wiener

·         120133 Hearing. Hearing for city agencies and community stakeholders to make a presentation on the action steps identified to pursue transit-oriented development at the upper yard site for Balboa Park. Avalos.

BOARD OF APPEALS:

None

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION:

The Architectural Review Committee, which is a Subcommittee of HPC, met yesterday to review the proposal for the new Mission Theater.  Overall, the project was well-received, and they believe the project sponsor is applying best preservation practices.  Most of the discussion was related to specific areas of the landmark interior that the project architect should study or clarified by the time the project is before the full committee for its full Certificate of Appropriateness. The Planning Commission will review the full project, which also includes a mixed use development adjacent to the historic theater. The Planning Commission document requests for Conditional Use Authorization as well as exceptions under Section 304 of the code in the fall of this year. The second item was that the HPC considered the initiation of landmark designation of the Gold Dust Lounge. The Commission took up the matter based on a case report submitted at public comment during its February 1 hearing.  Yesterday, there was a great deal of public in support of initiation of landmark designation. Supervisor Kim's Office spoke in support of the legislation that would allow it to stay in business. Landmark designation cannot protect the use of a property and landmark designation only relates to the review of the physical features associated with that historic resource. The HPC voted to continue the item until its March 21 hearing. The item was continued to allow the property owner and the author of the designation report time to address the HPC at its 3/21/12 hearing.  Yesterday the HPC requested an informational hearing on the City’s PDR program in anticipation of the Transit District Area Plan coming before that body, and also on the sock story retrofit program.

 

 

E.         GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT – 15 MINUTES

 

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items.  With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

 

SPEAKERS:     Katherine Howard

                        Re: Beach Chalet Soccer Fields

 

F.            REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

            5.                                                         (T. DISANTO/K. DEMARTINI: (415) 575-9113/575-9118)

                        FINALIZE FISCAL YEAR 2012-2014 DEPARTMENT BUDGET AND WORK PROGRAM

Review and approval of a balanced Fiscal Year 2012-2014 department budget and work program for submission to the Mayor's Office (action Item).

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:              Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya, Wu

 

         6.                                                                                                      (T. OJEDA: (415) 558-6251)

            EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS PLANS MONITORING REPORTS (2006-2010) Informational only - The Eastern Neighborhoods Plans Monitoring Reports describe commercial and residential development activities in all four Eastern Neighborhoods – Central Waterfront, East SoMa, Mission, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill – between 2006 and 2010. These are the first five-year time series monitoring reports since the Plans’ adoption in 2009 and account for new construction, demolitions and alterations completed in the last five years as well as provides near term development trends in the pipeline.  The Reports also discuss implementation of proposed programming, including affordable housing construction, fees collected, historic preservation, and first source hiring. There is a monitoring report for each Eastern Neighborhood Area Plan and these are available for public review at the Planning Department or downloaded through the website, Reference copies will also available at the Government Information Center at the San Francisco Main Public Library.

            Preliminary Recommendation: No Action required.

 

SPEAKERS:     Dan Murphy and Tim CoLen

ACTION:           Informational only – no action required

 

            7.                                                                                                  (J. RAHAIM (415) 558-6411)

California High-Speed Rail Policy Statement - The City of San Francisco has been a strong supporter of the California High-Speed Rail linking downtown San Francisco with downtown Los Angeles, and ultimately San Diego. The City has been working cooperatively with the California High-Speed Rail Authority and other regional governing entities to implement this important project, through the Transbay Joint Powers Authority with the construction of the Transbay Transit Center, the creation of the Transit Center District Plan that envisions the area around the Transbay Terminal as the heart of the new downtown. The city has prepared a draft Policy Statement in support of the California High-Speed Rail Authority, and is asking key city commissions, including the Planning Commission, to indicate their strong support of the project as voiced in the draft Policy Statement.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt draft High-Speed Rail Policy Statement.

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved adoption of the policy statement

AYES:              Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya, Wu

 

8.         2011.1327C                                                                                (K. Guy: (415) 558-6163)

401 GROVE STREET - southwest corner at Gough Street, Lot 036 of Assessor’s Block 0808 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to amend the conditions of approval for a previously-approved project in order to allow seven additional parking spaces in a tandem configuration, exceeding the number of spaces principally permitted by the Planning Code. The associated project was approved on July 14, 2011, and proposes to demolish an existing surface parking lot and construct a new five-story mixed-use building containing approximately 63 dwelling units, 5,000 square feet of ground floor commercial uses, and 37 off-street parking spaces within an underground garage (Case No. 2011.0399C). The requested amendment would increase the total number of off-street parking spaces to 44.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Disapproval

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 12, 2012)

 

SPEAKERS:     David Baker

ACTION:           Following a couple of failed motions, it is determined that the Commission failed to take action.  The motion approved on 7/14/11 stands.

 

9.         2011.1249C                                                                           (B. BENDIX:  (415) 575-9114)

2500 Bryant Street - southwest corner of the intersection of Bryant Street and 23rd Street; Lot 001 of Assessor’s Block 4208 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 186, 303, and 727.42 to convert a retail grocery store to a full-service restaurant (d.b.a. Local’s Corner) within an RM-1 (Low Density, Residential, Mixed) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal also includes an outdoor seating area on the sidewalk for the restaurant. The use is not identified as a formula retail use.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 12, 2012)

                                    NOTE:  On January 26, 2012, following public testimony the Commission continued the matter to 2/16/12 by a vote (+5 -0), Project Sponsor to meet w/neighbors.  Fong was absent. PH remains open.

             

SPEAKERS:     Joel Spiewak, Vlad A., Rob Thomson, Arena Reed, Coca Corner, Leona Alcott, Mr. Young.

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:              Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

RECUSED:       Wu

MOTION:           18545

       

            10a.      2011.0944DV                                                              (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)

1921 VALLEJO STREET - south side between Laguna and Octavia Streets; Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 0567 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2011.06.01.7223, proposing to construct a one-story horizontal addition at the rear of the four-story over garage, two-unit building within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 105-D Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:    Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

SPEAKERS:     Jim Ruben, representing Project Sponsor

ACTION:           The Commission did not take DR and approved the project as proposed

AYES:              Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya, Wu

DRA #:             0259

 

            10b.      2011.0944DV                                                              (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)

1921 VALLEJO STREET - south side between Laguna and Octavia Streets; Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 0567 - Request for Variances - to Planning Code Sections 134 and 188 to construct a one-story horizontal addition in the required rear yard that would also enlarge the existing noncomplying structure. The project site is located in the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 105-D Height and Bulk District.

SPEAKERS:     Same as those listed for item 10a

ACTION:           The Zoning Administrator closed the public hearing and stated his inclination to grant the variances with the condition that the project will not include a roof deck

 

         11.           2011.0682DD                                                                             (S. LAI: (415) 575-9087)

4218 MISSION STREET - west side between Castle Manor and Admiral Avenues; Lot 004 in Assessor’s Block 6803 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.84 and 790.141 in association with Building Permit Application No. 2011.02.23.0782, proposing to develop a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (d.b.a. “The Green Cross”) on the ground floor of an existing building.  This project lies within the NC-2 (Small-Scale, Neighborhood Commercial) District, and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.  A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 26, 2012)

                       

SPEAKERS:     Steve Currier, DR requestor, Ahsha Safai, Alex Murillo, Dan Heath, Laurie Heath, Zu Yi Li, Vivian Lois, Michelle Wai, Mindy, Joelle Kenealey, Scott Mullen, McJullian Aujero, Wayne, Michael R. Aldrich, Michelle Aldrich, Bob Huberman, David Abernathy, Off. William McCarthy, Barbar Fugate, Monika Yungela, Tony Bowles, Steve Ryder, David Goldman, Michael Koehn, Antonio Facchino,

ACTION:           The Commission took DR and approved with conditions

AYES:              Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya, Wu

DRA #:             0260

                       

12a.      2010.0506DD                                                                        (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

5258 Mission Street - west side between Niagara and Mount Vernon Avenues; Lot 003B in Assessor’s Block 7031 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.84 and 790.141 in association with Building Permit Application No. 2010.05.27.3337, to allow a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (d.b.a Mission Organic) to locate within the existing vacant ground-floor tenant space. The proposed dispensary would not include on-site smoking, consumption, vaporizing, or cultivation. The property is located within an NC-2 (Small-scale, Neighborhood Commercial) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.  A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

(Continued from Regular Meeting of January 26, 2012)

 

SPEAKERS:     Steve Currier, DR requestor, Off. William McCarthy, Ariel Clark, David Abernathy, Joram Altman, Phill Schwartz, Alex Murrillo, Monika Yungela, Joelle Kenealey, Terence Hallinan, representing PS at 5234 Mission, Brendan Hallinan, representing PS at 4234 Mission, Nate Bradley,

ACTION:           The Commission took DR and approved with conditions

AYES:              Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Wu

NAYES:            Antonini and Sugaya

DRA #:             0261

 

12b.      2010.0468DD                                                                       (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

5234 Mission Street - west side between Niagara and Mount Vernon Avenues; Lot 002C in Assessor’s Block 7031 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.84 and 790.141 in association with Building Permit Application No. 2010.06.16.4643, to allow a new Medical Cannabis Dispensary (d.b.a TreeMed) to locate within the existing vacant ground-floor tenant space. The proposed dispensary would not include on-site smoking, consumption, vaporizing, or cultivation. The property is located within an NC-2 (Small-scale, Neighborhood Commercial) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 26, 2012)

 

SPEAKERS:     Same as those listed for item # 12a.

ACTION:           The Commission took DR and approved with conditions

AYES:              Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Wu

NAYES:            Antonini and Sugaya

DRA #:             0262

 

G.         PUBLIC COMMENT

 

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items.  With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception.  When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

 

The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment.  In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:

 

(1)  responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or

(2)  requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or

(3)   directing staff to place the item on a future agenda.  (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

 

None

 

Adjournment: 8:43 PM

 

ADOPTED:  March 8, 2012

 
Last updated: 3/9/2012 12:00:58 PM