Access Appeals Commission - November 15, 2017 - Agenda
ACCESS APPEALS COMMISSION
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416
MATTERS FOR CONSIDERATION
1) CALL TO ORDER AND ROLL CALL.
2) PUBLIC COMMENT: (DISCUSSION)
3) ELECTION OF COMMISSION OFFICERS: PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT (ACTION)
4) REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES: (DISCUSSION & POSSIBLE ACTION)
Draft of the minutes from the September 13, 2017 meeting.
5) REVIEW OF COMMUNICATION ITEMS: (DISCUSSION)
Review of communications items sent to the Commission (if any).
6) AMENDMENTS TO THE COMMISSION BYLAWS: (DISCUSSION & ACTION)
Possible amendments to the bylaws regarding AAC duties under Ordinance No. 51-16.
7) DISCUSSION OF ORDINANCE 16-51 MANUAL and AAC GUIDELINES (DISCUSSION)
Discussion of what equivalent facilitations pertaining to the store front ordinance should be
allowable by the Department, and which should be reviewed by the Commission. Discussion of
what would constitute an unreasonable hardship and how to determine this without an adjusted
cost of construction.
8) COMMISSIONERS AND STAFF QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS: (DISCUSSION)
9) ADJOURNMENT: (ACTION)
Senior Building Inspector
Secretary to the Access Appeals Commission
If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Access Appeals Commission
after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at Department of
Building Inspection, 1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, 1st floor Public Information Counter,
during normal office hours.
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.
The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON YOUR RIGHTS UNDER THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE, TO OBTAIN A
COPY OF THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE, OR TO REPORT A VIOLATION OF THE ORDINANCE,
CONTACT CHRIS RUSTOM BY MAIL TO INTERIM ADMINISTRATOR, SUNSHINE TASK FORCE
CITY HALL, ROOM 244, 1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102-4689.
OFFICE (415) 554-7724, FAX (415) 554-7854, E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from Ms.
Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet,
http://www.sfgov.org/sunshine/ and at the San Francisco Public Library.
SAN FRANCISCO LOBBYIST ORDINANCE
Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may
be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Administrative Code Sec. 2.100] 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; web site: sfgov.org/ethics.
ACCESSIBLE MEETING INFORMATION POLICY
Accessible MUNI lines service City Hall. Contact MUNI Accessible Services at (415) 923-6142 or
www.sfmuni.com for detailed information. For general route information, call MUNI at (415) 673-6864.
The Commission meeting room in City Hall is wheelchair accessible. Accessible curbside parking spaces have
been designated on the Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street perimeters of City Hall for mobility-impaired
persons. There is accessible parking available within the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage at the corner
of McAllister and Polk Streets, and within the Performing Arts Parking Garage at Grove and Franklin Streets.
Assistive listening devices can be made available at the meeting. To request a sign language
interpreter, reader, materials in alternative formats, or to request other accommodations for a disability,
please contact the AAC Secretary, Rick Halloran (415) 558-6110. Requests for accommodations
made at least 72 hours in advance of the meeting will help to ensure availability.
Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities
should call (415) 558-6014 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City’s efforts to
accommodate such persons, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be
sensitive to various chemical based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.
POLICY STATEMENT OF PUBLIC HEARING OR MEETING
Pursuant to Section 67.7-1(c) of the San Francisco Administrative Code, members of the public who are
unable to attend the public meeting or hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item
to the AAC Secretary, Rick Halloran at 1660 Mission Street 1st floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 or at the
place of the scheduled hearing before the proceedings begin. These written comments shall be made a
part of the official public record and these comments will be brought to the attention of the members of the
Access Appeals Commission. [Twenty copies are necessary.]
POLICY STATEMENT OF PUBLIC COMMENT
Pursuant to Section 67.16 of the San Francisco Administrative Code, each member of the public may
address the Commission once for up to three minutes on any agenda item.
SUMMARY OF RULES OF EVIDENCE AND TESTIMONY
Access Appeals Commission Rules will be available at each meeting. For an advance copy, please
contact Rick Halloran at 558-6110.
All persons testifying in any matter on the Commission Agenda must first be sworn in by the Official
The Director’s staff representative shall make the first presentation of each appeal, followed by the
appellant, each for up to seven minutes. The Director’s representative and the appellant then each have
three minutes for rebuttal. Any interested persons not affiliated with the principal who wishes to speak
on the item may then be heard once for up to three minutes. Additional time may only be granted at the
discretion of the President or Chairperson.
Acceptance of additional documentary evidence at the hearing is at the discretion of the President or
Chairperson. In general, all written information pertaining to the appeal provided by the appellant shall
be submitted to the Secretary nineteen days in advance of the hearing date.
If an appeal is denied by the Commission, the appellant has the right to request a rehearing if he or she
may demonstrate that they have substantially new information for the Commission’s consideration. A
request for a rehearing must be made within ten days of the meeting date at which the appeal was
denied. Such a request shall be made by letter and addressed to the Secretary of the Commission. The
letter should state the reasons for the request and should present the new information. The filing fee for
a rehearing request is $100.00.
REQUESTS FOR NOTICE OF HEARINGS AND AGENDAS
If you wish to be included in the Access Appeals Commission mailing list for Notice of Hearings and
Agendas, contact Rick Halloran, Recording Secretary, at the Technical Services Division of the
Department of Building Inspection, 1st floor, 1660 Mission St, 94103, or call 415-588-6110. The Access
Appeals Commission Hearing Agendas and Minutes are is also available at our web site SFDBI.ORG.
INFORMATION GUIDE TO THE ACCESS APPEALS PROCESS
A guide to the access appeals process is available by contacting Rick Halloran, Recording Secretary,
Access Appeals Commission, at the Disabled Access Section of the Department of Building Inspection,
1st floor, 1660 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103, or by calling 415-588-6110.