Building Inspection Commission - December 18, 2019 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
December 18, 2019 - 9:30am
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BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION (BIC)
Department of Building Inspection (DBI)
REGULAR MEETING
Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 10:00 a.m.
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416
Aired Live on SFGTV Channel 78
ADOPTED January 15, 2020
MINUTES

The regular meeting of the Building Inspection Commission was called to order at 10:40 a.m.
1. Call to Order and Roll Call - Roll call was taken and a quorum was certified.
COMMISSION MEMBERS PRESENT:
Angus McCarthy, President, Excused
Debra Walker, Vice-President
Kevin Clinch Commissioner
Frank Lee, Commissioner
Sonya Harris, Secretary
Shirley Wong, Assistant Secretary

D.B.I. REPRESENTATIVES:
Tom Hui, Director
John Konstin, Commissioner
Sam Moss, Commissioner
James W arshell, Commissioner
Edward Sweeney, Deputy Director, Inspection Services
Taras Madison, Chief Financial Officer
William Strawn, Legislative and Public Affairs Manager
John Murray, Legislative and Public Affairs

CITY ATTORNEY REPRESENTATIVE
Robb Kapla, Deputy City Attorney

2. President's Announcements.
Vice-President Walker made the following announcements:
• Good Morning and Welcome to the Building Inspection Commission meeting for December, 2019, and a very Happy Holiday Season to all.
• I am Vice-President Debra Walker, and I am filling in for President McCarthy, who is away and dealing with a family matter.
• Thanks to Director Hui, and to many of the department's staff, who have been and still are attending annual California Building Officials' training classes this week. Our staff attends these trainings at least once a year and thus refreshes and enhances their technical skill sets in order to continue to provide excellent customer service. Everyone benefits from these continuing education opportunities -Opportunities that we on this Commission enthusiastically support and encourage.
• A big thank you to David Ledda of the Plumbing Inspection Division who assisted a customer in resolving an issue they were having with their sewage line.
• We are now in the final month of Quaiier 4 of 2019, which means it is again time for DBI staff, supervisors and Deputy Directors to send in nominations for DBI' s Employee of · Quarter 4 - those who have performed outstanding professional service during the final three months of this year. Please email your nominations to john.patrick.murray@sfgov.org. or to patty.lee@sfgov.org, to enable our employee recognition committee to review and select our Quarter 4 winner. President McCarthy will announce this winner, along with the selection of DBI' s Employee of the Year at the January 2020 BIC meeting.
• Finally, as this is my final Building Inspection Commission meeting, I just want to express my appreciation to Director Hui, my fellow Commissioners, and to the amazing staff who comprise our department. In my now more than 20 years of serving on this Commission, I continue to be impressed with the dedication, hard work and professionalism of everyone working here. They perform vital building safety professional services every day of the year - and our City and communities benefit tremendously from their commitment. New Commissioners will be taking their seats in January, and I wish them every possible success with the important oversight responsibilities they will be assuming.
• That concludes my announcements - and, again, very Happy Holidays to all.

Commission Secretary Harris called for public comment and there was none.

3. General Public Comment: The BIC will take public comment on matters within the Commission's jurisdiction that are not part of this agenda.

Commission Secretary Harris called for general public comment.

Mr. Jerry Dratler, resident, commented on the revocation of permits at 3426 22nd street and 25 17th Street. He had questions on the level of severity needed for permit revocation.

4. Commissioner's Questions and Matters.
a. Inquiries to Staff. At this time, Commissioners may make inquiries to staff regarding various documents, policies, practices, and procedures, which are of interest to the Commission.

Commissioner Moss asked about changing the 9:00 a.m. meeting time closer to an afternoon meeting time similar to the Planning Commission to provide citizens an opportunity to for public comment.

Commissioner Warshell said he would like to build a close and collegial relationship with the Planning Commission colleagues and perhaps have a semi-annual joint session with the Planning Commission.

Vice-President Walker said she would like a presentation from the Code Enforcement Outreach Program (CEOP) partners to figure out updates on working with tenants.

b. 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 Building Inspection Commission.

Commission Secretary Harris stated that the next·Regular Meeting would be held on January 15, 2020.

Vice-President Walker commented on the timing of the upcoming Litigation Committee meeting, and incoming Commissioners.

Secretary Harris called for public comment and there was none.

5. Director's Report.
a. Update on DBl's finances.

Ms. Taras Madison, Deputy Director of Finance Services, gave an update on DBI' s finances and discussed the following items:

November 2019 Financial Report (Jul-Nov 2019):
• YTD revenues are similar to last year's revenues.
• Expenditures are up from last year due to increased salaries, work orders, and increase in expenditures from Community Based Organizations (CBOs).
• Revenues are stable and spending is within budget.

b. Update on proposed or recently enacted State or local legislation.

Mr. William Strawn, Legislative and Public Affairs Manager, gave an update on proposed or recently enacted State or local legislation and addressed the following points:
• File No. 190959-190964 - Triennial Building Code Update. The 6 ordinances updating the SF Building Code were introduced at the Board of Supervisors on October 1, and granted a 30-day waiver - DBI has completed the triennial code adoption, by January 1st there will be adopted codes used for the next three years.
• File No. 191017 - Ordinance amending the Housing Code to revise heat requirements in residential rental units. This proposed ordinance from Sup. Peskin changes section 701 of the City's Housing Code to conform to state law. It will require all residential rental units be provided heating facilities capable of maintaining a room temperature of 68 degrees at a point 3 feet above the floor for a specified number of hours a day.
• File No. 190.974/2 - Ordinance proposing new buildings to be required to meet stricter energy standards if plumbed to use natural gas - DBI is monitoring this closely.

Commissioner's & Staff Question & Answer Discussion:
• Commissioner Konstin asked if all new construction has to be electric.
• Mr. Strawn said that is what is proposed on the State level and some cities like Berkeley have passed this measure already.

c. Update on major projects.
Director Tom Hui said that there was a 3.6% increase in major projects, due to new Code changes and indexing of planning.

d. Update on Code Enforcement.
Deputy Director of Inspection Services, Edward Sweeney, presented the following Building Inspection Division Performance Measures for November 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019:
• Building Inspections Performed   5,338
• Complaints Received   418
• Complaint Response within 24-72 hours    413
• Complaints with 1st Notice of Violation sent    51
• Complaints Received & Abated without NOV   253
• Abated Complaints with Notice of Violations   34
• 2nd Notice of Violations Referred to Code Enforcement   38

Deputy Director Sweeney presented the following Housing Inspection Services Performance Measures for November 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019:
• Housing Inspections Performed    714
• Complaints Received    292
• Complaint Response within 24-72 hours    284
• Complaints with Notice of Violations issued   112
• Abated Complaints with NOV's   261
• # of Cases Sent to Director's Hearing    30
• Routine Inspections   63

Deputy Director Sweeney presented the following Code Enforcement Services Performance Measures for November 1, 2019 to November 30, 2019:
• # Housing of Cases Sent to Director's Hearing   165
• # Complaints of Order of Abatements Issues   40
• # Complaint of Cases Under Advisement   13
• # Complaints of Cases Abated   179
• Code Enforcement Inspections Performed   321
• # of Cases Referred to BIC-LC   2
• # of Case Referred to City Attorney   

Deputy Director Sweeney said Code Enforcement Outreach Programs are updated on a quarterly basis, so there is no change in data until next quarter:
• # Total people reached out to * 16,636
• # Counseling cases *1,050
• # Community Program Participants *2,502
• # Cases Resolved *313

Commission Secretary Harris called for public comment and there was none.

6. Review and approval of the minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 20, 2019.

Commissioner Moss made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wars/tell, to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting of November 20, 2019.

Secretary Harris called for public comment and there was none.
The motion carried unanimously.
RESOLUTION NO. BIC 057-19

7. Discussion and possible action on the annual performance evaluation for the Director.
(Continued from the October 16, 2019 BIC Meeting)
a. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to the Closed Session.
Commission Secretary Harris called for public comment and there was none.
b. Possible action to convene a Closed Session.

Commissioner Clinch made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Wars/tell, to convene a Closed Session. The motion carried unanimously.
RESOLUTION NO. BIC 058-19

The Building Inspection Commission convened a Closed Session at 10:10 a.m.

c. CLOSED SESSION: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b) and the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67 .1 0(b ).

Director of the Department of Building Inspection - Mr. Tom C. Hui

d. Reconvene in Open Session to vote on whether to disclose any or all discussions held in Closed Session (Administrative Code Section 67.10(b).

Commissioner Warshell made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Moss, to reconvene and not disclose discussions held in Closed Session. The motion carried unanimously.
RESOLUTION NO. BIC 059-19

8. Adjournment.
Commissioner Moss made a motion, seconded by Commissioner Warshell, to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried unanimously.
RESOLUTION NO. BIC 060-19

The meeting was adjourned at 11:06 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Shirley Wong, Assistant BIC Secretary

Sonya Harris, BIC Secretary