Building Inspection Commission - March 18, 2020 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
March 18, 2020 - 10:00am
Location: 

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In accordance with the Public Health Recommendations (updated March 11, 2020) issued by the Department of Public Health, systemic and individual changes are being made to how people can protect themselves, their families, and community. Importantly, social distancing is recommended to reduce the occasions when large numbers of people come together and prevent potential exposure to the virus. Vulnerable populations, including individuals 60 years or older, those with diseases of the immune system, diabetes, lung disease, heart disease, and kidney disease, are recommended to stay home as much as possible and take precautions to safeguard their health, including not attending gatherings of 10 people or more unless it is essential.

As an essential function of government, the Abatement Appeals Board (AAB) and the Building Inspection Commission (BIC) will continue to conduct business. However, if you are attending a scheduled Board/Commission meeting, additional protocols will be instituted to accommodate social distancing for members of the public. Consistent with DPH’s recommendations, the AAB & BIC Secretaries, in coordination with the Sheriff’s Office, will also manage the capacity of the Hearing Room and accommodate distancing of an arm’s length between persons. Additional facilities may be available within City Hall, depending on the volume of public attendance. Members of the public who are not able to attend meetings in person may alternatively submit comment and inquiries to the Board/Commission by emailing sonya.harris@sfgov.org . To ensure Commissioners have adequate opportunity to review your comment prior to their meeting, please send e-mails prior to 5pm on Tuesday, March 17 or call 415-558-6164.

 

BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION (BIC)

Department of Building Inspection (DBI)

NOTICE OF REGULAR MEETING

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 416

Aired Live on SFGTV Channel 78

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PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED START TIME FOR THE BIC MEETING.

The Members of the Building Inspection Commission will convene at 9:00a.m. as the Abatement Appeals Board. The Building Inspection Commission will convene its Regular Meeting after the meeting of the Abatement Appeals Board.

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AGENDA

(The BIC will take public comment on every item appearing on the agenda. Members of the public who address the Commission have the discretion on whether they wish to identify themselves for the record.)

NOTE: As a result of the Public Health Recommendations (updated March 11, 2020) issued by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, we understand that some people who would want to come to the meeting will stay home. If you want to ensure your comment on any item on the agenda is received by the Commission in advance of the meeting, please send an email to sonya.harris@sfgov.org by 5pm on Tuesday, March 17 or call (415) 558-6164. Consistent with the Recommendations, the Commission urges everyone to consider remotely accessing the meeting via SFGTV’s streaming service. We have arranged for an overflow room in the North Light Court located on the 2nd floor of City Hall to accommodate distancing of an arm’s length between persons in the hearing room and overflow room.

 

1. Call to Order and Roll Call.

 

2. President’s Announcements.

 

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

 

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.

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.

 

5. Discussion and possible action regarding a proposed ordinance repealing Ordinance Nos. 38-17 and 102-19, and reenacting certain provisions by amending the Administrative Code to update the Hotel Conversion Ordinance, including: adding or refining definitions of comparable unit, conversion, and low-income household; revising procedures for permits to convert residential units; harmonizing fees and penalty provisions with the Building Code, in addition to other requirements. (Continued from the February 19, 2020 BIC Meeting)

 

6. Discussion regarding the BIC’s/DBI’s ethical policies, procedures, and training requirements, and best practices in other comparable departments and cities.

 

7. Director’s Report.

 

a. Update on DBI’s finances.

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

c. Update on major projects.

d. Update on Code Enforcement.

 

8. Review and approval of the minutes of the Special Meeting of January 29, 2020.

 

9. PUBLIC EMPLOYEE APPOINTMENT, Director of Building Inspection. Discussion and possible action to appoint Director of Building Inspection.

a. Public Comment on all matters pertaining to the Closed Session.

b. Possible action to convene a Closed Session.

c. CLOSED SESSION: Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957(b) and the San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b).

 

Discussion and possible action to appoint Director of Building Inspection

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)).

 

10. Adjournment.

 

Copies of all documents referred to in the agenda are available for public inspection and copying between the hours of 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at the Building Inspection Commission, 1660 Mission Street, 6th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94103 and will be available at the March 18, 2020 meeting. [Sonya Harris, 558-6164] If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Building Inspection Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the locations and during the times specified above.

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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 THE SUNSHINE ORDINANCE TASK FORCE AT CITY HALL, 1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, ROOM 244 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94102. OFFICE (415) 554-7724, FAX (415) 554-5163, E-MAIL: sotf@sfgov.org

 

Citizens interested in obtaining a free copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can request a copy from the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force 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.

 

MISSION STATEMENT

As a policy-making and supervisory body mandated by the City Charter, the seven-member citizen Building Inspection Commission will manage the Department of Building Inspection and the bodies subordinate to the Commission by overseeing the effective, efficient, fair and safe enforcement of the City and County’s Building, Housing, Plumbing, Electrical and Mechanical Codes, along with Disability Access Regulations.

 

ACCESSIBLE MEETING INFORMATION POLICY

The meeting will be held at the City Hall Building, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, 4th Floor, Room 416. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at 8th (at the United Nations Plaza) and Market Streets.

Accessible MUNI/Metro lines servicing this location are the J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Ocean view, and N-Judah at Van Ness and Civic Center Stations; 9-San Bruno, 71-Haight, and 42-Downtown bus lines. For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142.

 

The Commission meeting room 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.

 

Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available. Assistive Listening devices will be available at the meeting. To request a sign language interpreter, reader, materials in alternative formats, or other accommodations for a disability, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris (415) 558-6164. Providing 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

 

Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call (415) 558-6164 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.

 

LANGUAGE ACCESS

Please note: For questions about the Language Access Ordinance, please contact OCEIA at (415) 581-2360 and ask for the Executive Director or Language Access Compliance Officer. Language Assistance: To request an interpreter for a specific item during the meeting, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at (415) 558-6164 or by email at sonya.harris@sfgov.org at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

 

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 BIC Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at 1660 Mission Street, 6th 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 Building Inspection 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.

 

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 Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code § 2.100] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 252-3100; fax (415) 252-3112; web site: sfgov.org/ethics.

 

CONTRIBUTION RESTRICTION

Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code section 1.127 prohibits any person with a financial interest in certain land use matters from making a political contribution to any committee controlled by an individual currently holding, or seeking election to, the office of Mayor, Supervisor, or City Attorney. Solicitation or acceptance of such a contribution is also prohibited. Be aware that certain matters pending before or acted upon by [insert name of board, commission, or department] may constitute land use matters under section 1.127. Please visit sfethics.org to learn more about whether your involvement in such matters affects your ability to make political contributions, or contact the Ethics Commission at ethics.commission@sfgov.org or (415) 252-3100.