Legislation Impacting Small Business

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The Small Business Commission (SBC) reviews pertinent small business legislation and policy matters and makes recommendations to the sponsor of the legislation, including the Mayor, Board of Supervisors, or other city agency. With your comments, the Commission will be better equipped to advocate for you and your business.

This page lists current and recent legislation of interest to the Small Business Commission. To alert the Commission of additional legislation or to submit comments, please email us or use the web form at the bottom of this page. 

Small Business Commission meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of the month at 5:30 PM and the 4th Monday of each month at 2:00 PM in Room 400. Please check back periodically for changes and special meeting times. Commission meetings are open to the public and broadcast live on SFGTV.

Hearings 

170170 [Hearing - Litter and Waste] Sponsor: Fewer. Hearing on the status of litter and waste management strategies to handle neighborhood litter and packaging from packaged deliveries, and an update on anti-litter education and outreach efforts; and requesting the Department on the Environment, and Public Works to report.

170131 [Establishing the Compton’s Cultural District] Sponsors: Kim, Peskin, and Ronen. Resolution establishing the Compton’s Cultural District with the intent of commemorating historical sites, preserving existing spaces, and planning for vibrant communities that are TGILGB (Transgender, Gender-variant, Intersex, Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual) affirming. RECEIVED AND ASSIGNED to Land Use and Transportation Committee.

170132 [Commemorative Street Plaques - Historical Markers - Top of Broadway Community Benefit District] Sponsor: Peskin. Resolution authorizing the placement of thirteen street plaques commemorating historical landmarks in the Top of Broadway Community Benefit District, at the sidewalks located along the Broadway Street Corridor and Columbus Avenue, in accordance with Public Works Code, Sections 789, et seq., the Commemorative Street Plaque Ordinance; and accepting the named plaques as a gift to the City and County of San Francisco. RECEIVED AND ASSIGNED to Land Use and Transportation Committee.

170041 [Hearing - Federal Budget Cuts to Health Care, Immigration Services, Homeless Services, and Services for the LGBTQ Community] Sponsor: Sheehy. Hearing on the federal budget cuts to health care, immigration services for undocumented San Franciscans, services for the LGBTQ community, homeless services, and cuts to services that have traditionally encouraged the stabilization and progress of protected classes that will be affected by new federal policies from the Trump administation; and requesting the Mayor's Budget Office, the Department of Public Health, the Human Services Agency, the Human Rights Commission, and the Department of Homelessness and Supportive Housing to report. RECEIVED AND ASSIGNED to Budget and Finance Committee.

170042 [Hearing - Neighborhood Crime Prevention Strategy for San Francisco] Sponsor: Sheehy. Hearing to determine a comprehensive, coordinated, and compassionate neighborhood crime prevention strategy for San Francisco, addressing issues including but not limited to robberies, auto break-ins, bike thefts, and vandalism; and requesting the Police Department and District Attorney's Office to report. RECEIVED AND ASSIGNED to Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee.

170036 [Hearing - Cannabis State Legalization Task Force Update] Sponsor: Cohen. Hearing on the local impact of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act, including areas of legislative and administrative need; and requesting the Cannabis State Legalization Task Force to report. Continued on 1/23/17.

170037 [Hearing - Five-Year Monitoring Report for the Eastern Neighborhoods Plans] Sponsor: Cohen. Hearing on the Five-Year Monitoring Reports of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan; and requesting the Planning Department and the Eastern Neighborhoods Citizen Advisory Committee to report. Heard and filed 3/13/17.

170138 [Hearing - Streamlining of Restaurant Permitting Process] Sponsor: Tang. Hearing on streamlining of the permitting process for restaurants, update on the recent implementation of the Small Business Acceleration Program, the next steps to address permitting and customer service challenges for businesses; and requesting the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Office of Small Business, Office of the Controller, the Planning Department, the Department of Building Inspection, and other City departments involved with the permitting process for businesses to report. Heard and filed on 3/9/17.

170139 [Hearing - Transportation Demand Management Program] Sponsors: Yee; Fewer and Cohen. Hearing on the Transportation Demand Management Program Standards, Menu of Options, and the methodology in the Technical Justification document; and requesting the Planning Department and the Municipal Transportation Agency to report. RECEIVED AND ASSIGNED to Land Use and Transportation Committee. Heard and filed on 3/20/17.

 


Legislation of Interest to the Small Business Commission 
(updated 4/19/17)

 

PENDING ACTION BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS / MAYOR

Ordinance amending the Police Code to prohibit the assembly, disassembly, sale, offer of sale, distribution, or offer of distribution on public property or public rights-of-way of bicycles and bicycle parts, under certain conditions and with certain exceptions; authorize the Police Department (SFPD) to seize bicycles and bicycle parts following violations of this prohibition; and require SFPD to return seized items to their rightful owners without charging any fees, except that SFPD may charge an impound fee if the rightful owner consented to or participated in the acts that led to the seizure.
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to clarify and consolidate language, delete redundancies and outdated provisions, correct typographical errors and erroneous cross-references, and make minor substantive changes to update provisions in various sections that deal with parking and loading requirements; affirming the Planning Department’s California Environmental Quality Act determination; making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1; and adopting findings of public convenience, necessity, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
 
Ordinance amending Planning Code, Article 7, to delete Zoning Control Tables that are superseded by new Zoning Control Tables in a companion ordinance and to delete duplicate definitions previously relocated to Article 2 and related outdated text; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to reorganize Article 7 and to update, correct, clarify, and simplify Code language in other Planning Code Sections; requiring Conditional Use authorization for Bars, and Liquor Stores on the first floor in the Noriega, Irving, Taraval, and Judah Neighborhood Commercial Districts (“NCDs”); enacting permanent controls requiring Conditional Use authorization for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in the Noriega, Irving, Taraval, and Judah NCDs; require Conditional Use authorization for Personal Services on the second floor in the Noriega, Irving, Taraval, and Judah NCDs; prohibit Kennels, Large Scale Urban Agriculture, Business Hours from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m., and the demolition or merge of units on the second story and above in the North Beach NCD; preserve the small storefronts, street frontage and prohibit vehicular access on certain streets within the North Beach NCD and “SUD”); create the definition of Special Food Manufacturing and amending the Eating and Drinking Controls for the North Beach SUD; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1; and adopting findings of public convenience, necessity, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code and Zoning Map to prohibit Gym and Massage uses in the Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) zoning districts, eliminate the Transit-Oriented Retail Special Use District, which includes all parcels in PDR districts along 16th Street from Mission Street to Potrero Avenue, and correct the height limits on certain parcels in the Urban Mixed Use (UMU) District to allow for groundfloor PDR uses; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1, and findings of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
 
Ordinance amending the Police Code to modify the penalties for unlawfully peddling goods.
 
BOS File No. 161229 [Planning Code - Medical Cannabis Dispensaries] (Delayed until Summer/Fall 2017. 220-day extension filed for Planning Commission Review -- BOS File No. 170183)
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to allow Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to be located on the second story and above in zoning districts in which they are permitted; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1; and making a finding of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302.
 
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to allow operators to use Revenue Control Equipment in the form of software applications, establish criteria for its use, and to allow valet parking operators to obtain one certificate of authority to collect the parking tax at all locations.
 
Ordinance amending the Police Code to require rental car companies to provide written disclosures to customers advising them to remove valuables from the rental vehicle and lock the doors.
 
Ordinance amending the Police Code to require rental car companies to provide written disclosures to customers advising them to remove valuables from the rental vehicle and lock the doors.
 
Ordinance amending Planning Code, Section 202.8, included in the November 8, 2016, General Election as Proposition X, to exempt certain designated historic landmarks from obtaining conditional use authorization to remove certain Production, Distribution, and Repair, Institutional Community, and Arts Activities Uses, and providing replacement space for such uses; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
 
 


Recent Legislation of Interest

 
CALIFORNIA: Commercial Cannabis Sales
 
SAN FRANCISCO:
Ordinance amending the Commerce and Industry Element of the General Plan to update the guidelines regarding overconcentration of Eating and Drinking Establishments in a single area; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed in BOS 3/14/17. Signed by Mayor 3/24/17.
 
BOS File No. 140877 [Planning Code - Downtown Support Special Use District; Fees in Lieu of On-Site Open Space]
Ordinance amending the Downtown Support Special Use District to authorize a monetary contribution (in lieu fee) to satisfy required on-site open space requirements, exclude certain features from floor area ratio and gross floor area calculations, and dedicate the monetary contribution for lighting and safety improvements at Victoria Manolo Draves Park; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Passed 2nd Reading in BOS 4/11/17.
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to create the Calle 24 Special Use District, and revising the Zoning Map to reflect the Calle 24 Special Use District generally bounded by 22nd Street, Potrero Avenue, Cesar Chavez Street, and Capp Street, as well as 24th Street to Bartlett Street, and as more specifically defined in this Ordinance; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed BOS 3/21/17.
 
Ordinance amending the Administrative and Planning Codes to authorize the Entertainment Commission to hold a hearing on noise issues related to proposed projects for construction of new hotels and motels, or conversions of existing structures to hotel or motel uses, to be located within 300 feet of a Place of Entertainment, and to provide recommendations to the Planning Department and/or Department of Building Inspection regarding such projects, and require the Planning Department and Planning Commission to consider noise issues when reviewing proposed hotel and motel projects; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed by BOS 2/28/17. Signed by Mayor 3/10/17. 
 
Ordinance replacing a provision of the Planning Code with a new provision of the Administrative Code requiring all City buildings that are accessible to the public to install and maintain at least one baby diaper-changing accommodation that is accessible to women and one that is accessible to men, or a single diaper-changing accommodation that is accessible to all genders; amending the Police Code to require businesses that make a baby diaper-changing accommodation available in a restroom accessible to women to also install and maintain a baby diaper-changing accommodation in a restroom accessible to men or accessible to all genders; amending the Building Code to require that new public-serving establishments, and substantially renovated public-serving establishments, install baby diaper-changing accommodations; making findings, including environmental findings, findings of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302, and findings under the California Health and Safety Code regarding building standards; and directing the Clerk to forward this ordinance to the California Building Standards Commission upon final passage.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
 
Ordinance amending the Health Code to prohibit pet stores from selling dogs or cats not obtained from animal rescue organizations or shelters, and prohibiting the sale of puppies or kittens under eight weeks old.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed by BOS 2/28/17. Signed by Mayor 3/10/17. 
 
Ordinance amending the Administrative, Business and Tax Regulations, and Police Codes to eliminate various fees imposed by the City.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed by BOS 2/14/17. Signed by Mayor on 2/24/17.
 
Ordinance amending Administrative Code, Chapter 41, to update the Hotel Conversion Ordinance, including: adding or refining definitions of tourist and transit use, comparable unit, conversion, and low-income household; revising procedures for permits to convert residential units; harmonizing fees and penalty provisions with the Building Code; eliminating seasonal short-term rentals for residential hotels that have violated provisions of the Hotel Conversion Ordinance in the previous year; authorizing the Department of Building Inspection to issue administrative subpoenas; adding an operative date; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Passed by BOS 2/7/17. Signed by Mayor on 2/17/17.
 
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to remove the $100 minimum penalty from one of the penalties for failing to register with the Tax Collector; and to remove the fee and administrative requirements for obtaining a duplicate registration certificate.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed by BOS 2/7/17. Signed by Mayor on 2/17/16.
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to establish a citywide Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Program, to require Development Projects to incorporate design features, incentives, and tools that support sustainable forms of transportation; to create a new administrative fee to process TDM Plan applications and compliance reports; and to make conforming amendments to various sections of the Planning Code; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act, and making findings of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code Section 302, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the eight priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1. Legislative Digest;TDM Fact SheetTDM Executive Summary, SF Planning Department, Hearing Date: February 11, 2016 (see Attachment B, pages 22-37, for text of draft ordinance)
Passed by BOS 2/7/17. Signed by Mayor on 2/14/17.
 
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to modify the quarterly filing and payment requirements for payroll expense taxes and gross receipts taxes, to clarify the requirements for obtaining a return filing extension, and to expressly permit taxpayers to apply refunds of the business registration fee, the payroll expense tax, and the gross receipts tax to subsequent tax periods.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed by BOS 1/31/17. Signed by Mayor 2/10/17.
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to prohibit a change of use from a business or professional service use to a medical service use on the first floor or below in the Sacramento Street Neighborhood Commercial District; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1, and findings of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed by BOS 1/31/17. Signed by Mayor on 2/10/17.
 
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to limit the late fee on unpaid administrative penalties to 40% of the administrative penalty assessed; and to modify the methods by which an administrative citation may be served.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Passed by BOS 1/31/17. Signed by Mayor on 2/10/16.
 
Resolution creating interim zoning controls to require conditional use  authorization for indoor agriculture uses, as defined in Planning Code, Section 102, and other indoor agriculture uses in Production, Distribution, and Repair zoning districts; making findings of consistency with the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Passed by BOS 1/24/17. Signed by Mayor on 2/3/17.
 
Resolution extending interim zoning controls that require conditional use authorization for Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in the Irving, Judah, Noriega and Taraval Street Neighborhood Commercial Districts and impose additional conditional use authorization criteria; and making environmental findings, including findings of consistency with the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Signed by Mayor on 12/22/16.
 
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to revise the Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance to limit short-term rental of a residential unit to no more than 60 days per calendar year if the unit was registered on or after November 15, 2016; prohibit neighbors outside the building at issue from filing a private right of action; allow certain nonprofit organizations to file a private right of action prior to a final determination of a violation by the Director of the Planning Department; and shorten the waiting period for certain interested parties to file a private right of action; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Vetoed by Mayor on 12/8/16
 
Resolution extending interim zoning controls that require conditional use authorization for new office uses facing 2nd Street, from King to Folsom Streets, for specified Assessor's Parcel Block and Lot Nos. listed herein, for six months; and making environmental findings, including findings of consistency with the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Resolution passed on 11/22/16
 
Hearing to consider the proposed initiative ordinance submitted by four of more Supervisors to the voters at the November 8, 2016, Election, entitled "Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to create the Neighborhood Crime Unit in the Police Department, to be activated when the Controller certifies that the Department is at the full staffing level mandated in the City Charter, and to set minimum staffing levels for and assign duties to the Unit."
Proposed Initiative Ordinance (ballot measure, November 8, 2016 election)
 
Hearing to consider the proposed initiative ordinance submitted by four or more Supervisors to the voters at the November 8, 2016, Election, entitled "Ordinance amending the Police Code to prohibit the placement of tent encampments on public sidewalks."
Proposed Initiative Ordinance (ballot measure, November 8, 2016 election)
 
Hearing to consider the proposed initiative ordinance submitted by four or more Supervisors to the voters at the November 8, 2016, Election, entitled "Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code by imposing a tax of one cent per ounce on the distribution of sugar-sweetened beverages, and amending the Administrative Code by creating a Sugary Drinks Distributor Tax Advisory Committee."
Proposed Initiative Ordinance (ballot measure, November 8, 2016 election)
 
Ordinance amending the Police Code to allow the Director of the Entertainment Commission to extend from 10:00 p.m. until 11:00 p.m. the hours during which Live Performances may be presented at Limited Live Performance Locales in the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Signed into law on 11/2/16
 
Ordinance ordering the summary street vacation of a portion of 25th Street, which is generally bounded by Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 4241, Lot No. 002 to the north, Seawall Lot 355 (portions of Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 4298, Lot No. 002, Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 4299, Lot No. 001, and Assessor’s Parcel Block No. 4300, Lot No. 001) to the south, Michigan Street to the west, and Seawall Lot 356 (Assessor’s Parcel Block No.1399, Lot No. 000) to the east, to facilitate construction of a temporary Navigation Center for homeless residents; authorizing the operation of a Navigation Center on the vacated portion of 25th Street for more than two years pursuant to Administrative Code, Section 106.3(b); affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; adopting findings that the actions contemplated in this Ordinance are consistent with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1; and authorizing official acts in connection with this Ordinance.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Signed into law on 11/4/2016
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to allow temporary Homeless Shelters in the Production, Distribution, and Repair, the WSoMa Mixed Use-Office, and the Service/Arts/Light Industrial zoning districts, subject to conditional use authorization; affirming the Planning Commission’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; making findings of public convenience, necessity, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Signed into law on 11/4/2016
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to require that if a developer elects to provide Designated Child Care Units in lieu of paying the Residential Child Care Impact Fee for a project with ten or more affordable units, any Designated Child Care Unit must be an affordable unit; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1; and making a finding of public necessity, convenience, and welfare pursuant to Planning Code, Section 302.
Resolution passed on 10/29/16
 
Resolution imposing interim zoning controls for an 18-month period in the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District to require a Conditional Use authorization by the Planning Commission under Planning Code, Section 303, for a proposed pharmacy or Medical Service use; and making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and with the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Signed by the Mayor on August 11, 2016.
 
Motion ordering submitted to the voters at an election to be held on November 8, 2016, an Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code and Administrative Code to reduce the business registration fee on persons with $1,000,000 or less in gross receipts and to impose a new 1.5% special tax on the payroll expense of technology companies engaged in business in the City to fund affordable housing and homeless services; and increasing the City’s appropriations limit by the amount of the new tax for four years from November 8, 2016.
Legislative Digest (PDF) (ballot measure, November 8, 2016 election)
Small Business Commission Recommendation: Not to Approve
Tabled by Board of Supervisors on August 1, 2016.
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to allow amusement arcades in all South of Market and Eastern Neighborhoods Mixed Use Districts except for the Residential Enclave Districts; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1; and adopting findings of public convenience, necessity, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
 
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to impose a transactions (sales) and use tax at the rate of three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) for a period of 25 years, to be administered by the State Board of Equalization in accordance with Parts 1.6 and 1.7 of Division 2 of the California Revenue and Taxation Code; and increasing the City’s appropriations limit by the amount of the tax increase for four years from November 8, 2016; and directing submission of the tax for voter approval at the November 8, 2016, general municipal election. Legislative Digest (PDF)
Small Business Commission Recommendation: The Commission took no action on this item.
Proposition K did not pass on 11/8/16.
 
Ordinance amending the Public Works Code to place additional limits on the duration of street space occupancy permits, and to limit the number of such permits including permit extensions that can be issued at the same address during a three-year period in Residential, Urban Mixed-Use, and Neighborhood Commercial Districts, and precluding the issuance of such permits at the same address for two years after that three-year period; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act. Legislative Digest (PDF)
Small Business Recommendation: To Approve
Signed into Law on 8/11/16.
 
Ordinance amending the Environment Code to prohibit the sale of food service ware and other specified products including packing materials that are made from polystyrene foam or that are non-recyclable and non-compostable; setting operative dates; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act. Legislative Digest (PDF)
Small Business Recommendation: To Approve, with 4 Recommendations
Signed by Mayor on 7/29/16.
 
Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to direct the San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center to develop a pilot program for expanding public notice of significant projects and permitting decisions in the City, in the areas of construction and infrastructure repair work, public health and safety services and facilities, environment, and transportation. Legislative Digest (PDF)
Signed by Mayor on 7/29/16.
 
Hearing to consider the proposed initiative ordinance submitted by four or more Supervisors to the voters at the November 8, 2016, Election, entitled "Ordinance amending the Planning Code to create the 100% Affordable Housing Bonus Program, to provide for development bonuses and zoning modifications for 100% affordable housing projects, to establish the procedures in which the 100% Affordable Housing Bonus Program projects shall be reviewed and approved; adding a fee for applications under the Program; and amending the Planning Code to exempt 100% Affordable Housing Bonus Program projects from the height limits specified in the Planning Code and the Zoning Maps."
Proposed Initiative Ordinance (ballot measure, November 8, 2016 election)
Withdrawn on 7/12/16
 
Ordinance amending the Business and Tax Regulations Code to impose a transactions (sales) and use tax at the rate of one-half of one percent (0.5%) for 25 years, to be imposed by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority and administered by the State Board of Equalization; designate the Transportation Authority as the independent agency to oversee implementation of the San Francisco Transportation Expenditure Plan; authorize the issuance of bonds or other obligations to finance the projects identified in the Expenditure Plan; and establish an appropriations limit; and directing submission of the tax for voter approval at the November 8, 2016, general municipal election.
Tabled by Board of Supervisors on 7/19/16
 
Ordinance amending the Building Code 1) to require any existing building with a place of public accommodation either to have all primary entries and path of travel into the building accessible by persons with disabilities or to receive from the City a determination of equivalent facilitation, technical infeasibility, or unreasonable hardship, 2) to establish a Disability Access Compliance Unit within the Department of Building Inspection, and 3) to establish a fee to offset the costs of the disability access improvement program; amending Chapter 38 of the Administrative Code to require a building owner to give notice of the mandatory Building Code primary entry and path of travel accessibility requirements in any new or amended public accommodation lease; and directing the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors to forward the legislation to the California Building Standards Commission upon final passage. Legislative Digest (PDF)
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve
Signed by Mayor on 4/22/16.
 
Ordinance amending the Police Code to require employers to provide supplemental compensation to employees who are receiving State Paid Family Leave for purposes of bonding with a new child. Legislative Digest (PDF)
Small Business Commission Recommendation: Not To Approve
Signed by Mayor on 4/21/16.
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to clarify that all noncommercial Signs are exempt from regulation pursuant to Planning Code, Article 6; increase penalties for repeat violations for the display of illegal General Advertising Signs; shorten the time before penalties for General Advertising Sign violations begin to accrue; allow property liens for such penalties that go unpaid; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1, and a finding of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302.
Small Business Recommendation: To Approve
 
Ordinance amending the Planning Code to prohibit formula retail in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings, including findings of public necessity, convenience, and welfare under Planning Code, Section 302, and findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.
Small Business Commission Recommendation: To Approve with 1 Condition
 
Planning Code Reorganization Project (heard by SBC: 8/22/16)
 
PASSED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS / MAYOR
 
 
 
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Ordinance amending the Administrative Code to direct the San Francisco 311 Customer Service Center to develop a pilot program for expanding public notice of significant projects and permitting decisions in the City, in the areas of construction and infrastructure repair work, public health and safety services and facilities, environment, and transportation. Legislative Digest (PDF)
Signed by Mayor on 7/29/16.
Ordinance amending the Downtown Support Special Use District to authorize a monetary contribution (in lieu fee) to satisfy required on-site open space requirements, exclude certain features from floor area ratio and gross floor area calculations, and dedicate the monetary contribution for lighting and safety improvements at Victoria Manolo Draves Park; affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act; and making findings of consistency with the General Plan, and the eight priority policies of Planning Code, Section 101.1.