Commission Meetings - October 2, 2017 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
October 2, 2017 - 2:00pm
City Hall, Room 408
San Francisco, CA 94102

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Monday, October 2, 2017
2:00 P.M.
City Hall, Room 408
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Mark Dwight, President
Stephen Adams, Vice President
Kathleen Dooley, William Ortiz-Cartagena
Irene Yee Riley, Paul Tour-Sarkissian, Miriam Zouzounis
  1. Call to order and roll call.
  1. General Public Comment. Allows members of the public to comment generally on matters that are within the Small Business Commission’s jurisdiction but not on today's calendar, and suggest new agenda items for the Commission’s future consideration. (Discussion Item)
  1. Board of Supervisors File No. 170867 - Environment Code - Flame Retardant Chemicals in Upholstered Furniture and Juvenile Products. Ordinance amending the Environment Code to ban the sale in San Francisco of upholstered furniture and juvenile products made with or containing an added flame retardant chemical. (Discussion and Possible Action Item)
Explanatory Documents: File No. 170867 Legislative Digest; Legislation
  1. Board of Supervisors File No. 171042 - Various Codes - Regulation of Cannabis Businesses. Ordinance amending the Administrative, Business and Tax Regulations, Health, and Police Codes to comprehensively regulate commercial activities relating to the cultivation, manufacture, distribution, testing, sale, and delivery of medicinal and adult use cannabis by, among other things: 1) requiring businesses that engage in commercial cannabis activities to obtain a permit from the Office of Cannabis; 2) requiring the Director of the Office of Cannabis to establish an Equity Program to promote equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry; 3) defining eligibility for temporary and permanent cannabis business permits; 4) establishing priorities for the review of cannabis business permit applications; 5) establishing operating standards for cannabis businesses; 6) establishing criteria for granting, denying, suspending, and revoking cannabis business permits; 7) incorporating state law governing commercial cannabis activities into local law for enforcement purposes; 8) authorizing the imposition of fines and penalties for violation of local and state laws governing cannabis businesses, and establishing procedures by which cannabis businesses may appeal a fine or permit penalty; 9) prohibiting the smoking and vaping of cannabis on the premises of all cannabis businesses, except select Medicinal Cannabis Retailers, as authorized by the Department of Public Health; 10) prohibiting the consumption of cannabis and cannabis products, other than by smoking or vaping, on the premises of all cannabis businesses, except Storefront Cannabis Retailers and Cannabis Microbusinesses that obtain consumption permits from the Department of Public Health; 11) prohibiting until January 1, 2019, tours of cannabis cultivators, manufacturers, and cannabis microbusinesses, and authorizing the Director of Cannabis to extend the prohibition on tours, or establish guidelines for the operation of tours; 12) establishing a sunset date of March 31, 2018, for Article 33 of the Health Code (“Medical Cannabis Act”); and 13) eliminating the duty of the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors to send letters annually to state and federal officials requesting that cannabis be regulated and taxed; and affirming the Planning Department’s determination under the California Environmental Quality Act. (Discussion Item)
Explanatory Documents: File No. 171042 Legislative Digest and Legislation
  1. Board of Supervisors File No. 171041 - Planning Code - Cannabis Regulation. Ordinance amending the Planning Code to 1) regulate the establishment of cannabis businesses, including adult use Cannabis Retail, delivery-only and cultivation businesses; 2) allow Medical Cannabis Dispensaries in additional zoning districts; 3) and establish a process for the conversion of existing Medical Cannabis Dispensaries to Cannabis Retail establishments; and 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. (Discussion Item)
Explanatory Documents: File No. 171041 Legislative Digest and Legislation
  1. Director’s Report. Update and report on the Office of Small Business and the Small Business Assistance Center, department programs, policy and legislative matters, announcements from the Mayor, and announcements regarding small business activities. (Discussion Item)
  1. Commissioners’ Reports. Allows President, Vice President, and Commissioners to report on recent small business activities and make announcements that are of interest to the small business community. (Discussion Item)
  1. New Business. Allows Commissioners to introduce new agenda items for future consideration by the Commission. (Discussion Item)
  1. Adjournment. (Action Item)

Public Comment is called for during each agenda item. Members of the public may provide on-topic comment on specific agenda items. An opportunity is also available to provide general public comment on matters that are within the Commission’s jurisdiction but not on the current meeting’s agenda, and to suggest items for the Commission’s future consideration. Speakers are requested, but not required, to complete a speaker card and state their names, which will help ensure proper attribution of comments and spelling of speakers' names in the written record of the meeting.
Explanatory Documents: Copies of proposed legislation listed in this agenda, and other related materials received by the SBC after the posting of the agenda, are available for public inspection and/or copying at City Hall Room 110.  Please call (415) 554-6134 to make arrangements for pick up or review.
For questions about the meeting, please contact Menaka Mahajan at 415-554-6408 or                                   

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