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Land Use Committee Hearing – San Francisco Board of Supervisors

October 5, 2020 @ 1:30 pm 5:00 pm

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee
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  • WATCH ONLINE: www.sfgovtv.org
  • TO COMMENT: call (415) 655-0001 / Meeting ID: 146 765 3310 # during item #2.
  • When the Clerk calls Public Comment, dial * 3 to be added to the speaker line.
  • Speak after the Beep.

Talking Points

Thanks for giving public comment! Below is a script you can use. We’ve timed this script so that the full beginning and ending, plus one of our points and your own story, should fit comfortably within the two minute public comment period!

Hi, I’m __. I’m a resident of San Francisco in District __.

I strongly support prohibiting gas in new construction. We’re in the middle of the worst fire season in history, We’re still experiencing more and more days where the air is dangerous outside. And we are still here fighting for climate action in San Francisco. Please support the changes outlined in the September 18 letter to the Board of Supervisors signed by SF Climate Emergency Coalition, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, PODER SF, Emerald Cities, and 20 other organizations. We need an ordinance that minimizes exceptions and maximizes equity.

[IF YOU HAVE TIME, pick one or a few]

  • Close the financial feasibility loophole. All-electric infeasibility should be determined without regard to financial, floor-area, or amenity-related loss. The housing crisis is real, but we need to find ways of fixing it without sacrificing our children’s future. The space taken up by a transformer should not be an acceptable reason for an exemption.

  • Expand the ordinance’s definition of “mixed-fuel buildings” to include laboratory and industrial uses of gas. Why are we letting some of the wealthiest corporations in San Francisco off the hook?

  • Eliminate the feasibility exception to the electric-ready requirement and make fully electric-ready construction a baseline requirement for new construction. We know that the future is electric. Allowing any building to be built that will require massive retrofits in the near future is unacceptable. With full electric readiness, we minimize that retrofit cost.

I strongly support a Clean Energy Buildings Hub as developed by PODER SF and Emerald Cities during the Building Decarbonization Task Force. I urge the committee to expand the scope of the hub to support all-electric retrofits of existing buildings.

As ___ [pick one, or make up your own]:

  • A parent
  • A health professional
  • A renter
  • Someone who loves being outdoors
  • Someone who suffers from asthma
  • A resident of the Southeast corridor
  • A chef
  • … [your job, hobbies, etc] …

Prohibiting the expansion of natural gas in our buildings is important to me because [tell the board your story, what’s on your mind and in your heart].

[End with:]

As our elected officials, it’s your responsibility to make sure that private profits don’t take precedence over the public good, and to make sure that this essential transition to clean buildings does not burden low income people. Please listen to the residents of San Francisco and take seriously your role in acting on the climate emergency. Our future depends on it. Thank you.


October 5, 2020
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm
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San Francisco Board of Supervisors