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RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION

“CULTIVATING THE FUTURE OF
SAN FRANCISCO”
NOTICE OF RULE CHANGE

TO BE HEARD AT
THE 825TH REGULAR MEETING
OF THE RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION
THURSDAY, MARCH 15, 2007, 2:00 P.M.

CITY HALL, ROOM 416

RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION BYLAWS
Discussion and possible action to amend the Recreation and Park Commission
Bylaws to:1) change the regular meeting date to the first and third Thursday of
each month and 2) amend the “Rules of Order” to include two new items –
“Agenda Setting” and “Communications”. (ACTION ITEM)
RULES OF THE
RECREATION AND PARK
COMMISSION

ELECTION OF OFFICERS AND TERMS OF OFFICE
The Recreation and Park Commission shall elect a President and Vice President at its Regular
Meeting in January of each year. The term of the office shall be one year.

In the event of the death, resignation, removal or disability of the President, the Vice President
shall preside until an election for President can be held at the next Regular meeting of the
Recreation and Park Commission. In the event of the death, resignation, removal or disability of
the Vice President, the President will designate a member of the Commission to serve as the
Vice President until an election can be held. Upon the failure or inability of the President to
designate a Vice President, the most senior Commissioner in terms of service shall act as Vice
President until an election can be held.

DUTIES OF PRESIDENT
1. To preside at all Commission meetings.

2. To create or abolish Committees and to appoint all Committees and their members.

3. To set the agenda for Commission meetings in consultation with the General Manager.
All Commissioners may, through the Commission Secretary, recommend items for
placement on the Commission agenda.

DUTIES OF VICE PRESIDENT
1. The Vice President shall assume the duties of the President in the absence of the
President, or when the President designates the Vice President to act in his or her place.
In the absence of both the President and the Vice President, the most senior
Commissioner in terms of service shall act as President.

MEETINGS
It is the goal of the Commission to distribute notices seven days prior to the date of the Regular
Meeting in order to give the public adequate notice. Failure to meet this goal shall not prevent
the Commission from holding a meeting that is otherwise noticed in accordance with state and

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local law. The meeting notices must contain a meaningful description of each item of business
to be transacted or discussed. The agenda shall specify the time and location of the meeting
and shall be posted at the front entry to McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan Street, on the Department
website and with the Government Information Center at the San Francisco Public Library.

Attendance Policy
As each individual Commissioner’s expertise is highly respected and a critical function to a
qualitative outcome on setting policy, it is the goal of the members of this Commission to have
full attendance at all meetings. Unless excused, all members of the Commission shall be in
attendance for each regular, special or recessed meeting of the Commission. No member shall
leave the Commission meeting while in session without permission of the presiding officer.

Prior notification of absence from a Commission meeting constitutes an excused absence. An
absence due to unforeseen circumstances such as illness or an emergency shall also qualify as
an excused absence where the member reports such absence to the Commission Secretary as
soon as reasonably possible. If a Commissioner misses a meeting without contacting the
Commission Secretary in advance or when a Commissioner has missed three meetings in a
fiscal year, whether the absence is excused for any reason other than illness or an emergency,
the Commission Secretary shall contact the Mayor’s commissions’ liaison.

Moreover, the Commission Secretary shall, at the end of each fiscal year, submit an annual
report to the Mayor’s office with a copy to each Commissioner, detailing commission
attendance.

In the event of any conflict between any provision of this policy and any provision of a City
ordinance or other applicable law (collectively, "Laws") governing the Policy Body that establish
more stringent attendance requirements for members of the Policy Body, the conflicting
provision of such Laws shall govern.

Special Meetings
The Commission will issue notices of Special meetings of the Commission 72 hours prior to the
date of the Special Meeting. The Special Meeting shall be held at the regular meeting place City
Hall, (Room 416) except that the Commission may designate an alternate meeting place
provided that the notice designating the alternate meeting place is issued 15 days prior to the
date of the Special Meeting.

Regular Meetings
Regular meetings of the Recreation and Park Commission shall be held on the First and Third
Thursday of each month at City Hall, (Room 416) at 2:00 P.M., except when the President
decides that is not necessary to convene the regular meeting. If the regularly scheduled
meeting falls on a Legal Holiday, the meeting must take place on the next business day after the
Holiday.

If the Commission cancels its regular meeting and, instead, holds a Special Meeting on a
Thursday other than the First or Third Thursday of the month, the Commission will make every
effort to approve the Special Meeting at an earlier regular monthly meeting and to provide public
notice at least two weeks in advance of the Special Meeting. It is the intention of the
Commission to exercise this option sparingly and only when it is required for the most efficient
operation of the Department.

Recording of Meetings

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Regular Meetings or Special Meetings of the Commission shall be recorded. The recording of
those portions of the meeting held in open session shall be a public record subject to inspection
and shall not be erased or destroyed for at least thirty calendar days. Committee meetings
need not be recorded.

Minutes of Meetings
The Commission Office shall maintain written minutes of Commission meetings. Draft minutes
of each meeting shall be available for inspection and copying upon request no later than ten
working days after the date of the meeting. The Committees of the Commission shall not
maintain written minutes of the proceedings but shall keep an action calendar detailing the
action taken by the Committee.

Public Testimony
Members of the public shall be allowed to give testimony at Commission and Committee
meetings on any item on the agenda prior to or during consideration of that item by the
Recreation and Park Commission or any of its Committees. Except where the limit is waived by
the President, public testimony shall be limited to three members per speaker.
here reasonable under the circumstances, the President may limit public testimony to less than
three minutes per person.

Public Comment
At each meeting there shall be an opportunity for members of the public to directly address the
Commission or Committee on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter
jurisdiction of the Commission or Committee but that do not appear on the agenda. Except
where the limit is waived by the President, public comment is limited to three minutes per
speaker. Where reasonable under the circumstances, the President may limit public comment
to less than three minutes per person.

Rules and Regulations
The Recreation and Park Committee shall conduct a public hearing prior to the adoption,
amendment or repeal of any rule or regulation. At least ten days’ notice shall be given for such
hearing.

QUORUM
Four members shall constitute a quorum. The only official business that can be transacted in
the absence of a quorum is: (1) to take measures to obtain a quorum; (2) to fix the time to which
to adjourn; (3) to take a recess; or (4) to adjourn.

RULES OF ORDER
All meetings shall be considered in accordance with Robert’s Rules of Order. The Commission
shall exercise its powers and perform its duties in compliance with all applicable provisions of
California’s Ralph M. Brown Act, the San Francisco Charter and the San Francisco Sunshine
Ordinance.

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VOTE
Each member of the Commission present at the meeting must vote for or against a particular
question put before them, unless excused from voting by a motion adopted by a majority of the
members present, or unless the member has a conflict that legally precludes participation in the
vote. Each member shall determine whether he or she has a conflict of interest that precludes
participation in a vote and may consult with the City Attorney in making this determination.

ORDER OF BUSINESS
1. Roll Call 6. Public Comment
2. President’s Report 7. Commissioners’ Matters
3. General Manager’s / Staff Reports 8. New Business/Agenda Setting
4. Consent Calendar 9. Communications
5. General Calendar 10. Adjournment
Deleted: Commissioners’ Matters
ADJOURNMENT Deleted: Public Comment

The Commission may adjourn any regular or special meeting to a time and place specified in Formatted: Bullets and Numbering
the order of adjournment. The order of adjournment must be posted at the front entry to Deleted: <#>¶
meeting location (room) within 24 hours of the time of adjournment. The notice and agenda of 8
the original meeting shall serve as the notice and agenda for the adjourned meeting. A Deleted: .
separate notice and agenda shall not be required so long as the date to which the meeting is
adjourned is not more than five days after the original meeting.

REQUESTS FOR INFORMATION
Response to requests for information or documents under the Commission’s control will be
made in accordance with all applicable provisions of the California Public Records Act and the
San Francisco Sunshine Ordinance.

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