Notice of Public Hearing
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
MEETING VIA TELECONFERENCE TO CONSIDER EXTENDING SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION TEMPORARY EMERGENCY CUSTOMER ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS FOR COVID-19 RELIEF AND TO CONSIDER EXTENDING TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC UTILITIES COMMISSION RULES REGARDING SHUT OFF OF WATER AND HETCHY POWER SERVICES, LATE PAYMENT PENALTIES OR FEES, AND THE RETURN OF DELINQUENT CLEANPOWERSF CUSTOMERS TO PG&E GENERATION SERVICE, DUE TO NON-PAYMENT OF BILLS
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2020 - 1:30 P.M.
During its regular meeting on December 8, 2020, at 1:30 PM, to be held via teleconference, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will consider approving a resolution to extend through June 30, 2021 two customer rate discount programs and rule suspensions related to the COVID-19 emergency.
The Commission will consider extending through June 30, 2021 two programs for temporary emergency bill discounts as follows:
(1) The Temporary Emergency Customer Assistance Program for COVID-19 Relief which provides eligible single-family residential customers a 15% discount on the water bill, a 35% discount on the wastewater bill, and a 30% discount on?Hetch?Hetchy?power bills. To be eligible, customers must have had a pre-COVID income below 200% of the San Francisco Area Median Income, have experienced a loss of income related to COVID-19 or the shelter-in-place order, and are experiencing financial hardship and difficulty paying that water, power, and sewer bills.
(2) The Small Business and Nonprofit Customer Assistance Program for COVID-19 Relief, which provides small businesses and small non-profit organizations with 50 or fewer employees that have lost revenues due to COVID-19 or the shelter-in-place order, and are experiencing financial hardship paying their utility bills, a20% discount off both the water and sewer bill for six months from the date of the application approval.
In addition, the Commission will consider extending through June 30, 2021 suspension of the following SFPUC Rules and Regulations:
1. The discontinuation or shut-off of water service for residents and businesses in the City for non-payment of water and sewer bills (Section D, Rules 4 and 5 of the SFPUC Rules and Regulations Governing Water Service to Customers);
2. The imposition of late payment penalties or fees for delinquent water and/or sewer bills (Schedule W-44 of the Water Rate Schedules);
3. The discontinuation or shut-off of power service for SFPUC Hetch Hetchy Power Customers in San Francisco for non-payment of power bills (Rule X of the Rules and Regulations Governing Electric Service);
4. The imposition of late payment penalties or fees for delinquent Hetch Hetchy Power Customer accounts (Rule VIII of the Rules and Regulations Governing Electric Service); and
5. The return of delinquent CleanPowerSF Customers to PG&E generation service for failure to pay CleanPowerSF charges (CleanPowerSF Delinquent Accounts, Bad Debt and Collections Policy).
Copies of the agenda item, including the Program Rules and eligibility requirements, will be available 72 hours in advance of the December 8, 2020 meeting on the Commission’s website: https://sfwater.org/index.aspx?page=1314
Members of the public may provide oral public comment on this agenda item during the meeting via telephone by following the dial-in instructions on the Commission agenda. Members of the public may also submit written comments in advance of the meeting by emailing Commission@sfwater.org, and those comments will be forwarded to the Commissioners and placed in the official record. If you have any questions, please call 415-554-3165.
Posted: November 17, 2020
Notice of Wastewater Permit Issuance and Renewals
Notice of SFPUC Revises Wireless Facilities Siting Program
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (“SFPUC”) is announcing revisions to its program for issuing licenses to telecommunications providers to install and maintain personal wireless service facilities (“Wireless Facilities”) on SFPUC’s streetlight poles located in the public right-of-way. These facilities improve the carriers’ service in San Francisco’s neighborhoods and provide revenues to the SFPUC.
Due to last-year’s changes in San Francisco law related to permitting requirements for Wireless Facilities, telecommunications providers no longer need Public Works permits to install their Wireless Facilities on the SFPUC’s streetlight poles. (Ordinance 190-19.) They only need an SFPUC license. For this reason, the SFPUC is revising its Wireless Facilities licensing program.
As part of that revision, on January 13, 2020 the SFPUC issued Executives Directive Establishing Requirements for Installing Distributed Antenna System Facilities on Streetlight Poles to AT&T and Verizon Wireless (“Executive Directives”). Pursuant to the Executive Directives, AT&T and Verizon Wireless may each obtain licenses for up to 150 sites during the one-year term of the Executive Directives. Among other things, the Executive Directives require AT&T and Verizon Wireless to meet certain design standards for their Wireless Facilities. The proposed locations for each carrier’s Wireless Facilities are identified in Appendix B to each of the Executive Directives.
SFPUC Executive Directive – AT&T
SFPUC Executive Directive – Verizon
The San Francisco Planning Department reviewed the Executive Directives for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), and determined that the Executive Directives are Categorically Exempt from CEQA review (“Categorical Exemption Determinations”). The Categorical Exemption Determinations are available on the Planning Department’s website. The Categorical Exemption Determinations may be appealed to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Information concerning how to file the CEQA appeal is available on the Board of Supervisors’ website.
If you have any questions about the Executive Directives please contact Mark Torres of the SFPUC by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (628) 249-7709.