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This report addresses the broad problem of accountability within the San Francisco Police Department and outlines changes that can be made to build more effective systems of accountability. These changes include adopting stronger whistleblower protections, mandating compliance with and follow up on citizen complaints, and instituting automatic disciplinary investigation triggers. Local officials can use this report to assess current accountability mechanisms within their community and advocate for suitable proposed changes within their own city.
This report explores a range of national policies to increase energy efficiency, accelerate the adoption of renewable energy technologies and shift energy use to more efficient power systems while reducing the electricity bills of consumers and businesses. The policies considered for the industrial sector are aimed at utilizing the vast potential for cogeneration of heat and power and improving energy efficiencies through technical assistance, financial incentives and expanded research and development (R&D) programs to encourage cost-effective emissions reductions. The policies for residential and commercial buildings include strengthened codes for building energy consumption, new appliance efficiency standards, and tax incentives. The policies considered for the electric generation sector include a market-oriented “renewable portfolio standard” (RPS) and a cap on pollutant emissions of sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, mercury and carbon dioxide.
Policies to spur increased investment in renewable electricity generation can offer significant public benefits, including economic development and energy security, as well as improved public health and environmental quality owing to air pollution reductions. Congress has attempted to formally recognize these benefits by creating the Conservation and Renewable Energy Reserve (CRER) in the 1990 Clean Air Act (CAA) Amendments, which set aside a portion of the national SO2 allowance budget for renewable energy and energy efficiency. However, the CRER was severely underutilized, and has expired. This study considers modifications to CAA that would increase the number of emission allowances allocated to renewable energy generation to enable renewables to compete fairly in emission trading and clean air compliance markets, and estimates the economic and environmental benefits of these changes.
San Francisco resoluation adopting the date of 2020 as the deadline for achieving the goal of zero waste to landfill and directing the department of the environment to develop polcies and programs to increase producer and consumer responsibility in order to achieve the zero waste goal.
The rights and liberties protected and guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the Minnesota Constitution are threatened by the USA Patriot Act, the Homeland Security Act of 2002, and certain executive and military orders. In cases where activities, investigations, or proceedings have violated these fundamental rights and liberties, this resolution states that all City law enforcement agencies and personnel should report to the Minneapolis City Council and Human Rights Commission. This includes instances of a person being detained without charges, denied the right to counsel, or denied a public and speedy trial; a search warrant executed without notice to the subject of the warrant; electronic surveillance or wiretaps conducted without judicial approval; and more.
An ordinance that requires that any residential development which shall generate more than 500 ADT (Average Daily Trips) shall be subject to a Community Impact Assessment review process and approval criteria are outlined in Section 18.55.090 of the Carbondale Municipal Code. For mixed use projects (commercial and residential), 1,000 ADT is required in order to have a development subject to Community Impact Assessment process.
This ordinance prohibits any county contractors from discrimination between employees with spouses and employees with domestic partners in the provision of employee benefits. This ordinance vests in the County Executive the responsibility to create rules for its implementation, including penalties on contractors who practice discrimination between employees with spouses and those with domestic partners.
Inclusionary Zoning (IZ) policies require developers of market rate housing to reserve a portion of the units they create for affordable housing. IZ links the production of affordable housing to market rate housing, expanding the supply of affordable units at no (monetary) cost to government, and creates mixed-income housing throughout the jurisdiction. This San Diego inclusionary zoning ordinance requires that at least 10% of the total dwelling units in a proposed development project should be affordable to targeted rental or ownership households. The ordinance applies to different ownership models such as condominiums and new construction.
This ordinance establishes a flexible municipal transit-oriented zoning overlay district. This transit-oriented zoning overlay district is designed to be built upon by further legislation and as such contains easily modified language regarding development requirements. This ordinance establishes zoning and development requirements and restrictions which encourage the use of mass transit and decrease auto-dependency.
This ordinance: prohibits any city management employee from unlawfully detaining or permit an unlawful detention or profiling based on certain lists classes; prohibits any city management employee from officially assisting or voluntarily cooperating with investigations, interrogations, or arrests that are in violation of an individual's civil rights; requires a city management employee to promptly notify the city manager when said employee is contacted and asked by another law enforcement agency in the investigation, interrogation, or arrest under the provisions of the US Patriot Act, Homeland Security Act, or related executive order; and requires the city to provide legal defense for any city management employee that is criminally charged for actions taken in compliance with this ordinance.