Abatement Appeals Board (AAB) meeting

Wednesday, April 17, 2024

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    Commission meeting materials and documents can be found online at:
    Any materials distributed to the members of the Abatement Appeals Board within 72 hours of the meeting or after the agenda packet has been delivered to the members are available for inspection at Abatement Appeals Board | San Francisco (sf.gov) [Sonya Harris 628-652-3510] during regular office hours.
    Members of the public may attend the meeting to observe or provide public comment at the physical meeting location listed above or remotely. If you want to ensure your comment on any item on the agenda is received by the Abatement Appeals Board in advance of the meeting, please send an email to dbi.aab@sfgov.org by 5pm on April 16, 2024 or call (628) 652-3510. Please see the information on the next page for remote meeting access.


    1. Call to order and roll call

      Members of the board

      • Bianca Neumann, President
      • Evita Chavez, Vice President
      • Alysabeth Alexander-Tut, Commissioner
      • Earl Shaddix, Commissioner
      • Angie Sommer, Commissioner
      • Kavin Williams, Commissioner

      Department representatives

      • Matthew Greene, Secretary to the Board (628) 652-3637
      • Sonya Harris, BIC Secretary (628) 652-3510
      • Code Enforcement Section (628) 652-3430
      • Housing Inspection Services (628) 652-3700

      City Attorney's Office representative

      • Sarah Fabian, Deputy City Attorney (415) 554-4679
    2. Approval of Minutes: (Discussion and Possible Action)

      Discussion and possible action to adopt the minutes for meeting held on: March 20, 2024.
      Public Comment

    3. NEW APPEAL(S): Order of Abatement (Discussion and Action)

      1. CASE NO. 6918: 3655 20th Street - Complaint # 202295141
      Owners of Record & Appellant: KNOWLES JOHN F. & DAPHNE & KNOWLES GREGORY

      Appellant Representative: Henry Karnilowicz
      ACTION REQUESTED BY APPELLANT: Appellant appeals the Order of Abatement dated October 19, 2023 and posted on November 6, 2023, and assessment of costs. Appellant seeks “Cancelling of the OOA as a permit was procured in a timely manner to address the complaint considering owner was unaware of the complaint.”
      Public Comment


      Members of the public may address the Board on matters that are within the Board’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda. Speakers shall address their remarks to the Board as a whole and not to individual Board members or Department personnel.

    5. Adjournment

    Date & Time

    Wednesday, April 17, 2024
    9:30 am to 10:30 am

    Department of Building Inspection

    1 Dr Carlton B. Goodlett Place
    Rm. 416
    San Francisco, CA 94103
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    Public Comment call-in number

    Access Code: 2661 086 0068, then press #


    Abatement Appeals Board (AAB) Meeting Agenda of 4-17-2024

    Abatement Appeals Board (AAB) Meeting Minutes of 4-17-2024

    Submit a public comment before the meeting

    Submit a public comment before the meeting

    If you cannot attend live, you may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the BIC Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at sonya.harris@sfgov.org.

    Comments submitted by 5 pm the Tuesday before the meeting will be included in the record. These written comments shall be made a part of the official public record and these comments will be brought to the attention of the members of the Building Inspection Commission. (Twenty copies are necessary.) This is pursuant to Section 67.7-1(c) of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

    Call in and make a public comment during the meeting

    Call in and make a public comment during the meeting

    Each member of the public may address the Commission once for up to two minutes on any agenda item.

    Follow these steps to call in

    • Call 415-655-0001 and enter the meeting ID
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    Make a public comment 

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    Sunshine Ordinance

    Sunshine Ordinance

    Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.

    For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force:

    • By mail at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689
    • By phone at 415-554-7854
    • By email at sotf@sfgov.org

    Disability access for in-person meetings

    Disability access for in-person meetings

    The meeting will be held at the City Hall Building, located at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, 4th Floor, Room 416.

    The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at 8th (at the United Nations Plaza) and Market Streets.

    Accessible MUNI/Metro lines servicing this location are the J-Church, K-Ingleside, L-Taraval, M-Ocean view, and N-Judah at Van Ness and Civic Center Stations; 9-San Bruno, 71-Haight, and 42-Downtown bus lines. For information about MUNI accessible services, call 415-923-6142.

    The Commission meeting room is wheelchair accessible. Accessible curbside parking spaces have been designated on the Van Ness Avenue and McAllister Street perimeters of City Hall for mobility-impaired persons. There is accessible parking available within the Civic Center Underground Parking Garage at the corner of McAllister and Polk Streets, and within the Performing Arts Parking Garage at Grove and Franklin Streets.

    Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available. Assistive Listening devices will be available at the meeting.

    To request a sign language interpreter, reader, materials in alternative formats, or other accommodations for a disability, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris 628-652-3510. Providing 72 hours notice will help to ensure availability.

    Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illness, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call 628-652-3510 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such persons, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

    Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices

    Cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices

    The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair or the Interim Chair may order the removal from the meeting of anyone responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.

    Language access

    Language access

    To request an interpreter for a specific item during the meeting, please contact the Commission Secretary, Sonya Harris, at 628-652-3510 or by email at sonya.harris@sfgov.org at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.

    For questions about the Language Access Ordinance, please contact OCEIA at 415-581-2360 and ask for the Executive Director or Language Access Compliance Officer.



    Minutes are posted online 10 days after approval by the BIC.

    Lobbying activity

    Lobbying activity

    Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance to register and report lobbying activity.

    For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, contact the Ethics Commission:

    • Mail: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, San Francisco, CA 94102
    • Telephone: 415-252-3100
    • Fax 415-252- 3112
    • Website: sfethics.org

    Political contributions

    Political contributions

    SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code section 1.127 prohibits any person with a financial interest in certain land use matters from making a political contribution to any committee controlled by an individual currently holding, or seeking election to, the office of Mayor, Supervisor, or City Attorney.
    Solicitation or acceptance of such a contribution is also prohibited.

    Be aware that certain matters pending before or acted upon by the Building Inspection Commission may constitute land use matters under section 1.127.

    Please visit sfethics.org to learn more about whether your involvement in such matters affects your ability to make political contributions, or contact the Ethics Commission at ethics.commission@sfgov.org or 415-252-3100.

    Ramaytush Ohlone Land acknowledgement

    Ramaytush Ohlone Land acknowledgement

    The Building Inspection Commission acknowledges that we are on the unceded ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone, who are the original inhabitants of the San Francisco Peninsula. As the indigenous stewards of this land and in accordance with their traditions, the Ramaytush Ohlone have never ceded, lost, nor forgotten their responsibilities as the caretakers of this place, as well as for all peoples who reside in their traditional territory. As guests, we recognize that we benefit from living and working on their traditional homeland. We wish to pay our respects by acknowledging the Ancestors, Elders, and Relatives of the Ramaytush Ohlone community and by affirming their sovereign rights as First Peoples.

    Last updated May 24, 2024