Last week, we heard supportive testimony in the Executive Matters and Legal Affairs Committee (EMLA) for Bill 107, Proposed CD1, which added “alternative fire prevention and fire safety systems” as a means of broadening the range of fire prevention/safety improvements that could be used to meet life safety evaluation requirements proposed by the Residential Fire Safety Advisory Committee (RFSAC) in November. The contents of this proposal replaced the contents of Bill 69, CD1 and were adopted by the committee.
On Thursday, January 25th, the Permitted Interaction Group Report for Resolution 17-341 was posted to the City Council website (http://bit.ly/2rVyQBy) to provide a summary of oral and written testimonies that we received during and after our December condo forum. Roughly 95% of all comments opposed mandatory sprinkler retrofits for older high-rise condo properties. The report is part of the January Council agenda, and will lay over for 30 days prior to action by the City Council during its February 2018 meeting.
To stimulate further discussion, Chair Menor introduced a Proposed FD1 amendment to Bill 69 for the January Council meeting. This draft eliminated “alternative fire prevention and fire safety systems” from the range of safety improvements that could be adopted by individual condo properties, and substituted a mandatory sprinkler requirement for common areas of the roughly 150 condo properties identified in the RFSAC November report. The Council’s Budget Committee also reported out Bills 101, 102 and 103, which contain the administration’s proposals for real property tax credits, waivers of building permit and related fees associated with retrofits, and low-income loan programs.
However, most testifiers during the January 31st Council meeting spoke in opposition to the Proposed FD1 amendment to Bill 69, and the following councilmembers expressed reservations about the amendment: Anderson, Elefante, Fukunaga, Kobayashi, Manahan and Pine; Councilmembers Martin and Ozawa voted in opposition. Bill 69, CD1, FD1 now returns to the EMLA Committee for further review and evaluation.