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Board of Supervisors

Ammiano proposes decriminalizing pot

Supervisor Tom Ammiano wants to decriminalize marijuana. Legislation he drafted would set up an oversight committee to ensure police officers are not busting people for marijuana offenses and prohibit The City from accepting federal dollars for the purpose of marijuana enforcement. It would also officially make marijuana the lowest priority for local law enforcement.

The City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee will vote on this legislation on Monday, at 10 a.m., at City Hall, Room 263.

Board expected to pass ban on plastic foam containers

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve on Tuesday legislation banning the use of plastic foam by restaurants and food vendors. Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin drafted the legislation to promote the use of biodegradable products instead of the polystyrene foams, which take thousands of years to decompose. The ban would take effect Jan. 1, 2007.

The Board of Supervisors meets Tuesday, at 2 p.m., at City Hall, Room 250.

Police Department

Police officers could receive raise if they delay retirement

Mayor Gavin Newsom has proposed a contract amendment with the San Francisco Police Officers Association that would grant officers a 4 percent pay increase in exchange for not retiring. The incentive is designed to bring relief to an understaffed department facing 700 retirees in the next six years. Retirement age begins at 50, butan officer who retires at age 55 is entitled to the highest pension, 90 percent of their pay. Next year alone, the incentive could cost The City about $800,000.

The Board of Supervisors Government Audit and Oversight Committee meets Monday to vote on the contract change at 1 p.m., at City Hall, Room 250.

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