Paperless movement charging ahead

One thing about city government is that it runs through piles upon piles of paper: meeting agendas, communications, and never ending amounts of reports, from audits to environmental reviews.

But Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi is saying that in the age of technology perhaps less paper has to be used.

To that end, he has introduced legislation that would prohibit The City from printing and distributing any document in excess of 10 pages but instead be required to provide that document electronically. There is a waiver provision in case The City is able to demonstrate “that the use of paper copies is required by law or standard business practice, or that the use of paper copies will best inform members of the public.”

The board’s Rules Committee meets Thursday at 10 a.m., at City Hall, in Room 263, to vote on the legislation.

Mirkarimi is also considering the introduction of a law that would allow residents to opt out of receiving a voter information handbook.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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