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Rate Fairness Board

During the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) emergency, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) Rate Fairness Board’s regular meeting room at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, is closed. The Board and SFPUC staff will convene Rate Fairness Board meetings remotely by teleconference. The next Rate Fairness Board meeting will be held on Friday, October 9, 2020, 1:30PM to 4:00PM.

Current Rates
The current rate package was developed through a series of public meetings by staff with the input, guidance and review of the Rate Fairness Board, an advisory group of ratepayers and City financial officers created under the voter-approved Proposition E (2002) to ensure rate stability, fairness and affordability.

2020 Meeting Agendas Other Materials Minutes
December 21 Item 4a
Item 4b
October 9 Item 6
Item 7
October 9 (approved)
2019 Meeting Agendas Other Materials Minutes
December 3 Item 4b
Item 5
Item 6
Item 7
Item 8
December 3 (draft)


Proposition E, approved by San Francisco voters on November 5, 2002, directed the establishment of a Rate Fairness Board (RFB) to advise the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on water, power and sewer rate matters. These provisions with respect to sewer rates went into effect on January 3, 2003 and were applied to water rates beginning July 2006.

Specific duties for the RFB include:

  1. Annual review of a five-year rate forecast;
  2. Hold one or more public hearings on annual rate recommendations before the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission adopts rates;
  3. Provide a report and recommendations to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission on the rate proposal and
  4. In connection with periodic rate studies, submit to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission rate policy recommendations for the Commission's consideration, including recommendations to reallocate costs among various retail utility customer classifications, subject to any outstanding bond requirements.


Rate Fairness Board Roster
Member Name
Appointed By

Howard Ash


Residential City Retail Customer

Board of Supervisors

Anna Van Degna Member 

Deputy Director

Controller's Office

Adam Nguyen


Finance and Planning Director

City Administrator or designee

Edward de Asis

Member Board Member

Controller's Office



Residential City Retail Customer

Mayor's Office


City Retail Small Business Customer

Board of Supervisors

VACANT Member City Retail Large Business Customer
Mayor's Office 
See the Rate Fairness Board Biographies

There is a vacancy on the Public Utilities Commission Rate Fairness Board. Interested applicants should visit here. Requests for additional documents, agendas or minutes can be sent to RFB Secretary Yvonne Rodriguez at


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