03.23 Agenda

City and County of San Francisco

DEpartment of the ENvironment

Urban Forestry Council


Regular Meeting Notice and Agenda


Friday, March 23, 2007 at 10:00 a.m.

City Hall, Room 400   

One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102

 Council Members:  Terry Milne (Chair); Kelly Quirke (Vice Chair); Carolyn Blair, Milton Marks; Mike Boss, Lena Miller; Jocelyn Cohen, Dr. Larry Costello, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Steve Griswold, David Habert, SF Redevelopment Agency, AnMarie Rodgers, SF Planning Department, Susan Nervo, SF Recreation & Park Department, Paul Sacamano, SF Department of Public Works, Mark Sustarich; SF Public Utilities Commission

 Grace Ma, Urban Forestry Council Associate         Monica Fish, Council Secretary

 Public comment will be taken before the Council takes action on any item.

 Order of Business






2.      ROLL CALL


3.      ACTION: Adoption of minutes of the February 27, 2007 Urban Forestry Council Regular Meeting.  (Explanatory Document: Draft Minutes of the February 27, 2007 Regular Meeting.)


4.      INFORMATION and DISCUSSION: City of Novato Green Design. Mr. Glenn Young will describe the City of Novato's street design program that places trees in between diagonally parked cars and results in environmental, transit and social benefits.

SPONSOR: Member Carolyn Blair

SPEAKER: Glenn Young, Director of Public Works, Novato  


5.      INFORMATION and DISCUSSION: City Greening Initiatives. Mr. Daniel Sider, the Director of City Greening for San Francisco, will report on city greening initiatives and Council members will ask questions.


6.        DISCUSSION and ACTION: San Francisco General Plan. Council Members will discuss and vote on a Resolution in support of the Planning Department’s efforts to incorporate the Urban Forest Plan into the San Francisco General Plan. (Explanatory document: Draft Resolution.)

SPONSOR: Chair Terry Milne and Grace Ma



DISCUSSION:  Landmark Tree Incentives Report.  Committee members will discuss a report from the Office of the Legislative Analyst on incentives to encourage nomination and designation of landmark trees.  (Explanatory Document:  Legislative Analyst Report)

SPONSOR/SPEAKER: Member Bonnie Ora Sherk 


7.      DISCUSSION and ACTION: Nominations for Chair and Vice Chair of the Urban Forestry Council. Council members will nominate candidates for the Chair and Vice Chair positions in preparation for an election to be held at the April 24, 2007 regular meeting.


8.      INFORMATION and DISCUSSION: Staff Report, Grace Ma. Ms. Ma will provide updates on UFC administrative and programmatic operations relating to funding, planning, research, outreach, and related activities.



    • Funding Committee


The next meeting will be on May 1, 2007 at 12:00 PM at 11 Grove Street.


·         Planning & Policy Committee

                                    Chair, Paul Sacamano

The next meeting will be on April 19, 2007 at 4:00 PM at 11 Grove Street.


·         Landmark Tree Committee

Chair, Mike Boss

The next meeting will be on April 10, 2007 at 4:00 PM at City Hall, Room 421.


11.  CHAIR’S ANNOUNCEMENTS: Terry Milne, Chair, Urban Forestry Council.




13.  PUBLIC COMMENT:  Members of the public may address the Council on matters that are within the Council’s jurisdiction and are not on today’s agenda.




Public Comment


At this time, members of the public may address the Council on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Council but are not on today’s agenda.  Public comment will be taken following each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Council for up to three minutes, unless otherwise announced by the Chair. If it is demonstrated that the comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the Chair may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.


The Brown Act forbids the Council from taking action or discussing any item or issue not appearing on the posted agenda.  This rule applies to issues raised in public comment as well.   In response to public comment, not on an agendized item, the Council is limited to:


1.             Briefly responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public, or

2.             Request staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting, or

3.             Directing staff to place the item or issue on a future agenda  (Government Code Section 54954.2(a).)


Disability Access


The Urban Forestry Council meetings will be held in Room 400 or 416, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA.  The Council meeting room is wheelchair accessible.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center Station at United Nations Plaza and Market Street.  Accessible MUNI lines serving this location are: #42 Downtown Loop, and #71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line to Market and Van Ness and the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market and at Civic Center.  For information about MUNI accessible services call (415) 923-6142.  There is accessible curbside parking adjacent to City Hall on Grove Street and Van Ness Avenue and in the vicinity of the Veterans Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue adjacent to Davies Hall and the War Memorial Complex.


The following services are available on request 48 hours prior to the meeting; except for Monday meetings, for which the deadline shall be 4:00 p.m. of the last business day of the preceding week:  For American sign language interpreters or the use of a reader during a meeting, a sound enhancement system, and/or alternative formats of the agenda and minutes, please contact Monica Fish at (415) 355-3709 to make arrangements for the accommodation.  Late requests will be honored, if possible.


In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate persons with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical based products.  Please help the City accommodate these individuals.  Individuals with chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call the Mayor’s Office on Disability accessibility hotline at (415) 554-6060.



Know your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance

(Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code)


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 and County 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, Frank Darby, Jr., Sunshine Task Force Administrator, City Hall, Room 409, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA  94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-7854; E-mail: [email protected].  Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s website at www.sfgov.org.


Lobbyist Registration and Reporting Requirements

Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign & Governmental Conduct Code §2.100, et. seq] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at: 25 Van Ness Avenue, 2nd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 252-3100, fax (415) 252-3112; web site at www.sfgov.org/ethics.

Other Important Information

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 may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices.


Copies of explanatory documents are available to the public at Department of Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, California between the hours of  9 a.m. and 5 p.m., or when possible, on the Department of Environment’s webpage:  www.sfenvironment.com/; or, upon request to the Council Secretary, at the above address or telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at [email protected] within three business days of a meeting.


When bringing handouts to meetings, please photocopy on both sides of the paper and try to use post-consumer recycled or tree-free paper.  Also, please bring sufficient copies of handouts for both the Commission and the public.

Urban Forestry Council

San Francisco Department of the Environment

City and County of San Francisco

11 Grove Street

San Francisco, CA 94102


Posted:  March 19, 2007