08.26 Agenda

City and County of San Francisco
DEpartment of the ENvironment
URBAN FORESTRY COUNCIL
 

 Regular Meeting Notice and Agenda

 

Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 5:30 p.m.

City Hall, Room 416   

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

 

Carolyn Blair

Milton Marks

Mike Boss

Lena Miller

Jocelyn Cohen

Kelly Quirke, Vice-Chair

Steve Griswold

Bonnie Ora Sherk

Malcolm Hillan

 

 

 

David Habert, SF Redev. Agency

AnMarie Rodgers, SF Planning Department

Susan Nervo, SF Recreation & Park Department

Carla Short, SF Department of Public Works

Mark Sustarich, SF Public Utilities Commission

 Mei Ling Hui, Urban Forestry Council Coordinator

Monica Fish, Urban Forestry Council Secretary


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

Order of Business

 

1.        Call to Order and Roll Call.

 

2.        Adoption of Minutes of the July 25, 2008 Urban Forestry Council Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Document: July 25, 2008 Draft) (Discussion and Action)

 

3.        Chair’s Letter to the Board of Supervisors on the proposed legislation to change the membership composition of the Urban Forestry Council.  (Continued from the July 25, 2008 Meeting) Explanatory Documents: Chair’s Letter and Board of Supervisors Proposed Legislation) (Discussion) SPEAKERS:  Council Chair Milne and Deputy City Attorney Alicia Cabrera

 

4.        Hearing on Nomination for Landmark Tree Status. The Council will hold a hearing to determine whether the following tree meets the criteria for designation as a landmark tree: (Discussion and Action) PRESENTER: Landmark Tree Committee Chair Mike Boss

 

Lombardy Poplar (Populus nigra) located at 501 Octavia, corner of Hayes Street, Assessor’s Block 0807, Lot 004 (approximate) (Explanatory Documents:  Nomination Forms, Evaluation Form, Pictures, 501 Octavia Landmark Packet, Arborist Public Comment; Member Boss Evaluation Form and Landmark Tree Committee Written Findings).

 

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Council will vote on whether to approve or reject the nominations and shall adopt written findings to support its decision.  The Council will forward approved nominations to the Board of Supervisors for further consideration.

 

5.        Annual Urban Forest Report. Approval of the 2008 Annual Urban Forest Report for submittal to the Board of Supervisors and the Mayor's Office. (Explanatory Document: 2008 Annual Urban Forest Report) (Discussion and Action) SPEAKER:  Council Coordinator Hui

 

6.        Landmark Tree Evaluation Criteria, Evaluation and Nomination Forms.  Consider and possibly vote to adopt Amendments to the Landmark Tree Criteria and Nomination and Evaluation Forms recommended by the Landmark Tree Committee. The Council Coordinator will provide the Council with a report regarding proposed changes to the landmark tree criteria. (Explanatory Documents: Original Criteria and Evaluation and Nomination Forms; Proposed Landmark Tree Criteria; Evaluation Form Amended; Nomination Form Amended; and Criteria Grouping) (Discussion and Possible Action) SPEAKER:  Landmark Tree Committee Chair Member Boss

 

7.        Chair’s Report on Urban Forestry Council Members’ Annual Meeting Attendance and Requirements. (Explanatory Document:  Council Attendance Policy to Board of Supervisors and Mayor) (Informational Report and Discussion) SPEAKER:  Council Chair Milne

 

8.        Long-Range Bond-Funded Urban Forestry Maintenance.  Report on the Recreation and Park Department's Clean and Safe General Obligation Bond. (Continued from the July 25, 2008 Meeting) (Informational Report and Discussion)

 

9.        Urban Forest Plan Update.   The Council Chair and Coordinator will report on the progress of the San Francisco Planning Department’s work on the Urban Forest Plan that will be incorporated into the City’s General Plan. (Continued from the July 25, 2008 Meeting) (Informational Report and Discussion) SPEAKERS: Council Chair Milne and Council Coordinator Hui

 

10.    Proposal for Visible Identification of Landmark Trees after Designation. (Explanatory Documents: Visible Identification of Landmark Trees Proposal; Graphic: Landmark Tree Identification; Proposed Amended Graphic, and Visible Identification of Landmark Trees Recommendation) (Continued from the July 25, 2008 Meeting) (Discussion and Possible Action)

 

11.    Staff Report.  Staff will provide updates on Urban Forestry Council administrative and programmatic operations relating to research, planning, funding, outreach, and other related activities. (Informational Report and Discussion)

 

12.    Committee Reports: (Informational Reports and Discussion).

Planning & Funding Committee, Chair, Carla Short

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, September 18, 2008, 4:15 p.m. at City Hall, Room 421. 

Landmark Tree Committee, Chair, Mike Boss

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 8, 2008, 4:00 p.m. at City Hall, Room 421.

 

13.    Chair’s Announcements: Terry Milne, Chair, Urban Forestry Council (Information and Discussion)

 

14.    New Business/Future Agenda Items. (Information and Discussion).

 

15.    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.

 

16.    Adjournment.

 

The next meeting of the Urban Forestry Council is scheduled for Friday, September 26, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 416, City Hall.

 

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 at (415) 554-6789 or (415) 554-6799 (TTY) for additional information.

 

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, 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: sotf@sfgov.org.  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: 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300, fax (415) 581-2317; 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 the Department of Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, California between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., by clicking on the links by each agenda item above, upon request to the Council Secretary at the above address, telephone number 415-355-3709, via e-mail at Monica.Fish@Sfgov.org, or at the Council’s meeting agenda and minutes link within three business days of a meeting. If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Urban Forestry Council after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the Department of the Environment, 11 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102 during normal office hours or will be made available at the meeting website link as links to the agenda or meeting minutes (by item).

 

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 Council 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:  August 21, 2008

 
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