04.10 Agenda

City and County of San Francisco

Urban Forestry Council



  Meeting Notice and Agenda


Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 4:00 PM

City Hall, Room 421

One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA



COMMITTEE MEMBERS:  Mike Boss (Chair), Carolyn Blair, Steve Griswold, David Habert, and Mark Sustarich


Urban Forestry Specialist:  Grace Ma


Council Secretary:  Monica Fish


Order of Business


Public Comment will be heard before the Committee takes action on any item.




  1. ACTION: Adoption of minutes of the March 13, 2007 Urban Forestry Council Landmark Tree Committee Regular Meeting.  (Explanatory Document: Draft Minutes of the March 13, 2007 Regular Meeting)


  1. DISCUSSION and POSSIBLE ACTION:  Public Outreach Letters for Landmarking of Trees (Continued from the March 13, 2007 Meeting).  Committee Members will review and possibly vote to approve for recommendation to the Urban Forestry Council two outreach letters, one addressed to the Board of Supervisors and Department Heads and one addressed to San Francisco Residents.  (Explanatory Documents:  Draft Outreach Letters)


  1. DISCUSSION and POSSIBLE ACTION:  Landmark Tree Nomination Form.  The Committee will consider and possibly vote on revisions to the Landmark Tree Nomination Form to recommend to the Urban Forestry Council (Continued from the March 13, 2007 Meeting) (Explanatory Document: Nomination Form).


  1. DISCUSSION and POSSIBLE ACTION:  Landmark Tree Evaluation Criteria.  The Committee will discuss redefining landmark tree evaluation criteria and possibly vote on making recommendations to the Urban Forestry Council (Explanatory Document.  Evaluation Criteria).


  1. DISCUSSION and POSSIBLE ACTION:  Landmark Tree Committee Agenda and Documentation Due Dates.  The Committee will discuss and possibly vote to revise current agenda and documentation due dates.


  1. DISCUSSION:   Landmark Tree Resolution Written Findings and Supporting Documentation.  Committee Members will discuss how to fulfill the requirement for substantiating Landmark Tree Resolution Findings with factual data for transmittal to the Clerk of the Board’s Office.




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




The next Landmark Tree Committee meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 8, 2007 at 4:00 p.m., Room 421, City Hall.


Landmark Tree Hearing Recommended Guidelines


The Committee Chair has the discretion to change speaker order or length of time for each speaker if the Chair determines the request to be reasonable.


1) Sponsor for nomination (8 min)

2) Staff analysis (8 min)

3) Property owner’s presentation, including outside professional staff (8 min)

4) Affected property owner’s presentation, including outside professional staff (8 min)

5) Public comment (up to 3 min/per person)

6) Staff Rebuttal (3-5 min)

7) Property Owner Rebuttal (3-5 min)

8) Affected property owner rebuttal (3-5 min)

9) Discussion and Action by Committee


Public Comment


At this time, members of the public may address the Committee on items of interest that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Committee but are not on today’s agenda.  Public comment will be taken following each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Committee 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 Committee 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 Committee 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 Landmark Tree Committee meetings will be held in Room 421, City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA.  The Committee 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: 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: 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 220, 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 Urban Forestry Council Landmark Tree meeting website or upon request to the Council Secretary, at the above address or telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at Monica.Fish@Sfgov.org within three business days of a meeting.  Explanatory documents that are received after posting of this agenda will be available on the website or by request to the Council Secretary at the contact information listed above.


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.


Grace Ma, Urban Forestry Council Associate

TEL:  (415) 355-3731


Monica Fish, Council Secretary

TEL:  (415) 355-3709


Posted: March 27, 2007


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