10.23.12 Urban Forestry Council Meeting Agenda

City and County of San Francisco

Department of the Environment

Urban Forestry Council

 Regular Meeting Notice and Agenda

Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

City Hall, Room 416 

One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Jr. Place

San Francisco, CA 94102

Council Members: Maria D’Agostino (Chair), Dan Flanagan (Vice-Chair), Chris Buck (Department of Public Works), Dr. Larry Costello, Malcolm Hillan, Rose Hillson, Sandy Sherwin, Dan Sider (San Francisco Planning Department), Andrew Sullivan, Megan Sutherland, and Kelaine Vargas; Advisory Members: Mike Barrow (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission); Stanley Muraoka (San Francisco Redevelopment Agency/Administrative Services); San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (Vacant); Golden Gate National Recreation Area (Vacant)


     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 August 28, 2012 Urban Forestry Council Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Document:  August 28, 2012 Draft Minutes) (Discussion and Action)
  3. 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.
  4. San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Recreation and Park Department staff will give an informational presentation on the forestry program within the upcoming bond measure. Speakers: Karen Mauney-Brodeck, Deputy Director for Park Planning, Capital and Planning Division, and Melinda Stockmann, Assistant Project Manager (Explanatory Document:  Presentation) (Informational Presentation and Discussion)
  5. Changes to Administrative Support to the Urban Forestry Council. (Explanatory Document: Administrative Support to the Council Letter) (Discussion and Possible Action)
  6. Urban Forestry Council Organizational Assessment.  The Council will review responses received from Council Members on the Organizational Assessment Survey questions. (Explanatory Document: Organizational Assessment Survey Responses) (Discussion)
  7. Urban Forestry Council Annual Goal Setting Meeting Organization. The Committee will review last year's goals and the responses received from Council Members on the Organizational Assessment Survey. (Explanatory Documents: 2011 Urban Forestry Council Goals and Organizational Assessment Survey Responses) (Discussion) 
  8. Update on the Urban Forest Plan Working Group Session. (Discussion)  
  9. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution File 2012-04-UFC Commending Urban Forestry Council Member Kelaine Vargas for her Service to the Urban Forestry Council. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution File 2012-04-UFC) (Discussion and Action)
  10. 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)
  11. Committee Reports: (Informational Reports and Discussion)

Planning & Funding Committee. Chair’s Report on the September and October meetings. 

         Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee Report.  Chair’s Report on the October and November meetings.

  1. Chair’s Announcements: Chair, Urban Forestry Council (Information,  Discussion, and Action)
  2. Urban Forestry Council Member Announcements. (Information and Discussion)
  3. New Business/Future Agenda Items. (Information and Discussion)
  4. 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.
  5. Adjournment.

The next meeting of the Urban Forestry Council is scheduled for Friday, December 14, 2012 at 8:30 a.m., Room 400, San Francisco 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 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., 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 are also available at the Council’s meeting or agenda website http://www.sfenvironment.org/about/taskforce/urban-forestry-council/agendas as attachments with each agenda or meeting minutes. 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 as attachments with the agenda or meeting minutes.

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:  October 16, 2012