February 25 2014 Urban Forestry Council Meeting Agenda


Notice of Regular Meeting and Agenda
Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 6:00 p.m.

City Hall, Room 416
One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Jr. Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Council Members: Dan Flanagan (Chair), Malcolm Hillan, Rose Hillson, Dan Kida, John Leffingwell, William Most, Sandy Sherwin, Carla Short (Department of Public Works), Andrew Sullivan, and Jon Swae (San Francisco Planning Department). Advisory Members: Mike Barrow (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission); Phil Ginsburg/Ana Alvarez/Christopher Campbell (San Francisco Recreation and Park Department); San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (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 December 13, 2013 Urban Forestry Council Meeting. (Explanatory Document:  December 13, 2013 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. Election of Interim Urban Forestry Council Vice-Chair. (Discussion and Action)
5. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution 2014-03-UFC Commending Urban Forestry Council Member Larry Costello for his service to the Urban Forestry Council.  (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution) (Discussion and Action)
6. Green Connections Project. The Council will hear an informational presentation on the Planning Department’s Green Connections Project including the final network and plant list/database. (Explanatory Document:  Green Connections Project Plan http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3037#final-open-house) Sponsor: Council Member Jon Swae; Speaker: Kearstin Dischinger, Policy Planner, Planning Department. (Informational Presentation, Discussion and Action)
7. Mt. Sutro Forest.  The Council will hear a presentation from the Sutro Stewards on current management plans for the Mt. Sutro Forest.  Sponsor: Council Chair Dan Flanagan; Speaker: Craig Dawson, Executive Director of Sutro Stewards. (Informational Presentation and Discussion)
8. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution File 2014-02-UFC recommending amendments to the Urban Forestry Council Ordinance Membership and Meeting Schedule Requirements.  (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution) (Discussion and Action)
9. Review and Approval of Draft Resolution File No. 2014-01-UFC endorsing the Urban Forest Master Plan, Phase One, Street Trees. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution) Sponsor and Speaker:  Member Jon Swae (Discussion and Action)
10. Review and Approval of the 2014 Recommended Street Tree List and Draft Resolution 2014-04-UFC Approving the List.  (Explanatory Document:  Draft 2014 Recommended Street Tree List and Draft Resolution) (Discussion and Action)
11. AB 32 Cap-and-Trade Investment Plan. The Urban Forestry Council will discuss the Investment Plan and the Governor’s proposal for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 as it relates to urban forestry work and identify recommendations to include in a letter to the California Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee. (Explanatory Documents: Cap-and-Trade Program Overview Factsheet from Air Resources Board:  http://www.arb.ca.gov/newsrel/2011/cap_trade_overview.pdf and California ReLeaf letter to California Senate: http://californiareleaf.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/SB-42-CA-ReLeaf-Support-if-Amend.pdf and Environmental Protection Chapter of Governor Brown’s 2014-15 Full Budget Summary) (Discussion and Action)
12. Mayor George Christopher Tree on Geary Boulevard.  The Council will hear a presentation on a New Zealand Christmas Tree planted by Mayor George Christopher located on Geary Boulevard as it relates to the Geary Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project.  (Explanatory Documents: Mayor George Christopher and Geary Median Greening Project and Geary BRT Presentation) Sponsor/Speaker: Council Member Rose Hillson (Informational Presentation and Discussion)
13. Staff Report.
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, March 28, 2014 at 8:30 a.m., Room 416, 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: [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: 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, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, 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 [email protected] within three business days of a meeting. Explanatory documents may also be 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, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103 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
1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, CA 94103

Posted:  February 20, 2014