October 27 2015 Urban Forestry Council Meeting Agenda

City and County of San Francisco

Department of the Environment

Urban Forestry Council


Notice of Regular Meeting and Agenda

Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 6 p.m.


City Hall, Room 416

One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Jr. Place

San Francisco, CA 94102


Council Members: Dan Flanagan (Chair), Carla Short (Vice Chair) (Department of Public Works), Malcolm Hillan, Rose Hillson, Dan Kida, Igor Lacan, John Leffingwell, Sandy Sherwin, Andrew Sullivan, Michael Sullivan, Zachary Taylor (San Francisco Recreation and Park Department), Tom Carter (San Francisco Port), Yolanda Manzone, (San Francisco Public Utilities Commission), Jon Swae (San Francisco Planning Department), and 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 June 23, 2015 and August 25, 2015 Urban Forestry Council Regular Meetings. (Explanatory Document:  June 23, 2015 Draft Minutes and August 25, 2015 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.    Hearing on Nomination for Landmark Tree Status of the Norfolk Island Pine (Araucaria heterophylla (synonym A. excelsa)), located at 46A Cook Street, Assessor’s Block 1067, Lot 032, San Francisco, CA.. The Council will hold a hearing to determine whether the tree nominated at the following location meets the criteria for designation as a landmark tree to forward findings to the Board of Supervisors. (Explanatory Documents: 46A Cook Official Tree Nomination, 46a Cook St Landmark Additional Exhibits, 46A Cook Street Staff Evaluation, Cook Report, CV 150708, Hillan Evaluation, Hillson Evaluation, McNair and Associates Report and CV, Rogers Landmark Tree Letter, Short Evaluation, Swae Evaluation, Evidential historic timeline of 46a Cook St Cook Pine, Summarized key attribute confirming 46a Cook St Cook Pine Species, Araucaria Landmark Nomination 1.1, Rogers Landmark Tree Letter Addendum 9-30-15, October 1, 2015 Landmark Tree Committee DRAFT meeting minutes) (Discussion and Action)

5.    Geary Bus Rapid Transit. The Council will hear a presentation on the Geary BRT. Speakers: Kate Elliott, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority; Wahid Amiri, San Francisco Transportation Authority (Informational presentation and discussion.)

6.    Living Roof Manual. The Urban Forestry Council will hear a presentation on the Living Roof Manual, a product of the Living Roofs Program in the Planning Department, related to the third phase of the Urban Forest Plan. Presenters: Jon Swae, Urban Forest Plan Manager, Planning Department; Anne Brask, Planner, Planning Department; Kerby Olsen, Intern, Planning Department. (Explanatory Documents: Living Roof Manual Executive Summary) (Informational presentation and Discussion.)

7.    Annual Urban Forest Report. The Council will review the 2015 Annual Urban Forest Report draft for adoption. (Explanatory Document:  2015 Annual Urban Forest Report DRAFT) (Discussion and Action.) 

8.    Resolution Commending Dr. Ana Alvarez. (Explanatory Document:  Draft Resolution Commending Dr. Ana Alvarez)  (Action)

9.    Committee Reports: (Informational Reports and Discussion)

Planning & Funding Committee. Chair’s Report. 

Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee.  Chair’s Report.

10.  Staff Report. (Informational Report and Discussion)

11.  Chair’s Announcements: Chair, Urban Forestry Council (Information and Discussion)

12.  Urban Forestry Council Member Announcements. (Information and Discussion)

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

14.  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.

15.  Adjournment.


The next meeting of the Urban Forestry Council is scheduled for Friday, December 11, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco, CA  94102.

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 the department at (415) 355-3700 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.


Language Access

Language Assistance: To request an interpreter for a specific item during the meeting, please contact the departmeant at (415) 355-3700 or [email protected]  at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.


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 415-355-3700 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: October 21, 2015