Departamento del Medio Ambiente de San Francisco

September 3 2020 Urban Forestry Council Landmark Tree Committee Meeting

City and County of San Francisco

Urban Forestry Council

Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee

 

SPECIAL MEETING NOTICE AND AGENDA

 

Thursday, September 3, 2020, 4:15 p.m.

Remote meeting via web conference

 

Refer to the “Remote Access to Information and Participation” section below for instructions.

 

Committee Members:  Mike Sullivan (Chair), Damon Spigelman, Jillian Keller, Pamela Nagle and Morgan Vaisset-Fauvel

                                                      

Order of Business

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

 

  1. Call to Order and Roll Call.

 

  1. Approval of Minutes of the March 05, 2020 Urban Forestry Council Landmark Tree Committee Special Meeting (Explanatory Document: March 05, 2020 Draft Minutes) (Discussion and Action)

 

  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.

 

  1. Discussion and possible action to recommend, for adoption by the Board of Supervisors, uniform criteria, rules, and procedures, governing determinations to remove Landmark trees pursuant to San Francisco Public Works Code Article 16 Section 810(f)(1). Speaker, Mike Sullivan (Explanatory Document, Public Works Code Article 16 Section 810(f)(1) and Memo re Proposed Changes to Article 16) (Discussion and Possible Action)

 

  1. Hearing on Nomination for Landmark Tree Status. The Landmark Tree Committee will hold a hearing to determine whether the tree nominated at the following location meets the criteria for designation as a landmark tree. (Discussion and Action)

 

Pine (Pinus sp.), located at 2251 Filbert Street, San Francisco, CA  94123; Assessor’s Block 0534, Lot 032.  (Explanatory Documents: Nomination Form)

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

2)   Staff analysis (5 min)

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

5)   Committee Evaluation Reports (8 min total)

6)   Discussion and Action by Committee

 

  1. Hearing on Nomination for Landmark Tree Status. The Landmark Tree Committee will hold a hearing to determine whether the tree nominated at the following location meets the criteria for designation as a landmark tree. (Discussion and Action)

 

Monterey Cypresses (Hesperocyparis macrocarpa), located at 1279 44th Avenue, San Francisco, CA  94122; Assessor’s Block 1706, Lot 017.  (Explanatory Documents: Nomination Form)

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

2)   Staff analysis (5 min)

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

5)   Committee Evaluation Reports (8 min total)

6)   Discussion and Action by Committee

 

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

 

  1. Adjournment.

 

 

The Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee meets as needed on the first Thursday of the month at 4:15 p.m. In compliance with the San Francisco Health Officer’s Order No. C19-07c, directing all individuals to “shelter in place”, Public meetings, panels and other advisory bodies will continue on a remote conferencing basis only. Find out about upcoming deadlines, public hearings and meetings. Search the SFEnvironronment.org website archived minutes and agenda.

 

Remote Access to Information and Participation

This meeting will be held remotely using video conferencing, through the WebEx Meetings platform, and by telephone for members of the public who are unable to attend using computers or smart devices.

 

Attending the Meeting: Watch or Listen

Members of the public have the following options for attending the meeting:

 

Option 1: Watch the meeting using a computer or smart device by clicking on the following link:


https://ccsf.webex.com/ccsf/onstage/g.php?MTID=e874071ca1521798c2820c7c38b56acde

 

  • If you are able to and would like to watch via your computer, please follow these instructions: i) Click on the link above; ii) Enter your first name, last name, and email address if desired; iii) Click “Join by Browser” (directly beneath the “Join Now” button);
  • If you are able to watch via your smart mobile device: i) Download the Webex Meetings application; ii) Click on the link above; iii) Click “Join”; iv) Enter your name and email; v) Click “Ready to Join”.

 

Option 2: Join the meeting by phone if you do not have access to a computer or smart device.

      Dial: 415-655-0001 and then enter the Access Code: 146 368 1592

 

Participating During Public Comment

Members of the public will have opportunities to participate during public comment. The public is asked to wait for the particular agenda item before making a comment on that item. Comments will be addressed in the order they are received. When the moderator announces that the Committee is taking public comment, members of the public can:

 

Participate over the phone (information above) by pressing *3 (this step is very important, as it will activate the “Raise Hand” icon in the Webex Participant window).

 

Depending on the number of people also in line ahead of you, you may have to wait before it is your opportunity to speak. When it is your turn, you will be notified that your line has been unmuted, and it will be your opportunity to speak. Your line will be muted again when your allotted time expires.

 

 

In accordance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s statewide order for all residents to “Stay at Home” - and the numerous local and state proclamations, orders and supplemental directions - aggressive directives have been issued to slow down and reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Copies of explanatory documents are available, 1) on the Urban Forestry Council webpage https://sfenvironment.org/about/taskforce/urban-forestry-council; or (2) upon request to the Commission Affairs Manager, at telephone number 415-355-3700, or via e-mail at [email protected]

 

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.

 

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.

NOTE: Persons unable to attend the meeting may submit to the Committee, by the time the proceedings begin, written comments regarding the agenda items above. These comments will be made a part of the official public record and shall be brought to the attention of Committee Members. Any written comments should be sent to: Commission Affairs Manager, Department of the Environment, [email protected], by 5:00 p.m. on the day prior to the hearing.  Written public comment received by the Council will be posted as an attachment to the minutes.

 

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 meetings will be held virtually.  The Committee meeting rooms are closed. 

 

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 of Environment at (415) 355-3700 or [email protected] 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

Per the Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code), Chinese, Spanish and or Filipino (Tagalog) interpreters will be available upon requests. Meeting Minutes may be translated, if requested, after they have been adopted by the Commission.  Assistance in additional languages may be honored whenever possible. To request assistance with these services please contact the Commission Affairs Manager at 415-355-3700 or [email protected], at least 48 hours in advance of the hearing.  Late requests will be honored if possible.

 

語言服務

根據語言服務條例(三藩市行政法典第91章),中文、西班牙語和/或菲律賓語(泰加洛語)傳譯人員在收到要求後將會提供傳譯服務。翻譯版本的會議記錄可在委員會通過後透過要求而提供。其他語言協助在可能的情況下也將可提供。上述的要求,請於會議前最少48小時致電 415-355-3700或電郵至 [email protected]向委員會秘書提出。逾期提出的請求,若可能的話,亦會被考慮接納。

 

Acceso A Idioma

De acuerdo con la Ordenanza de Acceso a Idiomas “Language Access Ordinance” (Capítulo 91 del Código Administrativo de San Francisco “Chapter 91 of the San Francisco Administrative Code”) intérpretes de chino, español y/o filipino (tagalo) estarán disponibles de ser requeridos. Las minutas podrán ser traducidas, de ser requeridas, luego de ser aprobadas por la Comisión. La asistencia en idiomas adicionales se tomará en cuenta siempre que sea posible. Para solicitar asistencia con estos servicios favor comunicarse con el Secretario de la Comisión al 415-355-3700, o katie.chansler@sfgov.org por lo menos 48 horas antes de la reunión. Las solicitudes tardías serán consideradas de ser posible.

 

Access Sa Wika

Ayon sa Language Access Ordinance (Chapter 91 ng San Francisco Administrative Code), maaaring mag-request ng mga tagapagsalin sa wikang Tsino, Espanyol, at/o Filipino (Tagalog). Kapag hiniling, ang mga kaganapan ng miting ay maaring isalin  sa ibang wika matapos ito ay aprobahan ng komisyon. Maari din magkaroon ng tulong sa ibang wika. Sa mga ganitong uri ng kahilingan, mangyaring tumawag sa Clerk ng Commission sa 415-355-3700, o katie.chansler@sfgov.org sa hindi bababa sa 48 oras bago mag miting. Kung maari, ang mga late na hiling ay posibleng pagbibigyan.

 


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(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, City Hall, Room 244, One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4683 at Phone No.: (415) 554-7724; Fax No.: (415) 554-5163; 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: 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.

 

Peter Brastow, Healthy Ecosystems, Biodiversity and Urban Forestry Coordinator

TEL: (415) 355-3733; FAX: 415-554-6393

 

Posted: August 31, 2020