March 25 2016 Urban Forestry Council Meeting


Notice of Regular Meeting and Agenda
Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:30 a.m.

City Hall, Room 400
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, 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 January 22, 2016 Urban Forestry Council Regular Meeting. (Explanatory Document: January 22, 2016 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.     Review and approval of Resolution File 2016-04-UFC supporting a street tree financing plan for the City and County of San Francisco. Speaker: Scott Wiener, Member, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (Explanatory Documents: Draft Resolution File 2016-04-UFC) (Discussion and Action)

5.     Treasure Island Development Authority urban forestry work. Speaker: Robert Beck, Treasure Island Director, Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA), will provide an update on development activity, recent tree removals, TIDA’s tree removal and protection policies, and project timelines as it relates to urban forestry (Discussion and Possible Action)

6.     Hearing on momination 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: San Francisco Board of Supervisors Resolution Number 5-16, 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, August 6, 2015 Landmark Tree Committee meeting minutes, October 1, 2015 Landmark Tree Committee meeting minutes, Summary of August 6, 2015 and October 1, 2015 Landmark Tree Committee meeting discussions, Landmark Tree Committee Criteria Evaluation Summary Spreadsheet) (Discussion and Action)

7.     Review and approval of the 2016 Recommended Street Tree List and Resolution File 2016-03-UFC approving the List.  (Explanatory Documents: Draft 2016 Recommended Street Tree List and Draft Resolution File 2016-03-UFC) (Discussion and Action)

8.     Review and approval of Resolution File 2016-01-UFC commending Sandy Sherwin for her service to the Urban Forestry Council. (Explanatory Document: Draft Resolution 2016-01-UFC) (Discussion and Action)

9.     Review and approval of Resolution File 2016-02-UFC commending John Leffingwell for his service to the Urban Forestry Council. (Explanatory Document: Draft Resolution 2016-02-UFC) (Discussion and Action)

10.  Committee Reports: (Discussion)

Planning & Funding Committee. Chair’s Report. 

Landmark Tree Ad Hoc Committee.  Chair’s Report.

11.  Staff Report. (Discussion) 

12.  Chair’s Announcements: Chair, Urban Forestry Council (Discussion)

13.  Urban Forestry Council Member Announcements. (Discussion)

14.  New Business/Future Agenda Items. (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, May 27, 2016 at 8:30 a.m., City Hall, Room 400, San Francisco, CA  94102.

Copies of explanatory documents are available at (1) the Department of the Environment office, 1455 Market Street, Suite 1200, San Francisco, California, 94103 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Photo identification is required for entry to the building. (2) on the Urban Forestry Council’s website; (3) upon request to the Commission Affairs Manager, at telephone number 415-355-3709, or via e-mail at [email protected] within three business days of a meeting. If any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the 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 on the Commission’s website as attachments to the agenda or meeting minutes.

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 meetings will be held in City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA.  The Committee meeting rooms are 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 Anthony Valdez 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 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 Sunshine Task Force Administrator, the San Francisco Public Library and on the City’s website at

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

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.

Anthony Valdez, Commission Affairs Manager 

TEL:  (415) 355-3709; FAX: 415-554-6393


Posted: March 21, 2016