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global warming. it is a big problem, happen slowly. given the nature of the urban forests, which do not regenerate themselves, if you wait to fix it, it is too late. the other thing i wanted to talk about with something that jim mentioned at the very end, which is the variety of trees we're planting in the parks. the eastern end of golden gate park especially is full of trees that are an interesting and unique, and you don't see them anywhere else in the city. we have not been planting trees like that for a very long time. there was a book about the trees at golden gate park. the panhandle and the eastern end of the park is full of trees that somebody in the department years ago had a real interest in and we have not been doing that for a long time. nobody has written a book about the trees we have been planting in the parks the last few years, so i think it would be good if
we could get some attention on the department at some point. the third thing i wanted to highlight, again, the replanting at the golf courses. that was something i was not aware of because i am not a golfer, but that seems like something is broken their. at sharp park, there is almost nothing. except very mature and dying trees, so we need to have some kind of plan for the parks and squares and especially the golf courses. president lazarus: thank you. i share the view this is an important subject. i regret in a way that it came at the end of the meeting, but it was worth just listening to all. after all, what are the park's, if not at the beginning, places of nature that you can enjoy i would love to hear you come back as we make project on this fraught, if that is a luxury that we can afford to be kept abreast of it. >> it would be my pleasure.
president lazarus: great. ok. >> don't be taking the tags off the trees. >> is there any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. and any other commissioner comments? commissioner bonilla: in approving this item, because it is an action item, are we then supporting the recommendations that we do this 50/50 plan and we did the reforestation? what exactly are we approving? those seem like big steps. >> good question. >> the next steps are the director of operation will work with stack to develop proposed improvements -- will work with staff to develop proposed improvements to develop or achieve some of these items. there is a lot of work to get there. what you're doing is accepting the findings of the report.
this is sort of the first time this has been presented to the department. when i went to urban forestry council, we all looked at these numbers and they are tough to take, but they were all very happy this report has been done. it is a document that i think will be helpful as we move forward. so you're director of operations will be working with the general manager to come up with the implementation steps and a plan. commissioner bonilla: those are yet to be determined? >> those are yet to be determined. we would develop the plan, implement improvements, and that would be in the spring of 2011. commissioner bonilla: ok, which may include some of these elements. >> yes. commissioner bonilla: ok. >> mr. ginsberg? >> i just want to thank the
team, danny and rick and caring and gm and kelly. -- and karen and jim and kelly. i feel like i am in class when i listen to jim. commissioner sullivan, thinking long term, echoing the conclusion of the report, is duly noted. i think we obviously have had a lot of conversations about identifying sustainable funding sources, but a subset of that, i think we need to come up with a strategy to figure out how to improve the work we need to do on this front. it is a concept that a lot of things come before this commission that are divisive. protecting our trees is not. i think if we take that sort of consensus opinion and figure out how to translate that into a policy idea, to dedicate funding for that purpose, i think we could actually take a very significant step in that direction.
so i will do it to things, not remove the trap -- not remove the taxgs, and i will be thinkig about what this team how we can comeback with a strategy for augmenting our resources in this area. >> i think the good news is in the last fund, the first time, the city of san francisco was able to come before council and put $4 million in four major tree work. the most important properties that need this work will get a huge shot in the arm. that will start happening over the next year. there will be removals' and conversations and the public will become more educated about the parks. these are big, new efforts of the commission that will be taking place. commissioner lee: i just want to say the trees have a tireless advocate in commissioner sullivan.
it is a service to all of us for the commitment you have to it. thank you. commissioner sullivan: thank you. thank you. >> on that note, there was no public comment? do we have a motion to approve the report? >> i would move. >> second. and all those in favor? >> aye. >> opposed? hearing none. >> item 5, general public comment continued at this time, addressing the commission on items within the future agenda. these are four items that are not on the agenda. >> good evening, everybody. i know you must be tired, having been here since 2:00, but for the benefit of the commissioners who did not attend the meeting on july 1, i will make my
comments. there is absolutely no valid reason that a certificate of appreciation has not been presented to me to date for my priceless gift of the number one the prime location on the waterfront. it was $600,000. everyone thinks me for this fabulous popular park except reckoned park. the recipient. unbelievable. what is behind this? it is now approaching the 10th year. i want to know why. we must keep politics out of the commission, if that is what is going on. try walking in my shoes. how would you feel if you worked tirelessly for this project and then you get no piece of paper in return? it is not a big deal. it is just a piece of paper. but to me, it means a lot, so i
can show my grandchildren their future. life is a two-way street. is give-and-take. think of it as a goodwill investment that will pay you big, big dividends. i know that. so a little kindness goes a long way. so guys and gals, please do it. please? it just do it. thank you. >> thank you. >> nancy? >> i will now put on my hat as co-director as the professional dog walkers association has to mclaren park. this may or may not be appropriate for mclaren, but it is definitely not compatible with the new outreach area where 10 of 18 holes are proposed. this would create conflict amongst dog owners and golfers. many professional dog walkers, in addition to dog owners, use
one of the largest legal owned runs in the city. dogs being dogs will naturally want to chase the disk. people involved will be in danger of getting hit by disks weighing as much as one-third of a pound, averaging 25, 30 m.p.h. or more. that spca estimate is 40% of households own dogs. the need for this is critical. we, the professional dog walkers association, are in support of shared use, shared space with other recreational users, and many people without dogs walk in these areas. but disc golf is not a good fit. thank you. >> can i ask a question? are you just post to that one area? otherwise, in mclaren park -- >> definitely, we are definitely opposed to it being with that
area. and the majority of it is in that area. >> you have an opinion on other parts of mclaren? you don't have to speak for the group. and i personally? -- >> personally? no, i don't. i don't have an opinion. i am very torn, because i know some of the disc golfers and i have had discussions about this, and they are nice people. on the other hand, they already have one course in san francisco, and there are other courses throughout the bay area. i am not sure. >> ok, i did not need to put you on the spot. thank you. >> thank you. >> is there anyone else would like to comment under general public comment? ok, public comment is closed on the item 25.
item 21, public comment on all matters pertaining to closed session. it is there anyone who would like to comment on closed session? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioners, we need to vote on whether to hold closed session. >> motion? >> so moved. >> all those in favor? >> aye. >> opposed? none. >> we need to ask everyone to >> we need to ask everyone to please leave while we >> we have reconvened into open session, and you need to make a motion whether to disclose any or all of the discussions that were held in closed session.
>> i move that would not disclose. >> move and second. all those in favor? >> aye. >> we are now on items 6, commissioners' matters. are there any commissioners' matters? >> hearing on. at any public comment on this? public, disclosed. we are on item 27, which is new business, agenda setting. comments from the commissioners? >> none, but i don't want to lose sight of commissioner bonilla's, about moving toward a committee structure. i want to direct staff that you work with the commission on directing how that will best work. >> is there any public comment on this item? seeing none, public, disclosed. -- public comment is closed. we are on item 28, communications.
and i'm honored to swear in 13 new and not old in terms of time of life but senior representatives of various bodies and boards of commissions in city leadership. i have the privilege today of wearing in 13 people. five who have served previously on board the commissions and seven that will be serving for their first times. i'm honored to be joined by many distinguished guests, leaders in their own right and capacity, members of various commissions, directors of various departments. our senior leader at city hall, my chief of staff and, importantly, former mayor willie brown, who took the time to be here. thank you, mayor. [applause] >> i have said this in a few
other public occasions but it bears repeating particularly in light of the fact mayor brown took the time to be here. i started my time and tenure here at city hall, was actually across the street, the temporary facility, when i got a call from someone in the mayor's office who said that she was very proud that the mayor had selected me to serve on the film commission, which i was quite enthusiastic about. 25, 26 years old, no experience in city government but i loved movies and i thought i would make an outstanding film commissioner. from my perspective it didn't get any better than that. i don't know about the t.u.c. stuff and all that, forget that. film, that what i was cut out for. i was invited down to a very large wearing in ceremony. this is around the first year of the brown administration. there must have been 50 or 60 people that were in the
temporary board of supervisors chambers across at the war memorial. the mayor went around and started telling stories as only brown can do, about every single commissioner. and he finally got across and down to me and didn't have much to say except that he was very enthusiastic that i agreed to be the president of the parking and traffic commission. he didn't tell his staff. he sure as heck didn't tell me. and this is a true story. there was one camera there back in the gold,days of -- golden days of cron 4 and asked me what my vision was for parking and traffic in san francisco. baptism by fire. i said something along the lines i pay my parking tickets. didn't go over so well.
but the experience did. and it taught me a lot. it was an interesting year serving as president of that commission. we had some changes with the -- in fact, there were three different department heads that one year. it got very interesting. t.j. johnson and i got to know even other very well. we also were involved at the time in raising the upper deck of the central freeway. so it was a particularly -- well, it was a really enjoyable year. i applied myself. i worked hard and then as you may recall, i became an affirmative action pick to be the next member of the board of superviso supervisors. and you may be quizy calendar in wondering what i said and wondering whether it was politically correct. mayor brown had the time of his life trying to figure out who would replace kevin shelly on
the the board of supervisors a year or so later and made the point when he appointed me and the kraupb -- the chronicle said there was so diversity on the board of supervisors and someone long a champion of affirmative action he needed to appoint a candidate that reflected the person that reflected that by putting on the only straight white male. thus was the pick of mayor brown to be a member of the legislative branch so i would like to thank my tenure and term of the commissioner helped guide him in that decision making but i was proud of both appointments and would not be here had it not been here for willie brown. so mayor brown, thank you for everything. who knows your paths? you may look at that as a
negative in terms of your appointment. saying i have greater ambitions than the path you took but nonetheless i'm glad all of you are hear and thank you for your willingness to serve on these various bodies. i will say this because mayor brown and meyer feinstein primed me all the time to remind you that as appointees we are not here to tell you what to do or dictate the dealerships, but you do hope and expect if i do call you, you take the call and if you have strong opinions that are in contrast to the opinions that have been expressed by the administration, please just give us heads up. there have been two circumstances, which is not bad in seven years, where i wasn't given heads up where one of my department heads was removed by a commission without anyone letting us know at 2:00 in the morning and we had some changes to the commissions that were dramatic where we didn't get heads up.
we worked through them. but all i ask is use your judgment, always look out for the best interests of the city as a whole, represent the people that come in front of you, but don't forget there are 800,000-plus people that you represent that have never come down to city hall and 150 people that work here and live here full-time represent good and important things, but there are a lot of people that need to be represented here. so i always want to remind to you reach out beyond just the halls of city hall and those that have the time to show up and are privileged enough to express themselves directly to you. that is my only criterion, my only consideration in the context of a string that is attached to this appointment. just give me a heads up, do what you think is right, always stand on principle. don't play politics. this is not about you. this is about the people we
represent and the people we serve and we are privileged all of us to have this moment in time and that we are honored by the fact that the city has a charter that allows us to have this kind of representative governance structure that allows this kind of interaction and delibera deliberative process. with that a few words. we have an arts commissioner that will be appointed. city hall preservation advisory committee a body formed by mayor brown, a building that he was responsible for providing. entertainment commissioner why, al, would you want to be on the entertainment commission is beyond me. a representative of the film commission. billy is an old friend who does great work. human rights, talk more about shirley in a moment. immigrant rights, art and sonia thank you for your willingness to serve. library, beverly, it is exciting
to have you on board and so much good has been said about you. mark buhl, recreation and parks department will be reappointed chair of the revenue bond oversight committee at the p.u.c. very important. a body that was formed in, i think, 2002, formally. we also have a new commissioner that only she cannot river on time -- arrive on time pa because she worked for me, rebecca prada but her husband is here. she will be appointed on the status of women. just a few thoughts. i thank luis, all the work the arts commission, p.j. johnson has done great work and it is an example of all the great public art not just in front of city hall but all over the city and county of san francisco. mark comes with a lot of good work behind him and a lot of
exciting things in front of him. he was disproportionately responsible for helping us with our sister city's arts exchange program which is one of a kind. is something completely unique and very proud he and matthew and others worked so hard on and i think he will be an outstanding addition. this is an artist in residence program that is an international model. we know jim and ellen and may, their work here in the preservation of san francisco city hall and everything you see around us, the civic center. they appropriately were reappointed by the board and had to be confirmed first and all are outstanding leaders and stewards in their own right. ellen is in my office every day doing tours and jim outside the office every day doing his part to advocate on behalf of city hall and the civic center. and may is everywhere else in the community.
ubiquitous and out front and a true later. al perez, i thank you for serving on the entertainment. i have been beating up the entertainment commission lately. maybe i should have taken mayor brown's advice in not supporting it to begin with but we have it and we are working through some of the issues and you demonstrated real leadership this last week on some of the issues down at the port with one of the clubs and i like that kind of immediacy in terms of response and feel like we have new resolve and with your leadership i'm confident the commission will live up to all of our expectations. bil billy, again, no one does more in terms of engaging our youth in the community on film. we will have a new director. i haven't announced her yet but good news there and i look forward to you working. we have more film coming in the next few months. it is amazing. this will take off. this 2010-2011 are exciting times for film and tv in san
francisco. sheur shirley brierblack one of our outstanding leaders and anchors in the community. founding member of the sfmta board, a victim not just willie brown but shirley a victim of term limits on the m.t.a. board. we are very proud, i know probably 90% of you hear from shirley. we want to thank you for your support of her and thank you to shirley for her support of our city and i think will be an out standing addition to h.r.c. which is an extraordinary commission with a great leader who is running that department who we are very proud of. immigrant rights. sonia and art. this is an interesting body and you are in the midst -- sonia, you are in trouble, a lot of work in front of you. art is familiar with a lot of this as well. it is a split body.
15 members. eight have to be immigrants. seems appropriate on immigrant rights. i'm very proud. sonia from ireland -- excuse me, russia. that will be self-evident when you hear from her -- who is an old friend and sonia is a small business woman and someone who is very engaged and engaging and has a lot of opinions and she will be amply expressing them on the immigrant rights commission. and art as well. art is an up and coming leader of the city and i really am honored that art is going to get involved in the political process as a member of the immigrant rights commission. so, i'm excited about that. beverly, the library, so much has been said about beverly. i got more calls from people i respect and admire like luis,
rene and others saying you have to get beverly on the commission. member of the friends of the library body and has done great work and comes with a huge list of support and recommendation. i think this turned out to be a great pick and great for our library system. and luis doing great work in the branch improvement. how many libraries are expanding hours in this economy on sundays and opening new branches? how many cities can lay claim to that. i think beverly will continue in that tradition. mark buhl, the best of the best, president of our commission. no one needs him more than the guy who is shaking his head, phil ginsberg, our director. you are lucky i'm reappointing mark, phil, who is doing a great job and i'm very excited about what mark has done already just in the few months he has been on this board. but no one is more familiar with
city hall and no one with more respect, even from those that sometimes don't always respect what is happening on this side of the aisle and have come to respect greatly mark's leadership and stewardship. thank you for continuing to want to serve. >> kevin, p.u.c., revenue bond oversight. this is where real jobs are being created. 27,000 jobs. regional project and we need to spend the money wisely and that is what kevin has been doing in other capacities and will be doing in it. and beca in be a -- in absentia she want as private swearing in. i know this was long-winded but i'm honored and proud of all of you and i will ask you all to raise your right hand. you can stand if you wish for the heck of it but you don't have to. but if you like to, it just adds to the formal occasion.
i will ask you to repeat after me and what i will do, i will say i, then i will ask you to state your name. then when we come to the end i will during such time as i hold the position and you will each mention the appropriate body that you are being appointed to. so, beyond that there are only two things you have to do. the rest i do and just repeat after me. raise your right hand and i say i. you say your name and we will get through this in one brief moment. >> i. [people saying their names] >> do solemnly swear that i will support and defend the constitution of the united states and the constitution of the state of california. that i will bear true favorite and allegiance to