Gavin Newsom, Mayor

Recreation and Park Commission
January 19, 2006
President Gloria Bonilla called the regular meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission to order on Thursday, January 19, 2006 at 2:07 p.m. ROLL CALL Present Gloria Bonilla, President Tom Harrison Jim Lazarus David Lee Meagan Levitan Larry Martin John Murray PRESIDENT’S REPORT On behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Bonilla presented a Certificate of Retirement to Steve Kamena. He thanked the General Manager and the Commission for the Certificate. He also accepted the his wife’s Certificate of Retirement as she was ill. Commissioner Bonilla then asked Commissioner Murray to present Richard Guggenheim a memento in appreciation for his contribution to the Harding Park Golf Clubhouse. Mr. Guggenheim stated that he missed serving on the Commission and that he was very grateful to the Commissioners and staff and complimented Yomi Agunbiade, General Manager for all of his work. At the request of Mayor Newsom, Commissioner Bonilla read a letter from the Mayor in regard to the budget. GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT SFPUC Construction for the San Francisco Zoo Well #5, for Emergency Drinking Water Upgrades Description of the upgrades that the SFPUC will be constructing to the SF Zoo’s existing Groundwater Well No. 5 Pump, located in the Zoo’s visitor parking lot near the corner of Sloat Blvd. and the Great Highway in San Francisco. The upgrades are defined in the 100% drawings and specifications entitled “Local San Francisco Groundwater Project: Zoo Well Upgrade for Emergency Drinking Water”, prepared by the City’s Department of Public Works’ Bureau of Engineering, Job No. 0935J, dated December 2005. This project will provide a major emergency supplemental supply of drinking water in the event of an earthquake or other disaster. This work has also gained significant importance in light of the drinking water shortages that were highlighted following Hurricane Katrina. The current construction schedule is based on completing substantial work in early April 2006 in time for the City to announce completion of the project as part of the April 2006 San Francisco Earthquake Centennial. The project also has the support of the City’s Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security. Construction Cost and Funding The construction cost estimate for this project is $475, 600. The cost will be funded by the SFPUC’s Groundwater Project. Scope

The upgrade will include constructing a new branch of underground piping from the existing well pump discharge piping, which will discharge at an above-ground fill station. As shown on the design plans, the fill station site is approximately 37 feet long by 17 feet deep (629 square feet) and will be located on Recreation and Parks property immediately west of the Zoo’s visitor parking lot. The fill station will be comprised of 6” ductile iron piping and a double-contained chemical disinfection storage shed, which will normally contain no chemical and will be used only during regular equipment exercising and in an actual emergency. The fill station will require the construction of a six-foot high, 37foot long retaining wall. While not originally a goal of this project, the project will increase the reliability of the well due to the substantial electrical upgrades the project will provide: relocating all electrical switchboards, motor control centers, and underground utilities from substandard building; and coordinating with PG&E for PG&E to replace substandard electrical transformer with new transformer located with Zoo’s concurrence. In addition, the Zoo has also asked and the PUC has agreed to relocate another non-related electrical service from the substandard building using the resources of this project. Project Design The design phase of this project began in April 2005 and was completed in December 2005. Representatives from the Zoo and Recreation and Parks were invited, and for the most part attended, the 35%, 65% and 95% design presentations, provided comments, and their comments have been incorporated into the design. Mario Avendano and Leon Smith from Recreation and Parks, and Gogo Heinrich from the Zoo, were the primary staff included in the design process. Permit and Construction Schedule The permit presently in hand, a Temporary Minor Encroachment Permit dated January 9th, 2006, was provided by Daniel LaForte and Sandy Lee of Recreation and Parks, who have reviewed the project plans. The planned Construction duration is 16 weeks, from January through April, 2006. Construction The Construction will be performed by City Personnel: DPW’s Bureau of Building (BBR) repair, and the Water Department (CDD). Construction coordination between BBR, CDD, the Zoo, and Recreation and Parks will be provided by the PUC. Project meetings will be held at the construction site weekly. The Zoo and Recreation & Parks staff will be invited to the meetings and will receive weekly written construction reports. Zoo Operational Impacts The impact to the Zoo parking facilities will be the temporary loss of 22 parking spaces, which will be fenced off to provide a construction staging area. Compensation for loss of this parking revenue will be provided by the SFPUC to the Zoo. Temporary closure to the Zoo’s parking lot North Entrance will be required to the electrical utility upgrade trenching. This closure is anticipated to be one week, and will be coordinated in detail with the Zoo’s input. Another impact to the Zoo will be brief periods during which the existing well pump will be out of service so that the electrical upgrades and piping connections can be made to the existing equipment. These periods will be limited to a duration of 4 to 6 hours, and will be coordinated with the Zoo so the existing reservoir capacity will be able to provide an uninterrupted water supply to the Zoo’s groundwater system. Temporary storage and permanent fill from retaining wall excavation shall be agreed upon before excavation begins. Several potential sites both on and off Zoo property have been identified. Substantial Completion Due to the high level of interest by the City to complete the project by April 2006 as part of the events associated with the Centennial of the 1906 Earthquake, primary work efforts will be to have the project operational by March 25, 2006 for demonstration at a public event tentatively scheduled for April 10, 2006 at 11AM. The finalization of this date will be coordinated by Michele Liapes of the SFPUC’s Communication Department in coordination with the San Francisco Zoo, Recreation Park Department, Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security, and Office of the Mayor. A. Phase I tasks that need to be completed by March 25, 2006 are:

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All originally scoped trenching complete; new underground electrical and piping utilities installed, trenches backfilled; surfaces restored to original conditions. Pad sites excavated; retaining wall constructed; concrete equipment pads completed. Fill station above-ground piping completed. Chemical skid and shed installed and piped. MCC installed, and able to run at least on emergency power, while still being able to run pump on existing electrical set-up if the PG&E transformer isn’t installed yet If PG&E transformer is not installed, it will be necessary to keep running the well pump on existing power with a temporary, intermediate electrical solution which will permit the new MCC and switchboard to be used using existing power, with the conduit run in a common trench with the permanent work. Complete process testing, on existing and emergency power. Irrigation system completion.

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B. Phase II tasks that can occur after the April 10, 2006 public event are: • • • • PGE transformer installation. PG&E runs their wires through conduit installed in Phase I. Feed Yellow Barn from Education Center: trenching, conduit and wire and task closure. Landscaping at fill station.

Post Construction Operations and Maintenance During the course of the construction, a formal Operations and Maintenance Procedure Plan will be developed, which will define the responsibilities for the new facilities between the San Francisco Zoo, Recreational and Park Department and SFPUC. A draft of the Procedure will be submitted to the Zoo, Recreation and Parks Department, and the Water Department by February 13, 2006 for review and comment. Project Contacts Thomas Jang will be the primary contact regarding this construction project for the Recreation and Park Department and San Francisco Zoo. Greg Bartow is the SFPUC’s Project Manger; Debra Temple is the Project Engineer. All can also be contacted if needed per the contact information below: Construction Engineer Project Manager Project Engineer Thomas Jang Greg Bartow, CHg, CEG Debra Temple, PE San Francisco Public Utilities Integrated Water Resources Manager Mechanical Engineer San Francisco Public Utilities Commission SFDPW Bureau of Engineering Commission phone: 415-551-2950 1145 Market St., Suite 401 30 Van Ness Ave., 5th floor San Francisco, CA 94102 SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103 phone (415) 558-4556 fax (415) 558-4093 phone 415-934-5724 cell: (510) 798-5199 cell 415-307-0387

Report By: Mary Hobson, Recreation and Park Department Project Director Additional Data From: Debra Temple, Project Engineer SFDPW Bureau of Engineering

Academy of Sciences – Evening Work Permit Issue The California Academy of Sciences project wishes to be allowed to perform construction work at night in Golden Gate Park for a period of one year (Jan 2006 – Jan. 2007). In connection with the night work, the General Contractor, Webcor, wishes to obtain a permit to park construction vehicles in the park during the times the park is closed (10:00 PM to 6:00 AM). Necessity of Night Work The Academy of Sciences is a large building structure composed primarily of concrete walls, metal and glass exterior and a landscaped steel roof. The concrete work is critical to the large aquarium tanks and the exposed concrete walls are key to the building design. Concrete trucks cannot be held up in traffic, compromising the systematic pours for the watertight aquarium tanks and cisterns, which have stringent requirements for both their mix designs and the criteria for placing the concrete. These requirements exist to ensure that the tanks do not leak. In order to meet these requirements, the concrete must have strict quality control in the batching, mixing, delivery and placing processes. The early mix and delivery times for the concrete are directly related to the quality of the tanks, and the long-term durability of the facility. Concrete Walls The concrete walls in the main exhibit hall are exposed for their total length and height. The design of these walls is to produce an "as-cast" finish, meaning that the final look of the walls is determined without any patching, painting or dry-finishing of the concrete. This is an exceedingly difficult standard to meet, and requires very tight quality control and consistency in the work. Like the tanks, the consistency comes from the timing of the concrete batch process. One truck delayed in traffic has the potential to impact the look of a wall forever. Structural Steel The roof of the building is structural steel, and has unique challenges of its own. The longest members of the roof steel are over 48' long, and curved. The awkward shapes of the steel will require that the oversize deliveries be made at night in order to minimize the impact on the City streets and the maneuvering of the trucks from Middle Drive into the job site. Building Envelope The "skin" of the building is a metal and glass system that is being fabricated in Germany. This system will come to the United States via ship, and large numbers of containers then come to the job site. There is no room for these containers on the job site, so they must be unloaded and distributed across the job as soon as they arrive. For the safety of the workers, these loads must be moved overhead by crane while there are as few people on site as possible. Therefore, the impact of these deliveries is both to traffic flow and worker safety. Aquatic Life Support Systems An extensive process piping system, with much of that system underground, serves the aquarium tanks. The combination of the re-bidding for this scope and the impacts of the Gulf Coast hurricanes resulted in enormous pressures on the availability of material. In order to keep this critical portion of the project moving forward, two 10-hour shifts will be required to stay on schedule. Underground Utilities There is a portion of work on the Auxiliary Water Supply System (high pressure fire service) and the sanitary sewer system that crosses Middle Drive East. This work will have to be done at night, as traffic will be limited to one-way with periods of complete closure. Requirement for Approval of Night Work and Night Parking Two sections of the San Francisco Park Code regulate parking and the work that can be done in a park, see below:

SAN FRANCISCO PARK CODE Sec. 3.14. Performance Of Labor. No person, other than duly authorized personnel, shall perform any labor, on or upon any park, including, but not limited to, taking up or replacing soil, turf, ground, pavement, structure, tree, shrub, plant, grass, flower and the like, without permission of the Recreation and Park Department. (Added by Ord. 603-81, App. 12/18/81). Sec. 6.01. Operation And Parking Of Vehicles. (g) No person shall park any automobile or any other vehicle, including a house trailer, whether attended or unattended, in any park, other than the Marina Green, between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., except (1) when attending an event or function authorized by the Recreation and Park Department, and then only when the person parks the vehicle in an area specifically designated for such parking in connection with said event or function; (2) when such parking is necessary because of an emergency, such as a flat tire or other mechanical failure, in which case the vehicle shall not be parked any longer than necessary; or (3) when a sign is posted or notice is otherwise provided that parking is permitted in a designated area between 10:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m., or some portion of those hours. Overall Construction Schedule Reconstruction of the New Academy started in September 2005. The work is scheduled to last 25 months, ending in Oct. 2007. The building structure, roof and exterior walls will be complete within one year (Jan. 07) and the interior work will be complete by Oct. 2007. The Academy will then begin their relocation process, which estimated to last through Oct. 2008. The building will then open to the public in late 2008. Response to Noise Complaints Pat Kilduff, (415) 321-8125, from the Academy of Sciences is the point person who will handle any complaints raised by the public. There’s a project sign above the construction trailers at the site, which contains Ms. Kildfuff’s contact information. In the event that the General Contractor, or City staff receives any complaints, these complaints will be referred to Ms. Kilduff, who will be responsible to investigate the complaint and respond back to the individual. Ms. Kilduff will regularly update RPD staff (Gloria KochGonzales 831-6307 and Marcus Santiago 242-6391) on any complaints received and how the complaints will be resolved or mitigated. Noise Permit Webcor has obtained a noise-permit from the Dept. of Building Inspections. See attached copy for reference. Report by: Dan Mauer, RPD Aditional Data From: Edgar Lopez, DPW Events of November & December Winter Bulletin: The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and General Manager Yomi Agunbiade wish you and yours a hearty and happy holiday season! Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanzaa you celebrate, this is the perfect time of year to stop and take a breath, reconnect with loved ones and work on those upcoming New Year’s resolutions. And when you’re not out and about shopping and maxing out those credit cards, why not stop by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for a little respite? We have plenty of activities and events going on during the month of December that are sure to reenergize you for that next trip to the mall. For more information on any of the following programs and events, please call the Department’s Public Information Office at 831-2782, or visit us online at • Holiday Classic Junior Golf Tournament, a Best-Ball Scramble Golf Tournament for youths, ages 13 and under, at the Golden Gate Park Golf Course (47th Avenue and Fulton), on December 10. Free. Lunch and awards provided. Call Chris Gaggero at 831-6316 for more information.

On December 15, at noon, come witness one of the city’s more spectacular holiday sights in the City Hall Rotunda. Our recreation center and playground youths will help kick off the holiday season with a caroling performance not to be missed. Also set to perform are the Department’s own Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company and the Lowell High School choir. For more information, call 5548742. Also on December 15, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., join the Department’s Assisted Services Division for its annual Christmas Party at the County Fair Building. Join the San Francisco Fire Department’s Station Nine for an unbelievable turkey lunch. Dance to live music and visit Santa. For more information, please call David Dinslage or Carolyn Anaya of the Assisted Services Division at 5548920. Camp Gourmet Plus, a winter cooking and crafts camp for girls, ages 11-14, is still taking signups for its December 19-23 session. Girls will learn the basics of cooking and baking, as well as some unique holiday craft, decorating and gift ideas. For more information, please call the Department’s Day Camp office at 666-7079. The Department’s Midnight Music Program is offering free voice lessons to kids of all ages, every Monday from 4:30 p.m. to 5:15 p.m., at the Harvey Milk Performing Arts Building (50 Scott Street). We also have free Guitar Lessons every Thursday, from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call Manuel Fernandez at 554-8742.

Upcoming in January • The Department’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company’s “The Most Happy Fella” production, based on Sidney Howard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “They Knew What They Wanted,” will begin its run on January 21. This is director Diane Price’s final show before her retirement. She began the singing/drama program almost 30 years ago. Shows will be held at the Randall Museum Theatre at 199 Museum Way. Tickets are $9, with discounts for seniors and students. Please call 5549523 for more information. • • Jan. 28 at 12Noon The grand re-opening of Eureka Valley Recreation Center...

Jan. 31, at the County Fair Building, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.--- Budget Meeting.... the public can gather information on the current budget process for FY 2006-07

• New Hire – Citywide Services Superintendent There’s a doctor in the house. On November 28, the Recreation and Park Department welcomed Dr. Terry G. Schwartz into the fold as its new Citywide Services Superintendent, joining new Neighborhood Services Superintendent Scott Reese as two key additions to the City. In his new capacity with the Recreation and Park Department, Schwartz will oversee day-to-day operations of a wide array of citywide programs and services, including structural maintenance, natural areas, urban forestry, volunteers, athletics, golf, teen and senior programming, Monster Park and permits and reservations. He’ll also oversee the Department’s Park Patrol, the Marina, the Randall Museum, Sharon Art Studio, Turf Division and other special and seasonal programming. That all may sound like a lot, but if Schwartz’s experience in the recreation and park profession is any indication, he should do just fine. Schwartz, who hails from the Midwest, is a self-described hard-worker with a career that spans a wide range of experiences.

He has enjoyed a distinguished career as a practitioner for 25 years in the Illinois parks and recreation profession, serving as Director of the Glen Ellyn Park District and the South Barrington Park District, Enterprise Chief of the Arlington Heights Park District, and Superintendent of Recreation for both the Champaign Park District and the City of Alton. He has been responsible for the operations of a variety of facility types including golf courses, fitness centers, indoor tennis clubs, restaurant operations, aquatic facilities, golf driving ranges, athletic complexes, museums and cultural arts centers. Most recently, he established and directed the operations of PIVOT Recreation Resources, a private sector planning firm specializing in needs assessment, feasibility studies and strategic and program planning for public and non-profit park and recreation organizations. Prior to that, he was a project manager with PROS Consulting in Indiana. Through these planning organizations, he conducted park and recreation department and special district planning in over 30 communities nationwide. To top it off, Schwartz has also taught at the college level, serving as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Western Illinois University, Aurora University and National Louis University in Chicago. In his short time with the City so far, Schwartz sees great potential in how the Department can operate its facilities and programs. He is undaunted by some of the challenges the Department faces in creating a more efficient model of doing things. “San Francisco is a spectacular place,” he said. “I am blessed with an amazing drive (from Pacifica) into work each morning. We have facilities in this city that have great potential, but we need to be creative and develop plans that will help maximize our assets.” Schwartz has also been impressed with the people he’s met so far at Recreation and Park. “Folks have been wonderful,” he said. “They’ve been so gracious with their time and thoughts and with giving me the lay of the land.” In his spare time away from work, Schwartz’s priority is his family— wife Michelle and five kids. And like his work experiences, he also enjoys a wide range of interests, including golf, tennis, auto racing, and, if anyone knows of a great teacher, the mandolin. Report by: Elton Pon, RPD Public Information Officer Katie Petrucione, Director of Finance and Administration, gave a detailed update to the Commission on the budget. The Commission requested staff to follow up on youth athletic field fees and enforcement of dog policy. At the request of the Commission, staff discussed the golf fund and clarified the net effect of the golf fund explaining the accounting methods, overhead requirements, etc. CONSENT CALENDAR Georgia Schuttish stated she was concerned about the item on the consent calendar in regard to Duboce Park. Although she realizes that a large number of community members came together to come up with a compromise she still had concerns - the lack of fencing and the lack of defined boundaries for the space. Terry Milne spoke in support of item 4D and requested that the Commission start the process to make this property part of Bernal Hill Park. Bobbi Sue Hood spoke on 4L. She discussed the process they had started - a meeting with Supervisor Ammiano and scheduling a neighborhood meeting to revisit the decision that was made to move the gate one block. She stated that she believed the Commission was misinformed in regard to input to this item. She requested that the item be continued for a month. Jerry Schimmel also spoke in opposition to 4L. He also requested that this item be put over for a month. He felt that the staff had omitted all but the superficial review of its impact on the homes on the south of the gate. Shuli Goodman spoke in opposition to 4L. She requested a stay on the itemon calendar today and stated that she had not been part of the notification process. She stated that they had formed a group called the Bernal Height Park Heights Association and proposed that this group take over the stewardship of the park.

She discussed this being a fire hazard. Gail Sansbury spoke in support of item 4D. She encouraged the Commission to approve the item and also requested that the Commission make this parcel part of the park. Melanie MacMillan spoke in support of item 4D. She stated that she too, would like to see the park permanently preserved as a natural area and part of Bernal Hill Park. Laurel Muniz spoke in support of 4D representing the Northwest Bernal Alliance. She requested the Commission complete the transfer to the parcel. Sally Stephens spoke in opposition to item 4L. She stated that she was upset with the process that had gone on with this item. She detailed her concerns with this item including fire safety, disabled access and the noticing of the item. She requested this item be pulled from the consent calendar. Stephen Worsley spoke on item 4G and gave his vision for Coit Tower. He stated that he would like to see Coit Tower become cultural. Nan Roth spoke in opposition to 4H. She asked that the action on the item be delayed until the neighbors have received notice of the proposal and have time to respond. Jeff Wilkens with the Kezar Stadium Advisory Committee stated that they were quite comfortable with the lacrosse item being on the consent calendar. Jeanne Darrah representing District 9 on the Park Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee spoke in support of item 4L and asked that the Commission award the contract. She stated that 800 notices went out to the residents including all those living adjacent to the park for the meetings. She stated that the meetings were very well attended and that there was consensus by the time the plan came to the Commission. She detailed the other places of notice for these meetings, discussed surveys that went out. On motion by Commissioner Levitan and duly seconded, the following resolutions were adopted: RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the minutes of the November 2005 meeting. RES. NO. 0601-001 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the following animal transactions for the San Francisco Zoological Society which were processed under Resolution No. 13572. RES. NO. 0601-002 DONATION FROM: Amanda MacDonald 2371 Ross Road Oakland. CA 94609 USDA- N/A The Animal Guys, Inc. 2746 Porter Ave. Altadena, CA 94001 USDA – 93-C-0596 0.1 African hedgehog NIL

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RESOLVED, That this Commission does authorize the General Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Understanding with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to set forth the conditions under which the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will access, construct, occupy and maintain the Skyview Aquavista Pump Station and Hydro-pneumatic tanks, as the City Attorney shall approve. RES. NO. 0601-003 RESOLVED, That this Commission does authorize the General Manager to enter into a management agreement with the Department of Public Works for maintenance of habitat as a natural area at block 5548 lot 005, located at NW Bernal Heights Road between Esmeralda and Shotwell contiguous to Bernal Heights Park, formally listed in the Department of Real Estate property records as located at Rutledge & Brewster. RES. NO. 0601-004 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the creation of a Dog Play Area at Duboce Park. RES. NO. 0601-005

RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the expansion of the playground at Duboce Park. RES. NO. 0601-006 RESOLVED, That this Commission does reject all bids for the operation of concessions at Coit Tower and cancel the current bidding process. RES. NO. 0601-007 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve "Mark Resources & Mit Visuals Art's" request to produce a video projection on the face of Coit Tower to commemorate the Great San Earthquake of 1906 from 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18, to 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2006, and a Pictorial of San Francisco on 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, to 2:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2006. RES. NO. 0601-008 RESOLVED, That this Commission does recommend to the Board of Supervisors the acceptance of a $35,000.00 grant from the California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) for new sewage pump out equipment at the San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor. RES. NO. 0601-009 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve a License Agreement with SF LAX Operating, LC to present a series of six (6) Major League Lacrosse events in Kezar Stadium and Pavilion Complex in 2006. RES. NO. 0601-010 RESOLVED, That this Commission does name the Chinese Playground the “Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground”. RES. NO. 0601-011 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the award of contract to Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. in the amount of $255,000 for Bernal Heights Park Renovation Phase 2. RES. NO. 0601-012 RESOLVED, That this Commission does authorize the expenditure of funds from the Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund contingency reserve to conduct facility condition assessments on all Recreation and Park Department properties, and to procure Program/Project Management software for managing Recreation & Parks Department Capital Projects. RES. NO. 0601-013 RESOLVED, That this Commission does reject all construction bids for the Golden Gate Park Bison Paddock Improvement Project. RES. NO. 0601-014 RESOLVED, That this Commission does increase the construction budget from $1,500,047 to $1,513,247.73, and increase the construction contract time from 355 to 403 consecutive calendar days for the West Portal Clubhouse and Park Renovation project. RES. NO. 0601-015 RESOLVED That the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission: 1. Approves the filing of a CCHE Grant Applications for the Palace of Fine Art Phase IIB, Rotunda and Colonnade Renovation Project to be funded from the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal; Protection Act of 2002 and; 2. Certifies that the Grant Applicant has or will have sufficient funds to operate and maintain these projects, and where applicable, to complete these projects; and 3. Certifies that the Grant Applicant has reviewed, understands and agrees to the General Provisions of the Grant Agreement; and 4. Appoints the General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department as agent to conduct all negotiations, execute and submit all documents including, but not limited to, Applications, Agreements, payment requests and so on, which may be necessary for the completion of these projects. RES. NO. 0601-016

RESOLVED, That this Commission does award a construction contract in the amount of $7,300,000 to Angotti and Reilly, Inc. for the Coffman Pool Project. RES. NO. 0601-017 RESOLVED, That this Commission does accept the Agreement between the Stern Grove Festival Association and the Department for improvements to the north hillside and entry plaza at the Stern Grove Concert Meadow. RES. NO. 0601-018 RESOLVED, That this Commission does recommend to the Board of Supervisors to accept and expend a second gift-in-place, valued up to $900,000 from the Stern Grove Festival Association to fund construction of improvements to the north hillside and entry plaza at the Stern Grove Concert Meadow, and to provide grounds keeping equipment for Departmental use. RES. NO. 0601-019

Commissioner Lee introduced Willie “Woo Woo” Wong’s family that were there for the consent calendar item naming the Chinese Playground the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground. They are: Mr. Wong’s wife Jane, his brother Hank, his sister Violet and her husband Tony, his sister-in-law Lil, and his grandnephew Andrew. ELECTION OF OFFICERS On motion by Commissioner Murray and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-020 RESOLVED, That this Commission does elect Commissioner Bonilla as President of the Recreation and Park Commission. On motion by Commissioner Harrison and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-021 RESOLVED, That this Commission does elect Commissioner Martin as Vice President of the Recreation and Park Commission. WESTERN ADDITION LIBRARY RENOVATION AND EXPANSION In November 2000, San Francisco voters passed Proposition A, the Branch Library Improvement Program, totaling $105.9 million. The Program is managed by the San Francisco Public Library. Using other state and local, public and private funding sources, this program will renovate 19 branches, replace four leased facilities with City-owned branches, and construct a new branch in Mission Bay. The objectives of the Program are to renovate the branch libraries to comply with current building, seismic and disability access codes. On November 20, 2003 a special joint meeting was held between the Recreation and Park Commission and the Public Library Commission to discuss various issues surrounding branch libraries within or adjacent to Recreation and Park department properties. The intent of the meeting was to address whether libraries are consistent with open space as defined in the City General Plan. Built in1966, the Western Addition Branch Library is located at the Hamilton Playground site, adjacent to Hamilton Recreation Center, on the corner of Geary and Scott Streets in District 5. The library is one of many San Francisco libraries proposed for renovation under Proposition A. Recreation and Park staff along with other City staff conducted extensive research but were unable to find the library legal property boundaries, nor could they locate the documents showing legal transfer or deed of that portion of Hamilton Playground to the SFPL. However, a City Attorney Opinion dated February 20, 1914, found that the Park Commission’s transfer of Hamilton Playground, formerly known as Hamilton Square, to the Playground Commission in 1911, was authorized under the City Charter. The library building currently occupies 7,308 square feet of Hamilton Playground. The San Francisco Library Commission proposes to expand the front entry by 110 square feet toward Scott Street, and to construct a new 400 square feet Program Room on the Geary Street side of the library for a total expansion of 510 square feet. The new Program Room will occupy an area currently landscaped with trees, while the expanded entry will occupy existing hardscape. Neither location is a primary use area of the playground.

The new roofing, electrical and mechanical upgrades, and landscaping improvement immediately surrounding the building are proposed as an Add Alternate to the bid. In addition, the project will include slight modification to the exterior south wall. The Western Addition branch is scheduled to close for construction in early 2006 and reopen in fall 2007 though closing may be delayed due to design issues, complications arising from the bidding, contracting or permit process, or other matters. During the renovation, library services will be provided by increasing hours at nearby branches, holding children’s story hours at Parent Place and by a bookmobile located at Post & Steiner. Part of the Japanese and Russian language collections will be temporarily relocated to the nearby Presidio Branch Library. The project is also expected to transplant two existing cherry trees lining the southern perimeter of the library to provide room for the new Program Room. The trees will be relocated to a nearby location adjacent to the library. During the tree removal and relocation process, the SFPL is required to follow the guidelines stipulated in the Recreation and Park Department’s Tree Removal Policy. Landscaping that has been damaged to removed during construction will be replaced in-kind on the site. Additionally, the SFPL will be required to implement best management practices to protect the public from potential hazards during constructions, such as potential exposure to lead or asbestos. Staff addressed the concerns from Commissioner Murray: 1) staff collected additional information and added that to the resolution and 2) the request for meets and bounds description was not completed due to insufficient funds and a lack of time. Staff proposed to conduct that at a later date when funding was available. For the purposes of the item at the meeting, staff created a map using GIS with clarification from Mr. LaForte during the presentation. Commissioner Murray moved the following resolution on the condition that the metes and bounds is done by the Library as part of the project and included in the record. The motion was duly seconded and the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-022 WHEREAS, In 1855, the City and County of San Francisco (the "City")by Ordinance No. 822 (“the Van Ness Outside Land Ordinance”) acquired the property west to the ocean known as the "Western Addition" and was authorized to designate sites for public purposes, including public squares; and WHEREAS, Pursuant to the City Charter of 1900, lands designated as "parks" were placed under the jurisdiction of the Park Commission; and WHEREAS, In 1911, the Park Commission, as authorized by the City Charter, transferred a portion of Hamilton Square to the Playground Commission for use as a children's playground and recreation center; and WHEREAS, in 1949 the Playground Commission and Park Commission were consolidated into the Recreation and Park Commission (the "Commission"); and WHEREAS, the Western Addition Branch Library was constructed in 1966 at 1550 Scott Street on a portion of Hamilton Square; and WHEREAS, the parking facility, terrace, pathway and landscaping were built concurrently with the Library building in 1966 as shown on Attachment A, with the intent that these facilities remain a part of the Library; WHEREAS, the Western Addition Branch Library is currently 7,308 square feet; and WHEREAS, the Library agrees to prepare a metes and bounds description of the property; and

WHEREAS, The Library proposes to expand the Western Addition Branch Library by about 110 square feet toward Scott Street and 400 square feet toward Geary Street for a total of 510 square feet, in a location currently not used as open space (see, Attachment A) at no expense to the Commission; and WHEREAS, The Library agrees to use the property exclusively for the operation and maintenance of the Western Addition Branch Library, which may include associated parking, outdoor benches, kiosks and congregation areas within the footprint shown on Attachment A, and community based meetings or activities in accordance with the Library’s meeting room policies; and WHEREAS, The Library agrees to fund construction, operation, and maintenance of the Western Addition Branch Library and the associated area as shown within the areas designated “Management Line” on Attachment A, solely at the Library’s expense; and WHEREAS, The Library agrees to expand and renovate the Western Addition Branch Library in conformance with Attachment A; and WHEREAS, The Library agrees to comply with all applicable laws, including the City’s Charter, with respect to the Library’s use of park property; now, therefore be it RESOLVED, The Recreation and Park Commission hereby approves the expansion and renovation of the Western Addition Branch Library on property under the jurisdiction of the Commission, in conformance with Attachment A; and FURTHER RESOLVED, Any future expansion or renovation of the Western Addition Branch Library beyond the plan approved herein will require Commission approval. JAPANESE TEA GARDEN LEASE On July 7, 2005, the Department issued a Request for Proposals for the Japanese Tea Garden Concessions. Two timely responses were received on August 22, 2005 prior to the 3:00 p.m. deadline; one from Fashion House, the current concessionaire and one from Murata’s Café Hana. The Japanese Tea Garden is one of the Department’s most visited and treasured properties. Additionally, it provides a significant revenue stream to the Department both from the admissions revenue (FY04/05 budget at $1.2 million) and the concessionaire lease payments (FY04/05 budget of $200,000). With the reopening of the deYoung and Music Concourse and improving economic conditions, there is an opportunity to upgrade the quality and cultural relevance of the concessions and overall marketing of the Japanese Tea Garden. Summary of RFP The Department maintains the Garden, staffs the admissions booth, receives the admission revenue, and is responsible for the Tea House and Gift Shop structures. The Concession contract offered in the RFP was for the businesses at the Tea Garden including: • • • • Tea House The Tea House currently sells Japanese/Asian tea and cookies, juices and soft drinks. Gift Shop. The gift shop sells souvenirs and Japanese/Asian cookies, candies, fruit, nuts and teas. Curio Stand The curio stand located in the tour bus parking lot sells souvenirs. Bus Parking Lot This lot is operated as part of this concession.

Key Terms of RFP • Rent structured as a Percentage Rent versus a Minimum Annual Rent Guarantee. Minimum acceptable proposed guarantee is $180,000. • Three-year term with two one-year options to extend at the City’s option. • Require demonstration of capacity to undertake the project: experience, funding, and business plan. • Lessee shall post a security deposit in the amount of $50,000. • Invite creative approaches to enhance the visitor experience and to increase Garden visits.

Criteria for Tenant Selection • Provide services and merchandise that enhance the unique cultural experience of visitors to the Japanese Tea Garden. • Provide a first-class experience in a world-class setting including promotion and marketing of the Garden as whole. • Appropriate nature of programs and merchandise proposed in a cultural significant garden. • Increase City revenue through lease revenues and increasing attendance at the Garden. Scoring • 30% on experience and qualifications • 40% on management plan • 30% on the proposed financials Summary of Proposals Fashion House Fashion House is the current tenant and has operated the concession since 1992 as well as several other tourist oriented gift shops in San Francisco. Fashion House proposes to continue the same mix of goods and services provided now with the possible addition of udon noodles and prepared sushi. Table service will be provided by servers wearing kimonos. Café Hana Carol Murata owner of Café Hana has operated Murata’s Café Hana in Japantown since 1994 and prior to that operated a retail floral store. She is also an active member of the local Japanese American community. The Café Hana proposal includes expanded food service including prepackaged Japanese confections and sushi and upgraded gift shop merchandise. Servers will wear traditional Happi coats and black pants. The proposer plans to update the gift shop fixtures, install refrigerated cases, and seeks to work with the Department to upgrade the Tea House to meet health codes. Events proposed for the Garden include regularly scheduled tea ceremonies, Taiko Drums, and activities for seasonal Japanese festivals. These events will be marketed to attract San Francisco residents as well as tourists to the Garden. Comparison of Proposed Terms Fashion House/Fred Lo Udon Menu sushi Expansion green tea ice cream and mochi Focus on low price point Japanese Tea Garden Gift Shop themed souvenirs Operations Programs Propose to coordinate and events or programming at the Garden working with Department and local Japanese American Community Add ATM to ticket booth Accept travelers checks for ticket booth Private rental of the Tea House $240,000 attendance less than 450,000 $260,000 attendance 450,001 to 499,999 $280,000 attendance over 500,000 Tea House 28% Gift Shop 28% Curio Stand 28% Bus Parking 40% Proposed private rentals of the Tea House with 50% of revenue to City $240,000 only show one year

Murata’s Café Hana/ Carol Murata Japanese deserts and ice cream Bento lunch, sushi combo, udon, miso soup espresso drinks Japanese made and Japanese related gifts with moderate price points. Coordination with other Japantown Merchants to source goods Plans to draw on working relationship with Japantown Merchants Association Add food service to brick patio area Recommend not having bus parking as part of this contract $180,000 per year

Operations Additions Minimum Annual Guarantee % Rent

Tea House 30% Gift Shop 20% Curio Stand 20% Bus Parking 40%

Other Revenue Projected Total Rent

FY 06/07 $293,303 FY 07/08 $302,102

Marketing Promotion Capital Investment

$20,000 per year Gift shop $10,000 Tea House $10,000* Curio stand $5,000 Total $25,000 *only if sushi and udon allowed

FY 08/09 $335,333 FY 09/10 $345,393 $2,000 per year Cost not stated for capital improvements. Require upgrading food prep area. Plan to negotiate with Department on upgrades.

Projected Revenues Exhibit 1 presents the income to the City projected by each respondent. Café Hana projects that there will be a doubling of revenue from the Tea House with the expanded menu and a 20% increase in revenues from the other aspects of the concession with a new approach. Under Café Hana’s proposal, total concession revenues are projected at $1,131,664 in FY06/07 with the Department receiving $293,303 in rent. Fashion House did not provide a multi-year proposal rather projected that the rent would be at the proposed minimum annual guarantee level of $240,000. (For comparison, total concession revenues were $648,299 in FY04/05 and the Department received rent of $164,219.) Selection Panel Evaluation On November 4, 2005, a selection panel of five reviewed the proposals, interviewed the respondents, and scored the proposals. The panel consisted of: • Helen Branham, Small Business Consultant, Urban Solutions; • Peri Danton, Manager of Retail Operations, Asian Art Museum/Chong-Moon Lee Center for Asian Art and Culture; • Norman Ishimoto, Small Business Commissioner and marketing professional; • Beth Schnitzer, Vice President, Pier 39 Market Development; and • Phil Williamson, Senior Property Manager, Port of San Francisco The selection panel scored the proposals using the RFP evaluation criteria; Exhibit 2 presents the results. The scores are 384 for the Fashion House proposal and 405 for the Murata’s Café Hana proposal out of a total of 500 possible points. The narrow point spread between the two total scores of 21 points (4%) masks significant differences on specific issues. The table below highlights the strengths and weakness identified by the panel’s scoring. Strengths (scored over 80% of possible points) Proposed Financial Terms (134/150) Financial Capacity (28/30) Business Ability (24/25) Schedule for Management Plan (19/20) Cash handling procedures (19/20) Commitment to jobs/business opportunities for disadvantaged (17/20) Weaknesses (scored less than 60% of possible points) Proposed Plans for Concessions (45/85) Experience with providing goods and services relevant to Japanese/ Japanese American culture (20/35) Cultural Relevance of goods, services, and programming to Garden (17/30)

Fashion House

Café Hana

Proposed Plans for Concessions (78/85) Experience with providing goods and services relevant to Japanese/ Japanese American culture (32/35) Experience and qualifications (30/35) Key personnel role in daily operation (28/30) Cultural Relevance of goods, services, and programming to JTG (28/30)

(No categories scored below 60% of possible points.)

Concerns on Scoring Staff stated that the questions of whether the scoring had been skewed in any way by any one reviewer. Staff reviewed the scoring. Three scored Café Hana higher and two scored Fashion House higher. Staff also looked at excluding any one panelist to see if that would change the outcome or recommendation. The analysis by staff showed that the outcome would remain the same. Analysis of Financial Terms Proposed As the two proposals varied on the minimum guarantee and forecasted revenue volume, staff prepared an analysis to review the projected Department revenue level under each proposed lease structure. Staff noted that Exhibit 3 analyzes the income to the City under each proposed rent structure assuming the 2004/05 concession revenue levels and the 1999/2000 concession revenue levels. With last year’s volumes, each bidder would have paid their minimum guarantee amount of $240,000 for Fashion House and $180,000 for Café Hana. At the 1999/2000 volumes (prior to museum closures and with a stronger tourism base), the revenue to the Department would be $260,000 from Fashion House and $220,000 from Café Hana. Given the potential for increased revenue with increased visitation and potentially changed services, the Department rent calculated for a range of revenue levels over the 2004/05 actual level. Exhibits 4 and 5 show the Department’s rental revenue under the two rent structure proposals at differing levels of concession revenue. The Fashion House proposal garners the Department between $37,000 and $60,000 of additional rent over the revenue ranges analyzed. The gap between the two proposals narrows once revenues grow to the point that Fashion House exceeds the minimum guarantee. If the revenues from the Tea House grow significantly, the Café Hana proposed rents could exceed the Fashion House as Café Hana proposes a 30% percentage rent from the Tea House rather than Fashion House’s 28%. Staff sees opportunity for additional revenue from the gift shop. Other Japanese Garden gift shops have per visitor spending of double that experienced at the Garden recently. The two proposals also differ in the proposed funding of the capital improvements. Fashion House proposes to spend $15,000 to $25,000 for capital upgrades. Café Hana proposed to negotiate with the Department a sharing of the costs of improvements but has identified plans to lease required equipment and has secured a loan to finance start up costs of the operation. Department staff is evaluating the costs to upgrade the Tea House to provide expanded food service. Proposed marketing budgets differ as well with Café Hana proposing an annual budget of $2,000 per year. Fashion House proposes a budget of $20,000 per year. Impact on Tea Garden Admissions The enhanced operations of the Japanese Tea Garden Concessions, especially the marketing and outreach, has a strong likelihood of increasing attendance at the Garden. Gains in attendance increase admission revenues and increase Department income. The Fashion House proposal is to continue the status quo in marketing and is not likely to increase admissions. The new concepts proposed by Café Hana have the potential for increasing attendance, but are unproven. A 5% increase in Garden attendance revenues over recent annual revenue levels of $1.1 Million would result in additional Department revenue of $55,000. Financial Impact Both proposals will result in an increase in revenue to the Department over those currently received under the existing lease agreement. The estimated annual revenues ($240,000 for Fashion House and $293,303 for Café Hana) exceed the annual concession revenue in the current budget. However, if Café Hana is not able to increase concession revenues with changed operations and increased attendance and only the minimum annual rent of $180,000 is paid, the Department will receive $20,000 a year less than is currently budgeted for Tea Garden concession revenue. The Fashion House proposal offers a higher guaranteed annual income of at least $240,000,but proposes to continue the current operations. When attendance returns to over 500,000 a year, Fashion House proposes a minimum rent of $280,000. Thus, the Fashion House proposal annual guaranteed minimum rent exceeds the Café Hana minimum rent of $180,000 by from $60,000 to $100,000 annually.

Although Café Hana proposes a lower annual rent guarantee, it meets the RFP’s minimum requirements and proposes an operation plan that will enhance visitor’s experience of the Tea Garden. Improving the visitor experience, coupled with the enhanced visitation of the greater Concourse area, should lead to increased admissions revenue for the Department. Successful implementation of the Café Hana proposal can result in roughly equivalent revenues to those expected under the Fashion House proposal to the City if admission gains occur. Overall, staff expects that with the Café Hana proposal concession revenues would increase from the current level. Linda Jofuku said that she was back from San Jose Japantown to San Francisco because she believed Japantown and the culture and the history in San Francisco is worth preserving and revitalizing. She stated that it was essential for San Francisco’s Japanese culture and history as a whole needs to be culturally specific and culturally relevant in order to increase the revenues at the Tea House, to increase the traffic and to increase the quality of the presentation. She stated that if the Commission selected someone who was culturally relevant specific, has business experience not only in Japantown, but with the Japanese community, with traditional Japanese arts and culture, she felt that the level of the amount of visitors would be much higher. Kevin Shea a retired park section supervisor at the Tea Garden. He stated his concerns about the food service area and expanding it to put tables and chairs in the back. If this is done it would increase the number of seagulls, rats, raccoons that come into the Garden. With the reduction of staff this would make the gardeners job more difficult. He brought up the maintenance fund that had been in the last proposal that rolled over each year. He stated that the Garden was world famous. He believed that the Commission should support the proposal that offered the most money and a maintenance fund. Hats Aizawa stated that as a business person, Carol Murata ran a very successful flower and coffee shop in the Japanese Trade Center and he would vouch for her qualifications as a business person. He stated that she would return the Japanese Tea Garden to the more authentic Tea Garden as a name and place. Isabel Wade stated this was a business decision and therefore not a creative one nor a cultural one. She believed that minimum guarantees are important in this budget climate and that $60,000 was a lot of money – it would pay for one gardener. Moreover the projected revenues beyond the guarantees are just that – projections. She stated that they were also concerned that no user survey was conducted. She suggested that the Commission stick with a known entity in this budget climate. Richard Hashimoto, President of the Japantown Merchants Association, thanked staff for recommending Carol Murata for the Japanese Tea Garden. In regard to the public health concerns that had been brought up, Carol received a perfect score from the Department of Public Health. He stated that they wanted cultural specific items being served and sold at the Garden and would like to see someone else have the opportunity to operate it and bring back the Hagiwara legacy of an authentic Japanese Tea Garden. Carol Murata stated that she was here in the hopes of winning the Commission’s approval to operate the Tea Garden. She stated she was overwhelmed with the support of her community. She thanked those who have taken the time to be here today to speak on her behalf and to those who had written letters. She stated that if she is selected, that a part of Japantown would also be selected and together they would be a strong and vitalizing force to create a more relevant Tea Garden. She stated that the venues that she could present would be endless. The community has a wide variety of art forms – from ancient to modern - and they would be the resource she uses to bring Japanese culture to the Tea Garden. Deborah Knotts a gardener in the Japanese Tea Garden for the last 12 years spoke against the new proposal. The idea of expanding the food services is antithetical to a Japanese Garden. Her concerns are: 1) putting food on the deck will attract seagulls and raccoons, and that idea of sushi and espresso drinks was shot down by the Commission in 1991 because it would ruin the cultural tradition and tranquility of the Tea Garden and 2) San Francisco Parks Trust did a master plan stated that the brick deck is not stable and the work done on it has been superficial so to add seating there would not be safe. Joseph Breall representing Fred Lo believed that the process is skewed. He stated that the two proposals were very similar. In regard to the financials he believed that staff accepted the analysis of Café Hana which he didn’t believe was doable and if the Commission accepted staff’s proposal that they would be accepting less money. He noted that staff did not show the Commission the breakdown of each scorer. Paul Osaki, Executive Director of the Japanese Cultural Community Center of Northern California, spoke in support of Café Hana. He believed that the decision today was not just about a concession, a matter of race or purely about dollars and cents, it is really about conscience, sensitivity and restoring a sense of place to an international treasure - the oldest public Japanese Garden in the United States. The concessions are a big part of the sense of place. He stated that the reason the Portland gift shop does much better with less attendance is because they sell beautiful items. They work with local artists and people go just to go

shop at the gift store. He is supporting Café Hana’s proposal not only because it is a sound business decision but because it would help to restore a sense of place and their history with the Tea Garden being the oldest asset in San Francisco. He strongly urged the Commission to support the staff decision. Fred Lo stated that when he first started he was paying 38% because he had to bid high to get the concession at the Tea Garden. He received a reduction in rent after 9/11 and during construction because there were not people in the Tea Garden. He discussed his concerns: 1) selling expensive items in the gift, 2) tourists from the tour busses only have 20 minutes to shop 3) open to working with the Japanese community but he has not been invited, 3) believed there was discrimination on the issue of where the RFP had been sent, and 4) In regard to the scoring, he spoke of the panelist and how he was scored questioning why he received the score of zero on his management. Tak Matsuba representing the 2006 Cherry Blossom Committee spoke in support of Carol Murata. He stated that he echoed many favorable comments on Carol. He brought to the attention of the Commission the article in the Chronicle and the picture of the way the women at the Tea Garden were dressed. He was appalled. He believed that Carol would bring the Tea Garden back to where the Hagiwara’s would want it. Eddie Moriguchi with the Japanese American Association of Northern California explained that it was formed to improve the relations between the Japanese and the community at large. One of the programs now is to promote the culture of Japan and the Japanese people. The Japanese Tea Garden is a symbol of Japanese culture and part of what makes San Francisco a great City. He asked the Commission to make it possible for knowledgeable visitors to the Japanese Tea Garden to be able to say this is Japanese and that they recommend others to experience it. He stated that he has known the Murata family for over 40 years and Carol has been active in the Japanese community for most of those years. Bette Landis also spoke in support of Café Hana. She is very impressed by the service that Carol gives, the quality of the food and that she would be a wonderful addition to the Tea Garden. Vincent Lo stated that when he had been at the Operations Committee in regard to Coit Tower, Commissioner Murray suggested that he should go the Conservatory of Flowers, the Warming Hut and the Asian Art Museum and check out their gift shops. Although he did not have a chance to respond at that time he wanted to respond now. He understood the Commission’s desire to upgrade the quality of merchandise at the Japanese Tea Garden and that they were committed to do so. He started making changes to the merchandise, upgraded the arrangements and tried to submit additional information so that the Commission could see what they were capable of doing in a short period of time. Although this document was returned to them he asked that the Commission accept it now. He stated that their family has been committed to the Japanese Tea Garden for over 14 years. He is the face of the company now and he wants to take responsibility and be accountable for what happens at the Tea Garden. He let the Commissioners know that if there is a problem he is the person to go to. As suggested by Commissioner Murray, he went out to the Warming Hut after the Operations Committee meeting and although it was closed he was there for on hour to look at the merchandise. He stated he realized that the Tea Garden did need to be upgraded and that they were on their way but they needed cooperation. He felt that with their strong marketing program and their commitment they can bring the Tea Garden back to the pre 2000 levels of attendance. Walter Caplan stated that he thought what Isabel Wade said was correct – do a user survey and a marketing survey - then put out the RFP and make them do what the Commission wants done. There was detailed discussion on this item. On motion by Commissioner Murray and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-023 RESOLVED, That this Commission does reject all bids for the Japanese Tea Garden lease and directs staff to prepare a new Request For Proposal. SAN FRANCISCO 49ERS The Recreation and Park Commission last approved an increase in the admission price for the San Francisco 49ers two years ago. The Commission also approved a price for a new group sales area last year. The 49ers are seeking to make admission to their games more affordable to NFL games. In addition to offering a multi-tiered pricing structure, the club is also seeking to expand the group seating area from 2100 seats 2800 seats. A multi-tiered pricing strategy is employed by all other teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL and NBA. The 49ers report that group ticket sales were popular this past season. The 49ers’ proposal to move to a multi-tiered pricing structure and expand the group sales area would create more affordable seats for fans.

Currently, there is one seat price of $64.00 per ticket, with the exception of the group sales area. The 49ers are proposing the following tiered pricing structure: Current Price Per Ticket $64.00 $64.00 $64.00 $34.00 Per ticket for blocks of 20 or more Proposed Season Ticket Price Per Game $49.00 $64.00 $84.00 New Individual Ticket Price Per Game $59.00 $74.00 $94.00 $35.00

With approval of the proposed pricing structure, approximately 23,500 seats will be reduced in price with some season ticket holders enjoying savings of more than 23% over last season’s prices. Conversely, the very best seats for a single game will increase in price as much as 46%. With the proposed pricing structure, the weighted average price of tickets for a 49ers game will be $64.19 – an increase of less that one-half percent above last year’s ticket prices. This is less than the current NFL average ticket price of $73.33 per game. Average ticket prices range from $52.92 per game to the highest average ticket price of $128.12 per game. On motion by Commissioner Levitan and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-024 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve a multi-tiered ticket pricing structure for the 2006 San Francisco 49ers football season and an expansion of the group sales area. UNION SQUARE ASSOCIATION – GIFT-IN-KIND UNION SQUARE ASSOCIATION – GIFT-IN-KIND SIGNAGE These two items were heard as one and voted on separately. The Union Square Association decided to purchase 75 movable chairs, 12 tables, and 4 umbrellas as a gift to the Recreation and Park Department for the public’s enjoyment at Union Square. After six months of fundraising the Association has secured the money to make the purchase of these items by Landscape Forms. The furniture us valued at approximately $40,000. It was always part of the Union Square renovation design to provide movable chairs as a part of the project. When the project was taken through the various City Commissions and the Board of Supervisors for approval, it was approved with the chairs. There are markers on the plaza to indicate the placement areas for the chairs. Due to budgetary constraints, however the chairs were eliminated from the project. Last summer, one of the Squares’ designers, M.D. Fotheringham Landscape Architects, conducted a study to reaffirm the public’s reaction to and use of movable chairs on the Plaza. Sixty movable chairs were placed on the plaza on random days over a six-month period from February through July. The results show that every chair was used and none was stolen. The results of this study prompted the Association to take up the challenge to raise money for the furniture. Emeric Kalman asked why the valued amount was $40,000. On motion by Commissioner Lazarus and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-025 RESOLVED, That this Commission does recommend that the Board of Supervisors does accept and expend a gift-in-kind from the Union Square Association of 75 movable chairs, 12 tables and 4 umbrellas valued at approximately $40,000 to be used in Union Square.

On motion by Commissioner Lazarus and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-026 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve signage recognizing the various donors to the Union Square Association’s fund-raising efforts. PUBLIC COMMENT Emeric Kalman discussed a Sunshine Request he sent to the Department and the Marina project moving forward. CLOSED SESSION The Commission adjourned into closed session at 5:23 p.m. The Commission reconvened into open session at 5:38 p.m. On motion by Commissioner Lazarus and duly seconded, the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0601-027 RESOLVED, That this Commission elects not to disclose any or all discussions held in closed session. (San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.12 (a)). COMMISSIONERS’ MATTERS There were no matters brought up by the Commissioners. ADJOURNMENT The Regular Meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission was adjourned at 5:41 p.m. Respectfully submitted,

Margaret A. McArthur Commission Liaison