Gavin Christopher Newsom, Mayor

RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION

MINUTES
Thursday, February 19, 2004 - 2:00 p.m.
The Regular Meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission was called to order on Thursday, February 19, 2004 at 2:05 p.m. by Commission President John Murray. ROLL CALL Present: John Murray Gloria Bonilla Gordon Chin Richard Guggenhime Jim Lazarus Larry Martin Absent: Rebecca Prozan PRESIDENT’S REPORT GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT • New working model for Milton Meyer Recreation Center: A working group comprised of staff from the Department and the San Francisco Housing Authority is working to develop a new working model for Milton Meyer Recreation Center. As you know, the property is owned by the Housing Authority and we currently are operating under a month to month agreement. We have completed a community needs assessment related to recreation programs and will focus on developing programs for tiny tots, adults and expanded programs for teens. We have also developed a mission statement for the working group that promotes the development of the property in the broader context of providing community services from a variety of sources including CBOs, non-profits and other governmental agencies. The group hopes to have a fully developed proposal for the site by mid-April of this year. • The General Manager accepted the following gifts on behalf of the Department in accordance with the gift policy: From Ms. Helen Hilton Raiser, a gift of White Persium Cyclamen and Cordata for Union Square plantings, valued at $3,237. • The General Manager approved the following trips: An overnight ski trip to Kirkwood Ski Resort for eight blind teenagers, January 23rd through January 25th; participants pay $75.00 for this three-day event. Discovery Blind Sports will provide scholarships for some of our teens, and the rest will be covered by the Rose Resnick Lighthouse and Project Insight. The Tenderloin Children’s Playground will take 12 children for an over night ski trip to Bear Valley in Arnold, California, March 5th – March 7th.

Steve Cockrell stated his concerns regarding the Park, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee. He spoke about the composition of the Committee and money issues in-terms of personnel. Yomi Agunbiade, Capital Program Manager explained that Capital Plan Annual Report for 2003 has been completed and has been distributed to the Commission. He spoke about the draft report has been submitted to the CIAC (Capital Improvement Advisory Committee) regarding next year’s capital projects. President Murray announced the Committee assignments for the coming year. He stated that Commissioner Lazarus will lead the Commission’s efforts for the Zoo Committee, Commissioner Guggenhime, Finance and Administration and Commissioner Prozan, Parks and Planning. CONSENT CALENDAR Kenneth Truche stated that he opposed the ticket increase for Forty-Niners football games because with the economy today it was not a good idea to heighten prices where people can enjoy themselves. William Wilson stated that he opposed the dog play area at Eureka Valley Playground because the current proposal definitely does not put children first. Eric Schmidt stated that many people in the Eureka Valley neighborhood live with HIV and AIDS and need a park close by to take their dogs. Kevin Roberts stated that because of number of dog owners in Eureka Valley neighborhood the park needs a larger area to take their dogs. Mark Keeney stated that the community has gathered together at Eureka Valley since the dog area has divided from the rest of the park. Donald Bird, member of the Dog Advisory Committee stated support for proposed dog play area at Eureka Valley because the plan is a great compromise that meets the needs of the community John Warda Jr., CPA representing Mr. Occhipinti stated to be clear that the transfer of the two lots for the LeConte Mini Park located on Meade and LeConte Avenues are to occur at the completion of the project. He also stated the Mr. Occhipinti consent was required in-terms of the transferring the deed to the City as stated in Motion 11170. Archie Occhipinti, Owner and Developer stated concerns regarding the funds given to the Department for the development of the LeConte Mini Park. Ralph House, Bay View Neighborhood Association stated that he knew nothing about the funds that Mr. Occhipinti was referring to and that this matter be brought to a close and should not delayed any longer. On motion made by Commissioner Guggenhime and duly seconded the following resolutions were adopted: RES. NO. 0402-001 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the minutes of the January 2004 meeting. 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. 0402-002 Donation From: Peninsula Humane Society 12 Airport Boulevard San Mateo, CA 94401 USDA – N/A Sold To: Newport Aquarium One Aquarium Way Newport, KY 66606 USDA – N/A 0.0.1 Common Crow

0.0.6 Forsten’s Lorikeet 0.0.1 Weber’s Lorikeet

$300 ea. $1,800 $300 ea. $300 TOTAL DUE $2,100

RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the placement of a new restroom and storage maintenance structure at India Basin Shoreline Park. RES. NO. 0402-003 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve a Dog Play Area at Eureka Valley Playground and Recreation Center. RES. NO. 0402-004

RESOLVED, That this Commission does recommend to the Board of Supervisors to accept two dedicated parcels for open space as part of Planning Commission Conditional Use Permit – Case 1986.299C (Motion No. 11170), lots 133 and 134, Assessor Block 4991, located at Meade and Le Conte Avenues in the Bay View Neighborhood and; to urge the Board of Supervisors to approve transfer of approximately 1,975 square feet of unimproved street right-of-way under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public works, located on the southwest corner of Meade and Le Conte Avenues, for open space purposes. . RES. NO. 0402-005 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve an extension of the Carrousel and Food Concession Lease in Golden Gate Park. RES. NO. 0402-006 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve an increase in the children’s group party rates at the Carrousel Concession in Golden Gate Park. RES. NO. 0402-007 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve retroactively an adjustment in rent and maintenance fund contribution for the Golden Gate Park Carrousel and Food Concession. RES. NO. 0402-008 RESOLVED, That this Commission does award a contract to Cleary Brothers Landscape, Inc., in the amount of $657,000 to renovate the play area and construct a new sport court at Garfield Square. . RES. NO. 0402-009 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve a Lease with Evergreen Destination Holdings, LLC, for the operation of the Camp Mather Store. RES. NO. 0402-010 RESOLVED, That this Commission approve an increase in the price of admission tickets to regular season games for the 2004 San Francisco 49er football season. RES. NO. 0402-011 GENERAL CALENDAR GOLDEN GATE PARK Yomi Agunbiade, Capital Division Manager presented this item to the Commission authorizing a resolution for Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to install, operate and maintain its facilities within Golden Gate Park. Commissioner Guggenhime asked staff to explain if there the Department was responsible for any cost related to this project. Deborah Freedon, New DeYoung Museum, Project Director and Department staff addressed Commissioner Guggenhime’s concern. Background: Application was made by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to PG&E on September 9, 2002 for electrical and gas service to the DeYoung Museum and on June 5, 2003 for electrical service to the Japanese Tea Garden. PG&E requested in a letter on January 26, 2004, that the Recreation and Park Commission authorize PG&E to install, operate and maintain underground gas and electric facilities within Golden Gate Park to provide this service. The General Manager of Recreation and Parks provided a letter to PG&E on February 3, 2004 indicating that this approval would be sought in a resolution placed before the Recreation and Parks Commission at their meeting on February 19, 2004. Property Description: The facilities to be installed, operated and maintained by PG&E are described in final PG&E Drawing PM 30300793 dated February 11, 2004 and includes, but is not limited to, below-grade vaults, conduit, cable runs and above grade transformers. This system of facilities begins at the intersection of Fulton Street and 10th Avenue, with work on the south side of this intersection. Below grade conduit and cable is run 240 feet along the west side of 10th Avenue between Fulton Street and John F. Kennedy Drive and turns west to continue 544’ along the north side of John F. Kennedy Drive. At this point:

a) PG&E facilities will cross John F. Kennedy Drive to enter the DeYoung project site and provide electrical and gas service to the DeYoung Museum. b) PG&E facilities will continue 246’ further west along the north side of John F. Kennedy Drive. At this point, PG&E facilities will cros John F. Kennedy Drive and service an electrical transformer to serve the Japanese Tea Garden. Conditions of Approval: None. Environmental Review: The Board of Supervisors upheld the environmental review for the DeYoung Museum on January 14, 2002 and denied the appeal. On motion made by Commissioner Lazarus and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0402-012 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve a resolution authorizing Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) to install, operate and maintain its facilities within Golden Gate Park to serve the DeYoung Museum and the Japanese Tea Garden. President Murray recognized Mr. Jones from the San Francisco Zoological Society. E. Richard Jones, Chairman, Board of Director, San Francisco Zoological Society, introduced Manuel Mollinedo, who recently joined the Zoo as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Zoo and President of the San Francisco Zoological Society. Manuel Mollinedo thanked Mr. Jones, the Recreation and Park Commission and General Manager Goldstein for having him here this afternoon. He commended the Commission and the San Francisco Zoological Society for the remarkable improvements at the Zoo. He hoped to bring to the table the energy and ability to build upon what has already been started and at least by the time his tenure was over he will have made the San Francisco Zoo the best in California. President Murray welcomed Mr. Mollinedo and on behalf of the Commission he thanked Mr. Mollinedo for the skill and enthusiasm that he was bringing to the job. RECREATION AND PARK DEPARTMENT - APPROVAL OF FY 2004-05 BUDGET Michael Frank, Director of Administration and Finance presented this item to the Commission. His presentation included the budget balancing proposal for the $3.5 million reduction target and the $4.7 million prioritized list to be submitted to the Mayor's Office. In addition, requested information on employee premium pays and overtime for FY 2002/03. He spoke about: 1) the budget reduction targets, 2) mid-year budget reductions for FY 2003/04, 3) base budget proposal for FY 2004/05 and 4) the State contingency prioritized list for FY 2004/05. President Murray stated that vote today was for the base-line budget including the attendance subcomponents. He suggested to the team that they hold-off until the next meeting to vote on the draft prioritized list. He acknowledged that staff put a real high level of effort on the proposed budget and asked Commissioner Lazarus with the help of Commissioner Chin compile a list for discussion on suggested policy direction to work with the Board of Supervisors or otherwise pursue to help the Department. Donald Bird stated concern that the Department only receives two percent of the entire San Francisco budget. He suggested that for the future that everyone work together to get a higher percentage for this Department. Martin MacIntyre stated concerns regarding the revenue collected from the events at Sharon Meadow. President Murray stated that the Commission will follow-up on Mr. MacIntyre concerns regarding the revenue for events at Sharon Meadow. Starchild, Liberation Party of San Francisco stated concerns regarding the suggestion by the previous speaker to charge the producers of Reggae in the Park higher fees for their yearly event at Sharon Meadow. Alyssa White, representing the Youth Commission’s Recreation and Services Committee she thanked the Commission for including the Youth Commission in the budget process. She stated concerns regarding the lack of funds for youth recreation and the needed

improvements for recreational facilities. She asked that the Commission keep youth recreation in mind when making budget decisions. After the presentation on the budget the Commission discussed potential revenue sources to propose to the Mayor’s office. Katie Petrucione, Analyst in the Mayor’s Budget Office stated that the city departments and commissions were asked to look at their budget in two stages. The first stage was to put together a 5-1/2 percent reduction to their base-line budget and secondly, to create a prioritized 15 percent reduction list. She respectively requested that the Commission approve today the 5-1/2 percent reduction of the base-line budget reduction that was achievable. She stated concern that the revenue for both the naming rights and parking meters at Golden Gate Park could not be counted in the 5-1/2 percent reduction due to the Mayor’s Office tomorrow. Commissioner Lazarus proposed a motion that the Department send the base-line budget to the Mayor’s Office with the following modifications. Add $1 million of revenue. From naming rights $500,000 and the net balance of the next fiscal year's revenue from parking. Eliminate from the redeployment and potential service reduction of $1.2 million. $1 million of that to be determined by the General Manager’s staff that would be a reduction from Recreation and Facility Maintenance Scenario A. Commission Liaison Margaret McArthur called a Roll Call Vote. Commissioner Bonilla: No Commissioner Chin: No Commissioner Guggenhime: No Commissioner Lazarus: Yes Commissioner Martin: Yes Commissioner Murray: No Commission Liaison Margaret McArthur stated that the motion failed. President Murray suggested to his fellow Commissioners alternative motions: 1) to take the staff’s budget proposal and add strong urging that these additional revenue items be included to identify specific restorations the Commission would like to make or 2) to accept staff’s recommendations. Commissioner Martin made a motion to take staff’s recommendation for the base-line budget and add the $1 million revenue items for stadium naming and parking in Golden Gate Park to be considered very strongly. Commission Liaison Margaret McArthur asked the Commission if they would like to add to the resolution the reductions in Senario A for the facility maintenance and recreation service. President Murray stated that since the Department was eliminating $1 million in cuts then staff should take off reductions in Scenario A from program and services. He also stated that the Commission would communicate this matter to the Board of Supervisors with a letter. Commission Liaison Margaret McArthur called a Roll Call Vote. Commissioner Bonilla: Yes Commissioner Chin: yes Commissioner Guggenhime: Yes Commissioner Lazarus: Yes Commissioner Martin: Yes Commissioner Murray: Yes Commission Liaison Margaret McArthur stated that the vote was unanimous.

On motion made by Commissioner Martin and duly seconded the following resolution was adopted: RES. NO. 0402-013 RESOLVED, That this Commission does approve the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's base-line budget submission for Fiscal Year 2004-2005 with a strong urging to add $1 million in revenue for stadium naming and parking in Golden Gate Park reducing the $1.2 million from program and service reductions. General Manager Goldstein asked the Commission if they had any thoughts on the proposed budget that staff could address at the next meeting. The Commission asked staff to address the following concerns: 1) the closures and hours of operation of facilities affected by the reduction, 2) focus on those neighborhoods and individuals that do not have the option to replace our service elsewhere, 3) facility and park maintenance issues, 4) the percentage of San Franciscans utilizing city parks and 5) maintaining the hours of operation for the latchkey program for the youth population PUBLIC COMMENT President Murray stated that the Board of Supervisors has approved an eminent domain action on 701 Lombard. He reminded the Commission and the people testifying that this item was not currently or at the moment on future Commission schedules. James Lew representing North Beach Neighbors stated opposition for acquiring 701 Lombard because the Commission made the correct decision not to expend the funds to acquire 701 Lombard Street. Brian O’Flynn stated his opposition on the approval by the Board of Supervisors to acquire 701 Lombard by eminent domain because of the Recreation and Park Commission voted on November 20, 2003 not expend funds to acquire this property. He also stated that there are other areas in the City which sorely need parks in their neighborhood. Starchild, Libertarian Party stated his support for the property owners of 701 Lombard because property should not be taken from the City by force. He thanked the Commission for voting not expend funds to acquire 701 Lombard. Brendan Therrick District 10 resident asked the Commission to maintain their position not expend funds to acquire 701 Lombard because he has not seen any pro-park arguments to justify spending $4 million on this neighborhood when the funds could be used elsewhere. Carrie Mellon on behalf of Martin Coyne and Brian O’Flynn thanked the Commission on their very wise position not to expend funds on 701 Lombard. She asked the Commission to maintain that position especially given the budget constraints that were discussed. Derry Casey asked the Commission to stick with their decision not to expend funds for 701 Lombard. Charles Thomas, resident in District 3, supports the property owners of 701 Lombard because it was irresponsible to appropriate funds for this project when the Department can not maintain the parks they have now. He stated that there were less expensive properties in the vicinity and there was no proof of necessity. Martin MacIntyre representing Golden Gate Neighbors stated concerns regarding that the amplified sound for permitted events at Sharon Meadows. Wayne Lanier, PhD stated concerns regarding the amplified sound from events in Golden Gate Park which was threatening this once quiet oasis in San Francisco. Joan Downey representing CVIA stated that the permits for the amplified sound at Sharon Meadow have exceeded the acceptable limits. She requested on behalf of the Board of CVIA to denied permits for Alice, Reggae in the Park and Now and Zen for 2004 because these groups are not interested in complying with the ordinances at all. Also, on behalf of CVIA she made recommendations for the amplified sound permit. Philip Lum representing University Terrace Association stated concerns regarding the unwanted noise coming from the events at Sharon Meadows. Doerte Murray a resident living three blocks from Golden Gate Park stated concerns regarding the events at Sharon Meadows. She also stated she flatly rejected the new policy because staff did incorporate the police code and allows the promoters 96 to 102 decibels for the events. Marianna Hess stated concerns regarding events at Sharon Meadow. She asked staff to address her concerns at the March meeting.Ted Lowenberg representing Waller Street Neighborhood Association stated concerns regarding the amplified sound coming from events at Sharon Meadow. Miki Yoshimura resident in the Panhandle stated concerns regarding amplified sound in the Panhandle and Sharon Meadow. She also stated concerns regarding notice of the events held at Golden Gate Park. Mary Helen Briscoe representing Panhandle Residents Organization Stanyan Fulton (PROSF) stated concerns regarding the amplified sound coming from the events held in Golden Gate Park. Tys Sniffen resident living in the Panhandle stated that

concerns regarding the events held in Golden Gate Park. Emeric Kalman asked the Commission: 1) not to cut park patrol positions and 2) if the mid-year reductions for FY 2003/04 were complete and available for the public. He stated concerns regarding response time for a complaint and event enforcement especially for the children in the park. General Manager Goldstein explained that staff would submit a sound policy for Sharon Meadows at the March meeting of Parks and Planning Committee. COMMISSIONERS’ MATTERS Commissioner Lazarus asked the Commission Liaison Margaret McArthur to arrange that the Sound Policy for Sharon Meadow be heard as a agenda item for the next meeting of the Parks and Planning Committee. Commissioner Martin suggested that the people who had concerns regarding the events in Golden Gate Park give public testimony at a Police Commission hearing. Commissioner Guggenhime asked staff to look into having the promoter hire a professional sound consultant for each event. President Murray asked that staff invites neighborhood groups to give input on the new sound policy for Sharon Meadow. He asked that staff send a letter to notify past groups that were issued permits for amplified sound that future policies will be discussed so they understand the significance of the policy. Commissioner Lazarus gave an update on the meeting of the Zoo Committee. He spoke about: 1) the financial concerns regarding the Zoo’s budget, 2) the opening of Africa! Savanna and 3) the West Niles disease. He requested that staff give a report on the West Nile disease at a Commission meeting. ADJOURNMENT The Regular Meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission was adjourned 5:50 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Sharie Canja for Margaret McArthur Commission Liaison