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MINUTES 


678TH  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  JANUARY  21,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Seventy-Eighth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  January  21,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Keith  Eickman 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Jack.  Immendorf 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 


APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  December  17,  1992,  were  approved  as 
presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER' S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"INTRODUCTION  OF  DEPUTY  CITY  ATTORNEY 

I  would  like  to  take  this  opportunity  to  introduce  Scott  Emblidge,  who  is 
replacing  Mark  Barmore  as  our  Department's  Deputy  City  Attorney.  Scott 
has  been  with  the  City  Attorney's  Office  for  five  years.  Initially,  he 
handled  general  litigation  cases.  For  the  past  two  years  he  has  been  on 
the  general  government  team  advising  the  Human  Rights  Commission.  Please 
join  me  in  welcoming  Scott  to  our  Department. 

EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR  -  FRIENDS  OF  RECREATION  AND  PARKS 

Leslie  Schemel,  Executive  Director  of  the  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
has  announced  that  she  will  be  resigning  effective  January  26  in  order  to 
spend  more  time  with  her  young  children.  Leslie  has  provided  outstanding 
leadership  during  her  six  years  with  the  Friends,  and  we  will  all  miss 
her.  I  hope  you  will  join  me  in  commending  Leslie  for  the  outstanding 
work  she  has  done  on  behalf  of  the  Department  over  the  years. 

NATIONAL  GEOGRAPHIC  TELEVISION  SPECIAL 

The  next  show  in  the  National  Geographic  series  on  KQED  Channel  9  wil 
feature  "Keepers  of  the  Wild"  on  Wednesday,  February  17,  at  8  p.m.  Jack 
Castor,  the  Zoo's  Lion  House  Keeper,  will  be  one  of  ten  animal  keepers 
worldwide  who  will  be  highlighted.  Jack  has  been  employed  as  a  keeper  for 
42  years,  and  I  know  he  would  appreciate  your  acknowledgment  of  his 
achievements . 


MARINA  WAITING  LIST 

After  mailing  letters  to  over  3,000  people  on  the  various  lists,  less  than 
300  responded  that  they  were  interested  in  being  on  the  list.  There  are 
69  berths  available  and  those  who  are  eligible  are  currently  being 
notified  by  certified  mail.  Some  berth  assignments  have  already  been  made. 

LESBIAN,  GAY  AND  BISEXUAL  YOUTH  PROGRAMMING  OPEN  HOUSE 

The  Department  is  sponsoring  an  Open  House  to  preview  innovative 
programming  in  collaboration  with  the  Lavender  Youth  Recreation  and 
Information  Center  (LYRIC).  The  Open  House  is  on  Friday,  January  29,  from 
6:00  to  8:00  p.m.,  at  Eureka  Valley  Recreation  Center. 

Recreational  activities  for  Lesbian,  Gay  and  Bisexual  teens  will  begin  in 
February  augmenting  the  center's  current  programs.  The  new  activities 
will  include  outdoor  adventure  programs,  vocational  and  job  training 
experience,  support  groups  and  afterschool  and  cultural  activities. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

BLACK  HISTORY  CELEBRATION 

The  Department's  Teen  Program  is  celebrating  Black  History  Awareness 
throughout  the  month  of  February  with  a  series  of  exciting  events.  At 
your  places  you  will  find  an  informational  flyer  with  details  about  these 
events . 

CANDLESTICK  PARK  FIELD 

The  good  news:  The  much  maligned  field  at  Candlestick  Park  was  highly 
praised  by  both  team  participants  in  the  National  League  Championship 
Game.  The  bad  news:  The  49'ers  were  defeated  by  the  Cowboys.  The  League 
had  declared  the  field  unacceptable  and  asked  the  City  to  commit 
to  its  normal  expenses  in  repairing  the  field.  They  picked  up  the 
additional  cost  of  shipping  sod  and  equipment  from  Southern  California. 

DISABLED  ACCESS 

For  your  information,  the  next  project  to  make  McLaren  Lodge  more 
accessible  to  the  disabled  is  underway.  One  of  the  restrooms  is  being 
renovated  into  a  unisex,  handicapped  accessible  restroom.  Future  projects 
include  construction  of  a  ramp  at  one  of  the  entrances  at  the  front  of  the 
Lodge. 

COUNTY  FAIR/FLOWER  SHOW 

Due  to  no  funding  from  the  State,  there  will  not  be  a  San  Francisco  County 
Fair/Flower  Show  in  August.  San  Francisco  Flower  Show,  Inc.,  has 
indicated  that  it  does  not  have  the  resources  to  put  on  the  Flower  Show. 


SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

No  claims  under  $5,000  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's  Office  during 
the  month  of  December  1992. 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER 

Saturday,  January  23,  1993  Celebration  of  the  arrival  of  the 

new  "Wild  in  the  City"  posters; 
1:00-3:30  p.m.,  Randall  Museum,  199 
Museum  Way 

Sunday,  January  24,  1993  Annual  Zoo  Run;  8:00  a.m.  (7  mile 

run),  9:00  a.m.  (3  mile  run); 
Herbst  Road  behind  the  Zoo 

Wednesday,  January  27,  1993  Recreation    Program    Committee 

Meeting;  3:30  p.m.,  Sunset 
Recreation  Center,  28th  Avenue  and 
Lawton  Street 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER  (Continued) 

Friday,  January  29,  1993  Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre 

Company,  "A  Chorus  Line,"  8:00 
p.m.,  Lowell  High  School  Theatre, 
1 101  Eucalyptus  Drive 

Saturday,  January  30,1993  Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre 

Company,  "A  Chorus  Line,"  8:00 
p.m.,  Lowell  High  School  Theatre, 
1101  Eucalyptus  Drive 

Sunday,  January  31,  1993  Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre 

Company,  "A  Chorus  Line,"  2:00 
p.m.,  Lowell  High  School  Theatre, 
1101  Eucalyptus  Drive 

Monday,  February  1,  1993  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting; 

4:00  p.m.,  McLaren  Lodge 

Tuesday,  February  2,  1993  Parks   and   Planning   Committee 

Meeting;  4:00  p.m.,  McLaren  Lodge 

Wednesday,  February  3,  1993         Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30 

p.m.  tour,  5:00  p.m.  meeting, 
Education  Classroom,  S.F.  Zoo 

Thursday,  February  4,  1993  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and 

Park  Commission  and  City  Planning 
Commission;  1:30  p.m.,  Room  282, 
City  Hall 

Thursday,  February  4,  1993  Finance     and     Administration 

Committee  Meeting;  4:00  p.m., 
McLaren  Lodge 

Monday,  February  15,  1993  Presidents'  Day  Holiday" 


CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow, 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  13572: 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

a.   PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16539 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  Decembe^ 
4,  1992  through  January  4,  1993. 


b.   ALIOTO  MINI-PARK  RES.  NO.  16540 

PARK  CLOSURE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  posting  of  signage  stating 
Alioto  Mini-Park  will  be  closed  from  10:00  p.m.  to  6:00  a.m. 


BUSH  STREET  MINI -PARK  RES.  NO.  16541 

PARK  CLOSURE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  posting  of  signage  stating 
Bush  Street  Mini-Park  will  be  closed  from  10:00  p.m.  to  6:00  a.m. 


DOUGLASS  PLAYGROUND,  UPPER  NOE  RECREATION  CENTER       RES.  NO.  16542 
AND  NOE  VALLEY  COURTS  PARK  CLOSURE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  posting  of  signage  stating 
Douglass  Playground,  Upper  Noe  Recreation  Center  and  Noe  valley  Courts 
will  be  closed  from  10:00  p.m.  to  6:00  a.m. 


e.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  MASTER  PLAN  RES.  NO.  16543 

CONTRACT  MODIFICATION 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  contract  modification  to 
Royston  Hanamoto  Alley  &  Abey  in  the  amount  of  $150,000  for  Phase  II, 
Tasks  1  and  2  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16544 

POLO  FIELD  AND  CASTING  POND 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  multiple  day  event  at  the 
Polo  Field  and  Casting  Pond  in  Golden  Gate  Park  on  Monday,  August  9, 
1993,  Tuesday,  August  10,  1993,  and  Wednesday,  August  11.  1993, 
Thursday,  August  12,  1993,  Friday,  August  13,  1993,  and  Saturday, 
August  14,  1993,  from  7:00  a.m.  until  5:00  p.m.,  each  day,  for  the 
85th  Annual  American  Casting  Association  National  Tournament. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 


GENERAL  CALENDAR 


AMERICANS  WITH  DISABILITIES  ACT  (ADA) 

APPROVAL  OF  ADA  SELF  EVALUATION  AND  TRANSITION  PUN 

Approval  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department's  ADA  Self  Evaluation  & 
Transition  Plan. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  Americans  with 
Disability  Act  (ADA)  was  adopted  by  Congress  and  requires  that  all 
programs  and  facilities  offered  by  the  Department  be  accessible  to  the 
disabled.  The  Department  hired  the  consultant  firm  Moore,  Iacofano, 
Goltsman,  to  help  Recreation  and  Park  complete  the  self-evaluation  plan, 
which  is  one  of  the  requirements  of  the  ADA.  An  assessment  of  the 
physical  problems  of  the  facilities  has  been  completed.  The 
self-evaluation  and  transition  plan  has  been  a  very  involved  process  for 
the  Department.  Ms.  Burns  complimented  Tim  Lillyquist  of  the  Department, 
who  had  the  lead  role  on  this  project  and  the  members  of  the  disabled 
community  who  attended  the  public  meetings  to  develop  the  transition  plan. 

Assistant  to  General  Manager,  Tim  Lillyquist,  said  that  some  of  the 
policies  before  the  Commission  today  are  required  by  law;  other  policies 
go  beyond  the  law  and  represent  goals  that  hopefully  will  be  done  as 
funding  becomes  available.  He  further  explained  that  some  of  the  policies 
may  be  changed  and  adapted  as  the  transition  plan  develops. 

Mayor's  Disability  Coordinator,  Paul  Imperiale,  commended  the 
Department,  its  transition  plan  and  for  going  through  the  process.  He 
explained  that  a  list  of  recommendations  were  submitted  to  his  office  by 
the  community.  Most  of  the  recommendations  outlined  in  this  memorandum 
have  been  submitted  to  the  Department  during  the  transition  plan  process. 

Susan  Goltsman,  principal,  Moore,  Iacofano,  Goltsman,  described  the 
procedures  followed  for  the  ADA  Self  Evaluation  and  Transition  Plan, 
explaining  that  in  December,  1989  survey  forms  were  developed  to  conduct 
the  physical  assessment.  The  most  important  element  of  the  Act  says  that 
any  department  in  the  City  has  to  make  its  programs  physically  accessible 
to  people  with  disabilities.  The  transition  plan  tries  to  look  at 
facilities  in  relationship  to  the  programs  so  that  the  facilities  are  made 
accessible  based  on  the  needs  of  the  program  with  the  goal  that  by  1995 
all  the  programs  will  be  usable  by  anyone  in  the  community. 
Unfortunately,  the  City  is  in  a  fiscal  crisis  and  this  goal  may  be 
difficult  to  attain. 

When  the  self  evaluation  started  key  staff  were  interviewed  to  look  at  the 
kinds  of  activities  offered  and  then  each  division  completed  a 
questionnaire  with  their  staff  to  make  sure  that  the  programs  were  not 
discriminatory  to  anyone.  All  of  this  information  was  compiled  into  the 
Policy  and  Program  recommendations  in  May  1992.  Then  the  programs  were 
prioritized  and  a  suggested  list  of  program  priorities  and  physical 
facility  renovations  were  developed.  The  Department  has  taken  many  steps 
to  make  sure  the  programs  are  accessible. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  that  one  of  the  recommendations  encourages  the 
hiring  of  a  specialist.  He  asked  if  this  was  a  requirement  or  mandate. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

AMERICANS  WITH  DISABILITIES  ACT  (ADA) 

APPROVAL  OF  ADA  SELF  EVALUATION  AND  TRANSITION  PLAN  (Continued) 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  Transition  Plan  should  be  adopted  by  the 
Commission  but  that  the  specific  issues  presented  by  Mr.  Imperiale's 
memorandum  should  be  reviewed  by  staff  before  the  Commission  considers 
them.  She  explained  that  the  Mayor  and  Board  of  Supervisors  have  given 
authorization  to  hire  a  program  specialist  and  that  the  Department  is  in 
the  process  of  obtaining  approvals,  from  Civil  Service  Commission,  Mayor's 
Office  of  Children,  Youth  and  Their  Families,  etc. 

Commissioner  Eickman  asked  for  the  clarification  on  the  recommendation 
contained  in  Mr.  Imperiale's  memorandum  which  states  "...Do  not  ask  self 
identified  people  with  disabilities  to  certify  or  offer  proof  of 
disability."  He  asked  how  this  proposal  would  be  addressed  by  staff. 

Ms.  Goltsman  said  the  law  states  that  if  you  perceive  yourself  as  having  a 
disability  then  you  do  have  a  disability  and  that  if  someone  perceives  you 
as  having  a  disability  then  you  have  a  disability.  She  said  the  law  is 
very  broad  and  that  it  is  discriminatory  to  ask  individuals  to  verify 
the i r  di  sab i I i  ty . 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  staff  needed  to  review  this  recommendation 
and  to  consider  the  impact  it  would  have  on  fees  and  other  issues. 

Ms.  Goltsman  explained  that  what  is  before  the  Commission  today  is  the 
framework  of  the  Transition  Plan  and  that  the  operational  decisions  can  be 
implemented  if  the  Commission  chose  to  do  so. 

Commissioner  Sommer  asked  several  questions  about  sections  of  the 
Transition  Plan.  Ms.  Goltsman  responded  to  her  inquiries. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  said  the  ADA  Plan  must  be  adopted  by  1/26/93  and 
that  the  Commission  must  adopt  it  in  order  for  the  Department  to  be  in 
conformance.  He  asked  Mr.  Imperiale  if  the  recommendations  he  presented 
needed  to  be  acted  upon  today. 

Mr.  Imperiale  explained  that  the  recommendations  were  requested  by  the 
disabled  community  and  that  the  Commission  is  not  bound  to  implement  them 
although  they  should  consider  them. 

Ellen  Lieber,  said  she  is  very  interested  in  making  sure  that  the  City 
becomes  accessible.  She  congratulated  the  Department  on  the  fact  that  of 
all  of  the  City  departments,  Recreation  and  Park  is  the  only  agency  that 
has  developed  a  document. 

Laurie  Hodas,  congratulated  the  Department  on  the  Transition  Plan.  She 
said  the  consultants  have  done  an  excellent  job.  She  recommended  that  the 
Department's  Special  Needs  Division  be  called  "Adaptive  Recreation" 
because  people  in  the  disability  movement  have  been  trying  to  be 
integrated  into  society.  She  further  said  that  some  of  the  facilities 
should  be  changed  to  another  location  such  as  the  arts  and  crafts 
program.  She  wanted  disabled  people  to  be  part  of  the  senior  swim  program 
so  that  they  can  enter  a  swimming  pool  with  dignity.  She  was  concerned 
about  implementation  and  wanted  to  see  more  input  from  the  disabled 
community.  She  also  wanted  to  have  a  disabled  person  on  staff. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

AMERICANS  WITH  DISABILITIES  ACT  (ADA) 

APPROVAL  OF  ADA  SELF  EVALUATION  AND  TRANSITION  PLAN  (Continued) 

Tom  Karnes,  President  of  California  Council  of  Citizens  with  Low  Vision, 
said  he  found  some  problems  with  the  document  including  obtaining  the 
document  itself.  He  obtained  a  computer  disk  on  1/7/93  and  did  not  have 
time  to  review  it.  He  said  that  blind  people  cannot  participate  in 
activities  and  programs  that  they  are  not  aware  of.  He  said  there  is  no 
reference  about  sending  press  releases  to  organizations  that  publish 
notices  in  an  alternate  format  such  as  San  Francisco  Lighthouse  for  the 
Blind,  San  Francisco  Talking  Book  Library,  etc.  He  felt  the  plan  did  not 
address  the  needs  for  the  blind  and  visually  impaired.  He  felt  that  the 
plan  should  not  be  adopted. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  made  a  motion  to  adopt  the  plan  with  the 
understanding  that  the  recommendations  presented  by  Mr.  Imperiale  will  be 
considered  by  staff  for  implementation  in  the  Department's  program. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16545 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department's  American  with  Disabilities  Act  (ADA)  Self  Evaluation  and 
Transition  Plan. 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  the  animal  transaction:  the 
llama  was  considered  surplus  to  the  Zoo's  needs  and  that  the  Zoo  stopped 
breeding  its  llamas. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  "ommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16546 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transactions 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Gardens: 

DONATED  TO:  Sandy  Frontin 
P.  0.  Box  308 
Montgomery  Creek,  CA  96065 

One  (1)  Male  Llama 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

7.    ROLPH  PLAYGROUND 
PARK  CLOSURE 

Approval  of  posting  of  signage  stating  Rolph  Park  will  be  closed  from 
10:00  p.m.  to  6:00  a.m. 

Assistant  Superintendent  of  Neighborhood  Parks  and  Squares,  Michael 
Morlin,  explained  that  the  Recreation  Division  informed  him  that  the 
Softball  leagues  often  play  in  the  evening  hours  beyond  10:00  p.m.  at  this 
playground.  Therefore,  he  recommended  that  the  park  closure  be  from  11:00 
p.m.  to  6:00  a.m.  to  enable  the  recreation  activities  to  occur  without 
violating  the  park  closure. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16547 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  posting  of  signage  stating 
Rolph  Park  will  be  closed  from  l l : 00  p.m.  to  6:00  a.m. 

8.    LAKE  MERCED 

SURPLUS  PROPERTY 

Approval  of  surplus  property  designation  for  17.35  acres  contiguous  to  the 
Olympic  Club. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  the  Public  Utilities 
Commission  has  declared  a  17.35  acre  portion  of  the  Lake  Merced  Lands 
surplus  to  the  needs  of  the  Water  Department.  Master  Plan  approval  to 
sell  the  subject  property  requires  that  any  future  deed  carry  a 
restriction  that  "no  permanent  structures  shall  be  permitted  on  the 
subject  property  and  said  property  shall  be  used  only  for  golf  courses, 
parks,  playgrounds,  open  space  and  other  uses  related  to  recreational 
purposes. 

Under  the  terms  of  the  PUC  resolution  granting  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department  the  right  to  occupy  and  use  the  Lake  Merced  Tract,  the  PUC 
"reserves  the  right  to  sell  or  trade  any  portion  of  the  Lake  Merced  tract, 
provided  such  action  is  necessary  or  advisable  in  the  opinion  of  both  the 
PUC  and  the  Park  and  Recreation  Commission".  Currently  the  17.35  acres  in 
question  is  under  lease  to  the  Olympic  Club.  The  area  is  west  of  John 
Muir  Drive  and  is  not  incorporated  into  the  Lake  Merced  perimeter 
recreational  features  maintained  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 
Because  the  surplus  property  will  be  used  for  recreational  purposes,  the 
sense  of  open  space  that  this  property  affords  as  a  landscape  easement 
will  be  retained. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question  regarding  construction  of 
buildings  on  Recreation  and  Park  land,  Ms.  Learner  explained  that  the 
Public  Utilities  Commission  has  the  right  to  construct  (or  reconstruct) 
pumping  stations,  keeper's  quarters  and  other  buildings  on  the  Lake  Merced 
tract.  She  explained  that  PUC  has  the  authorization  to  build  on  their 
property  and  that  the  proposed  area  is  across  the  road  from  land  that 
Recreation  and  Park  maintains  for  recreational  purposes. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

LAKE  MERCED 

SURPLUS  PROPERTY  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16548 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  surplus  property  designation 
for  17.35  acres  contiguous  to  the  Olympic  Club. 


RICHMOND  GYM  AND  RECREATION  CENTER 
APPROVAL  OF  SCHEMATIC  PLANS 

Approval  of  schematic  plans  for  the  development  of  the  Richmond  Gym  and 
Recreation  Center. 

Assistant  to  the  General  Manager,  Tim  Lillyquist,  explained  that  this 
project  has  been  under  consideration  for  several  years.  He  said  that 
currently,  the  closest  gymnasium  facility  to  the  Richmond  area  is  the 
Western  Addition  (Hamilton  Recreation  Center)  and  to  the  south,  Sunset 
Recreation  Center.  In  1987,  a  group  of  citizens  from  the  Sutro  Annex  site 
(Richmond  District)  approached  the  Department  and  asked  that  it  consider 
this  site  for  a  gymnasium.  At  that  time,  there  was  a  condominium  complex 
planned  for  the  site.  The  area  is  located  between  18th  and  19th  Avenue  at 
California  and  is  an  excellent  location  for  a  gymnasium  facility.  A 
series  of  community  meetings  have  been  held  and  a  design  developed.  He 
further  explained  that  at  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee  meeting,  some 
of  the  immediate  neighbors  to  the  proposed  site  spoke  in  opposition  to  the 
gymnasium. 

Robert  B.  Marquis,  representing  Marquis  Associates,  clarified  the  point 
that  he  is  seeking  approval  of  the  concept  for  the  site  rather  than  the 
schematic  plans  as  worded  in  the  agenda  item. 

He  explained  that  the  first  meeting  was  held  in  1992  with  the  Planning 
Association  for  Richmond  and  then  3  subsequent  community  meetings  were 
held.  He  said  he,  Recreation  and  Park  and  the  City  Architect  listened  to 
what  the  community  wanted  and  then  distributed  a  questionnaire. 
Forty-nine  individuals  responded  to  the  questionnaire.  He  said  it  was 
evident  that  the  community  wanted  a  gymnasium  with  some  community  space 
large  enough  to  hold  200  people.  The  kitchen  facility  was  designed  to  be 
large  enough  to  offer  senior  nutrition  courses  and  the  office  is  to  be 
centrally  located  for  good  supervision  of  the  facility.  The  community 
wanted  parking  to  be  minimal  and  recommended  6  for  staff,  6  for  the 
community,  2  for  disabled  and  1  for  delivery  purposes.  Basically,  this  is 
the  program  that  has  been  developed  and  for  which  approval  is  requested. 

Mr.  Marquis  displayed  an  aerial  photograph  of  the  site  noting  that  the 
site  is  not  entirely  flat  but  has  a  9'  slope  from  18th  to  19th  Avenue. 
The  proposed  gym  building  will  be  lower  than  the  adjacent  buildings  but 
not  higher.  He  also  displayed  a  board  depicting  the  sun  and  shadow  impact 
on  the  adjacent  buildings.  He  said  there  is  enough  space  on  the  site  to 
provide  a  small,  outdoor  recreational  area.  He  noted  that  tennis  courts 
and  tot  lots  are  located  in  surrounding  area.  The  community  was  shown  2 
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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

RICHMOND  GYM  AND  RECREATION  CENTER 
APPROVAL  OF  SCHEMATIC  PLANS  (Continued) 

Hal  Brandes,  representing  Marquis  Associates,  presented  alternatives  to 
the  community  including  one  plan  that  provided  equal  access  to  the 
building  from  either  street.  The  original  plan  proposed  40-50  parking 
spaces.  The  community  asked  that  the  parking  plan  be  reduced  to  15 
spaces.  The  advantage  to  reduced  parking  is  that  more  open  space  can  be 
provided. 

Mr.  Marquis  said  the  person  in  the  adjacent  house  objected  to  the 
gymnasium  on  the  grounds  that  the  building  would  throw  too  much  shadow 
onto  their  building.  A  sun  study  was  conducted  and  one  of  the 
alternatives  (not  being  proposed)  would  cast  a  lot  of  shadow  onto  the 
neighboring  property.  He  proposed  that  the  bleachers  of  the  gymnasium  be 
placed  along  the  street  so  that  it  can  be  at  a  lower  elevation  and  that 
the  gymnasium  be  pulled  away  from  the  neighboring  building  so  that  there 
is  air  space  between  the  building. 

Commissioner  Chan  asked  if  the  building  was  moved  to  the  center  would  that 
alleviate  the  concern  of  the  neighbor. 

Mr.  Marquis  said  the  way  the  building  is  now  configured  a  very  nice  pocket 
park  can  be  developed  and  that  he  would  be  reluctant  to  move  it. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  a  wider  corridor  next  to 
the  building  was  preferable  because  it  gave  a  visible  access.  The 
Department  has  some  recreational  facilities  where  there  is  a  narrow 
passage  between  the  building  and  it  has  created  a  troublesome  situation. 

Commissioner  Sommer  asked  if  the  building  could  contain  a  performing  arts 
center  and  a  gymnasium. 

Ms.  Burns  said  the  issue  is  having  street  shoes  on  the  gymnasium  floor. 
She  explained  that  staff  has  looked  at  a  gym  that  uses  a  carpet  for  both 
basketball  and  other  events. 

Jim  Lazarus,  explained  that  he  was  representing  the  Planning  Association 
for  the  Richmond  (PAR),  which  has  been  a  strong  proponent  of  the  gymnasium 
for  the  Richmond  District  for  many  years.  He  said  a  number  of  board 
members  and  neighbors  from  the  Richmond  were  present  today  to  encourage 
approval  of  the  plans  for  this  site.  He  said  this  Commission  has  banked 
money  for  many  years  for  this  project  through  the  Open  Space  Program.  He 
explained  that  the  Richmond  District  is  the  largest  neighborhood  served  by 
Recreation  and  Park  that  does  not  have  an  indoor  gymnasium  facility.  He 
said  that  PAR  has  encouraged  this  Commission  since  the  mid  1980s  to  fund 
this  project  and  that  the  neighborhood  has  been  working  toward  the 
gymnasium  plan.  On  behalf  of  PAR,  he  urged  the  Commission  to  approve  the 
plan  proposed  by  Marquis  and  Associates. 

Peggy  Kopmann,  said  that  the  Richmond  is  the  largest  area  in  the  City 
without  a  gymnasium.  He  said  there  are  many  young  people  in  the  area  and 
the  facility  would  serve  them  and  seniors.  She  felt  it  was  important  to 
get  this  project  moving  so  that  the  building  could  be  constructed. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

9.    RICHMOND  GYM  AND  RECREATION  CENTER 

APPROVAL  OF  SCHEMATIC  PLANS  (Continued) 

Chuck  Lantz,  explained  that  he  was  president  of  a  dormant  group,  who  in 
1986,  stopped  the  condominium  complex  from  being  built  on  this  site.  At 
that  time,  this  group  petitioned  the  Open  Space  Committee  to  build  a 
recreation  center  and  gymnasium  for  this  part  of  town.  He  wanted  a 
facility  for  all  age  groups.  He  felt  that  the  people  who  were  involved  in 
the  group  from  1986  would  support  this  project. 

President  Orr  said  he  was  surprised  to  hear  opposition  at  the  Committee 
level.  He  was  happy  to  see  that  there  was  support  for  this  project  and 
felt  it  was  a  wonderful  plan. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  explained  that  he  raised  his  son  in  the  Richmond 
neighborhood  and  assured  his  fellow  Commissioners  that  such  a  facility 
will  be  a  tremendous  asset  to  the  Richmond  District. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16549 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  program  plan  for  the 
development  of  the  Richmond  Gym  and  Recreation  Center. 

10.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 
TICKET  PRICES 

Approval  of  a  request  from  the  San  Francisco  Giants  to  change  ticket 
prices  for  the  1993  season. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  Giants  have  requested  a  change  in  the  ticket  price  structure  for 
baseball  games.  The  fee  increase  from  $14.25  to  $17.50  are  for  the  lower 
box  areas  that  are  closest  to  home  plate  between  first  and  third  base. 
The  Giants  are  also  proposing  a  new  MVP  section  in  the  upper  deck  between 
first  and  third  base  with  a  ticket  price  of  $12.25  and  a  decrease  in  the 
ticket  price  for  the  upper  reserved  section  from  $8.25  to  $6.75. 

The  Giants  have  suggested  that  a  new  removable  bleacher  section  be 
constructed  outside  the  left  field  fence  with  a  ticket  price  structure  of 
$4.75.  This  section  is  contingent  upon  receiving  approval  from  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission.  Many  of  the  General  Admission  seats  would 
be  obstructed  by  this  section  and  would  not  be  available.  Mr.  Arnold  then 
enumerated  the  fee  increases  proposed  for  the  luxury  su;tes.  Mr.  Arnold 
recommended  approval  of  the  ticket  price  structure.  he  explained  that 
staff  conducted  a  survey  of  ticket  prices  charged  at  other  baseball  teams 
and  found  the  fees  to  be  within  the  range  of  what  is  charged  at  other 
stadia. 

Dr.  Francis  J.  Clauss,  informed  the  Commission  that  over  30,000 
signatures  were  submitted  to  the  City's  County  Clerk  by  the  Committee  to 
Stop  the  Giveaway.  This  will  place  a  referendum  on  the  ballot  to  turn 
back  the  $16  Million  of  concessions  granted  to  the  Giants  by  the  City.  He 
felt  that  the  ticket  prices  should  be  raised  but  that  the  increase  should 
be  distributed  fairly.  He  commented  that  the  lower  box  tickets  will 
increase  22.87.  and  yet  the  suites  will  only  increase  12.5%. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

10.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

TICKET  PRICES  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Sommer  noted  that  a  designated  number  of  baseball  tickets 
will  be  given  to  children  and  that  many  tickets  are  offered  at  a 
discounted  price  by  the  Giants. 

Robert  Hartzell,  representing  the  Giants,  explained  that  a  discount  is 
offered  for  children  and  senior  programs  and  that  $3.1  Million  worth  of 
tickets  will  be  distributed  to  the  public. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16550 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  from  the  San  Francisco 
Giants  to  change  ticket  prices  for  the  1993  season  as  follows: 

Current  Approved 

Lower  Box  MVP  (Section  1-13)        $14.25**  $17.50 

Lower  Box     (Section  14-23)         12.25  No  Increase 

Upper  Box  MVP  (Section  1-17)       New  Category  12.25 

Upper  Box      (Section  18-62)         11.25  No  Increase 

Lower  Reserved  10.25  No  Increase 

Upper  Reserved  8.25  6.75 

Family  Pavilion  5.25  No  Increase 

*Bleacher  New  Category  4.75 

General  Admission  2.75  No  Increase 
*If  Bleacher  seats  are  constructed 

Full  Season  Per   Suite  Cost 


Suites  2-61 

8  Seat 

$26,240 

10  Seat 

32,800 

12  Seat 

39,360 

18  Seat 

59,040 

Suites  A-E  & 

62-69 

10  Seat 

24,600 

12  Seat 

29,520 

16  Seat 

39,360 

19  Seat 

46,740 

20  Seat 

49,200 

Per  Game  Rent 

:al  Price 

Suites  1 ,  68, 

70-89 

10  Seat 

$  350 

12  Seat 

420 

14  Seat 

490 

24  Seat 

840 

$29 

,520 

36 

,900 

44 

,280 

66 

,420 

No 

Increase 

No 

Increase 

No 

Increase 

No 

Increase 

No 

Increase 

$  400 

480 

560 

1  ,080 

**0n  10/18/90  by  Resolution  No.  15846,  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission 
approved  a  rate  of  $12.75  for  the  MVP  Season  Ticket.  The  Giants  charged 
$14.00  for  these  tickets  for  the  1991  season  and  $14.25  for  the  '992 
baseball  season. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

1 1 .   CAMP  MATHER 

RULES,  REGULATIONS  &  PROCEDURES 

Approval  of  rules,  regulations  and  registration  procedures  for  the  1993 
Camp  Mather  season. 

Director  of  Business  Development,  Garrett  Furuichi,  explained  that  this 
item  is  a  request  to  approve  a  written  statement  of  rules,  regulations  and 
registration  procedures  for  use  of  Camp  Mather  and  is  an  attempt  to 
clearly  outline  existing  procedures.  He  suggested  that  some  of  the 
policies  be  modified  by  increasing  the  deposit  for  cabin  and  tentsite 
reservations  and  that  the  non-refundable  deposit  policy  be  changed.  He 
proposed  that  there  be  an  increase  in  the  penalty  for  non-registered 
guests . 

President  Orr  asked  why  there  was  not  a  differential  in  tentsite  rates  for 
residents  and  non-residents. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  tentsites  were  offered  for  the  first  time  last  year  and  that  a 
differential  was  not  established. 

President  Orr  felt  that  there  should  be  a  differential  in  order  to  be 
consistent  with  cabin  rates  charged  for  residents  and  non-residents. 

A  discussion  ensued  regarding  the  fees  charged,  interpretation  of  some  of 
the  rules  and  regulations  and  its  meaning  with  regard  to  the  existing 
policy. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16551 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  rules,  regulations  and 
registration  procedures  for  the  1993  Camp  Mather  season,  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  there  will  be  a  differential  established  for 
non-resident  tentsites. 

12.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
1993-1994  BUDGET  RECOMMENDATION 

Approval  of  1993-1994  budget  recommendation  for  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  has  not  received  any  target 
reductions  from  the  Mayor's  Office.  He  has  met  with  the  Mayor's  Budget 
staff  and  showed  them  the  package  they  planned  to  submit  and  both  of  the 
budget  directors  have  authorized  that  this  budget  be  submitted  in  this 
form.  He  said  if  reductions  were  needed,  he  presumed  that  the  Mayor's 
Office  will  dictate  those  reductions. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

12.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

1993-1994  BUDGET  RECOMMENDATION  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the  Mayor's  budget  guidelines  said  to  absorb  all 
inflation  for  salaries,  absorb  all  salary  step  increases,  absorb  any 
deficit  in  the  salary  savings  account  and  do  not  request  any  additional 
funding  from  the  City's  General  Fund.  The  Department  has  followed  those 
guidelines.  Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  the  Mayor's  Office  has 
informed  him  that  the  Department  will  not  have  to  make  any  transfers  from 
the  Revenue  Fund  or  Stadium  Fund  to  the  City's  General  Fund. 

Mr.  Arnold  then  gave  an  overview  of  the  1993-94  budget  and  outlined  the  4 
non-General  Fund  accounts  for  the  Department:  the  (1)  Open  Space  Fund, 
(2)  Candlestick  Fund,  (3)  Yacht  Harbor  Fund,  and  (4)  Revenue  Fund.  If  the 
budget  is  approved  as  presented  today  there  would  an  estimated  fund 
balance  as  of  6/30/94  as  follows: 

Open  Space  Fund:    $95,000         Candlestick  Fund:  $  -0- 
Yacht  Harbor  Fund:  $  5,842  Revenue  Fund:     $158,442 

Staff  contemplates  that  it  will  be  necessary  to  propose  berth  fee  increase 
sometime  this  fiscal  year  at  the  Marina. 

This  year  Camp  Mather,  formerly  budgeted  through  the  General  Fund,  will  be 
budgeted  under  the  Revenue  Fund  as  will  the  Golf  Division.  The  Department 
is  trying  to  switch  all  of  its  self-sustaining  program  to  the  Revenue 
Fund.  There  is  an  increase  of  11  positions  in  next  year's  budget  all  of 
which  are  funded  through  the  Open  Space  and/or  bond  funds. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16552 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  1 993- 1 994  budget 
recommendation  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 


4:15  pm  -  4:30  pm  the  Commission  convened  in  closed  session  regarding  Item  #13. 

13.   JUDGMENT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16553 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  acknowledges  the  arbitrator's  award  in  the 
amount  of  $93,547.75  in  the  case  of  Julia  Lorena  Mendoza  versus  City  and 
County  of  San  Francisco. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

13a.   PORTSMOUTH  SQUARE 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

Ratification  of  the  request  from  Chinese  Chamber  of  Commerce  to  change 
the  dates  of  its  multiple  day  event  at  Portsmouth  Square  for  the  carnival 
portion  of  their  Chinese  New  Year  festival  from  January  26,  1993  through 
February  6,  1993  to  Wednesday,  January  20,  1993  through  Sunday,  January 
31,  1993. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  the 
President  of  the  Chamber  of  Commerce  submitted  a  letter  to  the  Department 
requesting  a  change  in  the  dates  for  the  multiple  day  event  scheduled  at 
Portsmouth  Square.  The  change  of  dates  will  give  the  event  promoters  2 
consecutive  weekends  for  the  carnival  portion  of  the  Chinese  New  Year 
Festival.  He  further  explained  that  the  General  Manager  authorized  the 
change  in  dates  although  the  modification  did  not  exceed  12  consecutive 
days. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16554 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  request  from  Chinese  Chamber 
of  Commerce  to  change  the  dates  of  its  multiple  day  event  at  Portsmouth 
Square  for  the  carnival  portion  of  their  Chinese  New  Year  festival  from 
January  26,  1993  through  February  6,  1993  to  Wednesday,  January  20,  1993 
through  Sunday,  January  31,  1993. 

14.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 
ELECTION  OF  OFFICERS 

Election  of  President  and  Vice  President  for  calendar  year  1993,  in 
accordance  with  Resolution  No.  11334. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  Trent 
W.  Orr  was  nominated  President  for  calendar  year  1993. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  Jack 
Immendorf  was  nominated  Vice  President  for  calendar  year  1993. 

RES.  NO.  16553 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  elects  Trent  W.  Orr  President  for  calendar 
year  1993  and  Jack  Immendorf  as  Vice  President  for  calendar  year  1993. 

15.  PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up 
to  three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Note:  No  pub  I ic  comment  was  received. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  21,  1993 

16.    PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

President  Orr  expressed  his  sadness  of  the  resignation  of  the  Director  of 
Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks,  Leslie  Scheme l ,  and  commented  about  her 
commitment,  dedication  and  care  she  has  given  to  Recreation  and  Park 
through  the  years . 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  the  Commission  receives  countless  invitations  to 
Department  events.  She  felt  it  was  important  to  have  a  member  of  the 
Commission  present  at  these  events  to  give  better  representation  at  these 
events. 


17.  COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  December  2,  1992 
Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting  of  January  4,  l 993 
Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  January  5,  l 993 
Finance  and  Yacht  Harbor  Committee  Meeting  of  January  7,  1993 

18.  ADJOURNMENT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Gradie  Coats,  mother  of  Curtis  Coats,  a  gardener  supervisor  in  Golden 
Gate  Park. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Minnie  Boyd,  mother  of  Speaker  of  the  Assembly  Willie  L.  Brown,  Jr. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Ken  Hemingway,  a  gardener  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Clifford  Orr,  father  of  Recreation  and  Park  Commissioner  Trent  Orr. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory 
of  Julia  Walsh,  the  mother  of  Joseph  Walsh,  a  painter  for  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Department. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Mary  Sally  Reddick,  the  mother  of  Martin  and  William  Rivette,  carpenters 
of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Orr,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Mildred  Burton,  mother  of  Assemblyman  John  Burton. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Mrs.  Marguerite  Elissetche,  mother  of  Phillip  Elissetche,  a  gardener  at 
Huntington  Park. 


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18.   ADJOURNMENT  (Continued) 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Ron  Hoppe,  brother  of  Ken  Hoppe,  a  supervisor  of  the  Department's  field 
athletic  crew. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Orr,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  with  special 
thanks  to  Harry  Britt  and  Jim  Gonzalez,  for  their  support  to  Recreation 
and  Park  Department  and  their  commitment  to  the  City  and  County  of  San 
Francisco  during  their  just  completed  tenure  as  members  of  the  Board  of 
Supervisors. 


There  being  no  further  business, 
the  678th  Meeting  of  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Commission  was  adjourned 
at  4:40  p.m. 

Respectfully  submitted, 

Snairna  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


Note:  These  minutes  set  forth  all  actions  taken  by  the  Recreation  and  Pai 
C  omm ission  on  matters  stated,  but  not  necessarily  the  chronological  order 
whicn   the  matters  were   taken   up. 


I 

San  Francisco,  California 
ffiy  February  18,  1993 


Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 

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//     RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION  MAR   1  Q  1993 


MINUTES 


SAN  FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC  LIBRARY 


679TH  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  FEBRUARY  18,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Seventy-Ninth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  February  18,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


1.   ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  Pres1dent(noted  present  at  2:05  pm) 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

Commissioner  Keith  Elckman 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 


APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  minutes 
of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  January  21,  1993,  were  approved  as  presented. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Elckman,  Orr,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioners  Farrow,  Immendorf 


2:05  p.m.  Commissioner  Immendorf  arrived  at  the  meeting, 


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3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"CERTIFICATES  OF  APPRECIATION 

Mayor  Jordan  recently  presented  certificates  of  appreciation  to  65  of  our 
employees  in  recognition  of  their  outstanding  work  in  preparing 
Candlestick  Park  for  the  game  between  the  San  Francisco  49ers  and  the 
Dallas  Cowboys  on  January  17,  1993.  Bill  Buckley,  Head  Groundskeeper  at 
Candlestick  Park,  and  Jim  Delfino,  Turf  Manager,  accepted  the  certificates 
on  behalf  of  the  crew  at  the  Mayor's  press  conference  on  January  25. 

I  would  like  to  take  this  opportunity  to  present  Ron  de  Leon  with  his 
certificate  from  the  Mayor  and  to  thank  him  for  his  outstanding  leadership 
1n  this  effort,  which  included  taking  shovel  In  hand  and  working  on  the 
field.  Unfortunately,  pictures  taken  of  this  momentous  occasion  did  not 
survive  photo  processing.  Please  join  me  in  congratulating  Ron  and  his 
crew  for  a  job  well  done. 

ZOO  RECOGNITION 

I  am  pleased  to  report  that  Norman  Gershenz,  an  Animal  Keeper  at  the  Zoo, 
recently  received  an  International  Special  Recognition  Award  from  The 
Nature  Conservancy.  Mr.  Gershenz  Is  the  founder  of  the  Ecosystem  Survival 
Program  (ESP),  Including  the  Adopt  an  Acre  rain  forest  preservation 
project.  He  was  recognized  for  ESP's  Conservation  Parking  Meters,  which 
gather  coins  In  zoos  and  aquariums  around  the  country  to  buy  acreage  in 
threatened  rain  forests  in  Costa  R1ca. 

CANDLESTICK  PARK  LABOR  STRIFE 

There  have  been  Labor  Council  sanctioned  pickets  at  Candlestick  Park  for 
over  a  week.  The  Mayor's  Office  and  the  Chief  Administrative  Officer 
continue  to  seek  a  resolution  between  the  unions  and  Berrlos  Brothers 
Construction  Company,  Inc.,  the  non-union  general  contractor  working  at 
Candlestick  Park.  There  has  been  some  disruption  to  both  the  ongoing 
contracted  renovation  work  and  the  field  preparation  by  Recreation  and 
Park  Department  crews.  An  Interim  agreement  was  reached  yesterday  which 
allows  City  employees  unchallenged  access  and  egress  at  the  Stadium. 

GRAND  JURY  REPORT  ON  GOLF  COURSES 

The  Civil  Grand  Jury  has  issued  a  report  on  the  Department's  performance 
on  monitoring  contracts  at  Sharp  Park  and  Harding  Golf  Courses.  Staff  is 
1n  the  process  of  preparing  a  response  which  will  be  available  at  the 
Candlestick  Park,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Golf  Committee  meeting  on  March  4. 

LARSEN  PLANE 

Amber  Williams  of  Naval  A1r  Command  in  Washington  D.C.,  has  Informed  us 
that  the  scheduled  Larsen  plane  sale  for  scrap  metal  has  fallen  through 
and  that  the  way  Is  now  clear  to  donate  the  plane  to  the  Pacific  Coast  Air 
Museum  in  Windsor,  California.  The  Naval  Air  Command  Is  In  the  process  of 
preparing  a  Conditional  Deed  of  Gift. 


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Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

EXPANDED  ZOO  PARTNERSHIP 

The  Board  of  Supervisors'  Government  Efficiency  and  Labor  Committee 
approved  the  resolution  supporting  the  concept  of  the  Expanded  Zoo 
Partnership  by  a  3-0  vote  yesterday.  The  resolution  goes  to  the  full 
Board  on  February  22. 

CAPITAL  PROJECTS 

I  am  pleased  to  report  that  construction  contracts  are  to  be  awarded  on 
two  important  projects— Golden  Gate  Park  Bandstand  aka  Spreckels  Temple  of 
Music  and  Portsmouth  Square  Phase  II  Renovation. 

The  Bandstand,  severely  damaged  by  the  1989  Loma  Prleta  Earthquake,  will 
be  restored  in  time  to  be  re-dedicated  at  the  M1d-W1nter  Fair  Centennial 
next  year. 

Portsmouth  Square  Phase  II  Renovation  will  entail  rehabilitation  of  the 
upper  portion  of  the  plaza  and  provide  a  new  children's  play  area,  new 
landscaping,  benches,  new  paving  and  installation  of  the  Goddess  of 
Democracy. 

EARTHQUAKE  SAFETY  PLANNING  ASSESSMENT  PROGRAM 

The  Department  of  Public  Works  has  just  completed  seismic  assessment  and 
structural  reports  of  15  key  Recreation  and  Park  facilities.  Three  of  the 
facilities—McLaren  Lodge,  Portola  Recreation  Center  and  Hamilton 
Recreation  Center— received  a  "4"  rating,  indicating  the  risk  of  high 
damage  occurring  during  a  severe  earthquake.  Eight  facilities  received  a 
"3"  rating.  All  eleven  facilities  are  candidates  for  the  Earthquake 
Safety  Program  Phase  3  Bond  Program  that  may  be  brought  before  the  voters 
in  June  1994. 

SPECIAL  PRESENTATION 

Dr.  Galen  Cranz,  noted  architectural  sociologist  and  author  of  The 
Politics  of  Park  Design,  will  present  a  lecture  Illuminating  the  history 
of  ideas  of  what  parks  should  accomplish  for  people  and  cities.  The 
lecture  and  slide  presentation  will  be  held  on  March  3  at  7:00  p.m.,  in 
the  Trustee's  Auditorium  at  the  de  Young  Museum.  The  event  is  sponsored 
by  the  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks  to  encourage  public  awareness  and 
participation  In  the  update  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan. 

CALIFORNIA  AND  PACIFIC  SOUTHWEST  RECREATION  AND  PARK  CONFERENCE 

The  San  Francisco  Recreation  and  Park  Department  Is  the  local  host  for 
this  year's  conference.  It  has  been  over  a  year  since  staff  has  had  major 
roles  to  play  In  putting  on  the  conference.  Over  2,000  delegates  are 
expected  to  be  In  attendance.  Registration  badges  are  available  for  any 
events  you  may  wish  to  attend.  The  opening  ceremony  should  be  one  of  the 
highlights,  but  you  may  find  the  educational  programs  of  equal  Interest  if 
your  schedule  permits.  At  your  places  you  will  find  an  excerpt  from  the 
conference  brochure  outlining  the  Institutes  and  educational  sessions. 


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Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

THIRD  ANNUAL  BLACK  HISTORY  CELEBRATION 

The  Third  Annual  Black  History  Celebration  and  klckoff  was  held  on 
February  8  at  Ocean  View  Playground,  where  over  200  families  and  friends 
enjoyed  an  evening  of  rousing  gospel  music  performed  by  children  and  adult 
choirs  from  throughout  the  community.  It  was  very  encouraging  to  see  so 
many  participants  and  individuals  from  the  community  utilizing  the 
facility.  A  Rap  Contest,  held  on  February  12,  at  Glen  Park  was  also  very 
well  attended  with  over  150  youth  and  adults  present  for  an  evening  of 
hard  thumping  rap  music  written,  produced  and  performed  by  youth  from 
various  recreation  centers. 

Other  activities  will  include  a  presentation  on  Black  Inventors  and 
Fashions  from  the  Past  at  Herz  Playground  on  February  19,  and  a  special 
basketball  game  between  players  from  our  Late  Night  League  and  radio 
personalities  from  Station  KDIA  on  February  20  at  Kezar  Pavilion.  All  the 
events  are  created  and  coordinated  by  the  staff  at  the  Hamilton  Teen 
Center. 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claim,  under  $5,000,  was  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  during  the  month  of  January  1993: 

Smith,  Maurlne  R $2,278.78 


DATES  TO  REMEMBER 
Wednesday,  February  24,  1993 

Thursday,  February  25,  1993 
Monday,  March  1,  1993 
Tuesday,  March  2,  1993 
Wednesday,  March  3,  1993 

Wednesday,  March  3,  1993 

Thursday,  March  4,  1993 


Thursday,  March  11  through 
Sunday,  March  14,  1993 

Wednesday,  March  17,  1993 


Recreation  Program  Committee  Meeting;  3:30 
p.m.,  Ocean  View  Recreation  Center,  Capitol 
Avenue  and  Montana  Street 

Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan  Public 
Meeting;  7:00  p.m.,  County  Fair  Building 

Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting;  4:00 
p.m. ,  McLaren  Lodge 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting;  4:00 
p.m. ,  McLaren  Lodge 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30  p.m. 
tour,  5:00  p.m.  meeting,  Education 
Classroom,  S.F.  Zoo 

"Parks  for  People  and  Cities"  lecture  and 
slide  presentation  by  Dr.  Galen  Cranz;  7:00 
p.m.,  Trustee's  Auditorium,  de  Young  Museum 

Finance  and  Administration  Committee 
Meeting;  4:00  p.m.,  McLaren  Lodge 

California  and  Pacific  Southwest  Recreation 
and  Park  Conference;  Civic  Auditorium 


St.  Patrick's  Day  Lunch,  Stern  Grove" 


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Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park.  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  Items  unless  a  member  so  requests.  In  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  Item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf, 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  13572: 

a.  PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16554 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  January 
5,  1993  through  February  3,  1993. 

b.  SPECIAL  NEEDS  DIVISION  RES.  NO.  16555 
SNOW  TRIP 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  Special  Needs  Division 
(Project  Insight)  snow  trip  to  Bear  Valley  from  January  15,  1993 
through  January  17,  1993. 

C.  MIDNIGHT  BASKETBALL  TEAM  RES.  NO.  16556 

WEEKEND  TRIP 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  weekend  trip  to  Seattle  on 
February  5-6,  1993,  by  the  Midnight  Basketball  Team. 

d.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16557 
NINTH  AVENUE  AND  FULTON  STREET 

PLAY  AREA 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  fencing  a  portion  of 
Children's  Playground  at  Ninth  Avenue  and  Fulton  Street. 

e.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16558 
MUSIC  CONCOURSE 

MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Multiple  Day  Event  at  the 
Music  Concourse  In  Golden  Gate  Park,  on  Wednesday,  May  5,  1993  through 
Sunday,  May  9,  1993,  for  the  7th  San  Francisco  Youth  Arts  Festival. 

f.  BALBOA  PARK  RES.  NO.  16559 
SHADING  BY  PROPOSED  CITY  COLLEGE  LIBRARY 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  finding  of  "No  Significant 
Impact"  of  shading  of  Balboa  Park,  by  the  Proposed  City  College  Library. 

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4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

g.  MILTON  MEYER  RECREATION  CENTER  RES.  NO.  16560 

AGREEMENT  WITH  HUNTERS  POINT  BOYS  &  GIRLS  CLUB 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  agreement  with  the  Hunters 
Point  Boys  and  Girls  Club  for  use  of  Milton  Meyer  Recreation  Center. 

h.  CIVIC  CENTER  PLAZA  RES.  NO.  16561 

AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  to 
Golden  Bay  Construction  in  the  amount  of  $173,590  for  construction  of 
a  play  area  at  Civic  Center  Plaza. 

i .  APPROVAL  OF  CONTRACT  RES.  NO.  16562 

SAN  FRANCISCO  LEAGUE  OF  URBAN  GARDENERS  (SLUG) 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  contract  with  San  Francisco 
League  of  Urban  Gardeners  in  the  amount  of  $172,000  to  Include  design 
development  and  construction  services  for  the  renovation  of  Alloto 
Mini  Park. 

GENERAL  CALENDAR 

5.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
FEE  INCREASE  REQUEST 

Consideration  by  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Society  to  Increase  food  and 
beverage  items  at  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens,  effective  2/19/93. 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  that  food  and  beverage  prices  at 
the  Zoo  were  increased  in  April  1991.  Of  the  51  menu  Items  offered  at  the 
Zoological  Gardens,  19  will  be  deleted,  15  will  remain  at  the  current 
.  price  and  19  will  have  their  price  increased.  There  has  been  an  increase 
in  labor  and  food  costs.  Mr.  Anderson  further  explained  that  the 
Zoological  Society  has  invested  $300,000  In  capital  Improvements  to  the 
cafes  and  concession  stands. 

President  Orr  explained  that  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee  visited  the  renovated 
cafe  facilities  and  felt  the  price  increase  request  was  reasonable. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16563 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  by  the  San  Francisco 
Zoological  Society  to  Increase  the  following  food  and  beverage  items  at 
the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens,  effective  2/19/93: 


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5.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
FEE  INCREASE  REQUEST  (Continued) 

ITEM 

Hot  dog  (4  to  a  pound) 

Hot  dog  (8  to  a  pound) 

Chill  dog  (4  to  a  pound) 

Hamburger  (4  to  a  pound) 

Cheeseburger  (4  to  a  pound) 

Ham  sandwich  (4  oz.) 

Turkey  sandwich  (4  oz. ) 

Grilled  chicken  sandwich  (4  oz.) 

Polish  sausage  with  sauerkraut 
(4  to  a  pound) 

Fish  and  chips  (6/1  oz  pieces) 

Coke,  Diet  Coke,  Cherry  Coke, 
Sprite,  Iced  Tea  (12  oz.) 
(16  oz.) 
(32  oz.  souv.  cup) 

Apple  juice,  orange  juice,  lemonade, 

tropical  punch  (12  oz.) 
Coffee,  decaf,  tea  (10  oz.) 

Hot  chocolate  (10  oz.) 

Milk  (8  oz.) 

Apple  cider  (12  oz.) 

Baked  potato  with  broccoli  &  cheese 

Popcorn  (1.5  oz.) 

Pretzels  (5.5  oz.) 

Cotton  candy 

Churros  (16") 

Apple  turnover 

Peanuts  (3  oz.) 

Pink  popcorn  (1-1/4  oz.) 

French  fries  (8.75  oz.) 

Onion  rings  (6.75  oz. ) 

Pizza,  Pepperonl  (6") 

Animal  crackers  (1-3/4  oz.) 

Icee  (14  oz.) 

Chocolate  Chip  Cookie  GIANT 

Frozen  yogurt  (4  oz.) 

Softee  ice  cream  (4  oz.) 

Haagen  Oazs  ice  cream  bar  (4  oz.) 


RES.  NO.  16563 


(Continued) 

CURRENT 

APPROVED 

$2.75 

$2.75 

1.65 

1.85 

3.25 

3.25 

2.45 

2.50 

2.65 

2.75 

3.95 

3.95 

3.95 

3.95 

3.00 

3.50  (flxlns) 

3.50 

3.50 

3.50 

3.50 

1.15 

1.25 

1.40 

1.50 

2.50 

2.75  w/whlstle 

1.15 

1.15 

.95 

.95 

.95 

.95 

.55 

.75 

1.00 

1.00 

2.35 

2.75  w/topp1ngs 

1.40 

1.50 

1.40 

1.75 

1.40 

1.75 

1.40 

1.75 

1.00 

1.00 

.95 

.95 

.95 

.95 

1.40 

1.50 

1.65 

1.75 

1.65 

1.95 

.70 

1.00 

1.15 

1.25 

.90 

1.25 

1.40 

1.40 

1.40 

1.40 

2.10 

2.50 

OPEN  SPACE  PROGRAM 
5-YEAR  PLAN 

Approval  of  the  5-year  plan  for  the  Open  Space  Program  as  recommended  by 
the  Park  and  Open  Space  Citizens  Advisory  Committee. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  Item  is  the  annual  update  of  the  Open  Space  Plan.  This  plan  1s 
used  as  a  guide  for  the  specific  annual  allocation  recommendations  which 
are  presented  to  the  Commission.  This  year's  5-year  plan  has  been 
modified  to  Include  more  complete  project  descriptions  and  accessibility 
needs  as  required  by  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act  (ADA). 


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OPEN  SPACE  PROGRAM 
5-YEAR  PLAN  (Continued) 

Anticipated  revenues  for  1993-94  total  $16  Million  of  which  40%  will  be 
allocated  to  maintain  acquired  properties.  Administrative  expenses  total 
approximately  $600,000,  12%  Is  allocated  for  the  operation  of  the  After 
School  Program  and  the  remainder  is  allocated  to  acquisition,  development 
and  renovation  of  projects.  The  specific  recommendations  for  those 
projects  will  be  submitted  to  the  Commission  in  the  next  few  months. 

One  of  the  major  changes  in  the  5-Year  Plan  Is  that  multi-year  projects 
are  identified  by  how  much  money  has  been  allocated  in  previous  years  with 
an  estimate  of  how  much  Open  Space  funding  Is  required  to  complete  them. 
Some  of  the  renovation  projects  are  continuous  such  as  lighting,  fencing, 
etc.  The  Open  Space  Committee  has  decided  that  groups  should  be 
established  next  year  to  review  these  on-going  programs.  A  section  1s 
Included  for  new  operating  and  maintenance  costs  which  quantifies  the 
on-going  cost  of  making  capital  Improvements.  Finally,  the  5-Year  Plan 
lists  all  of  the  projects  that  were  considered  by  the  Open  Space  Citizens 
Advisory  Committee. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16564 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  5-year  plan  for  the  Open  Space 
Program  as  recommended  by  the  Park  and  Open  Space  Citizens  Advisory 
Committee. 


President  Orr  commended  the  members  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee 
and  the  staff  who  have  dedicated  many  hours  of  work  to  develop  this  plan. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  TENNIS  CONCESSION 
REJECTION  OF  BIDS 

Consideration  to  reject  all  bids  for  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Tennis 
Concession. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  staff  has  concluded  that  the  4  bids  received  for  the  Golden  Gate  Park 
Tennis  concession  should  be  rejected.  One  of  the  bids  Is  being 
recommended  for  rejection  because  the  financial  backing  did  not 
materialize;  the  other  3  are  being  recommended  for  rejection  because  staff 
does  not  believe  that  they  provide  as  much  revenue  to  the  Department  as  it 
Is  currently  able  to  generate  from  the  facility  by  self-operation. 

The  Department  developed  a  bid  package  that  would  not  require  layoffs, 
provided  additional  revenue  opportunities  to  the  potential  concessionaire 
and  provided  that  revenues  currently  generated  from  the  GGP  tennis  complex 
be  put  Into  an  escrow  account  to  help  maintain  the  tennis  courts. 


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Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  TENNIS  CONCESSION 
REJECTION  OF  BIDS  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the  bid  package  also  Included  a  neighborhood  park, 
tennis  teaching  concession  with  the  hope  that  these  revenues  would  equal 
the  revenues  generated  through  court  fees.  Last  year,  tennis  court  fees 
were  $50,000.  The  projected  Income  for  1993,  due  to  a  fee  Increase,  is 
$80-90,000.  Currently,  tennis  court  fees  are  placed  into  the  Revenue  Fund 
and  are  used  to  offset  non-salary  costs  Department-wide.  The  bid  package 
was  tailored  to  place  those  fees  into  a  maintenance  fund  for  the  tennis 
court  complex. 

The  bids  received  were  focused  on  the  GGP  tennis  complex  and  not  on  the 
neighborhood  parks  teaching  concession  and,  as  a  result,  the  Department's 
rental  payment  and  court  fee  payment  was  modest.  The  summary  of  the 
proposals  submitted  gave  the  Department  a  base  rent  ranging  from  $2000  a 
year  to  $20,000  a  year.  That  base  rent  1s  based  on  tennis  lessons,  snack 
bars,  pro  shop,  etc.,  but  not  tennis  court  fees.  The  court  fees  ranged 
from  a  $15,000  guarantee  versus  $80-90,000  that  the  Department  now 
receives. 

If  the  bid  package  Is  done  again,  Mr.  Arnold  proposed  that  staff  specify  a 
guaranteed  minimum  bid  and  to  have  the  Department  perform  some  of  the 
capital  improvements  needed  for  the  clubhouse  before  going  out  to  bid. 
His  objective  was  to  keep  the  Department  solvent  and  to  provide  an  escrow 
fund  to  maintain  the  GGP  tennis  complex.  The  bids  received  did  not 
fulfill  either  of  these  objectives. 

Commissioner  Chan  asked  Mr.  Arnold  to  speculate  the  percentage  of  staff 
time  allocated  to  the  operation  of  the  GGP  tennis  court  operation. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  the  gardener  spends  50%  of  his  time  at  the  tennis  complex 
and  outlying  areas;  the  custodian  spends  no  more  than  2-4  hours  a  day. 
Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  stated  that  the  recreation 
directors  spend  85-901  of  their  time  at  the  GGP  tennis  courts. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  to  the  prospective  bidders  at  the  pre-bid  conference 
that  the  Department  was  not  trying  to  make  money  nor  lose  money.  He  said 
everyone  recognizes  that  the  facility  is  in  need  of  repair.  Staff  was 
trying  to  find  a  way  to  bring  money  to  the  complex  without  taking  money 
out  of  the  existing  court  rental  programs. 

Commissioner  Chan  Inquired  about  the  highest  bidder,  Humberto  Diaz,  and 
asked  If  his  bid  was  rejected  based  on  his  Inability  to  generate  financial 
information.  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  Mr.  Diaz  never  submitted  financial 
backing  to  demonstrate  he  could  fulfill  the  bid.  Mr.  D1az  was  given  2 
months  to  demonstrate  that  he  had  obtained  the  loan  which  was  critical  to 
his  proposal.  Staff  would  have  accepted  a  letter  from  a  bank  with  the 
intent  to  loan  the  money. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  land  use  issue 
contemplated  by  Mr.  Diaz's  bid  had  not  been  addressed  by  the  Parks  and 
Planning  Committee. 


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Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  TENNIS  CONCESSION 
REJECTION  OF  BIDS  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Immendorf  said  the  bid  package  should  have  contained  a 
guaranteed  minimum  bid.  He  asked  if  another  bid  package  would  be  prepared 
by  staff. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  it  is  staff's  Intent  to  prepare  another  bid  package 
with  a  minimum  bid  requirement  and  that  the  tennis  operation  should  be 
done  within  the  confines  of  the  existing  building. 

President  Orr  said  that  the  neighborhood  teaching  program  is  an  Important 
component.  Mr.  Arnold  said  perhaps  the  neighborhood  tennis  teaching 
program  should  be  part  of  a  different  bid  package.  Staff  1s  now  reviewing 
that  concept. 

Richard  Scheerer,  explained  that  he  runs  the  youth  program  for  the 
Golden  Gate  Park  tennis  courts  and  has  witnessed  many  talented  children. 
He  said  youths  do  not  have  to  join  private  clubs.  He  was  opposed  to 
having  a  private  concession  because  he  felt  it  would  change  the  atmosphere 
and  camaraderie  that  currently  exists  in  the  park.  He  was  concerned  that 
changing  the  tennis  court  complex  would  negatively  Impact  disadvantaged 
children  who  would  have  no  place  to  play  tennis. 

Mitch  Keil,  representing  the  Golden  Gate  Tennis  Club,  said  the  Club 
began  In  1901  and  is  a  volunteer  club.  Mr.  Ke1l  said  the  Club  did  not 
like  the  results  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  met  with  the 
General  Manager  and  Mr.  Arnold,  and  formulated  Its  own  recommendation  for 
the  Commission.  He  asked  that  the  3  other  bids  not  be  thrown  out  and  that 
staff  be  directed  to  negotiate  a  contract  with  these  bidders  for 
presentation  to  the  Finance  Committee.  He  said  that  putting  the  package 
out  to  bid  again  is  a  lengthy  process  and  that  the  Department  was 
fortunate  that  anyone  submitted  a  bid  because  of  the  capital  improvements 
needed  at  the  tennis  court  complex. 

Ariel  Andres,  said  that  any  contemplated  changes  in  management  of  the 
tennis  courts  should  still  preserve  open  public  access.  The  3  proposals 
that  will  be  rejected  provide  for  full  public  access  to  the  courts  on  a 
similar  basis  to  what  now  exists.  The  Humberto  D1az  proposal  called  for 
1000  memberships  at  $375  a  year.  She  felt  that  the  Diaz  bid  would  have 
precluded  the  public  from  using  the  courts  and  that  It  would  have  been  a 
private  tennis  club.  She  noted  that  the  local  newspapers  wrote  editorials 
in  opposition  to  Mr.  Diaz's  concession  and  that  people  are  opposed  to 
turning  It  Into  a  private  club  but  do  not  object  to  private  management. 

Ralph  Silberman,  was  disappointed  that  all  of  the  bids  were  rejected. 
Mr.  Silberman  Is  a  member  of  the  Golden  Gate  Tennis  Club  and  felt  it  was 
outrageous  to  reject  all  of  the  bids.  He  felt  that  staff  only  focused  on 
the  lucrative  bid  and  that  it  was  important  to  maintain  the  character  of 
the  courts. 


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7.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  TENNIS  CONCESSION 
REJECTION  OF  BIDS  (Continued) 

Jacques  Cusin,  explained  that  he  was  one  of  the  bidders  and  was  confused 
by  the  presentation  made  by  staff.  Staff  said  that  the  GGP  tennis  complex 
was  losing  approximately  $100,000  a  year  and  that  his  bid  was 
unequivocal.  Mr.  Cusin  said  his  bid  would  rid  the  City  of  any  operating 
costs,  would  resurface  the  courts  and  provide  much  needed  capital 
Improvements.  He  said  that  the  City  has  not  performed  any  capital 
improvements  in  years  and  that  he  wanted  an  opportunity  to  discuss  his  bid 
in  detail  with  staff.  He  felt  that  staff  was  unclear  In  presenting  their 
objectives  to  the  bidders. 

Evelyn  Kramer,  said  the  City  has  not  maintained  the  Golden  Gate  Park 
tennis  courts  facility  and  that  if  a  concessionaire  assumed  responsibility 
for  those  tennis  courts  It  would  free  the  Department  to  resurface  the  many 
other  neighborhood  tennis  courts.  She  enumerated  the  number  of  tennis 
courts  In  need  of  resurfacing  Including  the  Vicente  courts,  Dupont  courts 
and  Alta  Plaza. 

Mary  Casserly,  a  member  of  the  Golden  Gate  Tennis  Club,  said  she  has 
played  In  Golden  Gate  Park,  since  1960s  and  benefited  from  the  youth 
program  at  those  courts.  She  said  the  courts  were  once  thriving  but  have 
declined  In  recent  years.  She  did  not  want  to  see  the  flavor  of  the  park 
nor  the  public  nature  of  the  tennis  complex  to  change  but  felt  It  was  in 
dire  need  of  repairs. 

Spencer  Kern,  said  he  plays  tennis  quite  a  bit  and  suggested  that  the 
Commission  contact  other  cities  to  see  how  other  agencies  use  private 
operations. 

Jim  B.  Clarke,  said  that  the  fees  were  Increased  last  year  and  that  the 
first  five  months  of  Income  Is  up  34X.  He  felt  the  Increase  in  revenues 
will  reduce  the  $100,000  operating  deficit  and  that  the  courts  need  to  be 
utilized  to  a  greater  extent.  He  said  that  one  of  the  concepts  of  private 
management  is  that  the  concessionaire  would  market  the  courts  for  more 
participation  and  will  generate  more  revenues.  He  felt  there  has  been  a 
downturn  In  utilization  of  the  courts.  He  said  that  a  smaller  number  of 
people  are  being  asked  to  pay  more  money  to  use  the  courts  and  that  the 
quality  of  service  had  declined.  He  said  that  none  of  the  revenues  from 
the  courts  are  used  to  maintain  or  improve  the  clubhouse.  He  suggested 
that  the  bids  be  reviewed  again  before  they  are  rejected. 

Greg  Gaar,  representing  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council  and  the  Park 
and  Open  Space  Citizens'  Advisory  Committee,  said  that  the  Open  Space 
Committee  sent  a  letter  to  the  Commission  opposing  (1)  the  privatization 
of  the  GGP  tennis  complex,  (2)  the  light  towers,  and  (3)  the  expansion  of 
the  clubhouse.  He  said  the  land  use  Issue  is  critical  and  that  Golden 
Gate  Park  Is  the  City's  sacred  treasure.  He  felt  that  any  future  bids 
should  not  contemplate  expansion  of  the  clubhouse  or  light  towers.  He 
urged  the  Commission  to  protect  the  park. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  he  supported  rejecting  the  bids  and  felt  that  staff 
and  the  bidders  did  not  communicate  on  the  Department's  objectives.  He 
was  concerned  about  the  request  to  re-evaluate  the  3  remaining  bids  and 
felt  it  would  be  unwise  to  continue  reviewing  those  bids. 

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7.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  TENNIS  CONCESSION 
REJECTION  OF  BIDS  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Elckman  concurred  with  Commissioner  Chan  and  said  that 
greater  emphasis  should  be  given  to  the  bid  package  stipulating  that 
expansion  of  the  clubhouse  or  installation  of  lighting  will  not  be 
permitted.  He  said  that  many  people  are  opposed  to  leasing  the  tennis 
courts  and  if  the  bids  do  not  generate  sufficient  revenue  there  may  be  no 
need  to  privatize  the  operation.  He  said  that  there  are  many  issues  for 
staff  to  consider. 

A  discussion  ensued  regarding  the  preparation  of  another  bid  package. 
Staff  needed  to  review  many  of  the  Issues  raised  today.  The  Commission 
did  not  want  staff  to  be  under  a  deadline  to  prepare  a  new  bid  package. 
Mr.  Arnold  said  there  Is  a  fear  that  having  a  private  operation  means 
public  access  will  not  be  maintained.  It  was  suggested  that  the  bid 
package  should  contain  language  stating  that  a  minimum  number  of  courts 
must  be  reserved  for  public  access. 

President  Orr  apologized  for  the  inconvenience  and  misunderstanding  that 
may  have  occurred  on  this  Issue.  He  said  that  Mr.  Arnold  was  given  the 
task  of  developing  a  package  that  preserved  public  access  at  a  reasonable 
fee  and  that  gave  the  Department  a  stream  of  Income  to  maintain  the 
facility. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Elckman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16565 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  rejects  all  bids  for  the  Golden  Gate  Park 
Tennis  Concession,  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  directs  staff  to  prepare  another 
bid  package  for  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Tennis  Court  Concession. 

8.   SOUTH  END  ROWING  CLUB 

INCREASE  IN  LOCKER/KEY  FEES 

Approval  to  Increase  annual  locker  and  key  fees  at  South  End  Rowing  Club. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  there  Is  an  annual  membership  fee  for  the  South  End  Rowing  Club.  Mr. 
Arnold  enumerated  the  locker  and  key  fee  Increase  requests  and  explained 
that  the  revenues  generated  from  these  fees  will  be  used  to  fund 
extraordinary  expenses  such  as  painting  the  building.  The  Club  has 
discussed  this  proposal  with  their  general  membership  at  a  dinner  and 
through  its  newsletter.  A  new  electronic  locking  system  is  being 
installed  and  a  key  fee  shall  be  imposed  for  new  members. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  'and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 


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Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

8.  SOUTH  END  ROWING  CLUB  RES.  NO.  16566 
INCREASE  IN  LOCKER/KEY  FEES  (Continued) 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  Increase  1n  the  annual  locker 
and  key  fees  at  South  End  Rowing  Club,  effective  2/19/93,  as  follows: 

"Lockers  from  $55  to  $110 
"New  member  key  fees  from  $3  to  $15. 

9.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
WORKERS'  COMPENSATION  REPORT 

Presentation  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department's  Workers'  Compensation 
Program. 

Safety  and  Claims  Coordinator,  Betty  Lim,  explained  that  250  workers' 
compensation  claims  were  filed  in  1990  by  Recreation  and  Park  employees; 
349  were  filed  In  1991,  and  287  were  filed  in  1992.  This  represents  an 
181  reduction  from  1991  to  1992.  For  the  past  several  years  the  average 
number  of  claims  filed  per  month  was  29;  1n  1992  it  fell  to  24  per  month. 
Ms.  Lim  has  met  with  the  City's  Workers'  Compensation  Task  Force  and  in 
the  future  workers'  compensation  claims  will  be  managed  by  a  third  party 
administrator.  Therefore,  the  Retirement  System  will  no  longer  manage  the 
claims.  The  Retirement  Board  will  soon  consider  the  firm  of  Noetics,  as 
the  City's  third  party  administrator.  Ms.  Lim  was  concerned  that  the 
recent  reduction  in  State  Disability  Insurance  (SDI)  benefits  may  result 
In  more  workers'  compensation  claims. 

In  response  to  President  Orr's  question,  Ms.  Lim  said  that  1  out  of  3.5 
employees  file  a  workers'  compensation  claim  which  is  an  average  figure 
City-wide. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Ms.  Lim  explained  the 
Department  does  not  receive  cost  figures  for  the  claims  although  the  third 
party  administrator  will  be  able  to  provide  the  Department  with  better 
financial  information. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  commended  the  Department  in  reducing  workers' 
compensation  claims.  He  said  that  currently  the  City's  Retirement  System 
has  450  cases  per  examiner  and  that  60X  of  those  examiners  are  trainees. 
The  request  for  proposals  for  the  third  party  administrator  carries  a 
caseload  that  will  not  exceed  200  per  examiner. 

9a.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

INFORMATIONAL  PRESENTATION 

Informational  presentation  by  the  San  Francisco  Giants  on  the  Improvements 
contemplated  at  Candlestick  Park. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  this  item  1s  being 
presented  as  an  informational ,  item  to  the  Commission  rather  than  through 
the  normal  Committee/Commission  process.  She  explained  that  the  change  in 
the  ownership  has  resulted  In  the  "new"  Giants  trying  to  complete  many 
projects  In  time  for  opening  day.  The  Commission  will  formally  consider 
all  of  the  Giants'  stadium  andf,concess1on  improvements  In  March  1993. 


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9a.  SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

INFORMATIONAL  PRESENTATION  (Continued) 

Jack  F.  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  &  Governmental  Affairs,  San  Francisco 
Giants,  explained  that  he  wanted  to  give  the  Commission  a  brief  overview 
of  what  the  Giants  have  proposed  for  the  1993  baseball  season.  He  said 
that  the  Giants  have  been  meeting  with  Recreation  and  Park  staff  on  these 
issues.  Last  month,  the  Giants  developed  a  package  of  changes  which  they 
hope  that  will  bring  people  back  to  Candlestick  Park  and  make  it  a 
pleasant  and  enjoyable  experience  for  the  fans. 

Mr.  Bair  said  that  mindful  of  the  City's  budget  problems,  the  Giants  have 
agreed  to  fund  all  of  these  changes.  He  further  explained  that  there  may 
be  some  aspects  that  the  Giants  may  want  to  recapture  whenever  the  lease 
compromise  is  addressed  by  the  Board  of  Supervisors.  For  the  most  part, 
the  Giants  are  pledging  to  pay  for  everything  and  approve  a  plan  that  is 
acceptable  to  everyone.  Mr.  Bair  outlined  the  changes: 

Reserved  Bleachers  The  Giants  propose  to  place  new  bleachers  behind  the 
left  field  fence.  The  current  configuration  is  a  chain  link  fence,  a 
large  area  with  no  seating,  and  then  the  General  Admission  seats.  Mr. 
Bair  said  those  seats  are  widely  under-utilized,  are  not  the  best  seats  to 
observe  the  game,  and  are  set  far  back  from  the  playing  field.  The  Giants 
have  proposed  to  place  new  bleachers  that  will  come  right  down  to  the  left 
field  fence,  similar  to  Wrigley  Field,  so  the  fans  will  be  right  at  the 
field.  Homeruns  will  land  in  the  bleacher  section  and  will  give  the 
impression  of  a  smaller,  more  intimate  facility.  General  Admission  seats 
will  no  longer  be  sold  and  will  actually  be  blocked  by  the  new  bleachers. 
The  new  bleacher  section  will  reduce  the  number  of  seats  in  this  area  of 
the  stadium. 

Ms.  Burns  said  the  bleacher  section  will  be  for  baseball  only  and  will  add 
to  the  conversion  process  for  football. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Eickman's  question,  Ms.  Burns  said  the 
conversion  will  Increase  the  time  it  takes  to  convert  the  stadium  from 
baseball  to  football . 

George  Costa,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Giants,  said  the  bleachers 
will  be  made  of  aluminum  with  approximately  30  seats  to  each  row.  The 
bleachers  were  designed  by  Thorton  Architects  and  manufactured  by  Sturdy 
Steel  Corporation.  Prior  to  manufacturing  the  bleachers,  the  Giants  met 
with  the  company  that  currently  does  the  conversions  at  Candlestick 
(Sheedy  Company),  along  with  Nibbi  Brothers  and  customized  ways  to 
minimize  the  conversion.  The  bleachers  will  be  "broken  down",  picked  up 
with  a  crane  and  taken  to  the  center  field  area.  As  the  retractable  seats 
come  out  for  football,  the  bleachers  will  be  moved  and  stored  under  the 
retractable  seats. 

Mr.  Costa  further  explained  that  in  accordance  with  the  Americans  with 
Disabilities  Act  (ADA),  the  Giants  must  provide  IX  of  the  total  amount  of 
seats  to  disabled  access.  These  seats  will  be  located  at  the  left 
centerfield  corner,  the  left  field  corner  and  the  right  center.  The  chain 
link  fence  Will  have,  a  plywood  ba.ck  and  a  padded  front.  Portable  food  and 
restroom  services  will  be  available  In  these  areas  in  accordance  with  ADA. 


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9a.  SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

INFORMATIONAL  PRESENTATION  (Continued) 


Mr 


Costa  explained  that  each  conversion  will  cost  approximately  $17,000. 


Mr.  Burns  said  the  Increased  cost  for  the  conversion  will  be  borne  by  the 
Giants.  She  further  explained  that  the  bleachers  are  being  designed  with 
the  contractor  that  currently  does  the  conversion  for  the  Department. 
Their  contract  will  soon  expire  and  will  be  re-b1d.  Ms.  Burns  was  very 
concerned  that  the  conversion  could  be  done  by  any  firm  that  is  awarded 
the  new  bid  and  that  the  Department  does  not  end  up  in  a  situation  where 
the  Giants  have  one  contractor  doing  their  part  of  the  conversion  and  the 
Department  has  a  different  contractor  doing  another  aspect  of  the 
conversion.  These  are  some  of  the  issues  that  are  still  being  resolved. 

Mr.  Bair  said  that  the  Giants  feel  that  one  firm  should  perform  the  entire 
conversion. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Mr.  Costa  said  that  it  is 
projected  that  moving  the  bleachers  will  take  12-14  hours. 

Ms.  Burns  said  there  is  a  provision  1n  the  lease  which  gives  the  Giants 
rights  to  the  stadium  36  hours  prior  to  each  game.  When  the  Pope  visited 
Candlestick  Park  In  1987  the  Giants  waived  those  rights  and  Informed  the 
Department  that  they  would  no  longer  waive  that  right  under  any 
circumstances. 

Mr.  Bair  said  that  he  did  not  know  the  actual  Increment  of  time  it  will 
take  to  move  the  bleachers  but  that  they  were  amenable  to  waiving  the  36 
hour  rule  whenever  it  made  sense  to  do  so.  He  said  the  Giants  intend  to 
be  cooperative. 

Mr.  Costa  said  the  Giants  have  a  commitment  from  the  manufacturer  of  the 
bleacher  to  be  on-site  for  the  first  two  conversions  to  make  sure  things 
run  smoothly.  The  original  cost  to  manufacture  the  bleachers  was 
$300,000.  After  customizing  the  bleachers  to  minimize  conversion  factors 
the  price  escalated  to  $362,000. 

Outfield  Fence  The  current  fence  is  a  chain  link  fence.  The  Giants 
will  install  a  forest  green  fence  In  the  outfield  and  lower  the  fence  from 
10'  to  8',  making  more  dramatic  plays. 

Scoreboard  Modifications  The  Giants  are  proposing  an  "out-of-town  game" 
scoreboard  be  Installed  above  the  pavilion  seats  In  the  right  field  area 
where  there  currently  1s  no  advertising.  Mr.  Costa  displayed  the  material 
that  will  be  used  for  the  scoreboard  that  1s  non-glare  for  playing 
considerations.  The  scoreboard  will  be  198'  long  and  10'  high  and  will 
not  be  visible  during  football  games.  The  Giants  will  assume  the  City's 
obligations  to  pay  for  the  operation  of  the  scoreboard  until  such  time  as 
the  lease  concession  compromise  takes  form. 

Commissioner  Sommer  wanted  to  restrict  advertising  panels  for  tobacco. 
Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the  Marlboro  ad,  currently  In  place  at  Candlestick, 
has  the  right  of  first  refusal  and.  could  move  Its  advertising  panel  closer 
to  the  out-of-town  scoreboard. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

9a.  SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

INFORMATIONAL  PRESENTATION  (Continued) 

Food/Beverage/Novelty  Services  Mr.  Ba1r  said  when  the  new  owners  took 
over  In  January  there  was  an  effort  to  survey  concession  companies  In  the 
United  States  and  to  meet  with  Harry  M.  Stevens  to  review  the  food  service 
operation  at  Candlestick  Park.  There  have  been  fan  complaints  about  the 
concession  services  over  the  years.  The  Giants  are  in  the  process  of 
negotiating  a  change  in  the  concessionaire.  The  Giants  hope  the  new 
concessionaire  will  upgrade  to  the  concession  stands  in  the  ballpark. 
Currently,  there  is  one  point  of  sale  for  every  296  customers  that  come  to 
the  stadium.  Fans  have  to  wait  for  longer  intervals  to  get  food  which 
affects  their  enjoyment  of  the  game.  The  concession  upgrade  would  offer 
one  point  of  sale  for  every  196  customers  decreasing  the  lines  by 
one-third.  These  changes  will  be  funded  by  the  new  concessionaire  and  the 
Giants.  The  color  scheme  for  the  menu  boards  and  concession  areas  will  be 
consistent  with  the  stadium's  dark  green  color  scheme.  The  Giants  asked 
that  there  be  a  greater  variety  of  food  items  offered.  The  new  food  items 
may  Include  pizza,  Mexican  food,  Chinese  food,  seafood,  clam  chowder,  crab 
cakes,  Phi  1 1 y  cheese  steak,  dell  sandwiches,  chill,  fresh  cut  french 
fries,  sweet  shop,  gourmet  coffee  drinks,  as  well  as  the  traditional 
ballpark  fare. 

Mr.  Bair  said  that  he  hoped  to  have  a  final  food  and  beverage  list  for 
presentation  at  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf,  and  Yacht  Harbor  Committee. 

Parking  Increase  Mr.  Bair  proposed  increasing  the  cost  to  park 
automobiles  at  Candlestick  Park  by  $1.00  as  the  Oakland  Coliseum  did  last 
year. 

Candlestick  Park  Groundskeep i ng  Mr.  Costa  said  that  currently  the  City 
maintains  the  outfield  and  warning  track;  the  Giants  maintain  the  infield 
and  pitcher's  mound  area.  The  Giants  feel  It  makes  sense  to  have  one  crew 
maintain  the  entire  field.  The  Giants  think  highly  of  the  City's 
groundskeeper  crew  and  Mr.  Bill  Buckley,  the  head  groundskeeper,  is  a 
professional  who  works  well  with  Candlestick's  baseball  and  football 
te-ams.  Mr.  Costa  asked  the  Department  to  prepare  a  cost  estimate  to  have 
.  the  Department  maintain  the  infield  and  pitcher's  mound  area. 

Commissioner  Sommer  emphasized  the  point  that  fans  who  are  on  fixed 
incomes  or  who  are  retired  must  be  considered.  She  said  that  removing  the 
$2.75  ticket  may  Impact  them  and  wanted  the  Giants  to  take  care  to  promote 
and  advertise  reduced  rates  and  special  packages  for  seniors,  youth  etc. 

Mr.  Bair  said  that  senior  citizen  discounts  are  offered  at  half-price  for 
the  majority  of  the  games.  He  also  noted  that  the  upper  reserved  seat 
prices  were  reduced. 

Mr.  Costa  said  the  Giants  are  committed  to  making  baseball  affordable  for 
people. 

Ms.  Burns  said  a  meeting  1s  scheduled  with  Jack  Bair,  Jan  Hutchlns,  the 
Giants  Community  Affairs  Director,  and  Larry  Baer,  Executive  Vice 
President  of  the  Giants,  to  coordinate  the  Department's  recreation 
programs  with  the  Giants  and  to  give  them  a  list  of  public  agencies  in 
Northern  California  so  that  Bay  Area  agencies  can  be  served. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Cobb iss ion  Minutes 
Thursday,  February  18,  1993 


4:15  p.m.  -  5:05  p.m. 
The  Commission  convened  In  Executive  Session  regarding  Items  #10  and  11. 

10.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
EXECUTIVE  SESSION 

The  Commission  convened  1n  Executive  Session  to  consider  a  personnel 
matter. 


11.  SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16567 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  settlement  of-  claim  of  Lauri 
Baptle  vs.  the  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco  in  the  amount  of  $500,000. 

5:05  p.m.  Commissioner  Immendorf  left  the  meeting. 

12.  PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  to 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

John  Steffan,  asked  the  Commission  to  consider  exempting  him  from  paying 
the  transfer  fee  for  one  of  the  boats  that  Is  berthed  at  the  Marina  Yacht 
Harbor.  He  explained  that  he  has  been  at  the  Marina  Green  for  18  years. 
Nine  years  ago  he  talked  to  another  berth  holder  and  a  partnership  was 
formed  with  Mr.  Joe.  Although  Mr.  Steffan 's  name  was  never  officially 
placed  on  the  slip,  he  has  been  sharing  the  expenses  with  Mr.  Joe.  The 
transfer  policy  was  modified  a  few  years  ago  and  Mr.  Steffan  Is  required 
to  pay  a  transfer  fee.  He  felt  it  was  unfair  to  have  to  pay  this  fee 
since  he  has  been  sharing  the  expenses  for  the  last  9  years.  He  said  he 
was  unaware  of  the  change  in  the  transfer  policy. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  Mr.  Steffan  should  write 
a  letter  to  the  Department  and  If  the  matter  cannot  be  handled 
administratively,  then  the  appeal  process  would  be  to  the  Commission. 

13.  PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

President  Orr  commended  the  General  Manager,  David  Anderson,  the  Zoo 
Director,  Peggy  Burks,  Executive  Director  of  the  Zoological  Society,  and 
members  of  the  Zoological  Society  for  their  diligent  efforts  1n  the 
successful  vote  received  from  the  Board  of  Supervisors'  Government 
Efficiency  and  Labor  Committee,  to  adopt  the  Zoo's  expanded  partnership. 
He  urged  his  fellow  commissioners  to  contact,  members  of  the  Board  of 
Supervisors  and  endorse  the  expanded  partnership  at  the  Zoo. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Coin iss ion  Minutes 
Thursday,  February  18,  1993 

14.  COW  I  SSI  OH  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  January  6,  1993 
Recreation  Program  Committee  Meeting  of  January  27,  1993 
Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting  of  February  1,  1993 
Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  February  2,  1993 
Finance  and  Yacht  Harbor  Committee  Meeting  of  February  4,  1993 


15.  ADJOURNMENT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Marilyn  Christensen,  mother  of  Mark  Christensen,  Plumbing  Supervisor  for 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Virginia  Schofield,  mother  of  Nancy  Schofield,  Bird  Curator  at  the  San 
Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Rodney  Reid,  a  park  guide  with  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Park  and  a  docent 
at  the  Arboretum,  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  1n  memory  of 
Norman  Jussaume,  father  of  Norm  Jussaume,  the  Department's  Management 
Information  Specialist,  who  passed  away  recently. 


There  being  no  further  business,  the  679th 
Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission 
was  adjourned  at  5:15  p.m. 


Respectfully  submitted, 


Shauna-Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


Note:    These  minutes  set  forth  all   actions  taken  by  t  he  Recreation  and  Park 
C  omm  Isslorr  on  matters  stated,  but  not  necessarily  the  chronological   order   In 
which  the  matters  were  taken  up. 

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March  18,  1993 


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Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 


DOCUMFMTS  DEPT\ 

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SAN  FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC  LIBRARY 


MINUTES 


680TH  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  MARCH  18,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eightieth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  March  18,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


1.   ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

Commissioner  Keith  Eickman 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz  (noted  present  at  2:15  p.m.) 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 


2.   APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  February  18,  1993,  were  approved  as 
presented. 


Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Orr,  Chan,  Eickman,  Farrow,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioners  Immendorf,  Ruiz 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"INTRODUCTION  OF  EXECUTIVE  DIRECTOR,  FRIENDS  OF  RECREATION  AND  PARKS 

I  would  like  to  take  this  opportunity  to  introduce  Donna  Ernstson,  who  has 
been  hired  as  Executive  Director  of  the  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks 
effective  April  1,  1993.  Donna  brings  with  her  experience  in 
communications,  financial  management,  development,  fundraising  and 
organizational  administration.  Her  background  includes  a  management 
position  with  an  international  manufacturer,  a  development  and 
communications  position  at  University  High  School  and  a  volunteer 
recruitment,  community  relations  and  management  position  with  the  Camp 
Fire  organization.  Please  join  me  in  welcoming  Donna. 

JENNI  PADUA 

Jenni  Padua,  a  member  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department's  Young 
People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre  Company,  has  been  selected  for  role  of  Kim 
in  the  National  Touring  Company  production  of  "Miss  Saigon"  and  will  be 
touring  the  country  as  part  of  the  production  in  March.  Jenni,  a 
19-year-old  San  Francisco  native,  auditioned  for  the  Young  People's  Teen 
Musical  Theatre  Company  when  she  was  15  and  most  recently  performed  the 
role  of  Maggie  in  "A  Chorus  Line"  in  January  1'993.  She  presently  attends 
San  Francisco  State  University  as  a  Music  major.  She  is  also  a  songwriter 
and  has  just  been  signed  to  a  record  contract. 

RECOGNITION  -  JIM  BUICK 

Jim  Buick,  Program  Director  for  the  Multi-Service  Center  of  the  Department 
of  Social  Services  and  a  resident  in  the  Parkside  District,  was 
instrumental  in  helping  the  police  find  the  individuals  who  were  doing 
"wheelies"  in  Parkside  Playground  recently.  Jim  made  the  initial  call  to 
the  police  and  subsequently  identified,  at  4:30  a.m.,  the  vehicle  involved 
which  lead  to  the  apprehension  of  the  culprits.  Damage  to  the  park  was 
approximately  $5,000.  I  would  like  to  acknowledge  Jim's  assistance  and 
request  that  the  Commission  send  him  a  letter  of  thanks. 

DIESEL  SPILL 

On  the  night  of 'February  9,  an  estimated  100  gallons  of  diesel  fuel  were 
illegally  dumped  in  the  West  Basin  of  the  Yacht  Harbor.  Through  the 
diligent  and  persistent  efforts  of  Harry  Hanssen,  the  Assistant  Marina 
Manager  on  duty,  not  only  was  the  offender  identified  but  a  fire  on  board 
the  vessel  in  question  was  extinguished.  Harry's  quick  action  saved  the 
Harbor  from  a  potential  disaster.  The  case  is  being  handled  by  the  Coast 
Guard,  which  is  filing  civil,  and  possibly  criminal,  charges  against  the 
owner  of  the  vessel.  The  clean-up  costs  of  this  event,  an  estimated 
$20,000,  are  being  borne  by  the  federal  government. 

MAYOR'S  COMMUNITY  MEETINGS  ON  CITY  BUDGET 

At  your  places  is  a  copy  of  the  Mayor's  press  release  announcing  the 
schedule  of  community  meetings  he  will  be  holding  on  the  City  budget.  I 
would  encourage  you  to  have  interested  residents  whom  you  know  to  be 
concerned  about  budget  reductions  already  affecting  this  Department  to 
attend  and  talk  about  this  Department  as  a  budget  priority. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

EXPANSION  OF  TEEN  PROGRAM 

The  kick-off  for  the  citywide  expanded  Teen  Program  will  take  place  April 
5  through  April  10.  Areas  of  focus  will  include  teen  employment,  personal 
development,  fitness  and  health,  teen  parenting  education  and  cultural 
arts.  Please  refer  to  the  March  issue  of  San  Francisco  Teen  at  your 
places  for  specific  sites  and  programs.  This  represents  a  major  new 
emphasis  for  the  Recreation  Division  and  the  is  the  result  of  two  years  of 
planning  and  staff  development  conducted  by  Joel  Robinson,  Nan  Neal  and 
Lorraine  Lampkin.  Congratulations  to  all  involved. 


PUBLIC  FORUM  ON  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

I  have  been  invited  by  the  Community  Action  Committee  of  the  San  Francisco 
Independent  Booster  Club  to  participate  in  a  public  forum  on  March  20  at 
Southeast  Community  College.  Representatives  from  the  49'ers,  Giants  and 
Muni,  among  others,  have  also  been  invited  to  participate  on  the  panel. 
The  subject  of  the  forum  is  Candlestick  Park  and  what  might  be  done  to 
improve  facilities  there  for  professional  baseball  and  football. 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claims,  under  $5,000,  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  during  the  month  of  February  1993: 

Willers,  Christopher  $  610.20  Toatelegese,  Mapu $  70.00 

Loutzenheiser,  Roy  C 79.32  Curran,  John  F 180.00 

Nelson,  Carol  A 65.00  Young,  Betty  Nilson 430.85 

Palmer,  John  F 345.87  Glazov,  Elizabeth 663.06 

Dedionisio,  Larry 526.23  Lindsay,  Anthony 408.77 

Gimbert,  David 1,426.28  Ruelos,  Ron 406.63 

Contreras,  Edward 189.38  Howell,  Doug 191.84 

King,  Cynthia  R 1,817.55  Mendelsohn,  Victor  &  Glo  89.34 


RETIREMENTS 
Marlyn  Heer 
DATES  TO  REMEMBER 


3289  Recreation  Supervisor 


26  years 


Tuesday,  March  23,  1993 
Wednesday,  March  24,  1993 

Thursday,  April  1 ,  1993 
Thursday,  April  1 ,  1993 


Cherry  Blossom  Preview;  12:00-1:00  p.m.; 
Japanese  Tea  Garden 

Recreation  Program  Committee  Meeting;  3:30 
p.m.;  Julius  Kahn  Playground,  West  Pacific 
and  Spruce 

Cherry  Blossom  Festival  Lunch;  12:00  noon; 
County  Fair  Building 

Finance  and  Administration  Committee 
Meeting;  4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 


03/18/') 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER  (Continued) 

Monday,  April  5,  1993         Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting;  4:00 

p.m. ;  McLaren  Lodge 

Tuesday,  April  6,  1993        Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting;  4:00 

p.m. ;  McLaren  Lodge 

Wednesday,  April  7,  1993      Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30  p.m. 

tour,   5:00   p.m.   meeting;   Education 
Classroom,  S.F.  Zoo 

Thursday,  April  15,  1993       Joint   City   Planning   Commission   and 

Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Meeting; 
5:30  p.m.;  Room  282,  City  Hall" 

****** 

In  response  to  President  Orr's  question,  Mary  Burns  explained  that  the 
California  Parks  and  Pacific  Southwest  Recreation  Conference  held  in  San 
Francisco  on  March  11-13,  1993  had  about  1800  delegates  and  300 
exhibitors.  She  explained  that  the  Department  was  responsible  for  a 
number  of  aspects  of  the  Conference  including  decorating  the  hallway, 
coordinating  banquets  and  award  presentation,  opening/closing  ceremonies, 
etc.  She  commended  staff  who  worked  diligently  on  this  Conference  and 
felt  that  the  participants  were  impressed  with  the  Conference. 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow, 
ratification  of  .the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  1-3572: 

a.  PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16568 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  February 
4,  1993  through  March  4,  1993. 

b.  CIVIC  CENTER  PLAZA  RES.  NO.  16569 
CINCO  DE  MAYO  FESTIVAL 

MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  two  day  event  on  Saturday 
and  Sunday,  May  l  and  2,  1993,  at  Civic  Center  Plaza,  for  the  27th 
Annual  "Cinco  de  Mayo"  Festival . 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

C.   JAPAN  PEACE  PLAZA                                  RES.  NO.  16570 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT  

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  a  multiple  day  event  on 
two  consecutive  weekends,  Saturday  and  Sunday,  April  17  and  18,  1993, 
and  Saturday  and  Sunday,  April  24  and  25,  1993,  at  the  Peace  Plaza  at 
the  Japan  Center,  for  the  1993  Cherry  Blossom  Festival. 

e.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK/GREAT  HIGHWAY  RES.  NO.  16571 

ROAD  CLOSURES/PERMIT  FEE 
EXAMINER  BAY  TO  BREAKERS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  road  closures  in  Golden 
Gate  Park  and  the  Great  Highway  for  the  82nd  Annual  Examiner  Bay  To 
Breakers  Race  and  Celebration  on  Sunday,  May  16,  1993,  from  7:00  a.m. 
unti 1  3:30  p.m. 


f.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16572 

S.F.  FLOWER  SHOW,  INC. 
REVISED  AGREEMENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  revised  Agreement  between 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  and  S.  F.  Flower  Show,  Inc.  to 
conduct  the  San  Francisco  County  Fair/Flower  Show  for  the  years  1994, 
1995  and  1996. 


MILTON  MEYER  RECREATION  CENTER  RES.  NO.  16573 

AGREEMENT  WITH  DEPARTMENT  OF  PUBLIC  HEALTH 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  agreement  with  the 
Department  of  Public  Health  for  the  use  of  space  at  Milton  Meyer 
Recreation  Center. 


SOUTH  SUNSET  RECREATION  CENTER  RES.  NO.  16575 

SELF  HELP  FOR  THE  ELDERLY 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  Self  Help  for  the  Elderly 
use  of  South  Sunset  Recreation  Center. 


REAL  ALTERNATIVES  PROGRAM  (RAP)  RES.  NO.  16576 

MISSION  RECREATION  CENTER 
APPROVAL  OF  AGREEMENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  agreement  with  Real 
Alternatives  Program  (RAP)  for  collaborative  use  of  Mission  Recreation 
Center  for  a  multi-purpose  center. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

j.   CHILDREN'S  COUNCIL  OF  SAN  FRANCISCO  RES.  NO.  16577 

CO-SPONSORSHIP 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  shall  co-sponsor  the  week,  of  the  Young 
Child  Family  Festival  at  Sigmund  Stern  Grove  in  conjunction  with  the 
Children's  Council  of  San  Francisco. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Orr,  Chan,  Eickman,  Farrow,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioners  Immendorf,  Ruiz 

Note  for  the  Record:   The  following  item  was  removed  from  the  Consent 
Calendar  and  considered  separately. 

d.   JUSTIN  HERMAN  PLAZA 
WASHINGTON  SQUARE 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

Recreation  Supervisor,  Linda  Woo,  explained  that  since  the  meeting  of 
the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  Soon  3  Theater  has  requested  use  of 
Justin  Herman  Plaza  for  2  additional  dates,  June  2-3,  1993.  She 
recommended  approval  with  this  modification. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16577 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  multiple  day  event  at  Justin 
Herman  Plaza  on  Thursdays  &  Fridays,  May  20-21,  and  May  27-28,  1993,  from 
12:30  p.m.  to  1:30  p.m.,  Wednesday  and  Thursday,  June  2-3,  1993,  from 
12:30  p.m.  to  1:30  p.m.,  and  at  Washington  Square  on  Saturday,  Sunday  & 
Monday,  May  29,  30  &  31 ,  1993,  from  2:00  p.m.  to  3:00  p.m.,  for  SOON  3 
Theater  performances  of  "Air  Maze". 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Orr,  Chan,  Eickman,  Farrow,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioners  Immendorf,  Ruiz 

GENERAL  CALENDAR 

5.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  that  the  siamang  has  been  on 
loan  to  the  Greater  Baton  Rouge  Zoo  for  some  time  and  that  the  animal  has 
now  been  formally  donated  to  this  institution. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS  (Continued) 


RES.  NO.  16578 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transactions 
(which  were  processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco 
Zoological  Gardens: 

Donated  to:  Greater  Baton  Rouge  Zoo 

P.  0.  Box  60 
Baton  Rouge,  LA  70764 
USDA  #72-C-003 

One  (1 )  Male  Siamang 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Orr,  Chan,  Eickman,  Farrow,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioners  Immendorf,  Ruiz 


RANDOLPH  BRIGHT  MINI  PARK 
PLAYGROUND  REHABILITATION 

Approval  of  playground  rehabilitation  for  Randolph  Bright  Mini  Park. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  the  Randolph  Bright  Mini 
Park  is  located  in  the  Oceanview  District.  The  San  Francisco  Conservation 
Corps  has  prepared  a  simple  playground  rehabilitation  design  and  is 
seeking  funds  through  the  Mayor's  Office  of  Housing  and  Community 
Development.  Staff  has  met  with  the  Ocean/Merced/Ingleside  (OMI) 
neighborhood  group  which  has  endorsed  the  plan.  The  rehabilitation  plan 
will  provide  play  equipment  with  handicap  access  and  is  a  simple  piece  of 
play  equipment  that  will  be  placed  in  the  park.  Some  minor  modifications 
to  the  sand  area  will  have  to  be  made  so  that  the  equipment  can  be  placed 
in  the  park. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16579 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  playground  rehabilitation  for 
Randolph  Bright  Mini  Park. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Orr,  Chan,  Eickman,  Farrow,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioners  Immendorf,  Ruiz 


2:15  p.m.  Commissioner  Ruiz  arrived  at  the  meeting, 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

7.   NON-PROFIT  ORGANIZATIONS 
REVISION  OF  PERMIT  FEE 

Approval  of  a  revision  of  the  permit  fees  for  non-profit  groups  and 
organizations  for  use  of  Recreation  and  Park  Department  properties. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
in  response  to  the  Commission's  directive  to  review  the  permit  fees 
assessed  to  non-profit  organizations  which  place  fences  on  Recreation  and 
Park  facilities  and  charge  admission  fees  to  their  events.  Originally, 
staff  proposed  a  flat  25%  across-the-board  fee  of  the  gross  receipts. 
Non-profit  organizations  felt  that  this  fee  was  extremely  high. 
Therefore,  staff  met  with  the  affected  groups  and  formulated  a  permit  fee 
for  eligible  non-profit  organizations  which  will  require  a  (I)  cash 
payment  and  (2)  reasonable  and  usable  in-kind  services  to  the  Department 
which,  in  combination,  total  25%  of  the  gross  gate  receipts.  This 
proposal  will  generate  revenue  and  offer  valuable  in-kind  services  to  the 
Department  such  as  placement  of  information  booths  at  these  events  to 
publicize  Recreation  and  Park  programs. 

Commissioner  Chan  suggested  that  some  guideline  or  reasonable  fee  should 
be  set  by  the  Commission  and  that  it  would  simplify  the  fee  setting 
process. 

A  discussion  ensued  regarding  a  reasonable  dollar  amount.  It  was  agreed 
that  50%  of  the  value  of  the  permit  fee,  payable  in  cash,  be  established. 
There  was  also  discussion  as  to  whether  the  in-kind  service  should  have  a 
time  frame  in  which  the  service  would  have  to  be  used.  It  was  agreed  that 
a  50%  cash  fee  be  required  with  no  time  constraint  for  the  in-kind  service. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  was  concerned  that  this  policy  may  affect  the  permit  fee 
negotiated  with  the  May  1993  Cinco  de  Mayo  event.  Mr.  Robinson  explain- j 
that  those  negotiations  were  not  concluded. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16580 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  following  fee  for  non-profit 
agencies  that  charge  admission  for  events  on  Recreation  and  Park  property: 

a  minimum  of  50%  cash  payment  toward  the  permit  fee,  and 
0   Realistic,  worthy,  and  usable  in-kind  services  with  sufficient  value 
to  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department,  so  that,  in  combination  with 
the  cash  payment,  the  total  value  will  equal  25%  of  the  gross  gate 
receipts  or  $3,000,  whichever  is  greater. 

8.   CHILDHOOD  LEAD  POISONING  PREVENTION 
RESOLUTION  OF  SUPPORT 

Approval  to  adopt  a  resolution  of  support  for  childhood  lead  poisoning 
prevention. 

President  Orr  explained  that  he  was  contacted  by  Neil  Gendell,  who  is 
leader  in  fighting  child  lead  poisoning  in  the  City.  The  Recreation  and 
Park  Department  has  done  well  to  inform  the  public  about  this  problem  and 
he  asked  the  Commission  to  adopt  a  resolution  of  support  for  this 
important  issue. 

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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

CHILDHOOD  LEAD  POISONING  PREVENTION 
RESOLUTION  OF  SUPPORT  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16581 

WHEREAS,  the  San  Francisco  Public  Health  Department  has  determined  that 
all  children  in  San  Francisco  up  to  age  six  are  at  risk  for  being  poisoned 
by  lead,  in  particular  from  older  buildings  that  are  painted  with  leaded 
paint,  but  also  from  other  sources  including  drinking  water,  soil  in  yards 
and  playgrounds,  and  painted  swings,  slides  and  other  play  apparatus;  and, 

WHEREAS,  lead  poisoning  can  be  a  particularly  devastating  disease  for 
young  children  because  it  affects  their  ability  to  develop  physically  and 
intellectually  and  may  result  in  numerous  developmental  disabilities, 
including  loss  of  intelligence  quotient,  hyperactivity,  inability  to 
concentrate  and  more;  and  studies  have  shown  that  moderately  lead  poisoned 
children  are  more  likely  to  have  reading  disabilities  and  drop  out  of 
school ;  and, 

WHEREAS,  lead  is  toxic  to  the  human  body  in  almost  any  amount,  but 

children  under  age  six  are  particularly  vulnerable  to  the  effects  of  lead 

and  exposure  to  the  equivalent  of  a  few  grains  of  sugar  a  day  over  a  short 

period  of  time  can  poison  a  young  child;  and, 

WHEREAS,  there  are  no  effective  medical  treatments  for  the  disease  other 
than  reducing  the  level  of  lead  in  a  child's  blood,  preventing  the  child 
from  further  exposures  to  lead,  and  making  sure  that  his  or  her  diet 
contains  adequate  amounts  of  iron  and  calcium;  and, 

WHEREAS,  lead  poisoning  is  an  entirely  preventable  disease,  and  prevention 
is  the  only  effective  way  to  reduce  the  risk  of  childhood  lead  poisoning; 
and, 

WHEREAS,  the  Department  maintains  numerous  facilities  throughout  the  City 
which  could  contain  sources  of  childhood  lead  poisoning;  and, 

WHEREAS,  large  numbers  of  children  under  the  age  of  six  participate  in 
activities  at  those  facilities;  and, 

WHEREAS,  there  are  a  number  of  things  the  Department  can  do  now  to  reduce 
the  hazards  of  lead  poisoning  under  its  current  construction,  repair, 
maintenance  and  regular  cleaning  programs;  and, 

WHEREAS,  there  are  a  number  of  positive  steps  the  Department  can  take  to 
educate  staff  and  parents  about  lead  poisoning  and  how  to  avoid  exposures 
to  lead  poisoning  hazards;  and, 

WHEREAS,  the  Department  can  help  prevent  childhood  lead  poisoning  by 
educating  parents  about  the  Child  Health  Disability  Prevention  program 
administered  by  the  Health  Department,  which  program  provides  free, 
periodic  health  examinations  for  children  up  to  age  18  (children  under  six 
will  be  tested  for  lead  poisoning);  and, 

WHEREAS,  the  Board  of  Supervisors  by  Resolution  No.  7-22-92  has  urged  the 
Department  to  help  educate  parents  about  lead  poisoning;  and 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

CHILDHOOD  LEAD  POISONING  PREVENTION 
RESOLUTION  OF  SUPPORT  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  Department  staff  has  already  initiated  important  efforts  to 
inspect  the  Department's  facilities,  train  its  staff  and  inform  parents 
about  the  problem;  Now,  therefore  be  it 

RESOLVED,  That  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  commends  the  Department 
for  the  staff's  current  efforts  to  prevent  childhood  lead  poisoning  and 
supports  and  encourages  its  continuing  efforts,  including  inspection  and 
repair  of  all  facilities  that  might  pose  a  hazard  to  children  and 
education  of  staff  and  parents  of  children  using  the  Department's 
facilities  about  the  hazard. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

TWO-DAY  EVENT 

OUTDOOR  ROLLERSKATING  CHAMPIONSHIPS 

Approval  for  a  two-day  event  on  Sunday,  May  30,  1993,  and  Monday,  May  31, 
1993,  for  the  10th  Annual  "San  Francisco  Outdoor  Rol lerskating 
Championships" . 

Recreation  Supervisor,  Linda  Woo,  explained  that  this  is  a  request  to 
use  the  closed  portion  of  John  F.  Kennedy  Drive  on  Memorial  Day  weekend. 
The  event  promoter  plans  to  set  up  15  tables  for  sponsors  to  display  their 
products  but  not  sell  their  items.  Staff  has  not  had  problems  with  this 
event.  On  Sunday  there  will  be  races  and  jumping  events  and  dancing 
events  on  Monday.  The  fee  is  $300.00  per  day  and  $50.00  for  each  booth. 
Banners  will  be  placed  at  the  tables  but  there  will  be  no  advertising  on 
vehicles  in  the  park.  The  event  promoter  has  appealed  the  permit  fee  to 
the  April  meeting  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16582 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  two-day  event  in  Golden  Gate 
Park  on  Sunday,  May  30,  1993,  and  Monday,  May  31,  1993,  for  the  10th 
Annual  "San  Francisco  Outdoor  Rol lerskating  Championships",  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  the  three  vehicles  to  be  parked  at  the  race  site 
will  not  contain  advertising  and  that  the  appeal  of  the  permit  fee  will  be 
considered  at  the  April  meeting  of  the  Finance  and  Administration 
Committee. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

10.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

Ratification  of  Department  of  Public  Works'  award  of  contract  in  the 
amount  of  $3,596,500  to  Berrios  Construction,  Inc.,  for  improvements  to 
Candlestick.  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  contract  was  awarded  by  the  Department  of  Public  Works  in 
January.  He  stated  that  there  was  a  short  time  frame  in  which  to  complete 
the  capital  improvements  at  Candlestick  Park.  It  has  come  to  staff's 
attention  that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  has  more  authority  than 
previously  thought  in  approving  Department  of  Public  Works'  contracts.  As 
a  result,  staff  plans  to  change  the  approval  process  for  contracts. 

This  contract  has  been  reviewed  by  the  Board  of  Supervisors  which  found 
that  all  of  proper  procedures  were  followed  including  endorsement  by  the 
Human  Rights  Commission.  The  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  has  some 
limited  power  and  could  reject  a  bid  if  it  had  prior  experience  with  a 
contractor. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Eickman's  question,  Mr.  Arnold,  explained  that 
the  Department  of  Public  Works  would  administer  the  bid  process,  score  the 
bids  and  then  have  the  contract  approved  by  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  This  Commission  could  reject  the  bid  on  the  basis  of  cost  or 
prior  experience  with  a  contractor  but  not  on  the  basis  of  union  versus 
non-union  contract  or  that  the  Commission  preferred  another  bidder. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16583 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  Department  of  Public  Works' 
award  of  contract  in  the  amount  of  $3,596,500  to  Berrios  Construction, 
Inc.,  for  improvements  to  Candlestick  Park. 

11.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 
OUTFIELD  BLEACHERS 

Approval  of  construction  of  outfield  bleachers  at  Candlestick  Park. 

Assistant  Superintendent  of  Parks,  James  Cooney,  explained  that  this 
item  was  considered  by  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  is  a  request  to  approve  the  construction  of  bleachers  and 
modification  of  the  outfield  fence.  The  San  Francisco  Giants  want  to 
offer  the  fan  a  more  intimate,  enjoyable  experience  at  Candlestick  by 
installing  movable  bleachers  at  left  center  field  and  to  lower  the  height 
of  the  fence  from  10'  to  8'.  The  cost  of  these  modifications  will  be 
borne  by  the  Giants.  There  will  be  increased  costs  to  the  conversion 
process  as  well  as  new  costs  to  move  the  new  outfield  bleacher  section. 
The  Giants  have  agreed  to  pay  for  any  increased  costs  that  result  from  the 
outfield  bleachers.  Furthermore,  it  is  recognized  that  the  conversion 
process  (from  football  to  baseball)  will  take  longer  because  of  the  new 
outfield  bleacher  section.  The  Giants  have  agreed  to,  whenever  possible, 
be  cooperative  and  amenable  In  waiving  the  36  hour  rule  which  requires  the 
stadium  to  be  ready  for  baseball. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

11.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

OUTFIELD  BLEACHERS  (Continued) 

President  Orr  noted  that  the  staff  recommendation  references  the  fact  that 
the  Giants  reserve  the  right  to  seek  partial  reimbursements  for  some  of 
the  costs  for  the  outfield  bleacher  modifications  separately  as  part  of 
financial  reimbursement  negotiations  with  the  Mayor's  Office.  Mr.  Arnold 
explained  that  these  negotiations  are  still  taking  place.  President  Orr 
clarified  the  point  that  any  reimbursement  would  require  Commission 
approval  in  the  future. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Mr.  Cooney  stated  that 
ultimately  it  is  the  Giants'  decision  as  to  whether  or  not  the  36  hour 
rule  is  waived. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  Giants'  lease  gives 
them  the  exclusive  rights  to  the  stadium  36  hours  before  each  home  stand. 
Ms.  Burns  felt  that  the  Giants  are  trying  to  be  cooperative  with  the  City 
because  they  realize  that  the  new  bleachers  will  add  to  the  time  required 
to  convert  the  stadium  from  football  to  baseball  configuration. 

Jack  F.  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  &  Governmental  Affairs,  San  Francisco 
Giants,  explained  that  the  Giants  have  not  witnessed  a  conversion  process 
with  the  new  bleachers  and  are  unaware  how  much  additional  time  it  will 
take.  The  manufacturer  of  the  bleachers  wi  11  '  be  on-site  for  the  first 
couple  of  conversions  and  will  try  to  develop  a  time  frame.  Mr.  Bair  said 
that  since  the  Giants  do  not  have  experience  with  the  conversion  process 
they  cannot  commit  to  waive  the  36  hour  rule.  The  Giants  do  plan  to  be  as 
flexible  as  possible. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16584 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  construction  of  outfield 
bleachers  at  Candlestick  Park. 


12.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

AUXILIARY  SCOREBOARD 

Approval  of  placement  of  auxiliary  scoreboard  at  Candlestick  Park. 

Assistant  Superintendent  of  Parks,  James  Cooney,  explained  that  this 
item  was  considered  by  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee.  The  Giants,  wishing  to  make  the  experience  at  Candlestick  Park 
more  pleasant,  have  requested  to  permanently  install  an  old-fashioned 
out-of-town  scoreboard  in  the  stadium.  Staff  has  reviewed  the  design  and 
has  found  that  it  should  not  interfere  with  the  conversion  process  and 
will  not  be  visible  during  the  football  configuration.  The  Giants  will 
fund  the  scoreboard  and,  should  there  be  any  problems  resulting  from  the 
installation  of  the  scoreboard,  pay  those  costs.  Staff  recommended 
approval  subject  to  approval  of  the  supplement  to  the  Sony  Scoreboard 
Agreement. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  question,  Jack  F.  Bair,  Director  of 
Legal  &  Governmental  Affairs,  San  Francisco  Giants,  explained  that  he 
hoped  to  have  the  auxiliary  scoreboard  in  place  by  opening  day. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

12.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

AUXILIARY  SCOREBOARD  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Ruiz,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16585 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  placement  of  an  auxiliary 
scoreboard  at  Candlestick  Park. 

13.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SONY  SCOREBOARD  AGREEMENT 
SUPPLEMENT 

Approval  of  supplement  to  Agreement  to  furnish  Scoreboard  and  Other 
Equipment  and  Related  Services  (Sony  Scoreboard  Agreement). 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  new  auxiliary  scoreboard  will  be  an  attractive  advertising 
opportunity  at  Candlestick  Park.  Three  advertising  panels,  each  25'  x  10' 
have  been  identified  on  the  auxiliary  scoreboard.  The  Scoreboard 
Agreement  gives  Sony  the  exclusive  rights  to  advertise  inside  the 
stadium.  The  scoreboard  agreement  refers  to  advertising  panels  adjacent 
to  the  original  scoreboard.  However,  the  auxiliary  scoreboard  was  not  in 
place  when  the  original  scoreboard  agreement  was  signed.  Therefore  a 
technical  amendment  is  requested  specifying  that  the  auxiliary  scoreboard 
is  also  an  advertising  location.  There  is  a  clause  in  the  agreement 
entitled  "supplement  clause"  which  allows  the  parties  to  agree,  in 
writing,  to  add  these  advertising  panels.  Mr.  Arnold  said  that 
discussions  are  now  taking  place  about  splitting  additional  advertising 
revenues  with  the  Giants. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  under  the  Sony  Scoreboard  Agreement  the  first  $1 
Million  generated  from  advertising  panels  reverts  to  Sony  to  pay  for  the 
scoreboard.  Then,  a  series  of  payments  are  made  with  $10,000  to  the  City, 
$65,000  for  maintenance  set-aside,  and  $230,000  to  reimburse  the  City  for 
operation  of  the  scoreboard.  The  City  receives  65X  and  Sony  35X  for  any 
new  advertising  panels  that  are  installed  at  Candlestick  Park.  Some  of 
the  existing  advertisers  have  the  right  to  move  their  advertising  panels 
to  the  auxiliary  scoreboard  location. 

Jack  F.  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  &  Governmental  Affairs,  San  Francisco 
Giants,  said  that  since  the  Giants  are  funding  the  auxiliary  scoreboard 
and  will  operate  it,  they  want  to  be  able  to  generate  some  revenue  from  it. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16586 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  supplement  to  the  Agreement  to 
furnish  Scoreboard  and  Other  Equipment  and  Related  Services  (Sony 
Scoreboard  Agreement)  which  will  allow  advertising  adjacent  to  the  new 
auxiliary  scoreboard. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

14.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

NEW  CONCESSION  AGREEMENT 

Approval  of  a  new  concession  agreement  at  Candlestick  Park  between  the  San 
Francisco  Giants  and  Volume  Services. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  was  not  heard  at  the  Committee  level  and  is  a  request  to 
have  the  Commission  approve  a  new  concessionaire  at  Candlestick  Park.  The 
new  food  and  beverage  concessionaire  for  the  Giants,  and  ultimately  for 
the  San  Francisco  49ers,  is  Volume  Services.  Staff  reviewed  the  agreement 
and  felt  that  four  items  needed  clarification:  ■ 

"Section  I.D.  should  be  revised  to  include  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  in  the  approval  process  for  any  sub-concessionaire  or 
sub-licensee. 

"Section  III.B.,  III.C,  and  XI. D.  should  be  revised  to  name  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  as  the  owner  of  fixtures  and  renovations 
which  are  permanently  affixed  to  Candlestick  Park  properties  as  a  result 
of  concession  remodeling  under  the  concession  agreement. 

"Section  III .G.  should  be  revised  to  include  acknowledgment  of  the 
obligation  of  the  concessionaire  to  pay  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission 
for  the  cost  of  utilities  associated  with  the  concessions. 

"Section  III.H.  should  be  revised  to  include  reference  to  the  Sony 
Scoreboard  Agreement  and  the  advertising  rights  included  under  that 
agreement. 

The  Giants  have  agreed  to  these  changes  and  will  incorporate  the  changes. 

Commissioner  Sommer  asked  if  this  concessionaire  is  bound  by  the  Equal 
Employment  Opportunity  Council  hiring  rules. 

Robert  Herr,  an  attorney  for  the  Giants,  explained  that  this  document  is 
a  concession  agreement  between  the  Giants  and  Volume  Services  and 
therefore  the  City  provisions  regarding  hiring  regulations  do  not  directly 
apply.  However,  they  are  subject  to  all  the  State  and  Federal  hiring 
provisions. 

In  response  to' Commissioner  Sommer' s  question,  Jorge  Costa,  representing 
the  San  Francisco  Giants,  explained  that  they  have  an  extensive  recycling 
program  in  place  for  cans,  bottles  and  plastic  items. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Eickman's  question,  Larry  Baer,  representing 
the  San  Francisco  Giants,  explained  that  Volume  Services  operate  5  major 
stadiums  including  the  Oakland  Coliseum  and  Los  Angeles  Coliseum. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16587 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  concession  agreement  at 
Candlestick  Park  between  the  San  Francisco  Giants  and  Volume  Services. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

15.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY-NINERS 
FOOD  AND  BEVERAGE  PRICES 

Approval  of  food  and  beverage  price  increases  for  1993  baseball  and 
football  seasons. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  standard  food  and  beverage  items  are  similar  to  what  was  offered 
last  year  but  that  a  secondary  menu  has  been  added  which  offers  a  variety 
of  items.  The  price  of  items  range  from  $1.00  to  $8.00.  Volume  Services, 
the  new  concessionaire,  plans  to  increase  the  number  of  servers  at  the 
vending  stands  so  that  people  do  not  have  to  wait  as  long  as  they  did  in 
the  past.  Mr.  Arnold  felt  that  the  prices  were  reasonable. 

Jack  F.  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  &  Governmental  Affairs,  San  Francisco 
Giants,  explained  that  the  Giants  will  attempt  to  offer  all  of  the  new 
menu  items  but  not  all  of  the  items  will  be  available  for  opening  day. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Chan,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16588 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  food  and  beverage  price 
increases  for  1993  baseball  and  football  seasons. 


16.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY-NINERS 
LUXURY  SUITE  MENU  PRICES 

Approval  of  luxury  suite  menu  price  increases  for  1993  baseball  and 
football  season. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  Butler  Catering,  the  concessionaire  for  the  luxury  suites,  is 
requesting  many  new  items  on  its  menu.  The  major  change  in  addition  to 
the  new  items  is  that  dinner  orders  are  based  on  a  per  person  charge  with 
a  minimum  order  of  six.  Butler  has  requested  a  $.50  increase  in  beer  and 
soft  drinks  and  has  made  some  substitutions  and  changes  in  the  wine/spirit 
areas.  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  some  of  the  the  food  and  beverage  items  are 
pricey  and  that  staff  conducted  a  comparison  with  other  luxury  suites  and 
found  these  prices  high.  However,  at  Candlestick  Park,  fans  may  bring 
their  own  food  items  and  they  are  not  required  to  buy  food  from  Butler 
Catering. 

Commissioner  Sommer  found  the  prices  quite  high. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16589 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  luxury  suite  menu  price 
increases  for  1993  baseball  and  football  season. 

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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

17.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  BASEBALL  SEASON 
PARKING  LOT  RATE  INCREASE 

Approval  of  increase  in  parking  lot  rates  at  Candlestick  Park  for  1993 
baseball  season. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  is  a  request  to  increase  parking  lot  rates  by  $1.00  for 
automobiles  for  the  baseball  season.  These  rates  are  currently  charged  at 
the  Oakland  Coliseum  and  the  dirt  lots  surrounding  Candlestick  Park 
charged  this  rate  last  year.  The  Giants  receive  the  parking  lot 
revenues.  Mr.  Arnold  reminded  the  Commission  that  as  long  as  the  rates 
are  reasonable  there  is  no  legal  authority  for  the  Commission  to  deny  the 
increase. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16590 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  increase  in  parking  lot  rates 
at  Candlestick  Park  for  1993  baseball  season  as  follows: 

Present  Approved 

$6.00 
no  change 
no  change 

18.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

FIELD  MAINTENANCE  AGREEMENT 
AMENDMENT 

Consideration  of  an  amendment  to  the  Field  Maintenance  Agreement  with  the 
San  Francisco  Giants  for  maintenance  of  the  baseball  diamond  and  infield. 

Assistant  Superintendent  of  Parks,  James  Cooney,  explained  that  the  San 
Francisco  Giants  have  requested  that  the  Department  assume  maintenance 
responsibilities  for  the  baseball  diamond  and  infield  portion  of  the 
Candlestick  Park  field.  Historically,  although  the  master  lease  required 
the  Giants  to'  maintain  the  entire  field  during  baseball  season,  the 
Department  maintained  the  outfield  for  a  negotiated  fee.  As  a  compliment 
to  Candlestick  Park  turf  crew,  the  Giants  have  requested  that  Recreation 
and  Park  additionally  maintain  the  baseball  diamond  and  infield.  The 
proposed  agreement  states  that  the  Giants  shall  be  responsible  to 
reimburse  the  City  for  all  expenses  incurred.  The  payment  plan  provides 
for  5  equal  installments  to  be  paid  monthly.  The  sixth  payment  would  be 
based  on  the  actual  expenses  less  the  five  installment  payments.  He  asked 
the  Commission  to  approve  the  agreement  subject  to  staff  reaching  final 
agreement  with  the  Giants  on  reimbursement  for  these  costs. 

President  Orr  noted  the  dollar  amount  estimate  to  perform  this  work  was 
$170,000.  Mr.  Cooney  felt  that  the  $170,000  dollar  amount  was  adequate  to 
perform  the  work. 

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Automobi les 

$  5.00 

Buses 

15.00 

Motor  Homes/Limousines 

15.00 

Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

18.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

FIELD  MAINTENANCE  AGREEMENT 
AMENDMENT  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Eickman,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16591 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  amendment  to  the  Field 
Maintenance  Agreement  with  the  San  Francisco  Giants  for  maintenance  of 
the  baseball  diamond  and  infield. 


18a.   SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 
RENT  CREDIT 

Approval  of  a  rent  credit  to  the  San  Francisco  49ers  for  improvements  to 
the  locker  room  facilities  at  Candlestick  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  both  the  Giants  and  49ers  have  approached  the  Department  with  a 
request  to  improve  some  of  the  features  of  both  the  locker  room 
facilities  and  the  umpire/referee  area.  The  Department  planned  to 
perform  this  work  in  1994  but  since  so  much  renovation  work  is  now  taking 
place  it  was  considered  prudent  to  make  the  improvements  now.  The 
payment  mechanism  will  be  a  rent  credit  to  the  49ers  since  the  Department 
does  not  have  sufficient  funds  to  pay  for  the  improvements.  The  cost 
estimate  is  $35,000-50,000.  The  Department's  Stadium  Engineer  has 
reviewed  the  plans.  Mr.  Arnold  recommended  approval  of  the  49er  rent 
credit  in  order  to  make  these  improvements. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16592 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  rent  credit  to  the  San 
Francisco  49ers  in  an  amount  not  to  exceed  $50,000  for  improvements  to 
the  locker  room  facilities  at  Candlestick  Park. 


19.   MCLAREN  PARK  GOLF  COURSE 
INCREASE  IN  GREEN  FEES 

Approval  of  an  increase  in  green  fees  at  McLaren  Park  Golf  Course, 
effective  April  l ,  1993. 

Golf  Director,  Robert  Killian,  explained  that  the  lessee  at  McLaren 
Park  Golf  Course  (Gleneagles)  has  requested  an  increase  in  green  fees. 
Staff  has  surveyed  golf  courses  in  the  Bay  Area  and  found  the  proposed 
fees  to  be  comparable  to  fees  charged  at  other  courses.  He  recommended 
approval . 

Commissioner  Eickman  noted  that  at  one  time  this  golf  course  was  in 
deplorable  condition  and  that  the  lessee  has  dramatically  improved  the 
course. 

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$10 

.00 

No  ( 

Change 

13 

00 

22 

00 

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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

19.  MCLAREN  PARK  GOLF  COURSE 
INCREASE  IN  GREEN  FEES  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick.  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16593 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  increase  in  green  fees  at 
McLaren  Park  Golf  Course,  effective  4/1/93,  as  follows: 

Present  Approved 

Weekdays 9  Holes     $  9.00 

Weekdays 18  Holes      15.00 

Weekends/Holidays...  9  Holes      12.00 
Weekends/Holidays... 18  Holes      20.00 

20.  MCLAREN  PARK  GOLF  COURSE 
FOOD  AND  BEVERAGE  INCREASE 

Approval  of  an  increase  for  food  and  beverage  items  at  McLaren  Park  Golf 
Course,  effective  4/1/93. 

Golf  Director,  Robert  Kill ian,  explained  that  the  lessee  at  McLaren  Park 
Golf  Course  (Gleneagles)  has  requested  an  increase  in  food  and  beverage 
prices.  He  felt  the  increases  were  quite  modest  and  recommended  approval. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  increase  for  the  following  food 
and  beverage  items  at  McLaren  Park  Golf  Course,  effective  4/1/93: 

RES.  NO.  16594 

Present  Approved 

$  .50 

No  Change 

No  Change 

No  Change 

2.25 

1.75 

1.50 

2.25 

2.75 

2.75 

Back  Bar  (Premium  Alcohol  Brands)  Increase  all  $.25 


Coffee 

$  .25 

Breakfast  Sandwich 

2.00 

Pastys  (Meat  Pies) 

2.00 

Ham  &  Cheese  Sandwich 

1.50 

Pastrami /Swiss  on  French  Roll 

2.00 

Polish  Sausage  1/4  lb. 

1.50 

Hot  Dog  8"  Old  Fashioned 

1.25 

Beer,  Domestic 

2.00 

Beer,  Imported 

2.50 

"Well"  Drinks  (Alcoholic) 

2.50 

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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

21 .   SHARP  PARK  AND  HARD  I NG  GOLF  COURSES 
CIVIL  GRAND  JURY  REPORT 

Approval  of  response  to  Civil  Grand  Jury  Report  on  Harding  and  Sharp  Park 
Golf  Courses. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  the 
Civil  Grand  Jury  released  a  report  on  Harding  and  Sharp  Park  golf  courses 
on  February  10,  1993.  The  Department  was  given  less  than  24  hours  to 
review  the  report  before  it  was  made  public.  Staff  has  developed  a 
response  to  the  Grand  Jury.  Mr.  Arnold  summarized  the  Grand  Jury's  report 
and  the  Department's  responses: 

"The  golf  courses  should  be  run  on  a  more  business-like  basis  and  that  the 
Department  should  insist  upon  strict  compliance  with  the  leases. 

Staff  feels  the  golf  courses  are  run  on  a  business-like  basis  and 
that  rounds  have  increased  by  over  64%  (from  249,180  to  409,073)  and 
revenues  increased  by  over  260%  (from  $1.2  million  to  $4.5  million). 
The  concession  agreements  are  audited  approximately  every  two  years 
by  the  Controller's  Audits  Division. 

"If  any  lease  violation  occurs  which  is  not  corrected  promptly,  the  matter 
should  be  referred  to  the  City  Attorney  for  appropriate  action. 

The  Department  procedure  is  that  when  a  lease  violation  is 
identified,  the  concessionaire  is  contacted  and  requested  to  make 
corrective  action.  If  the  violation  is  not  corrected,  and,  if  there 
is  a  major  violation  that  either  affects  revenues  or  policies  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  then  staff  will  contact  the  City 
Attorney. 

°CPA  financial  statements  should  be  submitted  in  a  timely  manner  annually 
by  the  lessees. 

Submission  of  financial  statements  is  a  requirement  in  both  leases 
and  the  Grand  Jury  correctly  identified  that  these  statements  are  not 
always  submitted  in  a  timely  manner.  Both  concessionaires  have  been 
notified  that  such  statements  must  be  submitted  annually. 

"Revenue  statements  should  be  submitted  by  the  lessees  by  the  10th  of  each 
month. 

The  Grand  Jury  Report  correctly  states  that  monthly  revenue 
statements  are  not  always  submitted  on  time.  However,  the 
implication  that  the  Department  is  losing  revenue  is  not  correct. 
Under  current  procedures,  payments  are  deposited  on  the  fifth  of  the 
month.  Payments  are  then  reconciled  with  the  revenue  statements  when 
those  statements  are  received. 

"Starter  sheets  and  cart  rental  sheets  should  always  be  completed.  Total 
revenues,  broken  down  by  categories  and  reconciled  to  the  cash  registers 
daily  should  be  provided. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

21.   SHARP  PARK  AND  HARDING  GOLF  COURSES 
CIVIL  GRAND  JURY  REPORT  (Continued) 

At  Harding  Park,  starter  sheets  are  accompanied  with  daily  cash 
register  tapes  which  can  be  reconciled  with  the  starter  sheets.  At 
Sharp  Park,  cash  register  transaction  numbers  are  not  always  recorded 
on  the  starter  sheets  which  makes  reconciliation  difficult.  Staff 
will  correct  this  by  either  recording  the  transaction  number  on  the 
starter  sheets  or  by  providing  a  new  cash  register. 

"Lessees  should  collect  all  green  fees  and  deposit  them  in  the  manner 
provided  by  the  leases. 

The  Grand  Jury  Report  states  that  interest  income  is  lost  because 
daily  deposits  are  not  made.  Under  current  practice,  green  fee 
receipts  are  deposited  monthly  rather  than  daily.  This  practice 
reduces  interest  revenue  by  approximately  $9,000  annually  but  the 
Department  realizes  savings  of  over  $30,000  annually  for  not  having 
daily  armored  car  pick-ups. 

"All  relevant  documents  should  be  retained  for  audit  both  by  the  lessees 
and  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

The  lessees  deliver  original  source  documents  to  the  Department  on  a 
monthly  basis. 

"Interest  should  be  collected  as  provided  by  the  lease,  on  all  remittances 
paid  late. 

The  lessees  have  not  been  late  in  their  remittances  and  staff  has  not 
been  forced  to  charge  them  late  payments.  There  is  a  policy  that 
provides  for  interest,  and  penalty  payments  are  assessed  by  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  on  late  payments. 

"Cash  registers,  with  time,  date,  department  totals,  and  non-resettable 
features,  should  be  used  to  record  all  cash  receipts. 

One  cash  register  located  at  Sharp  Park  is  not  capable  of  registering 
this  information  and  will  be  replaced. 

"A  detailed  written  policy  on  complimentary  course  use  should  be 
established  and  adhered  to  at  both  courses. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the  complimentary  round  policy  item  is  the  next 
item  calendared  on  this  agenda  and  will  be  rectified  by  Commission 
action. 

Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  the  Grand  Jury  Report  cited  an  area  of 
deficiency  in  capital  improvements  at  both  golf  courses  which  are 
requirements  of  the  leases.  The  Harding  concessionaire  has  given 
documentation  complying  to  this  requirement.  The  Sharp  Park 
concessionaire  has  only  partially  complied.  'Staff  is  continuing  its 
discussions  with  the  Sharp  Park  concessionaire. 

Mr.  Arnold  read  the  final  paragraph  of  the  Department's  response  to  the 
Grand  Jury  Report: 

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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

21.  SHARP  PARK  AND  HARDING  GOLF  COURSES 
CIVIL  GRAND  JURY  REPORT  (Continued) 

"In  summary,  the  Grand  Jury  Report  identifies  several  technical  problems 
with  lease  compliance  at  the  golf  courses  at  Harding  Park  and  Sharp  Park 
as  well  as  one  possible  deficiency  in  capital  improvements  at  Sharp  Park. 
These  deficiencies  can  and  will  be  corrected.  However,  contrary  to 
reports  in  the  press  regarding  the  findings  of  the  Grand  Jury  Report, 
there  is  no  evidence  in  that  report  of  any  missing  or  mishandled  money  at 
either  of  the  golf  courses  under  review.  The  suggestions  in  the  report 
that  revenues  are  being  lost  from  these  golf  operations  are  not 
substantiated.  The  loss  of  interest  revenue  cited  in  the  report  is  not 
calculated  and,  in  fact,  amounts  to  approximately  $9,000  per  year  which  is 
more  than  offset  by  the  $30,000  In  annual  savings  which  are  realized  as  a 
by-product  of  this  loss  in  interest  revenue.  The  Recreation  and  Park 
Department  will  continue  its  efforts  to  improve  all  of  its  concession 
operations. " 

Commissioner  Chan  said  that  the  audits  conducted  by  the  Controller's 
Office  did  not'  identify  some  of  the  issues  raised  by  the  Grand  Jury  Report 
and  that  this  fact  should  be  referenced  in  the  Department's  response. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Sommer,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16595 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  response  to  Civil  Grand  Jury 
Report  on  Harding  and  Sharp  Park  Golf  Courses. 

22.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  GOLF  COURSES 
COMPLIMENTARY  ROUNDS 

Establishment  of  policy  on  complimentary  rounds  at  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department  golf  courses. 

Golf  Director,  Robert  Killian,  explained  that  he  contacted  various  golf 
courses,  pro  shops  and  the  Northern  California  Golf  Course  Association  and 
recommended  approval  of  a  complimentary  golf  round  policy. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  said  that  complimentary  golf  rounds 
affects  a  very  small  number  of  people  that  no  other  Bay  Area  courses  had  a 
written  pol icy. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16596 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  establishes  a  policy  on  complimentary 
rounds  at  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  golf  courses,  as  follows: 

Professional  Golf  Association  members.  (2-5  per  week,  depending  on  the 

golf  course) 

Members  of  professional   golf   superintendents  associations  (1-2 

players  per  week) 

Golf  pro  shop  staff  (5  per  day) 

Golf  course  maintenance  employees  (2  players  per  week) 

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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

23.  SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16597 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  proposed  settlement  of  claim 
of  Maria  Bertha  Chapa  v.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  et  al .  in  the 
amount  of  $10,000. 

24.  ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFTS 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16598 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  following  gifts  valued  at 
$302,820.97,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  Bank  of  America,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
$3,500.00,  for  underwriting  the  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Park  and 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  Newsletter. 

b.  From  Mrs.  Margaret  Cooper,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
$4,995.83,  for  the  Department's  Reforestation  Fund. 

c.  From  San  Francisco  Croquet  Club,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and 
Parks,  $2,050.00,  for  the  Park  Maintenance  Fund. 

d.  From  the  Richard  and  Rhoda  Goldman  Fund,  through  Friends  of 
Recreation  and  Parks,  $281,700.14,  for  the  renovation  of  the  Julius 
Kahn  Clubhouse,  a  gift  in  place. 

e.  From  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks,  $7,500.00,  for  the  Julius  Kahn 
Clubhouse  Handicap  Access  Ramp. 

f.  From  Presidio  Heights  Association  of  Neighbors,  through  Friends  of 
Recreation  and  Parks,  $2,000.00,  for  the  Julius  Kahn  Clubhouse 
Handicap  Access  Ramp. 

g.  From  various  individuals,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
$1,075.00,  for  the  Julius  Kahn  Clubhouse  Handicap  Access  Ramp. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  appropriate  letters  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  the 
donors. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 


25.   PUBLIC  COMMENT 


At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  to 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Jan  Hutch  ins,  Director  of  Community  Development  for  the  San  Francisco 
Giants,  explained  that  the  Giants  want  to  develop  a  good  partnership  with 
Northern  California  communities.  To  that  end,  he  has  been  working  with 
the  Department  and  planning  activities  for  the  City's  summer  workreation 
program.  The  sports  day  camp  at  Candlestick  Park  will  be  scheduled  on  a 
game  day  so  youth  can  interact  with  the  players.  He  said  long  range 
discussions  are  taking  place  to  raise  a  Giants  community  fund.  The  Giants 
have  three  major  fundraisers:  (1)  Playball  Luncheon,  (2)  Giants  community 
golf  tournament  (3)  and  sports  memorabilia  auction. 

Jack  Bair,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Giants,  thanked  the  staff  and 
Commission  for  their  support  and  hoped  that  it  was  the  beginning  of  the 
formation  of  a  good  relationship.  He  wanted  to  inform  the  Commission 
about  a  situation  at  Candlestick  Park.  The  Berrios  contractor  has 
encountered  subterranean  rock  formation  at  Gate  C  which  will  increase  the 
cost  of  the  contract  and  may  require  the  gate  to  be  closed  for  the  opening 
day  game.  He  was  concerned  how  the  closure  of  this  gate  could  impact  the 
gameday  events  and  affect  crowd  control . 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  she  has  contacted  the 
Acting  Director  of  the  Department  of  Public  Works  who  will  be  on-site  at 
Candlestick  Park  on  Friday,  March  19,  1993,  to  see  what  the  City  can  do  to 
expedite  a  solution  to  this  problem. 

Jeff  Wilson,  the  concessionaire  at  Harding  Golf  Course,  thanked  the 
Commission  and  Department  for  its  support  and  response  to  the  Civil  Grand 
Jury  Report.  He  further  explained  that  this  year  they  were  awarded  the 
sponsorship  of  the  City  Golf  Tournament  and  invited  the  Commission  to 
attend  the  final  round  on  3/27/93. 


26.   PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

President  Orr  urged  the  Commission  to  inform  people  of  the  Mayor's  public 
hearings  regarding  the  budget.  He  felt  that  it  was  important  to  urge 
people  to  attend  these  hearings  so  that  the  Mayor  is  aware  that  Recreation 
and  Park  and  its  programs  are  important  and  vital. 

President  Orr  also  reminded  the  Commission  of  the  Joint  Commission  meeting 
with  City  Planning  to  be  held  at  5:30  p.m.  on  4/15/93.  The  Regular 
Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  is  also  scheduled  on 
4/15/93,  at  2:00  p.m.. 


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Thursday,  March  18,  1993 

27.  COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  February  3,  1993 

Recreation  Program  Committee  Meeting  of  February  24,  1993 

Golden  Gate  Park.  Committee  Meeting  of  March  1,  1993 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  March  2,  1993 

Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor  Committee  Meeting  of  March  4,  1993 

28.  ADJOURNMENT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Donald  Meer,  Senior  Swim  Instructor  with  the  Aquatics  Division,  who  passed 
away  on  March  1 ,  1993. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Haruko  Hagiwara-Matsuishi ,  a  devoted  benefactor  of  the  Japanese  Tea 
Garden,  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Mel  Swig,  a  civic  leader  who  passed  away  recently. 


There  being  no  further  business,  the 
680th  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  3:50  p.m. 

Respectfully  submitted, 


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Shauha  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


Note:  These  minutes  set  forth  all  actions  taken  by  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  on  matters  stated,  but  not  necessarily  the  chronological  order  li 
which   the  matters  were  taken  up. 


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April  15,  1993 


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Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 


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PUBLIC  LIBRARY 


MINUTES 


681  ST  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSOAY,  APRIL  15,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-First  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  April  15,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Keith  Eicknnan 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 


APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  March  18,  1993,  were  approved  as 
presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"URBAN  PARK  AND  RECREATION  ALLIANCE  CONFERENCE 

The  annual  spring  conference  of  the  Urban  Park  and  Recreation  Alliance 
(UPRA),  April  21-24,  is  being  hosted  by  San  Francisco  for  the  second  time 
since  its  inception  in  1972.  UPRA  is  composed  of  the  managers  of  the  44 
largest  urban  park  districts  in  the  United  States,  and  the  emphasis  of  the 
organization  is  problem  solving  and  information  sharing.  Some  of  the 
topics  that  will  be  discussed  at  the  upcoming  conference  are:  youth  at 
risk,  budget  cuts,  disabled  access  issues  and  innovative  management 
techniques.  I  am  pleased  that  a  number  of  Commissioners  will  have  an 
opportunity  to  meet  some  of  the  directors.  At  your  places  is  a  list  of 
the  directors  who  will  be  attending. 

DE  YOUNG  MUSEUM 

Recreation  and  Park  Department  staff  will  be  meeting  with  Fine  Arts  Museum 
staff  to  discuss  their  short-term  needs  for  structural  improvements  and 
their  long-term  master  plan  options.  It  is  our  understanding  that  a 
short-term  proposal  has  been  approved  by  the  Fine  Arts  Museum  Board  to 
brace  the  museum  to  guard  against  structural  damage  in  the  event  of  an 
earthquake.  This  would  entail  bracing  the  roof  area  and  include 
buttresses  that  would  project  out  from  the  building  at  approximately  ten 
locations.  We  will  be  reviewing  these  plans,  and  they  will  be  presented 
for  Commission  review  in  the  near  future. 

GIANTS  OPENING  DAY 

The  Giants'  home  opener  on  Monday,  April  12,  went  very  well.  There  was  a 
record  regular-season  baseball  crowd,  the  weather  was  sunny  and  clear  and, 
contrary  to  the  April  4  Bay  Bridge  series  game,  there  was  plenty  of  food 
and  drink  for  all.  The  playing  field  was  beautiful  and  the  Giants  won  in 
overtime. 

KOALA 

On  March  26,  a  check  of  the  pouches  of  the  Zoo's  three  female  koalas 
revealed  that  one  of  the  females  had  delivered  a  baby.  The  joey  was 
estimated  to  be  about  one  month  old  and  should  emerge  from  the  pouch 
sometime  in  September.  This  birth  is  very  significant  since  neither  of 
the  parents  has  produced  offspring  before. 

STRYBING  ARBORETUM  AND  BOTANICAL  GARDENS 

At  your  places  you  will  find  a  brochure  announcing  Strybing  Arboretum 
Society's  26th  Annual  Plant  Sale  on  April  30  and  May  1,  1993,  at  the  San 
Francisco  County  Fair  Building.  Members'  preview  sale  is  from  5:00  to 
8:00  p.m.,  on  Friday,  April  30.  The  public  sale  is  from  10:00  a.m.  until 
1:00  p.m.  on  Saturday,  May  1. 

On  May  13,  the  Society  will  be  holding  its  4th  Annual  Urban  Landscape 
Awards  Dinner.  This  year's  recipient  is  the  R1tz  Carlton.  A  special 
award  is  being  given  to  the  Sisterhood  Guild  of  Temple  Emanu-El.  An 
invitation  to  the  awards  dinner  is  at  your  place. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

STRYBING  ARBORETUM  AND  BOTANICAL  GARDENS  (Continued) 

The  California  Native  Plant  Garden  is  in  full  bloom  now  and  is  well  worth 
a  trip  to  the  Botanical  Gardens  to  see  the  beauty  of  all  the  colors. 

CAMP  MATHER 

A  work,  crew  of  42  people  from  all  trades,  tree  toppers  and  reforestation 
will  head  for  Camp  Mather  on  May  3.  The  major  problem  to  solve  is  the 
removal  of  approximately  20  downed  trees.  The  main  project  for  the  Yard 
Crew  is  the  installation  of  a  filter  system,  mandated  by  state  and  federal 
government  regulations,  on  the  domestic  water  supply  by  their  deadline  of 
July  1.  Other  activities  include  disabled  access  to  one  additional  cabin 
and  to  the  deck  area  at  the  store.  Most  activities  will  occur  before  the 
Blue  Grass  music  festival  on  Memorial  Day  weekend. 

YOUTH  SERVICE  DAY 

Over  200  young  people  from  San  Francisco's  public,  private  and  parochial 
schools,  as  well  as  c~urch  and  service  groups,  will  participate  in  a  Youth 
Service  Day  event  at  Stern  Grove.  Starting  at  9  a.m.  on  Saturday,  April 
24,  the  volunteers  will  descend  on  the  grounds  of  the  park  as  part  of 
National  Youth  Service  Week — cleaning,  painting,  raking  and  sweeping — to 
ready  the  Grove  for  the  summer  season.  This  third  annual  event  is 
sponsored  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department,  San  Francisco  School 
Volunteers,  the  Clean  City  Coalition,  the  San  Francisco  Volunteer  Center, 
the  Stern  Grove  Festival  Association  and  the  Conservation  Corps. 

TEEN  CENTER  KICKOFF 

The  Recreation  Division  has  expanded  services  to  teens  throughout  the  City 
with  the  creation  of  13  new  neighborhood  teen  programs.  At  your  places 
you  will  find  the  new  and  colorful  posters  announcing  the  location  of  eacn 
facility.  As  you  can  see,  information  and  activities  on  a  variety  of 
subjects  will  be  available  through  this  program  expansion.  Many  sites 
have  had  initial  kickoff  events  that  were  very  well  received.  These 
kickoffs  included  a  fashion  show  at  Joseph  Lee  Recreation  Center,  where 
over  250  youth  attended  and  were  entertained  by  35  young  women  from  the 
modeling  class,  and  a  job  fair  at  Ocean  View  Recreation  Center,  where 
local  youth  learned  of  the  many  professional  options  available  in  today's 
job  market.  Staff  is  very  hopeful  that  this  expanded  program  will  provide 
many  of  the  basic  services  necessary  for  the  youth  in  our  city. 

NEWSLETTER 

At  your  places  is  the  spring  1993  edition  of  Update,  the  newsletter 
published  jointly  by  the  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks  and  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department.  Compliments  are  due  to  Robert  Zinkhon, 
newsletter  editor  and  member  of  the  Friends  Board.  Appreciation  also  goes 
to  the  Bank  of  America,  which  generously  paid  for  the  graphics  and 
printing.  The  newsletter  is  distributed  to  members  of  the  Friends  and 
employees  of  the  Department. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claims,  under  $5,000,  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  during  the  month  of  March  1993: 


Brugler,  William $400.00 

Moret,  David  J 613.85 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER 

Monday,  April  19,  1993 


Wednesday,  April  21  through 
Saturday,  April  24,  1993 

Wednesday,  April  21  through 
Sunday,  April  25,  1993 

Wednesday,  April  28,  1993 


Monday,  May  3,  1993 
Tuesday,  May  4,  1993 
Wednesday,  May  5,  1993 

Thursday,  May  6,  1993 


Dunn,  Terry $828.85 

Ri vas,  Adrian 466.09 


Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Commission;  4:00  p.m.; 
McLaren  Lodge 

Urban  Park  and  Recreation  Alliance 
Spring  Conference;  Miyako  Hotel 

San  Francisco  Landscape  Garden  Show; 
Pavilions  at  Fort  Mason 

Recreation  Program  Committee 
Meeting;  3:30  p.m.;  Julius  Kahn 
Playground,  West  Pacific  and  Spruce 

Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting; 
4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee 
Meeting;  4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30 
p.m.  tour,  5:00  p.m.  meeting; 
Education  Classroom,  S.F.  Zoo 

Finance  and  Administration 
Committee  Meeting;  4:00  p.m.; 
McLaren  Lodge" 


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President  Orr  noted  that  the  City  finally  received  title  of  the  Cathay 
Mortuary  site  which  will  become  the  City's  new  Chinatown  Park.  A  press 
conference  was  held  in  front  of  City  Hall  on  4/12/93  with  a  number  of 
people  from  the  community  who  have  been  working  on  this  acquisition  for 
over  a  decade.  Commissioner  Orr  said  that  everyone  is  excited  that  work 
can  begin  to  create  a  new  park  in  one  of  the  most  dense  neighborhoods  in 
the  entire  U.S.A. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  informed  the  Commission  that  the 
Department  has  taken  possession  of  the  Cathay  Mortuary  and  the  building  is 
now  being  checked  for  toxics  and  asbestos.  The  Real  Estate  Department  and 
the  Department  of  Public  Works  are  preparing  the  demolition  contract  which 
will  be  bid  when  the  toxic  work  is  completed. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park.  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf, 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  13572: 

a.  PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16599 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  March  4, 
1993  through  April  1 ,  1993. 

b.  JUSTIN  HERMAN  PLAZA  RES.  NO.  16600 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  multiple  day  event  on 
Thursday  and  Friday,  June  24-25,  1993,  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza  for 
their  annual  "Jail  &  Bail"  event. 


WASHINGTON  SQUARE  RES.  NO.  16601 

MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  multiple  day  event  on 
Saturday  and  Sunday,  June  19-20,  1993,  at  Washington  Square  for  the 
Annual  North  Beach  Festival. 


d.  PRECITA  PARK/BERNAL  HEIGHTS  PARK/GARFIELD  SQUARE       RES.  NO.  16602 
PARK  CLOSURE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  posting  of  signage  stating 
Predta  Park,  Bernal  Heights  Park  and  Garfield  Square  will  be  closed 
from  10:00  p.m.  to  6:00  a.m. 

e.  PRECITA  PARK  RES.  NO.  16603 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  to 
Golden  Bay  Construction,  Inc.  in  the  amount  of  $186,500  for  the 
renovation  of  the  existing  children's  play  area  at  Preclta  Park. 

f.  PORTSMOUTH  SQUARE  RES.  NO.  16604 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  to 
Intercoastal  Construction  in  the  amount  of  $1,338,000  for  Phase  II 
Improvements  of  Portsmouth  Square. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

g.   CO  IT  TOWER/ JAPANESE  TEA  GARDEN/  RES.  NO.  16605 

SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
EXTENSION  OF  MUNI  PASSPORT  DISCOUNTS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  extension  of  Muni  Passport 
discounts  at  Coit  Tower,  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens  and  the 
Japanese  Tea  Garden. 

h.   SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM  RES.  NO.  16606 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  proposed  settlement  of 
claim  of  Michele  Pryal  v.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  et  al .  in 
the  amount  of  $1 ,000. 

i .  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  CARROUSEL  RES.  NO.  16607 

USE  PERMIT/SPECIAL  EVENT  FEES 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  revision  to  the  Carrousel 
Use  Permit  and  increase  in  Special  Event  fee  to  $600.00. 


j.   PON  &  HOM  RES.  NO.  16608 

BANDSHELL-GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
INCREASE  IN  FOOD  &  BEVERAGE  PRICES 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  request  from  Pon  &  Horn  to 
increase  and  add  new  food  and  beverage  prices  at  the  Bandshell  at 
Golden  Gate  Park,  effective  4/16/93: 

Item  Current  Approved 

Hot  Dog  (8  to  a  pound) 

Ice  Cream  Sandwich  (4.5  oz) 

Candy  (3  oz.) 

Ham  Sandwich  (4  oz.) 

Turkey  Sandwich  (4  oz.) 

Nachos  (2  oz.  w/cheese) 

Pretzels  (5.5  oz.) 

Churros  (16") 

Fresh  Popcorn  (1.5  oz.) 

Fresh  Popcorn  (2.5  oz.) 

Hot  Drinks  (Coffee,  Tea  & 

Chocolate  14  oz.) 
Hot  Drinks  (8  oz.) 
Soft  Drinks  (24  oz.) 
Soft  Drinks  (20  oz.) 

k.   CIVIC  CENTER  PLAZA 

CINCO  DE  MAYO  FESTIVAL 
PERMIT  FEE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  permit  fee  for  the  27th 
Annual  "Clnco  de  Mayo"  Festival  to  be  held  at  Civic  Center  Plaza  on 
May  1-2,  1993. 


$  1.80 

$  1 .90 

New  Item 

$  1.50 

New  Item 

$  .85 

New  Item 

$  3.25 

New  Item 

$  3.25 

New  Item 

$  2.00 

New  Item 

$  1.50 

New  Item 

$  1.50 

$  1.25 

$  1.50 

New  Item 

$  2.00 

New  Item 

$  1.25 

$  .75 

No  Change 

New  Item 

$  2.00 

$  1.75 

No  Change 

RES.  NO.  16609 

Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

I.   AQUATICS  PROGRAM                                   RES.  NO  16610 
REVISION  TO  SCRIP  TICKET  REFUND  POLICY  

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  following  revision  to  the 
scrip  ticket  refund  policy  for  the  Aquatics  Program  which  shall  read: 

"Patrons  who  possess  scrip  tickets  that  become  invalid  because  of  fee 
increase  shall  be  allowed  to  exchange  the  remaining  value  of  the  old 
scrip  toward  the  purchase  of  a  new  scrip  for  the  period  of  six  months 
after  the  price  increase.  After  the  six  month  period,  no  exchange 
wi 1 1  be  permitted. " 

m.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16611 

30TH  AVENUE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  "No  Parking"  signs  along 
west  curb  of  30th  Avenue  (Fulton  Street  to  Kennedy  Drive). 

n.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK/GREAT  HIGHWAY  RES.  NO.  16612 

ROAD  CLOSURE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  road  closure  along  the 
Great  Highway  for  the  10th  Annual  Escape  From  Alcatraz  Triathalon  on 
Saturday,  June  12,  1993. 

GENERAL  CALENDAR 

5.    RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

BUDGET  REDUCTIONS  FISCAL  YEAR  1993-94 

Consideration  of  budget  reductions  to  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department 
for  Fiscal  Year  1993-94. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  City's  budget  deficit  is  $184  Million.  As  a  result,  each 
Department  was  asked  to  submit  a  reduction  package  by  4/5/93. 

The  Mayor  asked  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  to  submit  a  reduction 
package  totaling  $4.2  Million.  The  Department  was  already  assessed  a 
reduction  of  $800,000  by  the  Controller's  Office.  Therefore,  the 
Department  was  asked  to  reduce  its  General  Fund  budget  by  $5  Million. 
This  dollar  figures  equates  to  almost  a  30%  reduction  of  Recreation  and 
Park's  discretionary  General  Fund  budget.  Mr.  Arnold  further  explained 
that  it  appears  that  Recreation  and  Park  has  been  given  the  highest 
reduction  of  any  City  Department. 

Mr.  Arnold  outlined  the  reductions  the  Department  will  have  to  make  in 
order  to  meet  the  $5  Million  goal: 

'   Close  all  recreation  centers  and  pools  on  Sundays  and  holidays 

0   Close  two  swimming  pools:  Coffman  and  North  Beach  or  Hamilton. 

0   Close  the  Zoo.  During  the  first  year,  fourteen  animal  exhibits  would 

be  eliminated  and  the  animals  sold.   The  Zoo  would  be  closed  during 

the  winter  except  for  weekends. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

BUDGET  REDUCTIONS  FISCAL  YEAR  1993-94  (Continued) 

Eliminate  the  capital  improvement  program  at  Candlestick  Park  and 
transfer  stadium  revenues  to  the  General  Fund. 

Eliminate  all  park  maintenance  along  the  Lower  Great  Highway  and  the 
Dolores  Islands;  withdraw  all  permanent  horticulture  staff  from  the 
Palace  of  Fine  Arts,  Ina  Coolbrith  Park  and  Park  Presidio  Boulevard 
and  provide  spot  maintenance  to  these  areas  with  a  mobile  crew;  reduce 
the  horticulture  staff  at  Moscone  Recreation  Center  by  33%;  eliminate 
weekend  and  holiday  custodial  service  at  twelve  recreation  centers  and 
playgrounds. 

0  Eliminate  ten  positions  from  the  Urban  Forestry  and  Turf  Management 
Division.  These  reductions  will  primarily  impact  the  urban  forestry 
program  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Eliminate  four  positions  from  the  Structural  Maintenance  Division. 
These  reductions  will  eliminate  the  deliveries  to  our  youth  summer 
camps  and  result  in  a  buildup  of  debris  throughout  the  park  system. 

0  Reduce  funds  for  vehicle  maintenance.  This  reduction  will  eliminate 
all  body  work  and  some  preventive  maintenance  work. 

Lease  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  to  a  non-profit  organization  and 
eliminate  all  City  funding. 

*  Reduce  scavenger  costs.  The  Recreation  and  Park  Department  currently 
pays  approximately  $600,000  annually  for  trash  removal  from  the  City 
parks.  Much  of  this  trash  is  generated  from  households.  The  City 
Attorney  has  advised  that  a  special  assessment  district  could  be 
created  by  the  Board  of  Supervisors  which  would  place  some  of  the  cost 
of  trash  removal  on  property  tax  bills. 

°  Reduce  the  overhead  charge  assessed  by  the  Controller.  The  City's 
overhead  charge  is  supposed  to  recover  costs  of  general  Citywide 
services.  At  a  time  when  the  cost  of  these  services  is  going  down  the 
assessment  of  these  costs  on  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  has 
increased  by  $800,000  in  each  of  the  past  two  years. 
Administrative  savings.  In  the  past  two  years  the  administrative 
staff  and  operating  budget  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  have 
been  reduced  by  approximately  20%.  Further  reductions  will  reduce  the 
revenue-generating  capabilities  of  the  department. 

Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  the  Department  will  be  meeting  with  the 
Mayor  tomorrow  on  this  budget  reduction  package  and  that  the  City  has 
reduced  the  Department's  General  Fund  support  by  $7  Million  over  the  last 
2  years.  The  Recreation  and  Park  Department  and  the  Library  Department 
received  the  highest  budget  reduction  for  Fiscal  Year  1993-94. 

President  Orr  was  troubled  by  this  budget.  He  said  the  Department  has 
taken  a  15%  reduction  in  1992-93  and  a  substantial  reduction  in  the 
1991-92.  He  proposed  that  a  resolution  be  passed  urging  the  Mayor  that  in 
light  of  the  severe  reductions  suffered  by  the  Department  in  past  years 
that  he  reconsider  the  reduction  being  asked  of  the  Department  for  the 
next  fiscal  year.  He  felt  the  Department  and  the  public  would  be 
shattered  by  this  budget  reduction. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  a  parcel  tax  for  parks  could  be  initiated  but  such  a 
proposal  would  require  the  Mayor's  concurrence. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

5.    RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

BUDGET  REDUCTIONS  FISCAL  YEAR  1993-94  (Continued) 

Vice  President  Immendorf  said  he  would  continue  to  support  the 
Department's  program  before  the  Mayor  and  others. 

Commissioner  Sommer  recalled  that  the  Mayor's  Chief  of  Staff,  James 

Lazarus,   informed  the  Commission  in  December  (when  he  presented  the 

Giants  lease  amendment  issue),  that  Recreation  and  Park  would  be  kept 
whole  if  the  Giants  lease  amendment  was  approved. 

Mr.  Arnold  felt  that  Mr.  Lazarus'  comments  referred  to  whether  the 
Department  would  be  required  to  transfer  Stadium  Fund  revenues  to  the 
General  Fund. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  reductions  in  Recreation  and  Park,  programs  and 
the  Library  Department  send  a  very  bad  signal  to  the  children  of  the  City. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  he  attended  one  of  the  Mayor's  public  hearings 
regarding  the  City's  budget  and  people  asked  that  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio 
not  be  eliminated  and  that  the  pools  not  be  closed. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  explained,  as  an 
example,  that  if  the  Fire  Department  was  asked  to  make  the  same  reduction 
as  Recreation  and  Park,  it  would  be  forced  to  close  some  of  its  fire 
stations. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  handout  given  by  the 
Mayor  at  his  recent  budget  hearings  showed  that  Recreation  and  Park  had 
the  largest  number  of  employees  deleted  from  its  work  force. 

President  Orr  said  the  public  will  have  to  inform  the  Mayor  of  the 
importance  of  Recreation  and  Park,  its  programs  and  services. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Orr,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16613 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  budget  for  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Department  for  fiscal  year  1993-94,  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  a  resolution  shall  be  sent  to  the  Mayor  informing 
him  that  Recreation  and  Park  Department  has  taken  a  disproportionate  share 
of  cuts  to  its  budget  in  the  past  and  should  not  be  assessed  a  substantial 
percentage  for  FY  1993-1994. 

6.    PALACE  OF  FINE  ARTS/EXPLORATORIUM 
BOND  MEASURE 

Approval  of  placement  of  a  bond  measure  to  be  placed  before  the  electorate 
on  a  future  ballot  to  remodel  the  Exploratorlum  and  correct  drainage  and 
sewer  problems  on  the  Palace  of  Fine  Arts  grounds. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  this  matter  was  presented 
at  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee.  The  Palace  of  Fine  Arts  1s  under 
jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  the  Exploratorlum 
is  its  tenant.   There  is  now  a  move  to  place  a  Culture  Bond  on  the 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

6.    PALACE  OF  FINE  ARTS/EXPLORATOR I UM 
BOND  MEASURE  (Continued) 

Ms.  Learner's  statement  (Continued) 

forthcoming  ballot  (perhaps  November  or  June  1994).  With  the  Commission's 
approval,  the  Exploratorium  can  prepare  the  bond  booklet  and  other 
requirements  that  are  necessary  in  order  to  put  a  bond  issue  on  the 
ballot.  The  bond  will  remodel  the  Exploratorium,  completely  within  the 
existing  footprint  of  the  building,  correct  drainage  and  sewer  problems, 
repair  irrigation  and  landscaping  and  improve  the  lagoon  water  quality. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  Department  has  received  complaints  regarding 
the  noise  which  is  transferred  between  the  Theatre  and  the  Exploratorium. 
This  bond  would  place  a  soundproof  wall  between  the  2  tenants. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Ms.  Learner  explained  that 
the  culture  bond  will  include  a  number  of  institutions  such  as  the  Asian 
Art  Museum  and  the  Academy  of  Sciences. 

Goery  OeleCorte,  representing  the  Exploratorium,  urged  adoption  of  this 
item  and  said  it  will  offer  better  amenities  and  a  more  welcoming 
atmosphere  at  the  Palace  of  Fine  Arts  area. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16614 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  placement  of  a  bond  measure  to 
be  placed  before  the  electorate  on  a  future  ballot  to  remodel  the 
Exploratorium  and  correct  drainage  and  sewer  problems  on  the  Palace  of 
Fine  Arts  grounds. 

7.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

RECISION  OF  FOURTH  AMENDMENT 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  is  a  technical  amendment.  Several  months  ago  the 
Commission  was  asked  to  approve  several  concessions  in  the  terms  of  the 
Giants  including  the  fourth  amendment  to  the  Giants  lease.  The  Board  of 
Supervisors  has  now  rescinded  its  approval  of  this  amendment  and  it  is 
proper  that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  also  rescind  the  amendment. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16615 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  rescinds  the  Fourth  Amendment  to  the  Lease 
with  the  San  Francisco  Giants  affecting  the  City's  and  Giants'  obligations 
under  the  lease  and  reducing  the  City's  revenue  from  the  agreement 
including  approval  of  an  assignment,  pursuant  to  the  Sony  Scoreboard 
agreement,  that  assigns  the  City's  rights  to  payments  under  this  agreement 
to  the  Giants. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

8.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

AMENDMENTS  TO  SCOREBOARD  OPERATING  AGREEMENT 

Aporoval  of  Amendments  to  Scoreboard  Operating  Agreement  with  the  San 
Francisco  Giants. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  requests  three  amendments  to  the  Scoreboard  Operating 
Agreement.  Under  the  Scoreboard  Operating  Agreement  between  the  City, 
49ers  and  the  Giants,  the  Giants  operate  the  scoreboard.  Prior  to  January 
1993  the  Giants  received  compensation  for  operating  the  scoreboard.  One 
of  the  provisions  of  the  prior  agreement  reached  between  the  Mayor  and  the 
Giants  gave  the  Giants  all  advertising  revenues  from  Candlestick  Park  and 
therefore,,  the  compensation  clause  for  the  operation  of  the  scoreboard  was 
deleted.  Under  the  current  arrangement,  the  City  will  receive  payment 
from  Sony  to  help  offset  the  cost  of  operating  the  scoreboard.  The  first 
amendment  is  to  reinstate  the  compensation  clause  into  the  agreement  with 
the  Giants. 

The  second  amendment  relates  to  the  termination  date  of  the  scoreboard 
operating  agreement  which  was  changed  to  the  end  of  baseball  season, 
leaving  the  49ers  without  a  scoreboard  operator  cor  a  portion  of  the 
football  season.  Therefore,  the  second  amendment  is  to  restore  the 
termination  date  to  February. 

The  third  amendment  relates  to  the  new  auxiliary  scoreboard  and  the 
outfield  bleachers.  The  Giants  installed  these  two  features  at  their  own 
expense.  There  is  adjacent  advertising  to  the  new  auxiliary  scoreboard 
and  two  large  "Gap"  signs  on  the  outfield  fence.  The  revenues  from  this 
advertising  come  to  the  City,  by  the  terms  of  the  Sony  Agreement.  The 
Giants  would  like  to  have  the  Department's  share  of  the  revenues  from  the 
advertising  panels  adjacent  to  the  auxiliary  scoreboard  and  the  "Gap1' 
signs  to  compensate  them  for  the  cost  to  install  this  scoreboard  and  for 
removing/replacing  the  outfield  bleachers.  Their  estimated  cost  of  moving 
the  bleachers  is  between  $136,000-$204,000  a  year.  The  cost  of  the 
auxiliary  scoreboard,  as  reported  by  the  Giants,  was  approximately 
$340,000. 

The  policy  issue  before  the  Commission  is  whether  it  is  reasonable  to 
compensate  the  Giants  for  these  costs  and  how  much  that  reimbursement 
should  be.  It  was  the  position  of  staff  that  it  is  reasonable  to  have  the 
Giants  receive  a  portion  of  the  revenues  and  felt  $200,000  was  fair.  The 
Giants  want  full  compensation. 

In  response  to  President  Orr's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the 
$200,000  figure  would  be  a  one-time  payment.  He  further  explained  the 
cost  of  the  installation  of  the  advertising  panels  ($40,000)  would  be  paid 
first. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  questions,  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that 
the  Giants  informed  the  Department  that  they  would  pay  for  the  cost  of 
moving  the  bleachers  and  also  said  that  they  would  seek  to  provide  some 
revenue  opportunity  to  help  defray  part  of  those  costs. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  it  was  found  that  heavier 
footings  were  needed  for  the  bleachers  so  concrete  footings  were  poured 
for  the  portable  stands.  The  Giants  plan  to  review  the  footings  during 
the  All-Star  break  but  she  was  concerned  how  this  would  affect  'he 
conversion  process. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

8.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

AMENDMENTS  TO  SCOREBOARD  OPERATING  AGREEMENT  (Continued) 

Jack  F.  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  &  Governmental  Affairs,  San  Francisco 
Giants,  said  that  some  dramatic  changes  were  made  to  the  appearance  of 
Candlestick  Park  at  the  expense  of  the  Giants.  The  Giants  were  trying  to 
recapture  a  small  percentage  of  what  they  put  into  a  City-owned  facility. 
The  Giants  installed,  at  their  own  cost,  a  new  scoreboard  with  advertising 
panels.  Those  panels  were  placed  there  by  the  Giants  and  he  felt  it  was 
reasonable  to  be  reimbursed.  He  explained  that  the  only  dispute  between 
the  Department  and  the  Giants  is  the  amount  of  the  reimbursement.  Mr. 
Bair  explained  that  the  Giants  chose  an  auxiliary  scoreboard  to  enhance 
the  stadium  and  that  the  cost  to  install  any  scoreboard  would  exceed 
$200,000.  He  felt  it  was  unfair  and  punitive  to  cap  the  Giants 
reimbursement  when  they  created  the  revenue. 

Mr.  Bair  further  explained  that  the  "Gap"  sign  was  an  innovative  way  to 
help  the  Giants  defray  the  conversion  costs.  The  Giants  have  spent  over 
$l  Million  enhancing  the  facility.  He  clarified  the  point  that  the  Giants 
are  asking  permission  to  find  creative  funding  sources  to  defray  a  small 
percentage  of  what  they  have  given  to  a  City  facility.  He  felt  asking  for 
reimbursement  was  fair. 

Gary  Fowler,  representing  Nibbi  Brothers,  explained  that  the  Giants 

contacted  his  firm  to  analyze  the  installation  of  the  scoreboard  system  at 

right  field  regardless  of  the  manufacturer  of  the  scoreboard.   A 

structural  engineer  and  architect  estimated  that  the  installation  cost  to 
be  $340,000  for  either  scoreboard. 

Larry  Dodd,  the  controller  of  the  Giants  submitted  a  work  sheet  of  the 
installation  costs  of  the  auxiliary  scoreboard  totalling  $340,000. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  appreciated  the  Giar.;'  efforts  to  better  the  stadium 
but  said  when  the  Giants  make  improvements  to  stadium  the  Department  also 
incurred  additional  costs.  He  felt  that  the  percentage  of  profits  should 
be  reviewed  by  staff. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  the 
Giants  have  agreed  to  pay  any  additional  costs  to  move  the  bleachers. 

There  was  a  discussion  regarding  the  reimbursement  cost  of  $200,000  to 
$340,000.  It  was  agreed  that  staff  should  continue  discussions  and 
negotiations  with  the  Giants  to  agree  upon  a  dollar  figure  for 
reimbursement. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  16616 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  all  of  the  amendments  except  the 
dollar  amount  to  reimburse  the  Giants  for  their  cost  to  install  the  new 
auxi 1 iary  scoreboard. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  Apri I  15,  1993 

9.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

AMENDMENT  TO  SONY  SCOREBOARD  AGREEMENT 

Approval  to  amend  Sony  Scoreboard  Agreement  to  allow  outfield  fence 
advertising. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  the 
two  "Gap"  signs  recently  installed  on  the  outfield  fence  require  an 
amendment  to  the  Sony  Scoreboard  Agreement  permitting  the  signs  to  be 
placed  in  the  stadium  because  the  Sony  Agreement  specifies  the  number  of 
field  level  signs  that  are  permitted  at  Candlestick  Park.  The  two  "Gap" 
signs  are  not  permitted  without  approval  from  this  Commission.  The 
amendment  will  also  require  approval  from  the  Board  of  Supervisors. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Golf 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by 
Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16617 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  amendment  to  the  Sony 
Scoreboard  Agreement  to  allow  outfield  fence  advertising. 

10.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

STEVENS  CALIFORNIA  ENTERPRISES,  INC. 

Approval  to  support  the  release  of  Stevens  California  Enterprises,  Inc., 
from  its  Candlestick  Park  Stadium  Concession  Lease  with  the  City. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  when  the  Giants  selected  its  new  concessionaire,  Stevens  Enterprises 
asKed  the  Department  to  release  them  from  its  obligations  under  the 
concession  agreement  for  the  football  season.  Stevens  Enterprises  has  now 
vacated  the  stadium  and  Mr.  Arnold  has  sent  a  letter  endorsing  a 
conditional  release  of  Stevens.  The  release  is  premised  on  the  outcome  of 
the  final  audit  which  is  now  being  conducted  by  the  Controller's  Office. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Golf 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Sommer,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16618 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  supports  the  release  of  Stevens  California 
Enterprises,  Inc.,  from  its  Candlestick  Park  Stadium  Concession  Lease  with 
the  City. 

11.  CANDLESTICK  PARK  PARKING  LOT 
FLEA  MARKETS 

Approval  to  hold  a  series  of  flea  markets  in  the  Candlestick  Park  parking 
lot. 

Assistant  Superintendent  of  Parks,  Jim  Cooney,  explained  that  the 
Commission  has  previously  given  staff  the  authority  to  negotiate  multiple 
day  events  and  fees  In  the  parking  lot.  However,  the  intent  of  the 
Commission  was  to  approve  common  place  events  such  as  car  shows, 
commercials,  etc. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

11.   CANDLESTICK  PARK  PARKING  LOT 
FLEA  MARKETS  (Continued) 

Mr.  Cooney  explained  that  this  request  is  to  hold  a  minimum  of  6  flea 
markets  in  the  Spring  and  Fall  of  this  year  on  weekends  in  the  parking 
lot.  The  events  will  be  scheduled  between  the  athletic  events  held  at  the 
stadium.  A  tentative  contract  has  been  negotiated  with  the  sponsor 
guaranteeing  the  Department  a  minimum  of  $5000  per  event.  The  money  is 
generated  through  parking  fees.  The  Department  will  also  be  reimbursed 
for  any  direct  costs  such  as  staffing,  lighting,  etc.,  from  these  events. 
He  recommended  approval  of  the  item. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Mr.  Cooney  explained  that  a 
separate  tentative  contract  has  been  established  with  San  Francisco 
Parking,  Inc.,  to  handle  parking  for  the  events.  Commissioner  Sommer  also 
requested  that  the  contract  include  a  recycling  program. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Candlestick  Park,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Golf 
Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Sommer,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16619 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  agreement  provided  that  a 
recycling  program  is  developed  for  the  flea  markets. 

12.   CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 
ASSIGNMENT  OF  SUBLEASE 

Approval  of  the  assignment  of  the  sublease  to  Fred  Lo  for  the  gift  shop 
and  admission  collections  at  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers  and  ratification 
of  interim  permit. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  the 
Department  was  having  difficulty  with  a  concessionaire  at  the  Conservatory 
of  Flowers.  This  concessionaire  was  not  fulfilling  the  terms  of  an 
agreement  with  the  Conservatory  Auxiliary  and  left  in  December  1992.  The 
Conservatory  Auxiliary  has  been  negotiating  with  new  operators  and  the 
Department's  concession  staff  has  been  collecting  admissions.  This 
temporary  arrangement  was  not  cost  effective  and  the  Auxiliary  has  found  a 
concessionaire  to  take  over,  on  an  interim  basis,  pending  the  approval  of 
the  assignment  of  the  lease. 

Mr.  Fred  Lo,  the  current  operator  at  the  Coit  Tower  and  Japanese  Tea 
Garden  Garden,  has  agreed  to  assume  this  concession.  Staff  did  not 
solicit  Fred  Lo  on  behalf  of  the  Auxiliary.  Staff  has  never  had  any 
problems  with  areas  operated  by  Mr.  Lo  and  he  has  followed  all  requests 
made  of  him.  Mr.  Lo  originally  placed  some  walls  in  the  Conservatory 
which  staff  asked  to  be  removed  and  he  has  done  so.  The  financial 
provisions  of  both  the  permit  and  sublease  documents  are  stronger  than  the 
previous  one  and  are  consistent  with  what  the  Controller's  Audit  Division 
has  recommended.  Staff  has  found  that  Fred  Lo  has  increased  revenues  for 
the  Department.  The  Department  will  receive  all  admissions  although  the 
concessionaire  will  collect  them  and  will  receive  4%  of  the  gross  sales 
from  the  gift  shop.  Mr.  Arnold  recommended  approval. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

12.   CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 

ASSIGNMENT  OF  SUBLEASE  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  there  is  a  pending  claim  with  the  previous 
concessionaire  which  has  not  been  resolved. 

Commissioner  Sommer  explained  that  she  recently  visited  the  Japanese  Tea 
Garden  to  see  if  Mr.  Lo  had  addressed  some  of  the  suggestions  made  by  the 
Golden  Gate  Park  Committee.  She  felt  that  very  few  of  the  improvements 
previously  suggested  had  been  followed.  She  further  commented  that  the 
Commission  has  also  received  letters  discussing  the  Tea  Garden  atmosphere. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  some  of  the  concerns  outlined  by  Commissioner 
Sommer  were  issues  that  pertain  to  Department  staff  rather  than  Fred  Lo. 
He  specifically  explained  that  the  number  of  handwritten  signs  she 
witnessed  at  the  admissions  booth  are  the  responsibility  of  the  Department. 

President  Orr  said  that  if  this  item  was  approved,  Mr.  Lo  should  be 
informed,  once  again,  that  the  Commission  is  aware  of  some  of  his  past 
violations,  such  as  placing  walls  at  the  Conservatory,  and  is  disturbed  by 
them  and  will  not  look  ignore  those  situations  in  the  future. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16620 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  assignment  of  the  sublease  to 
Fred  Lo  for  the  gift  shop  and  admission  collections  at  the  Conservatory  of 
Flowers  and  ratification  of  interim  permit. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Eickman,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Orr,  Ruiz 

Noes:   Commissioner  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Chan 


13.   NEIGHBORHOOD  PARK  TENNIS  COURTS 
PERMIT  FOR  TENNIS  LESSONS 

Approval  to  establish  annual  revocable  permits  to  offer  tennis  lessons  at 
selected  neighborhood  parks. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  Golden  Gate  Park  tennis  bid  package  recently  rejected  by  the 
Commission,  contained  a  provision  to  offer  tennis  lessons  at  16 
neighborhood  parks.  Staff  has  reviewed  this  part  of  the  bid  package  and 
felt  that  the  neighborhood  tennis  court  lessons  should  be  severed  from  the 
Golden  Gate  Park  tennis  court  lease. 

Therefore,  staff  proposed  that  a  separate  bid  package  be  prepared  for  the 
neighborhood  parks  tennis  courts.  The  proposal  Is  to  establish  permits, 
very  similar  to  the  push  cart  permits  issued  by  the  Department,  with  a 
monthly  fee.  At  each  neighborhood  park,  no  more  than  one  court  will  be 
designated  as  a  teaching  court.  In  each  case,  there  will  be  a  sign  placed 
at  the  particular  tennis  court  saying  it  Is  teaching  court  and  that  there 
is  a  teacher  who  has  the  right  to  use  that  court. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

13.   NEIGHBORHOOD  PARK  TENNIS  COURTS 

PERMIT  FOR  TENNIS  LESSONS  (Continued) 

Staff  is  requiring  at  least  2  years  of  experience  as  a  pro,  coach,  or 
teacher  in  the  tennis  profession.  All  of  the  proposed  courts  were  posted 
for  this  proposal.  Mr.  Arnold  recommended  approval  for  staff  to  proceed 
to  issue  one  year  permits  based  on  the  highest  bid  for  each  facility 
meeting  the  minimum  qualifications. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16621 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  establishment  of  annual 
revocable  permits  to  offer  tennis  lessons  at  the  following  neighborhood 
parks: 


'Alta  Plaza 

'Crocker  Amazon  Playground 
'Julius  Kahn  Playground 
'McLaren  Park 
'Mission  Dolores  Park 
'Moscone  Recreation  Center 
5 J.  P.  Murphy  Playground 
'Angelo  J.  Rossi  Playground 


'Balboa  Park 

'DuPont  Tennis  Courts 

'Alice  Marble  Tennis  Courts 

'Midtown  Terrace 

'Parkside  Square 

'Mountain  Lake 

'North  Beach  Playground 

'St.  Mary's  Recreation  Center 


14.   BAY  TO  BREAKERS 
PARKING  PERMIT 

Approval  of  a  permit  to  charge  for  parking  at  the  West  end  of  Golden  Gate 
Park  for  the  annual  Bay  to  Breakers  event. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  last  year  when  the  budget  was  put  together,  the  Department  planned  to 
to  explore  charging  for  parking  for  special  events  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 
The  1993  Bay  to  Breakers  race  will  be  the  Department's  first  opportunity 
to  test  this  concept.  Mr.  Arnold  distributed  a  map  for  the  race  course 
and  outlined  the  areas,  from  Crossover  Drive  West,  which  would  be  closet 
from  midnight  before  the  race  to  2:00  p.m.  after  the  race.  The  parking 
fee  will  be  the  same  as  what  is  charged  for  Municipal  Railway  (between 
$5.00-$6.00). 

San  Francisco  Parking,  Inc.,  has  agreed  to  park  the  vehicles  and  staff 
will  conduct  a  drive-through  next  week  outlining  the  parking  areas  to 
them.  Every  entry  point  to  the  park  will  be  staffed  in  order  to  control 
access  to  the  park.  The  objective  is  to  limit  the  number  of  people  who 
park  in  the  park.  In  the  past,  people  parked  in  shrubs,  grass  areas,  and 
any  place  they  could  squeeze  a  vehicle,  and  ignore  the  landscape  of  the 
park.  The  revenue  to  the  Department  for  this  event  will  be  minimal  but 
hopefully  it  will  protect  the  park. 


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14.  BAY  TO  BREAKERS 

PARKING  PERMIT  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  said  this  parking  concept  is  an  experiment  which  will  most 
likely  generate  anger  and  reaction  from  the  neighborhoods  on  both  sides  of 
the  park  who  are  already  impacted  by  this  annual  event.  ISCOTT,  the 
City-wide  advisory  panel  on  road  closures,  does  not  like  the  concept  as  it 
feels  Chain  of  Lakes  Drive  should  remain  open. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  the  Department  is  working 
with  Bay  to  Breakers  event  promoters  to  notify  the  public  that  a  fee  will 
be  imposed  this  year  to  park  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

President  Orr  questioned  the  financial  plan.  Mr.  Arnold  commented  that 
this  permit  is  not  designed  to  generate  a  great  deal  of  revenue  to  the 
Department  but  rather  to  protect  the  park.  If  this  parking  plan  works, 
then  the  Department  will  use  it  for  the  annual  Comedy  Day  held  in  the  park. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16622 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  permit  to  charge  for  parking 
at  the  West  end  of  Golden  Gate  Park  for  the  annual  Bay  to  Breakers  event. 

15.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

OUTDOOR  ROLLERSKATING  CHAMPIONSHIPS 
APPEAL  OF  DENIAL  OF  FEE  WAIVER 

Appeal  of  the  staff  denial  of  a  fee  waiver  for  two-day  event  on  Sunday, 
May  30,  1993,  and  Monday,  May  31,  1993,  for  the  10th  Annual  "San  Francisco 
Outdoor  Rol lerskating  Championships". 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
an  appeal  of  a  staff  denial  of  a  waiver  of  a  permit  fee.  In  the  past, 
fees  were  waived  for  this  event.  The  Golden  Gate  Park  Skate  Patrol's  fees 
were  waived  in  lieu  of  the  services  they  provide  in  the  park  on  Sundays 
monitoring  the  skaters.  He  said  that  staff  felt  the  services  provided  by 
Skate  Patrol  on  weekends  did  not  warrant  a  waiver  for  this  particular 
event.  Therefore,  staff  has  imposed  a  fee  of  $1350  for  the  event  and 
recommended  that  the  fee  be  imposed  on  Mr.  Miles. 

David  G.  Miles,  Jr.,  representing  the  Outdoor  Rol lerskating  Association 
of  America,  said  that  he  asked  for  a  reduction  in  fees  rather  than  a  fee 
waiver.  He  said  it  is  his  14th  year  of  being  in  the  park  and  that  the 
Skate  Patrol  has  never  asked  the  Department  for  any  funding  or  support. 
He  estimated  between  6,000-7,000  skaters  visit  Golden  Gate  Park  every 
Sunday  and  that  his  organization  should  receive  a  partial  waiver  of  fees. 
He  further  explained  that  he  paid  for  the  shirts  they  wear  which  identify 
them  as  the  "Golden  Gate  Park  Skate  Patrol"  and  that  the  walkle  talkies 
they  use  are  old  and  costly.  He  said  the  money  raised  from  this  event 
will  allow  him  to  purchase  more  needed  equipment.  He  explained  that  there 
is  a  cost  associated  with  the  services  he  provides.  He  said  he  is 
associated  with  the  Boy  Scouts  of  America  who  cover  his  liability 
insurance. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

15.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

OUTDOOR  ROLLERSKATING  CHAMPIONSHIPS 
APPEAL  OF  DENIAL  OF  FEE  WAIVER  (Continued) 

Barbara  Hobie,  representing  Magic  Skates,  said  the  walkie  talkies  were 
donated  to  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Skate  Patrol.  Ms.  Hobie  distributed 
correspondence  and  pictures  of  the  Skate  Patrol  and  said  the  shirts  worn 
by  the  Skate  Patrol  contain  advertising  not  permissible  in  City's  parks. 
Ms.  Hobie  submitted  a  picture  of  the  sound  system  used  by  Skate  Patrol  on 
Sundays  in  the  park.  She  felt  that  the  Skate  Patrol  was  a  business 
operating  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  She  further  explained  that  the  Skate 
Patrol  disrupted  her  skate  business  last  week.  She  was  of  the  opinion 
that  the  Skate  Patrol  was  threatening  store  owners  because  it  wanted  to 
operate  a  business  at  Sixth  Avenue  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  She  urged  the 
Commission  to  dissolve  the  Skate  Patrol  and  said  they  were  not  a  positive 
reflection  on  the  Department. 

Lee  Cole,  representing  Skates  on  Haight,  explained  that  he  has  done  a 
lot  of  business  with  David  Miles  through  the  years  and  felt  that  Mr.  Miles 
operates  a  for-profit  business.  In  1989-1991  Skates  on  Haight  gave  Mr. 
Miles  over  $57,000  in  the  form  of  checks  and  that  in  1991  the  Outdoor 
Rollerskating  Association  received  over  $50,000  in  corporate  sponsorship. 
Mr.  Cole  said  they  have  written  to  the  Recreation  Division  regarding  Mr. 
Miles  and  the  fact  that  he  is  operating  a  business  in  the  park  and  have 
received  no  response.  Mr.  Cole  said  he  pays  taxes  and  contributes  to  City 
and  County  of  San  Francisco  and  could  not  ignore  this  situation  any  more. 

Carol  Sloan,  representing  Skates  on  Haight,  explained  that  the  situation 
with  Mr.  Miles  has  escalated  to  a  point  that  she  is  afraid  to  bring  her 
children  to  the  park.  She  felt  tensions  were  such  that  someone  might  be 
injured.  She  explained  that  Mr.  Miles,  at  times,  uses  his  microphone  in 
the  park  to  pick  on  skaters  who  have  rented  skates  from  various  stores  and 
is  trying  to  take  over.  She  said  that  the  Department  has  not  been 
charging  Mr.  Miles  permit  fees  and  yet  she  has  paid  fees  to  him  for 
permits.  She  further  explained  that  Mr.  Miles  rents  skates  and  gives 
lessons  in  the  park  under  the  auspices  of  the  Department.  She  questioned 
why  he  did  not  have  to  pay  a  fee  for  use  of  the  park  while  other  events 
were  charged.  She  said  that  she  understood  that  the  Department  did  not 
have  the  time  to  supervise  Mr.  Miles'  actions  but  urged  the  Commission  to 
review  his  activities. 

Dave  Hobie,  representing  Magic  Skates,  urged  the  Commission  to  take  a 
good,  hard  look  at  this  situation. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Commissioner  Immendorf 
explained  that  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee  recommended 
upholding  the  staff  denial  because  of  the  many  people  present  who  spoke 
and  raised  disturbing  issues.  He  said  that  Mr.  Miles  was  not  present  at 
that  meeting. 

Commissioner  Eickman  felt  there  was  no  basis  for  the  Finance  and 
Administration  Committee  to  disagree  with  staff's  position.  He  said  it 
was  a  profit  making  enterprise  which  should  pay  a  fee  like  everyone  else. 
He  further  stated  that  the  other  issues  raised  today  were  not  before  the 
Commission  and,  as  such,  the  fee  waiver  was  the  only  matter  under 
consideration. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

OUTDOOR  ROLLERSKATING  CHAMPIONSHIPS 
APPEAL  OF  DENIAL  OF  FEE  WAIVER  (Continued) 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Mr.  Robinson  explained  that 
other  groups  are  charged  fees  and,  as  a  practice,  waivers  are  not  granted 
for  profit  organizations. 

Ms.  Burns  said  the  fact  that  Mr.  Miles  is  charging  for  his  event  is  an 
issue  and  that  Mr.  Robinson  has  questioned  the  value  of  his  services. 

President  Orr  was  very  concerned  about  this  matter  and  said  it  appeared 
that  the  Commission  was  not  dealing  with  a  non-profit  organization,  that 
Mr.  Miles  seems  to  use  a  sound  system  without  a  sound  permit,  and  that 
payments  are  required  of  people.  He  felt  these  charges  would  have  to  be 
addressed  by  the  Department. 

Mr.  Miles  said  he  is  affiliated  with  the  Boy  Scouts  and  had  an  agreement 
with  Recreation  and  Park  and  was  never  notified  of  the  Commission 
meetings.  He  said  he  can  bring  thousands  of  people  to  the  Commission  who 
can  speak  of  the  number  of  things  he  has  done  for  the  Department.  He  said 
nobody  has  informed  him  of  these  concerns. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  that  if  Mr.  Miles  filed  an  appeal  he  was  aware 
that  there  was  a  future  hearing  and  that  the  issues  raised  should  be 
examined. 

President  Orr  said  that  many  things  need  to  be  examined  in  the  next  few 
months  regarding  the  Skate  Patrol  and  that  the  appeal  is  the  only  matter 
before  the  Commission.  He  asked  staff  to  begin  to  take  the  necessary 
steps  to  resolve  this  issue. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16623 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  upholds  the  staff  decision  to  deny  the  fee 

waiver  for  two-day  event  on  Sunday,  May  30,  I993,  and  Monday,  May  31, 

1993,  for  the  10th  Annual  "San  Francisco  Outdoor  Rollerskating 
Championships" . 

16.   ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16624 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  following  gift  valued  at 
$4,235.00,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  the  Stryblng  Arboretum  Society,  the  following  miscellaneous 
gifts  valued  at  $4,325.00,  for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanical 
Gardens: 

Garden  Interns $1,773.00    Plants  &  Seeds 1,154.00 

Plant  Labeling 798.00   Materials  &  Suppl ies.   600.00 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  a  letter  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  the  donor. 

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17.   PUBLIC  COMMENT 


At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  to 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Andy  Solow,  discussed  the  Native  American  remains  at  Dolores  Park.  Mr. 
Solow  researched  this  issue  and  discovered  that  the  Native  Americans  who 
came  and  spoke  to  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee  are  not  certified  by 
the  Native  American  Commission  to  speak  on  the  rights  for  Native  Americans 
for  the  San  Francisco  Bay  Area.  He  presented  a  letter  from  Andrew  Galvin, 
who  saw  no  reason  to  not  support  placing  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park. 
He  presented  a  map  he  obtained  from  the  San  Francisco  History  Room  which 
showed  that  a  cemetery  was  located  in  the  same  place  where  the  tennis 
courts  are  currently  located  and  where  he  proposed  that  a  soccer  field  be 
built. 


18.  PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

President  Orr  did  not  submit  a  report  due  to  the  timing  of  the  Joint 
Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  City  Planning  Commission 
to  be  held  at  5:30  p.m.,  4/15/93  but  did  remind  the  Commission  of  the 
Special  Commission  meeting  to  be  held  on  Monday,  4/19/93,  at  4:00  p.m. 

19.  COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  March  3,  1 993 

Finance  and  Administration  Committee  Meeting  of  April  l,  1993 

Candlestick  Park,  Golf  and  Yacht  Harbor  Committee  Meeting  of  April  1,  1993 

Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting  of  April  5,  1993 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  April  6,  1993 


20.   ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  business,  the 
681st  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  4:20  p.m. 


Respectfully  submitted, 


Shauna  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


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RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 

AND 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 

Thursday^j^prll  15,  1993  -  5:30  P.M. 
Room  282  City  Hall 

^ACTION    CALENDAR 


DOCUMPMTq  n>FPT. 
APR  1  9  1993 

SAN  HRANCISCO 
PUBLIC  LIBRARY 


ROLL  CALL 


"Recreation  and  Park  Commission 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  Pres 

Commissioner  Keith  Elckman 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 

Absent: 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 
CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT 


"City  Planning  Commission 

Present: 

Sidney  Unobskey,  President 

Frank  S.  Fung,  Vice  President 

M.  Toby.  Levlne 

Susan  E.  Lowenberg 

David  Prowler  (alternate  for  CAO) 

Absent:  Ellis  Smith 

Romalne  Boldrldge  (alternate 

for  Gen  Mgr,  PUC) 

RES.  NO.  16625 


Consideration  of  a  resolution  authorizing  the  use  of  up  to  $197,000  of 
Downtown  Open  Space  Fund  for  completion  of  the  preliminary  design  work 
(design  development)  for  the  Central  Embarcadero  Open  Space  Project. 


MOTION:  Elckman 


SECONDED:  Ruiz 


OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS 


ACTION:  Approved 


RES.  NO.  16226 


Presentation  of  report  by  the  General  Manager  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department  on  the  1993-94  Open  Space  Acquisition  and  Park  Renovation  Fund 
and  five  year  renovation  and  maintenance  plan  and  adoption  of 
recommendations  contained  In  this  report  and  the  five  year  plan. 

MOTION:  Ruiz  SECONDED:  Immendorf 

Motion  to  adopt  the  report  failed  to  pass  by  the  following  vote: 
Ayes:   Commissioners  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Ruiz 
Noes:   Commissioners  Elckman,  Orr,  Sommer 
Absent:  Commissioner  Chan 

MOTION:  Elckman  SECONDED:  Sommer 

Motion  to  adopt  the  Report  with  the  exception  of  the  placement  of  the 

soccer  field  Dolores  Park 

Approved  unanimously 

PUBLIC  COMMENT 


Edith  McMillan  discussed  the  need  to  preserve  the  City's  open  space. 
5.   ADJOURNMENT  11:25  p.m. 


San  Francisco,  California 
April  15,  1993 


Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 

AND 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 


MINUTES 


SPECIAL  JOINT  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  APRIL  15,  1993 


The  Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  City  Planning 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  April  15,  1993,  at  6:05  p.m.  by 
President  Sidney  Obnoskey  and  President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


ROLL  CALL 

"Recreation  and  Park  Commission 

Present: 

Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 

Keith  Eickman 

Bel  la  Farrow 

Santiago  Ruiz 

Sue  Sommer 

Absent: 

Sidney  Chan 


°City  Planning  Commission 

Present: 

Sidney  Unobskey,  President 
Frank  S.  Fung,  Vice  President 
M.  Toby  Levine 
Susan  E.  Lowenberg 
David  Prowler  (alternate  for  the 
Chief  Administrative  Officer) 

Absent: 

Ei 1 i  s  Smi  th 

Romaine  Boldridge   ^alternate   for 

the    General    Manager.    Public 
Uti 1 i  ties  Commi  ssion) 


DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 
CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT 

Consideration  of  a  resolution  authorizing  the  use  of  up  to  $197,000  of 
Downtown  Open  Space  Fund  for  completion  of  the  preliminary  design  work 
(design  development)  for  the  Central  Embarcadero  Open  Space  Project. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

2.    DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 

CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT  (Continued) 

Chief  of  Comprehensive  Planning,  Rebecca  Kohlstrand,  explained  that  this 
item  is  a  request  to  authorize  :he  use  of  5197,000  from  the  Downtown  Park 
Fund  to  continue  the  development  of  :ne  Embarcadero  Open  Space  project. 
She  described  the  areas,  under  Recreation  and  Park  jurisdiction,  which 
include  the  existing  Justin  Herman  Plaza  and  the  area  directly  north  of 
that,  totaling  4.7  acres.  Staff  is  considering  the  use  of  the  parcels  of 
land  adjacent  to  this  property  which  is  currently  owned  by  combination  of 
the  State  and  City  totaling  3.05  acres.  There  is  property  adjacent  to  the 
Embarcadero  which  could  add  an  additional  2  to  3  acres  to  the  designated 
open  space. 

The  Downtown  Park  Fund  was  adopted  in  1985  in  order  to  provide  a  source  of 
funds  for  acquisition  and  development  of  downtown  parks  that  would  benefit 
the  daytime  population  of  the  downtown  use  districts.  The  funds  are 
jointly  administered  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  City 
Planning  Commission.  To  date,  approximately  $2.7  million  has  been 
collected  and  the  current  balance  of  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  is 
approximately  5930,000. 

In  1989  the  joint  Commissions  appropriated  monies  for  tne  acquisition  and 
development  of  the  Rincon  Park  site  in  conjunction  with  the  Embarcadero 
roadway  project.  Subsequently  in  1990  it  was  estimated  that  the  cost  of 
the  acquisition  of  that  parcel  was  $3.3  million.  $1.74  Million  has  been 
appropriated  from  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  towards  the  acquisition  of  that 
property.  The  remainder  of  the  cost  of  the  acquisition  was  appropriated 
from  the  San  Francisco  County  Transportation  Authority. 

Ms.  Kohlstrand  then  gave  a  brief  overview  of  the  mid-Embarcadero  Project 
explaining  that  in  1991  Mayor  Agnos  asked  that  a  Dlan  be  developed  as  a 
result  of  the  demolition  of  the  mid  Embarcadero  Freeway.  In  1991,  the 
Transportation  Authority  funded  $250,000  to  conduct  a  pedestrian  study  in 
conjunction  with  the  Embarcadero  project.  Technical  advisors  included 
representatives  from  the  Port  Authority  and  City  Planning,  Recreation  and 
Park  Department,  the  Redevelopment  Agency,  Arts  and  Public  Utilities 
Commissions,  the  Municipal  Railway  and  the  Chief  Administrative  Officer 
(CAO).  The  CAO  has  been  asked  to  undertake  the  project  to  create  a  civic 
open  space  at  the  connection  of  Market  Street,  the  Embarcadero  and  Ferry 
Building.  She  requested  funding  for  the  second  phase  of  the  open  space 
planning  process. 

Em  i I i  o  Cruz,   representing   the  Chief   Administrative   Officer   (CAO), 

explained  that  on  9/16/92,  Mayor  Frank  Jordan  requested  the  CAO  to  assume 
responsibility  for  the  coordination  of  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space 
Project.  The  resolution  proposed  will  allocate  $197,000  to  fund  Phase  II 
of  this  project.  It  will  take  12  months  to  analyze  the  implementation 
strategies  and  prepare  land  use  and  zoning  studies  for  the  project. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  this  phase  of  the  project 
will  focus  on  identifying  the  areas  that  have  been  incorporated  into  the 
new  open  space  for  the  Embarcadero  area  and  to  develop  a  program.  She 
said  the  mid  Embarcadero  project  area  is  significant  open  space  and  urged 
that  the  money  be  appropriated  for  this  study. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

2.   DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 

CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT  (Continued) 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Levine's  questions,  Mr.  Cruz  explained  that 
staff  will  work  closely  with  the  Port  Commission  and  that  a  oolicy  steering 
committee  is  in  place,  composed  of  10  City  departments  to  continue  to  worK 
together  on  this  project. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Fung's  question  on  whether  there  were 
restrictions  on  the  use  of  funds  for  design  versus  acquisition/development, 
Ms.  Kohlstrand  said  the  City  Attorney  has  advised  that  design  feasibility 
falls  within  the  realm  of  the  development  category.  He  asked  if  there  were 
other  City  Departments  that  would  fund  the  design  for  the  Mid-Embarcadero 
project.  Ms.  Kohlstrand  did  not  know  of  another  funding  source  and  hoped 
that  this  phase  of  the  project  will  help  to  identify  potential  funding 
sources. 

Commissioner  Sommer  asked  A/hy  it  is  proposed  that  the  "F"  Line  would  turn 
at  Steuart  Street.  Mr.  Cruz  explained  the  consultant  recommended  this  turn 
for  safety  reasons  and  so  the  open  space  would  not  be  bisected. 

Bob  Friese,  member  of  the  Citizens  Advisory  Committee  on  the  Embarcadero 

Project,  explained  that  they  have  been  meeting  over  2  years  and  that  the 
money  allocated  for  urban  design  was  very  limited.  He  said  this  dollar 
amount  is  for  a  lesser  amount  than  originally  proposed  and  supported  the 
request.  He  cautioned  the  Commissions  that  this  request  requires  much  of 
the  work  to  be  done  in-house  within  City  agencies.  He  urged  that  the  urban 
design  work  proceed  with  input  from  the  private  sector,  neighborhood 
groups,  property  owners,  etc.  He  explained  that  this  project  will  require 
over  15  different  commission  approvals  and  that  all  agencies  must  ^ork 
closely  together. 

James  Haas,  explained  that  this  project  is  a  result  of  the  earthquake, 
has  been  in  the  works  for  nearly  3-1/2  years.  He  explained  that  the 
advisory  committee  must  continue  to  meet  and  that  it  is  an  extraordinary 
resource.  He  said  this  project  will  require  numerous  approvals  from 
governmental  agencies.  He  urged  the  Commissions  to  support  the  expenditure. 

Sue  Hestor,  said  that  although  this  may  be  a  worthy  project,  the  legal 
use  of  the  Downtown  Open  Space  Fund  has  been  totally  ignored.  She  said  the 
Downtown  Open  Space  Fund  was  established  to  acquire  open  space  sites 
because  there  was  a  need  for  additional  parks  and  recreational  facilities 
in  the  downtown  districts.  She  said  this  Fund  is  to  be  used  solely  to 
acquire  public  recreation  and  park  facilities  for  use  oy  downtown 
population  within  that  use  district.  She  did  not  think  this  was  a  proper 
expenditure  of  funds  and  thought  it  may  be  used  to  fund  positions  of  the 
Chief  Administrative  Officer's  staff. 

Dehnert  Queen,  said  the  Commission  was  abusing  it  police  powers  and  that 
in  1984  the  City  entered  into  an  agreement  to  build  the  Mission  Bay  Project 
and  in  1986-1988  spent  millions  to  design  the  waterfront.  He  questioned 
how  the  City  can  be  a  partner  in  ventures  such  as  Mission  Bay  because  he 
felt  it  was  a  conflict  of  interest.  He  further  explained  that  rerouting 
traffic  to  Mission  Bay  will  leave  the  Northern  waterfront  out  in  the  cold. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 

CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT  (Continued) 

Stewart  Morton,  said  that  as  a  member  of  the  Citizens  Advisory 
Committee,  he  urged  that  the  Commissions  approve  this  item. 

Ms.  Walters,  from  the  Golden  Gateway  Center,  felt  that  money  should  not 
be  appropriated  for  a  study  when  the  City  did  not  know  exactly  what  it 
intended  to  do.  She  attended  all  of  the  Advisory  Committee  meetings  and 
said  that  traffic  is  horrendous  since  the  freeway  was  torn  down.  She  said 
they  are  proposing  to  tear  down  the  Vai  l  lencourt  Fountain  and  that  too 
many  buildings  shade  the  area  already  and  that  no  more  buildings  were 
needed. 

Kelly  Cullen,  representing  the  Tenderloin  community,  questioned  whether 
this  expenditure  was  an  appropriate  use  of  the  Downtown  Open  Space  Fund. 
He  said  the  map  displayed  by  staff  showed  8  pockets  of  green  open  space  in 
the  Embarcadero.  Meanwhile,  there  is  no  open  space  in  South  of  Market 
area.  He  said  the  policy  speaks  about  a  variety  of  open  space  throughout 
downtown,  not  just  at  the  Ferry  Building.  He  asked  if  this  fund  was  being 
used  to  acquire  land  or  for  some  other  purpose. 

Peter  Moylen,  Director  of  San  Francisco  Tomorrow,  said  his  organization 
was  excited  about  this  project  and  the  future  of  the  Embarcadero.  But,  he 
questioned  the  use  of  the  Downtown  Plan  monies  for  this  design  study.  He 
recognized  the  City's  budget  constraints  and  said  that  $930,000  is  a  small 
amount  to  acquire  downtown  open  space.  He  opposed  this  expenditure  and 
urged  the  Commissions  to  reconsider  this  plan. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Levine's  question,  Ms.  Kohlstrand  said  that 
City  Planning  is  seeking  to  identify  other  funding  sources  and  that  they 
are  trying  to  continue  this  project  in  conjunction  with  the  Embarcadero 
roadway  project. 

President  Orr  said  he  was  concerned  about  the  small  size  of  this  fund  and 
the  large  amount  of  money  going  for  this  purpose.  He,  like  Commissioner 
Levine,  wanted  to  find  some  way  to  guarantee  that  this  money  would  be 
returned  to  the  Fund  for  acquisition. 

Ms.  Learner  said  that  there  is  an  urgency  because  the  roadway  project  is 
proceeding  and  that  the  existing  open  space  must  be  designed  in 
conjunction  with  the  roadway  project.  She  said  although  it  would  be 
desirable  to  find  another  funding  source,  it  was  important  for  the 
projects  to  proceed  concurrently. 

City  Planning  Director,  Lou  Blazej,  urged  the  Commissions  to  approve 
this  item  and  said  the  key  component  for  the  whole  planning  process  is  not 
only  acquisition  and  development  but  to  develop  an  on-going  maintenance 
"funding  plan.  He  said  that  that  ideally  the  development  proposal  will 
achieve  enough  resources  to  pay  back  monies  to  the  Downtown  Open  Space 
Fund. 

Commissioner  Fung  said  these  funds  will  be  utilized  as  seed  money  to  set 
up  and  establish  a  funding  mechanism  for  the  central  Embarcadero  Project. 

Commissioner  Eickman  felt  this  project  could  create  a  major  open  space  fo^ 
San  Francisco  and  that  the  money  should  be  appropriated  for  the  design. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 

CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT  (Continued) 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
following  resolution  was  adooted: 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  16625 

WHEREAS,  the  Board  of  Supervisors  of  San  Francisco  on  September  17,  1985 
approved  the  creation  of  a  Downtown  Park  Special  Fund,  Planning  Code 
Section  139,  establishing  a  special  fund  to  be  used  solely  for  the 
acquisition  and  development  of  public  recreation  and  park  facilities  for 
use  by  the  daytime  population  of  the  C-3  Use  Districts;  and 

WHEREAS,  Planning  Code  Section  139(f)  provides  that  a  special  fund  shall 
be  created  entitled  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  ("Fund")  which  shall  be 
administered  and  allocated  jointly  by  the  City  Planning  Commission  and  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  acting  jointly  for  the  acquisition  of 
property  for  park  use  and/or  development  of  property  for  park  use;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  also  stipulate:  that  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission  shall  alone  administer  the  development  of  the  recreational 
and  park  facilities  on  any  acquired  property  designated  for  park  use  by 
the  Board  of  Supervisors,  using  such  monies  as  have  been  allocated  for 
that  purpose  at  a  joint  meeting  of  both  commissions;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Board  of  Supervisors  adODted  Resolutions  262-90  and  796-90  on 
April  16,  1990  and  September  24,  1990,  respectively,  calling  for  the 
demolition  of  the  damaged  mid  section  of  the  Embarcadero  Freeway  and 
endorsing  the  concept  of  a  subsurface  or  surface  alternative  as  a 
replacement  facility;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  removal  of  the  freeway  will  reclaim  the  City's  waterfront  and 
create  a  major  new  public  open  space,  incorporating  the  existing  Justin 
Herman,  Embarcadero  and  Ferry  Plazas,  adjacent  to  the  redesigned 
Embarcadero  Roadway;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  Project  is  considered  a  high 
priority  project  for  the  City;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  area  is  currently  used  extensively 
by  the  daytime  population  of  the  downtown  and  the  use  is  expected  to 
increase  with  new  improvements;  and 

WHEREAS,  a  conceptual  design  phase  for  the  Mid-Embarcadero,  funded  by  the 
San  Francisco  County  Transportation  Authority,  will  be  concluded  in 
February  1993;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Transportation  Project  is  proceeding  through 
analysis  of  alternatives  and  environmental  review;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  design,  engineering  and  implementation  of  the  Mid-Embarcadero 
Open  Space  Project  should  proceed  parallel  to  the  transportation  project; 
and 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

2.    DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 

CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT  (Continued) 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  16625  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  on  October  10,  1989,  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  the 
City  Planning  Commission  passed  Resolutions  15498  and  11768,  respectively, 
to  authorize  the  allocation  of  Downtown  Park  Funds,  as  necessary,  for  the 
acquisition  and/or  development  of  the  Rincon  Park  site  along  the 
Embarcadero;  and 

WHEREAS,  approximately  $1.4  million  of  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  and  $1.9 
million  of  Transportation  Authority  funds  have  been  spent  to  date  towards 
the  estimated  purchase  price  of  $3.3  million  for  the  Rincon  Park  site. 
Other  funding  sources  are  proposed  to  reimburse  the  Transportation 
Authority  and  cover  the  remaining  costs  of  development.  If  sufficient 
funds  are  not  forthcoming  from  these  other  sources,  then  the  Downtown  Park 
Funds,  as  necessary,  will  be  used  for  reimbursement  of  the  $1.9  million 
spent  by  the  Transportation  Authority  to  cover  cost  of  acquisition;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  current  balance  of  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  is  $929,534  from 
fees  paid  in  accordance  with  Section  139  of  the  Planning  Code;  and 

WHEREAS,  this  phase  of  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  Project  is  estimated 
to  cost  approximately  $197,000  over  a  one  year  period  and  will  produce  a 
financing  and  implementation  strategy  for  development  and  maintenance  of 
the  open  space,  land  use  studies  for  the  properties  to  be  transferred  to 
the  City  as  a  result  of  freeway  demolition,  a  programming  strategy  for  the 
open  space  area,  and  a  work  scope  for  the  design  phase  of  the  project; 
now,  therefore,  be  it 

RESOLVED,  that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commiss  on  hereby  expresses  its 
support  for  the  creation  of  a  major  civic  space  at  the  foot  of  Market 
Street  to  reconnect  the  City  with  its  waterfront;  and,  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission,  acting  jointly 
with  the  City  Planning  Commission,  authorizes  the  appropriation  of 
$197,000  from  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  for  the  continued  development  of  the 
Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  Project. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Fung,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Levine,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13505 

WHEREAS,  the  Board  of  Supervisors  of  San  Francisco  on  September  17,  1985, 
approved  the  creation  of  a  Downtown  Park  Special  Fund,  Planning  Code 
Section  139,  establishing  a  special  fund  to  be  used  solely  for  the 
acquisition  and  development  of  public  recreation  and  park  facilities  for 
use  by  the  daytime  population  of  the  C-3  Use  Districts;  and 

WHEREAS,  Planning  Code  Section  139(f)  provides  that  a  special  fund  shall 
be  created  entitled  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  ("Fund")  which  shall  be 
administered  and  allocated  jointly  by  the  City  Planning  Commission  and  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  acting  jointly  for  the  acquisition  of 
procerty  for  park  use  and/or  development  Df  property  for  park  use;  and 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

2.    DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 

CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT  (Continued) 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13505  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  also  stipulates  that  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission  shall  alone  administer  the  development  of  the  recreational 
and  park  facilities  on  any  acquired  property  designated  for  park  use  Py 
the  Board  of  Supervisors,  using  such  monies  as  have  been  allocated  for 
that  purpose  at  a  joint  meeting  of  both  Commissions;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Board  of  Supervisors  adopted  Resolutions  262-90  and  796-90  on 
April  16,  1990  and  September  24,  1990,  respectively,  calling  for  the 
demolition  of  the  damaged  mid  section  of  the  Embarcadero  Freeway  and 
endorsing  the  concept  of  a  subsurface  or  surface  alternative  as  a 
replacement  facility;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  removal  of  the  freeway  will  reclaim  the  city's  waterfront  and 

create  a  major  new  public  open  space,  incorporating  the  existing  Justin 

Herman,  Embarcadero,  and  Ferry  Plazas,  adjacent  to  the  redesigned 
Embarcadero  Roadway;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  project  is  considered  a  high 
priority  project  for  the  City;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Mi d-Embarcadero  Open  Space  area  is  currently  used  extensively 
by  the  daytime  population  of  the  downtown  and  the  use  is  expected  to 
increase  with  new  improvements;  and 

WHEREAS,  a  conceptual  design  and  pedestrian  circulation  phase  for  the 
Mid-Embarcadero,  funded  by  the  San  Francisco  County  Transportation 
Authority,  was  concluded  in  March,  1993;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Transportation  Project  is  proceeding  through 
analysis  of  alternatives  and  environmental  review;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  design,  engineering,  and  implementation  of  the 
Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  project  should  proceed  parallel  to  the 
transportation  project;  and 

WHEREAS,  on  October  10,  1989,  the  City  Planning  Commission  and  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  passed  Resolutions  11768  and  15498, 
respectively  to  authorize  the  allocation  of  Downtown  Park  Funds,  as 
necessary,  for  the  acquisition  and/or  development  of  the  Rincon  Park  site 
along  The  Embarcadero;  and 

WHEREAS,  approximately  $1.4  million  of  Downtown  Park  Fund  and  $1.9  million 
of  the  Transportation  Authority  fund,  has  been  spent  toward  the  purchase 
price  of  $3.3  million  for  the  Rincon  Park  site.  Other  funding  sources  are 
proposed  to  reimburse  the  Transportation  Authority  and  cover  the  remaining 
costs  of  development.  If  sufficient  funds  are  not  forthcoming  from  these 
other  sources,  then  Downtown  Park  Funds,  as  necessary,  will  be  used  for 
reimbursement  of  the  $1.9  million  spent  by  the  Transportation  Authority  to 
cover  costs  of  acquisition;  and 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

DOWNTOWN  OPEN  SPACE  FUND 

CENTRAL  EMBARCADERO  PROJECT  (Continued) 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13505  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  the  current  balance  of  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  is  $929,634  from 
fees  paid  in  accordance  with  Section  139  of  the  Planning  Code;  and 

WHEREAS,  this  phase  of  the  Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  oroject  is  estimated 
to  cost  approximately  $197,000  and  will  produce  a  financing  and 
implementation  strategy  for  development  and  maintenance  of  the  open  space, 
land  use  studies  to  delineate  park  boundaries  for  properties  to  be 
transferred  to  the  City  as  a  result  of  freeway  demolition,  a  programming 
strategy  for  the  open  space  area,  and  a  work  scope  for  the  design  phase  of 
the  project;  now,  therefore  be  it 

RESOLVED,  that  the  City  Planning  Commission  hereby  expresses  its  support 
for  the  creation  of  a  major  civic  space  at  the  foot  of  Market  Street  to 
reconnect  the  City  with  its  waterfront;  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  that  the  City  Planning  Commission,  acting  jointly  with 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission,  authorizes  the  appropriation  of 
$197,000  from  the  Downtown  Park  Fund  for  the  continued  development  of  the 
Mid-Embarcadero  Open  Space  project. 


OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1 993-1 994  RECOMMENDAT I ONS 

Presentation  of  report  by  the  General  Manager  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department  on  the  1993-94  Open  Space  Acquisition  and  Park  Renovation  Fund 
and  five  year  renovation  and  maintenance  plan  and  adoption  of 
recommendations  contained  in  this  report  and  the  five  year  plan. 

General  Manager  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  City  is  very  fortunate 
to  have  the  Open  Space  Fund  and  outlined  some  of  the  accomplishments  of 
the  Open  Space  Program  since  the  Commissions  met  last  year: 

Accompl ishments 

Chinatown  park  site  -  on  4/12/93  the  City  took  possession  of  the 

Cathay  mortuary  site  and  toxic  and  asbestos  work  has  begun  in  the 

building.  The  demolition  contract  is  now  being  developed. 

The  Tenderloin  recreation  center  site  is  now  out  to  bid  and  staff 

hopes  to  be  under  construction  by  mid-summer. 
0   Preliminary  design  approval  has  been  given  for  the  Richmond  Recreation 

Center. 
0   India  Basin  acquisition  and  clean  up  has  been  completed  and  the  design 

process  is  underway. 

Redesign  of  Alioto  Mini  Park  is  underway 

Washington  Hyde  Mini  Park  has  been  out  to  bid  twice  and  the  bids  were 

rejected;  the  project  will  go  out  to  bid  again. 
0   Randall  Museum  Auditorium  is  50%  complete 
°   Golden  Gate  Park  Bandshell  renovation  is  underway 

Cow  Hollow  Playground  Renovation  has  been  completed 
0   Design  phase  of  the  Jose  Coronado  Playground  renovation  is  about  30% 

complete. 


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3.    OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Accomp I i  shments  (Cont  i  nued ) 

Contract  has  been  awarded  for  the  Civic  Center  Playground  and  for  the 

renovation  of  Precita  Playground 

Pioneer  Log  Cabin  Renovation  is  about  507,  complete 

Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan  process  is  underway. 

Acquisition 

Rock  Outcrop  Acquisition  was  appealed  and  the  City  prevailed 
°   Significant  Natural  Areas 

-Bayview  Hill  —  awaiting  estimates  before  appraisal  is  completed. 

-Real   Estate   has   reached   an   impasse   with   the   developer   for 

"O'Shaughnessy  Hollow  and  Hawk  Hill"  and  the  Recreation  and  Park 

Commission  will  consider  these  matters  in  the  future. 

-In  the  process  of  acquiring  Parcel  4  at  Ocean  Beach.   Real  Estate 

Department  reports  that  they  will  most  likely  reach  an  impasse  on  the 

acquisition  of  that  property. 

-Trust  for  Public  Land  is  negotiating  the  acquisition  of  the  property 

at  23rd  and  Treat  Streets. 

-Real  Estate  reports  agreement  has  bee~  reached  on  3  of  the  4  parcels 

of  land  for  the  new  South  of  Market  pari-;  at  7th  and  Harrison  Streets. 
9   Afterschool  Program  continues  to  be  very  successful  and  operates  at  35 

sites,  mostly  on  School  District  property,  and  serves  approximately 

100,000  children  annually. 

Ms.  Burns  thanked  the  staff  of  the  two  commissions  and  members  of  the  Open 
Space  Advisory  Committee  for  their  work.   She  said  there  are  several 
millions  dollars  of  requests  for  projects  and  it  is  difficult  to  reach  a 
balanced   recommendation.   She  was  also  pleased  that  some  of  the 
commissioners  participated  in  the  annual  Open  Space  Tour. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  gave  an 
overview  of  the  Open  Space  Program  (Proposition  E)  explaining  that  in  the 
Charter  an  allocation  formula  specifies  that  not  more  than  407.  of  total 
fund  shall  be  allocated  for  maintenance  of  properties  previously  acquired 
under  the  Open  Space  Program.  The  remainder  of  the  fund  shall  be 
al located  as  fol lows : 

a.  20%  for  the  operation  of  the  After  School  Program  (12%  of  total  fund). 

b.  At  least  407.  for  acquisition  and  development  (247,  of  total  fund). 

c.  At  least  157.  for  renovation  (97.  of  total  fund). 

d.  No  more  than  257.  for  administration,  programs  and  maintenance  of  new 
open  space  properties  and  renovated  open  space  facilities  (157.  of 
total  fund). 

The  allocation  for  this  year's  program  is  approximately  $16,000,000. 
The  following  shows  expenditures  for  each  category  as  well  as  percentage 
of  the  total  fund: 

After  School  Program  $  1,920,000  (127.) 

Acquisition  and  Development  5,813,500  (367.) 

Renovation  1,266,500  (  87.)* 

Proposition  J  Maintenance  6,380,000  (407.) 

Administration  620,000  (  47.) 

'Charter  Section  6.413  (c)6  allows  a  Renovation  allocation  of  less  than  n 

as  long  as  a  five-year  average  results  in  a  97.  allocation  to  that  category 


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3.    OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  then  outlined  the  spending  plan: 

After  school  programs  have  been  establisned  at  the  36  sites.  (Note  for 
the  Record:  For  informational  purposes  the  after  school  sites  are  as 
follows:  Alamo  School  Yard,  Aptos  Middle  School  Gym,  Alvarado  School 
Yard,  Luther  Burbank,  Duboce  Park,  Sir  Francis  Drake,  Francisco,  Francisco 
Middle,  Bret  Harte,  Hawthorne,  Hill  crest  Schoolyard,  Guadalupe  School 
Yard,  Lafayette  School  Yard,  Hill  crest,  Horace  Mann,  Jefferson,  Marshall, 
Larsen,  Jean  Parker,  Lawton,  George  Peabody,  Lincoln,  Plaza  East,  Monroe, 
Redding,  Jose  Ortega,  Roosevelt,  Ping  Yuen,  Paul  Revere,  Spring  Valley, 
Junipero  Serra,  Starr  King,  Sutter  Playground,  Visitacion  Valley  Gym, 
Commodore  Stockton,  Visitacion  Valley  School  Yard  and  Raphael  Weill.) 

ACQUISITION  AND  DEVELOPMENT  -  $  5,813,500  (36%) 

Bonview  Lots  (4  Lots  in  Bernal  area)  $   50,000 

Brewster/Franconia  Acquisition  (Community  Garden)  25,000 

Brooks  Park  Acqui sition  100,000* 

0   Evans/Hunters  Point  Boulevard  Triangle  -0- 

Mul len/Peralta  Acquisition  100,000 

Mr.  Arnold  then  outlined  the  balance  of  the  plan  as  follows: 

0   Significant  Natural  Areas  -  Funding  1,403,500 

"Bayview  Hill  (Phase  One  -  7  acre  parcel  south 

of  the  Key  Avenue  extension) 

°0'Shaughnessy  Hoi  low 

°Hawk  Hill 

South  of  Market  Park  800,000 

23rd/Treat  Streets  Acquisition/Development  750,000 

Chinatown  Park  750,000 

Chinatown  Branch  Library  120,000 

Community  Gardens  50,000 

Randall  Museum  Environmental  Learning  Garden            50,000 

Regional  Trails/Twin  Peaks  50,000 

Richmond  Rec  Center  6.50,000 

Soccer  Field  Development:  300,000** 

°Mission  Dolores  Park 

"Frankl in  Square 

Transportation  Program,  City-Wide:  120,000 

"Randall  Museum  Transportation  Program  20,000 

Urban  Forestry  275,000 

City  Attorney  100,000 

Real  Estate  100,000 

Total  Acquisition  and  Development  $5,813,500 

Note  for  the  Record:  The  *Brooks  Park  acquisition  was  deleted  by 
Planning  Commission  action  at  this  meeting.  The  **Soccer  Field  at  Mission 
Dolores  was  not  approved  by  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  at  this 
meeting.  The  City  Attorney  has  determined  that  a  second  joint  hearing  of 
the  two  commissions  will  be  necessary. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

3.    OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  discussed  the  Mission  District  soccer  field  issue  explaining 
that  there  were  three  well  attended  public  hearings  held  on  this  issue. 
The  clear  case  made  at  these  hearings  was  that  there  was  insufficient  open 
space  in  the  Mission  for  soccer.  He  explained  that  4  sites  were  reviewed 
and  that  none  of  the  sites  are  big  enough  for  a  full  size  soccer  field. 
However,  the  Mission  Dolores  site  could  accommodate  a  practice  field.  Mr. 
Arnold  submitted  drawings  of  the  proposed  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores 
Park.  The  recommendation  is  to  fund  $300,000  to  survey,  plan,  design  and, 
if  possible,  construct  a  soccer  field  which  has  minimal  impact  on  Mission 
Dolores  Park.  There  is  no  funding  in  the  allocation  for  lighting,  fencing 
or  major  retaining  walls.  Mr.  Arnold  stated  that  if  these  amenities  were 
required  and  desired,  those  items  would  need  to  be  funded  at  some  future 
time. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the  recommendation  is  to  place  a  small  field  at 
Mission  Dolores  Park,  to  be  administered  through  the  Recreation  and  Park's 
reservation  process,  that  would  also  allow  other  non-soccer  uses.  He 
further  explained  that  the  Open  Space  Committee  also  recommended  that 
$350,000  be  re-allocated  from  a  previous  fiscal  year  for  renovation  of 
soccer  fields  at  Franklin  Square  site. 

RENOVATION  -  $  1,266,500  (8%) 

Alamo  School  Yard  $   -0- 

Al ioto  Mini  Park  15,000 

Chinese  Playground  100,000 

Coronado  Playground  100,000 

Glen  Park  Tennis  Courts  20,000 

Herz  Playground  10,000 

Japan  Peace  Plaza  Renovation  50,000 

Mountain  Lake  Park  Landscape  Renovation  155,000 

Potrero  Hill  Recreation  Center  190,000 

Precita  Park  playground  construction  36,500 

Precita  Park  playground  design  25,000 

Silver  Terrace  Playground  (Bleacher  area)  25,000 

West  Portal  Playground  Rehabilitation  50,000 

West  Sunset  Playground  60,000 
On-Going  Programs: 

°Natural  Areas  Management/Implementation  100,000 

•Disabled  Access  50,000 

"Hazardous  Materials  Abatement  50,000 

•Fencing  50,000 

•Security  lighting  80,000 

Automatic  Irrigation  at  the  following  sites:  100.000 
•Hamilton               °McCoppin 
•Palace  of  Fine  Arts       'Midtown  Terrace 
•Kimbell  Field           °McKinley  Square 
•Bush  Street  Mini  Park     °Balboa  (part  of) 
•Page  Street  Mini  Park     °Cosco  Triangle 
Total  Renovation                                  $  ] ,266,500 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

3.    OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee  recommended 
allocating  $40,000  for  a  new  play  structure  at  the  Alamo  Schoolyard. 
There  is  a  zero  allocation  shown  in  the  report  because  the  City  Attorney 
has  ruled  that  the  Open  Space  Funds  cannot  be  used  for  school  district 
property. 

MAINTENANCE  OF  PREVIOUSLY  ACQUIRED  OPEN  SPACE   $6,380,000  (40%) 

PROGRAM  ADMINISTRATION  -  $620,000  (4%) 

Personal  Services  $  319,296 

Non-Personal  Services  43,704 
Contractual  Services 

Environmental  Consultant  $  30,000 

Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan  100,000 

Natural  Areas  Plan  100,000 

Disabled  Employment  20,000 

Translation  Services  7,000 

Subtotal  Contractual  Services  257,000 

Program  Administration  Total  $  620,000 

Commissioner  Lowenberg  said  Bernal  Heights  is  not  considered  a  high 
priority  area  according  to  the  City's  Master  Plan  yet  3  sites  are  being 
proposed  for  acquisition  in  this  area.  She  questioned  this  recommendation 
and  explained  that  she  attended  the  Open  Space  tour  and  viewed  the 
proposed  sites.  She  expressed  concern  in  particular  about  the 
Mul  len-Peral ta  site. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  if  $300,000  was  to  be  spent  on  Mission  Dolores 
and  $350,000  on  Franklin  Square  and  neither  one  of  them  would  result  in  a 
regulation  soccer  field  it  seemed  more  prudent  to  consider  using  all  the 
money  to  build  a  soccer  field  at  a  site  such  as  Potrero  del  Sol.  He  did 
not  think  it  was  wise  to  spend  money  at  both  sites  without  getting  a 
regulation  field. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  there  was  little  public  support  for  a  soccer 
field  at  Potrero  del  Sol  and  that  it  would  require  a  substantial  redesign 
of  the  park  to  accommodate  a  soccer  field. 

Commissioner  Levine  suggested  that  in  the  future  staff  should  indicate  the 
other  organizations  who  are  working  on  acquisitions  such  as  San  Francisco 
League  of  Urban  Gardeners  (SLUG).  She  also  asked  for  clarification  on 
"passive"  and  "active"  recreation.  She  felt  that  the  report  did  not 
mention  the  high  need  areas  that  were  established  under  the  original  Open 
Space  Program. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  there  are  no  strict  guidelines  defining 
"passive"  and  active"  recreation.  There  is  mixed  use  in  a  number  of  the 
Department's  non-regulated  parks  that  can  be  reserved  for  athletic 
events.  Mission  Dolores  Park  is  one  of  those  park  sites.  There  are 
soccer  games,  croquet  games,  baseball  games,  demonstrations,  picnics, 
circuses,  etc.,  that  all  take  place  at  this  park. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  identified  the  high  need  areas  in  the  Open  Space  Program:  (l) 

Tenderloin,  (2)  Chinatown,  (3)  Western  Addition,  (4)  South  of  Market,  (5) 

Mission,  and  (6)  Bayview.  In  this  program  substantial  allocations  have 
been  made  to  these  areas. 

Commissioner  Fung  talked  about  the  5  Year  Plan  and  asked  how  the 
acquisition  goals  were  established. 

Ms.  Kohlstrand  said  the  City  has  accomplished  most  of  the  acquisitions 
targeted  as  "high  need".  She  explained  that  the  last  time  the  Master  Plan 
was  reviewed  was  in  1987  and  that  a  new  framework  is  needed  to  identify 
sites  in  the  future.  She  recommended  that  an  update  to  the  open  space 
element  of  the  Master  Plan  should  be  initiated. 

Commissioner  Levine  said  staff  should  proceed  with  this  update. 

President  Unobskey  said  there  were  a  number  of  speakers  present  to  address 
the  Commissions  on  the  proposed  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores  Park.  He 
asked  those  present  to  stand  if  they  were  in  favc "  of  the  Dolores  Park 
soccer  field.  Approximately  12  people  stood  to  snow  they  favored  the 
soccer  field  and  approximately  24  stood  in  opposition. 

Ms.  Kohlstrand  explained  that  City  Planning  staff  recommended  that  the 
entire  program  be  adopted.  In  response  to  the  concern  expressed  by 
members  of  the  City  Planning  Commission  she  identified  sites  that  she  felt 
should  be  given  a  lower  priority.  Those  sites  were  Evans/Hunters  Point, 
Brooks  Park,  and  Mul len/Peral ta. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  if  the  2  Commissions  do  not  agree  on  a  specific  element  of 
the  Open  Space  Program  the  Mayor  shall  decide  the  issue.* 

Pub  I ic  Test  imony 

Paul  Stein,  spoke  in  support  of  acquisition  of  the  Bonview  Lots  in 
Bernal  Heights.  He  urged  that  this  land  be  acquired  for  open  space  for 
future  generations. 

Beverly  Bagdorf,  spoke  in  support  of  acquisition  of  the  Bonview  Lots. 

Juanita  Raven,  member  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee,  asked  the 
Commissions  to  accept  the  report  as  presented.  She  said  the  Committee 
spent  many  hours  developing  the  program. 

Barbara  Judy,  member  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee,  discussed  the 
proposed  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores  and  referenced  a  letter  submitted 
by  6  members  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee.  She  felt  it  would  be 
beneficial  to  have  a  planning  study  on  this  issue  and  that  the  study 
should  look  for  locations  that  do  not  include  displacement  of  existing 
activities.  She  said  that  full  consideration  should  be  given  to 
Recreation  and  Park's  functional  needs  such  as  the  fact  that  some  of  the 
Department's  soccer  fields  are  not  fenced  and  cannot  be  closed  seasonally 
for  turf  recovery. 

*The  City  Attorney  has  since  made  a  determination  that  if  the  two 
commissions  cannot  agree,  they  must  reconvene  at  a  joint  hearing. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

Ai lene  Herold,   representing  the  Alamo  School  Playground  Renovation, 

explained  that  her  request  to  renovate  the  Alamo  Schoolyard  play  structure 
was  given  a  "Priority  l"  by  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee.  She  said 
she  was  advised  by  the  Committee  that  they  would  receive  funding  for  a 
play  structure  and  felt  it  was  in  a  high  need  district.  She  said  the 
present  structure  is  unsafe  and  that  there  is  an  after  school  program  on 
site.  She  questioned  the  City  Attorney's  opinion  which  prohibited  Alamo 
from  receiving  this  funding. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  City  Attorney  has 
advised  that  the  Open  Space  Program  budget  is  not  a  legal  source  of  funds 
for  this  particular  project.  She  further  explained  that  she  spoke  to  the 
City  Attorney's  Office  who  advised  that  afterschool  program  funds  cannot 
be  used  for  this  purpose. 

Elena  Rogan,  a  parent  who  originally  submitted  the  request  for  funding 
for  a  new  play  structure  at  Alamo  Schoolyard,  said  that  the  current  play 
structure  is  dilapidated  and  that  bits  and  pieces  of  it  are  falling  off. 
She  said  when  she  submitted  the  request  she  did  not  identify  a  funding 
source  and  that  the  Open  Space  funds  should  go  to  children. 

Morgan  Walford,  spoke  in  support  of  the  acquisition  of  the 
Mul  len/Peralta  sites.  He  urged  that  the  4  sites  be  acquired  with  Open 
Space  Funds  and  explained  that  the  proposed  development  for  this  site  has 
been  postponed  until  a  decision  is  made  by  the  joint  commissions. 

Tom  White,  spoke  in  support  of  the  acquisition  of  the  Mul len/Peralta 
site  and  said  that  Open  Space  should  be  acquired  for  future  generations. 
He  said  that  if  these  lots  are  not  acquired  they  would  be  developed  for 
residential  purposes. 

Betty  Kilich,  spoke  in  support  of  the  acquisition  of  the  Mul len/Peralta 
lots  and  said  the  demographics  show  that  the  area  is  growing  very 
quickly.  She  said  in  a  one  block  radius  at  Mullen  Peralta  area  there  are 
over  50  children  under  the  age  of  12. 

Cindy  Ehrlich,  explained  that  she  is  one  of  the  owners  of  4  lots  at 
Mul  len/Peralta.  She  said  that  plans  have  been  completed  for  a  roadway 
through  the  lot  and  that  the  site  is  ready  for  development.  She  said  she 
personally  did  not  want  to  see  the  area  developed  and  that  the  project  was 
given  a  Priority  1  by  the  Open  Space  Committee. 

Mario  Valle,  spoke  in  support  of  the  acquisition  of  the  Mul len/Peralta 
lots  and  said  that  he  has  5  children  who  would  like  to  have  the  area 
remain  as  open  space. 

Lurilla  Harris,  representing  the  Farmers  Market  Task  Force,  Nevada/Putnum 
Block  Club  and  Crescent  Neighbors,  spoke  in  support  of  acquisition  of 
Bernal  Heights  parcels.  She  said  the  area  has  unpaved  roads  and  is  one  of 
the  most  rural  areas  in  the  City.  She  wanted  these  lots  to  remain  as  open 
space. 


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Espanola  Jackson,  spoke  in  support  of  acquisition  of  the  Bayview  Hill. 
She  further  explained  that  she  was  surprised  at  the  number  of  people  who 
stood  to  show  their  opposition  to  the  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores 
Park.  She  said  as  a  representative  of  Aboriginal  Tribe  there  isn't  a 
need  to  be  concerned  about  the  burial  remains  at  Mission  Dolores  Park. 
She  urged  the  Commissions  to  consider  future  generations  of  San 
Franci  scans . 

Douglas  Hague,  spoke  in  opposition  of  the  soccer  field  at  Mission 
Dolores  Park.  He  said  this  Dark  is  frequently  used  for  multi-purposes  and 
for  over  80  years  Dolores  Park  has  served  the  area  well.  He  explained 
this  park  offers  green  lawns,  trees  and  beauty  and  has  a  history  which  is 
virtually  unique  in  the  City.  He  said  if  the  soccer  field  is  placed  in 
the  park  there  will  be  a  need,  in  the  future,  for  bleachers,  fencing  and 
restrooms.  He  said  Dolores  Park  has  a  kind  of  amphi  theater  feature  that 
should  not  be  modified. 

Don  Hastier,  submitted  a  petition  of  signatures  against  the  soccer  field 
at  Dolores  Park.  He  felt  that  the  money  should  be  channeled  into  Mission 
High  School  or  to  Everett  Middle  School  to  construct  a  full  soccer  field 
in  the  Mission  District. 

Kevin  Siegel,  explained  that  he  is  a  child  care  worker  and  a  teacher  who 
is  opposed  to  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores  Park.  He 
said  it  will  not  satisfy  the  soccer  players. 

Ed  Harley,  spoke  in  opposition  of  the  concept  of  a  soccer  field  at 
Mission  Dolores  Park.  He  opposed  the  concept  because  of  the  cost,  the 
fact  that  there  are  other  alternatives  available  and  it  would  be  contrary 
to  the  original  purpose  of  the  park.  He  said  originally  this  area  was  a 
Jewish  cemetary  and  that  the  land  was  donated  to  mothers  and  children.  He 
felt  that  this  spirit  should  be  maintained. 

Eileen  Gold,  representing  Dolores  Park  Coalition,  spoke  in  support  of  a 
soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores  Park.  She  said  the  area  is  overrun  with 
drug  dealers.  She  said  at  a  Dolores  Park  coalition  meeting  over  400 
neighbors  supported  the  soccer  field  proposal.  She  urged  the  Commission 
to  approve  the  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park. 

Lupe  Arabolos,  Assistant  Principal  at  Mission  High  School,  appeared  as 
an  advocate  for  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  She  said 
Mission  High  School's  1400  students  favor  this  proposal.  She  explained 
that  Mission  High  School  has  one  field  that  is  set  aside  for  baseball, 
'soccer,  football,  junior  varsity,  cross  country,  softball,  etc.  and  that 
there  was  a  dire  need  for  the  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores. 

E.  Newlin,  spoke  in  support  of  the  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores 

Park.   She  said  that  there  was  a  need  for  more  opportunities  for  young 

people  and  if  they  could  play  soccer  in  their  own  neighborhood  it  would 

reduce  some  of  the  problems  they  have  in  the  Mission. 


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Vicky  Rega,  spoke  in  support  of  the  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores 
Park.  She  said  the  field  would  take  a  small  portion  of  the  park.  She 
urged  the  Commissions  to  care  about  the  City's  children  and  approve  the 
placement  of  the  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores  Park. 

Claire  Isaacs,  a  member  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee,  said  that 
Dolores  Park  does  not  just  offer  a  spectacular  view,  but  the  crown  of  the 
hill  is  a  unique  area.  She  felt  that  there  is  a  need  for  more  soccer 
fields  in  the  City  but  this  concept  would  change  the  role  of  the  park. 
She  said  that  Open  Space  transportation  funds  should  be  used  to  transport 
children  to  existing  parks.  She  thought,  perhaps  the  Dolores  Park  tennis 
courts  could  be  relocated  to  another  area  in  the  Mission  and  the  soccer 
field  could  be  considered  at  this  location  in  the  park.  She  said  the  City 
needed  to  protect  the  other  uses  at  Dolores  Park. 

Andrew  L.  So  low,  representing  the  Mission  Youth  Soccer  League,  spoke  in 
support  of  the  soccer  field  at  Do" ores  Park  and  said  that  people  don't 
want  the  Mission  District  children  playing  in  their  backyards.  He  said 
that  everyone  agrees  that  children  need  structured  and  supervised 
recreational  opportunities  but  nobody  wants  to  find  a  place  for  that 
activity.  He  said  the  proposal  is  to  have  50'  by  90'  soccer  field  with  no 
fence,  no  lights,  no  bleachers,  no  goal  posts.  He  said  the  Mission 
community  has  been  neglected. 

John  Barbey,  representing  Liberty  Hill  Neighborhood  Association,  spoke 
in  support  of  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  He  said 
the  park  is  also  used  for  passive  activities  such  as  people  walking  their 
dogs.  As  a  volunteer  for  Mission  High  School  he  was  aware  that  the 
school's  field  was  in  constant  use.  He  said  the  Mission  District  is  dense 
and  that  only  a  small  portion  of  the  12+  acre  park  would  be  used  for 
soccer. 

Juan  Gonzalez,  spoke  in  support  of  a  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores 
Park.  He  said  a  park  is  a  place  where  people  can  enjoy  recreation  and 
passive  activities.  He  explained  that  currently  he  takes  his  children  to 
South  San  Francisco  to  play  soccer  because  there  are  no  fields  in  the 
City.  He  said  that  children  need  a  safe  place.  He  said  this  proposal 
would  be  a  lifesaver  for  children. 

Drew  Tillotson,  opposed  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores 
Park.  He  said  he  lives  adjacent  to  Dolores  Park  on  Church  Street.  He 
opposed  the  construction  of  the  soccer  field  and  felt  it  would  destroy  the 
park  for  all  the  nearby  residents.  He  said  the  soccer  field  would  create 
increased  traffic  and  trash.  He  said  he  dodges  the  drug  dealers  daily  and 
that  they  will  not  go  away  because  of  the  soccer  field.  Rather,  he  felt 
the  soccer  field  would  increase  the  dealer's  trade.  He  urged  the 
Commission  not  to  mar  the  beauty  of  the  park. 


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Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

Jake  Sigg,  spoke  in  opposition  of  the  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores 
Park  and  explained  that  he  was  one  of  the  six  members  of  the  ODen  Space 
Committee  who  signed  the  dissenting  letter  the  soccer  field  Droposal .  He 
suggested  that  the  money  be  approved  for  soccer  but  to  not  tie  i  t  to  a 
specific  area.  He  also  commented  that  the  community  surrounding  Brooks 
Park  worked  hard  for  the  acquisition  of  this  parcel  land  and  that  if 
Brooks  Park  is  not  acquired  the  community  will  be  devastated. 

Harold  Wright,   representing  the  Forest  Hill   Association,   spoke   in 

support  of  funding  for  the  significant  natural  areas.  He  urged  that  these 
monies  be  approved. 

Nan  McGuire,  a  member  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee,  said  she 
supported  the  letter  sent  by  6  members  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory 
Committee.  She  said  a  petition  of  1500  was  submitted  urging  rhe  Committee 
to  disapprove  the  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  She  said  There  are 
options  to  explore  such  as  having  the  Open  Space  P-ogram  fund  lighting  for 
the  field  at  Mission  High  School. 

Dan  Chum  ley,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Mime  Troupe,  said  that 
soccer  is  an  important  concern  and  that  the  difficulty  is  the  misuse  of 
existing  resources.  He  said  that  Dolores  Park  should  be  left  as  a  park 
and  should  not  be  terraced  in  the  way  that  cuts  the  park.  He  did  not 
think  soccer  will  stop  crime. 

Delmar  Calwhite,  spoke  in  opposition  to  funding  the  soccer  field  at 
Mission  Dolores  Park.  He  felt  the  soccer  field  is  incompatible  with  the 
use  of  the  park.  He  said  the  size  of  the  field  will  extend  the  boundaries 
and  that  adequate  space  is  needed  for  errant  balls. 

Richard  Sharez,  said  he  lives  in  the  Mission  District  and  frequently 
walks  his  dog.  He  explained  that  early  in  the  morning  he  witnesses  drug 
activity.  He  said  if  soccer  is  brought  to  the  park  it  will  increase  the 
drug  activity.  Although  he  liked  soccer  he  did  not  think  it  should  be 
placed  at  Dolores  Park. 

Brian  Freeman,  said  the  soccer  field  would  displace  many  of  the 
activities  that  now  occur  on  the  lawn  space  at  Dolores  Park.  He  felt  that 
those  passive  activities  contribute  enormously  to  the  quality  of  life  in 
the  neighborhood. 

Kent  Watson,  said  he  is  a  landscape  architect  and  designs  parks  by 
profession.  He  said  that  the  soccer  field  issue  should  be  reviewed  and 
not  rushed.  He  said  the  City  needs  open  space  for  public  assembly,  free 
speech,  demonstrations  and  for  play.  He  noted  that  Dolores  Park  is  a 
designated  park  site  for  public  assembly  and  that  these  issues  needed  to 
be  explored. 


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Loren  Charles,  explained  that  he  lives  near  Dolores  Park  and  said  it  is 
a  beautiful  pocket  of  open  space.  He  urged  the  Commission  to  not  touch 
Dolores  Park.  He  felt  that  the  people  promoting  soccer  are  well  meaning 
but  soccer  will  not  decrease  drug  dealing.  Dolores  Park  is  an 
aesthetically  pleasing  park  and  the  soccer  field  is  not  a  trivial  proposal. 

Paul  Deutsch,  said  he  supported  the  movement  for  more  soccer  but  felt 
that  Dolores  Park  is  the  wrong  site  for  a  soccer  field.  He  said  Dolores 
Park  is  a  beautiful  park  and  offers  a  wonderful  blend  of  active  and 
passive  recreational  use  at  this  site.  He  said  that  no  formal 
notification  was  given  to  the  adjacent  neighbors  about  this  proposal  and 
that  he  was  never  notified  of  these  public  hearings.  He  said  there  was 
clearly  a  sharp  division  in  the  community  about  this  issue. 

Mahir  Charles,  spoke  in  opposition  to  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at 
Dolores  Park.  She  said  Dolores  Park  has  many  churches  in  the  area  and  on 
weekends  people  double  park  along  the  street.  She  was  opposed  to  the 
soccer  field  and  noted  that  the  increased  parking  problem  as  a  result  of 
the  field  had  not  been  addressed.  She  also  expressed  concern  about  the 
lack  of  participation  of  girls  in  soccer. 

Wanda  Mills,  a  member  of  the  California  Native  Plant  Society,  spoke  on 
behalf  of  Brooks  Park  and  outlined  the  native  plants  species  that  were 
identified  at  this  site.  She  stated  that  Brooks  Park  qualified  as  a 
significant  natural  area  and  falls  within  guidelines  of  Policy  13.  She 
urged  the  Commissions  to  acquire  this  site. 

Bob  Dutra,  Co-Chair  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee,  stated  that 
the  Commissions  were  now  witnessing  some  of  the  issues  his  committee  faced 
throughout  the  year  and  urged  the  Commissions  to  accept  the  Open  Space 
Program  budget  as  it  was  presented.  He  felt  it  was  a  good  program. 


President  Unobskey  said  it  is  very  difficult  to  fund  all  the  programs  with 
the  City's  budget  deficit. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  felt  that  there  was  consensus  that  a  soccer  field 
was  needed  but  the  problem  was  that  it  was  going  to  have  to  be  in  someone 
else's  back  yard.  He  was  concerned  about  the  City's  children.  He  said 
there  was  opposition  to  lights,  fences,  goal  posts,  bleachers,  retaining 
walls  and  that  it  was  made  very  clear  that  the  soccer  field  proposed  would 
be  non-invasive  and  that  it  was  a  compromise  for  other  uses  in  the  park. 
He  noted  that  the  Chief  of  Police,  Police  Commission  and  the  Mayor  has 
endorsed  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  He  said  after 
listening  to  all  the  testimony  he  recommended  that  the  Commission  consider 
moving  forward  on  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park. 


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President  Orr  said  that  he  did  not  think  anybody  on  either  commission 
questioned  the  need  for  soccer  fields  in  the  Mission  or  throughout  the 
City.  He  had  serious  reservations  about  the  Dolores  Park,  soccer  field 
proposal  because  it  involves  the  displacement  of  existing  park  uses  in  an 
existing  park.  President  Orr  said  the  City  lacks  passive  use  areas  in  the 
City  and  there  is  a  shortage  of  oark  lands  and  open  space  in  the  City.  He 
felt  that  a  planning  program  for  soccer  fields  was  important  even  "though 
it  would  lengthen  the  process.  He  felt  issues  needed  to  be  reviewed 
before  making  the  commitment  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  He  was 
not  prepared  to  change  the  traditional  use  of  Dolores  Park. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  questions,  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that 
the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee  recommended  allocating  funds  to  design 
and  construct  a  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores  Park.  The  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission  would  have  to  review  and  approve  the  design  of  the  soccer 
field.  Mr.  Arnold  clarified  the  point  that  the  recommendation  is  to  site 
the  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  said  that  he  frequented  Dolores  Park  as  an  individual 
and  with  the  Head  Start  Program  on  a  number  of  occasions.  He  said 
although  the  park  is  aesthetically  pleasing  there  are  hundreds  of  kids 
that  need  supervised  activity.  He  supported  the  concept  of  a  soccer  field 
at  Dolores  Park.  He  said  the  residents  of  that  area  can  be  involved  in 
the  review  process  to  assure  that  there  will  be  minimal  impact  in  that 
area. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  she  was  a  volunteer  for  the  schools,  worked  with 
the  Big  Brother  Program  and  cared  about  kids.  She  wanted  a  soccer  field. 
She  felt  that  this  idea  was  not  well  thought-out.  She  felt  that  Mission 
Dolores  Park  is  one  of  the  most  beautiful  places  in  the  City  and  once  this 
area  is  gouged  out,  it  can  never  be  restored.  She  felt  that  if  the  soccer 
field  was  approved  at  Mission  Dolores  Park  it  will  be  over-utilized  within 
6  months  and  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  will  not  have  funds 
available  to  renovate  the  field.  She  felt  that  it  was  unwise  to  spend 
over  $650,000  for  non-regulation  soccer  fields  and  that  a  well  thought-out 
plan  was  needed. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  commented  that  a  regulation  size  soccer  field  was 
not  as  necessary  as  a  practice  field  that  can  be  utilized  by  the  youth  of 
the  Mission. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  after  hearing  the  testimony  he  was  not  in  favor 
of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  He  felt  an  appropriate  site  for  a 
soccer  field  is  at  Potrero  del  Sol.  He  thought  it  was  wiser  to  place  the 
soccer  field  at  this  site  because  there  was  enough  room  and  that  it  would 
be  primarily  used  for  soccer.  He  said  there  was  a  dire  need  for  soccer 
fields  for  the  entire  City. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  said  the  Mission  District  community  has  pleaded  to  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  for  soccer  fields  for  18  years.  He  said 
the  members  of  the  Open  Space  Committee  finally  paid  attention  to  their 
request.  He  said  that  the  Mission  District  considered  a  soccer  field  at 
Potrero  del  Sol  over  18  years  ago  and  that  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  denied  the  request.  He  emphasized  the  need  for  recreationa 
soace  is  great  and  this  request  is  for  only  a  portion  of  the  park. 


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Commissioner  Farrow  said  after  hearing  all  of  the  testimony  on  the  issue 
she  concurred  with  Commissioners  Immendorf  and  Ruiz  and  felt  it  was  time 
to  support  :ne  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park. 

Commissioner  Levine  gave  a  historical  overview  of  the  Mission.  She  said 
the  City  Planning  Department  took  an  interest  in  the  Mission  and  assigned 
a  planner  for  implementation  of  a  plan  for  this  part  of  the  City  in  the 
1970s.  She  said  the  City  acquired  Potrero  del  Sol,  Juri  Commons  and  the 
gymnasium  on  23rd  and  Harrison,  all  of  which  were  recommended  in  the 
original  Open  Space  plan.  Commissioner  Levine  echoed  the  sentiments  of 
Commissioner  Ruiz  and  said  that  a  commitment  is  needed  for  the  Mission 
District.  She  said  there  is  a  need  to  review  the  entire  issue  of  soccer 
in  the  Mission  and  the  needs  of  the  population  and  to  find  a  suitable  site 
for  a  regulation  soccer  field. 

Commissioner  Fung  clarified  the  point  that  $300,000  is  proposed  for 
allocation  for  planning,  design  and  construction. 

Steve  Shotland,  representing  City  Planning,  explained  that  the  City 
Planning  Commission  needed  to  consider  the  amendments  to  the  Open  Space 
element  of  the  Master  Plan  and  that  the  City  Planning  Commission  needed  to 
decide  which  sites  should  be  included. 

President  Unobskey  said  the  School  District  is  in  the  process  of  reviewing 
all  of  the  school  sites  and  he  did  not  want  to  intrude  in  the  process. 
Therefore,  he  was  concerned  about  the  Brooks  Park  site  and  wanted  to 
exclude  it  as  one  of  the  open  space  elements  of  the  Master  PI 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  several  inquiries  have  been  made  with  the  School 
District  and  that  he  met  with  the  Superintendent  of  the  School  District 
who  had  not  expressed  an  interest  in  the  Brooks  Park  site. 

Commissioner  Lowenberg  said  that  since  there  was  so  much  community  support 
shown  for  the  Mul  len/Peral  ta  site  she  would  include  it  in  the  open  space 
element  although  it  was  not  her  first  choice.  She  said  the  Trust  for 
Public  Land  will  participate  in  the  development  of  some  plans  for  this 
site. 

President  Unobskey  wanted  to  make  sure  that  the  Superintendent  of  the 
Schools  was  not  interested  in  the  Brooks  Park  site  before  including  it  in 
the  open  space  element  of  the  Master  Plan. 

Commissioner  Fung  said  that  an  update  was  necessary  on  the  open  space 
elements  of  the  City's  Master  Plan. 

Commissioner  Lowenberg  urged  members  of  the  commissions  to  attend  the 
annual  tour  to  see  the  needs  of  the  community  and  neighborhoods.  She  said 
the  Commissions  can  work  together  to  develop  play  areas  and  recreation 
space. 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Mr.  Shotland  listed  the  sites  to  be  added  to  the  open  space  element  of  the 
City's  Master  Plan:  Bonview,  Brewster  Franconia  Lot,  Mul I en/Peral ta  site 
and  Evans/Hunters  Point.  He  read  the  draft  resolution  to  the  Commission. 
He  commented  that  the  areas  are  consistent  with  the  element  of  the  Open 
Space  Program.  We  will  be  looking  at  demographic  issues  and  new  goals. 

Commissioner  Levine  clarified  that  there  was  funding  to  ucdate  the  open 
space  element  of  the  Master  Plan.  President  Unobskey  said  the  General 
Manager  of  Recreation  and  Park  department  has  indicated  that  funding  is 
set  aside  for  an  overall  study  of  the  impact  of  the  soccer  field  in  the 
Mi  ssion. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Lowenberg,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Fung,  the 
City  Planning  Commission  adopted  the  following  resolution: 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13506 

WHEREAS,  Pursuant  to  the  San  Francisco  Charter  requirements  that  the  City 
Planning  Commission  adopt  and  maintain,  including  necessary  changes 
therein,  a  Master  Plan;  and 

WHEREAS,  Certain  portions  of  the  Master  Plan  may  over  time  become 
obsolete;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  City  Planning  Commission  adopted  the  Recreation  and  Open 
Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan  by  Resolution  No.  1 1 067  on  July  9,  1987; 
and 

WHEREAS,  The  City  Planning  Commission  amended  the  Recreation  and  Open 
Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan  by  Resolution  No.  13149  on  August  15, 
1991,  to  add  Citywide  Policy  #13,  which  states  "Preserve  and  protect 
significant  Natural  Areas,"  and 

WHEREAS,  The  City  Planning  Commission  amended  the  Recreation  and  Open 
Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan  adopting  Resolution  No.  13411  on  October 
1,  1992,  to  add  and  revise  policies  on  regional  recreational  trails;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  electorate  of  San  Francisco  in  November  1988  revised  Charter 
Section  6.413  establishing  the  San  Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund  to 
acquire  and  develop  additional  public  open  space,  as  well  as  to  renovate 
and  maintain  it;  and 

WHEREAS,  Since  1987  many  of  the  sites  proposed  to  be  acquired  as  open 
space  in  Map  4,  the  "Citywide  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Plan"  and  Map  8, 
the  "Eastern  Shoreline  Plan,"  have  been  or  are  in  the  process  of  being 
acquired  to  serve  the  needs  of  San  Francisco  residents;  and 

WHEREAS,  As  part  of  the  Case  No.  93.148R,  the  1993-1994  San  Francisco  Park 
and  Open  Space  Program,  four  sites  are  proposed  for  acquisition  as  public 
open  space  that  were  not  identified  in  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space 
Element  as  "Proposed  Public  Open  Space";  and 


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OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13506  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  there  is  significant  neighborhood  support  for  acquisition  of  the 
sites,  and  there  may  be  a  good  opportunity  to  acquire  the  sites  because 
most  of  the  property  owners  appear  willing  to  sell  the  properties  to  the 
City  for  open  space  use;  and 

NHEREAS,  the  sites,  contained  in  EXHIBIT  A  and  listed  below,  are  proposed 
to  be  added  to  Map  4,  the  "Citywide  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Plan"  to  the 
category  "Proposed  Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public 
Open  Space" : 

1.  Bonview  lots  (Assessor's  Block  5614,  lots  47-50); 

2.  Brewster/Franconia  lot  (Assessor's  Block  5556,  lot  56); 

3.  Mullen/Peralta  site  (Assessor's  Block  5538,  lots  14,  15,  23,  28, 

and  portions  of  undeveloped  Mullen  and  Peralta  Etreet  rights-of-way); 

4.  Evans/Hunters  Point  Boulevard  Triangle  (Assessor's  Block  4646,  lots 
9-11);  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Evans/Hunters  Point  Boulevard  Triangle  site,  contained  in 
EXHIBIT  A,  is  in  addition  proposed  to  be  added  to  Map  8,  the  "Eastern 
Shoreline  Plan"  to  the  category  "Proposed  Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for 
or  convert  to  Public  Open  Space";  and 

WHEREAS,  each  of  the  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  is  either  very  close 
to,  or  contiguous  with  existing  parkland  or  public  open  space;  and 

WHEREAS,  there  is  significant  neighborhood  support  for  acquisition  of  the 
sites,  and  there  may  be  a  good  opportunity  to  acquire  the  sites  because 
most  of  the  property  owners  appear  willing  to  sell  the  properties  to  the 
City  for  open  space  use;  and 

WHEREAS,  on  balance,  the  proposed  amendments  are  consistent  with  the  eight 
priority  policies  of  Planning  Code  Section  101.1;  and 

WHEREAS,  pursuant  to  Charter  Sections  3.525  and  6.413,  notice  was  duly 
given  of  a  public  hearing  by  the  City  Planning  Commission  to  consider 
adoption  of  an  amendment  to  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the 
Master  Plan,  which  hearing  was  held  on  April  15,  1993;  and 

WHEREAS,  on  April  15,  1993,  the  Planning  Commission  held  a  public  hearing 
and  considered  testimony  related  to  the  proposed  amendments;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Commission  deems  the  proposed  amendments  to  be  appropriate 
and  desires  to  adopt  them  as  part  of  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element 
of  the  Master  Plan;  now,  therefore  be  it 


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OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13506  (Continued) 

RESOLVED,  that  the  City  Planning  Commission,  before  acting  on  the  proposed 
Master  Plan  amendment,  does  hereby  certify  that  it  has  reviewed, 
considered,  and  approved  the  information  contained  in  the  Certificate  of 
Determination  of  Exemption/Exclusion  from  Environmental  Review,  under 
General  Rule  Exclusion  [State  Guidelines  Section  1 506 1  (b)(3)];  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  that  the  City  Planning  Commission  hereby  adopts  an 
amendment  to  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan, 
adding  the  sites  contained  in  Exhibit  A  to  the  category  "Proposed  Public 
Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space"  in  Map  4,  the 
"Citywide  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Plan,"  and  in  addition  adding  the 
Evans/Hunters  Point  Boulevard  Triangle  site  to  the  category  "Proposed 
Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space"  in  Map  8, 
the  "Eastern  Shoreline  Plan";  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  that  $40,000  in  funding  from  The  San  Francisco  Park  and 
Open  Space  Program,  1993-1994,  be  used  to  fund  the  Department  of  City 
Planning  to  initiate  an  update  of  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of 
the  Master  Plan  and  the  accompanying  Programs  Report;  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  that  the  Secretary  of  the  City  Planning  Commission  shall 
record  the  action  taken  in  this  Resolution  on  the  adopted  amendment  and 
shall  certify  a  copy  thereof  to  the  Mayor  and  the  Board  of  Supervisors  in 
accordance  with  the  Charter. 

David  Prowler,  the  alternate  for  the  Chief  Administrative  Officer,  said 
that  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field  issue  was  one  of  the  most  difficult 
questions  he  has  faced.  He  reiterated  the  point  that  this  proposal  does 
not  include  bleachers  or  fences  because  he  did  not  want  to  vote  for  such  a 
proposal.  He  said  he  placed  his  trust  in  staff  to  make  sure  this  does  not 
occur. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Levine,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Lowenberg,  the 
City  Planning  Commission  adopted  the  following  resolution: 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13507 

WHEREAS,  the  electorate  of  San  Francisco  in  November  1988  revised  Charter 
Section  6.413  establishing  the  San  Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund  to 
be  supported  by  an  annual  Ad  Valorem  tax  of  two  and  one-half  cents 
($0,025)  for  each  one  hundred  dollars  ($100)  assessed  valuation,  for  a 
15-year  period;  and 

WHEREAS,  Charter  Section  6.413  specifies  that  the  General  Manager  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  shall  annually  present  a  report  on  the 
disposition  of  the  Fund  for  approval  by  a  majority  of  each  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  the  City  Planning  Commission  meeting 
jointly;  and 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

3.   OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13507  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  in  formulating  the  1993-1994  program,  the  fourth  year  of  the 
program,  the  General  Manager  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  closely 
considered  the  recommendations  of  the  Park  and  Open  Space  Citizen's 
Advisory  Committee,  which  were  made  after  several  months  of  diligent  work 
that  involved  community  discussions,  field  investigations,  and  public 
hearings;  and 

WHEREAS,  Charter  Section  6.413  requires  that  the  program  be  consistent 
with  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan  and  in 
accordance  with  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Programs  document;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan  was 
amended  by  CPC  Resolution  No.  13149  on  August  15,  1991,  to  add  Policy  13, 
which  states:  "Preserve  and  protect  significant  Natural  Areas,"  and 
includes  criteria  to  determine  whether  a  site  constitutes  a  Significant 
Natural  Resource  Area  worthy  of  protection;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  recommends  that  three  sites, 
Hawk  Hill  (also  known  as  Funston  Terrace),  0' Shaughnessy  Hollow,  and 
portions  of  Bayview  Hill,  be  designated  as  Significant  Natural  Resource 
Areas;  and 

WHEREAS,  three  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  under  the  Natural  Areas 
Acquisition  category,  Hawk  Hill  (also  known  as  Funston  Terrace), 
O'Shaughnessy  Hollow,  and  a  portion  of  Bayview  Hill,  meet  the  criteria  for 
Significant  Natural  Areas  contained  in  Policy  13,  and  can  be  considered 
Significant  Natural  Areas  worthy  of  protection;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  San  Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Program  was  determined  by 
the  San  Francisco  Department  of  City  Planning  (hereinafter  "Department") 
to  be  categorically  exempt  from  the  environmental  review  process  pursuant 
to  California  Environmental  Quality  Act  (CEQA),  and  the  Commission  has 
reviewed  and  concurs  with  said  determination;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  program  responds  to  the  Priority  Policies  of  Section  101.1  of 
the  Planning  Code;  and 

WHEREAS,  members  of  the  Park  and  Open  Space  Citizens  Advisory  Committee 
worked  to  revise  and  update  a  Five  Year  Plan  for  open  space  acquisition, 
development,  renovation  and  maintenance  which  are  consistent  with  the 
goals  and  policies  of  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master 
Plan  and  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Programs  document;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  General  Manager  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  on 
April  15,  1993,  presented  to  the  two  Commissions,  meeting  jointly,  the 
program  entitled  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund, 
Fiscal  Year  1993-1994,"  dated  April  15,  1993,  and  the  "Open  Space  Program 
Five  Year  Plan  1993-1994";  and 


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Thursday,  April  15,  1993 

3.    OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  13507  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  four  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  as  public  open  space  were  not 
identified  in  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  as  "Proposed  Public 
Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space";  and 

WHEREAS,  the  sites:  Bonview  Lots  (Assessor's  Block  5614,  lots  47-50); 
Brewster/Franconia  site  (AB  5556,  lot  56);  Mullen  Peralta  site  (AB  5538, 
lots  14,  15,  23,  28,  and  portions  of  undeveloped  Mullen  and  Peralta  Street 
r-o-w);  Evans/Hunters  Point  Boulevard  Triangle  (AB  4646,  lots  9-11)  have 
been  proposed  for  acquisition  as  public  open  space;  and 

WHEREAS,  each  of  the  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  is  either  very  close 
to,  or  contiguous  to  existing  parkland  or  puPlic  open  space;  and  there  is 
significant  community  support  for  acquisition  of  the  sites  for  open  space 
purposes;  and 

WHEREAS,  the  City  Planning  Commission  considered  acquisition  of  "he  five 
sites  at  a  public  hearing  on  April  15,  1993,  at  which  the  Commission  heard 
public  testimony  concerning  acquisition  of  the  sites;  and 

WHEREAS,  at  the  public  hearing  on  April  15,  1993,  the  Planning  Commission 
also  considered  Case  No.  93.159M,  the  Proposed  amendment  of  the  Recreation 
and  Open  Space  Element,  to  add  sites  to  Map  4,  the  "Citywide  Recreation 
and  Open  Space  Plan"  and  in  addition  to  add  the  Evans/Hunters  Point 
Triangle  Site  to  Map  8,  the  "Eastern  Shoreline  Plan"  under  the  category 
"Proposed  Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space"; 
and 

WHEREAS,  prior  to  approving  the  Program  contained  in  the  "General 
Manager's  Report,  San  Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Program,  Fiscal  Year 
1993-1994,"  the  City  Planning  Commission  approved  Resolution  No.  13506, 
amending  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan,  adding 
four  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  as  public  open  space  to  the  Category 
"Proposed  Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space" 
in  Maps  4  and  8;  now,  therefore  be  it 

RESOLVED,  that  the  City  Planning  Commission  does  hereby  find  the  program 
contained  in  the  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund, 
Fiscal  Year  1993-1994,"  to  be  in  conformity  with  the  Recreation  and  Open 
Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan,  and  in  accord  with  the  Recreation  and 
Open  Space  Programs  document;  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  that  the  City  Planning  Commission  does  hereby  approve 
the  Program,  and  adopt  the  budget  for  allocation  and  expenditure  of  the 
Program  Fund,  as  recorded  in  the  "General  Manager's  Report,  San  Francisco 
Park  and  Open  Space  Program,  Fiscal  Year  1993-1994";  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  that  the  City  Planning  Commission  does  hereby  approve 
the  recommendations  in  the  updated  "Open  Space  Program  Five  Year  Plan 
1993-1994.)" 


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OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Immendorf  asked  for  clarification  on  the  soccer  field  issue. 
He  reminded  his  commissioners  that  the  Mayor  has  supported  the  soccer 
field  at  Dolores  ParK. 

President  Orr  suggested  that  the  Commission  vote  on  the  matter.  He 
further  clarified  the  point  that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  could 
not  vote  on  the  Brooks  Park  property  since  the  City  Planing  Commission  did 
not  identify  it  as  one  of  the  open  space  elements  of  the  Master  Plan. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  failed  to  adopt  the  Open  Space  Program 
budget  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Ruiz 
Noes:   Commissioners  Eickman,  Orr,  Sommer 
Absent:  Commissioner  Chan 

President  Orr  suggested  that  the  remainder  of  the  Open  Space  Program  be 
adopted  with  the  $300,000  expenditure  be  allocated  for  a  study  for  soccer 
in  the  Mission.  This  motion  failed  due  to  the  lack  of  a  second. 

Commissioner  Eickman  made  a  motion  to  adopt  the  Open  Space  Program  budget 
excluding  the  issue  of  funding  the  Dolores  Park  Soccer  Field. 
Commissioner  Sommer  seconded  this  motion. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  adopted  the  following  resolution: 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  16626 

WHEREAS,  The  electorate  of  San  Francisco  in  November,  1988,  approved  a  new 
Charter  Section  6.413  establishing  the  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund  for  a 
l 5-year  period;  and 

WHEREAS,  Charter  Section  6.413  requires  that  the  Park  and  Open  Space 
Citizens'  Advisory  Committee  recommend,  and  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  annually  adopt,  a  Five  Year  Plan  for  Acquisition  and 
Development,  Renovation  and  Maintenance,  to  be  updated  annually;  and 

WHEREAS,  Charter  Section  6.413  also  requires  that  the  General  Manager  of 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  shall  annually  present  a  report  on  the 
disposition  of  the  Fund  for  approval  by  a  majority  of  each  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  the  City  Planning  Commission,  meeting 
jointly;  and 

WHEREAS,  In  formulating  the  proposed  program,  the  General  Manager  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  closely  considered  the  recommendations  of 
the  Park  and  Open  Space  Citizens'  Advisory  Committee  which  were  made  after 
months  of  diligent  work  that  involved  community  discussions,  field 
investigations  and  public  hearings;  and 


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OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 
RES.  NO.  16626  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  Charter  Section  6.413  requires  that  the  program  be  consistent 
with  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Comprehensive  Plan 
(Master  Plan)  and  in  accordance  with  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space 
Programs  document;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  Office  of  Environmental  Review  of  the  City  Planning 
Department  found  the  submitted  program  to  be  categorically  exempt  from 
environmental  review  and  has  approved  the  proposed  program;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  General  Manager  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  on 
April  15,  1993,  presented  to  the  two  Commissions,  meeting  jointly,  a 
program  entitled,  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund, 
Fiscal  Year  1993/94",  dated  April  15,  1993;  with  the  exception  of  the 
funding  to  place  a  soccer  field  Dolores  Park;  and 

WHEREAS,  -~e  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  has  adopted  the  Five  Year  Plan 
for  Acquisition  and  Development,  Renovation  and  Maintenance,  Fiscal  Year 
1993/94,  now,  therefore  be  it 

RESOLVED,  That  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  does  hereby  approve  the 
program,  contained  in  the  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park  and  Open  Space 
Fund,  Fiscal  Year  1993/94"  dated  April  15,  1993,  which  program  is  hereby 
found  to  be  in  accordance  with  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of 
the  Master  Plan  and  Programs  document  approved  by  the  City  Planning 
Commi  ssion. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  made  a  motion  for  the  Commission  to  vote  separately 
on  funding  for  the  soccer  field  at  Mission  Dolores  Park,  Commissioner 
Ruiz  seconded  this  motion.  The  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  voted  as 
fol lows: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Ruiz 
Noes:   Commissioners  Eickman,  Orr,  Sommer 
Absent:  Commissioner  Chan 


4.    PUBLIC  COMMENT 

Edith  McMillan,  discussed  the  need  to  preserve  the  City's  open  space. 
She  said  the  City  needed  more  open  space.  She  said  residential  properties 
are  growing  and  has  made  open  space  projects  not  only  worthwhile  but 
essential.  She  felt  that  $2.3  Million  should  be  set  aside  for  open  space 
acqui  si  tion. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  April  15,  1993 


ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  ousiness,  the 
Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission  and  City  Planning 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  1 1:25  p.m. 


Respectfully  submitted, 

Shaurra  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


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MINUTES 


SPECIAL  MEETING 
MONDAY,  APRIL  19,  1993  -  4:00  P.M. 


The  Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  was  called  to  order 
on  Thursday,  April  19,  1993,  at  4:00  p.m.  by  President  Trent  W.  Orr. 

1.  ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Keith  Eickman 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

2.  SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 
LEASE  AMENDMENT 

Consideration  of  assignment  of  a  portion  of  City's  food  and  beverage 
concession  rights  to  the  San  Francisco  49ers  in  return  for  an  increase  in 
Stadium  Operator  Admission  Tax. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  is  an  attempt  to  maximize  the  revenues  for  the  City, 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  and  the  49ers  and  to  capitalize  on  a 
one-time  opportunity.  In  1985  a  $1.00  surcharge  was  placed  on  the  price 
of  the  football  ticket.  This  surcharge  expired  at  the  end  of  1992 
season.  This  dollar  could  become  an  additional  dollar  of  admission  to  a 
football  game  or,  under  this  proposal,  be  a  $1.00  addition  to  the  stadium 
operator  admission  tax. 

If  the  $1.00  assessment  Is  used  as  a  Stadium  Ope1  a:er  Admission  tax  the 
$600,000  of  revenue  will  revert  to  the  City's  Stai^um  Fund.  This  1s  mone. 
the  Department  did  not  anticipate  receiving. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Monday,  April  19,  1993 

SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 

LEASE  AMENDMENT  (Continued) 

If  the  49ers  agree  to  this  compromise,  they  want  the  City's  share  of  the 
concession  revenues  from  football.  The  City's  share  (as  of  1993)  is  15' 
of  gross  sales  which,  based  on  1992  revenues,  would  be  approximated 
$460,000  for  1993. 

In  the  year  2000  there  is  another  provision  that  is  added  to  this  proposal 
which  will  give  the  City  2%  of  the  concession  revenues  If  that  27.  i< 
greater  than  the  15%  of  everything  above  $4.5  Million.  In  the  year  2002  ! 
the  percentage  increases  to  4%  and  6%  In  2004.  Therefore,  the  Department 
is  protected  and  if  the  concession  revenue  increases  the  Department 
receives  tax  plus  15%  over  $4.5  Million. 

The  City  could  increase  the  Stadium  Operator  Admission  Tax  and  keep  thtj 
same  provision  of  the  concession  revenue  as  is  currently  done  under,  thjj 
lease.  However,  the  49ers  would  not  be  in  agreement  with  the  City.  Stafl| 
is  trying  to  improve  the  City's  and  49ers'  position  and,  at  the  same  time 
not  be  losing  revenue  or  fighting  with  the  Department's  tenant. 

Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  the  49ers  have  been  paying  the  Stadiur 
Operator  Admission  Tax  and  the  Giants  have  not.  In  the  past,  the  Board  01 
Supervisors  has  forgiven  the  Giants  from  paying  this  tax  but  not  thr 
49ers.  The  49ers  have  always  felt  disadvantaged  by  this  practice.  Thi ■ 
provision  will  ensure  that  the  49ers  are  not  further  disadvantaged  througl 
the  Stadium  Operator  Admission  Tax. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Elckman's  question,  the  $1.00  surcharge  wa 
done  to  improve  seating  at  Candlestick.  Park. 

Chief  of  Staff,  James  Lazarus,  thanked  the  Commission  for  holding  thi 
special  meeting.  He  explained  that  in  1985  the  49ers  lease  was  amended  ti 
place  a  $1.00  surcharge  (which  was  approved  by  the  National  Footbal 
League  (NFL)  on  a  temporary  basis)  per  seat,  per  game,  to  help  fund  thn 
expansion  and  renovation  work  at  Candlestick  Park.  In  1985  the  estimat 
was  that  the  renovation  work  would  be  completed  by  1992.  Unfortunately 
all  of  the  work  Is  not  completed  and  there  has  been  delays  in  completio 
of  the  Candlestick  Park  renovation  project. 

The  other  provision  required  that  at  such  time  as  the  concessionaire 
Harry  M.  Stevens,  Inc.,  left  Candlestick  Park  (since  the  Giants  agreemen 
gave  them  exclusive  control  over  the  concession  rights  at  the  Stadium) 
the  49ers  would  assume  control  of  concessions  for  the  football  season. 

Commissioner  Sommer  was  concerned  that  the  fan  would  not  like  thi 
proposal  and  expected  a  $1.00  decrease  In  the  price  of  their  ticket.  Mr 
Arnold  explained  that  the  fans  would  have  paid  for  $1.00  surcharg 
regardless  and  that  it  would  have  been  divided  among  the  49ers,  th 
visiting  team  and  the  National  Football  League. 


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Monday,  April  19,  1993 

2.   SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 

LEASE  AMENDMENT  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Sommer  asked  if  there  was  a  provision  for  a  portion  of  this 
money  to  come  directly  to  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  to  offset  the 
budgetary  cutbacks  being  forecast  in  1993-1994. 

Mr.  Lazarus  said  this  money  will  come  to  the  Stadium  Fund.  Mr.  Arnold 
said  historically  the  Stadium  Fund  has  been  passing  money  to  the  General 
Fund.  Mr.  Lazarus  said  he  told  this  Commission  last  December  that  he  was 
committed  to  ensure  that  the  Candlestick  Park  Fund  and  Department's 
Revenue  Funds  were  kept  whole  and  he  stood  by  that  commitment. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the  Mayor's  Office  is  still  looking  for  a  $5  Million 
reduction  in  the  Department's  budget. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Eickman's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that 
the  Stadium  Operator  Admission  Tax  must  be  approved  by  the  Board  of 
Supervisors  and  that  this  Commission  and  the  Board  of  Supervisors  must 
approve  the  eighth  amendment  to  the  49ers  lease. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16627 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  eighth  amendment  to  the  49ers 
lease  which  will  assign  a  portion  of  City's  food  and  beverage  concession 
rights  to  the  San  Francisco  49ers  in  return  for  a  $1.00  increase  in 
Stadium  Operator  Admission  Tax. 

3.   PUBLIC  COMMENT 

Note:  No  public  comment  was  received. 


ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  business, 
the  Special  Meeting  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  was 
adjourned  at  4:25  p.m. 

Respectfully  submitted. 


Shauni  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


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682ND  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  MAY  20,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Second  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  May  20,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

Commissioner  Keith  Eickman 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 


2.    APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  April  15,  1993,  were  approved  as 

presented . 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
minutes  of  the  Special  Joint  Meeting  of  April  15,  1993  with  City  Planning 
Commission,  were  approved  as  presented. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
minutes  of  the  Special  Meeting  of  April   19,  1993  were  approved  as 

presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"BUDGET  UPDATE 

The  Mayor's  budget  office  has  developed  new  targets  for  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Department  for  the  1993-94  budget.  The  latest  targets  include 
reductions  of  approximately  $6.6  million  from  the  budget  recommended  by 
the  Commission.  A  total  of  34  authorized  positions  would  be  eliminated 
under  the  Mayor's  current  proposal.  In  addition,  fee  increases  are  being 
recommended  for  the  pools,  athletic  fields,  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio, 
wedding  locations  and  athletic  events  held  on  park  property.  Most  of  the 
new  and  replacement  equipment  items  have  also  been  eliminated  from  the 
proposed  budget.  The  Mayor's  budget  staff  is  still  reviewing  non-salary 
accounts  for  additional  reductions. 

Our  staff  are  now  reviewing  this  latest  proposal  to  determine  the  service 
impacts  which  would  result.  We  are  also  continuing  our  discussions  with 
the  Mayor's  staff  on  their  proposed  reductions.  Based  on  these 
discussions,  we  anticipate  that  several  fee  increase  proposals  will  be 
submitted  to  the  Commission  in  June. 

BAY  TO  BREAKERS 

This  year  we  tried  an  experiment  with  paid  parking  in  the  west  end  of 
Golden  Gate  Park  for  Bay  to  Breakers.  The  objectives  of  the  experiment 
were  to  reduce  the  environmental  damage  resulting  from  unrestricted 
parking  in  past  years  and  to  increase  departmental  revenues.  Reports 
following  the  event  indicate  that  environmental  damage  was  substantially 
reduced  due  both  to  restrictions  on  the  number  of  cars  allowed  to  enter 
the  Park  and  to  controls  on  where  people  were  allowed  to  park.  The 
financial  report  will  be  received  from  the  concessionaire  at  the  end  of 
the  week.  Based  on  our  experience  from  Bay  to  Breakers,  we  will  be 
proposing  paid  parking  in  the  west  end  of  Golden  Gate  Park  for  other  major 
events. 

WORKERS'  COMPENSATION 

The  Mayor  has  requested  department  heads  to  report  on  their  workers' 
compensation  program  at  his  regular  Monday  morning  meetings.  Each 
deDartment  head  is  scheduled  for  a  Monday  presentation,  and  I  will  be 
discussing  our  report  on  June  1,  1993.  At  your  place  is  my  report  and 
accompanying  materials  prepared  by  Betty  Lim,  Safety  and  Claims 
Coordinator.  This  report  not  only  indicates  a  decrease  in  both  claims  and 
lost  work  days  during  the  first  nine  months  of  the  current  fiscal  year, 
but  describes  both  old  and  new  program  elements  that  contributed  to  these 
decreases. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

BEACH  CHALET 

We  have  been  informed  by  the  regional  Metropolitan  Transportation 
Commission  that  our  aopiication  for  a  grant  for  the  restoration  of  the 
Beach  Chalet  is  among  the  17  projects  being  recommended  for  funding  in  the 
first  cycle  of  grants  by  the  Transportation  Enhancement  Activities 
program.  The  5724,000  grant  would  be  used  to  comDlete  an  accessible  ramp, 
elevator,  heating  system  and  other  major  renovation  work.  The  intent  is 
to  develop  the  first  floor  as  a  Park  Visitors'  Center,  with  the  second 
floor  housing  a  food  concession  and  environmental  retail  area.  The  Arts 
Commission  has  also  offered  to  relocate  some  Bufano  sculptures  into  a 
landscaped  garden  nearby  if  funding  is  found  for  development. 

'DO  YOUR  PARK  WITH  YUBAN' 

As  part  of  a  nationwide  program,  on  May  22,  1993,  Yuban  Coffee  is 
sponsoring  a  volunteer  workday  in  McLaren  Park.  Two  hundred  voluntee-s 
are  expected  to  paint  out  graffiti,  plant  trees  and  pick  up  trash,  "he 
sponsor  is  providing  breakfast  and  lunch  to  all  volunteers.  Commissione- 
Sue  Sommer  will  receive  a  plaque  on  behalf  of  the  Department,  and 
Supervisor  Sue  Bierman  will  receive  one  for  the  City.  Valerie  Harper, 
star  of  the  TV  series  "Rhoda,"  will  be  the  celebrity  spokesperson. 
Commissioners  are  all  invited  to  the  tree  dedication  ceremony  at  10:30 
a.m.  The  dedication  ceremony  will  take  place  at  the  group  picnic  area  on 
John  Shel ley  Drive. 

CAMP  MATHER 

Superintendent  of  Parks  Ron  de  Leon  has  selected  Al  Behmer  as  Camp  Manager 
for  the  1993  season.  Recreation  staff  selected  are  Kathy  Harold,  John 
Murphy  and  Paul  Davies.  We  look  forward  to  a  successful  and  enjoyable 
camp  season  with  Al  and  his  qualified  staff  overseeing  Camp  Mather  this 
year. 

Current  registration  shows  camp  registration  at  about  957..  The  first  two 
weeks  and  the  last  week  have  large  numbers  of  tent  sites  available.  We 
have  begun  to  take  partial  week  reservations  for  any  remaining  slots. 

EVENT  '93 

This  annual  event,  co-sponsored  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  and 
the  Arts  Education  Foundation,  will  take  place  at  Stern  Grove  on  May  22, 
1993,  at  1:00  p.m.  This  year's  event  is  titled,  "The  House  That  Crack 
Built,"  a  dramatic  anti-drug  play  that  will  be  performed  by  youngsters 
from  throughout  the  City.  Staff  expects  3,000  to  5,000  youth  and  families 
to  attend.  This  should  prove  to  be  one  of  the  most  interesting  events 
ever,  and  I  encourage  you  to  attend  if  at  all  possible. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

SPRING  FESTIVAL 

The  Recreation  and  Park  Department's  annual  Spring  Festival  will  be  held 
at  Stern  Grove  on  June  13,  1993,  from  10:00  a.m.  to  4:00  p.m.  The 
.  festival  is  the  yearly  event  where  staff  provide  program  information  to 
the  public  while  presenting  various  performances  by  the  youth  from  our 
recreation  programs.  This  event  has  occurred  for  over  20  years  and  allows 
parents  and  children  the  opportunity  to  meet  staff  and  ask  questions 
relating  to  neighborhood  recreation  programs  as  well  as  all  summer 
acti vi  ties. 

Z00FEST 

Zoofest  was  a  smashing  success.  The  dinner  and  dance  party  was  enjoyed  by 
518  guests  and  netted  over  $120,000  for  the  Zoo. 

HIPPO  AND  EMPEROR  TAMARIN  BIRTHS 

Whoops!  Our  hippo  had  her  16th  baby  on  May  6,  1993,  despite  the  Zoo's 
best  birth  control  efforts.  The  baby  is  doing  fine  and  is  already  out  in 
the  exhibit.  Twin  emperor  tamarins  were  born  to  one  of  the  tamarin  groups. 

NATIONAL  FELINE  PROPAGATION  PROJECT 

The  San  Francisco  Zoo  is  working  with  the  National  Zoo  in 
Washington,  D.C.,  in  collecting  semen  and  ova  from  four  snow  leopards  and 
one  sumatran  tiger  as  part  of  an  international  project  to  assist  in  the 
reproduction  of  rare  and  endangered  feline  species.  At  your  places  is  a 
press  release  with  additional  information  regarding  this  project. 

STRYBING  ARBORETUM  SOCIETY 

The  Strybing  Arboretum  Society's  annual  plant  sale  was  a  great  success. 
Gross  revenues  were  $50,148. 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claims,  under  $5,000,  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  during  the  month  of  April  1993: 

Subijana,  Praxedes $70.00    Cooper,  Steven $652.13 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER 

Thursday,  May  20,  1993     Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan  Task  Force;  7:00 

p.m.;  County  Fair  Building. 

Saturday,  May  22,  1993     'Do  Your  Park  with  Yuban';  10:30  a.m.;  McLaren 

Park  (group  picnic  area  on  John  Shelley  Drive) 

Saturday,  May  22,  1993     Event  '93;  1:00  p.m.;  Stern  Grove 

Monday,  May  31,  1993      Memorial  Day  Holiday 

Tuesday,  June  1,  1993      Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting;  4:00 

p.m. ;  McLaren  Lodge 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER  (Continued) 

Wednesday,  June  2,  1993    Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30  p.m.  tour, 

5:00  p.m.  meeting;  Education  Classroom,  S.F. 
Zoo 

Thursday,  June  3,  1993     Finance  and  Administration  Committee  Meeting; 

4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 

Monday,  June  7,  1993       Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting;  4:00  p.m.; 

McLaren  Lodge 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993     Joint  City  Planning  Commission  and  Recreation 

and  Park  Commission  meeting;  1:30  p.m.;  Room 
282,  City  Hall 

Sunday,  June  13,  1993      Spring  Festival;  10:00  a.m.  -  4:00  p.m.  Stern 

Grove 

Monday,  June  14,  1993      Golden   Gate   Park   Master   Plan   community 

meeting;  7:00  p.m.;  County  Fair  Building" 

4.    CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  reguests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow, 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  13572: 

a.  PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16628 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  April  2, 
1993  through  May  4,  l 993. 

b.  BALBOA  POOL  RES.  NO.  16629 
AGREEMENT  WITH  CITY  COLLEGE  OF  SAN  FRANCISCO 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  an  agreement  with  City  College 
of  San  Francisco  and  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  for  use  of 
Balboa  Pool  for  a  six  month  period. 

C.   TENDERLOIN  RECREATION  CENTER  RES.  NO.  16630 

OVERNIGHT  TRIP 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  from  the 
Tenderloin  Recreation  Center  for  an  overnight  trip  to  Disneyland  in 
Anaheim,  California  on  May  22,  1993. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

Note  for  the  Record:   Item  4d  was  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and 
considered  separately. 

e.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK/GREAT  HIGHWAY  RES.  NO.  16632 
SAN  FRANCISCO  MARATHON 

ROAD  CLOSURES 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  road  closures  in  Golden 
Gate  Park  and  the  Great  Highway  for  the  San  Francisco  Marathon  on 
Sunday,  July  18,  1993,  from  6:00  a.m.  until  1:30  p.m. 

f.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16633 
TWO  DAY  EVENT 

SAN  FRANCISCO  SAFARI 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  two-day  events  on  Saturday 
and  Sunday,  July  3  and  4,  1993,  and  Saturday  and  Sunday,  July  10  and 
11 ,  1993,  at  Golden  Gate  Park. 

g.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK/MISSION  DOLORES  PARK  RES.  NO.  16634 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  by  the  San 
Francisco  Mime  Troupe  for  multiple  day  events  on  Saturday  and  Sunday, 
July  3  and  4,  1993,  at  Mission  Dolores  Park;  and  Saturday  and  Sunday, 
September  4  and  5,  1993,  at  Sunken  Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park. 

h.   MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT  RES.  NO.  16635 

JAPANTOWN  PEACE  PLAZA 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  by  Nihonmachi 
Street  Fair  for  a  two-day  event  on  Saturday  and  Sunday,  August  7  and 
8,  1993,  at  the  Japantown  Peace  Plaza. 

i .   RECREAT I  ON  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  RES.  NO.  16636 

HAZARDOUS  COMMUNICATION  PROGRAM 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  adopts  the  written  Hazardous 
Communication  Program  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

j.  VARIOUS  NEIGHBORHOOD  PARKS  AND  SQUARES  RES.  NO.  16637 

PARK  CLOSURES  FROM  11:00  P.M.  TO  6:00  A.M. 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  closure  of  the  following 
neighborhood  park  facilities  to  the  public  from  11:00  p.m.  to  6:00 
a.m. : 

Crocker-Amazon  Playground        Moscone  Recreation  Center 
Jackson  Playground  West  Sunset  Playground 

Lang  Field  Youngblood-Coleman  Park 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

k.   VARIOUS  NEIGHBORHOOD  PARKS  AND  SQUARES 

PARK  CLOSURES  FROM  10:00  P.M.  TO  6:00  A.M. 

RESOLVED, 


RES.  NO.  16638 


'hat  this  Commission  approves  the  closure  of  the  following 
neighborhood  park  facilities  to  the  public  from  10:00  pm  to  6:00  am: 


Alice  Chalmers  Playground 

Al lyne  Park 

Bernal  Playground 

Brooks  Park 

Campbel 1  &  Rutland  Mini  Park 

Cayuga  Mini-Park 

Cayuga  Playground 

Chinese  Playground 

Chinese  Recreation  Center* 

Duboce  Park 

Eureka  Valley  Rec.  Center* 

Frankl i  n  Square 

Gilman  Playground 

Herz  Playground 

Hilltop  Park 

Holly  Park 

Juri  Commons 

Kelloch  &  Velasco  Playground 

Koshland  Park 

Lakeview-Ashton  Mini  Park 


Lessing  &  Sears  Mini  Park 

Li  ttle  Hoi lywood  ParK 

Louis  Sutter  Playground 

McKinley  Square 

Mountain  Lake  Park 

Noe  Beaver  Mini  Park 

North  Beach  Playground* 

Portola  Recreation  Center* 

Portsmouth  Square 

Potrero  Hill  Recreation  Center* 

Potrero  del  Sol  Park 

Randolph  &  Bright  Mini  Park 

Rossi  Park 

St.  Mary1 s  Rec.  Center* 

St.  Mary' s  Square 

Seward  Street  Mini  Park 

Silver  Terrace  Playground 

South  Sunset  Playground 

Sunset  Recreation  Center* 

Utah  and  18th  St.  Mini  Park 


*Does  not  apply  to  Recreation  buildings  at  these  parks. 


Note  for  the  Record:  Item  4d  was  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and 
considered  separately. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  event  sponsor 
requested  road  closures  which  was  recommended  for  approval  by  the  Golden 
Gate  Park  Committee.  Since  the  Committee  meeting,  the  event  sponsor  has 
requested  a  change  in  the  route  which  is  not  acceptable  to  the 
Department.  Ms.  Burns  suggested  that  the  Commission  approve  the  first 
route  with  the  understanding  that  the  event  sponsor  may  appeal  the  new 
route  to  the  Commission  next  month.  The  new  request  would  reroute  the 
bicycle  course  through  the  Music  Concourse  area  in  Golden  Gate  Park, 
interrupt  the  only  cross-park  Muni  bus  service  and  use  the  Stow  Lake 
section  of  the  park.  Because  of  the  number  of  bicyclists,  staff  would  not 
recommend  the  new  route  to  the  Commission. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 


d.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK/GREAT  HIGHWAY 
SAN  FRANCISCO  BICYCLE  EVENT 
ROAD  CLOSURES 


RES.  NO.  16631 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  road  closures  in  Golden 
Gate  Park  and  the  Great  Highway  for  Le  Tour  de  sanFRANCEci  sco  Bicycle 
Event  on  Sunday,  July  ll,  1993,  from  7:00  a.m.  until  10:30  a.m. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 


GENERAL  CALENDAR 


5.    SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  the  bisons  are  surQlus  to  the 
Zoo's  needs  and  were  donated  to  an  institution  which  is  trying  to  start  a 
breeding  program.  Mr.  Lowry  has  signed  an  agreement  stating  that  they 
have  no  intention  of  using  the  animals  for  sport  hunting.  The  Pea  Fowl 
were  donated  to  Mr.  Wickett  who  has  held  the  Zoo's  Golden  Eagles  at  his 
450  acre  ranch.  He  has  signed  an  agreement  that  he  will  not  use  the 
animals  for  breeding  purposes. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16639 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transactions 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Gardens: 

DONATED  TO:  Ken  Lowry,  Dam  Ranch 

8907  Pool  Station  Road 
Angels  Camp,  CA  95222 
Two  (2)  Male  Bison 

DONATED  TO:  Jim  Wickett 

325  Kipling  Street 
Palo  Alto,  CA  94301 
Ten  (10)  Pea  Fowl 

6.    PERMIT  AND  RESERVATIONS  POLICY 
SIX  MONTH  REVIEW 

Review  of  the  Permit  and  Reservations  Policy  for  use  of  facilities  under 
the  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  as  required  by  Park 
Code  Section  7.05,  Resolution  16448. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
the  semi-annual  review  of  the  Permit  and  Reservation  Policy.  He  outlined 
the  proposed  modifications: 

Film  Perm  it  Po I i  cy  -  Staff  recommended  that  the  Mayor's  Film  Coordinator, 
be  given  the  responsibility  to  issue  permits  for  filming  on  Recreation  and 
Park  property.  Currently,  it  is  difficult  to  impose  a  l 5-day  nc~::e  for 
issuance  of  film  permits.  Film  companies  also  use  park  proper-  es  for 
consecutive  days  which  requires  Commission  approval  and  is  often 
impractical.  Staff  therefore  suggested  that  the  Mayor's  Film  Office  be 
authorized  to  issue  the  permits  and  that  the  following  language  be  added 
to  the  policy:  "Application  for  permission  to  engage  in  commercial 
photography,  filming  or  recording  shall  be  made  to  the  Mayor's  Film  Office 
pursuant  to  Sec.  57  of  the  San  Francisco  Administrative  Code.  Recreation 
and  Park  Department  staff  shall  monitor  all  film  permits  to  ensure  that 
this  activity  does  not  cause  damage  or  unduly  interfere  with  Department 
programs,  services  or  operations."  The  Film  Office  must  contact  the 
Department  for  use  of  the  park  property  and  staff  feels  it  will  be  able  to 
protect  the  usage  of  the  park. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

6.    PERMIT  AND  RESERVATIONS  POLICY 
SIX  MONTH  REVIEW  (Continued) 

Large  Events  on  Property  Staff  has  encountered  parking  and  traffic 
problems  with  large  events  on  par<  property.  Staff  is  proposing  that 
language  be  added  to  the  policy  that  states  "On  any  request  for  an  event 
which  will  draw  over  1,000  persons,  staff  shall  require  the  applicant  to 
pay  an  additional  fee  for  the  cost  of  providing  parking  control  for  the 
event."  Staff  will  ask  the  Parking  and  Traffic  Department  to  provide 
monitors  and  traffic  control  officers  to  patrol  the  event,  issue  parking 
citations,  direct  people  to  not  park  on  the  grass  areas,  etc.,  and  to  have 
the  event  sponsor  pay  for  these  services. 

Bad  Checks  In  the  past  staff  has  encountered  problems  with  bad  checks 
or  checks  being  returned  by  the  bank  unpaid.  Therefore,  it  is  proposed 
that  the  fol lowing  language  be  added:  "Under  California  Government  Code 
Section  6157,  amended  in  1992,  a  public  agency  may  recover  the  cost  of 
processing  and  collection  of  a  returned  check.  In  addition,  please  take 
note  that  any  person  who  willfully  delivers  any  check  with  knowledge  that 
he  or  she  has  insufficient  funds  to  cover  the  amount  of  the  cneck  may, 
under  certain  circumstances,  be  subject  to  penalties  under  California 
Penal  Code  Section  476a." 

Mr.  Robinson  then  explained  that  the  staff  report  included  a  review  of  the 
major  events  held  in  the  last  6  months  and  details  whether  or  not  the 
performance  bonds  were  returned,  if  the  event  was  successful,  etc.  He 
further  explained  that  staff  will  present  an  amendment  prior  to  the  next 
scheduled  review  of  the  Permit  and  Reservation  Policy  because  an  organized 
group  wants  to  hold  regularly  scheduled  musical  events  in  Marx  Meadow, 
Golden  Gate  Park.  There  have  been  problems  with  the  groups'  use  of  this 
area  in  the  past. 

President  Orr  questioned  the  protection  of  the  Department's  parks  if  the 
Film  Office  was  given  authority  to  issue  permits.  Mr.  Robinson  explained 
that  the  Film  Office  must  contact  the  Department  in  order  to  use  parK 
property.  However,  he  did  note  that  the  Film  Office  is  ^ery  cooperative 
with  the  film  companies.  Staff  will  review  each  permit  on  a  case-by-case 
pol icy. 

President  Orr  asked  if  language  should  be  included  that  stated  that  in  the 
event  damage  occurs  the  permittee  will  be  fully  liable  for  the  damage. 
Mr.  Robinson  said  that  language  addressing  this  issue  is  included  in  the 
Fi lm  Off i  ce  permi  t. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  often  a  film  company  will 

prefer  to  damage  an  area  and  then  pay  for  it.  There  have  been  instances 
of  permanent  damage  to  areas  in  the  City's  parks.  Staff  takes  extra 
precaution  that  if  a  film  company  wants  to  do  something  for  a  special 
effect  that  they  find  a  way  to  do  it  without  causing  damage  to  the  park. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Mr.  Robinson  said  that  the 
Department  will  have  the  final  say  on  use  of  Recreation  and  Park  property. 

Commissioner  Chan  wondered  if  the  use  of  cashier's  check  was  feasible. 
Mr.  Robinson  explained  that  the  use  of  cashier's  checks  are  required  for 
performance  bonds.  In  some  instances,  there  is  insufficient  time  to 
require  an  individual  or  group  to  furnish  a  cashier's  check. 

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Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

PERMIT  AND  RESERVATIONS  POLICY 
SIX  MONTH  REVIEW  (Continued) 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question  about  the  vandalism  to  Union 
Square  on  12/31,  Mr.  Robinson  explained  that  a  wrist  band  system  was  used 
by  the  hotels  surrounding  Union  Square  for  New  Year's  Eve.  Hotel  guests 
were  required  to  wear  wristbands.  As  a  consequence,  when  people  were 
unable  to  enter  the  hotels  surrounding  Union  Square  without  a  wristband, 
they  stormed  Union  Square  causing  extensive  damage  to  the  park.  Staff  has 
spoken  to  the  Union  Square  Association  about  having  an  official  New  Year's 
Eve  event  somewhere  in  the  City  so  that  the  youth  have  an  activity  for 
this  evening.  He  felt  that  a  lack  of  organized  activity  creates  this 
problem. 

Greg  Gaar,  spoke  in  opposition  to  the  increase  in  attendance  permitted 
at  Sharon  Meadow.  On  1 0/ 1 5/92  the  Commission  approved  the  increase  of  the 
allowable  attendance  for  large  events  at  Sharon  Meadow  from  10,600  to 
21,200.  He  stated  that  the  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council  (HANC)  is 
concerned  about  the  size  of  the  events  and  the  practice  of  fencing  off  and 
charging  admission  to  this  meadow.  He  recommended  that  the  Commission 
reduce  the  Sharon  Meadow  attendance  and  that  no  more  than  2  events  per 
year  be  permitted  at  Sharon  Meadow.  He  was  also  opposed  :o  fencing  the 
meadow  and  charging  admission  to  that  area. 

Ms.  Burns,  explained  that  the  Commission  revised  the  attendance  numbers 
in  October  1992  to  conform  to  the  actual  square  footage  of  the  park 
properties.  Now,  the  attendance  numbers  more  accurately  reflect  the 
actual  square  footage  of  the  parks.  She  further  explained  that,  generally 
speaking,  the  large,  single  day  events  do  not  create  a  problem  at  Sharon 
Meadow.  However,  the  multiple  day  events  that  have  been  held  in  the  past 
(Country  in  the  Park,  A  La  Carte/A  La  Park)  over  a  very  short  .period  of 
time  during  the  warm  weather  did  create  turf  damage.  The  fencing  issue 
was  a  policy  matter  considered  by  the  Commission  several  years  ago.  There 
are  a  number  of  event  sponsors  who  request  to  fence  various  areas  of  the 
parks.  The  Department  tries  to  avoid  fencing  an  entire  park  for  multiple 
days  as  it  disadvantages  the  normal  users  of  the  park. 

President  Orr  said  it  is  unfortunate  that  there  is  a  charge  for  using 
portions  of  the  park  but  he  did  not  think  it  would  be  responsible  for  the 
Commission  to  cease  that  practice  given  the  fiscal  crisis  facing  the 
Department.  He  was  concerned  about  the  problems  in  Sharon  Meadow  and 
asked  if  the  events  could  be  rotated  so  that  one  area  is  not  used  again 
and  again. 

Mr.  Robinson  explained  that  a  formal  rotation  policy  has  not  been 
developed,  although  staff  is  sensitive  to  the  concerns  raised  by  Mr. 
Gaar.  In  the  last  Permit  Policy  review,  the  amplified  sound  policy  was 
modified  for  the  Sharon  Meadow  area. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 

Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16640 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  amendments  to  the  Permit  and 
Reservations  Policy  for  use  of  facilities  under  the  jurisdiction  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  as  required  by  Park  Code  Section  7.05. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

7.    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  TENNIS  COURT 
BID  PACKAGE 

Approval  of  a  did  package  for  the  operation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Tennis 
Courts . 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
rhat  the  Commission  recently  approved  a  bid  package  for  the  Department's 
neighborhood  tennis  courts.  This  item  is  a  request  for  a  bid  package  cor 
the  operation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  tennis  court  complex.  Mr.  Arnold 
outlined  the  bid  specifications: 

"An  operator  shall  assume  the  daily  operation  and  custodial  services  of 

the  entire  tennis  complex  (the  Department  will  be  responsible  for  the 

capital  improvements). 

"Minimum  acceptable  bid  is  at  least  $25,000  a  year  for  concession  and  pro 

shop  activities. 

'Minimum  of  $40,000  a  year  or  60%  of  the  collection,  whichever  is  greater 

of  court  fees . 

''Depending  on  the  term  of  the  agreement,  the  concessionaire  is  expected  to 

fund  some  capital   improvements,'  the  cost  of  those  improvements  vary 

according  to  the  term  of  the  lease.   Staff  anticipates  that  improvements 

such  as  teaching  enhancements,  locker  roorr  upgrade,  etc.  will  be  made  by 

the  concessionaire. 

"The  number  of  tennis  courts  available  to  the  pubic  is  specified  in  the 

bid  package. 

°The  bid  package  clearly  states  to  not  propose  lighting  or  exDansion  of 

the  clubhouse. 

Commissioner  Sommer  asked  if  it  was  feasible  for  the  Department  to  fund 
some  of  the  needed  improvements.  Mr.  Arnold  said  the  critical 
improvements  needed  at  the  tennis  courts  is  the  upgrade  of  the  electrical 
service  and  repair  of  the  clubhouse  roof. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  ana  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16641 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  bid  package  for  the  ooeration  of 
the  Golden  Gate  Park  Tennis  Courts. 

8.    SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 
AUXILIARY  SCOREBOARD 

Consideration  of  reimbursement  amount  to  the  San  Francisco  Giants  for  the 
new  auxiliary  scoreboard  at  Candlestick  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  Commission  agreed  last  month  to  reimburse  the  Giants  for  their 
costs  of  furnishing  and  installing  the  new  auxiliary  scoreboard.  However, 
the  Commission  directed  staff  to  review  a  reasonable  dollar  amount  for 
reimbursement.  Mr.  Arnold  discussed  the  dollar  amount  with  the  Giants  and 
they  have  submitted  $345,000  worth  of  documented  costs.  The  Finance  and 
Administration  Committee  recommended  up  to  $345,000  of  documented  costs 
and  he  supported  that  recommendation. 


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Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

8.  SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 
AUXILIARY  SCOREBOARD  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  if  one  of  the  existing  advertisers 
relocates  to  the  new  auxiliary  advertising  panels  the  Department  is  still 
protected . 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16642 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  reimbursement  amount  of  up  to 
$345,000  of  documented  costs  to  the  San  Francisco  Giants  for  the  new 
auxiliary  scoreboard  at  Candlestick  Park. 

9.  OPEN  SPACE  PROGRAM 
PARCEL  4 

Approval  of  acquisition  of  Parcel  4,  by  eminent  domain  if  necessary,  for 
eventual  open  space  use.  The  funds  for  the  purchase  of  the  property  will 
be  paid,  in  part,  from  the  the  City's  Open  Space  Fund. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  Parcel  4,  the  old  Playland  site  and  the  last  remaining  vacant  parcel 
at  Ocean  Beach,  which  was  originally  scheduled  for  housing,  is  available 
for  acquisition  as  the  owner  is  bankrupt.  The  City's  Clean  Water  Program 
needs  the  northerly  portion  of  this  parcel  for  a  permanent  sewer  easement 
and  plans  to  use  it  as  a  construction  site  for  a  three  year  period.  Once 
the  construction  activity  is  completed,  the  area  bounded  by  Balboa  Street, 
the  Great  Highway  and  Sutro  Heights  could  become  public  open  space.  The 
Commission  is  being  asked  to  approve  the  eminent  domain  proceedings 
because  Real  Estate  has  made  an  offer  to  the  Bankruptcy  Trustee  and  final 
agreement  on  purchase  has  not  been  reached. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16643 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  acquisition  of  Parcel  4,  by 
eminent  domain  if  necessary,  for  eventual  open  space  use.  The  funds  for 
the  purchase  of  the  property  will  be  paid,  in  part,  from  the  the  City's 
Open  Space  Fund. 

9a.   SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 
LEASE  AMENDMENT 

Technical  amendment  to  the  assignment  of  a  portion  of  City's  food  and 
beverage  concession  rights  to  the  San  Francisco  49ers  in  return  for  an 
increase  in  Stadium  Operator  Admission  Tax. 


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Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

9a.   SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 

LEASE  AMENDMENT  (Continued) 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  Commission  approved  the  eighth  amendment  to  the  49er  lease  last 
month.  The  amendment  was  forwarded  to  tne  Board  of  Supervisors  for 
approval.  The  Budget  Committee  of  the  Board  of  Supervisors  requested  tnat 
the  Commission  consider  reopening  the  lease  in  the  year  2001  if  the  City 
wanted  to  renegotiate  at  that  time.  The  Board  cannot  amend  the 
Commission's  agreement  and,  therefore,  the  technical  amendment  is  again 
presented  to  the  Commission.  Under  the  proposed  amendment,  the  Commission 
will  not  be  required  to  re-open  the  lease  but  will  have  the  option  in 
2001.  The  City  Attorney  also  modified  the  effective  date  of  the  agreement 
to  6/93  instead  of  4/93  and  modified  the  signature  block  to  accurately 
reflect  the  proper  signatory. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Eickman,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16644 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  technical  amendments  to  the 
assignment  of  a  portion  cf  City's  food  and  beverage  concession  rights  to 
the  San  Francisco  49ers  in  return  for  an  increase  in  Stadium  Operator 
Admission  Tax. 

Note  for  the  Record:  This  amendment  is  known  as  the  Eighth  Amendment  to 
the  49ers  lease. 

10.   SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

Consideration  of  proposed  settlement  of  claim  of  Sandra  Miccio  v.  City  and 
County  of  San  Francisco,  et  al .  in  the  amount  of  52,030.80. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16645 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  proposed  settlement  of  claim 
of  Sandra  Miccio  v.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  et  al  .  in  the  amount 
of  $2,030.80. 


11.   SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

Consideration  of  proposed  settlement  of  claim  of  Janet  and  Tom  Grenslitt 
v.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  et  al .  in  the  amount  of  $25,000.00. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Admi ni stration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16646 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  settlement  of  claim  of  Janet 
and  Tom  Grenslitt  v.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  et  al.  in  the 
amount  of  $25,000.00. 

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Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

12.  ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16647 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  the  following  gifts  valued  at 
$11,000.00,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  St.  Anthony  Foundation,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
$1,500.00,  for  Boeddeker  Park  Summer  Concerts. 

b.  From  Greene,  Radovsky,  Maloney  &  Share,  through  Friends  of  Recreation 
and  Parks,  $5,000.00,  for  Recreation  and  Park  Athletic  Fund. 

c.  From  Chevron  Companies,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
$3,500.00,  for  Junior  Tennis  Fund. 

d.  From  Poly  Athletic  Association  and  Poly  Grid  Club,  through  Friends  of 
Recreation  and  Parks,  $1,000.00,  for  Keza^  Equipment  Fund. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  appropriate  letters  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  the 
donors. 

3:00  P.M.  Commissioner  Immendorf  left  the  meeting. 

13.  PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  to 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Michael  Nicolet,  spoke  to  the  Commission  regarding  to  the  use  of  Sharon 
Meadow.  He  stated  that  he  has  been  denied  personal  use  of  this  area  in 
the  park  for  many  years  and  felt  it  was  unacceptable  to  have  the  area 
fenced  from  the  public.  He  suggested  that  multiple  day  events  held  at 
Sharon  Meadow  should  be  reduced  to  one  day  use  only.  He  said  that 
amplified  sound  can  be  heard  blocks  away  and  that  people  consistently 
complain  about  the  location  of  the  sound  speakers.  He  said  the  grounds 
are  in  marginal  condition  after  these  multiple  day  events. 

Marilyn  White,  said  that  last  summer  there  were  several  weekends  where 
she  could  not  hear  herself  think  or  study  from  11:00  a.m.  to  5:00  p.m. 
because  of  the  use  of  amplified  sound  in  Sharon  Meadow.  She  wanted  to 
have  fewer  events  held  in  this  location  of  the  park.  She  stated  that 
these  events  impact  the  area  and  suggested  that  the  speakers  should  be 
placed  in  a  direction  so  as  to  not  disrupt  the  community. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  staff  asks 
the  event  promoters  to  face  the  speakers  North,  toward  the  Conservatory, 
way  from  the  residential  area.  He  also  explained  that  staff  has 
restricted  the  duration  of  amplified  sound  for  this  section  of  the  park. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

13.   PUBLIC  COMMENT  (Continued) 

Barbara  Hobie,  representing  Magic  Skates,  submitted  materials  to  the 
Commission  and  said  that  some  derogatory  letters  were  written  about  her. 
She  favored  music  in  Golden  Gate  Park  but  did  not  think  that  the  music 
should  be  operated  by  the  Skate  Patrol,  the  Outdoor  Rol lerskati ng 
Association,  or  any  other  private  organization  or  business.  She  believed 
that  the  only  reason  David  Miles  uses  Golden  Gate  Park  is  to  oromote  his 
own  private  interests.  She  explained  that  she  contacted  Mr.  Robinson  and 
sought  his  help  to  stop  from  Mr.  Miles  from  passing  out  derogatory 
literature  about  local  skate  shops  while  wearing  Golden  Gate  Park  T-Shirts. 

Mr.  Robinson  clarified  the  point  that  he  informed  Ms.  Hobie  that  if  she 
had  a  legal  issue  against  Mr.  Miles  it  should  be  taken  up  through  the 
court  system. 

Doug  Berg,  was  present  on  behalf  of  Ms.  Hobie  and  said  she  had  addressed 
the  issue. 

Lee  Cole,  said  he  has  done  a  lot  of  business  *ith  David  Miles  over  the 
years.  He  said  that  Mr.  Miles  is  peddling  his  own  business  within  Golden 
Gate  Park.  He  asked  why  Mr.  Miles  can  use  the  park  for  his  own  private 
needs  and  that  perhaps  the  park  should  a;:ow  equal  access  for  all 
businesses.  He  urged  the  Commission  to  consider  this  issue. 

Carol  Sloan,  said  she  was  present  because  she  has  been  named  in  the 
letter  which  requested  people  to  attend  the  Commission  meeting  and  speak 
in  support  of  David  Miles  and  his  activities  in  the  park.  She  said  that 
several  statements  were  made  in  a  letter  distributed  by  Mr.  Miles  which 
were  untrue.  She  felt  that  many  rol  lerskaters  were  not  aware  that  permits 
are  required  for  use  of  park  property.  She  said  that  Mr.  Miles  prevents 
rol lerskating  activities  from  taking  place  in  Golden  Gate  Park  and  that 
rol  lerskating  events  are  not  held  in  the  park  unless  they  are  part  of 
David  Miles. 

Geraldine  Shohet,  suggested  that  the  Commission  consider  the  use  of 
valet  parking  in  the  Golden  Gate  Park  tour  bus  parking  lot  area  when  John 
F.  Kennedy  Drive  is  closed  to  vehicular  traffic.  She  explained  that  she 
is  involved  in  a  wedding  reception  on  Memorial  Day  and  wanted  to  use  this 
parking  lot.  She  said  her  proposal  would  eliminate  hundreds  of  cars 
circling  this  area  of  the  park  trying  to  park.  She  felt  that  the 
Commission  should  consider  making  this  space  available  because  it  would 
produce  revenue  to  the  Department. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  Commission  may  soon 
consider  paid  parking  in  the  Music  Concourse  area  in  response  to  concerns 
expressed  by  the  museums  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Peter  Lincoln  Draper,  said  he  was  present  to  defend  Mr.  David  Miles.  He 
explained  that  he  has  worked  with  Mr.  Miles  in  the  past  and  has  read  about 
him  in  City  Sports.  He  said  that  Mr.  Miles  works  through  Skate  Pro  and 
that  he  never  viewed  anything  that  promoted  a  business  of  David  Miles. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  May  20,  1993 

14.  PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

President  Orr  urged  his  fellow  commissioners  to  keeD  a  watchful  eye  and 
ear  with  regard  to  the  Department's  budget  cuts.  He  suggested  that  the 
Commission  contact  members  of  the  Board  of  Supervisors  and  urge  them  to 
keeo  the  Department  whole. 

15.  COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  April  7,  1993 

Recreation  Program  and  Mather  Committee  Meeting  of  April  28,  1993 

Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting  of  May  3,  1 993 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  May  4,  1 993 

Finance  and  Administration  Committee  Meeting  of  May  6,  1993 

16.  ADJOURNMENT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Harry  Hart,  father  of  Tom  Hart  of  the  Purchasing  Division,  Recreation  and 
Park  Department. 


There  being  no  further  business,  the 
682nd  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  ParK 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  3:25  p.m. 

Respectfully  submitted, 


Shauna-Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


05/20/03 


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San   Francisco,   California 
June   10,    1993 

DOC!  IMFMTS  DEPT. 

Frank  N.   Jordan,   Kayor  JUL  0  8  1993 

SAN  FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC  LIBRARY 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 

AND 

CITY  PLANNING  COMMISSION 

MINUTES 


SPECIAL  JOINT  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  JUNE  10,  1993 


The  Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  City  Planning 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  June  10,  1993,  at  1:45  p.m.  by  City 
Planning  Commission  President  Sidney  Unobskey  and  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


1.   ROLL  CALL 

"Recreation  and  Park  Commission    °City  Planning  Commission 

Present :  Present: 

Trent  W.  Orr,  President  Sidney  Unobskey,  President 

Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President    Frank  S.  Fung,  Vice  President 

Sidney  Chan  M.  Toby  Levine 

Keith  Eickman  Susan  E.  Lowenberg 

Bella  Farrow  David  Prowler  (alternate  for  the 

Santiago  Ruiz  Chief  Administrative  Officer) 

Sue  Sommer  Romaine  Boldridge  (alternate  for  the 

General  Manager,  Public  Utilities 

Commi  ssion) 

Absent: 
Larry  Martin 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993 

City  Planning  Commission  Secretary,  Linda  Avery,  explained  that  the  first 
issue  to  be  considered  was  a  matter  strictly  before  the  City  Planning 
Commission.  She  read  the  item:  Amendment  to  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space 
Element  of  the  Master  Plan,  adding  Brooks  Park  -  adjacent  property  to  the 
category  "Proposed  Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open 
Space"  in  Map  4. 

Steve  Shotland,  representing  City  Planning,  explained  that  the  Brooks 
Park  site  was  included  in  the  proposed  Master  Plan  and  presented  to  the 
Planning  Commission  on  4/15/93.  At  that  time,  it  was  not  clear  whether  the 
School  District  was  interested  in  disposing  of  this  property.  Therefore 
the  Planning  Commission  removed  the  site  from  the  proposed  Master  Plan 
amendment.  However,  in  light  of  the  required  second  hearing  and  in  order 
to  leave  the  option  open  regarding  the  School  District  site  adjacent  to 
Brooks  Park,  this  item  was  calendared  contingent  on  determining  the  School 
District's  position. 

Mr.  Shotland  explained  that  the  Planning  Department  received  a  copy  of  a 
letter  dated  5/ 1 9/93  addressed  to  Mayor  Jordan  from  Superintendent  Rojas  of 
the  SFUSD  which  states  in  part,  "...The  District  is  in  the  process  of 
considering  a  comprehensive  strategy  for  dealing  with  surplus  properties, 
and  therefore  it  is  not  desirable  to  single  out  one  of  the  properties  for 
sale  or  long  term  lease  at  this  time."  In  light  of  Superintendent  Rojas 
statement  and  affirming  the  City  Planning  Commission's  action  on  4/15/93, 
staff  felt  the  proposed  Master  Plan  amendment  to  add  the  Brooks  Park  should 
not  be  considered  at  this  time. 

A  representative  from  the  School  District  explained  that  the  School 
District  is  in  the  process  of  reviewing  its  properties  and  is  not  able  to 
discuss  a  sale  at  this  time. 


OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS 

Reconsideration  of  the  1993-94  Open  Space  Acquisition  and  Park  Renovation 
Fund  budget. 

Steve  Shotland,  representing  City  Planning,  explained  that  the 
Commissions  were  considering  this  item  a  second  time.  On  April  15,  1993 
the  City  Planning  Commission  adopted  the  entire  Open  Space  Program  budget; 
however,  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  did  not  approve  the  allocation 
of  $300,000  for  the  development  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park. 
Subsequent  to  the  hearing,  the  City  Attorney  determined  that  the  budget 
adopted  by  the  two  commissions  must  be  the  same.  Therefore,  there  was  a 
need  for  this  second  hearing. 

Recreation  and  Park's  Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil 
Arnold,  explained  that  the  issues  before  the  Commissions  are  the  soccer 
field  at  Dolores  Park  and  the  shift  of  $40,000  to  the  Administrative  budget 
to  fund  an  update  of  the  City's  Master  Plan.  The  major  question  before  the 
Commissions  is  whether  to  fund  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  Staff 
proposed  that  funding  be  provided  for  the  development  of  a  soccer  field  at 
Dolores  Park.  However,  if  money  is  allocated  for  the  development  of  a 
soccer  field,  the  actual  size  and  location  would  be  determined  over  the 
course  of  the  next  year  through  the  public  meeting  process,  with  final 
approval  from  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993 

OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Three  soccer  field  options  have  been  presented.  The  first  option  was  for  a 
330'  soccer  field  that  would  have  taken  up  most  of  the  northern  third  of 
Dolores  Park,  required  substantial  grading  and  retaining  walls,  and  would 
have  interfered  with  the  current  use  of  the  park.  The  second  alternative 
presented  at  the  Open  Space  hearing  was  a  270'  field.  There  are  differing 
opinions  as  to  whether  this  field  could  be  accommodated  with  or  without 
major  grading,  retaining  walls,  etc.  The  third  alternative  is  2 l 0 '  field 
soccer  field  which  could  easily  be  accommodated  within  the  existing 
topography  of  Dolores  Park  and  would  not  require  retaining  walls  or  major 
grading.  He  said  the  planning  process  will  determine  the  location  and  size 
of  the  soccer  field.  Staff  recommended  that  any  soccer  field  at  Dolores 
Park  not  preclude  other  uses  such  as  passive  recreation,  shows,  gatherings 
and  demonstrations. 

Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  there  were  hundreds  of  signatures  on 
petitions  submitted  favoring  and  opposing  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field. 
He  said  the  Open  Space  Committee  tried  to  reach  a  compromise  solution. 

Pub  I ic  Test  imony 

Miguel  Santuario,  a  senior  at  Mission  High  School,  spoke  in  favor  of  a 
soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  He  explained  that  he  was  formerly  a  gang 
member  but  became  involved  in  soccer  and  now  plans  to  pursue  a  college 
education.  He  said  the  City's  youth  need  activities  such  as  soccer. 

Luis  Cruz,  Vice  President  of  Mission  High  Student  Body,  spoke  in  favor  of 
the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field.  He  said  the  student  body  represents  35 
different  countries  and  strongly  supports  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park. 
He  said  there  are  no  soccer  fields  in  the  Mission  District  and  the  sport  is 
very  popular. 

Lupe  Arabolos,  Assistant  Principal  at  Mission  High  School,  spoke  in  favor 
of  the  soccer  field  and  said  that  Mission  High  is  not  the  only  facility 
that  needs  a  soccer  field,  there  are  thousands  of  youth  in  the  Mission  who 
need  this  site.  She  explained  that  the  Board  of  Education  sent  a 
Resolution  of  support  for  the  soccer  field  in  Dolores  Park  and  added  that 
children  of  the  Mission  District  have  waited  too  long  for  this  priority. 
She  urged  the  Commissions  to  support  the  14,000  children  of  the  Mission. 

Fernando  Alvarez,  spoke  in  favor  of  a  Dolores  Park  soccer  field.  He 
urged  that  the  piece  of  land  in  Dolores  Park  be  dedicated  for  soccer  and 
asked  the  Commissions  to  approve  the  funding. 

Anne  Hoecker,  said  the  City's  parks  are  for  all  the  children.  She  said 
there  are  parks  on  the  other  side  of  the  City  which  are  sacrosanct  that 
cannot  be  touched  in  any  way. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993 

OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

Irene  Andrews,  spoke  in  opposition  to  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field  and 
said  that  she  has  witnessed  the  park  go  through  changes,  both  good  and 
bad.  She  said  families  and  children  use  the  park  and  that,  currently,  the 
restrooms  are  closed  in  the  afternoon.  She  wondered  if  the  restrooms  wou'd 
be  opened  to  accommodate  the  soccer  players. 

Kevin  Solan,  spoke  about  many  problems  in  placing  a  soccer  field  at 
Dolores  Park.  He  strongly  stressed  that  the  children  of  the  Mission  need 
soccer  fields  and  that  he  was  not  opposed  them  but  saw  no  reason  to  place 
one  in  100  year  old  Dolores  Park.  He  said  a  soccer  field  will  conflict 
with  the  other  uses  of  the  park  and  that  there  will  be  increased  noise  from 
cheering  spectators.  He  suggested  that  other  locations  such  as  Everett 
Middle  School  and  Franklin  Square  be  considered  for  soccer  fields. 

Deborah  Saks,  representing  the  Liberty  Hill  Association,  spoke  in 
opposition  to  the  soccer  field.  She  said  that  she  lives  near  Dolores  Park 
and  that  the  area  is  very  congested.  She  was  concerned  about  increased 
traffic  from  the  soccer  activity  and  was  concerned  about  maintaining  the 
park  with  another  athletic  use  although  she  believed  that  students  and 
children  need  a  place  to  play. 

German  Chavez,  spoke  in  support  of  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field.  He 
explained  that  he  came  to  America  23  years  ago.  He  was  present  to  demand 
that  the  City  try  to  solve  the  inner-city  problems  and  said  one  of  the 
solutions  would  be  to  provide  this  soccer  field.  He  further  explained  that 
soccer  is  played  around  the  world  and  that  it  keeps  children  involved  in  a 
sport  activity. 

Jaime  Arabia,  spoke  in  support  of  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field  and 
disagreed  with  the  excuses  presented  by  those  who  were  opposed.  He  said 
that  there  has  to  be  a  balance  and  that  people  have  to  be  culturally 
sensitive  to  Latino  youth.  He  said  that  children  need  a  place  to  play  and 
asked  the  Commissions  to  consider  the  needs  of  his  people. 

Douglas  Hague,  spoke  in  opposition  to  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field, 
explaining  that  Dolores  Park  is  a  multi-cultural,  beautiful  green  space 
area  that  is  not  tempered  by  regulated  sports.  He  explained  that  while  a 
soccer  field  is  commendable,  placing  one  in  Dolores  Park  is  wrong  when 
there  is  a  legitimate  and  viable  site  at  Franklin  Square.  He  said  Franklin 
Square  has  room  for  a  regulation  soccer  field,  along  with  amenities  such  as 
dressing  rooms,  and  bleachers.  The  monies  set  aside  for  the  Dolores  Park 
soccer  field  could  be  used  at  Franklin  Square.  He  urged  the  City  to 
preserve  this  historic  park. 

Don  Hastier,  spoke  in  opposition  to  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field  and 
said  that  he  had  not  seen  a  report  that  addresses  the  long  term  program  for 
upkeep  and  maintenance  of  the  field.  He  said  the  Department  has  only  2 
caretakers  for  this  park  and  that  the  neighbors  now  maintain  some  areas  of 
the  park. 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993 

2.   OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

Laura  Still  man ,  a  member  of  Liberty  Hill  Association,  lives  one  block 
from  Dolores  Park,  and  favored  children  having  a  place  to  play  soccer  but 
was  opposed  the  creation  of  a  substandard  field.  She  felt  that  the  money 
should  be  allocated  to  improving  existing  fields  and  acquiring  better 
fields.  She  was  concerned  about  the  safety  issue  of  the  field  and  the 
element  it  mi  ght  attract . 

Paul  Deutsch,  representing  himself  and  6  other  partners  who  own  and  live 
in  a  6  unit  building  on  Church  Street,  explained  that  a  small  practice 
field  will  not  meet  the  needs  of  soccer  players  and  that  the  Mayor's  April 
13,  1993  letter  urged  the  Commissions  to  approve  the  soccer  field  based  on 
what  the  Mayor  believed  to  be  overwhelming  community  support.  Mr.  Deutsch 
said  that  this  position  has  changed  and  he  hoped  the  Commissions  would 
listen  to  the  people  who  are  upset  by  this  proposal.  He  felt  that  the 
$300,000  should  be  spent  for  Franklin  Square  and  that  it  would  be  cost 
effective  to  maintain  one  field. 

David  Spero,  has  lived  in  the  Mission  for  11  years,  resides  in  cramped 
quarters  and  said  he  needed  open  space.  He  explained  that  5  neighborhood 
associations  are  opposed  to  the  Dolores  Park  soccer  field  and  that  it  was 
patronizing  to  assume  that  the  Mission  residents  do  not  need  open  space. 
He  said  currently  the  park  accommodates  soccer,  softball,  toddlers  and  they 
will  be  displaced  if  the  soccer  field  is  approved.  He  said  the  field  will 
be  an  intensive  change  in  use  and  that  many  alternatives  are  available.  He 
commented  that  this  proposal  will  rob  people  of  a  beautiful,  civic 
landmark,  that  is  used  by  all  San  Franciscans. 

Eileen  Gold,  representing  the  Dolores  Park  Coalition,  which  is  composed 
of  several  neighborhood  associations,  spoke  in  support  of  the  Dolores  Park 
soccer  field  and  said  that  the  Mission  District  is  growing  and  is  a  crowded 
area.  She  urged  the  Commissions  to  vote  for  the  soccer  field  to  show  that 
they  care  about  the  City's  children  who  need  education  and  recreation. 

Hilda  Bernstein,  explained  that  on  a  membership  meeting  held  on  May  22, 
1993,  the  Liberty  Hill  Neighborhood  Association,  voted  overwhelmingly  to 
oppose  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  The  Association 
was  concerned  about  this  intrusion  on  the  park  and  that  other  groups  which 
have  a  long  tradition  of  using  the  park  would  be  displaced.  There  was  not 
a  single  vote  to  place  the  field  in  the  park.  Personally,  she  favored  a 
non  regulation  soccer  field,  with  no  fencing,  minimal  grading,  no  permanent 
goal  posts  and  no  larger  than  210'.  She  felt  the  soccer  players  will  have 
to  agree  to  give  the  field  to  those  who  have  traditionally  used  it  for 
special  purposes  and  that  such  a  stipulation  should  be  part  of  the 
Commissions'  resolution. 

Larry  Kischmischian,  President  of  Mission  Youth  Soccer  League,  explained 
that  he  had  22  soccer  leagues  and  has  been  looking  for  open  space  for  over 
7  months.  He  was  in  favor  of  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park  and  said  that 
the  City  kids  need  a  space  to  practice  the  sport.  He  asked  the  Commission 
to  consider  the  needs  of  the  children. 


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1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

David  Fellers,  a  planner,  was  opposed  to  the  soccer  field  and  said  that 
the  proposed  project  is  unclear  and  did  not  address  such  issues  as  where 
people  would  park  since  the  soccer  field  would  increase  traffic 
congestion.  He  felt  that  it  was  difficult  to  make  a  decision  without 
havi  ng  al l  the  facts . 

Joan  Holden,  who  is  affiliated  with  the  San  Francisco  Mime  Troupe,  said 
the  Troupe  has  been  using  Dolores  Park  for  thirty  years.  She  suggested 
that  permanent  limits  be  placed  on  the  area  in  question.  She  said  the  Mime 
Troupe  could  support  the  field  provided  it  had  no  fences,  no  lights,  and  no 
grading.  Personally  speaking,  she  did  not  think  it  made  sense  to  bulldoze 
a  park  when  there  was  a  field  at  1 6th  and  Bryant.  She  felt  that  more 
comprehensive  planning  should  be  undertaken  by  staff  on  this  issue. 

Mauricio  Auiles,  a  member  of  the  Open  Space  Committee,  spoke  in  support 
of  the  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park  and  said  that  soccer  is  a  worldwide 
sport.  In  the  last  10  years  soccer  has  grown  in  popularity  and  there  are 
more  soccer  leagues  and  teams.  The  issue  is  not  to  find  alternatives  but 
to  find  more  soccer  fields  because  it  is  a  growing  sport.  He  said  this 
soccer  field  will  be  used  by  many  communities. 

Lanita  Sanchez,  lives  close  to  Dolores  Park,  explained  that  other  cities 
such  as  Fremont,  have  new  developments  and  open  space  for  soccer,  and  that 
they  understand  the  need  to  keep  children  involved  and  busy  so  that  they  do 
not  have  time  to  get  in  trouble.  She  did  not  comprehend  why  a  soccer  field 
in  every  other  community  other  than  San  Francisco  is  considered  open  space. 

Rachel  Newlin,  12  years  old,  had  heard  comments  about  ancient  Indian 
burial  grounds  on  Dolores  Park  land.  She  felt  that  her  ancestors  would  not 
mind  the  placement  of  a  soccer  field  at  the  park. 

Francisco  J.  Lopez,  a  native  San  Franciscan,  who  serves  on  the  Mayor's 
Mission  Task  Force  and  is  a  member  of  Coleman  Advocates  for  Children  and 
Youth,  explained  that  he  had  a  concern  for  the  children  of  San  Francisco. 
He  strongly  urged  the  Commissions  to  build  more  soccer  fields  in  the 
Mission  to  help  misguided  youth. 

Andrew  Solow,  supported  the  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park  and  commented 
that  the  City  approval  process  was  a  very  trying  venture.  He  said  that  a 
soccer  field  can  be  used  for  other  youth  sports  such  as  volleyball,  field 
hockey,  etc.  He  said  that  kids  do  not  need  to  have  a  regulation  size 
soccer  field  and  that  bleachers  would  be  totally  inappropriate  for  the 
Dolores  Park  site  and  were  never  proposed. 

Harry  Clark,  a  resident  of  18th  Street,  and  landscape  architect,  said  the 
City  is  attempting  to  approve  a  project  that  is  not  well  defined  and  he  was 
concerned  with  that  process.  He  was  opposed  to  the  Dolores  Park  soccer 
field,  because  if  it  involved  an  increased  use  of  a  portion  of  Dolores  Park 
it  would  then  require  increased  maintenance.  He  has  seen  many  park 
improvements  funded  without  any  consideration  for  maintenance.  He  did  not 
favor  funding  park  improvements  that  the  City  cannot  maintain  nor  changing 
a  park  use  that  is  already  contributing  to  the  needs  of  the  public. 


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1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

Rev.  Kelly  Denton-Brohany ,  explained  that  her  church  is  located  directly 
across  the  street  from  Dolores  Park  and  has  been  there  5  years.  She  was 
very  aware  of  a  high  level  of  need  for  the  children  and  youth  in  the 
Mission.  She  said  there  are  woefully  inadequate  resources  for  youth.  She 
supported  the  children  of  the  community  and  the  soccer  field  and  felt  it 
was  needed.  She  said  both  regulation  and  practice  fields  are  needed  in  the 
Mi  ss  ion . 

Juan  Gonzalez,  supported  the  soccer  field  and  explained  that  the  soccer 
field  will  not  be  in  use  24  hours  a  day.  He  said  monies  have  already  been 
allocated  for  Franklin  Square  soccer  renovation  and  that  another  field  is 
needed.  He  said  it  is  possible  to  save  children's  lives  by  organized 
sports.  He  felt  that  drug  users  would  leave  the  park  when  they  saw 
children  and  parents  involved  in  sports  activities. 

Alanna  Zuppan,  lives  on  Hill  Street  near  Dolores  Park  and  displayed 
pictures  of  Franklin  Square.  She  said  there  is  a  need  for  more  soccer 
fields  in  the  City  and  she  admired  those  working  towards  this  goal.  But 
she  did  not  think  Dolores  Park  was  an  appropriate  site  for  a  soccer  field. 

Conway  Chang,  opposed  the  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park  and  felt  it  was 
improper  to  have  it  in  the  park.  He  opposed  the  field  because  there  would 
be  no  way  to  maintain  it.  He  described  an  open  space  lot  he  is  maintaining 
on  his  own  which  has  been  damaged  from  people  running  through  the  area. 

Mario  Chavez,  President  of  the  San  Francisco  Bay  Soccer  Organization, 
said  that  he  wants  to  develop  children  from  the  Mission  who  can  play  soccer 
professionally.  He  said  this  field  will  give  him  a  chance  to  develop  the 
City's  youth  to  become  to  soccer  players  and  to  be  able  to  play  at  a 
professional  level  . 

Tisha  Kenny,  a  member  of  the  1 9th  Street  and  Oakwood  Neighborhood 
Association,  has  witnessed  the  drug  dealing  at  Dolores  Park  and  felt  that 
alternatives  must  be  found  for  the  youth.  She  said  that  the  neighbors 
already  hear  noise  from  events  and  activities  held  at  Dolores  Park. 
Dolores  Park  has  changed  through  the  years  and  the  Latino  community  wants 
to  do  something  for  kids.  She  felt  that  this  need  should  be  validated  and 
understood. 

Paul  Nixon,  from  Fair  Oaks  Neighbors,  said  he  was  very  concerned  that 
some  of  the  neighborhood  organizations  are  troubled  with  this  proposal.  He 
felt  that  the  neighborhood  organizations  should  work  with  youth  because 
children  and  senior  all  live  in  the  same  City. 

Eileen  Holsten,  said  she  was  born  and  raised  in  the  Sunset  and  used  the 
neighborhood  playgrounds.  She  moved  to  Liberty  Street  when  she  was  married 
and  took  her  6  children  to  Dolores  Park.  She  wanted  her  grandchildren  to 
have  an  opportunity  to  play  soccer.  She  felt  that  open  space  was  net  as 
important  as  having  a  soccer  field. 


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1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

Nick  Jarrett,  a  member  of  the  Dolores  Heights  Improvement  Club,  said  that 
every  day  he  drives  by  Dolores  Park.  He  felt  that  Dolores  Park  should  not 
be  destroyed  from  its  present  state  and  that  there  were  alternatives  to  the 
need  for  a  soccer  field. 

Jake  Sigg,  explained  that  he  was  one  of  seven  members  of  the  Open  Space 
Advisory  Committee  that  filed  a  minority  report  on  the  Dolores  Park  issue. 
He  felt  the  decision  was  made  in  a  very  charged  atmosphere  and  that 
adequate  discussion  had  not  taken  place.  He  said  this  portion  of  the  park 
will  be  completely  dedicated  for  soccer  during  the  weekends  and  a  good  part 
of  the  weekday.  He  said  that  this  is  a  land  use  decision  and  must  be 
considered  as  such.  He  said  that  money  should  be  taken  from  Open  Space 
transportation  funds  and  used  to  bus  kids  to  Franklin  Square  while  long 
range  solutions  are  developed. 

Claire  Isaacs,  a  member  of  the  Open  Space  Committee,  said  she  recommended 
against  the  proposal  to  place  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  She  admired 
those  who  have  spoken  on  behalf  of  children  but  she  was  troubled  by  the  way 
this  proposal  was  developed.  She  is  a  fourth  generation  San  Franciscan  and 
said  Dolores  Park  has  tremendous  history  and  beauty.  She  commented  that 
legislators  do  not  quickly  change  the  use  of  an  historical  building  and  the 
parks  should  be  treated  the  same  way.  She  explained  that  Franklin  Square 
is  an  excellent  place  for  soccer  and  that  there  are  transportation  funds  in 
the  Open  Space  Program  to  enable  kids  to  get  to  this  park.  She  felt  that 
this  issue  should  be  planned  carefully. 

Kent  E.  Watson,  a  landscape  architect  who  has  designed  parks,  said  he  has 

been  a  resident  of  the  area  near  Dolores  Park  for  over  15  years.  He  was 

adamantly  opposed  to  the  addition  of  a  soccer  field  at  this  park.  The 

field  would  be  placed  in  the  one  remaining  flat  spot  in  the  park  and  the 

entire  community  uses  this  area.   He  noted  that  Franklin  Square  is 

available  and  that  a  staff  report  should  be  done  on  the  possibility  of 

using  the  Misson  High  School  practice  field.  He  displayed  a  drawing  of  the 

soccer  field  for  the  Commission  and  said  there  would  be  a  blind  spot  in  the 
southwest  corner  of  the  field. 

Ted  Werfhorst,  felt  that  Mission  High  School  field  could  be  leased  to 
Recreation  and  Park.  He  did  not  want  a  full  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park 
and  felt  this  section  of  the  park  should  remain  a  passive  area. 

Sally  Mendez,  lives  in  the  Mission  and  asked  the  Commission  to  support  a 
soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  She  said  there  is  more  and  more  violence  in 
the  Mission  and  they  needed  a  location  for  recreational  activities.  She 
said  there  are  not  enough  soccer  fields  for  the  youth. 

Vicki  Rega,  said  that  a  lot  of  organizations  could  use  the  soccer  field 
and  that  people  who  are  involved  with  at-risk  people  understand  the  need 
for  this  field.  She  was  upset  by  some  of  the  comments  she  heard  and  felt 
that  everyone  should  care  about  kids  instead  of  their  property  values. 


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1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Public  Testimony  (Continued) 

Riban  San  Miguel,  said  one  of  the  reasons  the  Dolores  Park  site  is  being 
considered  is  because  it  is  accessible  by  public  transportation  and 
children  do  not  own  vehicles.  She  said  that  Franklin  Square  and  Mission 
High  are  already  utilized  and  they  need  6  to  8  soccer  sites.  There  are 
14,000  youth  in  the  Mission  District  and  soccer  is  growing  in  popularity. 
She  said  that  Franklin  Square  needs  to  be  renovated  and  was  saddened  to 
hear  opposition  to  Dolores  Park.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  support  the 
proposal . 

Rita  Klinger,  lives  in  the  Mission  District,  three  blocks  from  Dolores 
Park,  and  spoke  in  opposition  to  the  soccer  field.  She  said  the  proponents 
are  insistent  that  no  major  changes  will  be  made  to  the  park  but  without 
fencing  it  will  be  dangerous  for  children.  She  said  the  soccer  field  will 
have  one  goal  post  near  Dolores  Street  and  one  near  the  railway  tracks. 
She  thought  that  balls  will  be  kicked  out  onto  the  street  creating  a  safety 
hazard.  She  asked  how  the  City  will  defend  claims  filed  against  it  from 
such  incidents. 

Nan  McGuire,  a  member  of  the  Open  Space  Committee,  said  this  issue  was 
very  difficult.  She  said  that  everyone  favors  soccer  and  the  Open  Space 
Committee  has  directed  $350,000  for  renovation  of  Franklin  Square  for 
soccer.  She  explained  that  the  $300,000  for  the  soccer  field  at  Dolores 
Park  will  not  be  available  until  next  September.  She  thought  it  wise  to 
use  that  money  for  soccer  field  development.  She  felt  that  Recreation  and 
Park  should  work  with  the  community  to  find  a  resolution  other  than 
creating  yet  another  field  at  Dolores  Park. 

Lauri  Irving,  a  member  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee,  supported 
the  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  She  was  concerned  about  the  youth 
incarceration  rate  and  felt  it  was  critical  for  children  to  have  an 
opportunity  to  be  active.  She  encouraged  the  Commissions  to  support  the 
proposal . 

Loren  Charles,  lives  on  Dolores  Street  and  said  that  people  realize  that 
a  regulation  size  soccer  field  will  severely  impact  the  use  of  Dolores 
Park.  He  said  nobody  has  addressed  or  resolved  the  parking  problem  that 
will  be  created  by  the  field.  He  favored  a  soccer  field  for  children  but 
could  not  justify  damaging  the  aesthetics  in  Dolores  Park.  He  said  thatif 
the  soccer  field  is  placed  in  Dolores  Park  what  will  prevent  future 
requests  for  lighting  the  field. 

Edith  McMillan,  said  that  .17  acres  of  open  space  land  was  sold  at  $2.2 
million  to  the  Olympic  Club.  She  felt  that  these  monies  should  be  placed 
in  the  Open  Space  Fund  for  recreation  facilities.  She  wanted  all  proceeds 
for  the  sale  of  open  space  to  be  deposited  in  the  Open  Space  Program  to 
help  the  public  acquire  and  develop  soccer  fields  and  upgrade  recreation 
faci 1 i  ties . 


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1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Steve  Shotland,  representing  City  Planning,  presented  a  resolution  to  the 
Planning  Commission  to  adopt  the  program  budget  contained  in  the  Recreation 
and  Park's  General  Manager's  Report  with  the  inclusion  of  $40,000  for  the 
revision  of  the  recreation  and  open  space  element  of  the  City  Master  Plan 
as  discussed  on  April  15,  1993. 

President  Unobskey  clarified  the  point  that  funding  for  Brooks  Park  is 
excluded  from  the  General  Manager's  Report.  It  was  agreed  that  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  should  first  vote  on  the  1993-94  Open  Space 
Acquisition  and  Park  Renovation  Fund. 

Commissioner  Chan  explained  that  the  overriding  issue  is  that  parks  are  for 
all  the  citizens  of  San  Francisco.  He  said  that  parks  serve  the  general 
public  of  all  ages.  To  adults,  passive  enjoyment  of  a  park  is  supreme  but 
for  children  active  recreation  is  more  enjoyable.  He  said  he  witnesses 
families  and  children  using  the  Marina  Green,  enjoying  recreational 
activities  such  as  flying  kites,  sunbathing,  etc.  He  felt  that  those  who 
live  on  the  Marina  Boulevard  would  most  likely  prefer  to  have  such  activity 
not  across  the  street.  He  sympathized  with  the  neighbors  opposed  to  the 
soccer  field  but  commented  that  the  proponents  have  said  they  would  not 
place  permanent  goal  posts,  benches,  bleachers,  etc.,  on  the  field. 
Commissioner  Chan  wanted  the  soccer  field  to  be  no  larger  than  210'  so  that 
there  is  space  for  passive  recreation.  With  those  conditions,  he  supported 
the  soccer  field. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  said  it  is  clear  that  the  youth  of  the  City  need 
soccer  fields  and  that  both  those  in  favor  and  opposed  presented  excellent 
viewpoints.  Commissioner  Immendorf  explained  that  he  has  worked  with  the 
Police  Athletics  League  for  more  than  20  years,  teaching  youth  the  value  of 
sportsmanship.  He  also  spoke  to  the  Chief  of  Police,  Anthony  Ribera,  who 
felt  that  the  soccer  field  would  be  a  strong  influence  in  deterring 
children  from  drug  use  and  gang  activity.  He  said  there  was  a  consensus 
that  there  would  be  no  fences,  concrete  retaining  walls,  and  nothing  that 
would  be  intrusive  to  the  area  being  utilized  by  others.  The  Mayor, 
Supervisors  Alioto  and  Hal  1 i  nan  all  support  the  soccer  field. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  was  prepared  to  make  a  motion  to  approve  a  soccer 
field  with  the  absence  of  a  fence,  no  concrete  retaining  wall,  no  bleachers 
and  with  a  formal  agreement  delineating  these  conditions. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  supported  the  development  of  a  soccer  field  in  Dolores 
Park.  He  was  prepared  to  proceed  with  the  project  provided  it  did  not 
require  lighting,  bleachers,  fencing,  goal  posts,  and  that  it  only  required 
minor  grading.  He  said  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  budget 
contemplates  closing  recreation  centers  on  Sundays  and  laying  off 
recreation  directors,  and  that  there  are  less  resources  available  for  the 
youth.  The  monies  from  the  Open  Space  Fund  will  give  kids  a  place  to 
practice.  He  enjoyed  using  Dolores  Park  and  would  continue  using  it. 


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1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  there  were  too  many  unanswered  questions  such  as 
what  kind  of  tripping  hazard  or  holes  would  result  from  the  removal  of 
temporary  goal  posts.  She  did  not  think  that  all  of  the  alternatives  had 
been  considered  and  that  there  were  unanswered  questions  regarding  the 
retaining  wall.  She  planned  to  vote  against  the  soccer  field  because  the 
plan  was  not  well  thought  out. 

Commissioner  Farrow  said  she  was  prepared  to  vote  for  the  soccer  field 
after  hearing  all  the  impassioned  comments  from  the  public  and  knowing  the 
Board  of  Education  unanimously  voted  for  the  establishment  of  a  soccer 
field  at  Dolores  Park.  She  said  it  is  necessary  to  offer  some  type  of 
recreation  and  the  development  of  a  sport  activity  will  be  a  deterrent  to 
gang  and  violence.  Given  the  tremendous  budget  cutbacks  facing  the 
Department  she  favored  the  establishment  of  a  soccer  field  in  Dolores  Park. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  that  everyone  recognizes  that  soccer  is  an 
international  sport.  However,  he  did  not  think  that  Dolores  Park  was  the 
appropriate  site  and  that  other  areas  in  the  Mission  District  should  be 
considered  for  a  soccer  field.  In  his  mind  this  field  will  only  be  a 
practice  field  and  will  not  give  the  community  a  regulation  soccer  field 
which  they  want  and  deserve.  He  felt  that  the  money  should  be  used  at 
Franklin  Square  to  develop  a  regulation  soccer  field  with  lighting  and 
fencing.  He  said  this  matter  was  a  land  use  issue  and  he  felt  that  Dolores 
Park  should  not  be  used  for  this  activity.  He  further  explained  that  the 
placement  of  a  soccer  field  in  Dolores  Park  is  the  beginning  of  the 
destruction  of  this  park  site.  He  felt  that  his  role  was  to  preserve  the 
parks  for  all  citizens.  He  did  not  think  the  proposal  was  well  planned  or 
a  proper  use  of  the  park. 

President  Orr  concurred  with  Commissioner  Eickman's  comments  and  said  that 
he  had  a  great  deal  of  respect  for  all  the  opinions  expressed.  He  was 
going  to  vote  against  this  item  because  it  set  a  precedent.  He  said  the 
Open  Space  fund  was  established  chiefly  to  acquire  new  open  space  and  to 
renovate  existing  uses  of  parks.  He  did  not  like  setting  a  precedent  to 
use  Open  Space  funds  to  recast  the  successful  uses  of  existing  parks. 
Although  the  City  desperately  needs  soccer  for  children  it  also  desperately 
needs  places  for  passive  use,  an  unstructured  park  space.  He  said  that 
Dolores  Park  is  now  actively  used  for  pick-up  soccer,  volleyball  games,  and 
picnicking.  He  felt  it  was  problematic  to  use  Open  Space  Funds  for  an  area 
that  is  working  and  change  its  use.  He  also  expressed  fear  that  a  small 
practice  field  will  not  meet  the  needs  of  soccer  community  and  that  a 
continuing  expansion  of  the  field  may  occur. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
Commission  voted  to  rescind  the  Commission's  previous  action  from  the 
meeting  of  Apri 1  15,  1993. 

The  motion  to  rescind  was  approved  by  the  following  vote: 
Ayes:  Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Ruiz 
Noes:  Commissioners  Eickman,  Orr,  Sommer 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993 

OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND 
1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued) 


On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16647 


RESOLVED,  That  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  does  hereby  approve  the 
program,  contained  in  the  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park  and  Open  Space 
Fund,  Fiscal  Year  1993/94"  dated  June  10,  1993,  which  program  is  hereby 
found  to  be  in  accordance  with  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the 
Master  Plan  and  Programs  document  approved  by  the  City  Planning  Commission, 
and  be  i  t 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  $300,000  shall  be  allocated  for  the  development  of  a 
soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park  with  the  following  stipulations:  the  field 
shall  have  no  fencing,  no  concrete  retaining  walls,  no  lighting  and  no 
bleacher  areas. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:  Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Ruiz 

Noes:  Commissioners  Eickman,  Orr,  Sommer 


On  motion  of  Commissioner  Fung,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Lowenberg,  the 
Commission  voted  to  rescind  the  Planning  Commission's  previous  action  from 
the  meeting  of  April  15,  1993. 

Commissioner  Levine  said  that  it  is  very  evident  that  there  is  a  need  for 
soccer  in  the  Mission  District.  She  felt  that  children  and  young  people  do 
not  necessarily  have  to  play  on  a  regulation  size  field  and  that  this 
simple  field  will  serve  the  needs  of  the  population.  She  said  that  more 
places  needed  to  be  developed  for  soccer  in  the  Mission.  She  was  saddened 
to  hear  that  the  restrooms  are  closed  in  the  afternoon  and  hoped  that  they 
could  be  kept  open.  She  hoped  that  Recreation  and  Park  Department  would 
look  carefully  into  scheduling  the  use  of  this  park  so  that  people  work 
together  and  that  the  soccer  groups  would  be  sensitive  to  the  neighbors  who 
view  this  park  as  a  precious  commodity. 

Deputy  City  Attorney,  Andrew  Schwartz,  outlined  the  proposed  changes  in 
the  General  Manager's  Report  for  the  City  Planning  Commission. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Lowenberg,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Fung,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  13535 

WHEREAS,  The  electorate  of  San  Francisco  in  November  1988  revised  Charter 
Section  6.413  establishing  the  San  Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund  to  be 
supported  by  an  annual  Ad  Valorem  tax  of  two  and  one-half  cents  ($0,025) 
for  each  one  hundred  dollars  ($100)  assessed  valuation  for  a  15-year 
period;  and 

WHEREAS,  Charter  Section  6.413  specifies  that  the  General  Manager  of  the 

Recreation  and  Park  Department  shall  annually  present  a  report  on  the 

disposition  of  the  Fund  for  aDproval  by  a  majority  of  each  of  the 

Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  the  City  Planning  Commission,  meeting 
jointly;  and 


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Thursday,  June  10,  1993 

2.   OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND  RES.  NO.  13535 

1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued)  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  In  formulating  the  1 993- 1 994  program,  the  fourth  year  of  the 
program,  the  General  Manager  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  closely 
considered  the  recommendations  of  the  Park  and  Open  Space  Citizen's 
Advisory  Committee,  which  were  made  after  several  months  of  diligent  work 
that  involved  community  discussions,  field  investigations,  and  public 
hearings;  and 

WHEREAS,  Charter  Section  6.413  requires  that  the  program  be  consistent  with 
the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan  and  in  accordance 
with  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Programs  document;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan  was 
amended  by  CPC  Resolution  No.  13149  on  August  15,  1991,  to  add  Policy  13, 
which  states:  "Preserve  and  protect  Significant  Natural  Areas,"  and 
includes  criteria  to  determine  whether  a  site  constitutes  a  Significant 
Natural  Resource  Area  worthy  of  protection;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  recommends  that  three  sites, 
Hawk  Hill  (also  known  as  Funston  Terrace),  0' Shaughnessy  Hollow,  and 
portions  of  Bayview  Hill,  be  designated  as  Significant  Natural  Resource 
Areas;  and 

WHEREAS,  Three  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  under  the  Natural  Areas 
Acquisition  category,  Hawk  Hill  (also  known  as  Funston  Terrace), 
O'Shaughnessy  Hollow,  and  a  portion  of  Bayview  Hill,  meet  the  criteria  for 
Significant  Natural  Areas  contained  in  Policy  13,  and  can  be  considered 
Significant  Natural  Areas  worthy  of  protection;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  San  Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Program  was  determined  by 
the  San  Francisco  Department  of  City  Planning  (hereinafter  "Department")  to 
be  categorically  exempt  from  the  environmental  review  process  pursuant  to 
California  Environmental  Quality  Act  (CEQA),  and  the  Commission  has 
reviewed  and  concurs  with  said  determination;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  Program  responds  to  the  Priority  Policies  of  Section  101.1  of 
the  Planning  Code;  and 

WHEREAS,  Members  of  the  Park  and  Open  Space  Citizens  Advisory  Committee 
worked  to  revise  and  update  a  Five  Year  Plan  for  open  space  acquisition, 
development,  renovation  and  maintenance  which  are  consistent  with  the  goals 
and  policies  of  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan 
and  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Programs  document;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  General  Manager  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  on  April 
15,  1993,  presented  to  the  two  Commissions,  meeting  jointly,  the  program 
entitled,  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park  and  Open  Space  Fund,  Fiscal  Year 
1993-1994",  dated  April  15,  1993,  and  the  "Open  Space  Program  Five  Year 
Plan  1993-1994",  and 

WHEREAS,  Four  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  as  public  open  space  were  not 
identified  in  the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  as  "Proposed  Public 
Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space";  and 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993 

OPEN  SPACE  ACQUISITION  AND  PARK  RENOVATION  FUND  RES.  NO.  13535 

1993-1994  RECOMMENDATIONS  (Continued)  (Continued) 

WHEREAS,  The  sites:  Bonview  Lots,  (Assessor's  Block  56 1 4 ,  lots  47-50); 
Brewster/Franconia  site  (AB  5556,  lot  56);  Mullen  Peralta  site  (AB  5538, 
lots  14,  15,  23,  28,  and  portions  of  undeveloped  Mullen  and  Peralta  Street 
r-o-w) ;  Evans/Hunters  Point  Boulevard  Triangle  (AB  4646,  lots  9-11)  have 
been  proposed  for  acquisition  as  public  open  space;  and 

WHEREAS,  Each  of  the  sites  proposed  for  acquisition  is  either  very  close 
to,  or  contiguous  to  existing  parkland  or  public  open  space;  and  there  is 
significant  community  support  for  acquisition  of  the  sites  for  open  space 
purposes;  and 

WHEREAS,  The  City  Planning  Commission  considered  acquisition  of  the  five 
sites  at  a  public  hearing  on  April  15,  1993,  at  which  the  Commission  heard 
public  testimony  concerning  acquisition  of  the  sites;  and 

WHEREAS,  At  the  public  hearing  on  April  15,  1993,  the  Planning  Commission 
also  considered  Case  No.  93.159M,  the  proposed  amendment  of  the  Recreation 
and  Open  Space  Element,  to  add  sites  to  Map  4,  the  "Citywide  Recreation  and 
Open  Space  Plan"  and  in  addition  to  add  the  Evans/Hunters  Point  Triangle 
Site  to  Map  8,  the  "Eastern  Shoreline  Plan"  under  the  category  "Proposed 
Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space";  and 

WHEREAS,  Prior  to  approving  the  Program  contained  in  the  "General  Manager's 
Report,  San  Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Program,  Fiscal  Year  1993-1994", 
the  City  Planning  Commission  approved  Resolution  No.  13506,  amending  the 
Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan,  adding  four  sites 
proposed  for  acquisition  as  public  open  space  to  the  Category  "Proposed 
Public  Open  Space,  Acquire  for  or  Convert  to  Public  Open  Space"  in  Maps  4 
and  8;  and 

WHEREAS,  On  April  15,  1993,  the  City  Planning  Commission  adopted  Resolution 
No.  13507,  adopting  the  program  entitled  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park 
and  Open  Space  Fund,  Fiscal  Year  1993-1994",  dated  April  15,  1993,  and  the 
"Open  Space  Program  Five  Year  Plan  1993-1994,  but  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  recommended  that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commissions  meet  at  a 
second  joint  Public  Hearing  to  consider  and  act  on  the  Program; 

THEREFORE  BE  IT  RESOLVED,  That  the  City  Planning  Commission  does  hereby 
find  the  program  contained  in  the  "General  Manager's  Report:  Park  and  Open 
Space  Fund,  Fiscal  Year  1993-94,"  as  amended,  to  be  in  conformity  with  the 
Recreation  and  Open  Space  Element  of  the  Master  Plan,  and  in  accord  with 
the  Recreation  and  Open  Space  Programs  document; 

AND  BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  the  City  Planning  Commission  does  hereby 
approve  the  Program,  and  adopt  the  budget  for  allocation  and  expenditure  of 
the  Program  Fund,  as  recorded  in  the  "General  Manager's  Report,  San 
Francisco  Park  and  Open  Space  Program,  Fiscal  Year  1993-1994",  as  amended 
by  the  June  2,  1993  Memorandum  from  Phil  Arnold  to  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commi  ssion; 

AND  BE  IT  FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  the  City  Planning  Commission  does  hereby 
approve  the  recommendations  in  the  updated  "Open  Space  Program  Five  Year 
Plan  1993-1994". 


Minutes  of  Joint  Meeting  of  Recreation  and  Park/City  Planning  Commissions 

Thursday,  June  10,  1993 


PUBLIC  COMMENT 


4.   ADJOURNMENT 


No  public  comment  was  received 


There  being  no  further  business,  the 
Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission  and  City  Planning 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  5:05  p.m. 


Respectful ly  submi  tted , 


Shauna-t 

Commission  Secretary 


Shauna— Marie  Rose 


'  San  Francisco,  California 
June  17,  1993 


Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 
RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 


DOC"  IMFMTS  DEPT, 

JUL  0  8  1993 

SAN  FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC  LIBRARY 


MINUTES 


683RD  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  JUNE  17,  1993  -2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Third  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  June  17,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

Commissioner  Keith  Eickman 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 


2.    APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  May  20,  1993,  were  approved  as  presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Marv  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"BL^T  HEARINGS 

T^e  Board  of  5  "ors  has  issued  a  revised  schedule  for  its 
consideration  of  "-94  budget.  The  Budget  Committee  will  hold 
hearings  on  the  bu  _eginning  June  22.  The  first  hearing  on  the 
ci.  nation  and  Park  L:.  irtment  budget  will  be  on  June  23.  The  hearing 
begins  at  1:00  p.m.  for  tie  Cultural  and  Recreation  group  which  includes 
eight  departments.  The  Recreation  and  Park  Department  will  be  the  last 
department  considered  in  this  group.  An  additional  public  hearing  on  the 
budget  has  also  been  scheduled  for  Saturday,  June  26,  from  10:00  a.m.  to 
2:00  p.m  Members  of  the  public  are  invited  to  testify  at  this  hearing  on 
the  subject  of  the  Mayor's  proposed  budget.  Budget  review  meetings  will 
then  be  held  by  the  Budge:  Committee  on  June  29  through  July  1.  At  the 
conclusion  of  these  meet  ngs,  the  Budget  Committee  will  forward  its 
recommendations  to  the  Boa  "d  of  Supervisors. 

SEIU  LABOR  AGREEMENT  ANARD 

Attached  to  this  report  is  a  copy  of  a  letter  I  sent  to  the  Board  of 
Supervisors  outlining  the  negative  impact  the  provisions  of  the  award  will 
have  on  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

LARSEN  PLANE 

Work  is  underway  to  finally  remove  the  lead  contaminated  plane  at  Larsen 
Park.  After  more  than  a  year  of  negotiations  and  several  failed 
alternatives,  the  Navy  has  finally  authorized  donation  of  their  plane  to 
the  Pacific  Air  Museum  located  in  Windsor,  California.  Steve  Penning, 
project  manager  for  the  museum,  has  informed  us  that  the  dismantling  of 
the  aircraft  is  much  more  difficult  than  anticipated.  The  museum  will 
complete  dismantling  the  plane  this  Saturday,  June  19,  and,  barring 
complications,  removal  of  the  plane  will  occur  on  June  26.  The  area  will 
continue  to  be  fenced  until  soil  samples  are  tested  for  lead  content.  You 
will  recall  that  the  soil  test  results,  unlike  those  of  the  jet  surface, 
showed  low  levels  of  lead  content.  Nevertheless,  as  a  precaution,  the 
soil  will  be  tested  again. 

CAMP  MATHER 

Camp  Mather  received  a  major  upgrade  to  the  physical  plant  this  year. 
Painting  was  one  of  the  biggest  accomplishments.  The  interior  and 
exterior  of  all  guest  cabins,  kitchen,  mess  hall,  staff  quarters, 
amphitheatre,  stage,  decks,  benches  and  garbage  cans  were  painted. 
Extensive  carpentry  work  was  done  in  all  areas,  especially  porches,  decks, 
railings  and  stairs  to  ensure  that  they  are  safe  and  secure.  Roofing  work 
continued  on  the  worst  roofs;  60%  of  all  roofing  has  now  been  completed. 
The  Cement  Shop  installed  11  new  bear-proof  garbage  cans  and  performed 
miscellaneous  cement  work  throughout  camp. 

Disabled  access  was  a  high  priority.  A  ramp  was  installed  for 
accessibility  to  the  General  Store,  and  pull  strings  were  replaced  with 
electric  switches  in  the  handicapped  accessible  cabin. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

CAMP  MATHER  (Continued) 

Our  Energy  Conservation  Program  was  continued  with  the  installation  of 
low-flow  shower  heads  throughout  camp  as  well  as  conversion  of  two  bath 
houses  from  incandescent  to  fluorescent  fixtures.  A  new  water  filtration 
system  was  installed  to  meet  federal  regulations.  Water  storage  capacity 
was  increased  with  the  addition  of  two  55,000  gallon  tanks  to  comply  with 
National  Park  Service  requirements. 

Tent  camp  sites  were  adjusted  and  some  were  removed  to  new  and  better 
locations.  Tree  toppers  completed  removal  of  all  dead  and  weakened  trees 
as  a  result  of  the  drought. 

The  Water  level  in  Birch  Lake  is  the  highest  it  has  been  in  25  years. 

Thanks  to  the  hard  work  and  dedication  of  Yard  and  Park  staff  over  the 
past  six  weeks,  camp  will  open  in  the  best  condition  it  has  been  in  for 
many  years. 

SUMMER  RECREATION  PROGRAMS 

The  Recreation  Division  Summer  Session  will  be  in  full  swing  starting  July 
l.  Along  with  the  traditional  line-up  of  summer  activities,  staff  has 
created  several  new  programs  that  will  add  a  new  dimension  to  our  summer 
schedule.  The  first  is  titled,  "Kids  Day  in  the  Grove."  This  is  the 
first  of  a  kind  collaboration  with  the  Stern  Grove  Festival  Association 
where  three  special  events  are  planned,  especially  for  kids,  at  Stern 
Grove.  The  Festival  Association  has  arranged  for  special  guest  artists 
who  will  provide  instruction  to  1 50  children  in  various  aspec.s  of  music, 
dance  and  theatre.  The  sessions  will  be  held  on  three  Tuesdays — June  29, 
July  20  and  August  17.  The  workshops  will  be  given  by  the  artists 
performing  the  following  Sunday  at  the  Grove. 

The  second  addition  is  a  new  program  at  Children's  Playground  that  will 
feature  daily  special  events  for  the  many  youngsters  and  adults  who 
visit.  Recreation  Director  Jan  Gloe  has  assembled  a  variety  of 
performers,  musicians  and  crafts  professionals  who  will  provide  activities 
throughout  the  summer. 

CANDLESTICK  PARK  ART  GALLERY 

Candlestick  Park  will  host  a  unique  event  on  July  11,  1993,  serving  as  an 
art  gallery  titled,  "Legends  at  the  Stick... an  Artful  Experience  in 
Baseball."  Artist  Tom  Rodriques  has  rented  the  stadium  to  display  his 
hand-painted,  life-sized  renditions  of  the  legendary  heroes  of  the  sport. 
The  canvasses  will  be  on  the  field  in  the  positions  in  which  the  athletes 
played.  Patrons  will  be  limited  to  a  2,500  maximum  since  they  will  be 
allowed  to  walk  on  the  field  and  "mix  with  the  players." 

All  direct  costs  to  the  Department  will  be  paid  and  a  rental  fee  of 
$10,000  charged  for  the  day.  The  paintings  are  for  sale,  ranging  from 
$5,000  to  $35,000. 


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Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

j 
GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

CANDLESTICK  PARK  FLEA  MARKET 

"-■.  flea  Tr.:-K.et  at  Candlestick  Park  that  you  approved  two  months  ago  will 
nave  its  kickoff  weekend  June  19-20,  1993.  Promoters  report  that  as  of 
*-^!s  date,  over  1,900  of  the  available  2,000  stalls  have  been  rented  for 
this  weekend.  Youth  from  the  San  Francisco  Recreation  and  Park 
Department's  Teen  Program  have  been  hired  for  litter  control  on  event  days. 

PUBLIC  TOILETS 

The  Department  of  Public  Works  has  awarded  JCDecaux  Company  the  contract 
to  place  27  self-cleaning  toilets  at  various  locations  throughout  San 
Francisco.  Six  of  the  proposed  sites  are  on  Recreation  and  Park  property 
and  have  been  recommended  by  our  staff  as  possible  sites  for  the 
installation  of  the  new  toilets.  They  are  Boeddeker  Park,  Macaulay  Park, 
Justin  Herman  Plaza,  Civic  Center  Plaza,  McLaren  Park  and  the  south  end  of 
Lake  Merced. 

The  installation  of  the  self-cleaning  toilets  will  have  to  be  approved  by 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission.  More  details  will  be  provided  when 
the  item  is  presented  to  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee  in  the  near 
future. 

ROCK  OUTCROPPING  DECISION 

An  appeal  on  the  Rock  Outcropping  acquisition  has  been  settled  in  favor  of 
the  City.  The  acquisition  has  been  upheld  and  no  additional  payment  will 
be  required.  Furthermore,  in  any  future  such  cases,  the  property  owner 
must  prove  that  the  Planning  Commission  would  approve  the  density  of 
development  proposed  by  the  owner.  Previously,  the  City  was  in  the 
position  of  proving  that  the  Planning  Commission  would  not  approve  the 
density  of  development  proposed  by  the  owner.  The  final  decision  on  this 
matter  has  been  published  and  can  be  used  as  precedent  in  any  future  cases. 

STRAWBERRY  SPRING  MUSIC  FESTIVAL 

The  Strawberry  Music  Festival  at  Camp  Mather  on  Memorial  Day  weekend  was  a 
success.  There  were  3,700  adults  and  722  children  in  attendance.  The 
event  generated  $353,190.00;  the  Department's  share  will  be  $42,011.80. 
The  weather  was  overcast  throughout  the  festival,  but  the  rain  held  off 
until  Monday.  Heavy  rainfall  for  several  hours  on  Monday  morning  made  it 
miserable  for  Strawberry's  staff  to  clean  up  the  camp,  but  clean-up  was 
completed  in  a  timely  manner  pursuant  to  the  lease  schedule. 

BISON 

The  bison  herd  in  Golden  Gate  Park  will  relinquish  their  Shakespearean 
names  in  favor  of  Native  American  names  at  the  Bison  Reclaiming  and 
Renaming  Ceremony,  which  will  take  place  at  the  Bison  Paddock  in  Golden 
Gate  Park  on  Saturday,  June  26,  from  11  a.m.  to  1  p.m.  The  Watchbison 
Committee,  Native  American  Advisory  Committee  and  the  San  Francisco 
Zoological  Society  are  combining  efforts  to  honor  and  celebrate  the 
bison's  place  in  Native  American  culture. 


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Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

BISON  (Continued) 

The  ceremony  will  feature  Native  Americans  in  tribal  dress  performing 
song,  dance  and  conducting  the  official  renaming  ceremony.  The  public  is 
invited  to  join  in  the  Social  Round  Dance  closing  the  day's  festivities. 
Guests  are  also  invited  to  view  the  bison  as  San  Francisco  Zoo  keepers 
feed  the  an  imal s . 

Bison  have  lived  in  Golden  Gate  Park  since  1891,  first  placed  there  by 
Park  Superintendent  John  McLaren.  Captive  breeding  efforts  have  saved  the 
species  from  extinction,  and  today  there  are  healthy  herds  in  a  number  of 
National  Parks  as  well  as  a  large  population  maintained  by  private 
breeders . 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 


The  following  claims,  under  $5,000, 
Office  during  the  month  of  May  1993: 


were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 


Martinez,  Gonzalo  $  868.83 

Lodigiani,  Florence  100.00 

Bajjalieh,  Susan  275.53 

Romi  ti  ,  Robert  A.  295.00 

Wages,  David  Sims  l ,900.00 

Raintree,  Shannon  221.86 


Zarate,  Abel  J.  $  350.00 
Murphy,  Franci  s  1 ,095.43 
Fiorito,  Charlotte  296.00 
Newman,  Milton  L.  125.00 
Ko,  Soo-Kil  355.00 
Bartels,  Susan  C.   130.38 


DATES  TO  REMEMBER 


Sunday,  June  20,  1993 


Opening  of  Stern  Grove  Music 
Festival:  Preservation  Hall  Jazz 
Band;  2:00  p.m. ;  Stern  Grove 


Wednesday,  June  23,  1993 


Saturday,  June  26,  1993 


Thursday,  July  1 ,  1993 


Saturday,  July  3,  1993 


Sunday,  July  4,  1993 


Board  of  Supervisors  Budget  Committee 
hearing  on  departmental  budgets;  1:00 
p.m. ;  City  Hall 

Board  of  Supervisors  Budget  Committee 
public  testimony  on  departmental 
budgets;  10:00  a.m.  to  2:00  p.m. 
[Recreation  and  Park:  11:00  a.m.  to 
12  noon];  City  Hall 

Finance  and  Administration  Committee 
Meeting;  4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 

Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre: 
Westside  Story;  1:00  p.m.;  Liberty 
Tree  Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park 

Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre: 
Westside  Story;  1:00  p.m.;  Liberty 
Tree  Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

GENERAL  MANAGER' S  REPORT  (Continued) 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER  (Continued) 

Monday,  July  5,  l 99 3  Independence  Day  Holiday  (observed) 

Monday,  July  5,  l 993  Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre: 

Westside   Story;   1:00  p.m.;   Liberty 
Tree  Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park 

Tuesday,  July  6,  1993  Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting; 

4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 

Nednesday,  July  7,  1993  Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30  p.m. 

tour,   5:00  p.m.   meeting;   Education 
Classroom,  S.F.  Zoo 

Saturday,  July  10,  1993  Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre: 

Westside  Story;   1:00  p.m.;   Liberty 
Tree  Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park 

Sunday,  July  11,  1993  Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre: 

Westside  Story;   1:00  p.m.;   Liberty 
Tree  Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park 

Monday,  July  12,  1993  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting; 

4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge" 

CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer, 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  13572: 

a.  PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16649 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  May  5, 
1993  through  June  2,  1993. 

b.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16650 
LIBERTY  TREE  MEADOW 

MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENTS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  commission  approves  the  multiple  day  events  on 

Saturday,  Sunday  and  Monday,  July  3,  4  and  5,  1993,  Saturdays  and 

Sundays,  July  10,  11,  17  and  18,  1993,  for  the  Young  People's  Teen 
Musical  Theatre  Company  at  the  Liberty  Tree  Meadow. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

c.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  PANHANDLE  RES.  NO.  16651 

8TH  ANNUAL  S.F.  CITY 
BASKETBALL  CHAMPIONSHIPS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  two-day  event  on  Saturday 

and  Sunday,  July  31  and  August  1,  1993,  for  the  8th  Annual  San 

Francisco  City  Basketball  Championships  at  the  Panhandle  in  Golden 
Gate  Park. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16652 

CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  revision  of  hours  of 
operation  for  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers  as  follows:  9:00  a.m.  to 
5:00  p.m.  year  round. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16653 

COMEDY  DAY/AIDS  WALK  "93"  SPECIAL  EVENT  PARKING 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  revocable  permit  for  special 
event  parking  in  Golden  Gate  Park,  Comedy  Day/Aids  Walk  "93"  on  July 
25,  1993. 


f.   CAREERS  ABOUND  RES.  NO.  16654 

AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  award  of  contract  with 
Careers  Abound,  in  the  amount  of  $20,000,  from  7/1/93  to  6/30/94,  to 
provide  severely  disabled  persons  as  receptionists/information 
trainees  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  RES.  NO.  16655 

INFORMATION  SYSTEMS  MASTER  PLAN 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Information  Systems  Master 
Plan  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  -  PANHANDLE  RES.  NO.  16656 

NEW  FOOD  VENDING  PUSHCART  SITE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  new  food  vending  pushcart 
site  in  the  Panhandle  Area  of  Golden  Gate  Park. 


Oi/I  I   '  I 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 


CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

i .    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

STOW  LAKE  CONCESSION  PRICE  INCREASE 


k. 


RES.  NO.  16657 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  increm     the  followini 
food  and  boat  rental  prices  at  Stow  Lake,  effective  June  18,  1993: 


SNACK  BAR  ITEMS 

Hot  Dog  (8  to  a  pound) 

Fresh  Popcorn 

It's  It 

BOAT  RENTALS 

Motor  Boats  (2  Passengers) 

Row  Boats  (2  Passengers) 

Small  Pedal  Boats  (1  or  2  Passengers) 

Large  Pedal  Boats  (up  to  4  Passengers) 

BICYCLE  RENTAL 
Bicycles 
Tandems 
Surrey  Cycles 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 


CURRENT 
$1  .80 

1  .35 

1  .00 

CURRENT/HR 
$11  .75 

8.50 

9.25 
10.75 

CURRENT/HR 
$7.00 
New  Item 
New  Item 


APPROVED 
$1  .90 

1  .50 

1  .20 


APPROVED/HR 
$13.00 
9.50 

10.50 

12.00 


APPROVED/HR 
No  Change 
$12.00 
$15.00 


RES.  NO.  16658 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  settlement  of  claim  of 
Paul  Green  v.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  et  al .  in  the  amount 
of  $2,000.00. 


GOLF  COURSES 

GREEN  FEE  SURCHARGES 


RES.  NO.  16659 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  continuation  of  a 
surcharge  of  $4.00  on  non-residents  (Standard)  and  tournament  fees, 
and  $2.00  on  Resident  Fees  at  18-hole  golf  courses. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

KEZAR  STADIUM  PERMIT  POLICY 

AMENDMENT  TO  POLICY 


RES.  NO.  16660 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  amendment  to  Kezar  Stadium 
Permit  Policy  to  allow  up  to  two  field  light  permit  events  during  any 
week,  from  September  l  through  November  15  of  each  calendar  year. 


SPECIAL  NEEDS  DIVISION 
OVERNIGHT  TRIP 


RES.  NO.  16661 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  an  overnight  trip  to  Reno, 
Nevada  by  Special  Needs  Division  on  May  25-26,  1993. 


RECREATION  DIVISION 
WEEKEND  CAMPING  TRIP 


RES.  NO.  16662 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  weekend  camping  retreat  on 
July  9-1 1,  1993  co-sponsored  by  the  Girl  Scouts  of  America. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

0.    PROJECT  INSIGHT  RES.  NO.  16663 

SUMMER  DAY  CAMP  TRIP 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Project  Insight  two  day 
camping  trip  for  Deaf  and  Blind  Children  on  July  22-23,  i 993  to  Angel 

Island. 

p.    PROJECT  INSIGHT  RES.  NO.  16664 

SUMMER  DAY  CAMP  TRIP 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Project  Insight  fourth 
Annual  Summer  Day  Camp  Trip  for  Deaf  and  Blind  Children  on  August 
9-14,  l 993  to  Camp  Mather  and  Yosemite. 

q.    PROJECT  INSIGHT  RES.  NO.  16665 

CAMPING/RIVER  RAFTING  TRIP 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Project  Insight 
camping/river  rafting  trip  on  the  Klamath  River  for  Deathand  Blind 
Youth  on  August  22-26,  1993. 

4r.   RECREATION  DIVISION  RES.  NO.  16666 

OVERNIGHT  OUTING 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  overnight  outing  to 
Modesto,  California  by  the  Girls'  Personal  Development  Program  on 
June  19-20,  1993. 

GENERAL  CALENDAR 

5.    SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 

Ratification  of  the  animal  transactions  (processed  under  Resolution  No. 
13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  that  the  Zoo  had  an  opportunity 
to  pair  its  male  galago  who  is  aged,  with  an  older  female  that  is  being 
housed  at  the  Duke  Primate  Center.  The  pair  is  too  old  for  breeding  but 
will  provide  companionship.  Two  female  tree  shrew  have  been  purchased 
from  the  National  Zoo  to  fill  this  currently  vacant  exhibit.  The  Zoo  is 
not  interested  in  breeding  these  animals  since  they  are  plentiful  in 
captivity  and  in-  the  wild.  A  California  King  Snake  was  donated  for  the 
Zoo's  animal  resource  center  for  the  education  program. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 


5. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS  (Continued) 


RES.  NO.  16667 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratify  the  following  animal  transact' 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoolagi 
hardens: 


ens 
sal 


PURCHASED  FROM: 

One  (1)  Female  Galagc  alued  at  $600.00 
ruRCHASED  FROM: 


Duke  University  Primate  Centei 
3705  Erwin  Road 
Erwin,  North  Carolina  27705 
USDA  #55-3 


National  Zoo 

3000  Block  of  Connecticut 

Washington,  D.C.  20008 


NW 


Two  (2)  Female  Tree   Shrew,  valued  at  $100.00 


DONATED  FROM: 


One  (1)  California  King  Snake 


Li  ndsey  Museum 
1901  First  Avenue 
Walnut  Creek,  CA  94596 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 
SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
LEASE  AGREEMENT 

Approval  of  lease  agreement  between  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and 
San  Francisco  Zoological  Society  for  the  operation  of  the  San  Francisco 
Zoclc:cal  Gardens. 

This  item  was  removed  from  the  Calendar. 


7.    SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
CAPITAL  RENOVATIONS  1993-94 

Conceptual  approval  of  capital 
Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 


renovations  for  1993-94  for  the  San 


Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  gave  an  overview  of  the  Zoo's  capital 
renovation  plans  for  the  next  fiscal  year  and  explained  there  are  22  major 
groups  of  renovations  required  at  the  Zoo  that  have  been  prioritized. 
Monies  are  now  being  raised  for  an  orangutan  exhibit  and  a  new  quarantine 
facility  will  be  constructed  off  exhibit.  The  African  Savannah  section  of 
the  Zoo  will  be  the  first  unit  constructed  as  the  animals  have  been  placed 
without  regard  to  a  zoogeographi  :  theme. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
CAPITAL  RENOVATIONS  1993-94  (Continued) 

Mr.  Anderson  highlighted  other  features  of  the  capital  renovations: 

Currently,  visitors  experience  confusion  navigating  through  the 
pathways  at  the  Zoo.  As  the  Zoo  increased  in  size,  the  pathway  plar 
was  never  properly  developed.  The  Zoo  plans  to  chart  a  major  route 
system  through  the  use  of  signage,  plant  materials,  graphics  and 
coding  that  will  show  the  public  that  they  are  on  the  major  pathway. 

Since  funding  is  available,  the  feline  breeding  center  will  be 
constructed . 

The  Zoo  will  design  and  construct  the  leopards  of  Asia.  Some  other 
animals  will  have  to  be  moved  during  this  construction  including  the 
grey  kangaroos  and  the  lynx. 

The  Zoo  plans  to  add  tables  and  umbrellas  at  the  eating  facilities, 
as  well  as  new  waste  receptacles  and  park  benches  and  graphics  which 
will  explain  the  Zoo  2000  Master  Plan  and  describe  the  loop  system. 

The  Zoo  is  also  considering  placement  of  banners  at  the  entrance  and 
to  place  additional  plantings  on  the  main  loop  system  and  along  Sloat 
Boulevard . 

Possible  expansion  of  hours  at  the  lion  house  to  8  hours  a  day  and 
use  of  the  interior  of  the  building  for  science  education  exhibits. 

The  otter  exhibit  will  be  renovated.  This  exhibit  is  now  a  pit  and 
the  animal  needs  access  to  more  natural  materials. 

0    Modest  landscaping  of  the  flamingo  exhibit  and  lynx  exhibit. 

°    Install  one,  stylized  type  of  fencing  throughout  the  Zoo.   Currently, 
there  are  7  different  fence  styles. 

Sea  Lion  pools  needs  to  be  repainted  and  landscaped. 

0    The  Asian  elephant  exhibit  and  penguin  area  needs  some  touch-up  work. 

The  outdoor  aviary  has  been  closed  for  some  time  and  the  top  of  the 
structure  has  rusted.  A  new,  lighter  wire  will  be  installed. 

Renovate  the  monkey  island  exhibit  by  removing  the  rock  and  the  small 
building  under  the  rock  work  and  turning  it  into  a  new  exhibit. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Eickman,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES,  NO.  16668 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  grants  conceptual  approval  of  capital 
renovations  for  1993-94  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
FINE  ARTS  MUSEUMS 

Approval  of  'k^nng  scu,Tie  t"  crov:de  temporary  r?ismic  improvements  tc 
►  ho  de  Y  -  i  Museum. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  this  item  was  presented  at 
the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  is  an  interim  measure  to  provide 
seismic  strengthening  to  the  deYoung  Museum.  This  project  will  require 
the  placement  of  14  buttresses  extending  from  the  building  that  will 
anchor  roof  bracing.  Staff  has  toured  the  site  with  the  Museum  staff  and 
identified  mitigations.  Of  particular  concern,  is  the  area  in  front  of 
the  Museum  where  there  is  the  main  entrance  walkway.  The  Museum  will 
angle  the  buttresses  in  a  way  to  provide  disabled  access.  The  buttresses 
project  from  the  building  approximately  30',  are  tied  to  a  grade  beam  4'x 
4'  and  to  piers  approximately  4'  in  diameter  that  extend  15-45'  deep  in 
the  ground.  The  buttresses  are  sizable  and  will  visually  impact  the 
building.  This  is  a  interim  measure  that  will  be  in  place  for  several 
years.  There  is  in  ?st  in  placing  a  bond  measure  on  the  ballot  to 
provide  a  longer  te  olution.  This  measure  will  offer  safety  for  the 
Museum's  collections  dnd  for  its  patrons.  The  roof  is  comprised  of 
skylights  and  should  a  major  seismic  event  take  place  the  building  could 
col  lapse. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Immendorf's  question,  Ms.  Learner  explained 
that  in  many  locations  there  will  be  little  impact  because  the  buttresses 
go  into  a  hard  surface  area.  However,  in  a  few  locations  there  are  trees 
and  landscaping  which  will  require  restoration.  A  new  landscaping  scheme 
will  be  done  immediately  after  construction  and  when  the  interim  measure 
is  no  longer  needed,  the  landscaping  will  be  restored.  In  a  few  locations 
there  are  large  Magnolia  trees.  Staff  has  asked  the  engineers 
specifically  to  veer  away  from  destroying  these  trees  since  they  are 
irreplaceable. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Ms.  Learner  explained  there 
will  be  signage  explaining  that  the  buttresses  are  a  seismic  safety 
measure. 

Deborah  Frieden,  representing  the  Fine  Arts  Museums,  explained  that  the 
base  of  the  buttresses  will  be  blocked  off  and  perhaps  painted.  Signage 
will  be  posted  explaining  that  the  braces  are  in  place  as  a  seismic 
improvement.  Ms.  Frieden  further  explained  that  this  project  will  be 
funded  by  the  Corporation  of  the  Fine  Arts  Museums.  However,  there  is  an 
agreement  that  if  a  bond  measure  passes  in  the  future,  the  Corporation 
will  be  reimbursed  for  the  seismic  improvements. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  question,  Ms.  Frieden  explained  that, 
at  this  time,  the  Museum  will  not  close  during  the  construction  and  has  a 
window  of  opportunity  in  the  Winter  to  perform  the  work. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

FINE  ARTS  MUSEUMS  (Continued) 


PES.  NO.  16669 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  shoring  scheme  to  prov'.cie 
temporary  seismic  improvements  to  the  de  Young  Museum  ana  oe  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  the  following  conditions  of  approval  are  required: 

1)  Site  restoration  of  construction  impacts:  includes  pathway, 
irrigation  line  repair  and  other  damages  that  may  occur  as  a  result 
of  construction. 

2)  Replacement  of  plant  material  as  identified  below: 

a.  Loading  dock:  Strongly  discourage  tree  removal  or  adjacent 
excavation.  Magnolia  trees  in  this  location  are  non-replaceable 
due  to  size  and  vigor.  Grade  beams  might  be  angled  and/or  placed 
on  grade  to  avoid  tree  damage. 

b.  Garden  pathway:  Pittosporum  nigricans  -  hedge  shrubs  would  be 
displaced.  Attempt  to  save  by  boxing.  Replacement  size  not 
available  from  commercial  nurseries. 

c.  Secondary  entrance  on  Higiwara  Tea  Garden  Drive:  Replace 
shrubbery  with  15  gallon  size  material. 

d.  Main  entrance:  Three  of  the  buttresses  will  displace  the  pyrus 
kawakami  -  ornamental  pear.  These  cannot  be  boxed,  they  must  be 
replaced  with  60-inch  multi-trunk  pyrus  kawakami.  Some 
adjustments  might  be  made  either  to  avoid  hitting  the  tree  or 
placing  beam  to  a  depth  so  that  a  new  pear  tree  can  be  put  in 
place. 

Replace  shrubbery  with  15  gallon  material  at  the  fourth  buttress. 

3.  The  Museum  should  be  responsible  for  removal  of  the  grade  beams  and 
pilings  to  the  extent  that  they  will  not  conflict  with  future 
installation  of  plants  or  utilities. 


ALIOTO  MINI  PARK 
RENOVATION 

Approval  of  the  conceptual  plan  for  Alioto  Mini  Park  renovation. 

Park  Planner,  Joanne  Wilson,  explained  that  this  item  was  presented  at 
the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  is  a  simple  renovation  plan.  The 
park  is  divided  into  three  areas:  the  children's  play  area,  a  grassy  area 
and  a  community  garden.  Rather  than  relying  on  the  Department  of  Public 
Works  for  assistance,  staff  chose  to  utilize  the  services  of  the  San 
Francisco  League  of  Urban  Gardeners  (SLUG)  as  the  architect.  SLUG  then 
hired  a  community  organization,  called  Pacha  Mama,  as  a  consultant  to  do 
community  outreach.  The  community  outreach  was  well  received  and  3 
workshops  were  held.  The  renovation  will  be  funded  by  th  Open  Space 
Program  in  the  amount  of  $120,000. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

ALIOTO  MINI  PARK 
RENOVATION  (Continued) 

Kim  Baker,  representing  Pacha  Mama,  explained  that  the  plan  before  the 
Commiss  i  was  one  truly  develoced  by  the  community.  Pacna  Mama  attempted 
to  involve  the  community  and  ge~erated  unprecedented  community  support. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 

Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16670 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  conceptual  plan  for  Alioto 
Mini  Park  renovation. 


10.   POLICY  ON  NAMING  AND/OR  CHANGING  THE  DESIGNATION  OF 
FACILITIES 
AMENDMENT 

Consideration  of  an  amendment  to  the  Policy  on  Naming  and/or  Changing  the 
Designation  of  Facilities. 

President  Orr  explained  that  he  proposed  this  amendment  to  bring  the 
Naming  and/or  Changing  of  Facilities  Policy  in  comformity  with  the 
Commission's  Gift  Policy.  Currently,  there  is  a  five  year  waiting  period 
to  place  a  statue  or  plaque  commemorating  a  deceased  or  important  citizen 
of  the  community.  However,  to  rename  an  entire  park,  there  was  no  such 
waiting  period.  Since  renaming  of  a  facility  was  much  more  a  significant 
issue,  he  felt  that  the  same  language  should  be  part  of  the  Naming  and/or 
Changing  The  Designation  of  Facilities  policy.  President  Orr  read  the 
amendment  which  states,  "Except  in  an  extraordinary  case  of  overwhelming] 
City-wide  civic  importance,  the  person  so  honored  shall  have  been  deceased 
for  a  minimum  of  five  years."  He  further  explained  that  if  there  is'  some 
City-wide  or  national  tragedy  the  language  provides  an  option  for  the 
Commission  to. consider  it  prior  to  the  waiting  period. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  commented  that  if  this  language  was  in  place  Folsom 
Playground  would  not  have  been  renamed  Jose  Coronado  Playground.  He  fell] 
that  these  issues  should  be  viewed  on  a  case-by-case  basis  and  that  the 
Commission  had  an  obligation  to  consider  each  request. 

Commissioner  Chan  felt  that  some  sort  of  a  waiting  period  was  warranted- 
because  it  would  remove  the  emotional  sensitivity  that  is  associated  with 
these  issues.  He  further  commented  that  the  baseball  and  football  Hall  of 
Fame  have  a  waiting  period  which  ensures  that  the  vision  of  the  hero  is 
constant. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  felt  that  Commissioner  Chan  raised  a  valid  point 
but  was  unsure  of  the  length  of  the  waiting  period. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  he  has  been  a  member  of  the  Commission  for  many 
years  and  often  the  Commission  has  been  pressured  to  rename  parks  and 
buildings.  He  said  that  sometimes  there  is  not  real  merit  for  the  name 
change  and  yet  the  proponents  feel  contrary.  He  felt  that  the  waiting 
period  would  give  the  Commission  some  basis  for  making  the  judgment  on  the 
facts  and  was  a  sound  idea. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

10.  POLICY  ON  NAMING  AND/OR  CHANGING  THE  DESIGNATION  OF  FACILITIES 
AMENDMENT  (Continued) 

President  Orr  said  that  Commissioner  Immendorf  raised  some  important 
considerations  but  without  this  language  it  encourages  the  public  to  put  a 
let  of  energy  into  these  requests.  If  there  is  a  strong  sentiment  after 
the  waiting  period  it  simply  legitimizes  the  request. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  concurred  with  the  statement  made  by  Commissioner 
Eickman  and  felt  that  it  was  important  to  have  uniformity  in  the  policies 
adopted  by  the  Commission. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 

Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Eickman,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16671 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  amendment  to  the  Policy  on 
Naming  and/or  Changing  the  Designation  of  Facilities. 

2:55  p.m.  -  3:00  p.m.  Commissioner  Ruiz  was  absent  from  the  meeting  room. 

11.  ST.  MARY'S  SQUARE 

CHILDREN'S  PLAY  AREA  IMPROVEMENTS 

Approval  of  play  area  and  Phase  l  park  renovation  improvements  at  St. 
Mary's  Square. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  St.  Mary's  Square  is  on 
top  of  a  garage  and  the  existing  portion  of  the  park  needs  extensive 
renovation.  Staff  has  negotiated  with  the  Parking  Authority  to  acquire 
the  garage  rooftop.  Because  the  garage  rooftop  needs  structural  upgrade, 
staff  is  not  going  forward  with  these  improvements  at  this  time.  However, 
staff  has  worked  with  the  community  and  the  State  of  California  and 
received  a  state  grant  to  make  improvements  to  the  plaza.  The  phase 
improvements  must  be  made  before  June  30,  1995.  The  first  Phase  will 
upgrade  the  irrigation,  correct  the  subsidence  and  drainage  problems, 
modify  the  landscaping  and  install  a  new  children  play  area  in  the 
sunniest  portion  of  the  park.  There  is  a  considerable  amount  of  shading 
to  the  park  from  other  buildings.  The  play  area  will  have  a  rubber 
cushioned  mat  that  is  used  to  provide  disabled  access  and  new,  colorful 
play  equipment.  It  is  hoped  that  a  new  children's  play  area  will  bring 
more  users  to  the  park. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16672 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  play  area  and  Phase  1  park 
renovation  improvements  at  St.  Mary's  Square. 

ACTION:  Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:  Commissioners  Chin,  Eickman,  Immendorf,  Orr,  Sommer 

Absent :Commi ssioners  Farrow,  Ruiz 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

12.   CO  IT  TOWER  SUBLEASE 
BINOCULAR  CONCESSION 

*c  :val  of  C;1  Lo's  request  to  sublease  the  Binocular  Concession  tc 
jwer  Optica  Cc-pany  at  Coit  Tower. 

A.  stant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  Fred  Lo,  the  concessionaire  at  Coit  Tower,  has  a  5  year  lease  tc 
operate  Coit  Tower,  the  gift  shop,  and  has  rights  for  special  events.  He 
would  like  to  assign  the  binocular  concession  to  Tower  Optical  Company. 
The  company  has  concessions  at  Ocean  Beach,  Land's  End,  Golden  Gate 
Bridge  and  Vista  Point.  '  Eight  binoculars  would  be  installed  at  Coit 
Tower.  The  concessionaire  would  receive  627=  of  the  income  from  Tower 
Optical  and  the  Department  would  receive  50%  of  the  total  income  under 
the  Department's  concession  agreement  with  Mr.  Lo.  The  Department 
receives  507„  of  the  gross  receipts  of  the  concessions. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,; 
Commissioner  Chan  abstained  from  voting  on  this  item  due  to  a  conflict  of 
interest. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16673 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  Fred  Lo's  request  to  sublease  the 
Binocular  Concession  to  Tower  Optical  Company  at  Coit  Tower. 

12a.   CHINATOWN  PARK 

AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

Approval  of  award  of  contract  to  Cuevas-Mannion  Construction  Company  and 
Myron  Demolition  and  Excavation  in  the  amount  of  $40,634,  to  demolish  the 
Cathay  Mortuary  site  for  the  new  Chinatown  Park. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  this  item  was  calendared 
immediately  before  the  Commission  (rather  than  appearing  before  a 
Committee)  because  the  Department  has  just  received  a  bid  to  perform  tjffl 
demolition  of  the  Cathay  Mortuary  site  for  the  new  Chinatown  Park.  This 
is  an  informal  contract,  under  $50,000.  The  Department  has  considerable 
experience  with  Cuevas  Mannion  Construction  which  has  proven  to  be  a 
responsible  contractor.  However,  the  Department  does  not  have  direct 
experience  with  Myron  Demolition  and  Excavation.  She  said  demolition 
should  take  a  few  weeks  and  recommended  approval. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16674 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  to 
Cuevas-Mannion  Construction  Company  and  Myron  Demolition  and  Excavation 
in  the  amount  of  $40,634,  to  demolish  the  Cathay  Mortuary  site  for  the 
new  Chinatown  Park. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

13.    TENDERLOIN  CHILDREN'S  PLAYGROUND  &  RECREATION  CENTER 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

Approval  of  the  award  of  contract  for  the  construction  of  the  Tenderloin 
Children's  Playground  and  Recreation  Center. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  e<plained 
that  this  item  is  a  request  to  approve  an  award  of  contract.  However, 
there  is  currently  a  dispute  over  which  of  the  two  contractors  is  the 
acceptable  bidder.  The  low  bid  was  submitted  by  Nibbi-Lowe,  a  contractor 
with  which  the  Department  has  considerable  experience.  However,  the 
Human  Rights  Commission  and  the  City  Attorney's  Office  are  both  asking 
the  Commission  to  approve  the  award  to  either  Nibbi-Lowe  or  the  second 
lowest  bidder,  Trans  World  Construction,  because  it  is  not  known  which 
bidder  meets  the  City's  requirements  and  this  action  would  not  delay  the 
project.  He  noted,  however,  that  the  Department  has  no  experience  with 
the  second  low  bid. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  was  concerned  about  taking  such  action  as  the 
Commission  was  informed  that  the  low  bid  was  approximately  S100.000  less 
than  the  second  bid.  He  said  that  it  is  unclear  why  the  Nibb-Lowe  bid 
may  be  rejected  and  understood  it  may  be  because  one  of  the  joint  venture 
firms  did  not  have  a  contractor's  license.  Since  the  Commission  was 
about  to  consider  increasing  a  number  of  fees,  he  was  not  inclined  to 
approve  the  second  lowest  bid  when  there  was  a  $100,000  difference.  He 
felt  that  this  money  could  preserve  children's  programs. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  concurred  with  the  sentiments  of  Commissioner  Immendorf 
and  wanted  to  award  the  contract  to  Nibbi-Lowe. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  suggested  the  Commission  table  the 
matter  and  calendar  a  special  meeting  to  resolve  this  issue.  She  further 
explained  that  the  Human  Rights  Commission  must  act  on  the  matter  before 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  can  legally  award  the  bid.  Therefore, 
this  matter  was  tabled. 


13a.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
1993-94  BUDGET 

Presentation  on  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  budget  for  FY  1993-94. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  gave  an 

overview  of  the  proposed  budget  for  1993-94  for  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department,  explaining  that  there  has  been  a  $4.4  Million  General  Fund 
reduction  in  the  Department  from  last  year.  However,  the  Golden  Gate 
Park  bonds  totaling  over  $8  Million  were  calculated  as  part  of  the 
Department's  operating  budget  for  Fiscal  Year  1993-1994,  creating  the 
illusion  of  an  increase  in  the  budget.  In  all  previous  budgets,  these 
bond  funds  have  been  treated  as  capital  budgets  and  were  not  calculated 
in  the  Department's  operating  budget.  If  the  Golden  Gate  Park  bond  funds 
were  separate,  the  Department's  budget  for  1993-94  will  decrease  by 
approximately  $7  Million  from  the  1992-93  level. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

13a.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
1993-94  BUDGET  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  outlined  the  impact  on  the  Department  for 
Mayor's  budget  is  approved  by  the  Board  of  Supervisors 


the  1993-94  if  the 


1) 


2) 


3) 
4) 
5) 

6) 
7) 


9) 


All  staffed  recreation  facilities  will  be  closed  on  Sundays  and 
holidays.  These  closures  will  also  include  the  pools. 


,vi  11 
only 


Hamilton  and  North  Beach  pools  will  be  closed.   King  Pool 

operate  only  during  the  summer  and  Coffman  Pool  will  0De-~ate 

during  the  school  year. 

Herbicide  and  rodent  control  programs  in  the  parks  will  be  eliminated." 

The  Public  Information  Office  will  be  eliminated. 

Weekend  custodial  service  in  parks,  playgrounds  and  public  restrooms 

will  be  el  1  mi nated. 

No  new  or  replacement  equipment  will  be  purchased. 

32  filled  positions  will  be  eliminated  and  42  additional  part-time 

positions  will  have  their  hours  reduced. 

31  vacant  positions  will  be  eliminated. 

Funding  for  an  additional  20  positions  has  been  deleted  which  will 

force  layoffs  or  early  retirements  during  the  coming  year. 


Mr.  Arnold  then  outlined  the  positions  which  will  be  eliminated: 

Admi  ni  stration : 

1  -  1336  Assistant  to  General  Manager,  Public  Service 

1  -  1244  Senior  Personnel  Analyst 

1  -  1824  Principal  Administrative  Analyst 

1  -  1408  Principal  Clerk 

1  -  3306  Rides  Attendant 

1  -  6317  Asst.  Industrial  Hygienist 

1  -  1632  Senior  Account  Clerk 
Urban  Forestry,  Turf  Management  and  Golden  Gate  Park: 

1  -  3434  Tree  Topper 

1  -  3422  Park  Section  Supervisor 

1  -  2708  Custodian 
6  -  3417  Gardener 

2  -  3424  Pest  Control  Specialist 

1  -  6102  Rodent  Control  Technician 
Neighborhood  Parks: 

1  -  3422  Park  Section  Supervisor 

3  -  2708  Custodian 
Candlestick  Park: 

4  -  8208  Park  Patrol 

2  -  7334  Stationary  Engineer 
Golf: 

1  -  3417  Gardener 

1  -  3424  Pest  Control  specialist 
Structural  Maintenance: 

1  -  Stationary  Engineer 
Recreation  Division: 

1  -  3292  Assistant  Superintendent 

1  -  3287  Assistant  Supervisor 

1  -  3289  Recreation  Supervisor 

1  -  3216  Assistant  -Aquatics  Supervisor 

1  -  3214  Senior  Swim  Instructor 

3  -  3208  Lifeguard 

2  -  3204  Pool  Cashier 

1  -  3202  Locker  Room  Attendant 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

13a.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
1993-94  BUDGET  (Continued) 

Trie  reductions  came  from  a  smaller  base  this  year  because  $8,500,000  is 
set  aside  for  the  Proposition  J  (Children's  Budget)  and  the  Department 
was  asked  not  to  reduce  the  $4,000,000  allocated  for  tne  Zoo.  Therefore, 
the  Department's  remaining  General  Fund  was  reduced  by  30%.  If  the 
Department  did  not  have  other  funding  sources  such  as  the  Open  Space  Fund 
to  help  support  its  operation,  the  effect  would  be  devastating. 

He  further  explained  that  there  are  a  number  of  fee  items  before  the 
Commission  and  that  the  reductions  would  have  been  substantially  worse  if 
not  for  the  revenue  package.  The  budget  was  balanced  based  on  $650,000 
in  projected  new  revenues  to  be  raised  by  this  Department. 

President  Orr  asked  how  many  park  section  supervisors  did  the  Department 
have  in  past  years.  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  there  were  4  in 
neighborhood  parks  and  9  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  For  Fiscal  Year  1993-94 
there  will  be  5  in  Golden  Gate  Park  and  3  in  neighborhood  parks. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  asked  if  any  of  the  vacant  recreation  managerial 
positions  could  be  transferred  to  the  Children's  budget  or  the  Mayor's 
Office  of  Children,  Youth  and  their  Families.  Superintendent  of 
Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  the  Children's  budget 
prohibits  funding  for  administrative  positions. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  Department  was 
specifically  directed  to  delete  the  number  of  positions  in  the  Department. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  noted  that  it  was  his  understanding  that  the 
recreation  centers  are  least  utilized  on  Sundays  and  holidays.  However, 
deletion  of  weekend  custodial  services  at  parks  and  playgrounds  concerned 
him.  He  hoped  that  staff  would  shift  custodial  services  for  the  weekends. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  Superintendent  of  Parks,  Ron  deLeon,  is  in  the 
process  of  reorganizing  custodial  services  but  that  overall  there  will  be 
a  reduction  of  custodial  services  in  the  Department. 

14.    SWIMMING  POOLS 

INCREASE  IN  CHILDRENS  POOL  FEES 

Approval  of  increase  in  childrens  swimming  pool  fees  from  50?!  to  $1.00, 
effective  July  1  ,  1993. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item 
is  a  proposal  to  increase  the  children  swim  fee  from  $.50  to  $1.00  per 
child.  The  Department  offered  children  swims  for  $.25  and  raised  it  to 
$.50  a  few  years  ago.  He  projected  that  the  new  fee  would  generate 
approximately  $80,000.  He  further  explained  that  in  surveying  other  Bay 
Area  recreation  and  park  districts  the  average  fee  is  $1.00.  In  light  of 
the  budget  reductions  facing  the  Department,  he  recommended  approval  of 
the  fee  increase. 

Commissioner  Sommer  reiterated  to  the  public  that  the  Board  of 
Supervisors  will  receive  public  comment  on  Saturday,  June  26,  1993  at 
11:00  a.m.  on  Recreation  and  Park  budget  reductions. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

14.   SWIMMING  POOLS 

INCREASE  IN  CHILDRENS  POOL  FEES  (Continued) 

Valerie  Aiken,  an  employee  at  Hamilton  Pool  who  lives  in  the  Westerr 
Addition,  explained  that  she  appeared  before  the  Finance  anc 
Adr-ini  stration  Committee  requesting  that  a  scrip  ticket  be  estaolishs': 
f':r  children  on  Aid  to  Families  with  Dependent  Children  (AFOC).  She 
explained  that  the  Department  offers  adults  a  Medi-Cal  scrip  ticket  anc 
she  felt  it  was  warranted  for  children.  She  also  commented  that  the 
Aquatics  Division  has  received  severe  reductions  in  the  past  4  years 
She  said  the  Department  was  converting  2  pools  to  seasonal  operations 
that  really  do  not  generate  much  revenue  and  that  both  Hamilton  and  Nortt- 
Beach  pools  generate  more  revenues.  She  said  that  there  needs  to  b« 
community  outreach  for  the  City's  pools.  She  thought  that  fees  should  bi 
charged  for  use  of  Stern  Grove. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  Ms.  Aiken's  proposal  tc 
establish  a  children's  Medi-Cal  scrip  ticket  was  a  good  suggestion  whict 
staff  i  s  now  revi  ewi  ng. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  or 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16675 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  increase  in  childrens  swimming 
pool  fees  from  50£  to  $1.00,  effective  July  1,  1993. 

15.    FIELD  RESERVATIONS 

FEE  FOR  YOUTH  ATHLETIC  LEAGUES 

Approval  of  field  reservations  fee  youth  athletic  leagues,  effective 
July  1,  1993. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that, 
philosophically,  for  many  years,  the  Department  has  attempted  to  provide 
children  services  for  little  or  no  cost.  Unfortunately,  the  Department 
can  no  longer  continue  to  be  so  generous.  There  are  many  services 
offered  for  children  at  reasonable  fees,  such  as  the  latchkey  program  and 
afterschool  program.  The  Department  strives  to  maintain  basic  services 
for  children,  particularly,  in  the  summer  and  afterschool  hours. 

Staff  is  now  proposing  a  new  fee.  In  the  past,  the  Department  offered 
youth  the  use  of  Recreation  and  Park  athletic  fields  free  of  charge.  An,y 
programs  that  enrolled  children  under  the  age  of  18  were  permitted  to  use 
the  athletic  fields  free.  Given  the  loss  of  maintenance  staff,  and 
although  it  was  a  very  difficult  fee  to  propose,  he  proposed  establishing 
a  $2.50  per  team,  per  use  charge  for  athletic  fields.  The  projected 
revenue  from  this  fee  is  $180,000.  He  noted  that  the  members  of  the 
Finance  and  Administration  Committee  expressed  some  concern  about  this 
fee  and  directed  staff  to  outline  alternatives  to  this  fee. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  staff  developed  options  to  this  fee  increase.  He  outlined  some  of 
the  options: 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

15.    FIELD  RESERVATIONS 

FEE  FOR  YOUTH  ATHLETIC  LEAGUES  (Continued) 

1)  Increase  the  reservation  fee  for  adult  teams  by  an  additional  35.00. 
This  fee  increase  would  range  to  $18.  to  $45.  Tnis  would  raise 
approximately  $200,000.  The  Department  would  be  on  the  high  range  if 
those  fees  were  imposed. 

2)  Expand  the  proposed  paid  parking  program  in  the  Music  Concourse  area 
of  Golden  Gate  Park  to  weekdays.  The  estimated  revenue  would  ce 
$60,000. 

3)  Close  the  photo  center.  Estimated  savings  is  $40,000.  It  is  the 
only  photo  center  in  the  City. 

4)  Further  staff  reductions  such  as  elimination  of  a  truck  driver, 
laborer,  recreation  supervisor  and  property  manager,  Estimated 
savings  would  be  $200,000. 

Commissioner  Eickman  explained  that  the  Finance  and  Administration 
Committee  was  concerned  about  the  establishment  of  a  fee  for  children. 
He  felt  the  only  option  presented  by  staff  that  was  to  consider  Option 
#1  ,  the  increase  in  adult  athletic  fees.  However,  he  recognized  that 
such  action  may  result  in  the  adults  no  longer  using  Department 
facilities.  He  thought  it  was  important  to  not  impose  a  children's  fee. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  concurred  with  the   sentiments   expressed   by 

Commissioner  Eickman  and  suggested  that  the  music  concourse  proposal 

could  also  be  adopted  so  that  the  adult  fees  would  not  be  so  dramatically 
increased. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Mr.  Robinson  explained 
that  staff  estimates  that  there  are  a  significant  portion  of  adult  users 
who  are  not  residents  of  San  Francisco.  Staff's  guestimate  is  that  407„ 
are  residents;  60%  non-residents.  By  and  large  the  majority  of  adult 
users  are  "pick-up  teams",  teams  that  get  together  and  pay  a  fee  to  play. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  Commission  would  have  to  schedule  a  special 
commission  meeting  if  they  plan  to  increase  adult  fees  and  expand  the 
paid  parking  program. 

Leo  Guillory,  representing  Police  Athletics  League  (PAL)  and  San 
Francisco  Youth  Baseball  (SFYB),  urged  the  Commission  to  deny  this 
proposal.  He  explained  that  SFYB  has  177  baseball  teams,  137  of  which 
pay  from  $100  to  $175  to  participate  in  the  program.  There  are  some 
teams  that  do  not  have  adequate  resources  and  SFYB  underwrites  those 
costs.  He  explained  that  the  season  runs  from  April  to  June  and  would 
cost  the  league  an  additional  $24,660  and  approximately  $180  per  team. 
This  fee  would  be  prohibitive  for  some  children  and  would  keep  deserving 
children  from  participating.  Many  coaches  pay  the  fees  and  the 
additional  surcharge  would  be  too  costly. 

Glenn  Corino,  the  athletic  director  at  St.  Brigid  School,  explained 
that  his  school  does  not  have  a  strong  baseball  or  soccer  program  and  the 
kids  want  the  opportunity  to  play  the  sport.  if  a  fee  was  imposed  for 
each  and  every  practice  it  would  not  be  worthwhile  to  have  a  soccer  or 
baseball  program.  On  behalf  of  St.  Brigid,  he  opposed  the  proposed  fee. 


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Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

15.   FIELD  RESERVATIONS 

FEE  FOR  YOUTH  ATHLETIC  LEAGUES  (Continued) 

Captain  Michael  Hebel,  rep-?senting  the  Police  Activities  League  (PAL), 

sa  J  ^e  PAL  organization  tnat  has  ber  in  existence  for  31  years  and  has 
been  able  to  serve  10,000  youth.  The  documentation  presented  by  Mr. 
'•v;llory  outlined  the  impact  to  PAL  and  the  children.  The  estimated  cost 
to  PAL  would  be  over  $34,000  a  year  a^d  their  entire  program  budget  of 
$105,000  for  one  year.  PAL  is  faced  with  either  absorbing  the  cost  or 
imr--ing  it  on  the  children.  He  said  some  of  the  kids  ire  impoverished 
-.  .  not  have  the  money  to  pay  these  fees.  He  urged  the  Commission  to 
not  impose  fee. 

Joe  Mollo,  Executive  Director  of  PAL,  said  that  this  fee  increase  would 
severely  impact  his  organization.  He  read  that  the  San  Francisco  49ers 
and  the  Raiders  will  play  a  benefit  game  with  r.  oceeds  going  to  Santa 
Clara,  East  Palo  Alto,  Menlo  Park.  He  said  sc^e  ;>f  those  monies  should 
revert  to  San  Francisco.  He  felt  that  alternative  funding  sources  must 
be  found  instead  of  the  proposed  fee  for  youth. 

LaNita  Sanchez,  a  volunteer  coach  in  the  PAL  organization,  asked  the 

Commission  to  realize  that  the  volunteers  perform  the  work  of  the 

Department  and  all  Recreation  and  Park  must  do  is  provide  the  athletic 

fields.   She  said  the  Department  does  not  maintain  the  fields  and  she 

might  understand  paying  a  fee  if  they  were  maintained.  She  felt  it  would; 

be  poor  wisdom  to  charge  kids  because  some  children  will  be  able  to 
afford  the  fees  and  the  disadvantaged  will  not  be  able  to  play. 

Pat  Cadam,  a  volunteer  soccer  coach,  said  if  the  Commission  imposed  a! 
fee  he  would  lose  many  children  that  he  has  worked  with  through  the  years. 

Patrick  Mulligan,  representing  Viking  Soccer,  explained  that  the  fee 
will  cost  their  organization  $24,000.  He  further  explained  that  the 
soccer  leagues  have  paid  their  fees  for  the  year  and  it  would  be  unwise 
to  impose  a  fee.  He  said  that  the  condition  of  the  fields  are  poor  and 
that  people  might  be  willing  to  pay  more  of  a  fee  if  the  revenue  was  used 
for  maintenance.  He  thought  it  was  unfair  to  use  these  revenues  for  the 
General  Fund. 

Inaki  Alavarez,  representing  Mission  Youth  Soccer  League,  said  he  has 
2000  kids  enrolled  in  his  league  and  that  if  this  fee  was  imposed  he 
would  have  to  stop  his  program.  He  already  uses  much  of  his  own  money  tc 
supplement  the  league  costs.  He  said  that  the  Department  has  not 
maintained  any  of  its  soccer  facilities. 

Don  Collins,  representing  Catholic  Youth  Organization  (CY0),  said  his 
organization  has  over  100  baseball  and  soccer  teams.  Athletic  fields  are 
a  limited  resource  and  the  CYO  works  with  PAL.  When  there  are  multiple 
leagues  there  will  be  multiple  fees  for  children.  Children  already  pay 
for  umpire  and  processing  fees  and  pay  similar  fees  for  other  athletic 
venues  such  as  basketball.  He  urged  the  Commission  to  consider  the 
financial  burden  of  the  fee.  He  was  very  opposed  to  the  fee  increase. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

15.   FIELD  RESERVATIONS 

FEE  FOR  YOUTH  ATHLETIC  LEAGUES  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Ruiz  was  glad  to  hear  from  the  active  users.  He  said  he 
works  in  the  Mission  District  dealing  with  youth  gang  violence.  He  felt 
tnat  it  would  be  contradictory  for  the  Commission  to  '"icose  a  fee  for 
services  that  are  constructive  for  children  and  help  produce  healthy 
minds  and  bodies.  He  recommended  considering  alternatives  aiscussed  and 
urged  his  fellow  Commissioners  to  not  approve  this  item. 

President  Orr  explained  that  the  Commission  would  have  to  give  notice  to 
the  public  of  its  intent  to  raise  adult  fees  for  athletic  activities  and 
could  not  increase  them  beyond  what  was  advertised  for  the  6/H/93 
meeti  ng. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the  Mayor's  Office  requested  that  the 
Commission  consider  establishing  a  youth  fee  for  athletic  activities. 
This  fee  does  not  have  to  be  approved  by  the  Commission,  however,  tne 
Mayor  presumes  that  something  equivalent  to  this  dollar  amount  will  be 
approved  by  the  Commission. 

President  Orr  explained  to  the  speakers  that  the  Commission  does  not 
decide  what  money  the  Department  receives  or  where  the  monies  raised  from 
fees  will  be  allocated.  Unfortunately,  recently  fees  have  been  raised 
for  athletic  field  use,  golf,  etc.,  and  yet  the  level  of  services  have 
deteriorated.  He  expressed  frustration  but  wanted  the  public  to 
understand  that  the  Commission  did  not  have  the  power  to  allocate  fees 
for  maintenance  of  park  property. 

Ms.  Burns  further  explained  that  Recreation  and  Park  Department  has 
reduced  its  work  force  by  the  largest  percentage  in  comparison  to  any 
other  City  department.  For  the  last  two  years,  the  Department  has  laid 
off  50%  of  the  middle  and  upper  level  management  in  Administration,  laid 
off  33%  of  middle  and  upper  level  management  in  the  Park  Division,  and 
laid  off  25%  of  middle  and  upper  level  management  in  the  Recreation 
Division.  The  only  section  of  the  Department's  budget  which  has  not 
reduced  its  staff  is  the  Zoo.  She  urged  members  of  the  public  to  inform 
the  Board  of  Supervisors  and  Mayor  that  Recreation  and  Park  Department  is 
an  important  and  vital  service  offered  to  the  City.  She,  too,  was 
frustrated  that  the  Department  could  not  afford  to  clean  restrooms  and 
maintain  faci 1 i ties . 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf, 
the  Commission  rejected  the  proposal  to  establish  a  fee  for  children  for 
use  of  the  Department's  athletic  fields  and  asked  staff  to  consider 
increasing  adult  fees  for  athletic  activities  and  expanding  paid  parking 
in  the  Music  Concourse  area. 

Commissioner  Eickman  wanted  the  public  to  realize  that  the  Department 
will  be  struggling  to  offer  services  next  year.  He  thought  the  budget 
presentation  clearly  outlined  the  fact  that  there  is  insufficient  staff 
to  maintain  the  level  of  services  expected  by  the  public.  He  said  the 
conditions  of  the  fields  will  only  deteriorate  in  the  future  with  the 
deletion  of  staffing  levels. 


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Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

16.    FIELD  RESERVATIONS 

ADULT  ATHLETIC  ACTIVITIES 
FEE  INCREASE 

Ancroval  of  fee  increase  c^r   adult  a     c  activities,  effective  7/1/93. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Rooinson,  explained  that  this  i  ten 
is  a  request  to  increase  adult  fees  for  athletic  activities.  Last  year, 
the  Commission  approved  a  ~ee  increase  for  softball  users  but  it  did  not 
include  such  sports  as  soccer,  rugby,  frisbee  and  baseball.  This  fee 
increase  will  generate  approximately  $100,000.  Staff  is  proposing  tc 
double  most  of  the  fees  for  these  sport  activities.  Based  on  the 
Commission's  previous  action,  staff  will  develop  another  revision  of  the 
fees  for  consideration  in  the  future. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  or 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eic^man,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adooted: 

RES.  NO.  16676 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  fee  increase  for  adult  athletic 
activities,  effective  7/1/93: 

Single  Use  Reservations 

Lacrosse,  soccer,  frisbee,  rugby,  basebal 

Non-lighted  Class  A  l  .5  Hrs 

Non-lighted  Class  B  l  .5  Hrs 

Twi 1 ight  Field 

Non-1 ighted  Class  A 

Non-lighted  Class  B 
Multi  Use  Reservations 

Lighted  field  2  hrs 

Non-1 ighted  Class  A  2  Hrs 

Non-1 ighted  Class  B  2  Hrs 
All  Day  Exclusive  Use 

Weekend  evening  3  Hrs 
Field  Lining  Fees 

Soccer/others  25.00  30.00 

Schedule  Fees 

League/Tournament  over  25  .75  1.00 

Other  reservations  1  Hr.  4  winter 
months,  lacrosse,  rugby,  soccer, 
frisbee  practices 

Direct  lighting/single  10.00  15.00 

Direct  lighting/multiple  15.00  20.00 

Indirect  lighting/single  8.00  13.00 

Indirect  lighting/multiple  10.00  15.00 

Holiday  reservations,  games  and 

tournaments,  clinics  and  camps  100.00  per  day 

500.00  per  week 


Current 

Approved 

ball 

$12.00 

$17.00 

10.00 

15.00 

12.00 

17.00 

10.00 

15.00 

20.00 

25.00 

14.00 

19.00 

10.00 

15.00 

30.00 

35.00 

25.00  +s 

taff 

30.00  +staff 

Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

17.    RECREATION  DIVISION 
YOUTH  SUMMER  OUTINGS 
PROPOSED  FEE 

Approval  of  the  establishment  of  a  fee  for  youth  summer  outings  give-1  c_. 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item 
is  a  request  to  establish  a  new  fee  for  youth  summer  outing  programs 
offered  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department.  For  many  years,  the 
Department  provided  free,  summer  outings  to  such  places  at  Great  America, 
Santa  Cruz,  Blackberry  Farm,  Raging  Waters,  etc.  Staff  is  proposing  a 
tiered  fee  of  $7  for  all  outings  with  an  admission  of  $10  or  more  and  S5 
for  all  other  outings.  The  summer  outings  require  public  transportation, 
cost  approximately  $585  per  day  and  do  not  include  the  overtime  expenses 
connected  with  these  all-day  events.  The  average  transportation  costs 
for  one  of  these  outings  is  almost  $800.  The  Department  spends  $170,000 
on  these  outings  each  summer.  The  Department  expects  to  generace 
approximately  $60,000  from  this  fee.  He  further  explained  that  he 
contacted  other  cities  in  the  Bay  Area  and  throughout  the  country  who 
were  amazed  that  the  City  provides  these  outings  free. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  sympathized  with  the  concerns  raised  by  the  General 
Manager,  but  he  knew  there  were  children  who  could  not  afford  this  fee 
and  who  have  never  been  to  these  attractions.  He  asked  why  the 
Department  has  not  pursued  other  alternatives  rather  than  imposing  this 
fee  for  children  who  cannot  afford  to  pay. 

Mr.  Robinson  said  that  needy  children  of  the  City  are  the  primary 

clientele  of  the  Department.   Currently,  staff  collects  $5  from  the 

children  and  then  returns  the  $5  to  them  when  they  reach  their 
destination  for  spending  money. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  said  he  could  not  support  this  program  because  it  was 
contrary  to  the  mission  of  the  Department. 

Commissioner  Eickman  explained  that  he  recommended  approval  of  this  item 
at  the  Committee  level  because  it  is  a  luxury  and  that  the  Department  can 
no  longer  afford.  He  said  that  the  charge  still  was  cheaper  than  the 
cost  of  these  attractions.  If  it  is  not  approved,  some  other  fee  must  be 
increased  or  further  positions  must  be  eliminated. 

Commissioner  Chan  concurred  with  the  statements  made  by  Commissioner 
Eickman  and  did  not  know  of  another  option. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  said  that  a  fee  should  be  imposed  on  those  that  can 
afford  it  and  those  that  cannot,  should  not  be  charged.  He  felt  that  a 
policy  should  be  established  for  children  that  are  economically 
disadvantaged. 

Commissioner  Sommer  commented  that  children  now  pay  $5  so  that  they  will 
•not  have  spending  money  at  the  attraction. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

17.    RECREATION  DIVISION 
YOUTH  SUMMER  OUTINGS 
PROPOSED  FEE  (Continued) 

President  Or        _•    reh  \~t     to  approve  this  fee  but  saw  a 

distinct'?"     L  3  it£-  bee  :e  the  City  is  in  such  poor  economic 

snape.  He  «as  concerned  that  it  a  fee  was  not  imposed  tne  entire  program 
might  be  el i mi nated . 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Immendorf's  question,  he  suggested  that  the 
Board  of  Supervisors  be  advised  that  if  there  are  any  givebacks,  it  be 
targeted  to  this  program. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  or 
motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16677 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  establishment  of  a  fee  for 
youth  summer  outings  given  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

ACTION:  Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:  Commissioners  Chan,  Eickman,  Orr,  Sommer 

Noes:  Commissioners  Immendorf,  Ruiz 

Absent:  Commissioner  Farrow 

18.    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
SHARON  ART  STUDIO 
FEE  INCREASE 

Approval  of  fee  increase  for  the  Sharon  Art  Studio,  effective  July  l 
1993. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  at  the 
direction  of  the  Mayors'  budget  staff,  the  Department  was  asked  tc 
develop  a  proposal  to  make  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  100%  self  supporting 
with  no  General  Fund  contribution.  Staff  developed  a  proposal  that  meet? 
this  requirement  by: 

(1)  reducing  staff  hours  for  prep  and  open  studios 

(2)  increasing  the  number  of  students  per  class 

(3)  eliminating  the  senior  discount 

(4)  increasing  class  fee 

(5)  subsidization  for  materials  &  supplies  by  Friends  of  Sharon  Arts  and 

(6)  increasing  the  number  of  classes 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Eickman's  question,  Mr.  Robinson  explainec 
that  a  facility  maintenance  fee  has  been  assessed  totaling  $25,000  but  1 
does  not  include  light,  heat  and  power  charges.  This  dollar  amount  i: 
for  landscaping,  roof  work,  plumbing,  etc.,  to  maintain  the  building 
There  is  also  a  $7,000  custodial  service  charge,  and  $2,000  repair  charge 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  the  Friends  of  Sharon  Art' 
hope  to  be  able  to  increase  the  size  of  classes  but  was  unsure  that  i 
could  meet  thi s  goal . 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

18.    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
SHARON  ART  STUDIO 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Mr.  Robinson  further"  explained  that  the  Friends  of  Sharon  Arts  have  also 
submitted  a  proposal  to  the  Children's  Youth  and  Families  Committee  for 
additional  funding. 

Gail  Ritchie,  representing  the  Sharon  Art  Studio,  said  she  has  been 
with  this  arts  program  for  19  years.  She  worked  with  a  group  of 
dedicated  professionals  who  have  managed  to  overcome  many  challenges. 
She  was  grateful  that  they  were  able  to  continue,  however,  she  was 
surprised  that  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  was  charged  for  janitorial  services 
and  building  maintenance.  She  said  in  the  last  few  years,  the  Studio  has 
been  striving  to  become  self  supporting.  She  questioned  the  534,000 
charge  and  said  they  are  being  placed  in  an  impossible  situation. 

Kitty  Mclnerney,  explained  that  she  has  been  a  class  instructor  since 
1976  and  many  years  ago  the  crafts  instructors  began  offering  children's 
programs  in  addition  to  the  adult  classes.  When  the  studio  relocated 
from  Fleischacker  building  to  the  Sharon  Building  staff  realized  that  the 
building  was  ideal  for  more  of  these  programs.  A  program  was  offered  for 
middle  aged  school  children.  However,  the  staff  was  cautioned  not  to 
reduce  the  number  of  adult  programs  as  this  was  the  major  source  of 
revenue.  She  said  they  now  offer  a  pilot  arts  enrichment  program  in 
collaboration  with  the  School  District.  They  have  been  encouraged  to 
submit  a  proposal  to  the  Mayor's  Office  of  Children,  Youth  and  their 
Families  and  Latchkey  Program  and  the  Delinquency  Prevention  Program. 
She  has  received  assurance  that  they  will  receive  funding  from  the 
Mayor's  Office.  She  asked  the  Commission  to  support  this  venture. 

Lynn  Wood,  representing  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio,  spoke  about  the  $34,000 
assessment  for  facility  maintenance,  repairs  and  custodial  services.  She 
said  that  the  Department  initially  assessed  them  $30,000  for  custodial 
costs.  The  dollar  figure  was  modified  to  $7000  but  they  were  assessed 
$25,000  for  facilities  maintenance  and  $2000  for  repairs.  She  said  while 
the  Studio  has  been  working  in  good  faith  to  maintain  the  program,  she 
questioned  the  dollar  figures  presented  by  staff.  She  wanted  to  know  if 
any  other  City  recreational  program  is  being  asked  to  shoulder  such  a 
burden.  She  said  the  gardening  costs  would  have  to  be  performed 
regardless  if  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  program  continues.  She  wanted 
further  information  on  the  dollar  figures  assessed  by  the  Department  to 
the  program. 

Richard  Leaf,  an  employee  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department,  spoke 
of  the  cost  recovery  solutions  presented.  The  proposed  solutions  were 
based  on  maintenance  and  other  miscellaneous  costs.  He  said  these  costs 
place  a  burden  on  the  arts  program.  He  wanted  to  know  if  other  programs 
in  the  Department  are  being  asked  to  generate  equal  sums  to  stay 
afloat.  He  said  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  staff  is  comprised  of  part-time 
employees  and  has  been  put  in  a  position  of  taking  a  30%  reduction  in 
hours . 

President  Orr  noted  that  in  previous  years  the  Commission  has  been  put  in 
a  position  of  having  to  consider  closing  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio.  This 
proposal  offers  them  a  chance  to  maintain  the  program. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

18.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
SHARON  ART  STUDIO 
FEE  INCRE-^c  Continued) 

I"  r=-Don:  -   *  "ommissioner  Sommer's  question,  Ms.  Burns  explained  thai 
'*  .or';  --  —  ,    informed  the  Department  that  it  would  not  support  an; 
General  Fund  .. ""  ->  for  the  operation  or  maintenance  of  this  program. 

Mr.  Robinson  said  the  dollar  figure  represents  the  Department's  bes 1 
estimate  and  does  not  include  light,  heat  and  power  costs  to  maintain  thl 
building.  This  figure  includes  custodial  services  and  staff's  estimate 
to  maintain  the  building  on  a  yearly  basis.  If  the  figure  includec 
light,  heat  and  power  costs  the  dollar  figure  would  be  dramatically 
higher  as  those  costs  would  factor  in  the  gas  kiln. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  asked  why  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  was  being  aske< 
to  be  self  sustaining.  Mr.  Robinson  explained  it  is  a  very  specialize* 
program  and  the  Mayor's  Office  determined  that  this  program  is  a  luxur 
item.  The  Mayor's  Office  felt  that  it  was  inappropriate  to  give  Genera 
Fund  support  to  this  program  when  the  City  was  being  forced  to  closs 
health  centers,  police  officers,  etc.  Mr.  Robinson  said  that  the  $34,00(; 
assessment  was  a  low  figure  and  that  these  monies  could  be  used  for  othei 
programs  such  as  children  outings. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  this  may  be  a  specialized  program  but  ever; 
citizen  is  not  a  soccer  player  or  swimmer.  Mr.  Robinson  said  thi 
Department  also  offers  an  arts  and  crafts  program  at  the  Randall  Mu seur 
and  many  of  its  recreation  centers.  There  are  opportunities  for  peopl* 
to  participate  in  similar  arts  and  crafts  programs. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  the  Mayor's  Office  informed  the  Department  tha' 
it  is  not  willing  to  subsidize  this  program.  He  said  the  $34,000  figun 
to  maintain  the  building  is  a  very  low  figure.  He  said  it  is  going  to  b< 
very  difficult  for  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  to  meet  the  projected  goals  for 
next  year. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  said  the  answer  is  to  have  more  funding  from  tho 
Friends  of  Sharon  Arts  Studio  and  pledged  to  donate  $1000  to  the  Sharor 
Arts  Studio.  Commissioner  Immendorf  also  commented  that  his  f el  lot 
commissioner,  Santiago  Ruiz  was  willing  to  pledge  $1000  to  offset  th 
costs  of  the  children's  summer  outings  programs. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  or 
motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  followin 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16678 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  fee  increase  for  the  Sharon  Ar 
Studio,  effective  July  1,  1993. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

19.    RECREATION  DIVISION 
PAID  ATHLETIC  EVENTS 
INCREASE  IN  PARTICIPANT  FEE 

Approval  to  increase  the  participant  fee  from  $.50  to  $1.00  for  paid 
athleti c  events . 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  last  year 
the  Commission  formalized  the  fee  imposed  on  each  participant  for 
athletic  events  that  cnarge  an  entry  fee.  For  many,  many  years  the 
Department  has  based  its  fee  on  $.50  per  person.  In  an  attempt  to 
generate  $100,000  in  additional  revenues  staff  proposes  increasing  that 
$.50  fee  to  $1.00.  This  fee  would  be  imposed  on  such  events  as  the  Bay 
to  Breakers,  AIDS  Walk,  Human  Race,  San  Francisco  Marathon,  SPCA  Pet 
Walk,  etc.  In  most  cases,  the  athletic  events  that  charge  an  entry  fee 
will  pass  the  cost  on  to  the  participants.  However,  the  fund  raising 
groups  will  want  to  use  that  extra  $.50  to  benefit  the  particular 
non-profit  organization. 

Cynthia   Myers,   representing   the   San   Francisco   Bay   to   Breakers, 

explained  that  their  event  pays  $30,000  in  fees  to  the  Department.  The 
Examiner  Charities  is  a  non-profit  organization  raising  money  for  Bay 
Area  charities.  The  Bay  to  Breakers  event  is  labor  intensive  and  cost 
intensive.  They  pay  more  than  $100,000  in  permit  fees  to  the  City  to 
stage  the  Bay  to  Breakers  race.  She  suggested  that  this  item  be  referred 
back  to  staff  for  further  analysis  and  that  staff  meet  with  the  affected 
organizations.  She  said  this  fee  would  force  them  to  consider  re-routing 
the  race  outside  of  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Aileen  Kilgariff,  representing  American  Heart  Association,  said  that 
they  stage  the  "May  Day  Run"  and  they  are  questioning  whether  it  is  worth 
continuing  this  event.  She  said  doubling  the  fee  is  forcing  them  to 
reconsider  re-routing  the  race  even  though  they  enjoy  the  park  very 
much.  She  asked  that  the  Commission  reconsider  this  fee  for  non-profit 
organizations . 

Stephanie  Hussey,  representing  Rhody  Co  Productions,  said  they  stage  a 
number  of  events  and  this  fee  would  increase  their  fees  from  $1000  to 
$5000.  Corporate  sponsors  have  declined  in  recent  years  and  the 
participant's  fees  have  become  more  important.  She  understand  that 
revenues  are  needed  but  suggested  a  lesser  increase. 

Emile  Lacampagne,  President  of  the  Le  Tour  de  sanFRANCEcisco  Bicycle 
Event,  a  non-profit  organization  that  produces  a  bicycle  event  each 
year.  He  said  they  use  a  very  small  portion  of  Golden  Gate  Park.  He 
asked  the  Commission  to  waive  the  fees  last  year.  He  said  that  even 
though  there  is  a  1007.  increase  he  will  not  raise  the  entry  fee  for  his 
event.  He  felt  that  he  pays  a  fair  share  to  City  agencies.  He  thought 
this  proposal  was  ill  conceived.  He  said  his  participants  are  opposed  to 
this  fee  assessment  and  that  he  is  not  able  to  accommodate  this  request. 

Kees  Tuinzing,  manager  of  The  Schedule,  a  newsletter  that  lists  of  all 
of  these  athletic  events  throughout  the  year,  asked  if  the  fee  would  give 
the  event  organizers  any  more  services.  He  wondered  if  the  fee  was  just 
a  way  to  get  revenue.  He  suggested  that  the  Commission  consider  a  flat 
fee  versus  a  participant  fee. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

19.    RECREATION  DIVISION 
PAID  ATHLETIC  EVENTS 
INCREASE  IN  PARTICIPANT  FEE  (Continued) 

Pete  King,  representing  Lifespan  and  the  United  Way,  commended  the  wo 
that  is  being  done  by  the  Commission  and  Department  but  felt  this  f« 
standardized  all  events.  He  said  that  some  events  use  different  areas  of 
the  facilities.  He  said  that  his  event  uses  a  portion  of  Justin  Hermar 
Plaza.  The  course  ends  near  the  Plaza  and  the  participants  walk,  across 
the  park  land.  He  said  that  they  plan  to  use  the  street  rather  thar 
parkland.  He  suggested  that  a  public/private  partnership  be  explored  anc 
that  organizations  should  be  promoting  the  park.  He  said  the  fee  is  net 
an  effective  exchange  of  what  they  are  trying  to  do,  that  is,  raise  mone} 
for  AIDS,  the  homeless,  etc. 

Danielle  Wade,  Event  Coordinator  for  the  Society  for  the  Prevention  for 
Cruelty  to  the  Animals  (SPCA),  explains  that  she  administers  the  annual 
pet  walk  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  She  said  that  those  who  contribute  to  thil 
event  expect  the  SPCA  to  use  the  entry  fee  for  the  cause  rather  than  tc 
pay  fees  to  the  Department.  She  said  they  are  considering  cancel  line 
their  event  because  the  fees  are  so  high.  She  requested  that  the  fee: 
not  be  raised. 

President  Orr  said  that  Recreation  and  Park  has  a  responsibility  tc 
provide  parks  and  and  recreational  activities  for  all  San  Franciscans  ij 
extremely  difficult  budgetary  times.  The  parks  provide  a  magnificeni 
setting  for  these  type  of  events.  The  revenue  goes  to  the  Department  tc 
help  maintain  its  parks.  He  would  not  be  happy  to  see  organizations  hole 
their  events  at  other  locations  and  while  he  sympathized  with  the 
organizations  there  are  tremendous  costs  associated  with  the  staging  the 
events . 

Commissioner  Chan  said  a  fee  is  a  tax  and  that  everyone  pays  a  number  o1 
taxes  that  they  do  not  necessarily  receive  a  direct  benefit.  For 
example,  property  taxes  support  the  School  District  but  there  are  people 
who  do  not  have  children.  He  questioned  where  the  revenue  would  come 
from  if  the  fee  was  not  approved. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  that  since  the  passage  of  Proposition  13  whei 
the  City  lost  its  ability  to  tax  people  to  offer  services,  the  Departmen' 
has  been  raising  fees  to  sustain  services.  Most  of  the  participants  wh< 
partake  in  these  events  are  able  to  pay  $1.  He  said  that  some  of  thi 
citizens  will  be  pleased  to  not  have  these  events  staged  in  the  pari 
because  they  find  them  an  intrusion  on  the  park. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  oi 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  th 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16679 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  increase  in  the  participan 
fee  from  $.50  to  $1.00  for  paid  athletic  events. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

20.    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
MUSIC  CONCOURSE 
PAID  PARKING 

HDproval  of  paid  parking  at  the  Music  Concourse  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  is  a  proposal  to  charge  for  parking  in  the  Music  Concourse 
on  weekends  and  holidays.  There  will  be  2  entry  points,  one  on  Kennedy 
Drive  and  one  on  Martin  Luther  King,  Jr.  Drive.  There  are  approximately 
200  parking  spaces.  Staff  has  spoken  to  the  Parking  and  Traffic 
Department  who  will  stripe  the  entrance  at  King  Drive  to  create  a 
stacking,  left  turn  lane.  It  will  cost  $3  to  park  and  will  be  a  one-time 
charge.  The  traffic  surveys  found  that  the  turnover  is  2-3  times  a  day. 
The  projected  net  revenue  to  the  Department  is  $100,000.  Staff  has 
spoken  to  representatives  of  the  Museums  and  the  Academy  of  Sciences  who 
have  some  reservations  about  this  proposal. 

John  McKosker,  representing  the  Academy  of  Sciences,  said  that  he  felt 
this  parking  proposal  was  appropriate.  He  encouraged  the  Department  to 
work  closely  with  the  institutions  in  the  park  and  cautiously  supported 
elements  of  the  proposal.  He  said  the  details  have  not  been  resolved  and 
that  he  was  concerned  about  access  to  the  institutions  and  mitigating 
issues  that  could  be  developed. 

Robert  Hansen,  representing  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Band,  said  he  has 
spoken  to  many  staff  members  and  that  nobody  was  able  to  answer  the 
questions  he  raised.  He  said  they  have  volunteers  and  employees  that 
need  access  to  the  Music  Concourse  area.  He  felt  that  these  issues 
should  be  addressed  before  implementing  the  parking  plan.  He  further 
explained  that  he  has  been  a  Department  employee  since  1946  and  has 
observed  that  more  people  use  vehicles  on  weekdays  in  the  concourse. 

Harry  Parker,  representing  the  Fine  Arts  Museums,  said  that  the  closing 
of  the  concourse  on  Sundays  does  hurt  museum  attendance.  He  said  the 
Fine  Arts  Museum  is  the  only  museum  in  the  country  that  has  less 
attendance  on  Sundays  than  on  Saturdays.  He  said  his  patrons  will  be  the 
largest  user  of  the  parking  lot.  He  supported  the  proposal  on  the  basis 
that  it  would  meet  the  demand  for  needed  parking  close  to  the  Museums. 
However,  he  wanted  access  to  the  Museums'  front  door  for  disabled  and 
elderly  persons. 

Ms.  Burns  said  that  she  spoke  to  a  representative  from  the  Parking  and 
Traffic  Department  and  it  was  agreed  that  some  sort  of  arrangement  will 
have  to  be  developed  to  address  this  issue. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  said  that  many  discussions  have  taken 
place  about  providing  access  to  the  institutions  but  when  this  parking 
program  is  in  effect  it  will  preclude  south/north  access  through  the 
concourse  (Academy  Drive). 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question  regarding  parking  meters, 
Ms.  Burns  said  that  parking  meters  are  not  aesthetically  acceptable  but 
that  the  Department  is  considering  boxes  and  soliciting  proposals  for 
their  operation  and  maintenance. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 

20.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
MUSIC  CONCOURSE 
PAID  PARKING  (Continued) 

Mr.  Parker  further  said  that  he  was  unsure  that  the  paid  parking  durinc 
the  weekdays  would  be  lucrative. 

A  discussion  ensued   regarding  access   to  the  front  dccr  of  tff 
institutions  in  the  park.   It  was  agreed  that  the  Department  shot, 
engage  in  discussions  with  the  institutions  to  resolve  this  issue. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16680 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  paid  parking  program  at  the 
Music  Concourse  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 


21  .   GOLF  COURSES 

MEMORIAL  BENCH  POLICY 

Approval  of  policy  for  memorial  benches  on  golf  courses. 

Note:  This  item  was  removed  from  the  Calendar. 

22.  SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  or 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16681 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  proposed  settlement  of  clain 
of  Billie  Zinser  v.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  Superior  Courl 
#942-479,  in  the  amount  of  $87,500.00. 

23.  ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFTS 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf 
the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16682 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  following  gifts  valued  al 
$35,664.98,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  the  Strybing  Arboretum  Society,  the  following  mi  seel laneou: 
gifts  valued  at  $4,039.98,  for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanica 
Gardens: 

Garden  Interns $  831.15    Plants  &  Seeds 866.34 

Plant  Labeling 891.63    Material s  &  Suppl ies .   962.86 

Garden  Signs 488.00 


23. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  June  17,  1993 


ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFTS  (Continued) 


RES.  NO.  16682 

(Continued) 


b.  From  Northern  California  Grant  Makers,  $26,625.00  for  Recreation  and 
Park  Department  summer  programs. 

c.  From  San  Francisco  Garden  Club,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and 
Parks,  $5,000.00  for  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers  fund. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  letters  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  the  donors. 


24.    PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up 
to  three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Note:  No  public  comment  was  received. 


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PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 


ACTION:  The  President  did  not  submit  a  report. 


26.    COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  May  5,  1993 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  June  1,  1993 

Finance  and  Administration  Committee  Meeting  of  June  3,  1993 
Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting  of  June  7,  1993 

Recreation  Program  Committee  Meeting  of  June  9,  1993 


27. 


ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  business, 
the  683rd  Meeting  of  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Commission  was  adjourned 
at  6:05  p.m. 


Respectful ly  submi  tted 


Shauria  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


San  Francisco,  California 
July  15,  1993 


Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 
RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 


MINUTES 


rj)ori  !»•-». — . ,. 

SEP  8  -  1993 

SAfir 

PUBLIC  L.o { 


SEP  8  - 1993 


684TH  REGULAR  MEETING  SAN  FP *" 

— .  PUBLIC  i_.w. 

THURSDAY,  JULY  15,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Fourth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Trent  W.  Orr. 


1.  ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 
Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 
Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 
Commissioner  Keith  Elckman 
Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 

Absent: 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 
Commissioner  Santiago  Rui^ 

2.  APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  secerned  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
minutes  of  the  Special  Meeting  with  City  Pla-ning  Commission  of  June  10, 
1993,  were  approved  as  presented. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  June  17,  1993,  were  approved  as 
presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"BUDGET  UPDATE 

The  1993-94  budget  will  be  considered  by  the  Board  of  Supervisors  on 
July  19,  1993.  The  budget  does  not  make  any  significant  changes  from  the 
Mayor's  proposed  budget  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department.  General 
Fund  support  is  still  reduced  by  approximately  $4.2  million  from  the 
1992-93  level.  However,  based  on  comments  by  the  Budget  Committee,  the 
aquatics  program  schedule  has  been  revised  to  maintain  all  of  the  Ci ty 
pools  on  a  reduced  schedule  rather  than  close  two  pools  as  had  been 
originally  proposed.  Most  staffed  facilities  will  still  be  closed  on 
Sundays  and  holidays.  In  addition,  funding  for  the  Zoo  is  approximately 
$450,000  below  the  $4  million  commitment  made  to  the  Zoological  Society  tc 
assume  management  of  the  Zoo.  The  Mayor's  budget  staff  has  committed  tc 
recommending  an  additional  $200,000  for  the  Zoo  as  part  of  a  budget 
restoration  package  for  the  first  six  months  of  the  fiscal  year. 

SEIU  LABOR  AHARD 

The  SEIU  Labor  Award,  which  was  made  in' May,  was  appealed  to  the  Board  of 
Supervisors  by  the  Mayor  but  was  not  overturned.  The  award  is  now  beinc 
challenged  in  the  courts  by  the  Mayor  and  the  Civil  Service  Commission. 
It  is  expected  that  a  legal  decision  will  not  be  made  for  several  months, 
and  it  is  likely  that  the  decision,  once  made,  will  be  appealed  by  the 
losing  party.  In  the  meantime,  we  have  been  advised  by  the  City 
Attorney's  Office  to  follow  the  terms  and  conditions  of  employment  that 
were  in  effect  prior  to  the  award. 


CATHAY  MORTUARY  DEMOLITION 

The  demolition  contract  for  the  Cathay  Mortuary  building  was  protested,  so 
the  contract  has  been  advertised  again.   Bids  will  be  due  July  23 
Approval  of  award  of  the  demolition  contract  will  be  scheduled  before  the 
Commission  as  quickly  as  possible. 

OPEN  SPACE 

The  Health,  Public  Safety  and  Environment  Committee  of  the  Board  of 
Supervisors  Is  considering  a  resolution  urging  the  acquisition  of  School 
District  property  adjacent  to  Brooks  Park  for  public  open  space.  The 
School  District  is  requesting  additional  time  to  consider  proposals  for 
this  property  and  other  School  District  properties.  The  Health  and  Public 
Safety  Committee  continued  this  resolution  because  of  other  business. 

Yesterday,  the  Budget  Committee  of  the  Board  unanimously  approvec 
acquisition  of  Parcel  4  at  Ocean  Beach.  The  matter  will  be  before  the 
full  Board  on  Monday  where  it  is  expected  to  pass.  The  sale  includes  $1.5 
million  in  funds  from  Open  Space  and  $1.5  million  in  Clean  Water  funds  foi 
acquisition.  Development  and  maintenance  funds  will  come  from  Golden  Gats 
National  Recreation  Area. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

DOLORES  PARK  SOCCER  FIELD 

The  Board  of  Supervisors  has  approved  the  1993-94  Open  Space  Program 
including  the  project  to  develop  a  soccer  field  at  Dolores  Park.  Several 
members  of  the  Board  expressed  concern  that  such  a  field  might  be 
disruptive  to  the  current  uses  of  Dolores  Park.  Staff  from  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Department  reiterated  the  staff  position  that  any  field  should 
not  displace  other  uses  of  Dolores  Park,  including  passive  recreation  and 
special  events  (such  as  performances  by  theater  and  circus  companies  and 
the  staging  of  parades  and  public  assemblies).  Staff  further  stated  to 
the  Board  of  Supervisors  that  the  proposed  soccer  field  would  not  include 
lighting,  fencing,  retaining  walls  or  bleachers  and  would  not  require  any 
major  changes  in  the  existing  topography  of  the  park.  Joint  use  of  the 
site  would  be  assured  through  scheduling  and  the  issuing  of  permits.  The 
final  plan  for  the  proposed  soccer  field  will  be  brought  to  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Commission  for  approval  after  the  design  has  been  completed  and 
public  hearings  have  been  held  on  the  design.  The  Board  has  directed  that 
the  final  plans  be  sent  to  Supervisor  Shelley  for  his  comments. 

CANDLESTICK  PARK  FLEA  MARKET 

The  first  of  a  proposed  series  of  flea  markets  was  held  in  the  Candlestick 
Park  parking  lot  on  Saturday  and  Sunday,  June  19  and  20.  The  event  was 
well  organized  and  attendance  was  more  than  satisfactory  for  a  new 
activity.  There  were  no  complaints  registered  from  the  immediate 
neighborhoods  or  otherwise.  However,  almost  no  revenue  was  generated  from 
parking.  If  this  is  not  reversed,  the  events  may  not  be  financially 
workable  and  may  not  be  able  to  continue.  The  next  event  is  for  the 
July  31-August  1  weekend. 

STRYBING  ARBORETUM 

Strybing  Arboretum  Society's  Fifth  Annual  Children's  Program  is  underway. 
This  year,  approximately  900  children  from  32  childcare  and  recreation 
centers  will  participate.  Two  senior  and  two  junior  counselors  will  lead 
the  children  1n  various  activities  from  working  in  the  children's  garden 
to  leaf  printing. 

WORKREATION  CAREER  DAY  ' 

On  July  13,  the  Workreation  Program  sponsored  a  Career  Day  at  St.  Mary's 
Recreation  Center  for  youth  in  the  Workreation  Program.  Sixty  youth 
attended  the  workshop  and  had  the  opportunity  to  hear  16  speakers  share 
their  experiences  and  explain  the  educational  requirements  for  their 
professions.  Some  of  the  speakers  were  employees  of  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Department— the  Zoo  veterinarian,  a  Recreation  supervisor,  an 
administrative  analyst,  a  carpenter  and  an  electrician.  Other  speakers 
included  a  nurse,  a  pediatrician,  a  marine  biologist,  a  teacher,  a  fire 
fighter  and  an  architect.  Evaluations  submitted  by  the  youth  indicate 
that  the  workshop  was  meaningful  and  fun  for  the  majority  of  them.  The 
supervisor  of  the  Workreation  Program  believes  Career  Day  deserves  to,  be 
an  annual  tradi  tion. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

ACADEMY  OF  SCIENCES  SUMMER  CAMP  PROGRAM 

The  Recreation  Division  has  recently  been  able  to  establish  a  new  summer! 
camp  program  for  children  6  to  12  years  of  age  in  conjunction  with  the 
California  Academy  of  Sciences.  Each  week,  a  group  of  30  children  from  one 
of  our  Recreation  centers  or  playgrounds  will  be  transported  to  the  Academy 
of  Sciences  for  an  afternoon  of  educational  presentations,  hands-on 
activities  and  behind  the  scenes  experiences.  Recreation  staff  is  very! 
excited  about  this  new  program  and  hopes  that  it  will  be  repeated  next 
summer  and  possibly  expanded  to  vacation  breaks  during  the  school  year. 

ZOO  NEWS 

Siberian  Tigers:  The  San  Francisco  Zoo  received  two  Siberian  Tigers  from 
Reid  Park  Zoo  in  Tucson,  Arizona.  The  tigers,  a  male  and  a  female,  are; 
siblings  and  are  young  cats  being  held  at  the  Zoo  until  the  Species; 
Survival  Program  recommends  breeding  and  placement. 

Aviary:  The  indoor  aviary  at  the  Zoo  has  been  .repainted  inside  and  the; 
birds  have  been  put  back.  Fans  have  been  installed  to  assist  with  odor 
reduction. 

Bison:  A  male  calf  was  born  to  the  Golden  Gate  Park  bison  herd  which  was 
handreared.  This  calf,  along  with  three  others,  was  shipped  to  Angels 
Camp,  leaving  one  male  and  twelve  females  in  the  Golden  Gate  herd. 

Conservation  Day:  Conservation  Day  was  held  at  the  Zoo  on  June  13.  Over 
12  local  and  national  conservation  organizations  participated  with  the  Zoo 
by  setting  up  educational  displays.  The  Zoo  had  interactive  games  and' 
participatory  activities  which  promoted  conservation  education  and, 
awareness. 

USDA  Inspections:  The  second  of  the  semi-annual  inspections  occurred  in 
early  June.  The  Zoo  has  been  able  to  address  most  of  the  non-compl  tance 
issues  with  the  assistance  of  Yard  staff  in  correcting  these  matters,; 
particularly  those  in  the  Bison  Exhibit  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Night  Tour  93:  This  members  only  event  will  be  held  July  15,  16  and  23. 
Night  tour  features  behind  the  scenes'  tours,  fabulous  food  and  terrific 
entertainment.  Members'  can  feed  a  giraffe,  black  rhino  or  elephant  as 
well  as  have  any  of  their  "burning"  questions  answered,  such  as,  "What 
happens  when  a  gorilla  gets  a  toothache?" 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claims,  under  $5,000,  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  during  the  month  of  June  1993: 

■Chen,  Gail $  346.82  Rogoff,  Rebecca $  255.26 

Torres,  Nicholas 3,000.00  Phelan,  Michael 3,055.60 

Yi,  Kil  Woong 204.07  Lau,  Ying  Chang 5,000.00 

Gaddy,  Peter "  196.80 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER 


Thursday,  July  15,  1993 
Friday,  July  16,  1993 
Saturday,  July  17,  1993 

Sunday,  July  18,  1993 

Friday,  July  23,  1993 
Monday,  August  2,  1993 
Tuesday,  August  3,  1993 
Wednesday,  August  4,  1993 

Thursday,  August  5,  1993 
CONSENT  CALENDAR 


"Night   Tour   93' 
Franc i  sco  Zoo 

"Night   Tour   93' 
Francisco  Zoo 


5:30-9:00  p.m. 
5:30-9:00   p.m. 


San 


San 


Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre: 
Nestside  Story;  1:00  p.m.;  Liberty  Tree 
Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park 

Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre: 
Westside  Story;  1:00  p.m.;  Liberty  Tree 
Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park  (final  show) 

"Night  Tour  93";  5:30-9:00  p.m.;  San 
Francisco  Zoo 

Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting;  4:00 
p.m. ;  McLaren  Lodge 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting;  4:00 
p.m. ;  McLaren  Lodge 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30  p.m. 
tour,  5:00  p.m.  meeting;  Education 
Classroom,  San  Francisco  Zoo 

Finance  and  Administration  Committee 
Meeting;  4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge" 


All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  Hem. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer, 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  13572: 


PERSONNEL  MATTERS 


RES.  NO.  16683 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  June  3, 
1993  through  July  1,  1993. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

b.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16684 
STRYBING  ARBORETUM  AND  BOTANICAL  GARDENS 

PRIMITIVE  PLANT  GARDEN 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  conceptually  approves  the  primitive 
plant  garden  for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanical  Gardens. 

c.  RESPIRATORY  PROTECTION  PROGRAM  RES.  NO.  16685 
ADOPTION  OF  PROGRAM 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  adopts  the  Respiratory  Protectior 
Program  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

d.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  RES.  NO.  16686 
RESOLUTION  OF  APPROVAL  FOR  DEPARTMENTAL  RADIO  SYSTEM 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  adopts  the  resolution  for  approval  of 
a  departmental  radio  system. 

e.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  RES.  NO.  16687 
ATTENDANCE  POLICY 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  adopts  the  Department's  Attendance 
Policy. 

f.  COIT  TOWER  RES.  NO.  16688 
EXTENSION  OF  CLOSING  TIME 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  grants  approval  to  extend  closing  time 
at  Coit  Tower  during  Daylight  Savings  Time. 

g.  UNION  SQUARE  GARAGE  RES.  NO.  16689 
APPROVAL  OF  REVOCABLE  PERMIT  WITH  UNITED  PARCEL  SERVICE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  revocable  of  permit  witt 
United  Parcel  Service  to  place  a  drop  box  within  Union  Square  Garage. 

h.   ST.  BONIFACE  NEIGHBORHOOD  CENTER  RES.  NO.  16690 

EXTENSION  OF  LEASE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  extension  to  the  St 
Boniface  Neighborhood  Center  lease  with  the  Recreation  and  Part 
Department. 

i.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16691 

CULTURE  PASS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  grants  approval  to  continue  through  P 

1993-94  collaboration  with  Fine  Arts  Museums,  California  Academy  ol 

Sciences,  and  San  Francisco  Convention  and  Visitors'  Bureau  t< 
promote  and  sell  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Culture  Pass. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

j.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  RES.  NO.  16692 

CLAIMS  PROCEDURES 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department's  Claims  Procedures. 

k.   WASHINGTON  &  HYDE  MINI  PARK  RES.  NO.  16693 

AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  in  the 
amount  of  $599,300,  to  Angotti  and  Re  illy,  Inc.,  for  the  construction 
of  the  Washington  L   Hyde  Mini  Park. 

I.   PALACE  OF  FINE  ARTS  RES.  NO.  16694 

AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  in  the 
amount  of  $597,600,  to  Gomez-Chapot,  for  the  seismic  upgrade  of  the 
Palace  of  Fine  Arts. 


GENERAL  CALENDAR 


5.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  the  animal  transactions:  the 
male  zebra  was  sold  as  the  Zoo  is  no  longer  breeding  this  animal,  the 
female  kookaburra  was  sold  to  Lee  Richardson  Zoo  for  its  breeding  program, 
the  kangaroos  were  sold  to  Northland  Wildlife,  and  the  Siberian  Tiger  was 
acquired  for  the  Zoo. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Eickman's  question,  Mr.  Anderson  explained 
that  the  kangaroos  were  sold  to  keep  the  population  down.  The  Zoo  now  has 
12  kangaroos  in  its  collection. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16695 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transactions 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Gardens: 

SOLD  TO:  Mickey  Oil  son 

Wildlife  World  Zoo 
16501  West  Northern  Avenue 
Litchfield  Park,  Arizona  85340 
USDA  #86-C-022 

One  (1)  male  zebra  valued  at  $700.00 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

5.  SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS  RES.  NO.  16695 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS  (Continued) 

SOLD  TO:  Lee  Richardson  Zoo 

P.  0.  Box  499 
Garden  City,  Kansas  67846 
USDA  #48-0-006 

One  (1)  Female  Kookaburra,  valued  at  $150.00 

SOLD  TO:  Northland  Wildlife 

2601  E.  Highway  161 
Grand  Rapids,  MN  55709 
USDA  #41 -8-101 

One  (1)  Male  and  three  (3)  Female  Gray  Kangaroos,  valued  at  $5,000  for  the' 
group 

ANIMAL  LOAN  FROM:  Re  id  Park  Zoo 

1 100  South  Randolph  Way 
Tuscon,  Arizona 
USDA  #86-C-002 

One  male  (1)  and  one  (1)  Female  Siberian  Tiger 

6.  TWENTY-SIXTH  STREET 
REOPENING  OF  PLAY  AREA 

Approval  of  rededicating  26th  Street  between  Harrison  Street  and  Treat 
Avenue  as  a  public  street. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  this  item  that  has  been  aj 
subject  of  great  controversy  over  the  last  few  years.  In  the  1960s  the] 
Board  of  Supervisors  approved  closure  of  26th  Street  between  Harrison  and; 
Treat  and  directed  it  be  developed  as  a  recreational  area,  adjacent  to 
Garfield  Park.  There  is  a  basketball  court  on  this  site.  Ms.  Burns 
further  explained  that  this  area  has  been  in  a  difficult  situation  for  a 
number  of  years.  In  the  last  two  years,  the  Board  of  Supervisors  has 
debated  whether  or  not  this  street  should  remain  closed.  Most  recently, 
the  Board  of  Supervisors  passed  a  resolution  asking  the  various  City 
agencies  Involved  to  respond  to  the  proposal  to  re-dedicate  the  street. 
Ms.  Burns  described  an  incident  where  a  truck  driver  was  removed  from  thei 
cab  of  his  truck  and  injured.  The  Police  Department  has  made  numerous; 
arrests  for  drug  dealing  and  other  illegal  activities  in  this  location  anc 
they  strongly  recommend  that  the  street  be  re-opened. 

Staff  recommended  that  the  Board  of  Supervisors'  wishes  be  honored.  Ms 
Burns  was  concerned  that  a  play  area  was  recently  designed  with  the 
thought  that  the  street  would  remain  closed.  Therefore,  if  the  street  is 
opened,  she  felt  that  a  low-cost  fence,  should  be  placed  at  the  play  ares 
to  define  it.  The  Housing  Authority  is  redesigning  the  dwellings  in  this 
area  and  propose  to  tear  down  the  high  rise  structures  and  replace  then 
with  townhouses  similar  to  what  has  been  done  in  the  Western  Addition. 
This  redesign  would  change  the  number  of  people  residing  in  this  area  anc 
the  street  pattern. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

6.  TWENTY-SIXTH  STREET 

REOPENING  OF  PLAY  AREA  (Continued) 

Ms.  Burns  further  explained  that  this  issue  is  not  without  controversy. 
The  Housing  Authority  tenants  have  said  to  the  various  agencies  that  they 
would  like  to  see  the  street  remain  closed.  A  number  of  neighbors  spoke 
in  support  of  reopening  the  street  at  the  Committee  level. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  the  Department  spends  so  much  time 
developing  play  areas  for  children,  yet  given  the  overwhelming  evidence 
against  it,  she  felt  the  street  should  be  reopened. 

Ms.  Burns  said  that  generally  speaking  the  basketball  courts  are  used  by 
teenagers  and  adults.  She  said  there  is  a  fencing  plan  for  the  play  area. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 

Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16696 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  grants  approval  to  rededicate  26th  Street 
between  Harrison  Street  and  Treat  Avenue  as  a  public  street. 

7.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
SHARON  MEADOW 

NINTH  ANNUAL  A  LA  CARTE  A  LA  PARK 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

Request  for  approval  of  a  multiple  day  event  at  Sharon  Meadow  in  Golden 
Gate  Park  over  Labor  Day  weekend  on  Saturday,  September  4,  Sunday, 
September  5,  and  Monday,  September  6,  1993,  from  11:00  a.m.  to  6:00  p.m. 
each  day  for  the  Ninth  Annual  A  la  Carte,  A  la  Park  event. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
a  request  for  approval  of  a  multiple  day  event  on  the  Labor  Day  weekend. 
Mr.  Robinson  said  that  staff  is  working  with  the  permittee  to  lessen  the 
damage  to  the  Sharon  Meadow  turf.  He  outlined  some  of  the  mitigations 
under  consideration.  The  permittee  will  be  required  to  hire  Department  of 
Parking  and  Traffic  control  officers  to  ticket  vehicles.  Staff  will 
continue  to  work  with  Park  Division  In  an  effort  to  protect  the  meadow. 

Commissioner  Eickman  explained  that  the  promoter  shall  be  held  responsible 
to  see  that  the  restaurant  vendors  do  not  pour  leftovers  in  the  sewer  or 
water  from  the  steam  tables  onto  the  meadow.  The  permit  details  these 
requirements  to  protect  the  park. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16697 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  for  a  multiple  day 
event  at  Sharon  Meadow*  in  Golden  Gate  Park  over  Labor  Day  weekend  on 
Saturday,  September  4,  Sunday,  September  5,  and  Monday,  September  6,  1993, 
from  1 1 : 00  a.m.  to  6:00  p.m.  each  day  for  the  Ninth  Annual  A  la  Carte,  A 
la  Park  event. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

8.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

LIBERTY  TREE  MEADOW 

SAN  FRANCISCO  SHAKESPEARE  FESTIVAL 

MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENTS 

Request  for  approval  of  multiple  day  events  on  Saturday,  Sunday  anc 
Monday,  September  4,  5  and  6,  and  Saturdays  and  Sundays,  September  ll  anc 
12,  18  and  19,  25  and  26  and  October  2  and  3,  1993  for  Free  Shakespeare  ir 
the  Park. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  this  item  is  c| 
request  from  the  San  Francisco  Shakespeare  Festival  to  offer  free 
performances  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  Last  year,  staff  developed  an  in-kinc 
service  with  the  promoter,  Bobby  Winston,  who  assisted  the  Department1!! 
Young  People  Music  Theatre  production.  This  year,  Mr.  Winston  has  offeree] 
to  pay  50%  of  his  fee  and  will  continue  to  provide  assistance  to  the  Younc' 
People  Music  Theatre  Company.  Mr.  Winston  is  proposing  to  take  20-3( 
disadvantaged  children  to  a  theatre  camp  at  the  University  of  Sar 
Francisco.  Mr.  Robinson  recommended  approval  of  this  permit  request. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  o1 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16698 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  for  a  multiple  da.1 
events  on  Saturday,  Sunday  and  Monday,  September  4,  5  and  6,  and  Saturday: 
and  Sundays,  September  11  and  12,  18  and  19,  25  and  26  and  October  2  anc 
3,  1993  for  Free  Shakespeare  in  the  Park. 

9.  CIVIC  CENTER  PLAZA 
SAN  FRANCISCO  FAIR 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

Consideration  of  a  request  for  a  multiple  day  event  on  Saturday,  Sunda: 
and  Monday,  September  4,  5  and  6,  1993,  at  Civic  Center  Plaza. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  this  request  wa 
reviewed  by  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee  where  there  wa 
discussion  about  the  fee.  The  Committee  recommended  approval  of  the  even 
with  the  understanding  that  the  Department  will  receive  50%  of  th< 
receipts  from  the  Fair's  wine  auction.  Last  year  the  Department  receivei 
$1,300  from  the  wine  auction.  Staff  expected  that  the  Department's  shan 
of  this  year's  wine  auction  proceeds  will  be  approximately  $10,000.  Staf* 
recommended  approval  of  the  fee.  The  Fair  will  also  give  a  number  of  fre 
tickets  for  youth  and  senior  citizens  and  a  booth  at  the  Fair. 

Mr.  Robinson  said  a  booth  at  the  Fair  is  a  very  good  avenue  for  th 
Department  to  disseminate  information  about  Recreation  and  Park  program 
and  activities,  particularly  with  the  .recent  elimination  of  the  Publi 
Information  Office. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  question  about  the  permit  fee  fo 
non-profit  organizations  (which  requires  them  to  pay  a  permit  fee  equal,  t 
25%  of  the  gross  receipts),  Mr.  Robinson  said  depending  on  the  actua 
attendance  figures,  the  permit  fee  should  be  approximately  $25,000. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

CIVIC  CENTER  PLAZA 
SAN  FRANCISCO  FAIR 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16699 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  multiple  day  event  on  Saturday, 
Sunday  and  Monday,  September  4,  5  and  6,  1993,  at  Civic  Center  Plaza  and  a 
permit  fee  as  follows:. 

"50%  of  the  proceeds  from  the  San  Francisco  Fair  Wine  Auction 
°1800  Free  Admission  Tickets  for  the  San  Francisco  Fair 
°A  booth  at  the  San  Francisco  Fair 


10.   LAKE  MERCED  BOATHOUSE  RESTAURANT 
GARBAGE  ENCLOSURE/RENT  CREDIT 

Approval  of  placement  of  a  garbage  enclosure  adjacent  to  the  Lake  Merced 
Boathouse  Restaurant  and  consideration  of  a  rent  credit. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  a  fairly  modest  garbage  enclosure  was  constructed  out  of  wood  and 
placed  adjacent  to  the  Boathouse  restaurant.  The  concessionaire  had 
received  citations  from  the  Department  of  Public  Health.  Since  staff  has 
not  received  any  justification  for  the  rent  credit  request,  he  did  not 
recommend  approval  of  it. 

President  Orr  said  the  problem  was  that  household  garbage  and  furniture 
was  being  dumped  at  the  Boathouse  and  the  concessionaire  was  cited  for  his 
failure  to  have  the  garbage  area  properly  enclosed. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the  concessionaire  had  ample  opportunity  to 
present  justification  for  a  rent  credit  and  that  staff  contacted  him  the 
morning  of  7/15/93  advising  him  that  he  had  not  submitted  anything. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16700 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  placement  of  a  garbage 
enclosure  adjacent  to  the  Lake  Merced  Boathouse  Restaurant,  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  denies  the  request  for  a  rent 
credit. 


11.   TENDERLOIN  CHILDREN'S  PLAYGROUND  AND  RECREATION  CENTER 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

Approval  of  the  award  of  contract  for  the  construction  of  the  Tenderloin 
Children's  Playground  and  Recreation  Center. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

11.  TENDERLOIN  CHILDREN'S  PLAYGROUND  AND  RECREATION  CENTER 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT  (Continued) 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  was  before  the  Commission  once  before.  At  that  time  the! 
Human  Rights  Commission  registered  an  exception  to  the  low  bidder, 
Nibbi-Lowe  and  asked  the  Commission  to  consider  taking  no  action  orj 
recommending  either  of  the  two  low  bids.  The  Commission  was  reluctant  to 
do  that  because  the  second  bid  was  $136,000  higher.  The  Department  of 
Public  Works  and  the  Human  Rights  Commission  have  now  resolved  their  issue! 
and  finds  Nibbi-Lowe,  the  low  bidder,  acceptable  to  them.  The  Department' 
has  worked  with  Nibbi-Lowe  in  the  past  and  recommend  approval  of  the 
contract. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16701 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  tcj 
Nibbi-Lowe,  in  the  amount  of  $2,731,080,  for  the  construction  of  the 
Tenderloin  Children's  Playground  and  Recreation  Center. 

12.  HAIGHT-ASHBURY  NEIGHBORHOOD  COUNCIL 

REVOCABLE  PERMIT 



Approval  of  a  month-to-month  revocable  permit  for  Haight  Ashbury 
Neighborhood  Council  to  continue  its  recycling  operation  at  Kezar. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explainecj 

that  the  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council  (HANC)  operates  a  recycling 
center  under  a  3  year  agreement  which  expired  at  the  end  of  June.  Staff! 
has  met  with  HANC  on  several  occasions  to  discuss  an  extension  of  the 
permit  or  to  change  their  status  in  the  park.  Staff's  objective  is  tc 
reduce  the  amount  of  commercial  and  downtown  recycling  done  at  the  site! 
and  to  increase  their  recycling  involvement  with  the  Department  in  the! 
form  of  clean-ups  in  Golden  Gate  Park,  expanding  the  recycling  efforts  ir! 
the  park  and  possibly  becoming  a  volunteer  information  center  for  th( 
park.  HANC  1s  receptive  to  those  ideas.  They  do  however,  want  td 
continue  a  recycling  operation  at  the  site  which  would  includcj 
neighborhood  recycling  and  neighborhood  merchant  recycling. 

In  addition,  the  Master1  Plan  for  Golden  Gate  Park  is  now  being  developed 
and  the  appropriate  use  of  the  recycling  center  site  is  undei 
consideration.  Pending  completion  of  these  discussions,  staff  recommendei 
granting  a  month-to-month  permit  to  HANC.  Mr.  Arnold  said  several  letter1 
were  submitted  from  people  opposed  to  the  center  on  park  land  althougl 
there  are  lots  of  people  who  support  HANC  in  the  park. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  the  HANC  recycling  center  agreement  was  one  o 
the  first  issues  she  considered  as  a  commissioner.  She  voted  for  th 
agreement  because  HANC  promised  to  plant  greenery  around  the  perimeter  o 
the  center  so  that  the  center  would  be  camouflaged  and  to  muffle  th 
noise.  To  date,  nothing  has  been  done.  Now,  she  saw  a  large,  red  boxca 
at  the  recycling  center  that  is  very  visible  from  the  street. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

12.   HAIGHT-ASHBURY  NEIGHBORHOOD  COUNCIL 
REVOCABLE  PERMIT  (Continued) 

She  said  last  year,  the  Commission  voted  on  the  removal  of  a  Goodwill 
Industries  donation  box  at  the  Marina.  The  consensus  of  the  Commission 
was  that  the  donation  box  was  not  an  appropriate  use  of  park  property. 
She  said  the  HANC  recycling  center  is  the  same  issue.  She  said  the 
recycling  center  was  in  the  Park  13  years  ago  when  a  recycling  center  was 
needed.  Now,  curbside  recycling  is  in  place.  She  said  the  Commission  is 
stewards  of  an  urban  park,  not  an  industrial  park. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  that  the  Committee  approved  the  permit  because 
the  Department  is  now  developing  the  Master  Plan  for  Golden  Gate  Park.  He 
said  that  the  Master  Plan  will  address  the  appropriateness  of  the 
recycling  center  in  the  park. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Park  Planner,  Deborah 
Learner,  said  that  the  HANC  center  is  identified  as  a  non-conforming  use 
in  the  Draft  Master  Plan  for  Golden  Gate  Park.  However,  the  plan  supports 
recycling  of  materials  generated  in  the  park.  The  draft  policy  states  the 
recycling  center  shall  maximize  its  service  to  the  park  and  phase  out  the 
non-conforming  elements  such  as  downtown  business  and  using  the  site  as  a 
transfer  station.  She  further  explained  that  everyone  who  comes  into  the 
recycling  center  is  a  potential  volunteer  and  supporter  of  Golden  Gate 
Park  and  that  it  might  be  fruitful  to  increase  their  awareness  of  the 
importance  of  the  park. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  the  Commission  needed  to  be  consistent  in  its 
policies.  If  the  Goodwill  donation  bin  was  removed  from  the  Marina 
because  it  was  not  a  good  use  of  park  property,  then  the  recycling  center 
must  be  viewed  in  the  same  way.  She  said  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan 
is  now  being  developed  and  It  was  an  opportune  time  to  make  park  policy 
consistent.  She  wanted  to  inform  HANC  of  these  concerns. 

Ms.  Learner  said  the  Master  Plan  will  not  be  considered  by  the  Commission 
for  another  year.  The  Draft  policy  was  presented  to  the  Golden  Gate  Park 
Committee  on  7/12/93.  Staff  will  develop  an  operation  plan  and  pursue 
eventual  elimination  of  a  transfer  station  within  the  park. 

Carole  Glossenger,  a  20  year  resident  of  the  Halght  and  past  president 
of  Col*  Valley  Improvement  Association,  was  present  to  ask  the  Commission 
•  to  not  grant  a  lease  to  the  recycling  center.  She  wanted  HANC  to  be  told 
to  develop  another  plan1  and  to  relocate  by  the  end  of  the  year.  She  said 
the  center  was  originally  allowed  to  operate  because  there  was  no  use  for 
the  site.  Now,  the  center  is  growing  from  a  neighborhood  business  on  an 
unused  corner  to  an  industrial  use  of  park  property.  She  stated  that  the 
center  is  next  to  the  newly  renovated  Kezar  Stadium  and  could  be  used  for 
a  recreational  purpose.  She  said  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan  is 
being  developed  and  now  is  the  time  to  notify  HANC  that  it  may  have  to 
find  another  site. 

President  Orr  said  there  is  a  sentiment  that  the  industrial  use  is  not 
appropriate  at  the  HANC  park  site.  He  was  prepared  to  approve  a  month  to 
month  lease  with  provision  that  the  Commission  will  re-visit  the  issue 
after  six  months.  He  said  the  Master  Plan  is  in  its  draft  form  and  it  is 
the  appropriate  vehicle  to  resolve  this  issue. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

12.   HAIGHT-ASHBURY  NEIGHBORHOOD  COUNCIL 
REVOCABLE  PERMIT  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  if  the  Draft  Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan  state;! 
that  HANC  recycling  center  is  not  a  good  use  of  park  land  then  th(| 
Commission  should  act  at  that  time.  '  He  said  ■  there  will  be  mamj 
controversial  issues  in  the  Master  Plan  that  the  Commission  will  have  tci 
consider  in  the  future  including  commuter  parking. 

Commissioner  Sommer  felt  that  HANC  should  be  notified  that  the  center  is  a 
non-conforming  use  of  park  land.  She  commented  that  HANC  has  ignored  heii 
requests  to  place  more  greenery  at  the  entrance  of  the  center. 

President  Orr  wanted  HANC  to  have  an  opportunity  to  address  the  issue 
raised  by  the  Commission. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  said  the  Commission  needed  to  let  HANC  know  that  i 
had  serious  concerns  and  will  re-visit  this  issue  in  6  months. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  o 
motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  th 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16702 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  month-to-month  revocable  permi 
for  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council  to  continue   its  recyclin 
operation  at  Kezar  for  a  six  month  period,  and  that  it  will  be  reviewei 
after  the  six  month  period,  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  the  Commission  Secretary  is  directed  to  send 
letter  to  the  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council  expressing  concerns  thai 
the  recycling  center  is  a  non-conforming  use  of  park  land. 

13.   UNION  SQUARE  GARAGE 
CITY  PARK 
RENT  CREDIT 

Approval  of  rent  credit  to  City  Park  for  repair  of  elevators  at  Unic  | 
Square  Garage. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explains 
that  this  item  came  out'  of  Committee  without  recommendation  with  a  requesi 
that  staff  review  the  pattern  and  history  of  this  rent  credit.  There  hav 
been  ongoing  repairs  to  the  elevators  due  to  moisture  from  the  plaza 
There  have  been  at  least  3  different  payments.  He  noted  that  there  was 
discrepancy  in  the  repair  bill  which  increased  the  request  by  $500  1: 
$4,394.42.  Staff  is  reviewing  this  matter  in  an  attempt  to  resolve  thii 
moisture  problem.  Until  that  resolution  is  made  he  recommended  that  th 
Commission  approve  a  rent  credit  for  $3,894.42. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  "Administration  Committee,  and 
•  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  tf 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16703 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  rent  credit  in  the  amount  | 
33 , 334 . 42 .  to  City  Park  for  repa;^  of  elevarors  at  union  Square  Garage. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

14.   UNION  SQUARE 

THEATRE  BAY  AREA  (TBA) 
TICKET  BOOTH 

Approval  of  request  by  Theatre  Bay  Area  (TBA)  to  change  signage  and  paint 
the  exterior  of  Ticket  Booth  at  Union  Square. 

This  item  was  removed  from  the  Calendar. 

14a.   JUSTIN  HERMAN  PLAZA 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 
BEACH  VOLLEYBALL 

Approval  to  offer  beach  volleyball  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza  during  the 
months  of  August  and  September  1993. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  is  a  request  to  offer  volleyball  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza 
provided  that  the  individuals/groups  which  have  permits  are  agreeable  to 
the  program.  Mr.  Arnold  distributed  a  list  of  those  with  permits  for  use 
of  Justin  Herman  Plaza  during  the  months  of  August,  September  and  October. 

Commission  Secretary  Shauna  Rose  contacted  the  prospective  permitees  and 
found  out  that  some  of  the  groups  did  not  agree  with  the  proposal.  Some 
of  them  had  prior  commitments  in  place  with  the  Reservation  Division.  If 
the  Commission  wants  to  proceed  with  this  proposal,  which  will  be  done  at 
no  cost  to  the  Department  and  provided  a  recreation  activity  for  the 
City,  it  should  be  contingent  upon  obtaining  agreement  from  the 
outstanding  permitees  and  begin  on  8/20/93.  Staff  has  not  received 
confirmation  from  all  of  the  affected  groups  who  have  pending  requests  to 
use  the  Justin  Herman  Plaza. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  said  that  there  is  a  safety  issue  that 
may  affect  potential  permitees  who  plan  to  use  the  Plaza. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Immendorf's  questions,  Mr.  Arnold  explained 
that  Embarcadero  Center  expects  to  receive  $8,000  in  volleyball  fees  and 
the  cost  to  construct  the  volleyball  courts  1s  $40,000.  Embarcadero 
Center  has  agreed  to  sweep  the  sand  dally,  cover  the  courts  with  a  tarp 
at  night,  and  will  have  security  staff  during  the  day  and  night.  They 
have  also  offered  to  donate  the  sand  to  the  Department  after  the  event. 

President  Orr  said  he  felt  the  Commission  could  only  approve  this  item 
contingent  upon  reaching  agreement  with  the  prospective  permitees.  He  did 
not  think  It  was  appropriate  to  displace  those  who  have  pending  permits. 

Dr.  Ed  Lopez,  representing  Chemical  Bank  Corporate  Challenge,  explained 
that  his  event  was  scheduled  for  8/18/93  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza.  If  the 
Commission  approved  the  volleyball  permit  after  8/18/93  he  was  not 
concerned. 

Maureen  Barry,  representing  Embarcadero  Center,  said  that  Embarcadero 
Center  was  enthusiastic  about  the  program,  however,  they  did  not  want  to 
displace  any  other  groups.  She  said  they  will  accommodate  events  such  as 
Blues  Festival  and  close  the  volleyball  courts  during  the  time  that  this 
group  performs.  Embarcadero  Center  will  begin  construction  some  time 
after  8/20/93. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

14a.   JUSTIN  HERMAN  PLAZA 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 
BEACH  VOLLEYBALL  (Continued) 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Eickman, 
the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO,  16704 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  to  offer  beach 

volleyball  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza  during  the  period  August  20,  1993 

through  October  20,  1993  contingent  upon  reaching  agreement  with  any 
other  affected  prior  permit  holders. 

14b.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
MUSIC  CONCOURSE 
REVISION  TO  PARKING  PROGRAM 

Consideration  to  revise  the  parking  program  at  the  Music  Concourse  area, 
in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

This  item  was  removed  from  the  Calendar. 


15.  ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16705 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  following  gift  valued  atl 
$750.00,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  Mrs.  Jane  S.  Coney,  24  rare  orchids,  valued  at  $750.00,  for  the1 
Conservatory  of  Flowers,  Golden  Gate  Park. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  an  appropriate  letter  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  tc' 
the  donor. 

16.  PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  thts  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  itemrj 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  anc 
Park  Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  uf! 
to  three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Robert  Hansen,  representing  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Band,  spoke  abou' 
permit  parking  in  the  Music  Concourse  area  of  Golden  Gate  Park  and  aske< 
if  band  members  who  carry  large  instruments  and  volunteers  who  straightei 
the  benches  in  the  music  concourse  would  be  allowed  to  park  free  01 
charge  in  the  area.  He  was  concerned  that  the  band  members  would  have  t< 
pay  parking  fees  given  the  small  salary  they  receive.  He  also  felt  tha 
weekday  parking  would  be  fruitful.  He  said  that  these  issues  needed  § 
be  resolved. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  July  15,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

17.  PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

President  Orr  thanked  staff  for  their  hard  work  and  diligent  efforts 

during  this  year's  budget  process.  He  congratulated  them  noting  that  the 

budget  crisis  grows  more  trying  each  year  and  forces  some  very  hard 
choices  and  creative  thoughts. 

18.  COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  June  2,  1993 
Finance  and  Administration  Committee  Meeting  of  July  1,  1993 
Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  July  6,  1993 
Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting  of  July  12,  1993 

19.  ADJOURNMENT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Eickman,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
David  Jenkins,  political  activist,  who  passed  away  on  June  28,  1993. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory 
of  William  Johnson,  father  of  Sharon  Johnson,  Executive  Director  of  the 
Commission,  on  the  Status  of  Women,  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Ral  Okamoto,  former  Director  of  City  Planning,  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Orr,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Peter  Winslow,  son  of  Jane  Winslow,  former  member  of  the  Citizens  Open 
Space  Advisory  Committee  and  Executive  Director  of  the  Friends  of  the 
Library,  who  passed  away  suddenly. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  with  best 
wishes  for  a  speedy  recovery  to  Thomatra  Scott,  a  youth  activist,  who 
recently  suffered  a  stroke. 

There  being  no  further  business,  the 
684th  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  3:30  p.m. 
I 

Respectfully  submitted, 


(It 
Shaunaf  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


San  Francisco,  California 
July  29,  1993 


Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 

DO^'  'MeM-r-o  ncrp-r 
RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION  P  8  -  1993 


SAN  FRA\'CirC0 
PUBLIC  LI8HARY 


MINUTES 

SPECIAL  MEETING 

THURSDAY,  JULY  29,  1993 
2:00  PA 


The  Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  was  called  to  order 

on  Thursday,  July  29,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  President  Trent  W.  Orr. 

1.   ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Trent  W.  Orr,  President 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President  (noted  present  at  2:05  pm) 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

Commissioner  Keith  Elckman 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 
SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
LEASE  AGREEMENT 

Approval  of  Jease  agreement  between  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and 
San  Francisco  Zoological  Society  ..for  the  operation  of  the  San  Francisco 
Zoological  Gardens. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  over  the  past  few  years 
the  Department's  General  Fund  support  has  been  tremendously  reduced.  The 
Department  has  been  looking  for  different  ways  to  maintain  the  •■level  of  the 
services  and  programs  that  have  traditionally  been  delivered.  In 
consulting  with  other  zoo  institutions  It  became  apparent  that  there  is  a 
trend  of  transferring  the  management  of  zoos  to  non-profit  organizations 
and  staff  began  to  pursue  this  option  over  a  year  ago.  Approval  of  a 
series  of  concepts  was-  granted  from  this  Commission  and  the  Board  of 
Supervisors  that  outlined  how  a  transfer  might  take  place  and  under  what 
conditions.  The  Item  before  the  Commission  today  is  the  legal  document 
that  would  Incorporate  those  concepts  and  conditions  for  the  Zoological 
Society  to  assume  managment  of  the  City's  Zoo. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  Thursday,  July  29,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 
SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
LEASE  AGREEMENT  (Continued) 

Ms.  Burns  said  that  the  lease  agreement  was  reviewed  by  the  Joint  I 
Committee.  She  then  proceeded  to  outline  some  of  the  key  provisions  of  t 
lease  amendment: 

Term  of  the  Agreement  The  agreement  is  intended  to  have  an  initial  fl 
year  term.  If  both  sides  are  agreeable,  the  agreement  can  be  extended  f 
another  five  year  period,  and  for  successive  five  year  periods  not 
exceed  a  total  of  99  years.  In  the  event  there  is  a  problem  with  t 
language  in  the  document,  either  party  must  serve  written  notice  to  t 
other  by  November  30  of  the  final  year  of  that  five  year  term  to  re-op 
the  issue  of  the  lease  and  its  content.  That  date  was  set  anticipati 
that  if  there  were  to  be  a  change  it  needed  to  be  in  line  with  the  Cit> 
budgeting  timel ine. 

Lease  Premises  The  lease  premises  are  to  be  the  current  65  acres  of  t 
Zoo.   In  addition,  the  Flelshacker  pool  site  which  Is  currently  unc 
consideration  for  possible  expansion  by  the  City's  Clean  Water  Progr 
could  be  added  to  the  demised  property.   There  Is  property  where  t 
Cleanwater's  Oceanside  Plant  Is  being  completed  and  that  area  would 
turned  over  to  the  Zoological  Society  for  their  management.   Finally, 
the  National  Guard  Armory  property  becomes  available,  it  would 
transferred  to  the  Zoological  Society. 

At tachments/Exh i b i ts  There  are  a  number  of  attachments  to  the  lea 
which  gives  the  legal  description  of  these  parcels  of  land.  Anoth 
attachment  describes  equipment  and  vehicles  which  would  be  transferred 
Zoological  Society  for  its  use.  There  is  still  a  question  on  the  ownersh 
of  one  vehicle  and  when  staff  finds  the  documentation  it  will  be  resolve 
The  Zoological  Society  has  agreed  to  maintain  and  replace  the  equipmen 
Ms.  Burns  asked  the  Deputy  City  Attorney  to  incorporate  specific  langua 
into  the  lease  agreement  regarding  the  equipment  as  per  the  request  of  t 
City  Purchaser 

Management  Fee  -  The  Zoological  Society  is  assuming  a  large  endeavor 
raise  a  substantial  amount  of  private  funding  for  the  Zoo.  They  felt 
the  partnership  were  to  work,  the  City  needed  to  commit  General  Fund  mon 
to  support  the  Zoo.  The  City  wanted  to  keep  the  admission  fees  reasonab 
and  to  protect  the  Civil  Service  employees  employed  at  the  Zoo.   Th 
agreement  provides  that  any  Civil  Service  employee  currently  working  at  t 
Zoo  can  remain  a  Civil  Service  employee.  Such  action,  removes  control 
the  wages  from  the  Zoological  Society.  Therefore,  the  Management  Fee  h 
been  tied  to  the  cost  of  the  Civil  Service  employees  at  the  Zoo.  For  t 
first  five  years  of  the  agreement  the  City  will  provide  a  General  Fu 
support  1n  the  amount  of  $4  Million. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  both  she  and  the  Commission  were  concerned  th 
committing  this  Management  Fee  should  not  be  done  at  the  expense  of  t 
other  services  and  programs  offered  by  Recreation  and  Park.  Therefor 
Section  5.1.2.  states  "City  intends  to  fund  the  payment  of  the  Manageme 
fee  in  each  Fiscal  Year  from  a  general  fund  appropriation,  which  shall 
separate  and  apart  from  the  budget  of  the  Department.  The  payment  of  the 


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Management  Fee  In  any  Fiscal  Year  shall  also  be  governed  by  and  subject  to 
the  budget  and  fiscal  provisions  of  the  Charter."  Ms.  Burns  stressed  the 
Importance  of  this  language  and  Its  Intent  to  protect  the  other  very 
valuable  services  provided  by  the  Department. 

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Adjustment  of  Management  Fee  A  process  will  be  set  up  to  adjust  the 
City's  subsidy  at  the  end  of  each  five  year  period.  The  fee  will  be 
evaluated  based  on  the  number  of  City  employees  at  the  Zoo,  inflation, 
etc.  The  formula  is  very  complicated  and  as  the  number  of  City  employees 
decline,  the  subsidy  will  reduce. 

Payment  to  the  City  There  are  certain  kinds  of  services  the  Department 
has  been  providing  at  the  Zoo  that  the  Zoological  Society  felt  should 
continue.  Section  6  provides  that  the  Society  shall  buy  back  services  from 
the  Department  such  as  reforestation  services.  The  Society  will  also  pay 
for  the  utilities  at  the  price  that  Is  charged  to  the  Department. 

Zoo  Hours/Days  of  Operations  The  Zoo  should  operate  for  at  least  7  hours 
a  day  365  days  a  year  for  at  least  7  hours  a  day.  This  Agreement  clearly 
transfers  to  the  Society  the  authority  to  manage  and  supervise  the 
day-to-day  operations  at  the  Zoo. 

Licenses/Permits  Section  9  requires  the  Zoological  Society  to  maintain 
the  Zoo  in  a  condition  to  qualify  for  all  requisite  permits,  for  licensing 
and  accreditation  from  the  American  Association  of  Zoological  Parks  and 
Aquariums,  the  United  States  Department  of  Agriculture,  etc.  Failure  of 
the  Zoological  Society  to  secure  those  licenses  would  be  cause  for 
termination  of  the  Agreement. 

Improvements  and  Alterations  The  Zoological  Society  is  required  to 
obtain  Commission  approval  for  capital  improvements  that  cost  over  $50,000, 
other  than  routine  maintenance.  If  an  original  contract  is  under  $50,000 
but  because  of  subsequent  changes  It  exceeds  that  dollar  amount  then  1t 
must  be  ratified  and  approved  by  the  Commission. 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  that  the  Commission  will  review 
plans  that  are  less  than  $50,000.  The  Commission  must  approve  structures, 
capital  improvements  and  alterations.  The  Zoological  Society  must  also 
seek  approvals  from  other  City  agencies  such  as  the  Art  Commission,  If 
appropriate.  The  title  for  the  Improvements  remain  with  the  City. 

Infrastrucure  Improvements  Due  to  the  1989  earthquake,  there  was  quite  a 
bit  of  damage  to  the  Infrastructure  at  the  Zoo.  A  $26  Million  General 
Obligation  Bond  was  passed  by  the  voters  In  1990  that  provided  money  to 
repair  the  Zoo's  Infrastructure.  The  Zoological  Society  wanted  to  make 
sure  that  those  repairs  go  forward.  It  Is  certainly  the  intent  of  the  City 
to  go  forward  with  those  Improvements.  One  of  the  exhibits  to  the 
Agreement  describes  the  Improvements  and  a  time  line. 


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Zoo  An  i  ma  I  s  The  ownership  of  the  animals  remains  with  the  City.  |j 
responsibility  for  care  of  the  animals  is  with  the  Zoological  Society.  |l 
Zoological  Society  will  continue  to  provide  animal  care  for  the  bison  |i 
Golden  Gate  Park,  the  animal  collection  at  the  Randall  Museum,  and  tj 
bison  at  the  San  Bruno  Jail.  They  will  provide  expertise  for  oth* 
Recreation  and  Park,  problems  that  may  occur  in  the  future  such  as  care  f 
the  fish  at  Lake  Merced. 

Maintenance  For  the  first  five  years  of  the  agreement  the  Zoologies 
Society  is  not  responsible  for  correcting  any  pre-existing  conditions  I 
the  Zoo. 

Status  of  City  Employees  The  Zoological  Society  has  the  authority  ji 
govern  the  employees  under  its  control.  There  is  a  section  that  defiiil 
how  Civil  Service  employees  are  to  be  treated.  The  existing  memoranda  H 
understanding  shall  remain  in  effect  until  they  terminate.  The  City  ii 
obligated  to  consult  with  the  Zoological  Society  regarding  employme1: 
conditions  and  the  Society  has  agreed  to  incorporate  the  City's  unifoji 
disciplinary  code  into  the  agreement. 

Personnel  Officer,  Marsha  Ramirez,  explained  that  there  is  a  provision  i 
the  lease  which  allows  the  Zoological  Society  to  request  the  Department  1 
petition  Civil  Service  to  look  at  particular  jobs  and  ask  that  they  i 
reclassified.  The  City  Charter  provides  that  current  employees  cannot  ■ 
adversely  affected  as  a  result  of  a  job  reclassification.  The  Departme:: 
can  review  Civil  Service's  evaluation  and  If  it  concurs,  tl 
reclassification  Is  submitted  to  the  Civil  Service  Commission  for  a  fin 
determination.  The  employees  have  a  right  to  discuss  the  matter  with  Civ 
Service  staff  and  they  can  appear  before  the  Civil  Service  Commission. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  Zoo  Director  and  the  Chief  Veterinarln 
positions  are  specifically  mentioned  in  the  Charter.  Section  14.3  stat 
that  even  though  these  positions  will  become  Society  employees  they  wl 
continue  to  be  governed  by  Charter  rules  and  the  appointment  and  dismiss 
are  at  the  discretion  of  the  General  Manager  with  the  consent  of  t 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission.  If  the  Zoological  Society  disagrees  -wi 
the  hiring,  or  dismissal  of  either  of  these  positions,  then  it  is  cause  f 
potential  termination  of  the  lease  agreement. 

Private  Fund  Raising  The  Society  will  make  a  commitment  to  raise  $ 
Million  in  a  Founders'  Fund  in  the  first  five  years  of  the  agreemen 
Should  that  $10  Million  not  be  in  place  immediately,  priorities  have  be 
outlined  for  the  expenditures  of  whatever  might  be  collected.  The  first 
Million  shall  be  for  capital  improvements,  $2  Million  for  operatii 
expenses,  and  $3  Million  shall  remain  in  the  Endowment  Fund.  In  additio 
The  Zoological  Society  agrees  to  undertake  a  capital  fundraising  campaii 
for  $25  Million  in  accordance  with  the  terms  of  the  agreement. 


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Future  Bond  Issue  The  City  will  commit  to  place  before  the  voters  a  $25+ 
Million  General  Obligation  bond  issue  to  finance  capital  improvements 
within  the  first  five  years  of  the  agreement.  This  bond  issue  proposal 
would  have  to  go  through  the  normal  City  process.  The  City  has  a  Capital 
Improvements  Advisory  Committee  which  sets  a  6  year  priority  list  for 
capital  improvements.  Currently,  there  are  $2  billion  of  proposals  in  line 
for  General  Obligation  Bonds. 

Adm i ss i on  Fees  The  Commission  is  giving  to  the  Zoological  Society  the 
authority  to  propose  a  fee  increase  for  admission  to  the  Zoo.  The 
Commission  has  the  authority  to  approve  the  fee  increases  but  cannot 
unreasonably  withhold  that  approval.  Proposals  should  include  comparison 
of  fees  charged  at  other  zoos,  cost  of  living  adjustments,  etc. 

Budget  Process  The  lease  requires  that  the  Society  will  provide  a 
summary  of  operation  and  procedures  annually  and  that  the  Commission  and 
Department  will  provide  comments  or  suggestions  on  a  submitted  budget.  The 
Commission  shall  have  the  right  to  disapprove  a  budget  in  the  event  It 
determines  that  the  revenues  or  objectives  are  Inconsistent  with  the 
requirements  of  the  agreement. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  questions  regarding  fundralslng,  Mr.- 
Anderson  explained  that  the  Zoological  Society  will  raise  $25  Million  over 
the  first  five  year  term  of  the  agreement.  He  further  explained  that  there 
Is  a  Master  Plan  for  the  Zoo  entitled  "Zoo  2000"  which  was  intitlated  in 
the  mid  to  late  1980s.  The  first  phase  of  $25  Million  will  be  used  for  the 
new  leopard  and  orangutang  exhibit,  renovations  of  22  different  areas  of 
the  Zoo  and  begin  construction  of  the  African  zoogeographlc  complex. 
Commissioner  Chan  felt  that  it  was  Important  to  Include  the  Zoo  2000  plan 
as  one  of  the  exhibits  to  the  lease  agreement. 

Public  Access  to  Records  and  Information  The  Zoological  Society  has 
committed  to  provide  the  same  level  of  public  access  to  Information 
concerning  the  operation  of  the  Zoo  that  the  City  would  provide.  The 
Society  shall  make  minutes  of  each  of  Its  Board  meetings  be  available  for 
public  inspection.  The  Joint  Zoo  Committee  will  continue  to  exist  as  a 
public  forum  where  policy  Issues  shall  be  discussed  and  where  the  public 
can  ga1n>  Information  about  what  Is  going  on  In  the  Zoo.  The  Zoological 
Society  has  agreed  that  two  positions  of  Its  Board  of  Directors  shall  be 
held  by  community  representatives  who  are  San  Francisco  residents. 

Termination  Termination  can  be  instituted  if  the  the  Zoological  Society 
falls  to  perform  or  comply  with  any  covenant  or  condition  in  the 
agreement.  Termination  proceedings  could  be  Initiated  1f  there  was  an 
abandonment  by  the  Society,  an  assignment  without  the  written  consent  of 
the  City,  or  the  appointment  of  a  receiver  to  take  possession  of  any  or  all 
of  the  assets  of  the  Society.  The  Zoological  Society  can  propose 
termination  In  the  event  the  City  falls  to  pay  any  portion  of  the 
Management  Fee  when  due,  if  any  Civil  Service  employee  agreement  materially 
conflicts  with  the  ability  of  the  Society  to  manage  the  Zoo,  or  if  the  City 
falls  to  approve  the  change  to  the  admission  fee  requested  by  the  Society. 


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Compliance  with  Laws  The  Zoological  Society  must  comply  with  all  of  tl 
various  laws  having  to  do  with  the  operation  of  a  public  facility  includii 
the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act,  the  City's  Non-Discriminati< 
Ordinance,  and  other  local  contracting  ordinances. 

Term  of  the  Agreement  The  agreement  shall  go  into  effect  thirty  da; 
after  the  approval  of  the  Board  of  Supervisors  and  signature  by  the  Mayor." 

Ms.  Burns  said  hundreds  of  hours  were  spent  on  drafting  the  lease  agreemei 
and  thanked  all  those  involved  in  the  process. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  asked  if  the  Management  Fee  could  be  withdrawn  by  tl 
City.  Ms.  Burns  said  should  the  Board  of  Supervisors  or  Mayor  n< 
appropriate  the  money  for  the  Management  Fee  then  the  agreement  is  subjet 
to  termination.  The  fee  can  be  withheld  if  the  Society  has  not  perform! 
certain  tasks.  He  felt  that  the  Society  should  provide  the  Commission  wil 
evidence  that  the  Zoological  Society  had  obtained  employee  fraud  and  cri 
insurance. 

Deputy  City  Attorney,  Lawrence  Wayte  said  currently  there  is  r 
requirement  for  fidelity  bonding  although  there  is  no  reason  it  could  nc 
be  incorporated  into  the  agreement. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  asked  if  the  money  for  the  Management  Fee  i 
separate  from  any  other  funding  requirements  for  the  Recreation  and  Par 
programs  and  services. 

Ms.  Burns  said  that  the  language  developed  under  Section  5.1.2.  wa 
intended  to  clearly  state  that  intention.  This  language  will  also  t 
included  in  the  Board  of  Supervisors'  Ordinance.  However,  the  ordinanc 
could  be  amended  In  subsequent  years. 

Commissioner  Chan  asked  of  the  impact  on  Zoo  operations  should  tt" 
Agreement  not  be  approved.  Ms.  Burns  said  It  would  leave  the  Zoo  shor 
approximately  $250,000  and  a  continuing  decline  In  Its  capital  Improvemen 
projects.  Mr.  Anderson  further  explained  that  the  Zoo  Is  required  t 
report  to  the  American  Association  of  Zoological  Parks  and  Aquariums 
(AAZPA)  Accreditation  Commission  in  September  on  the  lease  agreement.  Th 
AAZPA  has  been  asking  for  long  term  financial  stability  to  improve  the  Zc 
exhibits.  In  addition,  there  are  United  States  Department  of  Agricultur 
(USDA)  citations  that  will  be  corrected  with  the  funds  raised  by  th 
Society  which  are  Important  for  licensing  requirements. 

Zoological  Society  Executive  Director,  Peggy  Burks,  asked  that  Sectio 
16.3  be  amended  to  provide  that  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee  meet  not  less  tha 
11  times  a  year.  She  also  asked  that  the  word  "directors"  be  added  t 
Section  21.2  so  that  it  would  read,  "City  shall  indemnify  SFZS  and  it 
directors,  its  respective  officers,  agents  and  employees..." 


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Publ ic  Testimony 

The  first  speaker,  Susanne  Barthell,  submitted  a  written  statement  for 
the  record  which  was  commended  to  the  Commission  members  for  their  review. 

Dinky  Enty,  a  volunteer  at  the  Zoo,  was  excited  to  be  part  of  the  Zoo. 
She  explained  that  many  animals  are  endangered  and  it  is  time  for  the 
public  to  care  for  them.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  approve  the  expanded 
partnership  and  make  the  Zoo  a  better  place  for  San  Francisco. 

Norma  Kristovich,  a  member  of  the  Docent  Council  Executive  Committee  at 
the  Zoo,  thanked  the  Department  and  Commission  for  the  amount  of  work  that 
has  been  done  to  develop  this  agreement.  She  said  there  are  over  500 
volunteers  at  the  Zoo.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  approve  the  lease 
agreement  now  that  the  important  issues  were  In  place. 

Amy  Meyer,  a  member  of  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  explained  that  she  has  been 
associated  with  the  Zoo  since  1976.  She  said  that  Recreation  and  Park  has 
been  faced  with  the  fact  that  zoos  are  extremely  expensive  to  run  and  that 
It  is  impossible  to  have  municipalities  be  responsible  for  the  preservation 
of  the  endangered  species  of  the  world.  She  said  that  the  expanded 
partnershp  gives  the  City  and  the  Zoo  the  best  opportunity.  She  asked  the- 
Commlsslon  to  support  the  lease. 

Philip  Carlton,  founding  member  of  the  Watch  Bison  Committee,  was 
troubled  and  concerned  by  the  Zoo's  management  style.  He  said  it  is  an 
authoritarian  style  which  centralizes  control  and  limits  public  access.  He 
recounted  an  Incident  involving  a  volunteer  work  day  at  the  bison  paddock 
In  Golden  Gate  Park.  The  work  day  was  successful  and  another  day  was 
scheduled  in  August.  He  has  now  been  Informed  that  any  volunteer  days  must 
be  approved  by  the  Zoological  Society. 

Richard  Travis,  did  not  like  the  lease  agreement  and  said  he  had  a  long 
11st  of  reasons  he  did  not  like  It.  He  felt  the  City  was  taking  a  big 
chance  and  did  not  want  the  City  to  hand  over  stewardship  of  the  Zoo  to  the 
Zoological  Society.  He  questioned  what  the  City  would  do  if  the 
partnership  did  not  work.  He  said  the  Zoological  Society  management  has 
remained  unchanaged  for  many  years.  He  felt  the  public  should  press  for  a 
new  separate  entity  to  have  authority  over  the  Zoo  rather  than  the 
Zoological  Society. 

Emeric  Kalman,  asked  what  was  the  actual  cost  figures  to  fix  the  Zoo.  He 

felt  that  If  the  Zoological  Society  was  to  be  responsible  for  the 

conditions  at  the  Zoo  a  price  should  be  affixed  to  the  capital 

improvements.  He  felt  that  there  should  be  a  dollar  amount  for  the 
condition  of  the  Zoo. 

Eve  Del  Castello,  was  born  and  raised  in  the  San  Francisco  and  has  been 
using  the  Zoo  since  she  was  a  child.  She  said  the  City  has  not  done  a 
thing  with  the  money  allocated  to  the  Zoo.  She  questioned  the  integrity 
and  management  of  the  Zoo.  She  asked  If  the  partnership  will  cost  the  City 
more  money  or  if  1 1  .was  a  better  way  to  manage  the  Zoo. 


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Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  Department  does  have  dollar  values  for  some 
the  problems  at  the  Zoo  and  that  there  is  a  six  year  capital  improveme 
project  to  maintain  it.  Beyond  those  costs,  there  is  probably  $100  Milli 
worth  of  improvements  that  are  necessary  to  make  the  Zoo  modern. 

President  Orr  said  the  expanded  partnership  will  place  the  responsibil i j 
on  the  Zoological  Society  to  raise  additional  sums  of  money  in  the  futu 
since  the  City  is  not  able  to  allocate  the  necessary  money  for  this  Zoo. 

Commissioner  Eickman  said  he  has  been  involved  with  the  Zoo  for  over 
years  when  he  began  serving  on  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee.  He  did  not  cone 
with  the  statement  made  that  the  Zoological  Society  did  not  perform  we1 
noting  that  they  operate  the  Children's  Zoo  and  Insects  Zoo  and  educatii 
programs.  He  further  explained  that  the  City  has  not  allocated  any  monji 
to  perform  capital  improvements  at  the  Zoo.  He  felt  that  if  the  expandjl 
partnership  was  critical  for  the  continued  operation  of  the  Zoo  and  thi: 
the  lease  amendment  should  be  approved. 

Commissioner  Immendorf  thanked  President  Orr,  Commissioners  Eickman  91 
Sommer  who  worked  many  hours  on  the  drafting  of  the  lease  agreement, 
was  Impressed  with  the  agreement  and  urged  his  fellow  commissioners 
approved  the  document.  He  also  thanked  staff  and  members  of  the  Zoologlc 
Society  who  worked  on  this  agreement. 

President  Orr  outlined  the  technical  modifications  that  were  raised  duri  | 
the  staff  presentation. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commission' 
Eickman,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following  resolution  wl 
adopted: 

RES.  NO.  167061 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  lease  agreement  between  |j 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  San  Francisco  Zoological  Society  for  tii 
operation  of  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens  with  the  followiii 
technical  modifications: 

"Exhibit  B  Pending  resolution  of  the  disposition  of  the  plumber's  tru'i 

"Section*  3.3   Incorporate  language  that  states  the  Zoological  Socie' 

shall  maintain  and  replace  personal  property 
"Section  14.2   Add  language  that  the  Department's  Uniform  Dlsciplina' 

Code  shall  apply  to  Civil  Service  employees  at  the  Zoo 
"Zoo  2000      Zoo  2000  Master  Plan  shall  be  Included  as  part  of  one  I 

exhibits  regarding  capital  Improvements 
"Insurance     Requirement  of  Fidelity  bonding  for  appropriate  individual; 

at  the  Zoo 
"Section  16.3   Incorporate  language  that  states  the  Joint  Zoo  Committi 

shall  meet  not  less  than  11  times  a  year 
"Sectlon'21 .2   Insert  the  word  "directors"  In  the  first  sentence  I 

Section  21 .2. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  Thursday,  July  29,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 
SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
SUPPLEMENTAL  APPROPRIATION 

Approval  of  a  supplemental  appropriation  budget  request  In  the  amount  of 
$200,000  to  fund  the  management  fee  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Gardens. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  that 
the  1993-94  budget  approved  by  the  Board  of  Supervisors  provides  $3.55 
Million  of  General  Fund  support  for  the  Zoo.  However,  the  lease  agreement 
with  the  Zoological  Society  provides  for  a  $4  Million  annual  payment.  The 
Board  of  Supervisors  and  the  Mayor  have  pre-approved  a  $200,000 
supplemental  appropriation  for  the  Zoo.  If  the  sales  tax  issue  receives 
approval  In  the  November  1993  election,  then  another  $200,000  supplemental 
appropriation  will  be  submitted  to  the  Mayor  and  the  Board  of  Supervisors. 
This  additional  funding  will  be  added  ti  tge  $3.55  Million  already 
appropriated  for  the  Zoo  and  will  be  used  to  pay  the  City's  Management  Fee 
to  the  Zoological  Society. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner 
Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  following  resolution  was 
adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16707 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  supplemental  appropriation  budget- 
request  1n  the  amount  of  $200,000  to  fund  the  management  fee  for  the  San 
Francisco  Zoological  Gardens  and  an  additional  supplemental  of  $200,000  for 
the  Zoo  if  the  sales  tax  measure  passes  1n  November  1993. 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
RECREATION  DIVISION 
SUPPLEMENTAL  APPROPRIATION 

Approval  of  a  supplemental  appropriation  budget  request  In  the  amount  of 
$140,000  to  fund  staff  for  recreation  centers  on  Sundays  and  holidays. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  that 
the  Board  of  Supervisors  allocated  $140,000  to  re-open  some  of  the 
Department's  recreation  centers  which  were  to  be  closed  on  Sundays-  and 
holldays^as.  a  result  of  the  1993-94  budget  reductions.  The  Board  placed 
$140,000?  Into  a  reserve  account  and  asked  the  Department  to  submit  a 
supplemental  appropriation  to  re-open  some  of  the  recreation  centers  on 
Sundays  and  holidays.  A  list  of  the  recreation  centers  which  will  remain. 
open  on  Sundays  and  holidays  was  submitted  to  the  Commission. 

Valerie  Aiken,  an  employee  at  the  Department's  swimming  pools,  asked  the 
Commission  to  divide  this  supplemental  appropriation  so  that  the  Aquatics 
Division  could  also  expand  their  hours.  She  said  the  Aquatics  Division  is 
part  of  the  Recreation  Division  and  that  It  Is  healthy  to  swim. 

Julie  Dilley,  a  member  of  the  Citizens  for  San  Francisco  Pools,  said  she. 
too,  requested  that  part .of  this  supplemental  appropriation  be  allocated  to 
the  Aquatics  Division,  s'he  said  for  five  years  the  Aquatics  Division  has 
taken  severe  cuts,  most  recently  forcing  closure  of  the  pools  two  days  a 
week.  As  a  working  adult,  she  said  the  reductions  In  pool  hours,  has 
virtually  cut  out  all  her  lap  swimming  time. 


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Special  Meeting  of  Thursday,  July  29,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

3.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
RECREATION  DIVISION 
SUPPLEMENTAL  APPROPRIATION  (Continued) 

Jean  Taggart,  a  member  of  Aquatics  Advisory  Board,  said  that  she  sw 
this  morning  at  Garfield  Pool  and  there  were  7  people  In  the  entire  poo 
She  said  usually  there  are  more  people.  She  said  the  reduction  in  po 
hours  has  resulted  in  fewer  people  using  the  pools.  She  said  there  need 
to  be  sensible  scheduling  because  the  pool  hours  are  now  ludicrous.  S 
said  the  Aquatics  Division  has  taken  severe  cuts  and  that  they  deserve 
portion  of  the  supplemental  appropriation  funding. 

Brenda  Schlagel,  said  she  had  to  quit  her  job  because  she  had  serlo 
back  problems.   She  was  told  to  swim  and  it  has  made  a  difference  in  h 
life.  Swimming  was  a  solution  to  her  ailment  and  she  felt  that  swimming 
invaluable  for  people's  mental  and  physical  health.   She  urged  that  t 
pools  be  kept  open. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  way  the  Department 
budget  is  structured  $8  Million  of  the  $12  Million  In  the  Recreati 
Division  Is  protected  as  children's  services  and  that  the  level  of  tho 
services  cannot  be  reduced.  She  said  this  provision  results  in  very  f 
adult  Recreation  Division  programs/services  that  are  safe  from  budg 
reductions.  Both  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio  and  the  Aquatics  Division  ha 
taken  severe  reductions  because  they  have  considerable  adu 
participation.  The  Department  recommended  closing  two  pools  entire 
because  it  would  save  significant  light,  heat  and  power  costs  and  wou 
allow  more  swimming  pool  hours  to  the  public  at  the  remaining  pools.  T 
Board  of  Supervisors  felt  that  the  public  would  prefer  reduced  hours  rath 
than  closing  any  of  the  swimming  pools.  This  action  caused  a  reduction 
pool  hours. 

This  item  is  a  directed  supplemental  appropriation  asking  the  Commission 
to  restore  Sunday  and  holiday  hours  to  some  of  the  Department's  recreati 
centers.  She  noted  that  when  the  Department  must  absorb  a  30%  reduction 
will  affect  service  and  programs  offered  to  the  public.  Ms.  Burns  furth 
explained  that  this  supplemental  appropriation  funds  the  recreati1 
directors  but  does  not  provide  funding  for  custodial  services  to  clean  t 
recreation  centers.  As  a  consequence,  custodial  services  will  be  affect 
Department  wide  with  a  lesser  level  of  service  to  all  Recreation  and-Pa 
programs/services. 

On  motloer  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow',  t 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16708 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  supplemental  appropriation  budg 
request  1n  the  amount  of  $140,000  to  fund  recreation  directors  to  staff 
portion  of  the  Department's  recreation  centers  on  Sundays  and  holidays. 


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Special  Meeting  of  Thursday,  July  29,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items  that 
are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  to 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

No  public  comment  was  received. 

There  being  no  further  business,  the  Special 
Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission 
was  adjourned  at  3:50  p.m. 

Respectfully  submitted, 


S^una^-Marle  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


/San  Francisco,  California 
September  16,  1993 


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SAN  FRANCISCO 

PUBLIC  LIBRARY  Frank  „.    Jordar1|    Mayor 


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MINUTES 


685TH  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  SEPTEMBER  16,  1993"  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Fifth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park, 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
Vice  President  Jack  Immendorf. 


ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 


APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Comnrssioner  Sommer,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  July  15,  1993,  were  approved  as 
presented . 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
minutes  of  the  Special  Meeting  of  July  29,  1993,  were  appro-zed  as 
presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"HELCOME  TO  NEW  COMMISSIONERS 

On  behalf  of  the  staff,  I  would  like  to  welcome  our  two  new  Recreation  anc 
Park  Commissioners,  Larry  Mazzola  and  Vincent  Rovetti  .  Commissioner 
Mazzola  is  the  Business  Manager  and  Financial  Secretary  Treasurer  for 
Local  Union  38,  United  Association  of  Journeymen  and  Apprentices  of  the' 
Plumbing  and  Pipe  Fitting  Industry  of  the  United  States  and  Canada. 
Commissioner  Rovetti  is  the  owner  of  Rossi  and  Rovetti  Flowers  and  Gifts. j 
We  look  forward  to  their  tenure  on  the  Commission. 

COMMENDATION  -  JOSEPH  LOWMAN 

In  August,  plumber  Joseph  Lowman  was  driving  on  Transverse  Drive  to  a  jot; 
site  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  He  observed  an  Asian  woman  on  the  side  of  the] 
road  screaming  hysterically.  Joe  stopped  to  see  what  was  wrong.  The 
woman  could  not  speak  English  to  communicate  the  crisis.  She  ran  around 
to  Joe's  side  of  the  truck.  She  had  a  baby  girl  less  than  a  year  old  irj 
her  arms.  The  baby's  eyes  had  rolled  back  in  her  head  and  she  wasl 
beginning  to  turn  blue.  Joe  made  sure  the  baby's  mouth  was  clear,  laic; 
the  baby  down  on  the  grass  and  started  CPR  and  succeeded  in  resusci  tatincj 
the  child.  A  passing  motorist  and  two  other  employees  assisted  in  callijH 
for  emergency  assistance.  -The  paramedics  credit  Joe  with  saving  the 
baby's  life.  Please  join  me  in  commending  Joe  for  his  quick  action  ir 
this  emergency  situation. 

PRECITA  PARK  PLAYGROUND 

A  neighborhood  representative  spoke  during  the  public  comment  portion  of 
the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee  and  requested  that  the  Precita  Park 
Playground  renovation  situation  be  heard  by  the  full  Commission.  The 
Department  of  Public  Works  (DPW)  has  reported  that  the  contractor  has 
committed  to  completing  the  work  in  2  to  3-1/2  weeks  rather  than  the 
previously  stated  6  to  8  weeks.  Todd  Cockburn  of  DPW  attended  a  community 
meeting  on  Monday  evening  at  St.  Anthony  School  to  personally  apologize  tc 
the  neighborhood  and  to  outline  how  future  projects  will  be  handled.  At 
your  places  is  a  chronology  on  the  renovation  of  the  Precita  Park 
Playground  as  well  as  a  copy  of  an  article  from  the  San  Franciscq 
Independent. 

YACHT  HARBOR  DREDGING 

Dutra  Dredging  Company  has  been  awarded  an  emergency  contract  to  *"e^ 
approximately  13,000  cubic  yards  of  sand  which  is  currently  const'':: 
the  entrance  to  the  west  basin.   The  harbor  entrance  had  filled  in  to 
point  that  it  was  a  hazard  to  navigation  and  also  would  prevent 
fireboats  from  entering  the  harbor  in  an  emergency.   The  removal  :f 
sand  accumulation  at  the  entrance  to  the  west  harbor,  fondly  '<  ":•••" 
'Barney  s  3eac",  '  :c~mer.ced  :n  F-^day,   September   10,   1 9  9  3 .   '.'. 
estimated  tnar  :he  jreaging  operation  ■.-/  i  "■  1  be  completed  within  iC  ::•_.:. 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


3.    GENERAL  MANAGER' S  REPORT  (Continued) 


LAKE  MERCED 


There  is  concern  about  the  water  level  at  Lake  Merced.  The  department  has 
received  a  copy  of  41  petitions  that  have  a  total  of  several  hundred 
signatures  that  were  sent  to  the  Water  Department  requesting  that  the 
water  level  at  Lake  Merced  be  increased.  At  your  places  is  a  copy  of  an 
article  from  the  San  Francisco  Chronicle  addressing  this  same  issue.  As 
of  yesterday  afternoon,  the  fish  in  the  impound  area  were  exhibiting 
distress  because  of  the  level  of  the  lake.  Both  the  Fire  Department  and 
the  Department  of  Public  Works  are  helping  pump  additional  water  from 
South  Lake  into  the  impound  to  try  to  save  the  fish  in  that  area. 

CANDLESTICK  PARK  CONVERSION 

Immediately  following  the  Atlanta  game  on  August  25,  1993,  the  department 
began  its  first  field  conversion  of  the  season  from  baseball  to  football 
configuration.  The  field  crews,  engineers  and  structural  maintenance 
staff  worked  with  Sheedy  Drayage  to  accomplish  the  first  conversion  ever 
with  the  Giants'  newly  installed  portable  bleachers.  This  involved  first 
bringing  the  large  moveable  bleachers  out  into  football  position  and  then 
dismantling  and  storing  the  new  Giants'  bleachers  underneath  them.  It  was 
quite  a  job  to  coordinate  the  new  activities  with  all  of  the  other 
elements  of  a  field  conversion.  Based  on  our  first  conversion,  it  will 
add  at  least  16  hours  to  the  conversion  time  depending  on  conditions.  The 
additional  costs  (approximately  $19,000)  will  be  billed,  by  mutual 
agreement,  to  the  Giants.  The  field  was  ready  in  time  and  in  excellent 
condition  for  the  49'ers  home  game. 


PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB 

The  Regional  Water  Quality  Control  Board  has  reported  to  staff  that  they 
will  be  considering  the  issuance  of  a  cease  and  desist  order  to  the 
Pacific  Rod  and  Gun  Club,  named  as  primary  respondent,  and  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Department,  named  as  secondary  respondent,  requiring  that  the 
discharge  of  lead  shot  from  skeet  and  trap  shooting  into  waters  of  the 
State  or  waters  of  the  United  States  should  be  prohibited.  Based  upon  the 
completed  evaluation  of  lead  deposited  on  the  site,  management  and/or 
clean-up  plans  may  be  required  to  eliminate  the  lead  hazard.  Restrictions 
on  the  use  of  clay  targets  may  also  be  included  in  the  cease  and  desist 
order . 

NATIONAL  RECREATION  AND  PARK  ASSOCIATION/URBAN  PARK  AND  RECREATION  ALLIANCE 

The  National  Recreation  and  Park  Association  (NRPA)  Congress  will  take 
place  October  20-24,  1993,  in  San  Jose,  California.  I  will  be  atte~:;~5 
this  annual  conference  as  well  as  participating  on  a  panel  entitled 
"Successful   Female  Leadership:   Increasing  Your  Professiona '  / ^ e •- s 3 r a  1 

Effectiveness  in  the  Politica1  Arena." 

-  s  president  z~  7 n  e  _  •'  c  a  °  Pa  r<  an  c  R  e  c "  e  ?.  r :  r "  A 1 1  i  an  c  9  a r  or  ga  ~ :  z  ? ~ ;  .  ~ 
comoosed  of  tne  managers  of  tie  44  largest  jrban  park  districts  n  :•'  = 
Jnited  States'.  I  .r  :  '  ce  :~?.;-';";  -re  -a;'  meeting  *nich  tas.es  ;"a:-r  :~e 
>a.  '  esters  t"9  'iP^j   ::r "r •'•;'"" e  us"  .. "z- ■=■'.•' a ' .  ~~ e  emcnas:s  ~.~     ~~- 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


3.    GENERAL  MANAGER' S  REPORT  (Continued) 


PANDAS 


Supervisor  Alioto  introduced  a  resolution  requesting  a  10-year  loan  of  twc 
panda  bears.  This  is  in  violation  of  international  efforts  to  protect 
this  highly  endangered  species  and  could  result  in  loss  of  accreditation 
for  the  Zoo.  The  matter  was  referred  to  the  Board  of  Supervisors'  Rules 
Committee  and  will  be  heard  on  October  12,  1993.  David  Anderson,  Zoc 
Director,  has  sent  information  to  each  Supervisor  pointing  out  the  impact 
such  action  could  have  on  the  Zoo. 

GRANT  APPLICATIONS 

During  the  month  of  August  two  grant  applications  were  submitted  for  the 
next  round  of  funding  from  the  ISTEA  program.  Funds  from  highway  taxes 
are  set  aside  for  this  fund  meant  to  enhance  areas  adjacent  to  or 
connecting  surface  transportation  corridors.  One  application  for  $476,000 
wa-s  submitted  to  fund  the  removal  of  the  Reflecting  Pool  in  Civic  Center 
Plaza  and  replacement  with  grade  level  artistic  pavement,  in  line  with  the 
approved  Civic  Center  Master  Plan.  The  second  application,  for  $862,000, 
would  fund  the  design  and  installation  of  irrigation  and  landscaping  along 
Park  Presidio  through  Golden  Gate  Park  from  Lincoln  Way  to  Fulton  Street. 

STRYBING  ARBORETUM 

Strybing  Arboretum  Society  is  hosting  the  1993  Pacific  Regional  Meeting  of 
the  American  Association  of  Botanical  Gardens  and  Arboreta,  October 
14-16.  The  theme  of  the  meeting  is  "Getting  Real:  Making  Public  Gardens 
Work  in  the  1990's."  Details  on  the  meeting  are  included  in  your  packets. 

For  the  second  year,  Strybing  Arboretum  Society  has  received  a 
conservation  grant  from  the  Institute  of  Museum  Services,  a  federal  agency 
that  funds  American  museums.  The  $24,910  matching  grant  will  be  used  to 
continue  the  computerized  mapping  of  the  botanical  gardens.  In  addition, 
through  a  $3,000  private  donation,  a  plotter  has  been  purchased  to  allow 
large  scale  (24"  x  36")  color  maps  of  the  gardens  to  be  produced.  If  any 
Commissioners  are  interested  in  seeing  a  demonstration  of  the  mapping 
program,  please  contact  Walden  Valen,  Director  at  the  Arboretum. 

STERN  GROVE  FESTIVAL 

At  your  places  is  a  copy  of  a  report  on  the  annual  Stern  Grove  Festival, 
which  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  co-sponsors  with  the  Stern  Gro>/e 
Festival  Association. 

"YOU  G0TTA  HAVE  PARK!"  DAY 


The  third  annual  "You  Gotta  Have  Park!"  day,  an  all-out  clean-uo  an 
fundraising  event  in  Golden  Gate  Park,  will  be  held  on  Sunday,  0ctoter  3 
and  is  co-sponsored  by  "riends  of  Recreation  and  Parks  a^j  the  3a 
r-a-::s::  Clean  3::.,  3;a";t:c^.  Volunteers  will  meet  :n  the  "4t"  -.-.", 
:•::  ""9  5. ::.v  ne-':  ::  :re  Rose  3a '"den  and  .vcrk  from  9:00  a.m.  t:  :  33  :  m 
cickin g  _o  litter,  :"ea:':ng  oathwavs,  slanting  trees  and  .vo>"k:~g  :  "  "1 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

"YOU  GOTTA  HAVE  PARK!"  DAY  (Continued) 


nursery.  At  the  completion  of  the  work  day  (1:00  p.m.),  there  will  be  a 
barbecue.  In  addition,  several  non-profit  and  small  business  groups  will 
be  staffing  "donation  stations"  around  the  park  encouraging  $1.00 
donations  from  all  park  visitors.  The  event  has  three  objectives:  1) 
foster  an  awareness  of  Golden  Gate  Park  and  its  needs;  2)  raise  funds  for 
maintenance  and  beauti fi cation  projects  in  Golden  Gate  Park  and  3)  help 
clean  up  the  park  and  keep  it  our  oark  system's  jewel.  All  are  invited  to 
pi  tch  in  on  October  3. 


SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claims,  under  $5,000,  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  during  the  months  of  July  and  August  1993: 

Castellanos,  Rudy  $  991  .28 
Calabrese,  Angela  250.00 
Stein,  Patricia  100.00 
Montoya,  Michael  374.33 
Smi  th,  Cameron  441 . 1 1 
Rucker,  Curtis  229.03 
Sa-Id,  Mohammed        -602.43 

Washington,  Darrell  1,100.00 
Bigelow,  Robert        100.00 


Dorfman,  Inez 

$  1  ,567 

.53 

Ng,  Cathy 

324 

.29 

Kiyasu ,  Willi  am 

76 

.72 

Salma,  Mary  Jemo 

453 

.72 

Jacoban,  Nick 

65 

.25 

Domina,  Chris 

173 

.51 

Hill,  Raymond 

98 

.73 

Poon ,  Kin  Chung 

487 

.25 

Case,  Jacquel i  ne 

189 

,98 

Minor,  D. 

37 

18 

Whiteman,  Keith 

625 

28 

Lagri 1 1 ,  Jeann  i  ne 

69 

73 

•James,  Benjamin 

200 

00 

Nire,  Ercel 

95. 

00 

McKelligan,  Robert 

296 

94 

Green,  Paul 

2,000. 

00 

Bradshaw,  Gail 

3,112. 

25 

Mai  1 loux,  Don  150.00 

March,  Harvey  70.00 

Bui ,  Viet  Ha  2,000.00 

Chua,  Teresa  750.00 

Aurelio,  Romeo  519.75 

Louie,  Billy  358.05 

Reginato,  Elsa  198.00 

Brunet,  Sylvain  2,015.00 

Breslin,  Greg  4,000.00 

SUMMER  RECREATION  PROGRAMS 

At  your  places  is  a  summary  of  the  summer  recreation  programs.   Despite 

cutbacks,  we  were  able  to  implement  several  new  programs  this  summe1'  that 

were  well  received  by  the  participants.   A  more  detailed  report  will  De 
made  to  the  Recreation  Committee  next  month. 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  VACATION 

I  will  be  on  vacation  September  25  to  October  3,  1993.   In  my  absence.  -:r 
de  Lecn ,  Superintendent  of  parks,  will  be  acting  General  Manage-'. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday.  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 


DATES  TO  REMEMBER 


Monday,  September  20,  1993    San   Francisco   Zoological   Society   annual 

meeting;  5:00  p.m.;  Wildlife  Theater,  San 
Franci  sco  Zoo 

Saturday,  October  2,  1993    Open  Space  Bus  Tour;  9:00  a.m.  to  3:00  p.m.; 

meet  at  McLaren  Lodge 

Sunday,  October  3,1 993      "You  Gotta  Have  Park"  Day;  9:00  a.m.  to  1:00 

p.m.;  barbecue  at  1:00  p.m.;  meadow  just  west 
of  the  Rose  Garden  on  John  F.  Kennedy  Drive 

Monday,  October  11,  1993     Columbus  Day  Holiday  (observed)" 


CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow, 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  under 
Resolution  No.  13572: 

a.    PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16709 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  July  2, 
1993  through  September  2,  1993. 


b.    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK/GREAT  HIGHWAY 
FEE  WAIVER/ROAD  CLOSURES 


Approval  of  a  road  closure  along  the  Great  Highway  for  the  l 4th  Annua 
Escape  From  Alcatraz  Triathlon  on  Saturday,  October  23,  1993. 

Item  4B  was  removed  from  the  Calendar. 


C.    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16710 

ROAD  CLOSURES/PERMIT  FEE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  road  closures  in  Go'deo 

Gate  Park  for  the  "Run  To  The  Far  Side  IX"  on  Sunday,  November  23, 

1 993 .  ^rom  8:00  a.m.  until  10:00  a.m.  and  a  S6000  fee  waive--  ;-  le 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


4.  CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

d.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  RES.  NO.  16711 
HEARING  CONSERVATION  PROGRAM 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  written  Hearing 
Conservation  Program  for  all  employees  exposed  to  excessive  noise 
level  s . 

e.  CHINATOWN  PARK  RES.  NO.  16712 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  to  John 
Jenkins  Construction,  in  the  amount  of  $40,000,  to  demolish  the  Cathay 
Mortuary  site  for  the  new  Chinatown  Park. 

f.  GOLF  DIVISION  RES.  NO,  16713 
RESIDENT  CARDS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  description  of  eligibility 
for  residence  cards,  as  follows: 

RESIDENT:  Persons  presenting  a  current  valid  "Resident  Card".  To 
secure  a  Resident  Card,  the  individual  must  give  proof  of  residency: 
a  current  California  Driver's  License  or  DMV  identification  proving 
San  Francisco  residency.  The  card  costs  $20,  and  is  good  for  one  year. 
SENIOR:  Same  conditions  as  Resident;  for  individuals  over  65  years  of 
age. 

JUNIOR:  Same  conditions  as  Resident;  for  individuals  unde^  18  years  of 
age.  Juniors  may  present  parent's  or  guardian's  drivers  license  or 
DMV  I.D.,  if  they  do  not  have  above-mentioned  I.D. 

g.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT  RES.  NO.  16714 
PHOTOCOPYING  CHARGES 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  amendment  to  Resolution  No. 
16163  in  order  to  change  photocopying  fee  from  $.25  per  page  to  $.10 
per  page  in  conformance  with  the  San  Francisco  Sunshine  Ordinance. 

h.   VARIOUS  NEIGHBORHOOD  PARKS  RES.  NO.  16715 

PARK  CLOSURES  FROM  10:00  P.M.  to  6:00  A.M. 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  placement  of  signage  to 
close  the  following  facilities  from  10:00  p.m.  to  6:00  a.m.: 

Corona  Heights  Park  Peixotto  Playground 

Prerti ss-Eugeni a  Mini  Park        States  Street  Playground 
Sunnyside  Playground  West  Portal  Playground 

i.    GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO   16715 

10TH  AVENUE  AND  FULTON  PLAYGROUND 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

j .    ALIOTO  MINI  PARK  RES.  NO.  16717 

RENOVATION 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  aDproves  the  application  for  funds  for 
Alioto  Mini  Park  renovation  in  the  amount  of  $58,464,  through  the  l 994 
Community  Development  Block  Grant  Program. 

k.    UNION  SQUARE  RES.  NO.  16718 

TICKET  BOOTH 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  by  Theatre  Bay 
Area  to  change  signage  and  paint  the  exterior  of  their  Ticket  Booth  at 
Union  Square.  The  color  of  the  exterior  will  be  grey  with  a  matte 
finish.  The  dimension  of  the  signage  shall  be  no  larger  than  2  feet, 
of  white  neon  with  lettering  no  larger  than  l  foot. 


GENERAL  CALENDAR 

5.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 


Ratification  of  animal  transaction  (processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572) 
for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

Assistant  Zoo  Director,  David  Robinett,  explained  the  animal 
transaction:  the  bison  were  donated  to  Dam  Ranch  who  will  use  the  animals 
for  its  breeding  program.  Three  young  animals  were  to  be  removed  from  the 
herd  to  prevent  overpopulation;  the  fourth  bison  was  a  young  calf  that  had 
to  be  pulled  from  for  the  herd  for  hand  rearing. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Rovetti's  question,  Mr.  Robinett  said  there  was 
no  monetary  exchange  because  bison  are  difficult  to  place. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Mazzola,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16719 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transaction 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoologica 
Gardens . 


DONATION  TO:  Dam  Ranch 

8907  Pool  Station  Road 
Angels  Camp,  CA  95222 

"Four  mal e  bi  son 


2:25  p.m. -2:40  p.m.  Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola  left  the  meeting  rccm. 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

6.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
OTTER  EXHIBIT 

Approval  of  conceptual  plan  for  renovation  of  the  Otter  exhibit,  San 
Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

Assistant  Zoo  Director,  David  Robinett,  said  the  renovation  of  the  otter 
exhibit  will  be  funded  from  the  Zoological  Society's  Founders  Fund.  The 
existing  otter  exhibit  is  aged  and  is  comprised  of  a  circular  concrete  pit 
topped  by  a  chain-linked  fence.  The  exhibit  is  centrally  located  in  the 
Zoo.  The  cost  of  renovation  is  $125,000  and  will  have  an  expected  life  of 
10-15  years.  A  portion  of  the  pool  will  be  filled  in  to  a  depth  of  8'  to 
allow  a  more  natural  swimming  situation  for  the  otter.  Recirculated  water 
will  come  down  two  cascades  and  simulated  rock  work  and  planted  areas  will 
be  placed  on  the  perimeter  of  the  exhibit.  The  viewing  area  will  be 
reduced  from  its  present  dimension. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Rove tt i  ' s  question,  Mr.  Robinett  said  the  otter 
exhibit  renovation  project  will  take  approximately  3  months. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner 
Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16720 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  plan  for  renovation  of  the 
Otter  Exhibit,  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Mazzola 


7.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
FELINE  CONSERVATION  CENTER 

Approval  of  conceptual  plan  for  construction  of  Feline  Conservation  Center, 
San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

Assistant  Zoo  Director,  David  Robinett,  explained  that  the  Feline 
Conservation  Center  project  will  be  funded  from  the  Zoological  Society's 
Founders  Fund.  He  said  that  most  Zoo  visitors  consider  the  leopard  exhibit 
area  needing  the  most  immediate  help.  The  Feline  Conservation  Center  is 
designed  to  house  the  leopards  during  the  renovation  and  will  later  be  used 
for  breeding  and  housing  of  rare  felids.  The  site  is  on  the  perimeter  of 
the  Zoo  and  is  a  20,000  square  foot  area.  There  will  be  12  units  with  3 
animal  enclosures  in  each  of  the  pods.  The  core  is  a  holding,  management 
area  with  a  concrete  floor  for  feeding.  The  unit  design  consists  of  a 
draped  fabric  structure  hung  en  poles  with  cables  running  between  them. 
The  outside  units  are  10'  high  up  to  20'  in  the  back.  The  proposed  site 
has  Urge  eucalyptus  trees,  seme  of  which  are  in  need  of  removal.  :'::. 
-.  -  srrj'1  c  vpr  e  s  s  trees  ■■/  *  1 1  be  ■"  e  1  oc  a  ted  tc  c  h  ^  c  e  ■' ;  me  c  e  °"  of   the  _  ~ '  ~ 

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:;''ig  lonser /ac'on  3erTr'  :re::  ,vii;  ca~*  ""*.  orc;.<  'mate1   :  "■:"" 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
FELINE  CONSERVATION  CENTER  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner 
Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted:! 

RES.  NO.  16721 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  plan  for  construction  of  Feline1 
Conservation  Center,  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Mazzola 


8.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
CARROUSEL 

Approval  of  renovation  of  exterior  of  the  Carrousel  building. 


Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  this  item  is  a  request  to 
renovate  the  exterior  of  the  Carrousel  by  painting  it  and  replacing  the 
existing  panels.  Most  of  the  work  will  be  performed  by  volunteers  from  the 
Hyatt  Corporation,  with  skilled  volunteers  performing  the  more  difficult 
tasks.  The  materials  will  oe  provided  through  donations  or  funds  raised  by 
San  Francisco  Beautiful  and  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks.  Several  color 
schemes  have  been  reviewed.  The  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  favored  a  light 
plum  color,  however,  the  color  scher"""""  ul  timately  will  be  determined  by  the 
Arts  Commission.  Ms.  Learner  recomm(*™"led  approval  of  this  item. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  asked  the  Commission  to  send  a  letter  of  thanks  to  the 
Hyatt  Corporation. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16724 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  renovation  of  exterior  of  the 
Carrousel  building  by  the  Hyatt  Corporation  and  San  Francisco  Beautiful. 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Mazzola 


2:40  p.m.  Commi s s I  oner  Mazzola  returned  to  the  meeting  rcom. 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

9.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
DAHLIA  GARDEN 

Approval  of  installation  of  an  ornamental  iron  fence  at  Dahlia  Garden. 

Assistant  Superintendent  of  Parks,  Jim  Cooney,  explained  that  this  item 
is  a  request  from  staff  to  erect  a  31  high  ornamental  iron  fence  at  the 
Dahlia  Gardens,  just  east  of  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers,  Golden  Gate 
ParK.  The  fence  will  surround  the  central  area  of  the  garden  so  that 
people  will  not  wander  or  bump  into  the  flowers.  The  fence  will  be 
painted  green  and  will  not  be  an  imposing  feature.  The  Golden  Gate  Park 
Committee  recommended  approval  of  this  item. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16725 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  installation  of  an  ornamental  iron 
fence  at  Dahl i  a  Garden . 

10.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
PARK  POLICE  STABLES 

Approval  of  addition  to  Golden  Gate  Park  Police  Stables. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  this  item  was  heard  by  the 
Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  and  involves  the  expansion  of  a  building  in 
Golden  Gate  Park.  The  Police  Stables  are  located  in  the  West  end  of  the 
park  and  have  been  there  since  1937.  The  police  provide  a  recreational 
support  service  to  the  Department.  The  proposed  enlargement  will  be  on 
either  side  of  the  building  and  will  be  in  conformance  with  the  existing 
architecture  of  the  structure.  There  Are  many  restrictions  to  increasing 
the  size  of  buildings  in  Golden  Gate  Park  and  the  park's  Master  Plan 
strives  to  preserve  open  space  in  the  park.  The  Charter  also  states  that 
expansion  of  buildings  in  Golden  Gate  Park,  except  for  maintenance, 
require  a  two-thirds  vote  of  the  Board  of  Supervisors.  This  350  square 
foot  addition  will  be  used  for  locker  rooms  and  support  services  for  the 
police  officers.  Ms.  Learner  further  explained  that  City  Planning  has 
declared  this  project  exempt  from  environmental  review. 

Ed  Lopez,  representing  the  Bureau  of  Architecture,  addressed  each  of  the 
five  policy  issues  contained  in  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan: 

a.  There  is  clearly  demonstrated  need  for  a  defined  services  to  the 
public  that  cannot  be  met  by  modifications  within  the  existing 
building.  There  is  need  to  provide  an  adequate  and  efficient  work 
area  that  can  only  be  fulfilled  by  an  e<panslon  of  the  building. 

b.  Sufficient,  detailed  proof  is  available  that  alternative  sites  outside 
the  Park  have  been  studied  and  that  the  proposed  addition  can  be 
located  only  in  the  area  in  question.  ~~e  3?.-<  is  an  ::ea'  :::c-  "." 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

10.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

PARK  POLICE  STABLES  (Continued) 

c.  The  effects  on  the  Park  of  the  proposed  addition  have  been  full) 
assessed  to  ensure  that  expansion  will  not  necessitate  additional 
surface  parking,  access  roads,  or  have  deleterious  effect  on  the  Par* 
landscape.  The  addition  is  within  the  fence  lines  of  the  property 
and  will  not  affect  the  landscape  of  the  park. 

d.  Sufficient  effort  will  be  expended  to  assure  the  very  besl! 
architectural  quality.  The  addition  will  match  the  architectural 
character  of  the  existing  building. 

e.  Design  plans  for  any  proposed  addition  will  include  measures  that  will 
minimize  visual  impacts  upon  the  Park  environment.  The  design  will! 
provide  a  small  addition  that  does  not  exceed  the  height  of  the; 
existing  building  and  blends  in  with  the  existing  design. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  of ( 
Commissioner   Ruiz,   seconded   by  Commissioner  Sommer,   the   following 


resolution  was  adopted: 


RES.  NO.  16724 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  addition  to  Golden  Gate  Park 
Pol  ice  Stables. 

11.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

PARK  POLICE  STATION 

Approval  of  improvements  to  Park  Police  Station. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  the  Park  Police  Stat i or: 
came  into  the  park  in  1910.  At  that  time,  a  City  Attorney  opinion  wa? 
rendered  that  said  the  police  station  would  provide  a  service  to  the  east 
end  of  Golden  Gate  Park  and  could  be  sited  in  the  park.  If  that  service 
discontinued  and  the  building  was  no  longer  needed  for  police  services. 
the  Commission  could  consider  other  uses  for  the  building.  The  l 98" 
Police  Facilities  Improvement  Bond  will  fund  seismic  improvements  to  the 
building.  All  of  the  improvements  will  take  place  within  the  footprint  of 
the  existing  building.  The  main  objective  is  to  seismically  upgrade  the, 
building,  especially  the  operation  center  which  is  in  the  front  building.; 
Locker  room  facilities  will  be  built  for  the  police  officers  and  a 
community  room  for  the  public.  This  project  will  also  make  the  buildinc 
accessible  in  conformance  with  the  American  With  Disabilities  Act. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  said  there  is  a  possibility  that 
trailers  will  be  located  adjacent  to  the  Park  Aid  Station  in  the  adjacent 
Kezar  parking  lot  by  the  Aid  Station  during  the  construction. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  mot;:"  of j 
Commissioner  Sommer,   seconded   by  Commissioner   "arrow,   the  ^o"':.-.:' 
-esclution  .-.-as  adc.cted: 

RES.  NO.  16725 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

12.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
SHARON  MEADOW 
REGGAE  IN  THE  PARK 

Approval  of  a  two-day  event  on  Saturday  and  Sunday,  October  16  and  17, 
1993,  for  the  Fourth  Annual  "Reggae  In  The  Park"  Festival  at  Sharon  Meadow! 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
a  request  for  a  two  day  event  at  Sharon  Meadow.  Under  the  Commission's 
Permit  and  Reservation  Policy,  all  two  day  events  must  be  approved  by  the 
Commission.  This  event  has  been  held  in  Sharon  Meadow  for  the  last  two 
years.  There  were  some  problems  with  last  year's  event  with  people 
storming  the  fence  and  damaging  the  turf  and  planted  areas  in  the  park. 
Staff  met  with  the  promoters  and  it  was  agreed  that  the  dance  area  will  be 
eliminated  this  year  and  a  better  fencing  plan  will  be  used.  Staff  asked 
the  promoters  to  upgrade  their  security  procedures.  Captain  Barry  of  the 
Park  Police  Station  wants  2  mounted  patrol  officers  and  4  police  officers 
inside  the  event  at  all  times.  Ten  licensed  security  guards  must  also  be 
inside  the  event  at  all  times.  He  recommended  approval  of  the  event 
provided  these  conditions  were  followed  as  well  as  those  outlined  in  the 
staff  memorandum.  If  there  are  problems  with  this  year's  event,  then 
staff  will  determine  whether  it  should  be  held  again. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  question,  Mr.  Robinson  explained  that 
the  Department  received  payment  for  last  year's  damage.  Events  West, 
which  also  produces  the  annual  A  La  Carte,  A  La  Park  event,  produces  this 
event.  Last  year's  event  raised  $40,000  for  the  Department. 

Officer  Mike  Gannon,  representing  Captain  Barry  of  Park  Police  Station, 

explained  that  the  Captain  reconsidered  the  security  measures  and  felt 
that  a  squad  comprised  of  a  sergeant,  and  6  officers  should  be  assigned  to 
this  event.  On  a  personal  note,  Mr.  Gannon  asked  that  the  speakers  be 
relocated  so  that  they  are  not  directed  at  St.  Mary's  Hospital. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  asked  what  had  occurred  at  last  year's  event  that 
created  a  need  for  extensive  police  presence  at  this  year's  event.  Mr. 
Robinson  said  many  of  the  attendees  attempted  to  climb  over  the  fence  and 
it  was  difficult  to  monitor  the  event.  The  fence  was  torn  down  and  there 
was  damage  to  the  shrubbery,  some  of  which  was  irreplaceable.  Mr. 
Robinson  felt  the  mounted  patrol  presence  would  prevent  problems. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  the  admission  price  seems  high  and  that  Sharon 
Meadow  is  a  public  place.  She  attended  A  La  Carte,  A  La  Park  and  found 
the  day  enjoyable,  but  very  expensive.  She  had  a  problem  with  the  cost  to 
enjoy  a  day  in  the  park  and  restricting  the  park  from  the  public. 

Janet  Hudson,  representing  Events  West,  said  the  senior  ticket  price  was 
eliminated  since  only  seven  tickets  were  sold  last  year.  To  encourage 
more  families  to  attend  this  year,  children  under  the  age  of  12  will  oe 
admi  tted  free . 

In  response  ro  Icmm;  ss;orer  Quiz's  ^es-:':^,  ^i .     -ludson  said  the  5:  "" 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

12.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
SHARON  MEADOW 

REGGAE  IN  THE  PARK  (Continued) 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  when  staff  met  with  th 
promoters  they  were  informed  that  if  they  do  not  do  a  better  job  this  yea 
they  will  not  be  granted  permission  to  use  the  park  again. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  o 
Commissioner  Rovetti ,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Mazzola,  the  followin 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16726 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  two-day  event  on  Saturday  an 
Sunday,  October  16  and  17,  1993,  for  the  Fourth  Annual  "Reggae  In  Th' 
Park"  Festival  at  Sharon  Meadow,  provided  that  security  personnel  shall  b' 
as  requested  by  Captain  Berry  of  Park  Police  Station. 

13.  PALACE  OF  FINE  ARTS 
DISABILITY  ACCESS  IMPROVEMENTS 

Approval  of  disability  access  improvements  to  include  provision  o 
parking,  path  of  travel  and  restroom  access  at  the  Palace  of  Fine  Arts. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  Recreation  and  Park  i 
trying  to  take  the  lead  to  comply  with  the  provisions  of  the  American 
With  Disabilities  Act  (ADA).  Every  renovation  project  that  takes  place  I 
park  property  will  address  access  requirements.  The  Commission  recentl. 
approved  seismic  improvements  to  the  Palace  of  Fine  Arts  which  will  bi 
funded  through  the  Earthquake  Bond.  As  a  follow-up  activity  to  tha 
contract,  improvements  will  be  made  for  disability  access  to  include  patl! 
of  travel,  parking  areas,  access  within  the  facility,  access  to  restrooms 
drinking  fountains,  etc.  The  seismic  and  accessibility  projects  an 
intertwined  and  when  the  seismic  rehabilitation  takes  place  in  thr 
restroom  areas,  then  the  restrooms  will  be  made  accessible.  Foe 
approximately  3  weeks,  a  trailer  will  be  located  outside  the  Explcratoriui 
to  provide  temporary  restroom  facilities. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Committee,  and  on  motion  o' 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  followin'. 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16727 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  disability  access  improvement! 
to  include  provision  of  packing,  path  of  travel  and  restroom  access  at  thf 
Palace  of  Fine  Arts . 


3:20  p.m.  Comnr  ss  ione:'  Mazzola  left  the  meeting  room. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

14.   MCKINLEY  SQUARE 
RENOVATION 

Approval  of  application  for  funds  for  renovation  of  children's  play  area 
at  McKinley  Square  in  the  amount  of  580,520,  through  the  1994  Community 
Development  Block  Grant  Program. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  McKinley  Park  is  located  on  top  of  Potrero  Hill  and  has  a  fairly, 
rundown  play  structure.  The  community  has  come  together  and  begun  a  local 
fundraising  and  lobbying  effort  to  qualify  for  a  new  play  structure  in  the 
park.  They  have  applied  to  the  Office  of  Community  Development  for  a 
grant  for  a  new  play  structure  in  the  park  and  this  Commission  must 
approve  that  grant  application.  If  they  are  successful,  the  San  Francisco 
Conservation  Corp  will  purchase  and  install  the  play  apparatus.  It  would 
be  a  very  nice  improvement  to  the  park.  He  recommended  approval  of  this 
item. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti  ,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16728 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  application  for  funds  for 
renovation  of  children's  play  area  at  McKinley  Square  in  the  amount  of 
$80,520,  through  the  l 994-Communi ty  Development  Block  Grant  Program. 


APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 
Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow, 
Absent:  Commissioner  Mazzola 


Immendorf,  Rovetti,  Ruiz,  Sommer 


15. 


GLEN  CANYON  PARK 
TRAIL  IMPROVEMENTS 

Approval  of  improvements  to  the  existing  trail  system  at  Glen  Canyon. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  about  three  years  ago  the  Open  Space  Committee  authorized  funding  for 
a  master  plan  for  Glen  Canyon.  A  portion  of  the  Master  Plan  calls  for 
improvement  to  the  existing  trail  that  runs  up  the  side  of  the  canyon. 
There  have  been  extensive  community  meetings  to  plot  the  trail  and 
inventories  of  the  animals  and  species  have  been  completed.  A  portion  of 
the  trail  would  be  widened  and  in  one  area  a  bridge  would  be  constructed. 
The  Conservation  Corp  will  perform  the  trail  work. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  metier  of 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  cy  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16729 


RESOLVED. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

16.   BERNAL  HEIGHTS  PLAYGROUND 
MURAL 

Ratification  of  placement  of  mural  at  Bernal  Heights  Playground. 

Assistant  Superintendent  for  Recreation,  Nan  Neal,  explained  that  thi 
item  is  a  request  to  ratify  the  placement  of  a  mural  at  Bernal  Height 
Playground.  She  stated  that  the  young  people  who  initiated  this  projedl 
did  it  as  a  summer  project  and  thought  that  the  wall  (where  they  wanted  tc 
place  the  mural)  belonged  to  the  Library.  The  Library  Commission  informec 
the  teens  that  the  property  belonged  to  the  Recreation  and  Parl<' 
Commission.  Staff  met  with  the  youth,  viewed  the  mural  design  and  since 
it  was  a  summer  grant,  gave  them  permission  to  paint  the  mural.  Ms.  Neal! 
said  the  teens  tried  to  address  the  graffiti  problem  and  give  a  positive 
element  to  the  area.  The  mural  design  focuses  on  the  Bernal  Heights! 
community,  reflects  on  civic  leaders  and  depicts  different  cultures.  The 
theme  of  the  mural  is  to  build  bridges  to  stop  the  violence  and  brine 
harmony  to  the  community.  The  mural  contains  two  poems. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  said  a  grant  was  received  fron 
Neighborhoods  in  Transition.  The  community  has  assumed  the  responsi bi 1 i ty 
to  maintain  the  mural . 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16730 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  placement  of  mural  at  Bernal 
Heights  Playground  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  a  maintenance  agreement  shall  be  entered  into  with 
the  Bernal  Heights  Playground  community. 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Mazzola 


17.   ARTISTS  GUILD  &  SF  SOCIETY  OF  FINE  ARTS 
ART  SHOWS 

Approval  of  reservations  for  specific  sites  and  dates  in  1994  for  portions 
of  Washington  Square  Park,  Union  Square,  Marina  Green  and  Hoover  Redwood 
Grove  (in  Golden  Gate  Park). 

Recreation  Supervisor,  Linda  Woo,  said  that  in  the  past,  the  dares  for 
art  group's  snows  on  pa^k  property  were  all  approved  at  one  time  ~or   a 
full  calendar  year.   Staff  nas  now  decided  to  approve  only  six  months  i 
advance.   She  outlined  the  rain  policy  for  art  shew  groups  that  -eqj;<"e3 
them  to  call  a  designated  telephone  numcer  by  a  certain  hour  :n  -a"". 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

17.   ARTISTS  GUILD  &  SF  SOCIETY  OF  FINE  ARTS 
ART  SHOWS  (Continued) 

Statement  of  Linda  Woo  (Continued)  safety  of  pedestrians.  Vehicles  were 
allowed  on  the  park  for  loading  and  unloading  only  and  to  assist  disabled 
artists.  The  City  Attorney  reviewed  the  artists'  insurance  and  found  that 
it  would  cover  any  possible  injury  from  vehicles  onto  the  plaza.  She 
outlined  the  permit  requirements  which  included  a  $1  Million  certificate 
of  insurance  and  no  sales  on  park  property. 

Anna  Chrasta  was  present  to  address  any  fee  increases  for  artists. 

Dorf  Wicklas  thanked  the  Commission  for  permitting  vehicles  onto  the 
park  because  it  personally  helped  her. 

Vice  President  Immendorf  sa'd  prohibiting  vehicles  onto  the  park  was 
causing  a  hardship  for  some  of  the  elderly  and  disabled  artists.  Vehicles 
will  be  permitted  on  park  property  for  loading/unloading  only. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16731 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  following  dates  of 
reservations  for  specific  sites  and  dates  in  1994: 

THE  ARTISTS'  GUILD  OF  SAN  FRANCISCO 

Hoover  Redwood  Grove,  Golden  Gate  Park 

February  26  &  February  27  March  26  &  March  27 
April  9  &  April  10  April  30  &  May  I 
May     28  &  May     29    *June    l l  &  June     12 

*June    18  &  June     19    June     25  &  June  26 

Washington  Square  Park 

January  22  &  January  23    February  5  &  February  6 
March    12  &  March    13    April     2  &  April     3 
May     21  &  May     22    *June    1 1  &  June     12 
*June    18  &  June     19 

Marina  Green 

January  29  &  January  30    February  19  &  February  20 

March    19  &  March  20    April    16  &  April    17 

May      7  &  May  8 

Union  Square 

January  15  &  January  16  Feoruary  12  &  February  13 

March  '    5  &  March  6  April  23  &  April  24 

May      14  &  May  15  June  4  &  June  5 

* T h e  3! a t e  :  z    -ecerdert  z"    ~'"s    date  d?    the  North  5  9  ?  c  ~  ~  *'  '    ?. ~.    ■■'■ 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

17.   ARTISTS  GUILD  &  SF  SOCIETY  OF  FINE  ARTS 

ART  SHOWS  (Continued)  RES.  NO.  16731 


(Continued) 


SAN  FRANCISCO  SOCIETY  OF  FINE  ARTS 

Union  Square 

January  29  &  January  30  February  26  &  February  27 

March    12  &  March    13  April  16  &  April  17 

May     21  &  May     22  June  25  &  June  26 

Washington  Square  Park 

February  19  &  February  20  March  26  &  March  27 

April    23  &  April    24  May  28  &  May  29 
June     4  &  June     5 


18.   MARINA  GREEN 

FLEET  WEEK  CELEBRATION 

Approval  of  a  two  day  event  at  Marina  Green  on  Saturday,  October  9  ant 
Sunday,  October  10,  1993,  for  Fleet  Week  Celebration. 

Recreation  Supervisor,  Linda  Woo,  explained  that  this  item  is  a  request 
to  hold  a  two  day  event  on  Saturday  and  Sunday,  October  9-10,  1993  at  the- 
Marina  Green  for  the  San  Francisco  Bay  Fest  Fleet  Week.  The  request  is  tc 
use  the  large  Marina  Green  as  a  viewing  area  for  the  parade  of  ships,  the 
civilian  air  show  and  the  Blue  Angels  air  show.  Food,  beverage  anc 
merchandise  booths  will  be  set  up  on  the  Marina  Green  on  both  days.  Ar 
alcoholic  beverage  area  will  be  barricaded  on  the  Marina  Green.  A  classic 
auto  show  will  be  placed  on  the  paved  parking  lot  area  with  an  admissior 
charge  of  $3.00  per  person,  $5.00  per  couple.  On  October  10,  Fleet  Weef 
will  offer  picnicking,  volleyball,  etc.,  for  Navy  personnel  and  their 
families.  This  is  the  first  time  the  Department  received  a  request  foi 
organized  activity  in  conjunction  with  Fleet  Week.  The  promoter  mus' 
obtain  a  $l  Million  liability  insurance,  a  sound  permit,  (amplified  sounc 
will  be  permitted  only  from  1:00  pm  to  5:00  pm) ,  a  health  permit,  and  ; 
permit  from  Alcoholic  Beverage  Control.  The  tenting  plan  must  be  reviewet 
by  the  Park  Division.  The  promoter  must  provide  overnight  security  ant 
portable  toilets.  The  public  will  be  directed  to  park  at  Crissy  Field  oi 
in  the  Presidio.  At  least  2  parking  control  officers  will  be  assigned  tc 
monitor  the  event  and  cite  offenders.  The  Department's  push  cart  vendor- 
will  be  allowed  to  operate  in  conjunction  with  the  event. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Ms.  Woo  said  in  past  yean 
there  were  never  any  organized  events  for  Fleet  Week  and  people  flocked  tc 
the  Marina  Green  area  to  view  the  Blue  AngeTs  air  show. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  question,  Peter  Nantell,  represent  in;' 
Base  C  Productions,  said  he  was  asked  by  the  Mayor's  Office  to  :-e';j 
organize  and  find  funding  for  ?.  Fleet  Week  event.   The  attendance  *;:..--r| 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

18.   MARINA  GREEN 

FLEET  WEEK  CELEBRATION  (Continued) 

Patricia  Vaughney,  was  of  the  opinion  that  over  67,000  people  watched 
the  Blue  Angels  last  year.  She  said  people  park  as  far  as  Broadway  to 
attend  events  at  Crissy  Field  and  that  people  walk  en  the  front  lawns  of 
property  owners  and  urinate  on  their  steps.  She  said  the  neighbors  want 
the  promoter  to  be  bonded  for  the  damage  to  their  property.  She  did  not 
think  enough  portable  toilets  would  be  furnished  and  felt  that  the  vendors 
and  music  portion  of  the  event  should  be  located  at  Crissy  Field  rather 
than  the  Marina  Green.  She  explained  that  this  event  would  set  a 
precedent  and  that  the  program  should  be  better  planned.  She  said  the 
community  was  informed  of  the  particulars  of  the  event  three  weeks  ago. 

Janette  Barroca,  asked  the  Commission  to  change  the  venue  of  the 
commercialized  part  of  this  event  to  the  Embarcadero.  She  said  the 
Embarcadero  merchants  and  the  Embarcadero  Center  would  be  pleased  to  have 
this  event.  She  said  all  of  the  festivities  could  be  relocated  to  the 
waterfront  area  because  there  will  be  no  commuters  and  it  is  accessible 
via  Bart  or  Muni.  She  further  explained  that  the  community  was  informed 
that  this  will  be  a  yearly  event  and  that  long  range  plans  have  been 
made.  She  felt  very  disadvantaged  from  all  the  activities  that  are  held 
year  round  at  the  Marina.  She  said  the  Blue  Angels  show  alone  will  draw 
thousands  of  people  to  the  Marina  Green  area  and  that  the  other  activities 
should  be  located  at  the  Embarcadero. 

Joan  Giradot,  representing  the  Marina  Civic  Improvement  &  Property  Owners 
Association,  said  that  their  800  members  urged  that  this  permit  be 
denied.  She  said  the  event  as  proposed  was  incompatible  with  the 
character  of  the  neighborhood  and  that  it  would  be  a  nightmare  for  the 
Marina  given  the  number  of  people  it  would  attract.  If  the  Commission 
granted  the  permit,  she  urged  that  the  (1)  promoter  post  a  bond  sufficient 
to  cover  the  cost  of  re-sodding  the  Marina  Green  and  reimburse  property 
owners  for  damage  to  their  property,  (2)  provide  and  pay  for  adequate 
police  protection,  (3)  hire  parking  and  traffic  control  officers  to  cite 
and  tow  illegally  parked  cars,  (4)  pay  costs  to  monitor  noise  levels,  (5) 
clean  up  the  entire  Marina  Green  area  by  Noon,  10/11/93,  (6)  provide 
police  barricades  near  the  South  side  of  Marina  Blvd,  and  (7)  have 
Commissioners  attend  the  event  to  witness  it. 

Doug  McKechnie,  representing  the  Fleet  Week  Executive  Committee,  said 
this  is  the  14th  year  of  the  Fleet  Week  celebration  for  sea  service 
personnel.  He  said  he  had  no  problem  staging  the  party  portion  of  the 
event  at  the  Embarcadero.  He  said  they  are  actively  working  with  the 
community  and  tne  various  organizations  to  control  this  event  and  to  find 
resolutions  to  any  of  their  problems. 

Emerit  Kalman,  a  boatowner,  said  the  event  does  not  belong  at  tke  Marina 

Green.  He  asked  who  approached  the  Commission  to  place  this  even:  i  r  the 
Marina.  He  was  opposed  to  the  event. 

/i:a  President  iT.mendcrf  sa;^  the  Cit\  zf   San  r-3r:;s;:  :;  3  ::-::::"::'  :* 

:'  ^ar  ,'j e e * 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

18.   MARINA  GREEN 

FLEET  WEEK  CELEBRATION  (Continued) 

Gloria  Fontanel lo,   representing  the  Marina  Neighborhood  Association 

felt  that  the  sale  of  alcohol  on  the  Marina  Green  set  a  dangerous 
precedent  as  did  having  a  paid  event  at  the  Marina.  She  said  having  suet' 
an  event  at  the  Marina  will  invite  other  special  interest  groups  to  the 
Marina.  She  felt  the  Marina  should  be  left  as  an  open  space  area  for  the 
millions  of  people  who  use  it.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  deny  the 
granting  of  a  permi  t. 

Harold  Hoogasian,  President  of  the  Marina  Merchants  Association,  askec 
the  Commission  to  deny  the  permit.  He  said  his  Association  was  not 
involved  in  any  of  the  planning  and  that  the  Marina  District  has  sufferec 
significant  economic  impacts  since  the  1989  earthquake.  Many  of  the 
merchants  have  gone  out  of  business  and  it  is  important  to  support  the 
local  businesses.  He  was  opposed  to  using  an  outside  vendor.  He  said  the 
Marina  is  a  lovely  neighborhood  resource  for  the  City  and  it  should  not  be 
used  as  a  commercial  venue.  He  felt  that  Crissy  Field  or  Golden  Gate  Park 
was  better  suited  for  the  kind  of  foot  traffic  that  it  is  expected  fron 
this  event. 

Superintendent  of  Parks,  Ron  deLeon,  commented  that  in  the  event  the 

Commission   approved   the  permit,   he   wanted   the   berthholders ,   the 

Department's  tenants,  to  be  given  total  access,  including  parking,  tc 
thei  r  boats  and  si ips . 

Vice  President  Immendorf  said  he  has  spoken  to  many  people  in  favor  of  and 
in  opposition  to  the  Fleet  Week  event.  He  explained  that  the  City  is 
trying  this  type  of  event  for  the  first  time  and  it  may  or  may  not  be 
repeated  in  future  years.  He  explained  that  the  City  expects 
approximately  200,000  people  to  participate  in  Fleet  Week  events  that  will 
generate  $4  Million  for  the  City.  He  said  40,000  to  60,000  people  will 
flock  to  the  Marina  to  see  the  Blue  Angels.  He  spoke  to  the  Police 
Department  about  having  a  sufficient  number  of  officers  assigned  to  the 
area  and  that  there  will  be  Coast  Guard  presence,  Military  Police  in 
Crissy  Field,  and  park  rangers  along  Aquatic  Park.  He  outlined  the  number- 
of  trash  receptacles,  the  clean  up  procedures,  recycling  efforts,  and 
number  of  security  personnel.  He  further  stated  that  the  area  would  be 
steam  cleaned  after  the  event.  He  agreed  that  the  local  merchants  should 
be  used  rather  than  outside  vendors  and  that  the  amount  of  the  bond  should 
be  increased.  In  future  years,  he  wanted  the  Fleet  Week  event  to  be 
planned  well  in  advance  and  to  include  the  community.  He  assured  the 
community  that  he  would  do  everything  within  his  power  to  alleviate  their" 
concerns . 

Commissioner  Mazzola  said  he  had  been  involved  in  Fleet  Week  for  tie  'as: 
ten  years  and  that  he  intended  to  vote  against  it  because  the  neighccrhH 
had  not  been  involved  in  the  planning  of  the  event.   He  felt  there  was 
enough  time  to  change  the  venue.   He  made  a  motion  to  deny  the  per"nH 
Comm  <  s  s  1  one:"  Ruiz  seconded  the  notion. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

18.   MARINA  GREEN 

FLEET  WEEK  CELEBRATION  (Continued) 

Peter  Nantell,  representing  Base  C  Productions,  explained  that  he  was 
contacted  in  June  and  asked  to  assist  in  planning  a  revenue  source  for  the 
Fleet  Week  event.  He  said  he  would  be  delighted  to  involve  the  local 
community  and  that  the  Fleet  Week  Committee  requires  30%  (or  $30,000)  of 
the  proceeds  to  pay  for  the  cost  of  the  event.  The  outside  vendor  attends 
to  90%  of  the  air  shows  across  the  country  and  they  have  the  merchandise 
and  memorabilia.  He  explained  that  he  was  trying  to  find  a  way  to  pay 
for  the  event. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Mr.  Nantell  said  the  event 
would  lose  over  half  its  market  if  the  activities  were  set  up  at  Crissy 
Field  because  the  spectators  are  on  the  Marina  Green. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  the  City's  parks  should  be  for  the  use  of  the 
entire  City.  He  did  not  particularly  condone  a  commercial  activity  at  the 
Marina  Green  but  felt  it  was  the  City's  civic  duty  to  comply.  He  did  not 
think  there  was  time  to  relocate  the  event  and  that  the  promoter  would 
have  sufficient  security  and  police  presence  for  the  event. 

Vice  President  Immendorf  asked  the  promoter  to  involve  the  local  merchants 
i  n  the  vendor  act i vi  ties . 

Commissioner  Rovetti  explained  that  he  lives  in  the  Marina  and  has 
witnessed  damage  from  some  of  the  events  held  in  this  area  of  the  City. 
However,  with  the  security  measures  outlined  by  Vice  President  Immendorf 
and  the  assurance  that  the  promoter  will  solicit  use  of  local  merchants, 
he  could  support  the  permit. 

Commissioner  Farrow  felt  that  with  the  assurances  made  by  Vice  President 
Immendorf  and  with  the  promise  that  local  merchants  would  be  used  she 
could  support  the  granting  of  a  permit. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  there  was  not  enough  time  to  change  the  location 
of  the  event.  She  went  to  the  fourth  of  July  event  at  the  Marina  Green 
and  said  the  Marina  businesses  were  packed.  Next  year,  she  wanted  to  see 
the  event  spread  out  to  other  locations. 

In  response  to  Vice  President  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Nantell  said  he 
would  be  happy  to  contact  the  local  merchants  to  see  what  kind  of 
financial  return  they  could  offer  the  Fleet  Week  Committee. 

Commissioner  Mazzola's  motion  to  deny  the  permit  failed  to  pass  by  the 

fol lowi  ng  vote : 

Noes:  Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Ayes:  Commissioner  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Chan  made  a  motion  to  approve  the  permit  provided  the 
performance  bond  was  increased  to  $10,000  and  that  greater  security 
presence  was  provided  by  the  Military  Police. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

18.   MARINA  GREEN 

FLEET  WEEK  CELEBRATION  (Continued) 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  clarified  the  point  that  the  $10,00( 
performance  bond  only  covers  damage  to  Recreation  and  Park  Department 
property. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  tht 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16732 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  two  day  event  at  Marina  Greer 
from  Saturday,  October  9  to  Sunday,  October  10,  1993,  for  Fleet  Week 
Celebration . 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:  Commissioners  Chan-,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Noes:  Commissioner  Mazzola 


19.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE 

Approval  of  fee  increase  for  goods  and  services  at  Golden  Gate  Park 
Stables,  effective  10/1/93: 

Current  Requested 

Board  (daily  ration  of  1/3  bale       $275  $300 

bedding,  I  Hake  alfalfa;  l 
flake  oats) 
Lessons 

One  hour  private  $30  $35 

One  hour  semi-private  (2  People)      $20  $25 

One  hour  semi-private  (3  People)      $18  $22 

Group  -  One  hour  $15  $18 

No  Show  Fee  $10  $15 

Summer  Camp  $300  $360 

(20  hrs.  @  $15)     20  hrs.  §  $18) 
Outside  Instructors                $6  $10 

Rental s  (trailside  w/guide) 

one  hour  private  $30  $35 

one  hour  group  $18  $20 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  said  that  he 

recommended  approval  of  the  fee  increase  at  the  Committee  level  because  i 
was  reasonable  and  there  had  not  been  an  increase  in  rates  for  at  leas' 

years.   "he  Fees  at  the  sraoles  are  below  market  and  the  Comm; ttg 

recommended  approval  of  the  "ees  by  a  vote  of  2  to  1.   While  the  :.-"■ 

operator  is  on  a  month-to-month  agreement,  the  Department  is  develop'"!  i 
bid  package  for  the  stables  which  will  a^so  include  a  rate  i-cej 
because  there  are  substantial   capital   improvements   needed  ':■ 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

19.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Statement  of  Phil  Arnold  (Continued)  the  necessary  information  to  the 
Department  of  City  Planning  to  review  the  bid  package.  The  actual  dollar 
amount  of  necessary  capital  improvements  is  still  being  calculated  and 
therefore  the  rate  structure  needed  to  finance  these  improvements  is  not 
known  at  this  time.  In  order  to  avoid  recommending  two  different  rate 
structures  within  a  short  time,  Mr.  Arnold  felt  compelled  to  reverse  his 
recommendation  and  asked  that  the  fees  not  be  approved  at  this  time.  He 
said  that  staff  will  bring  to  the  Commission  a  bid  package  within  3 
months.  If  staff  fails  to  bring  the  package  forward  in  that  time  frame, 
then  he  would  present  a  fee  increase  package  to  the  Commission. 

Commissioner  Chan  was  under  the  impression  that  the  bid  package  was 
submitted  to  City  Planning  some  time  ago.  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  City 
Planning  has  not  started  its  review  because  some  of  the  required 
documentation  was  missing. 

Jeff  Morris,  one  of  the  operators  at  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables,  said 

they  were  approved  to  be  the  operator  in  May  1990.  At  that  time  they  were 
told  that  the  bid  package  would  be  completed  by  the  end  of  1990.  It  is 
now  3-1/2  years  later  and  there  still  is  no  bid  package.  They  have  been 
operating  the  stables  for  20  months,  on  a  month-to-month  basis,  caring  for 
80  horses,  15  employees,  40  boarders,  and  500  students.  He  said  costs 
continue  to  increase  and  they  have  not  had  a  rate  increase  in  3  years.  He 
asked  if  the  Commission  was  going  to  wait  4  years  before  they  grant  a  rate 
increase.  He  was  upset  that  the  staff  recommendation  changed  in  the  last 
48  hours  and  commented  that  it  is  difficult  to  maintain  the  stables  when 
they  are  falling  down.  He  requested  that  the  Commission  approve  the  rate 
increase;  if  they  had  to  wait  for  the  bid  package  then  he  felt  the  rates 
should  go  into  effect  in  January. 

Helen  Norris,  part  of  the  management  at  the  Stables,  echoed  the 
statements  made  by  Mr.  Morris.  She  said  their  cost  of  their  suppliers 
keep  increasing  and  they  are  trying  to  maintain  the  stables  in  reasonable 
condition  for  the  publ ic. 

Mickey  Dennis,  felt  that  the  rate  increase  was  justified  because  the 

Stables  is  a  nicely  run  operation.   She  said  the  fees  charged  are  modest 

and  underpriced  if  you  compare  them  to  other  stables.   If  they  were  not 

granted  the  rate  increase  at  this  meeting  she  felt  it  should  be  granted  in 
ninety  days.   She  felt  there  was  a  fairness  issue  that  needed  to  be 

considered.  She  said  the  present  operators  have  maintained  a  positive 
attitude  at  the  Stables. 

Kathy  Mroz,  a  boarder  at  the  Stables,  presented  photographs  of  tKe 
Stables  and  displayed  a  board  from  her  stall  which  was  termite  r" ;  d  J  e '-  a"d 
full  of  dry  rot.  She  explained  that  she  wrote  to  the  operator  about  this 
condition  and  they  told  her  they  could  not  do  anything  about  it  as  ;:  .■<?.; 
too  costly  to  repair.  She  said  the  operator  works  to  the  benefit  :*  the 
",:i^zi  out  no:  the  boarders.  she  feit  that  a  'ate  :":"eas-5  :-:.':  ~:: 
::  '-::  ef,?ect  jnt;;  ^  :::  package  ,vas  :dmp'eted  ana  :  terns  ve-s  'e:s  tj 
iic  said  rne  barn  :s  deteriorated  and  -n?  :ce<"ators  .vere  ~c"  ":-   i 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

19.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Carol  Hamby,  said  the  current  operator  has  been  operating  on  a 
month-to-month  agreement  for  some  time  and  there  is  no  incentive  for  then 
to  maintain  the  stables.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  move  forward  with 
the  bid  package  so  that  an  operator  can  be  selected  who  has  an  incentive 
to  maintain  the  facility.  She  said  that  stables  are  beautiful  and  it  is 
sad  to  see  them  in  a  deteriorated  condition. 

Shay  Morris,  one  of  the  operators  at  the  Stables,  explained  that  in  the 
first  18  months  of  their  tenure  they  spent  525,000  repairing  the  facility 
including  painting,  installing  fire  extinguishers  and  steam  cleaning  the 
entire  facility.  She  said  the  drought  and  recent  rain  made  the  first  cut 
of  oats  very  costly.  She  said  that  a  boarder's  representative  contacted 
Ms.  Mroz  and  explained  there  was  not  sufficient  funds  to  repair  the 
stall.  She  said  they  are1  trying  to  perform  the  maintenance  around  the 
barn  but  that  they  must  prioritize  the  projects. 

Dennis  Hamby,  one  of  the  Boarder's  representative,  said  that  the 
boarders  he  spoke  with  do  not  object  to  having  a  major  increase,  because 
they  know  it  will  go  into  refurbishing  the  stables.  He  suggested  that 
staff  issue  the  bid  and  then  institute  a  fee  increase. 

Jodi  Nunnari,  representing  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  Student 
Association,  said  there  are  over  400  students  taking  lessons  at  the 
Stables  and  that  they  support  the  sport  of  riding  and  encourage  the  public! 
to  ride  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  She  said  the  students  generate  the  mostj 
money  for  the  Stables  and  are  happy  with  the  current  management.  They i 
understand  the  fee  request  because  costs  are  rising  and  the  operator  needs | 
to  have  a  return  on  their  investment.  She  was  concerned  that  the  students 
will  bear  the  brunt  of  the  fee  increase  when  the  bid  package  is  prepared 
and  that  it  could  result  only  a  select  group  of  people  being  able  to 
afford  the  faci 1 i  ty. 

Vice  President  Immendorf  said  this  has  been  a  long  process  and  there  was 
concern  by  the  Commission  that  the  bid  package  was  still  not  prepared  or- 
ready.  He  hoped  that  staff  could  guarantee  a  bid  package  within  90  days. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  he  felt  a  rate  increase  is  warranted  but  the  rate 
increase  before  the  Commission  today  would  not  finance  major  capital) 
improvements  that  were  necessary.   However,  if  the  fees  are  raised  too' 
high,  some  people  will  not  be  able  to  afford  the  Stables.  There  are  Tiany 
issues  that  had  to  be  considered  including  the  actual  cost  of  the  capital 
improvements,   the  term  of  the  "ease  so  an  operator  can  cover  tneirfl 
investment  and  what  guarantee  can  be  made  that  the  Stable  revenues  wi i '  be 
used  for  improvements.   He  hoped  to  have  this  task  completed  in  3  tc:1--; 
and  vowed  to  make  it  a  priority. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  the  fee  increase  could  be  indecendent  of  th 
ca:k?.ge  a^d  that  another  rate  ;nc-"ease  could  be  done  after  the  o: 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

19.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  it  would  be  very  annoying  to  not  have  a  bid 
package  ready  after  3  years  of  waiting.  He  asked  Mr.  Arnold  to  explain 
why  it  would  be  ready  in  3  months  when  it  was  not  ready  in  3  years. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  there  are  many  reasons  why  the  bid  package  was  not  ready 
some  of  which  were  his  staff's  problem.  He  said  that  some  of  the  proposed 
rate  increases  are  not  in  line  and  he  wanted  to  review  these  rates  with 
the  operators  before  they  were  approved. 

Vice  President  Immendorf  suggested  that  the  rate  increases  be  approved 
effective  1/1/94  and  that  staff  produce  the  bid  package  prior  to  that 
time.  A  lengthy  discussion  ensued  regarding  the  time  frame  of  another 
rate  increase,  the  cost  of  the  capital  improvements,  etc. 

Commissioner  Sommer,  made  a  motion  which  was  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Chan,  to  approve  an  interim  fee  increase  effective  10/1/93.  The  motion 
failed  to  pass  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioner  Sommer,  Chan 

Noes:   Commissioners  Immendorf,  Mazzola,  Rovetti,  Ruiz, 

Absent:  Commissioner  Farrow 

On  motion  of  Commi ssione*"  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  this 
matter  was  referred  to  the  December  meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commi  ssion. 


20.   BEN  &  JERRY'S  WOMAD  CONCERT 
MODIFICATION  OF  PERMIT  FEE 

Approval  of  modification  to  the  permit  fee  for  the  Ben  &  Jerry's  World  of 
Music,  Arts  and  Dance  (WOMAD)  concert  to  be  held  on  Sunday,  September  19, 
1993  at  the  Polo  Field,  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  staff  is 
asking  for  a  modification  of  the  Commission's  existing  permit  fee.  Under 
the  current  policy,  staff  can  allow  4  non-athletic  events  from  25,000  up 
to  100,000  in  the  Polo  Field  each  year.  Traditionally,  3  events  of  this 
nature  have  been  held:  Bay  to  Breakers,  Comedy  Day,  and  the  Ben  &  Jerry's 
event.  When  an  event  fences  park  property  and  charges  an  entry  fee,  the 
Commi'ssion ' s  Permit  and  Reservation  Policy  requires  the  Department  to 
receive  257„  of  the  gross  gate  receipts.  When  staff  negotiated  with  the 
event  promoter  they  felt  that  257,  was  prohibitive.  In  the  past,  the  Sen  i 
Jerry's  event  was  not  fenced  and  a  fee  was  not  charged.  Staff  negotiated 
with  the  promoter  to  pay  the  Department  a  guarantee  of  550,000  and  to  oa> 
$1.00  per  person  for  each  person  over  60,000  up  to  100,000.  The  promoters 
have  printed  only  100,000  tickets  and  staff  expects  somewhere  between 
60,000-100,000  to  attend  this  event.  They  plan  to  sell  tickets  -:  t-e 
gate  but  n\])  j  :  e  nomcered  tickets  :  n  order  tc  obtain  ?.n  accurate  -:::." 
of  the  J  *  ~ z  n  ~ 3. "  ■"  -  -1 ~ ~  ■"  z  s  '■'("  Rr*b :-  n s  "^n  "  - r' "  e r'  5  •  ~ ■ '  n : n e  z  ~ "  \  ~.  ~  ~ :-  ~  ~ 
:;nsider";ng  a  3'f^erent  fee  structure  por  :~ese  e/9nt;. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

20.   BEN  &  JERRY' S  WOMAD  CONCERT 

MODIFICATION  OF  PERMIT  FEE  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Sommer  voiced  her  concern  about  the  SIO  entrance  fee.  Mr. 
Robinson  said  that  there  will  be  three  stages  to  reduce  the  amplified 
sound  l evel  . 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  one  of  the  provisions  of  this  permit  is  that  8C 

parking  passes  would  be  given  to  the  promoters.   He  was  informed  that  they 

now  wanted  an  additional  250  passes  which  would  would  impact  the 
Department's  paid  parking  program. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16733 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  following  permit  fee  for  the 
Ben  &  Jerry's  WOMAD  concert  to  be  held  on  Sunday,  September  19,  1993:  a 
guaranteed  fee  of  $60,000  for  this  event,  plus  $1  for  each  person 
attending  over  60,000  people  up  to  100,000  people  maximum. 

21.   BEN  &  JERRY'S  WOMAD  CONCERT 
SPECIAL  EVENT  PARKING 

Approval  of  revocable  permit  to  provide  special  event  parking  for  the  Ben 
&  Jerry's  World  of  Music,  Arts  and  Dance  (WOMAD)  concert  to  be  held  on 
Sunday,  September  19,  1993. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  item  is  staff's  effort  to  control  damage  to  the  park  as  a  result! 
of  large  events  in  the  Polo  Field.  This  year  every  major  event  in  the 
West  End  has  been  closed  off  to  vehicles  unless  they  wished  to  pay  a  fee 
to  park  there.  The  paid  parking  cost  will  be  $3.00  per  car.  Last  time  a 
fee  of  $6.00  was  charged  and  people  parked  in  the  neighborhood.  Staff  is 
not  trying  to  force  people  to  park  in  the  adjoining  neighborhood  but  to 
park  a  reasonable  number  in  the  park.  If  staff  does  not  control  access, 
people  park  on  small  trees  or  pathways,  etc.  In  the  future,  Mr.  Arnold 
hoped  to  prepare  a  bid  package  for  paid  parking  for  these  type  of  events 
rather  than  issuing  a  permit  each  time. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,   seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,   the 


following  resolution  was  adopted 


RES.  NO.  16734 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  apo'oves  a  revocable  permit  to  pr-:-;^ 
special  event  pacing  for  the  Ben  &  Jerry's  World  of  Music,  Arts  and  Iarce 
(WOMAD)  concert  to  be  held  on  Sunday,  September  19,  1993. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

22.   ADULT  FIELD  ATHLETIC  USE  &  PERMITS  &  RESERVATION 
PROPOSED  FEE  INCREASES 

Approval  of  proposed  fee  increases  for  adult  field  athletic  use,  and 
various  fees  for  the  Permits  and  Reservations  section,  effective  10/1/93. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
a  request  to  approve  adult  athletic  fees.  When  staff  prepared  the  1993-94 
budget  package  it  included  an  item  which  would  institute  a  fee  for 
children  who  wanted  to  use  the  Department's  athletic  fields.  The 
Commission  rejected  that  proposal  and  instructed  staff  to  find  the  revenue 
from  adult  fees  for  athletic  uses. 

The  $187,000  in  revenues  were  needed  from  adult  athletic  fees.  Staff 
estimates  that  the  fees  proposed  would  generate  approximately 
$145,000-$155,000  from  10/1/93  to  6/30/94.  He  said  that  some  of  these 
fees  were  raised  last  year.  Staff  proposed  increasing  permit  and 
reservation  fees  to  meet  the  shortfall.  The  Department  issues  over  20,000 
permi  ts  a  year. 

Rick  Olivas,  Secretary  of  the  San  Francisco  Soccer  League,  which 
represents  52  adult  amateur  soccer  teams  and  member  of  Board  of  Directors 
of  California  Soccer  Association  North,  which  has  204  adult  amateur  soccer 
teams  in  San  Francisco,  was  surprised  that  there  was  no  public  involvement 
in  the  fee  setting  process.  The  fees  are  300%  higher  than  they  were  2 
years  ago  and  if  you  do  not  pay,  you  do  not  play.  He  said  the  Department 
has  realized  a  300°/.  increase  in  revenues  but  the  level  of  service  remains 
unchanged.  He  said  they  would  like  to  have  input  into  this  process  and  to 
develop  a  fee  package  with  other  users  groups  who  do  not  pay  a  fee  such  as 
tennis  or  basketball  courts  use.  He  said  that  if  the  fees  continue  to 
increase  they  will  not  be  able  to  afford  to  play.  He  said  they  have  been 
an  organized  soccer  association  since  1902  and  have  never  been  delinquent 
in  paying  their  fees.  He  said  the  process  seemed  quite  unfair. 

Vice  President  Immendorf  understood  the  frustrations  expressed  by  Mr. 
Olivas  and  said  that  the  Department  budget  keeps  getting  slashed.  He  said 
the  Department  has  attempted  to  fund  programs  with  little  impact  as 
possible.  He  said  the  Department  is  trying  to  find  ways  to  generate 
revenues  and  to  provide  services  with  the  limited  resources. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Mazzola's  question,  Mr.  Robinson  outlined  the 
fee  structure  and  explained  it  is  based  on  whether  the  field  is  lighted, 
whether  or  not  a  director  is  needed  to  open  the  field,  etc. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  suggested  that  Mr.  Olivas  contact  the  6oaf-q  of 
Supervisors  and  the  Mayor's  Office  to  inform  them  that  the  soccer 
association  does  not  like  continual  fee  increases.  These  agen:;es 
determine  the  funding  allocation  to  the  Department. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

22.   ADULT  FIELD  ATHLETIC  USE  &  PERMITS  &  RESERVATION 
PROPOSED  FEE  INCREASES  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  on 
motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti  ,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16735 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  fee  increases  for  adult  field 
athletic  use,  and  various  fees  for  the  Permits  and  Reservations  section, 
effective  10/1/93. 


23.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

CONSERVATORY  AUXILIARY  BUDGET 

Approval  of  request  from-  the  Conservatory  Auxiliary  for  their  budget 
expenditure  for  the  fiscal  year  July  I,  1993  -  June  30,  1994. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  this  item  was  referred  to 
the  Commission  without  recommendation  because  the  Conservatory  budget 
contains  some  assumptions  that  were  not  accurate.  The  Conservatory 
Foundation  lease  requires  the  Commission  to  approve  its  budget.  It  has 
been  found  that  there  is  an  asbestos  problem  at  the  Conservatory  of 
Flowers,  although  it  is  not  located  in  a  public  area.  However,  the  Health 
Department  will  address  this  problem  in  the  upcoming  budget  year.  This 
budget  assumes  a  full  year  operation  which  will  not  occur  if  the  asbestos 
work  is  performed.  The  work  is  tentatively  scheduled  for  January  or 
February  of  and  will  take  2  months. 

Ms.  Burns  met  with  the  Conservatory  Foundation  and  a  follow-up  letter  was 
sent  to  her  that  did  not  give  the  level  of  detail  she  needed.  She  pointed 
out  several  issues: 

It  is  not  likely  that  the  Conservatory  will  be  open  for  all  12  months 

of  1993-94. 

Should  the  asbestos  work  go  forward  it  should  take  place  only  dying 

the  middle  of  winter  otherwise  it  would  have  to  be  scheduled  a  year 

from  now. 

If  asbestos  abatement  goes  forward  the  revenue  costs  would  have  to  be 

reduced  to  reflect  the  income  from  special  events  held  at  the 

Conservatory. 

This  budget  reflects,  for  the  first  time,  payment  for  the  cost  of  a^ 

administrator.   Previously,  this  function  was  done  by  volunteers. 

There  was  concern  that  the  administrator  would  perform  some  work  that 

is  not  related  to  the  lease  requirements,  such  as  membership  to  tne 

Conservatory.   The  Foundation  has  verified  that  the  administrator  <M 

keep  two  separate  time  rolls. 

When  the  Department  finds  out  whether  the  Health  Department  J 

perform  the  abatement  work,  the  budget  must  reflect  those  changes  anc 

the  Commission  must  approve  them. 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

23.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

CONSERVATORY  AUXILIARY  BUDGET  (Continued) 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  there  is  an  outstanding  issue  on  restricted  and  unrestricted  funds. 
He  had  questions  about  the  Conservatory  Foundation's  administrative  costs. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  there  were  inconsistencies  in  the  budget  such  as 
the  amount  budgeted  for  rentals  that  were  confusing  to  her. 

Gary  Metzler,  representing  the  Conservatory  Foundation,  said  that  staff 
asked  them  to  provide  information  on  restricted  and  unrestricted 
administrative  costs.  He  said  they  have  split  the  timerolts  to  keep  two 
time  sheets  and  that  100%  of  its  funds  will  be  spent  on  the  facility  in 
one  form  or  another.  He  said  they  will  attempt  to  give  a  clearer  answer. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  this 
matter  was  referred  to  the  next  meeting  of  the  Finance  and  Administration 
Commi  ttee . 

4:45  p.m.  Commissioner  Farrow  left  the  meeting. 

4:45  p.m.  -  5:20  p.m.  the  Commission  convened  in  Executive  Session  on  Item  24. 

24.   SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

Consideration  of  proposed  settlement  of  claim  of  Curtis  Cox  v.  City  and 
County  of  San  Francisco,  Superior  Court  #943-486,  in  the  amount  of  $12,500. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Mazzola,  the 
Commission  gave  the  City  Attorney  further  direction  regarding  this  claim. 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Immendorf,  Mazzola,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Farrow 


25.   ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFTS 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16736 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  following  gifts  valued  at 
3207,465.00,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  San  Francisco  Croquet  Club,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and 
ParKS,  32,730.00,  for  the  Park  Maintenance  Fund. 

b.  From  Champs  Foundation,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Pa  ks, 
1,500.00,  for  the  Department's  Teen  Newspaper  Fund. 

c.  Prom  B;ll  Graham  Foundation,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  md  D.v'<s. 
5300.00,  for  the  Department's  A"rja!  reen  Newspaper  }uti~a"j:-g  ::?." 
:  ■■  3  - : . 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

25 .    ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFTS  RES.  NO.  16736 

(Continued) 

d.  From  Greater  West  Portal  Neighborhood  Association,  through  Friends  of 
Recreation  and  Parks,  SI, 875. 00,  for  the  play  engine  at  West  Portal 
Playground . 

e.  From  Poly  Athletic  Association  and  Poly  Grid  Club,  through  Friends  of 
Recreation  and  Parks,  $500.00,  for  the  Kezar  Equipment  Fund. 

f.  From  Hillsview  Orchids,  48  seedlings  for  the  Cool  Growing  Orchic 
collection,  valued  at  $560.00,  for  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers. 

g.  From  the  John  C.  Gill  Hand  estate  $200,000,  to  be  used  at  the  Strybinc 
Arboretum  and  Botanical  Gardens. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  appropriate  letters  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  the 
donors . 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Immendorf,  Mazzola,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Farrow 


25a.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

APPEAL  OF  DENIAL  OF  PERMIT 

Appeal  of  the  denial  of  a  permit  from  Unity  Foundation  to  use  Marx 
Meadow,  Golden  Gate  Park  .on  September  25,  1993. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  there  was  a 
controversy  over  this  event  because  staff  had  heard  one  of  the 
entertainers  slated  would  draw  more  people  than  Marx  Meadow  could 
accommodate.  Staff  has  reached  agreement  with  the  event  sponsor  who  will 
move  his  event  to  the  Music  Concourse. 

Bill  McCarthy,  representing  Unity  Foundation,  said  Unity  Foundation  has 
the  last  18  years  has  put  on  events  in  Golden  Gate  Park  that  are  intended 
to  bring  all  races  and  cultures  of  people  together.  He  said  staff  felt 
that  one  of  the  performers  (Jefferson  Starship)  would  bring  too  large  a 
crowd  for  Marx  Meadow.  He  did  not  agree  with  that  statement,  but  in  the 
spirit  of  cooperation  and  unity,  they  relocated  the  event. 


26.    RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 
ELECTION  OF  OFFICERS 


Election  of  President  and  Vice  President  for  the  balance  of  calendar  year 
1993,  in  accordance  with  Resolution  No.  11334. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  trie 
Commission  elected  Jack  Immendorf,  President,  for  the  balance  of  calendar 
year  1 994 . 

iRPRCVED  3:  ~-r  "CLLCWING  70y": 


26. 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 
ELECTION  OF  OFFICERS  (Continued) 


On  motion  of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
Commission  elected  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President,  for  the  balance  of 
calendar  year  l 994 . 

APPROVED  BY  THE  FOLLOWING  VOTE: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Immendorf,  Mazzola,  Rovetti,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Farrow 

27.   PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up 
to  three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Mary  Serafini,  Vice  President  of  the  San  Francisco  Archers,  said  there 
is  an  undeveloped  park  land  in  Pacifica  that  shall  be  saved  for 
generations  to  come.  She  said  the  City  of  Pacifica  wants  to  develop  the 
area  for  a  sewage  treatment  plant,  through  eminent  domain.  She  said  the 
City  of  Pacifica  wants  to  place  a  T 25 '  tall  building  the  size  of  a 
football  field  and  already  has  taken  core  samples  for  the  Environmental 
Impact  Report  invading  park  property.  She  said  this  work  was  done 
without  approval  from  Recreation  and  Park.  There  are  3  endangered 
species  on  this  land  including  the  San  Francisco  Garter  Snake  and  the 
Mission  Blue  Butterfly.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  stop  this 
development . 

Masha  Zakheim,  author,  explained  that  she  wrote  a  book  on  Coit  Tower  in 
the  1970s  with  the  intention  of  selling  it  there.  The  book  was  published 
with  the  understanding  that  it  would  be  sold  at  the  gift  shop  at  Coit 
Tower  and  showcased  at  this  site.  She  showed  photographs  of  the  gift 
shop  wares  and  the  book  was  not  prominently  displayed.  She  asked  the 
Commission  to  issue  a  written  policy  on  how  the  Coit  Tower  book  should  be 
displayed  and  sold. 

Kevin  Drew,  the  manager  of  the  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council 
(HANC)  Recycling  Center,  said  there  were  some  questions  raised  at  the 
last  Commission  meeting  regarding  HANC  and  that  he  was  very  eager  to 
respond  to  any  concerns  the  Commission  had  about  the  Center.  He  further 
invited  members  of  the  Commission  to  visit  the  Center  and  to  see  the 
operation.  He  said  that  they  have  planted  more  greenery  on  the  perimeter 
of  the  Center. 


Patricia  Vaughney  said  that  the  information  presented  by  President 

Immendorf  regarding  Item  18  (Marina  Green/Fleet  Week)  was  incorrect.  She 

said  that  Base  C  Productions  will  be  paid  to  promote  the  event.   She  said 

that  the  Commission  aooroved  the  oermit  without  detailed  mitiga:::";  such 

as  «here  the  police  ;"::e-"s  would  be  assignee:,  new  :he  area  ■■ :  '  be 

eleanec  arte-"  :~e  even:.   3"e  did  nor  .vant  the  :■ remote"  jsec  ":•'  '=■: 

i e a r  s  z '  e e  t  <'Je e <.  event.   £ h e  said  the  Z i  t ■■>  ,v i  1 1  ' o s e  ~on e ->  >n  ~ i '  i    i  -"  ~ 


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Thursday,  September  16,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

27.   PUBLIC  COMMENT  (Continued) 

Joan  Giradot,  representing  the  Marina  Civic  Improvement  &  Property 
Owners  Association,  asked  if  staff  checked  with  Fort  Mason  to  see  what 
other  events  are  being  held  for  the  1 0/ 9- 10/10/93  weekend.  She  said 
there  are  two  other  events  scheduled  at  Fort  Mason  for  this  weekend.  She 
suggested  that,  in  the  future  before  permits  are  issued,  that  staff  check 
to  see  what  else  is  going  on  in  the  area.  She  said  too  many  permits  are 
being  issued  for  the  Marina.  She  has  been  advocating  coordination  with 
the  Exploratorium,  Fort  Mason  and  the  Marina  Green.  She  wanted  to  know 
if  the  Fleet  Week  was  competitively  bid,  what  percentage  the  event 
promoter  would  receive  and  if  a  post  event  audit  would  be  conducted.  She 
suggested  that  the  Department  coordinate  with  the  Police  Department  to 
shutdown  access  to  and  from  Doyle  Drive  during  the  event. 

Mary  Heinzen  spoke  on  behalf  of  golfers  opposed  to  the  placement  of  a 
sewage  treatment  plant  on  Sharp  Park  property.  As  a  Pacifica  resident 
she  submitted  over  1000  signatures  opposed  to  this  plan.  She  said 
golfers  learned  of  the  proposal  four  months  ago  and  that  it  may  impact 
golfing  at  Sharp  Park.  The  proposed  plan  will  put  the  plant  15-20  yards 
from  the  7th  fairway  and  the  noise  will  be  significant  from  the  blowers 
above  the  tanks.  The  emergency  generator  will  also  be  noisy  and  will 
reverberate  in  the  canyon  setting  of  Sharp  Park.  She  asked  the  Commission 
to  oppose  the  placement  of  a  sewage  treatment  plant  on  Sharp  Park  land. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  "Burns,  explained  that  the  Department  has 
enlisted  the  help  of  the  local  Clean  Water  Program  to  evaluate  what  is 
being  proposed  by  the  City  of  Pacifica.  She  has  sent  a  letter 
questioning  various  aspects  of  what  is  being  proposed  by  Pacifica  and 
informing  them  to  look  for  alternative  sites.  However,  Sharp  Park  is  the 
preferred  site  by  the  City  of  Pacifica. 

28.    PRESIDENTS  REPORT 

President  Immendorf  welcomed  the  new  commissioners  and  vowed  to  work 
closely  with  the  Department,  his  fellow  commissioners  and  the  public  to 
do  the  best  job  he  can. 

President  Immendorf  then  asked  Commissioner  Ruiz  to  comment  on  a  new  task 
force.  A  task  force  has  been  formed  to  review  open  space  and  funding  for 
open  space  in  the  Mission.  There  will  be  two  co-chairs,  Santiago  Ruiz 
will  represent  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  Toby  Levine  will 
represent  the  City  Planning  Commission.  The  Task  Force  will  be  staffed 
by  Recreation  and  Park  with  assistance  by  City  Planning.  The  tasK  force 
will  attempt  to  identify  what  the  perceived  needs  are  in  the  Mission 
District  community  and  how  to  use  the  limited  Open  Space  funding  that  it 
is  avai lable . 


29. 


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COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 


30. 


The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record 


Special  Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  July  26,  1993 
Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  August  4,  1993 
Finance  and  Administration  Committee  Meeting  of  September  2 
Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  September  7,  1993 
Golden  Gate  Park  Committee  Meeting  of  September  13,  1993 

ADJOURNMENT 


993 


On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Helene  Greenberg,  mother  of  Jon  Greenberg,  Potrero  Hill  Recreation 
Director  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Mark  Perrick,  a  gardener  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department,  who 
passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Eugene  Soberanes,  son  of  Larry  Economou  the  Painter  Foreman  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department,  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Nels  Cullenward,  golf  writer  for  the  Exami  ner ,  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti  ,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
his  grandfather,  who  planted  a  seedling  in  Golden  Gate  Park  in  the  late 
1800s. 


There  being  no  further  business,  the 

685th  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and 

Park  Commission  was  adjourned  at  7:30 
p.m. 


Respectfully  submitted 


'(JJUM^ 


Shauna  Marie  Rose 
Commi  ssion  Secretary 


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San  Francisco,  California 
October  21 ,  1993 


Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 
RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 


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MINUTES 


686TH  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  OCTOBER  21,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Sixth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Jack  Immendorf. 


1.   ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  President 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 


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2.   APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti,  the 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  October  21,  1993,  were  approved  as 
presented. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"LAKE  MERCED 

Attached  to  this  report  is  a  letter  from  the  Public  Utilities  Commissioj 
dated  October  8,  1993,  in  response  to  the  Department's  concerns  about  tl 
falling  level  of  Lake  Merced.  The  above-average  rainy  season  did  noi 
recharge  the  lake  to  the  degree  we  had  hoped  it  would.  As  of  August  24, 
1993,  the  lake  was  1.85  feet  lower  than  it  was  on  August  24,  1992.  Staff 
continues  to  communicate  and  meet  with  Water  Department  staff  on  this 
problem. 

SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOO 

The  Expanded  Partnership  for  the  Zoo  is  now  in  effect.  The  Zoological 
Society  assumed  management  of  the  Zoo  on  October  9,  1993.  The  Societ) 
will  focus  on  three  major  items:  1)  Renovation  and  Construction: 
renovation  of  the  otter  exhibit,  construction  of  the  Feline  Conservatior 
Center,  final  drawings  for  construction  of  the  Leopards  of  Asia  exhibit, 
and  improvement  in  landscaping  and  graphics;  2)  Staff  structure:  changinc 
function  and  structure  of  staff  to  meet  the  needs  of  the  institution, 
changes  in  organization,  increase  in  staff  training;  3)  Major  fundraisinc 
for  Zoo  2000  Capital  Campaign.  The  Founders'  Fund  surpassed  the  $1C 
million  mark  and  currently  totals  $10.6  million. 

David  Anderson  attended  the  American  Association  of  Zoological  Parks  anc 
Aquariums  (AAZPA)  Conference  and  announced  the  continuation  of 
accreditation  for  the  Zoo  was  approved  based  on  the  Zoo's  evidence  of 
financial  stability.  The  Zoo  was  highly  honored  with  the  AAZPA  Education 
Award  for  the  Program,  "Trail  with  an  Attitude."  This  program  takes 
Nature  Trail  several  steps  further  with  selected  children  being  trained  in 
the  summer  and  going  to  the  schools  to  train  other  children  during  the 
school  year. 

The  Zoo  is  pleased  to  announced  the  birth  of  a  new  gorilla,  which  the) 
believe  is  a  male.  The  koala  born  on  March  2  has  been  seen  emerging  froir 
the  pouch,  and  the  Zoo  has  received  word  that  our  koala,  "Leo,"  in 
New  Orleans,  has  been  sent  a  mate  from  the  San  Diego  Zoo. 

PARCEL  4 

The  City  officially  acquired  Parcel  4  (Great  Highway  at  Balboa)  on 
September  24,  1993.  This  property  will  be  used  as  a  construction  staging 
area  for  the  Clean  Water  Program  until  1997.  After  that  time  it  will 
become  public  open  space.  The  acquisition  of  the  property  was  partially 
funded  through  the  Open  Space  Program,  and  the  property  is  under  the  joint 
jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  and  the  Department  of 
Public  Works.  A  memorandum  of  understanding  between  the  two  departments 
regarding  Parcel  4  has  been  prepared  by  staff  and  will  be  brought  to  the 
Commission  in  November. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

GENERAL  MANAGER' S  REPORT  (Continued) 

KEZAR  STADIUM 

An  existing  sewer  on  the  north  side  of  Kezar  Stadium,  adjacent  to  the 
Frederick  Street  Plaza,  collapsed.  This  sewer  carries  both  sanitary  flow 
from  the  restroom  on  the  Frederick  Street  side  as  well  as  surface  runoff. 
Consequently,  this  condition  constitutes  an  emergency  involving  the 
health,  safety  and  property  of  the  citizens  of  the  City  and  County  of  San 
Francisco.  A  request  has  been  made  to  the  Department  of  Public  Works  that 
a  Class  "A"  emergency  be  declared  and  a  contract  be  awarded  to  replace  the 
collapsed  sewer  with  a  10"  iron  stone  pipe.  This  work  will  be  paid  for 
with  monies  from  the  Sewer  Service  Charge  Repair  and  Replacement  Fund. 

PLAYGROUND  SAFETY  ISSUES 

Last  weekend  the  press  reported  that  the  City  of  Oakland  had  closed  most 
of  its  playgrounds  because  of  safety  concerns  raised  in  a  consultant 
report.  The  Recreation  and  Park  Department  has  approximately  140 
playgrounds  throughout  the  City.  These  playgrounds  are  regularly 
inspected  by  staff.  However,  this  week  we  began  a  special  survey  of  all 
of  our  playgrounds  to  ensure  that  we  do  not  have  any  safety  problems  such 
as  those  identified  in  Oakland.  The  results  of  this  special  survey  should 
be  available  by  next  week. 


CARROUSEL 

Renovation  of  the  exterior  of  the  Carrousel  in  Golden  Gate  Park  began  on 
Monday,  October  18,  1993.  The  renovation  project,  which  includes  a  new 
paint  job  and  replacement  of  the  plexiglass  panels,  is  expected  to  be 
completed  by  November  4,  1993.  During  the  work  phase,  however,  a  press 
conference  will  be  held  to  highlight  the  collaborative  effort  and  hard 
work  of  the  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks,  San  Francisco  Beautiful, 
Hyatt  Corporation,  Sherwin  Williams  Company,  San  Francisco  Arts 
Commission,  DPW-Bureau  of  Architecture,  and  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department.  The  press  conference  will  take  place  at  the  Carrousel  on 
Tuesday,  October  26,  1993,  at  12:00  noon.  You  are  cordially  invited  to 
attend.  If  you  would  like  a  box  lunch,  please  RSVP  to  Shauna  Rose  by 
Friday,  October  22. 


MISSION  DISTRICT  OPEN  SPACE  TASK  FORCE 

A  special  Open  Space  Task  Force  for  the  Mission  District  has  been  created 
to  evaluate  projects  in  the  Open  Space  Program  and  to  make  recommendations 
to  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee  on  project  requests  for  the  Mission 
District.  The  Task  Force  is  chaired  by  Commissioner  Sam  Ruiz  and  Toby 
Levine,  who  is  a  member  of  the  Planning  Commission.  The  first  meeting  of 
the  Task  Force  was  held  on  Saturday,  October  16.  Three  or  four  more 
meetings  will  be  held  and  then  recommendations  from  the  Task  Force  will  be 
sent  to  the  Open  Space  Committee. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

CAMP  MATHER 

The  closing  of  Camp  Mather  was  much  different  this  year  as  compared  to 
previous  years.  A  much  reduced  work  crew  of  seven  employees  performed 
only  those  procedures  deemed  absolutely  necessary  for  the  winterizing  of 
camp.  Those  tasks  included  removing  the  diving  board  and  floats  from 
Birch  Lake,  covering  the  swimming  pool,  closing  the  dining  hall  and 
kitchen,  tilting  the  picnic  tables  to  limit  snow  accumulation,  storing  all 
of  the  bear-proof  garbage  containers,  securing  and  locking  all  cabins,  and 
surveying  all  cabins  for  needed  repairs. 

It  is  important  to  note  that  only  half  of  the  cabin  floors  received  a  coat 
of  sealer  and  that  the  structural  maintenance  division  did  not  send  a  crew 
to  camp  as  has  been  done  in  the  past.  This  closure  utilized  the  fewest 
number  of  people  possible  in  an  effort  to  address  budgetary  concerns. 
Repairs  and  other  work  which  is  normally  performed  during  the  fall  closure 
of  Camp  Mather  will  have  to  be  scheduled  for  the  1994  opening  of  camp. 

The  1993  Strawberry  Fall  Music  Festival  at  Camp  Mather  was  a  success.  The 
tenant  sold  nearly  the  maximum  4,000  tickets  allowed  by  the  Department, 
and  the  Department  netted  $50,832  from  the  four-day  event.  As  usual,  the 
festival  was  well  organized  and  the  tenant  cleaned  the  camp  after  the 
event.  The  weather  was  warm  and  nice  throughout  the  entire  event.  A 
small  fire  near  the  Evergreen  Lodge  (far  away  from  Camp  Mather)  was 
quickly  put  out  by  the  San  Francisco  Fire  Department  and  the  tenant. 

AIRPORT  COIN  COLLECTION 

On  Monday,  October  18,  Supervisors  Carole  Midgen  and  Susan  Leal  introduced 
a  resolution  to  the  Board  of  Supervisors  which  would  allocate  proceeds 
from  donation  stations  at  the  San  Francisco  Airport  to  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Department.  The  donation  stations  have  been  placed  in  the 
international  terminal  on  a  trial  basis.  This  program  will  be  evaluated 
after  several  weeks  to  determine  whether  it  should  be  continued  on  a 
long-term  basis. 

SENIOR  SERVICES  PLAN  TASK  FORCE 

The  Senior  Services  Plan  Task  Force  has  extended  an  invitation  tc 
commission  presidents  and  department  heads  of  departments  which  are  most 
prominent  in  rendering  services  to  the  City's  senior  citizens  to  a  meeting 
on  November  9.  The  purpose  of  the  meeting  is  to  provide  an  update  on  the 
Task  Force's  planning  efforts  and  to  solicit  input  and  participation  in 
the  development  of  their  plan.  Peter  Ashe,  the  Department's 
representative  on  the  Task  Force,  and  I  will  be  attending  this  meeting. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

GENERAL  MANAGER' S  REPORT  (Continued) 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claims,  under  $5,000,  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  during  the  month  of  September  l 993 : 


Riley,  Joanne  Lew  $  213.00 
Domenici  ,  Michael  1,121 .26 
Schaumer,  Addison  D.  4,999.00 
Welles,  Penny  W.  275.00 
Short,  Geraldine      450.00 


Shield,  Michael  S.  $473.54 

Johnson,  James  W.  245.97 

Starr,  Dion,  J.  533.92 

Friel  ,  James  337.06 

Durden,  Linda  333.14 


BOARD  OF  SUPERVISORS 

The  Board  of  Superivsors'  Health,  Public  Safety  and  Environment  Committee 
considered  two  items  on  10/19/93.  One  item  was  a  proposed  amnesty  program 
for  anyone  that  has  been  arrested  through  the  Mayor's  Matrix  Program. 
Many  of  the  citations  have  to  do  with  camping  or  sleeping  overnight  in 
parks.  The  proposed  legislation  would  give  amnesty  for  anybody  arrested 
for  a  180  period  starting  8/1/93.  This  proposal  would  impact  the  ability 
of  the  Park  Division  staff  to  perform  their  work.  There  have  been 
dangerous  encounters  with  gardeners  arousing  those  sleeping  who  do  not 
wish  to  be  disturbed.  The  second  measure  considered  was  a  resolution  to 
urge  the  Mayor  to  urge  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  to  allow  free 
food  distribution  in  selected  parks.  I  urge  the  Commission  to  contact 
members  of  the  Board  of  Supervisors  regarding  these  two  items. 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER 


Tuesday,  October  26,  1993 


Tuesday,  November  2,  1993 


Wednesday,  November  3,  1993 


Thursday,  November  4,  1993 


Thursday,  November  11,  1993 


Press  Conference  at  Carrousel, 
Golden  Gate  Park;  12:00  noon 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee;  4:00 
p.m.  ;  McLaren  Lodge 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30 
p.m.  tour,  5:00  p.m.  meeting; 
Education  Classroom,  San  Francisco 
Zoo 

Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee; 
4:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 

Veterans  Day  Hoi i day" 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considerec 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upor 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separati 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  th< 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  i 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  undei 
Resolution  No.  13572: 

a.   PERSONNEL  MATTERS  RES.  NO.  16737 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  perioc 
September  3,  1993  through  October  6,  1993. 


b.  STRYBING  ARBORETUM  &  BOTANICAL  GARDENS  RES.  NO.  16738 
DEVELOPMENT  OF  MASTER  PLAN 
STRYB I NG  ARBORETUM  SOC I ETY 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Strybing  Arboretum  Society 
to  develop  a  Master  Plan  for  Strybing  Arboretum  &  Botanical  Garden; 
and  Renovation  of  San  Francisco  County  Fair  Building  in  Golden  Gats 
Park. 

c.  UPPER  NOE  PLAYGROUND  RES.  NO.  16739 
BLEACHERS 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  proposal  to  instal 
bleachers  at  the  ball  diamond  at  Upper  Noe  Playground. 

d.  UNION  SQUARE  -  MENORAH  LIGHTING  CEREMONIES  RES.  NO.  16740 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  multiple  day  event  to  place 
a  Menorah  at  Union  Square  from  Tuesday,  December  7,  1993  througf 
Friday,  December  17,  1993,  for  the  Annual  Chabad  Chanukah  Menoraf 
Lighting  Ceremonies . 

e.  GREAT  HIGHWAY  -  18TH  ANNUAL  ZOO  RUN  RES.  NO.  16741 
ROAD  CLOSURE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  road  closure  on  Greal 
Highway  for  the  18th  Annual  Zoo  Run  on  Sunday,  January  23,  1994,  fron 
5  a.m.  unti 1  11  a.m. 

f.  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16742 
STRYBING  ARBORETUM  SOCIETY 
REVOCABLE  FOOD  VENDING  PERMIT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  one  year  Revocable  Fooc 
Vending  Permit  at  the  Strybing  Arboretum. 

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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

g.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  RES.  NO.  16743 

TENNIS  CONCESSION  BID  SCORES 
AWARD  OF  BID 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Tennis 
Concession  Bid  Scores  and  Award  of  Bid  to  Sharon  Nivens  and  John 
Huebner,  dba:  Tennis  Mastery. 

h.   CANDLESTICK  PARK  RES.  NO.  16744 

SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 
PLAYER'S  PARKING  LOT 
APPROVAL  OF  RENT  CREDIT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  request  to  enlarge  the 
player's  parking  lot  at  Candlestick  Park  and  a  rent  credit  to  the  San 
Francisco  49ers  not  to  exceed  $10,000. 

i .   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  MASTER  PLAN  RES.  NO.  16745 

CONTRACT  MODIFICATION 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  contract  modification  to 
Royston  Hannamoto  Alley  and  Abey  in  the  amount  of  $85,000  for  phase 
II,  tasks  3  and  4  of  the  master  plan. 

Note  for  the  Record:  Items  4j  ,  Item  4k  &  Item  41  were  removed  from  the 
Consent  Calendar  and  considered  separately. 

j .  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 

CONSERVATORY  FOUNDATION  1993-94  BUDGET 

Approval  of  Conservatory  Foundation  1993-94  Budget  for  the  operation 
of  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers. 

Commissioner  Sommer  explained  that  she  was  troubled  with  the  amount  of 
unrestricted  funds  in  the  Conservatory  Foundation's  budget.  She 
wanted  to  have  some  of  the  money  in  the  unrestricted  funds  set  aside 
to  repair  the  rose  house  (green  house)  behind  the  Conservatory.  She 
was  opposed  to  adopting  the  budget  as  presented. 

Commissioner  Sommer  made  a  motion  to  deny  the  Conservatory 
Foundation's  budget;  the  motion  failed  due  to  a  lack  of  a  second. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  several  meetings  have  been  held  with  the 
Conservatory  Foundation  on  their  budget  and  felt  that  it  should  be 
approved. 

A  motion  was  made  by  Commissioner  Immendorf,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Rovetti ,  to  approved  the  Conservatory  Foundation  Budget.  The  motion 
failed  to  pass  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioner  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti 

Noes:   Commissioner  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Chan,  Mazzola,  Ruiz 

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Note  for  the  Record:  Commissioner  Ruiz  arrived  at  the  meeting  at  4:4! 
p.m.  On  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti ,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz 
the  Commission  voted  to  reconsider  Item  4 j ,  the  Conservatory  Foundatioi 
Budget. 

j.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 

CONSERVATORY  FOUNDATION  1993-94  BUDGET  (Continued) 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explaine'h 
that  the  Conservatory  Foundation  has  two  separate  funds,  one  fund 
called  the  restricted  fund,  is  money  received  from  the  concessio1 
agreement  with  the  Department;  the  other  fund,  called  the  unrestricteJ 
fund,  is  money  received  from  dues  and  donations.   The  Commission  doe  | 
not  approve  the  unrestricted  funds.   The  Foundation  has  budgeted 
increases  to  the  restricted  funds  to  support  the  operation  arvi 
maintenance  of  the  Conservatory  and  an  increase  in  their  staff.   It  i 
not  known  what  the  Foundation  will  do  if  they  do  not  reach  th'j 
projected  revenues  although  they  informed  the  Department  that  the. 
would  reduce  the  amount  of  money  set  aside  for  the  Conservatory' 
operation  and  maintenance.   Mr.  Arnold  said  the  Foundation  is  doi n-. 
good  work  for  the  Conservatory  although  he  would  prefer  them  to  mak 
more  of  a  commitment  to- maintain  the  Conservatory  by  pledging  to  us 
some  of  the  unrestricted  funds  if  necessary.   The  Foundation  did  no 
want  to  make  that  commitment. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  gave  some  historical  background  o 
the  Conservatory  Foundation,  explaining  that  it  was  originally  a 
outgrowth  of  the  San  Francisco  Garden  Club.  The  Garden  Club  adopte 
the  Conservatory  of  Flowers  some  time  ago  and  held  fund  raisers  t 
benefit  the  Conservatory.  A  group  of  people  involved  in  the  Garde 
Club,  whose  sole  interest  was  the  Conservatory,  decided  to  form 
separate  organization  to  focus  only  on  the  Conservatory.  They  raise: 
money  for  a  Master  Plan  for  the  Conservatory.  Recently,  thr 
Foundation  began  collecting  admission  fees  for  the  Department.  Th 
budget  before  the  Commission  is  a  big  shift  and  much  of  their  money  i 
allocated  on  membership  activities. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  the  budget  provides  for  substantia; 
increases  in  their  administrative  budget.  She  said  the  rose  hous 
behind  the  Conservatory  is  falling  apart  and  needs  repair.  Th 
$60,000  in  unrestricted  funds  is  a  large  portion  of  their  budget  an 
they  will  not  make  any  promise  to  put  some  of  that  money  back  into  th 
Conservatory. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  asked  if  the  Conservatory  Foundation  had  a  missio 
statement  and  asked  if  the  Department  had  a  copy  of  its  bylaws. 

President  Immendorf  said  he  felt  there  has  been  some  communicatio 
problems  with  the  Foundation  but  denying  approval  of  the  budget  wil 
not  resolve  this  problem  and  the  issue  with  the  unrestricted  funds. 

Superintendent  of  Parks,  Ron  deLeon,  explained  that  there  is  a  larg 
amount  of  unrestricted  funds.  He  was  told  that  these  funds  cannot  b 
used  other  than  to  increase  their  membership.  He  felt  that  staf 
needed  to  meet  with  the  Conservatory  Foundation  on  a  regular  basis  an 
see  if  a  portion  of  the  funds  can  be  utilized  for  maintenance  o 
operations. 

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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

j.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 

CONSERVATORY  FOUNDATION  1993-94  BUDGET  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Ruiz  asked  if  the  budget  could  be  approved  with 
contingencies.  He  felt  that  the  Foundation's  focus  could  be  directed 
to  the  goals  of  the  Department.  He  said  that  it  might  be  helpful  to 
view  the  Foundation's  mission  statement. 

A  lengthy  discussion  took  place  on  ways  the  Department  and  Commission 
could  work  with  the  Foundation  to  achieve  the  same  goals.  It  was 
suggested  that  the  Commission  minutes  which  originally  established  the 
Conservatory  Foundation  should  be  researched.  It  was  also  noted  that 
the  Foundation  has  continued  to  operate  without  a  budget  and  approving 
it  will  be  viewed  as  a  good  faith  gesture  on  the  part  of  the 
Commi  ssion . 

President  Immendorf  recommended  that  the  budget  be  approved  without 
any  stipulations  as  a  sign  of  good  faith  and  to  achieve  a  better 
atti  tude. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  that  communication  is  a  key  tool  and  perhaps 
staff  should  work  more  with  the  Conservatory  Foundation  to  reach  the 
same  goals. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16756 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Conservatory  Foundation 
1993-94  Budget  for  the  operation  of  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers. 

Ayes:   Commissioner  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti,  Ruiz 
Noes:   Commissioner  Sommer 
Absent:  Commissioner  Chan,  Mazzola 


JUSTIN  HERMAN  PLAZA 
TEMPORARY  ICE  RINK 

Approval  of  the  installation  of  a  temporary  ice  rink  at  Justin  Herman 
Plaza  by  the  Embarcadero  Center  during  the  period  November  11,  1993  to 
January  31 ,  1994. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  last  year  when  the  Commission  approved  this  event  it  modified  the 
Permit  and  Reservation  Policy  to  allow  amplified  sound  for  a  specified 
time  period.  This  year,  the  ice  rink  event  will  operate  from  11/16/93 
to  1/31/94.  Therefore,  the  Commission  needed  to  again,  modify  the 
Permit  and  Reservation  Policy  to  allow  amplified  sound  at  Justin 
Herman  Plaza  between  the  hours  of  10:00  a.m.  and  10:00  p.m.  during  the 
period  November  19  through  January  31. 

President  Immendorf  said  he  would  like  the  Department  to  have  been 
paid  for  the  use  of  Justin  Herman  Plaza  and  to  have  children  skate 
free  of  charge.  The  Commission  has  been  asked  to  co-sponsor  the  event 
and,  thus,  will  not  be  paid  for  the  use  of  the  space.  He  said  this 
event  will  be  a  holiday  gift  to  the  City. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

k.   JUSTIN  HERMAN  PLAZA 

TEMPORARY  ICE  RINK  (Continued) 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Rovetti  's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  explained 
that  the  permittee  will  be  required  to  have  insurance  in  order  to 
obtain  a  permit  from  the  Department. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  that 
last  year  no  complaints  were  received  from  the  Hyatt  Hotel  on  the 
modification  of  amplified  sound  restriction  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti, 
the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16746 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  installation  of  a 
temporary  ice  rink  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza  by  the  Embarcadero  Center 
during  the  period  November  ll,  1993  to  January  31,  1994,  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  the  Permit  and  Reservation  Policy  is  hereby 
amended  to  allow  amplified  sound  at  Justin  Herman  Plaza  between  the 
hours  of  10:00  a.m.  and  10:00  p.m.  during  the  period  November  15 
through  January  31 . 

I.   SAN  FRANCISCO  YACHT  HARBOR 
EMERGENCY  DREDGING  CONTRACT 

Ratification  of  the  emergency  dredging  contract  to  remove  the  beacM 
formation  at  the  entrance  to  the  west  basin  of  the  San  Francisco  Yacht 
Harbor. 

Enteric  Kalman,  said  the  issue  of  dredging  the  Yacht  Harbor  is  not 
new  and  that  since  1990  emergency  dredging  was  required  in  the  West1 
Harbor.  He  said  the  dredging  project  is  now  about  30%  complete.  He 
said  there  were  big  problems  at  the  Marina  and  wanted  to  know  why  it 
took  so  long  to  begin  the  dredging  project,  how  much  money  was  lost; 
because  the  dredging  work  was  not  done  in  a  timely  fashion  and  what; 
can  be  done  to  perform  more  dredging. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  some  of  Mr.  Kalman' s  points  were  va 1 i c| 
and  that  there  was  a  potential  danger  for  residents  of  the  Marina  in 
case  of  fire  because  the  Fireboat  needed  to  access  to  the  Harbor. 
There  are  considerable  problems  inside  the  harbor  where  some  berttj 
holders  cannot  enter  the  harbor.  He  said  Recreation  and  Park  has  tc 
formulate  a  maintenance  dredging  program  for  the  Marina  Yacht  Harbor 
and  to  set  up  a  plan  whereby  the  necessary  permits  are  on  file  at  all 
times. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golf,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Camp  Mather  Committee, 
and  on  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner 
Rovetti,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16747 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  emergency  dredginc 
contract  to  remove  the  beach  formation  at  the  entrance  to  the  wesl 
basin  of  the  San  Francisco  Yacht  Harbor. 

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GENERAL  CALENDAR 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  the  animal  transactions:  the  pea 
fowl  were  donated  to  a  private  party,  the  King  Snake  was  donated  to  Marine 
World  for  their  education  program,  and  the  American  Alligator  was  donated 
to  the  Audobon  Zoo  for  its  education  program.  The  off  spring  of  a  snow 
leopard,  currently  on  a  breeding  loan  to  the  St.  Louis  Zoo,  was  donated  to 
the  Tautphaus  Park  Zoo. 


On  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti  ,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow, 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16748 


the 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transactions 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Gardens : 


DONATION  TO: 

One  (1)  male  and  six  (6)  Peafowl 
DONATION  TO: 

One  (1)  King  Snake,  sex  unknown 
DONATION: 

One  (1)  American  Alligator,  sex  unknown 

DONATION  OF  OFFSPRING 
FROM  BREEDING  LOAN: 

One  (1)  Male  Snow  Leopard 

SHARP  PARK 

PRESENTATION  BY  CITY  OF  PACIFICA 

PROPOSED  SEWAGE  TREATMENT  PLANT 


Dr.  Anthony  J.  Errichetti 
295  Lenox  Avenue 
Oakland,  CA  94610 


Marine  World  Parkway 
Vallejo,  CA  94589 
USDA  93-C-021 


Audobon  Zoo 

P.  0.  Box  4327 

New  Orleans,  LA  70178,  USDA  #72-C-004 


Tautphaus  Park  Zoo 

P.  0.  Box  50220 

Idaho  Fall,  ID  83405,  USDA  #82-C-005 


Presentation  by  the  City  of 
treatment  plant  at  Sharp  Park. 


Pacifica  regarding  the  proposed  sewage 


Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  the  City  of  Pacifica  will 
update  the  Commission  on  the  status  of  their  planing  process  to  construct 
sewage  facilities.  Sharp  Park,  which  is  located  in  Pacifica,  is  owned  by 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  is  the  site  of  a  golf  course 
operated  by  the  Department.  Pacifica  is  planning  the  replacement  of  its 
secondary  wastewater  treatment  plant  and  getting  ready  to  build  a  tertiary 
treatment  facility.  Currently,  Pacifica's  treatment  plant  is  located  in 
the  town  area  with  an  ocean  outfall.  Pacifica  has  been  developing  a 
facilities  plan  which  identifies  locations  within  Sharp  Park  as  a  desirable 
site  for  locating  a  new  treatment  facility. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2: CO  p.m 

SHARP  PARK 

PRESENTATION  BY  CITY  OF  PACIFICA 

PROPOSED  SEWAGE  TREATMENT  PLANT  (Continued) 

Ms.  Learner  displayed  preliminary  drawings  showing  the  proposed  sewe 
treatment  plant  proposal  on  Sharp  Park  property.  The  Environmental  Impac 
Report  states  that  all  other  alternative  sites  for  upgrading  the  existin 
treatment  plant  were  rejected.  The  Sharp  Park  site  has  been  strongl 
identified  by  the  City  of  Pacifica  for  a  sewage  treatment  plant. 

Tim  Molinari,  Director  of  Engineering  Services  for  the  City  of  Pacifica 

explained  that  the  Sharp  Park  site  is  one  of  many  alternatives  tha 
Pacifica  is  considering  for  its  sewage  treatment  plant.  A  dozen  of  site 
have  been  reviewed  by  Pacifica  which  is  under  a  cease  and  desist  order  t 
improve  its  sewage  treatment  facilities. 

Scott  Holmes,  Project  Director  for  the  Sewer  Treatment  Plant,  City  o 
Pacifica,  said  the  City  of  Pacifica  has  looked  at  a  number  of  outfal 
sites  and  narrowed  them  down  to  three  viable  locations.  The  Laguna  Salad 
area  has  potential  environmental  problems  because  there  is  an  existin 
habitat  at  this  site.  A  quarry  area  is  also  under  consideration  as  well  a 
Rockaway  Beach.  Mr.  Hughes  described  the  ocean  outfall,  treatment  proces 
and  the  deep  water  discharge.  The  cease  and  desist  order  cites  a  lack  c 
ability  to  treat  wet  weather  flows  and  other  issues  which  must  be  resolve 
in  the  next  3-5  years. 

Mr.  Holmes  said  the  Sharp  Park  property  will  have  minimal  impact  to  tf\ 
area  in  terms  of  noise  and  odor.  There  are  no  facilities  on  the  propert 
and  the  City  of  San  Francisco  will  benefit  if  the  land  is  turned  over  t 
Pacifica.  San  Francisco  could  receive  an  irrigation  system  and  water  whic 
is  beneficial  since  the  area  is  now  manually  irrigated.  He  said  m 
existing  plant  has  many  problems  that  preclude  an  expansion. 

The  City  of  Pacifica  will  have  8  different  consultants  analyze  the  sewac 
treatment  plant  options  and  make  recommendations.  They  will  consider  m 
sites  selected  and  consider  issues  relating  to  noise,  odor  and  vi sue 
effects  of  a  plant. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Holmes  said  that  m 
Regional  Board  wants  a  site  selected  by  March  30,  1994. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  she  did  not  want  the  plant  sited  on  the  Sharp  Pat 
Golf  Course. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  he  welcomed  an  open  discussion  on  this  issue  bt 
wanted  to  hear  from  the  community.  He  asked  if  economically,  there  was  | 
better  site. 

Mr.  Holmes  said  the  Sharp  Park  site  is  probably  the  most  expensive  siti 
The  8  consultants  will  develop  a  group  of  alternatives  independent  of  wh 
Mr.  Holmes  has  selected. 

Vi  Gotelli,  councilwoman  for  the  City  of  Pacifica,  said  the  City 
Pacifica  is  under  a  very  strict  timeline  and  that  feedback  from  |i 
Francisco  is  very  important  to  the  process. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

SHARP  PARK 

PRESENTATION  BY  CITY  OF  PACIFICA 

PROPOSED  SEWAGE  TREATMENT  PLANT  (Continued) 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  said  there  have  been  many  conversations 
on  this  issue  and  the  City's  Clean  Water  Program  will  be  reviewing  the 
proposal  as  it  develops.  She  said  the  Department  has  viewed  the  program 
with  an  open  mind  but  with  a  great  deal  of  qualms  as  to  whether  or  not  the 
benefits  would  outway  the  negatives.  She  said  the  information  flow  between 
the  agencies  has  not  been  as  good  as  it  should  be. 

Mary  Serafini,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Archers,  asked  the 
Commission  to  not  give  Pacifica  the  land  they  want  for  the  sewage  treatment 
plant.  She  said  the  land  was  deeded  to  San  Francisco  in  1913  for 
recreational  use.  She  said  that  if  the  plant  was  on  Sharp  Park  land  it 
would  interfere  with  the  archery  range  with  noisy  machinery  and  trucks  in 
the  area.  She  said  people  enjoy  the  trees,  wildlife  and  quiet  serenity  of 
the  area  and  that  there  were  other  viable  sites.  She  urged  the  Commission 
to  consider  the  importance  of  the  land,  the  ecology  of  the  area  and  the 
endangered  species  that  call  Sharp  Park  home. 

Mary  Heinzen,  explained  that  she  spoke  on  behalf  of  golfers  opposed  to 
the  location  of  the  sewage  treatment  plant  on  Sharp  Park  and  as  a  resident 
of  Pacifica.  She  said  that  Pacifica's  use  of  this  land  is  not  necessary. 
Pacifica  owns  2  of  the  4  sites  under  consideration  and  the  owner  of  the 
land  of  the  3rd  site,  the  quarry,  has  offered  to  donate  the  land  to  the 
plant.  Pacifica  has  not  seriously  considered  other  sites.  She  said  the 
terms  of  the  deed  would  be  violated  if  the  San  Francisco  bargained  away 
park  land.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  staunchly  defend  and  protect  Sharp 
Park. 

Judi  Sullivan,  read  a  statement  from  William  Bradford,  relating  to  issues 
if  the  plant  were  placed  on  Sharp  Park  land.  He  was  concerned  that  if  the 
plant  was  permitted  and  then  in  future  years  Pacifica  needed  more  sewage 
treatment  plant  capacity  would  it  expand  on  Sharp  Park  land  or  would  it 
relocate  to  another  location.  He  urged  the  Commission  to  consider  that  the 
placement  of  this  plant  on  Sharp  Park  could  be  the  beginning  of  the  end  of 
the  San  Francisco's  recreational  land. 


7.   CATHAY  MORTUARY 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

Approval  of  award  of  contract  to  Coastal  Project  Management,  Inc.,  in  the 
amount  of  $47,000  to  demolish  the  Cathay  Mortuary  site  for  the  new 
Chinatown  Park. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  award  of  a  demolition 
contract  has  been  considered  on  two  separate  occasions  by  the  Commission. 
The  previous  bidders  were  unable  to  secure  bonds  for  this  project.  The 
third  bidder,  Coastal  Project  Management,  is  a  firm  that  the  Department  has 
worked  with  and  is  now  part  of  the  rehabilitation  project  of  Portsmouth 
Square. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  Ms.  Learner  explained  that 
the  cost  of  this  contract  is  $7,000  more  than  the  last  bid. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

7.  CATHAY  MORTUARY 

AWARD  OF  CONTRACT  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motic 
of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  followin 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16749 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  to  Coasta 
Project  Management,  Inc.,  in  the  amount  of  $47,000  to  demolish  the  Catha 
Mortuary  site  for  the  new  Chinatown  Park. 

8.  RACE  FOR  THE  CURE 
ROAD  CLOSURES 

Approval  of  road  closures  in  Golden  Gate  Park  for  the  "Race  for  the  Cure 
to  be  held  on  Sunday,  October  24,  1993  from  8:00  a.m.  until  10:00  a.m. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  i 
a  request  to  approve  the  road  closures  for  a  benefit  race  for  research  fc 
breast  cancer.  The  race  is  a  5k  run  or  walk.  There  will  be  a  post  rac 
event  at  Sharon  Meadow  at  9:00  a.m.  and  approximately  5000  runners  ar 
expected.  Last  year's  event  was  held  without  problems. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  in  one  of  the  past  yeai 
the  event  use  amplified  sound  very  early  in  the  morning. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  tl 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16750 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  road  closures  in  Golden  Ga 
Park  for  the  "Race  for  the  Cure"  to  be  held  on  Sunday,  October  24,  19! 
from  8:00  a.m.  until  10:00  a.m. 


GREAT  HIGHWAY 

SAN  FRANCISCO  HALF  MARATHON 

ROAD  CLOSURE 

Approval  of  Road  Closure  on  Great  Highway  for  the  1994  San  Francisco  Ha 
Marathon  on  Sunday,  January  30,  1994,  from  7  a.m.  until  11  a.m. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item 
a  request  for  a  road  closure  on  1/30/94.  A  diagram  of  the  road  closure  w 
presented  to  the  Commission.  At  the  Committee  level,  concern  was  express' 
that  golfers  should  be  given  access  to  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Golf  Cour 
during  the  road  closure.   Mr.  Robinson  said  the  permittee  will  have 
monitor  at  the  road  closure  to  provide  access  to  the  golf  course, 
recommended  approval  of  the  event. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion 
Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti ,  the  followi 
resolution  was  adopted: 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


GREAT  HIGHWAY 

SAN  FRANCISCO  HALF  MARATHON 

ROAD  CLOSURE  (Continued) 


RES.  NO.  16751 


RESOLVED,  That  This  Commission  approves  the  road  closure  on  Great  Highway 
for  the  1994  San  Francisco  Half  Marathon  on  Sunday,  January  30,  1994,  from 
7  a.m.  unti 1  11  a.m. 


10.   UNION  SQUARE 

MACY'S  CHRISTMAS  TREE  CELEBRATION 
MULTIPLE  DAY  EVENT 

Approval  of  a  multiple  day  event  to  install  and  display  a  Christmas  Tree  in 
Union  Square  from  Monday,  November  15,  1993  through  Friday,  December  31, 
1993. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
a  request  from  Macy's  to  place  a  large  Christmas  tree  at  Union  Square  on 
the  day  after  Thanksgiving.  He  said  this  event  is  a  positive  activity  for 
the  holiday  season.  Macy's  has  informed  staff  that  they  will  not  have  any 
banners  or  commercial  activities  associated  with  this  event.  Based  on  the 
requirements  outlined  in  the  staff  memorandum,  he  recommended  approval. 
The  tree  is  mulched  after  the  holidays  and  given  to  the  Department. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16752 

RESOLVED,  That  This  Commission  approves  the  multiple  day  event  to  install 
and  display  a  Christmas  Tree  in  Union  Square  from  Monday,  November  15,  1993 
through  Friday,  December  31,  1993. 

11.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
BEACH  CHALET 
REQUEST  FOR  PROPOSALS  FOR  RESTAURANT/RETAIL  OPERATIONS  (RFP) 

Approval  of  Beach  Chalet  Bid  Package  (Request  For  Proposals)  for  restaurant 
and  retail  operations  at  the  Beach  Chalet. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  that 
this  item  is  a  request  for  proposals  for  a  concession  agreement  for  the 
upper  floor  at  Beach  Chalet.  The  grant  recently  received  by  the  Department 
for  the  Beach  Chalet  will  not  fund  concession-type  activities  but  will  fund 
preservation  activities;  but  it  does  allow  the  Department  to  receive 
parallel  funding.  Staff  is  looking  for  someone  to  set  up  an  operation  in 
the  building  to  generate  enough  money  to  maintain  it.  The  Department  wants 
someone  who  is  sensitive  to  the  art  work  in  the  building  and  who  will 
maintain  the  parking  lot,  the  downstairs  restroom,  and  the  front  door  when 
the  concession  is  in  operation.  The  Department  will  perform  the  external 
maintenance.  Finance  Committee  recommended  a  minimum  rent  of  $5000  a 
month,  two  year's  experience  and  90  days  to  circulate  the  bid.  Mr.  Arnold 
said  that  since  the  grant  has  not  been  formally  received  the  bid  could  be 
circulated  120  days. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

11.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
BEACH  CHALET 
REQUEST  FOR  PROPOSALS  FOR  RESTAURANT/RETAIL  OPERATIONS  (RFP)  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Sommer  wanted  precautions  taken  that  items  sold  at  the  Beat 
Chalet  would  be  tasteful.  She  said  the  Beach  Chalet  is  a  historic; 
building  that  needs  to  be  cared  for. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  the  bid  package  asks  that  the  concession  be  related 
recreation  and  environment  and  that  staff  did  not  want  the  facility  to  lo< 
l ike  a  junk  store. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  stal 
hoped  to  advertise  the  first  week  in  November.  President  Immendorf  furths 
explained  that  prior  bid  packages  required  the  successful  bidder  to  make  i 
Million  of  capital  improvements.  All  of  those  bids  were  non-responsi\ 
because  of  the  cost  of  the  capital  improvements.  With  the  receipt  of  tf 
grant,  this  bid  package  will  be  much  more  attractive  for  bidders. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Administration  Committee,  and  c 
motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  tf 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16753 

RESOLVED,  That  This  Commission  approves  the  Beach  Chalet  Bid  Packat 
(Request  For  Proposal s)  .for  restaurant  and  retail  operations  at  the  Bea 
Chalet  with  the  following  provisions: 

°120  days  to  advertise  the  bid 
°$5,000  minimum  rent  per  month 
"Minimum  of  2  years  experience  in  the  business  proposed 

12.   PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB 
AMENDMENT  OF  AGREEMENT 

Approval  of  Amendment  of  Agreement  with  Pacific  Rod  and  Gun  Club  to  lim. 
days  and  hours  of  operation. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  th< 
the  original  staff  recommendation  suggested  that  the  Pacific  Rod  and  Gi. 
Club  shoot  on  Wednesdays,  Saturdays  and  Sundays  from  11:00  a.m.  to  5:1 
p.m.  The  Club  has  now  been  shooting  on  Fridays  and  on  some  holidays.  Tl 
Finance  Committee  asked  staff  to  meet  with  the  Club  in  an  attempt  to  rea' 
a  compromise.  Staff  met  with  representatives  of  the  Club  and  Oakwo< 
Apartments  and  reached  a  compromise  that  would  grant  the  Club  the  right 
shoot  Wednesday,  Saturdays  and  Sundays.  The  club  needs  extra  hours  for  i 
tournaments  (8  to  10  per  year)  because  of  ■  the  number  of  people  shootim 
On  those  days  they  may  shoot  beginning  at  10:00  a.m.,  and,  if  necessar 
beyond  5:00  p.m.  However,  in  no  case  will  there  be  more  than  30  ext 
hours  per  year  of  those  extended  times.  The  Club  will  not  shoot  < 
specified  holidays  (4th  of  July  and  Labor  Day)  with  the  exception  of  N< 
Year's  of  1994. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

12.   PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB 

AMENDMENT  OF  AGREEMENT  (Continued) 

Tina  DiRienzo,  hoped  the  Club  would  adhere  to  the  regulations.  She 
wanted  the  Commission  to  consider  the  appropriateness  of  shooting  at  Lake 
Merced  and  said  that  studies  show  that  the  Club  is  violating  acceptable 
noise  levels.  She  explained  that  a  compromise  was  reached  because  there 
was  no  other  alternative.  Ms.  DiRienzo  said  the  preferred  alternative  was 
to  have  the  Club  not  shoot  at  all;  and  also  felt  that  Regional  Water 
Quality  Control  Board  might  cite  the  Club  for  shooting  lead.  She  thought 
it  was  appropriate  to  have  the  Club  pay  the  clean  up  costs  (from  the  lead 
shot)  rather  than  the  Department. 

Carol  Mindey,  said  she  first  took  an  interest  in  the  Pacific  Rod  and  Gun 
Club  in  1990  when  she  learned  about  the  lead  shot  in  Lake  Merced  and  became 
disturbed  by  the  noise.  She  explained  that  a  couple  with  two  young 
children  rented  an  Oakwood  apartment  and  moved  after  being  subjected  to 
four  days  of  consecutive  shooting  over  a  Thanksgiving  holiday.  She,  too, 
needed  her  relaxation  on  the  weekend,  and  has  elected  to  move  to  a  back 
apartment  because  of  the  noise.  Ms.  Mindey  stated  that  she  would  not  give 
up  her  fight  to  get  the  Pacific  Rod  and  Gun  Club  out  of  the  Lake  Merced 
site. 

Lawrence  Nolan,  President  of  the  Pacific  Rod  &  Gun  Club,  said  that  he  met 
with  the  Oakwood  tenants  and  with  Department  staff  and  will  abide  by  the 
days  outlined  by  staff. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  that  he  could  hear  the  shots  from  the  Club  when 
he  golfs  at  Olympic  Club.  He  asked  if  the  Department  had  provision  to 
clean  up  Lake  Merced. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  many  months  ago  the 
Regional  Water  Quality  Control  Board  asked  the  Club  to  conduct  a  study  to 
look  at  the  impact  of  environmental  damage  that  may  be  caused  to  fish, 
wildlife  and  pi  an  tl  i  f  e  and  the  extent  of  the  toxic  material.  The  Club  did 
not  pay  for  the  study.  The  City,  as  the  landlord,  paid  for  the  study  which 
cost  $140,000.  The  study  has  been  completed  and  has  been  submitted  to  the 
Regional  Water  Quality  Control  Board  which  has  issued  a  draft  cease  and 
desist  order  calling  for  the  discontinuance  of  discharge  of  lead  shot  and 
cessation  of  use  of  clay  pigeons  for  skeet  shooting.  That  order  is  to  be 
heard  before  the  Board  in  November  and  sets  out  a  timetable  for  clean  up. 
Staff  also  received  a  report  that  said  the  Club  is  in  violation  of  the 
City's  Noise  ordinance  but  it  was  unclear  whether  the  impact  was  east  or 
north  of  the  Club.  Staff  has  contacted  the  Police  Department  for 
clarification  and  has  not  received  a  response.  Nevertheless,  the  clean-up 
of  the  Lake  will  have  to  take  place. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  the  person  who  holds  that  lease  should  be 
responsible  for  clean  up.  He  said  the  Commission  should  look  into  this 
i  ssue. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  very  early  in  the  morning  she  can  hear  the 
shooting,  when  she  plays  golf  and  when  she  visits  the  Zoo.  She  said  that 
she  cannot  escape  the  noise.  She  was  annoyed  that  the  Club  changed  the 
hours  without  any  approval  from  the  Commission. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

12.   PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB 

AMENDMENT  OF  AGREEMENT  (Continued) 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti ,  I 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16754 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  amendment  to  the  Agreement  wi1 
Pacific  Rod  and  Gun  Club  to  limit  days  and  hours  of  operation  as  follows: 

Hours  and  Days  of  Operation  Wednesday,  Saturday  and  Sunday  from  11:( 
a.m.  to  5:00  p.m. 

Sanctioned  Shoots  (Tournaments)  10:00  a.m.  to  5:00  p.m.  However,  tl 
Club  may  shoot  after  5:00  p.m.  if  necessary  to  finish  competition  round: 
The  tournament  hours  in  addition  to  the  normal  11:00  a.m  to  5:00  p.m.  houii 
shall  be  limited  to  30  hours  per  year  of  additional  shooting  time.  Tl; 
Club  shall  give  at  least  thirty  (30)  days  written  notice  to  the  Proper 
Management  Division  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  and  the  Manag 
of  the  Oakwood  Apartments  of  the  date  of  the  sanctioned  shoots. 

Hoi idays  There  shall  be  no  shooting  on  the  following  holidays:  Ni 
Year's  Day,  Martin  Luther-  King  Day,  President's  Day,  Easter  Sunda 
Memorial  Day,  Columbus  Day,  Veteran's  Day,  Thanksgiving  Day,  Christmas  D. 
and  New  Year's  Eve.  Shooting  shall  be  allowed  on  the  Fourth  of  July  a 
Labor  Day. 

For  1994  only,  the  Club  may  shoot  on  New  Year's  Day. 


4:00  p.m.  -  4:30  p.m. 
The  Commission  convened  in  Executive  Session  on  Item  13  &  14. 

13.  SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

The  City  Attorney  informed  the  Commission  on  the  judgement  of  the  claim 
Julio  Godoy  vs.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  Superior  Court  #941-44 
in  the  amount  of  $35,000.   The  Commission  took  no  formal  action  on  th 
matter. 

14.  SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIM 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  t 

Commission  rejected  the  proposed  settlement  of  the  claim  of  Shawn  Thorn 

Melton  vs.  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  Superior  Court  #933-130, 

the  amount  of  $36,500. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

15.   ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFTS 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti ,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16755 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  following  gifts  valued  at 
$4,300.00,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  San  Francisco  Beautiful,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
$1,000.00,  for  Tulip  Garden  Fund. 

b.  From  Mr.  and  Mrs.  William  A.  Meyer,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and 
Parks,  $500.00,  for  the  Midnight  Basketball  Fund. 

c.  From  Kikkoman  International,  Inc.,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and 
Parks,  $1,000.00,  for  the  Neighborhood  Volunteer  Services  Fund. 

d.  From  Mrs.  Charmly  S.  Ingham,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
$500.00,  for  the  Park  Maintenance  Fund. 

e.  From  Lamson  Brothers,   through  Friends  of  Recreation   and   Parks, 
$1,300.00,  for  the  Midnight  Basketball  Fund. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  letters  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  the  donors. 

16.   PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items  that 
are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  to 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Emeric  Kalman,  a  resident  of  the  City  and  berth  holder  at  the  Marina  said 
it  was  time  to  consider  an  investigation  of  the  Marina  Yacht  Harbor.  He 
said  the  accounting  figures  for  berth  rates  are  misleading  because  they  try 
to  justify  a  berth  rate  increase.  He  said  a  public  meeting  was  held  with 
over  70  berth  holders  attending  and  they  were  outraged.  He  said  Recreation 
and  Park  cannot  account  for  the  money  spent  at  the  Marina  Yacht  Harbor  but 
he  can  account  $500,000  of  public  money  wasted. 

Lena  Emmery,,  said  she  has  written  to  the  Commission  on  numerous 
occasions  regarding  the  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council  Recycling 
Center.  She  said  it  was  an  outrage  that  an  industrial  facility  remains  on 
park  land  when  it  is  not  a  recreational  activity.  She  said  that  people  who 
use  the  Kezar  Stadium  track  can  smell  the  center.  She  did  not  understand 
why  the  Commission  wouldn't  take  steps  to  remove  the  recycling  center  when 
the  City  now  has  curbside  recycling  and  a  recycling  center  at  USF  campus. 
She  said  Special  Olympics  uses  Kezar  Stadium  and  the  recycling  center  land 
could  be  put  to  use  for  disabled  people. 


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Thursday,  October  21,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

16.  PUBLIC  COMMENT  (Continued) 

Joan  Girardot,  representing  the  Marina  Civic  Improvement  and  Propert 
Owners  Association,  discussed  the  Fleet  Week  celebration  held  at  th 
Marina  and  displayed  photographs  of  the  event.  She  said  there  was  a 
incident  where  free  beer  was  dispensed  outside  the  designated  area.  Sh 
said  there  was  sufficient  police  presence  but  not  enough  garbag 
receptacles.  She  felt  that  this  kind  of  event  did  not  belong  on  the  Marir 
Green  and  asked  if  an  audit  was  going  to  be  conducted  and  commented  tha 
commercial  events  should  not  be  held  at  the  Marina. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  the  garbage  receptacles  were  emptied  each  da 
of  the  event  but,  unfortunately,  not  during  the  event.  He  also  noted  tha 
the  police  barricades  were  not  removed  in  a  timely  fashion.  The  rai 
reduced  the  expected  turnout  but  a  local  vendor  was  used.  He  assured  Ms 
Girardot  that  the  Commission  was  sensitive  to  her  concerns  and  that  with 
year's  planning  for  Fleet  Week  in  1994,  an  appropriate  place  could  be  founc 

17.  PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 


The  President  did  not  submit  a  report. 
18.   COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 


The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  be  submitted  for  the  recort 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  September  l,  1993 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  October  5,  1993 

Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee  Meeting  of  October  7,  1993 

Golf,  Yacht  Harbor,  Camp  Mather  Committee  Meeting  of  October  12,  1993 

19.   ADJOURNMENT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti ,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  < 
Jan  Higgins,  former  secretary  to  the  General  Manager,  Recreation  and  Pat 
Department,  who  passed  away  recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  < 
Justin  "Bumper"  Smith,  a  part-time  recreation  director,  who  passed  aw< 
recently. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory 
Jack  Gage,  partner  with  Joan  Lantz,  the  lessees  at  Sharp  Park  Golf  Course 

There  being  no  further  business,  t 
686th  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  a 
Park  Commission  was  adjourned 
5:10  p.m. 

Respectful ly  submitted, 


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Shauna  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 

Note:    These  minutes  set   forth  all   actions   taken  by  the  Recreation  and  Park 

Commission  on  matters  stated,   but  not  necessarily  the  chronological   order   in 
which  the  matters  were   taken  up. 
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687TH  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  NOVEMBER  18,  1993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Seventh  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Jack  Immendorf. 


1.    ROLL  CALL 


Present: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 


APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by 
minutes  of  the  Regular  Meeting  of  October  21, 
corrected. 


Commissioner  Ruiz,  the 
1993,  were  approved  as 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"BUDGET  UPDATE  -  FISCAL  YEAR  1994-95 

The  Mayor  has  issued  preliminary  instructions  for  the  preparation  of  the 
1994-95  budget.  These  instructions  require  most  departments  (including 
the  Recreation  and  Park  Department)  to  absorb  all  increases  in 
uncontrollable  fixed  costs,  including  costs  of  salary  and  benefits 
increases  for  employees.  In  order  to  meet  this  requirement,  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  will  need  to  identify  between  $700,000  and 
$1  million  in  expenditure  reductions  from "  the  current  budget  and/or 
revenue  increases.  Departments  are  also  being  directed  to  reduce  upper 
and  middle  management  positions,  reduce  administrative  costs  by  a  minimun 
of  10%  without  reducing  service  levels,  eliminate  a  minimum  of  50%  of  all 
vacant  positions  and  contract  out  services  if  contracting  will  produce  an 
expenditure  reduction.  Department  budget  requests  are  due  to  the  Mayor  b> 
February  1 ,  1994. 

MISSION  DISTRICT  OPEN  SPACE  TASK  FORCE 

On  Monday  of  this  week  the  Mission  District  Open  Space  Task  Force  held  its 
second  meeting.  Approximately  thirty  people  attended  of  what  was  intendec 
to  be  an  information-gathering  session  regarding  open  space  needs  in  the 
Mission  and  long-range  plans  for  the  Mission  regarding  parks,  schools  anc 
housing.  Staff  from  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  and  City  Planninc 
Department  provided  information  on  parks,  open  spaces,  proposed  projects 
and  City  Masterplan  considerations.  The  School  District's  plan  for  the 
public  schools  in  the  Mission  will  be  the  subject  of  a  public  hearing  or: 
November  30  at  the  Mission  Recreation  Center.  There  was  no  representative 
from  the  Housing  Authority  at  the  meeting. 

CATHAY  MORTUARY  DEMOLITION 

Demolition  of  the  Cathay  Mortuary  is  now  in  progress  and  should  be 
concluded  by  the  end  of  the  month.  Construction  of  the  new  recreatior 
building  should  start  by  June,  1994.  In  the  interim  period,  a  minimal 
irrigation  system  will  be  installed,  a  naturalistic  meadow  seeded  anc 
possibly  several  boxed  trees  set  out  on  the  site.  Appropriate  signage 
will  be  affixed  to  a  perimeter  fence  announcing  in  English  and  Chinese  the 
plans  and  schedule  for  the  new  park. 

BOARD  OF  SUPERVISORS  AMNESTY  PROPOSAL/FOOD  DISTRIBUTION  ORDINANCE 

On  October  25,  1993,  the  Board  of  Supervisors  considered  an  ordinance 
sponsored  by  Supervisor  Angela  Alioto  which  would  grant  amnesty  to  those 
cited  for  violating  certain  sections  of  the  Park  Code.  This  ordinanct 
would  have  sanctioned  camping  in  our  parks  and  created  an  increase*: 
presence  of  garbage,  human  feces  and  drug  paraphenalia  in  the  parks.  I  ar 
pleased  to  inform  you  that  the  Board  of  Supervisors  did  not  approve  thi 
legi  slation. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

BOARD  OF  SUPERVISORS  AMNESTY  PROPOSAL/FOOD  DISTRIBUTION  ORDINANCE 
(Continued) 

However,  in  a  separate  action,  the  Board  did  approve  a  resolution  urging 
the  Mayor  to  urge  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  to  allow  for  free 
food  distribution  at  Civic  Center  Plaza.  In  1988,  this  Commission 
established  guidelines  for  free  food  distribution  at  two  park  locations, 
Civic  Center  Plaza  and  at  Page/Stanyan  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  The 
regulations  which  were  established  were  virtually  ignored  and  there  were 
numerous  violations  to  the  permit  issued  by  the  Department.  This 
resolution  is  now  awaiting  the  Mayor's  signature. 

SHARP  PARK  -  PACIFICA  SEWER  PLANNING  WORKSHOP 

A  value  planning  workshop  was  held  in  Pacifica  to  review  the  site  criteria 
and  process  requirements  for  a  proposed  new  sewer  treatment  facility  for 
the  City  of  Pacifica.  The  team  of  engineering  and  environmental  experts 
determined  after  considering  seven  sites  that  the  Sharp  Park  Recreation 
and  Park  Department  property  was  the  least  desirable  of  the  sites 
considered.  Based  on  this  finding,  the  Pacifica  facility  plan  will  be 
revised  to  reflect  the  findings  and  recommendations  of  the  value  planing 
workshop. 

PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB 

The  hearing  on  the  draft  order  from  the  Regional  Water  Quality  Control 

Board  regarding  the  Pacific  Rod  and  Gun  Club  has  been  put  over  to  the 

Board's  meeting  of  December  15,  1993.  Staff  will  attend  that  meeting  and 
report  back  to  the  Commission. 


CAPITAL  PROJECTS 


was 


The  renovation  of  the  children's  play  area  at  Precita  Park 
substantially  completed  in  early  November.  An  inspection  of  the  work  by 
the  City  took  place  on  November  5,  1993  and  a  punchlist  of  minor  items  to 
be  completed,  corrected  or  modified  was  developed.  As  you  know,  the 
completion  of  this  renovation  project  was  unduly  delayed  by  problems 
primarily  with  the  contractor,  Golden  Bay  Construction.  However,  now  that 
the  project  has  been  completed,  staff  reports  that  the  playground  is  very 
well  used.  At  a  recent  community  meeting,  many  parents  and  playground 
users  commented  that  while  they  were  extremely  upset  by  the  extraordinary 
delays,  they  were  very  pleased  with  the  newly  renovated  playground. 

Construction  began  last  Monday  on  the  new  children's  playground  in  Civic 
Center  Plaza.  Construction  had  been  delayed  due  to  a  failure  by  the 
contractor  to  secure  the  play  equipment.  If  there  are  no  additional 
delays,  construction  is  expected  to  be  completed  in  March. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 


SMOKING  ORDINANCE 


The  City's  new  smoking  ordinance,  as  adopted  by  the  Board  of  Supervisor: 
on  November  1,  1993,  includes  restrictions  at  sports  arenas  with  seatim 
capacity  in  excess  of  30,000.  This  would  apply  to  Candlestick  Park 
Specifically  "no  owner,  manager  or  operator  of  a  sports  arena  or  stadiui 
shall  knowingly  or  intentionally  permit,  and  no  person  on  the  premise' 
shall  engage  in,  the  smoking  of  tobacco  products  in  any  enclosed  or  opei 
space  at  a  sports  arena  or  stadium  except  in  1)  concourses  and  ramp 
outside  seating  areas,  2)  private  suites  and  corridors  to  private  suites 
and  3)  areas  designated  for  parking".  In  addition,  the  bar  area  of  thi 
Stadium  Club  would  be  exempt. 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 

The  following  claims,  under  $5,000,  were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney1 
Office  during  the  month  of  October  1993: 


Mikesel 1 ,  Sandra 

$  345.00 

Frayer,  Denise 

$191.80 

Geneste,  Paul 

115.52 

Marro,  Donald 

250.00 

Lansidel ,  Tiffany 

100.00 

Boyle,  Mary 

165.00 

Raytheon  Company 

853.22 

Clark,  Michael 

159.00 

Lee,  Patrick 

335.25 

CLAIMS  UPDATE 

The  City  prevailed  in  two  liability  cases  against  our  Department. 

SHANN  THOMAS  MELTON  v.  CCSF  The  plaintiff  was  injured  while  bicycling  o 
an  asphalt  path  in  Larsen  Park.  You  will  recall  that  the  plaintiff  ha 
been  drinking  and  was  riding  on  the  path  after  midnight.  The  Commission 
rejected  the  proposed  settlement  of  $36,000.  Deputy  City  Attorney  Michae 
Killelea  appeared  before  Judge  Laurence  Kay  and  filed  a  motion  fo 
dismissal  based  on  absolute  immunity  in  accordance  with  Californi 
Government  Code  831.4,  relating  to  trails  within  parks  which  are  used  fo 
recreational  purposes.  The  question  was  whether  a  paved  asphalt  path  ca 
be  considered  a  recreational  trail  within  a  park,  instead  of  a  publi 
street.  The  Department  of  Public  Works  testified  that  the  Larsen  Par 
pathway  is  not  part  of  their  street  system.  The  judge  found  that  th 
subject  pathway,  although  paved,  is  a  park  trail  within  the  meaning  of  th 
Government  Code,  and  entered  a  judgment  in  favor  of  the  City. 

Mr.  Killelea  believes  the  plaintiff  will  appeal.  If  the  judgmen 
prevails,  it  will  significantly  affect  a  number  of  other  pending  case 
involving  pathways  in  our  park  system. 

BERDINE  HUEGEL  v.  CCSF  This  case  involves  injuries  sustained  by  a 
elderly  woman  who  fell  in  the  Vai 1 laincourt  Fountain  because  she  had  t 
avoid  a  skateboarder.  Deputy  City  Attorney  Andrew  McCul lough  represents 
us  at  a  jury  trial  on  October  23,  and  departmental  witnesses  were  Jc 
Huttinger  and  Jim  Lucey.  The  City  won  a  defense  verdict.  According  t 
jurors,  the  verdict  was  largely  based  on  the  the  comparison  of  the  moat  t 
other  innocuous  areas  around  the  City,  such  as  high  street  curbs  ar 
unbarricaded  pathways  around  lakes  and  lagoons.  Members  of  the  publi 
using  these  innocuous  areas  should  beware  because  the  hazards  are  open  ar 
obvious . 

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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

3.   GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

WIRED  YOUTH  SAN  FRANCISCO  MEDIA  FESTIVAL 

A  group  of  children  at  Peabody  Schoolyard,  one  of  our  summer  program 
recreation  sites,  produced  an  eight-minute  movie  video,  "The  Good  and  Bad 
Witches,"  this  past  summer.  The  video  was  chosen  to  be  screened  at  the 
Wired  Youth  San  Francisco  Media  Festival,  an  annual  media  celebration  and 
festival  sponsored  by  the  Exploratorium  and  Artists'  Television  Access 
that  celebrates  the  fresh  vision  and  creativity  of  young  film  and 
videomakers.  Videos  from  all  over  the  country  were  submitted  and  only  15 
were  chosen  for  screening.  The  children  from  P-eabody  Schoolyard,  ranging 
in  age  from  6  to  13,  were  one  of  the  younges.t  groups  to  have  their  video 
chosen  for  screening.  Congratulations  to  Recreation  Directors  David 
Becker  and  Dionne  Perez  on  this  innovative  summer  project. 

SF  TEEN 

Lisa  Halpern,  staff  person  to  SF  Teen  has  been  contacted  by  KRON-TV's 
"First-Cut,"  a  show  hosted  by  teens  about  teen  issues.  "First  Cut"  would 
like  to  include  SF  Teen  staff  in  a  segment  they  are  producing  for  January 
in  which  teens  in  the  media  will  be  featured.  In  addition,  "First  Cut"  is 
interested  in  having  staff  from  SF  Teen  participate  on  their  show  on  a 
regular  basis  with  an  ongoing  feature. 

At  your  places  you  will  find  the  November  issue  of  SF  Teen. 

HOLIDAY  EVENTS 

The  Recreation  Division  is  hosting  many  holiday  events.  San  Francisco's 
official  holiday  tree,  a  119  year  old,  one  hundred  foot  high  Monterey 
Cypress,  will  be  illuminated  on  Tuesday,  December  7.  Music  and 
■  entertainment  will  begin  at  5:00  p.m.  The  public  is  invited  to 
participate  in  this  traditional  event.  Santa  will  arrive  and  distribute 
candy  canes  to  youngsters  in  attendance. 

The  40th  Annual  Carol  Festival  will  be  held  on  Tuesday,  December  14,  at 
12:00  Noon  at  the  Grand  Staircase,  City  Hall.  Children  from  our 
recreation  centers  will  entertain  the  public  with  holiday  carols  and 
songs.  If  your  schedule  permits,  please  stop  by  to  enjoy  this  festive 
noontime  event. 

The  Recreation  Division's  Young  People's  Teen  Musical  Theatre  has  a  busy 

holiday  schedule.  They  will  be  caroling  on  11/26  at  the  Union  Square  tree 

lighting  ceremony  and  then  later  in  the  day  at  Ghirardelli  Square.  They 
will  also  be  performing  for  Project  Open  Hand  on  December  19. 


DATES  TO  REMEMBER 
Saturday,  November  20,  1993 

Thursday,  November  25,  1993 
Friday,  November  26,  1993 


Alioto   Mini   Park   Groundbreaking 
Ceremony,  12:00  Noon 

Thanksgiving  Day  Holiday 

Day  After  Thanksgiving  Day  Holiday 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

DATES  TO  REMEMBER  (Continued) 


Wednesday,  December  l,  1993 

Wednesday,  December  1,  1993 
Tuesday,  December  7,  1993 
Tuesday,  December  7,  1993 
Wednesday,  December  8,  1993 

Wednesday,  December  8,  1993 
Wednesday,  December  8,  1993 
Thursday,  December  9,  1993 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR 


Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30  p.m. 
tour,  5:00  p.m.  meeting;  Educatior 
Classroom,  San  Francisco  Zoo 

Mission  Dolores  Soccer  Field  Meeting,  7 : OC 
p.m.,  Mission  Recreation  Center 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  4:00  p.m., 
McLaren  Lodge  - 

Annual  Holiday  Tree  Lighting  Ceremony, 
5:30  p.m.,  McLaren  Lodge 

Strybing  Arboretum  Society  Volunteer; 
Holiday  Lunch,  12:00  noon,  County  Fair 
Bui Iding 

Select  Committee  on  Budget,  3:00  p.m., 
McLaren  Lodge 

Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  4:0( 
p.m. ,  McLaren  Lodge 

Joint  Meeting  with  Social  Service; 
Commission,  Juvenile  Probation  Commission 
Health  Commission  and  Library  Commissior 
regarding  the  Children's  Budget,  3:0( 
p.m.,  Location  to  be  determined" 


All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considerei 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upoc 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separati 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  thi 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as 
separate  item. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Mazzola 
ratification  of  the  following  resolutions,  which  are  processed  undei 
Resolution  No.  13572: 


PERSONNEL  MATTERS 


RES.  NO.  16759 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  thi 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  Octobei 
7,  1993  through  November  3,  1993. 


b.   HARDING/FLEMING,  LINCOLN  AND  SHARP  PARK  GOLF  COURSE 
LEASE  AMENDMENT 
GREEN  FEES  PROCEDURE 


RES.  NO.  16760 


RESOLVED,   That   this   Commission   approves   the   lease   amendment 
authorizing  monthly  payment  of  green  fees  effective  November,  1993. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

C.   SOUTH  END  ROWING  CLUB  RES.  NO.  16761 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  proposed  repairs, 
rehabilitation  measures  and  correction  of  violation  as  defined  by  the 
Bay  Conservation  and  Development  (BCDC)  and  approval  of  application  to 
BCDC  for  a  permit  to  undertake  the  proposed  repairs,  rehabilitation 
measures  and  correction  of  BCDC  violations  at  the  South  End  Rowing  Club. 

d.  FURHMAN  BEQUEST  RES.  NO.  16762 
EXTENSION  OF  SHELL  OIL  LEASE 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  extension  of  the  Shell  Oil 
Lease  in  Kern  County  for  the  production  of  oil  to  the  year  2020. 

e.  SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS  RES.  NO.  16763 
SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 

PERSONNEL  MATTER 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  appointment  of  David 
Anderson  as  Zoo  Director  and  Avery  Bennett  as  Veterinarian,  for  the  San 
Francisco  Zoological  Society. 

GENERAL  CALENDAR 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS 

Assistant  Zoo  Director,  David  Robinett,  explained  the  animal 
transactions:  the  turkeys  were  purchased  to  replace  losses  in  the  exhibit 
flock  in  the  Children's  Zoo;  the  American  Alligator  was  donated  by  the 
Audobon  Zoo  to  the  San  Francisco  Zoo  for  its  Zoomobile  program;  the  peafowl 
were  donated  to  reduce  re-breeding  of  this  flock;  the  cockatoos  were 
donated  to  Mickey  Grove  Zoo;  the  wallaroos  were  considered  surplus  to  the 
Zoo's  needs  because  of  aggression  problems  and  the  nyalas  were  sold  to  a 
private  rancher  to  thin  the  flock. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16764 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transactions 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Gardens: 

PURCHASED  FROM:  Kraut  Pheasant  Farm 

Petal uma,  CA 

Two  (2)  Female  Royal  Palm  Turkeys,  valued  at  $50.00 
Payment  to  be  made  from  the  Animal  Purchase  Account 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

5.   SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS  RES.  NO.  16766 

ANIMAL  TRANSACTIONS  (Continued)  (Continued) 

DONATION  FROM:  Audubon  Zoo 

P.  0.  Box  4327 

New  Orleans,  LA  70178,  USDA  #72-C-00 

One  (l)  American  Alligator,  sex  unknown 

DONATION  TO:  Sloan  Ranches 

7945  Al iso  Canyon  Road 
Santa  Paula,  CA  93060 

One  (1)  male  and  Six  (6)  Female  Peafowl 

DONATION  TO:  Mickey  Grove  Zoo 

11793  North  Mi  eke  Grove  Road 
Lodi,  CA  95240-9499,  USDA  93-C-006 

One  (1)  Male  and  (1)  Female  Muluccan  Cockatoo 

SOLD  TO:  Wildlife  World  Zoo 

18502  #est  Northern  Avenue 
Litchfield  Park,  AZ  85340 
USDA  86-C-022 

Two  (2)  Male  Wallaroos,  valued  at  $750.00  for  the  pair. 

Payment  to  be  made  to  the  Animal  Purchase  Account 

SOLD  TO:  NBJ  Ranch 

HC  51 
Bulverds,  TX  78163,  USDA  74-B-007 

One  (1)  Male  and  One  (1)  Female  Nyala,  valued  at  $2,000.00  for  the  pair. 
Payment  to  be  made  to  the  Animal  Purchase  Account 

6.  SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 
OPERATING  BUDGET 

Approval  of  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Society's  operating  budget  for  tr 
Fiscal  Year  ending  6/30/94  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  thf 
the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Society's  agreement  requires  them  to  prepai 
and  submit  an  operating  budget  for  the  Zoo  every  year.  Since  the  Sociel 
started  late  this  year,  assuming  jurisdiction  to  operate  the  Zoo 
October,  there  are  are  expenditure  omissions  for  the  months  of  July,  Augu 
and  September.  The  Society  has  budgeted  very  few  additional  expense  iter 
in  the  operating  budget.   The  current  priorities  of  the  Society  ai 
insurance  and  maintenance  needs.  The  Society  has  also  reallocated  some 
the  responsibilities  of  its  staff  so  that  it  functions  for  the  entire  Z< 
rather  than  just  for  the  Zoological  Society. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

6.  SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 
OPERATING  BUDGET  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  the  Zoological  Society  has  raised  the  $10 
million  for  the  Zoo.  Attendance  figures  have  been  lower  than  anticipated. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  asked  for  a  comparison  of  last  year's  budget  at  the 
Committee  meeting.  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  there  is  not  one  consolidated 
budget  for  the  Zoo  but  rather  a  budget  for  the  Society  and  the  Department's 
budget. 

Executive  Director  of  the  San  Francisco  Zoological  Society,  Peggy  Burks, 

explained  that  there  has  been  a  decline  in  attendance  over  the  last  3-5 
years.  The  Society  has  been  putting  its  energy  to  advertising  and  capital 
improvements.  She  further  explained  that  it  will  much  easier  to  present 
comparisons  in  the  future  with  one  budget. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Joint  Zoo  Committee,  and  on  motion  of  Commissioner 
Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16765 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Society's  operating  budget  for  the  Fiscal  Year  ending  6/30/94  for  the  San 
Francisco  Zoological  Gardens. 

2:45  p.m.-2:52  p.m.  Commissioner  Mazzola  was  absent  from  the  meeting. 

7.    PERMIT  AND  RESERVATIONS  POLICY 
SIX  MONTH  REVIEW 

Review  of  the  Permit  and  Reservations  Policy  for  use  of  facilities  under 
the  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  as  required  by  Park 
Code  Section  7.05,  Resolution  16640. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  this  item  is 
the  six  month  review  of  the  Commission's  Permit  and  Reservation  Policy. 
The  Department  is  coming  face-to-face  with  the  issue  of  multiple  day  events 
and  large  events  in  the  park  and  the  impact  from  those  events  on  the  park 
landscape.  A  decision  will  have  to  be  made  in  the  near  future  on  this 
particular  issue.  He  recommended  that  four  proposed  amendments  be  adopted 
at  this  meeting  and  that  three  proposed  amendments  be  discussed  but  not 
implemented  for  one  year.  He  outlined  the  proposed  amendments: 

l)  Currently  all  requests  for  multiple  day  events  must  be  approved  by  the 
Commission.  Mr.  Robinson  proposed  that  language  be  added  to  give  staff  the 
authority  to  administratively  approve  those  requests  for  multiple  day 
events  which  have  been  held  without  major  incident,  permit  violations, 
damage  to  park  property,  and  that  have  not  created  a  negative  impact  on 
park  property  or  the  surrounding  community.  If  the  multiple  day  event  in 
the  future  presents  problems,  then  subsequent  requests  would  require 
Commi  ssion  approval . 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

PERMIT  AND  RESERVATIONS  POLICY 
SIX  MONTH  REVIEW  (Continued) 

2)  There  has  been  a  dramatic  increase  in  requests  for  amplified  sound 
Marx  Meadow  and  major  incidents  have  occurred  at  some  of  the  events.  Sta 
has  received  complaints  from  the  neighborhood  about  noise  and  the  cro 
size.  Mr.  Robinson  suggested  that  a  clause  be  added  stating  that  amplifi 
sound  shall  be  restricted  to  two  hours  per  day  for  no  more  than  one  (1)  d 
per  weekend  and  no  more  than  two  (2)  weekends  per  month,  neither  of  whi 
will  be  consecutive  weekends. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question-,  Mr.  Robinson  said  th 
currently  4  hours  of  amplified  sound,  with  no  restriction  on  the  number 
dates  is  permitted  at  Marx  Meadow.  President  Immendorf  was  concerned  th 
the  proposed  restriction  was  quite  stringent.  General  Manager,  Mary 
Burns,  said  she  has  spoken  to  the  gardening  staff  at  Marx  Meadow  B 
expressed  concern  that  this  section  of  the  park  is  over-programmed.  T 
meadow  is  in  a  low  area  of  the  park  with  severe  drainage  problems. 

3)  The  next  amendment  is  a  request  to  add  language  that  was  inadvertent 
omitted  from  the  previous  Permit  Policy  to  state  that  amplified  sound  wi 
be  allowed  at  Sharon  Meadow  from  9:00  a.m.  to  5:00  p.m.  and  shall  n 
exceed  one  (1)  continuous  five  (5)  hour  period  during  these  hours. 

4)  The  current  requirement  for  restrooms  is  one  restroom  to  each  3 
participants.   Mr.  Robinson  requested  that  the  number  of  restrooms 
increased  to  one  restroom  for  each  200  participants  to  alleviate  long  lin 
at  large  events.   One-third  of  these  restrooms  must  be  accessible 
individuals  with  special  needs. 

Mr.  Robinson  explained  that  the  next  proposals  were  controversial  and  we 
developed  in  an  attempt  to  curtail  the  impact  on  the  park  by  larc 
multiple  day  events.  Staff  is  suggesting  that  the  following  proposals 
considered  for  adoption  in  one  year.  During  this  time,  staff  will  have  t 
opportunity  to  work  with  event  promoters  and  develop  a  recommendation 
address  the  park's  maintenance  concerns  while  allowing  the  traditior 
events  to  occur  in  the  park.  Staff  has  discussed  this  recommendation  wi' 
the  large  event  promoters  who  are  pleased  with  this  compromise, 
outlined  the  proposals. 

"Currently,  four  large  non-athletic  events  are  permitted  in  the  Polo  Fie 

during  the  months  of  May,  July,  September  and  October.  This  proposal  wol 

allow  only  3  events  during  the  months  of  May,  June  and  September.  Th 

restriction  would  give  the  Park  Division  ample  time  to  re-seed  after  larj 
events  and  also  take  advantage  of  the  growing  season. 

"Staff  is  considering  reducing  the  allowed  attendance  in  some  cas 
significantly,  upon  park  properties.  Mr.  Robinson  outlined  some  of  t 
proposed  reductions  in  attendance  figures  and  again  explained  that  staff 
concerned  about  the  impact  of  the  park  and  will  be  reviewing  this  propo? 
in  the  coming  year. 

"The  final  proposed  amendment  is  to  add  a  clause  which  states  that  evers | 
that  exceed  1000  persons  per  day  on  turf  areas  in  Golden  Gate  Park  would  3J 
longer  be  permitted.  This  proposal  is  of  great  concern  to  some  of  18 
event  promoters  and  it  is  requested  that  implementation  of  the  proposal  b 
deferred  for  one  year  to  give  staff  the  opportunity  to  work  with  1 
promoters. 

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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

PERMIT  AND  RESERVATIONS  POLICY 
SIX  MONTH  REVIEW  (Continued) 

Mr.  Robinson  said  that  the  Permit  and  Reservation  Policy  has  been  refined 
and  amended  every  time  it  is  reviewed  to  meet  the  needs  of  the  Department 
and  the  publ ic. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  there  is  a  lot  of  controversy  as  to  whether 
or  not  large  events  are  harmful  to  the  turf  and  that  meeting  with  the 
affected  groups  is  very  important. 

Bobby  Winston,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Shakespeare  Festival,  is 

the  producer  of  the  annual  Free  Shakespeare  >n  the  Park.  Ten  years  ago  he 
helped  to  create  "A  La  Carte,  A  La  Park"  as  a  benefit  for  the  Free 
Shakespeare  in  the  Park.  Without  this  fundraising  event,  it  would  be 
difficult  to  continue  to  offer  the  free  Shakespeare  events.  He  said  that 
big  events  do  strain  the  park  environment  and  that  staff  has  legitimate 
concerns  about  these  events.  He  said  that  event  promoters  have  to  do  a 
much  better  job  of  respecting  the  privilege  of  producing  events  in  Golden 
Gate  Park.  However,  he  felt  that  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  also 
deserved  criticism  and  commented  that  a  certain  employee  has  been  acting 
in  a  threatening  fashion  issuing  arbitrary  demands.  Mr.  Winston  was  very 
upset  to  read  negative  comments  about  the  Shakespeare  Festival  in  the 
morning  newspaper  and  was  angered  by  the  statements.  He  hoped  that 
working  together  with  the  Department  a  cooperative  relationship  could  be 
developed  for  future  events. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  the  Department  is  committed  to  working  with 
the  promoters  and  the  large  events  held  on  park  properties. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  question,  Ms.  Burns  said  that  she 
discussed  the  newspaper  article  with  Mr.  Winston  and  heard  that  the  source 
might  be  among  the  soccer  players. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16766 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  following  amendments  to  the 
Permit  and  Reservations  Policy  for  use  of  facilities  under  the 
jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  as  required  by  Park 
Code  Section  7.05. 

"Amended  language  in  Section  G.  Facilities,  subsection  6,  Page  21,  to 
add:  Staff  may  administratively  approve  requests  for  those  multiple  day 
events  that  have  been  held  without  major  incident,  permit  violations, 
damage  to  park  property,  and  those  that  have  not  created  a  negative  impact 
on  park  property  or  the  surrounding  community.  Otherwise,  staff  shall 
limit  all  permits  to  one  day  only.  Special  permission  for  consecutive 
multiple  day  events  may  be  granted  by  the  Commission  which  shall  consider 
the  nature  of  the  event,  the  proposed  location,  the  anticipated 
attendance,  and  any  other  facts  and  circumstances  that  relate  to  any 
potential  adverse  impact  on  the  park  property,  the  neighborhood,  or  the 
public  so  long  as  such  impacts  are  unrelated  to  the  content  of  the  event. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 


7. 


PERMIT  AND  RESERVATIONS  POLICY 
SIX  MONTH  REVIEW  (Continued) 


RES.  NO.  16766 
(Continued) 


"Add  clause  that  states  amplified  sound  for  Marx  Meadow  shall  b 
restricted  to  two  hours  per  day  for  no  more  than  one  (l)  day  per  weeken 
and  no  more  than  two  (2)  weekends  per  month,  neither  of  which  will  b 
consecutive  weekends.  All  amplified  sound  must  not  begin  before  ll:0 
a.m.  or  extend  beyond  5:00  p.m.  Permits  for  amplified  sound  may  not  b 
granted  for  more  than  one  facility  per  day  in  the  west  end  of  Golden  Gat j 
Park. 

"Add  language  that  states  amplified  sound  will  be  allowed  at  Sharon  Meado 
from  9:00  a.m.  to  5:00  p.m.  and  shall  not  etfceed  one  (l)  continuous  fiv 
(5)  hour  period  during  these  hours. 

"Add  language  that  states;  Events  with  attendance  of  200  persons  or  mor 
must  provide  portable  restrooms  at  the  ratio  of  one  (l)  restroom  for  eac 
200  persons  in  attendance,  one-third  of  which  must  be  accessible  t 
individuals  with  special'  needs. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Mazzola 


8.   OPEN  SPACE  PLAN 

Approval  of  5  year  Open  Space  Plan. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  said  tha 
Proposition  E  which  created  the  Open  Space  Program  includes  a  requiremen 
that  there  be  a  five  year  plan  for  implementing  the  program.  That  plan  i 
developed  by  the  Citizens  Advisory  Committee  for  Park  and  Open  Space 
Each  year  this  five  year  plan  is  updated  and  new  amendments  are  propose 
by  the  Citizens  Committee.  The  major  changes  that  are  being  recommendei 
are: 

"References  to  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act  (ADA)  have  bee 
incorporated  into  the  goals  and  objectives  section.  ADA  became  law  las 
year  and  it  is  proper  to  incorporate  it  into  the  plan. 

"Revenue  projections  have  been  updated  throughout  the  Open  Space  Plan  i 
order  to  determine  what  the  state  of  the  revenues  will  be  during  the  lif 
of  the  program  and  what  costs  of  multi  year  projects  are  expected  to  be 

"Project  cost  estimates  have  been  revised  to  reflect  current  estimates  an 
previous  allocations  of  funding. 

"Safety  standards  for  playgrounds  have  been  added  to  the  selectic 
criteria  for  renovation  projects. 

"A  paragraph  on  multi-year  projects  has  been  added  to  the  Renovatk 
section. 

"A  paragraph  on  allocation  minimums  has  been  added  to  the  Renovatic 
section. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

8.  OPEN  SPACE  PLAN  (Continued) 

°The  Project  Options  section  has  been  updated  to  reflect  current  requests 
which  have  been  submitted  to  the  Open  Space  Committee. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16767 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  five  year  Open  Space  Plan. 

9.  PARCEL  4 
OCEAN  BEACH 

Approval  of  Memorandum  of  Understanding  with  Department  of  Public  Works  on 
Parcel  4  at  Ocean  Beach. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  City  has  acquired  land  at  the  Great  Highway  and  Balboa.  The  land 
is  the  last  of  the  remaining  undeveloped  portion  of  Playland  at  the 
Beach.  This  level  area  at  the  base  of  Sutro  Heights  is  an  extension  of 
the  Golden  Gate  National  Recreation  Area.  The  Open  Space  Program  paid 
almost  half  of  the  acquisition  costs  and  the  Department  of  Public  Works, 
Clean  Water  Program  paid  the  balance  for  a  total  of  approximately  $1.3 
Million.  The  Clean  Water  Program  will  use  the  entire  site  as  a  staging 
area  for  construction  until  March  1997  and  it  will  then  be  turned  over  to 
Recreation  and  Park  as  a  public  park.  A  Memorandum  of  Understanding  (MOU) 
has  been  drafted  with  the  Department  of  Public  Works  which  gives  Public 
Works  51%  jurisdiction  of  the  site  and  49%  to  Recreation  and  Park.  If 
either  department  wants  to  build  or  dispose  of  the  land  it  must  get 
approval  from  the  other  department. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  the 
percentage  was  not  50/50  because  the  Department  of  Public  Works  put  up 
more  money  and  paid  for  closing  costs  and  all  legal  expenses  involved  in 
acquisition.  The  percentage  has  nothing  to  do  with  jurisdiction  or 
control  of  the  land  but  rather  the  monetary  contribution  made  by  the 
Department  of  Public  Works.  Recreation  and  Park  will  work  with  the  Golden 
Gate  National  Recreation  Area  on  a  maintenance  agreement  as  they  have 
offered  to  maintain  the  park  free  of  charge. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16768 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Memorandum  of  Understanding 
with  Department  of  Public  Works  on  Parcel  4  at  Ocean  Beach. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

10.  PORTSMOUTH  SQUARE 

MAINTENANCE  ENDOWMENT  AGREEMENT 

Approval  of  maintenance  endowment  agreement  between  the  San  Francisc 
Goddess  of  Democracy  Project  and  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  in  th> 
amount  of  $30,000. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  displayed  a  drawing  of  Portsmouth  Squan 
and  explained  that  a  restoration  project  for  the  top  portion  of  the  squan 
is  now  underway.  The  Goddess  of  Democracy  statue  was  approved  fo 
placement  on  Portsmouth  Square  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  o 
November  16,  1989  at  a  public  hearing  with  much  public  support.  Thi 
Commission's  policy  requires  that  gifts  that  are  given  to  the  Departmen 
must  also  have  a  maintenance  endowment  which  comes  to  the  Commission  i 
the  form  of  an  agreement.  Staff  requested  that  an  endowment  be  provide 
in  the  amount  of  $30,000  to  provide  for  the  maintenance  of  the  statue  fo 
as  long  as  it  remains  on  Portsmouth  Square.  There  are  many  terms  an 
conditions  within  the  agreement  about  maintenance  and  certain  rights  t 
move  it  to  different  location  if  it  is  damaged.  This  item  was  reviewed  b 
the  Finance  Committee  and  Ms.  Learner  recommended  approval  of  th 
agreement. 

Henry  Der,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Goddess  of  Democracy  Project 

said  he  was  very  pleased  to  finalize  the  process  to  place  the  Goddess  o 
Democracy  statue  in  Portsmouth  Square.  He  felt  the  maintenance  endowmen 
agreement  was  fair  and  would  present  the  $30,000  check  to  the  Departmen 
when  the  agreement  is  fully  executed. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motio 
of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  followin 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16769 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  maintenance  endowmen 
agreement  between  the  San  Francisco  Goddess  of  Democracy  Project  and  th 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  in  the  amount  of  $30,000. 

11.   PORTSMOUTH  SQUARE 

GODDESS  OF  DEMOCRACY  PLAQUE 

Approval  of  the  wording  for  the  Goddess  of  Democracy  Plaque. 

Park  Planner,  Deborah  Learner,  explained  that  the  Commission  is  beir 
asked  to  to  approve  the  wording  for  the  Goddess  of  Democracy  statue. 

Henry  Der,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Goddess  of  Democracy  Project 

explained  that  the  language  before  the  Commission  was  the  product  of  son 
deliberation.  He  was  aware  that  this  was  a  sensitive  matter  but  felt  tt" 
proposed  language  was  moderate  in  its  tone,  and  represents  the  ideals  ar 
goals  of  the  project.  He  urged  the  Commission  to  approve  the  propose 
language  and  said  the  statue  is  dedicated  to  the  citizens  of  San  Francisc 
who  support  the  concept  and  acknowledge  those  who  struggle  for  democracy. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

11.   PORTSMOUTH  SQUARE 

GODDESS  OF  DEMOCRACY  PLAQUE 

Thomas  Marsh,  the  supervising  sculptor  of  the  San  Francisco  Goddess  of 
Democracy  project,  reaffirmed  the  sentiments  of  Mr.  Der.  He  said  the 
wording  was  very  carefully  chosen  and  said  the  statue  is  dedicated  to 
people  rather  than  to  a  concept  and  the  people  are  dedicated  to  the 
concept.  He  felt  the  wording  "...dedicated  to  those  who  struggle  for 
democracy  and  human  rights..."  was  important  because  democracy  has  never 
come  easily  and  recognition  of  basic  human  rights  is  a  struggle. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  that  he  respected  the  comments  made  by  the  speakers 
but  when  he  read  the  Chinese  characters  ha  felt  the  appropriate  word 
should  be  "strive  for"  or  "work  hard  for"  rather  than  the  word  "struggle". 
He  wondered  if  the  wording  could  be  modified  to  "...those  who  (strive  for) 
or  those  who  (love)  or  those  who  (cherish)"  rather  than  "struggle".  He 
said  the  strict  translation  of  the  Chinese  character  would  be  "to  achieve". 

President  Immendorf  said  that  he,  too,  was  concerned  about  the  word 
"struggle"  and  felt  that  it  was  important  to  be  sensitive  to  everyone  who 
viewed  the  statue. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  the  word  struggle  was  a  bit  more  negative.  She 
suggested  that  perhaps  a  phrase  should  be  added  that  states,  "This  is  a 
re-creation  of  the  Goddess  of  Democracy  statue  which  stood  in  Beijing's 
Tiananmen  Square  from  May  30-June  4,  1989. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  Art  Commission  also 
reviews  the  language  and  they  have  a  literary  specialist  who  will  review 
the  wording. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  asked  Mr.  Der  if  the  word  "strive"  was  considered.  Mr. 
Der  explained  that  the  word  strive  was  not  considered  by  the  Committee. 

•  Commissioner  Farrow  suggested  that  the  phrase  "to  strive  for  and  cherish" 
be  considered.  Mr.  Der  was  amenable  to  that  wording. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16770 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  wording  for  the  Goddess  of 
Democracy  Plaque  as  follows: 

GODDESS  OF  DEMOCRACY 

DEDICATED  TO  THOSE  WHO  STRIVE  FOR  AND  CHERISH  HUMAN  RIGHTS  AND  DEMOCRACY 

A  GIFT  TO  THE  CITY  OF  SAN  FRANCISCO 

FROM  THE 

SAN  FRANCISCO  GODDESS  OF  DEMOCRACY  PROJECT 

1989-1994 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

12.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 

CONCESSION  AGREEMENT  -  VOLUME  SERVICES 

Approval  of  the  concession  agreement  between  the  San  Francisco  Forty 
Niners  and  Volume  Services. 

Note:  This  item  was  removed  from  the  Calendar. 


13.   CANDLESTICK  PARK  RENOVATIONS 
PHASE  8-B 

Approval  of  Phase  8-B  of  Candlestick  Park  renovations.   (NOTE:   The 

Committee  may  convene  in  Executive  Session  pursuant  to  Section  54956.9(b) 

of  the  California  Government  Code  £o  discuss  potential   litigation 

regarding  this  matter.) 

Assistant  to  the  General  Manager,  Tim  Lillyquist,  explained  that  the 
next  phase  (8-B)  of  the  Candlestick  Park  renovations  will  increase  the 
seating  at  the  stadium  to  exceed  the  70,000  capacity  required  for 
Superbowl  contention.  The  additional  seating  will  require  additional 
egress  and  additional  seating  for  the  disabled,  as  required  under  the 
Americans  with  Disabilities  Act  (ADA).  Mr.  Lillyquist  displayed  a  diagram 
of  Candlestick  and  explained  that  300  seats  will  be  placed  at  field  level 
from  first  based  to  third  base,  with  two  platforms  on  the  first  base  side 
to  accommodate  wheelchairs.  Two  handicap  accessible  platforms  will  also 
be  placed  in  Sections  21  and  23  and  a  new  accessible  right  field  bleacher 
will  be  constructed.  The  upper  concourses  will  be  widened  for  egress 
purposes.  Several  of  the  vomitories  in  the  upper  deck  will  have  to  be 
modified  to  provide  accessible  seating  and  wheelchair  access.  A  new 
elevator  will  be  located  adjacent  to  the  present  elevator.  One  stairtower 
will  be  built  and  another  will  be  modified  for  egress.  The  estimated  cost 
for  this  phase  of  the  renovation  is  $5  Million. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Lillyquist  explained 
that  filling  in  the  aisle  seats  will  create  longer  rows.  However,  it  does 
meet  all  of  the  egress  and  safety  code  requirements.  There  will  be  1862 
additional  seats  in  the  upper  deck  which  will  bring  the  stadium  capacity 
to  70,300  for  football. 

3:25  p.m.  -  4:10  p.m.  the  Commission  convened  in  Executive  Session. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16771 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  Phase  8-B  of  Candlestick  Park 
renovations. 

14.   SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY-NINERS 
RENT  CREDIT 

Approval  of  a  rent  credit  to  the  San  Francisco  Forty-Niners  in  the  amount 
of  $1.8  Million  for  the  renovations  to  Candlestick  Park. 


Note:  This  item  was  removed  from  the  Calendar. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

15.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 
TICKET  PRICE  INCREASE 

Approval  of  ticket  price  increase  for  the  San  Francisco  Forty  Niners  from 
$35.75  to  $39.75  for  the  1994-95  season. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  49ers  have  requested  an  increase  in  their  per  seat  ticket  price 
by  $4.00  from  $35.75  to  $39.75.  The  Commission's  policy  has  been  to 
compare  price  requests  to  other  teams  in  the  league.  The  49ers  have 
provided  a  list  of  comparables  to  the  Commissk>n.  He  said  it  is  very 
clear  that  although  there  are  higher  ticket  prices  for  teams  in  the  NFL, 
on  the  average  this  increase  will  place  the  49ers  well  above  any  other 
team.  Per  ticket  prices  for  the  National  Football  League  are  as  high  as 
$200  but  they  also  have  tickets  that  are  lower  in  price.  The  49ers  are 
one  of  the  few  teams  in  the  league  which  charges  the  same  price  for  every 
ticket  in  the  stadium.  In  response  to  being  the  highest  price  ticket,  the 
49ers  raise  the  points  that  Candlestick  Park  is  an  older  stadium  with 
fewer  seats  than  many  of  the  other  stadia,  does  not  have  club  seating  or 
specialized  areas  which  provide  more  amenities  (except  for  the  luxury 
suites).  The  49ers  also  sell  out  every  year.  This  increase  would  give 
the  Department  an  additional  $270,000  in  revenue  and  $1.4  Million  in 
additional  revenues  for  the  49ers.  (The  visiting  club  receives  407.  of 
admissions.)  Although  the  increase  would  give  the  49ers  the  highest 
ticket  price  in  the  league,  he  recommended  approval. 

Jim  Tomasello,  said  that  when  any  price  increase  is  proposed  the  initial 
reaction  is  negative.  As  a  season  ticket  holder  for  the  49ers,  the 
Warriors  and  the  Sharks  one  must  consider  the  product  that  is  afforded 
versus  the  other  teams.  He  felt  that  the  per  season  ticket  increase  is 
minimal  and  that  the  49ers  are  in  an  unusual  position  because  they  have 
unparalleled  success  on  the  field.  He  said  that  as  a  season  ticket  holder 
he  felt  the  increase  was  minimal. 

Commission  Secretary,  Shauna  Rose,  explained  that  a  letter  was  written 

by  a  member  of  the  public  when  the  Commission  met  in  Executive  Session 

which  suggested  that  the  preseason  ticket  be  sold  as  an  option  or  sold  at 
the  rate  of  $10. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Ms.  Rose  explained  that  the 
Commission  office  had  received  5  phonecalls  in  opposition  to  the  fee 
increase  request. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  she  had  personally  received  8  phone  calls  in 
opposition  to  the  increase  and  said  that  the  request  is  more  than  a  cost 
of  living  increase  which  is  unfair  to  the  faithful  fan.  In  1982  the  seats 
were  $13.00  and  now  they  are  $35.75.  She  said  there  is  no  option  for  the 
49er  fan  because  there  are  no  cheaper  tickets.  The  criteria  that  is  used 
by  the  Commission  is  to  compare  prices  at  other  stadia.  Yet,  the  49ers 
are  already  the  highest.  She  felt  it  would  be  irresponsible  to 
rubberstamp  this  increase  just  because  the  49ers  have  17,000  on  a  waiting 
list.  The  increase  will  cost  a  couple  over  $100  to  attend  a  single  game. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  he  was  a  season  ticket  holder  for  10  years.  He 
felt  it  was  important  to  consider  the  Commission's  role  and  that  it  could 
not  unreasonably  withhold  con-sent  for  the  increase.  He  said  the  49ers  are 
marketing  a  product  and  that  if  the  tickets  prices  become  unreasonable 
then  the  fans  will  not  attend  games. 


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15.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 
TICKET  PRICE  INCREASE  (Continued) 


President  Immendorf  explained  that  the  49ers  have  been  requesting  fee 
increases  in  a  three-year  cycle  and  that  the  Commission  must  consider  the 
49er  lease  which  states  that  the  fee  increase  shall  not  be  unreasonably 
withheld.  The  Commission  must  consider  the  49er  franchise  and  the 
problems  they  are  having  with  a  smaller  stadium,  an  older  stadium  and  a 
stadium  that  does  not  offer  club  seating.  The  City  is  renting  the  team 
the  stadium  and  it  was  not  unreasonable  to  approve  an  ll%  increase.  The 
49ers  have  the  highest  salaries  in  the  league  and  their  overall  operating 
expenses  are  high. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  when  he  played  football  for  the  49ers  he 
received  $400  a  week. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  asked  if  the  projected  revenue  of  $270,000  could  be  usee 
to  offset  or  meet  next  year's  budget  process.  Mr.  Arnold  said  that 
legally  it  could  be  allocated  to  other  programs.  He  further  explainec 
that  if  the  Commission  felt  that  the  ticket  increase  would  result  in  lower 
attendance  or  empty  seats  it  should  not  approve  the  ticket  price.  Then 
are  are  fixed  costs  associated  with  operating  Candlestick  Park  which  the 
Department  cannot  afford  without  a  sold-out  stadium. 

Commissioner  Ruiz  asked  if  there  was  any  data  that  shows  whether  there  ha; 
been  an  increase  or  decrease  in  the  49ers  waiting  list. 

Murlan  Fowell,  representing  the  San  Francisco  49ers,  said  there  is 
continual  increase  in  the  waiting  list.  It  costs  $10  to  be  placed  on  thi 
waiting  list.  The  49ers  discourage  people  from  placing  themselves  in  thi 
waiting  list  because  one  could  be  on  the  list  for  10-20  years  befon 
receiving  tickets. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  said  he  reluctantly  recommended  approval  of  thi 
ticket  price  at  the  Committee  meeting  but  was  now  prepared  to  vote  i 
opposition  at  this  meeting  after  re-thinking  the  issue.  He  said  that  al 
sporting  events  have  become  so  expensive  and  they  used  to  be  famil 
events.  Today  people  cannot  afford  to  take  the  family  to  the  game.  H 
wanted  to  know  how  many  parents  bring  their  children  to  games. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Ruiz's  question,  Mr.  Fowell  said  that  over  40 
free  tickets  are  given  to  children  for  each  game.  This  program  i 
administered  by  Berkeley  Farms  which  distributes  tickets  to  children1 
organizations  in  the  Bay  Area.  The  49ers  provide  the  tickets.  Mr.  Fowel 
said  there  is  a  specific  section  at  Candlestick  Park  that  is  set  aside  fo 
the  chi ldren. 

President  Immendorf  reminded  the  Commission  that  Oakland  lost  its  footbal 
franchise  and  felt  it  was  the  City's  obligation  to  not  unreasonabl 
withhold  the  increase. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

15.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 
TICKET  PRICE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Ruiz,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16772 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  ticket  price  increase  for  the 
San  Francisco  Forty  Niners  from  $35.75  to  $39.75  for  the  1994-95  season. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:  Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz 

Noes:  Commissioner  Mazzola,  Sommer 

16.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 
LUXURY  SUITES  INCREASE 

Approval  of  15%  increase  for  luxury  suites,  with  57.  discount  for  existing 
suiteholders  for  the  San  Francisco  Forty  Niners  1994-95  season. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  proposed  15%  increase  translates  into  the  smallest  suite  being 
raised  from  $23,000  to  $27,000  and  the  more  expensive  suite  from  $74,000 
to  $85,000.  The  last  increase  for  luxury  suites  was  requested  three  years 
ago.  A  5%  discount  will  be  given  to  those  who  re-sign.  Currently,  there 
are  no  vacant  suites  at  the  stadium. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16773 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  15%  increase  for  luxury 
suites,  with  5%  discount  for  existing  suiteholders  for  the  San  Francisco 
Forty  Niners  1994-95  season. 

17.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 
PREPAID  PARKING 

Consideration  of  the  price  increase  for  prepaid  parking  for  automobiles 
from  $10.00  to  $15.00  for  the  San  Francisco  Forty  Niners  1994-95  season. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  parking  is  the  most  scarce  commodity  at  Candlestick  Park.  The  paved 
parking  lot,  which  is  under  the  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission,  can  accommodate  8000  cars  in  the  paved  parking  lot.  1000  of 
these  spaces  are  reserved  for  buses  and  recreational  vehicles.  The  49ers 
pre-sell  the  parking  lot  with  no  trouble.  When  the  parking  lot  fee  was 
raised  to  $10  more  people  took  transit  but  they  gradually  returned  to  the 
parking  lot.  He  presumed  the  same  pattern  would  occur  with  this  fee 
increase. 


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Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

17.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 
PREPAID  PARKING  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  said  there  was  concern  as  to  what  would  happen  to  the  dirt  lots 
which  surround  the  stadium  parking  lot  which  are  now  charging  $l l . 00. 
Historically,  those  lots  have  been  the  same  price  as  the  main  parking 
lot.  He  presumed  the  outside  lots  would  charge  what  is  charged  in  the 
main  lot.  The  Department's  Stadium  Fund  receives  42%  of  parking  revenue. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  voted  in  opposition  to  the  parking  increase  at  the 
Committee  meeting.  He  was  contacted  by  former  49er  teammate,  Bob  St. 
Clair  who  wanted  to  have  lunch.  Mr.  St.  Clair  brought  Nick  Leonoudakis, 
the  operator  of  the  paved  parking  lot  and  many  of  the  outside  dirt  lots, 
to  the  lunch.  Commissioner  Rovetti  explained  that  his  primary  concern  was 
the  issue  of  safety  and  recounted  an  incident  where  2  women,  who  had 
parked  in  the  dirt  lot,  found  their  automobile  stuck  in  the  mud,  and  were 
mugged  when  trying  to  seek  assistance.  He  was  concerned  about  controlling 
these  kinds  of  situations  because  once  the  game  begins  the  operators  leave 
the  outside  parking  lots.  He  said  that  Mr.  Leonoudakis  promised  tc 
provide  attendants  with  a  walkie  talkie  to  assist  those  who  park  there  and' 
provide  aide  and  to  have  an  emergency  vehicle  available.  He  felt  if  these] 
conditions  were  met  by  Mr.  Leonoudakis  then  he  could  approve  the  increase 

Commissioner  Mazzola  made  a  motion  to  table  the  parking  fee  increase  one 
month;  Commissioner  Sommer  seconded  the  motion.  Commissioner  Mazzola  saic 
that  the  Commission  did  not  control  the  outside  lots  but  felt  that  if  the 
increase  was  deferred  for  one  month,  pressure  could  be  placed  on  the 
outside  operators  to  improve  the  outer  dirt  lots.  He  said  the  operator; 
leave  as  soon  as  the  game  begins  because  they  are  not  obligated  tc 
remain.  If  the  increase  was  deferred,  he  felt  that  the  agencies  who  owr« 
the  dirt  lot  could  contact  the  operator  and  asked  what  improvements  woulc 
be  made  with  the  $4  increase.  Now,  the  outside  operators  reap  the  profit!* 
and  provide  nothing  for  the  fans. 

President  Immendorf  felt  that  pressure  could  be  put  on  the  outsid* 
operators  but  that  the  49ers  should  not  be  held  hostage  for  an  issue  thai 
is  not  under  their  control. 

Mr.  Fowell  said  the  outside  lots  are  a  separate  issue  and  should  no 
affect  the  Commission's  vote  on  the  49er  increase.   He  said  he  spoke  t<: 
Nick  Leonoudakis  who  was  willing  to  cooperate  and  improve  the  condition! 
in  the  outside  lots  he  operates. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  Mr.  Leonoudakis  is  not  the  only  operator  ami 
there  is  nothing  in  writing  to  back  up  his  promise.  She  felt  tha : 
deferring  the  matter  may  give  the  Commission  leverage. 

President  Immendorf  said  the  Commission  has  increased  fees  for  ever 

program  and  service  because  of  lack  of  funding.  He  said  that  the  owner  o 

the  49ers  has  given  the  City  over  $45  Million  and  that  the  49ers  shoul 
not  be  held  hostage. 

Mr.  Fowell  said  he  promised  to  work  with  Mr.  Leonoudakis  to  accomplis 
what  has  been  discussed  about  improving  conditions  at  the  outside  lots. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

17.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

SAN  FRANCISCO  FORTY  NINERS 
PREPAID  PARKING  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Mazzola  said  that  he  noted  that  some  items  are  removed  from 
the  agenda  because  staff  needed  more  information  or  time.  He  asked  why 
he,  as  a  commissioner,  could  not  have  an  item  removed  from  the  calendar. 
Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  two  49er  items  were  removed  because  certain 
conditions  were  not  satisfied  and,  therefore  he  could  not  recommend  them 
for  approval  . 

Commissioner  Mazzola's  motion  failed  to  pass  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:  Commissioner  Mazzola 

Noes:  Commissioner  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti  ,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Commissioner  Chan  said  he,  too,  was  concerned  about  the  safety  issues  and 
the  dirt  lots.  He  made  a  motion  to  approve  the  increase  with  the 
understanding  that  the  Commission,  the  Department  and  the  49ers  will  work 
diligently  to  improve  the  conditions  at  the  outer  lots. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  there  is  an  alternative  to  using  the  lots 
because  public  transportation  is  available.  She  commented  that  there  is 
never  any  toilet  paper  in  the  portable  restrooms  and  when  she  pays  $15  to 
park  she  expected  to  have  the  restrooms  fully  stocked.  She  further  stated 
that  many  people  use  the  spaces  for  tailgating  and  that  the  area  should  be 
better  patrol  led. 

Mr.  Fowell  explained  that  there  is  a  thief  who  is  fond  of  stealing  paper 
products.  The  present  practice  is  to  stock  the  portable  restrooms  the 
morning  of  the  day  of  the  event.  Mr.  Fowell  said  that  the  areas  are 
patrolled  to  make  sure  the  fans  do  not  use  more  than  one  space. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  that  Mr.  Leonoudakis  said  he  does  not  have 
cooperation  from  the  Police  Department.  Mr.  Fowell  said  the  49ers  have 
hired  additional  San  Francisco  Police  Department  personnel  to  offer 
assistance  to  the  fans  for  late  afternoon  and  evening  games. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16774 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  price  increase  for  prepaid 
parking  for  automobiles  from  $10.00  to  $15.00  for  the  San  Francisco  Forty 
Niners  1994-95  season. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:  Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti,  Ruiz,  Sommer 

Noes:  Commissioner  Mazzola 

5:05  p.m.  Commissioner  Farrow  left  the  meeting. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

18.  ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFTS 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Ruiz,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  th( 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16775 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  following  gifts  valued  al 
$110,159.13,  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department: 

a.  From  Ken  Hal  1 i day ,  a  donation  of  $50.00,  for  the  Orchid  Collection  a* 
the  Conservatory  of  Flowers. 

b.  From  John  Leathers/Bob  Hamilton,  computer  software,  valued  at  $200 
for  the  plant  inventory,  Conservatory  of  Flowers. 

c.  From  Strybing  Arboretum  Society,  plants  and  seeds,  valued  at  $307.70; 
for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanical  Gardens. 

d.  From  Strybing  Arboretum  Society,  garden  interns,  valued  at  $2,800.37 
for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanical  Gardens. 

e.  From  Strybing  Arboretum  Society,  materials  and  supplies,  valued  a 
$2,662.37,  for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanical  Gardens. 

f.  From  Strybing  Arboretum  Society,  plant  labeling,  valued  at  $2,636.99 
for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanical  Gardens. 

g.  From  Strybing  Arboretum  Society,  garden  signs,  valued  at  $1,501.70 
for  the  Strybing  Arboretum  and  Botanical  Gardens. 

h.  From  Hyatt  Corporation,  Sherwin  Williams  Company,  San  Francisc 
Beautiful,  and  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks,  a  gift  in  place  value 
at  approximately  $100,000  for  refurbishing  the  Carrousel  in  Golde 
Gate  Park. 

i.  From  Lef  Foundation,  through  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks,  $12,000 
for  the  development  of  the  tot  lot  at  Civic  Center  Plaza. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  appropriate  letters  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  th 
donors. 

19.   PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  item 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Par 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  t 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Kevin  Drew,  representing  the  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Recycling 
Center,  said  that  last  month  somebody  addressed  the  Commission  undej 
Public  Comment  and  complained  about  the  smell  from  the  center.  He  said  h| 
has  spoken  to  Kezar  users  who  have  not  complained.  He  further  explainej 
that  the  Recreation  Center  for  the  Handicapped  currently  uses  th; 
recycling  center  as  part  of  their  ecology  program.  He  wanted  th 
Commission  to  know  that  the  issue  is  being  addressed. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  November  18,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

20.  PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

The  President  did  not  submit  a  report. 

21.  COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  October  6,  l 993 
Recreation  Program  Committee  Meeting  of  October  27,  1993 
Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  November  2,  1993 
Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee  Meeting  of  November  5,  1993 


22.   ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  business, 
the  687th  Meeting  of  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Commission  was  adjourned 
at  5: 10  p.m. 


Respectfully  submitted 


Shauna  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


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MINUTES 


SPECIAL  MEETING 
FRIDAY,  NOVEMBER  5,  1993  -  3:45  P.M. 


The  Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  was  called  to  order 
on  Friday,  November  5,  1993,  at  3:50  p.m.  by  President  Jack  Immendorf. 


ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  President 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 


ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFT 

Acceptance  of  a  gift  in  the  amount  of  $1,100.00,  from  International 
Management  Group,  for  the  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  Recreation  and 
Park  Department. 

President  Immendorf  explained  that  this  item  is  acceptance  of  a  gift  from 
International  Management  Group  for  the  purpose  of  gathering  information  on 
how  New  York  conducts  its  marathon  race.  The  promoter  who  stages  the  San 
Francisco  Marathon  also  conducts  the  New  York  Marathon.  They  felt  it 
would  be  helpful  to  have  a  representative  from  the  San  Francisco 
Recreation  and  Park  Department  witness  firsthand  the  New  York  Marathon  and 
to  meet  with  our  counterparts  to  learn  how  New  York  handles  such  issues  as 
ie  routing  traffic,  closing  major  thoroughfares,  etc. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Friday,  November  5,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFT  (Continued) 

President  Immendorf  said  that  staff  has  worked  with  the  City  Attorney's 
Office  to  ensure  that  the  gift  is  accepted  properly.  He  outlined  the 
procedures  to  accept  the  gift  and  recommended  approval. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  dollar  value  of  the 
gift  should  be  increased  to  approximately  $2000  since  the  International 
Management  Group  will  pay  the  cost  incurred  by  a  Recreation  and  Park 
Department  employee  who  travels  to  New  York. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Mazzola's  question,  President  Immendorf 
explained  that  San  Francisco  has  had  3  or  4  promoters  who  ran  the  San 
Francisco  Marathon  unsuccessfully.  The  new  promoter  thought  it  would  be 
useful  to  have  representatives  from  San  Francisco  see  personally  how  a 
successful  marathon  is  staged.  A  representative  from  Municipal  Railway 
will  also  be  visiting  New  York  to  learn  about  traffic  issues. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16757  | 

WHEREAS,  International  Management  Group  and  the  City  of  San  Franciscd 
Marathon  have  offered  the  City  a  gift  for  use  by  the  Recreation  and  Park], 
Department,  to  pay  the  expenses  of  an  official  trip  to  New  York  City  tc, 
observe  the  New  York  Marathon;  and 

WHEREAS,  acceptance  of  this  financial  gift  would  enable  the  San  Franciscc 
Recreation  and  Park  Department,  to  send  a  representative  to  New  York  Citj 
this  November  to  observe  operations  related  to  the  New  York  City  Marathon: 
and 

WHEREAS,  the  value  of  this  gift,  which  is  approximately  $2,000,  will  covei 
the  entire  cost  of  travel  and  lodging  for  one  official  travelling  to  New 
York  City;  now,  therefore  be  it 

RESOLVED  that  the  San  Francisco  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  accept' 
this  gift  from  International  Management  Group  and  the  City  of  Sai, 
Franci  sco  Marathon. 


3.    RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

DESIGNATION  OF  REPRESENTATIVE  FOR  GIFT  TO  THE  CITY 

Designation  of  the  City  employee  who  will  visit  New  York  for  the  purposj 
of  gathering  information  on  how  New  York  conducts  its  marathon  wit 
expenses  to  be  paid  from  the  International  Management  Group  gift. 

President  Immendorf  suggested  that  Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joe 

Robinson,  be  designated  to  visit  New  York  for  the  purpose  of  gatherin 
information  on  how  New  York  conducts  its  marathon.  He  felt  that  Mr 
Robinson  is  responsible  for  issuing  permits  for  the  Department  and  tha 
the  trip  would  be  educational  for  him. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Friday,  November  5,  1993,  2:00  p.m 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

DESIGNATION  OF  REPRESENTATIVE  FOR  GIFT  TO  THE  CITY  (Continued) 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  he  heard  that  the  San  Francisco  Marathon  had  trouble  getting 
headliners  to  run  the  race  and  therefore  had  difficulty  getting  corporate 
sponsors  for  the  race.  Then  the  race  course  was  changed.  The  City's 
policy  now  states  that  races  must  take  place  in  the  western  part  of  the 
City. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16758 

WHEREAS,  The  San  Francisco  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  accepted  a  gift 
from  International  Management  Group  and  the  City  of  San  Francisco  Marathon 
to  defray  the  expenses  of  an  official  trip  to  New  York  City  to  observe 
operations  related  to  the  New  York  City  Marathon;  and 

WHEREAS,  This  official  trip  to  observe  arrangements  made  by  the  City  of 
New  York  to  prepare  for  the  New  York  Marathon  will  assist  the  Recreation 
and  Park  Department  in  continuing  to  improve  the  San  Francisco  Marathon; 
now,  therefore  be  it 

RESOLVED,  That  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  now  appoints  Joel 
Robinson,  Superintendent  of  Recreation,  to  represent  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Department  at  the  New  York  Marathon  to  be  held  on  November  14,  1993. 

PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up  to 
three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 


No  public  comment  was  received, 


ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  business, 
the  Special  Meeting  of  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  was 
adjourned  at  4:00  p.m. 


1 ly  submjtted, 


Snauna  (Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


f  2. 


San  Francisco,  California 
December  14,  1993 


Frank  M.  Jordan,  Mayor 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  COMMISSION 


i   MINUTES 

SPECIAL  MEETING 
TUESDAY,  DECEMBER  14,  1993  -  3:00  P.M. 


BUSINESS-SCIENCE 
DOCUMENTS  DEPT. 

JAN  7  1994 

SAN  FRANCISCO 
PUBLIC  LIBRARY 


The  Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  was  called  to  order 
on  Tuesday,  December  14,  1993,  at  3:00  p.m.  by  President  Jack  Immendorf. 


1.    ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
INTRODUCTORY  STATEMENT  BY  GENERAL  MANAGER 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  Department  has  been 
through  several  years  of  very  difficult  budget  reductions  and  any  future 
reductions  will  be  exceedingly  painful.  Staff  wanted  an  opportunity  to 
have  some  of  the  Department's  support  groups  and  the  Commission  briefed  on 
the  budget  process. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  Department  used  to  receive  a  substantial 
portion  of  money  from  Federal  sources  which  are  no  longer  available.  When 
the  City  offered  the  early  retirement  program  to  its  employees,  88  people 
from  Recreation  and  Park  took  advantage  of  this  program  and  44  of  those 
positions  were  never  replaced.  The  Department  has  gone  through  4  years  of 
fairly  substantial  reduction  In  Its  General  Fund  support.  The 
Department's  funding  structure  is  complicated  and  has  some  restrictions  on 
those  funds.  For  example: 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

INTRODUCTORY  STATEMENT  BY  GENERAL  MANAGER  (Continued) 

Recreation  Division  The  Open  Space  Fund,  a  special  tax  set  aside  withl 
the  City's  General  Fund,  designates  a  portion  of  its  funding  for  th 
Recreation  Division's  afterschool  programs.  Recreation  also  has 
substantial  section  of  its  budget  protected,  approximately  $8  Million 
from  Proposition  "J"  (Children's  budget  passed  in  1991).  These  protecte 
funds  maintain  funds  for  children's  services  and  result  in  substantia 
reductions  in  adult  recreation  programming. 

Marina  Yacht  Harbor  Fund  is  also  restricted  and  any  monies  that  ar 
raised  at  the  Marina  must  be  used  there.  The  funds  cannot  be  use 
elsewhere  because  the  land  is  State  tide  lands  that  Recreation  and  Par 
operates  in  trust  for  the  State. 

Candlestick  Park  There  is  a  certain  level  of  funding  that  must  b 
allocated  to  maintain  the  stadium  and  the  field.  There  are  contractua 
obligations  with  both  the  Giants  and  the  49ers. 

Zoo  In  the  past,  the  Zoo  has  suffered  a  fairly  substantial  reductio 
because  it  was  largely  funded  by  the  General  Fund.  In  July  of  this  year 
the  City  entered  into  a  partnership  agreement  with  the  San  Francisc 
Zoological  Society  which  helps  the  Zoo,  but  places  a  contractua 
obligation  and  more  of  the  burden  on  other  Department  services. 

Ms.  Burns  said  that  last  year  funding  was  not  allocated  for  replacement  c 
equipment  or  new  equipment.  The  Department  is  not  meeting  its  contractua 
obligations  and  it  is  more  and  more  difficult  to  meet  the  needs  c 
providing  clean,  safe,  well-maintained  facilities  and  quality  recreatic 
programs. 

Ms.  Burns  further  explained  that  the  largest  section  of  the  Departmer 
that  receives  General  Fund  support  is  Golden  Gate  Park.  It  requires  abou <\ 
115  gardeners  and  custodians  to  maintain  the  park;  the  staffing  level  i 
now  reduced  to  81.  If,  reductions  are  made  in  the  Golf  Division, 
revenue  producing  section  to  the  Department,  then  reductions  will  have  t 
be  made  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  Golden  Gate  Park  is  tied  to  the  touris 
industry  and  is  the  third  to  fifth  reason  visitors  come  to  San  Franciscc 
However,  It  is  in  a  very  severe  state  of  decline  in  terms  of  its  urba 
forest  which  has  reached  the  end  of  its  lifetime.  The  Department's  urba 
forester  predicts  that  over  the  next  20-30  years  20,000  of  the  30, OC 
trees  in  the  park  will  be  dead. 

Over  the  last  4  years,  the  Department  has  had  its  General  Fund  suppor 
reduced  $7  Million;  last  year  it  was  reduced  $4  Million.  The  projects 
deficit  for  the  City  next  year  is  between  $100-$125  Million.  Last  year 
reduction  amounted  to  a  25%  reduction  of  what  is  considered  discretionar 
funds  in  the  Department.  Ms.  Burns  felt  that  it  was  impossible  to  reduc 
the  Department's  budget  for  next  year  without  affecting  services.  St" 
hoped  that  there  would  be  a  better  understanding  of  the  Department 
budget  process  and  that  collectively  the  user  groups  would  help  to  protec 
the  Department's  budget  when  it  is  considered  by  the  Mayor  and  Board  c 
Supervisors.  It  is  estimated  that  between  $1-3  Million  will  have  to  t 
cut  from  the  Department's  budget  for  next  year.  The  actual  dollar  figur. 
has  not  been  released  by  the  Mayor's  Office. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
REVENUE  STATUS  REPORT 

Review  of  the  revenue  status  report  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  gave  an 
overview  of  the  Department,  explaining  that  the  operating  revenues  for 
fiscal  year  1993-94  is  $58,288,445.  The  General  Fund  (discretionary) 
portion  of  the  operating  budget  is  $13  Million.  Recreation  and  Park  is 
quite  small  when  compared  to  the  other  7  large  discretionary  City  agencies 
(Police  $170  Million,  Fire  $120  Million,  Municipal  Railway  $91  Million, 
Health  $200  Million,  Social  Services  $200  Million,  Sheriff  $50  Million, 
and  Library  $17  Mi  1 1  ion) . 

Recreation  and  Park  Department  Operating  Revenues  1993-94 

Revenue  Fund $20,428,313  -  35.07.   Open  Space $  9,952,566  -  17.1% 

Yacht  Harbor 1,370,470-  2.4%   Bond  Fund 1,034,637-  1.8% 

Children's  Fund..  8,586,941  -  14.7%   Fuhrman  Bequest   198,239  -  0.3% 
Zoo 3,553,000-  6.1%   General  Fund. .. 13, 164,279  -  22 .6% 

The  Revenue  Fund  is  comprised  of  fees,  charges  and  concessions  that  are 
generated  by  this  Department  for  use  of  departmental  facilities.  The  Open 
Space  Fund  is  a  Charter  amendment  that  sets  aside  certain  monies  to  be 
allocated  for  afterschool  programs  and  for  parks.  The  Open  Space  Fund 
also  funds  part  of  the  capital  budget.  The  Yacht  Harbor  Fund  is  a 
dedicated  fund  for  the  Marina.  The  Bond  Fund  comprises  the  Golden  Gate 
Park  bond  passed  in  1992,  the  park  improvement  bond  passed  in  1987  and  a 
small  amount  from  the  Earthquake  bond  passed  in  1990.  The  Children's  Fund 
is  a  Charter  amendment  set  aside.  The  Fuhrman  Bequest  is  allocated  to 
this  Department  and  the  Library.  The  Zoo  is  now  a  separate,  dedicated 
appropriation. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Mazzola's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that 
the  Mayor's  budget  Director  informed  the  Department  to  not  cut  anything 
from  the  Zoo  last  year.  The  Department  submitted  reductions  for  the  Zoo 
and  they  were  rejected  by  the  Mayor's  budget  staff. 

Last  year,  the  Department  was  told  to  reduce  its  budget  by  10%.  Mr. 
Arnold  felt  that  since  the  discretionary  fund  amounted  to  $13,164  Million, 
the  reduction  should  have  been  $1.3  Million.  However,  the  Department  was 
forced  to  reduce  its  budget  by  $4  Million. 

Mr.  Arnold  then  explained  the  operating  expenses  by  each  program: 

Adult  Recreation $  1,756,161 3.0% 

Child  Recreation 10,504,343 18.0% 

Administration 3,109,026 5.3% 

Payments  to  the  Other  City  Departments...  4,300,018 7.4% 

(City  Atty,  Light,  Heat  &  Power,  Sewer) 

Golden  Gate  Park 6,320,118 10.8% 

Urban  Forestry,  Fuhrman,  Open  Space 2,383,324 4.1% 

Park  Maintenance 14,090,915 10.8% 

Camp  Mather 610,063 1.0% 

Golf 2,538,026 4.4% 

Candlestick 5,866,209 10.1% 

Zoo 5,439,772 9.3% 

Marina 1,370,470 2.4% 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 


RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
REVENUE  STATUS  REPORT  (Continued) 

President  Immendorf  said  the  Department  is  being  penalized  for  not 
approving  frivolous  claims.  In  some  cases,  the  Commission  has  forced  the 
City  Attorney  to  litigate  rather  than  settle  a  bogus  claim.  Although  the 
City  saves  money  the  Department  is  penalized  by  increased  City  Attorney 
costs. 

Mr.  Arnold  then  explained  how  the  Department's  operating  budget  breaks 
down  in  terms  of  what  is  protected  by  statute,  monies  which  are  generated 
by  the  units,  and  those  which  are  unprotected: 


Protected 

Self- 

Unprotected 

Funds 

Sustaining 
556,057 

Funds 

Total 

Recreation  -  Adult  Programs 

-0- 

1,200,104 

1,756,16 

Recreation  -  Children  Prgms 

10,501,343 

-0- 

-0- 

10,501,34 

Admini  stration 

905,410- 

1,219,381 

992,836 

3,117,62 

Payment  to  other  City  Depts 

376,118 

-0- 

3,923,900 

4,300,01 

Golden  Gate  Park 

909,937 

2,953,790 

2,456,391 

6,320,11 

Urban  Forestry 

458,219 

-0- 

1,919,504 

2,377,72 

Neighborhood  Prks  Maint. 

6,496,656 

5,157,219 

2,437,040 

14,090,91 

Camp  Mather 

-0- 

610,063 

0 

610, Of 

Golf 

-0- 

2,538,026 

-0- 

2,538,02 

Candlestick 

-0- 

5,866,209 

-0- 

5,866,2C 

Zoo 

124,720 

1,890,000 

3,425,052 

5,439,77 

Yacht  Harbor 

1,370,470 

-0- 

-0- 

1,370,47 

Total  $21,142,873  $20,790,745  $16,354,827  $58,288,41 

Administration  has  protected  funds  of  $905,000  from  the  Open  Space  Progra 
and  funds  that  are  self-sustaining  include  lease  and  concession  revenue] 
from  the  Property  Management  Division.  Golden  Gate  Park  has  some  protects] 
funds  from  bonds;  $2.9  Million  is  self-sustaining  *  from  concessic 
activities  in  the  park.  Urban  Forestry  has  some  money  protected  throuc 
Open  Space  and  the  Fuhrman  Bequest.  $6.5  Million  is  protected  under  tf 
Open  Space  Program  for  neighborhood  parks  maintenance;  $5.1  Million  is  sel 
sustaining  from  the  garages  that  are  below  neighborhood  parks.  Can 
Mather,  Golf,  Candlestick  and  Yacht  Harbor  are  self-sustaining.  The  Zoo  ij 
partially  self-sustaining  from  the  admissions  it  receives. 

Mr.  Arnold  stated  that  the  Department's  revenue  forecast  indicated  the 
deficits  in  some  accounts  will  be  offset  by  surpluses  in  other  accounts. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Rovetti's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  explained  thai 
at  Candlestick  the  Department  receives  5%  of  gross  admissions,  son. 
admission  tax  and  10%  of  the  price  of  the  luxury  suites  for  the  Giant: 
With  the  49ers,  the  Department  receives  10%  of  the  price  of  tickets,  15%  c| 
luxury  suites,  42%  of  parking  and  $1.50  per  seat,  per  game  on  tf 
operator's  admission  tax. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  that  one  of  the  directors  of  Portsmouth  Square  sai 
there  is  a  dispute  with  the  Department  about  payment  charges.  A  discussic 
ensued  regarding  the  problems  with  the  Portsmouth  Square  Garage  payment; 
The  Parking  and  Traffic  Commission  is  recommending  that  the  findings  in  tf 
audit  be  Implemented  and  a  partial  rental  payment  has  been  made  to  tf 
Department.  However,  a  substantial  loan  payment  remains  outstanding. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 

RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
PRIOR  YEAR'S  BUDGET  REVIEW 

Review  of  the  impact  of  the  past  three  fiscal  year's  budgets  on  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  outlined  the 
impact  of  the  past  three  year's  reduction  on  the  Department: 

1.  In  the  1990-91  fiscal  year,  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department  had  752 
authorized  positions  which  were  supported  by  the  General  Fund.  As  of  the 
current  (1993-94)  fiscal  year,  122  of  these  positions  have  been  eliminated. 

2.  The  gardening  staff  for  Golden  Gate  Park  has  been  reduced  by  seventeen 
(17)  positions  in  the  past  three  years  (a  reduction  of  approximately  167.). 

3.  The  structural  maintenance  staff  has  been  reduced  by  twenty  positions 
(a  reduction  of  approximately  30%). 

4.  The  park  reforestation  program  has  lost  twenty  positions  (a  reduction 
of  approximately  50%). 

5.  The  Recreation  staff  has  been  reduced  by  thirty-five  positions  (a 
reduction  of  approximately  16%). 

6.  The  administrative  units  of  the  department  have  lost  twenty-one 
positions  (a  reduction  of  approximately  30%). 

The  impacts  of  the  Departmental  services  are  as  follows: 

1.  Municipal  swimming  pool  hours  have  been  reduced  by  approximately  20%. 
One  swimming  pool  (King)  has  been  closed  during  the  winter  and  another 
pool  (Coffman)  has  been  closed  during  the  summer. 

2  Shrubs  and  hedges  in  parks  throughout  the  City  are  not  being  pruned  on 
a  regular  schedule. 

3.  Litter  pick-up,  compounded  by  homeless  encampments  at  some  of  the 
major  parks,  is  no  longer  performed  on  a  regular  schedule. 

4.  Preventive  maintenance  on  facilities  Is  no  longer  performed  on  a 
regular  basis  due  to  the  need  to  perform  emergency  repairs. 

5.  Health-mandated  items  are  being  performed  minimally  with  more  than  a 
one-year  backlog  in  the  installation  of  backflow  devices,  fire  sprinkler 
systems,  fire  doors  and  debris  control. 

6.  Athletic  fields  are  mowed  only  twice  per  month. 

7.  The  reforestation  program  in  Golden  Gate  Park  has  lengthened  its 
planting  cycle  by  five  years  at  a  time  when  the  majority  of  the  Park's 
trees  have  passed  their  maturity. 

8.  The  Public  Information  Office  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department 
has  been  eliminated. 

9.  The  marketing  and  business  development  staffs  for  the  department  have 
been  el iminated. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 

3.    RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

PRIOR  YEAR'S  BUDGET  REVIEW  (Continued) 

Departmental  fees  have  been  increased  as  follows: 

1.  Swimming  pool  fees  for  adults  have  increased  by  50%  to  the  current  fei 
of  $3  per  swim.  Pool  fees  for  children  have  doubled  to  the  current  fee  J 
$1  per  swim. 

2.  Athletic  field  reservation  fees  have  been  increased  by  approximatel' 
25%. 

3.  Facility  rental  fees  have  doubled. 

4.  Golf  green  fees  have  increased  by  approximately  40%. 

5.  Popular  public  parks,  such  as  Sharon  Meadow  in  Golden  Gate  Park,  an 
being  fenced  off  for  paid  admission  events. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Rovetti's  question,  the  former  Giants  owner: 
paid  the  City  an  average  of  $2.3  Million;  with  the  new  owners  it  i; 
approximately  $1.3  Million. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  employees  are  doing  a  lot  more.  For  example,  ii 
neighborhood  parks,  people  were  formerly  dedicated  to  specific  parks;  no* 
there  are  roving  crews. 

Superintendent  of  Parks,  Ron  deLeon,  explained  that  Golden  Gate  Park 
used  to  have  10  supervisory  staff;  it  is  now  reduced  to  5  although  th« 
responsibilities  remain  unchanged. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  asked  if  the  Department  has  explored  the  commute): 
parking  problem  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  restricted 
parking  is  now  done  in  areas  in  the  park.  However,  some  of  the  postee 
signs  are  routinely  ignored.  The  Department  of  Parking  and  Traffic  is  ir 
the  process  of  modernizing  their  equipment.  It  may  be  possible  in  the 
future  to  have  the  ticket  fines  from  Recreation  and  Park  facilities  b« 
allocated  to  the  Department  rather  than  the  City's  General  Fund. 

Ms.  Burns  said  that  one  of  the  areas  under  consideration  in  the  Golder 
Gate  Park  Master  Plan  is  the  transportation  issue.  There  is  discussion  to 
charge  the  commuters  who  use  the  park  but  it  is  still  in  the  study  stag* 
and  will  be  a  very  controversial  issue. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the  Department  has  tried  a  paid  parking  program  ir 

the  park  which  has  been  met  with  mixed  reviews.  It  is  a  not  a  cost  fret 

program  and  the  Department  anticipates  $50,000  in  revenues  from  th 
program. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 

3.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

PRIOR  YEAR'S  BUDGET  REVIEW  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Rovetti  explained  that  he  has  received  many  phone  calls 
complaining  about  increased  fees  with  diminished  service. 

President  Immendorf  said  it  has  been  the  policy  of  the  Commission  to  not 
raise  fees  for  children  and,  thus,  fees  for  adult  athletic  recreation 
services  have  increased  dramatically. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the  question  before  the  Commission  is  whether  to 
continue  to  provide  some  services  at  a  greater  cost  or  cease  to  provide 
some  of  the  services.  With  the  resources  the  Department  has  there  is 
little  it  can  do.  One  of  the  reductions  proposed  this  year  was  to  close 
the  recreation  centers  on  the  weekends.  The  Board  of  Supervisors  did  not 
accept  that  reduction  and  restored  funding  for  the  recreation  directors 
but  not  for  the  custodial  services  to  clean  the  centers.  The  Mayor's 
instructions  call  for  a  firm  deadline  of  2/1/94  to  submit  the  Department's 
budget  for  Fiscal  Year  1994-95. 

4.  RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

MAYOR'S  BUDGET  INSTRUCTIONS  FOR  FISCAL  YEAR  1994-95 

Review  of  the  implications  of  the  Mayor's  budget  instructions  for  fiscal 
year  1994-95  for  the  Recreation  and  Park  Department. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  outlined  the 
Mayor's  budget  instructions  for  fiscal  year  1994-95: 

Restructure  department  with  a  focus  on  reducing  upper  and  middle 

management  (describe  restructuring  plans  in  detail)  This  is  not  a  new 

request  from  the  Mayor's  Office.  The  Department  has  made  reductions  in 
Administration,  Recreation,  and  Park  Divisions. 

°Place  more  responsibility  on  line  personnel  by  reducing  the  supervisors 
to  line  worker  ratio  to  a  minimum  1  to  8.  The  average  ratio  for  the 
Department  is  now  l  to  12. 

° Identify  and  describe  every  program  that  receives  non-City  funds  and 
describe  plans  to  maximize  local  resources  to  leverage  additional  Federal 
and  State  funds.  The  Department  already  follows  this  practice. 

"Reduce  the  cost  of  providing  administrative  services  by  a  minimum  of  10% 
without  reducing  service  levels  The  only  way  the  Department  can  achieve 
this  instruction  is  to  stop  providing  services. 

°Reduce  travel  by  a  minimum  of  10%  from  FY  1993/94  and  provide  a 
department-wide  summary  narrative  of  travel  stating  the  purpose,  cost, 
funding  source,  names,  and  classification  of  personnel.   The  Department's 

total  travel  budget  is  $12,400  of  which  $11,400  is  for  the  Zoo.  The  Zoo 
travel  budget  is  paid  by  the  Zoological  Society  as  of  10/10/93. 

°Reduce  overtime  expenses  by  a  minimum  of  10%.  Most  of  the  Department's 
overtime  is  in  conjunction  with  field  conversion  and  field  maintenance  for 
basebal l . 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Spec  i  a  I  Meet  i  ng  of  December  14,  1 993 

4.    RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 

MAYOR'S  BUDGET  INSTRUCTIONS  FOR  FISCAL  YEAR  1994-95  (Continued) 

°Contract  out  internal  services  if  it  is  less  costly  than  work  order ini 
funds  to  another  department.  This  guideline  is  a  potential  saver  for  thi 
Department.  However,  the  Charter  requires  the  Department  to  use  thi 
Department  of  Public  Works  for  any  contract  over  $50,000. 

°Contract  out  services  according  to  Proposition  J  guidelines.  Thre 
attempts  have  been  made  to  contract  out  services  (Senior  Services  Prograi 
by  the  Commission  on  Aging,  the  Fine  Arts  Museums  tried  to  contract  ou 
custodial  and  security  services,  and  Recreation  and  Park  tried  to  contrac 
out  security  at  Candlestick  Park.)  The  Board  of  Supervisors  must  approvi 
this  action  and  has  denied  all  three  requests. 

°Salary  savings  shall   not  exceed  2%  of  permanent  salaries.    Thi 

requirement  will  require  eliminating  24  positions  from  the  Department' 
authorized  staff. 

°Eliminate  a  minimum  of  50%  of  all  vacant  positions.   If  the  Departmen 
continues  to  eliminate  positions  then  it  will  end  up  with  a  shell  for 
Department.  , 

°ldentify  every  position  in  the  budget  and  its  source  of  funding,  providr 
both  management  and  vacant  position  lists,  and  a  complete  organization 
chart,  which  details  both  General  Fund  and  all  non-General  Fun< 
positions.  This  task  is  important  but  a  very  difficult  one  to  fulfill. 

°Do  not  assume  any  savings  from  any  future  changes  in  retirement,  salar; 
standardization,  or  benefit  rates.  Last  year  the  Retirement  Boan 
lowered  the  contribution  rate  that  the  City  pays  on  employee 
retirement.  That  generated  some  money  to  balance  the  budget  but  the 
Department  must  assume  the  current  rate  of  the  retirement  and  build  tha^ 
cost  into  the  budget.  Last  year  a  contract  was  approved  with  Local  79£ 
t.iat  will  cost  this  Department  somewhere  between  $700,000  to  $900,000  it 
1994-95. 

Ms.  Burns  said  that  it  is  important  for  the  user  groups  to  become  mon 
sophisticated  about  what  it  takes  to  deliver  a  specific  program,  such  a 
the  maintenance  component  (custodian,  the  plumber,  etc.),  not  just  th< 
obvious  classifications. 

6.   PUBLIC  COMMENT 

Mary  Gregory,  representing  the  Randall  Museum  Society,  explained  tha 
this  meeting  was  very  educational  and  helpful  in  understanding  th< 
Department's  funding  process.  She  felt  that  support  groups  such  as  thf 
Randall  Society  would  like  to  assist  the  Department  in  budget  planning  an< 
said  it  would  be  helpful  if  they  were  included  in  the  budget  process.  Thf 
Randall  is  willing  to  inform  the  Mayor  and  the  Board  of  Supervisors  thai 
Recreation  and  Park  is  an  Important  service. 


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Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 

PUBLIC  COMMENT  (Continued) 

Kitty  Mclnerney,  representing  the  Sharon  Arts  Studio,  said  there  was 
strong  community  support  at  Sharon  Arts  to  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Department.  She  explained  that  they  offer  adult  classes  and  is 
strengthening  its  youth  program.  The  Sharon  Arts  Studio  is  trying  to  be  a 
self-sustaining  program.  She  wanted  to  be  part  of  any  group  effort  the 
Department  spearheads  to  demonstrate  to  the  Board  of  Supervisors  the 
importance  of  Recreation  and  Park.  She  felt  it  would  require  a 
coordinated  effort  on  both  the  user  groups  and  the  Department. 

Jennifer  Gamarra,  a  parent,  said  there  is  a  need  for  water  fountains, 
restrooms  and  adequate  litter  cans  so  that  the  children  can  get  a  drink  of 
water  and  play  in  a  safe,  clean  environment.  She  felt  that  a  concerted 
effort  had  to  be  made  to  emphasizethe  importance  of  Recreation  and  Park. 

President  Immendorf  suggested  that  the  support  groups  and  community  be 
present  at  the  Board  of  Supervisors  to  urge  them  to  maintain  programs  and 
level  of  services. 

Valerie  Aiken,  representing  Aquatics,  hoped  that  the  Aquatics  Division 
would  not  be  severely  cut  like  last  year.  She  did  not  want  the  pool  doors 
to  be  closed  or  the  pool  themselves  given  to  the  YMCA.  She  asked  what 
happened  to  the  fundraising  boxes  that  were  placed  at  the  Airport  to  raise 
money  for  Recreation  Park. 

Ms.  Burns  said  the  first  report  gave  $54.00  to  Recreation  and  Park.  She 
said  the  Department  is  in  the  process  of  redesigning  the  donation  box  to 
an  acrylic  design  so  that  it  may  be  more  of  a  visual  attraction.  The 
airport  is  also  looking  at  the  possibility  of  placing  the  donation  boxes 
in  other  areas  in  the  airport. 

President  Immendorf  said  he  did  not  think  the  City  was  aware  of  the 
support  for  Recreation  and  Park  programs.  He  thought  it  was  important  to 
make  the  Board  of  Supervisors  aware  of  the  support  from  the  community  and 
user  groups. 

Jean  Taggart,  a  member  of  the  Aquatics  Advisory  Board,  felt  as  if  she 
was  drowning  and  did  not  understand  why  there  was  such  a  small  amount  of 
discretionary  funds.  She  wanted  to  know  why  the  revenues  from  aquatics 
get  placed  into  the  General  Fund.  She  wanted  to  know  if  the  Aquatics 
Division  would  face  the  same  budgetary  reductions  next  year  since  it  took 
the  largest  cut  last  year. 

Ms.  Burns  explained  that  the  Department  retains  all  of  the  revenues  it 
generates.  However,  the  General  Fund  subsidy  to  the  Department  shrinks 
each  year. 

President  Immendorf  explained  that  the  Aquatics  Program  is  expensive  to 
operate  and  that  the  Department  has  noticed  a  drop-off  in  other 
recreational  programs  due  to  increased  fees  and  charges. 


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Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993 


6.   PUBLIC  COMMENT  (Continued) 

Ms.  Burns  said  the  Department  did  not  make  all  of  the  reductions.   S 
said  it  was  very  important  to  educate  the  Mayor  and  the  Board 
Supervisors  of  the  importance  of  Recreation  and  Park  and  its  program 
She  said  that  adult  recreation  is  severely  impacted  because  there 
little   flexibility   in   the   Recreation   Division's   programs   becau 
children's  recreation  programs  are  protected. 

Mary  Gregory  said  it  would  be  helpful  to  have  a  breakdown  of  t 
operating  costs  for  each  program,  such  as  the  Randall  Museum,  and  t 
revenues  generated,  so  they  would  have  a  better  understanding  of  the  co 
of  the  service.  If  people  could  learn  how  much  it  costs  to  run  a  progr 
it  would  give  a  greater  understanding  of  the  financial  picture. 


7.   ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  busines 
the  Special  Meeting  of  t 
Recreation  and  Park  Commissi' 
was  adjourned  at  5:05  p.m. 


Respectfully  submitted, 


Shaurva  Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


Note:  These  minutes  set  forth  all  actions  taken  by  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  on  matters  stated,  but  not  necessarily  the  chronological  order  It 
which  the  matters  were  taken  up. 


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688TH  REGULAR  MEETING 
THURSDAY,  DECEMBER  16  .N  993  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Eighth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  December  16,  1993,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Jack  Immendorf. 


ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commi ssioner.  Jack  Immendorf,  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan, Vice  President  .  . 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti    -  . 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
minutes  of  the  Special  Meeting  of  November  5,  1993  and  the  Regular  Meeting 
of  November  18,  1993,  were  approved  as  presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

3.    GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  HOLIDAY  ROAD  CLOSURES  -  1994 

In  1990,  the  Commission  approved  the  holiday  road  closures  for  John  F. 
Kennedy  Drive  and  designated  that  in  the  future  the  closure  of  this  road 
was  to  be  handled  administratively  by  the  Department.  Therefore,  the 
following  is  the  schedule  for  1994  holidays: 

s  Birthday 


Monday,  January  17,  1994 

Martin  Luther  King 

Monday,  February  21,  1994 

President's  Day 

Monday,  May  30,  1994 

Memorial  Day 

Monday,  July  4,  1994 

Independence  Day 

Monday,  September  5,  1994 

Labor  Day 

Thursday,  November  24,  1994 

Thanksgiving  Day 

WORKERS'  COMPENSATION 

I  am  pleased  to  report  that  with  the  new  contractor  for  Workers' 
Compensation,  the  department  is  getting  better  cost  information.  Based  on 
the  first  five  months  of  payments,  it  appears  we  will  be  under  budget  for 
Workers'  Compensation  claims  for  Fiscal  Year  1993-94. 

SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOO  TRANSITION 

The  transition  of  the  San  Francisco  Zoo  to  Zoological  Society  management 
is  progressing  well.  Seventeen  full-time,  part-time  and  as-needed 
employees  have  shifted  from  Civil  Service  to  Society  employment.  Phil 
Arnold  and  Ron  de  Leon  have  worked  with  Peggy  Burks  and  Tom  Chiosso  to 
implement  the  transition  logistics.  The  Zoo  2000  capital  campaign  has 
reached  $11.3  million,  with  recent  large  gifts  from  the  Koret  Foundation, 
the  Osher  Foundation  and  Bank  of  America. 

PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB 

The  hearing''  on  the  draft  order  from  the  Regional  Water  Quality  Control 
Board  regarding  the  Pacific  Rod  and  Gun  Club  has  been  put  over  to  the 
Board's  meeting  in  January.  Staff  will  attend  that  meeting  and  report 
back  to  the  Commission. 

RECREATION  DIVISION  NEEDS  ASSESSMENT  FOR  MANAGERS 

The  Recreation  Division  has  begun  a  series  of  training  sessions  that  are 
designed  to  assess  the  training  needs  of  all  Recreation  Supervisors. 
These  workshops  will  allow  staff  to  develop  specific  training  programs  to 
meet  their  individual  and  staff  needs.  The  first  session  was  titled, 
"Doing  More  With  Less."  It  featured  information  on  time  management, 
prioritizing  workloads,  managing  interruptions,  keeping  on  track  and  how 
to  delegate.  The  sessions  were  coordinated  by  the  team  of  Curry  and 
DeFrantz,  an  independent  consulting  firm.  Regular  training  forums  are 
scheduled  once  oer  month.  Lorraine  Lampkin  will  be  responsible  for  the 
coordination.  Hopefully,  these  sessions  will  provide  information  that 
will  not  only  produce  better  supervisors,  but  also  provide  the  motivation 
to  all  employees  to  continue  their  fine  work  through  the  difficult  time 
ahead. 

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GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

RECREATION  DIVISION  HOLIDAY  PARTIES 

There  are  a  number  of  holiday  parties  underway  throughout  the  Recreation 
Division.  The  annual  Tenderloin  Recreation  Center  holiday  party,  which 
draws  between  300  and  600  youngsters,  takes  place  on  Saturday,  December 
18,  from  10:30  a.m.  to  1:30  p.m.  If  any  Commissioner  is  available  and 
would  be  interested  in  attending,  I  would  suggest  dropping  by  when  lunch 
is  being  served  (12:00-12:30  p.m.)  or  when  the  Christmas  stockings  are 
being  distributed  (12:30-1:30  p.m.).  The  Center  is  located  in  the 
basement  of  St.  Boniface  Church,  133  Golden  Gate  Avenue. 

SETTLEMENT  OF  CLAIMS 


The  following  claims,  under  $5,000, 
Office  during  the  month  of  November 


were  settled  by  the  City  Attorney's 
993: 


Kung,  Frederick  $170.00 

Walashek,  Jacinta  939.68 

Falconi,  Florence  30.00 

Kong,  Patricia  173.92 


Barron,  Linda  $  321 .66 
Mihalik,  David  412.51 
Bui  ,  Tarn  Duy     3,441 .55 


DATES  TO  REMEMBER 

Monday,  January  3  through 
Monday,  February  28,  1994 


Midwinter  Fair  Memorabilia  Exhibit; 
Helen   Crocker   Russell   Library; 
Golden  Gate  Park 


Tuesday,  January  4,  1994 


Parks  and  Planning  Committee;  4:00 
p.m. ;  McLaren  Lodge 


Wednesday,  January  5,  1994 


Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting;  4:30 
p.m.  tour,  5:00  p.m.  meeting; 
Education  Classroom,  San  Francisco 
Zoo 


Monday,  January  10,  1994 


Golf,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Camp  Mather 
Committee;  3:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 


Tuesday,  January  11,  1994 


Select  Committee  on  the  Budget; 
3:00  p.m.;  McLaren  Lodge 


Monday,  January  17,  1994 


Martin  Luther  King,  Jr.,  Holiday" 


CONSENT  CALENDAR 

All  matters  listed  hereunder  constitute  a  Consent  Calendar,  are  considered 
to  be  routine  by  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  and  will  be  acted  upon 
by  a  single  roll  call  vote  of  the  Commission.  There  will  be  no  separate 
discussion  of  these  items  unless  a  member  so  requests,  in  which  event  the 
matter  shall  be  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  as  a 
separate  item. 


On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan, 
following  items  were  approved: 


seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer  the 


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4.   CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 


PERSONNEL  MATTERS 


RES.  NO.  16776 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  actions  taken  by  the 
General  Manager  regarding  personnel  matters  during  the  period  November 
4,  1993  through  December  3,  1993. 


NOE-BEAVER  MINI  PARK 

NEW  MOBILE  FOOD  CATERING  LOCATION 


RES.  NO.  16777 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  new  mobile  food  caterinc 
concession  at  the  Noe-Beaver  Mini  Park. 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  SOCIETY 
AUDITED  FINANCIAL  STATEMENT 


RES.  NO.  16778 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Society's  audited  financial  statement  for  year  ending  6/30/93. 


e.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  CARROUSEL 


RES.  NO.  16779 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  free  admission  to  Golder 
Gate  Park  Carrousel  on  November  20,  1993. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  CARROUSEL 


RES.  NO.  16780 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  commemorative  plaque  a1; 
Golden  Gate  Park  Carrousel  to  read  as  follows: 


"The  children  of  San  Francisco  gratefully 
acknowledge  the  contribution  of  Hyatt 
Corporation,  Friends  of  Recreation  and  Parks, 
San  Francisco  Beautiful,  and  The  Sherwin 
Williams  Company  to  the  renovation  of  the 
exterior  of  the  Carousel  in  Golden  Gate  Park." 
November,  1993 


MARINA  YACHT  HARBOR 
WEST  END  RESTROOMS 


RES.  NO.  16781 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  contract  t< 
Pan-Marine  Constructors,  Inc./A.R.  Construction  Company  in  the  amoun' 
of  $117,861  for  rehabilitation  of  the  west  end  restrooms  at  the  Marin; 
Yacht  Harbor. 


GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 

MODIFICATION  OF  AGREEMENT  WITH  CONSERVATORY  FOUNDATION 


RES.  NO.  16782 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  policy  with  Conservator. 
Foundation  to  allow  for  reciprocal  free  admissions  for  members  o 
certain  organizations  with  the  understanding  that  the  Conservator 
Foundation  will  annually  report  to  the  Commission  the  number  a 
reciprocal  free  admissions  that  were  rendered. 


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Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

CONSENT  CALENDAR  (Continued) 

i.   CANDLESTICK  PARK  RES.  NO.  16783 

ONE  DAY  EVENT 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  conceptually  approves  a  one  day  event 
at  Candlestick  Park  to  be  held  on  Saturday,  June  25,  1994  for  the  San 
Francisco  Peacequake  Concert. 


Item  4c  was  removed  from  the  Consent  Calendar  and  considered  separately. 

C.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 

SOUTHWEST  CORNER  (LINCOLN  &  GREAT  HIGHWAY) 
DESIGNATED  BICYCLE/ROLLER  SKATING  SITE 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  site  in  the  park  is  used  to  rent  rollerskates  and  bicycles. 
The  site  is  a  large,  asphalt  paved  corner  which,  for  the  most  part,  is 
unused  except  for  parking.  Often,  large  trucks  park  there  overnight. 
Staff  asked  that  this  area  be  designated  for  rol lerskati ng  and 
bicycl ing. 

Dave  Hobie,  did  not  support  commercializing  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Barbara  Hobie,  said  she  used  to  own  a  van  and  rented  rollerskates 
(before  the  prohibition)  in  the  park  and,  occasionally,  parked  down  by 
Ocean  Beach.  She  said  that  people  do  not  like  to  rollerskate  or 
bicycle  in  this  location  because,  generally,  the  weather  is  cold.  She 
felt  that  designating  this  area  for  rol lerskating  is  a  waste  of  money. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  there 
is  no  cost  to  the  Department  besides  the  barriers.  He  said  he  has 
witnessed  many  people  skating  in  this  area.  Presently,  there  are  many 
cars  parked  in  the  area  and  this  proposal  will  rid  the  area  of 
vehicles  so  that  it  can  be  used  as  a  recreational  area. 

Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Master  Plan  is 
being  reviewed  and  this  measure  is  an  interim  proposal. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 


resolution  was  adopted: 


RES.  NO.  16784 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  designation  of  the 
southwest  corner  site  (Lincoln  Way  and  Great  Highway)  of  Golden  Gate 
Park  for  bicycle/roller  skating  activities;  and  installation  of 
barricades  to  restrict  vehicles. 


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GENERAL  CALENDAR 


SAN  FRANCISCO  ZOOLOGICAL  GARDENS 
ANIMAL  TRANSACTION 

Zoo  Director,  David  Anderson,  explained  the  animal  transaction:  Two 
ruffed  lemurs  were  donated,  as  part  of  the  American  Zoo  Association 
Species  Survival  Program.  The  Zoo  plans  to  house  this  bachelor  group  of 
ruffed  lemurs  with  2  other  males,  to  see  how  the  four  will  interact  in  an 
exhibi  t. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16785 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  ratifies  the  following  animal  transaction 
(processed  under  Resolution  No.  13572)  for  the  San  Francisco  Zoological 
Gardens: 

DONATION  FROM:  Fort  Wayne  Children's  Zoo 

34ll  Sherman  Boulevard 


Fort  Wayne,  IN  46805 
USDA  #32-C-005 


Two  (2)  Male  Ruffed  Lemurs 


CONSERVATORY  OF  FLOWERS 
DEMOLITION  OF  ROSEHOUSE 

Approval  of  demolition  of  Conservatory  Rosehouse  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  facility  is  in  a  very  dilapidated  state  and  is  literally 
collapsing.  There  is  a  plan  to  rebuild  it  although  there  are  no  funds. 
Staff  is  concerned  for  the  health  and  safety  of  the  workers  and 
recommended  that  it  be  demolished. 

President  Immendorf  said  plans  for  the  new  greenhouse  will  incorporate, 
wherever  possible,  some  of  the  elements  of  the  existing  structure. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16786 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  demolition  of  Conservatory 
Rosehouse  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 


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7.    O'SHAUGHNESSY  HOLLOW 

EMINENT  DOMAIN  -  OPEN  SPACE  PROGRAM 

Approval  of  eminent  domain  action  to  acquire  Block  2949A,  Lot  76,  known  as 
O'Shaughnessy  Hollow,  for  public  open  space. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  Open  Space  Program  calls  for  the  acquisition  and  preservation  of 
significant  natural  areas  in  San  Francisco  that  have  sensitive  native 
habitat  for  plants  or  animals.  Areas  have  been  identified  in  the  Open 
Space  Program  and  the  Recreation  and  Park  and  City  Planning  Department 
have  been  attempting  to  acquire  them.  One  of  the  sites,  O'Shaughnessy 
Hollow,  is  an  undeveloped  area  on  the  west  slope  of  Glen  Canyon,  a 
watershed  site  for  Islais  Creek.  It  is  a  natural  plant  and  animal 
habitat.  There  are  a  number  of  native  plant  species  found  at  this  site. 
The  Real  Estate  Department  has  attempted  to  acquire  the  area  for  public 
open  space  but  has  been  unsuccessful.  Therefore,  staff  is  recommending 
that  eminent  domain  proceedings  be  initiated  because  settlement  has  been 
unsuccessful.  Subsequent  to  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  one  of  the 
owners  contacted  Mr.  Arnold  and  asked  if  there  could  be  a  sixty  day  delay 
so  they  could  contact  the  Real  Estate  Department.  Based  on  this  request, 
he  recommended  that  the  Commission  approve  eminent  domain  with  a  60  day 
delay  In  the  hope  that  the  owners  may  work  out  a  settlement  with  the  Real 
Estate  Department. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  final 
resolution  of  eminent  domain  issues  could  take  years  and  also  requires 
approval  of  the  Board  of  Supervisors.  It  is  preferable  to  have  the  60  day 
delay  in  the  hope  that  an  agreement  could  be  reached. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  the  only  correspondence  he  received  on  this 
issue  was  in  favor  of  acquisition.  He  felt  it  was  fair  to  postpone  taking 
eminent  domain  action  until  such  time  as  the  owner  has  an  opportunity  to 
discuss  a  settlement  with  the  Real  Estate  Department. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  although  the  Commission  dia  not  like  to  use 
eminent  domain,  this  land  and  the  Hawk  Hill  property  is  valuable  and  must 
be  preserved  as  open  space. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  he  wanted  to  preserve  O'Shaughnessy  and  Hawk  Hill 
areas  as  open  space. 

Vicky  Oppenheim,  spoke  on  behalf  of  several  hundred  neighbors  in  the 
West  of  Twin  Peaks  area,  and  thanked  the  Commission  for  approving  eminent 
domain  under  the  qualified  circumstances. 

Dawn  Murayama,  a  member  of  the  Glen  Park  Association  and  the  Friends  of 
Glen  Canyon  Park,  said  this  land  is  wonderful  and  thanked  the  Commission 
for  saving  this  natural  remnant. 

Juanita  Raven,  a  member  of  the  Open  Space  Advisory  Committee,  said  the 
Committee  has  worked  hard  to  find  significant  native  areas  that  have  plant 
life.  She  thanked  the  Commission  for  supporting  the  preservation  of 
O'Shaughnessy.  She  also  stated  that  the  Committee  worked  very  hard  to 
protect  Hawk  Hill  and  Glen  Canyon. 


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7.    0 ' SHAUGHNESSY  HOLLOW 

EMINENT  DOMAIN  -  OPEN  SPACE  PROGRAM  (Continued) 

Clayton  Mansfield,  representing  the  San  Francisco  Group  of  the  Sierr; 
Club,  strongly  supported  this  acquisition  as  it  was  an  opportunity  tc 
preserve  a  living  remnant  of  San  Francisco's  past.  As  indicated,  it  ha< 
significant  native  plant  community  and  an  important  wildlife  habitat.  Hs 
preferred  a  negotiated  settlement  rather  than  eminent  domain  and  urget 
that  the  process  proceed  as  expeditiously  as  possible. 

Harold  Wright,  representing  the  Forest  Hills  Association,  and  West  of 
Twin  Peaks  Council,  presented  the  Commission  with  a  resolution  supporting 
both  the  O'Shaughnessy  Hollow  and  Hawk.  Hill  acquisitions. 

Greg  Gaar,  Board  member  of  the  Haight  Ashbury  Neighborhood  Council  ant 
the  California  Native  Plant  Society,  Verba  Buena  Chapter,  displayed  < 
photograph  of  O'Shaughnessy  Hollow.  He  said  that  the  area  is  rich  witf 
plant  material.  He  was  pleased  that  the  Commission  wanted  to  acquire  thir 
area  and  hated  to  use  eminent  domain  but  felt  the  sites  must  be  acquiret 
as  soon  as  possible.  There  is  a  lot  of  restoration  work  that  needs  to  bt 
done  to  keep  the  invasive  weeds  out  of  the  sites  and  to  protect  the  nativt 
plant  community.  The  City's  Master  Plan  policy  stipulates  to  protect  anr 
preserve  significant  natural  resource  areas  and  both  Hawk  Hill  ant 
O'Shaughnessy  Hollow  meet  that  criteria. 

Lucretia  Levinger,  spoke  on  behalf  of  the  Friends  of  Glen  Canyon,  ant 
was  pleased  that  the  Commission  wanted  to  proceed  with  eminent  domain  tc 
acquire  the  O'Shaughnessy  Hollow  area. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16787 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  eminent  domain  action  to  acquire! 
Block  2949A,  Lot  76,  known  as  O'Shaughnessy  Hollow,  for  public  open  space.] 
and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  action  under  this  Resolution  shall  be  delayed  1 
days  in  order  for  the  Real  Estate  Department  to  meet  with  the  owners  ol 
the  property. 

8.   HAWK  HILL 

EMINENT  DOMAIN  -  OPEN  SPACE  PROGRAM 

Approval  of  eminent  domain  action  to  acquire  Block  2336,  Lot  27,  known  a; 
Hawk  Hill,  for  public  open  space. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explainer 

that  Hawk  Hill  is  located  on  the  West  side  of  Golden  Gate  Heights,  oi 
Funston,  north  of  Herbert  Hoover  Middle  School.  Hawk  Hill  is  one  of  tht 
last  remaining  sand  dune  areas  in  the  City  that  has  not  been  developed 
There  are  significant  natural  plant  communities  on  it  and  it  also  offer; 
spectacular,  panoramic  views  of  the  City.  The  Real  Estate  Department  made 
an  offer  to  the  owner  and  has  received  no  response.  Mr.  Arnold  said  tha' 
many  of  the  people  who  supported  the  O'Shaughnessy  Hollow  acquisition! 
support  eminent  domain  action  for  Hawk  Hill. 


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Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

HAWK  HILL 

EMINENT  DOMAIN  -  OPEN  SPACE  PROGRAM  (Continued) 

G.  Joseph  Bertain,  Jr.,  a  resident  of  San  Francisco  since  1955,  said 
that  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee  made  the  proper  recommendation.  He 
said  taking  this  legal  step  toward  eminent  domain  is  appropriate.  He 
urged  that  this  issue  be  forwarded  to  the  Board  of  Supervisors  for 
approval  and  to  protect  the  bird  habitat. 

Bruce  Krel I ,  spoke  in  favor  of  eminent  domain  and  said  this  action  gives 
the  City  an  opportunity  to  move  quickly  to  protect  the  site.  He  urged  the 
Commission  to  move  swiftly  to  acquire  the  property  and  thanked  them  for 
their  support. 

Bettie  Pennebaker,  supported  the  Hawk  Hill  acquisition. 

Hugh  Pennebaker,  said  this  area  is  the  last  remains  of  a  very 
significant  geological  area  and  wanted  to  preserve  it. 

Clayton  Mansfield,  urged  the  Commission  to  proceed  with  eminent  domain 
for  Hawk  Hill  and  to  not  delay  the  process.  He  thought  it  was  valuable  to 
proceed  with  this  acquisition. 

Harold  Wright,  felt  that  O'Shaughnessy  Hollow  and  Hawk  Hill  should  be 
considered  as  one  issue  before  the  Board  of  Supervisors  so  that  the 
community  could  speak  in  support  of  both  issues. 

Mrs.  Robert  Vienot,  reported  that  the  hawks  are  doing  quite  well  at  this 
site. 

Al  Kurz,  explained  that  he  has  studied  wildlife  for  the  past  ten  years 
and  supported  eminent  domain  for  Hawk  Hill. 

Greg  Gaar,  displayed  photographs  of  indigenous  plants  on  Hawk  Hill  and 
explained  it  is  a  remnant  of  the  sand  dunes  that  originally  extended  7 
miles  inland  from  the  ocean.  He  further  explained  that  this  land  was 
School  District  property  that  was  sold  at  one  time  because  it  was 
considered  surplus.  He  urged  that  both  O'Shaughnessy  Hollow  and  Hawk  Hill 
be  considered  at  the  same  time  before  the  Board  of  Supervisors. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16788 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  eminent  domain  action  to  acquire 
Block  2336,  Lot  27,  known  as  Hawk  Hill,  for  public  open  space. 


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ADAM  ROGERS  PARK 
REHABILITATION 

Approval  of  park  rehabilitation  plan  for  Adam  Rogers  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  Adam  Rogers  Park  is  on  a  hillside,  overlooking  Hunters  Point  and  the! 
Candlestick  Point  recreational  area.  Abandoned  cars  were  formerly  dumped 
at  this  site  and  it  had  a  rundown  children's  playground  and  unattended 
meadow.  The  Open  Space  Program  allocated  money  to  the  San  Francisci 
League  of  Urban  Gardeners  to  work  with  the  neighborhood  and  develop  a 
community  garden.  There  is  now  a  plan  to  improve  the  playground,  place  a 
basketball  court  with  bleachers  nestled  into  the  hillside,  install  a 
barbecue  area,  relocate  the  community  garden  to  the  top  of  the  park,  and 
construct  a  restroom  facility  in  the  park.  He  recommended  approval. 

President  Immendorf  explained  that  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee 
recommended  approval  of  this  item  with  the  understanding  that  a  full 
service  bathroom  be  constructed  and  that  an  effort  be  made  to  use  locan 
community  contractors  for  the  renovation. 

Sylvia  Simmons,  thanked  the  Commission  for  approving  the  first  phase  of 
the  renovation  and  said  that  it  is  a  vision  beginning  to  become  a 
reality.  It  was  her  dream,  along  with  others  in  the  community,  to  see 
this  park  become  one  of  the  model  parks  in  the  Bayview  Hunters  Point. 

Joshua  Bloom,  supported  the  renovation  and  said  an  extensive  outreach! 
process  was  done  with  over  300  surveys  collected  and  a  number  of  design; 
workshops  within  the  community. 

James  Monroe,  said  that  Adam  Rogers  was  a  product  of  San  Francisco  and 
if  the  plan  was  approved,  this  Commission  will  enhance  the  Bayview  Hunters 
Point  area  and  please  the  community. 

Espanola  Jackson,  asked  the  Commission  to  support  the  plan  that  is 
before  the  Commission  today.  She  further  explained  that  she  heard  last 
night  that  the  King  Pool  is  closed.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  respond 
positively  to  the  community's  plea  to  reopen  the  swimming  pool. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  explained  that  during  last  year's  budget 
process,  the  Aquatics  Division  suffered  severe  reductions  with  Coffman  and 
King  pools.  When  King  Pool  was  closed  at  the  end  of  the  summer  program, 
the  structural  maintenance  division  discovered  an  extremely  hazardous 
condition  with  the  roof.  Until  the  roof  can  be  replaced,  the  pool  cannot 
be  reopened.  This  project  will  cost  $572,000.  The  Open  Space  Committee 
will  be  considering  funding  for  this  project  in  January. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16789 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  park  rehabilitation  plan  for 
Adam  Rogers  Park. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

10.   MAYOR'S  OFFICE  OF  CHILDREN,  YOUTH  &  THEIR  FAMILIES 
APPROVAL  OF  1993-94  CHILDREN  SERVICES  PLAN 

Approval  of  the  Mayor's  Office  of  Children,  Youth  and  Their  Families 
1994-95  Children  Services  Plan. 

Superintendent  of  Recreation,  Joel  Robinson,  explained  that  the  Charter 
requires  that  the  Commission  approve  the  Children  Services  Plan.  Staff 
has  reviewed  the  document  and  is  only  concerned  about  one  specific  issue 
which  he  has  discussed  with  the  Mayor's  Office  of  Children,  Youth  and 
Their  Families.  The  area  of  concern  is  the  language  in  the  plan  which 
states  that  funds  will  be  approved  based  on  Recreation  and  Park's  ability 
to  leverage  funds.  Mr.  Robinson  said  that  the  Mayor's  Office  has  agreed 
to  modify  this  language  so  that  the  Department  will  not  be  forced  to 
leverage  funds  in  order  to  receive  funding.  Recreation  and  Park  programs 
that  are  funded  from  the  Children  Services  Program  are  running  extremely 
well  and  all  of  the  sites  are  at  capacity.  The  Department  has  30  young 
people  working  year  round  and  recommended  adoption  provided  the  language 
is  amended  to  staff's  satisfaction. 

Anthony  Lincoln,  Director  of  the  Mayor's  Office  of  Children,  Youth  and 
Their  Families,  commended  Recreation  and  Park  staff  for  their  help  in 
implementing  the  Children  Services  Plan.  In  its  first  year  the  plan 
allocated  40%  of  its  monies  to  City  Departments  and  60%  to  community 
agencies.  One  of  the  visions  he  had  when  he  assumed  his  position  was  to 
bridge  departments  together  to  work  on  the  same  programs.  There  are  now 
over  400  non-profit  agencies  funded  from  his  office;  100  contracts 
representing  400  non-profits;  five  City  departments  (Library,  Social 
Services,  Health,  Recreation  and  Park,  and  Juvenile  Probation).  In  17 
months  all  of  these  agencies  have  been  brought  together.  His  office  now 
has  a  planning  body  of  37  individuals,  comprised  of  City  agencies,  12 
neighborhood  communities,  7  advocates,  all  who  work  on  children's  issues 
which  have  a  multitude  of  needs  in  addition  to  recreational  activities. 

Mr.  Lincoln  further  explained  that  the  plan  does  contain  language  about 
leveraging  because  he  wants  to  encourage  departments  to  find  ways  to 
maximize  the  City  dollars.  However,  he  was  aware  that  this  language  may 
produce  a  hardship  on  the  services  rendered  by  Recreation  and  Park.  He 
said  he  would  make  sure  that  this  wording  will  not  affect  Recreation  and 
Park. 

Commissioner  Sommer  asked  if  the  collaborative  planning  committee  was 
funded  through  the  Children's  budget.  Mr.  Lincoln  explained  that  it  was  a 
volunteer  committee.  She  did  not  want  to  start  and  expend  monies  on  a  new 
data  base  when  other  City  agencies  already  have  the  computer  software. 
The  School  District  has  a  data  base  and  City  agencies  are  going  to  input 
the  necessary  information.  Mr.  Lincoln  said  that  no  children's  budget 
funds  will  be  used  to  create  a  new  data  base. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Farrow,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16790 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Mayor's  Office  of  Children, 
Youth  and  Their  Families  1994-95  Children  Services  Plan. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

11.   OELAVEAGA  DELL,  GOLDEN  GATE  PARK 
AIDS  MEMORIAL  GROVE  IMPROVEMENTS 

Approval  of  AIDS  Memorial  Grove  site  improvements  at  DeLaveaga  Dell, 
Golden  Gate  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  this  project  has  been  ongoing  for  some  time.  The  Commission 
previously  approved,  in  concept,  the  restoration  of  DeLaveaga  Dell,  off  of 
Middle  Drive.  Several  years  ago,  this  area  was  a  swamp  area  which  has  now 
been  cleaned  up  by  volunteers  and  Department  staff.  The  Commission  is 
being  asked  to  approve  5  specific  improvements  which  have  been  part  of  the 
concept  plan.  The  renovation  areas  are  the  main  entry  to  the  Dell,  the 
meadow  overlook  on  Middle  Drive  that  will  have  steps  down  into  the  dell, 
the  redwood  circle  at  the  bottom  of  the  dell,  the  dogwood  crescent  on  the' 
east  end  of  the  dell,  and  the  fern  grotto  on  the  west  end  of  the  dell. 
The  improvements  are  wonderful  and  he  wholeheartedly  endorsed  it. 

Kerry  Katherine  Enright,  Director  of  the  AIDS  Memorial  Grove,  said  the 
project  has  been  in  existence  for  several  years  and  the  work  has  been  a 
volunteer  venture  until  this  year.  She  was  hired  in  July  and  is  now  ready 
to  start  a  capital  campaign  beginning  next  year  to  raise  funds  to  build 
the  improvements  and  to  endow  a  full-time  gardener  at  the  site. 

Todd  Cole,  a  landscape  designer,  helped  to  facilitate  the  design  and 
clear  the  landscape.  He  fully  supported  the  project  and  said  that 
sometimes,  there  were  as  many  as  200  people  working  to  clean  the  Dell. 

Alice  Russel  l-Shapiro,  has  been  with  this  project  as  a  volunteer  for 
about  4  years.  She  said  it  was  her  feeling  that  the  volunteers  have  given; 
back  this  area  of  the  park  to  the  people  of  San  Francisco.  This  site  had 
fallen  to  complete  disuse  and  disrepair  and  is  now  beautiful.  She  wanted 
to  continue  the  work  that  they  started  and  fully  supported  the  proposed 
improvements. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  the  area  has  been  transformed  from  this  volunteer 
effort.  She  said  the  spirit  of  this  venture  is  wonderful. 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  said  that  this  project  has  educated  the! 
many  volunteers  on  how  difficult  it  is  to  maintain  Golden  Gate  Park.  It 
was  her  hope  that  this  project  could  serve  as  a  model  to  other  groups  who! 
want  to  help  with  projects.  Although  volunteers  are  very  valuable,  much 
of  the  work  needs  to  be  done  by  trained  horticulturists.  This  group  has 
made  a  commitment  to  raise  the  necessary  funds  to  endow  a  fund  to  hire  a 
gardener  to  maintain  the  area  in  the  future. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Rovetti ,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16791 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  AIDS  Memorial  Grove  site 
improvements  at  DeLaveaga  Dell,  Golden  Gate  Park. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

12.   GLEN  CANYON  PARK 

Approval  of  stream  restoration  project  at  Glen  Canyon  Park. 

Park  Planner,  Joanne  Wilson,  explained  that  this  proposal  is  to  restore 
a  stream  that  runs  through  Glen  Canyon  Park.  There  are  many  natural 
resources  in  this  area  and,  historically,  there  was  a  free  flowing  stream 
through  Glen  Canyon.  Over  the  past  few  decades,  due  to  urbanization  and 
erosion,  the  stream  has  transformed  from  a  free  flowing  stream,  to  a 
marshy  swamp,  filled  with  debris  and  sediment.  Last  March,  a  study  of  the 
natural  resources  was  completed  for  Glen  Canyon  by  an  environmental 
consultant.  One  of  its  recommendations  was  that  steps  be  taken  to  restore 
the  stream.  The  debris  and  sentiment  would  be  removed  from  the  stream  and 
3,  30'  long  pools  would  be  be  restored  in  the  stream  to  allow  some  of  the 
fish  and  wildlife  to  return.  The  pool  would  have  2  check  dams  to  force 
water  through  the  dams  at  a  faster  rate,  creating  a  scouring  action. 
Deflectors  would  be  placed  in  the  stream.  Historically,  the  fish  species 
that  used  to  be  in  the  stream  include  a  minnow  called  the  California 
roach,  a  threespine  stickleback  and  the  Sacramento  sucker.  There  was 
possibly  a  small  population  of  steelhead  trout.  This  area  is  heavily 
wooded  with  willow  trees.  It  is  proposed  that  the  willows  be  thinned  to 
allow  more  sunlight  to  the  stream  so  that  certain  insect  species  could  be 
re-introduced  such  as  the  San  Francisco  Forktail  Damselfly.  The  Damselfly 
is  a  natural  predator  of  mosquitos  and  the  mosquito  population  has 
increased  since  the  Damselfly  is  no  longer  present.  This  project  would  be 
funded  through  the  San  Francisco  Conservation  Corp. 

Beth  Saltzman,  explained  that  she  was  unaware  of  the  stream  restoration 
project  and  had  only  heard  that  a  bridge  was  going  to  be  placed  in  Glen 
Canyon.  Since  she  was  unaware  of  the  project,  the  idea  of  placing  a 
bridge  over  a  marsh  area  seemed  foolish.  Now  she  realized  what  the 
project  entailed  and  felt  that  the  public  needed  to  be  made  aware  of  the 
project. 

Ms.  Wilson  said  that  a  proposal  was  presented  to  the  Commission  last  month 
to  improve  the  trail  at  Glen  Canyon  and  that  two  community  meetings  were 
held  regarding  the  renovation  plans  at  Glen  Canyon. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Parks  and  Planning  Committee,  and  on  motion  of 
Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16792 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  stream  restoration  project  at 
Glen  Canyon  Park. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

13.   MARINA  YACHT  HARBOR 

SUSPENSION  OF  WAITING  LIST  PROCEDURES 

Approval  to  suspend  the  Waiting  List  Procedures  for  a  one-time  masl 
assignment  of  vacant  berths  at  the  Marina  Yacht  Harbor. 

Marina  Manager,  Gary  Davis,  explained  that  under  the  current  procedure 
there  is  a  fifteen  day  period  for  waiting  list  participants  to  decide 
whether  they  want  a  berth  at  the  Marina.  When  the  procedures  were 
established  staff  expected  that  the  process  would  be  efficient.  However, 
there  are  a  number  of  vacant  berths  and  he  proposed  that  all  of  the  berths 
be  assigned  at  the  same  time,  bypasing  the  15  day  waiting  period.  Mr. 
Davis  proposed  that  all  eligible  waiting  list  participants  be  notified  by 
certified  mail  with  a  follow  up  phone  call  making  sure  they  are  aware  of 
the  process.  If,  for  any  reason,  the  participant  cannot  attend  the 
meeting  he/she  would  be  allowed  to  designate  someone  to  stand  in  for  them 
to  select  a  berth.  The  balance  of  the  current  waiting  list  procedures 
would  then  be  followed  with  the  exception  of  the  15  day  waiting  period. 
It  was  suggested  that  the  largest  berths  be  assigned  first  rather  than  the 
smaller  ones.  Staff  would  expect  the  deposit  to  be  paid,  a  contract  to  be 
signed,  and  if  the  berth  holder  was  not  present,  an  appointment  made  for 
the  berth  holder  to  sign  the  contract.  Mr.  Davis  hoped  that  this  mass 
assignment  would  fill  all  of  the  existing  berths  that  are  vacant. 

Nine  berths  will  be  displaced  due  to  the  construction  of  handicap  access 
in  accordance  with  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act;  those  berths  will 
be  removed  for  construction.  Once  the  assignment  process  Is  completed, 
staff  will  revert  back  to  the  waiting  list  procedures  as  they  were 
designed. 

Mr.  Davis  intended  to  invite  not  only  the  individuals  who  are  eligible  for 
berths  but  also  alternatives  who  may  want  to  exercise  their  option  to  get 
a  berth.  If  there  are  still  vacant  berths  then  he  would  advertise  in  a 
local  sail  magazine. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  explained  that  people  have  been  on  the  waiting  list 
for  18-20  years  and  he  did  not  understand  why  so  many  berths  were  vacant. 
He  said  the  Marina  is  losing  money  by  having  vacant  berths. 

Mr.  Davis  said  that  4  berths  are  being  assigned  each  month.  He  said  many 
people  are  opting  to  transfer  to  a  different  berth  size  than  taking  tiB 
vacant  berth  which  lengthens  the  berth  assignment  process.  Staff  did  not 
begin  to  assign  berths  until  last  August  due  to  an  audit  conducted  by  the1 
Controller's  Office  and  the  Budget  Analyst's  Office. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Mr.  Davis  explained  if 
someone  upgraded  to  a  different  berth  and  did  not  like  it,  then  they  would 
have  to  pay  an  additional  $50  and  get  back  on  the  waiting  list 
Commissioner  Sommer  did  not  think  it  was  fair  to  only  get  two  choices  and 
then  be  placed  at  the  bottom  of  the  waiting  list.  She  wanted  to  look  at 
that  issue. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Golf,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Camp  Mather  Committee,  and 
on  motion  of  Commissioner  Rovetti,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

13.   MARINA  YACHT  HARBOR 

SUSPENSION  OF  WAITING  LIST  PROCEDURES  RES.  NO.  16793 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  grants  approval  to  suspend  the  Waiting  List 
Procedures  for  a  one-time  mass  assignment  of  vacant  berths  at  the  Marina 
Yacht  Harbor. 

1.  Notices  will  be  sent  to  all  eligible  waiting  list  participants  plus 
three  or  four  alternates.  For  example,  if  there  are  four  20-foot 
berths  available,  eight  people  will  be  notified;  four  from  the 
internal  list  and  four  from  the  external  list.  Each  notice  will 
provide  the  participant  a  list  of  available  berths  and  his/her 
precedent  date.  If  a  participant  provides  written  permission  to  the 
Harbor  Office  prior  to  the  date  of  the  meeting,  an  alternate  will  be 
allowed  to  choose  a  berth  for  him/her. 

2.  If  a  berth  holder  cannot  attend,  he/she  must  contact  the  Harbor  Office 
immediately.  Failure  to  contact  the  office  will  count  as  one 
refusal.  Failure  to  appear  or  be  present  when  his/her  name  is  called 
will  also  count  as  one  refusal.  No  more  than  one  refusal  will  be 
charged  to  a  participant  during  this  special  process. 

3.  At  8:30  a.m.,  we  will  open  the  doors  and  have  all  participants  sign 
in.  At  9:00  a.m.,  we  will  begin  by  calling  the  name  of  the  first 
participant.  Each  individual  will  choose  a  berth  as  his/her  name  is 
called.  When  all  of  the  available  berths  are  assigned,  any  remaining 
participant  will  be  placed  back  on  the  waiting  list  in  his/her 
respective  position. 

4.  All  assignments  will  be  made  in  rank  order  from  the  appropriate 
waiting  list.  We  will  start  with  the  external  waiting  list  and 
alternate  between  internal  and  external  lists  by  berth  size  using  the 
following  schedule: 

9:00  a.m.  40-foot  berths 

9:20  a.m.  35-foot  berths 

9:40  a.m.  30-foot  berths 

10:00  a.m.  25-foot  berths 

10:30  a.m.  20-foot  berths 

5.  Each  participant  will  be  required  to  attend  an  orientation  session 
with  Harbor  staff  immediately  following  the  berth  assignment.  This 
orientation  will  include  a  summary  of  the  rules  and  regulations, 
explanation  of  the  billing  process,  completion  and  signature  on  the 
berthing  agreement  and  signature  on  the  statement  for  deposit. 
Deposits  will  be  required  at  this  time. 

6.  By  suspending  the  Waiting  List  Procedures  for  this  one  time  "group" 
assignment,  all  currently  available  berths  will  be  filled  with 
permanent  tenants.  As  berths  become  available  through  normal 
attrition,  the  previously  established  procedures  can  be  used  as 
originally  intended. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  upon  completion  of  this  one-time  mass  assignment  of 
vacant  berths,  the  waiting  list  procedures  will  be  re-Instituted  as 
originally  approved  on  July  25,  1991. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

14.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  TENNIS  COURT 
AWARD  OF  LEASE 

Approval  of  Award  of  the  tennis  concession  lease  for  the  Golden  Gate  Park 
Tennis  Courts  to  Sharon  Nevins  and  John  Huebner,  dba:  Tennis  Mastery. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  he  was  pleased  to  present  this  lease  to  the  Commission.  This  lease 
will  guarantee  $65,000  annually  in  revenue  to  the  Department  in  the  foil 
of  $40,000  from  court  fees  and  $25,000  from  other  operations.  The  lease 
is  for  a  5  year  term  with  a  5  year  option  to  renew  at  the  Department's 
discretion.  The  concessionaire  will  assume  the  operation  and  management 
of  the  concession  7  days  a  week,  from  7:00  a.m.  to  8:00  p.m.  during  the 
summer  and  8:00  a.m.  to  5:00  p.m.  during  the  winter. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16794  I 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  award  of  the  tennis  concession: 
lease  for  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Tennis  Courts  to  Sharon  Nevins  and  John 
Huebner,  dba:  Tennis  Mastery.  Said  lease  will  be  for  a  five  year  terirj 
with  a  five  year  option  to  renew  at  the  discretion  of  the  Recreation  and! 
Park  Commi  ssion. 


15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE 

Approval  of  fee  increases  effective  January  1,  1994  for  Golden  Gate  Park' 
Stables. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  rate  increase  before  the  Commission  is  a  significant  increase  1m 
every  category  except  for  extra  bedding  and  summer  camp.  He  felt  that  the 
rates  proposed  are  at  or  below  what  other  Stables  charge  for  similar  types 
of  services.  These  rates  will  generate  substantial  revenue,  amounting  tc 
$100,000  annually.  The  increase  will  be  allocated  as  follows:  25%  for 
personnel  costs  (wages  and  additional  personnel),  25%  for  overhead  and 
operation  (feed,  materials  and  equipment),  and  the  balance  to  be  used  for 
capital  improvements.  The  operator  has  agreed  to  begin  to  renovate  thff 
stalls.  The  renovation  of  the  stalls  is  one  of  the  major  elements  in  the 
Stables  bid  package  and  will  lower  the  overall  costs  for  the  nev. 
concessionaire.  Staff  did  not  think  that  the  renovation  of  the  stalls 
should  be  delayed.  The  current  fees  are  below  market  and  there  is  a  clear 
need  to  make  capital  improvements  although  the  Department  does  not  have 
funding  for  this  work.  Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  it  could  be  as 
long  as  7-9  months  before  the  bid  is  awarded  for  the  Stables. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the  monthly  board  rate  will  increase  from  $275  tc 
$325  and  is  supported  by  the  market  place.  While  there  may  be  an  issue 
raised  that  the  stalls  are  in  poor  condition,  the  stalls  are  located  In 
the  prime  area  of  Golden  Gate  Park.  The  biggest  single  increase  proposec 
is  the  holding  fee.  In  the  past,  it  has  been  practice  to  allow  a  person 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

who  has  a  stall,  if  the  horse  is  not  in  the  stall  due  to  illness  or  some 
other  reason  to  be  afforded  a  substantial  discount.  Staff  regards  a  stall 
as  a  rent  and  feels  it  should  not  be  discounted.  However,  a  $2.00 
deduction  for  food  will  be  afforded  to  the  holding  fee  if  the  stall  is 
vacant. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Rovetti's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  commented  that 
although  the  present  operator  has  not  made  a  commitment  to  bid  on  the 
stables,  they  have  expressed  interest.  Commissioner  Rovetti  suggested 
that  the  fees  raised  should  be  placed  in  a  special  account  and  set  aside 
for  renovations  until  the  bid  is  finalized  and  awarded. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  this  concept  was  considered  but  if  a  rate  increase  is 
withheld  the  operator  will  lose  money  in  its  current  operation.  Although 
a  small  fee  increase  could  have  been  proposed,  none  of  it  would  have  gone 
toward  capital  improvements.  Staff  felt  that  there  was  an  opportunity  to 
begin  to  make  some  of  the  necessary  renovations  that  should  not  be 
deferred. 

President  Immendorf  suggested  that  a  provision  be  included  in  the  increase 
that  stipulates  a  certain  percentage  of  the  increase  shall  be  allocated 
towards  renovations. 

Commissioner  Chan  shared  some  of  the  concerns  of  Commissioner  Rovetti  and 
asked  how  will  the  current  operator  be  obligated  to  spend  money  for  the 
renovations.  While  the  present  operator  has  pledged  to  renovate  the 
stalls  there  is  nothing  that  binds  him  to  perform  the  renovations. 
Conversely,  he  said  it  was  unfair  to  require  the  operator  to  give  all  of 
the  increase  to  the  Department.  He  hoped  that  a  compromise  could  be 
reached  on  this  issue. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  this  would  present  an  issue  of  good  faith  for  both 
parties  and  that  if  the  operator  did  not  make  the  reqiired  improvements 
they  could  be  disqualified  to  bid  on  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  suggested  that  the  requirement  to  renovate  2  stalls 
per  month  be  put  in  writing. 

Commissioner  Sommer  commented  that  there  seems  to  be  concern  that 
renovating  2  stalls  a  month  Is  inefficient  and  that  it  may  spook  the 
horse.  She  asked  if  the  Department  planned  to  monitor  the  renovation  work. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  there  is  a  difference  of  opinion  as  to  whether  it  is 
appropriate  to  renovate  1 ,  2  or  6  stalls  at  once.  If  6  stalls  are 
renovated  at  once  you  displace  12-15  horses.  The  renovation  work  will 
begin  during  the  rainy  period  and  nobody  wants  the  horses  to  be  In  the 
rain. 

Seraphina  Mackenzie,  explained  that  she  has  been  assisting  at  the 
Stables  since  June  and  felt  the  Stables  were  well  run.  She  praised  the 
present  operators  and  discussed  the  care  given  to  the  horses.  She  felt 
that  the  present  operators  were  deserving  of  a  fee  increase. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Karen  Bruehl,  explained  that  she  has  used  the  Stables  since  1980  and 
witnessed  the  prior  and  present  management.  She  spoke  in  favor  of  thi 
increase  and  of  current  management  and  commented  that  they  have  been 
operating  under  very  difficult  circumstances,  on  a  month-to-month  basis. 
She  urged  that  the  fees  be  approved. 

John  E.  Gal  legos,  explained  that  his  daughter  takes  riding  lessons  at 
the  Stables.  He  commended  the  present  operator.  Mr.  Gal  legos  volunteers 
at  the  Stables  and  noted  that  it  is  a  recreational  activity  for  San 
Francisco  and  its  citizens.  He  supported  the  increase. 

Ira  DellaMonica,  works  at  the  Stables  and  has  been  riding  since  she  was 
5.  She  said  the  horses  at  the  barn  are  well  cared  for  and  each  horse  has 
a  specialized  diet.  She  uses  this  stable  because  it  is  accessible  by 
public  transit  and  affordable.  She  was  worried  about  the  fee  increase 
because  it  would  be  more  difficult  for  her  to  ride  although  she  felt  the 
Stables  needed  more  money. 

Betty  Silverman  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  Boarder's  representative, 
explained  that  a  majority  of  the  boarders  have  no  quarrel  with  an  increase 
because  there  has  not  been  a  raise  in  2-1/2  years.  Since  the  boarders  are 
entitled  to  due  notice,  the  fee  increase  should  be  effective  2/1/94.  She 
emphasized  that  the  feed  should  read  1  flake  of  alfalfa  and  2  flake  of  oaa 
hay.  Ms.  Silverman  was  opposed  to  the  holding  fee  and  said  that 
management  uses  vacant  stalls  for  its  school  horses  or  other  horses. 

Marianne  Duggal,  said  the  present  management  has  upgraded  the  horses  and; 

gives  them  a  specialized  diet.   She  was  pleased  with  the  quality  of  the' 

tack  and  felt  that  although  the  stalls  are  not  attractive  the  horses  are! 

well  cared  for  by  management.  The  operator  also  offers  programs  for 
children. 

Audrey  Kung,  12  years  old,  said  that  many  people  attended  this  hearing) 
because  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  are  very  important  to  them.  Through 
the  present  operators,  Polly  and  Shay,  she  has  learned  to  care  for 
horses.  She  praised  the  management  who  have  been  unable  to  make 
improvements  because  they  operate  under  a  month-to-month  agreement.  She 
liked  the  atmosphere  at  the  stables  and  the  youth  and  summer  programs 
offered. 

Rosemary  Bruns,  explained  that  she  has  been  riding  at  the  Stables  since; 
1988  and  that  the  present  operators  have  made  improvements  at  the 
Stables.  She  favored  the  increase  and  trusted  the  operators  implicitly. 

Mimi  Nuelle,  a  student  at  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables,  spends  5  days  a 
week  at  the  Stables,  and  said  that  Polly  and  Shay  operate  a  well  rur 
facility.  She  said  the  horses  are  exercised  properly.  She  felt  that  the; 
operators  deserved  a  fee  increase. 

Cathy  Biro,  a  student  at  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables,  agreed  with  the 
previous  statements.  She  takes  public  transportation  to  the  Stables  anc 
uses  all  her  funds  to  ride  as  much  as  she  can.  She  supported  the  increase 
and  the  staff  at  the  Stables. 


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Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Jerry  Lombardi,  part  of  the  management  at  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables 
explained  that  they  will  renovate  2  stalls  per  month.  He  described  the 
renovation  process  which  will  include  obtaining  the  necessary  permits, 
removing  the  horses  that  are  near  the  stalls,  raising  the  concrete 
partition  between  the  stall,  replacing  the  partition  between  the  stalls 
with  pressure  treated  2x6  lumber,  and  pigeon  proofing  all  of  the 
surfaces  inside  the  stall  by  the  use  of  wire  netting.  The  floors  will  be 
leveled  and  the  waterers  will  be  relocated,  preferably  on  a  concrete 
wall.  He  said  the  Stables  has  not  had  a  rate  increase  in  2-1/2  years  and 
have  been  unable  to  put  money  into  the  facility. 

Barbara  Paqual,  a  member  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  Student 
Association,  favored  the  fee  increase  to  improve  the  facility  and  also 
expressed  support  for  the  current  management.  She  said  the  operators  are 
extremely  professional  and  dedicated. 

Polly  Dignan,  the  manager  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables,  said  that  it 
has  taken  3-1/2  years  to  build  up  the  student  program,  where  they 
introduced  jumping.  In  order  to  maintain  this  type  of  program  they  must 
be  able  to  pay  quality  teachers,  provide  the  tack,  equipment  and  the 
horses.  Without  an  increase,  salaries  will  have  to  be  reduced. 

Mickey  Dennis,  felt  the  operators  deserved  an  increase.  The  instructors 
are  professional.  She  has  two  children  who  ride  at  the  Stables.  She  said 
that  the  present  management  takes  good  care  of  the  school  horses.  She 
commented  that  she  preferred  the  holding  fee  to  be  less  than  what  was 
proposed. 

Jann  Neumann  Pacelli,  a  20  year  boarder  at  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables, 
strongly  objected  to  the  holding  fee,  explaining  that  if  the  horse  is  not 
in  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables,  due  to  illness,  they  are  paying  outside 
boarding  and  medical  costs.  She  felt  that  the  holding  fee  will  cause  the 
horse  to  suffer  and  preferred  the  present  holding  fee  which  escalates  $50 
Incrementally  the  longer  the  horse  is  gone  from  the  Stables. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  the  present  agreement  does 
not  allow  the  boarder  to  sublet  the  stall,  however,  management  can  place 
another  horse  in  the  stall. 

Shay  Morris,  the  existing  manager  at  the  Stables,  explained  that  when 
they  assumed  operation  of  the  Stables  they  made  Improvements:  power  hosed 
and  painted  the  entire  facility,  installed  20  new  doors  and  door  jams  all 
of  which  had  to  be  custom  made,  installed  automatic  waterers,  provided 
sand  for  the  upper  arena,  Installed  fire  extinguishers,  purchased  new 
tack,  bought  over  20  new  school  horses  to  upgrade  the  caliber  of  the 
horses  and  increased  the  number  of  feedings.  She  further  explained  that 
they  offered  pro  bono  programs  for  inner  City  youth  and  won  2  awards  from 
the  Mayor' s  Office. 

Susan  Lombardi,  supported  the  rent  Increase  but  was  not  in  favor  of  the 
holding  fee.  She  has  two  horses,  both  presently  injured.  She  said  the 
horses  will  be  out  of  the  Stables  for  a  year  or  more  and  it  1s  a  big 
expense  to  pay  to  have  the  horse  in  pasture  and  the  proposed  holding  fee. 

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Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Marian  Parker,  a  student  at  the  Stables  for  over  a  decade  was  aware  <| 
both  the  former  and  present  management.  She  supported  the  management  and 
the  rate  increase.  She  said  that  a  decade  ago  she  was  paying  a  few 
dollars  less  than  what  she  now  pays  for  group  lessons,  that  the  teachers 
are  excellent  and  the  horses  are  better  groomed. 

Kathleen  Williams,  a  student  at  the  Stables,  who  takes  semi-priva® 
lessons,  supported  the  rate  increase  and  was  happy  to  pay  a  little  more 
for  lessons  at  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables.  She  supported  both  Polly  and 
Shay,  the  present  operators. 

Joe  Dignan,  said  that  they  planned  to  bid  on  the  Stables  and  it  was  in 
their  interest  to  make  sure  that  the  improvements  were  done  correctly.  He 
said  the  construction  schedule  was  arranged  to  displace  a  minimum  number 
of  horses  and  that  there  is  insufficient  space  to  move  12  horses  to 
another  location.  It  is  known  that  there  is  a  problem  with  noise,  as  somei 
horses  are  more  sensitive  to  noise  than  others,  and  they  are  aware  of  this 
situation.  He  said  they  are  making  a  commitment  to  use  their  funds  to 
make  the  repairs  upfront,  long  before  the  revenues  are  realized. 

Lori  LaPorta,  a  student  at  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  and  a  member  of 
the  Student  Association,  said  the  Stables  are  public  and  that  having  a 
horse  is  very  expensive.  She  felt  that  if  the  horse  was  removed  from  the 
stall  for  whatever  reason,  it  should  be  considered  part  of  the  cost  of  the 
horse.  These  stalls  are  in  great  demand  and  it  is  a  public  stable  on 
public  land.  She  did  an  informal  survey  of  other  stables  in  the  area  and 
almost  all  of  them  charge  for  board.  She  supported  the  fee  increase  andi 
the  operators. 

Jenny  Kung,  student  at  the  Stables,  supported  the  fee  increase  and  Poll) 
and  Shay.  She  felt  they  were  deserving  of  a  fee  increase. 

Nora  McGee,  a  student  at  the  Stables,  supported  the  management  at  the 
Stables  and  did  not  know  how  they  were  able  to  operate  the  Stables  on 
limited  funds.  She  said  the  fee  increase  was  long  overdue. 

Lori  Horn,  a  resident  of  San  Francisco  and  one  of  the  organizers  of  the! 
Student  Association,  supported  the  rate  increase  and  management. 

Kenny  Conlin,  a  concerned  parent  whose  daughter  rides  at  the  Stables, j 
supported  the  rate  increase.  She  said  San  Francisco  is  noted  for  itsi 
unique  beauty  and  it  is  great  to  have  a  stables  in  the  City.  The  current; 
operators  are  very  caring  people  and  do  an  outstanding  job.  The  current 
operator  inherited  most  of  the  infrastructure  problems  at  the  Stables  butj 
has  tried  to  many  improvements.  She  was  pleased  with  the  summer  camp  for. 
youth  and  was  willing  to  pay  the  fee  increase. 

Kathy  Mroz,  displayed  pictures  of  the  stalls  and  said  that  she  opposec 
to  the  rate  increase  until  the  bid  package  is  completed.  She  wanted  the 
increase  denied  until  such  time  as  the  Commission  and  City  Attornej 
reviewed  and  commented  on  a  packet  of  material  she  presented.  She  alsc 
requested  a  copy  of  the  present  agreement  with  the  Stables  operator.  She 
said  that  present  management  agreed  to  fix  holes  in  the  wall  and  floors  ol 
a  stall  and  did  not  do  it  and  that  she  receives  nothing  as  a  boarder.  She 
asked  the  Commission  to  deny  the  fee  increase. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Rick  van  Duzer,  a  student  at  the  Stables,  had  no  opposition  to  the  rate 
increase  but  asked  the  Commission  to  consider  the  fact  that  a  year  from 
now,  when  the  lease  is  awarded,  it  will  require  another  $500,000  in 
improvements  resulting  in  another  fee  increase.  He  said  that  although 
this  fee  increase  is  justified  it  is  the  first  step  in  escalating  fees  to 
the  point  that  the  Stables  will  only  be  affordable  to  those  who  are 
weal  thy. 

Jodi  Nunnari,  a  member  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  Student 
Association,  reminded  the  Commission  that  there  are  over  400  students  who 
generate  much  of  the  Stables'  revenue.  She  supported  the  fee  increase  and 
looked  forward  to  working  with  the  management  and  the  City  to  improve  the 
facility.  This  fee  increase  will  (l)  pay  reasonable  staff  salaries,  (2) 
horses,  and  (3)  tack. 

Carol  Hamby,  a  boarder  and  prospective  bidder,  did  not  understand  the 
need  to  rush  the  increase  since  the  bid  package  was  now  ready.  She  felt 
the  plans  to  renovate  the  stalls  was  very  inefficient  and  did  not  address 
the  electrical  problems  that  exists  in  many  of  the  stalls.  It  was  her 
opinion  that  renovating  the  stalls  one  at  a  time  would  upset  the  horses. 
She  said  after  the  stalls  are  pigeon  proofed,  it  will  have  to  removed  at  a 
later  date  to  repair  the  electrical  problems. 

Dennis  Hamby,  said  he  had  a  City  electrician  look  at  the  Stables  who 
felt  it  was  in  a  dangerous  state.  He  felt  that  the  renovations 
contemplated  should  prevent  loss  of  a  life  problems  rather  than  cosmetic 
work.  He,  too,  planned  to  bid  on  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables. 

Helen  Norris,  part  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  management,  said  that 
one  of  the  advantages  of  doing  the  stalls  now  is  that  it  will  give  the 
operators  a  chance  to  know  how  the  horses  will  tolerate  the  construction. 
It  will  be  a  valuable  lesson  to  see  what  it  is  like  to  have  ongoing 
construction. 

Jeffrey  Morris,  part  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  Management,  said 
that  the  bid  package  states  it  is  the  Department's  responsibility  to 
install  utility  infrastructure  to  and  from  the  demised  premises  and  to 
include  water,  sewer  and  electrical  lines  within  the  demised  premises.  He 
said  that  they  brought  this  rate  increase  to  staff  1n  July  in  good  faith 
and  it  appeared  before  the  Commission  in  September.  After  making  very 
little  money  this  year,  there  is  no  choice,  without  an  increase,  to  cut 
back  on  services,  lay-off  staff,  sell  school  horses,  or  reduce  their 
insurance  and  workers'  compensation  liability.  The  rate  increase  is 
necessary  to  maintain  and  increase  the  quality  and  quantity  of  public 
lessons,  horses,  tack  and  Instructors.  If  it  is  expected  that  the  lessee 
will  pay  $600,000  of  improvements,  It  Is  necessary  to  show  a  lender  an 
income  statement  that  generates  enough  income  to  amortize  the  improvements. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

President  Immendorf  said  there  is  a  demonstrated  need  for  the  fee  increase 
but  was  concerned  about  the  holding  fee.  He  asked  if  an  agreement  could 
made  whereby  if  a  stall  is  used  by  the  concessionaire,  then  a  certain 
amount  could  be  credited  to  the  boarder.  He  commented  that  one  of  the 
speakers,  Elza  Porter,  suggested  that  the  horses  should  be  fed  according 
to  individual  need  rather  than  the  present  allocation.  He  suggested  that 
the  percentages  of  where  the  fee  increase  was  to  be  allocated  should  be 
clearly  spel led  out. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  the  Commission  is  so  close  to  awarding  a  new 
lease  that  he  preferred  the  fee  increase  to  be  earmarked.  If  someone  else 
is  awarded  the  lease  and  does  not  like  the  renovations  that  were  done  then 
the  Commission  will  be  back  to  square  one. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Sommer's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that 
Proposition  A  funds  (Golden  Gate  Park  Bond  Issue  of  1992)  will  pay  for  the 
underground  utilities  leading  to  the  perimeter  to  the  Stables  area.  The 
Department  will  not  assume  responsibility  of  the  interior  of  the  Stables. 
Mr.  Arnold  further  explained  that  there  is  a  Master  Plan  for  renovations 
of  the  Stables  and  that  the  stall  renovations  proposed  by  the  operator  are 
consistent  with  that  plan. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  the  operator  has  waited  a  long  time  for  the 

Commission  to  act  on  this  fee  request.   She  could  not  make  them  wait  for 

an  increase.  She  made  a  motion  to  approve  the  fee  increase  with  the 
exception  of  the  holding  fee;  Commissioner  Chan  seconded  this  motion. 

President  Immendorf  asked  if  a  portion  of  the  increase  could  be  earmarked 
for  improvements.  Commissioner  Sommer  was  willing  to  amend  her  motion  tc 
include  this  concept;  Commissioner  Chan  seconded  the  amended  motion. 

Commissioner  Chan  said  that  the  Commission  should  grant  the  increase  tc 
the  operator  but  was  concerned  about  the  improvements.  He  did  not  want 
the  current  operator  to  make  the  improvements  and  then  have  the  futun 
operator  dislike  what  was  done,  should  the  present  operator  b( 
unsuccessful  in  its  bid.  He  preferred  written  documentation  on  th( 
improvements.  He  was  willing  to  consider  Commissioner  Rovetti 's  concept 
to  put  the  money  in  an  escrow  account  for  the  new  operator  to  make  thf 
improvements. 

A  discussion  ensued  regarding  whether  or  not  the  improvements  should  bi 
deferred  until  the  new  operator  is  in  place  at  the  Stables.  Commissionei 
Mazzola  felt  that  the  Commission  should  approve  the  increase  and  that  thi 
operator  should  proceed  with  the  improvements.  The  motion  to  approve  thi 
fee  increase  with  the  exception  of  the  holding  fee  failed  to  pass. 

Mr.  Arnold  informed  the  Commission  that  it  would  cost  between  $15OO-$200i 
per  stall  to  renovate  the  stalls.  A  discussion  ensued  regardin1 
designating  a  specific  dollar  amount.  Staff  felt  that  designating 
stalls  per  month  was  fair  and  the  operator  has  pledged  to  complete  thi 
work.  The  operator  commented  that  if  they  did  not  make  the  improvement 
their  month-to-month  agreement  could  be  terminated. 

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Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

15.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
FEE  INCREASE  (Continued) 

Mr.  Arnold  said  if  the  operator  does  not  make  the  commitment  to  repair  2 
stalls  a  month  it  might  be  questionable  to  award  them  a  bid  if  they  did 
not  meet  their  agreement. 

Commissioner  Sommer  made  a  motion  to  approve  the  increase  provided  the 
holding  fee  is  addressed  at  a  later  date  and  that  the  current  operator 
agrees  to  improve  2  stalls  every  month,  beginning  with  the  worst  stalls, 
from  the  effective  date  of  the  increase.   Commissioner  Farrow  seconded 
this  motion. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16795 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  app 

roves  month' 

ly  board 

fees  effective 

February  l,  1994  for  Golden  Gate  Park 

Stables, 
CURRENT 

as 

foil 

ows: 

APPROVED 

Monthly  Board:  daily  ration  of  1/3 

$275 

$325  effective 

bale  bedding,  one  flake  of 

2/1/94 

alfalfa  &  two  flake  oats. 

FURTHER   RESOLVED,   That  this  Comm 

ission  a 

pproves 

otl- 

ier  fee  changes 

effective  January  1,  1994  for  Golden  ( 

Sate  Park 

Stables 

,  as 

fol lows : 

Lessons 

1  Hr,  Private 

$30 

$35 

1  Hr,  Semi-private  (2  People) 

$20 

$25 

1  Hr,  Semi-private  (3  People) 

$18 

$22 

1  Hr,  Group  (4  +  persons) 

$15  per 

person 

• 

$20  per  person 

1  Hr,  Group  (6  Lesson  Pkg  -Pre  Paid) 

$15  per 

person 

$18  per  person 

No  Show  Fee: 

$10 

Operator     to 
keep  507.  of  per 
lesson  fee 

Jumping 

$25 

$25 

Summer  Camp 

$300/week 

$300/week 

Ages  8-12  Includes  approximately  20  hi 

*s  of  ridi 

ng 

per 

week 

Trailrides:  1  Hr  W/Guide 

Private 

$30 

$35 

Group  2-10 

$18 

$20 

Group  of  4  +  with  advance  reservation 

$18 

$18 

Extra  Feed  (Boarder) 

$60 

$70 

Extra  Bedding  (Boarder) 

$50 

$50 

New  Serv! 

ices 

Infant's  Pony  Ride  assisted,  10  min. 

$  4 

$  4 

Discounts  available  for  groups  of  4+ 

Student  Leasing 

School  horse  4  times  per  month 

$50 

$50 

5:25  p.m.  -  5:35  p.m.  the  Commission  recessed.   Commissi' 

oner 

Farrow  left  the 

meeting. 

12/16/93 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

16.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 
BID  PACKAGE/LEASE 

Approval  of  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  bid  package  and  proposed  lease. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  proposed  lease  for  Stables  is  not  structured  to  make  money  but 
rather  to  make  the  stables  a  public  recreational  facility.  The  leal 
requires  a  capital  improvement  program  because  the  Department  does  not 
have  the  funds  to  perform  them.  The  rates  are  somewhat  low  compared  to 
other  Recreation  and  Park  concessions.  The  term  of  the  lease  is  long  and 
the  scoring  sheet  is  geared  toward  programs,  not  money.  The  Stables  is  a 
public  facility  that  provides  a  public  program  and  staff  is  encouraging 
bidders  to  enhance  and  expand  the  public  aspect  of  the  Stables.  It  is  a 
15  year  lease  with  a  5  year  option  at  the  discretion  of  Recreation  and 
Park.  It  is  premised  on  the  rate  package  just  approved  by  the 
Commission.  Staff  believes  that  sufficient  revenue  can  be  generated  that 
will  not  warrant  a  huge  fee  increase  in  subsequent  years.  If  this  is  not 
the  case,  then  there  would  be  negotiation  or  an  adjustment  on  the  rate 
structure  and  the  division  of  the  revenue  between  the  City  and  the 
operator. 

In  addition  to  the  existing  stables  Bercut  Equitation  Field,  west  of  the 
Stables  area,  will  be  part  of  the  Stables  concession.  Use  of  this  field 
is  now  scheduled  by  the  Department.  If  the  operator  expands  the  school 
program  then  Bercut  Field  is  necessary.  The  qualifications  for  the  night 
manager  have  been  modified  to  require  3  years  of  full-time  experience  as  a 
night  manager  and  experience  as  an  animal  health  technician  or! 
veterinarian  technician  with  large  animals.  Originally  all  utilities 
improvements  were  the  obligation  of  the  concessionaire.  Staff  has  agreed j 
to  replace  underground  utilities  leading  from  the  street  to  the  Stables 
area.  Mr.  Arnold  further  proposed  modifying  the  minimum  bid  to  be  $50,000] 
or  11   rather  than  10%.  It  is  a  bid  item  and  someone  could  go  above  that. 

President  Immendorf  understood  that  there  is  a  matter  of  controversy  about 
Bercut  Field. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  asked  questions  regarding  the  City  ordinances  that 
were  included  in  the  bid  package  and  wondered  why  certain  City  rules  were 
not  reduced  to  writing. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf's  question,  this  lease  does  not  require 
approval  from  the  Human  Rights  Commission. 

Helen  Norris,  said  the  lease  agreement  should  contain  some  way  for  the 

successful  bidder  to  re-assign  the  lease  if,  for  some  reason,  they  cannot 

continue.   She  further  suggested  that  rates  should  be  aligned  to  the 

Consumer  Price  Index  (CPI)  as  a  way  of  monitoring  the  increases  in  the 
future. 

M.  Schmidt,  spoke  about  Bercut  Field  and  said  he  represented  the  Sar 
Francisco  Horsemen,  the  San  Francisco  Posse,  and  personal  riders.  He  has 
been  riding  all  his  life  and  said  they  built  Bercut  Field  and  furnishec 
the  material.  Over  the  years  these  groups  maintained  the  field,  fixed  the 
gates,  railings  and  stands.  A  benefit  horse  show  has  been  held  for  the 
last  32  years  for  the  Recreation  Center  for  the  Handicapped.  He  wantec 
Bercut  Field  to  remain  public  and  said  it  is  used  often  by  the  people  who 
just  want  to  ride  in  Golden  Gate  Park. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

16.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 

BID  PACKAGE/LEASE  (Continued) 

Joe  Dignan,  was  concerned  about  use  of  Bercut  Field  and  said  it  was  key 
to  the  financial  aspect  of  the  bid  package.  There  is  presently  a  shortage 
of  rings  and  the  intent  of  the  lease  to  increase  the  number  of  school 
horses.  The  operator  needed  the  ability  to  regularly  schedule  Bercut 
Field  for  lessons  but  felt  it  would  be  possible  to  have  other  groups  use 
the  Field.  He  was  unsure  if  the  $50,000  rent  was  realistic  given  that  the 
improvements  cost  between  $600,000-750,000.  He  asked  the  Commission  to 
consider  modifying  this  section  to  give  a  suggested  minimum  rent  rather 
than  a  required  minimum  rent. 

Nichola  Taylor,  the  night  manager  at  the  Stables,  was  glad  that  the 
qualifications  of  the  night  manager  were  modified.  She  was  concerned 
about  the  number  of  hours  the  night  manager  is  required  to  be  on  the 
premises  and  said  the  lease  will  require  the  night  manager  to  be  on  site 
for  a  14  hour  shift  on  weekends  and  would  have  to  be  be  present  from  5:00 
p.m.  Sunday  night  until  7:00  a.m.  Tuesday  morning.  She  was  opposed  to 
this  requirement. 

Jerry  Lombardi,  said  that  the  $50,000  minimum  rent  requirement  would  not 
work  in  the  later  years  of  the  lease  and  was  an  unreasonable  expectation. 
He  also  felt  that  the  lease  should  be  assumable  and  that  every  rate  change 
should  not  require  Commission  approval.  He  noted  that  it  has  taken  6 
months  to  get  a  simple  increase  that  everyone  agreed  upon  and  that  the 
rate  increase  should  be  tied  to  the  Consumer  Price  Index  (CPI)  or  some 
other  agreed  upon  guidelines. 

Jeffrey  Morris,  stated  that  just  because  the  percentage  rent  for  the 
Stables  lease  was  7%  for  the  last  22  years  did  not  make  it  correct.  He 
said  that  22  years  ago  Cal  Rossi  was  awarded  the  lease,  never  made  the 
improvements  and  went  bankrupt;  Joe  Barnes  assumed  the  lease  and  never 
made  improvements.  He  said  a  stables  in  Los  Angeles  has  gone  through 
foreclosure  and  now  pays  5%  with  unlimited  right  to  change  their  services 
and  rates  within  some  parameters.  Commercial  real  estate  and  retail 
business  pay  between  4-6%.  He  said  they  would  not  bid  if  the  minimum 
requirement  remained  unchanged.  He  said  the  word  "minimum"  acceptable  bid 
be  changed  to  "suggested"  and  see  how  the  bids  come  in. 

Marilyn  Villarreal,  said  that  she  echoed  the  sentiments  of  M.  Schmidt 
and  felt  that  Golden  Gate  Park  is  for  the  public. 

Jodi  Nunnari,  a  member  of  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  Students 
Association,  said  they  view  the  Bercut  Field  in  a  different  way.  She  felt 
the  Field  would  be  more  accessible  to  the  public  if  it  is  included  in  the 
bid  package.  She  was  concerned  that  the  improvements  needed  for  the 
Stables  may  require  a  future  fee  increase  and  said  if  the  facility  is  to 
be  kept  accessible  to  the  public  the  rates  must  be  kept  reasonable. 


12/16/93 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

16.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 

BID  PACKAGE/LEASE  (Continued) 

Betty  Silverman,  said  that  in  the  bid  package  the  minimum  boarders  were 
cut  down  and  that  previous  commissions  kept  the  number  to  45.  She  further 
stated  that  the  concessionaire  only  made  $37,000  last  year  so  how  can  the 
lease  contain  $50,000  minimum  rent.  Ms.  Silverman  explained  that  Bercut 
Field  was  made  possible  by  Peter  Bercut,  a  former  Recreation  and  Park 
Commissioner.  She  said  the  field  should  remain  public  and  was  willing  tc 
make  a  $5000  donation  to  the  Department  if  the  Commission  passed  a 
resolution  stating  that  Bercut  Field  will  remain  a  public  arena. 

Polly  Dignan,  said  that  perhaps  the  Department  can  find  another  location 
in  the  park  rather  than  Bercut  Field  for  the  Stables's  use.   She  said  a 
ring  is  critical  for  the  school  program  and  that  it  would  be  nice  to  have 
the  rate  increase  tied  into  the  Consumer  Price  Index  (CPI)  to  shorten  th 
approval  process. 

Shay  Morris,  said  that  the  School  Program  will  pay  for  70%  of  t 
capital  improvements  and  it  cannot  be  done  with  only  2  arenas.  Last  yea. 
January  was  the  wettest  month  and  they  made  more  money  on  a  school  horse 
versus  a  boarding  horse.  She  said  that  qualifications  for  the  night 
manager  concerned  her  and  said  if  a  life  threatening  case  presents  itself 
they  will  contact  a  veterinarian. 

Susan  Lombardi,  supported  keeping  Bercut  Field  public.  She  suggestec 
that  another  site  be  developed  for  a  third  riding  ring  for  the  Stables 

Kathy  Mroz,  wanted  the  bid  package  to  be  distributed  as  soon  a: 
possible.  She  said  that  someone  needs  to  be  at  the  Stables  during  th? 
night.  She  urged  the  Commission  to  approve  the  bid  package. 

Carol  Hamby,  was  pleased  that  the  percentage  had  been  lowered.  She  sail 
that  the  more  rent  paid  to  the  Department  the  more  fees  will  have  to  be 
raised  to  implement  the  basic  improvements.  She  did  not  have  a  problei 
with  the  assignment  provision  of  the  bid  package. 

Dennis  Hamby,  recounted  problems  with  other  stables  that  have  gon« 
bankrupt.  He  said  if  the  rent  is  forced  to  be  high  then  it  will  1 
difficult  to  refurbish  the  facility  the  way  they  desire. 

President  Immendorf  asked  Mr.  Arnold  to  respond  to  some  of  the  comment 
made  by  the  public.  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  he  felt  including  Bercut  Fiel 
in  the  lease  is  not  privatization  but  rather  allows  it  to  be  part  of  th 
public  operation.  The  scheduling  of  this  field  will  be  through  th 
operator.  Economically,  the  stables  are  very  limited  in  their  capacity  t 
generate  income.  Staff  has  looked  at  alternate  locations  to  place  a 
arena  and  has  not  found  a  suitable  site.  If  the  rates  are  to  be  remai 
reasonable  then  a  third  ring  is  needed  to  expand  their  operation. 


A  discussion  ensued  regarding  the  appropriateness  of  including  Bercu 
Field  or  the  dressage  ring  as  part  of  the  bid  package.  Mr.  Arnol 
explained  that  at  one  point  both  Bercut  Field  and  the  dressage  ring  wer 
included  in  the  bid;  it  has  now  been  modified  to  just  Bercut  Field. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

16.   GOLDEN  GATE  PARK  STABLES 

BID  PACKAGE/LEASE  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Rovetti  was  concerned  about  taking  Bercut  Field  from  the 
public's  use.  He  did  not  want  to  see  every  recreational  activity  have  a 
fee  component. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  said  that  the  way  the  bid  is  structured  the  operator 
would  have  the  priority  in  the  scheduling  of  Bercut  Equitation  Field.  He 
asked  if  a  designated  number  of  days  could  be  set  aside  for  public's  use. 
Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the  operator  is  required  to  provide  a  plan  to  staff 
that  includes  all  of  the  individual  groups  who  have  used  the  Field. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  the  use  of  Bercut  Field  has  been  discussed  at  public 

meetings  and  has  been  part  of  the  bid  package  from  the  beginning.   Staff 

started  out  with  a  larger  demised  area  and  has  reduced  it.   Mr.  Arnold 

said  the  lease  will   not  be  assigned  without  the  approval  of  the 

Commission.  He  read  from  the  proposed  lease  to  substantiate  this 
statement. 

President  Immendorf  asked  if  a  one  month  delay  would  help  staff  to  meet 
with  the  various  parties  or  should  the  bid  request  for  proposal  go  out. 
Mr.  Arnold  said  that  in  the  first  tennis  court  lease  there  was  no  minimum 
specified  and  all  of  the  bids  ended  up  being  unresponsive. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  said  that  the  language  seems  to  protect  the  public  in 
its  use  of  Bercut  Field,  and  that  it  gives  safeguards. 

Mr  Arnold  said  there  is  a  minimum  requirement  in  the  bid  that  guarantees 
at  least  25  boarders  but  there  is  a  lease  provision  that  when  stalls 
become  available  they  can  go  to  the  public  riding  school  program.  If  this 
occurs,  there  should  be  sufficient  revenue  without  another  fee  increase. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Chan's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the 
current  operator  would  like  to  have  the  Consumer  Price  Index  adjustment 
bui It  into  the  rates. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Mazzola,  the  following 


resolution  was  adopted 


RES.  NO.  16796 


RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Golden  Gate  Park  Stables  bid 
package  and  proposed  lease. 

ACTION:  Approved  the  lease  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:  Commissioners  Chan,  Immendorf,  Mazzola,  Sommer 

Noes:  Commissioner  Rovetti 

Absent:  Commissioners  Farrow,  Ruiz 


12/16/93 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

17.   SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

PROPOSED  1994  TICKET  PRICES 

Approval  of  proposed  1994  ticket  prices  for  the  San  Francisco  Giants. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explainec 
that  the  Giants  are  requesting  a  fee  increase.  He  said  that  some  of  the 
ticket  prices  will  place  the  team  at  the  high  range  and  other  tickel 
prices  put  them  at  the  low  end.  The  Giants  lease  states  that  approval  of 
rates  cannot  be  unreasonably  withheld  by  the  Commission  and,  therefore,  hi 
recommended  approval . 

Jack  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  and  Government  Affairs  for  the  Sar 
Francisco  Giants,  apologized  that  the  invoices  were  sent  to  season  tickel 
holders  in  advance  of  receiving  formal  approval  from  the  Commission.  M 
pledged  that  next  year  the  price  increase  would  be  submitted  in  a  timelji 
fashion.  He  felt  that  the  Giants  ticket  prices  were  reasonable  whei! 
compared  to  other  teams  and  enumerated  the  rates,  noting  that  there  an! 
reduced  rates  for  children  and  services.  The  Giants  have  one  of  th(! 
highest  player  payrolls  in  the  league  and  must  raise  a  certain  amount  olj 
revenue  in  order  to  remain  competitive.  The  Giants  price  increase  is  oni 
of  the  best  bargains  as  compared  to  ticket  prices  for  the  49ers  football! 
San  Jose  Sharks  hockey,  and  Warriors  basketball.  He  said  that  baseball  i 
still  an  affordable  sport.  He  further  explained  that  7000  tickets  an 
given  to  Recreation  and  Park  for  summer  programs  and  that  a  number  of  free] 
tickets  are  given  to  other  communities. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  asked  if  the  Giants  would  be  willing  to  give 
portion  of  the  fee  increase  back  to  Recreation  and  Park  programs.  He  sai 
that  the  Department  lost  over  $1  Million  in  revenues  from  the  new  Giant 
agreement. 

Mr.  Bair  said  that  the  increase  will  bring  revenue  to  the  City  from  thf 
rent  and  that  they  offer  many  community  programs.  He  reminded  th; 
Commission  that  the  franchise  almost  left  the  City  because  it  was  losin 
millions  of  dollars.  The  Giants'  management  wants  the  franchise  to  b 
profitable  and  is  willing  to  work  with  the  Department. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  she  did  not  want  to  consider  fee  increases  on 
yearly  basis. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motio 
of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  followin 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16797 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  proposed  1994  ticket  price 
for  the  San  Francisco  Giants  as  follows: 

Present  Approved  Chi  Id  Senior 

MVP  Lower  Box  (Sections  1-13)    $17.50  $19.50  N/A  N/A 

MVP  Lower  Box  (Sections  14  &  15)   12.25    19.50  N/A  N/A 

Lower  Box     (Sections  16-23)     12.25    15.00  N/A  N/A 

MVP  Upper  Box  (Sections  1-17)    12.25    15.00  N/A  N/A 

Upper  Box     (Sections  18-62)     11.25    12.00  N/A  N/A 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

17.  SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS  RES.  NO.  16797 
PROPOSED  1994  TICKET  PRICES  (Continued) 

Present   Approved  Chi  Id  Senior 

Lower  Reserved  10.25    12.00    N/A  $6.00 

Upper  Reserved  6.75     7.00    $5.00  3.50 

Pavillion  5.25     6.00     3.00  3.00 

Bleachers  4.75      5.00    N/A  N/A 

Senior  prices  will  only  be  available  Monday  through  Friday 
Child  prices  are  available  everyday  except  Opening  Day 

18.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 
SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 
PARKING  FEE  INCREASE 

Consideration  of  a  price  increase  for  automobile  parking  from  $6.00  to 
$7.00  for  the  San  Francisco  Giants  1994  season. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  Giants  have  requested  a  fee  increase  for  parking.  Staff  did  a 
survey  and  found  the  rates  to  be  within  the  $5-$l0  range.  The  requested 
increase  cannot  be  unreasonably  withheld  by  the  Commission. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Mazzola's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the 

Department  used  to  receive  97.5%  from  the  parking  fees  for  baseball.  But 

when  the  initiative  was  circulated  by  the  citizens  to  overturn  the 

proposed  $l  per  year  rent  on  the  Giants  lease  it  did  not  overturn  the 
giveaway  on  parking  revenues. 

Jack  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  and  Government  Affairs  for  the  San 
Francisco  Giants,  said  that  the  Giants  paid  $1.3  Million  in  rent  last  year 
and  do  not  receive  any  revenue  from  the  scoreboard  operating  agreement  and 
pay  for  the  cost  of  security  within  the  stadium. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16798 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  price  increase  for  automobile 
parking  from  $6.00  to  $7.00  for  the  San  Francisco  Giants  1994  season. 

19.  CANDLESTICK  PARK  SCOREBOARD 

THIRD  AMENDMENT  TO  SONY  SCOREBOARD  AGREEMENT 

Approval  of  amendment  to  Sony  Scoreboard  Agreement  to  provide  upgrade  of 
video-replay  board  at  Candlestick  Park. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  she  wanted  to  table  this  item  because  she 
had  obtained  some  information  on  other  display  boards  that  are  much  more 
updated  than  Sony  can  provide.  She  said  she  was  aware  of  a  corporation 
that  is  in  the  Bay  Area  that  should  be  given  a  chance  to  make  a 
presentation  to  the  Commission. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  he  was  concerned  that  if  the  item  was 
deferred  there  will  not  be  an  opportunity  to  install  the  scoreboard. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

19.   CANDLESTICK  PARK  SCOREBOARD 

THIRD  AMENDMENT  TO  SONY  SCOREBOARD  AGREEMENT  (Continued) 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explainei 
that  according  to  Sony,  the  installation  needs  to  be  done  as  soon  a 
possible,  although  he  felt  there  are  other  windows  of  time  to  install  it. 

Commissioner  Sommer  said  that  the  scoreboard  will  enhance  the  visit  t< 
Candlestick. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  legally  the  City  has  a  lease  with  Sony  until  1997 
The  present  scoreboard  is  faded  and  unusable  during  the  day.   There  is 
life  cycle  to  a  video  board  and  that  the  more  it  is  used  the  quicker  i 
fades. 

Commissioner  Sommer  expressed  a  desire  to  have  a  policy  that  ban 
advertising  for  alcohol.  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  the  Commission  onl 
has  a  policy  to  ban  future  advertising  for  tobacco. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Mazzola's  question  for  clarification,  Mr 
Arnold  explained  that  the  package  to  replace  the  board  and  upgrade  thf 
equipment  will  cost  approximately  $5  Million.  In  order  to  finance  tha 
upgrade  and  guarantee  enough  revenue  to  operate  and  maintain  the  board 
the  lease  needs  to  be  extended  two  more  years.  He  said  that  the  49ers  an> 
the  Giants  want  a  video  that  works  and  the  present  one  is  difficult  to  se> 
during  day  games. 

Jack  Bair,  Director  of  Legal  and  Government  Affairs  for  the  Sa 
Francisco  Giants,  said  that  the  Giants  do  not  have  any  authority  with  th 
agreement  but  they  do  want  the  board  fixed  as  they  think  it  is  a  detrimen 
to  the  enjoyment  of  the  game. 

Arnold  said  that  the  latest  offer  is  6%  on  a  floating  prime,  6  years 
capped  at  8  1/2%.  Instead  of  Sony  keeping  the  first  $1  Million,  as  is  no 
the  case,  they  would  keep  the  first  $1.6  Million  from  which  they  would  pa. 
the  cost  of  the  board,  and  the  operating  and  maintenance  costs.  Th 
overage  revenue  would  be  split  with  the  City  receiving  2/3  and  Son 
receiving  1/3.  He  further  explained  that  if  this  item  could  be  tax  exemp 
then  lease  financing  could  be  done  at  a  lower  rate.  However,  this  actio< 
would  require  approval  from  the  electorate. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Mazzola,  th 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16799 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  third  amendment  to  Son 
Scoreboard  Agreement  to  provide  upgrade  of  video-replay  board  a 
Candlestick  Park. 

ACTION:  Approved  the  lease  by  the  following  vote: 
Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Immendorf,  Mazzola,  Rovetti 
Noes:   Commissioner  Sommer 
Absent:  Commissioners  Farrow,  Ruiz 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 


Items  20  and  21  were  considered  together, 


20.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 
SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 
APPROVAL  OF  NINTH  AMENDMENT 

Approval  of  ninth  amendment  to  the  lease  with  San  Francisco  49ers  to 
provide  funds  for  improvements  to  Candlestick  Park. 

21.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 
SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 
APPROVAL  OF  FIFTH  AMENDMENT 

Approval  of  fifth  amendment  to  the  lease  with  the  San  Francisco  Giants 
providing  funds  for  improvements  to  Candlestick  Park. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  if  a  renovation  program  goes  forward  for  Candlestick  Park,  there  is 
insufficient  funds  to  finance  the  project.  These  two  items  would  provide 
financing  from  the  Giants  and  the  49ers  at  the  rate  of  $900,000  apiece. 
With  the  money  that  is  available  in  the  Candlestick  Park  Fund,  and  the 
$1.8  Million,  there  should  be  sufficient  funds  to  finance  the  renovation 
program. 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motion 
of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Mazzola,  the  following 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16800 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  ninth  amendment  to  the  lease 
with  San  Francisco  49ers  to  provide  funds  for  improvements  to  Candlestick 
Park. 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  fifth  amendment  to  the  lease 
with  the  San  Francisco  Giants  providing  funds  for  improvements  to 
Candlestick  Park. 


22.    SUPPLEMENTAL  APPROPRIATION 

FUNDS  FOR  CITY  ATTORNEY'S  OFFICE 

Approval  of  Supplemental  Appropriation  in  the  amount  of  $260,000  to 
provide  additional  funds  for  the  City  Attorney's  Office. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained 
that  the  City  Attorney's  Office  submitted  a  bill  to  the  Department  which 
is  more  than  what  was  budgeted.  The  Mayor  and  the  Controller  directed 
the  Department  to  submit  a  Supplemental  Appropriation  request.  The 
$260,000  overage  is  based  on  increased  litigation  costs,  particularly 
with  the  American  with  Disabilities  Act  (ADA)  litigation  at  Candlestick 
Park,  the  Food  Not  Bombs  case,  and  a  few  claims  that  the  Department  and 
Commission  refused  to  settle,  forcing  them  to  be  litigated. 


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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

22.   SUPPLEMENTAL  APPROPRIATION 

FUNDS  FOR  CITY  ATTORNEY'S  OFFICE  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Sommer  wanted  the  Department  not  to  penalized,  but  rather 
rewarded,  for  not  settling  frivolous  claims. 

Mr.  Arnold  said  that  he  did  not  think  that  the  Supplemental  Appropriatioi 
request  would  be  approved  by  the  Mayor,  based  on  the  Mayor's  staf 
comments . 

On  recommendation  of  the  Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee,  and  on  motioi 
of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the  followin 
resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16802 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  Supplemental  Appropriatioi 
request  in  the  amount  of  $260,000  to  provide  additional  funds  for  th< 
City  Attorney's  Office. 

22a.   CLEAN  WATER  PROGRAM 

LINCOLN  PARK/GREAT  HIGHWAY 
RICHMOND  TRANSPORT  FACILITIES 

Approval  of  Richmond  Transport  Sewer  Line  to  be  constructed  under  Lincol 
Park  with  a  forty-two  inch  main  under  the  Great  Highway  from  Balboa  t 
Fulton  Streets. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explaine 
that  there  is  a  map  in  the  packet  describing  the  project  to  tunnel  a 
area  below  ground  under  the  Great  Highway. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  asked  if  the  contract  would  require  Commissio 
approval  since  the  work  will  be  done  on  the  property,  albeit  below  th 
ground  level.  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  he  would  review  that  issue  and  infor 
the  Commi  ssion. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  th 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16803 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  the  Richmond  Transport  Sewer  Lir 
to  be  constructed  under  Lincoln  Park  with  a  forty-two  inch  main  under  tt" 
Great  Highway  from  Balboa  to  Fulton  Streets. 

22b.   RECREATION  AND  PARK  DEPARTMENT 
PARCEL  TAX 

Consideration  of  a  parcel  tax  for  Recreation  and  Park  Department  prograr 
and  facilities  for  submission  to  the  Board  of  Supervisors. 

Assistant  General  Manager,  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explain! 
that  he  was  advised  this  matter  should  be  considered  at  a  later  date  at 
recommended  that  the  item  be  tabled  at  this  time. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  th' 
item  was  tabled. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 

23.  ACCEPTANCE  OF  GIFT 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Chan,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16805 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  accepts  a  gift  from  the  San  Francisco 
Orchid  Society  in  the  amount  of  $600  for  the  Conservatory  of  Flowers 
orchid  col  lection. 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  a  letter  of  thanks  shall  be  sent  to  the  donor, 

24.  PUBLIC  COMMENT 

At  this  time  members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  on  items 
that  are  within  the  subject  matter  jurisdiction  of  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission.  Members  of  the  public  may  address  the  Commission  for  up 
to  three  minutes.  The  President  or  the  Commission  may  limit  the  total 
testimony  to  30  minutes. 

Emeric  Kalman,  said  that  the  waiting  list  was  never  verified  or 
certified  by  appropriate  authorities  as  to  its  accuracy.  He  asked  that 

any  assignment  of  a  berth  be  conditional  pending  certification  of  the 

integrity  of  the  waiting  list.   He  thought  there  might  be  an  error  in  the 

waiting  list  and  that  somebody  might  bring  legal  action  against  the 

Department.  He  further  asked  that  a  new  lease  be  renegotiated  for  the 
St.  Francis  Yacht  Club  since  they  only  pay  $6000  a  month  rent. 

25.  PRESIDENT'S  REPORT 

Commissioner  Rovetti  felt  that  when  Commissioners  are  present  at  events 
they  should  be  publicly  recognized  for  their  attendance. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Mazzola's  questions,  General  Manager,  Mary 
E.  Burns,  explained  that  the  only  items  that  bypass  the  Commission's 
Committee  process,  are  those  of  an  emergency  nature,  where  timing  does 
not  allow  it.  When  this  occurs,  the  issue  is  raised  at  the  Committee 
level  as  a  staff  report  and  placed  on  the  subsequent  Commission 
calendar.  Ms.  Burns  said  that  she  reviews  such  matters  with  the 
President  of  the  Commission. 

26.  COMMISSION  COMMITTEE  REPORTS 

The  following  Commission  Committee  reports  were  submitted  for  the  record: 

Joint  Zoo  Committee  Meeting  of  November  3,  1993 

Golf,  Yacht  Harbor  and  Camp  Mather  Committee  Meeting  of  December  6,  1993 

Parks  and  Planning  Committee  Meeting  of  December  7,  1993 

Finance  and  Candlestick  Committee  Meeting  of  December  8,  1993 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  December  16,  1993 


27. 


ADJOURNMENT 


On  motion  of  Commissioner  Sommer,  the  meeting  was  adjourned  in  memory  of 
Cyr  Copertini,  former  scheduling  secretary  to  Mayors  Moscone,  Feinstein, 
Agnos  and  Jordan,  who  passed  away  recently. 

There  being  no  further  business,  the 
688th  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  7:35  p.m. 

Respectfully  submitted, 


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The  Special  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park  Commission  was  called  to  order 
on  Tuesday,  January  ll,  1994,  at  3:45  p.m.  by  President  Jack  Immendorf. 

1.  ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola  (noted  present  at  3:50  p.m.) 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 

2.  CANDLESTICK  PARK 
SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 
SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 

APPROVAL  OF  NINTH  AND  FIFTH  AMENDMENT 

Revision  of  the  ninth  amendment  to  the  lease  with  San  Francisco  49ers  and 
the  fifth  amendment  to  the  lease  with  the  San  Francisco  Giants  to  provide 
additional  funding  for  improvements  to  Candlestick  Park. 

President  Immendorf  explained  that  the  Commission  had  previously  approved 
amendments  to  the  lease  agreements  with  the  49ers  and  the  Giants  so  that 
each  team  would  provide  $900,000  in  advance  rental  payments  to  make  further 
renovations  and  repairs  at  Candlestick  Park  during  the  off  season.  In  a 
recent  meeting  regarding  Candlestick  Park  renovations  and  the  new 
requirements  associated  with  the  Americans  with  Disabilities  Act,  it  became 
apparent  that  there  was  a  shortage  of  funds  to  make  the  Improvements.  The 
49ers  and  Giants  have  both  agreed  to  Increase  the  $900,000  advancement  to 
$1.1  Million.  The  lease  amendments  are  scheduled  to  be  considered  by  the 
Budget  Committee  of  the  Board  of  Supervisors'  on  1/12/94  but  they  require 
Commission  approval  prior  to  that  meeting. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  January  11,  1994 

2.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 
SAN  FRANCISCO  49ERS 
SAN  FRANCISCO  GIANTS 
APPROVAL  OF  NINTH  AND  FIFTH  AMENDMENT  (Continued) 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  said  that  the 
additional  money  needed  for  the  renovation  will  come  from  the  49er  playoff 
game  scheduled  for  Saturday,  1/15/94.  This  playoff  game  was  not  budgeted 
and  will  give  the  necessary  revenue  for  the  renovations.  There  will  not  be 
a  major  capital  improvement  project  for  next  year.  Rather,  next  year's 
revenues  will  be  used  to  to  pay  the  debt  for  this  renovation  project. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16806 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  a  revision  to  the  fifth  amendment 
to  the  lease  with  the  San  Francisco  Giants  and  the  ninth  amendment  to  the 
lease  with  the  San  Francisco  49ers  to  provide  $1.1  Million  each  for 
improvements  to  Candlestick  Park. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti ,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioners  Mazzola,  Ruiz 

3.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 
AWARD  OF  CONTRACT 

Approval  of  Award  of  Contract  for  Candlestick  Park  renovations. 

Assistant  General  Manager  for  Administration,  Phil  Arnold,  explained  that 
two  qualified  bids  have  been  received  for  the  renovation  work,  the  low  bid 
is  Nibbi-Tom  and  the  second  bid  is  Barnes-Lem.  Nibbi-Tom  has  not  submitted 
all  of  the  required  information  to  the  Human  Rights  Commission  (HRC)  and 
therefore  HRC  has  not  certified  the  bid.  Barnes-Lem,  the  second  bid,  has 
been  certified  by  the  HRC  but  is  $150-180,000  higher  in  cost.  The 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission  cannot  take  action  until  the  Human  Rights 
Commission  certifies  the  contract. 

In  response  to  President  Immendorf s  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  that  the 
Commission  could  approve  the  Nibbi-Tom  or  Barnes-Lem  contract  dependent  on 
the  Human  Rights  Commission  findings,  with  the  understanding  that  the 
Commission  preferred  the  low  bid. 

In  response  to  Commissioner  Rovetti 's  question,  Mr.  Arnold  said  that 
Nibbi-Lowe  is  still  involved  in  litigation  with  Volume  Services  regarding 
concession  improvements  that  were  done  at  Candlestick  Park  in  1993. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  explained  that  he  could  not  approve  the  Nibbi-Tom 
contract  because  he  was  aware  that  Nibbi  has  not  paid  some  of  the 
subcontractors  from  a  previous  contract.  He  said  this  contract  is  a 
another  case  of  a  general  contractor  bidding  the  same  type  of  work  and  who 
will  most  likely  administer  the  contract  in  the  same  fashion. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Special  Meeting  of  January  11,  1994 

3.   CANDLESTICK  PARK 

AWARD  OF  CONTRACT  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Mazzola  said  that  Nibbi  had  a  contract  with  Volume  Services 
and  the  subcontractors  were  not  paid.  President  Immendorf  arranged  a 
meeting  of  the  parties  to  discuss  this  issue  and  it  is  still  unresolved. 
Although  the  Nibbi  litigation  is  a  separate  issue  from  the  Recreation  and 
Park  Commission  he  could  not  approve  this  contract  to  Nibbi-Tom  knowing 
these  facts.  He  commented  that  a  few  of  the  subcontractors  will  be  out  of 
business  if  they  are  not  paid.  Commissioner  Mazzola  felt  that  the 
Candlestick  Park  renovation  plan  was  necessary  and  that  it  should  be 
approved,  but  he,  personally,  could  not  approve  due  to  his  association  with 
the  San  Francisco  Building  Trades  Council. 

Commissioner  Mazzola  further  stated  that  he  did  not  understand  the 
Recreation  and  Park  Commission's  role  in  approving  contracts  and  said  that 
it  seems  to  approve  any  contract  that  is  certified  by  the  Human  Rights 
Commission.  He  again  commented  that  he  did  not  want  to  stop  the 
Candlestick  Park  project  because  the  renovation  work  was  necessary. 

Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  if  the  Commission  decided  to  take  no  action  on 
this  contract  then  it  would  have  to  be  re-bid.  The  Commission  cannot 
choose  the  second  bid  rather  than  the  low  bid. 

President  Immendorf  pointed  out  that  the  City  is  already  involved  in 
litigation,  over  accessibility  issues  at  Candlestick  Park  with  an 
organization  that  represents  the  disabled  community.  The  City  also  made  a 
commitment  to  bring  the  Super  Bowl  to  San  Francisco  in  1999  and  the  49ers 
must  make  their  request  this  year.  This  contract  will  enlarge  the  seating 
capacity  to  70,000+,  incorporate  field  level  seating,  renovate  and  upgrade 
all  of  the  restrooms  to  make  them  accessible,  and  provide  additional 
accessible  seating  throughout  the  stadium.  There  is  a  very  small  window  of 
time  to  perform  this  work  and  hence  the  reason  for  expediting  the  award  of 
the  contract.  He  asked  that  the  contract  be  approved  despite  the  issues 
raised  by  Commissioner  Mazzola. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  Commissioner  Mazzola  is  concerned  that  the 
large  contractors  can  afford  to  litigate  while  the  small  subcontractors 
lose  their  livelihood. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  said  he,  too,  was  concerned  because  even  though  the 
Commission  is  not  directly  involved  with  the  Nibbi /Volume  Services 
contract,  it  should  protect  the  businesses  that  performed  the  work.  He  was 
angered  by  the  sentiment  that  members  of  this  Commission  merely  "rubber 
stamp"  projects.  He  said  that  if  there  was  any  doubt  in  his  mind  that  the 
contract  should  not  be  awarded  he  could  not  approve  the  contract  simply 
because  Nibbi-Tom  was  the  low  bid. 

President  Immendorf  said  that  the  concerns  expressed  at  the  meeting  should 
be  forwarded  to  the  Nibbi  firm  and  to  the  Human  Rights  Commission.  He 
suggested  that  the  minutes  along  with  a  letter  outlining  these  concerns  be 
forwarded  to  both  parties.  He  said  that  the  Commission  did  not  have  any 
choice  if  it  wanted  the  renovation  project  completed.  He  said  the  City 
Charter  also  places  constraints  on  the  Commission's  role  regarding 
Department  of  Public  Works'  projects. 


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AWARD  OF  CONTRACT  (Continued) 

Commissioner  Mazzola  said  that  he  met  with  the  Director  of  the  Human  Rights 
Commission  to  discuss  this  issue  and  will  be  meeting  with  that  Commission 
to  discuss  all  of  the  City  contracts  in  the  future. 

President  Immendorf  asked  that  the  low  bid  be  approved  and  if  the  Human 
Rights  Commission  rejects  it  then  the  next  low  bid  be  approved. 

Commissioner  Rovetti  asked  why  this  Commission  was  considering  the  matter 
at  this  time  when  all  of  the  information  had  not  yet  been  presented  to  the 
Human  Rights  Commission.  Mr.  Arnold  explained  that  staff  wanted  approval 
to  enable  construction  to  begin  as  soon  as  possible. 

President  Immendorf  said  there  is  a  very  short  time  period  to  complete  the 
renovation  work  and  that  rain  may  impede  completion  of  the  project. 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Chan,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Farrow,  the 
following  resolution  was  adopted: 

RES.  NO.  16807 

RESOLVED,  That  this  Commission  approves  an  award  of  contract  to  Nibbi-Tom 
for  the  Phase  VII IB  renovations  at  Candlestick  Park  and  be  it 

FURTHER  RESOLVED,  That  if  Nibbi-Tom  is  disqualified  by  the  Human  Rights 
Commission  then  the  bid  shall  be  awarded  to  Barnes-Lem  for  the  Phase  VI I  IB 
renovations  at  Candlestick  Park. 

Approved  by  the  following  vote: 

Ayes:   Commissioners  Chan,  Farrow,  Immendorf,  Rovetti 

Noes:   Commissioners  Mazzola,  Sommer 

Absent:  Commissioner  Ruiz 

PUBLIC  COMMENT 

No  public  comment  was  received. 


5.   ADJOURNMENT 


There  being  no  further  business,  the  Special 
Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  adjourned  at  4:10  p.m. 

Respectfully  submitted, 


Shaurtar Marie  Rose 
Commission  Secretary 


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THURSDAY,  JANUARY  20,  1994  -  2:00  P.M. 


The  Six  Hundred  and  Eighty-Ninth  Regular  Meeting  of  the  Recreation  and  Park 
Commission  was  called  to  order  on  Thursday,  January  20,  1994,  at  2:00  p.m.  by 
President  Jack  Immendorf. 


1.   ROLL  CALL 

Present: 

Commissioner  Jack  Immendorf,  President 

Commissioner  Sidney  Chan,  Vice  President 

Commissioner  Bella  Farrow 

Commissioner  Larry  Mazzola 

Commissioner  Sue  Sommer 
Absent: 

Commissioner  Vince  Rovetti 

Commissioner  Santiago  Ruiz 


APPROVAL  OF  MINUTES 

On  motion  of  Commissioner  Mazzola,  seconded  by  Commissioner  Sommer,  the 
minutes  of  the  Special  Meeting  of  December  14,  1993  and  the  Regular  Meeting 
of  December  16,  1993,  were  approved  as  presented. 


Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  20,  1994 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT 

General  Manager,  Mary  E.  Burns,  submitted  the  following  report: 

"BUDGET 

The  Mayor  has  issued  his  budget  targets  for  1994-95.  Budget  targets  give 
a  high  priority  to  Police,  Fire,  Sheriff  and  Muni,  all  of  which  will 
receive  General  Fund  increases.  The  Recreation  and  Park  Department  has 
been  given  two  targets.  The  higher  of  the  two  is  $9.4  million  and  will 
allow  us  to  continue  our  current  level  of  service.  The  lower  target  is 
approximately  $8.6  million  and,  if  implemented,  will  require  a  reduction 
in  service.  A  special  meeting  of  the  Select  Committee  on  the  Budget  will 
be  held  in  February  to  review  the  budget  submittal  and  to  determine  what 
cuts  will  need  to  be  made  if  the  lower  General  Fund  target  is  implemented 
by  the  Mayor. 

At  your  places  is  a  copy  of  the  press  release  issued  by  the  Mayor  on  his 
spending  plan  for  1994-95. 

HILLS  PROJECT 

The  San  Francisco  Recreation  and  Park.  Department  is  being  asked  to 
collaborate  on  the  "Hills  Project"  by  the  Mayor's  Office  of  Children, 
Youth  and  their  Families  with  the  San  Francisco  Ballet,  Fine  Arts  Museum 
of  San  Francisco,  San  Francisco  Museum  of  Modern  Art,  San  Francisco  Opera, 
San  Francisco  Symphony  and  the  San  Francisco  Unified  School  District. 

This  program  will  bring  a  free  afterschool  Visual  and  Performing  Arts 
Program  to  children  who  live  in  the  Western  Addition.  The  program,  which 
will  target  children  in  the  third  through  fifth  grades,  is  scheduled  to 
start  February  14,  1994  and  operate  through  the  end  of  the  school  year. 

The  Fine  Arts  Museum  will  be  conducting  classes  on  the  art  and  culture  of 
Egypt  and  West  Africa  at  Hamilton  Recreation  Center  on  Mondays  and 
Wednesdays,  2:30  p.m.  to  4:45  p.m.  Prior  to  each  class  the  children  will 
be  given  a  nutritious  snack.  Recreation  directors  will  be  assigned  to 
work  1:00  p.m.  to  5:00  p.m.  with  this  project  through  funding  from  the 
Mayor's  Office  of  Children,  Youth,  and  their  Families. 

PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB 

The  Regional  Water  Quality  Control  Board  finally  held  a  hearing  on  its 
draft  Cease  and  Desist  Order  to  discontinue  use  of  lead  shot  and  clay 
pigeons  at  Lake  Merced.  The  Board  upheld  the  staff  recommendation  and 
adopted  the  following  compliance  dates: 

March  1,  1994  Work  plan  for  implementation  of  lead  ban. 

October  1,  1994  Cessation  of  lead  disposition. 

April  1,  1994  Work  plan  for  alternatives  to  clay  targets 

that  contain  asphalt. 

June  1,  1994  Work  plan  to  study  birds/ducks  to  determine  if 

they  are  ingesting  lead  and  identify  the  risk 
to  wildlife. 

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Recreation  and  Park  Commission  Minutes 
Thursday,  January  20,  1994 

GENERAL  MANAGER'S  REPORT  (Continued) 

PACIFIC  ROD  AND  GUN  CLUB  (Continued) 

The  City  and  County  of  San  Francisco,  Recreation  and  Park  Department,  will 
become  responsible  for  compliance  if  the  Rod  and  Gun  Club  defaults,  under 
a  time  schedule  revised  to  reflect  the  status  of  task  completion  at  the 
time  of  failure  to  comply.  The  City  Attorney's  Office  and  Recreation  and 
Park  Department  staff  will  meet  with  the  Rod  and  Gun  Club  in  the  near 
future  to  learn  how  the  Club  intends  to  proceed. 

GRANTS 

The  Hamilton  Teen  Center  has  received  a  special  grant  of  $16,000  from  the 
Health  Department  to  conduct  a  special  anti-tobacco  program  for  girls  in 
the  Western  Addition.  The  program  will  be  known  as  GAT  (Girls  Against 
Tobacco).  The  GAT  task  force  program  will  focus  on  providing  wholesome 
recreational  opportunities  for  the  Western  Addition's  female  population 
between  the  ages  of  11  and  14  and  educating  program  participants  about  the 
damage  tobacco  use  can  cause. 

Two  grant  applications  submitted  by  this  Department  for  ISTEA  funds  failed 
to  make  the  first  cut  for  funding.  This  is  the  same  fund  that  granted  the 
Beach  Chalet  Restoration  funds.  The  two  projects  denied  included  the 
renovation  of  the  Park  Presidio/Crossover  Drive  corridor  through  Golden 
Gate  Park  and  a  Civic  Center  pavement  restoration  project. 

Notification  was  received  that  funding  of  $295,000  from  California  Boating 
and  Waterways  has  been  granted  for  the  public  boat  launch  near  Pier  54, 
San  Francisco's  only  public  boat  launch  into  the  Bay  near  China  Basin. 

STRYBING  ARBORETUM  SOCIETY 

The  Society  is  sponsoring  a  workshop,  "Designing  the  Mixed  Border,"  on 
Friday,  February  11,  from  9:15  a.m.  to  4:30  p.m.  at  the  County  Fair 
Building  in  Golden  Gate  Park.  The  Society  is  also  joining  forces  with 
Horticulture  Magazine  in  sponsoring  "Mastering  the  Mixed  Border,"  a 
day-long  symposium  on  design,  plants  and  garden  style,  on  Saturday, 
February  12,  from  9:00  a.m.  to  4:30  p.m.,  at  the  County  Fair  Building  in 
Golden  Gate  Park.  At  your  places  you  will  find  flyers  with  further 
detai Is. 

CALIFORNIA  PARK  AND  RECREATION  SOCIETY  CONFERENCE 

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