Lake Merced Task Force
Full Task Force Meeting
San Francisco State University
Seven Hills Conference Center
April 26, 2001
5 – 8 pm
Attendance: Alphabetical Order
American True/True Youth Ward Latimer
Audubon Society Dan Murphy
CA Native Plant Society Pete Holleran
CA Native Plant Society Randy Zebell
CA Parks & Recreation Society, Dist. 4 Ginny Jaquith
CA State Coastal Conservancy David Hayes
City Attorney’s Office
City College of San Francisco Anna-Marie Bratton
City of Daly City Patrick Sweetland
Committee to Save Lake Merced Jerry Cadagan
Crosby, Heafy, Roach, and May James Wood
Dolphin Rowing Club Gary Ehrsam
Friends of Lake Merced John Plummer
Friends of Lake Merced David Dawdy
Friends of Recreation and Parks Mike Leo
Golden Gate Heights Neighborhd Assoc. Dick Allen
Greater West Portal Neighborhd Assoc. Tim Colen
Lakeshore Acres Improvement Club Flora Zagorites
National Park Service – GGNRA George Durgerian
Neighborhood Parks Council Linda Hunter
Office of Assemblyman Kevin Shelley Suzanne Gautier
Office of Mayor Willie Brown David Hochschild
Office of State Senator Jackie Speier Erin Peters
Office of Supervisor Tony Hall Mary Landers
Olympic Club Bob Maddow
Pacific Rod and Gun Club Kevin Rushton
Public Utilities Commission Michael Carlin
Public Utilities Commission Joan Ryan
RCH, Inc. Ron Hamilton
San Francisco Beautiful Dee Dee Workman
San Francisco Beautiful Tamar Cooper
San Francisco Bicycle Coalition Robert Karis
San Francisco Recreation & Parks Dept. Lisa Wayne
San Francisco Recreation & Parks Dept. Marvin Yee
San Francisco State University Don Zingale
San Francisco State University David Frietag
San Francisco State University Debbie Hernandez
San Francisco State University Barbara Holzman
San Francisco State University Victoria Narkewicz
San Francisco State University Phil Ting
San Francisco Zoo Laura Louttit
San Francisco Zoo Eva Sargent
Sierra Club Ruth Gravanis
SPEAK Carolyn Gates
South End Rowing Club John Hentz
SPUR Dick Morten
UCSF Rowing Club Mary Allen
West of Twin Peaks Central Council Bud Wilson
No Organization Young, Robert
Chairs: Dee Dee Workman and Suzanne Gautier
Ø Mr. Bergstrom from CalTrout will present an update on the CalTrout petition after the resolutions on today’s agenda have been discussed and voted.
Ø Mr. Bob Maddow representing Olympic Club will make a request for a substitute motion after the introductions.
Ø Patrick Sweetland representing the City of Daly City, would like time after the update of PUC $150K. he support from the taskforce regarding state legislation.
Addition: Maddow asks the taskforce to indefinitely table three resolutions (resolution’s are a reward for divisive conduct of few LMTF members) and move directly to the vision of the future of LMTF and stewardship program.
Colen: Consensus cannot be met with difficult decisions that need to be made on these issues. We need to change the behavior in order to change the mismanagement of the natural resource.
Allen: Would accept the motion if 4 parties (Carlin, Maddow, Sweetland, SF City Attorney) leave the meeting to get together and discuss the details of LMTF MOU and present to group how the water committee issues can be resolved.
Roll call vote to indefinitely table the three resolutions that appear on the agenda for tonight’s meeting.
22 no, 6 abstain, 4 yes
There was a substitute motion by Allen to postpone the hearing of the three resolutions; however, after the vote this substitute motion was withdrawn.
Procedure for hearing resolutions:
Ø Hearing of resolution
Ø Hearing of rebuttal
Steering Committee voted to bring this resolution to the Task Force with the recommendation that it be approved. Colen introduced resolution (written by Jerry Cadagan). In past year, 5 new wells being planned: some as alternative wells. This resolution calls for TF to go on record saying stop overdraft and any plans for new wells being drilled.
Discussion ensued. No changes or additions were made to resolution nor additional action by task force members.
Roll call vote: 03-001
no: 10 Yes: 19 Abstain: 4
Westside Basin Aquifer Resolution (not Olympic club well)
This resolution also came from the Steering Committee. It declares the mismanagement of natural resource and the need for drilling/pumping data to enhance the hydrology information about Lake Merced.
It had been decided by the Taskforce that the organizations would be told that the information would be made public and exact reports submitted.
The motion is withdrawn and a substitute motion was made: as representative of LMTF, the water committee is authorized to request 150+ info on the pumping of the wells on a regular annualized basis for additional information to better understand the hydrology of the Westside basin.
Approved by acclimation
Arbitration Resolution (04-001)
Temporary postponement of motion to hear cal trout representative
Ø Interested in entire west side basin aquifer
Ø CalTrout decided not to become a LMTF member as CalTrout could not in good faith work with those on the TF that are named in the petition (filed Jan 30).
Ø Focus of petition: public trust doctrine: state and local government have authority to ensure that land, air, water is protected for future generations.
Ø Water quality
Ø Waste of public water use out of west side basin
Ø Violations: regulatory permits by pumpers
Ø Want state water board to mediate not an outside source
Ø Process could involve litigation
Questions were raised about the resources of the control board to follow through as well as jurisdiction and the concern for the overall health of the lake and it’s surrounding environment.
CalTrout is mainly interested in the water quality/volume not the surrounding environment
End of CalTrout Update
Arbitration Resolution (04-001)
Proposed by Leo: Friends of Recreation and Parks would like to provide the money needed for mediation in effort to avoid delay of Lake Merced action and improvement as well as ensure that mediation happens before process escalates to arbitration.
Discussion ensued. Leo withdrawals resolution.
Which endorses mediation over litigation with more detailed language.
Discussion ensued. Cadagan withdrawals resolution.
The taskforce agrees to acknowledge Friends of Recreation and Parks for making this offer and both resolutions are withdrawn.
Update of Scope of Work for PUC’s $150K
All three committee’s participated
Sweetland asks the LMTF members to write letters of support for AB 303: groundwater management grant proposal. Deadline May 3.
· Sweetland/Maddow will draft letter of support and get to Narkewicz by tomorrow April 27, 2001.
Clarification: The money in AB 303 is in addition to the PUC $150K money.
There were no objections to giving support to this bill.
Lisa Wayne and Randy Zebell will postpone their presentation on the $1.5 million trail restoration project; however, will need to approve the drafts of the interpretive signs tonight. Zebell will email Narkewicz and the nature committee with the drafts.
Recreation Committee Report - withdrawn
For the sake of time Zingale asked the TaskForce to read his memo (dated April 26, 2001), which discusses plans to start development of a center. Zingale asked the taskforce what would be the best way to do plan, get community involvement, and doesn’t interfere with other issues around the lake (water level/quality etc.) Deadline for comments: the week of April 29.
LMTF is in process of collecting any descriptive literature of projects to develop an executive summary.
Executive Summary report – Colen
Dated April 2001
SFPR Elizabeth Goldstein would like a report from TF before the summer.
LMTF return Executive summary responses to Colen by May 4
In packet for Goldstein meeting:
History of TF
List of members
All committee reports
May 1, 2001
455 golden gate #14600
Olympic Realty (Parkmerced Apts.)
Zingale received $5000 to support LMTF for clerical support
Zingale set up a LMTF account at SFSU Foundation
Steering committee will divide what to do with the money.
DZ will write thank you letter and will send Olympic Realty an information packet
August 9, 2001
Meeting adjourned: 8:40 pm