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page six, unfortunately, there were not adequate porta-potti -- port-a-potties and people decided to use the back of the woods as a urinal. i think that needs to be regulated. the needs to be somebody there to make sure this kind of behavior does not take place. recycling efforts were good, but there was smoking, so there is a little bit of a disconnect between park policy. we ran into park goers, who said all the restaurants in the park were locked, and they were not allowed to get into the porta- potty. these were elderly people walking their dog. commissioner buell: thank you. >> is there any other public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. commissioner buell: let me ask
some commissioners about this. commissioner bonilla? commissioner bonilla: i attended the sunday concert mostly to go listen to stevie wonder, and when i sat there, i was just really impressed with how orderly everything was. i sat on the bleachers. i just looked at the whole field, and people were just really, totally into the music. i was so impressed at how many people of different ages knew all the words to all the stevie wonder songs. that was definitely true. as i sat there, i could not help but feel that the concert, even though there were massive numbers of people there, that it felt just like -- it felt like
an intimate, outdoor family picnic. that is actually the feeling i got sitting there because it was just so orderly. people getting into the music. so i really want to congratulate the staff of another planet for just doing such a fantastic job to create that kind of feeling. commissioner arata: i want to say thank you to another planet. there was great signage. i live in clarendon heights, and the sound was much better this year than last year, so thank you for that. i think the fog might have
helped a little bit, but it was better than last year, so thank you. commissioner harrison: i would like to ask the general manager -- not to get away from the outside lans, which i think was a wonderfuln+n+j -- not to gety from the outside2f2fy÷ lands, wi think was wonderful, but there are some tennis courts at camp mather. >> we spent -- i think it was a 3 to 6-month project that greeted the base of the tennis courts. the way they were originally designed, they cracked in temperatures of in the sierras -- up in the sierras.
i do not have some of the technical design details at hand, but the courts wereññ?>fñ redone to the base that would allow for the weather to kind of take its course. completely resurfaced. the most important thing to add is that the courts are in much better condition, and we use the opportunity to begin tennis programming of that ca -- camp mather, which is not something we had previously done. while i'm at it, turning back to the public u$e eb,
protect irrigation infrastructure -- we turn off our irrigation in the meadows. the fact that the meadows were brown is to be expected. we do this every year. they will bounce back very quickly. the lawns are already starting to be watered regularly again. i want to give a shout out to my gardening staff for their knowledge and expertise, which we rely on in planning how to manage our meadows and open spaces during the festival. >> we are item four, general public comment. members of the public may address the commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the commission and that do not appear on the agenda. with respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the commission will be aborted when the item is reached during the meeting. >> commissioners, my name is richard hamlin. as some of you may recall, 3.5 years ago, a reporter in "sf weekly" wrote an article showing that marcus santiago was being a little too generous to his friends, and nothing changed. lo and behold, because markets santiago allocated over time by race -- because marcos santiago allocated overtime by race, the city and county is going to pay
$250,000. the question needs to be asked and answered -- why is marcus santiago, who expose us, put us in this position, and his boss -- why are they still employed here? commissioner buell: thank you. >> karen mccoy. >> good morning, commissioners. i am a former recreation director with the sentence is go recreation and park department, and i would like to speak to you on behalf of my neighbors and my community, friends and neighbors
of merced heights community. i work for the sanford cisco recreation and park department since march 24, 1981, and i started off in aquatics -- i worked for the san francisco recreation and park department. i got my first job speaking at a playground meeting in which they were going to close the playground clubhouse down for children who came there after school to do homework. anyway, as i came forward, i wanted to get involved with my playground. i have seen many playgrounds all over san francisco. i have worked for many playgrounds all over san francisco, and i started various groups, and i just would like to ask one question -- why is merced heights' playground being
overlooked? it has been overlooked three times. we have had three meetings in our community, one of which was when it was a latchkey site. the second one in which they asked for public and resident commons, and then i started a group called friends and neighbors of merced heights playground. so my one question to the commission is -- why is the playground being overlooked in district 11? it received a d grade with the park alliance, and then it went to an f. now it has a c-. commissioner buell: thank you.
you do not need to do it now, but maybe we get asked staff to let us know the status of the playground. -- maybe we could ask staff to let us know. >> the 2012 neighborhood parks bonn has a $15 million pot for playground innovation -- the 2012 neighborhood parks bond. the way the money will be disbursed is based on playgrounds of heights -- highest need, and we is the playground report card as the basis for that. there will be a transparent community process, and i do know that merced heights is on that list. >> may i ask one question of the general manager? how would i get a copy of that list? commissioner buell: he can communicate with you. thank you. >> is there any other public
comment? seeing none, public comment is closed. we are on item 5, the consent calendar. commissioner buell: entertain a motion. moved and seconded. all those in favor? hearing no opposition. >> item 6, the san francisco zoo. >> good morning. director of the san francisco zoo. i will start with august attendance. through tuesday august 14, we have had visitors of 49,930, slightly under budget of 50,500. the difference is 570 visitors. revenue edged missions were not impacted on our august free day -- revenue admissions.
some good news -- it looks like folks are spending a little bit more at the zoo. our per caps on average are $6.97, compared to last year of $6.59. we will take those pennies with us. i just wanted to show you some of the conservation programs, where we try to put this money, so folks now when we have surplus -- so folks know we have surplus and we try to put it back into conservation at the zoo. this is our first duckling born at the zoo. they are a species protected by the african eurasian migratory water bird act and are listed as
vulnerable. as part of the conservation efforts, we got a pair of them in 2008 and have finally been able to breed them successfully, and here is our first attempt. they are a very nervous, flighty bird. they do not actually interact well with each other. we have a new baby armadillo. he will be at the animal resource center, a part of our youth program. the nine-banded armadillo is not a rodent or marsupial, as once thought. they have a unique berthing pattern and give birth to identical quadruplets -- they have a unique birthing pattern. again, as part of our education outreach, armadillos should not be ignored or forgotten in the wild. i wanted to touch base on the
western pond turtle project. this is a four-year project with the sonoma state university and oakland zoo. the sonoma state university collected 38 eggs, and we have been taking care of them for the last year. this weekend, they were reintroduced to the sonoma area. we hope by keeping them in captivity for one year, they have a head start and will survive better in their native habitat. quickly, some exhibit improvements -- we replaced all of the old bars. the viewing areas. they are now all class. it is better for the animals. the chances of debris falling into the grill have not improved. we also made some changes. this is the wells fargo wildlife theater. we have new benches and pathways. this is where we have our summer programming.
our volunteers and staff to get the program. lastly, we are using recycled wood, and i feel like it is a piece of artwork there, but i thank horticulture staff for making those improvements as well. lastly, it is no outsand lan -- outside lands, but we did have 10,000 visitors for the fisher- price concert. visitors could take pictures with the little people, so we thank fisher-price for that. this was a silent disco where you put headset on, and you and your dance partner could choose the same channel or not, and you dance with headsets on. this is our first attempt to attract young professionals but in a way that does not disturb the animals.
we also will have family hoedowns during the labor day weekend. the week and will people of country music, line dancing, and bar-b-que for families -- the weekend will be full of country music, line dancing, and barbecue for families. and that concludes my report. >> is there any public comment on this item? seeing none, public comment is closed. we are on items seven -- item 7, grant acceptance, helen filter -- helen hilton raiser. >> good afternoon. i am here to ask for your acceptance of a grant of
approximately $11,500 from helen hilton raiser to support free youth swimming lessons for children in diverse and underrepresented communities who otherwise might not be able to afford them. this grant directly aligns with the department's mission of providing imaging, educational activities and help the department to expand our already robust aquatics program. helen has proposed to provide a grant to the department to pay for the staff to implement the swim lessons. we will be offering them to about 180 san francisco public elementary school students during the fall, 2012. lessons will begin in september and end in november. we are calling this program the swim club pilot program. like i mentioned, lessons will take place at garfield pull in the mission district, and
students will walk from their school site to the pool -- lessons will take place at garfield schoo -- garfield pool. the programs are designed for kids ages 6 and up, which is really when kids can master the stroke. we are targeting third graders, but we will accommodate fourth and fifth graders as well, and each child were participate one time poll -- will participate 1 time per week. i would like to say a few words -- i have worked on this program now for a few months, so i have had a wonderful pleasure of getting to know ms. raiser. she is an incredible person, and we are lucky to have her support. i have described her as a philanthropist in the past. i would like to use that word again. it oftentimes sounds so overused, but it is very true
with helen. the origin of the word shows that it means the love of humanity, and she deeply cares about san francisco and is committed to provide an opportunity for all children to realize their full potential. she sees this as a pilot program, and i wi her and our staff to roll this program out so we can offer it to additional students across san francisco moving forward. i would also like to share one other tidbit -- i know the olympics are over, and the excitement has sort of subsided, but there was one comment that i heard -- our fantastic united states olympian swimmer michael phelps said that he learned to swim because his mother wanted him to stay safe around the water. it is crucial that students are
safer around the water and that they know not only how to swim but how to avoid accidents. i thought it was pretty amazing that that was how michael phelps got started. week do not know if we will have any olympians, but at least we know we are doing our best to keep all of our children safe. thank you very much. commissioner buell: i might add editorially that there is a youth outreach program for the america's cup, and one of the ways to get kids into sailing -- they need to know how to swim first. janet the general manager ginsberg -- general manager ginsburg has proposed a float- to-boat program. >> i would like to call helen hilton raiser. >> you can tell how enthusiastic
i feel about working with abigail. it has been such a pleasure. so i am really pleased about this. i do want to say that with these swim classes, we are hoping that children will have a lifetime of a safety net that will save them, besides bring them great pleasure. i am just so pleased to be here before you. thank you so much. commissioner buell: thank you. >> good morning, commissioners. good morning, phil ginsburg. i have been helping represent helen on this project, and i just want to say that nine people drowned in the u.s. every day -- nine people drowne in the
u.s. every day. in ethnically diverse communities, the rate is two or three times higher. african american and latino american children are unable to swim at roughly two or three times the rate of their caucasian counterparts. i really believe that the wave of the future is all about partnerships and collaboration. this grant is about a partnership between a wonderful individual, helen hilton raiser, and rec and park. we are hoping very much this will be a pilot and that the program will continue on for the coming years. thank you. >> is there any public comment?
be none, public comment is closed -- being none, public comment is closed. commissioner buell: before i entertain a motion, i want to thank helen on behalf of the commission. we are grateful that you are helping the recreation and park department. thank you. moved and seconded. all those in favor? opposed? hearing none, it is unanimous. i will call the next item out of order. i understand the planning director is here and has an important meeting and this is an item we need his input on. with the indulgence of the commission, i would like to take item 10 next if that is all right. >> good morning, and thank you for accommodating our schedule. we are here today to give you an
overview of the transit center district plan. the plan and its enabling legislation was passed by the full board of supervisors on the 31st of last month. the eir was certified by the planning commission on may 24 of 2012. our staff has been working closely with city planning, the mayor's office, and the transbay joint powers authority. in particular, planning for health impact be is spent outside the area will be spent according to procedures of the operations and maintenance of the new open space in the plant area. -- planned area. today, our goal is to give you a general overview of the plan. the open space aspects, the goals, and the different
elements. here to kick back off is the director of the planning department. thank you. >> thank you. good morning, commissioners. thank you for taking the time this morning. this is obviously an important project for us. i do want to thank the rec and park staff for all their work on this. these plans forced us to ask you for a lot of your time, and i know that is not necessarily something you have program in your schedule, so i appreciate the time on this. i think it would be helpful to us to do a quick history. i will say a few words of introduction. scott from the transbay joint powers authority is here to give you a presentation on the terminal, and joshua from my staff will present you with the plan. there are a lot of details in this plan. obviously, there are a lot more details you will be interested
in, but this is kind of an overview. i am very proud this was you not -- adopted unanimously by the board, and the only appeal was withdrawn. that does not happen very often in our world, so i am very happy the plan has received unanimous support fyou may know the plan s initiated before i got here in 2004 by an entity called the interagency transbay working group. it was actually called for in the 1985 downtown plan to create a higher density development locations around the transbay terminal. this is really the culmination of a plan that is at this point almost 30 years old. the way i like to describe this plant is -- i will have joshua go over more of the details,
but there are two major objectives of this plan and incredible benefits of this plan. one that -- one is that because of the nature of the zoning we are proposing, it creates hundreds of millions of dollars that will go to not only pay for the plan and improvements, the parks, the open spaces, but also make a substantial contribution to the actual transit center facility and, more specifically, the tunnel that will connect the fourth and king station to the terminal. just as importantly, this plan does transform a part of town that is in need of that transformation and does provide a substantial new pool of office space for the city. san francisco is unusual in that we do not allow offices pretty much anywhere in the city, and we are reaching the point where we are reaching capacity of office space, the land
availability. we think that depending on the market, which is heating up again, that the availability of land for new office development under current zoning before the plan was adopted, could be implemented in 10 or 15 years. it is important for us to think about the future growth of jobs in the city and where those jobs would go. it makes a lot of sense to us to put those are around the region's most high-capacity transit facility. it is really about creating that space for new jobs, for new office space, and creating a serious funding source for the city's high-capacity train system. there are clearly other aspects of this that are important. i will mention briefly before turning it over, because of the concentration of jobs that are provided in this plan, it represents a very substantial percentage of the city's commitment to regional growth. as you know, the region is looking where to grow, how to grow, and is trying to focus
that near transit in high- capacity areas. this will represent a huge percentage of the city's commitment to that growth. i mentioned the office capacity that we think is needed. this plan has much more and this is -- and this is -- emphasis on office data on housing -- emphasis on office than on housing. we think it actually improves the skyline by adding taller buildings. important to you all, it creates 11 acres of new parks space in a part of town that has no open space today, and it also creates an entirely new streetscape environment, improved transit on the streets.