3846979 - Hearing - Appeal of Conditional Use Authorization - Proposed Project at 1052-1060 Folsom Street and 190-194 Russ Street - Appellant Supplemental Appeal Ltr 040919

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South&of&Market&Community&Action&Network&(SOMCAN)&
President"Norman"Yee "
and"Members"of"San"Francisco"Board"of"Supervisors "
City"Hall "
San"Francisco"CA""94102 "
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V ictoria&Manalo&Draves& (VMD)&Park"is"the"only"multi"use"public"park"operated"by"Recreation"and"Park"
Department" (Rec"Park)"in"the"South"of"Market .""VMD"Park"is"on"south&side&of&Folsom&between&6th&and&
th&Sts .""It"is"in"a" lower"income"residential"community ,"which"substantially"liv es"on" side"streets"between"
Market"and"Folsom .""For"decades"t his"area"has"had"a"large"Filipino"population,"many"of"them ""
immigrants."" VMD"Park"is"in"the"Youth"and"Fam ily"Special"Use"District"and" the"SOMA"Fi lipinas,"Filipino"
Cultural"Heritage"District.""Existing"buildings"in"immediate"vicinity"are"mostly"2 S4"stories"in"height."" The"
only"public"school"in"the"South"of"Market"is" Bessie&Carmichael&School"immediately"adjacent"to"VMD"
Park .
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community,"tenant"and"Filipino"organizations"ha ve"actively" participated"in" matters"related"to"
development"of"site"across"Folsom"from" VMD""Park .""Consistently"raisi ng"importance"of"Park"t o"Filipino"
community"and"to"area"residents"before" "Rec" &"Park" Commission" and"Planning .""" "
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History&of&Proposed&Development&of& THIS&Project&Site&
Project"Sponsor""Iantorno"has" proposed"TWO"separate"projects"for" 1052?1060&Folsom&Street&&&&190 ?194&
Russ&Street&site .""""Both"were"issued"a"Sec"15183"Environmental"Exemption2"(Catex ).""Both" underwent "
PreVision "analysis"of"their"Prop"K/Section"295" shadow&impacts&on&Victoria&Manalo &Drave s&P ark." "Both"
projects" were"subject"of "required" "Prop"K/Section"295" Recreation"and"Park"Commission" hearing."
""Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park"was"created"by"transfer"of"part"of"school"district"property"to"Rec"Park"specifically"to"
create"a"public"park.""It"opened"in"2006."" Exh"11"1:22. "
""Exemption"based"on"approval"of"PEIR"for"Eastern"Neighborhoods"Area"Plan "
""2013.0350E&&?&190&Russ&&?&3731/007"one"4,500"sq"ft"lot,"one"vacant"oneSstory"bldg"use"S"storage""Proposal"S"6"stories"(65'),"10"Dwelling"units"(1"required"inclusionary"affordable)""190&Russ"project"was"much"smaller"than"current"project.""Shadows"cast"on"VMD"Park"by"190&Russ"resulted"in"Rec"Park"Commission"advising""Planning"Commission"that"new"shadows"fail"to"meet"QUALITATIVE""Prop"K"criteria.""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""190&Russ&Street"proposed"developing""one"4,500"sq"ft"lot"on"Russ"Street"with"a"65'"building"providing"10"apartments.""Since"project"cast"new"shadows"on"VMD"Park,"Proposition"K"evaluation"and"hearings"by"Rec"Park"and"Planning"Commissions"were"required."""2016?004905&&?&1052?1060&Folsom&&&190?194&Russ&&S"3731/021,023,087"S"3"reconfigured"lots,"5"existing"bldgs"S"merged"into"one"11,500"sq"ft"building"""021"S"3"bldgs:""1052?1058&Folsom"2"story"DUs"w/2ground""fl"retail"+"192?194&Russ"1"story"""commercial""+"3"story"196"Russ"w/2DUs"""""023"S2"story"commercial""1060&Folsom"""""087"S"pkg"lot"+"190&Russ"1Sstory"commercial"""Proposal"S"7"stories"(64'6""S"79'6""including"elevator/stair"penthouse)"Ground"fl"retail"+"REPLACE"4"rent"controlled"DUs"+"ADD""59"new"DUs."""15"of"59"added"DUs"are"inclusionary"affordable,"14"are"required."Rec&Park&Commission&review&and&vote&on&190&Russ&Street&project&"On"1/15/15"when"Rec"Park"Commission"did"mandatory"Prop"K"review"and"hearing"on"shadow"impacts"of"190&Russ"on"VMD"Park,"Commissioners"discussed"impacts"on"users"of"the"park"and"the"community.""They"unanimously"found"the"project"did"not"meet"Prop"K&qualitative"requirements""which"mandate"protection"of"sunlight"in"public"parks."Exhibit"83""Public"testimony"also"addressed"the"QUALITATIVE"impacts"of"the"project.""The"PEOPLE"and"COMMUNITY"AFFECTED"when"uses"in"the"park"are"no"longer"in"sunlight,"but"in"shadow."""There"was"extensive"discussion"among"Commissioners"leading"to"their"vote.4""They"had"full"information"on"the"quantitative"amount"of"shadow"being"cast."Graphic"of"SETTING"of"VMD"Park""S"surrounding"streets"and"immediate"area."""Graphic"of"VMD"Park"labels"the"park's"use"areas,"as"well"as"those"at"Gene"Friend"Rec"Center."""Page&3&that&follows&was"before"Rec"Park"Commission"in"2015.""Shows"FULL&VMP&Park.""Bounded"on"south&by&Harrison"and&freeway.&&No&housing&on&south&side&of&Harrison.""VMD&park&use&areas&labeled.""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""3"Appellants"Exhibit"11"is"transcript"of&January&15,&2015&Rec&Park&Commission&hearing&on&190&Russ&St"proposal."Transcripts"Exh"11"(1/15/15"RecPark,"Exh"13"(12/20/18"RecPark,"Exh"15"(12/20/18"Plan"Comm)"are"of"complete"hearings.""They"were"derived"from"SFGovTV"caption"notes."4""In"seconding"Rec"Park"Commission"190&Russ"motion"Meagan"Levitan"explained"that"THIS"neighborhood"does"not"have"open"space.""It"is"important"that"Rec"Park"protect"sunlight"on"parks"for"kids.""We"are"responsible"to"protect"quality"of"life"as"it"relates"to"recreation"and"open"space"for"those"raising"children"in"area.""Ibid"28:14S27""
""
""PreVision"graphic"on"preceding&page,"showing"shadows"on"VMD"Park"on"Summer&Solstice&at&7:35pm,"one"hour"before"sunset,"was"presented"to"Rec"Park"Commission.5""On"January&15,&2015&the&Commission&unanimously&found&shadows&cast&by&190&Russ&did&not&meet&QUALITATIVE&Prop&K&criteria&and&will&have&significant&adverse&impact&on&Victoria&Manalo&Draves&park.""Exhibit"8"There"was"no"Planning"Department"or"Commission"review"of"190&Russ"project.6"After"January"15,"2015"vote,"sponsor"proceeded"to"develop"a"much"larger&project"on"a"much&larger&site"S"1052?1060&Folsom&St&&&190?194&Russ&St.""""On"May"10,"2016"project"applications"accepted"by"Planning."Size"of"development"site"increased"250%.""Folsom"and"Russ"lots"merged"and"reconfigured.""With"larger"site,"replacement"of"4"rentScontrolled"units"to"be"demolished"is"now"required.""Larger"project"also"needs"Planning"Commission"approvals"S"Conditional"Use,"Large"Project"Allocation,"Variances"S"plus"required"Shadow"Determination.7""190&Russ"needed"no"Commission"approval"beyond"shadow"determination."The"PreVision"shadow"analysis"graphic"S"prepared"for"both"environmental"analysis"and"shadow"analysis"for"Rec"Park"and"Planning"S"also"modified"base"graphic"under"shadow"overlay."""Graphic"used"in"190&Russ"analysis"(preceding"page)"shows"entire"VMD"Park"+"adjacent"blocks.""Bounded"clearly"by"Harrison"St/US"101"freeway"to"south""Park&entrys"ONLY"on"Folsom"(north)"midSblock"on"east"and"west"sides"Gene"Friend"Rec"Center"on"NORTH"side"of"Folsom"and"slightly"to"EAST"shown"Use"areas"in"VMD"Park"(and"Gene"Friend)"clearly"labeled"""Graphic"shows"no"housing"on"south"side"of"Harrison,"opposite"VMD"Park"and"baseball"field"""Graphic"used"for""190&Russ"analysis"helps"the"viewer"to"understand"use"areas"being"shaded"and"effect"on"parks"users.""This"new"graphic"S"with"overlays"showing"progression"of"shadows"S"is"used"throughout"1052&Folsom"analysis"and"proceedings."1052&Folsom&project&review&and&vote&by&Rec&Park&Commission"Report"on"1052&Folsom&shadows&cast&on&VMD&Park,"presented"to"Rec"Park"Commission"for"its"December"20,"2018"hearing,"used"base"graphic"that"was""simpler."""It"no"longer"labeled"use"areas"in"VMD"Park.""US"Highway"101"disappeared.""Surrounding"blocks,"dramatically"cut.""Gene&Friend&Recreation&Center,"shrunk"to"large"dot.""The"following"page"S"Summer&Solstice,&June&21&7:36&pm&?&1052&Folsom&S"was"presented"to"12/20/18&Rec&Park&Commission.""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""5"Prop"K"only"measures"shadows"one"hour"AFTER"sunrise"and"one"hour"BEFORE"sunset.""Evening"shadows"would"continuing"lengthening"up"until"sunset"S"one&hour&AFTER&the&7:35pm&time&shown&in&graphic."""6"Environmental"Review"is"conducted"separately"from"Planning"Commission"review."7"Rec"Park"planner,"environmental"review"planner,"Plan"Dept"shadow"expert,"project"planner"all"changed"between"190&Russ"and"1052&Folsom&projects."""Two"Rec"Park"Commissioners,"who"voted"that"190&Russ"project"did"not"meet"QUALITATIVE"Prop"K"criteria"of"due"to"impact"on"VMD"Park,"were"also"replaced"by"2"new"Commissioners."""
"""
""Preceding"2018"1052&Folsom"graphic(of"Summer"Solstice"shadow"on"VMD"Park"shows:"Harrison"St"side"of"the"park"virtually"unshaded.""Shadows"increase"on"areas"near"Folsom"St.""

• The"freeway"along"Harrison"S"disappeared."""

• The"total"lack"of"buildings/housing"on"south"side"of"Harrison"S"disappeared."""

• Labeling"of"VMD"Park"areas"by"use"S"disappeared."""

• The"lack"of"entrance"to"VMD"Park"on"Harrison"or"to"baseball"field"S"disappeared."""

• Even"Gene"Friend"Recreation"Center"(north"side"of"Folsom"slightly"east"of"VMD"Park)"S""virtually"disappeared.""""A"person"unfamiliar"with"VMD"Park"and"surrounding"area,""who"gets"information"from"1052&Folsom"graphic,"faces"a"challenge.""The"base"graphic"lacks"important"information.""How"is"the"park"entered"by"people"in"the"neighborhood?"How"are"spaces"used?""This"includes"Planning"Commissioners"who"had"not"been"provided"with"shadow"studies"and"graphics"to"review"the"setting"of"VMD"Park"to"prepare"for"12/20/18"hearing"and"make"required"shadow"findings"applying"QUALITATIVE"standards.""A"hearing"less"than"two"hours"after"Rec"Park"Commission"meets."In"initial"statement""at"December"20,"2018"Rec"Park"Commission""hearing&&on"1052&Folsom,"the"Rec"Park"planner"mentioned"the"2015"hearing"on"190&Russ"and"Rec"Park"Commission"finding"of"significant"impact"on"VMD"Park.""But"her"presentation"on"1052&Folsom"project"did"not"mention"that"shadows"cast"by"1052&Folsom"project"on"VMD"Park"had"grown"S"compared"to"shadow"cast"by"190&Russ"project."Shadows"cast"by"the"2&proposals"would"be"brought"up"by"Commissioner"Low"after"public"testimony,"comparing""graphics"of"impacts"of"190&Russ"shadows"on"Summer"Solstice"evening"(Exhibit&&20b)""to"graphic"at"same"time"for"1052&Folsom&(Exhibit&&20c).&&&December&20,&2018&Rec&Park&Commission&hearing&on&1052&Folsom&St&There"was"extensive"public"testimony"from"South"of"Market"residents"following""up"comments"they"had"made"3"years"earlier"at"January"15,"2015"hearing"on"190"Russ"Street".""Two"new"Commissioners"had"replaced"Commissioners"Levitan"and"Wei,"plus"there"was"another"new"Commissioner"Public"testimony"to"Rec"Park"Commission"at"December"20"hearing"and"spoke"to"the"three"new"Rec"Park"Commissioners.""Who"had"replaced"Commissioners"Levitan"and"Wei.""The"new"Commissioners"did"not"know"how"much"effort"it"had"taken"to"get"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park"built."""The"years"of"community"work"to"get"a"park"built"in"SOMA.""An"area"which"had"been"light"industrial"for"decades.""The"residents"mostly"lived"in"small"units"with"very"few"yards.""Often"in"between"small"industrial"or"commercial"buildings."""Because"Rec""Park"did"not"prioritize"funding"to"create"the"park,"the"community"of"residents"and"stakeholders"had"to"request"an"addSback"from"thenSSupervisor"Chris"Daly"so"Rec"&"Park"could"build"the"park.""This"effort"had"been"led"by"appellant"SOMCAN.""Exhibit"13,"23:25"
""Letters"to"the"Rec"Park"Commission"were"submitted"by"SOMA"Pilipinas,"United"Playaz,"Bayanihan"Equity"Center.""Increased"shadowing"in"VMD"Park"affects"park"users"S"many"of"whom"do"not"have"other"alternatives"for""open"space.""Exhibits"23,"24,"25"""South"of"Market"residents"who"live"around"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park"goes"to"the"park"regularly"after"work"or"after"school.""In"summer"when"days"are"longer"and"the"rely"on"VMD"park"for"access"to"open"space.""People"who"work"with"kids,"particularly"those"trying"to"head"off"highSrisk"behavior,"use"the"park""as"a"place"where"children"and"youth"can"do"physical"activities."There"also"was"extensive"community"comment"on"the"importance"of"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park"to"the"Filipino"community.""It"is"the"ONLY"park"named"for"and"honoring"a"Filipina.""A"San"Francisco"woman"athlete"who"had"won"gold"medals"at"the"Olympics.""Exhibit"13"5:22,"6:15,"9:30,"12:10,"12:27,"25:14,"21:11"In"her"last"weeks"as"Supervisor"for"this"area,"Jane"Kim"urged"the"Commission"to"help"build"community"by"protecting"the"limited"open"space"in"South"of"Market.""Ibid"9:1"Commissioner&Allan&Low,"one"of"three"Rec"Park"commissioners"who"had"participated"in"review"of"190"Russ,"focused"on"3"issues"at"December"20,"2018"Rec"Park"Commission"hearing"on"1052"Folsom:""Greater""Summer&Solstice&shadows&in&190&Russ"compared&to&those&in1052&Folsom"""QUALITATIVE"shadow"impacts"S"reason"why"Rec"Park"found"against"smaller"190&Russ"""Rec"Park"Commission"required"to"be"SOLELY&focused&on&effect&of&shadows&on&park&use""Commissioner&Low"asked"Rec"Park"planner"to"compare""the"shadow"cast"by"190"Russ"project"on"VMD"Park"one"hour"before"sunset"on"summer"solstice"(this"brief"page"3/Exh"20b)"to"the"larger"shadow"cast"by"1052"Folsom"project"on"summer"solstice"(this"brief"page"5/Exh"20c).8""""Low&"(passing"2015"190"Russ"graphic"to"Rec"Park"planner)"S"isn't"this"shadow"greater"""than"what"we"unanimously"rejected"in"2015?"Shaded"basketball"court"active"recreation"""area,"and"entrance"to"park.""Because"shadow"was"significant"and"adverse?"""Bradley&S"that"is"correct""""Low"(showing"2018"1052"Folsom"graphic)"S"doesn't"that"shadow"show"greater"impact"on"""park"S"entire"basketball"court,"not"just"a"portion,"and"dog"play"area?"""Bradley"S"that"is"correct""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""8"United"Playaz"submitted"to"Rec"Park"Commission"two"graphics"S"190&Russ&summer&solstice&shadows&(2015)"and"1052&Folsom&summer&solstice&shadows&(2018).""Both"were"drafted"by"PreVision"and"submitted"to"Rec"Park"Commission.""
"""Low"S"2015"Commission"vote"was"some"precedent?""""Bradley"S"yes""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""Exhibit&13&&25:4?17""How"spaces"in"VMD"Park"are"used"and"the"people"who"use"the"park"are"more"important"than"whether"amount"of"time"(quantity)"of"increased"shadow.9""Even"if"quantity"of"increased"shadow"falls""within""allowed"limits,"""QUALITATIVE"aspects"must"be"addressed"by"Commission.""QUALITATIVE"aspects"were"basis"for"2015"Rec"Park"Commission"vote.""Ibid"25:18S23,"29:"11S12.10"""Commissioner&Mark&Buell,"who"had"also"reviewed"and"voted"on"190&Russ"project"shadows,"echoed"importance"of"quality"of"park"to"public"who"used"VMD"Park.""""""There"is"a"lack"of"backyards"in"neighborhood,"placing"greater"demands"on"parks."""""""""""""""""""Ibid"29:16S28."The"third"issue"Commissioner"Low"addressed"was"the"role&of&the&Rec&&&Park&Commission"and"the"money"dangled"by"sponsor"for"park"improvements"and"other""benefits."""The"only"issue"Rec"Park"is"to"weigh"is"the"value&of&sunlight&on&VMD&Park."""It"is"illegal"for"Rec"Park"to"take"cash"($150,000"for"improvements)""for"shadows."Per"advice"from"City"Attorney."""Exhibit"13""24:25S29."""Under"Sec"295"Rec"Park"has"no"role"in"weighing"any"aspect"of"project"other"than"SHADOW"impacts"S"including"housing.""That"is"the"exclusive"responsibility"of"the"Planning"Commission.11"On"December"20,"2018"Recreation"and"Park"Commission,"by"a"vote"of"4S2,"recommended"to"Planning"Commission"that"the"shadow"cast"by"proposed"project"at&&1052?1060&Folsom&Street&and&190?194&Russ&Streets"will"not"have"a"significant"adverse"impact"on"the"use"of"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park"pursuant"to"the"Sunlight"Ordinance.""Exhibit"9"The"two"Commissioners,"Mark"Buell"and"Allan"Low,"who"voted"against"1052&Folsom"recommendation"to"Planning"Commission,""had"been"on"Rec"&"Park"Commission"in"2015"when"it"voted"unanimously"for"a"resolution"that"SMALLER"shadows"from"the"SMALLER"190&Russ"project"on"part"of"the"same"site"did"not"meet"QUALITATIVE"standards"of"the""Sunlight"Ordinance.""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""9"Later"in"hearing"VMD"Park"hours"were"found"to"be"6am&to&10pm.""It"does"NOT"close"at"sunset."Exh&14&27:20&BUT&"sunrise"to"sunset"is"stated"as"VMD"Park"hours"of"operation"in"Planning"Commission"shadow"motion.""Exhibit&6"10"Transcript&Exhibits&11,&13,&15"submitted"by"Appellant"are"of"ENTIRE"hearings,"based"on"SFGTV"caption"Notes.""Project"Sponsor's"Exhibit&6&of&12/20/18&Rec&Park&Commission&hearing"excerpts"only"EXACT"lines"they"want"Supervisors"to"read.""It"absurdly"omits"the"making"of"the"motion"discussed"by"Commissioner"Anderson.""Sponsor"appears"to"not"want"contrary"views"available"in"a""transcript."""Sponsors&Exhibit&6&(Rec&Park)"and"Sponsors"Exhibit&5&(Planning&Comm)"are"so"truncated"as"to"not"provide"a"fair"report"of"what"occurred"at"respective"hearings."""11"Commissioner"Buell"had"stressed"same"issue"in"2015"discussion"of"190&Russ.""Rec"Park"Commission"has"serious"responsibility"to"the"single"issue"of"parks"and"quality"of"life"related"to"parks"in"San"Francisco.""Ibid"29:"11S14"
""12/20/18&Planning&Commission&review&of&1052&Folsom&project&and&its&shadows&Virtually"no"concrete"information"on"shadows"cast"by"1052&Folsom&was"provided"to"the"Planning"Commission"to"allow"it"to"do"its"REQUIRED"REVIEW"of"effects"of"that"project's"increased"shadowing"of"VMD"Park.""Proposition"K"(Planning"Code"Sec"295)"requires:"The"Planning&Commission"shall&conduct&a&hearing"and"shall"disapprove"the"issuance"of"any"building"permit"governed"by"the"provisions"of"this"Section"if"it"finds"that"the"proposed"project"will"have"any"adverse"impact"on"the"use"of"the"property"under"the"jurisdiction"of...the"Recreation"and"Park"Commission"because"of"the"shading"or"shadowing"that"it"will"cause,"unless"it"is"determined"that"the"impact"would"be"insignificant."""Exhibit"1,"Exhibit"2"Sec"295"(b)""Planning"Commission"SHALL"conduct"a"hearing."""The"Planning"Commission"SHALL(DISAPPROVE"project""if"the"PLANNING"COMMISSION"FINDS"project"shadow"will"have"ANY"adverse"impact"on"USE"of"the"park"unless"they"determine"impact"insignificant."""Who"makes"finding"that"increased"shadows"are"insignificant?"""Not"consultant"PreVision.12""Not"Planning"Department.13""Not"the"Board"of"Supervisors"when"a"CU"is"appealed"to"that"body."""1052&Folsom&project&was"approved"with"defective"(no"graphics"provided"to"Commissioners)"Planning&Commission"finding"that"impact"of"Project's"shadow"on"Draves"Park"was"insignificant.""Board"can't"substitute"itself"in"to"make"finding"where"exclusive"role"has"been"granted"by"initiative"to"Planning"Commission."Record&provided&for&Planning&Commission&review&BEFORE&12/20/18&hearing&On"December"13,"2018,"one"week"before"12/20/18"hearing,"Department"planner"Doug"Vu"published"1052&Folsom&staff&report,&simultaneously"providing"it"to"Planning"Commissioners.""Staff"report""included"almost"no"information"on"the"Shadow"impacts"of"Project"on"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park,"although"the"Planning"Commission"was"required&to"make"findings"BEFORE"they"could"consider"approving"the"project."""The"only&information&on&shadows&1052&Folsom&casts&on&VMD&Park"was"in"the"Environmental"Exemption"in"the"staff"report"(Catex)."""Exhibit"5"page"31"is"the"sole&graphic"provided"showing"shadow"impacts.14""No"graphic"showing"areas"and"uses"in"VMD"Park""is"included.""PreVision"10/30/18"Shadow"Analysis"Report"is"mentioned15"in"Catex"and"observations"described.""But"only"ONE"graphic"showing"shadow"is""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""12"""Sponsor's"brief,"p."6"second"full"paragraph"13"""Ibid,"p."6"fourth"full"paragraph"14""Full"text"of"Wind"and"Shadow"analysis"for"the"Catex"is"Appellant"Exhibit"5.""Catex"states"that"Eastern"Neighborhoods"PEIR"could"not"conclude"there"were"no"shadow"impacts"of"Eastern"Neighborhoods"rezoning"because"specific"proposals"to"develop"sites"were"unknown"at"that"time.""PEIR"was"certified"in"2008."""15"Exhibit"5,"page29"fn"49"
""included.""Providing"no"information"to"enable"Planning"Commissioners"to"make"own"evaluation"of"QUALITATIVE"impacts"of"shadows"on"VMD"Park"or"whether"Project"should"be"modified"to"reduce"or"otherwise"modify"shadow"impacts."Catex"itself"says"that"it"does"NOT"provide"complete"information"on"which"Planning"Commission""must"rely"in"making"Prop"K"findings.""After"describing"quantitative&limit"on"increased"shadows"in"February"3,"1989"Proposition"K"memorandum"(long"before"Draves"Park"was"developed)"and"information"in"the"PreVision"analysis,"Catex"states:""..."additional"shadow"of"up"to"one"percent"could(be"potentially"permitted"if"the"shadow"meets"the"qualitative"criteria"of"how"shading"would"occur"in"the"park.""The"qualitative"criteria"includes"existing"shadow"profiles,"important"times"of"day"and"seasons"in"the"year"associated"with"the"park's"use,"the"size"and"duration"of"new"shadows,"and"the"public"good"served"by"the"buildings"casting"new"shadow.""Approval&of&new&project?related&shadow&on&Victoria&Manalo&Draves&Park&would&require&hearings&at&the&Recreation&and&Park&Commission&and&the&Planning&Commission.""Exhibit""5,"page""29""The"Catex"then"includes"four"pages"of"narrative"and"ONE""graphic"on"page"31.""NO&OTHER&GRAPHICS."The"12/13/18"packet"did"include"Draft"Shadow"Motion"finding"that"there"is"no"shadow"impact.""It"cites"reliance"on"10/31/18"PreVision"shadow"analysis"report"which"was"not"provided"to"the""Commission."""The"draft"erroneously"claims"that"Planning"Commission"findings"are"Recommendation&of&General&Manager&of&Recreation&and&Park&Department,&in&consultation&with&the&Recreation&and&Park&Commission.""Exhibit&7&"Rec"&"Park"Commission"did"not"have"a"hearing"and"vote"on"shadow"impacts"of"1052&Folsom"project"on"VMD"Park""until"December&20,&2018"one"week"after"draft"motion"was"published."That"is"the&entire&information"provided"on"shadow"impacts"of"1052&Folsom"project"on"VMD"Park"provided"in"staff&packet&published&December&13"S"for"Planning"Commissioners"to"review"to"prepare"for"December"20"hearing."""December&20,&2018&?&Separate&hearings&by&Rec&&&Park&and&Planning&Commissions&Until"proposed"projects"started"to"show"shadows"being"cast"on"VMD"Park,"Prop"K"hearings"on"shadows"affecting"downtown"parks"were"conducted"at"a"joint"Rec"Park/Planning"Commission"hearing.""VMD"Park"shadows"were"not"subject"of"any"joint"hearings.16""Gene"Friend"across"Folsom">"ALL"Joint"hearings.""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""16"After"1984"passage"of"Prop"K"protecting"sunlight"on"parks,"Planning"and"Rec"Park"did"an"extensive"evaluation"of"DOWNTOWN"PARKS,"14"parks"in"northeastern"San"Francisco.""October&22,&1987&Memo&on&Prop&K&?&The&Sunlight&Ordinance"mapped"those"14&parks,"described"development"around"each"park,"and"set"in"motion"the"process"used"today"to"evaluate"shadow"impacts"on"parks.""Exhibit"21"is"relevant"pages"of"that"document."""THIRTEEN"of"the"parks"are"north"of"Market"Street.""ONE"park"S"South&of&Market&Park"S"was"analyzed.""Although"that"park"was"still"under"development.""(Ibid"S""unnumbered"pages"
""On"December"20,"2018"there"were"totally"separate"hearings"on"1052"Folsom"project.""At"10am&Rec&Park&&&Commission&conducted&a&hearing&and&took&evidence&solely&about&making&a&recommendation&to&Planning&Commission&on&shadow&impacts&of&1052&Folsom&project&on&VMD&Park."""APPROVAL"of"Project"itself"S"or"conditions"imposed"S"was"not""Rec"Park"Commission"role.""That"is"jurisdiction"of"PLANNING"Commission.""REC"&"PARK"Commission"was""ONLY"required"to"make"a"recommendation"on"impacts"of"project"shadow"to"VMD"Park"to"Planning"Commission.""Ascertain"that"quantitative"limits"are"not"exceeded.""Evaluate"QUALITATIVE""criteria"using"testimony"and"evidence"of"how"VMD"Park"is"used"and"its"role"in"the"community."""The"morning"of"December"20"the"Rec&Park&Commission,&but&not&the&Planning&Commission"heard:"Extensive"testimony"on"shadow"impacts"and"importance"of"Draves"park"and"its"sunlight"to"surrounding"residents,"particularly"to"Filipino"community,"Discussion"of"shadow"impacts"on"VMD"Park"by""Rec"Park"staff"and"Commissioners,"""Commissioner"Low"questioning"staff"and"comparing"graphics"of"summer"solstice"evening"shadows"cast"by"190&Russ"project""and"greater"shadows"cast"by"1052&Folsom"project"S"despite"2015"Commission"unanimous"resolution"that"lesser(shadows(cast(by(190(Russ(did(not(meet(QUALITATIVE((Prop(K(criteria.(Rec"&"Park"Commission"concluded"by"voting"4S2"its"recommendation"to"the"Planning"Commission."""Except"for"oneSsentence"recommendation,"none"of"this"was"heard"by"the"Planning"Commission.""Which"met"at"1"pm."The"usual"practice"of"having"JOINT"Rec"&"Park/Planning"Commission"hearings"on"shadow"impacts"results"in"all"public"testimony"on"shadow"impacts"being"heard"by"BOTH"Commissions.""In"a"Joint"Hearing"the"Commissions"take"separate"votes"on"shadow"impacts.""Once"public"testimony"is"closed"at"joint"shadow"hearing,""Rec"&"Park"Commission"has"deliberated,""voted"and"adjourned,""the"Planning"Commission"reconvenes.""Planning""has"a"hearing"on"the"PROJECT"and"votes"on"project"approvals.""Planning"Commissioner"Moore"describes"the"usual"practice"at"Transcript"Exh."15"24:14S17."&What&Planning&staff&presented&to&Commission&on&1052&Folsom&shadows&on&December&20&&&""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""South"of"Market"Park"towards"the"end)""After"development"it"was"later"named"Gene"Friend"Recreation"Center.""It"is"on"north"side"of"Folsom"at"northwest"corner"of"6th"St,"slightly"east"of"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park."""Because"VMD"Park"did"not"even"exist"in"1987,"it"is"not"is"the"list"of"the"14"Downtown"Parks"that"receive"Joint&Rec&Park/Planning&Commission&hearings"on"increased"shadow"impacts"from"proposed"projects.""With"no"joint"hearing"the"Planning"Commission"would"not"receive"advance"shadow"studies"before"they"voted,"or"hear"testimony"focused"on"the"shadow"impacts"of"a"proposed"project.""
""Appellants"have"provided"a"transcript"of"the"full"Planning"Commission"hearing."Exhibit&15.""""Doug"Vu's"fairly"brief"presentation"is"at"Ibid"1:5S2:18.""He"hands"in"letters"supporting"project""submitted"after"staff"packet"published.""Ibid"1:28""Amended"Exhibit"A"to"Large"Project"Authorization.""Ibid"2:1"No"mention"of"project"shadow"impacts"on"VMD"Park.""No"mention"of"Shadow"Motion"he"asks"Commission"to"adopt.""No"mention"of"Shadow"findings"that"Commission"is"required&to&make&before"considering"approval"of"1052&Folsom"project.""""Not"mentioned"at"all."""Vu"would"not"speak"again"until"after"public"comment"concluded.17"Project"sponsor's"attorney"Alice"Barkley"SHOWED"several"slides"of"shadow"impacts"on"monitor.""Since"a"written"transcript"(Exhibit&15)"lacks"visuals,"but"references"made"to"them"at"4:21S5:3"are"shown"in"the"transcript."""After"extensive"public"testimony"opposing"project,"and"some"supporting"project,"along"with"speakers"who"showed"small"parts"of"various"shadow"studies,"and"discussed"impacts"of"1052&Folsom"project"on"use"of"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park,"Commissioner"Moore"gave"Mr."Vu""a"second"opportunity"to"speak"to"Planning:"Commissioner&Kathrin&Moore's&direct&questions&to&the&planner&elicited&?&Moore"S"Why"does"staff"report"have"no"copies"with"details&of&shadow&analysis?"Vu"S"actual"shadow"analysis"included"in"Community"Plan"Exemption""Moore&S"there"in"one"diagram"in"there.""Normally"we"have"basically"all"of"the"days.""Only"one"diagram,"which"is"the"summary"diagram.""There"is"no"complete"shadow"study.""Why"is"this"different?"Vu&S"Department"commissioned"study"by"PreVision"who"is"shadow"consultant.""Environmental"review"staff"reviewed"that"analysis"and"developed"the"narrative"within"Community"Plan"Exemption"Moore"S"please"answer"my"question"&Vu&?&shadow&analysis&itself&was&not&included&in&the&packet&&(Exh&15,&24:17?29)&Commissioner"Moore"emphasized"the"need"for"Planning"Commissioners"to"have"shadow"analysis"diagrams"to"analyze"impacts"and"make"Planning"Commission"decision"required"by"Prop"K/Sec"295.""Shadow"analysis"diagrams"had"not"been"included"in"material"presented"by"Department.""Ibid"25:16S21""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""17"In"Project"Sponsor's"testimony"following"Vu's"presentation"Alice"Barkley"informed"Planning"Commission"that"the"Rec"Park"Commission"had"earlier"that"morning"voted"4S2"that"the"shadows"from"1052"Folsom"do"not"have"significant"impact"on"VMD"Park."Exh.15""5:10S14.""She"noted"Vu"had"not"mentioned"in"his"remarks"to"Planning"Commission"that"Rec"Park"vote"had"been"taken"earlier"that"day."
""This"lack"of"information/shadow"studies"was"echoed"by"Commissioner&Dennis&Richards"S"There's"no"real"shadow"study"in"our"packet.""No"alternatives"that"could"be"presented"that"says"at"5'"less,"it"casts"less"of"a"shadow"at"this"time"of"year.""Can"we"shift"massing"around?""There's"nothing"in"there.""Ibid"33:8S12"Richards"proceeds"to"address"what"he"heard"during"public"testimony,"particularly"the"impact"to"communities"of"color"that"increased"shadows"cast"on"VMD""Park"would"have"""If"you"approve"this"project"it's"exclusionary"to"us,"it's"racist"to"us.""""Mostly"European"Americans"and"the"real"estate"industry"say,""if"you"don't"approve"project"it"is"racist,"it"is"exclusionary.""""""This"is"about"equity."""To"the"community"increased"shadows"on"Draves"park"are"substantial.""Ibid"29:5S17&Commissioner&Myrna&Melgar"pointed"out"that"all"neighborhoods"are"not"the"same."The"SOMA"neighborhood"has"very"little"access"to"sunshine"and"parks.""When"shadow"falls"on"the"basketball"court"later"in"the"day"during"the"summer,"when"kids"are"out"of"school,"is"precisely"the"time"when"teenagers"use"VMD"Park""basketball"court."""It""is"not"the"same"when"increased"shadow"hits"the"basketball"court"that"is"used"heavily"in"the"summer"when"school"is"out.""That's"when"shadow"is"most"impactful.""Ibid"26:31S27:14."The"above"three"Planning"Commissioners"voted"AGAINST"the"1052&Folsom"approval"and"required"shadow"finding.""Exhibit&6.""Two"explicitly"stating"that"they"had"NOT"been"provided"the"tools,"the"data,"they"needed"to"make"the"required"shadow"determination"of"no"impact"based"on"QUALITATIVE"issues."Two"Commissioners"who"voted"FOR"the"Project""made"similar"points"relevant"to"the"determination"of"Shadow"Impacts."Commissioner&Rich&Hillis"S"stated"that"he&did&not&have&shadow&study&in&Planning&Commission&packet.""So"he"went"to"REC"&"PARK"COMMISSION"packet"which"had"more"detail"on"the"shadow"impact.""Ibid"25:25S28.""He"agreed""that"the"PLANNING"COMMISSION"had"not"been"presented"with"data"to"make"the"required"shadow"determination."""Commissioner&Rodney&Fong"spoke"about"watching"the"slow"deterioration"of"a"neighborhood"and"its"culture"in"San"Francisco:""We"are"all"being"squeezed"out"of"our"own"town.""I"don't"see"housing"prices"coming"down"in"the"near"future.""I"feel"the"pressure"of"San"Franciscans"being"squeezed"out."""Ibid"28S31.""The"issues"he"raised"are"part"of"analysis"of""QUALITATIVE"issues"from"impact""increased"shadowing"on"VMD"Park.""This"analysis"is"required"by"Section"295"of"the"PLANNING"CODE."Despite"having"no"shadow"analysis"report"with"diagrams"to"review"provided"by"their""Department,"on"December"20,"2018"Planning"Commission"adopted"shadow"findings"on"impacts"of"1052"Folsom"project"on"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park"by"a"vote"of"4S3.""Exhibit&6&&
""Appellant&SOMCAN&requests&to&BOARD&OF&SUPERVISORS&Respect"the"lower"income"residents"living"in"community"around"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"park"which"has"limited"access"to"sunlit"open"space.""Sunlight,"places"to"sit"and"talk,"places"for"kids"to"play,"places"for"teenagers"and"others"to"shoot"hoops"with"friends,""should"continue"to""be"provided""in"VMD"Park."""Respect"the"Filipino"community"that"worked"so"many"years"to"get"Bessie"Carmichael"School"built"S"the"only"public"school"in"the"South"of"Market.""Then"that"community"worked"with"the"school"district"to"get"part"of"that"site"transferred"to"Rec"Park"so"a"public"park"could"be"built"honoring"a"Filipina.""A"woman"who"grew"up"in"San"Francisco.""An"Olympic"Gold"medalist"who"had"been"ignored"by"her"City.""A"WOMAN"with"a"San"Francisco"park"named"in"her"honor."""Respect"the"people"of"San"Francisco"who"voted"in"1984"to"adopt"Prop"K"and"protect"SUNLIGHT"in"public"parks"which"is"particularly"valuable"to"kids"and"teenagers"who"do"not"have"access"to"open"space"where"they"live"and"senior"citizens"who"want"to"live"near"a"sunny"park."""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""""Disapprove&the&Conditional&Use&Authorization&for&1052?1060&Folsom&and&190?194&Russ&Street.""The"Conditional"Use"was"approved"in"violation"of"Planning"Code"Section"295.""BEFORE"Planning"Commission"could"even""consider"the"1052"Folsom"project,"they"had"to"conduct"a"real"hearing"with"real"evidence"before"them,"and"adopt"findings"regarding"the"increased"shadowing"in"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park."""They"went"through"the"motions,"acting"as"they"WERE"complying"with"295,"while"not"doing"so.""Follow"Planning"Code"295"and"Prop"K"requirement"that"the"PLANNING&COMMISSION"shall"conduct"a"hearing"on"a"shadow"impacts"of"a"proposed"project"that"casts"shadow"on"a"park"under"jurisdiction"of"Rec"Park"Department.""A"hearing"that"is"more"than"a"pro"forma""hearing."""The"Planning"Commission"must"conduct"a"REAL"hearing,"with"analysis"of"shadow"impacts"PRESENTED"TO"THEM"IN"ADVANCE"so"they"may"require"adjustments"to"proposed"1052&Folsom&project"so"sunlight"can"be"protected"on"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"Park.""Not"a"hearing""folded"into"the"approval""hearing"for"project"casting"shadows"on"VMD"Park.""""Because"the"Planning&Commission"was"not"provided"with"ANY"shadow"study,"it"did"not"have"the"opportunity"to"respond""to"residents"of"South"of"Market"and"the"Filipino"community"and"make"QUALITATIVE"findings"regarding"protecting"sunlight"on"Victoria"Manalo"Draves"park.""Project"approvals"given"to"1052&Folsom&project&were"made"before"the"PLANNING"COMMISSION"made"required"findings"based"on"appropriate"shadow"information"before"them."""The"Board"of"Supervisors"must"disapprove&the&1052&Folsom&Street&Conditional&Use.""The"REQUIRED"PRIOR"APPROVAL"of"shadow"findings"BY"THE"PLANNING"COMMISSION"lacked"proper"approval"because"adequate"graphics"and"studies"had"not"been"presented"to"Planning"Commissioners"sufficiently"in"advance"of"their"voting"on"Motion"20362,"Shadow"Findings.""Since"Motion"20362"is"not"valid,"the"requirements"of"Planning"Code"295"were"not"met.""""""
""Appellant"SOMCAN"has"separately"submitted"Exhibits"1"through"27"on"this"appeal.""This"reference""incorporates"them.""References"to"Exhibits"are"to"those"exhibits."""Respectfully"submitted,"Sue"C."Hestor""870"Market"St"#1128"San"Francisco"CA"94012"hestor@earthlink.net""on"behalf"of"South"of"Market"Community"Action"Network"(SOMCAN)"1110"Howard"St"San"Francisco"CA""94103"www.somcan.org""