24th Street ficus removal hearing, Weds July 15 5PM Board of Appeals (Remote meeting)

Dear SF Tree advocates,

Board of Appeals hearing, Weds July 15, 2020 5pm  (Agenda available here around July 10)

This will be the culmination of a long and arduous process that began in early 2019.  The 24th Street community loves their trees and does not want them removed.

24th St neighbors are proud of their trees and ask the City to save them in these videos.  Click on an image above to play, in English and en Español.

Here are some links on the removal — please share on social media:

Background info

The 24th Street community paid for their own professional tree assessment.  A summary and comparison of the assessments by DPW Bureau of Urban Forestry (BUF) and Bay Area Arborist Collective (BAAC), the assessment paid for by the 24th Street community, can be viewed here.

BUF recommends removing 47 ficus trees,

BAAC  recommends removing only 36 ficus trees.


Watching the hearing online or on TV

You can view the meeting online via SFGovTV at 5pm on July 15 by clicking this link.  When it comes up, click on “Watch SFGovTV2” then click on the right-arrow to start the broadcast.

Watch on Local TV:  Local cable channels 26 or 78 (note there is a 10-second delay from the actual meeting).


Click here for How to Participate, in English and en Español.


Participating in the Hearing with Zoom

Please see below for 2 very important pieces of information regarding the July 15 Board of Appeals Hearing.

Note that #2 requires your filling out a short Google Form,
with a DEADLINE of June 28.

 1. The ZOOM Link, Dial-In Accessibility and Meeting Details
When: Jul 15, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Board of Appeals Meeting July 15, 2020 at 5:00 PM -24th Street Tree Removal
Please click the link below to join the webinar: 
Or by Telephone:  833 548 0282 (Toll Free)
Webinar ID: 819 5317 4837

a. Live Public Comment: This hearing will be conducted via Zoom. There are two ways to make live public comment:
1. Appear virtually through the camera on your computer or
2. Speak live via your telephone.
Public comment is usually 3 minutes per person, but in the case of large turnout the board reserves the right to limit it to 2 minutes.
b. Public Comment via video:  Alternatively, you may share a prepared video presentation from your computer (2 minutes max) You may make and present your own, or avail yourself to one of our volunteers who can assist those who need technical support.  If we find that many folks prefer the video option, then we may want to consider editing the pieces together to present the board with one, clean video of multiple people’s public comment. This would greatly reduce the possibility of technical glitches.
If you  would rather prepare a video-recorded public comment ahead of time please complete this form https://forms.gle/XaEJvEqfK7uoGAoj8 
NO LATER THAN JUNE 28. Your timely participation is essential to our coordinated effort.
Note: It is important that people choose one or the other, since public comment is not allowed twice from the same individual.  

Thanks everyone for your care and cooperation.
Onward, upward, inward.
Kindra Scharich