5 tree removal cases at Weds May 27 5PM Board of Appeals Meeting —Update

Update June 4, 2020 — At the May 27 BOA hearing 4 of the 5 tree removal appeals were not upheld (we lost).  Always good to keep up the pressure, though.  Josh Klipp’s “544 578 2nd Street” appeal was continued to the June 3 hearing.


Dear SF Tree advocates,

Of the 7 items on the 5/27/20 Board of Appeals agenda, 5 are appeals of tree removals.  Two of those cases are being argued by Josh Klipp, and UC Hastings law student Katie Romero is arguing the 1001 Potrero removals (Item 8A on the agenda: Appeal no, 20-030).

Josh Klipp has prepared two powerful videos that he will use as his presentations to the Board of Appeals — click below to view them.

645 Fifth Street Appeals Video  (Item 7 on the agenda: Appeal no. 20-029)
544 578 2nd Street Appeals Video  (Item 9 on the agenda:  Appeal no. 20-028)  NOTE: This item was continued to the June 3, 2020 BOA hearing, and the video presentation will be revised for that meeting.


Board of Appeals hearing, Weds May 27, 5pm  Agenda

The case Lance Carnes is arguing (Item 6 on the agenda: Appeal no. 20-031) is a  minor point, $2,128 in removal fees not paid by Saint Francis Homes Assn (SFHA).  But it’s an important point, in that these fees are used for new tree planting, and DPW has virtually no money for that.

Here is the supporting info for the case — SFHA’s brief starts on page 18.  There is some written Public Comment starting on page 25.

Please voice an online Public Comment on this case or any case  when the it comes up.  If you want to give Public Comment, use the phone connection info below.

Below is the Zoom meeting connection info sent by BOA.

If you can’t use Zoom, you can view the meeting online via SFGovTV at 5pm by clicking this link.  When it comes up, click on “Watch SFGovTV2” then click on the right-arrow to start the broadcast.  Experimenting with another remote SFGovTV2 meeting broadcast, the meeting images were small but the audio seemed fine.


From: Rosenberg, Julie (BOA)
Date: Tue, May 26, 2020 at 8:36 AM
Subject: Zoom Invitation for Board of Appeals Hearing on May 27, 2020 (Appeal No. 20-031)
To: Lance Carnes

Dear Parties:  Below is the Zoom invitation for the hearing tomorrow.  You can share it with those people whom you want present at the hearing (not people providing public comment).

Public Comment will only be taken by telephone (instructions are below and posted on our website).

If you have any issues accessing the meeting, please call Alec Longaway at 415-746-0119.

Thank you,



Following is the Zoom meeting link:

JULIE ROSENBERG is inviting you to a scheduled Board Zoom meeting.

Topic: Board of Appeals Meeting for May 27, 2020

Time: May 27, 2020 04:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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Meeting ID: 869 7523 9116

Password: 7y2tdn


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