Thursday, November 15, 2007

SF Mayor, SF RPD Commission, Laborers' Local 261 Establish Recognition Award for Gardeners.

November 15, 2007
Gavin Newsom, Mayor
Recreation and Park CommissionMinutes
November 15, 2007

President Martin called the meeting of the Recreation and Park Commission to order on November 1, 2007 at 2:06 p.m. On motion by Commissioner Harrison and duly seconded, the following resolution was unanimously adopted:
RES. NO. 0711-011
WHEREAS, Green Connect is a community of residents, businesses, non-profit organizations and city agencies dedicated to improving the environment for all San Franciscans and
WHEREAS, through existing volunteer activities and pilot programs participants improve and plant neighborhood parks, street gardens, street trees and other public spaces, and
WHEREAS, Laborers Local 261 and its many partners strive to increase public and private support for and commitment to, the restoration and improved maintenance of our neighborhood parks, playgrounds and recreation facilities, and
WHEREAS, the members of L.I.U.N.A, Local 261 run the union, elect the officers, set priorities and are the key to growth and success, they maintain and care for the cities City’s green resources and strengthen the community ties that enhance the everyday experience of city living, and
WHEREAS, the Office of Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Department of Public Works, the Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Environment, Grant, Scott, & Hurley, Laborers' Local 261, Friends of the Urban Forest, the San Francisco Botanical Garden, the San Francisco Unified School District, the Clean City Coalition, the San Francisco Parks Trust, Lifeframes, Inc. and A Living Library, Friends of the Urban Forest, comprise the Green Connect Steering Committee, and
WHEREAS, the Steering Committee being responsible for developing the vision and overall direction for the program has provided general oversight and continued evaluation of the progress and effectiveness of the various projects undertaken in each area, and enlisted the Citywide Gardening Staff of Laborers Local 261 to assist and participate in the layout, sketch, design, implementation and administration of the Mission and projects of the program as volunteers, and
WHEREAS, the committee has chosen to establish and recognize the Union’s gardeners for their efforts beyond the call of duty with a monthly award and dinner at Scoma’s with the understanding that the Recreation and Parks Commission may establish the award, participate in its administration on an on-going basis and have the award affixed to the west wall in the foyer at 501 Stanyan Street for all to enjoy; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that the Recreation and Parks Commission does hereby establish the Recreation and Park Commission /Local 261/SF Connect “Gardener of the Month” Recognition/Award program and accepts a gift from Laborers International Union Local 261 of a trophy and/or plaque for the program valued at approximately $2,000.