Citizen's Advisory Board - February 5, 2019 - Minutes

Meeting Date: 
February 5, 2019 - 6:00pm

Treasure Island /Yerba Buena Island

Citizens Advisory Board

DRAFT Meeting Notes

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

6:00-8:00 PM


San Francisco City Hall, Room 421

1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102


  1. Roll Call

Natalie Bonnewit, Nathan Brennan, Mark Connors, Mike DeLane, Heather Gallagher, Liz Hirschhorn, Karen Knowles-Pearce, Tim Molinare, Atta Pilram, Jesse Tepper


  1. Approval of December 4, 2018 CAB Minutes (Action Item)

The minutes were approved.


  1. TIDA Staff Updates (Informational Item)
  1. Treasure Island Development Authority Board

Treasure Island Museum is having a big event this weekend on the Port Chicago mutiny trials, or rather the mutiny trials afterward that were held on Treasure Island. They are putting a lot of effort into organizing the event, and it is expected to have good turnout.

Earlier, NYE went off without any hitches. Photos on Trip Advisor and SFGate of the fireworks.

Circus Bella was on the island for a successful run.

Had the halftime show for the NCAA Football National Championship Game on the island.

Flea market has been closed for past two months, but is coming back soon.

TIMMA met after the last CAB meeting. The Commission did not act on the tolling policy, but asked staff to do additional outreach and study some options. Staff will also be doing some additional technical analysis.

Three new members of the BOS, including a new Supervisor for District 6.

On January 11, TICD submitted the 3rd Subphase application. Expecting comments back next week from various city agencies. Goal is to have that approved in early April.

Detour along Clipper Cove is paved and waiting for new lighting. Then traffic will switch again to enable reconstruction n of the causeway which will be a big milestone.

A haul road that has been established along 9th Street to move soil back and forth without getting into traffic.

Last week, Mayors Office of Housing approved the pre-development loan for the Catholic Charities project.

Working with Mercy/Catholic Charities to file a application with the State under the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities’ grant program which will hopefully provide funding towards the housing construction as well as AC transit buses, new bike paths, and transit passes for Catholic Charities residents as they move in. If the application is successful, construction will start in June of 2021.

Fences have gone up around the Brig and other buildings between the Fire Training Academy and Waste Water Treatment Plant. Demolition is going to begin soon.

Natalie Bonnewit is acting Director for One Treasure Island while the Sherry Williams is on leave.


  1. Legislative


  1. Development Schedule


  1. Navy Environmental Program – The following notes were submitted in writing by Nathan Brennan who sits on the Navy Restoration Advisory Board and were verbally summarized at the meeting.
    1. Cleanup Controversy: Hunters Point Cleanup is still in the news, as the Navy, the State, the City and the EPA sort out sampling and cleanup problems at the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Clean up sampling and work done by one division of the contractor Tetra Tech has been shown to be inadequate, inaccurate, and possibly criminal. To date two supervisors have been convicted and jailed for wrongful acts. The EPA, CAL DTSC and the Navy are working to define the issues and redo the testing, sampling and clean-up. CDPH has tested the newly developed housing area and other in-use areas at Hunters Point. Recently there have been questions raised about SFDPH handling of health concerns about the building in Hunters Point being used by the SFPD.
    2. Although similar questions are being raised about the Treasure Island cleanup by Green Action Network and others, most of the Treasure Island work was done by different contractors, and Treasure Island did not have the shipyard facilities or work history like Hunters Point. The State (DTSC) and the Navy are reviewing Treasure Island clean up too. The Navy continues having a facilitator, Marsha Maloof, to help get everyone's comments in the RAB Meetings.
    3. NAVY Staffing: Dave Clark continues as the Lead Remedial Project Manager. Temporarily the BRAC Environmental Coordinator for Treasure Island is Reginald Paulding, he transferred from a Navy environmental project in San Diego while a new BRAC EC is hired (in progress).
    4. 2018 REVIEW: Treasure Island Cleanup costs through FY 18 are $285 million. The budget for FY 19 is $4.8 M with an additional $5.1M needed beyond FY 2019 for completion of cleanup. Most CERCLA cleanup work in 2018 was completed in Site 12. In the Petroleum Program two underground storage tank, UST, sites remain in Site 6 with expected closure in 2019. Another UST to be removed and the site closed in 2019 is east of site 20, probably associated with building #224, which was demolished in the late 1950's. A Five-Year Review will be completed for Sites 6, 21, 24, 27, and 30 in 2019. The reviews are completed on sites that the remedy has been selected or cleanup action completed but the site is not closed because of required monitoring and/or land use controls. Five-year reviews continue even after the property has been transferred. They ensure cleanup work remains adequate to protect public health and the environment. 
    5. Finding of Suitability to Transfer, the schedule for the remaining transfers of property to TIDA is: FOST 8 - parcel 24 in 2019, FOST 9 - parcels 2, 6, & 32 in 2020 and FOST 10 - parcels 12A, 12B & Navy Retained Sites (mostly used for contractor staging) in late 2021. 
    6. Site 12 the Housing Area: The scattered (forty-one) "small" soil removals project on the northern end of Site 12 is going forward. Each of these digs are expected to be completed in one day. They are mostly 10' X 10' and 1' to 5' deep. Ongoing preparation for the removals included sampling the sites to establish the contamination boundaries. The contractor prepared a soil screening pad on Site 32. All impacted soils are spread out on controlled-contained test bed for roll over radiological detectors. Any radiologically contaminated soils are put into specially designed, closed and sealed bins for disposal at a certified land fill (usually in Utah). All radiological contamination is controlled by the Navy’s Radiological Affairs Support Office (RASO).  All trucks go through radiation scanning portals before leaving the Treasure Island site (and when entering landfills) to ensure no radiologically contaminated soil is disposed of improperly. The remaining soil is contaminated with other chemicals (including lead, benzo(a)pyrene, chromium, PCBs, pesticides, or dioxins) and will be disposed of at approved landfills.
    7. The Navy is still preparing to demolish buildings #1126 and #1202, delayed by scheduling and weather into February, to clean up soil below the foundations. Building demolition includes asbestos cleanup, appliance recycling, and proper disposal of wood with lead paint. A third building, #1127, that had a fire will also be demolished, so it will no longer be an attractive nuisance.  
    8. North Point Area: The Navy is preparing for an approximately 4,000 cubic yards removal in the old solid waste disposal area (SWDA) that includes creosoted timbers, all removed soil will also be scanned for radiological contamination. This dig will remove soil under a portion of Northpoint Drive which will be repaved after completion. The ground water monitoring wells are tested on regular basis to ensure cleanup is meeting required goals. All the NAVY contractor's trucks will have a large numbered green sticker, to make them easily identifiable among the extra truck traffic generated by the TIDA redevelopment project.
    9. Bayside Area: The contractor is mostly done.
    10. Westside Drive Area: The Navy will process a new contract for the next (and final) phase of Site 12 clean up (solids waste disposal).
    11. TPH/Arsenic Cleanup Gateview Avenue Area - monitoring: The soil clean-up for this site is complete, monitoring will continue to ensure the removals and treatments meet site cleanup goals. 
    12. Site 6 the old Fire School, Soil Removal Clean Up AND Emerging Contaminants PFOA/PFOS Perflourooctanoic Acid/ Perflourooctane Sulfonate:  the site's nine ground water monitoring wells will be sampled quarterly and tested to confirm site's condition and cleanup to date. This will continue for 2 1/2 years. The Navy recently had the sites well tested for Perflourinated Compounds (PFC) which are a component of firefighting foam and are considered an "emerging" contaminant by the EPA. The EPA has not yet set a standard that can be used for a cleanup goal. The EPA has established a Lifetime Health Advisory level at 70 parts per trillion (ppt) for drinking water. (No ground water on TI is to be used for any purpose, all water is supplied by the City’s Water Department by pipeline from the City over the Bay Bridge.)
    13. Site 23, YF3 under assessment: This site on Yerba Buena Island had a heating plant, fuel tanks (including a 10,000-gallon tank) and fuel lines above Clipper Cove, and onto two piers that ran out into Clipper Cove. Samples on and offshore have been collected and were processed for the BERA (Baseline Ecological Risk Assessment). Currently CAL DTSC and the Water Board are reviewing and commenting on data and analysis in the draft BERA, this document defines the contamination present, the what, the where, and the clean-up actions that might be required to protect human health and the environment. 
    14. Site 24 the old Dry Cleaners, Remediation: After 20 years of bioremediation, the majority of the dry-cleaning solvent plume has been degraded to non-carcinogenic compounds. Monitoring and sampling will continue on a regular basis tracking the three remaining small pockets of contamination. These three spots all lie outside TIDA's planned footprints for future buildings. The sampling of ground water and soil gas samples will continue for two to three years to ensure cleanup goals are met. 
    15. Restoration Advisory Board (RAB) Meeting: RAB meetings are quarterly, held on Treasure Island, the most recent (December) meeting was held in Building 1. The first meeting for 2019 is scheduled for March 26th. Please check the Navy website for confirmation of the meeting time and location and for more information about Treasure Island.   
    16. Navy Clean Up Documents: All environmental documents are in San Francisco's Main Library Government Center on the fifth floor. The Navy has a backup library in Building 1, Suite 161 on Treasure Island. Documents are also available on the Navy website or in California DTSC's Envirostor website:


Questions: Will the residents be notified when the next major excavations are being done and what the results are? The Navy typically excavates more than they think they need to, takes clearance samples at the excavation boundary, and then replace the soil. If anyone has interest in a specific location, they can work with Bob to get that from the Navy.


Questions: Is TI a SuperFund site? No. It is not. Hunters Point is, and because they are often discussed together sometimes people tend to lump the two together. There was different activity at the two locations.


  1. Reinstatement of Nathan Brennan

Nathan was reinstated unanimously via a paper vote.


  1. Election of CAB Officers

This is to re-elect the three officers. Karen Knowles-Pierce was re-elected to serve as Chair and Mike Delane to serve as Vice Chair.After performing this duty for 12 years, Heather Gallagher is going to step down as Secretary. No candidates put themselves forward for election as Secretary.Continued election of the Secretary position at the next meeting. (Secretary notes: This is a rewarding and fun opportunity, we don’t meet that often these days, and several at the table have done their turn in the past. And, look at the shiny nameplate you get!)


  1. Mercy Housing/Catholic Charities Affordable Housing Development Update

Postponed to the next meeting.


  1. Opportunity Zones

Dan from Wilson Meany presents. See presentation for full details.

Began by asking CAB members, what do we know about the topic? What have we heard? Answer: It primarily encourages real estate opportunities or investment in new businesses – like a new bakery or manufacturing site.

Question: Existing or future businesses? Can be either. As long as you invest the same amount into the business as the land you can do both.

What are they? Each one is different. TI falls outside of the traditional definition, but can serve the community well. It offers tax breaks for someone who is at risk of large tax bills on unrealized capital gains. You can sell your share of a company, hold off on paying that tax, invest the proceeds in an opportunity zone and if you hold onto it for a long time, then you can defer and see a discount in your original tax obligation and potentially may not have to pay capital gains taxes on returns realized from the Opportunity Zone investment. The program incentivizes long-term investments.

Real Estate is primary area for opportunity.Operating businesses and infrastructure projects are also a possibility.

There is no cap for the investment amount. Anyone can participate who is an eligible taxpayer. You can defer original capital gains by 7 years and defer capital gains from the Opportunity entirely if you stay invested for 10 years.

In CA, 95% of those opportunity zones are in metro areas. This really focuses on urban investments.

Question: If you don’t hold on for up to 10 years, what happens in years 8,9 & 10? If you sell before 10 years, you owe the gains tax on that, but with a bit of a discount. Most people who do this are thinking really long term.

90% of the assets in an investment must actually reside in the zone. Cannot just have a PO Box.

Estimated up to 6 Trillion dollars of unrealized gains is currently being deferred which could now be invested into real estate, businesses, and projects instead.

No cap on gains from the investment. If it incurs loss then you do not owe capital gains, it is just an unfortunate investment.

The SF opportunity zone map is pretty limited. TI and YBI are located within one, also a few spots in Bayview and some spots in South San Francisco.

TIDG and the investment arm receives phone calls every day from people and firms asking how people can engage and invest in TI.

Most California Opportunity Zones are in LA & San Diego area. There are a few areas in Oakland, Vallejo, San Jose.

Question: Why are portions of the Bay shown as part of the Opportunity Zone? This follows the census tract.

TIDG is working with Bob and a lot of companies to try to find ways to make this work.

Question: Does this apply to corporations? Depends on the kind of gain. This is mostly beneficial for individuals who own stock which has risen significantly.

Note the program doesn’t expire until 2047.


  1. San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge West Span Bike Path Planning

See presentation for full details.

Bob Beck presented.

Initial Workshop in 2016 presented alternate concepts. November 2018 workshop presented recommended design which would be cantilevered off the side north of the bridge.


Question: What plans are in place to mitigate any damage or vandalism to the Bay Lights with pedestrian and bike access that close to the art installation? Don’t know if this came up during the public workshops, but Bob will pass it along.

Question: Is this going to cause construction delays on the bridge? They would likely work off of barges external to the bridge and would do everything they can to minimize impacts.

Comment: Coming up soon they have to rework the roadway on that span of the bridge, so they are going to make the roadway deck lighter. This bike path would be done after that work is completed.

Question: Was there any analysis or comparison done to explore what it would take to do this with ferries vs. this whole production? Many different options have been considered. It wouldn’t have to be dedicated ferries, but ferries do have high operating costs. The analysis showed significant demand from a ridership of conventional and electric.


  1. Tour of New York Parks

Bob Beck presented. See presentation for full details. At the end of November, TIDA staff and board members, TICD staff, and Arts Commission staff visited various parks in the Manhattan and Brooklyn area to learn from their experiences and lessons from past years.

This was a field trip to help inform the development operating plans and structures. There will be 300 acres of open public spaces which need to be managed and programmed.

Looked at many parks including Governor’s Island, parks on piers, Domino Park, Brooklyn Navy Yard, Hudson River Park, the High Line, Hudson Yards development, The Shed, and more.

Lessons were shared about impacts of super storm Sandy, storm water surges, using solar vs. wiring, construction techniques.


Takeaways. All of these spaces are operated in coordination with conservancies, none operated by the City Parks. The Central Park Conservancy initiated this model. Should TICD develop a conservancy relationship? To what ends can philanthropy be a part of this? The scale of NY is massive compared with San Francisco & the Islands. Our islands are not neglected spaces the way that Central Park was in the 1980’s so there isn’t an evident problem that needs to be fixed.Our Islands are being newly developed. Plan for activation for the space. If you want people there, make sure you have the things they are going to need when they are there. Family friendly spaces = longer stays, playgrounds, picnic areas, and resources. Operations & maintenance – develop standards for ground-up operating projections. Integrate operational facilities into design.


Design for flexibility. Be adaptable to demand patterns that evolve. Multi-use spaces. People will flock to the views. Experiment with programming. If a group advocates for programs or flexibility, make them responsible.


City role is around programming, indemnity, and security.


Next steps will be some outreach to regional parks and explore their lessons. Ensure adequate maintenance and program support spaces are available. Review what policies and rules should be in place before opening parks – diversity of park spaces, YBI habitat management, and legislative authority.


Questions: Are there going to be Park & Rec facilities on TI/YBI? No, right now they are going to be managed by TIDA.

Question: Remind us why TIDA is going to retain control vs. Rec & Park? Could be because Rec & Park comes out of the General Fund and can be considered discretionary expenditures, and this enables a bit of a layer of security around key functions. Funding for our parks will come from the Community Facilities District on the Island. Also, TIDA is the trustee executing the Tidelands Trust use of the land.

Question: How is NY paying for all these innovative new spaces and infrastructure to support it, and how can we be as creative as they are – thinking of our need to use tolling to pay for things? Like Treasure Island a lot of the improvement in these are is being supported by the economic development of the area, but each of the sites visited has its own unique circumstances.They have a combination of philanthropy and economic development projects. A lot of these projects were well known “problem areas” that got addressed and rallied public and private support. Our tolling program supports the Islands’ transit services – primarily ferry service.Also, the tolling is also a means of dis-incentivizing vehicle traffic.






  1. The Year Ahead

See presentation for full details. Bob Beck presented.

More land transfers on the books. Will only have two more transfers after 2019. Site 24 transferring this year. Last transfer should be completed at the end of 2021.


Application for 3rd Subphase has been submitted. Mayor directive that from date of application final maps and permits should take no more than 12 months. Mapping this area was started early last fall to accommodate.


Utilities & right of way work is underway. Reservoir construction. Geotechnical work is progressing rapidly. Causeway reconstruction will begin as will waterside construction for the ferry terminal.


Vertical development. First residential construction, the Podium Building, got their site grading permit this week. Will have 24 inclusionary affordable units. Other Yerba Buena sites are under Planning Department review. The first affordable sites are in conversation with the planning department. First market rate sites on Treasure Island will start planning conversations as well.


Will be trying to bring more money to the table to move forward the affordable projects.


Will begin certification of households for affordable replacement units.


TIMMA will begin construction on Southgate/Hillcrest projects. Expect adoption of Toll Policies.


BOS will review Marina & Sailing Center leases this spring. Will take subdivision mapping actions to DPW and BOS. IRFD changes are being pursued. Trying to find a new location for the Fire Training Center.


Question: What is the flow for the vertical development plans? There will likely be an update on that at the April CAB meeting. The Planning Department has responsibility for that design review, but when buildings are on Trust land – like the historical buildings, TIDA is the planning review agency.

Question: When should toll policies be adopted? TIMMA anticipates June or July.


  1. Future Agenda Items

Could we have an agenda item that is on specific recreation facilities on the island and soon? There hasn’t been a lot of design done yet. The pictures that are depicted are general multi-use programs. Yes, we can review the overall parks program locations in February or March.


Any update from the last request about the role of future decisions of the CAB? We will talk about that in March.


Atta requested a couple of times what is happening with the Marina. Now there are items in the news that seem out of scope. Even if the Marina is out of scope, the parking and access and security issues do relate. Can we get more information on that? Bob will talk to Jay and see about getting an update.



  1. Announcements from Board members

One sad announcement. George Brown has resigned from the CAB.


Question: When can we get more on island residents to join the CAB. One current vacancy is a mayoral appointment for an island resident. Bob is reaching out to the Mayor’s Office. The other position is not required to be an on-island resident and is an appointee of the Supervisor’s Office. Atta knows of a few residents who could bring new and interesting perspective to the CAB.

  1. Public Comments

Jim Hancock- founder of the San Francisco Sailing Science Center. They are a project to create a museum that is framed around sailing. Not necessarily just for sailors. This is a project that they hope will be created on TI and add value there and create synergy there. They will be giving a presentation at the Corinthian Yacht Club on March 7th at 7pm in Tiburon. Go to their website for more information.


XIV. Adjourn