Beach Chalet construction contract will be voted on at Recreation and Park
Commission on Thursday, April 17th - come and speak out to support Golden
The RPC will vote on the Beach
construction contract on April 17th, 2014. This is only part of the
contract -- the rest of the contract is being let by City Fields Foundation,
and the public has NO way to impact that. This is one of the many
problems of public-private partnerships.
The April 17th hearing is an opportunity
to object once again to this project and to get the Commission to listen
Go online to see the agenda .
Let us know that you will attend! Write to firstname.lastname@example.org
MEETING OF THE
RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
CITY HALL, ROOM 416
Plan to be in the hearing room at the beginning
of the hearing. The following information has been provided to us by staff; however, if the City Attorney interprets
the regulations differently, you will have to be alert to when you are permitted to comment.
To our knowledge, you will have two opportunities to speak:
During General Public comment - you may speak on any aspect of the
project EXCEPT the contract, because the contract is an item on the agenda,
under the Consent Calendar.
2. Consent Calendar - Consent Calendar
items are usually just voted on and not discussed. However, at the
beginning of the Consent Calendar, when asked for public comment, you may go the podium and ask that the contract be
taken off of the Consent Calendar. During that
time, you should outline why the contract should be taken off, why the contract
should not be approved, and why this project is a bad idea.....
If a Commissioner takes it off of the Consent Calendar, I have been informed that you cannot speak again on the contract if
you already spoke during #2 above. However, if a Commissioner does NOT take the item off of the Consent Calendar, then
if you do not speak at this time, you will lose the opportunity to comment on the contract. Therefore, it is best to
say what you want during #1 and/or #2, just in case . . .
CCC voted on Findings
on Beach Chalet project - April 9th, 2014, Santa Barbara meeting
CCC voted on April 9th to approve the final Staff Report for the Beach
Chalet project. The Commission had directed the Staff to completely
reverse the original Staff recommendations for protecting Golden Gate
Park. (You can read the wonderful, original staff report and see
how it was gutted by the political powers-that-be. It is now loaded on
Slideshare at : http://www.slideshare.net/SFOceanEdge/w155a-42014
thanks to everyone who wrote over 25 letters to the Coastal Commissioners and asked them to
postpone this hearing to May, when they will be in Northern California! Only ONE PERSON WROTE IN FAVOR OF THE PROJECT.
are the reasons that this hearing should have been postponed:
· Rec and Park (RPD) is proposing mitigations
impact monitoring programs to satisfy concerns of residents. These
mitigations should be discussed in a meeting held near where everyone lives who
will be impacted by this project! Therefore, the topic should be
discussed in Northern California.
· Last May most of the project opponents
the right to speak -- at least this time, the proposed mitigations report
should be discussed at a meeting in Northern California, so that those folks
can have the right to speak to the issues.
· Rec and Park's own schedule shows
starting in late June -- therefore, there is plenty of time for the CCC to hear
the topics and issues in May and to issue the permits that RPD needs.
UPDATE ON CCC HEARING:
We regret to report that the CCC did not respect your request for
input on the monitoring programs; in fact, the CCC did not even consider or
discuss the over 25 letters that were submitted asking for a postponement of
this issue to the Northern California meeting next month. After their non-discussion, the CCC approved
the much-revised Staff Report and Monitoring Plans, thus giving the permit to
was not a surprise, but it does show that public input is not of
interest to the CCC. Thank
you everyone for sending your letters.
(Link to the California Coastal Commission agenda.)
CALIFORNIA COMMONWEALTH CLUB Panel Discussion on
Parks and Privatization
Watch above or click here to go to Youtube to view the Commonwealth Club Panel on privatization and our parks. Go to minute
25:00 to learn more from Tim Redmond about the Beach Chalet and other artificial field projects.
Frontpage article on artificial turf in SF:
Burn" by Susan Gerhard
Read it and join
our Soccer Players and Parents for Green Grass in Golden Gate Park
Remember, in San
Francisco it is not over until it is over -- and even then it is not over!
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will keep your name confidential, unless you choose to share it publicly.)
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to learn more.
Please go to our newspaper links page
for this dynamite article.
Click below to see the new powerpoint explaining the various city planning documents which support keeping Golden Gate Park
and Ocean Beach free of artificial turf and 150,000 watts of stadium lighting
Watch our new video -- click below or go to the video page.
Great outreach at Sunday Streets and Gay Pride!
Thank you everyone for helping out -- lots of people learned about the project, lots of new people signed
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THERE IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO THIS PROJECT!
Learn about the win-win solution! The Hybrid Alternative.