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Approval of Beach Chalet construction contract will be voted on at Recreation and Park Commission on Thursday, April 17th  - come and speak out to support Golden Gate Park!

       The RPC will vote on the Beach Chalet 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 to reason.   

       Go online to see the agenda .    http://sfrecpark.org/about/recreation-park-commission/full-commission-documents/

       Let us know that you will attend!  Write to sfoceanedge@earthlink.net

MEETING OF THE
RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION
THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 2014
10:00 A.M.
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:

1.  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.....

3.   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  . . .

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CCC voted on Findings on Beach Chalet project - April 9th, 2014, Santa Barbara meeting

The 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  

Our 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.  

Here are the reasons that this hearing should have been postponed:

    Rec and Park (RPD) is proposing mitigations and 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 were denied 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 the construction 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 the City.

This 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.

Kathy

(Link to the California Coastal Commission agenda.)

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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.

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Read the

WESTSIDE OBSERVER

Frontpage article on artificial turf in SF:

"Turf Burn" by Susan Gerhard

Read it and join our Soccer Players and Parents for Green Grass in Golden Gate Park group!

Remember, in San Francisco it is not over until it is over -- and even then it is not over!

(Note:  This group will keep your name confidential, unless you choose to share it publicly.)

Contact us at sfoceanedge@earthlink.net to learn more.

Please go to our newspaper links page for this dynamite article.

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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.

Video/audio links

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 up!

Click here for photos on Flickr

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Attorneys and outreach cost money! Click here to DONATE TODAY!

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THERE IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO THIS PROJECT!

Learn about the win-win solution! The Hybrid Alternative.

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Join us to help protect Golden Gate Park for today and for future generations.  There is only one Golden Gate Park!


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