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The SF Department
of Elections has verified your signatures -- the Golden Gate Park ballot initiative has qualified for the November ballot!
Thanks to all of your hard work in obtaining
signatures and to the CPGGP's diligence in validating signatures, enough valid signatures were submitted to qualify
the GGP Fields Renovation Act for the November ballot.
will hold a campaign kick-off party and general celebration on August 10th - please stay tuned for more information!
And thank you everyone!
Coalition to Protect Golden Gate Park
You did it! Over 15,000 signatures were collected.
Informal validation has shown a very high
success rate! Now it is up to the Department of Elections to verify what you already know -- this ballot initiative
is very popular and should be put on the November 2014 ballot.
you to EVERYONE who participated -- from those who stayed up all night, for days on end, to those who stood on street corners,
to those who visited farmer's markets, to those who overcame their natural shyness and asked a few neighbors to sign on.
Being on the ballot means more than a chance for everyone
to vote in November on stopping development in Golden Gate Park. It means
that Golden Gate Park will get the attention it deserves:
It means that your initiative will
be part of the election discussions between now and November.
It means that your initiative will
be part of the ballot analysis in the major papers. (Let's hear it for
the local papers that have always supported green grass in Golden Gate Park!)
It means public debates about the
differences between your initiative, which clearly protects Golden Gate Park,
and the strange, disjointed power-grab disguised as legislation that has been
put on the ballot by Rec and Park.
It means that finally people all
over San Francisco will know that they could lose part of Golden Gate Park to
artificial turf and stadium lights.
BOS and RPD have put a strange and confusing counter-measure on the
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department
is so worried about
your ballot initiative succeeding, that they have persuaded the SF Board of
Supervisors to put a misleading counter-measure on the November ballot.
We will have more information on this effort to derail park protection.
This will be a difficult campaign, because we have to communicate to the public
that "yes" is a good vote for our ballot, and "no" is a good vote for the RPD initiative.
In addition, the City Fields Foundation is part of the RPD ballot campaign. CFF has access
to enormous amounts of money -- expect TV ads to flood the airwaves at election time.
This is where you come in - start talking to your friends and neighbors now. Inform them of
the two initiatives, and why it is so important that they vote "yes" on the GGP Fields Renovation Act and "no" on the RPD
pro-fake turf, pro-stadium lighting, pro-more power for Rec and Park act.
For the RPD/CFF initiative, click here and then select the "Park Code, Children's Playing fields, walking trails, athletic
COALITION TO PROTECT GOLDEN GATE PARK - GRASSROOTS BALLOT INITIATIVE
GROUP TAKES OFF!
to Protect Golden Gate Park has gathered signatures on the above
petition entitled the "Golden Gate Park Athletic Fields
Renovation Act," to put this issue before the voters to decide. (see lead story above). The goal is to keep artificial
stadium lighting out of the playing fields in the western part of Golden Gate
Park and to renovate those fields with real grass.
See lead story for results of the signature drive!
To learn more, please contact
Mike Murphy or
(h) 415-681-3544; (cell) 415-310-1490 email: email@example.com
Mike Murphy (cell)
415-823-9743 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Golden Gate Park Preservation
of the western end of Golden Gate
Beach Chalet fields, & Ocean Beach -
Featuring pictures and words created by
So many of you have come to hearings,
written letters to
commissions, and spoken eloquently at neighborhood meetings about your
love of Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach. You have expressed dismay at
the negative impacts of the Beach Chalet Soccer Complex project on Golden Gate
Park, on Ocean Beach, on wildlife, on the people who enjoy these areas every
day, and on future generations. Your have shared your childhood memories,
your day-to-day joy in the Park, and other inspiring experiences.
This is your opportunity to share your thoughts, your feelings,
and your experiences with others who love Golden Gate Park!
Send in your submittals -
your photos, your videos, your artwork, your essays, your poems, your songs,
and yes, your best tweets! Share your feelings and your vision with the world!
To learn more and to view other peoples' pictures and ideas, go to www.beachchaletfields.jimdo.com.
RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION APPROVES CONSTRUCTION CONTRACT.
The SF Recreation and Park Commission
voted to approve the Beach Chalet construction contract at their full meeting on April 17th, 2014. The Commission refused
to take this item off of the Consent Calendar and voted with no consideration of issues raised by the public, including possible
toxicity of artificial turf, problems with project funding, the pending Sierra Club appeal, and the lack of any reports made
available to the public on wildlife or nesting birds.
CALIFORNIA COASTAL COMMISSION
APPROVES FINDINGS ON BEACH CHALET PROJECT AT APRIL 9TH, 2014 MEETING IN SANTA BARBARA -- CCC REFUSES TO POSTPONE DECISION
ONE MONTH TO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA LOCATION TO ALLOW FOR LOCAL PUBLIC COMMENT.
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.
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!
(Note: This group
will keep your name confidential, unless you choose to share it publicly.)
Contact us at email@example.com
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.
THERE IS A VIABLE ALTERNATIVE TO THIS PROJECT!
Learn about the win-win solution! The Hybrid Alternative.