Why you should vote Yes on H and
No on I.
The City wants to replace the grass Beach Chalet Fields in Golden Gate Park
with 7 acres of toxics-containing artificial turf. The City also wants to
install 150,000 watts of stadium lights on 60-foot towers -- lighted until 10
p.m. every night, next to Ocean Beach.
Ocean Beach is on the Pacific Flyway, and this entire coastal area is
designated as an area of Dark Skies for the sake of the birds. For further
information, read this article by former SF Chronicle environmental writer Jane
Kay that features San Francisco: http://www.environmentalhealthnews.org/ehs/news/2014/aug/wingedwarnings6lossofnight
For a description of the damage this kind of lighting would
specifically do if the Beach Chalet fields project were built, read Professor
Travis Longcore and Catherine Rich's report: "Effects
of Night Lighting from Proposed Beach Chalet Athletic Fields Renovation, San
Francisco, CA" at: http://www.slideshare.net/SFOceanEdge/impact-of-artificial-lighting-on-golden-gate-park-ocean-beach
There are alternatives to destroying the habitat and beauty of Golden Gate
Park. Natural grass fields properly maintained cost less in the long run
than artificial turf that has to be replaced every 8 - 10 years. Stadium lights
can be all right inland, not here.
Voting 'yes' on Proposition H is your last chance to protect Golden Gate
Park’s beautiful and wonderful recreation spaces by keeping them
natural. Your vote would also protect Ocean Beach and dark skies overhead
from an extraordinary amount of light pollution.
vote "Yes on H!"
is also important to vote No on Proposition I.
Proposition I would have two results:
First, If Prop I gets more votes than Prop H, even if Prop H gets
more than 50% of the vote, Prop H would be defeated.
Second, Prop I would implement an automatic and arbitrary approval
process that would make possible adoption of a city park project regardless of
community input. Prop I applies to all our city parks. If Prop I
gets just 50.1% of the vote, residents would lose out in citizen participation
and the quality of control they have today over what happens in their
No matter how you might feel about 7 acres of artificial turf and 150,000
watts of stadium lighting in Golden Gate Park next to Ocean Beach, you should
still vote NO on I to keep control of your neighborhood park.
Golden Gate Park is San Francisco’s crown jewel. To protect Golden Gate
Park and keep your voice in what happens to your park:
YES on H and NO on I.