ALL SUPPORTERS OF GOLDEN GATE
HEALTH STUDY STILL NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!
be a third Hearing
in Sacramento on Artificial Turf Infill Legislation SB47
time and date not yet set
1. Phone the Senate Appropriations Committee members now!
2. Ask any organization you belong to, to write a letter of support!
SB 47 will be discussed in the State Senate Appropriations
Committee sometime in May. This legislation
asks for the State of California to conduct a scientific study on the SBR tire
waste infill used in artificial turf and a moratorium on new construction using
tire waste infill until the study has been completed (unless certain conditions
The opposition is trying
to kill the bill, so we need support from people all over California.
1. Call the following Appropriations
members NOW to voice your support for SB 47:
Lara (Chair) – 916-651-4033
Beall – 916-651-4015
Leyva – 916-651-4020
Mendoza – 916-651-4032
2. Ask your organization - whatever
its focus - to
write a letter! SB47 needs
support from a variety of groups. If you are part of an organization that
not yet written a letter of support, please ask them to do so today! Email your
letter to Senator Jerry Hill c/o Nate.Solov@sen.ca.gov. Copy
us on your letters.
background article on the
be found in this month's Sierra Club
Yodeler at http://theyodeler.org/?p=10263
helping Healthy Soccer SF with
this legislation. The Healthy Soccer SF website has links
to the NBC and other news reports on the problems with artificial turf and SBR
infill, as well as to the text of SB47 . Go to www.healthysoccersf.org
SB47 passes the first hurdle!
Thanks to everyone who went to Sacramento in Marchl-- SB47 was
passed 5 - 0 at the committee hearing with amendments (see below).
thanks to everyone who attended the additional hearing in April, at the
Senate Appropriations Committee. Opposition was intense and will be more
You can watch the March 18th
and April 13th hearings online.
the state from providing
schools & local governments waste tire subsidies for two years until the
study is complete.
State funds could
still be used
on other waste tire diversion grant programs such as rubberized asphalt, etc.
Clarifying amendments on the
study language to make things clearer for OEHHA.
Clarifying amendments making it
clear that maintenance of existing waste tire fields is ok during the two year
Three requirements for schools
and local governments if they want to install a turf field instead of the
Bid specification must contain at
least one non-waste tire alternative.
Must get at least one estimate
from a non-waste tire company.
Public hearing allowing for
Protect Golden Gate Park leafleting
11:00 am to 1:00 pm
For updates on demonstrations, go to www.protectggp.org.
Help retire the ballot initiative campaign debt!
is still campaign debt! Please donate to
help reduce this debt ! Any amount will help. Go to http://protectggp.wordpress.com/
and click on Donate.
DO IT TODAY!
SF Ocean Edge - videos and photos of construction
Ocean Edge will be loading photos and videos of the construction/destruction as
it continues. Current videos will be
loaded every few weeks. Viewing
them is only for the strong of heart. Go to our video page for links.
State Senator Jerry Hill of San Mateo has
introduced legislation prohibiting installation of artificial turf fields with crumb rubber infill in schools and parks, while
the state conducts a study of possible health risks. While the legislation would not affect fields already under construction,
it is an important first step in highlighting the problems with artificial turf fields.
We will provide more information as this story develops.
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. You have told us about 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.
Recent press and radio interviews
The debate continues in the media on artificial turf and
on the Beach Chalet project:
"Former CDC toxicologist
unsurprised by alleged link between artificial turf, cancer."
NBC news: "How
safe is the artificial turf
your child plays on?"
SF Examiner: "Protect the Park - Yes on
H," by Susan Vaughan, Chair, San Francisco Group, San Francisco Bay
Chapter, Sierra Club.
KQED Forum: "Artificial Turf War:
S.F. Voters Face Competing Athletic
Youtube: "Why you
should vote yes on H and No on I," Retired Judge Quentin
And in other news: SF Citizens to sue Recreation and Park Department and Private Partner over Fake City Fields
Learn why everyone should have voted Yes on H and No on I
In an interview with
Retired Judge Quentin
Are you confused by the propaganda for Yes on I showing kids playing and making
claims about improving our parks? LEARN
THE PLAIN TRUTH from Retired Superior Court Judge, former California State
Senator, and former member of the Board of Supervisors, Quentin Kopp.
Big Money buys Golden Gate Park!
Chronicle, October 25th, 2014
"Big bucks pour in to
oppose soda tax. Real estate, turf issues also rake in the cash."
"While the soda tax opposition attracted
the biggest bucks,
it’s certainly not the only race with some money left to spend. Proponents of
artificial-turf soccer fields — namely, the Fisher family of Gap clothing fame
— have poured hundreds of thousands of dollars into supporting Proposition I,
which would allow turf soccer fields and lighting at the Beach Chalet soccer
fields in Golden Gate Park, and defeating Proposition H, which would ban
synthetic turf and lighting. If both measures pass, the one with more votes
John, Robert and William Fisher each
cut $60,000 checks in the
first few weeks of October, bringing their combined contributions to $586,000
In all, the
on I, No on H campaign has raised nearly $900,000, with almost $260,000
of it coming in the first few weeks of October. As of Oct. 18, the campaign
still had $293,000 in cash to spend.
The other side, which is mostly funded
by small contributions
from San Francisco residents, has $18,000 in the bank — it raised $10,000 in
the first weeks of the month, for a total of $85,000."
Read the entire article here.
In the face of the often extraordinary deception in political campaign mailings,
sometimes the only thing to do is to make fun of them!
the following show on Slideshare:
You can download the poster from Slideshare - just click on the above
Watch and "like" the beautiful film from Rasa Gustaitis and film makers AZ, Eli Noyes, Alligator Planet.
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.
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.