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Video of McCowin arrest and statement
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH
Kathleen McCowin spent
Friday night and Saturday morning in jail.
Her attorney, Rafael Trujillo, negotiated her release on Saturday
afternoon. Trujillo has spoken with the
SF District Attorney and informed McCowin that no charges will be brought
against her. She
has released the following statement:
"I am Kathleen McCowin, President of
Soccer Parents and Coaches for Grass Fields in Golden Gate Park. We believe
that playing on artificial turf and
ground-up tire waste infill poses a serious risk to the health of our children.
This is the core reason why last week I stood
down approaching construction vehicles, held my ground while having my
outstretched palm hit multiple times by a charging pickup truck, stood fast
while being verbally threatened with being run over, and ultimately went to
This industrial waste material containing
multiple carcinogens has not been tested in animals. This means its first real
testing has been on
our children. For me personally, this
“testing” was on my daughter Liz while playing soccer in high school on the
Crocker Amazon fields.
NBC Network News has recently reported a
cancer cluster in young soccer goalies playing on this toxic waste
material. Dr. David R Brown, the former
CDC toxicologist who authored a 2007 report calling for appropriate studies of
this material, has stated he is not surprised.
Our concern is that these goalies, with their
much higher exposure to the toxic crumb, are tragically the canaries in the
toxic turf mine shaft. It is likely a
much larger number of players will suffer from cancer in the future.
My organization is considering our options
going forward to protect our children.
If you are interested in participating, please contact me through SF
McCowin released from jail and resting
SUNDAY, NOV. 9TH:
McCowin, President of Soccer Parents and Coaches for Grass in Golden Gate Park, was released from jail yesterday and is resting
at home. She will be releasing a statement in a few days.
The election results appear to point to a NO on H decision.
No new protests or demonstrations are planned by SFOE at this time. We are resting up and thinking about next
Meanwhile, our thanks to everyone for all of your hard
- spreading the word for the last six years;
- getting the proposition on the ballot;
- writing intelligent and persuasive ballot arguments;
hard to let people know the threat to Golden Gate Park and what they are going to lose with Proposition I.
You are an amazing group!
Pres. of Soccer Parents and
arrested during sit-in at Beach Chalet Soccer
FRIDAY, NOV. 7TH:
Kathleen McCowin, President of Soccer Parents
and Coaches for Grass in
Golden Gate Park, was arrested while protesting the construction of the artificial turf fields and stadium lighting in Golden
Gate Park. She was also protesting the City starting construction when the election results were not known and had not
McCowin is currently still in custody; we will provide updates as they are available.
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Pres. of Soccer Parents and
stages sit-in at entrance
Beach Chalet construction
with legal irregularities and the City's disregard for the public election
process, Kathleen McCowin, President of Soccer Parents and Coaches for Grass in
Golden Gate Park, has decided to sit outside the construction site.
will be located either at
the south entrance to the construction and the old sewage plant site, near the
Murphy windmill or the John F. Kennedy Drive entrance to the Beach Chalet
Soccer Fields project, near the Dutch Windmill, to the north east of the
McCowin welcomes others who would like to protest this project and the disregard of the election process.
This morning, Rec and Park / City Fields Foundation moved construction
equipment into the Beach Chalet fields area, put up extensive fencing,
bulldozed part of the fields, and cut down at least five large trees. A
large crew and heavy equipment are already in place.
The election results from last night have not been certified by the Department
of Elections! In fact, as of this morning, we were behind by less than
13,000 votes on Prop H. and less than 15,000 votes on Prop. I.
61,000 ballots were still outstanding. This means that 26% of
the votes cast had yet to be counted. You all campaigned very hard over the
last two weeks and convinced many people to vote Yes on H and No on I. We could
One does not bring in a construction company as one would request a car from
Uber -- today's construction means that the Department of Recreation and Park,
in conjunction with the City Fields Foundation, has not only ASSUMED they would
win, but has not even had the grace to wait for the official election results.
In addition, an appeal by the Sierra Club of the Beach Chalet Fields
Environmental Impact Report could be heard by the courts soon. Perhaps
Rec and Park is so afraid of what the courts will say, that they decided not to
wait, and to destroy everything as quickly as they can.
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.
What is Proposition I?
- Why Prop. I will deprive
you of your voice on what happens to your neighborhood park.
- Why Prop. I will destroy the beauty
and habitat of Golden Gate Park.
- Why artificial turf in Golden Gate Park will NOT save water!
- Why Prop. I does NOT serve children.
the SF Bay Guardian and the SF Examiner
both say , NO on I
7. Over 60 organizations say - Yes on H and No on
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.
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.