Andrew 78 (We won't be playing with him again)
It is good to have friends with boats. This is the Trollop.
Can’t tell you what to expect. Could be three boats, could be 8. I think the weather will influence more than a few.
We’ll be bringing the usual plus some champagne, and ingredients for a couple hot/warm holiday beverages. I think we’ll also be cooking up some warm appetizers!!
Bring what you like. That’s a good rule!! I don’t think we’ll be short of anything.
Will be good to see you guys!!
Sent: Friday, December 18, 2009 9:07 AM
To: Jim; Rick & Mel Orourkali
Subject: Re: 3rd Annual Christmas Raft Up - Dec. 19th
I am going to power over on board Rick's Trollop. Sigrid is also probable, but she is a fair weather boater, and will be watching the weather. What should we bring? Just a wild guess - beer? Looking forward to it - mw
Jim Gregory wrote:
Looks like the weather is going to cooperate with us and give us a Sat. with no rain!!
This year we will be anchoring in Belvedere Cove, just off of Tiburon.
Morpheus will be heading out Sat. at about 11:30am. If anyone needs a ride, meet us at RYC, or call us from Sam’s and we’ll come in and pick you up!
This may be your last chance to relax and have a few cocktails with your friends prior to heading off to your traditional travel/party/family Christmas.
We’ll be cooking up appetizers and mixing both hot and cold adult beverages.
’s of them!! Lot
Will have our dinghy to ferry folks back and forth to Sam’s, etc.
If you can free up your Sat. afternoon please think about joining us!
SAN FRANCISCO, CA. Future prospects brightened for golfers, frogs, and snakes at the historic Sharp Park Golf Course, following the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s unanimous vote December 17 to adopt Rec & Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg’s recommendation to proceed with a habitat recovery plan for the San Francisco Garter Snake and California Red Legged-Frog, while preserving the 77-year-old, 18-hole, Alister MacKenzie-designed golf course.
The vote to approve the Sharp Park Conceptual Alternatives Report1 came at the conclusion of a five-month study and one-month public hearing and comment period, pursuant to an Ordinance2 adopted May 12, 2009 by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.
“This is a good day for golf, science, and common sense in San Francisco,” commented a relieved Richard Harris, a San Francisco attorney and co-founder of the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance, which has the golfers’ political opposition to a close-the-golf-course coalition led by the Tucson-based Center for Biological Diversity and the San Francisco parks activist group Neighborhood Parks Council. San Francisco golf legend and U.S. Open Champion Ken Venturi is honorary Chairman of the Public Golf Alliance.3
“Saving the golf course is supported by a broad coalition of golfers local and from around the world, union labor, local businesses, high school and youth sports groups, seniors organizations, historic preservationists, local businesses, and San Francisco and San Mateo County residents and political leaders—including Congresswoman Jackie Speier who represents both counties,” Harris said.
The Commission’s vote in favor of the golf course follows a similar 14-1 vote in favor of the golf by the San Francisco Park, Recreation, and Open Space Advisory Committee at its December 1 meeting4, and a ringing December 16 endorsement of the golf course by Laborer’s Local 261, the union representing the San Francisco public golf course gardeners.5
Since the San Francisco Chronicle editorialized in favor of keeping the 18-hole golf course on September 3, 20096, the save-the-golf-course cause has been joined by Congresswoman Jackie Speier7, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom8, and the California Alliance for Golf9. Long-time golf course supporters include the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors10, Pacifica Mayor Julie Lancelle and the Pacifica City Council11, the Washington D.C.-based Cultural Landscape Foundation12, World Golf Foundation13, the Alister MacKenzie Society of Great Britain and Ireland14, and the Pacifica Chamber of Commerce.15
“We have contended all along that the golf course is the most environmentally-friendly use of that property. And the Rec & Park Department’s heavily-scientific Sharp Park Study confirms this. The endangered species exist at the golf course precisely because golf is a limited and extraordinarily well-controlled public activity, and golfers are sensitive to their environment,” Harris said. “Open-minded people can see that at many sites—and Sharp Park is one of them—golf can be the most environmentally-friendly use.”
In addition to praising the hard work of his Public Golf Alliance members, Harris singled-out Laborers Union Local 261 for praise. “For some reason, there has been in San Francisco an historic mutual lack of appreciation between some golfers and golf course laborers. We have seen this change over the course of the Sharp Park debate, and we intend in the future to maintain mutually-supportive relations between the golfers and greenskeepers.” Also coming in for high praise were the Sharp Park Golf Club and the Pacifica Community Coalition to Save Sharp Park Golf Course. “The men and women of the Public Golf Alliance, the Sharp Park Golf Club, and the Community Coalition members paraded, wore buttons, signed petitions, passed-out leaflets, showed up at meetings, and did all of the shoe-leather tasks of political organizing, which is very unusual for golfers,” Harris said.
Harris had high praise as well for Rec & Park Executive Director Phil Ginsburg and Department staff who directed the complex five-month study which culminated in the Department’s Sharp Park Report. “This is an extraordinarily beautiful sight and a priceless international public golf treasure,” Harris said. “But it is also one of the most complicated political/environmental/bureaucratic puzzles I have ever worked on,” he said, pointing to issues of frog and snake biology, wetlands hydrology, golf historical architecture, sea walls, and anticipated sea level rise; there are two cities and two counties, with their respective water agencies and recreation departments, the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service, the Corps of Engineers, and Fish & Wildlife Service; state agencies include the Department of Transportation, Department of Fish & Game, State Lands Commission, and Coastal Zone Commission.
“To their credit, SF Rec & Park Executive Director Phil Ginsburg and Project Director Dawn Kamalanathan have not retreated, but have dived into these complexities and tried to make the problems intelligible,” Harris continued. “Now, Congresswoman Speier is taking the lead in working for a regional solution and cost-sharing agreement between the cities, counties, and state and federal entities. The golf community highly values Sharp Park, and the Public Golf Allinace wants to help to simultaneously restore the golf course and the natural habitat.”
Having now obtained approval from the Rec & Park Department, the Sharp Park project will move into project design phase, in conjunction with an ongoing Environmental Impact Report process, for which an Environmental Impact Report is expected by November, 2010. If the restoration project remains on-track, Project Director Kamalanavan told the Rec & Park Commissioners on the evening of December 16, the city can anticipate obtaining permits for the envisioned renovation project sometime in the year 2012.
"Our goal is to provide the science about the biology of what is best for the San Francisco garter snake..."
"Golf is not what is responsible for the decline of the San Francisco garter snake."
"This is a photograph from 1928. There is no golf here. The land surrounding Laguna Salada to the East, to the South, to the North, everywhere except the ocean, was agricultural fields. It is not pristine upland coastal prairie that would've been high quality upland for the San Francisco garter snake. You can see that there is a major channel up here [points to Laguna Salada] that illustrates there was connection to the ocean."
"1946 is the very first year the San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog were documented... there are 46 [garter snakes] he gets over two years, and golf has already been here for 16 years."
"In 1978 Sean Berry did his studies and he observed 37 San Francisco garter snakes along this area... and again golf has been in place for 46 years"
"1989 - This [photo] is not long after the the El Nino storms and the big storms of the eighties that resulted in a lot of sea water intrusion into the lagoon. By now, the sea wall is mostly constructed... From 1986 to 1988 some studies were done and no San Francisco garter snakes were found in this area after all the salt water intrusion. That was to a large part because the red legged frog was wiped out by the salt water."
"We're back to present day conditions... the frogs are prolific west of highway one, they are not in any trouble at all west of highway one. San Francisco garter snakes are concentrating again at Mori Point pond and horse stable pond."
"You need to protect the sea wall. You need to have a fresh water managed habitat currently for this species to recover it, and that is all there is to it."
"This can only be explained as a deliberate and conscious campaign of obfuscation. It is trial lawyer trickery. When the the new mole pops up out of the hole (Destroy the course to protect the snake from global warming and the sea!), attention is distracted from the last smashed mole (Destroy the course to protect the snake from golf operations!). This can go on indefinitely. There is always another mole."
"Brent - consider that mole whacked. Time for a new mole to pop up."Apparently he is reading my blog and taking my advice. On the eve of Supervisor Mirkarimi's Government Audit & Oversight Committee meeting to consider the fate of the Sharp Park golf course, we have a new Brent Plater mole pop up out of its hidey-hole! What Fun! Here it is! Trace elements of pollutants that can be found in San Francisco Bay as well as in almost every lake, river, stream, pond, culvert or drainage ditch in the greater Bay Area, have been found in the Sharp Park wetland:
"Sharp Park Golf Course maintains several culverts and drainage ditches which the golf course uses to collect storm water and irrigation run-off, and then discharges this water through point sources into endangered species habitats on the property."
“ There should be more walking and biking trails. In a survey golf came out about 16th or 17th. And then this. This is the idea about trying to do something different at Sharp Park that will be consistent with protection of the snake and the frog. This was the recreational desire we know that San Francisco has, and makes a lot of money. We could do a mitigation bank down here. Mitigation bank credits sell for about Three Million bucks a credit. There’s at least 200 acres of property at Sharp Park that could become wetlands for saving the frog. That’s a gross revenue of about Six Hundred Million Dollars. A fraction of that would be necessary to actually maintain the golf course itself. Let’s presume that data is twice inflated, because of the decline in the economy over the past year: Three Hundred Million Dollars. Maybe it would take Ten Million to restore the landscape at Sharp Park. Put another Ten Million in trust in perpetuity to manage it forever, the rest of that is free money that can be spent on whatever the city desires.” - Brent Plater
"Briefly summarized, Ms. Triffleman [of Westervelt] told the Rec & Park Commissioners at the November 19 public hearing: (1) there is low likelihood that the federal and state regulatory agencies responsible for mitigation banks would allow hiking trails or any other public recreational use of mitigation bank property, because of potential conflicts with the threatened species; (2) mitigation banks have high up-front costs for construction and permitting, and federal and state grants are not available to pay these costs; (3) the operation and maintenance costs for a mitigation bank would likely be high, necessitating a large endowment to pay such costs in perpetuity; and (4) the prospects for sale of mitigation credits, and the price of such credits, are highly uncertain."
1. Wednesday, December 16, SF BOS Audit and Gov't Oversight Sub-Committee Public Hearing, 1PM, Room 263, Second Floor, SF City Hall This will be the last Public Hearing and opportunity for public to voice their concerns and desires before the SF BOS makes their future ultimate vote about the fate of the Sharp Park Golf Course. Upon hearing the public's comments at Wednesday's meeting, the SF BOS Sub-Committee will make a recommendation to the full SF BOS, who will, at a later date, cast the ultimate vote, after learning both the recommendations of the SF BOS sub-committee from this day's meeting and the voting results of the Rec and Park Bd of Commissioners, from the next day's meeting on December 17th).
2. Thursday, December 17, SF Rec and Park Board of Commissioners Public Hearing, 2PM, Room 416, 4th Floor, SF City Hall
This will also be the last Public Hearing of the SF Rec and Park Board of Commissioners on the fate of the Sharp Park Golf Course. They will be immediately voting after listening to the public that afternoon and that vote/recommendation will then go to SF BOS for their ultimate vote on Sharp Park Golf Course fate.
As those of you familiar with the posting of the Agenda for public meetings know, it is the rule that the Agenda has to be published 72 hours before a meeting...now that doesn't always happen, but it did this afternoon and it looks like there have been some refinements and clarifications made to the public meeting on Thursday, December 17, 2009 of the SF Rec and Park Board of Commissioners concerning the Sharp Park Issues.
There are now two Sharp Park items on the Agenda for December 17, 2009. And the Agenda reads as follows:
10. SHARP PARK SEA WALL EVALUATION REPORT
Presentation and discussion only on the findings and recommendations contained in the Sharp Park Sea Wall Evaluation Report. (DISCUSSION ONLY)
11. SHARP PARK – CONTINUED FROM NOVEMBER 19, 2009 MEETING
Discussion and possible action to adopt the General Manager’s recommendation to proceed with the recovery plan for the San Francisco Garter Snake and California Red Legged-Frog and to preserve an 18-hole golf course at Sharp Park. This item is continued from the November 19, 2009 Recreation and Park Commission meeting. Public comment was received and closed.
The Sharp Park Report recommends keeping the popular, affordable, historic and acclaimed Sharp Park Golf Course, while simultaneously creating over 26 acres—-more than 25 percent of the golf course property west of Highway One—of new and restored breeding, foraging, and upland habitat for the threatened California Red-legged Frog and the endangered San Francisco Garter Snake. (Sharp Park Report, Table 3, at p. 50.)
This level of voluntary habitat restoration cannot fairly be characterized as an “all-golf solution,” as golf’s opponents would have it. Nor can the Department’s methodology or its six-month, 400-plus-page study be accurately characterized as a “rush to judgment,” as golf’s opponents say. This is the Department’s third golf study since February, 2007; all of them have recommended continued operation of the Sharp Park course.
- Sharp Park is a Rarity: a Well-Loved, Modestly-priced, Classic Golf Course.
- Congressional, San Mateo County, and City of Pacifica Leaders Support the Golf Course.
- Sharp Park is a legacy of the Great Golf Architect Dr. Alister MacKenzie.
- The Plight of the Course Has Attention from the World Golf Community.
- Hole 12 and Course Realignment Proposals Should Be Subject to a Golf Design Competition.
- The Sharp Park Report Seeks to Balance The City’s Discretionary Effort to Create New Habitat, with the Preservation of the 77-year old Historic Golf Course.
- There is Broad Public Support For a “Win/Win” Option to Save the Golf Course, While Benefitting Natural Habitat.