|Sharp Park haters lining up around the room|
|Ex-Center for Biological Diversity staff attorney at the podium|
Despite a scheduling structure clearly intended to minimize the impact from supporters of the course, we had a great turnout. People who love the course really hung in there.
|Sharp Park supporters line up|
During Public comment, everyone got 2 minutes at the podium. I was working from notes and presented a single slide:
|Support links for these quotes here and here|
"Good Afternoon Supervisors. I am a 30 year resident of San Francisco, live on Russian Hill, an enthusiastic but bad golfer and a frequent patron of the San Francisco municipal golf courses, I am here in support of the Sharp Park, Safety, Infrastructure Improvement, and Habitat Enhancement Project. I've closely followed the Sharp Park controversy over the last five years and want to share some of my observations.
One of the things I've learned during this controversy is what the best science tell us. Net Net – the California Red Legged frog is doing absolutely fine coexisting with the course. I don't have time to read these expert quotes that summarize the status of the frog habitat at Sharp Park so I'll post them here and have copies for any interested.
We've had golf course operations at Sharp Park for 80 years. The golf course created the fresh water habitat at Laguna Salada for the California Red Legged Frog to thrive. It is a managed habitat, and it is our collective responsibility as stewards of the park to continue to manage and improve it for the frog and snake. This plan does exactly that. Any delays risk the frog habitat.
The Sharp Park controversy is usually framed as Environmentalists vs. Golfers. Simply not true. This controversy is really about "Environmentalists" vs. "Environmentalists".
On the one hand - you have practical problem solving environmentalists like the dedicated and hard working employees of San Francisco Rec & Park who have the best interest of the Sharp Park wildlife at heart. They just want to start moving ahead with the plan to implement required improvements in the habitat.
On the other side you have ideologically motivated environmental litigation specialists like the Wild Equity Institute for whom the frog and snake are simply a means to an end. Their end goal, their only goal, is to force the people of San Francisco, by any means necessary to give up control of a beautiful 400 acre coastal park that was a gift to the people of San Francisco and belongs to the people of San Francisco.
I urge the board to not be distracted by the self-serving claims of the WEI Lawyers. Lets move forward and start the process which will improve the managed habitat for the frog and snake at Sharp Park, and incidentally also for golfers. Thank you."
|Bo Links at the podium|
This is a political process in front of an unpredictable San Francisco Board of Supervisors, so no telling how the vote will go.
It's been over four hours. Will probably update tomorrow with the vote if we can hold out that long.
UPDATE: The vote was 7-4 in favor of the Sharp Park Project and against the WEBLEEDU appeal to stop it. A big win. Coverage of the vote linked here.
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EDIT: Consolidated posts. Fixed formatting. Added notes and links.