I've come to rely more and more on the "Fix Pacifica" blog to keep current on scheduled events and meetings related to the Sharp Park controversy. More free wheeling and fun than Pacifica Riptide, it also has a much more open commenting and submission policy. In fact, it exists because many Pacificans could not get their voices heard at Riptide. That's what happens in the Internet Age. As the saying goes - "Information wants to be free".
Barbara Arietta, Chair of the Pacifca Community Coalition To Save Sharp Park Golf Course, has done yeoman's work keeping everyone abreast of the meetings affecting the future of Sharp Park. I've run out of hat tips, but she has sure made it easy for me. For this post, I'll just link, cut and paste her announcements and summary of key meetings happening this week and the issues at stake. Take it away Barb...
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.
Follow the subject links to Barb's post for more color on these meetings. Apparently public comment is now closed in the Rec and Park Commission meeting. Glad I got my two cents in at the last one. I'll have more to say about that sea wall though. Stay tuned.
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.
Barbara also posted this great summary of reasons to support Sharp Park Golf. I'll just include the topic list here:
Follow the link for the full argument.
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.
See you at City Hall on Wednesday and/or Thursday.