NEWS FLASH: BOS and RPD have put a strange and confusing counter-measure Prop "I" on the ballot
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is so worried about your ballot initiative succeeding, that they have persuaded the SF Board of Supervisors to put a misleading counter-measure on the November ballot. This will be a difficult campaign, because we have to communicate to the public YES ON H and NO ON I.
In addition, the City Fields Foundation is part of the RPD ballot campaign. CFF has access to enormous amounts of money -- expect TV ads to flood the airwaves.
This is where you come in - start talking to your friends and neighbors now. Inform them of the two initiatives, and why it is so important that they vote YES ON H and NO ON I.
TAKE BACK OUR PARKS is an alliance of San Franciscans dedicated to keeping our parks and recreation facilities open and equally accessible to all people
WE SEEK to stop the privatization of public park properties.
WE SEEK to protect the natural character of our parklands in the process of providing recreational opportunities.
WE SEEK reforms in the Recreation and Parks Department and Commission that mandate timely and inclusive community participation to ensure transparent planning and decision-making processes.
In a 2010 vote the S.F. Board of Supervisors voted 6 to 5 to impose a non-resident entry fee at the Arboretum. It was passed under the framework of a severe budget crisis and promoted by a study commissioned from the Botanical Garden Society that a projected revenue of $250K would pay for 3 gardeners positions in possible jeopardy within the Rec and Park Department.
The fee was to sunset this year and at the same time it was raised that if there was new revenue to the City, the fee could be eliminated.
We now know, that since the fee, non-resident attendance has declined by over 50% and resident attendance has declined by 35%. We also know that the City has a $96M surplus this year, the Rec and Park budget got a 16% increase and that the Real Estate Transfer Tax, promoted in part as allowing for the removal of the fee, has brought the City more than the projected $36 million/year. Your help is needed - please contact members the S.F. Board of Supervisors as soon as possible and ask them to remove this harmful fee.
Beach Chalet Athletic Fields proposal
A project is proposed that will change forever the western edge of Golden Gate Park. It is the Beach Chalet artificial turf/60 foot stadium lights soccer complex. This proposal would bring 7+ acres of artificial turf to replace a real grass playing field (an area larger than Candlestick Park!), install 10 banks of 60 foot tall stadium lights that will be lighted to 10:00 p.m. every night of the year (150,000 watts of light that will shine next to Ocean Beach) and lead to the loss of wildlife habitat in an area designated as the most wild and wooded in the Golden Gate Park Master Plan.
This $13.2 Million project could be done for much less money if we renovate the Beach Chalet playing fields in Golden Gate Park with real grass AND no night sports lighting. Use the rest of the money to fix up other parks and playing fields in San Francisco.
KIDS DESERVE REAL GRASS TO PLAY ON, and EVERYONE DESERVES A REAL PARK EXPERIENCE IN GOLDEN GATE PARK.
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