Waterfront height-limit proponents praise Warriors arena move

Waterfront height-limit proponents praise Warriors arena move

By : sfbg – excerpt

n another waterfront win, the Golden State Warriors have backed off their original arena site to another spot by the bay.

Multiple news outlets are reporting the proposed Warriors arena is moving from its contentious and hotly debated waterfront location at Piers 30-32 to what is now the home of Salesforce, in Mission Bay, a move praised by opponents of height-exceeding waterfront devleopment.

The story was first reported by Joe Eskenazi of the SF Weekly, and within the hour the Chronicle and San Francisco Business Times reported the move as well.

The Warriors’ original proposed arena site drew almost as much fire as the 8 Washington luxury condo waterfront project, which was overwhelmingly rejected by voters last November. Those against 8 Washington, and against the original Warriors site, argued that voters should have the right to weigh in on projects that exceed height limits on the waterfront.

Advocates against both waterfront projects praised the Warriors’ move.

“The Warriors have shifted to a smarter alternative because the people, not just the politicians, became involved in the process,” said former mayor Art Agnos, in a press statement. “Passing Prop. B is the next step to ensure that every other waterfront developer understands that the voice of the voters matters.”

Becky Evans, Sierra Club Bay Chapter Chair, evoked the imagery used to garner opposition to 8 Washington in her praise of the move. “We thank the Warriors,” she said, “for abandoning their wall on the waterfront.”

Yet the bid to protect the public’s views the bay doesn’t end at the Warriors’ arena

Yes on B is a June ballot initiative which would require waterfront projects exceeding height limits to seek voter approval. And importantly, the Warriors’ arena is only one of three height-limit exceeding properties currently proposed for the waterfront. Two additional projects are a large housing and retail site proposed by the San Francisco Giants at Pier 48/Seawall Lot 337 and a mixed use office, residential, and retail project by Forest City at Pier 70

Jon Golinger, Campaign Co-Chair of No Wall on the Waterfront, viewed the news as a victory.

“When the public gets involved with deciding the future of our waterfront we get better results,” he wrote in a press statement. “Passing Prop B is the only way to be sure that other crazy Port Commission schemes like the Giants’ plans to build 380 foot tall towers for luxury condos on waterfront open space, zoned for a public park, also gets the public scrutiny needed to turn them into sensible projects worthy of our unique waterfront.”…  (more)

We accept this as another battle won, even though we anticipate “unintended consequences”. That is the buzz phrase for the month, and the excuse for doing or not doing many things.
The most important part of those unintended consequences is to not ignore them when they stick their little heads up and introduce themselves.
Just because the voters got conned into accepting something once does not mean they can’t change their minds and turn unacceptable consequences into a bad memory.

Warriors to Buy Salesforce Site and Abandon Waterfront Stadium Plans, Sources Say

Warriors to Buy Salesforce Site and Abandon Waterfront Stadium Plans, shift site for arena plans

Multiple city sources have told SF Weekly that the Golden State Warriors and Salesforce.com have agreed on terms to sell the team a future stadium site on a sprawling patch of Mission Bay land off Third Street — dooming the proposed waterfront arena Mayor Ed Lee tabbed his “legacy project.”

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. takes fight to U.S. Supreme Court

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. takes fight to U.S. Supreme Court
“If this judgment is not overturned, government agencies will have the power to deny a permit to any individual or business for any reason, without judicial review.”

By Mark Prado : Marin Independent Journal – excerpt

The Drakes Bay Oyster Co. filed a petition Monday to take its fight to stay open to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Kevin Lunny, owner of Drakes Bay Oyster Co., is seeking to have a decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturned by the high court.

“If this judgment is not overturned, government agencies will have the power to deny a permit to any individual or business for any reason, without judicial review,” Lunny said in a statement. “Citizens must have recourse in the face of an arbitrary and capricious decision.”

The appeal to the high court is the latest legal maneuver as the oyster farm attempts to remain open in the face of a federal government order to shut down.

The oyster operation could know as soon as October if the court will take the case, said Peter Prows, who is among the attorneys representing Lunny…

In February 2012, U.S. District Judge Yvonne Gonzalez Rogers rejected a preliminary injunction to halt the federally ordered closure of the oyster operation in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

The 9th circuit court agreed to hear the case and review Rogers’ decision. In September 2013, a three-judge panel of the 9th circuit ruled it lacked jurisdiction to review Salazar’s discretionary decision not to issue a new operational permit for Drakes Bay.

But in that ruling 9th Circuit Judge Paul J. Watford wrote in a dissenting opinion Lunny’s request for an injunction should have been granted. That provided the oyster company’s supporters hope the court might reconsider that 2-1 ruling, but that didn’t happen.

Until legal issues are cleared up, the Inverness oyster farm remains open.

That Drakes Bay Oyster Company
2 million oysters in SF Bay begin restoration effort

California Appeals Court Rules in Favor of Salmon in Marin


by Joanna Nasar : indybay – excerpt

San Francisco (March 6, 2014) – Marin County Wide Plan Ruled Unlawful: CA Appeals Court Affirms SPAWN Position that County Failed to Analyze Cumulative Impacts and Provided Spurious Mitigation for Destruction of Salmon Habitat

Turtle Island Restoration Network ‘s Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN) won a legal battle with the County of Marin to protect the last population of wild California coho coastal salmon…The case will now move to back to the lower court with a clear mandate from the CA Appeals Court to adequately protect California’s endangered coho salmon…

Read the Court’s opinion here: http://bit.ly/1f9e4v3  …

Turtle Island Restoration Network (http://www.SeaTurtles.org) works to mobilize people and communities around the world to protect marine wildlife, the oceans and the inland waterways that sustain them. The Salmon Protection And Watershed Network (SPAWN http://www.spawnusa.org) is a project of Turtle Island that works to protect endangered salmon and their habitat in the Marin County, CA.  http://www.spawnusa.org

San Francisco tech shuttle pilot program clears road block appeal

San Francisco tech shuttle pilot program clears road block appeal

By Nick Statt : cnet – excerpt

The controversial “Google bus” pilot program will go ahead without the environmental review opponents appealed for, but now the tech industry backlash undercurrents at play may only intensify…

SAN FRANCISCO — The tech bus pilot program that would charge companies such as Google and Apple a fee for using municipal transit stops to shuttle workers down to Silicon Valley survived a heated attempt to stall its implementation Tuesday. After a nearly seven-hour public hearing, the appeal that would have thrown it back for environmental review was knocked down by a San Francisco Board of Supervisors ruling…

“Before we write those rules, we should know what we’re writing,” said appellant attorney Richard Drury. “That’s what CEQA tells us. When SFMTA wants to reroute its Muni buses, it does a CEQA and figures out where its route should be.” Ultimately, Drury’s arguments, and many others’, were to no avail… (more)

Many voters are fed up with the SFMTA and ready to take matters to the polls. If you have a beef with SFTMA let the city officials know. Sign the petition to Stop SFMTA. All your comments go directly to the recipients.




%d bloggers like this: