Mayor Ed Lee Vetoes Supes' Bill Closing Sharp Park Golf Course

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Sharp Park Golf Course will remain open for now -- despite legislation closing the course and handing the land on which it is built over to the federal government that passed the Board of Supervisors last week -- thanks to a veto from Mayor Ed Lee.

The veto was expected in light of the Lee's past expressions of support for maintaining the 79-year-old city municipal course, located in Pacifica. Environmental activists argue that golfing harms two sensitive species that reside at Sharp Park, the red-legged frog and California garter snake.

In his veto statement (available here on the website of the San Francisco Public Golf Alliance, which advocates keeping the golf course), Lee stated, "I believe in striving for equilibrium between environmental and recreational needs.The implicit aim of this legislation ... envisioning the end of golf operations at Sharp Park ... is not a balanced approach."

The course was designed by renowned golf course architect Alister MacKenzie, and remains remarkably affordable for golfers in a region where greens fees can surpass $100. Its cost to the city is another matter: Sharp Park is going to require a massive outlay from public coffers in order to come into compliance with environmental regulations, as we reported in a 2009 cover story.

Lee's veto is the second victory for golf advocates in the past month. On Nov. 29, U.S. District Court Judge Susan Illston ruled that there was not sufficient evidence of damage to frogs and snakes to issue an injunction barring the city's maintenance operations at Sharp Park. Illston noted in her decision that "the number of [frog] egg masses found last winter in Sharp Park was the highest ever recorded," and that environmental activists requesting the injunction would have to prove their case at trial.

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Dividist
Dividist

With the veto Ed Lee continues the tradition of using the mayoral office as the last bastion of what passes for common sense in EssEff, and at least partially restraining the on-going clusterfuck that is our Board of Supervisors.

Although it is the easy narrative, it is not accurate to characterize this as Environmentalists vs. Golfers. Let's get real. This is San Francisco - the city that bans "Happy Meals" in McDonalds, plastic bags in stores, circumcisions in hospitals, and mandates composting in residential high rise apartments. If it really was a question of environmentalists vs. golfers, it would be no contest. The reality is that this issue is more about "Environmentalists" vs. "Environmentalists". There is a real and substantial difference in opinion between environmental scientists on both sides of this issue. Golfers fortunately can claim one group of environmentalists as allies or the issue would already be decided. This is, after all, San Francisco.

As Peter, points out, competing environmental science claims had a hearing in a federal court a few weeks ago which was lost by CBD/WEI. The judges finding was consistent with what we've heard before from biologist Karen Swaim. It is important to understand that those who would close the course are losing the environmental science argument.That fact is lost when the discussion is inaccurately framed exclusively as Environmentalist vs. Golfer.

WHGNG
WHGNG

NORAHG Responds to the SIEGE OF ENVIRONMENTAL TERRORAgainst Sharp Park Golf Course, San Francisco, California.

 

MEDIA RELEASE

 

The Mayor of San Francisco, Hon. Ed Lee, must beCONGRATULATED for SAVING Sharp Park Golf Course.

 

Five Supervisors who supported the Mayor must also beCONGRATULATED.

 

And the Mayor and Supervisors of San Mateo County havealso EARNED OUR THANKS.

 

This golf facility has been under a SIEGE OFENVIRONMENTAL TERROR under the PRETEXT of somehow protecting obscure andinsignificant species.

 

In fact, Sharp Park Golf Course is NOT harming ANYanimal species.

 

As usual, Enviro-Lunatics DESPISE the Game of Golf.

 

Anti-Golf Organizations like National ParksConservation Association and Wild Equity Institute have TERRORIZED the City ofSan Francisco for years over the future of Sharp Park Golf Course.

 

The golf facility MAY STILL BE CLOSED because of theirRELENTLESS AND UNCEASING LIES and MIS-INFORMATION.

 

The habitat that Enviro-Lunatics are trying to «recover » was originally created when the golf course was built along with asea wall, isolating the Laguna Sal from ocean waves.

 

IF the golf course had NEVER BEEN BUILT, there wouldbe no habitat for the endangered species.

 

Anti-Golf Enviro-Lunatics seek the DESTRUCTION of theGolf Industry.

 

These terrorists ATTACK the Golf Industry under thePRETEXT of ALLEGED ill-effects on the habitats of obscure and insignificantspecies like Garter Snakes and Tadpoles.

 

The Golf Industry Should Tell Anti-Golf Activists toGet OFF Our grASS and Roast In Hell.

 

For more information, please go to the followinglink  ...

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/toc...

 

We are living in the DARK AGE OF ANTI PESTICIDETERRORISM where sound science is trumped by FAKE SCIENTISTS, JUNK SCIENCE andUNVERIFIABLE SECRET EVIDENCE through FABRICATION, INNUENDO, and INTERNETRUMOUR  ― scientific research PROVES that pest control products CAUSE NO HARM andcan be USED SAFELY.

 

 

WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G

 

 

NORAHG is the National Organization Responding AgainstHUJE that seek to harm the Green space industry.

 

NORAHG morally represents the VAST SILENT MAJORITY ofpeople associated with turf and ornamental plant maintenance who are OPPOSED toAnti Pesticide PROHIBITION and the CLOSURE of green spaces under the RIDICULOUSPRETEXT of somehow « saving » the environment.

 

NORAHG is a NATIONAL NON PROFIT NON PARTISANorganization that does not accept money from corporations or governments, andrepresents NO VESTED INTERESTS WHATSOEVER.

 

NORAHG is dedicated to reporting the work of RESPECTEDand HIGHLY RATED EXPERTS who promote ENVIRONMENTAL REALISM and PESTICIDETRUTHS.

 

http://pesticidetruths.com/

Raleighlatham
Raleighlatham

Wow....instead of keeping schools open, lee decides to spend 10+ mil of sf taxpayer money keeping a crappy golf course open.

Guesty
Guesty

I will sleep easier this Christmas knowing that San Francisco will continue to subsidize golf for Pacifica residents.

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