Saturday, May 21, 2011

SF Chronicle Letter to the Editor - Giving away the family jewels.

For regular readers this is going to be a bit repetitive. You've seen something similar from me here before. But since it made the cut with the local fish wrap, you get to see it again:

San Francisco Chronicle - Letters to the Editor - May 21, 2011

Give away a civic jewel?

"John Avalos is really advocating giving Sharp Park away to the federal government ("Hitting the rough," City Insider, May 19)?

This is political suicide, or should be.

Where else in the world could a politician run for mayor on a platform of giving away 400 acres of incredibly valuable and beautiful coastal park land that contributes millions in revenue to the city and belongs to the people of that city?

Sharp Park is a unique gem that belongs to the people of San Francisco. We choose to share our park with the entire Bay Area and the world.

The 80-acre golf course was designed and built by Alister MacKenzie, the game's most important architect. The 400-acre park itself was landscaped by John McLaren, the godfather of San Francisco parks. The park was a gift to the city in 1917 and represents a historic legacy entrusted to the people of San Francisco. The park and golf course are important historic landmarks by any standard.

This civic jewel of a park is a treasure that is our common San Francisco heritage and is a legacy for us to leave to future generations of San Franciscans.

Unless some clueless politician manages to give it away."

Mike Wallach, San Francisco

More on Wannabe-Mayor Avalos and the rally that motivated my letter linked here.

"The only reason for the existence of golf and other games is that they promote the health, pleasure, and even the prosperity of the community... With the exception of ignorant politicians who, with a few notable exceptions, appear to desire to tax golf course and playing fields out of existence, most people know that golf and other games promote the health and happiness of the community..."
- Alister MacKenzie - The Spirit of St. Andrew - 1933

cross-posted at MW Mobile Blog


Kathy Meeh said...

MW, spot-on, brilliant focused article and picture caption satire.

The golfers who have post here have all offered high level, unimpeachable core information and text-- very impressive.

Anonymous said...

Avalos represents all the people -- not just the tiny number of people who golf at Sharp Park. Since they're paying for it, it's in their interest to close the consistently money-losing operation.

Anonymous said...

What's the problem? All us Pacificans should understand Avalos so well. Afterall, we've given the feds so much of Pacifica we no longer have enough land for any significant business development other than another nail salon or trinket shop. So of course SF should be able to give away some of their land even if it is smack in the middle of Pacifica. Maybe we can become an Indian reservation and get a casino. Just have to find a spot big enough for it.

Steve Sinai said...

From what I've been reading in the Chronicle, Avalos is running near the back of the pack in the Mayor's race. It doesn't seem as if many people care about him.

The two front-runners, Ed Lee and Dennis Herrera, are both supporters of keeping the golf course.