New documents submitted in the lawsuit surrounding the Stow Lake boathouse further expose a cozy relationship between city staffers and lobbyists, but do not appear to show the type of cooperation that a judge recently said might be cause to void the contract.
Last month, Superior Court Judge Loretta Giorgi said she wanted to know whether the Recreation and Park Department had influenced the decision of an independent panel to choose a new operator for the boathouse. Read More
The playground in Dolores Park will be demolished next month as part of construction projects extending till April 2014 at one of The City’s most popular palm-tree knolls.The sandlot and picnic area will be razed and replaced with a 45-foot-long Super Slide, sectioned swing sets and other amenities. The new $3.5 million Helen Diller Playground — with about 12,000 square feet of additional space — should be ready for romping by summer 2012. Read More
Early-morning bloodshed among transients in Golden Gate Park has San Francisco officials reassessing a possible nighttime closure of the park. Because of safety concerns, Mayor Ed Lee supports the establishment of specific hours for the park, his spokeswoman Christine Falvey said. In an email, she said the mayor is discussing the matter with supervisors whose districts border the park. Read More
The HANC recycling center that is still operating in Golden Gate Park despite Rec and Park’s notice of eviction effective April 1 could relocate to near Pier 96, neighboring Recology’s facility.
Apparently Mayor Ed Lee offered them a lot near the eastern waterfront as an alternative to the Kezar Stadium lot that they are being forced out of to make way for a community garden, according to HANC’s Executive Editor Ed Dunn.
Recology also has its recycling center in that area. Read More
Christina Dang is a team coach at Public Allies San Francisco, which helps build professional and personal leadership skills. Public Allies is partnering with Hunters Point Family and the Recreation and Park Department for Global Youth Service Day on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1120 Oakdale Ave. Read More
A judge who will decide whether to void the agreement seeking to replace the longtime operators of the Stow Lake boathouse said on Wednesday that evidence suggests city officials might have helped the new operators secure their contract. Read More
Out-of-towners will have to continue to pay to enter the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park after money won out Tuesday over concerns the charge was ruining one of San Francisco’s jewels.
A fee of $7 for a nonresident to enter the garden was imposed about eight months ago to generate revenue for the Recreation and Park Department as it struggles, along with other city departments, to fund its operations during years of budget deficits. Read More