The 72 percent of voters who approved a $195 million bond measure Tuesday to improve public parks rose “above the noise” to invest in The City, said the chief of the Recreation and Park Department.
Proposition B, which required two-thirds approval, faced an unusual array of opposition — mostly from critics who were concerned with the privatization of the department under General Manager Phil Ginsburg. Read More
I take exception to The San Francisco Examiner article describing the small opposition to Proposition B as “powerful foes” (“Parks bond faces powerful foes,” Sunday).
Aaron Peskin and Quentin Kopp are two former supervisors who carry no constituency behind them, but in fact are upset over individual decisions made by the Recreation and Park Department in its effort to serve diverse communities. Read More
Mission Playground renovations? Delayed 18 months. Chinese Recreation Center upgrades? Delayed 24 months. McCoppin Square improvements? Delayed four months.
In fact, every one of the 12 park improvement projects funded by a 2008 voter-approved bond have been delayed, according to a July quarterly report. On average, the projects are now projected to finish about 14 months after originally promised. Read More
Thirteen open spaces are receiving makeovers from a neighborhood parks bond, but The City’s second-largest park — known for its seclusion and as a spot where bodies are dumped — is still hurting for cash.
The 318 acres of John McLaren Park in the Excelsior district were once a ranch, in the 18th century. Now, hikers can wend through trails to find two park lakes, Read More