A Beanie Baby on top of a pile of manure greeted visitors to the Stow Lake boathouse Sept. 15.
“I think it was a red dog,” said my friend, who asked to remain anonymous, “but it was on top of a pile of s---, so I didn’t really get a good look at it.” Read More
Lawyers for the Stow Lake Corp. could not convince a Superior Court judge Tuesday that the company has a legal right to keep managing the Golden Gate Park boathouse, but the saga seems destined to continue.
Oliver Holmes, a lawyer for the longtime boathouse manager, said that his clients will probably appeal a judge’s decision dismissing their lawsuit seeking to throw out a decision awarding the contract to another company. Read More
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
Citing news reports that Recreation and Park Department staff encouraged the new managers of the Stow Lake boathouse to hire a lobbyist, Supervisor John Avalos asked the city attorney to look into whether staff violated ethical guidelines. 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
Fans of the 65-year-old Stow Lake boathouse might cringe at plans to gut the open working area and make room for a cafe, but park officials say it is time for a change.The new owners plan to overhaul the space where for decades managers and new employees have learned how to mend and care for the fleet of aging row and paddle boats. Instead, a kitchen, cafe that seats about 35, small coffee shop and gift store will take its place, and a new fleet of boats will be stored elsewhere. Read More