Coit Tower boosters push ballot initiative to improve landmark

Telegraph Hill community members want The City to do more to preserve a neighborhood landmark, Coit Tower.

The Protect Coit Tower Committee, a coalition of neighborhood groups, is petitioning to add to the June election ballot an initiative that would require The City to put more of the revenue Coit Tower generates toward restoring its historic murals, maintaining the building and improving the park.

“Coit Tower is a bit of an orphan,” said Jon Golinger, the committee’s chair. “It’s so obvious and yet no one is really in charge of Coit Tower.”

The Recreation and Park Department is currently seeking a new vendor to manage the tower’s concessions, gift store and elevator. The manager would also be required to host a limited number of private events, according to the department’s request for proposals.

Golinger said he worries that approach would turn the tower into “just another corporate venue” and said more emphasis should be given to improving public uses of the tower.

sgantz@sfexaminer.com

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