Attention San Francisco Residents:
URGENT ACTION REQUESTED
Please call/email the entire SF Board of Supervisors NOW tell them to VOTE NO ON THE ROSE!
Despite our tidal wave of opposition, the ROSE is up for vote next Tuesday (July 8th). The problematic Section 4.2 has not been eliminated or changed; therefore we need your assistance. You can cut and paste the model letter below (or send your own message) and sent it to EACH of the Board of Supervisors via e-mail (you can also call their office, but ask to speak to the aide who is handing the ROSE matter).
Reason for another email drive by our supports: When we last wrote for your assistance the Board was expected to vote on the Rose on June 24th; they did not, it was extended to July 8th - at which time there was a chance that changes would be made; but they were not made and now the ROSE is to be voted on next Tuesday by an up or down vote.
Here is the model letter for you to "cut and paste" into your e-mail (note: the last 2 lines – salutations - are for you to include your name and address):
BEGIN: model letter
Attention Supervisor ______
Please do not vote for the ROSE until Policy 4.2 is removed. This Policy (4.2) positions the SF Dept. of Environment's Biodiversity Office to be a major player in land use and land management decisions in all open space throughout the city, including private lands:
- Language similar to language of the ROSE Policy 4.2 has been used in a recent Dept. of Environment grant application (denied at the state level) and will be used again by the Dept. of Environment as a way to control open space according to this ideological model.
- This is a major land grab by these two offices (Dept of Rec. and Park & Dept of Environment). Neither of them is controlled by elected officials, and there will be little oversight of their inventory and management plans. Do not let them get away with deciding and controlling how our city's open space can be used in the future.
- The language of this Policy centralizes all such decisions about all open spaces into some undesignated governmental agency or conservation district, but that is generally for agricultural land and has to do with soil erosion, water retention, and water runoff. The likelihood is great that the governmental agency would the Dept. of Environment's Biodiversity Office in conjunction with the Natural Areas Program.
Additional reasons to oppose the ROSE:
- The ROSE does not adequately protect those people and neighborhoods most desperate for open space, defined as “high needs,” e.g., Districts 3 and 6, and ensure they get highest priority when the City uses the Open Space Fund to acquire new open space. No acquisitions to date have been made with such funds in these highest needs communities. These existing residents need the ROSE to ensure they get critically needed open space.
- The ROSE does not adequately protect open space from the construction of new large buildings. Unlike the current ROSE which strongly advocated for purchase of new land for recreation and cultural buildings, this revised ROSE opens up our parks as building sites for any undefined “cultural” buildings.
- The ROSE does not include per capita guidelines for recreation, e.g., numbers of pools or tennis courts, and thus provides no way to measure whether or not San Francisco is meeting the recreational needs of its residents. Because future decisions will be based on usage studies, currently unmaintained – and therefore unused, but still needed – recreation facilities could be eliminated.
Please do not create a policy in the General Plan (by approving the ROSE) that follows the management model of Rec. and Park's Natural Areas Program (NAP), which manages its areas based on removal of non-native trees to restore San Francisco back principally to grasslands and native shrubs. NAP's ideology is to cut down trees, use toxic herbicides, and restrict access, all to favor "native plant" gardens.
Please vote no on the ROSE
(San Francisco address)
END: model letter
Please write to the entire Board of Supervisors using the model letter above.
John Avalos John.Avalos@sfgov.org 415-554-6975
London Breed London.Breed@sfgov.org 415-554-7630
David Campos David.Campos@sfgov.org 415-554-5144
David Chiu David.Chiu@sfgov.org 415-554-7450
Malia Cohen Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org 415-554-7670
Mark Farrell Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org 415-554-7752
Jane Kim Jane.Kim@sfgov.org 415-554-7970
Eric Mar Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org 415-554-7410
Katy Tang Katy.Tang@sfgov.org 415-554-7460
Scott Wiener Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org 415-554-6968
Norman Yee Norman.Yee@sfgov.org 415-554-6516
Let the Mayor know your views as well: firstname.lastname@example.org (415) 554-6141
PLEASE SEND THIS NO LATER THAN MONDAY, July 7th: Send an e-mail to each of the above and use the model letter via "cut and pasting" into the body of your e-message.
Thank you for taking this important action!
President, San Francisco Forest Alliance