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13343Re: [SFVS] Please Help with Initiative Petition

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  • Bonnie Knight
    Jun 10, 2014
      Hi Dave,


      Petition in hand!!! Thanks for promoting it.


      Best wishes, Bonnie


      Sent from my iPhone


      > On Jun 10, 2014, at 1:40 PM, "Dave Goggin dg2222@... [SFVeg]" <SFVeg@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
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      > Hi everyone,
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      > As you may know, the City is planning to tear out the grass and cut down numerous trees at the soccer fields next to ocean beach. In its place, the plan is to build a major sports complex with 150,000 watts of stadium lighting, 7 acres of artificial turf (packed with ground-up tire crumbs), and parking and spectator seating. The fields would be in use until 10pm every night, to accommodate soccer games by teams from all over the bay area. This development would set a precedent for possible future similar projects elsewhere in Golden Gate Park.
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      > Needless to say, this would all be very detrimental to the wild birds and other animals that make their homes near the ocean coast, or migrate through.
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      > And the lighting would add serious light pollution from the point of view of Land’s End and Sutro Heights Park, which is one of the best astronomy sites in the entire inner bay area.
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      > All the relevant boards and committees at both the city and state level have approved the project, despite years of advocacy efforts by a coalition of community organizations pleading to preserve Golden Gate Park’s naturalistic landscape and ecology.
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      > So, community organizers are now working to place an initiative on this November’s ballot that would require any sports fields in western Golden Gate Park (including these, near the Beach Chalet) to be renovated only with real grass, and without stadium lighting. And there is optimism that the vast majority of voters would support this initiative.
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      > But, here’s the thing: They still need to get thousands of signatures from registered voters in San Francisco by July 7 !!
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      > So, two things are needed right now:
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      > (1) Volunteers to gather signatures. If you’re registered to vote in California (or qualified to be registered), you can circulate petitions. If just 100 volunteers could each collect 105 valid signatures (that’s just 7 petition forms!) it would be more than enough to qualify. But even 20 or 30 signatures from neighbors and friends helps!
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      > (2) In an effort to get enough signatures in such a short time, paid signature collectors are also being hired, which isn’t cheap. So any amount of money you can donate would be greatly appreciated.
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      > If you can help with either of these aspects, please email me and I’ll immediately put you in touch with the appropriate people on the initiative committee.
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      > And for more details, see the initiative web site:
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      > www.protectggp.org
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      > Thanks,
      > -DG
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      > Posted by: Dave Goggin <dg2222@...>
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