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Protecting the Bay and our waterfront

Currently, the Sierra Club's San Francisco Group of the SF Bay Chapter is following two issues concerning the Bay and our city's waterfront: the upgrades and expansion plans at the SF Marina, and the development of Piers 27-31.

Mills Project for SF Piers 27-31

March 14th, 2006 - GREAT NEWS!!!!

"Port takes Mills Corporation out of Embarcadero deal:

4-0 vote transfers exclusive rights to two S.F. companies"

For five years, a proposal to build a shopping, recreation and office center on San Francisco's Embarcadero has drawn the wrath of neighbors and local politicians who feared the plan would amount to a giant mall on the city's waterfront.

But on Tuesday the controversial plan was officially declared dead by the San Francisco Port Commission, which voted to transfer the exclusive rights to negotiate the deal from mall developer Mills Corp., to two San Francisco companies, Shorenstein Development LLC and Farallon Capital Management LLC.

"We're hopeful that the end of the Mills project today will mean a fresh start," said Jon Golinger, a leader in the opposition to the retail project who is a member of the group Citizens to Save the Waterfront.

To read the full story in the SF Chronicle, go to:

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2006/03/15/BAGOIHOC551.DTL

 

Did a waterfront shopping mall with 45 chain stores at Piers 27-31 (in Northbeach/Fisherman's Wharf area) constitute "maritime and other water-essential activities" as mandated by 1990's voter-approved Porp. H? The Mills Corporation claims that it does (see May-June Yodeler, page 11).

The Sierra Club and other environmental, business and neighborhood groups don't think so. Neither does the SF Democratic Party, which in July 2005 went on record as opposing the project. The Sierra Club and the Democratic Party have been urging the Board of Supervisors and the Port Commission to reject it.

This week's unanimous decision by the Port Commission allows for a fresh start. We applaud the Commission and especially the work of our fearless, hard-working, diligent leader, Jon Golinger, speaking for us and our allies that make up the Citizens to Save the Waterfront. Thank you Jon.

For more info, go to www.onewaterfront.com

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