Saturday, January 15, 2011


The Presidio Trust has announced a new date, February 7 at 6:30 P.M., at the Golden Gate Club for its delayed Public Board Meeting. This should be some love fest... not. We do not know if the Trust will have already approved building the hotel and doubling the size of the theater on Main Post prior to this meeting. Will we get to tell them what we think after their decision, or will they really listen to the public's ideas and suggestions before they act? If they do pay attention, it is because they might be waking up to the damage a hotel would do to the historic site. They also should be realizing that the Main Post Update is filled with violations of the National Environmental Policy Act. They know now that the public does not want the Plan, but seem intent to approve it. Facts and details are for the little people on the staff to work out.

And what about the Trust's declared passion to create centers to welcome and orient park visitors? For ten years there has not been more than a bookstore in the Officers Club for the public. Sure, there is a promise to have a 13,000 square foot Heritage Center in the Officers Club along with other activities such as an "event space." (A place to charge people to use the room.) Ask what this new "Heritage Center" will be. Ask if there is a qualified person on the Trust staff to lead such a Center. Ask why an agreement signed months ago to have a visitors center has not resulted at least in a plan.

For those of you who have really read the foot high stack of documents over the past two and a half years, state informed ideas and use quotes if you can to strengthen your objections.

However it goes, there will be a hot time in the old town on February 7. Be there! Speak out!

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