Supporters Of Waterfront Development Measure Rally Against Gavin Newsom’s Lawsuit Against SF

A group of residents gathered outside the San Francisco Ferry Building today to call on Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and other members of the State Land Commission to drop a lawsuit against the city over a measure requiring voter approval to increase height limits on proposed waterfront developments on Port of San Francisco land.

The gathering was held just before a general commission meeting, where the commission took public comments on the issue.

On June 3, Proposition B, officially called the Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act, was approved by 59 percent of San Francisco voters.

The measure requires a vote before any height limit increases for development projects on Port of San Francisco property can be approved.

On July 15, State Attorney General Kamala Harris filed a lawsuit in Superior Court on behalf of the commission opposing the proposition. The lawsuit asks the court to declare the measure void and direct the city not to enforce it.

“The voters of San Francisco have spoken loud and clear,” said attorney Jon Golinger, who wants to see the lawsuit dropped.

Golinger, who is with the group No Wall on the Waterfront, said the proposition doesn’t stand in the way of progress but promotes responsible development.

“The voters do want to see progress, and that’s why Proposition B, passed by voters in every neighborhood in June, doesn’t say you can’t build on the waterfront,” he said. “It simply says you have to develop in a smart and reasonable way.”

The current height limits on the waterfront range from 40 feet to 84 feet.

The land is owned by the state and managed by the San Francisco Harbor Commission.

Opponents of the measure argued voters already had the power to oppose projects and the initiative would set a “dangerous” precedent for other planning projects throughout the city.

Jim Lazarus, the Senior Vice President of Public Policy with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, said the chamber believes the land commission is on solid ground with the lawsuit.

“This is not property owned by the city,” he said. “It is property owned by the state.”

Lazarus said there are only a few parcels of port property that could likely be developed in coming years, thus needing voter approval, but he said the measure could unreasonably constrain what can be done on port property.

He said any development on the property should take into consideration what is best for the people of California and not just the people in San Francisco.

San Francisco Supervisor David Campos, who supports the measure, said residents should have a say in what is developed on the waterfront.

“When the state of California gave the port and the waterfront in trust to San Francisco, the state was not giving it to some bureaucrat or some commission in the Port of San Francisco,” Campos said. “It is the people of San Francisco who decided to support Prop B.”

Dennis Culver, Bay City News

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    beginning in 1938 and the GETTY OIL COMPANY shipments of oil during the Battle
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    J. PAUL
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    PERRY; CAROLINE GETTY; CALIFORNIA LT. GOVERNOR GAVIN NEWSOM; CALIFORNIA
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    2003 documents declassified
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    employed and lodged Nazis at his Pierre Hotel in New York City; Nazis who were
    involved in spying on and sabotaging Allied Forces’ war production plants. An
    employee at the Getty owned Pierre Hotel in New York City wondered why there
    were so many Germans being hired and staying at The Pierre during World War
    II. He called the FBI and the FBI
    charged J.P. Getty with Espionage, FBI File 100.1202, June 26, 1940. It was the job of the FBI in peace and in
    war to root out internal enemies of the USA.
    The FBI report refers to Getty’s alliance with Göring, Goebbels &
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    world’s largest aeronautical school trained Nazis in Florida to become pilots
    during WWII even after Pearl Harbor was attacked. 43,000 people were killed in the UK while J.
    Paul Getty was in Berlin still shipping oil to Hitler five months before Pearl
    Harbor; December 7, 1941. The mother of
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    the Nazis …! The Ardabil carpet and Rembrandt of Marten Looten are at the Los
    Angeles County Museum of Art. The Gainsborough of Christie purchased in 1938 is
    at The Getty Museum in Los Angeles.

    Grant
    MacDonald

    Chairman
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    MACDONALD
    BANK INC.

    I
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    On
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    turns out J.P. Getty may have been a Nazi;

    His
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    While
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    For
    paintings & artifacts he did receive

    With
    his oil he was able to deceive?

    Hoover
    & the FBI and Roosevelt they knew

    That
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    Many
    a young lad and Jew did die

    As
    planes dropped bombs from the sky.

    For
    years while Getty sat in Berlin

    He
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    The
    ashes and smoke from the chimneys it rose

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    With
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    Still
    dripping in blood — as the real owner met harm.

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    Listen
    very carefully you can still hear their cries!

    While
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    And
    Gordon sings in San Francisco

    With
    his 727 in tow.

    The
    Getty museum sits atop Malibu

    While
    the corpses of World War 2 scream — J.P. Getty — We know you!