Month

April 2008

Climate Change Goals and Action Plan Ordinance

SFLCV worked with Livable City and Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi to draft a Climate Change Goals and Action Plan ordinance. The ordinance was approved in committee on April 17th, 2008, and will go before the full board on April 29th, 2008.

This overall goals of the ordinance are to reduce greenhouse gases 25% below 1990 levels by 2017, 40% below 1990 levels by 2025, and 80% below 1990 levels by 2050. The City would adopt specific reduction targets for each year. Every city department would create a departmental action plan to achieve its goals.

You can read more detail about the ordinance on the Livable City site, with information about what is already on San Francisco’s books, and what some other cities are doing.

Approve AB 2646 To Restore SF’s Bay Shoreline

Dear Chair Caballero:

The San Francisco waterfront is an important public trust asset of the people of California. 7.5 miles – representing most of the City’s bay waterfront – are under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Port Commission pursuant to the Burton Act.

Since the demolition of the Embarcadero freeway, the City has embarked on a planning process to reconnect with its Bay waterfront. Residents and visitors stroll along the new Embarcadero roadway along portions of the Bay Trail from the Bay Bridge to the historic Ferry Building and onward to Fisherman’s Wharf.

Unfortunately, major portions of the San Francisco waterfront are blighted by dangerous conditions, crumbling facilities and environment contamination from historic industrial activities. “Ghost” piles from former pile-supported structures dot the shoreline. Neighborhoods that were home to heavy industrial activities for much of the last century such as Mission Bay, Potrero, Dogpatch, Bayview and Hunters Point remain cut off from the Bay, even as the City rezones some of these areas to promote infill mixed use development.

The San Francisco League of Conservation Voters strongly supports the creation of major new waterfront open spaces and an extension of the Bay Trail through the Port’s southern waterfront. However, the costs of eliminating blight along the waterfront far exceed the Port’s revenues. AB 2646 will create an important new financing vehicle to pay for parks, access to the Bay, environmental remediation and removal of bay fill.

We strongly encourage you to approve AB 2646 to restore San Francisco’s Bay shoreline. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

Amandeep Jawa, President
San Francisco League of Conservation Voters