Proposition A and the Port's Pier 36, Pier 34, and Brannan Street Wharf
|January 3, 2008||Posted by jamie under Activism, Open Spaces||
We’re really lucky to have the Embarcadero pedestrian promenade and fabulous views of San Francisco Bay from AT&T Park all the way north to Pier 39. It is a splendid and safe span of open space to stroll, jog, or otherwise enjoy. However, there is one big, fat, ugly eyesore along the Embarcadero pedestrian promenade. That eyesore is Pier 36, the remains of Pier 34 (not much), and the Brannan Street Wharf alongside those piers.
This section of the waterfront has historical significance to the labor movement, but it is truly dilapidated beyond safe use (as the photograph for this blog entry shows, the area is currently fenced off and posted signs indicate it is an unsafe area).
The great news is that the February 5th ballot includes a proposition that would provide the $3 million in additional funds needed to replace these eyesores with a new public wharf open space. The Citizens Advisory Committee for this project has recommended a neighborhood green space, a public float for small boats, and seating and picnic areas (you can get the details by reading page 42 of the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond booklet).
The challenge is for those of us who want to see this happen … among other parks projects funded by Proposition A … to engage our co-workers and friends who vote in San Francisco to vote YES on Proposition A on the February 5th ballot. A bond issue requires a YES vote by two-thirds of voters in order to pass.
Please get registered to vote if you are not already registered – the last day to register to vote is January 21, 2008. Vote-by-mail and absentee voters can begin voting this Monday, January 7th.