Treated like Second Class Citizens in SoMa
|August 10, 2010||Posted by jamie under Activism, Open Spaces|
The Parks & Recreation Department did not bother to perform community outreach to residents living South of Market Street in the Rincon Hill neighborhood regarding the desire by a nearby group of businesses to build bocce ball courts. This follows an unfortunate pattern from our leaders in City Hall that choose to ignore and brush off the opinions of those of us living South of Market. I do not believe we deserve to be treated like second class citizens, and I will be telling the Board of Supervisors as much this afternoon when I ask them to send the bocce ball idea back to Recreation and Parks with an order to show some respect to RIncon Hill and perform appropriate community outreach.
Since someone at the Mayor’s Office told ABC-7’s Carolyn Tyler no one lives in the Rincon Hill neighborhood near the proposed bocce ball courts, I beg to differ …
Rincon Towers on Howard Street between Steuart and Spear – one block away from proposed site
The Millennium Towers on Mission Street between Beale and Fremont – 3 blocks away
Several daycare centers with hundreds of kids …
I am proud of the willingness of South of Market residents to shoulder the burdens of many of the City’s problems while also providing much of the economic growth (AT&T Park, Moscone Center conventions, our entrepreneurs like Twitter, Yelp, etc.). We deserve better than being ignored.
We are taxpayers contributing millions of dollars to the City and County of San Francisco, and it should be infuriating to be treated this way by our local government.