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Golden Gate Park is Under Attack

by Stephen Willis (savegoldengatepark [at]
The deYoung Museum and billionaire financier F. Warren Hellman have completely demolished the NorthEast Pedestrian Tunnel, and partially demolished the 108-year-old SouthWest Tunnel, although Superior Court Judge James Warren is still considering whether the garage project is legal. They plan to demolish all three pedestrian tunnels, to circumvent the court and destroy the very features of the Park that we are sueing the City to save!!

If malicious vandals invaded the Park and destroyed two historic landmarks and left the spray paint of some street gang, the FBI would be on the case in no time. Hellman's Group issued a time line that will doom the remaining tunnels unless citizens intervene and by necessity, defend the site from further destruction.
(San Francisco) -- Golden Gate Park, considered by many Americans to be a national treasure, is under attack by the very people who pretend to be revitalizing it, the Friends of Rec and Parks, Warren Hellman and the de Young Museum.

The deYoung Museum Board of Trustees, along with the Directors of the Fine Arts Museums launched a media campaign declaring a final court victory with the lifting of a preliminary injunction against garage construction on March 25, 2004. The corporate media doesn't question their self-serving misinformation. However, the real court decision is to be issued within two weeks.

A wreckless decision was issued by the Court of Appeals on March 25, based on assurances that no irreversible damage would befall the Music Concourse area. It is clear that Hellman's group is used to lying and getting their way. They have literally taken the Music Concourse, and no one at City Hall seems to care that they are destroying priceless cultural history.

This is a public park. And the corporate interests behind the garage and the deYoung could be stopped in their tracks with a court ruling within two short weeks.

The March 12th preliminary injunction was issued based on the likelihood that the project will be found in violation of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and Prop J, 1998.

Meanwhile, Hellman's contractor, Swinerton Builders, keep demolishing history that belongs to the public. Garage backers perpetrated a fraud on the voters and the court and now they expect the public to just let them have the park. See what they have done.
Hellman and his Music Concourse Community Partnership claim that the tunnels were to be removed anyway, by the Rec and Parks Dept.
§What's the hurry?
by Stephen Willis (savegoldengatepark [at]
This is a crime taking place against the Commons.
§Closeup of Damage to the SW Tunnel
by Stephen Willis (savegoldengatepark [at]
This is malicious destruction of public park property, and the mayor says he doesn't care.
Our engineer says this tunnel has to be completely rebuilt. Hope Hellman and the Music Concourse Community Partnership have the money set aside, as they asserted in court. We have seen no such fund anywhere.
§Historic features trashed
by Stephen Willis (savegoldengatepark [at]
None of the destruction in the concourse indicates anything other than plans for a comple makeover. Think: Union Square. That's what the deYoung Museum director, Harry Parker has in mind for his new auto-centered design.
§Bechtel designed this garage
by Stephen Willis (savegoldengatepark [at]
Bechtel veteran Dick Young was hired by Warren Hellman to do a hit job on the Park. The public is left uninformed by the local corporate media.
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Stephen Willis
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Mon, Jun 21, 2004 10:54PM
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