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Attend TJPA meeting Thursday, March 16, 2006

The Transbay Joint Powers Board, in charge of the Transbay Terminal Project/Caltrain Downtown Extension, will meet this Thursday, March 16.

Please plan to attend if at all possible. A new board chair will be elected at this meeting.

The Finance Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. in Room 416, San Francisco City Hall.

The full Board will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the same room.

Support New SF Ballot Initiative for Transbay (3/14/06)

Spread the word: a new measure on the June ballot in San Francisco would reorganize the TJPA board to be comprised solely of elected officials, including the mayor of San Francisco. We strongly support this initiative to improve communication and governance of the Transbay Project. More information to follow in the coming weeks.


TJPA to consider new, lower cost design for Terminal at special meeting, 12/19/05

There will be a special meeting of the Transbay Joint Powers Authority on Monday. The board will be discussing a new, lower-cost design for the Terminal; and a design and development competition to produce the final design and development of the Terminal and adjacent Transbay Tower.

agenda at: http://www.sfgov.org/site/tjpa_page.asp?id=36422

Items number 10 and 11 are of particular interest.

TRANSBAY JOINT POWERS AUTHORITY
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NOTICE OF SPECIAL MEETING AND CALENDAR
Monday, December 19, 2005
1 Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 250 (San Francisco City Hall)

SPECIAL MEETING

1:00 p.m.


Transbay action alert for SF residents (9/19/05)

If you live in San Francisco, please contact your Supervisor regarding a proposed resolution to appoint the MTA Director of Transportation to the Transbay Joint Powers Authority board, asking them to appoint an elected official rather than a staff person to the TJPA board.

We're concerned that the resolution would appoint the head staff person of MTA to the seat in perpetuity. The Board of Supervisors, which must confirm the MTA appointment to the TJPA, should confirm an individual to this seat rather than a "position", as this would negate the Board's power to confirm a new MTA nominee to the TJPA Board. We also feel that an elected official, rather than a staff person, should be appointed to sit on this regional body composed of members of elected officials.

The resolution has been referred to the SF Board of Supervisors Rules Committee. Rules committee members are Supervisors Peskin, Alioto-Pier and Mirkarimi.

Contact information for your supervisor


Rally to support Transbay Terminal Project

Tuesday, June 7, 2005
12:30 PM
San Francisco City Hall, gather on steps on Polk street side

Please join TALC and BayRail Alliance at a press conference to support the Transbay Terminal Project.

Why: A recent, broadly-worded ruling by Judge Ronald Quidachay in favor of a private developer has halted important preliminary planning and pre-engineering on this public works project. Trasportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC) and TALC member organizations including Sierra Club, BayRail Alliance, TRAC, San Francisco Tomorrow, TRANSDEF, and affiliated group RAFT are announcing the filing of a joint amicus brief in support of the Transbay Project.

This was the first California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) case that this judge has ruled on. We feel that his ruling is inconsistent with CEQA law and counter to the public interest, and that the ruling should be stayed until the appeal is heard. No harm would be done if preconstruction of the Terminal project moved forward while undergoing an appeal.

It is important that as many people as possible attend. Take a lunch break to join us and bring all of your friends!

Speakers at this event include:

San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly
John Holtzclaw, Sierra Club
Jerry Cauthen, Train Riders Association of California (TRAC)
Stuart Cohen, TALC
Margaret Okuzumi, BayRail Alliance
David Schonbrunn, TRANSDEF
Andrew Sullivan, Rescue Muni
Norm Rolfe and Jane Morrison, San Francisco Tomorrow
Recent news articles on Transbay/Caltrain project setback:


Keep Transbay Terminal/SF Caltrain Downtown Extension on Track! (February 2005)

Your help is needed to keep the Transbay Terminal Project on track. Please plan to attend these two meetings:

a) San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA) meeting
Tuesday, February 15, 2005 @ 11 AM
San Francisco City Hall, Room 250 (the Supervisors Chambers)

Please tell the TA Board (SF Board of Supervisors) to instruct Executive Director Jose Luis Moscovich to release monies to acquire the 80 Natoma property. This money was appropriated by the TA Board more than five months ago, but has not been released as authorized. The City and the property owner are in negotiations for the property, and having the money in hand will strengthen the City's bargaining position as well as release matching monies from MTC.

b) Come to the TA's Workshop and demand the full $270 million Prop K funding for TBT, and demand it now! The meeting is:

Tuesday, February 22, 2005
4pm to 7pm (The public workshop will be open house interactive format, so come for 10 minutes, 20 minutes, or as long as you can)
100 Van Ness Ave. 3rd Floor
(Two blocks north of Market St and the Van Ness Muni Metro Station)

The TA is gathering input on 5-Year priorities for the Prop K sales tax revenues. Tell the TA, and then write letters to the Supervisors to document your comments, that:

  1. Transbay Terminal should be funded now, as the first priority. The City needs to build the terminal or the state takes back the land valued at about $300 million. Delay means huge losses and extra financing costs.

  2. The TA must release the $16 million for the condemnation of 80 Natoma -- an action that the Board, sitting as the TA Commissioners and subsequently as the Board of Supervisors, directed more than five months ago. Delay increases costs to the city.

  3. The TA should actively support the project and stop the needless and counterproductive turf battles that it is now conducting. Bureaucratic minefields do not build projects.
Please help us keep the Transbay Terminal Project moving forward!


Transbay Redevelopment Plan Hearing (12/7/04)

This Thursday (12/9) the San Francisco Planning Commission will consider approval of General Plan amendments which are necessary for the adoption of the Transbay Redevelopment Plan. This is a major step that is important for the funding of the new Transbay Terminal.

We encourage you attend the hearing. The Planning Commissioners will want to hear from the public, especially environmental community and transit advocates who have worked so hard to make this Plan and the new terminal a reality.

Thursday, December 9
San Francisco City Hall, Room 400
Meeting starts at 1:30pm. The Transbay items are currrently #12a, 12b, and 12c on the regular agenda; they will most likely be heard around 3:00 or 3:30 PM.


Transbay Terminal Alert (10/30/04)

Unfortunately, some members of the Building Inspection Commission want to keep 80 Natoma alive. (See past alerts below for background on this issue.) Please attend the BIC meeting at 9 am Monday and demand an end to this charade.

Commissioner Guinnane is attempting to continue the Peer Review Panel for 80 Natoma. This issue has been decided by the Board of Supervisors and we need to demand an end to the continuing review of this now condemned project. To consider additional alternatives can only hurt the City's condemnation action in court and serves no useful public purpose.

Speak out forcefully against this outrageous attempt to circumvent the decision of the Board of Supervisors. 10 AM Monday.

See meeting agenda for details.

Department of Building Inspection
BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION (BIC)
Department of Building Inspection (DBI)
Monday, November 1, 2004 at 10:00 a.m.
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400

PLEASE NOTE THE REVISED START TIME FOR THE BIC MEETING.

The Members of the Building Inspection Commission will convene at 9:00a.m. as the Abatement Appeals Board. The Building Inspection Commission will convene its Regular Meeting after the meeting of the Abatement Appeals Board.
[...]

6. Discussion and possible action by the Commission to adopt findings regarding 80 Natoma Street.

7. Discussion and possible action by the Commission to continue Peer Review Panel on 80 Natoma Street. [Commissioner Guinnane].
[...]


SF Alert! Save the Transbay Terminal (9/25/04)

Please take action to support the Transbay Terminal project. This is a high priority project for TALC.  The future of this important regional transit project will be determined by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, September 28.

KEY MEETINGS THAT DAY:
11 AM --  SF County Transportation Authority meeting.
3 PM   Board of Supervisors meeting

Please read on: More meeting details below

The Transbay Terminal project is one of the most significant public transit projects being planned in the state.  This new regional transit hub would
- extend Caltrain commuter rail underground to the existing Transbay Terminal site near 1st and Mission;
- rebuild the existing bus terminal to provide enough room for future regional bus operations (for AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit, SamTrans, Greyhound, and MUNI); and
- redevelop the surrounding area to create more than 3,000 units of affordable housing and other housing, office, and retail.  This is an extremely significant transit-oriented development project.
- The terminal would also bring future California High Speed Rail from Los Angeles to downtown San Francisco.

The entire Transbay Project is being threatened by a private developer, who earlier this year purchased a small vacant parcel that is needed to construct the underground Caltrain downtown extension.  This developer claims he intends to construct a 48-story building on the site.  The building's foundation would make it impossible to build the Caltrain downtown extension.

The developer has refused an offer of more than $32 million (fair market value) for the vacant parcel, as well as offers to find another suitable location to contruct his building.  He wants $175 million for the parcel. The developer has refused to work with the Transbay Joint Powers Agency to design the building and train tunnel box in tandem to ensure that a train tunnel could be built without affecting the structural integrity of the building.

We're close to losing the entire Transbay Terminal project.  The future of our whole region is at stake.  Given this developer's uncooperativeness, exercising eminent domain and paying fair market value for the parcel is the least expensive and least risky way for the city to proceed with this important regional project.  The downtown extension has undergone extensive study for decades.  This is our last opportunity to make it work.  The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will vote on whether to exercise eminent domain to acquire the 80 Natoma parcel on Tuesday, Sept. 28.

Please take action by contacting the SF Board of Supervisors and asking them to condemn the 80 Natoma parcel on September 28.

Write to all of the supervisors by emailing to
board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org by Monday, September 27.

A sample letter and talking points is available at
http://bayrailalliance.org/caltrain/dtx/

Especially if you live in San Francisco, please e-mail, phone or fax the supervisor for your district using the contact information at http://sfgov.org/site/bdsupvrs_index.asp

Please also attend the hearings to show your support for this project.  We will have stickers for supporters to wear.

- Tuesday, September 28, 11 AM
  SF County Transportation Authority meeting.
  Room 250, San Francisco City Hall

 Tuesday Sept 28 3 PM
  Board of Supervisors meeting
  Board Chambers (at the top of the grand stairs), 2nd floor, San Francisco City Hall

At both hearings, please ask the TA board(i.e. the SF Board of Sups) to reject the TA report of a joint design and to support condemnation. The "joint" alternatives cost more than simple condemnation and subject the City and TJPA to the risk of wealthy future residents of 80 Natoma suing for construction impacts and damage to their building.

We need a good turnout. This developer has a lot of money and influence, and five of the supervisors are up for re-election this year.  We are very concerned about how the supervisors are going to vote.  Last month, only Supervisors Daly, Dufty, and Ammiano voted in favor of eminent domain, while the others made excuses and sided with the developer despite the passage of Prop H in 1999.  Only a concerted grassroots effort will allow the public interest to prevail.

The Transbay Terminal Project is supported by the Sierra Club, San Francisco Tomorrow, Transportation for a Livable City, the Transportation and Land Use Coalition, Rescue Muni, the SF Bicycle Coalition and many other groups.

Hope to see you at one or more of the hearings on Tuesday!

Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)

TALC is a partnership of over 90 groups working for a sustainable and socially just Bay Area. We envision a region with healthy, vibrant, walkable communities that provide all residents with transportation choices and affordable housing. The coalition analyzes county and regional policies, works with community groups to develop alternatives, and coordinates grassroots campaigns.


Overview of 80 Natoma issues prior to vote by SFCTA and SF BoS on September 28, 2004

We need your help!

Please e-mail or call the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, especially if you're a San Francisco resident. See below for details.

As expected, the Board of Supervisors has gone along with the Transportation Authority staff's request to continue the item to their September 28 hearing, following the rescheduled TA hearing at 11 AM on that day.

So, please mark your calendars for
September 28 - Authority Board, 11:00 AM, Room 250, City Hall (agenda to be posted at http://www.sfcta.org/Meetings/Agendas/AgendasPage.htm )

And following, to Tuesday, September 28, 3 PM. Board Chambers (at the top of the grand stairs), 2nd floor, San Francisco City Hall, 3 PM (agenda to be posted at http://sfgov.org/site/bdsupvrs_index.asp?id=4383 )

If you only have time to attend one hearing, it looks like SFCTA on Tuesday the 28th at 11 AM is the most important, followed by the BoS at 3 PM.

The current situation

The Transbay Terminal project, including extension of Caltrain to Downtown San Francisco, is in danger of permanent derailment. High-rise developer Jack Myers, who plans to build a 51-story residential tower at 80 Natoma Street, directly in the path of the extension's tracks and rail platforms, refuses to delay construction so that his building can be designed to integrate with the tunnel box. [See map, picture.] Without his cooperation — which he has repeatedly refused — the Board of Supervisors must condemn the property so that the Transbay Terminal project can go forward.

OK, that makes sense. So why hasn't it happened yet?

The short answer is, the city of San Francisco is playing politics (specifically, the SF County Transportation Authority, known as SFCTA). The SFCTA produced a report which gives a few paragraphs of lip service to an utterly impractical idea which would call for an unprecedented — and seismically unsound — tunnelling under the foundations of an already constructed building. Not only have independent transit activists critiqued this so-called compromise solution (770k PDF), but even TJPA (the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the project owner and sponsor) itself has stated that the idea is unworkable (1.9M PDF). TJPA's geotechnical and construction consultants include some of the most well-known engineers in their fields in the world — but SFCTA staff claims that their back-of-the-napkin idea has greater merit than the months of work already completed by these experts. Even the tunnelling expert for Muni's Central Subway has dismissed this "solution" as simply impossible.

And even were this solution technically feasible, it would cost the public far more than eminent domain. The added construction and mitigation costs are estimated to exceed $50 million, and the assessed value of the parcel is currently $32 million. TJPA has already made an offer of the market value of the parcel, which was rejected by Myers; he demands to make over a $100 million profit on the sale of this parcel to TJPA alone!

A letter signed by nine members of the State Legislature demands that the Board support the TJPA condemnation efforts.

Wait a second. There are two public agencies battling for control of this project?

The TJPA represents not only the city of San Francisco but Caltrain and AC Transit (the primary users of the new terminal), and San Mateo County as well. It is, by state law, the project sponsor and legally responsible for all design work on the project. The SFCTA, as a branch of the San Francisco city government, is taking actions — including negotiating directly with Jack Myers without even informing the TJPA — that are inappropriate and may even be illegal in attempting to influence a project over which it does not have authority.

OK, so what can I do?

Please e-mail or call the San Francisco Board of Supervisors urging condemnation of the parcel without delay, in accordance with Proposition H, which was passed by the voters in 1999. E-mail, phone or fax the supervisor for your district using the contact information at SFGov, or write to all of the supervisors by emailing to board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org.

Following is a sample letter:

Dear Matt Gonzalez and Members of the Board,

I urge you to condemn 80 Natoma at your board meeting on Sept. 21 without
further delay, in accordance with Prop H.

Prop H, which passed in Nov. 1999 with nearly 70% of the vote, directs you
to "adopt such further ordinances and resolutions and take all other actions
as necessary to effectuate the prompt extension of Caltrain downtown to said
station, and to protect right-of-way as identified in the Joint Powers
Board's draft Downtown Extension Environmental Impact Report from any
development that would preclude the extension or increase its costs."

The developer of 80 Natoma has refused a fair market offer of more than $32
million as well as an offer to find another parcel for his building.  He's
refused to design his proposed building to be compatible with the Caltrain
downtown extension.  He's demanding to make a profit of more than $100
million on this vacant parcel.  This is outrageous.

The Transbay Terminal project is one of the most significant public transit
projects being planned in the state.  It is supported by the Sierra Club,
San Francisco Tomorrow, Transportation for a Livable City, the
Transportation and Land Use Coalition, Rescue Muni, the SF Bicycle Coalition
and many other groups.  Please honor the will of the people and allow the
Caltrain downtown extension to proceed in the least costly and least risky
way - by condemning the vacant 80 Natoma parcel.

Announcements from August 27, 2004

  1. BIC hearing on 80 Natoma/Transbay this Monday, August 30, 9 AM
  2. Transbay Terminal Update
1) Your presence is requested at the Building Inspection Commission hearing this Monday, August 30. The Commission is having a special hearing to consider the consolidated appeals regarding the building permits for 80 Natoma Street by Myers Natoma Venture, LLC and TRANSDEF.

If the developer is given permission to proceed with building his project as currently proposed, and if his construction proceeds following the Sept. 21 TA hearing, the Caltrain downtown extension and Transbay Terminal project will never be built.

Please attend to show your support for the Transbay Terminal project.

Monday, August 30, 2004 at 9:00 a.m.
Room 400
San Francisco City Hall

Agenda is at www.sfgov.org/site/dbi_page.asp?id=26927

2) Transbay Terminal Update

Things did not go well for the Transbay Terminal Project on August 17. The SF County Transportation Authority (which is the Board of Supervisors of SF, wearing different hats), voted to give the TA staff up to $10 million to spend during the next 30 days to further investigate a conceptual engineering "solution" to the conflict between the 80 Natoma and Caltrain Downtown Extension projects. The supervisors also voted to delay consideration of condemnation of the property, and voted against allocating money to the TJPA to allow the TJPA to commence preliminary engineering for the Transbay Project.

Supervisors Chris Daly, Bevan Dufty, and Tom Ammiano voted with us, except for the final vote where Ammiano joined the rest of his colleagues. All of the others, including McGoldrick, Sandoval, Gonzalez, Maxwell, Alioto, Ma, Elsbernd, and Peskin voted to favor this monied developer's side of the issue.

The SFCTA actions were illegal. Under Prop K, the TJPA is designated as the lead agency for the Transbay/Caltrain extension project -- not the TA. In addition, state law places jurisdiction for the Transbay project with the TJPA, and the TA action violates the law.

The SFCTA proposal essentially calls for building the 50-story building and then removing over 80% of its foundation on one side of the building, to build the Caltrain downtown extension. Noted engineering experts, including the tunneling consultant for Muni's Central Subway project, have testified that the purported SFCTA "solution" is a complete disaster from a geotechnical, logistical, safety, constructability, insurability, legal and economic standpoint.

The SFCTA proposal is completely unworkable and should have been rejected outright. The most prudent and cost effective action is to condemn 80 Natoma. A letter signed by nine members of the Legislature demands that the Board support the TJPA condemnation efforts. This letter was signed by State Senators John Burton, Don Perata, Jackie Speier, Tom Torlakson, Byron Sher, Liz Figueroa, Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez, as well as Assemblymembers Leland Yee and John Dutra.

We have a chance to get the Board of Supervisors to vote for condemnation on Sept. 21, but we have to keep the pressure on. What you can do:

We are still in the hunt. Our current objectives are preventing the TA from making an illegal deal with Myers, and a vote by the Board on the 21st authorizing condemnation.

For more information, see:


Announcements from Tuesday 8/17

Two important meetings at SF City Hall today (8/17): Item 10 on the SFCTA August 17 agenda -- appropriating up to $16.125 million of Prop. K funds -- has serious problems. Please urge board members to reject the so-called "solution" to the Transbay Terminal Project's right of way conflict at 80 Natoma. One of our sources describes the language of Item 10 as "bull---t meant to prejudice the Board of Supervisors" (Transportation Authority members wearing different hats) on the issue of exercising eminent domain on 80 Natoma Street.

Even if you've taken action before, it's important to act again now.

Things have gotten incredibly nasty in the Transbay Terminal fight. The Superior Court rejected Myers' motion, but he succeeded in getting his appeal before SF Building Inspection Commission continued to 30 August. Behind the scenes, the city is doing everything possible to delay the Transbay project and work in favor of the developer.

Tuesday, Aug. 17 is the most important day of reckoning for the project to date. Please call the SF Board of Supervisors and Urge Them to Condemn 80 Natoma Now!

Two meetings, one at 11 AM, another at 4:30 PM, will decide the future of the Transbay Terminal project.

If you can't attend, please call the supervisors as early in the morning as possible.

Both meetings are in board chambers, City Hall, Tuesday August 17.

The 11 AM meeting is especially important as it will influence the outcome of the later meeting.

  1. Allocation meeting of SFCTA, 11 AM Ask the supervisors to reject the resolution of Item 10 to allocate more than $16 million in Prop K funds to pursue the SFCTA's "engineering solution" to the 80 Natoma conflict.

    At Friday's TJPA meeting, it became clear from the testimony of noted engineering experts, including the tunneling consultant for Muni's Central Subway project, that the purported SFCTA "solution" is a complete disaster from a geotechnical, logistical, safety, constructability, insurability, legal and economic standpoint. In a nutshell, the SFCTA proposal calls for building the 50-story building and then removing over 80% of its foundation on one side of the building, to build the Caltrain downtown extension. The SFCTA proposal is completely unworkable and should be rejected outright. For more information, see

  2. 4:30 Meeting to deal with condemnation
Talking points:

Announcements from Wed. 8/11

Here's what you can do: Finally, depending the outcome of the court proceedings tomorrow, the scheduled Building Inspection Committee hearing on the morning of August 16, (announced here previously; see below under "Wed. 7/14"), may be cancelled. Please check this page again for an update on this.

Announcements from Sunday, Aug. 8

This week, your action is needed to move the Transbay Terminal Project ahead. In the weeks since our last alert on this issue,

This week (2nd week of August), please urge the SF Board of Supervisors to approve Supervisor Daly's resolution to exercise eminent domain to acquire the property. They will take testimony on this at a meeting this Tuesday the 10th, and probably will take action on the resolution next week, Tuesday, August 17.

Tell them that this greedy developer is being unreasonable and therefore, eminent domain is the best way to proceed for the good of the city. Add any comments about how the Transbay Project and Caltrain downtown extension will benefit you personally, and should be built. Also, please thank Supervisors Tony Hall, Bevan Dufty and Tom Ammiano for co-sponsoring Daly's resolution.

Key Dates

Board of Supervisors contact information:
sfgov.org/site/bdsupvrs_index.asp

For upcoming BOS agendas, follow the link above, click on "Meeting information" in the right-hand column.

San Francisco City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St between McAllister and Grove)

Take Muni 47 from Caltrain. Accessible Muni lines serving this location are: 47-Van Ness, 49-Van Ness, 71-Haight/Noriega, 5-Fulton, 21-Hayes, 6-Parnassus, 7-Haight, the F-Market streetcar; and any line serving the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market or Civic Center. (For trip planning information, go to 511 Transit Info.) The closest accessible BART station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall.
Directions to SF City Hall

E-mail, call, or show up at the meetings. Thanks for taking action!


Announcements from Wed. 7/14 A San Francisco Chronicle column, misinformed by San Mateo County Supervisor Mike Nevin, recently falsely stated that the high-speed rail bond would be required to shoulder two-thirds of the cost of the Transbay Terminal project. Wrong!

The Transbay EIR indicates a possible $475 million could come from the HSR bonds. (See Chapter 6 of Transbay Terminal / Caltrain Downtown Extension / Redevelopment Project EIS/EIR.)

That's closer to 12% of the total cost, not two-thirds! The project is also being funded through San Francisco's Prop K, as well as Regional Measure 2.


Late Flash (Tues. 15 June, 12:15 pm, courtesy of Regional Alliance for Transit):

(Hawaiian developer, 80 Natoma developer, leading opponent of Transbay project) Myers is trying to get Sups Daly and Maxwell removed from voting on the EIR today, citing an issue that they have already voted on the project as members of other bodies (Caltrain and TJPA). This is, of course, nonsense, and the City Attorney has already informally told the supervisors that they can vote. However, a letter from Myers attorneys could result in President Gonzalez disqualifying Daly and Maxwell from voting tonight, absent the City Attorney writing a formal opinion at the last minute.

Please call or email Gonzalez and voice your strong disapproval of Myers latest tactic. Let them vote!

Email: Matt.Gonzalez@sfgov.org

call: (415) 554-7630 - voice


As you probably remember, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote last Tuesday on upholding the EIR certification for the Transbay Terminal and Caltrain Downtown Extension project. Unfortunately, some supervisors attempted to duck the issue, claiming that they'd never even seen the final EIR for the project (which for reference is available on the web), and opted to defer the hearing for a week, to Tuesday, June 15.

After last Tuesday's great turnout, we once again need everyone who can possibly make it -- regardless of where you live -- to come to the next Board of Supervisors meeting and speak in favor of upholding the EIR certification so the project can go forward.

TUESDAY, JUNE 15, 4 pm (offical start time) -- but likely later.

San Francisco City Hall Board Chambers
(2nd floor, directly up the main staircase after you enter)
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place (Polk St between McAllister and Grove)
Take Muni 47 from Caltrain. Accessible Muni lines serving this location are: 47-Van Ness, 49-Van Ness, 71-Haight/Noriega, 5-Fulton, 21-Hayes, 6-Parnassus, 7-Haight, the F-Market streetcar; and any line serving the Metro Stations at Van Ness and Market or Civic Center. (For trip planning information, go to 511 Transit Info.) The closest accessible BART station is Civic Center, three blocks from City Hall.
Directions to SF City Hall

Because the board will hold a public hearing on proposed reductions to health care services to indigents ("Beilenson Hearing") at 3 pm, they are unlikely to start the Transbay Terminal hearing on time. The prior hearing may go on for a few hours.

The good news is that this will allow more of you to attend the hearing after work. The bad news is that we're not sure if the Transbay hearing will actually start at 4:30, 5, 6 pm, or even later.

When you arrive, look for someone handing out fluorescent pink Transbay supporter stickers, and wear it to display your support.

The Transbay Terminal public hearing is item 17 on the agenda.

If you can't be there at all, or even if you can, it's not too late to send email or call the SF Board of Supervisors! (See below for contact info. of four Supervisors.)


Announcements from Wed. 9 June

We'd like to thank and apologize to all of you who went to the trouble to show up Tuesday, by the way. Although it may have seemed a waste, it isn't: Open public hearings are the only way we can hold public officials accountable to us, the public, for the decisions they make.

If you can't attend the meeting, but you do live in San Francisco, please write or call your supervisor urging support of the EIR, especially Ma, Dufty, Peskin and McGoldrick (their contact info. below). Further information, including a sample letter, and a flyer you can print and give to your friends available from MTC Watch's Caltrain page

Additionally, we need volunteers to hand out flyers at 4th and King. Currently we're planning on doing this on Thursday, all morning starting at 6:10 am (the first northbound arrival of the day and the beginning of the commute rush hour in both directions). If you're available at any time to help us out, please give Margaret Okuzumi a call on her cell at 650-269-4109.

Thanks again for all of your support.


Thurs. 6/10 Addendum/follow-up to above Action Update

Sup. Jake McGoldrick, District 1, has been a consistent supporter of the Transbay Terminal project and has an excellent voting record on environmental and transportation issues. He was not one of the supervisors attempting to stall the EIR Tuesday.

We need supporters calling and writing in from all districts, of course.

This sort of delay tactic is not unusual in politics. Don't be frustrated if you did show up this time; every head in support of the project counts, at every meeting. And if you didn't get a chance to contact your supervisor, this is a great second chance.




Jake McGoldrick - District 1
(415) 554-7410 - voice
(415) 554-7415 - fax
Jake.McGoldrick@sfgov.org

Aaron Peskin - District 3
(415) 554-7450 - voice
(415) 554-7454 - fax
Aaron.Peskin@sfgov.org

Fiona Ma - District 4
(415) 554-7460 - voice
(415) 554-7432 - fax
Fiona.Ma@sfgov.org

Bevan Dufty - District 8
(415) 554-6968 - voice
(415) 554-6909 - fax
Bevan.Dufty@sfgov.org