Takes It Case To The People
March 26, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 26, 2004 ANTI-GARAGE ALLIANCE TAKES ITS CASE TO THE PEOPLE Who Alliance For Golden Gate Park - Trees Not Cars - Save Golden Gate Park What Public discussion of recent judge ruling granting a "stay" over the injunction that halted construction of the underground garage in Golden Gate Park When Sunday, March 28, 2994 - 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. Where Skatin' Place - 6th Avenue and Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park On Friday March 26, the Appeals Court granted a "stay" to the injunction that had stopped construction of the underground parking garage associated with the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. This issue has really heated up in the past few weeks as both sides battle it out in the courts. The Alliance for Golden Gate Park is taking their issue directly to the people. "The entire process of their appeal was very irregular, but for the next 10 days they can go forward with raping our Park". says Chris Duderstadt of the Alliance for Golden Gate Park. "There will be a formal hearing of the case by the Appeals Court but with this preliminary stay it's not looking good". "Proposition J authorizes the construction of a garage in the Music concourse area, but it also specifically requires that the garage be built with private funding" says Katherine Roberts of "Trees Not Cars", the group that spearheaded the suit that resulted in the initial injunction. "The decision that stopped garage construction found that the organization trying to build the garage, the Music Concourse Community Partnership (MCCP), was likely trying to use public funding to do so, in violation of proposition J", says Roberts". "The public stands to be bilked out of tens of millions of dollars if this deal goes through". "Judge McCarthy also found that the garage planning process might have failed to meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act and denied local residents their constitutional right of due process", says Stephen Willis of Save Golden Gate Park, another group with a lawsuit against the garage that's working it's way through the courts. The Alliance for Golden Gate Park wants any changes in the music concourse area to be developed in open, public planning processes. The organization believes that other options, such as improving transit, pedestrian and bicycle access would better serve the majority of park users. We want to see a real pedestrian oasis -- not a poorly designed garage that was developed behind closed doors. Members of the Alliance for Golden Gate Park, Trees Not Cars, Save Golden Gate Park and others will take their case to the people in Golden Gate Park Sunday, Mar. 28. at 6th Ave and Kennedy Drive from 1:00 P.M. to 4:00 P.M. There will be an information booth and representatives from each organization will express their views to the public and the media.