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The San Francisco Health Department with Mitch Katz is worse then the Nazis. When educated citizens reveal the truth to him he turns a blind eye. So does his sidekick Rajiv Bhatia who puts down the community living in Bayview Hunters Point and encourages crooks to build 1600 housing units in the middle to Chernobyl. This is crime and against all moral and ethical principles.
Our San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tom Ammiano, Bevan Dufty, Aaron Perskin, Alioto-Pier, Sandoval, Elsbernd, McGoldrick, and the worse of them Sophie Maxwell are agreed to permit Lennar BVHP LLC build 1600 units on Parcel A which is toxic. Only Supervisors Chris Daly and Matt Gonzalez stood for the community and for the truth.
Gone are the days when we had women and men that cared for the community and San Francisco. The present bunch of politicians love to run their mouths. They sometimes can talk for hours about saving elephants and just two minutes when it comes to saving the lives of infants. Especially if the infants are people of color. Once there were two Shellmounds on Hunters Point. These were Sacred Shellmounds. The United States Navy leveled these two hills and desecrated the human remains of the First People - the Ohlone. Once on Hunters Point there were many rivers flowing into the Bay - two still run underground - but now all of the watershed and underground rivers have huge amounts of radiological elements.
Some one must remind the fools that they ought to look beyond the beyond. Some must remind the fools that they cannot continue being immoral and unethical. Some one must remind the fools that they cannot do wrong all the time and NOT be accountable.
Look at the map and tell me why most of you who make the immoral policies should not go to jail?
Once the Ohlone lived in peace with all around them being good. Then came the strangers and stole the land. No one ever sold the land and all around the land to no one. Today the Muwekma Ohlone are alive and the City and County of San Francisco has 3 standing Resolutions and more paying respects - it is on paper and well documented. For the unbelievers they are Resolution Number 624-92, Resolution Number 489-02, Resolution Number 433-98. The Clerk of Board has them on record and I have the copies of them all.
Look at yourselves those of you who continue to harm Mother Earth and ask yourselves - why do you continue to do so? Let us not talk about sustainability, recycling, conservation, and other such ideas when in your hearts and souls you foster greed and all the evil that evilness perpetuates on innocent human beings. The worst agency San Francisco Environment (SFE) which positions itself to waste money from grants and bond measures. The City Controller better pay heed to this agency. Mr. Harvey Rose and Ed Harrington where are you on this one?
One of the worst agencies that pollute our precious land, air, and water is San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Heading this agency Susan Leal and the gremlins that follow her dictates and her evil life style. Nothing good will come from this agency linked with the Capitol Improvement Project (CIP), the Energy Policies, our Watershed, our Reservoirs, Clean Drinking Supply and Demand Policies, upgrading and repair of the Hetch Hetchy System - unless this woman goes away. Her $300,000 salary plus perks is an eye sore but more pathetic are her qualifications and lack of common sense. She talks the talk but cannot walk the walk.

creeks and Rivers in San Francisco Part 6-articles written by Francisco DaCosata
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 22:23:04 (PST)

My friends if we do not know our common shared history on the land, the air, and water we breathe then how can we really care for Mother Earth and our Environment? We have the San Francisco Environment, The Human Rights Commission, we have the Mayor and his cronies, we have the San Francisco Board of Supervisors - daily by their actions they contribute to the adverse impacts we see all over our City and County of San Francisco. We have Federal, State, and Local laws that mandate that we keep our watershed clean. The same with our air and the few remaining Lakes, Creeks, and the Bay. Today more then ever before those elected officials choose to harm our environment.
Our officials think nothing of building thousands of units and adversely impacting our environment. We have over 900 miles of broken pipes daily leaking and polluting our watershed. Thousands of tons of pollutants dumped on land and in our Bay that have killed our fish and made eating any fish and other vegetation harmful.
The runoff from the old mercury mines continues to flow into the Bay. Our Phelps Raw Sewage Treatment Plant is the worse in the world. Not even third world countries have one in the middle of the neighborhood. Daily the stacks fire pollutants into the air. Added to that the stench emitting tons of pathogens into the air. Our infants are dying and no one cares. The old toxic spewing power plants each spews one and half tons of toxins into the air. Now the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission under the direction of Susan Leal wants to place 3 Combustible Turbines burning very expensive fossil fuel and spewing particulates and pathogens - killing infants.

creeks and Rivers in San Francisco Part 5
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 22:20:19 (PST)

The Spanish brought the cows and the cows feasted on the native plants many were used as herbs and had medicinal properties. The creeks and rivers were clean with fish and in the Bay one could find an abundance of Abalone, Shrimp, Herring, and a hundred other varieties of fish.
The strangers who destroyed it all seem not to care - they did not care about this before and they do not give a hoot today.
Today we have Lake Merced, Pine Lake in the Golden Gate Park, and Mountain Lake at the Presidio of San Francisco. We still have Lobos Creek at the Presidio of San Francisco and a small rivulet that was part of Islais Creek River in Glen Park. We still have parts of rivers and creeks running underground a reminder of the days when things were better and the watershed and all living things above healthier. Today, our San Francisco Board of Supervisors and the Mayor has no clue of the natural history of San Francisco - the Patwin, the Yokuts, the Ohlone, the Miwoks, the Pomos - no notion of a dialect called Penutian that was commonly spoken all over today's Bay Area.

creeks and Rivers in San Francisco Part 4
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 22:19:16 (PST)

When the strangers came to San Francisco around the 1770s they found many clans living around the many lakes, rivers, creeks, marshlands, wetlands with plenty of food and lots of good nourishment. The animals, bird, fish, and plant life flourished and the clans all lived healthy and happy lives. They were here for over 10,000 years. Sometimes the White Folks I talk to think that this is not a fact. While we have archeological maps and documents on human remains and artifacts found all over San Francisco. As recently as 1972 human remains were found on a site called SFr-25. Human remain dated back to 1300 years at the Presidio of San Francisco.
If one looks at the map at the beginning of this article one can gauge for oneself and see how pristine the land was and that too when over 30% of San Francisco was developed. It is very difficult to go to the original times but I know for sure the fog was thicker, the vegetation richer, lots of frogs, birds, animals, insects, and thousands of native plants most of which have disappeared because of greed.

Creeks and Rivers in San Francisco Part 3
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 22:18:17 (PST)

We had in place a Black Mayor Willie L Brown Jr. This man destroyed the moral fabric of San Francisco and brought in lobbyists and other evil trends that helped crooks like Catellus Corporation and Mission Bay. Today Catellus has cut its losses and taken a hike.
Today we have developers who have tarnished the pristine land that once was San Francisco. The wetlands and the marshlands are no more. The many creeks have been filled in. The few lakes we have today are suffering. The once pristine watershed that spreads its wings from Lobos Creek in the Presidio of San Francisco to San Mateo County is being adversely impacted and polluted.

Creeks and Rivers in San Francisco Part 2
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 22:17:12 (PST)

It is a shame in the year 2004 our San Francisco Board of Supervisors have no idea about the natural and archeological history of San Francisco. Have no clue about the Ohlone, the Miwoks, the Pomos or for that matter anything pristine, natural, and wholesome that was San Francisco before the strangers came and destroyed most - everything.
The same holds true for our San Francisco Planning Department, the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, San Francisco Environment and of course the Mayor and the young Turks that surround him - feeding him all the misinformation and leading him in the wrong direction.
Daily we have to deal with Supervisor Sophie Maxwell who for all the wrong reasons makes choices that are failed choices each and every time. It is because of such uneducated people our City and County of San Francisco that is worse off today then it was yesterday.

Creeks and Rivers in San Francisco Part 1
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 22:16:03 (PST)

test
test
- Sunday, December 26, 2004 at 22:08:16 (PST)

monkeybrains
monkey brains
- Wednesday, December 22, 2004 at 14:31:48 (PST)

Monique Moyer is the new Director of the San Francisco Port Authority (SFPA). This woman has been towing the line - following in the foot steps of crooks like David Beupre and Diana Oshima who are sell-outs. These two employees of the SF Port Authority have not been frank with the constituents. They use the Southern Waterfront Advisory Committee (comprised of sell-outs like Karen Pierce) to speak for the corrupt SF Port Authority. Well, the issue today is the proposed Illinois Bridge which the Coast Guard knows is a big risk - it is time Homeland Security also understands this fact. Another fact that the public should know is that Cattelus Corportation which initiated this fiasco and the building of the proposed Illinois bridge has sold out and is out of the Real Estate business. Cattelus contributed over $4 million to the SF Port Authortiy to build the bridge if ever. The SFP Authority also forced Bode Gravel,RMC, Henson, Norcal Waste, and a number of other SFPA clients to contribute to the bridge. This fact should be investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The bridge will bring the downfall of many. The SFPA will have to deal with the Force Main which can hold the City and County of San Francisco hostage.The Force Main carries 80% of the City's Sewage and a 100% of the sewage from Burlingame, Brisbane, Colma and Daly City. Steel prices are going up and the proposed Illinois Bridge will cost over $35 million. The design is poor and does not take into account the very poor soil conditons. Most of the area around the bridge is landfill. Monique Moyer would do well to tell the truth. No meaningul dialog has been held with the community. The SFPA continues doing business with thugs some of them are paid to attend SWAC meetings. The SWAC is a puppet of the SF Port. A case in point Karen Pierce. It is too late to have any community meetings now - the bridge should be shelved. Where will the SF Port Authority get the extra $20 million it needs? The Board of Supervisors will not approve giving more money to this lost cause. Much like the conduits that cost $20 million plus and cannot be used at all. Lost in this fiasco endangered plants, insects, birds and the most outstanding Chorus Frog. The "frog" is the standard to garner the health and state of affairs of any area. You kill the frogs - you kill it all. There are many who have "blood" on their hands. The added pollution from the diesel will kill children. It will harm many and adversely impact a wide area. Monique Moyer does not care - she makes her money in San Francisco and lives in Burlingame or around that area. The other Port employees have no idea about Public Trust Land and the Burton Act. This Illinois Bridge will bring the downfall of many -time will tell.
Francisco Da Costa
- Monday, November 29, 2004 at 08:43:35 (PST)

COOL SITECOOL SITE
Mulum Maga
- Friday, November 19, 2004 at 20:37:51 (PST)

*COOL SITE COOLS ITE
malam mugu <mugu@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 08:47:32 (PST)

Islais Creek is often mentioned by the SF Board of Supervisors as the last frontier. The symbol of hope against the developers and greed. Matt and Chris two progresive BOS have been to the Islais Creek and are well aware of the past,recent, and future developments. A Force Main that carries 80% of the City's Treated Sewage runs by Pier 80 and is leaking righ now.
The Force Main is leaking now because of the 3 conduits that were dug under it by MUNI and Proven the contractor. The Muwekma Park was destroyed and all plant,insect,bird,fish, animal life destroyed. Right now every effort is being made to save the Chorus Frog and a few plants by a few ardent lovers of nature. This is token appreciation funded by MUNI, the SF Port Authority, Proven the contractor who was responsible for this mess, and the general non chalant attitude prevailing by all directly concerned about Islais Creek the last frontier and the building of the stupid conduits to cater to MUNI, the vested interests of Catellus Corp.
We tried posting on this site and kept some of our ardent viewers of this site well informed. In the future you will see the SF Port Authority trying to build a bridge over the Force Main. A bridge that is not needed. You see others making a token effort to restore some of what has been destroyed. The Muwekma Park is a symbol that stands out - much as does the Chorus Frog, the pickleweed, and some other precious plant, insect, animal, fish and other life - rare to the educated and appreciated - but mundane to the bureaucrats from MUNI, SF Port Authority, SF Public Utilities Commission, SF Department of Works, and a host of others who could not care less about Open Space and the symbol of what Islais Creek is all about. This is a free country and it would be prudent that remarks made here are in keeping with the real facts. I do not think this site is for fools and goofing.
If it is - it might be that those who want to provoke are no better then the fools who created this mess - in the first place.

Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, November 11, 2004 at 01:17:40 (PST)

system check
david
- Tuesday, November 09, 2004 at 20:33:15 (PST)

Yahoo Sucks the big corporate probiscus, here is another link:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/animals/newsid_3744000/3744828.stm

david
- Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 22:08:23 (PDT)

correction on last entry:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/latimests/threattoamphibiansrising

david
- Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 22:04:26 (PDT)

frogs disappearing globally:
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&cid=2026&ncid=2026&e=4&u=/latimests/20041015/ts_latimes/threattoamphibiansrising

david
- Wednesday, October 20, 2004 at 19:36:05 (PDT)

A Haiku to the bridge that connects our lives.
Under the cesspool
A Ray of Light Emerges
Urethra Sunbeam

Dietrich Martin <dmartini@hotmail.com>
- Friday, September 24, 2004 at 21:02:28 (PDT)

Hey all! Its great to be in the grills of those who actually give a dung about whats going on in our society. Lately ive been visiting this creek, and let me tell you, its a cesspool of madness and retribution. Retribution to what? Why us? What have we done to cause a offensive so eager and surgical, that it would obliterate our creek? The answer is in our souls, and our faces. Your face.
Ronald Halfling <halflinghermit@gmail.com>
- Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 21:55:11 (PDT)

Hello all, its great to back posting again. I recently posted last december about my love for zen-like tranquility of Islais Creek. I had the opportunity to go back there this weekend with the MADD (Mexicans Against Drunk Driving) Committee. I was very surprised at the condition of the creek. It not only smelled rancid, but is also flooded with those little bubbles that appear after excessive urination. It's sad to say, but i no longer support the cause. Thanks for listening everyone, please email me sometime
Tonia Hafter <tortilla@mexicanbus.com>
- Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 21:49:11 (PDT)

alls we need is courage.
Christine Weilant
- Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 21:38:12 (PDT)

i am a bored, trust fund baby and i entertain myself by making poo poo entries on community websites, because i have no friends.
peepeepoopoo
ORU MAGA
- Saturday, August 07, 2004 at 17:43:52 (PDT)

rexman@yahoo.com, johnindianbanks@yahoo.com,maganodey@yahoo.com <maganodey@yahoo.com>
- Saturday, August 07, 2004 at 21:22:28 (PDT)

peepeepoopoo
ORU MAGA
- Saturday, August 07, 2004 at 17:43:52 (PDT)

wanted to let all of you who have contributed to the illinois street bridge petition in the past,that we have lost the last 9 months of entries due to an unusual internet glitch that occurred on saturday, july 10, 2004.
have managed to find a backup of entries through january 2004, and will upload as soon as possible. (which means entries after that date are probably lost for good)
apologies for all of you, and please keep making entries
david
david
- Thursday, July 15, 2004 at 18:58:33 (PDT)


I LOVE YOUR SITE WITH GOOD MESSAGES.KEEP IT UP.
ORU MAGA <maganodey@yahoo.com>
- Friday, January 02, 2004 at 19:35:48 (PST)


let's hope, we will have more Baobab and more peaceful retreat areas.
Marco <marcosenghor@earthlink.net>
- Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 11:47:08 (PST)


Cease and desist until the matter can be brought before Mayor Gonzalez.
Angelo Festa <angfesta@aol.com>
- Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 08:04:22 (PST)


No to the take over to non-local special interest!
PEOPLE WHO DON'T LIVE IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, SHOULDN'T BE ALLOWED TO DIG UP THE STREET WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE.
Gilles Marin <gmarin@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, December 02, 2003 at 07:37:01 (PST)


Hello...If anything we do need more trees and less congestion.
Iinstead of keeping the beatiful town beautiful they keep on taking away those very parts that makes this place sooo very special.....
.And it's them again!!.... those... ugly..M...F... modern blind visionarios making those stupid decisions....And to "Disappear" more Artists Community from an Artist Town it' shure is a sad and stupid vision that they have...
A luta continua....never give up...one LOVE
Alessandro
alessandro palladini <apalladini@earthlink.net>
- Monday, December 01, 2003 at 23:16:58 (PST)


There are very few spaces left in our city where one can still go and breath and get a sense of quiet and nature. Islais Creek is one of these places. The neighbors who already occupy the area seem to support the fresh feeling. Please no more construction! Like the old saying, Leave well enough alone.
Tonia Hafter <dance@mexicanbus.com>
- Monday, December 01, 2003 at 22:07:25 (PST)


i want to know a lot obout Illinios bye
mackie <soccermack93@yahoo.com>
- Friday, November 21, 2003 at 09:14:44 (PST)


OYNE ORU NDEWONU.
NWA MUGU <rexmann@yahoo.com>
- Monday, November 03, 2003 at 16:08:47 (PST)


I lived in this magnificent neighborhood filler with artist , where I recovered my voice .There is no place in this world that could inspire artist like this . I wonder how a government organization could decide to deface an inspirational canal with a bridge , which will result to noise , chaos , and environmental pollution .I hope God will touch the hearts of those behind this unscrupulous decision .
Tiziana Rubino <rubino15@supereva.it>
- Friday, October 31, 2003 at 02:20:16 (PST)


ojea matt gonnzalez-
thanks for coming down to the artists bbq event at islais creek last night hosted by kal spellitech, monkeybrains, locals and the muwekma ohlone sanctuary.
you and all of us are the future...so let all of work towards that end
david and bubba
- Monday, October 27, 2003 at 21:04:52 (PST)


We do not need the Illinois Street bridge. The Islais Creek Sanctuary is one of the best examples of creative grassroots projects in town. This is what we need.
Maryam Pirnzar
- Sunday, October 12, 2003 at 15:46:18 (PDT)


Artists are the SOUL of any culture. The Artist Community at Islais Creek have and are playing a vital role and many San Franciscans understand this. With Mayor Willie Brown at the helm of affairs - he pays lip service to artists and will bed in with the corrupt - the likes of Cattelus Corporation and the CROOKS who are behind the false economics of Mission Bay and this proposed bridge. This proposed bridge is a Security Risk. The SF Port Authority is corrupt and does not care nor value Quality of Life Standards. The Port has no compassion and lacks any understanding about community - much less a community of artists who have done so much for San Francisco.Key Port officials do not live in San Francisco. At this time we can document history by speaking out. We can also take legal action and put a stop to this nonsense. This proposed bridge has NO place over Islais Creek. The bridge will bring pollution and destroy all that is good. This last open space over a creek deserves better treatment. Time will tell.
Francisco Da Costa
- Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 08:36:24 (PDT)


I just moved to this wonderful city from a vastly inferior one: LA. Only briefly did I get a glimpse of Islais Creek in its normal state – then I saw the front line of destruction encroaching. The world is running out of places for artistically minded people to live together and form communities. This is why I moved to San Francisco, a city known for these places, and now I see them getting wiped out, one by one. Just because there IS a last frontier in this city doesn’t mean it needs to be conquered. I also question how realistic the economics of this situation are. We’ve seen the .com bubble burst, and now I see a .gov bubble forming. I came here in hopes that this was the one place where the representatives listen to the people, yet here we see a number of voices being sadly unheard. I moved here looking for stability and creative value, but now I’m living in a community that seems to be considered expendable and unvalued. I’m appalled that local government is slowly turning this community-based city into the kind of city I couldn’t wait to get away form just a short time ago. We don’t need the bridge. I know there are plenty of more productive places this money could go. Do you need a list? I’d be happy to provide one.
evan
- Saturday, October 11, 2003 at 00:32:30 (PDT)


Broken promises, poor planning and shoddy work, environmental and community destruction, corporate welfare and government corruption, and out-to-lunch newsmedia. It is a sad story of what San Francisco has become. NO NO NO on the bridge.
Kaye Griffin
- Friday, October 10, 2003 at 22:18:25 (PDT)

THE FACTS ARE SIMPLE,....I HAVE BEEN AT THIS LOCATION FOR ABOUT 20+ YEARS,....WHEN THERE WAS NO STREET,WHEN IT WA DUMP SITE, WHEN NO ONE CARED,.......I PERSONALY LOADED OUT MANY TRUCKS OF GARBAGE...IT WAS A DUMP SITE,....NO ONE CARED BUT MY WIFE AND I,....I 'PAVED' THE STREET ....THE CITY AND THE PORT REFUSED....EVEN AFTER I REMINDED THEM I PAID A SUBSTANIAL AMOUNT OF PROPERTY TAX,....I ASSUME PART OF WITCH WAS FOR THE IN QUESTION STREET,....AT THIS POINT I DO NOT WANT,...NOR REQUIRE A BRIDGE,.....WHY....WHY....DOES THE AREA NEED ONE?....THATS A FAIR QUESTION,....IF THERE IS NOT A OVERWELMING ANSWER....THEN WE ALL SHOULD AGREE WE DO NOT NEED OR WANT ONE,....I ALSO NOTE AND QUESTION,....WHY SHOULD ONE PROPERTY OWNER [THE PORT],....HAVE MORE RIGHTS OVER ANOTHER...[?],....WHY SHOULD A PPOPERTY OWNER[THE PORT],...BE ALLOWED TO TAKE OVER [TAKE AWAY]....PROPERTY OF OTHER OWENERS,....AND THE ABILITY TO WORK AND LIVE IN [OR WHERE]..WE WANT AND CURENTLY DO....ITS NOT FAIR, IT'S NOT RIGHT,.....HOW WOULD ONE REACT IF A NEIGHBOR ON PACIFIC AVE. SUDENLY STARTED DIGING UP THE STREET...OR THE FRONT LAWN.....[NOT GOING TO HAPPEN]....WHY,....WHY THEN CAN THE PORT DO IT HERE.....TO ALL INVOLVED KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK,....I CAN THINK OF 100 DIFFERANT PROJECTS WE NEED OVER A 2ND BRIDGE.....WILL SPENCER.
WILLIAM SPENCER <FWSINC@G0.COM>
- Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 15:24:36 (PDT)

I would like to see the residents of the community consulted prior to any decisions to go forward.
Ragi Dindial
- Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 08:11:54 (PDT)

There are a number of reasons not to proceed with this bridge. The community vs. developers struggle has been going on for years, with the developers pushing for short-term gain at the long-term expense of the community. After the recent dot-com boom, which resulted in the loss of many of our local artists, families and green spaces, it's time to listen to the community.
Chris Finn <cfinn@uclink4.berkeley.edu>
- Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 01:57:24 (PDT)

Tonight's Entries--thank you Stephan Parr, Maurice Campbell & Francisco Dacosta for your concerns ,communications and involvements with this community and having the vision and courage to state that people of color and artists and small businessess will suffer under the demise of incoming gentrification associated with SF Port, DPW,Catellus, SF ReDevelopment Agency, Norcal Waste, Bode Concrete,PG&E, Mirant, and a myriad of other private corporate interests infecting our communties here in the southern and central waterfront districts of san francisco.
all love and logic and one love
david
http://www.islaiscreek.org
David Erickson
- Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 01:46:18 (PDT)

This is yet another example of lack of vision by developers and city agencies.
Working with the community is essential to make San Francisco what is really is-a diverse mix of blue collar, white collar and artists. Artists and small business will suffer if this bridge is built. Only the wealthy will benefit. It couldn't be more clear. Oppose the bridge and the thoughtless and narrow minded developers behind it. Unite!
Stephen Parr
- Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 00:57:45 (PDT)

Tearing up a community developed park tributed to the orginal inhabitants, disrespecting the local residents. Developing in the name of big business which will attempt to displace residents, and increse trafic coming into a community all ready impacted by diesel fumes and other toxic substances. it is time to rally and put a stop to this shameful sham.
Maurice Campbell <mecsoft@pacbell.net>
- Thursday, October 09, 2003 at 00:02:48 (PDT)

The proposed bridge over Islais Creek has met with some serious design problems. Come January 8 the present Director, Douglas Wong will be thinking of jumping ship. The few SF Port officials who have been backing this proposed bridge, with the support of crooks such as Catellus Corporation will be exposed. This proposed bridge will bring pollution and adversely impact the environment within a radius of 6 miles - maximum 8 miles. There are some greedy entities waiting to make money on the side lines - none of them live in San Franciso. It is important that we try to maintain to keep Islais Creek free from heavy traffic and pollution that traffic brings along with it. It is the last open space area by a creek which once abounded with lots of herring and other fish. It still has visiting seals, birds of all kinds. By the damaged Muwekma Ohlone Park many birds sit and sing - little knowing that the crooks are on the verge of destroying all that is now - good.
Francisco Da Costa
- Sunday, October 05, 2003 at 07:59:05 (PDT)

I was privileged to live next to islais creek for a number of years, and spent much time watching the fauna around it. I am against developing this part of san francisco more than it has been already. we need to move towards a greener future, especially in urban areas that have already been devastated by years of industry. please save the creek. peter cole
peter cole <jarka108@earthlink.net>
- Friday, September 05, 2003 at 22:02:58 (PDT)

Design Review Board Meeting
BCDC's Design Review Board will hold a public meeting on Monday, August 11, 2003, at 6:30 p.m., at BCDC's office at 50 California Street, Suite 2600, San Francisco.
(Brad McCrea) [415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov]
Announcement to community
- Monday, August 11, 2003 at 12:03:27 (PDT)

San Francisco Chronicle Article Monday, July 28, 2003
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2003/07/28/MN283123.DTL&type=news
Local Community at Islais Creek
- Monday, July 28, 2003 at 22:46:20 (PDT)

THIS WORLD ISN'T FAIR
THIS "GOVERNMENT" ISN'T FAIR
THIS "GOVERNMENT" IS EVILE!
PLEASE KEEP FIGHTING EVILE
EVEN WHEN THOSE WHOSE SOULS HAVE BEEN CRUSHED HAVE GIVEN IN
YOU
ARE
OF COURSE,
DOING THE LORDS WORK!
FREEDOMFIGHTER
- Monday, July 14, 2003 at 21:37:18 (PDT)

These are photos of the flooding of the Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary due to the Duct Banks pipe collapse in November of 2001. The habitat restoration nor the Duct Banks infrastructure, nor the Pier 80 infrastructre at the Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary are complete to date...nearly 20 months after the pipe collapse. Furthermore, despite the fact that the Park lost $75,000 in grants due the pipe collapse,and that we have not been able to implement the numerous stewardship programs associated with these grants, current settlement offers for habitat restoration are $8000 to $10,000. The location of this disaster was under the multi jurisdictions of SF Port, SF Muni, SF DPW, SF PUC, SF Redevelopment Agency all who have offered no support or financial responsibility to impliment habitat resoration, and have placed all legal and financial liabilities upon Proven Management for not only the habitat restoration, but the repairs of the collapsed pipe, the stuck drill bit on the south side of islais creek at pier 90 and much more.
Current Litigation for costs of the pipe repair against Proven are in the tens of millions.
What a shame.
What a sham
David
http://www.monkeyview.net/zabudam@pacbell.net/munilightrail/index.vhtml
david
- Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 21:04:55 (PDT)

These are photos of the flooding of the Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary due to the Duct Banks pipe collapse in November of 2001. The habitat restoration nor the Duct Banks infrastructure, nor the Pier 80 infrastructre at the Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary are complete to date...nearly 20 months after the pipe collapse. Furthermore, despite the fact that the Park lost $75,000 in grants due the pipe collapse,and that we have not been able to implement the numerous stewardship programs associated with these grants, current settlement offers for habitat restoration are $8000 to $10,000. The location of this disaster was under the multi jurisdictions of SF Port, SF Muni, SF DPW, SF PUC, SF Redevelopment Agency all who have offered no support or financial responsibility to impliment habitat resoration, and have placed all legal and financial liabilities upon Proven Management for not only the habitat restoration, but the repairs of the collapsed pipe, the stuck drill bit on the south side of islais creek at pier 90 and much more.
Current Litigation for costs of the pipe repair against Proven are in the tens of millions.
What a shame.
What a sham
David
david
- Saturday, July 12, 2003 at 21:04:17 (PDT)

Garret
Actually, I was not making a point, or making an insult, merely an observation.
I am not sure what entry (possibly it was the "crabface") inspired you to respond as such, but you are correct that I am male, ie the reference to male anatomy.
Looking forward to a your new entry explaining why you are opposed to the bridge.
Thank You-David
PS- whether one is in defiance or not in defiance of my opinions, it is my right of freedom of expression as is the same rights of those who entries I have responded to.
editor
- Monday, July 07, 2003 at 21:16:43 (PDT)

I am against the bridge, but whoever the editor is; you are a dick. Great way to make a point insulting everyone who "defies" your opinion.
Garret J.
- Monday, July 07, 2003 at 01:12:03 (PDT)

crabface for president!
James Hefron
- Monday, July 07, 2003 at 01:08:42 (PDT)

Check this out:
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2003/06/22/MN109950.DTL
Francisco Da Costa
- Tuesday, June 24, 2003 at 02:12:36 (PDT)

yeeha
crabface coolwrap
editor: go back to texas ya'll!
thank you for your illiteracy!
- Saturday, June 14, 2003 at 02:46:48 (PDT)

Although not easily and directly related to the proposed Illinois Street Bridge, which is currently being funded by Catellus Corporation, Norcal Waste Systems, Bode Concrete, and several other industries located in the "Backlands" on the southeast side of Islais Creek, who all have vested financial interests in the bridge. They have interest in the bridge because they have very cheap bulk marine/port deliveries of raw materials to their locations... which can be easily delivered to the construction developments in Mission Bay and the UCSF projects....however....let it be known:
The current settlement offer from the SF Muni for financial compensation of habitat restoration of the Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary on Islais Creek, that resulted from the Duct Banks drilling project , which was implemented for the Third Street Light Rail (Budget $900 million) is a paltry $8000.
This is ludicrous, inmoral and most likely illegal, in light ot the fact that the Park, as a result of the pipe collapse, has lost $75,000 of federal and city grants, awarded in 2001 for habitat restoration and environmental education.
Note, the park was awarded a USDA grant in the amount of $30,000 in 2000. Furthermore, the Park has been supported by volunteer community work for the past 10 years, including thousands of hours and dollars of stewardship days, in kind services and contributions.
Furthermore, it has come to my attention recently that the 3 duct banks, which measure each, 4 feet in diameter, are actually and primarily for the purposes of a new electric grid and data cables, and to a much , much smaller degree for electricity for the Light Rail.
Scandalous....
The Muwekma Ohlone Sanctuary was dedicated to, and with permission from, the original Native People who occuppied San Francisco.
These actions of Muni, the Port of San Francisco and their constituents with financial interests, are a blatant and overt spittle and defication upon the community, environment, and the original tribes of San Francisco.
Malignant evil and malefaction would be puritanical descriptions of the actions manifested by these non-publically elected, carcinogenic buffoons infecting our local communites, environment and history.
David
- Monday, June 02, 2003 at 22:37:41 (PDT)

Although not easily and directly related to the proposed Illinois Street Bridge, which is currently being funded by Catellus Corporation, Norcal Waste Systems, Bode Concrete, and several other industries located in the
David
- Monday, June 02, 2003 at 22:33:42 (PDT)

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- Monday, June 02, 2003 at 18:58:16 (PDT)

I attended the San Francisco Port Authority Commission meeting May 27, 2003. I was frank and told eveyone present that I was against the proposed movable bridge. The SF Port Authority has made some serious mistakes by failing to abide by the Burton Act and the Public Trust provisions. My take on the proposed bridge is simple - it will pollute and the main pollution will come from DIESEL vehicles - which cause 70% of the cancer. Also cancer and other serious diseases. Some 5 contactors were chosen by the Port and two rejected. Among those rejected was Mitchell which has a number of contracts all over 3rd Street MUNI Lightrail project. We have to send out letters and keep the Permit Authorities fully informed about our current feelings. Security, is one of them. Also, the exploits of Cattelus Corporation who have NOT been a good neigbor and have failed to pay many MINORITY businesses. Cattelus is the one that provided over $4 million of seed money for the proposed bridge. Over a quater million dollars from Bode, RMC, Henson and over 1 million dollars from NorCal going toward this bridge. The Port is setting a very bad example - raking money from businesses they lease property to. The more money you pay the longer the lease you get - this is immoral and against the Burton Act,
especially if the leases do NOT comply strictly with the Burton Act and Public Trust rules and regulations. On the other hand MUNI promised to rebuild the Muwekma Ohlone Park as best it could. This assurance was given to me by Mr. Dennis Tsai. Two of the conduits will be controlled by MUNI and one by SF PUC. The conduits run under Islais Creek and under the Muwekma Ohlone Park. The construction of the conduits destroyed the Muwekma Park when the soil was disturbed and the Main Force Pipe collasped. One of the conduits which belongs to SF Public Utilities Commission will link the old PG&E plant to the Mirant plant. This will be a high voltage transmission line. The Main Force Pipe carries 80 per cent of the City's Secondary effluents and all the raw sewage treated from Colma, Daly City, Brisbane and Burlingame. If this Main Force Pipe is destroyed it will adversely impact the City and County of San Francisco. It will create a Health and Safety problem and harm thousands. This information is pertinent to understanding the site by the Muwekma Ohlone Park and the site on which the proposed bridge will be built. Really, a transit bridge of heavy pollution that will impact the surrounding environment for decades to come.
Francisco Da Costa
- Wednesday, May 28, 2003 at 07:41:14 (PDT)

If you are talking space shuttle we are looking for a site but the fill in soil does make this project very difficult. As to the auto you mentioned for sure once the movable bridge is built they say it will be used as a track - with stands on either side for the spectators. We requested have some highly technological multi spindle lathes but Buckingham Palace has been slow to sponsor this project. How ever the San Francisco Port Authority has given Starbucks permission to keep us few coffee drinkers happy with Cafe Latte! Nothin like spindles and their mult use but then again Coffee and Latte could serve a hidden purpose. Very nice post on the shuttle, the rare auto and those famous spindles!
Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 17:44:09 (PDT)

Does anyone know anything on the Shutte, Strohm CAM auto. multi spindle lathes?
Paddy
- Thursday, May 01, 2003 at 06:55:47 (PDT)

At the San Francisco Transportation Authority Meeting of the Citizens Advisory Committee on April 23, 2003 - I requested a soil assessment report of the area beneath the Muwekma Ohlone Park. It is my contention that the 3 conduits drilled under the Muwekma Park was a WRONG move by MUNI and the S.F. Public Utilities Commission.
The conduits carry high power electricity from the near by Power Plant. The site under which the conduits are, is all land fill. Under normal circumstances no drilling would be allowed but MUNI and SF PUC decided to go ahead with this project. Of course the S.F. Port Authority agreed with MUNI. This land is all Public Trust Land and belongs to all the people of California.
If the SOIL ASSESSMENT reveals many cracks the people will have a strong case against the culprits. The Main Force Pipe carrying over 80 million gallons of treated sewage - the only Main Force Pipe leading to the Out Fall to the Bay runs over the conduits. It is just a matter of time before the Main Force is adversely impacted and the Health and Safety of the constituents of San Francisco put a grave risk.
Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, April 24, 2003 at 04:22:49 (PDT)

April 15, 2003 the San Francisco Port Authority had their first orientation meeting and announced the bid for the proposed Illinois Bridge. The cost of this proposed bridge about $15 million. As I have said numerious times this bridge is being built to accomodate Cetellus Corporation - formely Southern Pacific - and before that Santa Fe. All of Catellus property now Mission Bay belongs to the people of California. The property was leased to Santa Fe so that they could build the railway. Now, they have taken that property, reorganized themselves into a corporation called Catellus - same snake just shedding its outer skin. They have developed Mission Bay and with that money bought everyone - including the San Francisco Port Authority. Catellus forked out $5 million for this so called movable bridge so that it could profit. What this bridge will do is pollute the land in and around the bridge - shame on those who cannot respect the ENVIRONMENT.
Francisco Da Costa
- Saturday, April 19, 2003 at 09:14:48 (PDT)

no matter what this petition says, the ultimate decision on whether to build this bridge or not, is not up to the people, but the politicians. when everybody figures this out the world will be a better place.
Son of David
- Friday, April 04, 2003 at 02:34:14 (PST)

no matter what this petition says, the ultimate decision on whether to build this bridge or not, is not up to the people, but the politicians. when everybody figures this out the world will be a better place.
Son of David
- Friday, April 04, 2003 at 02:34:11 (PST)

Easy does it. ..Let's remember that the ForeFathers and ForeMothers decreed that government implement a system of checks and balances. Despite the fact that the current administration in DC has no intentions of listening to either their citizens nor the rest of the world, let's remember that it is a far nobler man or women that speaks out for the common good of others and the environment, despite the status quo or the dictorial actions of those in command. This county was founded on the pursuit of freedom. Critics or those making mockery of free thought would be better suited living in another country.
It has been my observation, that individuals posting entries, like "lumpy" usually are bored, angry, under-educated middle class white males, also suffering from feelings of inadequacy and fear....which explains why they post an alias for real names and really have nothing constructive to say.
It is shameful to see an American make such entries when millions of Americans have worked so hard for so many generations to preserve freedom for all others.
David
- Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 16:50:00 (PST)

if the people in the engineering department think they need this bridge, eventually the bastards will build wether the people want it built or not.
Thanks to whoever deamed me OFFICIAL ASSHOLE. I shall carry the title with honor.
lumpy mcheese
- Sunday, March 30, 2003 at 07:45:27 (PST)

Nothing personal! Now that you are the official AH work on your double digit IQ. May be you can then cross the bridge without falling over!
On another note the money is tight now and the plans for the bridge are making slow progress.
Francisco Da Costa
- Saturday, March 29, 2003 at 20:30:36 (PST)

thanks for the recognition.
lumpy mccheese
- Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 13:38:04 (PST)

There is very little talk about the proposed Illinois Bridge by the San Francisco Port Authority. The events of 9/11 and the current war in Iraq have neutralized the "pot of money" and the San Francisco Port Authority may not be able to have any of the funds they wanted from the State and the Federal authorities. On another note the world should know that right now out of the 5 standing S.F. Port Commissioners we have only 4. One resigned. Out of the 4 only 2 are in good standing. One commissioner's term expired 2 years ago. Another 1 year ago. The 2 commissioners both women are in good standing. The point I want to make is very simple. All the decisions made when the commissioners were not in good stnding - adjudicating important issues - are null and void. That is as far as the law stands. Just one important point for the world to know. Let us adjudicate and make any decision and play fair and honest - Port Authority. If not take a hike! Again, this bridge will not take any shape in the future not only because of lack of funds but because it has yet to be declared environmentally friendly. And a note to those who post stupid comments - if you have nothing substantial to say keep it to yourself. I am directing this comment to the asshole who posted before my post.
Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, March 27, 2003 at 08:43:35 (PST)

FUCK EVERYBODY'S OPINIONS!! Build the damn bridge anyway. If they don't like it, they can move.
lumpy mccheese
- Wednesday, March 26, 2003 at 15:31:45 (PST)

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gubbah whee
- Monday, March 24, 2003 at 23:57:16 (PST)

the community says don't build the bridge!!
john <radial@wowmail.com>
- Wednesday, February 12, 2003 at 14:45:31 (PST)

i think we should treat things in the wild the way we would want to be treated
katie
- Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 10:35:04 (PST)

i think we should treat things in the wild the way we would want to be treated
katie beeker
- Tuesday, February 11, 2003 at 10:34:37 (PST)

if and when this bridge is built, pollution in this already polluted area will be worse, traffic will be heavier (not 'more efficient'), 2 parks will be largely destroyed, an art and business community will be erased and catellus corp will get to rip up some track impeding its posh development up north.
bcdc meeting minutes found at:
http://www.bcdc.ca.gov/nam/comm/2000/100500cm.htm
offers some interesting insight into the planning tone that occurs. actually worth the read in terms of getting a feeling for exactly how catellus and the port feel about rail access to port 80, the reflexive deference given to mission bay's residents/developers and how we are a dumping ground.
here is one tasty quote about the option of keeping the rail up north in the mission bay development, and the mission bay development‚s own parkland:
"Moreover, it is going to be in a gorgeous public park, on the waterfront, next to a new University of California Campus, new high tech office buildings and those people who are renting and using that space are not going to take lightly of having rail there. There would be a great deal of public opposition to it and if it does get built, it will be removed as fast as possible. For all of those reasons, staff thinks that even if the Commission would authorize it, it is highly unlikely it will be built. "
For its part, the port has made no credible claim that they need additional truck capacity between the ports. they stated early on that the federal funding portion of the bridge budget required truck and car traffic and that this was the rationale for the intermodal aspect. later, this story changed.
the community was supportive of a rail only bridge given the port's limited arguments, but as with most community ideas, it was dismissed out of hand based on various sources of big money.
i am sure you will be told differently, but this is the case.
they can point to 20 year plans and a documented process, but this is far from the reality of the situation.
we have tried to engage the port through this process in good faith. most folks have given up. local businesses will either close or be driven out by pollution, noise, change of character. hunter's point will be a worse place, while ther will be some small improvement in the mission bay project at eh expense of hunter's point.
when local activist david erickson points out that the sf port holds the land in trust for the people of san francisco, no one believes that the sf port takes this charge seriously. their big plans are much more important.
i still have some hope that the coast guard or another farsighted organization will take a fresh look at things, but i too am remarkably resigned to accept this bridge fiasco as part of the accelerating decline of government responsiveness to the common sense needs of the people.
sincerely,
jory bell
ceo, oqo incorporated
cc:
David Beaupré
Port of San Francisco
Pier 1, San Francisco, Ca, 94111
david_beaupre@sfport.com
Office-415-274-0539
Fax- 415-732-0409
Alternate Numbers: Tel: 274-0400, Fax: 274-0528, TTY- 274-0587
Part 2
- Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 22:31:12 (PST)

David H Sulouff
Chief, Bridge Section
Eleventh Coast Guard District
Building 50-6
Coast Guard Island
Alameda, CA, 94501-5100
Office: 510- 437-3514
Fax: 510-437-5836
January 23, 2003
dear mr suloff
i received the predictably slick glossy color sf port response to the various objections raised by the community to the fast-tracked illinois st intermodal bridge.
if one were to believe the text, it would seem that the port is a publicly accountable, responsive organization that has long been working on this bridge project and that the bridge itself will improve the local environment, serve a real port and transit need, and generally make san francisco a better place.
unfortunately, this is simply not true.
at this point, i have little faith in my ability to convince the coast guard or any other constituency that this is the case.
the resources available to the port are vast, and the community response is drowned in slick consultants, powerpoint presentations, unheeded meetings, and posterboard maps.
the port has mistaken a drawn out method for telling the community that it is going to do exactly as it pleases for a process wherein the port listens to community concerns and accounts for environmental impact, loss of jobs, local greening, and the public will in general.
sigh.
the sf port has sapped the will of the local community, and most folks are resigned to the fact that the port is going to go ahead with a largely unnecessary and moreover ill-conceived construction boondoggle which mostly serves to show that big money (catellus) joined with mindless development momentum (sf port) can really make a mockery of the public trust and good government.
i will point out that the port only engaged the community when pressed (i actually have documented instances of the port promising to keep me informed early in the process, and then abrogating this promise.)
on another note, one need only look at the currently ravaged park at the end of the illinois st to see what construction on port property is bringing to the local greening that was brought about by thousands of donated hours (and dollars) over many years.
As a relevant aside, it is depressing that an award winning park that had received state and national recognition and funding and was home to a variety of species (possibly some endangered) was devastated by another port/muni construction project (devastation for which no one has taken responsibility, and the port has kept the community from initiating restoration... while simultaneously causing the loss of tens of thousands of dollars in grant monies.)
still, people try to rebuild things.
it is offensive for the port to claim that access to this and the other illinois st parks and gardens will be improved by running a big truck route between them. it is hard to even really respond to this ridiculous claim.
on a more mundane angle... the port response to people continuing to use illinois st as a boat launch is to point to another less-used slick facilitynearby. maybe the unimproved facility is preferred because local residents and businesses have worked for over a decade to revitalize the illinois street area with gardens, cleanups, safety patrols, working with the police to deal with drug dealers, etc. none of this matters to the port. in the warped reality of the port, the fact that someone paid for some concrete means that, reality notwithstanding, this is the better facility for the community.
again, obviously the community members are wrong.
the people of the hunter's point area have long given up hoping for assistance from the sf government. it is unfortunate that we cannot even expect to be allowed to retain the improvements that we make to our own environment.
no one seriously believes that the SEIR is anything but a super general document that does not account for the impact this bridge will have on the area.
no one.
not the port people.
not catellus.
no one.
Part 1
- Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 22:30:04 (PST)

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- Thursday, January 30, 2003 at 18:08:10 (PST)

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- Tuesday, January 28, 2003 at 18:28:15 (PST)

Why do the issues of local community, environment, pollution, education.art, and all the other pro-active issues play second fiddle to the issues of the Port of San Francisco and those of vested financial interests?
I challenge the Port of San Francisco, and their constituents with vested financial interests to document how many of you live in San Francisco, let alone, live in the Bayview, Dogpatch, Butchertown or Potrero Hill area.
Furthermore, how many of you were elected by citizens of San Francisco?
How many of you have spent more than 24 hours or 24 days in our neigborhoods?
What gives you the right to determine the futures of our businesses, our neighborhoods, our parks, our schools, our increases in pollution and traffic and all else?
In the name of all of us, and in the name of all goddesses and gods, and all religions, what gives you the authority to determine the future of our communities?
I liken this beaurocratic behavoir to the likeness of the facist Sharon in Israel
Most resolute, most sincere, and most truthful
David Erickson
http://www.islaiscreek.org
David
- Monday, January 27, 2003 at 20:18:55 (PST)

Some time ago some of us wrote to the Coast Guard expressing our opposition to the proposed movable bridge by Illinois Street. The S.F. Port Authority a couple of days ago sent all of us a standard reply. Many pages full of diatribe, maps, and statements that make no sense. The Port should understand that it is the right of any citizen to oppose the Port - more since they never ever make sense. The Illinois Bridge should not be built and we all the constituents have given the Port too many concrete reasons why? You can take a horse to the end of the pool but it makes NO sense to force it to drink! The proposed bridge will benefit Catellus Corporation which is corrupt. It will pollute and kill many life forms - mostly it will put many humans in harms way. We can take legal action - it is a language the S.F. Port Authority understands. The Burton Act encourages Maritime Uses, which the S.F. Port should abide by - does not talk about concrete plants, dust, noise, diesel pollution. Never mentions about trains and heavy traffic. Try to convince the S.F. Port that they are way off target! Try to convince the Port they love shooting arrows in the air hoping they will land on their off base plans!
Francisco Da Costa
- Friday, January 24, 2003 at 19:54:51 (PST)

THE CITY OF SF AND THE PORT IS RUN BY A BUNCH OR MORONS. SAVE THIS AREA AND THE PLANET. THEY ARE GONNA GET US ALL SLAUGHTERED!!!!
PLEASE SAVE US
- Saturday, January 04, 2003 at 15:08:47 (PST)

The Burton Act which allowed the State of California to hand over all San Francisco Port property to the City and County of San Francisco 1n 1968 has NO place for a bridge nor " dirty businesses" like the concrete,sand,and waste products generated around the proposed Illinois Bridge. The 1990 Master Plan for the S.F.Water Front has NO plans for a bridge that caters to diesel traffic, other toxns polluting the environment. Catellus Corporation an off shoot of Southern Pacific famous for burying toxic soil all over Mission Bay and an organization that gets poor marks to keep the environment clean - is behind the proposed Illinois Bridge. Concrete Public Input has been minumum. To date the Public has yet to see the " Blue Prints " of the proposed movable bridge. The Port is paying NO attention creating a high "security risk " with this bridge since 9/11. This bridge has only one purpose to cater to the needs of Catellus Corporation and other corporate businesses linked to Catellus. The Port has NO vison, is not following the Burton Act, nor its 1990 Master Plan for the Waterfront. The S.F. Port is motivated by GREED and again has paid NO attention to the Public At Large. In this day and age this is a shame. The S.F. Port has forced several of its tenants to give huge amounts towards building this proposed movable bridge - Norcal has contributed 1 million, Bode $250,000, Pacific Cement over $250,000, the list goes on - Catellus over $4 million. That says it all. Today,the Public should make a "sacrifice" be present for the meeting today at 2 p.m. and stand united " against this proposed movable bridge". The permits from all the leading agencies have NOT be given to the S.F.Port, towards building this proposed bridge - this is the opportune time to write to the agencies and once again state very clearly why this "polluting" bridge has NO place at Islais Creek - an open space that is touted as " some what clean " - " open space " - but very few fully understand the real state of affairs. This area will be the worst polluting area in the future. Heavy diesel traffic will ruin this open space area if this plan is executed. The Public has a say but time is running out.
Francisco Da Costa
- Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 04:46:24 (PST)

Today, December 17, 2002 at 2PM, there will be two action items before the SF Port Commission on the proposed Illinois Street Bridge.
Again, the Port of San Francisco will hold a meeting that is impossible for normal citizens to attend, and will have their well paid staff present lengthy discources while minimizing the public input time.
The two action items, as quoted directly from the Port website are
1. "Request for adoption of findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)"
( Let it be know that the CEQA findings were generated by a well paid pro-development professional environmental consulting firm in conjunction with EDAW environmental consulting corportation)
2".Approval for authorization to advertise for Design-Build Services for the Illinois Street Intermodal Bridge.(Resolution No. 02-61)"
Furthermore, Quoting from the sfport.com website agenda for December 17, 2002-
"NOTE_The Illinois Street Intermodal Bridge is consistently with and within the scope of the program approved in the Waterfront Land Use Program Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), certified on January 9. 1997, and the Southern Waterfront Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR), certified on February 15, 2001, and those EIRs adequately describe the activity for purposes of CEQA"
It is my opinion that both the SEIR and the FEIR orchestrated by the Port of San Francisco are not only outdated, but inconsistent and innaccurate with current CEQA regulations, EPA regulations,US Coast Guard regulations, Army Corps of Engineers regulations, US Fish and WIdlife regulations, local San Francisco environmental regulations, and has not been approved by both the Board of Commissioners and the community of San Francisco.
In fact, in addition to overwhelming opposition by the local community of the Central Waterfront, the citizens of San Francisco have never been informed of the proposed Illinois Street Bridge.
Again, behind closed doors and with no regard for community, the SF Port and their corporate bedfellows with vested financial interests continue to implement clandenstine strategies with no concerns for community, environment, or substainable urban planning.
Over the last 2 years,the local community as well as local property owners,have provided many mega bytes of concrete documentation,many dozens of letters, hundreds of petitions, and hundreds of hours of attendance to meetings, and more- to illustrate that we have 100% unanomous opposition to this bridge time and time and time again, and yet the SF Port continues to make pubic statements that they have had sufficient community outreach and the community is in support of the bridge.
We have been insulted, deceived and completely disregarded by both the Port Commission Members and the Staff.
These actions are deplorable and beg for federal investigations and assessment based on the blatent disregard for the interests of community and enviroment.
Most resolutely
David and locals
David Erickson <zabudam@pacbell.net>
- Tuesday, December 17, 2002 at 02:43:50 (PST)

STUPID SF PEOPLE, WHY CAN'T THEY LEAVE WELL ENOUGH ALONE, BUT THAN AGAIN, WHAT THE HELL DO I CARE, I LIVE IN BAKERSFIELD, CA, WHERE WE HAVE OUR OWN TRAFFIC PROBLEMS. SOMETIMES IT TAKES ME 30 MINS TO DRIVE 8 MILES TO WORK, AND I WOULD BE PISSED OFF IF SOMEONE WAS PUSHING TO BUILD SOMETHING THAT WOULD INCREASE THE TRAFFIC FLOW.
NATHAN TERRY <N_TERRY19@HOTMAIL.COM>
- Monday, November 25, 2002 at 14:44:17 (PST)

The San Francico Transportation Authority is now planning to build another bridge by 3Com Park to some of you Candlestick Park. The plan calls for heavy traffic to join the traffic on Cargo Street onwards to Amador and on to the proposed inter-modal movable Illinois Bridge. Now envision all the pollution from the trucks, cars, and other vehicles using diesel and petrol.
It does not matter to the S.F. Transportation Authority, MUNI, S.F. PUC, the City and County of San Francisco and the S.F. Port Authority - that so many young children and infants die from these pollutants. Bridges are a CURSE of so called modern civilization - more so when we the people do not need them. Even more so when there is no input from the constituents and they are NOT part of the planning. Open Space, lots of trees, lots of plant life, fish and birds, flowers and animal activity - that is what LIFE is all about. That is what the Muwekma Ohlone had going till the CROOKS stepped in with their GREED.
Francisco Da Costa
- Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 16:31:53 (PDT)

I am a resident of the Bayview and I strongly oppose the constuction of the 3rd street bridge. This bridge equals more pollution and fewer green spaces in our neighborhood.
Denise King, SF homeowner and voter <denisek@exploratorium.edu>
- Saturday, October 19, 2002 at 13:40:28 (PDT)

FOR SHAME ON THE CITY and the powers that be for there selfish, greedy and petty approach to one of our fair cities gems, SHAME ON YOU SF BEURACRATS!
Zach Pearson <zp@hotmail.com>
- Friday, October 18, 2002 at 00:40:46 (PDT)

shalom!
shamel rastanian
- Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:06:10 (PDT)

shalom!
shamel rastanian
- Tuesday, October 15, 2002 at 22:06:02 (PDT)

I have been to the Muwekma Ohlone Park by Islais Creek, from time to time and of course no one can go inside the Park since the sewer spill - November marks one year. Of course most of the Park is damaged but the Northern Part is some what intact. Outside the Park it is the City and County of San Francisco's responsibility to clean the area - I do not think it is the responsibility of the residents from the Spencer Building to clean Public Property. May be the individual speaking about needles, excreta, and filth should team up with Mayor Willie Brown, the Port Authority, the Mayor's Cronies and clean up the area. As far as I know the Park is out of bounds. On another note MUNI, the S.F. Port, SF Public Utilities Commision, the Contractor are NOT acting quick enough to repair what has been damaged inside the Muwekma Park. In the INTERIM the frogs are dying, other endangered plants, insects, and animals are adversely impacted. Of course we have individuals who will dare to write nonsense because they have tunnel vision and no sense of reality. I know common sense is very RARE - and I know that we have some STUPIDOS - but enough is enough. Clean up what you see or Shut Up!
Francisco Da Costa
- Saturday, October 12, 2002 at 09:39:49 (PDT)

After reading the nice things mentioned in your website (fishing, tranquil nature settings), I decided to visit Islais Creek.
Overall I must say that my impression does not match the description provided here.
When I sat on the bench of color and hope I nearly got pricked by a used hypodermic needle!
Better to rename it the bench of blood-borne pathogens!
There is so much trash and feces from the homeless, beer bottles and food containers from the "artists" who occupy the building near by, that I would not let my children anywhere near the area.
Frankly, it appears as though the folks who used to build those figures in the mud flats in Emeryville (Snoopy flying his doghouse) have moved to Islais Crk and are messing up that area now!
Why don't those folks who want to create a park in this space get together and clean up some of the trash, tires, bottles, cans, polystyrine containers, plastic bags, etc?
Next step would be to work with the city and get some help restoring the indigenous plants to the area. The flowering vines that grow on the fence are great for hummingbirds, but not so great for the indigenous species of migratory wading birds that depend on this area for food and shelter during their spring and fall journeys.
Remember, just because you create something doesn't mean it's pleasant to look at.
As far as fishing is concerned; unless your doctor specifically tells you that you need more selenium, mercury and nickel in your diet, don't do it!
People, clean up your act!
Solflower
- Monday, October 07, 2002 at 13:49:30 (PDT)

a while ago,i found this poor frog at islais creek that had eaten some contaiminated insects or water. he was in sad shape so i took him home. amphibians are the barometers of the environment, since they respire through their skin. i tried to mend him so he could be release to the environment again. despite my best efforts he eventually croaked. the islais creek is a bad bad place for a frog to live.
islais lover II
- Friday, October 04, 2002 at 12:19:37 (PDT)

BUILD THE FUCKIN BRIDGE!
AWNAW HELLNAW YALLWENNUPANDUNNIT!
JULIO HANDJOB
- Saturday, September 21, 2002 at 19:11:54 (PDT)

We have been meeting with the San Francisco Port Authority and other entities like MUNI, the City, to bring some resolution to restore the Muwekma Ohlone Park. SLUG and other communities organizations will help us heal the Muwekma Park. In the mean time the toxic spill as a result of the broken sewage pipe carrying secondary effluents two days before last Thanksgiving - is still being evaluated. This task to mitigate is proving very difficult but we have and will not cease taking the culprits to the table to bring about a quick resolution. In the mean time the frogs, insects, birds, and other living organisms are adapting to the havoc caused by the sewer pipe toxic spill. All in all we are moving forward with David Erickson and Patrick Goggins taking the lead. We appreciate the support from the community and also those few City agencies who are supporting us.
Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, September 19, 2002 at 13:31:44 (PDT)

A meeting was held by the Southern WAterfront Committee (SWAC)to discuss about the proposed Illinois Bridge. As you all know an important sewer pipe carrying over 80 per cent of the City's secondary effluents runs in the middle of the Muwekma Park and into the Bay. Building a bridge on top of the sewer pipe, with heavy traffic puts many constituents into harms way. The traffic on the bridge will carry many diesel vehicles and diesel is responsible for cancer - as much as 70 per cent can be attributed to diesel vehicles. The toxins also will go into the Bay, into the earth, into the air - the environment will be polluted. It is a shame that the San Francisco Port Authority, the City and County of San Francisco, other approving agencies do not CARE about the children who are dying because of the toxins and pollution. We call ourselves a civilized nation and the City of San Francisco - the City that knows how! But, in this case we are doing our children - injustice. Disrespecting Mother Earth. We do not want this proposed Illinois Bridge - it only serves GREED. Most of the diesel traffic now moving along 3rd Street will ply on the proposed Illinois Bridge - but what is worse it will attract traffic that would have taken another route - to use the proposed Illinois Bridge. Time to voice your opinion and stop this bridge that should not belong by Islais Creek. Also, we do not have money to waste on security - who will guard this bridge? If there are toxic spills - who will pay for it? I hope Catellus, and the other private entities who are paying for bridge - will also be liable for spills since they are paying for the bridge to be built.
Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, July 11, 2002 at 12:17:04 (PDT)

The only sense of community I felt during my short stay in San Francisco was from this very neighborhood. It's a shame something so genuine is being threatened. Keep Working Boys!
Phine
- Monday, July 01, 2002 at 21:28:10 (PDT)

where the hell is my friend joe supposed to fish now that they killed the creek?
mitzi auer
- Thursday, June 27, 2002 at 03:30:02 (PDT)

The "builders" of this "bridge", are butchers and merchants of death!!!!!!!!!Aren't bridges supposed to bring people together????
GreenliberationFRONT <GreenliberationFRONT@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, June 05, 2002 at 01:00:37 (PDT)

It saddens me that corporate and political patsies have placed so little value on life (human and non). It seems that all they care about is fattening their wallets, and it doesn't seem to matter to them that they are displaceing communities and destroying lives. They have no interest in improving the living conditions that the Hunters Point community has had to endure. That is absolutly disgusting and inhumane. Apparently their parents didn't raise them right. There has been enough gentrification and environmental injustices in the SF Bay Area, and people who choose to ignore it or support it need a wake up call! We will not sit back and let you destroy our communities and families!
Alondra <lona09@collegeclub.com>
- Saturday, June 01, 2002 at 17:50:58 (PDT)

Some of you who have visited the Muwekma Ohlone Park have seen some drastic, adverse construction and drilling going on. The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and MUNI have been drilling 3 conduits under the Ohlone Park and under Islais Creek. One incident caused the sewer pipe to break and destroy all that was good in the Ohlone Park. Check out the Park today - you will see a lot of damage and a lot of disturbed soil -lot of gravel and concrete. Where once stood healthy plants, fowers, insects, frogs, and other living creatures - today the EARTH shouts for justice! Now, we have learned that a drill bit in missing - a drill bit that drilled two outlets to two conduits but now we have this project come to a standstill. Thousands of dollars have been spent every day to find the "missing drill bit" - todate, it has not been found. In the mean time MUNI cannot make too much head way. And while all this nonsense is going on - the Ohlone Park suffers from the sewage spill that took place two days before Thanksgiving! At that time the SF Port Authority took NO responsibility - the land belongs to the PEOPLE of California. Today, the SF Port Authority is following orders given by Mayor Willie Brown - a person who has NO credibility. Next to the Ohlone Park the SF Port Authority wants to build a movable bridge - this is another joke. This movable bridge comes close to the "missing drill" - a joke that will shame San Francisco . Has the SF Port Authority asked itself how close to the existing sewer pipe line will be the foundation that will hold up their " proposed movable bridge?". Why do we have jokers managing the affairs of the constituents - who puts such dumb asses in places of authority and service to the people? It is a shame that Mayor Willie Brown and the San Francisco Port Authority have done so much damage in so short a time. Imagine a movable bridge next to another one that has been polluting the affected area - killing babies and adversely affecting the health of thousands. It is a shameless S.F. Port Authority that does NOT give a damn. They do give a damn to crooks like Catellus Corportation and other thugs who back them at S.F. Port Commission meetings. How many babies and young people should die before justice is done? How many adults should suffer and die from cancer and asthma -before justice is done?
Francisco Da Costa
- Monday, May 27, 2002 at 12:17:29 (PDT)

I guess we're just going to have to get ourselves
reclassified as herrings.
Then we'll be safe.
fish&chips <rphipps@patriot.net>
- Friday, May 03, 2002 at 03:30:22 (PDT)

Some days ago I was present at City Hall when Douglas Wong the Director from the San Francisco Port Authority and his staff were presenting the San Francisco Port Authority " Budget" for the next fiscal year. Again and again he and others stated that they have NO additional money to spend. That 9/11 has taken away millions due to added security and so on and so forth. Yet the San Francisco Port Authority wants to waste tax payers money building another movable bridge at 3rd Street and Marin. It wants to cater to the "GREEDY" redevelopers who are developing MISSION BAY. It is a shame that some officials who work for the S.F. Port Authority will stoop to the lowest level to attain some dubious and ill planned project that will adversely impact thousands. The S.F.Port officials see nothing wrong creating a highway were thousands of trucks and other motor traffic -spew toxic fumes and pollute the environment. Add to the asthma and cancer in the neighborhood. Kill thousands of children by adversely impacting their lives. Of course most of those who plan and scheme do not live anywhere near the " proposed Illinois Movable Bridge"! Visit http://www.sfport.com and send them a message that may change their minds.
Of late they have stopped communicating with some of us who disagree with their stupid plans.
In the mean time the Muwekma Ohlone Park dies a slow death - the sewer spill has more than spoken for the culprits!
Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, May 02, 2002 at 20:32:50 (PDT)

Hi my name is Pierce and i want to tell you that if you put in a built in road people would complain, make noise and all that otherstuff but if you don' t put it there it be better and cool because people could plant flowers every where and be happy.
Pierce Cosey
- Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 11:12:53 (PST)

I THINK IT IS SO WRONG TO BUILD IT BECAUSE IT WILL HURT EVERYBODY FEELINGS AND THEY WILL FEEL BAD ABOUT IT. I AM FROM BAYVIEW HUNTER'S POINT WHEN EVERYTHING HAPPENS SO TELL THEM THAT DON'T DO IT
SHIANNE <colemanshianne@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 11:05:56 (PST)

My name is Terrence and I'm from the Youth In Action Program, and I don't think that what Muni is doing is right because 1 thing is that there is already enough pollution in HP, now there will be more because of the cars coming through on the freeway. We already have bridges, and i truely think its a waste of time and waste of money
Terrence <FriscoLife415@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 11:03:25 (PST)

I live in San Francisco and I live by diamond hi ghts.
Joey Souza
- Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 11:01:52 (PST)

I think it's wrong to build a freeway right on where not only people live but also animals live work and play. but now if you build it there, where would they go? will you provide them shelter? i think not so dont do it there do it some where where people dont care.
Antonique <fancy_bowwow@yahoo.com>
- Saturday, March 16, 2002 at 11:00:07 (PST)

I brought my middle school students (from Youth in Action)to Islais Creek to see what had happened to the land after the sewage horror. They couldn't believe that such a beautiful place in Hunter's Point (where most of them live) had been almost destroyed. They want whoever is accountable to take responsiblity and clean it up. They also could not believe that the city could just decide to put a big road right in the front yard of people's houses. They could not imagine the justice of this. They questioned what would happen if the city decided to put a road in front of some mansions in Pacific Heights. This road should not happen!
Jenn Bowman <jbowman@ecosfcc.org>
- Thursday, March 14, 2002 at 10:53:44 (PST)

Affordable workspace is the first essential ingredient of human creative endevour. Without it, the arts and artisans disappear - leaving cities sterile hives of corporate workers. Islais Creek is a fountainhead of a kind of biodiversity: diverse ways of thinking, doing, making and living. It is one of the things that makes San Francisco a place people want to come to. Its value may be hard for Caltrans accountants to quantify, but make no mistake - its value is great. Put the bridge elsewhere or fix the existing one!
Carl Pisaturo
Carl Pisaturo
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 23:24:03 (PST)

The practice of seeking profit at the expense of culture has been prevalent for the past 5-7 years. Think of the current and hopefully fading practice of building "lofts" (over priced, inefficient space use, luxury apartments called live/work) while tearing down warehouses and displacing small businesses and many artists. This is another case of the same type of thinking. We as a community need to maximize the infrastructure we currently have instead of throwing out the old and proven in place of something shiny and new just for the sake of having shiny and new. I implore you to a less invasive and less expensive method to resolve the traffic issues and consider yourself in doing so to be helping keep San Francisco the incredible and interesting city it is.
Greg Kersten
Greg Kersten
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 23:22:13 (PST)

"Construction mitigations for the proposed Bridge are standard for work in the water along San Francisco Bay. Construction may not occur during herring season..." Please give at least the same consideration to the artists and artisans in the community as to the herring - disruption of creative habitat can have a far-reaching and negative impact on the cultural life of an amazing city. Protect endangered cultural species and consider construction alternatives.
sara schneckloth
sara schneckloth
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 23:19:53 (PST)

Please listen to this community. The impact needs to be seriously reviewed outside the developer's bottom line.
Kathryn Hanson
Kathryn Hanson
- Friday, March 08, 2002 at 23:18:14 (PST)

TAVEETAN
WALA
JATT//////
Sandeep Singh Nagra <nagra85@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, February 28, 2002 at 21:30:18 (PST)

Imagine a bridge 20 feet away from where you work.
Imagine hundreds of trucks with all the noise and dust passing by and add to that a train load once a day. Imagine all the fumes and the pollution of the air. Imagine all the birds, animals, being affected by the pollution now living in the Muwekma Park. Imagine the Cyclone Building vibrating day in and day out. I have said it before and will say it now - we do not need a bridge on Illinois Street. We do not need a bridge at all. The fiscal state of the San Francisco Port Authority is pathetic - in times such as this we need to conserve our resources.
The land the S.F. Port Authority manages is given to them in Trust. It belongs to the people - you and me - not stupid politians and willy nilly officials and developers. In times of these we need more Artists and less of those who will do anything to harm artists and living culture. I encourage everyone - especially artists to do anything within your living being - to bring to the attention of everyone that this bridge - should NOT be built. I stated that to the San Francisco Port Commisssion the last time - and will state it here for the whole world to hear.
Francisco Da Costa
- Saturday, February 23, 2002 at 15:48:33 (PST)

This bridge will cost about $15 million. It will harm Islais Creek and adversely impact the fish, animal and plant life. These are serious environmental issues. The added traffic on the bridge will bring pollution. As it is, there is sufficient pollution from all the traffic on Third Street. More from all the sewage spillage into Islais Creek and the Bay. More still from the ancient wastewater treatment plant, with its aging tanks. There is talk of building six huge digestors by Islais Creek. This will just add to the pollution and adversely impact the whole area.
Michael McCarthy
- Friday, February 22, 2002 at 20:28:54 (PST)

When we Indians kill meat, we eat it all up. When we dig roots, we make little holes. When we build houses, we make little holes. When we burn grass for grasshoppers, we don't ruin things. We shake down acorns and pine nuts. We don't chop down the trees. We only use dead wood. But the white people plow up the ground, pull down the trees, kill everything. ... the White people pay no attention. ...How can the spirit of the earth like the White man? ... everywhere the White man has touched it, it is sore. -
a non-white
- Friday, February 22, 2002 at 19:32:32 (PST)

The Illinois Bridge would not displace artists or the shoreline open space. Are people aware that: 1)the bridge alignment stays within the existing Illinois Street right of way (easternmost 30 feet of the 80 ft wide street), crossing over Islais Creek and landing on Port property now used for storage of Port maintenance supplies? 2) the bridge site preserves the site advocated for the Muwekma Ohlone Park, and includes a new, separated pedestrian pathway to the shoreline open space? Check out sfport.com website for staff report on the project. See Port Commission agenda for February 12, 2002, staff report for Item 5A.
Diane Oshima
- Friday, February 22, 2002 at 16:07:44 (PST)

The white man says there is freedom and justice for all. We have had "freedom and justice," and that is why we have been almost exterminated. We shall not forget this.
- 1927 Grand Council of American Indians
1927 Grand Council of American Indians
- Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 11:37:21 (PST)

I VOTE. I cannot and will not support the destruction of this vital and lovely space. The human animals' need their habitat protected as well.
theresa mcgrath <Slvrweel@aol.com>
- Thursday, February 21, 2002 at 06:11:07 (PST)

please, do not drive any more interested, involved, committed, creative people from this area. we need as many active artists of all types to be supported and present here as possible--why would you do anything else?!
kristi spierling
- Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 11:14:52 (PST)

Once again, another addition to an automobile-dominated transportation system at the expense of our very quality of life. Why must we continue to deal with such nonsense?
Kurt Malchow
- Wednesday, February 20, 2002 at 08:26:00 (PST)

If this bridge is built and one single artist is put out, then.......
Milo Pauline
- Monday, February 18, 2002 at 00:49:43 (PST)

I addressed the San Francisco Port Authority Commissioners and told them that the ARTISTS oppose the proposed movable bridge. It would be nice to have over 2000 artists and other supporters sign this petition. We need to send a strong signal to the authorities that we are a force to be reckoned with - a force that plays a vital role in San Francisco and the extended Bay Area.
Francisco Da Costa
- Saturday, February 16, 2002 at 08:45:47 (PST)

Metaphorically and symbolically speaking I am all for the building of bridges, but to destroy a garden to make room for truck traffic seems an inclement decision.
Rev. Al Deaderick <leering@thefirsttwins.com>
- Friday, February 15, 2002 at 17:41:11 (PST)

I have long known the love that exists in the 1800 block of Illinois st. It is one of, if not THE last sanctuary this city has left.
douglas hilsinger <hilsinger@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, February 12, 2002 at 04:38:01 (PST)

I ask that you please not destroy a place of sanctuary. We the people are also the animals that must roam freely. Don't take this away. We have very little left.
Sarah Mineo <smgadoo@prodigy.net>
- Monday, February 11, 2002 at 19:47:13 (PST)

As a registered voter, tax payer, and artist I voice my vote against the building of a bridge that is not needed, is destructive to the environment, and negatively impacts the creative fabric which has made San Francisco famous world wide.
After the 911 tragedy, it has become clear the need to support each other and our communities… not to destroy them. Please support the Arts and the living environment, over dead concrete and steel. Thank you.
Val Sky
- Wednesday, February 06, 2002 at 15:05:45 (PST)

"Construction mitigations for the proposed Bridge are standard for work in the water along San Francisco Bay. Construction may not occur during herring season..." Please give at least the same consideration to the artists and artisans in the community as to the herring - disruption of creative habitat can have a far-reaching and negative impact on the cultural life of an amazing city. Protect endangered cultural species and consider construction alternatives.
sara schneckloth <s_schneckloth@hotmail.com>
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 16:15:24 (PST)

I do not support this bridge unless organizations that will be affected by it agree to its construction.
Chris Wiedmann <wied9@hotmail.com>
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 10:39:18 (PST)

I'm a bicyclist who is dismayed that cyclists have been bamboozled by Muni, PG&E, and other corporation into supporting the bridge. I say no.
Fran Taylor <ftaylor@cmp.com>
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 08:54:58 (PST)

I'm a nurse in the department of public health who opposes this unnecessary bridge and the increase in pollution it will bring.
Iris Biblowitz, RN
- Monday, February 04, 2002 at 08:53:54 (PST)

Do not build this bridge!
Jean Steadman <jeansteadman@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 14:30:15 (PST)

Please listen to this community. The impact needs to be seriously reviewed outside the developer's bottom line.
Kathryn Hanson
- Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 13:01:32 (PST)

I oppose construction of this bridge - it is unfair to build this without consensus and permission of people who live nearby
KC Wilder <pentangular@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, February 02, 2002 at 11:54:38 (PST)

art good.
car bad.
Ron Kurti <ron@kurti.com>
- Monday, January 28, 2002 at 17:15:55 (PST)

Creativity soothes the savage soul. Please don't let another art community be sacrificed for just a bridge. Be creative and find another less impactful solution.
Martin Becker <martin@tmevents.com>
- Friday, January 25, 2002 at 20:05:17 (PST)

I say to San Francisco's city government, "HEY! Protect what it is that has made this fabulous city what it is: ORIGINALITY AND CREATIVITY!! This is what San Francisco is loved for. I say to all of us who support these ideas, "Let's make our voices heard!" :-(0)
Lance Shows <lanceshows@pacbell.net>
- Friday, January 25, 2002 at 19:12:05 (PST)

The Islais creek community is a unique artist and artisan community of which there are few left within San Francisco. I was relieved that the area was able to survive the late '90s and believe it would be a great loss to San Francisco to lose this vibrant community. Please find another solution to traffic issues which will not be so damaging to the San Francisco's arts community.
Thanks.
Andy Diaz Hope <andy@moto.com>
- Friday, January 25, 2002 at 15:51:02 (PST)

How convenient. Build a bridge to drive the arts even further out of SF. Please, find another solution for the bridge rather than building it over this artist community. Don't deplete SF arts.
Julia Ellingson <jae@mm-and-i.com>
- Friday, January 25, 2002 at 10:25:09 (PST)

Please don't destroy what's beautiful!
Thank you.
Sarah Mineo <smgadoo@prodigy.net>
- Tuesday, January 22, 2002 at 06:29:05 (PST)

Everyone reading this needs to talk this up among anyone who cares about artists in SF, especially in the immediate neighborhood. Learn to spell islaiscreek.org and get this URL out there!!!
Chris Routh (Xenodrome Collective- 1320 Potrero Ave @ 25th) <chris_routh@yahoo.com>
- Monday, January 21, 2002 at 17:18:57 (PST)

we are everywhere. you may have our shelters but we'll keep working on what is really important: the meaning of our passage on this place.
nico
nicolas desbons <nicolas.desbons@libertysurf.fr>
- Monday, January 21, 2002 at 01:15:55 (PST)

Please don't let this happen.
Angie Staggs <astaggs@shoutcreative.com>
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 17:44:10 (PST)

Keep the few remaining Art communities alive!!!!
Invest energy and $ in new traffic Ideas. We have enough Bridges and plenty of cars and trucks.
clarissa berger
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 14:31:04 (PST)

Keep the few remaining Art comunities allive!!!!
Invest energy and $ in new traffic Ideas. Whe have enough Bridges and plenty of cars and tracks.
clarissa berger
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 14:28:40 (PST)

It is common knowledge that the community existing at the Cyclone Arts Center is a vital creative, economic and vibrant force in San Francisco.
Our organization supports it's efforts to remain
in it's present location and encourages the Port of San Francisco to work with the this community in their efforts to continue their work there.
As we have seen in the recent dot.bomb debacle efforts to place monetary adesent location and encourages the Port of San Francisco to work with the this community in their efforts to continue their work there.
As we have seen in the recent dot.bomb debacle efforts to place monetary advantage over creative human endeavor often end in failure.
To the Port of San Francisco directors: Be a part of the solution and not a part ofthe problem.
Stephen Parr
Director
San Francisco Media Archive
Stephen Parr <archive@sfm.org>
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 12:45:18 (PST)

Preserve a part of the city that gives it the quality of life that makes it special. Value soul and the greater community environment for a change! (For christ's sake...)
Gina Telcocci <laginabeana@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 07:56:33 (PST)

San Francisco is a city made great by its cultural bridges, not its physical ones.
Roberta Kenyon
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 07:24:35 (PST)

Stop thinking about the quick fix! Preserve what is great about our city. We need to support our artists.
Deanna Turner
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 01:11:26 (PST)

Save our city! Stop catering to cars! The Artists are what made San Francisco great in the first place!
Briana Learnihan
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 01:09:16 (PST)

Destroying culture for another roadway is NOT the answer. Preserve our arts!
Morgan Dornbush
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 01:07:41 (PST)

I oppose the construction of a bridge! It's time for this city to realize how valuable the Artists are!
Brigid Willerer
- Saturday, January 19, 2002 at 01:02:43 (PST)

We need art more than we need traffic. Stop the bridge.
Adrienne Pine
- Wednesday, January 16, 2002 at 17:58:12 (PST)

Please save one of the last vestiges of culture in SAN FRANCISCO!!! Stop the bridge.
Mission Arts Coalition
- Tuesday, January 15, 2002 at 12:32:16 (PST)

We have created a site for the artists and encourage your input at:
Http://groups.yahoo.com/groups/Islaiscreek
You many send your e-mails to:
Islaiscreek@yahoogroups.com
Francisco Da Costa
- Sunday, January 13, 2002 at 18:28:18 (PST)

Save the remaining artist spaces!!
Say no to the Illinois St. Bridge Project!
The commerce and community will be STRONGER!! Re-think, re-vamp, re-do this project with the current businesses, non-profits, and residents in mind.
Brian Mason <largebri@yahoo.com>
- Friday, January 11, 2002 at 23:32:29 (PST)

I am shocked, staggered and taken-aback that those fools in City Hall would consider doing something as short-sighted/narrow minded and just plain foolish as building another good-fer-nothin bridge in SF at the cost of wiping-out an amazingly diverse and visionary arts community. To me the Islais Creek Arts Group is a microcosm of all of the most stimulating arts movements from the entire American Continent brought together in a city prided on its' creativity. Perhaps it is the intention of the beaurocratic element to change SF to a city known internationally for it's cutting-edge freeway overpass design. Spare us another concrete travesty please and save the Islais Creek Arts Group.
Hasta la victoria siempre........g.
Grant Phelps, Esquire <kiwiperdido@yahoo.com>
- Friday, January 11, 2002 at 13:54:40 (PST)

The City of San Francisco risks its soul by continuing to marginalize its arts communities. A community like Islais Creek Arts is much more valuable to the city than a questionable overpass. Enough already.
Matthew Randrup <mrandrup@jps.net>
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 22:21:18 (PST)

I support finding an alternative to the proposed bridge over Islais Creek. The Cyclone Arts Center is a civic treasure, costing the city little or no money and contributing heavily to the arts that bring so many people here to San Francisco. It is an unusually well connected and prolific group of artists, rivaling the contribution of many formally funded entities. Certainly there are other solutions to accomodate the trucking needs of the surrounding area.
Liisa Pine <pinedorado@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 12:37:26 (PST)

I protest the destruction of artists' spaces and local community and oppose the Illinois St. Bridge Project.
Edmond Cho <mondelicious@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 09:27:41 (PST)

This city has lost too much of it's artist community already. Please reconsider this plan that will only further damage the culture of San francisco.
ben sutherland <petition@protoscape.com>
- Thursday, January 10, 2002 at 03:39:30 (PST)

kill the bridge
feed the arts
;klesjtrhg
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 13:39:48 (PST)

We must continue art and artists from the rapacious conquest of developers. Please reconsider this development project.
Mitchell Verter <roadrunner@waste.org>
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 12:22:13 (PST)

More lanes will only fill with more traffic - why avoid what needs to be confronted
rationally speaking this is a very inwise economic decision.
gucciboy
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 11:05:02 (PST)

Illinois street is a unique pocket of the city. It has fostered some of the most unique artist collaborations SF has ever seen. It is also home to several small businesses. This plan to build a bridge through this area would destroy untold business and creative projects our city needs.
No Bridge.
troy shelton
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 10:17:03 (PST)

Evicting artists from SF is like cutting off your nose despite your face. The availability of Space designated to Creativity is crucial and necessary in order for a community to explore, experiment and discover at the outer limits of human ability. The Bay Area has a reputation of being "cutting edge" and its artists are an integral part of that status. In the past few years this social equilibrium has already been severely disrupted and has sparked an exodus of some the best Bay Area artists. The eradication of artists on such a large scale will most definitely negatively affect San Francisco. Please don't make it worse than it already is. The artists in the threatened warehouse space are a very important part of San Francisco; socially, culturally and economically.
Raleigh Habersberger <raleighvon@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 10:07:44 (PST)

Hell No! We Won't Go!
Daniel Ross <dangodan@hotmail.com>
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 09:58:55 (PST)

In these troubling times--both economically and environmentally--artists are the people who inspire. They bring hope and forces us to think beyond conformity. It is our duty to support the arts. We don't NEED another bridge. We don't need to disturb more preserves. We don't NEED to get that delivery there YESTERDAY.
Emily Zuzik <contact@sexfresh.net>
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 08:02:43 (PST)

it's a shame that the city wants to dump more concrete on our artists garden
domingo reynolds <spideriz@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, January 09, 2002 at 07:20:01 (PST)

Cars and trucks don't build communities or promote a higher quality of civic life. The arts do. Please reconsider.
Eric Slomanson <slomophotos@earthlink.net>
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 22:36:38 (PST)

I strongly oppose the construction of a new bridge across Islais Creek. The Illinios St warehouse has provided a home to artists, including myself, for nearly fifiteen years. The residents have contributed much to the local community and have worked continously to improve the area for all San Franciscans.
Nick Kasimatis <nick@punchpresents.com>
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 21:55:29 (PST)

Such venues for artists are precious. We should do everything in our power to preserve these unique spaces.
Leigh Marecek <leigh@pvs.org>
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 15:16:16 (PST)

Please don't destroy the Cyclone Arts Center and Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park. Stop building the bridge over Islais Creek. It's heartbreaking to see and hear about more and more artists being shoved out of San Francisco. They are a crucial to the lifeforce of the city.
Aimee Pomerleau
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 14:04:06 (PST)

Painting, sculpture and technology exhibits, live theater performances, musical concerts, film and video festivals, poetry readings, circuses, and numerous highly successful fund-raisers for local community organizations. carpentry, robotics, painting, sculpture, stage design, jewelry-making, glass-blowing, welding, machining, costume design and gardening to furniture design, steel fabrication, computer technology, boat-building, antique restoration, pottery, and studio recording (music).
These artists will have nowhere to go in San Francisco if this bridge project beomes a reality. Not to memtion all other local businesses, historical and environmental concerns.
The arts are vital to any community, for San Francisco, of all places, to lose yet another arts facility after so much has been lost in our city would be truly tragic. The Arts help keep people off the streets, believe it or not. When one has a place to go to work out frustrations through art it helps fight crime as well.
Crystal Richesin <crydawrich@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, January 08, 2002 at 10:00:27 (PST)

Save the arts!!!
Brian!
- Monday, January 07, 2002 at 19:29:34 (PST)

Where there once was trash and feces and needles there is a fourishing garden>
Where there was a derilict building is a thriving arts community.
Where there was a squalid waterfront there is a blooming garden.
SAVE THE EARTH AND ARTS. SAVE THIS COMMUNITY.
Jeff Avery <jvrey@yahoo.com>
- Monday, January 07, 2002 at 16:52:50 (PST)

Dumping your garbage on your neighbour's property
is not an effective solution. Let's have industry
and community working together to form a city of
which everyone can be proud.
Bill Gray
- Monday, January 07, 2002 at 14:45:06 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS
CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY
AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
LAURA MCNALLY <LAURAS@YAHOO.COM>
- Monday, January 07, 2002 at 00:30:43 (PST)

!!!!!!!!!TO ARMS!!!!!!!!!This is a culture war
GREENPEACE
- Monday, January 07, 2002 at 00:29:36 (PST)

The proposed Third Street bridge would destroy a remaining cultural oasis in San Francisco. The industry gains are not of equal value. Recent history has drained San Francisco of cultural resources that have created the city's wonderful reputation over the years. This heritage is presently in a very precarious state. Unprotected, the very things that make San Francisco great will die out in lieu of unchecked industry (such as the 3rd Street Bridge project). That would leave us with a city robbed of the very things that made it famous and a destination location. Please weigh the options and save the arts before it is too late.
T. Hunter McCann <elfaro@earthlink.net>
- Sunday, January 06, 2002 at 16:49:38 (PST)

fight on people! the voice is getting loud down here in La. STRENGTH FROM YOUR SOUTHERN ART BRETHREN.
sebastian gomez <madbash@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, January 05, 2002 at 10:09:11 (PST)

San Francisco needs its old communal structures more than it needs new architectural structures. But in a world-class city, there is room for both, and each should compliment the other. Port of San Francisco, please take the time to find out all about this artists community and park, and their role in the surrounding neighborhood, and then act to create, not destroy.
Clare Corcoran <clare@igc.org>
- Friday, January 04, 2002 at 16:18:43 (PST)

The Neighborhood Parks Council strongly opposes the redevelopment plans that call for the building of a busy freeway through the pristine park of Islais Creek.
In addition, we have environmental concerns about how such a structure could lead to potential health effects for both wildlife and human beings alike.
Neighborhood Parks Council <arosenberg@sfneighborhoodparks.org>
- Friday, January 04, 2002 at 15:39:11 (PST)

Remember when San Fransico was a safe haven for artists? It's so sad. More artists-good. More cars, traffic, building-not good.
Kay Morales
- Friday, January 04, 2002 at 10:46:17 (PST)

Another active artist entreating the Instituiton to cease its effacement of America's counter culture.
And to Port Commissioner Bruce McWilliams, let these jobs (sfbg 12/26/01 pg 22) you speak of go to Mexico. One of our city's most noted legacies is Art.
samir bitar <thebigpeach@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 17:54:28 (PST)

I just moved to the Bay area because I was inspired by the art scene, despite the reports of closed down gallerys, spaces, events, and groups. It seems like it's been an ongoing war with the city pitted against the artists all over the area, it's more then sad, it's stupid.
I think San Francisco has something great to offer, a great community of artists that refuse to die out. But it would be so much better if these artists could be allowed to use their energies for creating instead of defending.
Monica Magana <monika2starfire@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 17:08:40 (PST)

Any sensible system of values would place the benefits of this arts community and sanctuary far above the need for one more conveyor belt for internal combustion engines. Amazing that this is even an issue. I support the Islais Creek Arts Group completely.
Gigi Jackson <sporkthrower@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 15:19:50 (PST)

I fully support you in your efforts to keep the space alive and I hope this little bit helps.
Ivy Balon <balonsof@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 14:47:16 (PST)

I strongly oppose the Islais Creek Bridge Project. in the Islais Creek/Illinois Street neighborhood we have created a closeness in our community between neighbors that is truelly unique. The community that myself and other business owners and artists in the area have created provides a sanctuary for peace and quiet and reflection right outside our front doors. If the bridge were built it would dismantle our entire community and all the business along Illinois Street. The added traffic noise and pollution not to mention limited parking and access to loading docks would destroy not only an entire community of artists but also many businesses. There are other alternatives.
John T. Aragon <jadisplay@monkeybrains.net>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 14:37:23 (PST)

The concept of a bridge is to bring neighboring communities together for the common good. To destroy the Cyclone Arts Center and Muwekma Ohlone pocket park will only succeed in pulling our diverse city further apart. Don't aid the collapse of our already shrinking arts opportunities in a city that is known world wide as a city of hope and creativity. Let us not allow our city to become known as the short sited city by the bay. Don't build the bridge.
LeAnne Hitchcock <hitchcockl@edaw.com>
- Thursday, January 03, 2002 at 11:26:19 (PST)

I got chased out once and it sucked, so don't let it happen to a whole group of creative folk, O.K?!
Alex Hernandez <sittingtangents@aol.com>
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 21:46:12 (PST)

I am disappointed that the Port of San Francisco can even consider destroying arts and culture here in their own city. Is money more important than art to you? What do we do when all the artists are gone? Choose art and you'll live better. Please, use a different bridge. Be good, don't do bad things.
Oliver Dear
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 21:40:59 (PST)

Save the space
John Michelini
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 21:20:14 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
christopher carter <christophercarter@mac.com>
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 21:17:34 (PST)

We need to everything we can to save the arts, and surely there must be an alternative to buliding this bridge!
Sherry
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 16:55:36 (PST)

The Taliban tried its best to get rid of art,
music, drama, fashion, all the parts of a
culture that make it unique, interesting, and
stimulating for the human mind. In the US we
have our own zealots who think Readin' Writin'
and 'Rithmetic is all we need. One method they
use to eliminate the interesting frontiers of
culture is to claim it is dangerous, not art,
or just drive out the artists by making the
space they need to work too expensive. If you
want San Francisco to be on the cutting edge of
culture, keep this artist complex here in this
space at Islais Creek. If you like the kind of
culture the Taliban and other zealots prefer,
drive us artists out of the city.
Colleen Sudekum <csudekum@calacademy.org>
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 14:16:20 (PST)

Amazing creativity has thrived in this corner of the city for years. A vegetable garden was even grown in a place that at first sight looks like a concrete wasteland. The people who call Illinois St. home make San Francisco a better place and should not be forced out under the pressure to "develop" the area into a biotech campus.
Erika Schoenhoff
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 10:41:51 (PST)

When is enough enough?
Sherri Strange
- Wednesday, January 02, 2002 at 09:47:14 (PST)

http://www.ghostmodern.com/BridgeTooNear.html
cool article sayin how it really is!
- Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 23:02:38 (PST)

Industry without art is brutality.
Ananda K. Coomaraswamy
- Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 22:57:38 (PST)

as a former resident and artist of the islais creek community, it breaks
my heart to see the construction of this bridge, which would ultimately
destroy the tight-knit neighborhood that is there. after seeing the
demise of two music rehearsal spaces that i have been involved with
(merlin studios and art explosion), i believe it would be traumatic for
this city to eliminate another source of the creativity which defines
what san francisco is.
please save the islais creek arts community.
the destruction of arts is not progress.
lorelei
- Tuesday, January 01, 2002 at 19:40:32 (PST)

It pains me to see once again the subordination of culture to commerce. We need planning that truly engages the folks on the ground, and does not steamroller those who are on the margins. It is not to late: Get Involved, Show Up at the Port Commission meeting (2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m., Pier 1) since the Port Commissioners have yet to rubber stamp the Illinois St. bridge. Probably they will do so early in the New Year, but if they know the world is watching, and they hear from us, well, it might make a difference.
D.S. Black <entropology@yahoo.com>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 19:31:17 (PST)

Economic development does not have to be about traditional industry - let's keep San Francisco arts, because art is what San Francisco is known for!
katherine harr
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 18:13:46 (PST)

Keep your jackhammers and structural steel erection away from an already battered, bruised and abused arts community--the city needs culture over cars.
Scott Cameron Reed <anonymousbosch1@excite.com>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 13:58:03 (PST)

Stop the building of the Bridge. I own and live in a historic industrial building in Tacoma Washington and know how unreplacable these precious buildings are to the community. Please consider the alternatives and the real future of the neighborhood. Building more bridges is not the answer!!
Maili Jonkman <mailijonkman@chiwest.com>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 13:27:34 (PST)

We need to preserve and nurture the arts in San Francisco!!!!
Jenny McKeel <pandamystery@hotmail.com>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 10:43:11 (PST)

Response to the David Kaye Entry on Dec 30
(mailto:sfdavidkaye@yahoo.com)
Good Lord David Kaye! Where did you get your facts and intellect? In a shopping mall, or was it a board meeting of developers? Yikes! Scary to know that are living ghosts like you in San Francisco. Good luck repairing the short circuits in your synaptic firings and soul!
David Erickson <zabudam@pacbell.net>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 00:32:24 (PST)

Art over commuters!
Ill Vibe <Invisible@neteze.com>
- Monday, December 31, 2001 at 00:00:59 (PST)

I don't want the bridge, keep the keep the cyclone arts center
Emily <Paisley9999@aol.com>
- Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 23:18:43 (PST)

There is already infrastructure in place to accomodate any sensible development in this so called Industrial area. Who says ARTISTS should not work in a Industrial zone? What has the City and County of San Francisco done for artists in the past 10 years? The City did a lot for dot.com companies and got the shaft. The City always caters to the filthy rich. 9 months ago I asked the San Francisco Port Authority about the "proposed Islais Creek bridge". Their response to me was that there was no bridge being planned to be built as they had NO money. I asked if there were plans to develop the Pier 80 area and across Islais Creek - Amador. The had no immediate plans and they could not give me any sane answer. How come you know so much David? We really do not need the bridge. Right now the Port Authority has not got the permits and what is even worse has NOT conducted the required ENVIRONMENTAL impact studies. The residents of District 10 which includes Hunters Point and Bayview do not need MUNI light rail too. You see the voters, the citizens were not consulted. After drawing up the plans - the City and the Port Authority thought they could shove some stuff down the throats of the constituents. It simply will not work. At every PUBLIC MEETING the Port Authority and the City and County of San Francisco has been told - we do not need the bridge, we do not need MUNI light rail, and we do not need the 6 proposed sewage digestors in District 10. All these factors and issues are inter linked. Now, David I challenge you to come to a Public Meeting and make your case. Over 300 people at the last MUNI public meeting told MUNI to take a hike - NO to any MUNI light rail on 3rd Street. No to the bridge on Islais Creek. No to the 6 proposed digestors anywhere in District 10.
Francisco Da Costa
- Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 15:43:02 (PST)

Why do artists locate in an industrial zone and then bitch about industrial uses?
If the Islais Creek area is not fitted with a bridge to allow better pier access, the area threatens to become even MORE junk condos, because industrial use will no longer be an option there.
The fact is that 3rd Street is being turned into a commercial/residential strip, and the heavy trucks have to use *some* street to get pier access. That street will be Illinois Street.
People who are against this plan should have shown up at the community meetings about the redevelopment of 3rd Street and the new Muni streetcar line.
The plan is to make 3rd more commercial and residential. Putting in the Islais Creek bridge is really the only hope of KEEPING the area industrial and friendly to arts projects.
David Kaye <sfdavidkaye@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 14:16:01 (PST)

these kinds of facilities are a fast-disappearing breed in SF. since they are essential to both individual San Franciscans and San francisco's position as a world-class center for the arts, it is essential that their well-being be prioritized first - other city projects must be planned to acommodate them.
john voldal <fyrist@torchery.com>
- Sunday, December 30, 2001 at 06:51:38 (PST)

Here you go again; corporate monster, thinking you know what is best for the comunity. Not caring what the reprocusion will be or how long felt. For every action there is a reaction. Your action will set San Francisco back tenfold. Help us push Ess Eff tenfold into the future.
Rafael Aguilar Ochoa <venusjumpsorbit@lycos.com>
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 23:01:56 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
Suzanne Artemoff <sususushi@yahoo.com>
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 18:27:00 (PST)

A society without its culture is blind. A society without a voice is mute.. OUR society is based on the freedoms of choice and right to excersise those diciplines. All this roadway will evolve is the promise of evicted voters who use the highly advanced mass transit anyway to lose faith in a city that promises the advances of the mind.. Roadway or renaissance? Its the question and NOT the answer.
Christopher Robinson <palosoleri@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 18:19:29 (PST)

you could build seventeen bridges and people would still complain about traffic. build up mass transit (start with 24 hour bart service) and less people will need to drive. politically, i advise you to keep the "artizens" of SF happy. they are plentiful, and 10 times more likely to vote than the people who sit in traffic all day.
gear <gear@email.com>
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 17:13:49 (PST)

stop it, and see...
todd martinez <todd@email.org>
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 15:57:55 (PST)

Look for another solution and preserve the artist communities.
Lisa Libutti
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 11:57:56 (PST)

Stop the bridge. Save Creativity and Community.
Lana Raymond <lana_raymond@yahoo.com>
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 11:05:43 (PST)

i love bureaucracy.
nate rotsko <nemo@2by2.net>
- Saturday, December 29, 2001 at 03:34:02 (PST)

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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!STOP ENSLAVING NATURE AND THE PEOPLE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*************************************************************************!VIVA NO BRIDGE!
MALCOLM BULTMAN <mclmbltm@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 28, 2001 at 20:27:45 (PST)

The idea of fixing what we have to maintain the integrity of our community seems to have been overlooked. I hope this effort is rewarded with renewed interest in renovating the existing 3rd st. bridge and moving away from our cultures tendencies towards disposibility.
Robin Ayers <robinayers@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 28, 2001 at 16:55:51 (PST)

"Economic Development" under Willie Brown has eliminated much of the real living and working space for local artists in San Francisco. It should be a civic priority to preserve the space that's left.
Christopher Schardt <seemtobe@moeskitchen.com>
- Friday, December 28, 2001 at 12:03:23 (PST)

If its pollitics... i know why they would want to shut this group down... have you seen the Other Creative Endeavors Tramatized by what people dont understand?
Only a Tear Falls.
Spyke WebSpinner <Gravityink@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 28, 2001 at 07:34:35 (PST)

No to the bridge. Yes to art. No to the bridge. Yes to community. No to the bridge. I vote.
Alcina Horstman <alcina@studio32.com>
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 21:22:15 (PST)

To city planners: why don't you shift your focus to replacing Napoleon St. with a rehabilitated Islais Creek. If you check out the street, it's sinking in what continues to be a creek buried under pavement. A nice nature trail and a second free flowing creek (Lobos in the Presidio - where ansel adams played as a youth- notice a connection between free urban waters and arts?) would add value to existing real estate in the area stimulating an influx of higher income tax payers who intuitively follow artist and nature. Years of development has shown if you build more roads you'll only get more cars. To the protesters.. don't just stop the bridge... bring back the Creek!
Michael S. Warner <michael@eurekaworks.com>
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 20:04:46 (PST)

It is great to read so many heartfelt comments. As most of you have so clearly stated " we do not need the bridge". Art and Artists are the "life " of any culture. And it is very true Da Mayor and his crew have turned their backs on those who matter most. Let me assure you all - one battle at a time - we will win this war. As long as we all stand united - these guys clearly with all their "evil and greedy" intentions - will not deliver. There will never be a bridge!
Francisco Da Costa
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 16:34:39 (PST)

It'd be great if the old bridge a block away could be renevated instead of creating a new structure. This has to be cheaper. Who knows, the money saved could be given to the artists to adorn the old bridge with things of beauty ;-)
max thornton <ptv232000@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 16:31:21 (PST)

San Francisco is special, but not so special if it turns its back on the thriving arts scene that makes this city livable. Restaurants are great, but they don't give the City soul. The tourist sites are great, but they don't give the City soul. It is the soulfulness of the artists and the mixing of so many cultures so easily that give this City a special place in the hearts of the peoples of the world. We are losing that heartfulness...slowly but surely if we continue to kill the art of our City, state, country. Leave Islais Creek be! Or better yet, give them more money to continue doing their glorious work!
Nancy Wang <ethnohtec@aol.com>
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 16:04:16 (PST)

save the arts! stop the bridge!
Molly Michelson
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 13:42:03 (PST)

Please do not proceed with the plans for the Illinois Street bridge. The San Francisco arts community has already suffered enough during the earlier economic boom, during which rampant corporate development, numerous evictions and consequently loss of affordable studio space decimated the once thriving local artist population. As a long time artist/resident of San Francisco, I strongly urge you to reconsider plans for this ill-conceived project.
Elizabeth Selna
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 13:41:16 (PST)

Stop the bridge! Don't let another precious artistic, cultural resource and community be dismantled and destroyed! The city and county of Ssan Francisco can't afford to let another government project in the name of progress and alleged jobs put another stake in its heart.
Lori Higa <higa@agere.com>
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 13:12:54 (PST)

Nobody in this town wants a bridge instead of a thriving arts community.
Deborah Chilvers
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 11:30:18 (PST)

Long Live the Arts!
Ashley Wilson
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 09:54:09 (PST)

San Francisco is losing it's founding characteristics by losing more art spaces. Resources for local art and culture are scarce and quickly becoming non existant.
The art and the culture of San Francisco is what makes our city brim above most other major US cities.
ReRoute the china Basin area bridge so it dosen't not affect the Cysclone structure and let artists who are serving the community contine to so.
Natasja <mysterydance_2000@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 09:47:13 (PST)

Please protect innovation, creativity, and viable workspaces for creators and artists.
Angela Isaacs <aklew@mindspring.com>
- Thursday, December 27, 2001 at 08:30:46 (PST)

Remember, here be there dragons. Save the art space!
Ian Gerrard
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 14:28:35 (PST)

What this town needs is more Artists and fewer Developers. Leave the Cyclone Cednter and the park alone, and go pave some other damn thing.
Elizabeth Shaw
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 14:18:14 (PST)

my name on this petition represents my opposition of this attack on yet another center of creativity and diversity in san francisco. I say forget the bridge!
Carisa Wilder
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 12:27:18 (PST)

don't build the bridge. this city has become homogenized enough over the last batch of years and the once rich creative landscape has been all but clearcut. now that the glory days of silicon valley are essentially history, we have a chance to plant new seedlings. let's support what signs of life are left in this town.
rachelle axel
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 11:44:42 (PST)

As a 5th generation san franciscian I feel very sad that this is even an issue. So much of what our culture/society thrives on is "the arts". This city has a long history for being the "hotbed"(no pun intended) for a great many artists, musicians,
writers. Please, the natural balance of this city relys heavely upon the expression of the human spirit. Taking away this building will disrupt so much more than you know.
daniel bolig <printsofwhalessf@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 10:05:17 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
Mike Stahlbrodt
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 09:58:17 (PST)

I oppose the construction of a bridge. Haven't we gone through enough thoughtless destruction of our community in the last few years!
Eric Marshall <ejmarshall@mindspring.com>
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 09:49:46 (PST)

Art is good! Kicking out artist is not good!
Harmon Leon
- Wednesday, December 26, 2001 at 00:24:22 (PST)

please save thjis valuable art community
steven schwartz
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 23:56:43 (PST)

Groups like this one are what make San Francisco a city worth living in. Please do not sacrifice this organization and its location in favor of building a bridge. To do so would hurt the commmunity rather than help it.
Robert Friedman <robert_friedman@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 17:46:22 (PST)

It has become glaringly apparent in recent years that the city of San Francisco has forgotten what makes it the unique thriving entity it is... ART. SF is a creative and interesting city which draws countless tourists every year from all over the world. By displacing one of the few remaining art spaces left we are allowing the once strong art movement of the Bay Area to slowly slip away. Does anyone come to SF to see concrete, bridges, freeways and sidewalks? Or do they come to see all of the various cultural events and art exhibits *this* community provides. please don't let more artists be displaced needlessly.
brandi hugo <funky_amazon@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 15:34:06 (PST)

If these artists, artisans and craftsmen are moved, displaced or their habitats destroyed, including the industrial wasteland that they have reclaimed as gardens then THEY MUST BE RELOCATED! INCLUDING THE GARDENS!
We the people demand this!
Yves Hammonns <Yvesh@excite.com>
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 14:48:32 (PST)

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Marcel Tinguely <MT@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 14:45:23 (PST)

The Islais Creek Art Community is a unique jewel and must be preserved. SF is a world class city BECAUSE of its uniqueness, creativity, and originality and the art scene is central to its heart and soul. This bridge is not essential to The City, but the Islais Creek Art Community certainly is. What do you think draws people to SF? It is the art, culture, uniqueness, diversity and the freethinking creative people who live here. This bridge is not essential, but that art community certainly is. There are other ways to get around that area. Destroying a vibrant cultural neighborhood would be a disaster and a disservice to all of San Francisco.
Karil Daniels
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 12:26:26 (PST)

There's probably a better way.
Mike Sugarbaker
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 10:50:16 (PST)

The amazing nature of san francisco is cultivated in places like these. the art and cultural revolutions that occur here are like nowhere else. THIS force is what keeps san francisco in the front of the world's minds as the THE PLACE.
we must maintain the ultimate environment for creative development.now.
Hayyim Sanchez <hayyimsanchez@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 09:38:38 (PST)

Yes to culture and to established working organizations. No to lack of imagination masquerading as "fixes".
Leona Benten
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 09:35:39 (PST)

Stop taking away our creative communities...
Micke Tong
- Tuesday, December 25, 2001 at 03:41:33 (PST)

we need art in san francisco, oakland,
richmond, daly city, throughout the world.
artistic vision is what will pave paths
for the future, not concrete!
naomi bragin
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 22:10:41 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
We really don't need more truck and auto emissions. We need to investigate alternatives, which are the ways of the future, which also include Bio-Diesel Ferries, Photovoltaics, wind, recharging water tables... the list is endless.
We do not need the bridge. We DO need a dialog with the community. It is high time the S.F. Port Authority and other City and County of San Francico entities - treat the community as Adults and informed Citizens. Let the Sunshine Laws be enforced and the TRUTH told.
Jason Cole <Wyrdjason@onebox.com>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 21:48:53 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER
AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP
THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
Michele Robbins
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 20:53:59 (PST)

Artists are the soul and conscience of this city and this city is being drained of both.
Support the arts.
Laura Diamondstone
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 20:36:21 (PST)

Now more than ever we need creative and visionary people's work in the world...let there be space for art!
Alli Starr
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 19:36:31 (PST)

Save art, down with the bridge!
mp <iglowinthedark@hotmail.com>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 17:39:03 (PST)

Save Artist Spaces NOW
David Lurey
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 14:38:58 (PST)

In this time more than ever we should be enriching our culture and opening our minds to the value of a very important part of our community.
Peter Ludeking <ludeking@iwon.com>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 13:56:44 (PST)

Who would have thought art would fall victim
to NIMBYism. SF seems to be selling out its
artists one place at a time. What's the spirit
of an artist go for these days? Apparently
enough to make it worthwhile to throw them out
on the street. There's nothing to be proud of
when someone melts down art for its metal.
Please don't take yet another step toward making
art an import in SF.
Howard Cohen <hoco@3ddoodle.com>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 11:41:58 (PST)

We need more venues for artists in this community not less. We have to find an alternative to destroying yet another art community.
Jessica Hobbs <jezebel001@yahoo.com>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 10:52:58 (PST)

Please save this art community. We must have places for San Francisco artists to exist. We need more venues for artists - not less.
Deborah Balas <artgurl@prodigy.net>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 10:43:16 (PST)

We've already lost enough arts organizations in SF due to bad development. Let's look for another solution and save the park and arts space. No bridge!
Jenny Bitner
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 10:18:50 (PST)

please save the arts! :)
trisha
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 07:38:19 (PST)

stop the development nazi's!!!
They will pave over your backyard, yosemite and Golden gate park NEXT!!!
Robert Mark Benson <RMB@hotmail.com>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 02:00:12 (PST)

Our city officials seem to quickly forget that the artists in a community are what make it unique. Infact, I imagine a group of artists would be able to figure out how to build a bridge without destroying something so dear to the community. Innovation, is what the city was built on. Allow the creative spirit to flourish.
Alpheta <alphaguru@earthlink.net>
- Monday, December 24, 2001 at 01:47:17 (PST)

You're destroying a thriving arts center to put up a ******* bridge?! Can you say ..."bad decision"?
Barbara Occhiogrosso <bigeyesss@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 20:56:53 (PST)

does construction have to entail destruction?
what we have here is a design challenge.
i believe in creating alternative design solutions which will help us avoid unnecessary, and, in this case, ununfortunate destruction.
soo-hwa yuan <shy1968@yahoo.com>
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 13:35:07 (PST)

i don't want to live in SanFranDiego, i want to live in SanFrancisco. This city is turning into yuppie boring, no art, mall mentality, corporate sheep, i have a price you can buy me town. i hope the people who make decision on city policy and structure(who are supposedly reresenting thier constituents) decide that this bridge might have a detrimental effect on the city. But... i believe that "they" don't have the courage or the concence to make that decision. pityful
mikey
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 12:49:25 (PST)

Ohplease. Leave it alone. Like *enough* hasnt already been sacrificed!! KerIst!
Jax O'Ward
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 11:43:27 (PST)

embrace intrigue. stretch curiosity. evaporate fear. keep the vision aliv3 .. >
atom palermo <slandermask@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 03:18:49 (PST)

Please! No!!
Sansa Alexander <asnas@altavista.net>
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 02:13:43 (PST)

Save the art center and the park; lose the bridge.
Laura Bellizzi <bellberg@mindspring.com>
- Sunday, December 23, 2001 at 01:25:13 (PST)

Cultural resources should be protected. Especially indigenous, independent groups who make local culture what it is. Things are out of balance. No to the Illinois Street Bridge.
Ruary Allan <ruary@sacreddance.org>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 23:22:52 (PST)

Please save this vital community center, it is so needed and means much to the community.
Jade Raybin
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 19:10:38 (PST)

We've lost so much of our arts infrastructure as it is... there have to be other alternatives to the bridge. Please don't destroy the Cyclone site.
Laura Smith
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 18:45:42 (PST)

I'm concerned about the displacement this project may cause. Isn't there another way to address the reasons why the bridge is being built, without impacting so many people and art institutions?
Michael Calfee <calfee@sfbike.org>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 16:38:53 (PST)

san francisco has lost far too many of its artists and arts facilities to development, businesses (and now more traffic? do we need this?), and the city's natural spaces are rare, valuable and need to be preserved. the construction of this bridge would be destructive to the community, the arts, and the environment. please stop the project and consider a healthier alternative.
karen k., san francisco
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 16:31:03 (PST)

Please do not support this project. We need less people, not more bridges!
Richard Blakely
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 14:43:19 (PST)

As a fellow artist I'm in solidarity with you all!!!
Bruce (Takeo) A.
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 14:07:46 (PST)

No to the bridge!
Madeleine Boyne <bunnywhiskers@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 14:02:48 (PST)

Find anouther place for your project. Stop picking on artists.
Al Honig <alwaysal@excite.com>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 13:45:12 (PST)

i am strongly opposed to the ILLINOIS ST. BRIDGE PROJECT, which would effectively destroy the wonderful and productive Islais Creek Arts Group. arts and culture is afterall the tradition that makes san francisco a world-class city. we just spent millions of tax dollars creating a public transit pass-card, can't we spend a few bucks on preserving the lifeblood of the city -- the creative and intelligent and proactive arts community? what about environmental impact? and when's the last time you or any other tourist wanted to visit a great city simply because the roads were better???
bridget allen <bridget@afilmdream.com>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 12:59:36 (PST)

Lets save the few arts collectives that we have left in this city.
Harry Kniznik <harryk45@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 11:19:20 (PST)

This city needs to make it a priority to retain the remaining artist community that was not swept out on the tide of greed known as the dot.com invasion. STOP THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK.
Andrea D. Guerra <arreugda@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 11:01:15 (PST)

I recently discovered the city and the art scene here. Destroying such a beautiful amount of creativity and interests for another road way would be not only unfair, but also quite a disaster for the community.
Please abandon this project of another bridge !
Marie Johnson <ma_lafranque@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 10:50:41 (PST)

I strongly oppose the ILLINOIS ST. BRIDGE PROJECT.
As an experimental musician I have performed and enjoyed many performances in the Cyclone complex and adjoining spaces that would simply not be commercially viable enough to take place in any other venues in the city. How anyone can consider trading this valuable asset to the artistic soul of San Francisco for a bridge and road is beyond comprehension. Wake up.
Bob Bartosik <bobsax2000@hotmail.com>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 03:25:54 (PST)

I THINK I WILL GO TO THE MARINA AND WALNUT CREEK AND BUILD TOXIC SCULPTURES THAT PUKES SEWAGE ON THEIR MAC FACES AS THEY SLURP $400.00 SOUP. THIS SCULPTURE WILL ROAM THE STREETS NIGHT AND DAY AND WILL BE FUNDED WITH YOUR TAX DOLLARS AND WILL EMIT HUGE AMOUNTS OF NOISE AND CARCINOGENIC EMMISSIONS NIGHT AND DAY. IT WILL KILL PLANTS, ANIMALS AND EVENTUALLY HUMANS. I HAVE SEVERAL WONDERFUL CORPORATE SPONSORS. SOON TO BE SEEN PERFOMRING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD.
A SCULPTURE FOR THE DEVELOPERS <ARTSHIT@HOTMAIL.COM>
- Saturday, December 22, 2001 at 01:32:14 (PST)

dotcoms already dealt a serious blow to the art scene... the city doesn't need to help... No bridge needs to be built
Marisa Stertz
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 22:24:12 (PST)

Please save this space. There has already been enough irreparable damage of the city's artist communities. So much lost and a city that almost became completely homoginized.
Save what's left so that we can begin to create again from what was once a home.
Marlene Lopez
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 22:21:14 (PST)

I am not sure what art is or what artists do, but some people do things differently than others. That is why I live here. If I wanted to live in a homogeneous society in which everyone was the same I would live in "_____". The condemnation of Illinois and Marin would mark the end of civilization in San Francisco.
Ragi <Ragidindial@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 21:44:40 (PST)

this bridge plan is more sad evidence that the art and soul of sf are being executed by its own officers in a seemingly continuous blind nod to money and so-called progress. i wonder if the folks making the final decisions ever even drive that far south down third street...more likely only over it. these artists breathe life into that little corner of our world, and i urge you to find a way to keep it that way. no bridge.
katy bell <katybell1@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 21:12:11 (PST)

art me harder. save it please.
joey hopscotchontherox <underscore_fever@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 20:36:37 (PST)

Don't tread on creativity. The Cyclone building and the things that happen there are far more valuable than another bridge.
Will Larson
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 20:34:28 (PST)

Please do not keep castrating the arts in this city! Enough is enough!
Pepe ozan
Pepe Ozan <pepeozan@earthlink.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 20:31:03 (PST)

Over the last few years, SF, a city known for art and artists, has systematically forced out many of its most creative citizens. Building this bridge in its proposed location will continue to erode what little creativity is left in SF. Please stop this project now. Please destorying our city to save it. Thanks.
richard kadrey <kadrey@well.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 20:24:12 (PST)

bridge the cultural divide before its too late...no BRIDGE XXXXXXXXXX
freddie k
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 18:42:37 (PST)

Without art and culture to give meaning and expression to our lives, we will surely perish. Uncover your compassion and come to your senses, SUPPORT THE ARTS!!!!
Darren Thompson
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 17:25:42 (PST)

I've never heard anyone complaining they need this bridge, but lots of us have been trying to make it clear for several years that we can't (and won't) stand to lose more of our friends and local arts. No bridge, thanks.
Hal Looby
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 17:10:04 (PST)

I am a Potrero Hill resident and I oppose the building of another bridge especially at the expense of the art community.
I have attended art events at Cyclone and I believe that the artists are valuable members of the community and their work should be encouraged and supported.
Ana Dotcheva <dotcheva@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 16:30:42 (PST)

We don't need the bridge-- we need to preserve what's left of our arts community!!!!
Sara Payan <sarapayan@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 16:22:33 (PST)

I don't like bridges, anymore than you.
Owen Brand
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 16:12:55 (PST)

As a photographer/designer at The Cyclone I strongly oppose the Illinois St. Bridge Project and fear that if it goes through I may no longer be able to continue operating my business at this location.
As a member of this community, I feel that what we have here is truly unique and incredibly valuable to the community of San Francisco as a whole. It would be a shame to see the years of effort and money that members of the community have invested into improving the area destroyed in the name of an unnecessary road way.
Jesse Clark <jesse@monkeybrains.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 15:52:40 (PST)

Please don't tear down the Cyclone building. The San Francisco arts community is already seriously threatened and this facility is essential if the SF art scene is going to continue.
Brian Korver
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 15:49:14 (PST)

Art IS the bridge.
Deborah Clearwaters <dclearwaters@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 15:24:32 (PST)

I keel you, corporate pig-dog!!
At this point, I didn't even realize that there were any artists LEFT in SF to drive away. The culrtural life of this city has already suffered a crippling blow via dot-com landlord madness. The demise of the Islais Creek Arts Group will surely be a death-stroke for the ailing artists scene that still (somehow) exists in this culturally crumbling, uncaring city. When will this ever end?
I quote to developers heedless of the importance of culture the immortal words of Rod Serling as spoken by Charlton Heston in "Planet of the Apes": "God damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
Allen White
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 15:21:02 (PST)

The corporate scum who trample the arts and established communities with complete disregard for the bigger picture will reap what they sow. They will live in a paved paradise. With no art or culture beyond the prepackaged drivel that comes out of corporate LA. Why don't they move to LA? People who make decisions that are not a part of the local community and are removed from the reality of there impact.
They are parias that would take any ole job, whoever will pay them, regardless of the greater impact.
Stop these MADMEN. We the community need to take control back from these lunatics!!!!!!!!
A Patriot
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:57:51 (PST)

The corporate scum who trample the arts and established communities with complete disregard for the bigger picture will reap what they sow. They will live in a paved paradise. With no art or culture beyond the prepackaged drivel that comes out of corporate LA. Why don't they move to LA? People who make decisions that are not a part of the local community and are removed from the reality of there impact.
They are parias that would take any ole job, whoever will pay them, regardless of the greater impact.
Stop these MADMEN. We the community need to take control back from these lunatics!!!!!!!!
A Patriot
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:57:36 (PST)

This is a culture war. "They" want commerce/industry. Industry without art is terrorism!!!!
citizen
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:49:26 (PST)

The practice of seeking profit at the expense of culture has been prevalent for the past 5-7 years. Think of the current and hopefully fading practice of building "lofts" (over priced, inefficient space use, luxury apartments called live/work) while tearing down warehouses and displacing small businesses and many artists. This is another case of the same type of thinking. We as a community need to maximize the infrastructure we currently have instead of throwing out the old and proven in place of something shiny and new just for the sake of having shiny and new. I implore you to a less invasive and less expensive method to resolve the traffic issues and consider yourself in doing so to be helping keep San Francisco the incredible and interesting city it is.
Greg Kersten <Greg@epylon.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:32:35 (PST)

I'm a resident of Potrero Hill, just a few blocks away from Islais Creek. The arts community on Islais creek is a valuable and irreplacable part of what makes San Francisco a worthwhile place to live.
The communities and networks that hold San Francisco together are far more important than finding the most expedient route for new roads. Both have suffered greatly in the last few years, in the name of an economy that we're all feeling the hangover from. We don't need to do any more damage - let's consider alternatives instead.
Michael McCabe <mike@meer.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:31:12 (PST)

Please alter your plans for the ILLINOIS ST. BRIDGE PROJECT, so that the Islais Creek arts community is unaffected no only by demolition, but proximity to a new bridge development that will effectively ruin their neighborhood.
Leo Nash <Leo@ALeoNash.ws>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:20:50 (PST)

i am a san francisco native. by its very design, the city was not designed for the car!we must STOP bowing to the neophyte residents who worship their vehicles.my parents were both in the theatre. this city was mecca for those who wanted to perform,learn and teach. this building housed many of those types of services.the arts are more important than the car...
katya george <georgek@sutterhealth.org>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:12:12 (PST)

I'd much rather see arts than another bridge. Another inlet for cars into an already overpacked city, I vote for a city with its priorities straight. Art good. Bridge Bad.
Brooke Wright <brooke@truedat.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:12:08 (PST)

never give up
rodni <hipp@rodni.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 14:05:05 (PST)

The policies of eviction and displacement that have ravaged the San Francisco art and non-profit communities over the past few years must stop and stop NOW. Surely a less clumsy solution to the traffic patterns of the area in question can be brought about without endangering/destroying yet another arts stronghold within the city limits.
JJ Holoubek <sqrdcrcl@flash.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 13:41:27 (PST)

Stop pushing artists out of the city!
Gabriel Canevari
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 13:40:45 (PST)

Please do not destroy this vital arts community!!
Paul Catasus <crashsf@pacbell.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 13:15:08 (PST)

This space has contributed to the greater community for many years. It is one of the last spaces of this type in San Francisco. It serves an important function in San Francisco as a place to make and learn art. Are we to have no art in San Francisco? No to the bridge.
Kimmie Superstar
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:51:21 (PST)

This space hadbeen contributing to the greater community for many years. It is one of the last spaces of this type in San Francisco. It serves an important function in San Francisco as a place to make and learn art. Are we to have no art in San Francisco? No to the bridge.
Kimmie Joan
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:50:27 (PST)

Please save the Islais Creek Arts Group located at Marin and Illinois streets.
Shawn Hecox
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:47:55 (PST)

Arts, yea.
Bridge, nay.
Jonny Bergeron <jonny@parisloveshelen.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:46:28 (PST)

San Francisco has already lost too much in the arts. There must be a better solution.
Kristine Adams
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:44:22 (PST)

The displacement of artists in San Francisco has reached epidemic proportions. This community, once valued as contributing to all that makes the city unique and appealing, has become its newest at-risk population. This bridge leads to others, and before long Oakland will be where all the real people, and real arts, are. Does San Francisco really want to give them up?
Carla Belle
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:43:53 (PST)

San Francisco owes its international reputation and prestige to being the only city on the West Coast truly dedicated to the creative endeavors of the mind. The history of this metropolis is one full of paradigm-shifting artists and free-thinkers, many of whom have changed the world's perception of itself. To loose such an important artistic resource as the Cyclone Arts Center to a road project would be beyond moronic - it would demonstate to the world that the administration of this city cares nothing for San Francisco's history, reputation, and soul, and would rather that some carpetbagging yuppie idiot drive his SUV over this site than have it serve to engender the brilliant, groundbreaking work it has in the past.
As a San Francisco resident and active voter, I must state that my vote and voice will be adamantly raised against this project, and those who support it.
Dagan Rose-Stockwell <daganrose@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:39:02 (PST)

Art and culture are more valuable than trucks and bridges.
peter collins <artvox@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:31:38 (PST)

Art is one of the reasons we love San Francisco. We must all do what we can to make new art possible and to help artists survive here. FORGET THE BRIDGE...SAVE THE ART!!!!
Tricia & Mark
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:27:24 (PST)

Do not let SF suffer yet another blow. I deplore this idea of destruction for a bridge.
Anat C
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:21:44 (PST)

Don't build the Illinois St. Bridge. San Francisco has already lost too much in the arts.
Mark D. Evans
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:20:33 (PST)

I protest the destruction of the Cyclone Arts Center and Muwekma Ohlone Park, Just like Penny does. Please save the Islais Creek Arts Group located at Marin and Illinois streets; I strongly urge you to reconsider the Islais Creek Bridge project, put an immediate halt to it while reconsidering it, and ultimately abandon the project.
In Response to Pat Ravarra's posting, please post the Snail-mail address to which we should send postcards and, if fax is an effective alternative, post the fax numer also.
Thank you for MAKING LIVE ART LIVE.
Tim Z Falconer
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:13:38 (PST)

I have always appreciated the fact that the city of San Francisco is not endlessly criscrossed by freeways, and thus freeway onramps and offramps, unlike so many other U.S. cities, particularly those in SoCal... Perhaps I digress. But please, please, please do not destroy yet another artistic community (i.e., the Cyclone Arts Center) or green/open space (i.e., Muwekma Ohlone pocket park) in a city whose world-class reputation has been built on its creative communities and physical beauty, not its unimpeded traffic and transport access. Thank you.
Cynthia E. Wood <cynthia.wood@pgw.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:12:45 (PST)

Keep the arts alive!!!
Carla Funk
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:09:44 (PST)

Keep Art alive!
David N.
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 12:02:51 (PST)

don't build the bridge. the building is already a bridge for people to participate in artistic endeavours. keep the bridge a metaphor, long live the arts.
josh siegel <josh@linecooks.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:57:40 (PST)

My recommendation comes from years of experience as a (former) San Franciso resident and arts activist. The most effective action to take to ensure that this bridge idea be dropped is to attend the public meetings where the decisions about this bridge will be made, speak up loudly, and present opposition as a unified voice. I hope I don't offend anyone by saying this, but sitting at your terminal pounding out messages isn't enough. You have to act, and in public. It is vital that the people in City Hall see faces ~ lots of them; hear voices ~ lots of them; and receive old-fashioned snail mail messages ~ lots of them! Postcards are extremely effective to this end, BTW. So is picketing. So are phone calls to your respective supervisors. And the mayor.
Good luck.
Pat Ravarra
Pat Ravarra <pravarra@aol.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:55:23 (PST)

I strongly feel that this bridge project is a short-sighted mistake, and will work to displace from office any officials who support it.
Joe Doyle
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:51:46 (PST)

Art: yes
Bridge: No
Please.
Jeanne Acceturo
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:50:04 (PST)

I protest the destruction of the Cyclone Arts Center and Muwekma Ohlone Park.
Penny Jennings
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:48:30 (PST)

Arts good. Bridge bad.
Laura LeBleu <laura_lebleu@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:42:19 (PST)

We need as much art and diversity in this city as possible! It would be horrible to lose this meeting place for the arts just to add a highway ramp to encourage MORE driving, MORE cars, MORE pollution, LESS use of bicycles and public transportation. We, the voters of SF, vehemently oppose the destruction of the Cyclone Arts Center!!!!
Kelly Faddis <kellyfaddis@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:35:59 (PST)

Ah... yes. There is just so much traffic there, or is it that Willie's contractor partners haven't had a juicy contract in a while? Who knows? We do know that art hubs like this are few and far between.
Mike Burstein
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:34:39 (PST)

This is our time to rebuild using all our own unique creativity. The arts are a place to begin.
Please do not destroy what little we have left.
Jessica Blean
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:28:23 (PST)

When things become the last of their kind they need protected and nurtured, not destroyed in the name of progress. The Lorax by Dr. Seuss comes to mind. The cyclone art center is "The very last Truffula Tree" of the arts community and we need to preserve it, study it, and learn from it's unique and beautiful habits.
Noah E. Glass <noah@listenlab.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:20:04 (PST)

The importance of keeping the Cyclone Arts Center will never be fully realized until it is gone. May that realization never come. I oppose the destruction of the Cyclone Arts Center.
Brian Walsh <moo@thepartycow.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:20:03 (PST)

Why drive more culture out of the city? So many art organizations have fallen by the wayside in recent times. If this can be avoided with another art organization, it should be.
Kate Farrall
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:17:50 (PST)

The Islais Creek Arts Group is a last bastion of independent art collectives in San Francisco. It is much more important to the City than this bridge, for which we can find alternatives.
Keith Neal <keith2@louiethenose.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:10:41 (PST)

I protest the destruction of the Cyclone Arts Center. Please protect this institution and the arts community it represents.
Julie Soller <juliesoller@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:05:10 (PST)

I protest the destruction of the cyclone arts center and muwekma ohlone pocket park and demand that the city and port stop the building of this bridge over islais creek. Thank you!
Steven Kovensky <stevenkovensky@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:03:10 (PST)

The city of SF did so little to protect the arts during the dot-com development frenzy. It's hard to comprehend that additional destruction of such a productive arts community could even be discussed at a time like this. The art scene is what makes SF a special city. Can't any "improvments" to the city be made w/o forcing additional artists to leave?
Lauren Becker <l-becker@prodigy.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 11:02:10 (PST)

The need for this bridge is nominal, at best, on the industrial level. The need for art is huge, on the cultural level. Don't throw away a valuable resource just because you can't see its worth in dollar signs!
Barney Ford
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:59:50 (PST)

I oppose the destruction of the Islais Creek Sanctuary, and arts center. Islais Creek is a Walden Pond, a People's Park, a warm verdant refuge in the cold pulse of the concrete jungle. Don't pave Paradise to put up a parking lot, or even a bridge. I oppose the proposed bridge project.
Claudine Kaye <sher0ams@aol.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:53:16 (PST)

I second or third or fourth...the sentiment that the last thing that the Bay Area needs is more road construction, auto emissions, noise pollution. How about spending the money that is going to the bridge project on some Bay Area wide improvements of public transportation, extending BART hours, improving bike lanes, etc. C'mon, a humans brain needs to be challenged by art and creativity. We need this collective.
Amy Willis <amalea72@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:43:41 (PST)

I PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK NOW.
Julia Brashares
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:38:59 (PST)

When both artistic creativity and environmental conservation are at risk, I cannot keep quiet. The lasting value in both far outweighs any short-term solution a bridge might provide. Please reconsider.
Heather Zehren <zehren@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:29:18 (PST)

There is much. much more that will be lost than
gained if the Bridge Project happens. The City
has already sacrificed far too much of the Arts
scene for which it has always been known, in the
name of "progress" which is too often another
word for the destruction of what's important.
Mary Anne Glazar <glazar@uclink4.berkeley.edu>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:28:43 (PST)

I am a San Francisco home owner in favor of preserving the cultural resource of the Cyclone Arts Center and the housing for artists it provides.
Donna Olson <donna@svenskadesign.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:25:26 (PST)

Keep San Francisco the special place that it is! Arr and even BART before roads and bridges.
Peter Kovnat <pkovnat@classroom.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 10:24:42 (PST)

PLease, Oh Influential One who have the power to shape more than the terrain and navigabiiity of this amazing City we call home--Please do not let the one obvious benefit of a bridge at Illinois Street outweigh the more subtle, but, in the end more sustainung, benefits of keeping the Islais Creek Facility alive and well.
We need navigable streets and bridges from points A to points B, yes. But, if the events of September 11 have proven anything, we need even more desperately navigable psyches and bridges between communities. Islais Creek serves precisely that function of artistic exploration of the complexity of the human condition, and the building of bridges between communities.
Please hold this value as you make this small but important decision.
Rob Grant
2560 21st, #6, Street San Francisco
Rob Grant <robbieness@aol.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:53:40 (PST)

The art community has suffered so much in recent years. Please do not allow this destructive displacement to continue. There are definitely alternative solutions that need to be explored.
elizabeth waller <ewaller1@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:52:19 (PST)

Let's not pave any more of the remains of Islais Creek, formerly San Francisco's greatest watercourse and now a refuge for arts, culture, history and wildlife.
sincerely, Jason Dewees
San Francisco
Jason Dewees <jjuania@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:36:24 (PST)

As a San Francisco artist and home owner I strongly support the continued sancturary for adventurous arts that is the Islais Creek Community. Short sighted developments like the one proposed will only serve to complete the displacement of San Francisco artists to the East Bay, and our city's vibrant culture with it.
Creativity and freedom are what have defined San Francisco in the past ~ if it is now defined by commerce and expediency, than it will cease to be a world-class city.
Larnie Fox <larnie@23five.org>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:30:43 (PST)

community support is more important than construction kickbacks.
August Wood
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:29:47 (PST)

the loss of the third street corridor, from the boat houses near the new ball park monstrosity, to the warehouse at third and marin, is a visible indication of the loss of diversity in san francisco, both architecturally and culturally. please help to preserve the pockets of interest that are still left by finding an alternative solution to this bridge proposal.
elizabeth wright
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:27:46 (PST)

ok lets tear downa beautiful building that has done and contiues to do so many wonderful things to build a bridge or maybe better yet another Gap, like the city needs another one of those.What is happening to the culture that we fought so hard for?
Shannon <psychesmoon@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:22:17 (PST)

Wouldn't it be great if our city gov and our mayor lived up to the city's reputation of being a progressive and artistic community, and the city supported it's people and not big business for once?
Isobel Schofield (Resident) <isobel@issle.org>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:20:10 (PST)

Save the Art.
Jason Hilgefort <hilgefjr@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:13:03 (PST)

San Franciso is rapidly losing (lost?) its soul. Why can't you guys blow out an Old Navy or Starbucks for a change? They could survive, but others such as Ilais Creek and its neighbors probably would not. Come on.
Ranjit <ranjit@sbcglobal.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:04:55 (PST)

The arts and particularly the art that comes out of the Islais Creek community makes San Francisco a unique and dynamic city. Keep that wonderful niche in the city one of the areas not terrorized by capitalist development.
Amanda Thomas
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 09:01:29 (PST)

The route's no use if it destroys the destination!
Paul Woodward
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:58:27 (PST)

Art and diversity are the reason we live in SF- let's not displace the artists who bring the real value to the city.
Carmela <robotgurl33@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:57:55 (PST)

Why not fix third street? It is one of the most neglected areas of the city. A new bridge will not remedy the problem. It will only displace artists and cause congestion in a new part of town. Please listen to the citizens of San Francisco.
Miriam Ghabour
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:48:44 (PST)

As an arts critic for SFWeekly and other local papers for the past decade, I've sadly witnessed the slow demise of the once-vibrant Bay Area arts community. The Islais Creek Arts Group is one of the few survivors. It is absolutely necessary to preserve their working space.
Sam Prestianni
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:46:26 (PST)

Artists are the soul and heart of a city esp. San Francisco where the beauty and talent of artists brings people from all over the world to see our buildings, views, art etc. Please preserve the work space of one of our greatest resources and least supported talents.
Nelda Barchers <nelda@zosaku.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:46:18 (PST)

We really do not need more construction and destruction in this city. There are so few venues where you can go and enjoy art that is not mainstream. We need more of them not less. There are a lot of extremely creative people involved with the islais creek organization, I bet they could suggest some pretty interesting alternatives for the bridge project.
Vina Moore <vinasita@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:44:58 (PST)

No, no, no.
Robin Ward <robath@earthlink.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:43:16 (PST)

The arts are perhaps the only thing that distinguishes man from beast. In a city that prides itself on its support of the arts it is a travesty to see yet one more venue disappear. If we want a truly human society, then support of the arts,artists and their venues is vital.
Page Galloway
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:40:51 (PST)

I think it is a real travesty to displace talented artists and creators when other viable alternative venues have all but ceased to exist in SF - a city whose very attraction are the people displaced through such building projects. I do not support the building of the Illinois Street Bridge.
Mici Benet <mbenet@h5technologies.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:36:28 (PST)

Keep San Francisco a viable home for arts and artists.
Steve Gardner <steveg@biospace.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:26:31 (PST)

Displacement of the arts is a scurge on the city of san francisco, creating growth is udnerstandable but not at the cost of underground and viable art sources. Think before you act as the mass exodus of the city's best artisans is udnerway. A true waste.
Jay Kravitz <rsn8@lao.ucop.edu>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:15:57 (PST)

I THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER
AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP
THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
andrea scher <sparkle@slip.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:12:13 (PST)

The arts are vital to any community, for San Francisco to lose yet another arts facility after so much has been lost in our city would be truly tragic. There are literally no buildings like this left in the city.
Kim (KC) Carlson
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:09:19 (PST)

Vital arts organizations like these are hard pressed to find appropriate facilities. To displace them would be yet another irreversable blow to what was once a remarkable and thriving arts community. Keep the arts alive in San Francisco and relocate the bridge.
Rebecca Seeman <skigelbaum@yahoo.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 08:06:32 (PST)

It is a difficult enough task to be a working artist in this area with all of the other challenges. Please do not add this to the long list of issues that these working artists face. Their crafts are vital to the economy as we all know a city is not attractive if there is no creative heart.
Erin Stratte <electra@uclink.berkeley.edu>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 07:49:32 (PST)

Our "future" lies not in “futuristic” and altogether abstract city plans but in preserving our presently powerful but beleaguered City of creative people, starting with its foundation in our artists’ community. Yet another City Hall bridge to nowhere is no way to go.
Robert Mueller <attorney@jobcoachsf.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 06:59:20 (PST)

Move the bridge - we need artists more than more private transportation.
Phil Glatz <phil@glatz.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 06:33:40 (PST)

As a civil engineer, I've never been opposed to a bridge in my life.
However, the Illinois Bridge project appears unnecessary and wasteful. I'm familiar with the local traffic patterns, which I negotiate daily in commuting from Potrero Hill to my workplace, Smith-Emery Company, in the Hunters Point Shipyard. Routing heavy traffic loads one block away from the existing bridge would only increase the overall congestion and contribute to the bottleneck at the Islais Creek crossing.
Hunters Point/Bayview/Third Street suffers from severe neglect of the already-existing network of streets and railways. Settlement of the old bay fill in the entire area around the I-280 causeway and eastward has resulted in literally miles of city streets rife with caving potholes and bone-crunching ridges spanning old utility pipes. Drainage in the area is abysmal. San Francisco should fix these first, and take advantage of existing rail routes, before embarking on a counterproductive boondoggle.
As a San Francisco native, involved in both construction and the arts, I support other local residents and workers who fear the physical and cultural destruction of the neighborhood, and damage to their livelihoods.
Bob Stahl <bullnose@pacbell.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 05:52:11 (PST)

Our city is unique and exciting because of its rich and thriving under and aboveground arts communities. The people who comprise these communities need to have unique and preferably out of the way spaces to create, present/share their art...What more wonderful of a space than a local historic site.
jen solomon <jennifer_solomon@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 03:15:32 (PST)

I think that this is our last chance to prove to the world that America is more than plumbing and bridges...
Justin Carder <jonnyfive@jps.net>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 02:54:24 (PST)

As a die-hard driver, I'd be willing to put up with more traffic in order to save this community, if that's what it takes. Please do not go through with this bridge. I have been to the Cyclone Warehouse for many events, all of which have left me in a great mood and feeling more connected to my community and myself than ever before. Please don't kill this wonderful and vibrant place.
Autumn Tyr-Salvia <autumn@discordian.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 02:45:19 (PST)

BOMB DA BRIDGE!!!!!
ARTLOVER
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 01:43:31 (PST)

Enough with the senseless evictions people! City officials need to re-direct their focus on more vital transportation issues facing San Franciscans such as the extension of BART into other areas of the city. At least BART is underground where artist communities are not, and it encourages people to get out of their vehicles instead of into them. The last thing this city needs is yet another motor artery which will clog up eventually like all the other ones. Please consider the alternatives-how would this bridge benefit the community in general anyway? It is more vital for the city to recognize and preserve the art communities such as the Islais Creek Arts Group that put it on the map as an internationally acclaimed destination for uniqueness that simply does not exist anywhere else on this planet.
Jennifer S. Albright <lilypad@keysupport.com>
- Friday, December 21, 2001 at 00:43:40 (PST)

There are few places left for artists. Please preserve Islais Creek Arts Community and surrounding businesses.
Thea Sizemore <tsizemore@ccac-art.edu>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 23:48:10 (PST)

Cars cars cars. That's what it's all about, hmm? Let's get some vision. We need more community participation in this part of town, not more convenient ways to blast through it.
Sarah Lefton
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 23:41:10 (PST)

art, not bridges.
Errol "Spike" Waltzer
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 23:38:47 (PST)

*****
As a result of the continuing development of the Bay waterfront (read: Stadium Parkway with yet another consumer Mecca opportunity equaling higher rents thus more property tax revenues to the SFCity mechanism) our neighborhood's historic underpinnings are threatened with BLIND expansionist progress-motivated / real-estate taxationist's ambitions.
TAKE HEART and let your voice be heard. We are the City. They/we will WAKE-UP once we see that what is threatened to expire is VITAL to that which defines the SF Bay Area as the cultural hot-house flower that it is.
Please join us and send this petition around to all your friends.
Thank you.
Vicki
aka shibumi
Vicki Olds, aka shibumi <volds@studioreflex.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 23:11:04 (PST)

We need this space, stop the bridge now or furnish a viable alternative. We can not close down Islais Creek. The continued mental health of San Francisco - a living breathing community - depends on it. We need to maintain and foster what little art and expression remains. Without it Sf will suffer the death of a thousand Corporate shopping malls, and we are people not corporations goddamm it!
Damian Lucas <dlucasdp@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 22:51:49 (PST)

We have already lost so much of the vital essance of this city. If tourists are to come and keep filling our pockets then we must keep San Francisco's reputation of an artistic community.
Marie Gerrard <mariecamille@msn.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 22:30:13 (PST)

I need more art more than I need more bridges.
Robert T Bowers
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 22:24:21 (PST)

we've been doing just fine without this bridge. i mean, really, come on ...
Jameson Hill
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 22:10:57 (PST)

Save the Artists.
sterling storm
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 21:57:12 (PST)

We don't need another bridge, we do need this community. down with the bridge long live ISLAIS CREEK!
colleen noonan <cbnoonan@meat.net>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 21:55:18 (PST)

keep it going
bill bury <billbury@sbcglobal.net>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 21:26:59 (PST)

please don't destroy vital community spaces in the name of public works. covering vibrant centers of life with concrete is not progress.
reid spice
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 21:24:23 (PST)

we are running out of room.
sarah steen <isosteen@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 21:19:59 (PST)

Will we allow nameless strangers to destroy a living breathing community of artists and those whose lives are enriched by their work with yet another mess of concrete that exists only to make money for somebody in the Mayor's pocket as it simultaneously threatens our quality of life, indeed endangering our health? Hell no!
Sean McPhetridge <chango@well.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 21:07:52 (PST)

We've got a thriving art community in the Cyclone Arts Center and it needs to be preserved. We don't need this bridge. We need to research alternatives. The arts are what give this city life and make it attractive to tourists and locals alike. The arts are the blood and soul and heart of any community. Don't destroy it for a road.
Sean Orlando <skinbat88@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 21:06:02 (PST)

Please save the arts in San Francisco! Art is the foundation that makes our little city great. Art is has been shoved to fringes of San Francisco, the death of art in San Francisco has made the headlines across the country. Here is a vital art space that CAN be saved and if it is lost it will never be replaced. ACT NOW save this space and you save the heritage of San Francisco! Do nothing and the arts will continue to leave until the great innovations in art in San Francisco becomes a forgotten page in the history books.
charles gadeken <charlie@cellspace.org>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 20:59:43 (PST)

Affordable workspace is the first essential ingredient of human creative endevour. Without it, the arts and artisans disappear - leaving cities sterile hives of corporate workers. Islais Creek is a fountainhead of a kind of biodiversity: diverse ways of thinking, doing, making and living. It is one of the things that makes San Francisco a place people want to come to. Its value may be hard for Caltrans accountants to quantify, but make no mistake - its value is great. Put the bridge elsewhere or fix the existing one!
Carl Pisaturo <carlpisaturo@mindspring.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 20:29:15 (PST)

Stop the destruction of our art community.
Claudia Cohen
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 20:12:58 (PST)

As an artist and environmental educator on nearby Potrero Hill, I support the continued existance of the Islais Creek Arts group and the rare habitat along the creek. This project that will destroy this area is ill-thought out and will lead to a drearier San Francisco to the benefit of a few versus the loss of so many artists and educators.
It is time to say ENOUGH to the cheapening, commercialization and uglification of San Francisco.
Fred Rinne <Frinne@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:54:47 (PST)

We truly don't have enough arts & performance space left in San Francisco. Please make every effort to find alternatives and please work with the artists and residents to understand their needs in this space.
John Cornwell
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:41:21 (PST)

If the Cyclone space is lost to this proposed bridge project, all of the artists involved can rest assured that there are plenty of spaces in Oakland. Cyclone's reputation could easily aquire a monstrous warehouse space with funding to fix it up for free. I'm not certain of the name of the board you have to appear before, but I know the information is available through the Frank O' Gowa Plaza in downtown Oakland. I hope it all works out and Cyclone gets to stay. To the Universe and beyond!
Morgan Gubermanb <boarbaby@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:39:08 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP
THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
susannah Meek
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:38:24 (PST)

This is just the type of place that makes San Francisco different and significant to many. Please save the Cyclone Arts Center -- I'm sure another plan that is acceptable to all parties can be created! This isn't an either/or problem that we can't work around.
Michael LaHood <mike@lahoodproductions.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:33:10 (PST)

Please search for an alternative to building the bridge. There should be no more harm to our local arts community. I think if the reasons cited for building the bridge were examined with more scrutiny, a solution could be arrived at which preserves the arts community and the natural habitat of the area in question.
Ted Mattes <tedmattes@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:32:02 (PST)

I'm so saddened by the dwindling of facilities for art and artists in this city, I'm about ready to pack my bags... plenty of cities have swell bridges, but no other cities are like San Francisco.
Dan Mayer
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:27:58 (PST)

I'm certain that an alternative to this bridge can be found.
as an artist I personally know that space is very valuable.
As a scientist at the UCSF Mission Bay Campus I prefer that
creative people perfuse the neighborhood as a stimulus to
scientific creativity. Streets and bridges are necessary but
not when the cost is devastatingly high.
Larry Ackerman <larry@SaintRubidium.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:23:54 (PST)

Save the Islais Creek Arts Community and surrounding businesses. San Francisco has lost too much already. More artists. Fewer cars.
Hannah Silver <angstoid@sirius.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:20:27 (PST)

During the early-mid 90's, I operated a equipment warehouse facility located in this building for the environmental group Greenpeace. I had the pleasure of working in the center of one of SF's most vibrant and vital creative centers. It's simply tragic to hear that another increasingly rare heart of San Francisco is about to be ripped out in the name of "development." Shame on anyone who engages in this cold act of cultural butchery... in the name of yet another roadway.
Bill Mosca <saveit@backfire.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 19:13:55 (PST)

I don't know anything about the needs for the bridge, but if it IS needed then the city should find those groups an alternative space!
Brian Burt, San Francisco Voter
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:43:15 (PST)

Please save the Islais Creek Arts Group located at Marin and Illinois streets. This group's impact on the San Francisco arts scene over the past 13 years has been tremendously positive. Do what you can to let them continue to thrive & create.
Katae Long <katae@onebox.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:42:58 (PST)

As curator for the Burning Man project, I have worked with Kall Spelletich and other artists who occupy/use this building, and it would be a crime to displace theme for any reason, particularly to reroute traffic! Please, consider the big picture here - this building makes innumerable arts events and projects possible and its loss would be tragic, considering the already compromised arts community in our city. Don't be short-sighted here, consider the cultural significance of San Francisco and its vital art community, a resource much greater than a truck route.
LadyBee <ladybee@burningman.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:39:38 (PST)

Keep art in San Francisco alive!
Angelique von Halle
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:36:28 (PST)

WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
Laura Casey <L20endless@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:33:15 (PST)

As a Bernal Heights homeowner and filmmaker, I have seen too many arts organizations go under
in the last two years as a result of someone's idea of development, no matter what type of development. Anymore losses to the artistic and cultural diversity of the magical urban landscape which is San Francisco is intolerable. One does not chop off one's head because it is inconvenient. If the proposed bridge is going to displace more of what we, as a city, are proud of, then what are we doing?
Dean Mermell
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:26:50 (PST)

A vital arts scene does more for San Francisco internationally and over time than the bridge will. Please find an alternative with fewer impacts on the socio-cultural life of the City. An animate arts scene doesn't just fuel a niche culture by and for artists. Rather, it's an anti-Reganomics thing, a "dribble-UP" process, if you will, with a much less ghettoized payoff. Arts at the community level actually drives the art world - it provides breaths of fresh air that drive innovation. Artists' development and interaction locally and with other communities, and their eventual fame, ends up putting this city on the map, providing the panache and style we think of when we think "San Francisco." Do we not want to be a first class city when it comes to the arts? Please do not mess with the artists. Please do not mess with the Cyclone building. Thank you.
Jillian Steinberger <jillian@audioalley.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:10:25 (PST)

DUE TO THE POTENTIAL LOSS OF ARTS SPACE THAT THE PROJECT COULD CAUSE, I PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
Elisabeth Beaird <ebeaird@thelab.org>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 18:01:46 (PST)

Let the trucks continue to use 3rd Street; do not ruin a lovely sanctuary and arts community. Traffic can find other routes but this is a unique community that should be allowed to remain without the city and port redeveloping through it.
Molli Amara Simon <molitov@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:59:08 (PST)

I think that if people are displaced "for the common good", which is presumeably the rational for replacing artists with bridges, then those displaced should be fairly compensated. What does that mean? It means that whoever is evicting these people should find them alternative accomodation and compensate them for any resulting rent increases. That's only fair. If you don't compensate people, you are stealing from them. Plus, we need these people in the city and in our lives. I do anyway.
Neil Robertson <nxr@walker.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:56:14 (PST)

Save this art center! Such places may be replaceable in theory, but in fact, never are.
Whit Bissell <wbissell@wsgr.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:53:13 (PST)

In the past I've been fortunate to participate in some of the events held at the Islais Creek Sanctuary via the Cacophony society ("kill your television" & others) it would be a tragedy to loose another important valuable arts venue. I would like to offer support by signing this petition or any other means.
-kevans
Kevin Evans <kevans@lucasarts.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:51:50 (PST)

The Illinois Street Bridge Project will decimate one of the few authentic arts enclaves left in S.F. Over the last five years the city government authorized Live/Work lofts under the aegis of supporting the arts in SF,but as we know, most of the space created was unaffordable to working artists, was appropriated by .coms, and Artists left the city in droves. There are other solution than displacing the community at Illinois and 3rd and destroying a special neighborhood.
Laura Weide <lib_4all@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:51:21 (PST)

Bridges - we don't need no more stinkin' bridges!
Please consider the alternatives before we lose
another wonderful cultural center of this fabulous city.
Kris Bauer <bauerk@gene.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:49:11 (PST)

Quality of life for people in the city should not be sacrificed just for ease of drivers.
Bill Stern
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:41:32 (PST)

Don't do this! The true long term cost of the proposed bridge is incalculable.
There are very few spots left on the fringes of the city not transformed by the boom and bust of the last ten years. This is one of them and a vital heart of alternative art in the Bay.
Alternative routes for bridges always exist. Irreplacable artists and organizations work out of Illinois Street, and alternatives for them do not. PLEASE! Do not destroy dispell or displace such this community that continues to give so much to the city.
Aaron Ximm <ghede@well.com>
- Thursday, December 20, 2001 at 17:37:24 (PST)

How safe would it be to build a bridge in an area that just had a collapse of a sewage pipe?
Michael Contreras
- Tuesday, December 18, 2001 at 17:57:44 (PST)

although on the surface a reasonable idea, the illinois st intermodal bridge is rife with serious problems, including:
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environmental concerns
- increased overall traffic (despite misleading statements about environmental mitigation vis a vis 3rd street traffic diversion)
- muwekma ohlone pocket park and habitat! (terrestrial and acquatic)
- park access as well as emissions impact and general change in character
- extensive local greening (gardens, etc.)
- herring fishing, etc.?
- real EIR? (current SEIR has many problems - will certainly be addressed during permit process)
- air pollution (tie in to power pants on either side, etc.)
illinois st arts scene destroyed (phase, cyclone, seemen, native film festival, independent artists, etc.)
in general - unique character of the neighbor destroyed
- years of backbreaking local greening and cleanup with no help from any government resulted in numerous gardens, cleanups, eviction of itinerant drug dealers, etc.
numerous local businesses driven out
- no loading dock access?
- constant truck traffic (noise, pollution, dangerous)
- significant construction period disruption during already difficult economic downturn
alternatives not considered
- train only? (obvious problems with intermodal, are they really serious about using rail?)
- michigan st instead? (could even make the rest of the yard between michigan and illinos a park and thus the port becomes pretty popular)
- is long loop really a problem for train use given the long haul distances of the trains?
- is it all about catellus and mission bay?
- is it really that hard to build on top of or slightly move the cable conduits (could move bridge over 60 feet)
catellus shifting traffic/train/environmental onus to bayview
process - what is it and why has it been so shoddy (no public input, insulted at swac meeting, lied to by peter young, etc.)
fast track itself a problem - deliberations are there for a reason - especially after a 15 year old program like this bridge is under consideration
ridiculously inadequate 2 day notice for the first 'public meeting' which was held outdoors with no posting of flyers, etc.
indicative of overall disregard for bayview constituency - power plant again another example
relatively minor safety issues for bikes with no bike lanes and the train rails to cause falls, etc.
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for these reasons, a broad coalition of groups and individuals united in opposition to this project. thus far the illinois st constituency has worked primarily through the port itself, but it seems likely that it will be necessary to focus on the varoius permit processes, and lawyers have been consulted for a possible legal action on behalf of local artist, business and environmental groups.
activists plan to continue their organizing through the next city election cycle to ensure that in the future sf government is optimally responsive to the needs of its citizens.
jory bell <jory@oqo.com>
- Monday, December 17, 2001 at 12:30:23 (PST)

The proposed Illinois st. Bridge would have a disastrous impact on one of the last thriving communities of artists and craftspeople, as well as obliterate a patch of habitat that is home to wildlife and native plants. As an artist and artisan that makes a living there, my own life would be disrupted--but there is a lot more at stake than a "not in my backyard" scenario. Sometimes it seems like our city planners are attempting to destroy every last vestige of creativity and green space available in S.F. Allthough it's not a high profile area and doesn't carry the clout of an arts center like Artuad or the Shipyard, the community is truly a valuable gem that should be protected--not strangled out of existence by "progress".
Don Paul Swain <dpx@monkeybrains.net>
- Monday, December 17, 2001 at 10:21:15 (PST)

The destruction of small communities like this one should be regarded as no less than a travesty. I know and have met several people and/or artists who would be displaced by the bridge project. SF cannot afford to again chase artists and artisans from the city in an effort to benefit what amounts to a small number of people and businesses. Establish a dialog and work towards a less hostile alternative.
J. Christopher Esparza <j@theoilcan.com>
- Sunday, December 16, 2001 at 09:42:59 (PST)

My family and I oppose the destruction of the Islais Creek Sanctuary. Islais Creek is a Walden Pond, a People's Park, a warm verdant refuge in the cold pulse of the concrete jungle. Don't pave Paradise to put up a parking lot, or even a bridge.
Doug Erickson <douge@presenter.com>
- Saturday, December 15, 2001 at 12:43:33 (PST)

I am deeply sadened by the growing lack of greenbelts that can be seen when I fly home to the S.F. Bay Area.
I am amazed by the construction that has continually been allowed to come in and build whatever they want irregardless of the consequences to the local community and environment. I am strongly opposed to the building of the Illinois Street Bridge.
Lynn A. DeBeal
Lynn DeBeal <lynnarmede@hotmail.com>
- Friday, December 14, 2001 at 22:05:44 (PST)

As the owner of a business on the Third Street side of the building I realize the effects of constant traffic and pollution. Building a new bridge on Illinois Street seems wasteful. Anyone who has taken the time to stroll along the Illinois Street side of the building will realize the feeling of a nature sanctuary. The gardens on Illinois and along Islais Creek are the only green spots in the whole neighboorhood. It is apparent that Illinois Street is a special place to run a business; the people here really care about their street and constantly see that it is kept safe. People often wish that cities were more community based and people would slow down to talk and watch out for each other. This happens here, it is totally unique, and I worry that high traffic on Illinois Street would ruin our chances to keep this community alive.
Isabel Rucker
- Friday, December 14, 2001 at 17:43:39 (PST)

I think the focus should be on resurfacing Evans and directing traffic to the Bayshore-101 interchange. It seems like logical direction from truck traffic to go if the intended destination is the freeway to get the supposed increased incoming freight to it's final destination. The Illinois bridge appears to only be a temporary fix while the 3rd St. bridge is fitted with Muni tracks. All traffic from Bayshore/Hunters Point will be redirected down Evans to Bayshore during that construction. Hmm...seems like that should be the permanent solution. I see no reason to build the Illinois St. bridge.
Erik Salmonson <geekboy@geekboy.com>
- Friday, December 14, 2001 at 12:41:29 (PST)

i work at 1800 illinois st. i believe that if the bridge project is built as originally proposed, then my job and the business that supports it will suffer serious harm. this would be particularly tragic in light of the fact that the bridge does not even appear to be needed, since pier 80 is not viable as a shipping terminal anyway, and the need for high-volume truck traffic is a fading remnant of the construction boom started during the dot-com bubble period.
joe betts-lacroix
- Friday, December 14, 2001 at 12:01:16 (PST)

STOP THE MADNESS! We all must realize that the benefits of progress must be tempered with the preservation of our values. The creative persuits and artistic demonstrations of San Francisco's artistic co-ops has always been a vital aspect of our fine city. It is part of the culture of the city and brings worldwide recognition and respect. Before we destrory another art center, for a transportation improvement project of questionable need, (which should be put off until its need is proven), we should decide how to preserve the Arts Community.
Dave Kirwin
- Friday, December 14, 2001 at 11:09:34 (PST)

I am a working artist/musician in the building located in the 1800 block of Illinois ST and strongly oppose the intended Illinois St bridge. We do not need another bridge!!!!!!!!
Laurie Hall
- Friday, December 14, 2001 at 10:55:04 (PST)

Even though I live on the other side of the world, I want to give you all my support by signing this petition against the Illinois Street Bridge. Wishing you all loads of luck.
Ruth Erickson <ruth.erickson@fao.org>
- Friday, December 14, 2001 at 06:14:11 (PST)

As part owner and co-founder of the design firm OQO at 1800 Illinois, I am strongly opposed to the traffic, noise, diesel pollution, and loss of green space that this bridge will bring to our block. I do not want my business forced out of San Francisco so that Catellus can build loft-o-miniums in Mission Bay and tear up existing train tracks there.
Nick Merz
- Thursday, December 13, 2001 at 10:13:05 (PST)

I own a business on 25th street @ 3rd I strongly believe in the importance of keeping and promoting a vital art/alernative community in our city.The city official need to consult with people in this neighborhood before implementing any major project.
Georges Blum <thechef@lmi.net>
- Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 10:50:10 (PST)

We import Italian products and store the goods at our warehouse space at 1888 Illinois. If the bridge is built where proposed we would lose usage of the loading dock where an average of 1-4 trucks or containers a month dock to unload the goods, and 1-2 times daily our truck docks to load and unload goods. We may be forced to go out of business if this happens.
John Blount and Victoria Doggett <laraccolta@laraccolta.com>
- Wednesday, December 12, 2001 at 01:19:57 (PST)

Re: To whom it May Concern:
The Islais Creek Arts Group located at Marin and Illinois streets with The Islais Creek Sanctuary and its environs are a thriving independent group of artists that have hosted hundreds of arts events in their historic building for the past 13 years.
It's future is being threatened by the proposed ILLINOIS ST. BRIDGE PROJECT. To lose this building would be an irreparable blow to the arts community locally, nationally and internationally.
There is a tremendous spectrum of arts and artisans working and teaching from the building from all walks of life including:,
painting, sculpture and technology exhibits, live theater performances, musical concerts, film and video festivals, poetry readings, circuses, and numerous highly successful fund-raisers for local community organizations.
Classes held within the building have ranged from: carpentry, robotics, painting, sculpture, stage design, jewelry-making, glass-blowing, welding, machining, costume design and gardening to furniture design, steel fabrication, computer technology, boat-building, antique restoration, pottery, and studio recording (music). There is a not for profit arts organization, video production, MIT scholars, an internet provider, stage design, puppet makers, new media art, glass blowers, massage therapy, designers and furniture fabrication.
All of these artists would be permanently displaced from San Francisco if this bridge project were to go through, as well as many other local businesses, historical and environmental concerns.
For more information on these artists feel free to see the ART at: http://www.islaiscreek.org/chartofartists.html/
The arts are vital to any community, for San Francisco to lose yet another arts facility after so much has been lost in our city would be truly tragic. There are literally no buildings like this left in the city.
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE, WE NEED SIGNATURES IMMEDIATELY TO STOP THIS.
If you are in favor of preserving this valuable cultural economic and environmental resource, please sign below.
WE THE UNDERSIGNED PROTEST THE DESTRUCTION OF THE CYCLONE ARTS CENTER AND MUWEKMA OHLONE POCKET PARK AND DEMAND THAT THE CITY AND PORT STOP THE BUILDING OF THIS BRIDGE OVER ISLAIS CREEK.
Kal Spelletich <Kal@seemen.org>
- Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 20:25:46 (PST)

We do not need the bridge. We DO need a dialog with the community. It is high time the S.F. Port Authority and other City and County of San Francico entities - treat the community as Adults and informed Citizens. Let the Sunshine Laws be enforced and the TRUTH told.
Francisco Da Costa <frandacosta@att.net>
- Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 18:34:02 (PST)

We really don't need more truck and auto emissions. We need to investigate alternatives, which are the ways of the future, which also include Photovoltaics, wind, recharging water tables... the list is endless.
David Erickson
- Tuesday, December 11, 2001 at 18:19:14 (PST)

 

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