Sharp Park Golf Course Dispute Makes the Wall Street Journal

The internationally read paper gives an overview of the controversy over alleged Endangered Species Act violations at the Pacifica landmark.


between golfers, the City of San Francisco and environmentalists has made it into the national press again. 

Wall Street Journal writer Bobby White recently overviewed the allegations by environmental groups that golf course activities are killing threatened and endangered species, the response by the city and golfers and the progression of the subsequent lawsuit filed last March.

Recently, the legal case by Federal Judge Susan Illston until October. 

What is your current impression of the controversy and lawsuit surrounding the 80-year-old golf course? Tell us in the comments. 

To read more of our coverage of the issue, head to our topic page. 

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Dogbert May 11, 2012 at 11:46 PM
All SFRPD has to do at Sharp Park (in light of SP not being designated by USFWS as critical habitat for either the SFGS and RLF) is apply for an incidental take permit with USFWS for the aforementioned species. That's all. Nothing else is required. With permit in hand, the golf course continues as is and the judge will dismiss the lawsuit sending CBD and WEI back to their solar heated caves. Once they are home, CBD and WEI can focus on their next scheme to extract greenbacks from their donors. Expect that it will take the form of yet another environmental solution looking for a problem. The real problem at SP is one of will. The current custodian of SP, i.e., SFRPD, is busy promoting its Natural Areas Program and has an inherent conflict of objectives. The current NAP Director, Lisa Wayne, does not believe in recreation and believes all parks and open space recreation areas should be turned into native plant and wildlife museums. This, of course, is what Miller, Plater, Bhatman, and their extreme environmental donor enclave also want. They could care less if people and their children have obesity issues or heart attacks because if they had their way, causal health issues due to lack of physical activities would thin the human herd. To paraphrase Shakespeare, "First, get rid of the extreme environmental lawyers. Second, get rid of Lisa Wayne and NAP".
Camden Swita May 11, 2012 at 11:59 PM
Do you think it will be easy for SFRPD to get an incidental take permit?
Dogbert May 12, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Lets just say if the SFRPD has had a problem in the past obtaining these permits it might have something to do with Lisa Wayne's recurring decision to INTENTIONALLY flood the golf course fairways and then ask for a permit to move the frog eggs after the frogs have laid them in the flooded fairways. Whatever happened to using the pumps (already bought, paid for and functioning) properly and keeping the fairways drained? As I stated before, it's just a matter of will...
Jeff Miller June 20, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Dogbert - try reading this: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2012/settlement-fees-06-14-2012.html
Jeff Miller June 20, 2012 at 02:36 AM
A take permit requires measures to protect the wildlife being "taken." They are not handed out like candy, at least not legally. We are talking about one of the most endangered native snakes in the country. Dogbert, try reading something other than tea party nonsense: http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/press_releases/2012/settlement-fees-06-14-2012.html


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