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December 09, 2009


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Wow, politics truly makes strange bedfellows. Now Brent Plater is in bed with Senator Coburn and Senator McCain??? Who saw that coming? This whole statement proves once again that Plater will say and do anything to make his case, even if what he says is not accurate.

One would think that Plater would be in favor of using reclaimed water to irrigate any park. I would like to know where he gets his figure of 400,000 gallons of water a day used at Sharp Park. I play there regularly and rarely see the sprinklers on. This is not to say they never water there, but because Sharp Park is a seaside, links-style course, it does not require much water.

Thankfully our climate here in Pacifica is the best source of irrigation for the course, with the fog we get most days during the summer turning to wetness and dew on the ground.

And Plater, stop the rallying cry of Sharp Park losing money. Even the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department now says that is not true. Sharp Park will be in the black for FY 2009 to the tune of more than $99,000.

The Center for Biological Diversity and Plater's group of the month, Wild Equity, are hanging on for dear life here. Heck, even the head snake habitat restoration person in charge, Karen Swaim at Mori Point, says Sharp Park should remain a golf course. "According to Swaim, new habitats in that area would become an 'attractive nuisance' for the species, drawing colonization away from the GGNRA's ongoing San Francisco Garter Snake restoration project at Mori Point and thusly creating an unsustainable habitat."

And by the way, SF Mayor Gavin Newsom on KNBR this morning stated that Sharp Park will remain a golf course.

December 10, 2009 9:46 AM

So now Brent Plater wants John McCain to make decisions about the golf course, and he objects to the use of recycled water there? Is he listening to himself on playback at all?

Read Julia Scott's report in the San Mateo County Times

Hey, if you need to quote John McCain to support your failing cause, it's time to reassess and admit defeat.

Brent had a great opportunity to declare victory with the results of the study but got greedy. He still wants it all.

Brent has now made the issue about him, and him alone, unfortunately for all involved.

This is a very deceptive press release from Brent Plater that gives the impression McCain is in favor of shutting down the golf course. Senators McCain and Coburn were complaining about the $2.2 million in stimulus money allocated by the Obama Administration for the recycled-water project at the golf course.

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