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Lawyer leads fight to save species on city-owned golf course
If the California red-legged frog and its main predator — the San Francisco garter snake — survive, it will likely be due to one man: Brent Plater.
The Golden Gate National Park Big Year was launched Jan. 9. The goal is to see and save as many endangered species within a year’s time as possible, and complete action items to help save the federally protected species. The winner will win a $1,000 cash prize. To learn more, visit www.wildequity.org/sections/2.
Environmental lawyer Brent Plater, a leader of groups such as Wild Equity and the Sierra Club, is fighting to save two endangered species at the city-owned Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica. Photo by Angela Hart/SF Public Press.
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Angela Hart is a freelance reporter for the San Francisco Public Press focusing on health care, politics, and policy. In July 2014 she became the county government reporter for the Santa Rosa Press Democrat. She studied journalism at San Francisco State University at the U.C. Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
A December 2009 stimulus check-up report co-authored by U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., details recent activity by the Board of Supervisors, making note that the board received a recommendation from Parks and Recreation Director Phil Ginsburg to keep the golf course open, but “delayed after public outcry.”
“A $2.2 million stimulus grant will help pay for new pipes to pump recycled water to the Sharp Park Golf course … unfortunately the golf course may not exist much longer.”
The report states that Sharp Park is operating at half its capacity and is “a money loser for the city.”