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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.
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.”
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Angela Hart is a reporter for the San Francisco Public Press focusing on health care, politics, and policy. She has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and is currently pursuing a master's degree at UC Berkeley.
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