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From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sun, 2 Jan 2011 17:12:26 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] CLOSURE: Arc Ecology and Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard (San Francisco, CA)
Nonprofit Says City Took Revenge for Airing Views

Bay Citizen/New York Times
December 30, 2010

Saul Bloom is preparing to pack up roomfuls of overstuffed binders in the offices of the small nonprofit environmental organization that he helped form almost 30 years ago. Arc Ecology, whose headquarters in a faded white storefront are protected by metal bars in the Bayview neighborhood's crime-ridden Third Street commercial district, must move to a more affordable location after losing a key contract with the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

The loss in September of the contract - which never exceeded several hundred thousand dollars a year - comes after Arc's opposition to key elements of the sprawling Hunter's Point Naval Shipyard redevelopment plan that was passed by the Board of Supervisors in August.

Over the last eight years, Arc has analyzed the health and environmental impacts of the project. It has also taken some strong advocacy positions, opposing the plan's transfer and subsequent development of state-owned parkland and the construction of a bridge over sensitive wetlands.

Documents obtained by The Bay Citizen raise questions about the assessment process that led to another group's being awarded the environmental information services contract, and which also highlight the influential role that Mayor Gavin Newsom's administration played in rejecting Arc Ecology's bid.


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Lenny Siegel
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a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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