Monday, Jan. 22, 2001 -- San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes THREE Resolutions:
Resolution by Supervisor
WHEREAS, The January 23, 2001 the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Citizens Advisory Commission Agenda contains a proposal to ban off-leash
dog running in all areas of the GGNRA including Fort Funston, Crissy Field,
Rodeo Beach and Baker Beach; and
RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San
Francisco urges the Board of Supervisors appointees, John Springs and
Michael Alexander, to defer revoking the 1979 pet policy until the City
has had sufficient time to review the proposal; and, be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco requests the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors to send a letter to John Reynolds, Regional Director of the Pacific West Region of the National Park Service requesting that he meet with the City to discuss the unilateral actions taken by the GGNRA which run counter to the will of thousands of San Franciscans.
Resolution by Supervisor Mark Leno.
Passed by unanimous vote of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, Tue. Jan. 22, 2001:
Resolution declaring intent
to seek REVERSIONARY right to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area
property pending GGNRA removal of twenty year pet policy.
WHEREAS, former Charter section 7.403-1(a), as approved by the voters, required that the deed transferring any City-owned park lands to the National Park Service include the restriction that said lands were to be reserved by the Park Service “in perpetuity for recreation or park purposes with a right of reversion upon breach of said restriction,”; and,
WHEREAS, the deed transferring these City-owned park lands to the National Park Service contains the following reversionary interest: “to hold only for so long as said real property is reserved and used for recreation and park purposes,”; and,
WHEREAS, visitors to Fort Funston, including thousands of residents of San Francisco, have been walking their dogs off-leash at Fort Funston for approximately forty years; and
WHEREAS, off-leash dog-walking is the predominant activity at Fort Funston; and,
WHEREAS, in 1979, the National Park Service implemented “The 1979 Pet Policy” which specified that dogs could be walked off-leash at Fort Funston; and,
WHEREAS, in 1992, the National Park Service assured park users and the two U.S. Senators from the State of California that the 1979 Pet Policy was the operative policy at Fort Funston and would not be changed; and,
WHEREAS, on January 23, 2001, at its monthly meeting, the National Park Service’s Citizens Advisory Commission will vote on rescinding the 1979 Pet Policy; now, therefore, be it
the Board of Supervisors of the City and County of San Francisco hereby
takes the position that any rescission of the 1979 Pet Policy by the
National Park Service is a violation of the National Park Service’s obligations
to the City and County of San Francisco such that the City and County
of San Francisco will begin taking the steps necessary to exercise its
reversionary interest in the deed transferring Fort Funston, Rodeo Beach,
Chrissy Field and all properties of the 1975 transfer to the National
Park Service or to seek specific performance of the deed provisions.
urging the Golden Gate National Recreation Area to delay taking action
to ban off-leash dogs at Crissy Field and other GGNRA properties until
after thoroughly studying the affect that such a ban would have on the
City of San Francisco and particularly on neighborhood parks.
In 1979, the GGNRA instituted a Pet Policy, allowing access to these properties;