In a close vote with potentially disastrous consequences for affordable public golf, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 6-5on December 6 to order the Rec & Park Department to work with the National Park Service toward turning over to the NPS the 400-acre Sharp Park property, including its 80 year old Alister MacKenzie-designed golf course. This would effectively mean the end of the golf course, because the NPS issued a statement on September 21 that it will not operate or manage any property at Sharp Park with a golf course on it.
The Supervisors adopted the controversial ordinance on 'first reading' December 6; it will return to the Board for final 'second reading' December 13. After that, the law will pass into law unless Mayor Ed Lee vetoes it within 10 days.
Articles about the vote:
SF Chron, 12/7: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/12/06/BAIP1M9A28.DTL
SF Chronicle, CW Nevius column, 'Sharp Park vote was a good behind-the-scenes show', Dec. 6, 2011:
Beyond Chron, Tenderloin Housing Clinic, Rochelle Metcalfe, 'I Heard That: Sharp Park, Frogs, Snakes, and Golfers!', Dec. 6, 2011: http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=9748
Golfworld, Bradley Klein, 'Sharp Park Suffers Political Setback,' December 7, 2011: http://www.golfweek.com/news/2011/dec/07/sfs-sharp-park-suffers-political-setback/