by Carol Harvey
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As a shockwave of disclosures expands the Hunters Point scandal, added amazing absolute and authentic facts were appear by Daniel Hirsch, aloft University of California Santa Cruz Affairs on Ecology and Nuclear Policy ambassador on Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018.
A clamp of able federal, accompaniment and bounded politicians has been complex for decades in the remediation and redevelopment of Superfund sites Hunters Point and Treasure Island. Yet U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, aloft Ambassador Willie Brown and accepted Ambassador London Breed are appreciably aphasiac on this subject.
During his Oct. 8 KQED gubernatorial agitation with Republican applicant John Cox, Gavin Newsom abandoned the massive Hunters Point eco-fraud.
Since this huge adventure bankrupt aboriginal this year, Nancy Pelosi has afresh ad nauseam accessible reassurances that the aloft argosy abject is safe.
Many of the aforementioned agents with the Navy and beforehand architect Tetra Tech activated identical standards to Hunters Point and Treasure Island cleanups. Therefore, Hirsch’s abstracts are relevant, in according measure, to Treasure Island.
If Newsom was chauffeured to KQED and escorted through a rear entrance, he absent the columnist appointment on Mariposa Street, area the public, KGO (Channel 7) and KRON 4 cameramen had aggregate for an absolute report.
Convened by Steve Zeltzer, armchair of United Accessible Workers for Action, speakers included Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai, medical doctor and radiation expert; Dr. Larry Rose, aloft Cal-OSHA medical director; Tandra Lowe, Hunters Point association advocate; Tony Kelly, District 10 applicant for Supervisor; and Carol Harvey, San Francisco Bay View bi-weekly analytic anchorman anchored on Treasure Island.
Zeltzer alleged for a bent analysis into the artifice and bribery by government admiral who affirmation these two baneful aloft Argosy bases are “safe” so they can redevelop them, appropriately endangering peoples’ lives.
Steve Zeltzer calls for a bent analysis into the artifice and bribery at Hunters Point and Treasure Island by authoritative admiral who falsely affirmation these two baneful aloft Argosy bases are “safe” so they can abide to redevelop them and endanger peoples’ lives.
Zeltzer alien Dr. Sumchai, the aboriginal African-American woman to run for ambassador citywide, who founded the Hunters Point Shipyard Restoration Advisory Board’s Radiological Subcommittee. Sumchai appear a accessible bloom emergency: “We now accept residential accommodation area afresh a radioactive radium punch was discovered.”
Aware that both aloft San Francisco Mayors Brown and Newsom, as able-bodied as Dianne Feinstein and Nancy Pelosi, accept access that beforehand they will account financially from both Hunters Point and Treasure Island redevelopment, Sumchai cited Newsom’s abuse of California Government Code Section 81002 (c): “No accessible official at any akin of accompaniment or bounded government shall make, participate in making, or in any way attack to use his official position to access a government accommodation in which he knows, or has acumen to know, he has a banking interest.”
Radiation able Dr. Ahimsa Porter Sumchai exposes the affiliated backroom of the base cleanup.
Noting Newsom’s abridgement of affair for baneful armpit workers and Cal-OSHA’s abortion to assure them, Zeltzer alien Dr. Larry Rose, aloft Cal-OSHA medical director. Rose abundant Tetra Tech’s bribery arch to Hunters Point’s baneful blend and Cal-OSHA’s bribery impairing its adeptness to adviser Tetra Tech’s corruption.
Dr. Larry Rose, aloft Cal-OSHA medical director, capacity the accuracy of contest arch to Hunters Point’s baneful mess, Tetra Tech’s bribery and Cal-OSHA’s disability to adviser that corruption.
Bayview citizen Lowe appear offers of admission money from Hunters Point organizations that could not accommodate affirmation any victim accustomed banking aid.
Tandra Lowe, Bayview resident, letters adept and acquisitive promises from organizations alms admission money to advice those harmed, but with no affirmation that anyone has been offered aid.
Tony Kelly promised as Supervisor he would action to stop Lennar and beforehand “better shipyard cleanup.”
Tony Kelly, adjacency apostle and District 10 applicant for Supervisor, fights to stop Lennar and wants to beforehand a bigger shipyard cleanup.
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As an analytic anchorman for the San Francisco Bay View newspaper, the alone advertisement carefully accoutrement Treasure Island for the aftermost bristles years, I declared all-encompassing bribery at Treasure Island accompanying bribery at Hunters Point.
Investigative anchorman Carol Harvey describes all-encompassing bribery at Treasure Island which duplicates absolutely Tetra Tech’s bribery at Hunters Point.
Politicians universally avoid Treasure Island, area ailing and dying Navy cadre and San Francisco citizens accept for decades been apparent to radiation, chemicals, asbestos, cast and lead. This EPA-designated Superfund armpit has suffered a account barricade evidently to burrow the contagion and assure redevelopment plans. Widespread toxification has alone amorphous to ability accessible notice.
Though Treasure Island bears a certified EPA Superfund armpit identification number, CA7170023330, EPA admiral like Jared Blumenfeld, TIDA lath affiliate who rose to absolute federal EPA District 9, debris to accommodate this Bay Area baneful landform on the EPA’s National Priorities List (NPL) of Superfund sites online, thereby concealing the accuracy from abeyant Treasure Island renters.
For decades, Nancy Pelosi, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, and Mayors Willie Brown and Gavin Newsom formed to redevelop aloft bases at Hunters Point, the Presidio and Treasure Island. Tetra Tech’s Hunters Point bribery has about apparent the toxicity these accessible admiral accept attempted, and failed, to conceal.
Political maneuvering, absolute lies and promises of broadcast accommodation in San Francisco’s cher rental bazaar has plunged the accessible into abnegation about facts accepted faculty tells us are true.
Starting in 1941, the aggressive berserk not alone these three bases, but the absolute Bay Area. We can’t see, feel, smell, aftertaste or blow radiation, chemicals or the air through which they move. But we don’t charge science to rip the blinders from our abstinent eyes. Animated breast blight ante accept appear for years to our accepted faculty acquaintance that our bodies are absorbed in these poisons abounding about and through us in our water, air and soil.
On Treasure Island, airy gales consistently bang tiny dust particles beyond this collapsed sea akin bogus landform. The Navy’s radiation cleanup cadre alone to beam regulations to shut bottomward dust-raising blasting accessories aback wind gusts exceeded 25 mph. If they had complied, they would accept been affected to stop alive abounding times a day.
On the island’s San Francisco side, earthmovers beforehand massive mounds of clay from the City’s baldheaded clay pile. Two aforetime advantageous islanders abode that during their 18-year tenancy, airy aerial dust has angry affected breath into awkward coughs. Concerned that their respiration problems could morph into life-threatening Abiding Adverse Pulmonary Ache (COPD), their doctors assigned inhalers.
Like these ephemeral poisons, Newsom and added politicians alter so cautiously they can argue us commodity concealed is one affair aback it is absolutely commodity else.
Recently, Sacramento Bee anchorman Angela Hart quoted Newsom as he strolled the Tenderloin accomplished liquor food and Vietnamese restaurants celebratory abandoned people: “Never been worse. Never in my life,” he sighed.
Wrote Hart, “Newsom has watched the (homeless) botheration backfire beyond California.” He can now say he will abode the abandoned botheration as a statewide issue.
Considering Newsom’s accomplished almanac on homelessness, his eyes for California during his KQED gubernatorial agitation amounted to the archetypal “Now you see it, now you don’t.”
“The California dream is predicated on amusing mobility,” he said. “The richest and the atomic state; we accept to apperception that gap. We accept to abode the affair of bulk of accommodation … of affordability … of homelessness.”
During Newsom’s 2003 mayoral run, I interviewed radio and television host Jim Gabbert, who appear on KGO that one of Newsom’s political consultants accepted they were sitting about one day and adapted up “Care Not Cash,” a affairs to abode the homeless. Empiric Gabbert, it seemed a simple abstraction the accessible could butt and voters would buy – an accessible sell, afterwards absolute artlessness or ambition to advice bodies adversity on San Francisco streets.
Cynics renamed this angle “Cash – Not Care.” It bargain abandoned San Franciscans’ General Assistance checks from $350 to $59 a ages – chump change that almost covered toothpaste and socks. The bedeviled money was adapted to vouchers for absent accommodation beds or SRO auberge rooms.
Newsom’s programs as two-term ambassador (2004 to 2010) seemed to ambition – not advice – the homeless. One San Franciscan empiric that Newsom rode in on “Care Not Cash” and out on “Sit-Lie,” the “civil sidewalks” ordinance, jailing abandoned citizens, bodies with disabilities – alike weary tourists – who sat and adequate on curbs.
Along with tickets out of town, “No Sit No Lie” seemed addition action disturbing bodies who had boilerplate abroad to go instead of amalgam low-income housing. Consequently, amid 2005 and 2011 during Newsom’s two mayoral terms, the abandoned citizenry rose.
Which takes us aback to Newsom’s predecessor, Willie Brown. “Da Mayor” performed amazing sleight-of-hand tricks with the archetypal victims of ecology abuse – the poor, bodies of blush and abandoned animal beings.
From 1996 to 2004, Ambassador Brown showed Newsom the way. In 1997, Brown addressed San Francisco’s abiding homelessness botheration by “disappearing” at-risk bodies from burghal streets into HUD-subsidized accommodation on anew decommissioned Treasure Island.
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As aboriginal as 1997, a July 1 SF Chronicle commodity appear the ambition to abode abandoned bodies on Treasure Island. “Maceo May, ambassador of accommodation for Swords to Plowshares, said his alignment is proposing 371 accommodation units for the abandoned – 90 on Yerba Buena, the butt on Treasure Island.”
Soon, Catholic Charities, Association Accommodation Partnership and John Stewart became acreage managers for mostly bodies of color, accepted to “fix” themselves in island biologic and brainy bloom programs. This archetypal victim-blaming affected that bodies end up abandoned not because they are too poor to pay San Francisco’s ample rents, but because they are all absorbed on drugs or crazy – which is area best bodies caught by four walls will go.
That aforementioned year, a Civilian Grand Jury fabricated “recommendations apropos the implementation, babyminding and blank of (Treasure Island) redevelopment.”
“An acting plan” was devised “to bottle the accommodation banal which deteriorates rapidly with abridgement of use, and (to) accommodate an assets stream.” Thus, abandoned San Franciscans’ subsidized rents would apathetic Navy townhouse dilapidation. The funds became a war chest for a new eco-village for affluent address owners.
In 2000, the Burghal began importing abandoned bodies to the island. Abandoned afterwards a fire, Joan Black could acquisition accommodation alone on Treasure Island. She empiric exclusion zones amidst by wire cobweb fences but declared she was never told about radiation.
In 2000 aback she confused to Treasure Island, Margaret Billsborough was healthy. Afterwards speaking about about the cleanup, she was evicted in 2016 with abiding adverse pulmonary ache that makes her clumsy to walk.
Despite promises by Sherry Williams, Treasure Island Abandoned Development Action (TIHDI) director, that island association will be grandfathered into low bulk housing, it is broadly believed that the cardinal of redeveloped subsidized units will be too baby to abode them all.
Which explains why no hopeful aforetime abandoned Island citizen active with a subsidy beneath TIHDI dares complain.
An added aegis became a attestation to Willie Brown’s ability and beforehand planning. “Complainers” face actual aggravation and boot to the streets. Brown and his political assembly developed restrictions that abash association from advertisement illnesses acquired by actinic and radiological toxins in Treasure Island clay and abominable altitude in moldy, asbestos-ridden accommodation area they and their accouchement are affected to live.
One of Brown’s Machiavellian assignment was to concoct laws apprehension Treasure Island the alone Burghal adjacency not absolute by the Rent Arbitration and Stabilization Lath (Rent Board). In a abuse of 14th Amendment according rights, Treasure Island tenants abridgement “just cause” boot protections enjoyed in added neighborhoods. This enables Treasure Island’s acreage manager, John Stewart, to barrage evictions at will.
In 2017, John Stewart advocate Mercedes Gavin evicted citizen Smadar LaVie, a UC Berkeley Ethnic Studies Department visiting assistant on accuse she defied orders to cease application her accommodation as an Air BNB. LaVie, who fabricated “demanding” requests of acreage managers, accurate the accuse to be apocryphal and retaliatory.
The Bay View bi-weekly was present in cloister for Gavin’s boot of adept bedfellow Damian Ochoa afterward his pleas for aliment protections adjoin insect and rodent infestations and baptize accident to admired antiques and furniture.
Several tenants abode that evictions abide to choose the population.
In 1994, Willie Brown, who served 31 years in the California Assembly, 15 as speaker, and was afterwards adopted San Francisco mayor, acclimated his astronomic political ascendancy to abuse accompaniment laws, converting Treasure Island from Bounded Redevelopment Authority (LRA) cachet to Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) status. This legislation placed mayoral accessories to the “Treasure Island Authority Board, which runs the island, “ beneath the sole ascendancy of the Mayor’s Office, i.e. the deride of Brown himself – and his successors, Gavin Newsom, Ed Lee and London Breed.
Over the years, a amazing aggregation of politically affiliated notables cycled through Treasure Island Development Authority Lath (TIDA) tenures. From this angle point, they could not escape acquaintance that the island was contaminated. In fact, Navy remediation had gone on so connected it was accessible it could not be cleaned.
Nevertheless, anybody formed accordingly to set in motion affairs for a redeveloped eco-village.
Among these opportunists were Wendy Linka, Ambassador Brown’s ex-girlfriend; Jack Sylvan, Newsom’s TIDA redevelopment director; and Jared Blumenfeld, accomplished federal EPA administrator. Beginning on Treasure Island, a much-younger London Breed rose through the political ranks. Afterwards she formed on Brown’s 1999 re-election campaign, she was assassin as TIDA lath appointment manager. Later, Breed became a development specialist negotiating island leases.
Brown himself assuredly enjoyed absurd Yerba Buena island angle from Linka’s abode at the “caretaker’s cottage abreast the Admiral Chester Nimitz home,” until she was “booted” as Treasure Island contest coordinator afterwards double-booking too abounding parties.
This revolving accumulation of politically affiliated bodies formed calm endlessly for years to redevelop the island.
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And so it happened that on Aug. 18, 2010, a blithely brilliant day, Gavin Newsom convened a “Mayor’s Columnist Conference” on Treasure Island abounding by U.S. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Abode Apostle Nancy Pelosi. Willie Brown empiric from the audience.
Newsom’s TIDA Redevelopment Ambassador Jack Sylvan asked lath associates to stand. Among them was accomplished TIDA lath affiliate Jared Blumenfeld, who, afterwards administering San Francisco’s Department of the Environment, was animated to bounded ambassador for Ecology Protection Agency District 9 in San Francisco, a federal column he captivated from January 2010 to May 6, 2016.
This EPA official was able-bodied acquainted of the Navy’s decontamination of Treasure Island, yet boilerplate in Michael Krasny’s KQED 2016 avenue account of Blumenfeld did the aloft EPA ambassador acknowledgment Treasure Island or Hunters Point. Blumenfeld batten of ecology abuse adjoin Native Americans but not the bodies of blush actuality berserk at both aloft bases.
After all three politicians delivered affable complacent speeches, they active the acceding for the conveyance of aloft Argosy Station Treasure Island from the Navy to the City.
The “Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) action started in 1988,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus acclaimed during his speech.
“We accept been talking about this (transfer) aback 1993,” declared Newsom, “with academic negotiations that began this BRAC action in 1994.”
On Nov. 8, 2005, a new redevelopment plan was announced.
On Nov. 10, 2008, SF Examiner agents anchorman Katie Worth declared an aboriginal version. “The Burghal hopes to body 6,000 new homes, three hotels, a 400-slip marina, and a assembly of retail, restaurants and ball venues on the island, forth with 300 acreage of parks and accessible space.”
Even afterwards Treasure Island was decommissioned in 1993, “outside audits connected to active the Navy to a abeyant radioactive decay problem.”
Ten years later, on Aug. 17, 2010, Gavin Newsom’s and Pelosi’s conveyance acceding apparent the actuality that politicians had connected been acquainted the island was toxic. In summer 2008, burghal negotiators offered to buy the island from the federal government for the bulk of charwoman it up ― the agnate of $40 million, upfront ― added 50 percent of approaching profits from the land.
From 2008 to 2010, the Navy and burghal negotiators were affected in negotiations clumsy to appear to an acceding on Treasure Island’s acquirement price. Finally, through agitated behind-the-scenes negotiations that Newsom accepted on Conveyance Day, Apostle Pelosi succeeded in solidifying the acceding of the alteration in the 2010 National Defense Authorization Act. Newsom’s, Pelosi’s and Mabus’ aureate self-congratulations flowed from the actuality that, by 2010, the Navy (Ray Mabus) had “accepted that ($55 million) deal.”
Instead of the beforehand angle of $40 actor for charwoman the island, the conveyance acceding were aloft to the City’s acceding of a acquittal to the Navy of $55 million, followed by an added acting bulk of $50 million. This aloft the absolute to $105 actor that Burghal taxpayers accept been advantageous the Navy for decontaminating Treasure Island.
Referring to the affiance of added approaching profits by the Navy, Mabus crowed, “the Navy is activity to get cogent rewards by administration in a allocation of the revenues generated by this island.”
During the conveyance ceremony, Nancy Pelosi acclaimed that, because of “the acceding amid the Navy and the Burghal of San Francisco, we can now move advanced on affairs to body capital infrastructure, accessible amplitude and parks, hotels and affordable accommodation for bounded residents.” Then, she thanked Ray Mabus for “keeping Treasure Island safe for us.”
She alone to acknowledgment the ailing and evicted tenants or the bereft cardinal of spaces for the ability poor and bodies of blush who would end up aback on the street.
Peering out over the crowd, Pelosi accomplished a ambiguous beachcomber in an bearding direction. She intoned that they are “very admiring of the association who are already here. Thank you for actuality with us today.”
During interviews with hundreds of Treasure Island tenants, abounding appear examination the conveyance commemoration video, but none recalled accessory the event. In fact, one aloft addressee insisted Pelosi thanked Mabus for “keeping Treasure Island safe for us,” so they could all accomplish millions from the redevelopment at the amount of aforetime homeless, now ill and dying San Franciscans.
Carol Harvey is a San Francisco political announcer specializing in animal rights and civilian rights. She can be accomplished at email@example.com.
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