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Tuesday, December 9, 1980
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Opinion Weather Deaths Ban Iranrioro Examiner Tues., Dec. 9, 1980 section Moneymaking ideas for Gity include boat fee boost By Mireya Navarro Berthing rates should be increased and parking meters installed at the Marina Yacht Harbor. The Conservatory of Flowers should impose a SOcent admission charge. The San Francisco Giants should pay The City a percentage of concession revenues at Candlestick Park. These are a few of the recommendations made by the Board of Supervisors' budget analyst, Harvey M. Rose, in a report of how the Recreation and Park Department could reduce expenses and increase revenues. In the first part of an audit report requested by supervisors at the beginning of the year, the budget analyst's staff has come up with a list of recommendations that, if . followed, could result in $2.1 million in annual savings and revenue increases for the department The department, which has a staff of 780, provides only about half the funding of its $29.4million budget, which is ' balanced with general fund and revenue sharing monies, according to Bill Courtright a staffer with the budget analyst He said that though some programs, such as those for the elderly and the handicapped, are not expected to generate revenues or even break even, there are other programs that can be financially improved. Courtright said the report's objective is "to identify any areas where services can be delivered more effectively, more efficiently and more economically.'' The report's first half, released yesterday, deals with business operations such as concessions and leases, and park . operations that have the potential to produce revenue or already are producing it Among them is the Marina Yacht Harbor, which the report says could increase revenues by $400,000 annually if it raised berthing charges from its current $2-12.50 per berth foot to a uniform rate of $150, the average charge at other Bay Area marinas. Also, installation of 1,257 parking meters (after allowing for free parking for berth renters) in the currently free parking lot would net an additional $200,000, the report says. In a separate recommendation, the report suggests the installation of coin-operated turnstiles to charge a 50 admission fee at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, which is currently free. The fee would result in $120,000 a year, which would offset almost entirely the conservatory's $148,572-operating costs. In its review of major lease agreements between the department and private parties, the report found that it is in the best interests of The City to, among other things, make the Giants share a percentage of their concession revenues at Candlestick Park. Under the terms of their 35-year lease, the Giants have exclusive rights to sell food, broadcast games and operate restaurants, among other things, and do not pay The City aty concession revenues. "Given the operating deficit at Candlestick Park ($804,888), we believe that when the Giants' lease is next renewed (in 1993), a provision should be added for a percentage of concession revenues to accrue to The City as is, the case with the 49ers lease," the report said. ; The expected revenue as a result of such provision is $750,000 a year. This and recommendations for modifications in other leases would net The City about $1 million a year, the report said. Other cost-saving recommendations include: Eliminating eight positions in the department's business office for an annual savings of $143,000. An improved monitoring program of concessionaires to make sure they are complying with the terms of their lease agreements for $15,000 in additional annual revenues. The second part of the audit report, which has to be approved by the supervisors, is expected to be finished in March, t H There was a massive trading of addresses and insurance companies after six cars and a bus were involved in an accident at Sixth and Mission Streets yesterday afternoon, snarling rush hour traffic. Only one woman suffered any injury. Marilyn Ingram, 23, who is pregnant, was held for observation at Children's Hospital. An empty Eastshore Line bus stopped for the traffic light at Mission ExaminwKaty Haddatz Street. Two cars also stopped alongside the bus but a third one, driven by Bennie Emerson, 39, plowed into the rear of the last car, shoving it forward into the rear of the first car. Both of these cars then smashed into the side of the bus and Emerson's car, now in a backward motion, sideswiped two parked vehicles and struck still another northbound car. New $161 million, 5-year plan for SP By Don West Applications were being prepared today to finance $161 million in improvements for the Southern Pacific passenger service on a new five-year plan set by the five agencies involved. But it may be as long as two years before the commuters using the link between San Francisco and San Jose will see significant improvements. Joe Brown, who is handling the project for the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans), said the uncertainties involved with the incoming Reagan administration were most troubling. "We would like to get the application through the Carter administration, but time is running out for that solution," said Brown. An application for $95 million funds and $66 million in state funds must first be channeled through the Bay Area Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTO and the federal Urban Mass Transit Agency (UMTA), a time-consuming process. Money is being sought to buy 44 new double-decker passenger cars and 24 new locomotives for 1983 delivery. Renovation of 46 doubledecker cars now in service is also proposed. Some $10 million is being sought to upgrade the railroad tracks, most of which would not be needed until 1984 or 1985, Brown said. Improvement of existing stations, addition of stations and parking lots and lighting improvements also have been proposed in the plan. Highest priority in the improvements will be aimed at providing additional trains for the so-called reverse commute. This will require more southbound trins in the morning and northbound trains in the evening rush hours. Passengers are expected to pay $8.4 million of the $19.9 million cost of running the trains this fiscal year. The balance will come from $2 million in federal funds, $4.6 million from the state, $22 million each from San Mateo and Santa Clara counties, $228,000 from San Francisco Muni and $400,000 from SP. Improvements to the service expected to be made before the major additions are financed will include better shuttle service to the train stations in San Francisco and Santa Clara counties and joint ticketing for bus and train service. Brown said he hoped that the usual lengthy and laborious processes through MTA and UMTA might be speeded up. "I hope it does not take the usual six to nine months, but we will hold the necessary public hearings, probably some time in January so that everyone can have their say," he said. Today in The. City Nancy Reagan reception disrupters must serve EIGHT DEMONSTRATORS who were arrested on Nov. 3 for disrupting ,a Financial District reception for Nancy Reagan have been sentenced to . do 25 hours of public service each, v Municipal Judge J. Dominique Olcomendy yesterday granted the . request of Stuart Hanlon, attorney for the eight men and women, asking that they be placed in San Francisco's ; diversion program, which offers alternatives to jail sentences in certain cases. Each of the eight persons involved in the disturbance must put in 25 hours of public service by next March, the judge ruled. They were charged with trespass, disturbing the peace and refusing to disburse. The eteht infiltrated a ctoud of Republican Party volunteers waiting to welcome Nancy Reagan as she whisked through San Francisco on a California campaign tour that included Sacramento, San Diego and Los Angeles. They managed to create enough of a disturbance to get themselves arrested outside GOP headquarters at 9 First St The eight are members of a group calling itself the New Movement in Solidarity with Puerto Rican Independence and Socialism. None of the group is Puerto Rican but they claimed they believe it important "that North Americans take responsibility for what their government is doing." Those "sentenced" to public service were Henry Bortman, 30; William Crossman, 41; Barba Duhlm 32; Michael Herthneck, 34; VicM Legion, 30; Alan Shaf er, 29; Rhonda Shores, 27, and JoanTollifsorvQ. Demonstrators from the same organization interrupted operations at the Carter-Mondale headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard in Los Angeles that same day. They will be tried in court on civil disobedience charges. Los Anooloc has nn diversion nrosram similar to San Francisco's. Suspect, 33, hem in murder and arson A MAN IDENTIFIED by police as Anthony Demarco, 33, was held today on charges of murder, arson and robbery in connection with yesterday's death of a 55-year-old accountant in a flat near the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. , The victim, John C. Chess, had lived alone on the top floor of the old three-story structure at 1982 Fell St He was found dead in his bedroom at 4 a.m when firemen responded to fight the blaze. - Authorities found evidence of arson and that Chess had been robbed of personal effects. $100 million plan to redevelop the south waterfront . By Gerald Adams The'first major new urban renewal project in more than 10 years which would bring about dramatic changes along a grubby strip of the San Francisco waterfront south of the Ferry Building is currently pending before the Board of Supervisors. Dubbed the Rincon Point-South Beach Redevelopment Plan, the $100 million 84.7-acre program was discussed yesterday by the Board of Supervisors, although a decision was put off pending a financial study by budget analyst Harvey Rose. The project its proponents say, would turn rotting piers into parks; empty lots into housing, obsolete shipping docks into a yachting marina, re-adapt historic buildings for new uses and conceivably replace the hated Embarcadero Freeway with a ground-level parkway. Some details: A new residential neighborhood would be created, mostly along South Beach between Bryant and Townsend streets, with up to 3,000 units of housing to satisfy The City's hunger for dwellings. Of the units, half would be developed as market-rate; 30 percent for moderate-income people and 20 percent for low-income people. A hotel of 400 to 800 rooms is proposed for Steuart Street between Howard and Folsom. Two waterfront parks would be created one of about 4.5 acres between Howard and Harrison streets along an area where the Port of San Francisco is building a promenade; the other, 6.5 acres between Pier 40, south of Townsend Street to China Basin. Historic buildings to be preserved include the public area of Rincon Annex Post Office, including its lobby and 27 Anton Ref regier murals of the 1930s Moderne school, as possibly a local post office and museum. The functions of bustling Rincon Annex Post Office would be moved to a new distribution center in India Basin Industrial Park. Other historic buildings slated for commercial re-use are Market St. Rincon Point -South Beech redevelopment project Bryant St., Federal St.) South Beach p HFerry f BuHdlnu Mission SL P" DBA Howard St. t! I 3; I I Rincon l 1 a mPomt 1 LU m h Folsom St. k ' . J Harrison St. " -1 m r r7o-v 1 E . x... i-..-. lfirdpx -7 V. Basin il' r. Brannan St. . I ft King St. o T o- I Berry St. I San Francisco Bay Map land um plan Residential Hotel Maior Park Small Boat Harbor the Oriental Warehouse at Fremont and Brannan streets; the Japan Street Warehouses at First and Townsend streets; and the Cape Horn Warehouse at Fremont and Bryant The loading dock area of Rincon Examiner graphic Annex Post Office would be built as housing and commercial. Streets would be closed parts of First, Fremont and Townsend to create all-pedestrian environments around dwellings and shops. Railroad tracks would be relocated to make room for development The marina would include 400 berths as well as dry dock storage, boat building and repair, sail making, boat sales and ship chandlery facilities. Gross cost of the project is estimated at $50 million to $100 million, including between $12.6 million and $149 million for administration. Although Redevelopment Agency officials are unsure how much land will be purchased ($11.4 million to $48.4 million is estimated for acquisition), proceeds from land sales are expected to reduce the gross cost anywhere from $8.5 million to $36 million. To explain the wide variation in land acquisition cost estimates: Some property owners have indicated that they wish to retain ownership of their lands and properties and some are undecided. Among owners of property inside the redevelopment boundaries are: the Port of San Francisco, Southern Pacific Transportation Co., Phil Sussman, Gallo Salami, Sequoia Stages, Claude Witbeck, Thomas Feeney and William Blake (former San Francisco supervisor), Crowley Launch and Tug Boat Dorothy Lamb, Northwest Poultry and Dairy, Dorothy Palmisano, North American Maritime, John McCarthy (Bouncers Cafe), Frederick Mintz, Harrigan Weidenmuller Co. and Terminals Equipment Co. Inc. Possible funding sources for the redevelopment project include community development block grant funds (principal source of the Redevelopment Agency's budget); federal urban development action grants; Economic Development Administration funds; historic preservation grants; federal transportation and mass transit funds; state small boat harbor funds; land and water conservation funds; land sale proceeds and tax increment funds. To offset the expense, Redevelopment Agency officials promise economic benefits, including $736.4 million of private investment an increase of about $8 million yearly in new property tax revenues; an increase of about $1.3 million m hotel tax revenue; up to 4,000 permanent new jobs and commensurate increases in business, payroll and retail sales tax figures. Except for the recent small Bay-view North Industrial Triangle redevelopment plan, Rincon Point-South Beach is the first major new urban renewal scheme to be approved as a Redevelopment Agency project since 1969 when the Board of Supervisors authorized the Hunters Point and India Basin plans now nearing completion. At 84.7 acres, Rincon Point-South Beach would be the second largest urban renewal project downtown. Other Redevelopment Agency projects, including those completed, are: Diamond Heights, 325 acres; Western Addition A-l and A-2, 385 acres; Holiday Inn-Chinese Cultural Center, less than 1 acre; Golden Gateway-Embarcadero Center, 51 acres; India Basin Industrial Park, 126 acres; Hunters Point housing and commercial, 137 acres; Stockton-Sacramento housing, 1 acre; Yerba Buena Center, 87 acres (the recently publicized central blocks gardens project would cover 23 acres). Approval of the Rincon Point-South Beach project is expected to kick off and speed up development of surrounding properties. The Ferry Building is being remodeled by Continental Development Co. Developer Joe Wei-ner has proposed a project on Steuart Street Pete Douglas, a developer, has expressed interest in property around Beale and Bryant and at the southern end of the project owners of the long China Basin building are about to disclose details for a companion structure to its west In redevelopment the agency, using federal funds, usually purchases the sites and sells them back , to developers at subsidized prices in order to encourage the upgrading of blighted sections of town. I Bay Area report Inside Stanford Hospital's surgery room shortage A SHORTAGE of operating rooms at Stanford University Hospital is putting a severe strain on surgery schedules, according to hospital officials and surgeons who want an end to overbooked operating tables and long hours. But an early solution isnt likely because additional rooms arent scheduled for operation until 1986. Stanford Hospital uses all 16 of its operating rooms from 7 am to 3 pin. Monday through Friday, according to Dr. John Collins, chief of surgery. Normally, most hospitals start shutting down their operating rooms in early to midafternoon, he said, but to complete the 55 operations performed at the hospital on an average day, up to 10 rooms are used through 7 pm on weekdays. "The more heavy the scheduling, the less predictable things are. Operations often run overtime," Collins said. As a result he added, elective cases (operations that can be done within a broad range of time) frequently get bumped to later dates, which adds to the emotional strain of both patients and family. Part of the overcrowding problem, Collins explained, results from the nature of Stanford Hospital As an acute-care institution, it receives a "much higher number" of cases requiring longer-than-average periods of time per operation and post- operation treatment Collins said. "Operations here are probably three times as long on the average than in a community hospital," he continued. South City gives up annexation effort THE SOUTH San Francisco City Council has abandoned efforts to annex the 52-acre Country Club Park, and instead wants the county to pay for municipal services to the unincorporated rural residential district Louis Dell' Angela, city director of community development said the council decided against annexation because it considers the district a liability. The city had asked that the county make certain street sewer and drainage improvements before South City annexed the site. That work was estimated at $600,000 but county officials were willing to pay only $300,000, Dell' Angela said. The residential district developed in the 1940s, has remained a rural island surrounded by South City suburbs. Residents still keep horses, cows, chickens and roosters on half-acre and one-acre lots. Dell' Angela said city and county officials are discussing the city cost for providing police, fire and library services to residents in the 57 Country Club Park homes. ' Music was joyous and loud at rites for four boys who died in a . sand mine. A trial date has been set for Sen. Alan Robbins' pot charge. B5 Photos of Mount St. Helens have enabled reconstruction of blast. BS Mother of an accused child killer takes blame for the crime.

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