Ohlone people to SF Planning Dept: Follow the law, protect ancient village sites at Candlestick Point, Hunters Point Shipyard
Ohlone representatives call for extension of draft EIR comment period and inclusion in planning process
Candlestick Point-Hunters Point Shipyard Phase II Development Plan Project Draft Environmental Impact Report.
by Jaron Browne, POWER
San Francisco – In 2006, San Francisco Board of Supervisors amended the General Plan to allow for development of the Hunters Point Shipyard. According to California Senate Bill 18, passed in 2005, local Ohlone tribal members whose names are listed with the Native American Heritage Commission are to be included in the planning process of any such development. It now appears that none of the Ohlone representatives were contacted so that they could be involved in the planning process.
Tuesday, Jan. 12, is the deadline for public comment on the draft EIR for Phase II of the Candlestick Point-Hunters Point Shipyard. The Ohlone and their supporters will be turning in their comments and asking for an extension to allow them to meet with the Planning Department and provide input into the planning for the development of the 700 acres, the largest undeveloped area remaining in San Francisco.
“This is an important opportunity to work together to protect these ancient historical sites, honor our ancestors and insure that development pressures do not further damage critical Ohlone Indigenous sites,” said Ohlone representative Corrina Gould.
“The sites affected by the development are extremely significant and are believed to be burial or ceremonial sites,” said Ohlone Chairperson Ann Marie Sayers. “In addition to protecting these sites, we also want to work with the local community to protect their health, the land and the fragile Bay marine environment.”
Ohlone organizers of the press conference would also like to work with the Bayview Hunters Point community to protect the unique characteristics of the neighborhood and allow for the protection and restoration of the important environmental resources. The economic vitality of the neighborhood also depends on the health of the people in the neighborhood.
“The area, including the Shipyard, must be cleaned up so that it can support healthy living and working conditions,” said Mishwa Lee, a Bayview resident and Ohlone supporter. “We want this land to be a healthy place for the future generations, just as the Ohlone ancestors lived to protect their lands and waters for our generations.”
Jaron Browne of POWER can be reached at (415) 864-8372 or email@example.com.
Letter from the Ohlone people to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, the Board of Supervisors and City Attorney Dennis Herrera
Jan. 11, 2010
Dear Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Supervisors and SF City Attorney,
We don’t know why they have been overlooked and believe that California Senate Bill 18 requires their notification and inclusion in the planning process. The bill also requires that they be given 45 days to prepare comments after notification. Normally, they would have been notified in the summer of 2008 when the plans were initiated and they would have been included in the planning process over the last 18 months. We are concerned that they have been disenfranchised by the Planning Department so far.
The 700-acre size and the natural shoreline this development impacts and the Ohlone heritage within the project site combine to make this an excellent opportunity for San Francisco to include Ohlone people and brings their presence back to the city after 235 years. A serious effort to include them would be so welcomed by the Ohlone and their many supporters. Please do the right thing: Extend the comment period and include the Ohlone in the planning.
Ohlone representatives: Ann Marie Sayers, Corrina Gould, Charlene Sul and Carmen Sandoval, Ohlone Profiles Project, American Indian Movement West, International Indian Treaty Council
The Ohlone representatives can be reached at Indian Canyon Nation/Costanoan Indian Research, Inc., P.O. Box 28, Hollister, CA 95024‐0028.