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GGNRA FINALLY ADMITS THE 1979 PET POLICY IS LEGITIMATE!

Per the GGNRA's own document (i.e., "Interim Compendium Amendment - Commercial Dog Walking Permit") published Q1 2014:

"Permit holders would be able to use any GGNRA and Trust lands where dog walking is allowed. In GGNRA Marin and San Francisco lands, permit holders would continue to be able to walk dogs off leash and under voice control in areas currently open to voice control per the 1979 Pet Policy."

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By their own admission, the GGNRA has no site specific, peer reviewed scientific studies to support their proposed changes to the Dog Management Policy (DMP). DOI Secretary Jewell should therefore throw out the proposed DMP and resinstate the original 1979 Pet Policy with provisions for new properties as a Section Seven Special Regulation.

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GGNRA Claims Tombstones are Blowin' in the Wind at Ocean Beach!

"At Ocean Beach, unclaimed headstones were used to armor the beach to guard against erosion -- and with the recent wind that has blown sand off the beach and onto the Great Highway, a few of the headstones have become exposed" -- Alexandra Picavet, GGNRA Spokesperson (June 7, 2012; KRON 4 News; Read more...)

The tombstone...


June 5, 2012 - Ocean Beach at Rivera
the reality...


June 8, 2012 - Ocean Beach at Rivera

The GGNRA would love to have us believe that it is nature alone that is responsible for these ominous reminders of yesteryear to appear. It would be extremely inconvenient for them to publicly admit that it is their own bulldozing that is the root cause for the exposure of the tombstones smack dab in the middle of their so-called "wildlife protection area". For those of us who frequent Ocean Beach on a daily basis, it appears the tombstones were unearthed and relocated while removing sand from the easternmost portion of the beach and dumping it over the exposed rocks along the tide line. As you can see from the above photographs, subsequent bulldozing/dumping has left sand covering the rocks and tombstones almost entirely. The bulldozing is a necessary evil due in large part to the extreme erosion at Ocean Beach. The erosion and brutal tides make Ocean Beach completely unsuitable as a habitat for wildlife, and, in particular, the delicate, "threatened" Western Snowy Plover. Why is it then that in the proposed 2011 DEIS for the GGNRA Pet Management Policy preferred alternative for Ocean Beach, dogs are completely banned from this area yet bulldozers and other GGNRA heavy equipment and vehicles are not?

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GGNRA Rangers Carry and Discharge Stun Guns Without ANY Internal Guidelines!

"There’s no Use of Force handbook, as it were, that would set definitive rules for when using a stun gun is okay and when it is not...There is obviously an entire range of options available to them [the GGNRA rangers], lots of factors that go into making the decision...We’re reviewing the incident, there’re a variety of tools and processes and procedures they have available to them...Rangers also carry guns, pepper spray and clubs."

Howard Levitt
GGNRA Spokesperson

Half Moon Bay Patch
January 31, 2012
Click here to view the entire story

Evidently the rules of the ol' Wild West must apply to the GGNRA rangers with respect to the carrying and discharging of potentially lethal weapons. Interesting that the GGNRA finds it unnecessary to provide its rangers with any guidelines or rules regarding the usage of deadly force yet they had absolutely no problem recently presenting dog walkers with a 2400 page, 14.9 pound Dog Management Policy.

This is yet another example of the GGNRA's long standing abuse of power in the establishment and enforcement of regulations in this National Recreation Area.

2011 DMP
The 2011 GGNRA Dog Management Plan

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Feinstein Accusses NPS of Cooking the Books!

"The National Park Service and the Department of the Interior have once again failed to grasp the severity of recent misconduct at Point Reyes National Seashore... [Feinstein demanded immediate steps to] eliminate political agendas and instill in employees a rigorous and objective pursuit of scientific truth... It is critical that the government publicly disavow the practice of selectively misusing and misconstruing science to achieve a desired outcome."

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

San Francisco Chronicle
March 24, 2011
Click here to view the entire story

Click here to view Senator Feinstein's March 23, 2011 press release where she criticizes the National Park Service for manipulating Point Reyes Science

From the Autobiography, "Daphne Hatch, GGNRA-NPS Chief Biological Scientist"

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“Some people go to a national park because they don’t want to see any dogs at all.”

Sherwin Smith
GGNRA Spokeswoman
S.F. Examiner Interview
January 12, 2011

This was the response given by Ms. Smith in reference to the about to be released Environmental Impact Study (EIS) for the GGNRA Pet Management Policy and her justification for reneging on the 1979 GGNRA Pet Management Policy and excluding off-leash recreation at the designated sites. Ms. Smith seems to be forgetting that the GGNRA is not a National Park but rather a National Recreational Area. The enabling legislation of the GGNRA spells out the differences which includes an allowance for the historical recreational activity of dog walking. Click here to view the complete article.
What follows is the response from the now Director of the National Park Service Jon Jarvis when confronted with the possibility of reversion due to the National Park Service's failure to adhere to the enabling legislation of the GGNRA which allows for historically supported activities such as off-leash recreation.

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"I would rather give up those [the GGNRA] properties than have dogs running loose on them."

NPS Centennial Initiative Listening Session
Presidio Officer's Club
San Francisco, Calif.
March 22, 2007

Jon Jarvis
Current Director
National Park Service

This was Mr. Jarvis' response when advised San Francisco had a reversion clause in their agreement to turn over Ocean Beach, Fort Funston and other properties to the NPS for inclusion in a recreational area. Click here to view the complete OBDOG section on reversion. (Note: OBDOG's campaign for reversion dates back to 2007)

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NPS Caught Fudging Data to Advance Agenda!

"I find it troubling and unacceptable that the National Park Service exaggerated the effects of the oyster population on the ... ecosystem"

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein

San Francisco Chronicle
May 6, 2009
Click here to view the entire story


From the Autobiography, "Daphne Hatch, GGNRA-NPS Chief Biological Scientist"

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National Park Service Official Advocates AIDS Virus to Rid Planet of Humans!

"We are not interested in the utility of a particular species, or free-flowing river, or ecosystem, to mankind. They have intrinsic value — more value, to me — than another human body or a billion of them. Human happiness and certainly human fecundity, are not as important as a wild and healthy planet. We have become a plague upon ourselves and upon the Earth....Until such time as Homo sapiens should decide to rejoin nature, some of us can only hope for the right virus to come along... from the standpoint of just about every other living thing on the planet, human beings are a plague. Anything that reduces human populations or reduces their growth is a benefit to just about everything else on the planet."

David M. Graber
Chief Scientist
National Park Service

Composite of Interviews
BNET, Feb. 1999
Los Angeles Times, 1989
Click here to view the interviews

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Woman Found Dying in GGNRA!
A dejected Smokey the Bear learns the GGNRA decision to remove
the ambulance at Fire Station No. 2 cost a woman her life
(Click here to read more about the GGNRA service cuts)

"Medical CPR was delivered within minutes. So I don't know [how] much difference it would've made. I don't believe it's an issue."

Michael Feinstein
GGNRA Spokesperson
Assistant to Supt. Brian O'Neill

KTVU Channel 2 News
January 4, 2009
Click here to view the entire story


Mr. Feinstein is responding to the accusations made by Presidio firefighter and paramedic Brandon Treat with respect to a dying woman found on the GGNRA's Rodeo Beach property in Marin. The Marin Independent Journal reports the woman died at 9:15 a.m. Sunday at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco after a park maintenance worker found her unresponsive at about 7 a.m. at the north end of the Marin Headlands beach, near the parking lot. Reports are that she was suffering from hypothermia, a condition that does not necessarily require CPR but rather transport to a hospital in order to optimally restore body temperature to normal. According to Mr. Treat, budget cuts enforced by the GGNRA in spring 2008 cost nearby Presidio Fire Station No. 2 the use of their ambulance, and could have made the difference between life and death for this woman (click here for details).

It's all about priorities. With respect to the GGNRA, their high cost discretionary projects (e.g., the $12 million spent by the GGNRA to create the new Giacomini Wetlands in Marin; see http://www.nationalparkstraveler.com for details) always take precedence over everything else -- most notably public safety. Projects like the GGNRA Mori Point frog pond creations (see picture below), countless native plant habitat creations, and other million dollar plus boondoggles, e.g., Negotiated Rulemaking, continue despite crumbling infrastructure and inadequate public safety provisions. This disturbing tale is representative of the GGNRA's "nature first, people last" management philosophy for an area that was legislatively set aside to facilitate recreational opportunities for people in an urban environment.



The new million dollar GGNRA frog ponds at Mori Point

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"We [the GGNRA] really strive for access, and we have some success stories we are really proud of."

New York Times
March 18, 2008
Click here to view the entire article

Rich Weideman
GGNRA Spokesperson
Assistant to Supt. Brian O'Neill

Mr. Weideman seems to overlook the GGNRA's longstanding practice of choosing to minimize, even diminish, access to GGNRA parklands by the public as well as the disabled. This is the primary reason that the GGNRA and its parent organization, the National Park Service, are now the target of a class action lawsuit which contends that they have “systemically discriminated against plaintiffs on the basis of their disabilities, failing to make adjustments, required for decades, to assist people with restricted mobility, poor or no vision, hearing loss or other needs."

What follows is a quote taken directly from the Environmental Assessment for Sweeney Ridge (a GGNRA parkland located in the City of Pacifica) as published in 1984.

"The assessment of alternatives for the development of Sweeney Ridge presents three possible alternatives for development : A. Enhance the natural qualities with minimum change ; B. Increase visitor services and access ; C. Maximize visitor services and access."

So which of the three alternatives did the GGNRA choose? You guessed it. The GGNRA chose Alternative A, and additionally closed down the horse stables that were available for public recreation at the Sweeney Ridge site.

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"We [the GGNRA] have removed all garbage cans from Mori Point because we want people to take their garbage home."

Chris Powell, GGNRA Spokesperson; Aide to Supt. Brian O'Neill
Response to Inquiries
Winter 2007

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Assemblywoman Ma and Assemblyman Leno catch National Park Service GGNRA Superintendent Brian O'Neill in a bundle of lies!

Stewardship?

"Your letter then references California Environmental Protection Agency (CaI/EPA) Complaint Record Number 699 regarding a sewage spill of approximately 50 gallons from M/V The Islander on October 13. 2006 at Alcatraz Island. This complaint is erroneous and unjustified; allow us to clarify what really happened."

Brian O'Neill, Superintendent, GGNRA
Correspondence to Assemblypersons
Feb 13, 2007

The following excerpt is taken from the Assemblypersons March 27, 2007 response to Superintendent O"Neill's allegations of no wrongdoing:

Mr. Dan Cooke, the GGNPC Educator/Historical Interpreter on Alcatraz Island, documented the October 12, 2006 spill as follows:

"Sewage spill on dock approx 16:30 (4:30 p.m). Alcatraz Cruises Staff hose down area - flush waste into bay."

According to Mr. Cooke, GGNPC staff and NPS did not interview or follow-up with him about his entries or the circumstances that led him to report it…As of this date, Captain Jack Goldthotpe, who filed the Cal/EPA complaint, has not been interviewed by NPS of any other public enforcement agencies.

In addition, we were surprised to learn that the National Park Conservancy recently terminated Mr. Cooke's employment and that he filed a claim with the U.S. Department of Labor for unlawful termination in violation of the whistleblower provisions of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act. Mr. Cooke's claim of retaliation for revealing information about problems with the storage and transportation of sewage from Alcatraz Island is very serious and one that our offices will closely monitor.

This "Quote of the Day" is courtesy of Bay Woof reporter Lisa Razzo who writes the "Rover Report" at www.baywoof.com. This article was part of the May 2007 issue. The Bay Woof publication can be found online or at vet clinics, pet stores, animal shelters and community gathering places such as bookstores and cafes.

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"The comments that come in are taken very seriously, but we [the NPS] are bound by laws and changes have to be accompanied by enabling legislation." - Adrienne Freeman, National Park Service Spokeswoman

(Note: Three people have died in the past year climbing Half Dome in Yosemite National Park. The above quote is the NPS response to concerns voiced by the public, and their explanation as to why additional safety measures or regulations will not be implemented anytime soon.)

San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2007
Click here to view the entire article

The Park Service had NO problem violating both the law and the enabling legislation for the GGNRA when they banned off-leash recreation in the GGNRA in 2001. In 2004, the Federal Court ordered the GGNRA to reinstate off-leash recreation because they had violated their own laws. The GGNRA appealed. They lost again. As the ink on the Court's order was drying, Superintendent O'Neill was planning his next subversion of the law as established by the Court's ruling. Citing four (4) "incidents" involving the Western Snowy Plover at Ocean Beach and two (2) "incidents" at Crissy Field in the time period from 2000 through 2005 (none of which resulted in injury or death to the birds) Superintendent O'Neill declared an "emergency" under the statute such that 2.2 miles of Ocean Beach and a portion of Crissy Field could be closed immediately, without the bureaucratic morass being claimed by the NPS over changes at Half Dome.

The death of 3 humans in the last year does not constitute an emergency for the National Park Service, but 6 incidents of birds being "disturbed" over the course of 6 years is an "emergency."

Secretary Kempthorne, if the flaming pants fit, you must admit: The DOI/NPS defies laws, promises, common sense and enabling legislation when it suits your purpose. Need we remind you that you and your subordinates are public servants? Yours is not to put your own personal interests above the law and public welfare.

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Have you ever wondered just what kind of person the GGNRA chooses to serve on the Negotiated Rulemaking Committee, and chose as part of their now defunct Citizen's Advisory Commission? Below, Paul Jones gloats as he recounts the elimination of all off-leash recreation in the City of Pacifica - thanks in large part to his threat of litigation against the City and his collaboration with City Councilmember Jim Vreeland, both of whom work for the EPA. Both have been instrumental in turning over the majority of open space in Pacifica to the GGNRA. And, did you know that none of the vast GGNRA properties in Pacifica are under consideration for off-leash recreation through NR?

"There are no places in Pacifica where walking your dog off-leash is legal. Although the City Council passed a resolution to allow for off-leash use at two beaches, the City staff did not take steps to change the ordinance. For this reason, the dog leash law remains in full force and effect, notwithstanding the lack of enforcement. I caution people about this..."

Pacifica Tribune
June 6, 2007
Click here to view the entire article

Paul Jones addresses the Pacifica City Council

Paul Jones
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Member
Former GGNRA Citizen's Advisory Commission Member
Well-known Anti-Dog Activist

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In order to draw or paint the birds, he [John James Audubon] shot them first, using fine shot to prevent them from being torn to pieces. He then used fixed wires to prop them up, restoring a natural position. His paintings of birds are set true-to-life in their natural habitat. This was in stark contrast with the stiff representations of birds by his contemporaries, such as Alexander Wilson. Audubon once wrote: "I call birds few when I shoot less than one hundred per day." One of his biographers, Duff Hart-Davis, reveals: "The rarer the bird, the more eagerly he pursued it, never apparently worrying that by killing it he might hasten the extinction of its kind."

"The Biography of John James Audubon"
Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_James_Audubon)
June 5, 2007

The Father of the Audubon Society
(Note his rifle and off-leash dog)

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"Get out of my face!"

NPS Centennial Initiative Listening Session
Presidio Officer's Club
San Francisco, Calif.
March 22, 2007

Jon Jarvis
Regional Director
Pacific West Region
National Park Service

This was the final response from Director Jarvis when asked by OBDOG representatives as to why the GGNRA/NPS has chosen to renege upon the 1979 GGNRA Pet Policy as well as ignore the enabling legislation of the GGNRA. Unbelievably, Mr. Jarvis followed this rude statement by shoving the questioner!

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"This [the Northern California Coastal Wild Heritage Wilderness Act] was rushed in rather quickly without a lot of thought and attention. We really have to think, 'Is this something we want to abide by?'"

KTLA 5 CW
Article date: Dec. 18, 2006
Click here to view the entire article

Bruce "Above the Law" Lynn
Superintendent
California State Parks

Superintendent Lynn is borrowing a page out of GGNRA Superintendent Brian O'Neill's playbook, i.e., when a law does not suit your agenda, refuse to abide by it and make up your own.

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"...the petitioner [Juniper Park Civic Association] has submitted photographs,news articles and affidavits which, taken in a vacuum, would lead to the inescapable conclusion that any individual daring to enter in or near a City park would expect to be harassed by marauding hordes of vicious dogs whose owners sit idly by viewing the carnage much like spectators in the Roman Coliseum."

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The Honorable Peter J. Kelly
Justice, New York Supreme Court - Queens County
JPCA vs. The City of New York et al
November 30,2006

Justice Kelly ruled against petitioner JPCA and for respondent the City of New York et al, with respect to the petitioner asking the Court to wipe out a 20 year tradition of timed off-leash recreation in NYC parks. Click here to view Justice Kelly's actual ruling.

(Editor's note: It is clear the judge could appreciate the exaggerated invective that Brent Plater and his disciples throughout America spew regarding a group of dogs merely playing a harmless game of fetch.)

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"We have met the enemy
and he is us."

Overheard by anonymous source
regarding article in S.F. Independent Media Center
November 3, 2006
Click here to view the article

Brian "Pogo" O'Neill
Superintendent
GGNRA

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A GGNRA supervisor was arrested and charged with the commission of sex crimes with minors.

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"We're not a dictatorial agency."

San Francisco Chronicle
April 14, 2006
Click here to view the article

Brian O'Neill
Superintendent
GGNRA

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Note:  In reality, Supt. O'Neill unilaterally terminated the GGNRA's 1979 Pet Policy and shut down all off leash recreation areas in the GGNRA. The Federal Court reinstated the 1979 Pet Policy and revoked Supt. O'Neill's decision; precisely because it was dictatorial and failed to meet his legal obligation for public notice and comment. 

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"I don't need public comment. I am the public!"

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Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Meeting
March 6, 2006
Fort Mason

Brent Plater
Negotiated Rulemaking Committee Member
Director and Staff Attorney
Center for Biological Diversity
 
 
 

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"Ocean Beach without the people is an incredible habitat. But people think of it as a sandbox or their backyard."

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San Francisco Chronicle
September 7,2005
Click here to view a copy of the article

Daphne Hatch
Chief of Natural Resources Management and Science
GGNRA
 
 
Note: This quote pretty much sums up GGNRA's desire to exclude not only dogs from its parks/recreation areas, but people too!
 
Please click here to view an in depth analysis of the GGNRA commissioned Hatch Report. This report was used as justification to both designate the majority of Ocean Beach as a snowy plover habitat, and prohibit off-leash recreation in those areas.

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"They're terriers, not terrorists!"

GGNRA and Point Reyes National Seashore
Citizens Advisory Commission Meeting
January 23, 2001
Public Comment

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The agenda item being discussed was the rescission of the 1979 Pet Policy as being illegal and unenforceable (per 36 CFR 1.5). The speaker was unidentified.
 

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"A house is a crate."
 
At the May 31, 2005 Appellate Hearing
 
Denee DeLuigi
Special Assistant United States Attorney
 
 
(Ms. DeLuigi stated the above in response to a question by Judge Alsup regarding how the GGNRA can justify having their own law enforcement dogs off leash in homes located within GGNRA boundaries.)

       

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Click to hear Mr. Plater speak...

"Ocean Beach D.O.G. espouses the extremist theories of the Pacific Legal Foundation, to whom sections of Ocean Beach D.O.G.'s website is dedicated."

 
"The Center for Biological Diversity and several other non-profit organizations intend to file an amicus brief in the [Crissy Field] matter tomorrow, April 7, 2005.  The purpose of the brief will be to inform the Court that off-leash dog walking at the GGNRA is harming dogs, harming wildlife, and inconsistent with the purpose of the GGNRA as established by Congress over 30 years ago."

Brent Plater
Staff Attorney
Center for Biological Diversity


Click here to view Mr. Plater's amicus brief (372kb file size)
 
Click here to view the responses to Mr. Plater's amicus brief
 
Click here to see a review of the enabling legislation which established the GGNRA -- look for passages highlighted in red 

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"If dogs aren't allowed in restaurants, why should they be allowed on beaches? There's food consumption on the beach."
 
Article Date:  March 30,2005
 
Ron Schafer
District Superintendent
California State Department of Parks and Recreation
 
(Note:  Mr. Schafer is personally responsible for banning dogs from virtually every state beach in California) 


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