Monday, June 14, 2004

Latest on the Transbay Terminal: State Senate Majority Leader Don Perata sends a letter to the S.F. Board of Supervisors - something like, "Shape up and pass this thing, I didn't back that bridge toll hike (SB2) for you to dally around!" And the Building Trades Council sends the BOS a letter saying basically, "Hey, don't rush it, we'd like to build the terminal and the big 'Hemisphere' condo tower!"
The board will consider two key environmental impact report issues for Tuesday's hearing: Impacts on the Clocktower Lofts due to a large busyard under the Bay Bridge between 2nd and 4th steets, and the Jack Myers development at 80 Natoma - right on the line for new tracks. The vote is very likely to be unanimous in favor of certifying the EIR, basically tough luck for the Clocktower residents and a nod to the fact that moving forward with the terminal does little more damage than to put a dent in Myers' negotiating position as Mayor Gavin Newsom works with the Transbay Joint Powers Authority for a solution allowing Hemisphere to move forward (unless Myers decided he just wants to sell the lot after all).

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