Consultant Evette Davis says she's spending this week meeting with supervisors, but refused to prognosticate about whether she'd manage to
keep the music plan alive.
"The thing we've tried to stress in
these meetings is, we're more than happy to sit down and talk with
neighbors if there's something else you think we need to be doing,"
said Davis. "We're happy to make additional concessions to operate as a
The Masons and Live Nation would seem to have the deck stacked against them, given the hostility this Board of Supervisors has shown to even incremental change in San Francisco.
Today's Examiner reports that Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier is poised to obstruct plans to extend the antique Muni F-Line to Fort Mason because such an extension might lure Marin commuters to park in the Marina Green lot -- a supposed problem that could be fixed simply by installing meters. Alioto-Pier's sympathy to Marina homeowners' desire to keep out visitors would seem to bode well for NIMBY Nob Hill dwellers wishing to do the same.
Last week, meanwhile, the Board of Supervisors effectively shot down a proposed 38-story apartment building that had been in the works for five years, by overturning the Planning Commission's determination that the building's environmental studies had been adequate, accurate and complete.
Following that decision, Board President David Chiu, was quoted as saying the environmental studies were flawed because they didn't "acknowledge the significant cumulative impacts of wind, of shadows, on transportation, on parking, on transit, on aesthetics."
In that vein, it's easy to imagine hours of City Hall debate next week over the environmental implications of renovations in the Masonic Hall kitchen knife drawer, before supervisors use those purported implications as rationale for vote to killing the music at Masonic Hall.