NEWSOM CALLS FOR IMMEDATE ACTION REGARDING TREASURE ISLAND
Thursday, October 13, 2005
From the Mayor's Office of Communications
Joint Statement from Mayor Newsom and Treasure Island Development
Authority Board President Claudine Cheng
The redevelopment and operation of Treasure Island is vitally
important to the City it is our highest priority to ensure
that Treasure Island is managed properly and effectively.
In light of the recent action by the Treasure Island Development
Authority Board to release Mr. Hall, we are taking the following
- The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency has been the administrative
agency that employs the current TIDA staff since 2004. Those employees
are now working under the interim leadership of Joanne Sakai,
the SFRAs Deputy Executive Director for Community and Economic
Development. All of the public services that Treasure Island residents
rely on as part of their daily life Muni, Police, Fire,
DPW, TIDA staff, etc., - continue in full force and are unaffected
by this period of transition.
- We will initiate a search for a permanent Director of Island
Operations. It is essential for that person to have the necessary
qualifications and the capacity to work well as a team with Treasure
Island residents, the City Attorney, the Controller, the Mayors
Office, the TIDA Board and the myriad other City departments and
agencies needed to realize Treasure Islands full potential.
- Attached is a letter from the Mayor urging the Treasure Island
Development Authority Board to require the developer to pay 100%
of TIDAs costs of negotiating with the Navy and the developer
and to use those cost savings for the benefit of the people who
live at Treasure Island. To the extent possible, these funds could
be used for the Treasure Island School, to improve parks and recreation
facilities, to bring important services to the Island like a general
store, to support the important work of TIHDI, and for other uses
identified by the residents.
- We support the TIDA Board initiating a management and efficiency
audit by the Controller and urge that any cost savings adopted
by the TIDA Board are used for the benefit of TIs residents.