Grand Jury warns SF to prepare for rising seas

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From the report.

Following its recent report criticizing the Port of San Francisco for being unduly influenced by wealthy developers and their allies in the Mayor’s Office, the San Francisco Civil Grand Jury today released its second report of the current session, calling on the city to do more to prepare for the impacts of global warming.

“Rising Sea Levels...At our Doorstep” assessed recognition and preparedness in a city where projections by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission show San Francisco International Airport, Treasure Island, and parts of Mission Bay and Hunters Point inundated by water by the end of the century. The report found that while most city departments and private developers were aware of and planning adaptive responses to the problem, far more needs to be done -- including adoption of less intensive development strategies for flood-prone areas, such as Mission Bay.  

“We are currently at the cusp of the future in terms of sustainability. It took the Loma Prieta earthquake to awaken San Francisco to the necessity of intensified seismic retrofitting. Let’s not wait for a major flooding disaster, like Hurricane Sandy on the east coast, to start addressing the serious threat of rising sea levels. The threat is real; the time to act is now,” the grand jury wrote. “For a start, San Francisco should, among other things, adopt a citywide comprehensive plan for adaptation to rising sea levels and amend the City’s Planning and Building Codes to include provisions addressing the impacts of sea level rise.”

The report urged city leaders to accelerate plans to implement recommendations of the Ocean Beach Master Plan, which among other things called for rerouting Highway 1 in sections where the coastline is now receding and creations of tidelands on the southern part of Ocean Beach.  

2014 CGJ Report Rising Sea Levels by Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez

Comments

Unlike every other kind of jury, this is one that people get to volunteer for. Meaning, of course, that the only people who serve on it are those with too much time on their hands, and with an agenda.

I suspect the city would do very well to adopt the exact opposite of policies that this self-selecting jury recommend.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 25, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

Let's add 8,000 homes to Treasure Island! (NOT) This article is a very good argument against building more residential units in San Francisco. However, I don't think that is part of SFBG's agenda.

Posted by Richmondman on Jun. 25, 2014 @ 1:19 pm
Posted by Guest on Jun. 25, 2014 @ 1:27 pm

Then clearly it MUST be right.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 25, 2014 @ 2:01 pm

trying to tell everyone else how to live and you have the civil grand jury nailed.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 25, 2014 @ 2:12 pm

revere royalty. This is America godammit. SFBG of all things.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 25, 2014 @ 3:51 pm

revere royalty. This is America godammit. SFBG of all things.

Posted by lillipublicans on Jun. 25, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

Please join Steven on the East Peak of Mt. Tam at 4:53 the morning of the Winter Solstice, where you'll be transported by spaceship to a distant star and spend your days making art, riding bikes, and eating organic quinoa in a perfect climate that never changes.

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 6:34 am

Look carefully at the law Hermann Scheer, of Germany, wrote to requires Utilities, like PG&E, to pay home owners $0.33 kwh for feeding solar onto the grid.

That law has been adopted by 90,000 cities around the world,
in 69 nations from Italy to Japan to China.
This is a world consensus on what the best policy is to stop global warming.
Written by just 5 people, in 1990.
One person can stop global warming.

The Germany solar payment policy has created 500,000 solar jobs in Germany.
It has created 9 million solar jobs around the world.

The German solar policy is the reason that the German economy gets
$6 Billion from the surplus value created by solar.
It is like having an oil well on your roof.

So during the world economic crisis of 2008,
Germany suffered the least, and actually grew.

The air, water and land are cleaner in Germany.
Fracking is banned.
Germany has shut down 8 atomic reactors,
and will close all of them by 2022.
How?
By building a million solar powered homes each year for 20 years.
Lancaster, Ca., requires all new homes to be 100% solar powered.

SF should require any building doing more than 30% renovation to add enough solar panels, ( photo voltaic & heat ), to make the building 200% solar powered.
Require PG&E to pay building owners $0.29 kwh for feeding their surplus onto the grid.
If every city in the US did that,
that would stop global warming in 9 years.

The UN conference on climate change in NYC, Sept 20th, should feature Chancellor Angle Merkel teaching President Obama how to say the words "Solar Payment Policy".
The cure for climate madness has been found.
Germany is #1 in solar jobs, & #1 in football.
Did I mention that fracking is banned in Germany, thanks to solar?
Think globally, act locally.

Posted by Paul Kangas on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 7:51 am

Germany is also well known for its scat videos.

Posted by Chromefields on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 8:21 am

You're the guy who claimed to have been a Secret Service bodyguard to JFK, and you've run around the country with some grand conspiracy theory about the JFK assassination. And then another time you claimed to be an expert in cancer cures. And then you've been going about town trying to get people to illegally occupy (that is, "squat") buildings.

Why should we pay ANY attention to what you write?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 27, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

Look carefully at the law Hermann Scheer, of Germany, wrote to requires Utilities, like PG&E, to pay home owners $0.33 kwh for feeding solar onto the grid.

That law has been adopted by 90,000 cities around the world,
in 69 nations from Italy to Japan to China.
This is a world consensus on what the best policy is to stop global warming.
Written by just 5 people, in 1990.
One person can stop global warming.

The Germany solar payment policy has created 500,000 solar jobs in Germany.
It has created 9 million solar jobs around the world.

The German solar policy is the reason that the German economy gets
$6 Billion from the surplus value created by solar.
It is like having an oil well on your roof.

So during the world economic crisis of 2008,
Germany suffered the least, and actually grew.

The air, water and land are cleaner in Germany.
Fracking is banned.
Germany has shut down 8 atomic reactors,
and will close all of them by 2022.
How?
By building a million solar powered homes each year for 20 years.
Lancaster, Ca., requires all new homes to be 100% solar powered.

SF should require any building doing more than 30% renovation to add enough solar panels, ( photo voltaic & heat ), to make the building 200% solar powered.
Require PG&E to pay building owners $0.29 kwh for feeding their surplus onto the grid.
If every city in the US did that,
that would stop global warming in 9 years.

The UN conference on climate change in NYC, Sept 20th, should feature Chancellor Angle Merkel teaching President Obama how to say the words "Solar Payment Policy".
The cure for climate madness has been found.
Germany is #1 in solar jobs, & #1 in football.
Did I mention that fracking is banned in Germany, thanks to solar?
Think globally, act locally.

Posted by Paul Kangas on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

The best quote from the Grand Jury report was:

"The Gold Rush left San Francisco Bay one-third its original size.
The remaining two-thirds of the bay was filled
to increase its height to just above sea level.
This fill now supports our port buildings, piers, and residences."

Obviously we need to abandon all buildings built on fill.
Head for the hills.
Give the Bay back to the ducks & fish.

Install solar panels on the largest homes in SF.
Require all new buildings to be 200% solar powered.

Require PG&E to pay homeowners $0.29 kwh for all the
energy they feed onto the grid.

Posted by Paul Kangas on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 12:52 pm

No paranoia there then?

Posted by Guest on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 1:04 pm

Sorry for the double post.

Posted by Paul Kangas on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

There will be a major flood in California, in October 2014,
due to El Nino, so we should prepared to save
every drop we can.
Every farmer needs to build a water catchment system now.

Posted by Paul Kangas on Jun. 26, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

Consensus.
There is now a world consensus on how to stop climate chaos.

One billion people are now using solar energy for lighting, cooking, powering their cell phones & paying their mortgage.

How was this consensus reached?

After Chernobyl, one person, Hermann Scheer began a campaign to shift the German economy from atomic to solar.

He wrote a law that requires Utilities to pay home owners $0.49 kwh for harvesting solar energy onto the grid. The Parliament adopted the law in 1990

. This inspired millions of people to invest in solar & put millions of solar panels on their roofs, to get free energy and start making $500. / month selling electricity onto the grid. Cities all around the world adopted the law.

As of today, 900,000 cities, in 69 nations, use this law to help them stop global warming.

The discussion is over. Most of the educated people in the modern world now agree that using the solar payment policy is the best policy to use to shift from conventional energy to solar & renewable energy. Even in the developing world, millions are using solar cookers to bake bread.

At the Sept 20th meeting of the UN in NYC, all that is needed is for one speaker, Angel Merkel, to ask Obama to adopt the solar payment policy.

The only place in the world where this discussion is not going on is the US, because ALEC, ( the American Legislative Exchange Council ) dictates to the press. The press is forbidden from discussing the solar payment policy in a positive light.

Even the Green Party US is now controlled by ALEC.
ALEC is pushing for Community Choice Aggregation.

ALEC is placing taxes on anyone who dares to own a solar panel.

To own a solar panel is now a revolutionary act in the US.

The US is totally fallen behind in the world discussion on how to stop climate change.

Posted by Paul Kangas on Jun. 27, 2014 @ 8:47 am

Solar panels can only slow the rate of increase very slightly.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 27, 2014 @ 9:06 am

"unduly influenced by wealthy developers" !
LOL

hell, SF politicians are owned and operated by wealthy developers!!!!

Down the road low and middle income S taxpayers will get a bill for saving underwater properties via sales taxes, fines and on and on..

ooh, that is assuming there are any low and middle income taxpayers still living in SF.

By then, SF might very likely habitable byr rich people and the "sanctuary city" illegals who service them.

SFTPARTY

stop voting for democrats and repiblicans.

vote for candidates from the green, justice, libertarian and peace and freedom parties.

Posted by SFTPARTY on Jun. 30, 2014 @ 9:09 am

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