After months of exhaustive analysis, numerous different health experts including [the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry] concluded that the naturally occurring asbestos did not present a serious long-term health risk. Lennar will continue to work with the San Francisco Department of Public Health and other regulatory agencies to ensure the health of the community remains safeguarded."
Actually, the ATSDR report wasn't quite that conclusive. It took issue with the faulty dust monitoring equipment at Parcel A and noted that exposure-level thresholds for the project were derived from industrial standards for workers who wear protective gear and don't have all-day exposure. "However, there are studies in the scientific literature in which long term lower level/non-occupational exposures (from take home exposures and other areas of the world where naturally occurring asbestos occur) caused a low but epidemiologically detectable excess risk of mesothelioma," the ATSDR-DPH report observes.
It's not surprising to see Lennar gloss over issues of liability, but it's curious that Newsom and other top officials are so eager to push a proposal that would give Lennar control of Candlestick Point and perhaps result in a 49ers stadium on a federal Superfund site without first demanding a full and public investigation of how the developers could have so miserably failed to enforce mandatory plans at Parcel A.
This fall the Newsom administration was peeved when the San Francisco Board of Education, which includes Newsom's education advisor Hydra Mendoza, and the Youth Commission unanimously called for a temporary shutdown of Lennar's Parcel A site until community health issues are addressed.
These demands were largely symbolic, since major grading at the site is complete, but the Mayor's Office shot back with a Nov. 2 memo including the request that city department heads and commissions follow the example of the Hunters Point Shipyard Citizens Advisory Committee and the Bayview Project Area Committee, which have said they won't hear further testimony on the dust issue "unless and until credible scientific evidence is presented to contradict the conclusions of the DPH, CDPH, UCSF and others that the construction dust at the Shipyard had not created a long-term or serious health risk."
Such complex points and counterpoints have been like dust in the air, preventing the public from getting a clear picture of what's important or what's happened at the site. But a careful review of the public record shows that, at the very least, Lennar has failed to live up to its promises.
As records obtained through a whistle-blower lawsuit's discovery process show, Lennar employee McIntyre was reprimanded for e-mailing a group of Lennar subcontractors including Gordon N. Ball, Luster National, and Ghirardelli Associates and demanding that their traffic-control plan implementation be in place before Gordon Ball/Yerba Buena Engineering Joint Venture "begin using (oversize construction equipment) scrapers or articuutf8g trucks on Crisp Road."
In court depositions, Menaker, who became McIntyre's supervisor in April 2006, claimed he "never told McIntyre that he should not raise issues related to what he perceived to be deficiencies in Gordon Ball's dust control measures.
"Rather, I repeatedly advised him that management by e-mail would not accomplish the goal of improving Gordon Ball's performance and that he needed to communicate with Gordon Ball and others on the project in a more effective fashion. As a result of my observations of his job performance and the feedback from others ... on Aug.