A monument to a system that imprisoned people in cold, inhumane conditions doesn't exactly mesh with San Francisco values.
But the Alcatraz Conversion Project, which proposes placing a halfgolf balllike Global Peace Center atop the Rock, is a wacky idea that looks and sounds like a yuppie tourist retreat and does little to address the island's tortured past. People don't have to support everything with peace in the title.
The proposal includes a white domed conference center for nonviolent conflict resolution, a statue of St. Francis, a labyrinth, a medicine wheel, and an array of what proponents call "architecturally advanced domed Artainment multimedia centers."
We agree with the ideal of dedicating the island to the Native Americans who fished and collected birds' eggs from this once guano-covered rock for thousands of years and whose descendants carried out a bold occupation at the end of the 1960s. But this proposal seems based on wishful thinking, not fiscal or environmental realities.
The plan is backed by the Global Peace Foundation, which is a branch of the San Francisco Medical Research Foundation, a Mill Valley nonprofit founded by Marin resident and Light Party founder Da Vid. It's just goofy. Vote no.
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