Hall blasts Treasure Island deal


Mayoral candidate Tony Hall, who also happens to be a former executive director of the Treasure Island Development Authority, just blasted Mayor Ed Lee's endorsement of the Treasure Island deal:

“This deal will never benefit San Franciscans because no banker will advance a billion dollars in pre-development costs that are necessary to shore up and detoxify a man-made island that sits in the middle of a bay on top of one of the strongest earthquake faults in Northern California,” Hall claimed in a June 7 press release. “The developers themselves are nearly bankrupt. I'm very disappointed in Mayor Lee for promoting this deal. As an administrator, he should know better and be strong enough to tell the people the truth.”

Hall went on to vent about the “City Family,” referring to a phrase that Mayor Ed Lee seems to be fond of using anytime he is trying to build consensus at City Hall.

"In the past few weeks, we have seen a trend developing from the so-called 'City Family,’” Hall observed. “In May, they proposed a hasty pension deal that barely scratches the surface of the problem. Now in June they are ready to pass a phony Treasure Island deal that benefits the connected developers and their consultants, but will probably never benefit San Franciscans. All these celebrated agreements seem timed to paper over important issues with hasty solutions right before the Mayoral election.  What's next for July? An agreement to build a permanent rainbow across the Bay? The 'City Family' might try to take these issues off the table, but my mayoral campaign is going to put these issues right back squarely in front of the voters."


Hall is right...

My personal favorite is the pension "cap" that Lee came up with - $195,000. Got a good laugh out of that.

I don't even need to read the details of that Treasure Island deal to know somehow, someway taxpayers are bearing the risk.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 07, 2011 @ 9:32 pm


Ya shudda seen his 'trial' before Ethics after he blew the whistle on the TI fiasco and David Waggoner taking apart Newsom's 'case'. He had the star witness for the prosecution taking the fifth amendment on every question.

On an aside, when Tony was young and working as a 'grip' I think at a Hollywood studio one of his jobs was chauffeuring the stars and he got to drive Elvis while he was working on a movie with Ann Margaret. Says Presley was the only person he drove who rode in the front seat with him.

Hall was also a great athlete who lost an Olympic decathlon bid to Rafaer Johnson who eventually won the gold. And, Tony sparred during those trials with a young fighter named Cassius Clay.

Quite a guy.

Going to Giants game today at 12:50pm.


Posted by Guest h. brown on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 1:17 am

Hey quiet guy?? You should get your facts together about tony Hall being in the movie business and being with Cassius Clay. Really???????? Hummmm

Posted by Guest Ventura Family on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 8:09 am

Then h. Brown is down with him.

And Hall's definitely not a Jew. He's a right-wing conservative Catholic who's opposed to gay marriage and abortion. His election would delight radical conservatives everywhere. "If we can do it in San Francisco" they'd say, "then we can do it anywhere!"

Posted by Lucretia "Secretia" Snapples on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 2:07 pm

Hall is old guard SF style. We've got a new batch in the room now and they actually seem to be working towards actually getting things done instead of preening and grandstanding.
What does it tell you that former supervisors Hall and Napoleon Peskin were up there arguing for rejecting the EIR when it was approved by the current board UNANIMOUSLY.
I bet Peskin walked away grumbling: In my day we didnt approve projects which would add to the housing stock, we declared them historic resources and made sure they rotted!

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 6:43 am

Tony Hall is exactly what San Francisco needs in a mayor. He's right about TI - I should know, I was there - and he's the only candidate who offers a strong vision of a better San Francisco for everyone.

Posted by GuestFjgallagher on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 7:19 am

There is a "Family", and you and I and every other non-city hall affiliated resident of SF ain't in it. The battle continues, governments vs. the people. And the people are getting crushed. While other candidates flit about the edge of government bankruptcy and inappropriate intrusion, Tony Hall addresses these problems head-om, like the man of character he is. People of SF have a choice for mayor this year: another ambtious, stone-stepping, political careerist or the guy trying to leave SF in a better place. Tony Hall's got my vote.

Posted by John Dennis on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 8:08 am

It's quite the exclusive club. Taxpaying residents need not apply.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 10:44 am

The only thing wrong with Hall's Treasure Island comments about Treasure Island's physical status is that he spared the readers by over-generalizing on the detailed negatives that present insurmountable obstacles to any scale of residential development there.

The city hall "family", as well as the developer, knows the whole truth but dodges telling the public about the enormity of real costs necessary to do anything residentially serious there.

This fantasy keeps re-emerging despite the fact that the U.S. Navy's cleanup reluctance is a match to what still fails to happen at Bayview-Hunter's Point - the other residential fiasco in parcel "A" - from the same developer. This intentional under-estimating of the site preparation is similar to what the public was sold on the genuine costs of the "half-bridge" - which was once said to be $4 billion and has left that old number in the dust once the project was legally committed.

If this cat gets free of the bag it will be the taxpayer who gets the shaft all over again.

Posted by Guest R Barber on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 8:58 am

Is TI so much more stable than the Marina that the same thing wouldn't happen during the next earthquake that all experts say is coming? Don't we have enough traffic on the bridge? Who will this development benefit? Oh, yes, the developer and his crony politico friends. I thought Ed Lee was doing pretty good until this came up. Tony Hall seems to be the only mayoral candidate who has good common sense and isn't tied politically -- therefore can make the right decisions re SF. This definitely convinces me to vote for Tony Hall for Mayor!!!

Posted by Guest Love SF on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 9:55 am

The insider group of elitists walks along those city hall corridors with only one rock in their shoes - the outspoken honesty we get from Tony Hall. His former public airing of the "sweetheart deal" directly led to that "family crew" finding themselves with a person of character in a roomful of crooks trying to favor a developer who is now cash-flow challenged. Relentlessly, they try to dredge up this same unsustainable project that can only lead to a city treasury looting raid - again.

Buyer beware if an actual residence ever gets built there. You will see the same results already found along Berry Street where the sewer stench gasses the puppy-walking sidewalkers and the basements re-flood at every instance of rainfall coupled with the bay's tidal highs. If you want to hear it from the condo owners there all you need to do is ask.

Any long-term "fix" of Treasure Island has to include billions spent up front. Do we have to do that so a "sweethearted" developer long past their prime can be rescued from a bankruptcy?

Hall found the correct use of TI by forwarding sports facilities and other less committed visitor facilities.

If Ed Lee has the billions that Treaure Island would need why can't it be spent repairing the off-road experience we now find on our streets or the weeds in our bouvevard medians and parks?

Posted by Guest V. Tomasich on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 9:59 am

...to pay off all the unsustainable benefits it has promised employees- it taints one's judgment when it comes to large tax generating projects like TI...

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 10:41 am

"...I have a couple of initial questions. Years ago we raised the issue of the potential impact of sea level rise on the BVHP project. Eventually Lennar responded with some vague suggestion about building a sea wall. I understand a similar proposal has been made regarding TI. Also apparently one of remedial activities to compact the landfill that is TI is to use giant pile drivers to tamp it down solid.
1) Is a sea wall gonna be built to protect BVHP
2) Is a sea wall gonna be built to protect TI
3) Is TI gonna be compacted mechanically
4) Has a complete and exhaustive EIR been completed to evaluate the separate and cumulative, short and long term impacts on the ecology and environment of the Bay.
5) If not, why not. Wiil you/can you require one.
6) If such sea walls are gonna be built is it gonna be required that they are constructed and tested for effectiveness BEFORE any other work be started. If not what damn good are they. It would be kinda like pissing in the wind. Of course I guess some kinda permanent 24 hour pumping system could be installed to drain the swamp, but where would the water be discharged - back into the sea?
Kinda reminds me of King Canute sitting on the seashore in a deckchair telling the waves to retreat. ....."
Just asking.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 10:50 am

Gonna? really?

If you haven't bothered to read the EIR - which answers all of the questions which you pose - then why should the supervisors answer all your "gonna" and "piss" in the wind comments/questions.
What swamp needs to be drained?

So many people with so little facts so opposed to things they dont even know about. Tea party SF

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 11:36 am

Troll Alert: No point clicking 'Gonna? really? If you haven't'

Posted by vigilante on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 11:46 am

Uh thanks smart guy. The comment shows whether or not you click on it.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 12:30 pm


Tony's been a friend for a decade or more and the stories are true. He also had a top ten single in Ireland 40 years or so back, 'The kid's last fight'.

Good to see a post from Frank Gallagher. Hi Frank and ...

Go Giants!


Posted by Guest h. brown on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 11:10 am

@h, gonna try and make it Friday.
Go Giants - Game on.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 1:08 pm

Having grown up in the City and being a third generation San Franciscan, it is always hard to see the big shots throwing their weight around and making deals in which the majority of us lose out. I am glad to hear a voice of reason and concern like Tony Hall. If you have to have a mayor, it would be hard to do better than him.

Posted by Robert Anthony Peters on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 11:29 am

At least the 'guest' acknowledges his affiliation with the Tea Party - that font of wisdom and 'facts'.
Though I would not vote for him, I have to agree with the positives remarks regarding Tony Hall. iIn my conversations with him during many campaigns, I always found him to be personable and committed to his principles, a rarity in today's politicians. Better an 'enemy'you can trust, than a 'friend' you cant. Sure that I'll see you on down the trail Tony, promise I ain't gonna piss on ya !!

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 3:01 pm

For public service, Tony Hall comes from a place on integrity, courage and experience. For years he's been telling it straight, because he respects People over Politics, priciples over power. More power to him!

Derek Kerr

Posted by Guest on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 10:34 pm

Tony is one of the few moderates who I really respected, because unlike the rest he was honest. But he did take Newsom's deal to go over to TI in exchange for giving his supe seat to downtown. That should trouble middle class west side homeowners who aren't part of Ed Lee's "city family" and want someone independent of all the sleaze.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 08, 2011 @ 10:53 pm

@GREG. I'm on FB, wanna be friends, if not that's cool.

Posted by Pat Monk.RN. on Jun. 09, 2011 @ 7:48 pm

Nothing against you, but I just don't do it. I don't think they do a good job of protecting your privacy.

Posted by Greg on Jun. 09, 2011 @ 8:33 pm

We need a Mayor who knows where the bodies are buried at City Hall, and who can keep the current left wing zombies from sucking the blood out of this great city.

Tony Hall is the only candidate who has the experience and the guts to keep this city from sinking into soft-core corruption, financial bondage, and bankruptcy. Herb Caen used to call it Baghdad-by-the-Bay, but if current fiscal policies continue, it will one day look like an economic Atlantis---underwater. The Treasure Island scam is just the beginning of the end if it goes through. All the pensions need to be dialed back and the general fund put on a diet.

Unlike our last mayor (Gavin), Tony Hall does not want to use the Mayor's office as a stepping stone to higher office. This is where he makes his stand. He will make tough decisions for the longterm health of the city rather than shortcut deals.
I know Tony personally and I know he's the man for the job.

Posted by Guest Barnaby Conrad on Jun. 16, 2011 @ 12:35 pm

It's a good point Tony Hall raises: is there funding even there?
Ditto regarding ParkMerced.

Someone is getting short term gain. I would like to see an unbiased investigation.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2011 @ 6:14 pm

Who would want to live on TI that did not have to? I don't care how good the views may be, it's a sand bar at best. In an emergency it would be every swingingDik for himself.

Posted by Guest on Jun. 29, 2011 @ 6:17 pm

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