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San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee Gives Endangered Frogs The Death Sentence!

Dear [[First_Name]],

On December 13th, the Board of Supervisors of San Francisco voted 6-5 in favor of legislation to save the Sharp Park Wetlands and the endangered California Red-Legged Frogs that live there. However, the Mayor of San Francisco Ed Lee just vetoed the legislation -- after having received over 4,000 letters from SAVE THE FROGS! supporters and refusing to meet with any member of SAVE THE FROGS!, the Wild Equity Institute, the Sierra Club or the National Parks Conservancy Association.

Please CALL Mayor Ed Lee's office at (415) 554-6141 right now and say:

"I am calling to ask Mayor Lee please RESCIND THE SHARP PARK VETO. By vetoing the legislation without ever meeting with environmental groups the Mayor has labeled himself as ANTI-ENVIRONMENT, he has damaged San Francisco's reputation as a progressive leader and he has extended the death sentence that endangered frogs face every time the City uses taxpayer money to pump the Sharp Park Wetlands out to sea. The Mayor blew a brilliant opportunity and should redeem himself by rescinding the veto immediately. Thanks for helping SAVE THE FROGS!"

Calling is best, but if you cannot call, please email him at: mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org
Feel free to speak from the heart, no need to follow the script.

Sharp Park Golf Course

savethefrogs.com/sharp-park

 


Read our Sharp Park Press Release To Learn A Lot More

Feel free to distribute this press release: please publish it on your website, blog or in your paper. Or post a link to it on your social networking page.

Read The Sharp Park Press Release On The Website Here

San Francisco, CA - 21-December-2011. A coalition of California environmental groups are outraged that San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee has vetoed legislation designed to protect the city’s Sharp Park Wetlands and the endangered California Red-Legged Frogs and San Francisco Garter Snakes that live there. The city currently operates a golf course on the property. The course was built on top of the wetlands, which the city pumps out to sea to improve playing conditions – at the expense of the multitude of wildlife species that depend on the site’s rare wetland habitat. Over 95% of California’s coastal wetlands have been destroyed or damaged.

The legislation would have paved the way for the closure of the Sharp Park Golf Course and the turning over of the management of the land to the National Park Service. “Golf is a game; it is not crucial to life on this planet, and there are over 10,000 golf courses in the USA. Wetlands however, are not a game; they are a matter of life or death for a large number of endangered species” said Dr. Kerry Kriger, founder of Save The Frogs, an amphibian conservation organization based in Santa Cruz, California.

Mayor Lee, a golfer, refused to meet with any representatives of the Save The Frogs, the Wild Equity Institute, the Sierra Club or the National Parks Conservancy Association prior to issuing the veto. “By vetoing the legislation without ever meeting with environmental groups the Mayor has labeled himself as ‘anti-environment’, he has damaged San Francisco's reputation as a progressive leader and he has extended the death sentence that endangered frogs face every time the City uses taxpayer money to pump the Sharp Park Wetlands out to sea” said Dr. Kriger. “The Mayor blew a brilliant opportunity and should redeem himself by rescinding the veto immediately”.

Save The Frogs supporters sent the Mayor’s office over 4,000 letters asking him to protect the wetlands. Mayor Lee expressed no remorse about the veto, stating "I remember the clubhouse very well, a lot of my friends went to the clubhouse to have some great dinners there.”

The federally endangered California Red-Legged Frogs that live at Sharp Park are killed when their egg masses get stranded on land during the City’s pumping operations and when tadpoles get sucked through the pumps and out to sea. The Red-Legged Frogs were nearly eaten to extinction in the 1890’s by the California gold miners. Now they are threatened by habitat destruction, roadkill and non-native species such as American Bullfrogs, which are voracious predators that are being imported into California by the millions each year to satisfy San Francisco’s burgeoning frog meat trade. “Humans have been persecuting the California Red-Legged Frogs for over a century. I think it’s time we gave them a little assistance”, says Dr. Kriger. Save The Frogs is calling on the Mayor to rescind his veto.

The City of San Francisco is currently being sued for illegally killing endangered wildlife at the golf course, which loses over $100,000 per year. Social justice groups say closing the golf course would allow San Francisco to direct more money to youth programs in the City. The Fish & Wildlife Service last week denied the City’s attempt to classify golf course activities as “recovery actions” and put them on notice not to kill endangered species without proper permits.

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Frog Art by Anwesha Paul, 11, India

 


Facebook Users: You Can Help

San Francisco's Mayor Ed Lee vetoed our Sharp Park legislation today, giving endangered California Red-Legged Frogs their death sentence. Please go post this message on his FB page https://www.facebook.com/ mayoredwinlee?sk=wall -- "Mayor Lee by vetoing the Sharp Park legislation without ever meeting with environmental groups you have labeled yourself as ANTI-ENVIRONMENT, you have damaged San Francisco's reputation as a progressive leader and you have extended the death sentence that endangered frogs face every time the City uses taxpayer money to pump the Sharp Park Wetlands out to sea. And for what? So you can please your golf buddies. That is not serving the people of San Francisco. You blew a brilliant opportunity and should redeem yourself by rescinding the veto immediately.

https://www.facebook.com/ mayoredwinlee?sk=wall

Sharp Park Ed Lee

Please also join us at http://facebook.com/savethefrogs

 



Meet The Politicians Who Voted To SAVE THE FROGS!

Please send THANK YOU letters to the six San Francisco Board of Supervisors Member who voted in support of the Sharp Park Wetlands legislation that would have saved endangered California Red-Legged Frogs: John Avalos, Eric Mar, Jane Kim, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, and David Campos.

John.Avalos@sfgov.org
David.Campos@sfgov.org
David.Chiu@sfgov.org
Jane.Kim@sfgov.org
Eric.L.Mar@sfgov.org
Ross.Mirkarimi@sfgov.org

SF Board of Supervisor Member John Avalos, who helped us get the legislation passed, pledging his support April 29, 2011:
John Avalos

Thanks John Avalos, Eric Mar, Jane Kim, David Chiu, Ross Mirkarimi, and David Campos.


Meet Mayor Lee & The Politicians Who Voted Against Saving The Frogs

Mayor Ed Lee:
Mayor Ed Lee
Photo of Mayor Lee by J Sullivan

Please CALL Mayor Ed Lee's office at (415) 554-6141 right now and ask the Mayor to RESCIND THE SHARP PARK VETO!

Calling is best, but if you cannot call, please email him at: mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org
Feel free to speak from the heart, no need to follow the script.

These San Francisco Board Members voted AGAINST saving the frogs: Sean Elsbernd, Carmen Chu, Mark Farrell, Malia Cohen, Scott Wiener. Please email them your thoughts:

Sean.Elsbernd@sfgov.org
Carmen.Chu@sfgov.org
Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org
Malia.Cohen@sfgov.org
Scott.Wiener@sfgov.org

Also opposing saving the frogs were:
-- Rep. Jackie Speier, San Mateo.
-- San Francisco Parks and Rec Chief Phil Ginsburg Philip.Ginsburg@sfgov.org

Sharp Park Rally
Photo by Lee Haynes


How SAVE THE FROGS! is building a San Francisco that does not vote for Anti-Environment political candidates

In 2011, myself and SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey have given educational presentations at 16 San Francisco schools to a total of 1,770 students. Education is the basis of everything that SAVE THE FROGS! does. While we work on the front lines to protect frogs where they are under immediate threat, we simultaneously work to ensure that the next generation of humans grows up with a stronger appreciation for nature and wildlife than the generations that have preceded them. In that way, we will soon achieve a society where politicians with no understanding of ecological issues will not be an issue: nobody will vote them into power.

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"I thought you might appreciate this, Kerry. My 8 year old was SUSPENDED from school today for getting into a fight on the playground yesterday. Some of the kids found a frog in the grass near the swings, and they were poking at it with a stick. Ben went to protect the frog and warned the other kids away. This of course turned into a "you're not the boss of me" situation, one thing led to another, and Ben was sent home to start his winter break a day early. Luckily the frog is safe..."
-- Rachel Haight Fleischman

 


Our Sharp Park Wetlands campaign is making news in the United Kingdom

Thanks to Alex Stacey of Environment Industry Magazine for publishing this article.

"Hi Kerry, Who wrote this piece? It's great! I couldn't do any better in covering this story. What paper is this going to be in? "
--Andrea Freeman, Marin County, CA

Frog Art Contest
Answer: I wrote it, hope you like it. Frog Art by Bhavya Dhami, India

 


Special Prize for December's Largest Donor!

SAVE THE FROGS! is offering a brand new copy of the out-of-print "Threatened Amphibians of the World" book (currently selling for $940 on Amazon!) to December's highest donor. Threatened Amphibians of the World is a visual journey through the first-ever comprehensive assessment of the conservation status of the world's 6,000+ known species of frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians. All 1,900 species known to be threatened with extinction are covered, including a description of threats to each species and an evaluation of conservation measures in place or needed. Each entry includes a photograph or illustration of the species where available, a distribution map, and detailed information on range, population and habitat and ecology. Introductory chapters present a detailed analysis of the results, complemented by a series of short essays written by many of the world's leading amphibian biologists. Appendices include annoted lists of lower risk species and a country-by-country listing of threatened amphibians. We will notify the winner the 1st week of January. Thanks for your support!

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-- The plastic is made from oil;
-- The production of the bottle is water-intensive;
-- The bottle gets shipped to you in a polluting vehicle.

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water bottles

 


Happy Holidays!

Thanks for all your support,
Dr. Kerry Kriger
Save The Frogs Founder, Executive Director & Ecologist

Sharp Park
Frog Art by Michael Chen, 13



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