The SF Bay Chapter of the Sierra Club has written this article against access reform in the Watershed. Here is the article for you to review as well as our critique. They will be at the hearing on May 9th, if you agree or disagree with them please be there as well.
There are several inaccuracies in the piece, starting with the words "unrestricted access" which California CEQA laws simply will not allow. Also the water quality argument is and always has been a lie, if you're worried about water quality then we should certainly close The Sawyer Camp Trail and perhaps parts of 280 and 92.
The financial arguments make much more sense. But of course none of these issues were raised in 2014's Measure AA "New trails old trees". Leaving the perception that perhaps to the Sierra Club interconnected open space is only for the more affluent unless culturally diverse populations south of 92 and north of Golden Gate. And of course docent programs bring up social justice issues as well as people with less flexible schedules cannot access the Watershed.
The article of course leaves out totally the benefits of access reform. Which vary as widely as keeping poachers, pot growers and their pesticides out of the watershed. Or to protect the Watershed against monied interests. Like the Pilarcitos quarry expansion of 2013, or the environmental crimes of Ox Mountain landfill. Mostly virtually unopposed in the public because there's no user base in the Watershed.
Certainly we know Butano State Park Marbled Murrlett nesting sites and campers coexist. certainly we are not suggesting we do that at Lake Pilarcitos. But essentially the Sierra Club has said we want to stop the scientific review process (EIR's) before it even begins. Robbing the residents of the SF Peninsula from experiencing their own natural and cultural heritage.
Cultural heritage by the way totally intertwined with the Sierra Club who led hikes of up to 200 people to lake Pilarcitos before 1930. And of course with the crime the broke John Muir's heart. The Raker Act put a dam up at Hetch Hetchy and gave the holdings a private water company to the SF Water department. Where unsubstantiated claims of them using it as their private country club have persisted for decades.