SF Chronicle: Coit Tower initiative certified for ballot

San Francisco Chronicle

Coit Tower ballot measure qualifies for June vote

February 22, 2012

A ballot measure to preserve Coit Tower is headed voters’ way.

The city’s Department of Elections has certified petition signatures collected by the Protect Coit Tower Committee, a small group of neighbors, environmentalists and artists leading the charge for a non-binding declaration of policy that would call for “strictly limiting commercial activities and private events at Coit Tower.”

It would also call for the city, which receives rent from the concession operating inside the landmark, to “prioritize” that money for maintaining the building and beautifying Pioneer Park.

Earlier this month, the group submitted 16,300 signatures. It needed at least 9,702 valid signatures to qualify for the June 5 ballot.

The committee is concerned the Recreation and Park Department and the Arts Commission are not doing enough to protect the tower and damaged Depression-era murals that line its walls.

“Coit Tower and the 27 historic WPA murals that ring the inside are a priceless treasure that the people of San Francisco will now have the opportunity to help preserve and protect,” said Jon Golinger, chair of the committee and president of the Telegraph Hill Dwellers.

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