SF Labor Council Unanimously Endorses Yes on B

For Immediate Release:  Tuesday, March 27, 2012                                                                            

News Release


The San Francisco Labor Council has endorsed Proposition B, a measure on the June 5th San Francisco ballot to preserve and protect Coit Tower.  On Monday, the members of the Labor Council voted unanimously to join the coalition supporting Prop. B, which includes the San Francisco Democratic Party, the Sierra Club, the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, and relatives of the original Coit Tower muralists.  The San Francisco Labor Council is the local body of the AFL-CIO with more than 150 affiliate unions, representing more than 100,000 union members and their families.

"The San Francisco Labor Council is proud to endorse Proposition B to protect Coit Tower,” said San Francisco Labor Council Executive Director Tim Paulson.  “For nearly 80 years the Coit Tower murals have celebrated and dignified the lives of working people and we must take action now to preserve them for decades to come.” 

Due to neglect, decay, and lax oversight by the city, at Coit Tower today lead paint peels from the ceiling, broken lights go unrepaired, leaking water seeps through and corrodes the historic murals, chunks have been carelessly carved out of the art, and gashes and chips mar many of the exposed and fragile frescoes.  This has all happened despite the fact that Coit Tower already generates more than enough revenue for the city every year to keep it in good shape.  According to city records, the city has been receiving $633,000 annually from Coit Tower concessions and elevator fees but spending just 7% of that – less than $44,000 a year – on Coit Tower.

Proposition B will put in place a new policy directing city officials to protect Coit Tower and its murals by prioritizing the funds raised at Coit Tower for preserving the murals, protecting the Coit Tower building, and beautifying Pioneer Park around Coit Tower and by keeping commercial activities and private events strictly limited. 

“We are so honored to have the Labor Council join the citywide coalition of artists, environmentalists, neighborhood organizations, civic groups, and elected officials supporting Proposition B," said Jon Golinger, Chair of the Protect Coit Tower Committee.  “One of the things that makes the Coit Tower murals so special is that they were created during the labor battles of the 1930s and many of them show working people just struggling to survive.  These are priceless treasures that we must protect, not continue to neglect.”

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