Billionaire meadow: SF supervisors propose renaming park area after Warren Hellman 

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The same city politicians who have supported Occupy SF are now backing the renaming of a section of Golden Gate Park after one of San Francisco’s most recognized members of the 1 percent.

Supervisor Sean Elsbernd introduced a resolution Tuesday with the support of the entire board urging the Recreation and Park Commission to rename the beloved Speedway Meadow after billionaire Warren Hellman -- who most recently led talks with city officials and labor leaders on a successful November ballot measure that draws down The City’s pension costs.

“Warren is the epitome of a true gentleman,” Elsbernd said, “someone for whom this city is far better off because of him and because of all that he has done for all us.”

The meadow is the spot where, for the past 11 years, Hellman has put on the free three-day Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival.

“I think it’s important to pick something in Golden Gate Park,” Elsbernd said.

Elsbernd praised Hellman for his generosity, which includes supporting the San Francisco Unified School District and the San Francisco Free Clinic.

“He really lived the credo he repeated often -- ‘You give where you live,’” Elsbernd said. “Renaming Speedway Meadow after his honor is a very nice thing to do as a small token of our appreciation for all that he has done.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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