Commissioner says Park and Rec should not recommend specific lobbyists 

Rec and Park staff should not be able to recommend a specific lobbyist to potential bidders or leasees again, a park commissioner proposed at the regular commission meeting today.

Commissioner David Lee’s proposal comes after a lawsuit with Stow Lake Corp. revealed staff suggested the firm of a popular city-insider to help Ortega family Enterprises win its bid. The bid was to operate the boathouse in Golden Gate Park.

Stow Lake Corp. that has managed it for 60 years alleged it was fodder for corruption. However, a judge ruled Tuesday that it may have been a lack of judgment, but it was not unlawful and the contract was awarded in a forthright manner without favoritism.

Lee said moving forward that staff should not be in a position to recommend specific lobbyists.

The ban will be presented at the next regular Recreation and Park Commission meeting.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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