Move to increase Coit funding finds no support from planners 

click to enlarge Coit Tower supporters seek funds to restore Depression-era murals. - SF EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
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  • Coit Tower supporters seek funds to restore Depression-era murals.

A ballot measure to steer more funding toward Coit Tower and limit private events at the landmark received a decisive thumbs-down Wednesday from the board of directors at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.

At its annual meeting, the board voted 21-1 to oppose the measure, which is receiving support from the local Democratic Party and a consortium of neighborhood groups, including the influential Telegraph Hill Dwellers.

Without addressing exact amounts, the measure on the June 5 ballot seeks to “prioritize” funds raised at the tower for its upkeep and would “strictly limit” private events that are sometimes held to raise money for the Recreation and Park Department.

Proponents argue that the department doesn’t put enough revenue earned from elevator fees and concessions into maintenance of the 210-foot tower or its Depression-era murals, which are in need of restoration.

Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg says the measure would be overly restrictive for the department’s budget, which relies on revenue-producing facilities to keep other parks free.

In February, SPUR sent a letter to Supervisor David Campos urging increased flexibility in policies to create more open space in The City.

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