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Wayne's World

The following gallery brings us back in time to what San Francisco once was. We have a remarkable history and these treasures remind us of how far we have come. Photos such as these certainly have their place in museums, books, magazines and web sites. However, in the world of NAP Director Lisa Wayne and her disciples, this is a place that we must return one third of our parklands to - no matter what the cost.  Click here to view the Balboa Natural Area (Parcel 4) to see an example of Wayne's world.

McLaren Park (1927)
Golden Gate Park (1880 - au natural)
Sunset District
Glen Park (1898)
Sunset District (around 1900)
Bernal Heights (1936)

Lisa Wayne has made many interesting statements since her tenure began as Director of the San Francisco Natural Areas Program back in 1997. In fact, we find some of these statements quite disturbing. Here are a few we would like to share with the taxpayers of San Francisco:

  1. "Landscapes are what define this [SF] area. People travel all over the world to see native landscapes. If I go to Costa Rica, I want to see the rainforest — I don't go there to experience a pineapple plantation." Lisa Wayne, SF Examiner; July 27, 2005
    Oddly enough, after an exhaustive search, we could not find "native landscapes" listed anywhere as a San Francisco tourist attraction. Lots of references to Golden Gate Park, the Golden Gate Bridge, Cable Cars, Alcatraz, Fisherman's Wharf, etc., but not "native landscapes". A search of tourist attractions in Costa Rica reveals that pineapple plantations are indeed a popular tourist attraction. Perhaps Ms. Wayne should recognize that her preferences are not mainstream. 

  2. "None."  Lisa Wayne, SF Rec & Park Commission Meeting, July 2005
    This was Ms. Wayne's response when asked by Commissioner Jim Lazarus what alternate sites have been considered to provide water recreation for dogs (the NAP proposal would end water recreation for dogs at Pine Lake).

  3. "...there will be no public hearings where people can speak up about the NAP because it would just result in a pissing match"  Lisa Wayne, Bayview; June, 2005
    When questioned by several individuals as to why public comment was not allowed at NAP workshops/public meetings, Ms. Wayne answered as indicated.

  4. "And in the last five years the Natural Areas Program has planted more trees than we've removed." Lisa Wayne, Neighborhood Services Committee, Board of Supervisors, July 11, 2002
    Dr. Yee subsequently questioned Ms. Wayne:
    "There's also been, I think, debate about how many trees have been cut and what have you.  You've seen some of the numbers.  Have you had a chance to kind of evaluate whether or not, have thousands of trees been cut versus I think what you've indicated, probably less than 100, or maybe even less than that, that have been cut?"

    Lisa Wayne:

    "Yeah, I don't have *exact* numbers on that, but the trees that have been cut -- so, six inches in diameter, the city-wide policy identifies what is a mature tree -- and yeah, it's under 100, I would guess, overall throughout the whole city.  The thousand trees on Bayview Hill is really a mischaracterization, I would say.  They are really seedlings and saplings, some of them that are no bigger than, you know, an inch around and not even as tall as me.  So, we term those in the city, according to city policy, as seedlings and saplings.  So, maybe it's a terminology issue, but it's..."
    Editor's note: The mischaracterization that Ms. Wayne refers to is actually hers/NAPs. Webster's New Collegiate Dictionary defines a seedling as "a tree smaller than a sapling", and defines a sapling as "a young tree specifically one not over four inches in diameter at breast height."  NAP utilizes different definitions of a tree to suit their purpose. When they remove a tree less than six inches in diameter, they claim they are removing a sapling or seedling, not a tree. When they plant a tree less than six inches in diameter, they claim they are planting a tree. For this reason, we believe Ms. Wayne's/NAPs assertions regarding tree removal are misleading.

  5. "Again, opponents of the Natural Areas Program are claiming that park lands and favorite off-leash areas will be closed down to dog use.  This is blatantly untrue." Lisa Wayne, Neighborhood Services Committee, Board of Supervisors, July 11, 2002

    "At Bernal Heights, this plan recommends conversion of 8 acres of off-leash area on the northwest side of the hill to on-leash and the potential addition of 4.5 acres below Bernal Heights Boulevard"  [and the traded -- reduced -- acreage would be the quarry and paved roads]
    "It is anticipated that any future restrictions would be located exclusively
    within MA-1 and MA-2 areas."
    [600 acres] June 2005 NAP Management Plan

Pine tree