What's Going on at the Presidio?
Trying to keep up with everything in the national park system is a job no one person can do. I don't even try.
Fortunately, there are other eyes across this nation keeping track of what's going on in their own backyards, and in the case of the Presidio of San Francisco, the San Francisco Bay Guardian is doing an exemplary job of analyzing how this park unit is being managed.
Late last month the newspaper's Amanda Witherell took a close look at the Presidio's books, and asked some tough questions of Dana Polk, the senior adviser for government and media relations for the trust that oversees the Presidio, which really is operated more as a commercial business than a unit of the national park system.
Among the questions was why the trust is sitting on $105 million in the bank, rather than spending some of that money on needy projects at the Presidio? Read Amanda's story and learn more about this mysterious situation.
And then check out the Guardian's editorial demanding that more sunlight shine on the trust's books.