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Pelosi and the Treasure Island land grab
michellemalkin.com ^ | August 18, 2010 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 08/18/2010 11:00:21 AM PDT by jazusamo

Speaker Mop & Glo made headlines for her call to investigate opponents of the Ground Zero mosque, but there was something else about her remarks that should have raised your hackles:

“There is no question there is a concerted effort to make this a political issue by some. And I join those who have called for looking into how is this opposition to the mosque being funded,” she said. “How is this being ginned up that here we are talking about Treasure Island, something we’ve been working on for decades, something of great interest to our community as we go forward to an election about the future of our country and two of the first three questions are about a zoning issue in New York City.”

Pelosi was speaking at a ceremony celebrating the Treasure Island land deal:

The deal has been signed to transfer man-made Treasure Island in the middle of San Francisco Bay from the Navy to San Francisco.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Gavin Newsom and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus signed the transfer agreement on Tuesday. In includes a section of neighboring Yerba Buena Island.

Payments to the Navy could rise to $105 million, funded by private companies and revenue from developing the former Navy base into a model 21st century neighborhood.

Pelosi has used her power to push the crony-infested project for years. She pushed aggressively for legislative language that would have forced the military to fork over high-value property at no cost to local communities. And as the Washington Times recounted last fall, she presided over a “den of corruption” to secure the coveted property:

…Treasure Island is not a case of a small town that has relied on a local military base for its livelihood for decades. It is a land grab by politicians for well-connected developers. Tony Hall, the former executive director of the Treasure Island Development Authority, told us the city’s effort to develop the island is a “den of corruption.” Treasure Island Community Development, the prospective developer for Treasure Island, was granted a no-bid contract by the city.

At the core of Treasure Island Community Development are high-powered California Democratic lobbyist Darius Anderson and supermarket magnate Ronald W. Burkle. Both are well-known financial backers of San Francisco’s Democratic Mayor Gavin Newsom…

…A proposed Treasure Island development plan slates 90 percent of the developed acreage for residential use, 7 percent for commercial property and 3 percent for parking. An illustration shows about a dozen high-rise blocks of shoreline condominiums with stunning views of the city, plus 300 acres of park and recreation land. This would hardly be “affordable housing,” the $5 billion investment that Mrs. Pelosi claims would have to be recouped by the developer. The only long-term jobs created from this plan would be for maids and doormen for the high rollers privileged enough to live there.

The Navy merits praise for holding the line in defense of a market-based transfer of Treasure Island. Cloaking this land grab under a measure to help local communities suffering the disruption of military base closure is disgraceful.

Fog City Journal shines more light on the Pelosi cronyism behind the deal:

After some very serious wrangling over control (see “more info” below), the fate of Treasure Island rests mainly with TIDA: the Treasure Island Development Authority. Just as with the Presidio Trust, the people who comprise TIDA are awfully critical. It is they who decide what gets developed and who gets to develop it – and profit thereby.

Likewise, the person who appoints the people on TIDA and similar boards is also a key player, for he or she must be guided to select members who can be trusted to vote favorably to one’s interests. That’s the entitlement portion of the Big Three: garnering approvals that entitle one to development and maximize profits by upzoning the land. (Upzoning means changing the rules to allow more profitable development than would otherwise be allowed.).

That’s why forming relationships between would-be developers and appointing officials is crucial. Lobbyists like Platinum’s Darius Anderson and Jay Wallace specialize in building those relationships, sometimes by finding sources of cash reserves for campaign contributions, or occasionally hosting key fundraisers. Wallace was at one time Pelosi’s campaign manager.

When Anderson held a fundraiser a couple of years ago to retire Mayor Newsom’s campaign debt, it raised eyebrows, but it is what lobbyists do. They specialize in creating access for themselves and for clients with the people who make appointments, sign or promote legislation, and grant entitlements to develop – all of which have big profit implications.

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It’s easy to conclude that clients are getting their money’s worth from Platinum and friends – especially when the client is Platinum itself. TIDA has granted to Platinum the uncontested contract to be the sole developer of Treasure Island. Or, to be exact, that exclusive contract has been granted to Platinum’s new entity, Treasure Island Community Developers, with the master plan component going to Anderson’s other company, Kenwood Investments…

Considering the grand, incestuous family that is politics, maybe it’s no surprise that Platinum’s development entity has been handed the Treasure Island bounty. Given the Pelosi and Newsom history of enthusiasm for developing the Presidio, we should hope it’s not too late to keep a close watch and short leash on Treasure Island developments. Unfortunately, this means paying attention to the entire family. That would include even the new president on the Commission on the Environment, Paul Pelosi, Jr., who is Nancy Pelosi’s son and Gavin Newsom’s cousin. As for TIDA itself, all the members are appointed by the mayor; all but one is a City Hall official.

Who else will benefit from the arrangement? Certainly Lennar Corporation will. They are a partner with Platinum’s Treasure Island Community Developers. Lennar has experience developing former military bases, and is one of the country’s largest residential housing builders.

By what could solicitously be called a coincidence, Laurence Pelosi was president of acquisitions for Lennar. He is Nancy Pelosi’s nephew, and currently works as executive director of Morgan Stanley’s real estate division…

But hey, it’s the opponents of the Ground Zero mosque who deserve to be investigated…



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: brac; burkle; cultureofcorruption; dariusanderson; democrats; fail; gavinnewsom; hunterspoint; landgrab; lennar; liberalfascism; newsom; pelosi; platinumadvisors; presidio; propertyrights; ronburkle; schwarzenegger; susankennedy; tida; treasureisland; yerbabuena

1 posted on 08/18/2010 11:00:26 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

I’m sure Eric Holder will jump right on that....................


2 posted on 08/18/2010 11:02:54 AM PDT by Red Badger (No, Obama's not the Antichrist. But he does have him in his MY FAVES.............)
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To: jazusamo

Evil. Just like her president.


3 posted on 08/18/2010 11:03:08 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: jazusamo

DOES THIS HAVE LEGS? I HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!


4 posted on 08/18/2010 11:03:25 AM PDT by Marty62 (marty60)
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To: jazusamo
An older chart:

Political Players: Treasure Island

(click on the image below to see a larger version of the chart)

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5 posted on 08/18/2010 11:04:58 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Pelosi, friends and relatives fill the swamp with Treasure Island.


6 posted on 08/18/2010 11:05:17 AM PDT by spokeshave (mess + 0bama = quagmire recession)
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To: Marty62

I’ve no idea. This has been going on for years and Pelosi and thugs have kept it fairly quiet. Sounds like it might be about a done deal.


7 posted on 08/18/2010 11:08:07 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

I think they should build a great big Temple of Set on Treasure Island and invite pedophiles from all over the world to join them for a celebration. Didn’t I read somewhere that Michael Aquino is involved in that deal too? Connecting the dots......


8 posted on 08/18/2010 11:12:48 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: jazusamo

If you like this article, try this one on! Or do a search for “Pelosi Presidio.”
http://www.amicusveritas.org/publiccorruptionwatch/presidio_housing.htm


9 posted on 08/18/2010 11:16:13 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

oo-ee-oo

http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message1024815/pg1


10 posted on 08/18/2010 11:22:05 AM PDT by nolongerademocrat ("Before you ask G-d for something, first thank G-d for what you already have." B'rachot 30b)
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To: spokeshave
"There may not be treasure, but I'll stake my wig there's fever here."

(Said the doctor in Treasure Island.)

11 posted on 08/18/2010 11:29:58 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra

That’s a good piece, thanks for linking. I’ve read in the past that Pelosi was involved up to her stretched forehead in the Presidio deal.


12 posted on 08/18/2010 11:39:03 AM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Nanny has had her eye on Treasure Island for a quite a while and has been panting over it along w/her nephew Gavin Newsome she wants a piece of THIS action


13 posted on 08/18/2010 12:18:28 PM PDT by MissDairyGoodnessVT (Free Nobel Peace Prize with oil change =^..^=)
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To: jazusamo

Theft under color of official office.


14 posted on 08/18/2010 12:20:28 PM PDT by bvw
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To: jazusamo
Drain the swamp! Investigate the Speaker!
15 posted on 08/18/2010 12:26:30 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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Why is there no mosque planned for Treasure Island? Is Nancy Pelosi discriminating against Muslims?


16 posted on 08/18/2010 12:29:21 PM PDT by TigersEye (Greenhouse Theory is false. Totally debunked. "GH gases" is a non-sequitur.)
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To: TigersEye

If the mooselimbs can go there and murder a few hundred innocent people, then they would demand to be allowed to build an obamosque there. Nanzi Pelicanosi would no doubt accomodate them, sniveling progressive coward that all demcoraps are.


17 posted on 08/18/2010 12:32:59 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Dem voters, believing they cannot be deceived, it is impossible to convince them when deceived.)
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To: jazusamo

Here’s some of it from my book:
http://www.brayincandy.com/id6.html

Pray for America


18 posted on 08/18/2010 12:36:09 PM PDT by bray (A FReeper book http://www.brayincandy.com/id239.html)
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To: bray

Thanks bray, good stuff!

Even though the enemedia won’t report on RATS it still amazes me that Pelosi has managed to avoid not only and indictment but a measly investigation on her criminal activities.


19 posted on 08/18/2010 12:58:46 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Marty62

DOES THIS HAVE LEGS? I HOPE!!!!!!!!!!!

This has more extensions than Medussa. There are legs in places where most deals do not have places.


20 posted on 08/18/2010 1:22:02 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (They are the vultures of Dark Crystal screeeching their hatred and fear into the void ....)
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To: Amos the Prophet

It may not be illegal but it is not right, same as the 9/11 Mosque. These are the kinds of activities that rise to the level of impeachment. Abuse of authority is the proper venue for flushing the swamp.


21 posted on 08/18/2010 1:24:39 PM PDT by Louis Foxwell (They are the vultures of Dark Crystal screeeching their hatred and fear into the void ....)
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To: bray

I went to Navy electronics school there from September of 1962 until July of 1963. We used to refer to Yerba Buena as “Yogi Bear” island. Even then, almost fifty years ago, San Francisco was full of fruits and nuts.


22 posted on 08/18/2010 1:42:08 PM PDT by RipSawyer (Trying to reason with a leftist is like trying to catch sunshine in a fish net at midnight.)
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To: jazusamo
"Among the unpublicized facts about Nancy Pelosi was that she was an investor in a real estate investment entity called PRESIDIO PARTNERS, which set up shortly after the Nixon Administration's first closure of federal military bases around the US,”.

“Among the choicest real estate properties were (a) San Francisco's Presidio Fort then the headquarters for the Sixth US Army (b) Treasure Island and Yreba Buena Island, the US Navy's parcels in San Francisco Bay (c) The Hunter's Point Naval Base, then biggest US Navy base between Seattle Washington Long Beach and San Diego California.”

Roll Call has stated that in early 2004, John Murtha “reportedly leaned on U.S. Navy officials to sign a contract to transfer the Hunters Point Shipyard to the City of San Francisco” and that “Laurence Pelosi, nephew of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, at the time was an executive of the company which owned the rights of the land.”

"Pelosi's involvement in the disposal of federal military surplus land is matched only by Gorbachev, who as founder of Green Cross International (GCI) devised a mechanism for converting American military bases to civilian uses converting the bases over to “global centers for sustainability”. Gorbachev's mission of converting American military bases to global centers for sustainability came just two years after he resigned as president of the Soviet Union on December 25, 1991."

Nancy Pelosi: One of Mikhail Gorbachev's most useful idiots

23 posted on 08/18/2010 1:57:47 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: smoothsailing

Good find, Smooth, excellent piece.

It’s no wonder Pelosi and Murtha were joined at the hip and she supported him for House Majority Leader.

It was payback for the corrupt Murtha twisting the Navy’s arm on Hunters Point thereby lining Pelosi’s and her thug relatives pockets.

As time passes I’d bet there’ll be more of the corrupt dealings of the two come to light.


24 posted on 08/18/2010 2:22:57 PM PDT by jazusamo (But there really is no free lunch, except in the world of political rhetoric,.: Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo

Marking...


25 posted on 10/30/2010 10:48:24 PM PDT by tubebender
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