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More on Voting $$ for Richmond Historic Preservation Projects
September 20, 2006

Please ask all your friends and contacts to vote early and vote often to get a grant of $150,000, or more, for restoration of the Maritime Child Care Center, part of the Rosie the Riveter World War II National Historical Park in Richmond, CA. I am president of Rosie the Riveter Trust, the non profit partner of the National Park Service for Rosie the Riveter World War II National Historical Park (www.rosietheriveter.org).


See below for details.


Click to See the presentation that won the $2 million grant from the CA Culture & Historical Endowment (Acrobat .PDF - 850KB) See a detailed description of the Maritime Child Development Center (Acrobat .PDF - 134 KB)


From: Butt, Tom
Sent: Tuesday, September 19, 2006 5:46 PM
Subject: TOM BUTT E-FORUM: More on Voting $$ for Richmond Historic Preservation Projects


After publishing this morning’s advisory on this subject, I found the following story in the San Francisco Chronicle.


Please be sure to cast one vote each day at http://www.partnersinpreservation.com/index.php for one of the two Richmond projects, the Plunge and the Maritime Child Care Center.  All you have to do to be a voter is to register. You may then to choose to vote for the same site every day or you may choose to vote for a different site each day. Just remember, up to one vote per day.


Your daily votes could mean hundreds of thousands of dollars for Richmond projects. Note that the numbering of each project varies constantly based on the latest vote tally.


Please forward this to your friends and family members and have them vote too. Your vote can make a huge difference.


Click to
See the presentation that won the $2 million grant from the CA Culture & Historical Endowment (Acrobat .PDF - 850KB) See a detailed description of the Maritime Child Development Center (Acrobat .PDF - 134 KB)

Historic sites up for funding -- if they get votes
Web election pits contestants like Pigeon Point, old streetcar

- Carl Nolte, Chronicle Staff Writer
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The future is coming to help the past in a new program that will supply financial assistance to 25 Bay Area historical treasures in a unique approach announced Monday in San Francisco.

The program -- jointly sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and American Express -- comes with a wrinkle. Bay Area residents can vote for worthy projects in an online election right out of the popular "American Idol" television show.

The winning projects get to divide $1 million in cash grants. The candidates range from neon signs and streetlights to help brighten San Francisco's Tenderloin area to repairs at the town hall in the rural village of Tomales in western Marin County.

The idea of online voting for historic funding has never been used before, said David Brown, executive vice president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The idea is straight out of "American Idol," the television show where viewers get to pick artists they like.

Online voting can be done at any computer or at kiosks at Peet's coffee outlets around the Bay Area. Anyone can vote once a day. "This is not Chicago,'' Brown said, "but vote early and vote often.''

Polling started Monday at www.partnersinpreservation.com and runs through Oct. 31.

Brown said the online voting gives organizations a chance to put their messages before the public and also gauges popular support for various causes.

The top vote-getter is guaranteed funding, but exactly how the $1 million pie will be cut up hasn't been determined. The final decision will be made by a panel of experts -- prominent people in the fundraising business. The panel will be chaired by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The panel will weigh both the votes a project gets and the need, Brown said.

The 25 candidates -- winnowed from a list of 100 selected by the National Trust and American Express -- include such familiar names as the Pigeon Point Light Station on the San Mateo Coast and the Angel Island Immigration Station as well as such lesser-known landmarks as the Moon Viewing House at Hakone Gardens in Saratoga and the Cleveland Cascade Park, an elaborate cascading fountain in Oakland. One rolling landmark is on the ballot: old No. 798, a streetcar built in San Francisco for the Market Street Railway.

"Some of these treasures have been forgotten for years and decades,'' said Alfred Kelly, group president of American Express.

He said the Bay Area was "a natural choice'" for the company's first foray into a trust partnership program in part because of its history and in part because it is a hotbed of technology, which makes voting simpler.

On the list

San Francisco

-- Bayview Opera House

-- Fallon Building

-- Haas-Lilienthal House

-- Japanese YWCA building

Market Street Railway car 798

-- Murphy Windmill

-- Roxie Film Center

-- Spreckels Temple of Music

Tenderloin neon sign and facade project

Alameda County

-- Berkeley City Club

-- Cleveland Cascade Park

First Christian Science Church (Berkeley)

-- Fox Oakland Theater

-- Tilden Park carousel

Contra Costa County

-- Richmond Natatorium

-- Maritime Child Care Center

Marin County

Angel Island Immigration Station

-- Lyford House (Tiburon)

-- Outdoor Art Club (Mill Valley)

-- Tomales Town Hall

San Mateo County

-- Old county courthouse

-- Pigeon Point Light Station

Santa Clara County

-- Casa Grande (San Jose)

Hakone Gardens (Saratoga)

Solano County

St. Peter's Chapel

(Mare Island)

E-mail Carl Nolte at cnolte@sfchronicle.com.