Dear UCSF Community Members:
Thank you for your outstanding response to the messages sent from both Executive Vice Chancellor Dan Lowenstein and me last month urging your support of the UCSF research and academic building at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center (ZSFG). Today, I write to provide you with an update and a renewed call to action.
On Wednesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Budget & Finance Committee reviewed the Ground Lease and the Lease Development and Disposition Agreement for the proposed research facility and forwarded the item to the entire Board for its consideration on Tuesday, January 31.
While the item was passed out of committee, the Supervisors expressed concerns about the adequacy of parking at ZSFG and advanced the item to the entire Board “without recommendation.” The committee took this action despite UCSF’s agreement to pay $10 million to compensate for the 130 parking spaces that would be displaced by the research facility. In addition, the San Francisco Department of Public Health has been working to secure authorization for the expansion of the existing ZSFG garage.
Gaining the Board’s approval for the research facility is essential to ensuring that ZSFG remains at the forefront of care, healing and discovery for all San Franciscans, and especially for the most vulnerable of our community. Without this facility, our faculty’s robust research program, which informs care for all patients at ZSFG and ensures ZSFG’s Level 1 trauma designation, is at risk.
Please take a moment to send an email to the Board of Supervisors and make your voice heard once again.
I am grateful to the dozens of UCSF faculty, researchers, staff, trainees and students who attended the committee hearing to demonstrate their support for UCSF’s mission at ZSFG, and I am extremely grateful for their passion and support.
I also encourage you to join the UCSF community at the Board of Supervisors hearing on January 31. Please rsvp here to attend.
Your support for this project is critical. Thank you for your continued engagement.
Sam Hawgood, MBBS
Arthur and Toni Rembe Rock Distinguished Professor