Sunday, October 27, 2013

Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google Facility

Out-of-the-box thinking by Google runs smack into a bureaucracy that is incapable of thinking, period.


A BCDC official confirmed the agency has held discussions with Google about “hypothetical operations” on the water, but he complained the tech giant has been vague about how the barge would be used.

Larry Goldzband, BCDC executive director, said Google is free to build whatever it wants but the company needs to define the structure’s purpose if it wants a permit.

And that’s not the only hurdle Google faces in its quest for a permit. Docking the barge for an extended period of time at Fort Mason would qualify as “bay fill,” said a source with long experience in waterfront issues.

“The law is crystal clear in this case: The Bay is not to be used for something that can be built on land,” Goldzband said.

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