Archive for August 23rd, 2017

Crissy Field is Going to be Locked Down this Weekend – Here are All the Rules for the “Patriot Prayer” and Protest

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

[UPDATE: If you want to take MUNI to the counter-protest, you’re looking at a 2.5 mile walk at the end of your trip.]

FBOW, it’s on.

Get all the deets from our National Park Service here.

And our Presidio Trust weighs in after the jump..

“First Amendment Permits | Aug 25-27

Message from GGNRA Acting General Superintendent Cicely Muldoon

August 23, 2017

The National Park Service has a long and proud tradition of being the site of peaceful expressions of people’s views under the First Amendment to the US Constitution which guarantees everyone the right to gather together and express their opinions non-violently. We cannot deny a permit to anyone planning to exercise their First Amendment rights based on their political stance or beliefs. We can deny a permit application for public safety reasons if the event raises such significant public safety concerns that law enforcement cannot manage the event.

Today, NPS is approving five First Amendment permits for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.

We urge those planning to attend these events to share their views in a peaceful manner, to look out for each other, and to support law enforcement personnel to keep everyone safe. NPS respects the right to free speech and in turn we expect all participants to respect one another and this beautiful national park.

Planning for Safe and Peaceful Events

Many people have expressed concerns about safety related to the Patriot Prayer event. After consultation with other law enforcement colleagues, including the San Francisco Police Department, National Park Service law enforcement believe that whether a permit is issued or not, many people will come to Crissy Field on August 26 to express their opinions. Law enforcement advised that issuing a permit will increase their ability to ensure public safety. Accordingly, the National Park Service has decided to approve the permit with significant conditions to promote the peaceful, non-violent expression of views.

National Park Service law enforcement personnel from around the country are working together with the San Francisco Police Department to ensure safe events for all participants. In particular, NPS law enforcement personnel are working very closely with the SFPD on the Patriot Prayer event. Any violence will not be tolerated.

Closures in the Presidio on August 26

To ensure public safety, portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the Patriot Prayer event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

For more detailed information on all the First Amendment permitted events in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on August 25 and 26, including the Patriot Prayer event permit restrictions and traffic plans, please visit www.nps.gov/goga. Please check back frequently, as we will be adding information throughout the week.

We are grateful for the collaboration of the San Francisco Police Department for their partnership in ensuring everyone’s safety. We also thank all of the local, state and federal public agency partners who have come to our assistance.

We welcome all to express their views by writing us at e-mail us or calling: 415-561-2822.

Sincerely,

Cicely Muldoon
Acting General Superintendent
Event information will be updated as it becomes available. Please check back frequently.

 

Frequently Asked Questions:

Why did GGNRA approve the Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit?

The National Park Service (NPS) has listened carefully to the important concerns raised about the August 26 Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit request for Crissy Field. With public safety being our highest priority in making a decision to issue a First Amendment permit, we have thoroughly assessed the risks associated with this event in consultation with the United States Park Police (USPP), the San Francisco Police Department and other key state and federal public safety agencies.

After intensive planning and consultation with the law enforcement community, we have determined that public safety will be best served by a permitted event rather than an unpermitted event. Based on this public safety assessment, and the direction of the Constitution, the courts and National Park Service policy, we have decided to approve the final permit which is now available for viewing in our Reading Room.
Have other First Amendment permits been issued for the weekend of August 26?

In addition to the Patriot Prayer Special Use Permit, NPS has approved four other First Amendment related permit requests for people to express their views in a non-violent way this weekend in San Francisco: On August 25: “People’s Town Hall Candlelight Vigil” and “People’s Town Hall Press Conference” on Crissy Field; on August 26: “Better Angels San Francisco” and “STOP HATE human banner” on Ocean Beach, and “Patriot Prayer” on Crissy Field.
Can citizens carry guns to the Patriot Prayer permitted event?

GGNRA has the ability to exercise control over what items are allowed at a permitted event by specifying permit conditions. In the case of the Patriot Prayer permit, participants are prohibited from bringing firearms or anything that could be used as a weapon.
What items are prohibited from being brought into Crissy Field (Zone 1 – see map) on August 26?

1. Firearms

2. Aerosols / pressurized canisters

3. Ammunition

4. Animals other than working service animals

5. Backpacks and bags exceeding the size restriction of 18” by 13” by 7”

6. Bicycles

7. Balloons

8. Coolers

9. Drones and other unmanned aircraft systems

10. Explosives

11. Helmets

12. Glass, thermal or metal containers

13. Laser pointers

14. Mace / pepper spray

15. Packages

16. Selfie sticks

17. Signs exceeding the size restriction of 24” by 36” by ¼”

18. Structures

19. Supports for signs and placards including sticks of any material

20. Toy guns

21. Weapons of any kind

22. Barbeque grills, open flames, propane tanks, and tiki torches

23. Tents, canopies, and similar structures

24. Wagons or carts

25. Any other items determined to be potential safety hazards

26. Liquids (other than drinking water in factory sealed, clear plastic bottles)
Note that all event attendees are subject to federal law.
The permit along with a full list of permit conditions will be available in our Reading Room by close of business on Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Can people carry guns in the GGNRA?

GGNRA adheres to all California State gun control laws. In the State of California, the open carry of firearms in public is illegal. Concealed firearms can only be carried by individuals with a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) license issued only by a California county sheriff or chief of police.

However, the permit conditions for the Patriot Prayer First Amendment event prohibit firearms.

What steps is NPS taking to facilitate a safe event on August 26th?

NPS is actively working in coordination with multiple law enforcement entities including the United States Park Police, SF Police Department, SF Sheriff’s Office, California Highway Patrol and California Office of Emergency Services to put appropriate measures in place to support a safe, respectful First Amendment gathering on Crissy Field on Saturday, August 26th. This group is working together to identify appropriate staffing levels, develop a coordinated traffic plan, and plan for a gathering space that supports the parks goal of a peaceful gathering.

In order support a safe gathering on August 26, a public access plan has been developed designating two restricted zones within the Presidio: Zone 1 and Zone 2. Zone 1 is Crissy FIeld and vicinity. Zone 1 can only be accessed on foot via the Marina Gate. No vehicles are bicycles or parking are permitted in Zone 1. Zone 2 is the Main Post and vicinity. No pedestrians, vehicles, bicycles, or parking is permitted in Zone 2.

What roads are closed on August 26 within the Presidio? Where am I prohibited from driving and parking?

Crissy Field will be closed to vehicles and bicycles on August 26. The Main Post will be closed to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians. No parking will be available in either of these areas. See map. Major road closures include:

  • Mason Street will be closed at the Marina Gate
  • Arguello Boulevard will be closed at Washington Boulevard
  • Park Boulevard will be closed at Kobbe Avenue
  • Lincoln Boulevard will be closed at Funston Avenue and Storey/Merchant
  • Presidio Boulevard will be closed at Mesa
  • Moraga Avenue will be closed at Mesa
  • Ruckman/Storey will be available at Lincoln
  • The east Toll Plaza of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed at Lincoln

How do I access Crissy Field on August 26?

Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). Vehicles and bicycles will not be permitted at Crissy Field on Saturday. All people entering the Presidio at the Mason Street Gate will be screened to ensure that prohibited items are not brought into Crissy Field (see list).

What transportation is available to Crissy Field on August 26?

Do not drive to this event; there will be no parking. Event participants will only be able to access Crissy Field on foot via the Marina Boulevard Gate (Mason Street at Lyon). The PresidiGo Around the Park Shuttle will not be operating on this day. The nearest MUNI services to Crissy Field/Marina Boulevard Gate include the 30 and 43. The MUNI 22 and 45 drop off a farther distance from the Marina Boulevard Gate. For MUNI services available on August 26, visit the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency website at www.sfmta.com. Please check this website before making your trip to ensure you have the most current information about MUNI service.

Where can I view the Patriot Prayer permit?

The Patriot Prayer First Amendment permit application can currently be viewed in our Reading Room, the final approval permit will also be made available by close of busines Wednesday, August 23, 2017.

Will the Presidio be open on the 26th?

Portions of the Presidio and many businesses within the park will be closed to the public on August 26. Visitors to the Presidio are likely to experience traffic, road closures and other large event related impacts. We strongly encourage visitors who will not be attending the First Amendment event to consider coming to the Presidio on another day.

Will businesses in the Presidio remain open?

While NPS does not require tenants close their businesses, many tenants have elected to close due to potential impacts of street and parking lot closures and crowds. Following is a list of tenant closures by park area:

AT CRISSY FIELD

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Batters Box SF

House of Air

Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center

La Petite Baleen

Planet Granite

Roaring Mouse Cycles

Sports Basement

University of San Francisco

Park-Managed Facilities

Crissy Field Center

Warming Hut

Fort Point National Historic Site and Park Store

The Portal (temporary art installation)

Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary

National Park Service Park Archives

AT THE MAIN POST

Tenant Organizations (all organizations will be closed, including these public-serving tenants):

Interfaith Center at the Presidio

Presidio Bowling Center

Presidio Dance Theatre

Baptiste Yoga SF

Society of California Pioneers

Walt Disney Family Museum

Park-Managed Facilities

San Francisco National Cemetery

Presidio Visitor Center

Presidio Officers’ Club

Presidio Transit Center

TRANSIT Restaurant

Arguello Restaurant

The Commissary Restaurant

Andy Goldsworthy’s Tree Fall

AT THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE

Park-Managed Facilities

Golden Gate Bridge Welcome Center

Golden Gate Bridge Café and Roundhouse Cafe

How many First Amendment permits does GGNRA issue each year?

GGNRA issues an average of 1,000 special use permits each year in the GGNRA. About 20 of those permits are identified as an “exercise of First Amendment Rights.”

How does a Special Event Permit differ from First Amendment Permit?
Special events in National Parks need to submit proof of insurance and other plans, as their use is considered a privilege, but First Amendment activities are considered a right, and many of these types of requirements are waived. The decision to waive these requirements is consistent with the US Constitution and guidance from judicial opinions, including the US Supreme Court. The National Park Service therefore does not impose financial barriers on the expression of First Amendment rights. The costs of fencing, restrooms, and NPS event monitoring costs are waived for such events.
Why did GGNRA deny a permit for the Summer of Love concert?

GGNRA did not receive or deny a permit request for the “Summer of Love” concert as Golden Gate Park is not under our federal jurisdiction. The City and County of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department (Golden Gate Park) denied the permit.

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Here It Is, a New Bike Lane for the Vaunted SFMTA “Streetscape” “Improvement” Project on Masonic

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Here’s the west side of Masonic betwixt Hayes and Grove these days:

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This doesn’t seem like much, this doesn’t seem like much of a “transformation” of this windswept corridor:

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Are old people going to hug each other more? I guess? Actually, all these people look like they just scored, or are about to score, or want to score with you, Gentle Reader:

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It’ll be the Miracle of Masonic! Or something.

Anyway, the primary effect will be more congested rush hours and fewer bike riders on the sidewalks.

But we’ll see.

In the meantime, feel free to continue to ride on the excessively wide sidewalks, where they exist, depending on conditions. And by that I mean the hilly blocks north of Fulton in particular. 

You know, like this:

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That’s the choice that most people make. Some transition back to the street after passing McAllister, Golden Gate and Turk. Others cruise all the way to Anza, where the existing sidewalk turns normal. Downhill is a different story of course. Most stay in the street the whole way. I tend to wait at Mcallister and then start coasting when I know I’ll pass Fulton with a green. (This kind of bike riding isn’t “comfortable,” mindless, thoughtless bike riding for ages ranged 8 to 80, but I’m not sure this stated goal will be attained whenever this pork barrel project gets completed. We’ll see.)

That not very busy sidewalk you see above will get even wider, and a median will go in so that will push the two lanes of traffic to the right a bit. I don’t know what’s going to happen to the trees. Maybe they’ll stay. (Of course, the ones that made up a small grove near the MUNI stop on Geary inbound at Masonic have already gotten the chop, for some related art project, oh well.)

And all these plans are just a guess, as I don’t keep up.  Maybe they’ll get done next year? IDK

FORD, INTERRUPTED: Residents of This Building Simply VOTED DOWN a FoMoCo GoBike Rental Station, No Vandalism Required

Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Michigan-based Ford Motor Company and/or its “partner,” New York-based Motivate, International (FKA Alta Bicycle Share), decided to put an 80 foot long “bikeshare” station/ Ford ad on the street right here:

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Here’s your StreetView:

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Those four parking spaces on the left there are where FoMoCo was highly motivated to take over. I think it would have cost them something like $5000 per space and that money would have gone to our SFMTA.

But that aint going to happen now.

Why? Well, there was a vote, of sorts.

Representatives from all the units in this 12-unit building registered their opposition to Ford, except for one unit. No matter how you count it (and I’m not exactly sure if there are any unoccupied units now), that was a 90%+ vote against Ford.

Also, other locals opposed the Ford station, and of course, you can imagine that the first floor small business owners also opposed Ford. But go and ask them if you want, I don’t care. (Actually, this is a touchy issue still, and I’m sure that some of these locals just want to put this issue behind them.)

Apparently, the “outreach” what Ford/Motivate lauds themselves for was quite minimal, but obviously even just one posted notice that was actually seen by at least one resident was all that was required to get the ball rolling and our SFMTA, to its credit, honored this vote.

(Our SFMTA, of course, doesn’t exactly want people to come at them with opposition to their long-planned and expensive plans. A while back, they hosted some plebiscites for some ridiculous “traffic circles” plopped into the middle of intersections on nearby Page and Waller and, well, our SFMTA got its ass handed back to it, losing something like by a three to one ratio at all locations. Oh, and the Project Manager for this absurd plan was “sad” to hear this result. And the upshot is that the SFMTA doesn’t host votes like this anymore.)

Anyway, the People spoke and Ford went away – there was no vandalism at all. You didn’t have business owners talking to the MSM making national and international news about opposing Ford. Just saying.

Now, where should the Big Blue Oval put its corporate marketing instead, you know, instead of having an empty part of the grid, as with 24th Street now?

Suggestions were:

Golden Gate Park Panhandle

USF

John Adams Campus of CCSF

St Mary’s

Etc.

These proposals would make the SFMTA miss out on its $20k+ fee/tax, but I don’t think anyone would mind with these locations. I mean, the bike path is right there in the Panhandle, right?

Now, some from New York, Chicago, Palo Alto, Dearborn etc have a lot of “gripes” about the residents of the San Francisco Bay Area lately. But what if the Ford Motor Company / Motivate people tried to make sure that they give actual notice to residents BEFORE they put up these bike “share” rental stations / Ford ads? This way, residents wouldn’t wake up one morning all surprised.

Just an idea.