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San Francisco Garbage Can, Lunchtime, Japantown – What Did It Look Like by Suppertime?

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

See?

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Appears as if The City That Knows How doesn’t know how to maintain its garbage cans, sometimes.

Question: How Many Gallons of Water has the City of San Francisco Recycled Since 1850? The Answer Will Amaze You!

Monday, August 11th, 2014

Or not. I mean, why would I ask if the answer were anything but zero?

Here’s your super-pure, “better than Evian” Hetch Hetchy drinking water at work right here:

In other news, your SFPUC is working on a plan to downgrade the quality of your water on purpose, because, because…

In still yet other news, the SFPUC is better than you because it paid your money to buy a LEED certification for its new building on Golden Gate from the LEED people – this is so that the SFPUC can be shining exemplar for us all to follow.

OMG, It’s the Great Post-Ramen Festival Japantown Volunteer Cleanup! Today on Post at 6:00 PM

Monday, July 21st, 2014

All the deets on this “emergency” cleanup that will occur today, July 21st, 2014

“There is a lot of trash littering the streets of Japantown following the massive crowds of 100.000+ visitors this past weekend for the J-Pop Summit and Ramen Yokocho Festival. If you are available, please join other concerned members of the Japantown community TONIGHT as we pitch in to clean up the trash on the streets. We’ll be meeting at Japantown Peace Plaza starting at 6pm and will provide disposable gloves and trash bags. Any help or additional cleaning supplies or equipment you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

Event organizers are unable to completely clean up the mess, although they are providing steam cleaning for the sidewalks where ramen vendors were situated.

Let’s take care of our community together and clean up Japantown! Thank you so much to everyone coming to help tonight.”

This news comes via Akit:

Akit ‏@AgentAkit  29m

SF Japantown looks like a trash dump after the #JpopSummit #Jpopfestival & the ramen event. Help cleanup area 2day: https://www.facebook.com/events/581464565305622 …

Look What the California DMV Does with Good Furniture: Just Toss It All into a Big Dumpster! – Fell Street Blues

Friday, April 11th, 2014

Here it is in the Great DMV Parking Lot of the EaPA (East of Panhandle Area):

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Here’s the reverse angle – man that’s one biiiiig dumpster:

Why, DMV, why?

Samuel L Jackson Selfies Show Him Going from Glad to Sad on His Recent Trip to Beijing, China – Air Quality

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Here’s SLJ on a small, snake-free plane on his way to China:

“‘Bout to go wheels up from London to Beijing. Might have to get my slumber on!”

But when he got there, he was dissatisfied with the Air Quality (AQ) level:

“Even w/ lights, you can only see 2 1/2 blocks…maybe! AQ 312!!”

Poor SLJ!

Seen on the Street: Fiji Water “Lemonade”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Fell Street, actually – home of the Bay to Breakers.

This is the kind of thing an SFGov worker would label “toxic waste,” and then s/he’d call the hazmat team.

Funny story: Gavin Newsom, who’s obsessed with Hollywood and what Hollywood people do, had a real strong Fiji Water* habit back in the day. So much so, that he’d get bottles delivered to his office at City Hall. A woman saw these plastic bottles being delivered all the time so she called him on it and then he started his crusade against plastic water bottles back in the aughts. Less funny story: Later on, she also called him out on some scheme he had, criticizing the wildly exaggerated benefits of a fanciful project. Because of that, she lost her job. Oh well.

*I don’t know how much more unsustainable you can get with the Fiji Water. There’s one giant aquifer in the South Pacific that’s being drained and when it’s gone, it’s gone. I’ll agree it’s tastes different, but what’s the big deal, I don’t get it.

A “Ten Percent Request” – The SFPUC Would Like to Lecture You About Water Conservation During These Dry Times

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Which is fair enough.

“SFPUC General Manager Harlan Kelly’s Statement on Voluntary, 10% Water Conservation Request

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – San Francisco Public Utilities Commission General Manager Harlan Kelly issued the following statement today regarding a request for customers to voluntarily curtail water use by 10%.

“On Friday, January 31st, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will ask customers of the Hetch Hetchy Regional Water System to voluntarily curtail water consumption by at least 10%. Over the next few days, I will be working closely with Mayor Ed Lee, San Francisco city departments and our Bay Area wholesale customers to develop strategies to meet this water conservation goal.
I believe voluntary water conservation efforts are the best way to avert mandatory cutbacks and other water restrictions should drought conditions persist.”

A formal announcement and media availability will take place on Friday. Details will be made available in a press advisory the day prior. The SFPUC provides reliable, high quality drinking water to 2.6 million people in San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Alameda Counties.

As always, the SFPUC encourages our customers to conserve water. Here are some helpful tips to conserve water around the house.

1.    Turn off the faucet when you are brushing your teeth or doing the dishes – save 2 gallons per minute.
2.    Take shorter showers. Each minute you cut saves 2.5 gallons. Make sure you or your property owner have installed a high-efficiency showerhead.
3.    Operate your clothes and dishwashers with full loads only, even if the machine has an adjustable load setting.
4.    Use a broom to clean sidewalks, driveways and pavement instead of using a hose.
5.    Reduce outdoor watering needs by planting species appropriate for the Bay Area’s dry climate.
6.    Water during the cool part of the day. Reduce evaporation by watering lawns and plants only at night or early morning before dawn.
7.    Detect leaks. Do you hear the toilet running or your faucet dripping? Contact the SFPUC or your local water agency for information on locating your water meter and detecting plumbing leaks using meter readings. Conducting a dye-test in toilet tanks can identify costly silent leaks.
8.    Install aerators on bathroom and kitchen sinks to reduce indoor water use by about 4%.
9.    Many Bay Area water utilities provide a number of efficient conservation plumbing fixtures for free. The SFPUC provides free faucet aerators, low-flow showerheads and garden spray nozzles to San Francisco residents. Pickup in person with proof of address at 525 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco – Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10.    Replace your old toilet, the largest water user inside your home. New high-efficiency toilet models flush at 1.3 gallons or less compared to older models, which use up to 7 gallons per flush. Bay Area water agencies offer cash rebates for the purchase of select high-efficiency toilets.
11.    Replace your clothes washer, the second largest water user in your home. High efficiency clothes washers can reduce water and energy use by 40%. Bay Area water agencies offer cash rebates for the purchase of select high-efficiency clothes washers.

Updates and additional information will be available at sfwater.org/supplyupdate.

Here’s What Happens to Your Mylar Helium Balloons: They Fly to Middle Farallon Island and Mess with the Sea Lions

Monday, December 30th, 2013

See?

Perhaps from a Raider’s game, or a black celebration:

Steller sea lion with Mylar balloons near Middle Farallon (photo by CS) – click to expand

Get all the deets on westernmost San Francisco from Notes from Smellephant IslandThe adventures of a wayward biologist living with seals on the Farallon Islands”

 

How We Do It in the 415: Massive Tree Branch Goes Right Into a Garbage Truck – And Then to a Landfill?

Friday, October 25th, 2013

Take a look – what do you think?

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In aggravation, SFGov, the official government of the city and county of San Francisco wastes world-class drinking water on everything. San Francisco has never ever recycled water in all its history. We could, but we don’t feel like it…

Anyway, I don’t know who these people are and I didn’t take this shot, so there you go.

Coming to Ocean Beach October 19th, 2013 at 11:00 AM: Bodies on the Beach Spelling Out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE”

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Well, here it is, from FukushimaResponse.Org.

And this is what Ocean Beach will look like come October 19th, maybe:

All the deets:

“WHAT TO EXPECT:
    On October 19th, hundreds of people will align their bodies to create a human mural spelling out “FUKUSHIMA IS HERE” and then be photographed from the air. We want you with us. 

    Please arrive in the vicinity by 10:45 a.m. Helicopter overhead at noon sharp. Event finished by approx 12:15. 

THE MESSAGE:
    We will arrange ourselves in 100-foot tall lettering. Our aim is to bring awareness to the continuing damage and mismanagement of Fukushima nuclear power plant. 

OCEAN BEACH:
    Ocean Beach is a one-mile stretch of sand located at the west end of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. The closest intersection is Fulton Street and The Great Highway. 

SITE LOCATION:
    The message will be centered approximately 200 yards north of the intersection of Fulton and the Great Highway, halfway between the Cliff House and the Beach Chalet restaurant (public bathroom in the Beach Chalet’s public lobby). A concrete sea wall runs along the beach, with short, numbered stairways leading down to the sand. The event will be centered near Stairway 12, and will stretch out from there, both north and south. 

TRANSPORTATION:
– If you can, please walk or ride your bike. 

– PUBLIC — San Francisco’s MUNI system serves Ocean Beach very well. Fares, routes, and schedules at www.sfmuni.com. The #5, #18, and #31 buses all stop within five minutes walk (level) of the event site. The “N-Judah” streetcar line terminates a fifteen minute walk (level) from the site. 

– BY CAR – Ocean Beach has a huge parking area. There is plenty of parking in the nearby areas — up the hill toward the Cliff House, and also in the western part of Golden Gate Park. Parking should not be a big problem early on a Saturday. 

BRING:
    A blanket or tarp to lie down on while we await the helicopter. Water to drink. All of your friends and family (friendly dogs are also welcomed). October weather is usually great, but you never know. Check the forecast and dress appropriately. (CAUTION: This forecast is for “inland” San Francisco. Conditions at Ocean Beach can be quite a bit colder and breezier.) 

BATHROOMS:
    Rented porta-potties will be positioned along the sea wall at the event site. The lobby of the Beach Chalet building has great bathrooms. The nearby Safeway store has one small bathroom. 

FOOD:
    Several restaurants lie within easy walk of Ocean Beach. The Beach Chalet is a five-minute walk, the Cliff House is plainly visible up the hill north of the event site. Louie’s Diner is a 60-second walk beyond the Cliff House. A large Safeway store is a five-minute walk from the site. 

IMPORTANT DAY-OF-EVENT INFORMATION

7 A.M.
    A group of volunteers (at least twenty needed, please & thank you) will spend the morning outlining the message into the sand. The letters will probably be about 100 ft tall and 10 ft wide. 

10:45 A.M.
    Please arrive in the vicinity of Ocean Beach by 10:45 A.M. This will allow you half an hour to find parking (if you are driving), use a bathroom, reach the site, and pick your spot in the lettering. Volunteers will be handing out flyers with more specific, updated, day-of-event instructions. Please take a flyer, read it, and follow any instructions from volunteers.

Close up of lettering 
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11:15 A.M.
    Please be ON THE BEACH NO LATER THAN 11:15 A.M. This will give us time to make sure the lettering is filled in evenly, so that images taken from above will look crisp and clean. Pick any spot you’d like (it’s fun to sit with family and friends), but if one of the volunteers asks for people to fill in a “thin” area, please be as cooperative as you can. We’re all in this together. 

TWELVE NOON
    Our (rented) helicopter and photographer are due overhead at noon sharp. Often, in the past, they have shown up on the dot – other times, a few minutes late. Please be patient. The actual photography portion will take approximately fifteen minutes. At past events, people showing up half an hour late have been shocked to find that the event has ended and everyone has disappeared. Tardiness is not recommended. 

POSTCARDS:
    One image from the event will be made into a large-sized postcard. If you would like one of these postcards mailed to you, you MUST print your address onto a mailing label (provided at the event) and drop it into one of the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets that volunteers will be holding. We hope to have the postcards in your mailbox within a week.

MONEY:
    Participation in the event is free, but it costs approximately $1,500 – $2,000 to put it all together (helicopter, porta-potties, postcards, postage, printing, etc). Costs for the San Francisco mural action are being fronted by cab driver Brad Newsham, who has organized numerous successful murals at Ocean Beach. At past events, people have generously dropped enough money into the POSTCARD ADDRESSES buckets so that Brad has been able to break even. He greatly appreciates this.