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The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global WarmingThursday, January 29th, 2015
What’s that, when you were a mere pup cherry trees blossomed in March or April and now you’re seeing blooms in late January and the start of February?
Like here on Grove yesterday, and all over SF pretty soon:
But actually, the trees you’re seeing are actually flowering plums, which are known for their early blooms. So what you’re doing is comparing apples with oranges, or cherries with plums.
And actually, the plum blossoms are late this year, at least compared with recent history.
What’s that, plum and cherry are basically the same? NOPE. They’re in the same family, of course, but the flowering plums that you think are cherries are famous for early blooming.
What’s that, you just saw the blooms in Japantown, so you know you saw cherry trees? NOPE. J-town has a lot of new plum trees, for whatever reason.
What’s that, global warming IS happening? Well, no doubt, but that’s not the reason why you think the cherry trees of your youth are blooming three months earlier these days.
I’ll agree that these trees are closely related and that they look very similar.
(If you still don’t believe me, check the Urban Forest Map.)
Haven’t Seen a San Francisco Phone Book in a Good Long Time – Perhaps the Industry is Giving Up on the 415?Friday, November 28th, 2014
Seems like we saw a lot more phone books around town a half-decade ago – they were all over the place, whether you wanted them or not.
These days, they’re a lot smaller:
Anyway, it looks like the phone book industry has pretty much given up on delivering their useless products to us.
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.
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:
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 TimesTuesday, 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.