Archive for the ‘environment’ Category

Take One Guess About the Color of the Porta-Potties at Our Golden Gate Bridge – You Know, Instead of the Standard Green or Tan

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

That’s right, International Orange. Take a look:

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Or International Red (I get confused about these terms

Press Release: “Board of Supervisors President London Breed Introduces Toughest Styrofoam Ban Law in the Country”

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

“Board of Supervisors President London Breed Introduces Toughest Styrofoam Ban Law in the Country

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
APRIL 19, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO— Board of Supervisors President London Breed today introduced legislation to create the most expansive Styrofoam prohibitions in the country including a ban on the sale of Styrofoam: 1) cups, plates, clamshells, meat trays, egg cartons, and other food ware; 2) packing materials, including packing peanuts; 3) coolers; 4) pool and beach toys; and 5) dock floats, buoys, and other marine products, as well as a ban on the use of Styrofoam packing material for items packaged in San Francisco.

“Three days before we celebrate the 47th Earth Day, I am excited to introduce some of the strongest environmental protection legislation in the country,” said President Breed. “We are a city prized for our natural beauty, surrounded by water on three sides. We have a moral, a public health, and frankly a financial responsibility to protect ourselves from pollutants like polystyrene foam.*”

Polystyrene cannot be recycled through San Francisco’s blue bin recycling collection program and essentially never decomposes. It is a significant source of litter on land and one of the most egregious elements of rising plastic pollution in the Bay and ocean.

Polystyrene breaks down into smaller, non-biodegradable pieces that seabirds often mistake for fish eggs. And unlike harder plastics, polystyrene contains a chemical used in its production called “styrene” that is metabolized after ingestion and threatens the entire food chain, including humans who eat contaminated marine wildlife. Styrene is linked to cancer and developmental disorders, and according to the US FDA, it leaches into food and drink from polystyrene food ware.

“The science is clear: this stuff is an environmental and public health pollutant, and we have to reduce its use,” said President Breed. “There are ample cost effective alternatives to Styrofoam on the market.”

More than 100 US cities have ordinances restricting polystyrene food service ware and/or packaging materials. San Francisco itself has prohibited serving food in polystyrene since 2007. President Breed’s legislation is the next step, covering new uses that have never been regulated in other cities.

“San Francisco will once again be at the forefront,” said President Breed. “We will replace hazardous products with compostable, recyclable ones. We will continue our work toward Zero Waste. And we will protect the public health and the natural beauty of our waterways and wildlife.”

President Breed worked closely with the San Francisco Department of the Environment, the nonprofit Sustainable San Francisco, the California Grocers Association, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, as well as many local and international businesses. The legislation is designed to help businesses comply and accommodate those who cannot yet.
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*Styrofoam is actually a brand name for polystyrene foam.

Oy Vey: “OyShaughnessy” – This is How Our PUC Spells O’Shaughnessy These Days

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Welcome to Frisco, SFPUC

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All right, I’m off to OyShaughnessy Dam for a little picnic with Miss OyShaughnessy.  I’ll pick her up at the Cathedral Building on California and then we’ll drive down OyShaughnessy and then go past the OyShaughnessy Seawall. And then I’m going to help track down her sister.

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Brigid seems real nice!

An Amazing Scene: Feathered Man High Atop Twin Peaks Confronting Strong Winds ‘Neath a Murder of Crows

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

Dude was having a moment here, so I didn’t make it all the way up the hills we call Twin Peaks.

I’ll tell you, back in the day I’d see hawks and falcons patrolling the slopes of Twin Peaks. But now it’s flocks of crows / ravens? OK, but this is the first I’ve seen like this:

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Anyway, after going to the parking lot and coming back, Dude was still up there:

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He was having a Moment.

It must have been cold…

Get “Protection, Health AND Safety” from Freedom Hygiene Inc?” – Oh, So That’s What They Mean – Mmmm

Friday, March 4th, 2016

I’ve never thought about this:

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And I’m no longer curious, is what I’m saying.

Closing with this bit of hard-sell: “RESTROOMS DON’T LIE”

“What the Company provides in the restroom is evidence of how they care about their employees. Let’s face it, in business the restroom isn’t considered a profit center. Because the restroom isn’t a profit center it serves as a reliable measure of how much a company cares about its employees and visitors. Restrooms don’t lie. When someone cares it shows…”

Hauling Long-Dead Holiday Trees to Ocean Beach Two Months After Christmas, As One Does – Burn Baby, Burn!

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

I’ve never seen this!

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Here’s How “Tech” is Going to “Give Back” to Frisco: BY SPYING ON OUR GARBAGE – Will “Bin Sensors” Come to YOUR Recycling?

Monday, February 29th, 2016

Here you go, STARTUP IN RESIDENCE (STIR) is a small federal pork program designed to bring together government and startups to explore ways to use technology to make government more accountable, efficient and responsive.

Per this program, one of our “CIVIC NEEDS” is a way for SFGov to:

…track waste disposal more efficiently and effectively and optimize waste collection by using optical or weight measuring sensor technologies…

For better or worse. (Call it the grbg.SPY! 1.0 app, if you want.)

Compare that with this “world-class” plan from 2008:

Garbage collectors would inspect San Francisco residents’ trash to make sure pizza crusts aren’t mixed in with chip bags or wine bottles under a proposal by Mayor Gavin Newsom. And if residents or businesses don’t separate the coffee grounds from the newspapers, they would face fines of up to $1,000 and eventually could have their garbage service stopped.

Sadly, the Comments section for this article has been lost in the sands of time, but the reaction was pretty fierce, IIRC. Then the proposed fine for regular citizens got marked down to parking ticket territory and then, like many SFGov trial balloons, it simply went away.

So what we’ve had the past eight years is an education / nagging program, which, per STIR, has “stagnated.”

Last I heard, San Francisco was going to be sending zero (0) tons of garbage to landfills by the year 2020. ZeroWaste or Zero Waste they call it. Now, is this possible? IDK, sure. It’s improbable IRL, but certainly not impossible.

But let’s review. Is STIR pork-barrel spending? Hell yes. Is it lean and mean? No, not at all. (Just click to the next page to see a host of SFGov-types listed.)

But judge for yourself, Gentle Reader.

*Compare that with VisionZero, the plan to magically eliminate all transportation injuries in San Francisco starting in 2024 and continuing forever. That’s just not going to happen.

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San Francisco’s Free, Unadvertised Discarded Items Pick Up Service – Or, You Can Schedule a No Charge Curbside Collection

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Get all the deets here.

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IDK, I don’t see much of a difference between putting an RMJ sign on your soggy couch on the sidewalk and not putting an RMJ sign on your soggy couch.

I think I’ll need a grizzled Recology / SFGov employee to explain this system to me, you know, frankly. That hasn’t happened yet, so I all I know is the official program vs. what I see on the street…

I’ll tell you, where I live, I see a lot more signs what say FREE or Bed Bugs than what say RMJ

Just saying…

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The Closest I’ve Ever Been to Bud and Bud Light, the Largest Windmills I’ve Ever Seen

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

As seen in The Valley

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Can you imagine monsters like these going up in Frisco? I can’t

Here It Is: The Effect of Our New LED Street Lamps in Golden Gate Park

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

On the right you can see the new LEDs and on the left you can see the pinkish brownish light you get from regular old street lamps.

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That’s it. That was the cause for all the hullaballoo.

And any org what crows about all the benefits of this change is the very same org that burns some street lamps all the livelong day, 24/7/365 for something like a year now.

Oh well…