Archive for the ‘environment’ Category

How Rec and Park/SFGov Treats the Low-Cost Power and Water We Steal From Yosemite: Wastefully – In the Recent Past and Today

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Let’s see if I can pay off on that headline.

The stealing part has to do with the history of Hetch Hetchy, which nobody in SF officialdom wants to fix/deal with/discuss, ’cause SFGov conducted a bribery campaign a century ago and that’s The Way Things Are and that’s the way we likes it. OK fine.

And what’s this, SF now recycles a little bit of water the past few years, after all that criticism? OK fine.

But here we go, what’s this?

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And what’s this?

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And what’s this?

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And at night too – so, who gives a fuck, right?

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Anyway, that’s the recent past, but now here’s the here and now, or at least the past month or two – random historic street lamps in Golden Gate Park have been blazing away all the live-long day. See?

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Do you think all the SFPUC/RPD/SFGov workers who claim to ride bikes to work might notice this and maybe say something to somebody after all these weeks and weeks? Oh what’s that, you merely testing the lights? Oh, well, maybe you are, maybe all these lights on makes sense somehow, the same way that watering the Panhandle bike path every night made sense, the same way that watering the Saabs of Fell and Oak made sense…

It Takes a Village to Assemble a Cell Phone Tower in Golden Gate Park – All That Fuss Over This

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

This is in the Panhandle, which I consider part of Golden Gate Park, the same way I consider a pan’s handle to be a part of the pan and the same way I consider the Oklahoma Panhandle to be a part of Oklahoma:

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This is between Fell and Oak near Clayton, as opposed to the Verizon / AT&T unit near Ashbury what started going up a whopping 13 days afore the 2015 Bay to Breakers historic fun run and street party. Camden Avery of Hoodline has the deets on that temporary tower.

Here’s the Clayton install as seen on Monday – man, that’s a big crew:

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In years past these mobile towers have been sited on the other side of Stanyan, but the traditional party location is closer to Masonic – this year the towers will be closer to the action.

We’ll have to wait and see how all this extra non-ionizing radiation flying about is affecting my mojo

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Pray for my mojo

If You Think BROWN IS THE NEW GREEN During Our Great Drought, Get This Free Sign from Our SFPUC

Friday, April 17th, 2015

If you want to do something about the North American Drought of 2012 – 20xx, you can always drop by at our expensive SFPUC building in the western Twitterloin:

“Signage is available for pick-up at the SFPUC Customer Service Center, 525 Golden Gate Avenue, 1st Floor. Request larger quantities by email landscape@sfwater.org”

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Uh, Rec and Park, You’ve Left Your Lights On, Again

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015

There ought to be a Rec and Park app, so that residents could shut off Rec and Park’s lights, so long as they tried to do so in the daytime, maybe an NFC type of deal:

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Oh, what’s that, Rec and Park, you like wasting the cheap drinking water we get from Hetch Hetchy and you like wasting the cheap electricity we get from Hetch Hetchy and that’s the way you likes it?

Obviously.

These “Rain Gardens” on Fell Street are Now Complete – Will They Make You Like the SFPUC More?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

IDK, maybe they will.

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Of course, this design is the “beautiful” version. (What would an ugly rain garden look like, one wonders.)

And look, the “natural” weeds have already been carefully planted. Is our PUC going to water these weeds, you know, during the months and months when we don’t get any rain at all, to keep them green and “beautiful?” We’ll see.

(BTW, if you label the PUC the PUC, at least a few employees / contractors / interns / somebody who has access to the PUC’s email system just might hector you about instead calling the PUC “SF Water,” or SF Water Power Sewer. Let’s hope our SFPUC isn’t paying its employees $114 an hour on the side to email about how “confused” I am with my belief that the SFPUC can, at least sometimes, be rightfully be called the SFPUC.)

But, Gentle Reader, the well-paid PUC outreach people say that you can take a “tour” of these rain gutters if you want. Email at ssip@sfwater.org

Haunting Graffiti in the GGP Panhandle – Hey, How Many Gallons of Pure HETCH HETCHY Water Has SFGov EVER Recycled? Ever?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

This* is arresting:

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It’s at the famed half-million-dollar Honorable Gavin Christopher Newsom Toilet Building** in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. (Learn about the building itself from SF Weekly’s Joe Eskenazi here – “Class For Your Ass.”)

Anyway, yes, our drinking water comes from the Yosemite area [Please see Comments for this correction], from a thousand li away. So, you’re oll korrect on that score, artiste de graffiti.

But IMO, the arrow points in the wrong direction. ‘Cause the Ladies Room doorway you can see there has toilets filled with the very same drinking water.

So yeah, SFPUC, the chairs you sit on up there above Civic Center are sustainable or whatever, and that, somehow, helped your new building become Platinum Leed certified or whatever, but what about your actual operations, man? Oh, you inherited a big chunk of flooded Yosemite and that’s the way you like it and you’ll fight to maintain your Way Of Life for as long as possible and that’s part of the reason why the “World Capital of Innovation” can’t worry about recycling any water at all? OK fine. Hey, SFGov, how about the water you spray on the street from the street sweepers? Oh, that’s drinking water so pure that you don’t need to filter it as well, huh? OK fine.

*Does the jogger have a white shirt with golden (red) hair or a blue shirt with black hair? Well, actually, my camera chose to give her white shirt a blue tinge, which I hastily fixed with one click. Anyway, when you do this kind of thing, everything in the background in direct sunlight goes to heck, but that’s white balance for you. In mitigation, the colors you see on the right side should be pretty much spot-on.

**IDK, that could be its name, who knows. Willie Brown will go to his grave having failed at having SFO and/or long long 3rd Street named after him, after decades of effort. (I think he eventually got an airport terminal or something.) But Gavin has a long road ahead of him afore the NAAWP or some other org will become the front organization for naming anything of significance after GCN.

Cosco Non-Busan Spills Its Cargo Onto Market Street

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Oh China Ocean Shipping Company, will you ever win?

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Not to be confused with Costco…

The Reason Why the Late Winter Cherry Blossoms You’re Seeing in San Francisco ARE NOT Proof of Global Warming

Thursday, 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:

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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:

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Anyway, it looks like the phone book industry has pretty much given up on delivering their useless products to us.

Good.

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.