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One Problem, Just One, With SFGov: Planting Trees Without a Plan to Take Care of Them

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

(There is unrest in the (urban) forest / There is trouble with the trees)

Well, read the news and turn the pages – a good part of San Francisco’s “urban forest” is toppling over this AM because of rain. Not due to wind, just a little rain.

Did former Mayor Gavin Newsom run for CA Governor on the number of trees “he” planted in SF? Yes he did. Is that a good thing? No, it’s not.

Here, take a look at what’s going on down in Los Angeles County these days.

Could it be that local governments want to plant too many trees willy-nilly, the same way an alcoholic wants to drink too much?

A solution for that would be a conscious effort to stop planting trees. And also, getting rid of the policy of keeping trees in places where they don’t belong. This is a money issue, this is safety issue.

Oh, here are some facts:

- There is no urban forest. A forest, by definition, can’t be in an urban area. Oh, what’s that , you’re just being aspirational? Oh, you’re just “framing” the issue because you want more trees everywhere and you’ve been able to send the bill to Other People Later On? Oh, okay, well, keep on keeping on then.

- San Francisco doesn’t have any kind of “canopy.” Just look up – if you can see the sky or the fog, then there’s no canopy. Oh, what’s that , you’re just being aspirational? Oh, you’re just “framing” the issue because you want more trees everywhere and you’ve been able to send the bill to Other People Later On? Oh, okay, well, keep on keeping on then.

San Francisco doesn’t have any kind of “cloud forest.” It can’t. We have trees and we have clouds but that’s not enough to have a cloud forest. Of course we have fog and a whole mess of trees from halfway around the world, you know, that don’t really belong here, but that’s not enough.

- Sutro Forest isn’t a “forest.” Do you want to call it a stand or a grove instead? That’d be nice. That’d be accurate too.

Anyway, Supervisor Scott Wiener’s ideas about spreading the cost of tree maintenance over a larger group of tax and fee payers have merit, IMO.

Streetfighter 94117: New SFPD Park Station Captain Raj Vaswani Takes Down a Shoplifter at the Lucky, You Know, Personally

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

That is, if I’m reading this right:

Probation Violation – Fulton/Masonic – 10/02/2014 4:25PM

Captain of Park Station who was on routine patrol is approached by a loss prevention agent. The agent states a theft had just occurred at Lucky’s supermarket and the suspect was still in sight. Captain observed the subject walking away and immediately ordered the thief to stop, which the thief was reluctant to do. The Captain was able to catch up to the thief and attempt to take him into custody. The thief would not go down without a fight. After a brief struggle, the Captain was able to overpower the thief and take him into custody. The thief was on felony probation for the transportation of drugs.”


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“Man Out Watching the Lunar Eclipse” – A Ten-Second Night Shot of Sutro Tower from Kite Hill

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

It’s yet another great photo from Trophygeek:

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First Ever America-Class Amphibious Assault Ship Arrives in San Francisco

Monday, October 6th, 2014

Here she is, as seen moments ago by The Kangsterizer:

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The Face of Red Light Running

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

What some people don’t get is that it’s all right for a driver to enter an intersection on a yellow and then clear the intersection on a red. That’s why peds aren’t necessarily allowed to proceed when the lights turn green for them. This aspect of the CA Vehicle Code is not all that well known.

In any event, this a red light runner, IRL, a relatively sight for me:

So it was noteworthy…

Flags of Single-Party States Over City Hall: Germany 1935, People’s Republic of China 2014

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

1935, first floor:

2014. 2nd floor:


From the SFGate:

“In an interview Thursday, Lee said he wasn’t fully up to speed on the protests in Hong Kong, where he met his wife decades ago. Much of the rest of the world, however, has been watching the scenes of protesters using umbrellas to protect themselves from tear gas. “To be candid, I haven’t studied all of the reason’s why they’re protesting,” Lee said. “It’s Occupy Hong Kong, so if they’re anything like Occupy San Francisco, you’re going to have to study it for a while to see what there are trying to say.”

Uh, actually, there’s one basic reason, which most people SF already seem to know about. To wit:

“In September 2014, pro-democracy advocates in Hong Kong protested outside the government headquarters and occupied several major city intersections soon after the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPCSC) an8i88nounced its decision on proposed electoral reform.[3] The NPCSC would require a nomination committee to pre-approve up to three electoral candidates before proceeding to a vote involving the general population. After the election, the Chief Executive-elect would then still need to be formally appointed by the central government before officially taking the post.”

SFPD Enforcement Action on Fell: “Do Me a Favor and Slow Down”

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

As this area has gotten safer over the years, traffic enforcement has become a greater priority.

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But even so, simple speeding won’t get you pulled over on Fell Street, generally. To stand out, you need to speed PLUS do something else wrong, generally…


Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

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Only in Pacific Heights: “Pediatric Occupational Therapy”

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

How would I explain this bidness to a foreigner?

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I’m at a loss…

Median to Nowhere: What the SFMTA Thinks is a Good Idea in Laurel Heights I Think is a Bad Idea

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

On this stretch, I drive in the middle of the road, both traveling east and west, for pedestrian safety:

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If the median here were actually installed by the SFMTA / DPW / whomever (instead of just being painted on), I’d be forced to drive very close to the place where bad peds tend to dart out.

I care about ped safety. The SFMTA cares about, what, “sustainable streets” theology?