Five pilots were necessary for this pizza ad, unless these were drones, which I doubt they were:
The ad was dispersing afore it had even been completed, oh well
“GET FRESHLY BAKED AT PAX.COM” was the mesage I think.
I’ve said my piece here.
These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.
And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury
SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:
“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.
Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.
In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.
To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.
In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.
City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:
Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.
Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.
Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.
Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.
Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic
IDK, man, I don’t really get this newfangled street closure scheme, which is going to make getting to the Sunset even harder this year:
So each block of the Upper Haight will have its own PCO to check and see who lives where? I suppose so.
Anyway, this is news to me…
“420 Day Street Closures
Sharon Meadow Area Closures:
WB Fell @ Shrader Street – Vehicles traveling WB on Fell Street will be diverted from Fell Street onto NB Stanyan Street.
NB Stanyan @ Fell Street – Vehicles traveling NB on Stanyan Street will not be able to use Fell Street loop to WB Fell Street. All vehicles will be directed to stay on NB Stanyan Street.
WB John F. Kennedy Drive from Stanyan Street – No vehicular traffic allowed
EB Lincoln Way @ Kezar Drive – No vehicular traffic allowed.
WB Frederick Street at Kezar Dr./Lincoln Way – No vehicular traffic allowed.
NB Stanyan Street @ Frederick Street – No vehicular traffic allowed.
Haight Street Area Closures:
(Residents on the following streets will be allowed access with proof of residency)
Waller Street @ Shrader Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Cole Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Belvedere Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Clayton Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Ashbury Street – No NB traffic allowed
Masonic Ave. @ Haight Street – No WB traffic allowed on Haight Street
Masonic Ave. @ Page Street – No WB traffic allowed onto Page Street
Oak Street @ Shrader Street – No SB traffic allowed on Shrader Street
Oak Street @ Cole Street – No SB traffic allowed on Cole Street
Oak Street @ Clayton Street – No SB traffic allowed on Clayton Street
Oak Street @ Ashbury Street – No SB traffic allowed on Ashbury Street
420 Day Street Alternative Routes
The following streets will be open for NB and SB travel:
The following streets will be open for WB and EB travel:
Frederick Street as well as parallel streets south of Frederick Street will be open.
It’s funny how some of the white, wizened, wealthy homeowners of the Western Addition (you know, the Nopa, the NOPNA, the Alamo Square) used to try to lobby the corner liquor stores of the 94117 to shut down on their busiest day of the year, Bay to Breakers Sunday.
Needless to say, the lika sto owners told the richers to go to Hell, you know, effectively, by staying open and selling all the booze they could sell.
Now let’s head over to SoPa (South of Panhandle, I’m srsly, that’s the term some realtors use) to see the Haight Stanyan Whole Foods getting ready on the day before its busiest day of the year, April 20th:
So, WF is happy, but Rec and Park is all, “Well, how is this event good for us?”
Sorry RPD, 420 is NOT good for you. (Why not just shut it down? Oh, that’s right, you can’t.)
Here’s how things will go in 2016 – it should be a relatively mellow Hump Day Wednesday:
A good day to call in sick / play hooky..
Note the carve out for the afternoon of Annual 420 Day, held, as always, on April 20th.
Note Slackline City in a city park – is that legal? IDK. We’ll see. (IMO, RPD’s signs banning affixing items don’t match our Park Code.)
Note Chalk The Panhandle – is that legal? Not that I know of. Again, we’ll see. (Chalk ads like those on the sidewalks of Fulton promoting the Now Festival last year could certainly get NL in Dutch with Dennis Herrera.)
Do the people at NeighborLand, people like Dan Parham, Candy Chang, and Tee Parham, know about these issues? Are they aware? I know not.
And now, on with the show:
Sunday April 19
10 am: Rock ‘N’ Swap – McClaren Center, 2130 Fulton St
11 am: Lindy in the Park: Free Outdoor Swing Dance – JFK Dr. between 8th and 10th behind the de Young Museum
11 am: Slackline City – Fell and Clayton St
11:30 am: Kubb Tournament – Fell and Clayton St
Noon: Belated Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt – McKinley Statue
Noon: Non-Motorized Transportation – Unite – Meet at the beginning of JFK Drive
Noon: Community Beach Volleyball Tournament – Ocean Beach south of the Cliffhouse
Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
1 pm: Field Day – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: Live Band Silent Disco – Panhandle Playground Area
2 pm: Psychic Friends Pop-Up Healing Station – Panhandle on the east side of Masonic
2 pm: Vinyasa Yoga in the Park – Meet at McKinley Statue in the Panhandle
3:30 pm: Cookie Bake Off and Recipe Exchange – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
5 pm: Community Art Creation – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
9:30 pm: Sunday Sessions at Madrone – Madrone Art Bar
Monday April 20th
9 am: Pop Up Yoga – Central and Fell
1 pm: Peanut Butter Jelly Parklet – Haight St near Clayton
6 pm: Let’s Get Knotty – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
6:30 pm: Let food be your medicine – Richmond YMCA 360 18th avenue
7 pm: Human Centered Design Community Prototyping Workshop Explosion – 2097 Turk Street SF; St. Cyprian’s Church
7:30 pm: Richard Goldstein “Another Little Piece of My Heart” Book Release – The Booksmith
8:30 pm: Pub Quiz at Nickie’s – Nickie’s – 466 Haight St
Tuesday, April 21st
11:30 am: USF Earth Day Celebration – Gleeson Plaza – USF 2130 Fulton St
Noon: Tuesday Air Raid – all over SF
6 pm: Bibliobicicleta – Panhandle Park – Fell and Central
7 pm: Love Thy Nature Film Screening plus Honoring John Muir’s Birthday – The Vogue Theater
7:30 pm: RADAR Banned Book Series, YA Edition! Hosted by Michelle Tea – The Booksmith
7:30 pm: SF Wisdom Hackers Salon #2 – 1554 Fulton St
7:30 pm: Urban Groove Jam Session – St. Cyprian’s 2097 Turk St
10 pm: Brass Magic at Madrone Art Bar – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St
Wednesday, April 22nd
11 am: Earth Day Photo Booth Parklet – Haight St. near Clayton
Noon: Tetherball – 611 Baker St
6 pm: Loops and Shutters – Madrone Art Bar, 500 Divisadero St
6:30 pm: Library Film Night – Park Branch Library
7:30 pm: Louella Hill: “Kitchen Creamery: Making Yogurt, Butter & Cheese at Home” Book Release – The Booksmith
Thursday, April 23rd
11:30 pm: Mid-Day Party at USF – USF Gleeson Plaza
3 pm: Referee the Wiggle – Waller and Steiner st – The Wiggle
7 pm: Variété – Bay Area Storytellers – Second Act, 1727 Haight St
7 pm: …And NOW For Something More Intimate – 1554 Fulton St
Friday, April 24th
11:30 pm: Potluck Picnic and Board Games – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
2 pm: Edible Plants Education & Workshop – USF Community Garden 2500 Turk
2 pm: Free Flower Friday – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: USF Community Garden Workday – USF Community Garden – 2500 Turk St
2:30 pm: Homeless Youth Alliance Hosts Game Group – Park Branch Library
3 pm: DMV Concierge – entrance to the San Francisco DMV
3:30 pm: Help Keep the Park Clean – Panhandle Park, McKinley Statue
4 pm: Giant Crossword Puzzles – Panhandle Park – meet at McKinley Statue
6:30 pm: Emergency Bookswap featuring Courtney Moreno – The Booksmith
7 pm: Mystic Tea at Tea Oasis SF featuring Tarot Mystic Inbal Meron – The Center SF 548 Fillmore St
7:30 pm: Folked – The Red Victorian, 1665 Haight St
7:30 pm: B-Movie Night, Revenge of the Hecklefest – Second Act, 1727 Haight St
11:59 pm: Midnight Pajama Silent Disco – Secret Location
Saturday, April 25th
Noon: Chalk the Panhandle – Panhandle Park McKinley Statue
Noon: Hero Ball – 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament with Costumes – Panhandle Park Basketball Courts
1 pm: Decentralized Dance Party (DDP) – Location TBA
2 pm: Panhandle High-Five Bike Ride – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
1 pm: Mobile Bike Repair Station from Yellow Bike Project – Panhandle Park – McKinley Statue
2 pm: Geo-Caching – Meet at McKinley Statue – Panhandle Park
7:30 pm: NOW! Closing Ceremonies – Never Ordinary Saturday – St. Cyprian’s,
Well, here it is, the result of millionaire homeowners in the 94117 pressuring not-so-bright Supervisor London Breed into pressuring the SFPD and SFMTA and the rest of the SFGov alphabet soup into treating annual 420 Day at Sharon Meadow like a big corporate-sponsored event:
Katie Utehs @katieutehs: “#420 gathering in @GoldenGatePark went from being unorganized to partially organized & I’m not sure which is worse.”
“Event at Golden Gate Park – On Sunday, a large group of participants is expected to gather at Sharon Meadows [sic] inside Golden Gate Park.
The following street closures will be required by the San Francisco Police Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Kezar Drive between Lincoln Way and John F. Kennedy Drive
Stanyan between Frederick and Oak streets
Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan streets
During the street closures, Muni buses will be allowed through the closed streets. Personnel from SFPD and SFMTA will determine to re-route Muni buses as crowds grow. Muni bus re-routes will be expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m.
Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected around the event area.”
Here are a few of the closed streets:
And so of course Fell turned into a parking lot, what with Kezar, Gateway to the Sunsets, shut down (for some reason) this year:
Sometimes I just don’t know…