Posts Tagged ‘abatement’


Monday, December 4th, 2017

As seen in the Upper Haight:

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This outfit used to be a gentrifier, not that long ago:

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Breaking the Code: Why are These Colorful Marks All Over San Francisco Sidewalks These Days?

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

It’s a Mystery…

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[UPDATE: It’s no longer an mystery – it’s all about mosquito abatement, per Bill in the Comments section. So cyclists drop a pill or whatever they drop and then leave a colored mark to show the job was done.

As they say, Mors Ab Alto (Death From Above). Thanks Bill!]

Launch of – Home of the Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier Team

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Believe it or not, this fellow is On The Job. His job is to ride his bike around San Francisco killing mosquito babies. Read all about it at, home of the Mosquito Abatement Courier Team.

Deets below.

 Mors Ab Alto, Death From Above:

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Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier! Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier! Mosquito Abatement Bicycle Courier!

Leaving you with words from Michael Millican, site admin for

“In honor of Earth Day we are launching This web site will act as the hub for the San Francisco Mosquito Abatement Courier Team, which is an ongoing project of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and powered by Pestec Integrated Pest Management Providers.

The SF MAC Team is a group of dedicated Bicyclists and Walkers who work throughout the mosquito season to reduce the risks mosquitoes pose to the City and County of San Francisco. The program is unique to San Francisco. Using carbon neutral methods the SF MAC team inspects the 22,000 catch basins throughout the City and County of San Francisco for conditions conducive to mosquito life. These include catch basins blocked with debris, standing water, broken or missing grates and mosquito activity itself. The Team tracks the catch basins with GPS markers and a dot of paint, to ensure that every catch basin in the city is inspected multiple times over the mosquito season stretching from February to November. (See our Routes page for a selection of San Francisco’s catch basins. You may need to download a plugin to view the google earth application.) Last year the team performed approximately 222,000 catch basin inspections during the season.

The goal of reducing mosquito activity is to help maintain a higher quality of life for the residents of the City and County of San Francisco. Mosquitoes are vectors for multiple diseases, and the SF MAC Team was created 5 years ago as a response to the rapid spread of the West Nile Virus. By keeping mosquito activity to a minumum, the SF MAC Team is decreasing the mosquito’s ability to spread dangerous diseases. The use of Vectolex is intended to reduce the risk of pesticide exposure to any organism that is not a mosquito. A bio-diverse and healthy San Francisco is the ultimate goal of the SF MAC Team, and our use of alternative/carbon-neutral transportation methods is part of achieving that goal.

If you see any of our Bikers out working, feel free to say hello! We are here to serve the San Francisco public, and we think we have one of the best jobs in the city.”

Get Paid to Ride Your Bike! Become a Mosquito Abatement Courier, Fixies Need Not Apply

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Hey cyclists – here’s a job for you. Get paid to ride your bike all day long on the Streets of San Francisco (if you’re willing to stop and stoop over hundreds of times a day to kill skeeters, that is.) Why don’t you become a Mosquito Abatement Courier?

$15 big bucks per hour plus benefits for this full-time gig that starts next month and lasts until late 2010. (Remember, you hate mosquitos and you love riding your bike anyway – the cash and the dental benefits are just gravy, baby!)

Oh yes, you need to live in San Francisco and your bike has got to have more than one gear ratio – that means no fixies, no single-speed bikes of any kind are allowed.

If this is your only bike, consider one of the lower-paid walking-only mosquito gigs.

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This job is you. Say it over and over again: Mosquito Abatement Courier, Mosquito Abatement Courier, Mosquito Abatement Courier!

See you Hell, larvae. Fire in the hole…

Just email today.

Help to Fight the Bite. (Nice URL there,

Posted today:

Mosquito Abatement Courier

Pestec IPM providers, an environmentally responsible pest management firm is recruiting new team members for our Mosquito Abatement Courier (MAC) team. We have multiple positions open including cyclists and walkers.

Job Summary:
The MAC is responsible for inspecting all city catch basins for standing water and making reduced-risk larvicide treatments. The MAC team member must exhibit and maintain a high level of efficiency and dependability, while working independently in this casual and cooperative environment. Job duties are performed either by bicycle or by foot. This position is seasonal, beginning in mid February and ending in the late fall.

• Prepare supplies and route for the day
• Cyclists ride approximately 15-20 miles a day
• Walkers will walk approximately 10 miles a day
• Inspect sources of mosquito breeding and treat for the prevention of mosquitoes
• Report activities by GPS enabled phone

• Must be able to ride or walk carrying a 10 lb. pack
• Must be able to bend down 250-350 times
• Cyclists must have a bicycle in good working order and keep maintained outside of work hours
• Must be punctual and reliable
• Must be a resident of San Francisco
• A background check will be carried out prior to starting
• Must be drug free and healthy

• Bicycle MUST have gears, no single speed or fixed gear bikes
• Rack and panniers are highly recommended
• Basic bicycle repair knowledge is a must
• MUST own their own helmet and basic repair equipment (i.e. hand pump, tire lever, etc)
• Walkers must have comfortable, suitable shoes
• Ability to perform repetitive actions on a daily basis (i.e. bending down hundreds of times a day)

• Cyclists – $15/hour
• Walkers – $11.54/hour
• We provide medical and dental benefits, and PTO.
• Positions are full time

To Apply:
• Respond with “Mosquito Abatement Courier” in the email title
• Specify which position you are applying for (Cyclist, Walker, or Both)
• Cite why you are qualified for this position
• BRIEFLY tell us what your thoughts are about our company, our business certifications and why you believe you are the right candidate for this position. Please site specifically any information you refer to. You may go to to learn more. This requirement is to learn about you, how carefully you have read and understood these instructions, and how interested you may be in working with us.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera Sues Landlord for Breaking No-Eviction Agreement

Monday, April 20th, 2009

The Law says if you bust a deal, you must then face the wheel of Justice. Today’s news is that a judge might soon be ladling out steaming bowls of rich, creamy justice to local landlord Mark O’Flynn.

Sure seems that way. Unlike some complicated cases that I have a hard time getting a handle on, this one here is straight-up simple. How would you defend yourself against this kind of charge?

“Herrera Sues Defiant Landlord for Breaching Contract After Evicting Disabled Tenant. City funding of $38,165 for lead abatement required landlord to continue to rent unit to low- or moderate-income tenants.”

DJH last year at City Hall:

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Read all about it:

City Attorney Dennis Herrera today filed suit against a landlord whose successful suit to evict a low-income disabled tenant and her family in January violated the terms of a contract that provided City funds to pay for lead hazard reduction work at the property. Mark O’Flynn received $38,165 through the City’s Lead Hazard Reduction Program under a July 2005 agreement that he would continue to rent his property at 1672 Great Highway for at least five years to low- or moderate-income tenants, as defined by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development guidelines, or be required to refund to the City the entire grant amount.

According to the 12-page complaint filed in San Francisco Superior Court this morning, O’Flynn completed the lead hazard reduction work in September 2005, but prevented the tenants who had lived at the property in the Outer Sunset for nearly 30 years from resuming their tenancy while he continued to make renovations. When he finally allowed family members to move back into the unit in Feb. 2006, his incomplete work rendered the shower inaccessible to his disabled tenant for several additional months.

Approximately a year after completing the lead hazard reduction work, O’Flynn and his wife initiated owner move-in eviction proceedings against the tenants, but were rebuffed by two separate trial court judgments. Then, in Aug. 2008, the O’Flynns filed suit under the Ellis Act—a state law that authorizes landlords to evict tenants by removing units from the rental market for at least two years—this time winning a court-ordered eviction on Jan. 7, 2009. Because O’Flynn’s eviction proceedings against his tenants violated the terms of his grant agreement, the City has twice demanded repayment of the lead abatement funds. But O’Flynn has not responded to those demands.

“State law may allow landlords to evict tenants by going out of the rental business—but it doesn’t authorize grant recipients to break their contracts with the City,” Herrera said. “The Mayor’s Office of Housing administers the Lead Hazard Reduction Program to protect public health at rental units for low- and moderate-income tenants with children. It’s not a giveaway program for greedy landlords, and Mr. O’Flynn certainly knew that when he contracted to receive City grant funding. This lawsuit intends to get the City’s money back, and hopefully send a message that San Francisco expects its grant recipients to live up to their obligations—especially when it comes to protecting affordable housing.”

Herrera’s civil suit includes breach of contract and unjust enrichment allegations and seeks full compensatory damages in the sum of $38,165 plus additional costs and expenses to be determined, including the temporary relocation of O’Flynn’s tenants while the lead hazard reduction work was being completed. The case is City and County of San Francisco v. Mark O’Flynn, San Francisco Superior Court, filed April 20, 2009.

A copy of City Attorney’s filing is available on the website at