Posts Tagged ‘ashbury’

Newly-Installed SFPD Park Station Captain Raj Vaswani vs. the Day Campers of the 94117

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Here’s Captain Vaswani of Park Station. See his greeting to the community below.

And here’s yesterday’s meeting on homelessness and other matters at Park Station:

“Discussing HOT teams and homelessness in the Haight Ashbury with @BevanDufty at Park Station tonight.”

And here’s the SAN FRANCISCO HOMELESS OUTREACH TEAM (SFHOT).

And here are some recent day-campers in the Panhandle of Golden Gate Park – they had an especially charismatic dog: 

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What does this all add up to? IDK.

The business owners on Haight and the homeowners groups are looking for changes on how SFGov handles the homeless. Who knows if they’ll get that.

In any event, here’s the schedule for community meetings:

Day: 2nd Tuesday of the month
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Place: Park Station

“Good afternoon from Park Police Station! My name is Raj Vaswani and I am honored to be your new Captain here in the vibrant Park District.

I know I have not yet attained ‘Legend’ status, which Captain Corrales held. If I stay the full 45 years, I have some time to work on becoming a legend. I wish Captain Corrales a well deserved retirement and I know he worked hard and was very passionate about fighting crime through-out his career. I personally know many of the officers & supervisors here at Park Station and I can tell you is that you are in very good hands; We have Officers with experience that love to work in the Park District.

My background is 20+ years in policing. I have worked as an officer at the old Potrero Station, Southern Station, Northern Station, and specifically the Northern Station Street Crimes Under-cover Unit. I was promoted while at Northern Station then worked 8 years in Investigations Bureau as a Inspector. I worked at Ingleside and Southern as a patrol supervisor, then a Patrol Lieutenant in the Mission.

I have also worked for the Deputy Chief as a Lieutenant in Administration Bureau. I’ve worked closely with DPW on the new Police Headquarters Building and the Sixth Street Substation. I’ve worked collaboratively with the San Francisco City Attorney and Treasurer on business regulations and permit matters. My last assignment as Lieutenant was for the Chief’s Office as the Commanding Officer for the Legal Division. In this position I had the unique opportunity to represent the department in civil litigation, arbitration and mediation in Federal Court. Lastly, I was recently the citywide Night Captain where I managed in-progress incidents and nightclub-related deployment of officers. Working in this capacity I had the unique opportunity to patrol the entire city and meet many of the new officers in our department.

I look forward to serving your needs as the Captain of Park Station. I have already reached out to some of the businesses, organizations, and Supervisors that represent the Park District. Today, I will be walking Haight Street and hope to meet some of the residents and businesses that represent this historic neighborhood . I’m a strong believer that the police are a part of the fabric of the community, but the neighborhood groups, merchants associations, residents, and visitors also play an important part in our success; I intend to continue having a positive collaborative relationship with the community!

Please consider coming to our evening National Night Out Event on Aug. 5th! (More info to follow,

And speaking of following….. feel free to follow me on twitter! http://twitter.com/sfvas ). I hope to use Social Media to stay connected to you all.

Sincerely,

Captain Raj Vaswani”

Well, Here It Is – Here’s Your Newly-Repaved Kezar Drive, July 2014

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

For the life of me, I can’t tell the difference between the bad, terrible, bumpy old Kezar (seen in the background) and the new, wonderful, freshly-paved Kezar (seen in the foreground), you know, except for the color.

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Vandalized Panhandle Playground Slide Crisis Enters Its Second Month – Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Amy Stephenson of Hoodline (fka uppercasing) has the deets on the The Case Of The Missing Panhandle Slides

Now here’s how the purple slides looked back in happier times, before The Attack of May 2014:

But then, sometime at the end of May, I’m guessing May 30th or May 31st, you know, the weekend, some vandal(s) (I’m guessing “young punks” or “hippies”) put a giant hole in the leftmost slide. Ouch!

So, first it was all like this…

…and then it was all like this – an even bigger hole:

But then on the following Monday (June 2nd), somebody from SFGov (DPW? RPD? SFPD?) came along and added some red DANGER tape:

And then soon after that, up went the plywood and then somebody came along and did a more permanent fix and so that’s how things look today, near the end of June.

Now I’m just assuming that the hole was the result of vandalism, but I don’t figure how else it could have happened.

(Can I blame SFGov for the hole? Nope. Not at all.)

(Can I find fault with how SFGov was/is handling the issue? Nope. Not at all.)

IMO, fixing these slides proper would be a big job, so simply getting another big old piece of plastic might be the best course of action. And that might take a while. I’m figuring a resolution by the end of July is reasonable – sorry kids.

In mitigation, the playground still has one working slide.

In the meantime, WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

So Yeah, Kezar Drive Will Be Closed Until July 3rd Starting Today, But Only at Night – From 9:00 PM to 6:00 AM

Monday, June 23rd, 2014

[UPDATE: Here's a FaceBook posting from June 20th, from a less-than-reliable-source, one that earlier stated that this job already would have been done by now, that I don't think you could find even if you searched for it, that's designed mostly to take credit for a "job well done" (as opposed to informing the affected public (most of whom don't even live in District Five)), that doesn't even mention the terms SFMTA or DPW, that I suppose is a kind of official notice.]

Earlier, I read this sign as Kezar Drive Closed From June 23rd to July 30th, so I was baffled as to why there was nothing posted online on this topic.

So now, after taking a photo and looking at it, I see that the closure is for just 11 scheduled days and only at night.

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I’m still baffled as to why no SFGov entity has posted anything about this online, oh well.

Anyway, this thing kicks off tonight – here’s the foreperson getting ready for work.

WINTER IS COMING to the Sunset District: “FULL ROADWAY CLOSURE” for Kezar Drive Begins June 23rd – Grinding and Repaving

Monday, June 16th, 2014

[UPDATE: The mystery, she is solved - this closure will be at night only.]

Uh, is Kezar Drive going to be totally shut down 24-7 for weeks starting next week?

I think so. Here’s the ominous sign:

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So here’s something I didn’t know:

Kezar Drive is scenic, but bumpy

Actually, it’s not scenic at all, but no matter, ’cause apparently it’s “bumpy?”

So who’s the poster child for this particular issue? Comes now Sunset District resident Wesley Dere:

“Sunset District resident Wesley Dere watches cars navigate bumpy Kezar Drive. Dere says his car has been knocked out of alignment twice.” 

So this is nice because we’ve got the word “says” in there. (Like, “Fisherman Buford McGee says he was abducted by Martians.”) But, oh man, if the alignment on your Impala has gotten “knocked out” twice by Kezar Drive, then there’s something wrong with you, the owner-operator of said Impala.

Who, oh who, will solve this problem for us? Well guess what - London Claus is coming to town with a grand gift for the residents of the western reaches of District Five, Supervisor London Breed is Fixing Kezar Drive:

“I am very happy to report that after some rather insistent lobbying from our office, the Department of Public Works has identified funding to grind and repave Kezar Drive, the street that connects Lincoln to Oak and Fell. This is a major East-West artery that has been left crumbling for years. My office navigated a bureaucratic maze to see this project through (the road is technically Rec and Park’s responsibility and is somehow ineligible for most paving funding sources). Now it looks like we will have a smooth road by the end of June.”

Well, substitute “July” for June, but this thing is a “go.”

So, who deserves the credit for this grand gift? IMO, credit should go to the little elves, all those tax- and fee-payers who did the work that got taxed and fee’d enough to provide the funding to pay for this project. OTOH, in the opinion of the Office of London Breed, credit should go to London Claus. As always, You Make The Call, Gentle Reader.

Now I suppose it’s good to pave roads, but this looks like a Cadillac solution to a Chevy kind of problem, this looks like weeks (or months?) of trouble for Our Neighbors In The Sunset, those poor souls out there in San Francisco County, all for sake of letting Wesley Dere’s Chevrolet slide.

Of course I don’t really care about all this, not really, as I’m not likely to be affected and I wouldn’t care even if I had to deal with this each and every day. I’ll note that the grid’s ability to recover from temporarily losing the use of this choke point has been degraded over the recent years, so Waller’s not going to be an option and “cutting through” the Music Concourse isn’t going to be an option and yada yada.

Perhaps Kezar really is in bad bad shape and I just don’t notice because my aging Toyota had unfashionably small wheels even when it was new and, you know, the City and County should go out of its way to accommodate drivers with 22 inch wheels and 30-profile tires.

Perhaps. I just don’t know how a regular town, one without district elections, would handle* something like Kezar Drive…

*And I also wonder if other towns would try to post something on the Internet once it’s decided to do something, as this electronic sign was my only clue about this big news.

STINGER:

Alvord Lake Bridge is not a bridge, it’s a pedestrian tunnel. Discuss. Oh, I’ll start – it’s wider than it is long, so how many bridges fit that bill?

Alvord Lake isn’t a lake, it’s a very small pond, smaller than some koi ponds people have in the backyard. Discuss

Inbound Kezar Drive should have two lanes instead of just the one in the area of Alvord Lake Bridge. Make It So. Oh, what’s that? No, I don’t care, just make it so.

Art Meets Commerce: The Colorful Corner of Haight and Clayton Celebrates the Year 1967, Urges Purchase of $14 Tourist Burgers

Friday, June 13th, 2014

I wish to declare Burger Urge, of 1599 Haight Street, a tourist trap.

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Vox populi:

2.5 Yelp stars – ouch:

“It was one thing to charge 9-10 dollars for a mediocre burger and another to charge 2 dollars more just to put a slice of cheese on a regular burger, but now some burgers are 13.99?! NO fries, no sides? no sides? It’s an average burger  and absolutely not worth the huge spike in prices. I hope the tourists enjoy wasting their Euros and Yen.  $13.99? Utter rip off. Get a delicious sandwich across the way at Haight Street Market for $6.50 instead.”

Facebook:

“McDonalds – which is full of crackheads – is a better dining value.”

The People have spoken.

Judgment Day is Nigh: Signs for the “Oversize Vehicle Overnight Parking Restriction Pilot” Have Been Posted

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

I don’t actually know if they’re enforcing the new RV parking restrictions in the Panhandle part of Golden Gate Park yet, but here are the brand-new signs, anyway:

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Of course, 22 feet is pretty long – that’s enough to cover your Ford Excursions, your Chevy Suburbans and even your Maybach 62‘s. And seven feet is pretty high, so the rules seem fair enough if the goal is to kick the RV liveaboards out of the Panhandle.

But I haven’t heard or seen any RVs getting the heave-ho yet…

Freaking Out at the Corner of Haight and Masonic – The Colors, Man, the Colors – A Very Vivid Structure

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

This is what it looks like

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Proud UC Berkeley Grad Gets All Honky and Then Skids Around a Lumbering Truck – A Kind of Audi-Induced Road Rage

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Dude’s coming down Ashbury and he can see from the countdown timer that he’s at risk of missing the green due to a slow-moving commercial vehicle making the same turn onto Oak.

So Dude honks his Audi’s horn, pulls into the opposite lane and then goes around the truck with wheels a-chirping.

All this ado allowed the Audi driver to make the green at Masonic and then at Fell, so maybe he saved a minute-something in time.

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(Do bad drivers just pick Audis or do Audis make people bad drivers? I believe it’s mostly the former but don’t underestimate the latter.)

Anyway, if the reason why the truck was going slow had been a late-starting ped heading north in the crosswalk, then blammo, with the ped being at fault for entering a crosswalk under a flashing DON’T WALK and the Audi pilot being even more at fault for turning one lane into two and turning the truck into a blind corner.

Not too far away from here, a world-famous drunk driver with alcohol in her system started walking across Fell too late and got killed by a car going around a slower vehicle, which of course, was waiting for the ped to cross. That’s a similar situation, IMO.

There you have it, look at me, I have an Audi, look at me, I went to UC, look at me, zoom zoom.

Stanyan Street Whole Foods Wishes a “HAPPY 4.20″ Day to All the Marijuana Smokers in Haight Ashbury

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

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