Posts Tagged ‘bathrooms’

Can Homeless People Use Firehouse Bathrooms? YES, from 9A to 6P – Here are the Official Rules from the SFFD

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Get up-to-speed here.

Hey, look at this – an official SFFD operations memo. Just a draft, but nobody’s really working on hammering out the exact wording of detailed Fire Code sections here. No, this is more what you call “guidelines.”

Now arguably, this program is actual SFFD policy now and it’s has been policy since well before 2015, but of course most people in town don’t know about it. The new wrinkle, AFAIK, is that only ground floor bathrooms are covered. That means that a lot of stations won’t be able to help you.

I’ll bet a lot of firefighters don’t want to deal with these issues. I mean, if there’s a big call and a homeless person / anybody else from the general public doesn’t want to leave the bathroom just yet, the official SFFD bathroom escort might not know the best course of action.
Anyway, here it is:

“SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT

DEPUTY CHIEF – OPERATIONS MEMORANDUM

CD2-15-XX

TO: Divisions 2 and 3, Battalions 1-10
FROM: Deputy Chief Gonzales, Operations
DATE: June 19th, 2015
SUBJECT: General Public Usage of Fire Station Restroom Facilities

To all Members:

Fire Station Restrooms: San Francisco Fire Stations with ground floor restroom facilities are available for public use. Members of the general public may use the ground floor restroom facilities between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

If the Fire units within said Stations are called out for any emergency, the member of the public must also leave the facility immediately. Members of the public shall not be left behind alone in the Firehouse. Signs shall be posted by Station Captains on the doors of the facilities stating, “If there is an emergency dispatch and units must leave, anyone using this restroom facility must also leave immediately.”

The Fire Department employee that guides the member of the public to the bathroom facility shall also verbally inform the member of the public that they will have to leave the facility immediately, if an emergency call comes in and no units are available to stay behind.

The Fire Department employee that guides the member of the public into the facility is also responsible for escorting the member of the public back out of the Firehouse.

It is up to the Officer’s discretion if a member of the public is allowed to use the ground floor restroom facility. If the member of the public requesting to use the facility is inebriated or altered in any way, they shall not be allowed to use the restroom facility. The health and safety of our members and the security of the Firehouse shall also factor into the Officer’s discretion/decision.

Regarding visitors to the Firehouse, article 3950 still applies:

3950. VISITORS

Members shall not invite or allow visitors not on Department business to enter Department facilities before 1000 hours or after 2100 hours. Members shall only allow visitors into public areas of a Department station or facility. Members shall not invite or allow intoxicated persons in or about Department property, except for purposes of providing medical care.”

Little-Known Fact: From 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM, the Bathrooms at Most SFFD Stations are Public – Anyone May Use Them

Monday, June 8th, 2015

You know, I thought we were done hearing about area blogger/gadfly Michael Petrelis and the bathrooms of SFGov, but we’re not.

Here it is:

SF Fire Dept: Homeless Can Now Use Our Toilets to Poop

And here’s a list of stations.

Hey, wasn’t this policy, or whatever you want to call it, in effect before gadfly Mike Petrelis took wing? I think so.

All the deets, from last month:

“Thank you for your advocacy to increased toilet access for San Franciscans. We are pleased to update you on the following efforts to increase bathroom availability:

Fire Station Restrooms: Nearly all of the San Francisco Fire Stations are open for public restroom use. Any member of the public may ring the Fire Station doorbell and will be let in to use the toilet between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Automatic Public Toilet Program: There are 25 self-cleaning public toilets in San Francisco. Here is a list of the locations:

“1. Fisherman’s Wharf: Jefferson & Powell Sts. 2. Fisherman’s Wharf: Jefferson & Powell Sts. 3. Bay & Taylor Sts. 4. Coit Tower, Pioneer Park 5. Washington Square: Union St. & Columbus Ave 6. Pier 7 7. Justin Herman Plaza 8. Market & California Sts. 9. Transbay Terminal: Mission & 1st Sts. 10. St. Mary’s Square: Pine & Quincy Sts. 11. Union Square: Geary & Powell Sts. 12. MacCauley Park: Larkin & O’Farrell Sts. 13. Boedecker Park: Eddy & Jones Sts. 14. Market & Powell Sts. 15. Civic Center: Grove & Larkin Sts. 16. UN Plaza: Market & 7th Sts. 17. Embarcadero & Harrison Sts. 18. Stanyan & Waller Sts. 19. Market & Church Sts. 20. Market & 17th Sts. 21. Mission & 16th Sts. 22. Twin Peaks 23. Mission & 24th Sts. 24. South Van Ness Ave & Cesar Chavez St. 25. Drumm & Clay Sts.

“Pit Stop Program: San Francisco Department of Public Works has expanded their toilet access program from six toilets in three locations in the Tenderloin to include two toilets in the South of Market and to the Mission District where the Pit Stop program has taken over a JCDecaux public toilet.

“Outreach: To ensure that homeless individuals are aware of the bathroom options, flyers will be distributed at homeless shelters, via SFHOT, and at the Project Homeless Connect Every Day Connect office. Thank you again for your advocacy on this issue.

“Signed,
Chief Joanne Hayes-White, San Francisco Fire Department Director
Barbara Garcia, San Francisco Department of Public Health Director
Bevan Dufty, Housing Opportunity, Partnerships and Engagement (HOPE)”

The Best “People Behaving Badly” Segment Ever: “20 Minute Hotel”

Thursday, December 6th, 2012

Heh:

“Stanley Roberts discovers that you can get a hotel room in San Francisco for 20 minutes for less than 25 cents”

It’s a Trap! What the Site Proposed by the City Family for OccupySF Looks Like, Down at 15th and Mission

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Well here’s the site proposed for OccupySF 2011 down at 15th and Mission.

It’s a death trap, it’s a suicide rap for OccupySF:


Via Steve Rhodes – click to expand

Here’s the 411 from Luke Thomas from a few days back (in an article that also features Kat Anderson’s report from OccupyOAK):

“In San Francisco, Department of Public Works interim Director Mohammed Nuru revealed today City officials have offered OccupySF protesters an alternative location to setup camp.  Though Nuru would not reveal the exact location, we understand the location to be a lot on the west side of Mission Street between 15th and 16th streets.  A former school, the site has running water and bathrooms as well as classroom-type structures that could be used for organizational purposes. No word yet on whether OccupySF will take up the City’s offer but, we’re told, the offer has been accepted in good faith.”

However, word on the street is that it’s a trap.

Only Time Will Tell.

Nude Cyclists Take Over Our Half-Million Dollar Bathroom in the Panhandle

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

This was the scene a few days back when nude cyclists took over the expensive bathrooms in the Panhandle near Oak and Ashbury.

The prudish NIMBYs that whaaaambulance driver C.W. Nevius is always trying to paliate must have been beside themselves.

Don’t click to expand.

Oh well.

Oh, it was the World Naked Bike Ride San Francisco, just noticed that on one of their signs.

Here’s a ridiculous photography policy from some other rides around the world. (I was about 200 feet away using a small, medium-telephoto lens – didn’t feel the need to get any closer.) Don’t try deploying these rules in a free country like America. Anyway, enjoy:

  • If it makes you uncomfortable, let the photographers know that they don’t have permission to photograph you.
  • Some rides might want to consider having a rolling start. Some have said that it’s fun to start off clothed and then, once riders are away from the assembly area and crowds, they can undress. This has been done in Vancouver and Chicago.
  • Everybody should take responsibility for making people feel comfortable and informing others (who might be unaware) of the photo/video policy.
  • Consider appointing a photography patrol to educate photographers about the policy. Most people will be respectful of policy once they are informed. Always assume good intent unless there is good reason to believe otherwise.
  • Consider prohibiting photography/video taking place in designated areas. Eg: in 2005, Seattle photographers and film-makers were prohibited from shooting closer than 15 feet from subjects. The problem is of course, that some have long lenses!
  • Tents, domes, shelters and screens: Consider prohibiting photography inside body-painting tent areas without permission from those being painted.
  • Consider issuing IDs to photographers and film-makers that you have a good relationship with, and that understand your policy.
  • Be prepared to directly confront predatory photographers if they have been warned or are actingly in blatantly disrespectful ways. Turn the tables on problem people by photographing them and posting their image on your website for the public to see. Often this will discourage them from shooting irresponsibly. There are also those who are at the event to use the images for other reasons, and you won’t know without asking. If someone is being aggressive, acting suspiciously, or making you feel uncomfortable, please tell a WNBR team coordinator or someone who can ask them to back off and give people personal space.

Can’t Billionaire Philip Anschutz Afford a Few More Porta-Potties for Bay to Breakers 2009?

Sunday, May 17th, 2009

Hey, Colorado Billionaire Philip F. Anschutz! Did you the just run the Bay to Breakers footrace today, as you have so many times before? You’re like 70 years old and you’re clocking six-point-something-minute miles uphill and downhill? My grandmother would need to rest after just walking through the SoMA part of the course. DoOd, you’re a stud.

But what’s up with the race? I mean, you have/had an ownership interest in it, right? And you’re still the “A” in AEG, I believe. So isn’t it YOUR race – isn’t that what people mean when they say B2B is “privately owned?” Well, let’s take a look see:

What’s wrong with this picture? Each Porta-Pottie has like at least a dozen people waiting in line. You can’t afford to have enough?  FAIL! Click to expand:

Aren’t you a “B” as in “boy” billionaire? Let’s check your Wiki:

“Philip Frederick Anschutz (born 28 December 1939 in Russell, Kansas) is an American businessman and supporter of conservative Christian causes. With an estimated current net worth of around $7.8 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 31st richest person in the USA.”

Your race is undercapitalized? Just can’t afford an appropriate amount of temporary bathrooms?

Here’s the reverse angle:

And here’s the result of mismanagement of resources. See? It’s the other side of the toilets. Is this the end of the world? No, it’s not. But your Smitherseses from New Yawk at AEG always place 0% of the blame on themselves, and that’s not right.

(Not sure what’s up with this. Some people should behave better, of course. Oh well.)

Do you think that I’d ever dream of buying up a storied civic event in Colorado like Park County Cow Days or something? I wouldn’t even if I could. But if I did, I’d make sure there were enough Porta-Potties for all, incuding those melon farmers who didn’t bother to register, stealing MY MONEY!!! I’d say fix this issue, make it so, inform my banker of any additional needs. But that’s just how I roll. (I also wouldn’t impose big town San Francisco values on small town Colorado neither, like making nudity mandatory at Cow Days or requiring all the doods to kiss each other, or something.)

How do you roll, Philip? How will you be remembered after you escape this mortal coil? You know back in the day, San Francisco had a general vote to tell Andrew Carnegie to cram it with walnuts when he wanted to donate money for libraries about town. Well, good thing that election turned out the way it did in 1912, because the legacy of AC is a brace of Carnegie Libraries in San Francisco. Like this.

What’s your legacy going to be, Philip Frederick Anschutz? Becks and Posh moving to L.A., Narnia movies, and being the kind of guy who was too cheap to properly finance and manage the Bay to Breakers? 

Is that right?

Gotta make a change

For once in my life

It’s gonna feel real good

Gonna make a difference

Gonna make it right.

P.S. Thank you for not asking us to pay for your windpower projects, the way that Pickens guy is doing. Srsly.