Posts Tagged ‘Community Action’

More for the City Attorney to Investigate – Rick Thurber Crew – “Jack Sween is a Fraud, Community Action Does Not Exist”

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

The notorious Rick Thurber crew is back threatening people over signs posted about the 415 again. The latest names used are “Community Action” and “Jack Sween.” The latest letters “served” upon people look just like the one posted below.

Here’s what SFGov has to say about posting signs:

And here’s the background from a couple years back:


Crazy Rick Thurber‘s legacy is the current group of “small ‘f’ facists” who use the color of authority to go around scaring San Franciscans who have done nothing wrong.

Anyway, here’s what the city and county has to say about you posting signs about garage sales and missing pets and whatnot – it’s not illegal. SFGov goes on to add:

The SF Cleanup Project and Quinn Cooper are not affiliated with the Department of Public Works or the City and County of San Francisco. If you receive a letter from one of these entities about signs you have posted, please submit it to DPW, Director’s Office, City Hall, Room 348, San Francisco, CA 94102 and DPW will deliver it to the City Attorney’s office. For more information, contact DPW’s Bureau of Street Use and Mapping at 554-5810.”

See? The Thurbians accuse you of a crime but, in fact, the City is trying to hunt them down for their transgressions.

(Isn’t ironic, dontcha think?)

These days, frustrated San Franciscans are resorting to posting on the craigslist to get the word out. Thusly:


Date: 2010-07-18, 3:29PM PDT
Reply to: [Errors when replying to ads?]

The person(s) going around threatening people with fines for posting garage sales signs needs to stop. Get their name and ID please. Forward their emails to Eric Mar (Richmond supervisor) and also to craigslist. These people are bullies at best. If they are actually collecting fines, they are committing a crime. Stay legal, but make them stop. Call the police if they approach you in person. Thanks. It has happened before:
So when you get one of these illegal notices after using a phone pole or whatever to posting a notice about a lost pet, turn it over to the City and let it figure out what to do.
D’accord? D’accord.


The gritty nitty from the City:

“The public may post information on some utility poles if the postings follow regulations outlined in the Public Works Code. The law was adopted to ensure that flyers posted on public property do not contribute to litter or blight. Illegal postings may be removed by DPW and are subject to fines from $50 to $500. 

Signs are defined as any card, decoration, poster, campaign sign, or any object containing or bearing writing that is affixed, posted or fastened to a utility or light pole that is permanently attached to the street or sidewalk.  Signs do not include handbills, banners or A-Frame boards. Bulletin boards designed for neighborhood postings are exempt from this regulation. Signs attached to buildings are regulated by Part II Chapter I of the Building Code.

Tips for Legally Posting Signs on Public Property

To legally place a sign on a utility pole, it must:

  • Be less than 11 inches in height
  • No higher than 12 feet from the ground
  • Conform to the shape of the pole
  • Be attached with tape or other non-adhesive material such as twine, string or other non-metal banding material
  • Include a legible posting date in the lower right hand corner
  • Be removed after 10 days, if the sign is promoting a date specific event
  • Be removed within 70 days of the posting date
  • Not be installed on historic street light poles*, traffic signal poles or traffic directional sign poles. 

* Historic street light poles are on these streets:

  • Market Street from 1 Market to 2490 Market
  • Mission Street from 16th Street to 24th Street
  • Grant Avenue from Bush Street to Broadway Street
  • The Embarcadero from King Street to Jefferson Street
  • Lamp Posts on Fisherman’s Wharf from Hyde to Powell
  • Howard Street from 3rd Street to 4th Street
  • Lamp Posts within Union Square
  • Mason Street from Market to Sutter
  • Sutter Street from Mason to Kearny
  • Kearny Street from Bush to Market