If you can’t take the sign away yet, SFGov, why not just turn it off and get it out of the way, would that be too hard?
Or is it still blinking today on 4/22? We’ll see…
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…
All right, when I first saw this sign the other day, I didn’t understand it – I was like “KEZAR CLOSED,” huh?
But now I understand, I think.
I think the Sunsets are going to be cut off from San Francisco due to the big 420 Day gathering this Easter Sunday 2014.
The sign says to “… USE … FULTON.”
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Which, like, I don’t care, but isn’t this going to mess up traffic?
(And oh, just so you know, the group of people who just love, love, love cars the most are hippies, believe it or not. You’ll see.)
As seen on Fell Street:
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You see, the “event” is you and your buds smoking buds in Golden Gate Park on 420 Day.
Our local government would just love to fee this “event” out of existence, ala the former Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic, but there’s no entity to tax or fee or fine – poor SFGov!
(Oh, “Kezar” will be “closed?” IDK what that means. I guess I’ll find out on Sunday.)
Anyway, this event is now official, just saying.
Here’s what Annual 420 Day looks like, not too far from the Haight Street McDonalds on Stanyan.
That’s not fog, that’s a cloud of exhaled Mary Jane:
All right, Happy 420 Day 2014!
And now, let’s hear from London Breed:
“April 16, 2014
Sunday, April 20th Activities in Golden Gate Park and the Haight-Ashbury
This Sunday, April 20th, will see not only Easter celebrations throughout the City, but the likely return of an informal and unpermitted “4/20” gathering in Golden Gate Park and the Haight, which has caused significant problems in the community over the years and was particularly problematic last year.
Crowds strained police, Muni, and park resources, overwhelmed residential streets, and in several instances, damaged public and private property. Traffic came to a standstill as cars swarmed thearea. Garbage overflowed from curbside cans that proved unequal to the occasion. And on Sunday, 4/21, staff and volunteers with the Recreation and Parks Department had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks, not to mention the trash collected by the Department of Public Works from the upper Haight to Hayes Valley.
I am determined not to allow these impacts again this year. Over the past months, I have worked closely with the Police and Parks Departments, Mayor Lee’s office, and the MTA on a comprehensive city approach to this event. There is no sponsor for 4/20, no organizer to hold to account. But I want the community to know that their Supervisor and their government are doing everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents.
San Francisco, as always, welcomes celebrants with open arms, but this Sunday there will be boundaries to keep the community safe, and there will be no tolerance for anyone using 4/20 as an excuse to harm our parks or neighborhoods.
There will be increased law enforcement presence both uniform and plainclothes—including Juvenile Probation Officers—in the Park, upper and lower Haight, and surrounding neighborhoods with a strict enforcement approach to all code violations.
Parking is very limited in the area, and there will be Parking Control Officers (PCOs) ticketing and/or towing vehicles parked illegally in any way, e.g. on lawns or in neighbors’ driveways. PCOs will also be deployed at busy intersections to keep traffic and transit moving.
Unpermitted booths and concessions in the Parks will not be allowed. Such enterprises will be immediately cited and removed.
Traffic control officers, SFPD, and Muni will be on hand in the afternoon to help move visitors out of the neighborhoods quickly and safely. Muni will reroute buses off Haight Street between Stanyan and Masonic to avoid delays.
If our neighborhoods and parks are expected to continue hosting a large gathering, without an organizer or any resources beyond those provided by the taxpayer, we must all be vigilant in ensuring the event is safe, clean, and responsible.
LONDON N. BREED
City Hall 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place San Francisco, California 94102-4689 (415) 554-7630
Fax (415) 554 – 7634 TDD/TTY (415) 554-5227 E-mail: London.Breed@sfgov.org
Does the SFPD drive its big Ford Crown Victorias ‘neath the first reinforced concrete bridge built in America just to chat with area drug dealers? Yes, yes it does. Officers simply drive past the world’s smallest lake (sadly just two-star rated) and then under Kezar Drive.
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And then they hang a left to do a little 2WD off-roading.
Oh, what’s this, lazy drug dealers who don’t know enough to run away? In this case yes. But in other cases, more motivated dealers hoof it up the hill and across three lanes of traffic on Kezar Drive.
On it Goes…
Of these five lanes of Bush Street, the heathens park in lanes 1, 4, and 5 while the Christians dominate lane 2, and everybody else in the world gets lane 3, you know, to actually drive on.
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I cry foul.
Seems that this would be easy to wire up, you know, wipers on = headlights on.
(My aging Toyota has Daytime Running Lights but they don’t cut the mustard in CA when it’s raining.)
Anyway, just asking, beleaguered SF cab industry…
V C Section 24400 Headlamps on Motor Vehicles
Headlamps on Motor Vehicles
24400. (a) A motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, shall be equipped with at least two headlamps, with at least one on each side of the front of the vehicle, and, except as to vehicles registered prior to January 1, 1930, they shall be located directly above or in advance of the front axle of the vehicle. The headlamps and every light source in any headlamp unit shall be located at a height of not more than 54 inches nor less than 22 inches.
(b) A motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, shall be operated during darkness, or inclement weather, or both, with at least two lighted headlamps that comply with subdivision (a).
(c) As used in subdivision (b), “inclement weather” is a weather condition that is either of the following:
(1) A condition that prevents a driver of a motor vehicle from clearly discerning a person or another motor vehicle on the highway from a distance of 1,000 feet.
(2) A condition requiring the windshield wipers to be in continuous use due to rain, mist, snow, fog, or other precipitation or atmospheric moisture.
Added Sec. 2, Ch. 415, Stats. 2004. Effectve January 1, 2005. Operative July 1, 2005.