That’s what some San Francisco City folks ask when they visit SF County.
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In the wild, wild west part of San Francisco County, people have been paving over their front yards for parking space.
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Now is this kind of thing kosher?
“It’s illegal to pave over your yard, but it’s pretty widely ignored, and people do it with impunity.”
The process of getting homeowners to comply is “complaint driven,” which means nobody has the will to enforce Da Law Out West, oh well.
Here’s the thing. “Planners” back in the day had no freaking idea how many cars would populate the Sunset District.
They also had no idea how much public transit in the West Bay would degrade over the decades.
So it’s hard to park way out there.
So people improperly pave over their front yards for more “driveway” parking, don’t ask don’t tell.
Anyway, here’s what appointed Supervisor Katy Tang has for Fog Country – it’s the FYAP!
But if you participate, it’ll cost you $245 and you’ll have to listen to what SFGov tells you to do.
This is the kind of thing that will end up pissing off some of the people living out there.
This is a program for the sake of having a program. It will “transform” nothing. And it will not “change” the “pedestrian experience.” Sorry.
But, if you want to try this out, by all means:
“The Front Yard Ambassadors Program gives Sunset District residents the opportunity transform their front yards into vibrant, ecologically friendly and easy to maintain spaces in order to accomplish the following:
Our Partners & Sidewalk Landscaping
Sidewalk landscaping programs exist in several organizations. To learn more about why increasing green space and permeable surfaces is important in San Francisco, visit the websites of our partners in the Front Yard Ambassadors Program below:
Apply to the Front Yard Ambassadors Program
Download the Fact Sheet Here
Download the Fact Sheet in Chinese
View Photos of Sunset District Gardens Here (Coming Soon)
Download the Application Here
Download the Application in Chinese
Call our office (415) 554-7460 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Front Yard Ambassadors Program Fact Sheet
How do I apply?
Apply by submitting an application, answers to the supplemental questionnaire and photos of
your front yard. You must ensure that a minimum of five residences on your block also submit
an application to be considered for the program. The application can be found on our website at
www.sfbos.org/tang under the “Front Yard Ambassadors Program” tab.
What is the cost?
Residents chosen for the program will pay a nominal permit fee, depending on how many
residents apply. Permit fees can range from $182 – $245.
How do I get my neighbors to participate?
This is a great time to meet your neighbors! Knock on their door and find out if they are
interested. You must have a minimum of five neighbors on your block to apply.
Who maintains the yard after installation?
Program participants will sign a Letter of Agreement that they will maintain the yard as long as
they reside at their current address. We hope that neighbors will get together for a work day each
year to help each other. Additional support will be provided by Friends of the Urban Forest.
What types of plants and landscaping will be installed?
Once chosen, residents will be able to sit down with professional landscape architects to discuss
their ideas. We have included photos of yards in the Sunset on our webpage for inspiration at
www.sfbos.org/tang. All landscaping will be low maintenance, drought tolerant, and able to live
in our coastal conditions.
Other questions can be directed to our office at (415) 554-7460.
This is from yesterday, May 13, 2013:
“Statement from Nathan Outteridge: The description of the accident in the Newcastle Herald while quoting my father is not correct and does not reflect the facts…”
And which description was that?
“Nathan told me [the turn] didn’t seem any different to any other occasion. The bow dug in a little bit but he said that’s not unusual. The next thing he heard a cracking noise and the boat went on its side. Before it capsized it snapped in half, Nathan described it as folding like a taco shell.”
So last week he tells his dad something and then this week, after Artemis Racing lawyers up, he says…
Hey, what’s this? From back in 2012:
Artemis Racing is hauled out of the water to survey a damaged front beam
Photo: Sander van der Borch / Artemis Racing
In preparation for sailing the Artemis Racing AC72, the team was conducting valuable structural tests afloat earlier yesterday when damage was incurred to the front beam of the catamaran. The AC72 has been hauled out of the water and the design team, led by Principal Designer Juan Kouyoumidjian, is on site to evaluate the damage. “
Now when I say “new” I mean it’s new to me, Gentle Reader.
How do these lights know when to flash on?
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This kind of thing is similar to but different from revolights, right?
Well, check out the new signs at the corner of California and Front:
“Canon Takes 10,300 SF at 201 California: Glenborough LLC found a retail tenant to fill the vacant ground floor space at 201 California St. in San Francisco. Canon Business Solutions Inc. will occupy 10,283 square feet upon completion of tenant improvements. The 17-story, Class A office property totals 239,342 square feet in the financial district. Jessica Birmingham and Rhonda Diaz Caldewey of Terranomics represented the landlord for the retail portion of the building, while Canon Business Solutions was represented by Michael Taquino of Grubb & Ellis.”
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Oh, and speaking of companies what make cameras and whatnot, which version of Stanfoo-educated TerrorNomics deal broker Jessica Birmingham do you prefer?
Or not magenta?
You make the call.
Anyway, let’s all thank Canon for making the Financh look less like an arrested-decay ghost town during this Great Recession…
In the Financh, not too far from the official recruiting station on Davis near Broadway:
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Remember, “BRING IN THIS FLYER FOR A FREE GIFT!!!”