Posts Tagged ‘homeless’

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)”

Here’s What It Looks Like When the SFPD Hands Out a Bunch of Sit/Lie-Type Tickets in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

I suppose these people were in sleeping bags like at 11:00 AM or so and that attracted some attention from the SFPD?

Does our newish sit-lie law even apply to this location at this time of day? IDK.

But once you start accumulating these kinds of nuisance citations, you might start thinking about moving on down the road to a new town…

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A sleepy napper in the lower right corner:

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A U-turn:

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And cold busted – sign here please, Ma’am:

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On It Goes in the 94117

Tourists are Welcomed to Golden Gate Park: “LOCK ALL VEHICLES”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

One assumes that the average jay visiting the “world-class” city of San Francisco already knows to lock the doors of his/her ride when parking in GGP, right?

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So what is this sign really saying? Is it saying, “Don’t blame us if somebody breaks into your locked car and takes the stuff that’s in plain view?”

I think so…

San Francisco’s “Night Ministry” Ventures Out in the Daytime

Monday, March 16th, 2015

As seen in Civic Center:

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I’ve never seen this.

What a BLANKET AND JACKET GIVEAWAY Looks Like in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

It looks like this, with about 20 people queuing up about 20 minutes before the event begins:

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Would SFGov / Rec and Park consider these fliers “illegal?”

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Yep, they would.

Anyway, that’s what it looked like.

This MUNI Bus Ad is Not the Way “Debunk” “Myths” About Homeless People

Monday, January 5th, 2015

Why not say this instead?

Most homeless people in San Francisco aren’t from San Francisco

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Care to debunk that “myth,” anyone?

No, OK. And actually, most residents of SF, both homed and homeless, are from somewhere else, right? Is that a bad thing? Oh, you think it’s a bad thing, or you think other people think it’s a bad thing?

And oh, so what you’re actually saying is that homeless people in SF sometimes find housing?

Oh, OK. So noted. But why do you need a bus ad for that? Oh, to “support MUNI?” So why don’t we just give the money directly to MUNI instead of letting you all siphon off most of the dough?

You know, sometimes leadership elements of monomaniacal nonprofits “frame” issues so much that they end up lying.

How does that help?

How does this ad help?

“Panhandle Police Altercation” – The Difference Between Being Found “Not Guilty” Vs. Being “Found Innocent”

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Well, here it is.

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The problem with this Hoodline headline is that Dude wasn’t “found innocent.” IRL, the jury ruled that he is not guilty.

In other words:

Juries never find defendants innocent. They cannot. Not only is it not their job, it is not within their power. They can only find them ‘not guilty.'”

Am I being too picky here?

Sorry.

Words You Don’t Want to Hear Shouted from Inside the Panhandle Park Bathroom: “Knife!” – “Protect Yourself!”

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

This is about as close as I usually get to the infamous half-million dollar bathroom that we paid for back in the aughts.

But it’s close enough to hear the following:

“Knife!”

“Trying to get myself clean!”

“Just trying to protect yourself!”

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Note that these dudes were conversing inside the women’s bathroom on the east side of the building.

One assumes somebody pulled out a knife, because he felt threatened.

On It Goes…

Incident at Flagship Nordstrom – Using a Nightstick for Leverage – Everyday Life for the SFPD in the Twitterloin

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

(You know, I hope that Twitter will pay its taxes someday. Kind of a Better Late Than Never kind of thing, just cut a check for about a hundred million and make it out to the SF General Fund.)

I don’t know what was going on here, but it looked intense