Posts Tagged ‘homeless’

Mayor Ed Lee Homeless Tent Update – Just This Solitary One Now, Under the 101 on Division

Monday, September 19th, 2016

Last year there were hundreds of tents here, and then they went away, and then a handful came back, and then they all had to leave again, about a month or two ago, and now, we have just this one:

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That’s the update from yesterday…

(So the Super Bowl L corporate party, which cost us a lot more than initially advertised oh well, plus the fear of a big El Nino (plus the rise of cheap $25 fiberglass-poled tents handed out in a semi-organized effort with assistance from at least one Morning Zoo-type radio station’s van – Choochi in the Morning, or something, led to the huge Tent City of 2015-2016, then media coverage led to a big crackdown, then were no tents at all, then they started coming back, say around July 2016, then they got cleared out again, by the San Francisco Clean Team and assorted DPW trucks and whathaveyou and now the people that first got kicked out of the Embarcadero / Financial, and then from Under the 101, twice, are filtering back north and east from the Mission District – this is my understanding.)

It Takes a Village … of SFGov Trucks plus One Police Car to Clean Out the Homeless Tents from the Best Buy Sidewalk

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

People saw it coming:

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These trucks, plus a full-on garbage truck, plus another pickup, plus a police car.

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I guess they paint regular trucks white and special CLEAN PATROL trucks green?

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It’s kind of amazing how SFGov markets itself sometimes.

Anyway, this was Yet Another Judgment Day Under The Freeway, on Division, September 1, 2016…

The Difference Between Willie Brown and Ed Lee: Purposefully Spraying Homeless with Water Trucks v. Purposefully Not

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Former Frisco Mayor Willie Brown:

When I was mayor, I had the Department of Public Works send the street sweepers down Market Street at 3 a.m. If you were sleeping on the streets, you knew that water truck was coming. I never got in any trouble for it, because at the same time I was spraying the homeless…”

Market looks like this after a few runs from an early morning water truck or two:

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But look at this – just the other day the driver of a water truck deliberately drove around this steam grate on Market inbound near 4th so as to not spray this guy:

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Maybe not a big difference, but it’s a difference.

A Scene for Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s “Fix-It Team?” – What Do You See Here? – What Would You Fix Here?

Friday, June 24th, 2016

That’s a steam grate:

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Should Recology be driving and stopping their garbage trucks in the slow lane of inbound Market during the morning drive? Nope. (And the same goes for the street sweepers working on Market in the daytime – I’ve never seen that until this year.)

And are the “beautiful” obsolete “Pedmount” news racks helping here? What do you think. Is the advertising on them “beautiful?”

Anyway, people will see what they want to see…

Here It Is, the High-Profile, Quasi-Governmental, Republican-Approved “DOWNTOWN STREETS TEAM”

Friday, June 10th, 2016

You see these T-shirts all over these days:

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I guess “downtown” is a generic term? ‘Cause I don’t know where Frisco’s downtown is. I know that “uptown” was supposed to be in the Tenderloin, but the attempt to get that new-school appellation to take off failed. Badly.

Anyway, the DST is supposed to “leave the big stuff for [Frisco’s] DPW,” or so I overheard.

I suppose this kind of effort would make area billionaire / longtime Republican Ron Conway happy…

Hey, how much does DST pay people?

Security Guards Rousting Homeless at Hamilton Square / Western Addition Library on Easter Sunday? Who’s Paying These People?

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Just asking. You tell me, babe. Here’s the view from Geary just east of Scott:

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This was at a time when the Western Addition Library was closed and this sure looks like rousting to me.

Are these guys peace officers or park rangers or feds or something? Sure don’t look like it. That means they’re security guards operating at Hamilton Square? Do they work for the SFPL? IDK.

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What’s next, the Library Police (to go with the Mint Police and every other kind of police we have in SF)?

Signed: Sleepless in Seattle Puzzled in Frisco

 

Frisco’s Most Ubiquitous Backpack Has Gotta Be This Grey, Blue, and Orange Number from SalesForce DreamForce – It’s EXTRA Nerdy!

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

These things are ALL OVER THE PLACE:

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For better or worse…

A Brief History of Division Street’s Homeless People in Tents, 2015-2016 – Plus Theories: El Nino v. Super Bowl 50

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Well, let’s go way back for starters, back when the Bicycle Thieves Of San Francisco aimed to steal your entire bike. They’d sometimes get caught with stolen bikes and car jacks.*

But these days, it’s bike parts thieves seem to settle for, so cyclists need to protect not just the frame but also the wheels, the saddle and the headset, and other bits too, if you can.

So that means that today’s bike thief needs room to store stuff and that’s where Division Street comes in. It’s been a good place to park a vehicle or pitch a tent without being bothered too much, plus it’s close to the action – it’s close to 7th and Market and the Main Library.

This is what things looked like under the I-80 before Fall 2015 as I remember things:

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This is how I remember things being for a decade or two.

But then all of a sudden, instead of a few tents here and there, a bunch of tents popped up. They filled up practically every possible space in lines that stretched from Costco #144 all the way to South Van Ness. I’m guessing this occurred  anywhere from mid-to-late November 2015 to early December at the latest.

This is part of the north (aka west) side of Division on Dec. 13th:

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Compare that with this shot of the same place on Dec. 9th

And this is the other side of the street closer to 10th Street at the end of December:

 

 

 

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I’ll tell you, most of these hundreds of people are NOT bike thieves.

So why did they show up here at the end of 2015?

The Holidays? I could see why the SFPD et al might want to ignore things until after Thanksgiving, Christmas and whatnot.

El Nino? This would be a good place to stay out of most of the rain, of course, and the forecast was for lots of it coming soon.

Super Bowl 50? The corporate party part of Super Bowl 50 had lots of knock-on effects for SFGov – it seemed like each and every SF Department was gearing up. At the time I thought, well, this doesn’t look too good either, if this is the alternative to homeless people hanging out near Super Bowl City in the Financial.

Availability of Tents? I remember seeing truck upon truck delivering stuff here, something like an FM radio station with “Chuy in the Morning” written on the side, something like that. So sure, food, but tents too? IDK.

Those are some ideas, anyway.

I don’t know, if SFGov cleans out all these tents in February 2016, will that end shoplifting at Rainbow Grocery?

We’ll find out soon enough.

Anyway, that’s your brief history of the tents on Division from 2015-2016.

*Stolen from the trunks of boxy Volvos. It was a thing.

Here’s What It Looks Like When the Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) Ventures Out to the End of Hayes Street – Super Bowl 50-Related?

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

I’m sure the HOT ppl come out here “all the time,” out here west of Masonic and north of the Panhandle, but I never really see them, certainly not in a distinctive vehicle like this:

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I’ll tell you, the 21 Hayes was working just fine over the weekend, which just happened to be the weekend opening time of Super Bowl City. That means that you’d see empty or emptyish 21 Hayeses on empty streets like at 6:30 AM. And you’d see two buses together as well, and this is important, they’d be heading in OPPOSITE DIRECTIONS and not bunched up tailgating each other. That’s the key, MUNI.

Anyway, if MUNI spends all sorts of time and attention and (our) money to focus on one weekend, it can operate a decent bus line for a handful of ppl early in the AM – that’s the lesson I’m learning from over the past weekend.

So that’s it, that’s about as close as I’m going to get to #SB50, now that the NFL ppl have hauled off their garish “50” ad from Alamo Square.

I’ll be on the lookout for more HOT vehicles on patrol, but I think it’ll be 2017 afore I see another one out here…

Unprecedented Density: Unpopular Mayor Ed Lee’s Under-the-Freeway Tent City – One After Another, Block After Block

Monday, December 28th, 2015

I’ve never seen it like this, during our Winter of ’15, not in all my years…

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I remember Camp Agnos in Civic Center and of course we had Occupy SF back in aught-eleven, but I’ve never seen the streets of San Francisco like this, like this part of Ed Lee‘s Tent City, with one tent after the other stretching as far as the eye can see…