Posts Tagged ‘hope’

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:




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:


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.

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)”


Friday, September 7th, 2012

All right:


First of all, I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through this difficult time. Your thoughts, actions, and good will, have made a significant impact on my ability to move forward and close this chapter of my life. I am very grateful to my family, friends, fans, and supporters.

I accept full responsibility for violating the Court’s trust by tampering with evidence during my civil case with the Associated Press, which, after my admitting to engaging in this conduct, led to this criminal case by the Southern District of New York. I accept the Judge’s sentence and look forward to finally putting this episode behind me. My wrong-headed actions, born out of a moment of fear and embarrassment, have not only been financially and psychologically costly to myself and my family, but also helped to obscure what I was fighting for in the first place— the ability of artists everywhere to be inspired and freely create art without reprisal.

I entered into litigation with the AP because I believe in Fair Use and I wanted to protect the rights of all artists. The Obama HOPE poster was created and distributed by a belief in what Obama could do for this country and my hope that I could inspire others to thought and action. Making money was never a part of the equation. As funds came in, I used them to create more posters and stickers and make donations to the Obama campaign. Most of the remaining proceeds were given to causes I support and believe in from the ACLU to Feeding America.

I believed, and still believe, that I had a very strong Fair Use case, which I could have prevailed. There was no intent to deceive on my part at the outset. When I discovered that the photo I had referenced was indeed the one the AP argued it was and not the one I thought I had used, I was embarrassed and scared to admit they were right and I was wrong even though it would not have had a material bearing on my case. Not amending the record was a big mistake and short-sighted. My actions damaged my ability to proceed effectively with my case and allowed the AP to focus on my credibility. I regret my actions every day and those who know me well know it is out of character.

Throughout my artistic career I have seen art as a powerful tool of political speech and social commentary and I try to use my art to stimulate a constructive dialogue. I believe in intellectual property rights and the rights of photographers, but I also believe artists need latitude to create inspired by real world things, just as news organizations need to use exception to copyright in order to report the news. The ability for an artist to creatively and conceptually transform references from reality is essential to their artistic commentary on the realities of the world. If artists find that freedom curtailed, it is not just artists, but all of us, who will lose something critically important.

The damage to my own reputation is dwarfed by the regret I feel for clouding the issues of the Fair Use case. I let down artists and advocates for artist’s rights by distracting from the core Fair Use discussion with my misdeeds. The decision today will, I hope, mark an ending to what, for me, has been a deeply regrettable chapter. But the larger principles at stake—Fair Use and Artists’ Freedom—are still in jeopardy, and I hope we will remain vigilant in depending on the Freedom of Expression.

– Shepard”


BIKE NOPA Has Details on the Death of Pedestrian Melissa Dennison at Fell and Broderick

Monday, February 8th, 2010

BIKE NOPA has just posted details on the SFPD police report and the District Attorney’s response to the death of pedestrian Melissa Dennison, killed by a collision at the intersection of Fell and Broderick on September 15th, 2009.

The intersection of Fell and Broderick

Obey Shepard Fairey: Start Buying “Obey X” Levi’s on October 29th, 2009

Monday, October 26th, 2009

You know Shepard Fairey from his Barack Obama Hope posters of last year and of course his related legal troubles from this month, right? (Always remember, when you borrow from others, it’s “fair use” but when others borrow from you, it’s cease and desist time for the infringing “parasites” – inn’t that right, Shepard?)  

Anyway, brace yourself for this Thursday when Shepard and our corporate overlords at Levi’s team up for the debut of the “Obey X Collection.” See?

“The highly-collectible Obey x Levi’s® capsule collection will be carried exclusively at select Levi’s® Store locations in New York City, San Francisco, Chicago and Santa Monica and at  A limited number of pieces will also be available at  The collection will be available beginning October 29 and will range in price from $34.50 to $148.   To commemorate the launch of the collection, on October 29 Fairey will unveil a series of four new poster designs at a live art installation outside The Levi’s® Store in New York City’s Times Square.  Once Fairey completes the installation, he will meet-and-greet event participants while autographing free museum-quality reproductions of his new posters.”

It’ll look like this. Just $37.78 for a grey T-shirt:

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But there’s more:

“The series of four limited-edition Shepard Fairey posters will be given away as a free gift, while supplies last, with the purchase of any item from the Obey x Levi’s® collection in the following Levi’s® Store locations: Times Square and Soho in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, Santa Monica and Chicago.  The front side of each of the four double-sided posters features artwork that exists as a stand-alone piece.  The reverse side of each poster also includes one piece of a oversized mural image specially designed by Fairey.”

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That’s not dirt, it’s paint from all those nights you’ve spent tagging:

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“Think & Create” and “Paint and Destroy”:

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Is Obey “the new Ed Hardy,” or something? One thing’s for sure kids – quality will be higher and the cost cheaper compared to what Shepard normally offers.

See you at the Union Square Levi’s (300 Post Street) this Thursday!

Remember, Obey.

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S.F. is 40 years old. (40 going on 28, or 17, or something.)

All the deets after the jump.


Memorial for Fallen Pedestrian Melissa Dennison Set for Tuesday Night at Ocean Beach

Friday, September 25th, 2009

A San Francisco memorial for Melissa Dennison is set for Tuesday, September 29th, 6:00 PM at Ocean Beach (somewhere near the Beach Chalet, most likely). All the details are/will be here on this Facebook entry. From FB:

“Please join me in paying tribute to this bright star.all are welcome.please bring any music,poetry,ect. that melissa liked or that remind’s you of her.and please pass this on to anyone who might have know melissa. any network friends,ucsb,ucsf,etc. thank you.=i’m not sure exactly were on the beach it is going to be,i cant reserve a fire pit.i just need to go early and save one.if anyone wants to help in any way firewood,passing this on, are more than welcome. p.s. this is a drug and alcohol free event.”

The scene at Fell and Broderick:



Death of Melissa Dennison at Fell and Broderick Considered an Accident by SFPD Lt.

Monday, September 21st, 2009

Read this bit here over at BIKE NOPA to see that at least one SFPD lieutenant doesn’t consider the death of pedestrian Melissa Dennison to be a case of vehicular manslaughter. According to Lt. Ramlin of Park Station, at this point:

“There is no determination that it was manslaughter.”

The memorial at Fell and Broderick as it appeared a few days ago:


(Personally, I think when people use the term “speeding” in regards to traffic on Fell and Oak, they’re not saying what mean. Are they talking about cars literally going more than 30 mph? It’s not clear.)

The police report should be coming out soon…

Streetside Shrine for Melissa Dennison Still Drawing Crowds, Memorial Sunday in Truckee

Friday, September 18th, 2009

The makeshift memorial for killed pedestrian Melissa Dennison at the intersection of Fell and Broderick is still drawing observers.

More flowers have come and someone put up a large photo. As it looked last night:

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A memorial is planned for this Sunday in the Lake Tahoe area.

“Please join family and friends to celebrate the life of Melissa Hope Dennison. A memorial service will be held at West End Beach on Sunday, Sept. 20, beginning at 1 p.m. Bring food, drinks, and memories to share. All are welcome at the West End Beach Donner Lake in Truckee.”

The Rainbow World Fund’s Tree of Hope at San Francisco’s City Hall

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008

Rainbow World Fund‘s Tree of Hope, filled with origami cranes, at San Francisco’s City Hall.

As seen before the recent incident.

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