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Will a Recent State Judge Ruling Affect San Francisco’s Feral Cat Neutering System?

Tuesday, January 19th, 2010

San Francisco’s method of handling feral cats might be affected by a recent ruling down in L.A., where Judge Thomas McKnew just suspended the entire county’s Trap-Neuter-Return program. So people can still bring in feral kitties for sterilization at various clinics but the county can’t subsidize or promote any such program now.

Do we have a similar TNR program in San Francisco? Oh yes. If you call the SPCA about a feral cat in your backyard, they’ll help you trap it, they’ll perform the operation and then they’ll release the kitty right back in your backyard.

Judge McKnew didn’t like that fact that there was no CEQA Environmental Impact Report done and then he read up on county reports stating that TNR was ineffectual. I don’t think San Francisco supports TNR the way Los Angeles did, but certainly it works with the SF SPCA on some issues, anyway.

This feral cat in Golden Gate Park has a notched right ear – a sure sign that it’s been through a TNR program – that’s how they mark “graduates.”

This feral kitty from the West End of GGP has yet to be trapped:

Learn more about this issue from the Chinatown Pet News Examiner (yes, the Chinatown Pet News Examiner!) and then bone up on San Francisco’s Feral Fix Program here, and below.

So, Will a Recent State Judge Ruling Affect San Francisco’s Feral Cat Neutering System? I don’t know. Just asking.

Anyway, the system in place now is about as convenient as it could be:

“Free Feral Fix Program (http://www.sfspca.org/veterinary-services/feral-fix)

In most cities, there is no care available for feral cats. But since 1993, The SF/SPCA has teamed up with feral cat caregivers to control, monitor, feed and provide veterinary care to feral cat populations — and even help adopt some into loving homes.

We provide spay/neuter procedures for San Francisco’s feral cats for free on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays — no appointment necessary.

Read the Adoption Pact between The SF/SPCA and ACC.

The new Leanne Roberts Center dramatically increases our capacity to care for and treat feral cats. See the tips below for how you can help.

How Our Feral Fix Program Works
We accept trapped cats Monday, Wednesday and Friday (excluding major holidays).
Drop off time is between 7:30 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.
Bring a trapped cat to the Leanne Roberts Center Feral Cat Department Entrance at 220 Florida Street. Be sure to cover the trap with a towel or sheet.
No need to park your car! We offer a curbside drop-off service. Simply pull up between 7:30 – 8 a.m., and a staff person will assist you.
You will be offered the option of purchasing a Feline Leukemia Test ($27.50) and/or a one-time treatment of Revolution ($8) or Advantage ($7) for fleas. If interested, please be prepared to pay by credit card or check.
Same-Day Feral Cat Pick-Up Information
Feral cats must be picked up the same day between 4:30 – 5:00 p.m.
We offer curbside pick-up at the Feral Cat Department Entrance, 220 Florida St.
Recovery Information
A recently altered feral cat must remain indoors for recovery for two to three days.
If the cat is semi-social, you can use a garage space or bathroom.
For cats that cannot be handled, plan on keeping the cat in the trap. Ask us for advice on cage cleaning and feeding during the recovery period.
If you want to rent a trap from The SF/SPCA, contact us at 415.522.3539.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is a feral cat?
A: An unsocialized “community cat” that cannot be safely handled and must be trapped to be transported.

Q: How young can a feral cat be to be spayed/neutered?
A: Feral kittens can be altered at 2 months of age and/or 2 pounds.

Q: What if I have found a feral mother cat and kittens?
A: If possible, trap the mother and kittens and provide in-home care and daily socialization of the kittens until they are eight weeks of age. At that time, the kittens can be surrendered to The SF/SPCA for adoption. The mother cat will be spayed at no charge and returned to you for release.”

San Francisco’s Scott Street Goes Green – Is This California’s First Green Bike Box?

Thursday, December 3rd, 2009

Here’s the scene on freshly-paved Scott Street this afternoon. The greening of the “bike box” red light waiting area on Scott Street near Oak at the terminus of the famous Wiggle Bike Route has begun. At long last, it has begun.

For now, anyway. The partial lifting of the Bicycle Plan injunction isn’t a 100% thing, but the City is moving ahead anyway.

Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Ross Mirkarimi, MTA chief Nat Ford, and Mayor Gavin Newsom all got in on the fun. Click to expand:

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As Our Mayor’s extended paint roller got closer to the throng of reporters Supervisor Dufty was all, “Watch out media, Gavin’s coming your way!” And here’s the reaction – a that’s-right-laugh-it-up-funnyboy smirk and then a quick departure:

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Gavin’s ill humor wasn’t helped later on when Emmy Award-winning CBS5 political editor Hank Plante started asking about Geo Fanelli wanting his recent $500 donation back. Akit‘s suggestion about suing in small claims court is interesting, non? I mean, you can’t give everybody their money back, right? (After your campaign buys a copy of PhotoShop, you don’t get much change back from a $500 banknote.) However, Geo has a pretty sympathetic case to make. Mmmm.

Anyway, in all the excitement, Bevan started painted bike helmets green, making mementos to allow us to remember this Special Day. (Bro was on today with all his Ammiano-like bons mots.)

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San Francisco Bicycle Coalition leader Leah Shahum and Nat Ford were all smiles today:

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Supervisor Mirkarimi looked dashing on his Trek Ride+ electric-assist bike. It’s just like Board President David Chiu’s. Said one wag, “Ross, you have the right equipment.” The loud reply, from someone famous: “That’s what she said!”

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All in all, it was quite a celebration.

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But this isn’t all for today. San Francisco’s first protected bike lane is now on Market Street, as of this AM.

New Bike Lanes on JFK in GGP, 133 Parking Spaces Gone, Hearing May 29th

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Well look what just sprouted up in Golden Gate Park – PUBLIC HEARING notices like the one you see below. So, it looks like DPT ORDER No. 3619, adopted just four days ago, will be the subject of a hearing at City Hall on Friday, May 29, 2009.

Here’s the upshot – three miles of bike lanes are going in (that’s both ways on JFK Drive from Park Presidio (basically) for almost a mile and a half to the Stanyan, Oak, Fell, Kezar area where the Panhandle starts (basically), so that means 133 parking spaces are coming out.

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That’s the best I can figure, anyway. (I’m not too good at this legal stuff, took the LSAT, got a 48, srsly.)

Take a look at what part of JFK looks like now. Cyclists compete with (legally and illegally) parked vehicles – sometimes they are forced into the “designated lane for cars.” It’s sort of a mess.

Project 7-4 John F. Kennedy Drive Bicycle Lanes, Kezar to Transverse Drives
This project would involve the installation of Class II bicycle lanes [which means a regular bike lane with stripes on both sides] in both directions on John F. Kennedy Drive from Kezar Drive to Transverse Drive in Golden Gate Park. This project would add Class II bicycle lanes… by narrowing existing travel lanes. A limited number of parking spaces would be removed along portions of John F. Kennedy Drive where the narrowing of travel lanes would not provide sufficient space to add Class II bicycle lanes.

Here’s the proposal in four pages of pdf. If you add up the numbers in the handwritten notes, you should get 133 parking spaces removed. (I guess that’s a “limited number.”) Here’s the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition‘s take, on this page here:

Description of project

This is Project 7.4 in the Bike Plan EIR:

John F. Kennedy Drive Bicycle Lanes, Kezar to Transverse Drives

MTA’s Project Description as analyzed in the Bike Plan EIR (Acrobat PDF file)

This project is an element of SF Bike Route 30.

Project Designs and Drawings

MTA’s project material (Acrobat PDF files):

Will Norman Mailer, seen here illegally blocking the current “bike lane” in front of the Conservatory of Flowers, soon be parking his tour bus on top of the new and improved bike lanes?

 

Only Time Will Tell.

Rally to Preserve Bike Lane at Market and Octavia in San Francisco

Sunday, January 18th, 2009

The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition called for a rally at Market and Octavia on Friday and they got quite a turnout. Right now, we can be certain that more changes are a coming to this busy intersection. The question of the week is whether the dedicated inbound bike lane will stick around.

Now you’d think that 3000 mile long I-80, the United States’ main east-west interstate, would end either north of Market Street or south of it. But for some ridiculous reason after traveling all the way from New Joisey or Ocean City, MD or wherever, it ends right smack dab on Market Street, seemingly lacking the energy to make it one or two blocks farther. That’s ancient history (involving the old grey Mayor, and a thing called (Supervisor Michael) Yaki’s Compromise, and yada yada yada) now, so oh well.

But since we’re on the subject, why not just get rid of this whole Octavia imbroglio? This would include the ridiculous, hated, overly-wide Octavia Boulevard (parking line + driving lane + median + driving lane + driving lane + big median + driving lane + driving lane + median + driving lane + parking lane = TOO DAMN WIDE = an imepdiment to transit = a scar on the land) and the “Central Freeway” glorified offramp. Bring this mother down.

But barring that happening tomorrow, we’ll have a showdown next week of the SFBC vs the city. Now the City and County of San Francisco is getting sick of getting sued whenever there’s an accident at Market and Octavia, so they think getting rid of the bike lane would help. This viewpoint is ably expressed here, via the hard-working StreetsBlog San Francisco.

Friday’s rally had inspiring words from Senator Mark Leno, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, as well as a few other pols. To Be Continued…

“SAVE THIS BIKE LANE” Click to expand:

A closer look at the impressive weekday crowd of 100 or so.

A bevested and fired up Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi called for “monofocused” enforcement of the traffic laws at this intersection. He also spoke of “radiating effects,” which shows that The Boss is up to speed on the issues. Good for him.  

Supervisor David Campos was the fresh face on the scene.

Everything’s gone green at the threatened bike lane, at least temporarily. The traffic island that helps define the bike lane is right behind temporary taggers. 

“We shall defend our island, whatever the cost may be… we shall never surrender.” Winston Churchill.

More deets after the jump.

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City Attorney Dennis Herrera Acts to Modify Bicycle Plan Injunction

Monday, December 1st, 2008

The latest chapter in the long story of San Francisco’s Bicycle Plan began today with this filing from the office of San Francsico City Attorney Dennis Herrera. (Earlier chapters of this tale dealt with local social gadlfly and self-confessed JFK conspiracy theory crank Robert “Crazy Rob” Anderson and his successful efforts to get the city to do an environmental impact study.)

It seems that certain areas just can’t wait for the bureaucratic gears to grind, so a judge is being asked to give the city and county permission to get started sooner rather than later.  

Dennis J. Herrera, San Francisco’s happy warrior:

What areas are those? Well, how about Market and Octavia for starters. But there are other problem areas as well. Try these on for size:

Polk Street between Beach and Market Streets, where 73 motor vehicle-bicycle collisions have been reported since 2003.

The length of Valencia Street, where the 65 motor vehicle-bicycle collisions reported since 2003 include a large proportion of “dooring” incidents.

The Third Street Corridor, where the 32 collisions involving cyclists and motorists reported since 2003 include one fatality of a bicyclist struck by a truck at Third and Marin Streets.

Folsom Street between 13th Street and the Embarcadero, where 52 bicycle-related injury accidents have been reported in the last five years.

Lower Market Street, from 8th Street to the Embarcadero.  Some 179 bicycle injury collisions have occurred along the entire length of Market Street, from Castro Street to the Embarcadero (including the Market and Octavia intersection) over the past five years.

What will Judge Peter J. Busch make of this? We’ll have an inkling by the end of the month.

Today’s filing certainly seems like a well-tailored request…