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SFGov Invites YOU to a FREE DINNER at the Park Branch Library Tonight – New Panhandle Playground – Bring the Kids!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Here’s the news from a few years back and here’s what’s going to happen tonight at our SFPL’s Park Branch Library at 1833 Page near Clayton at 5:30 PM:

“Panhandle Playground Project – Planning Workshop – May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A workshop to discuss future improvements to the Panhandle Playground as part of the Let’s Play SF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Food provided! Children and youth welcome as we will have planning activities geared towards them!

For more information about the Panhandle Playground Project, please visit tinyurl.com/PanhandlePlayground or contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at Melinda.Stockmann@sfgov.org or at 415-581-2548.”

But oh, there are a few issues.

1 So who’s paying the millions of dollars SFGov is proposing to spend? Well, they don’t get into that. I assume it’s local tax- and fee-payers. So that’s one of the costs of this project, right?

2. I mention that because destroying the current setup, the popular Kid’s Kingdom playground what’s the current Panhandle Playground, and then putting in a replacement will take, what, months, years? I mean, delays are baked into the cake, right?

Oh, here it is. “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But area residents didn’t cotton to this kind of marketing, so chop chop:

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3. One way to take care of this lengthy shut down issue would be to build the new playground someplace else nearby. THIS IS ONE OF THE CHOICES THAT YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY HAVE INPUT ON TONIGHT. Frankly, I don’t think Rec and Park would really be into moving the site JMO. The current location has a bunch of exotic trees around it, which many find appealing, but given the half-assed way RPD conducts its bidness, there’s a heightened risk of a big old branch coming down and killing somebody someday. Anyway, our RPD seems to think nothing of shutting down playgrounds for basically no reason for like a year, so I don’t think it cares oh well.

Getting rid of the rats should be high on the agenda regardless:

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RPD’s hands are tied about getting rid of rats. They can cull the herd, but getting rid of them altogether, well that’s a gonna be hard. They have some helpers though, to swoop down and carry away the poor little rattus rattus:

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4. But here’s the thing: Once you wrap your head around building the new playground while keeping the current one open, then who’s to say that people would prefer the new one? In fact, the current Kid’s Kingdom Panhandle Playground is remarkably popular, drawing in kids from all over the city. Why? Well mostly it has to do with all the tons of sand. People love the sand. And these days it’s a rare thing in Frisco. You know who hates sand, or at least hates taking care of sand? That’s right, your RPD. Speaking of which, RPD isn’t all that popular and yet the current playground is. So why not get a new RPD and leave the current playground alone?

5. Or better yet, take the money set aside and use it to take care of the Panhandle Playground better – is that so crazy? Ask people who are there and they are shocked that RPD and associated non-profits run by millionaires consider this place a “failing” playground. What makes it a “failure?” Its popularity? The current playground is a beat up Toyota Land Cruiser with 100,000 miles, which means that if you take care of it, maybe spruce it up a bit, then it will last for decades more, right?

6. But, RPD is already set upon getting rid of Kid’s Kingdom, without asking anybody. (Our SFMTA once made the mistake of actually asking if people wanted the crazy, I mean just crazy traffic circles they randomly put on Page, among other places. And the answer was no, we want our stop signs back, by a three to one margin. So this kind of thing is on RPD’s mind when it considers asking people what they want.) And they’re already paying a project manager and they’ve selected the main contractor, so RPD would think it “sad” if they had to give back the millions of dollars set aside.

7. Oh well.

8. And let’s see, is all that sand what’s there bad because of parasites? Well that could be true but it’s not because we don’t have no cats around, at least the way the ‘burbs do.

9. And is there arsenic in the wood at the playground now? Oh, yes there is. But it’s not all that big a deal. Typically, if there’s arsenic in your kid, then it’s going to be from something other than CCA wood. And you’re supposed to wash your hands after leaving, at least that’s what an RPD sign says what’s posted near the eastern entrance.

10. Oh, what’s that, playgrounds have changed so so much in the two decades since (Old) General Motors simply gifted us $100k to put in Kid’s Kingdom? Noooooope! You’re wrong, RPD.

11. But you have a new Theory of Playgrounds that you’re happy to share and discuss? Well, that’s fine, but the people who made Kid’s Kingdom also had theories and I’ll bet if you put them together, cut them up and then presented them to RPD employees, they wouldn’t be able to distinguish betwixt the bad old theories and the great new theories.

12. Oh well.

13. So the current playground is “failing” but the current users don’t have the foggiest idea of what that means, so why doesn’t RPD face up to this?

14. Anyway, you’ve paid for this project, so you deserve some free food at the library. They’ll ask you about your feelings about this and that, like what color should this be kind of thing. One supposes.

15. If the food’s not to your liking, Mickey D’s on Haight has 2 for 1 Happy Meals today, via their app.

16. Adieu Kid’s Kingdom. Many people will miss your ocean of sand, especially the Little Ones. Expect a playground geared more for Big Kids. For Better or Worse. Eventually.

17. OIOW:

“long-suffering playground” [IRL, it’s an extremely popular playground. Its current Yelp rating is 4.5 stars, which is the very definition of almost perfect, right? And hey look, what about the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Yelp rating – it’s much lower, it’s actually just 2.5 stars, right? Is RPD “failing?” Should we simply fire everybody and start over? Hey, why don’t we start using objective measurements, like asking the playground’s existing customers what they think? Is that too radical a notion?]

“finally” [This “framing” assumes 100% of what the millionaire-run Parks Alliance nonprofit says is accurate]

“Victim to time” [Well sure, you could replace this or that at this location, but what’s so wrong with it? What makes it a useless tear-down?]

“frequent wear and tear” [Because it’s popular? We’re going to change it because it’s popular and it gets used?]

“grown-up play” [Turns out it was sixth-graders who busted the slide, per the word on the street]

“the playground pales in comparison to other high-tech kids’ play areas in the city.” [What on Earth could  make a playground “high tech?” Like, “sure this playground is great, but I feel it doesn’t employ the most recent application of science?” Like, who says that? IRL, it’s perfectly fine.]

“failing playgrounds” [But the Panhandle Playground isn’t “failing,” right? Ask all the people who use it and try to find one person who would give it a letter grade of “F“]

“low household income” [Is this area a low household income area? WTF to that. In fact, the 94117 is an extremely high household income place, right? It’s off the charts, actually, nationally speaking. And even locally, it’s anything but a low household income area.]

“low Parks Alliance Report Card grades and rankings.” [Oh, here we go, here’s the problem. What’s the PARC and why does it matter?]

“an early holiday gift to District 5.” [London Breed is thinking “CHRISTMAS” but she says holidays – good for her. But who’s paying for this gift? Oh, we are? So it’s not really a gift, is it, London Claus?]

“high-tech play matting” [I have no fucking idea what this means. Currently, the joint is basically a giant sand box. Is this a bad thing? One supposes that some think so, but one doesn’t know.]

“What would you like to see improved upon in our small neighborhood playground?” [Keeping it the same, except for maintenance, which, if it’s lacking, then whose fault is that? Cough RPD, cough]

Wouldn’t it be ironic, dontcha think, if the Yelp ratings of the Panhandle Playground go down after we spend all those millions of dollars on this simple, functional playground?

We’ll see.

 

RPD Takes Down Its Tree Mail in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Before:

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After:

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Well there we go.

Thanks, RPD!

While you’re at it, why not fix the walking path along Oak? I don’t think this is a money issue, it’s a something-else issue. It has to do with your priorities, RPD…

RPD v. DPW: Rec and Park STAPLES Its Ad to a TREE in Golden Gate Park – Is This Allowed?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

I’ll tell you, our Rec and Park (rated at just 2.5 stars) is SICK AND TIRED of taking care of the ocean of sand that makes up our perfectly fine, 4 star-rated Kid’s Kingdom Panhandle Playground, so it wants to spend millions of dollars on a replacement.

So here’s the ad for the next step, for a public meeting at the Park Branch of our San Francisco Public Library:

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RPD stapled its ad to a tree.

Now let’s check out what DPW has to say. See that? No staples allowed. Like not even on a telephone pole, man.

I recognize that DPW rules might not apply all over Frisco, but geez man. Do you want people stapling crap to your trees, RPD?

Now as far as the proposals for getting rid of Kid’s Kingdom, well, what if the new playground were free and what if it could be created in an instant – would existing users prefer the new place or the existing playground? You know, IDK.

The parents / caregivers are, generally, astonished when they hear that the Panhandle Playground is one of the worst in Frisco. And actually a lot of them travel past other playgrounds to get to this particular one, so they aren’t looking forward to RPD taking all that sand away.

OTOH, RPD doesn’t have the scratch to fix the nearby walking path next to Oak. For want of a half-mil, it’s given up on doing anything with that abysmal macadam anytime soon.

So that’s why RPD going to lengths to dismantle a perfectly fine playground is a bit funny.

And of course, the new playground isn’t free – it’ll cost millions. And of course, it won’t get built in an instant – it’ll take months. And of course, there are other pros and cons to putting in a new playground. But RPD has already decided to get rid of Kid’s Kingdom, so they want people to now focus on tiny details (oh, what color would you like the paint to be?) as opposed to the big picture (the place is very popular, and people are sad at the idea of losing the sand, but they’d like RPD to do a better job of taking care of the place, and why not just keep this place instead of destroying it?)

Oh well…

Special SFPD Park Station Community Meeting on Valentine’s Day Dealing with Violent Crime Uptick North of the Panhandle

Monday, February 13th, 2017

All the deets from Hoodline.

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Oh, I Guess the Hated / Beloved Pedestrian Bridge over Geary at Webster is Going to Stay After All? – Geary BRT Update

Monday, August 1st, 2016

Look at all this stuff our SFCTA was going to do:

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Note “Roadway redesign – mid 2016”

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Well guess what – the SFCTA / SFMTA recently caved, so the Bridge Over The River Geary will remain at Webster.

So all these meetings were a big success, or a huge failure for the SFCTA, depending on how you look at it.

And look at all the Haterade that the SFCTA poured over the pedestrian bridges of Geary – and this is just 20% of the references made:

In the Japantown and Fillmore areas, there are closed crosswalks and circuitous pedestrian bridges that are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

In the Japantown area, as depicted in Figure 1-6, some aspects that discourage pedestrian movement and activity include narrow medians and circuitous pedestrian bridges that intimidate some and are not compliant with accessibility standards for people with disabilities.

Spanning Geary Boulevard are two pedestrian bridges at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections, where closed crosswalks limit pedestrians‟ ability to cross Geary Boulevard at ground level. These overcrossings are several decades old and, although they provide separation from traffic, are often perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing Geary Boulevard due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users‟ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), hindering the mobility of people with disabilities.

Pedestrian bridges at Steiner Street and Webster Street: These two pedestrian overcrossings would be removed, to eliminate conflicts between these structures‟ piers and the proposed bus lanes, as well as to provide new pedestrian crossings at street grade.

Two pedestrian bridges span Geary Boulevard at the Webster Street and Steiner Street intersections. The grade-separated walkways allow pedestrians to cross over Geary Boulevard. These overcrossings are several decades old and are perceived as an inconvenient way of crossing due to the long and indirect ramps, change in elevation required, and some users’ sense of insecurity. Additionally, the pedestrian overcrossings are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) due to their average inclines exceeding the ADA standard of a five percent maximum grade (i.e. a slope increasing in elevation by five feet for every 100 feet in length), which makes wheelchair crossings difficult.

Like I said, this is just 20% of the vitriol our SFCTA spewed upon these two bridges in just one document. I get the feeling these SFCTA people would say just about anything to get nine figures from the Feds. I mean if the Feds would give the SFCTA $100,000,000 to recommend keeping everything on Geary EXACTLY THE SAME FOR THE NEXT TEN YEARS, then I’ll bet the we would have gotten a document what extols the virtues of these bridges.

Anyway, the Webster bridge is staying, that’s the news.

I Finally Made It In To BOHEMIAN GROVE – Plus, a Big “Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project” Meeting Tonight in Mill Valley

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Which came first – this Bohemian Grove or this one in Muir Woods?

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IDK.

Hey, our NPS is having a meeting, about parking, or shuttle buses ‘n stuff like that:

Public Meeting – Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project
Date & Time 06/27/2016 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Please join us for a public meeting later this month to update you on the Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project (formerly Muir Woods Site Improvements). This project would preserve resources by improving parking, transit, and pedestrian access at Muir Woods.

Meeting Details:

DATE: Monday, June 27
TIME: 6-8 pm
LOCATION: Tamalpais High School, Student Center
700 Miller Ave
Mill Valley CA 94941 **Parking on Almonte Ave.**

Key Project Elements: The project scope has been modified in response to further analysis and public input. Key elements include:

Redesign/reorganization of parking (not to exceed the 232 existing personal vehicle spaces)
Improvements to pedestrian trails and walkways connecting parking to monument entrance
Protection of resources by better managing stormwater runoff from parking areas
Completion of plaza improvements begun in 2010
Muir Woods Pedestrian Bridge Replacements
Future Dipsea Trail Bridge
Salmon in Redwood Creek
Marin Transit

Public scoping & comment for the Muir Woods Sustainable Access Project was completed in the fall of 2013. An environmental assessment will be released for public review and comment in the fall of 2016 in compliance with the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA).Comments received on cultural resource issues will also be taken into account while coordinating compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Location: Tamalpais High School, Student Center, 700 Miller Ave, Mill Valley, CA, 94941
Time: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Contact Name: Mia Monroe
Contact Phone Number: 415-561-4964″

But if you’re one of those weaving spiders, you’re better off staying home…

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The New Corporate Shuttle Bus Terminal on Fell is Now Fully Operational – Oh, It’s For FaceBook? – And a Note About SFGH Naming RIghts

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Here you go, you can click here and then click some more to learn about the lengthy new corporate bus-only bus stop at Fell and Masonic.

But here’s endgame – an officially marked, new-school bus stop what’s 100-something feet long. And look, it’s for Facebook (among others, presumably).

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But our Teamster drivers from the Central Valley, they don’t seem to want to pull all the way into the stop. I guess overhanging trees are an issue? IDK. So Fell gets blocked a bit for a little while oh well:

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Anyway, that’s that, a mystery solved. But look, just one block away is a bus stop (a famous one ’cause it’s just nine seconds away from another on this very short block, but that’s another story) what has an ad for Zuckerberg Hospital. So, the nine families who are pissed off about the new bus terminal on Fell can think about how they themselves didn’t buy naming rights for SFGH?

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Oh, the ad’s on the other side of the bus stop, but it kind of looks like this:

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Is this for real – ZSFGcare.org? Hey, instead of just buying naming rights, why didn’t we make Zuck pay for the whole thing? I’m thinking he got off cheap.

We could have gotten more money out of the Zucks, ergo we should have. Hey Zuck, why not make a check out for the difference, like what, half a billion, and make it out to SF General Fund and have somebody drop it off at City Hall. (They’ll know what to do with it.) And then you’ll be a pioneering philanthropist instead of being like all the others.

Like, if you’re name’s going to be on the thing like this forever, then you should have paid for all of it, lock, stock and barrel.

Just saying, Z.

SFMTA Finally Finishes at Fell and Masonic: “You Parked in the New Google Shuttle Stop Zone :(“

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Here’s how things looked yesterday morning – not a high rate of compliance at our sad-sack SFMTA’s Bright New Thing:

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But look – it’s neighbor helping neighbor via a note on the windshield:

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And then, by the end of the day, white paint had appeared on the curbs.

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So go ahead and park there if you want. The Teamster drivers will call in a tow and then the SFMTA will make a profit off of America’s Highest Administrative Towing Fee. (Hey, you know who’s “addicted to cars” more than anybody else in Frisco? That’s right, it’s the people at the SFMTA. Without all the money it gets, somehow, some way, through car owners, well, our SFMTA would have to have massive layoffs and end up with only 5000(!) employees.)

Anyway, I guess they’re done now, so this is what a 116-foot corporate shuttle bus terminal looks like…

Our SFMTA’s New Corporate Bus Terminal on Fell Near Masonic is Off to a Rough Start – Poorly-Placed Signage?

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

I remember how the SFMTA kicked off its new corporate bus-only terminal on Fell betwixt Masonic and Ashbury as if it were yesterday, or the day before yesterday anyway.

Way back then, the temporary signs notified locals* to not park there and the locals complied. But now we have more permanent signage, see?

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The problem is that they’re harder to see. Now you’d think that they could have put one on this metal pole here, but they didn’t:

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No no, they’re mounted only on concretey light poles way up high:

 

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So here come the parkers, during the evening drive yesterday, betwixt 4:00 and 8:00 PM:

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This Prius is parked right under one of the two news sign. Is this kosher? I can’t tell. I don’t think it is.

Hey SFMTA! Don’t most bus stops / terminals have lines marked out on the street? I think so! Anyway, your three temporary no parking signs were doing a better job than your two brand-new permanent signs, just saying.

On It Goes…

*One time, a Facebook Teamster from Stockton(!)** asked me, “What’s Divisidero?” We were both on Masonic at the time…

**Man, how can you live in Stockton and work in Frisco doing a decidedly non-telecommuting job?

It Begins: SFMTA Rolls Over Irate Neighbors, Installs Corporate Shuttle Bus Depot on Fell Near Masonic

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Here’s the background and here’s what the first day of terminal operation looked like yesterday:

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I didn’t see it in operation, but I did see a Nest* (wherever that is) Bus heading away from this area this AM so maybe this 116 feet will be a nest for Nest, and others. Who uses this terminal is a secret, kept by our incompetent SFMTA, for some reason.

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I think all these pissed-off people would have needed the relevant city Supervisor to go to bat for them against the SFMTA. I suppose that didn’t happen.

(I’ll tell you, one block away on Hayes, there’s a bus stop for the #21 what’s nine (9) seconds away from another bus stop for the same line. Our weak-willed SFMTA wanted to get rid of one of the stops but a while back but a local bidness owner hired on craigslist to get a “grass-roots” campaign going to sway our swayable Supervisor London Breed. So that’s democracy in action, or not, depending on how you look at it.)

Anyway, the signs say that all this will expire on May 27th, 2016, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the SFMTA wants to do next. Perhaps they’ll install permanent signs soon, IDK…

*Yeah, I need me an expensive Nest thermostat for my 100 year old radiators – I’m sure that would work out real good.