Posts Tagged ‘missing’

Our Long Parochial Nightmare is Over: The Vandalized Slides at Panhandle Playground 94117 have been Replaced by RPD

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Well the slides at the Panhandle Playground have been replaced after three months of absence.

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1. Perhaps the RPD spokesmodel meant that the entire slide complex was being repaired, as opposed to the $2000 plastic slide itself. I don’t think it would have made sense to repair the slide itself, due to liability issues for starters. This is a brand-new slide, one that’s similar enough to the original.

2. So some wealthy, non-profit people came by with clipboards to say that this particular playground currently earns a “D” grade? Well, OK fine, but if you talk to the people who actually use the place, they, more or less, give it an “A” grade, you know, except for the slide that wasn’t there all summer long. Mmmmm… What’s up with that?

3. Supervisor London Breed’s office was unresponsive to the email contact sent by a group of concerned parents, apparently. So she gets an “F,” or an Incomplete perhaps. (I’ve worked at two similar offices, with about ten or one hundred times as many constituents, and if the elected in charge found out about something like this then there’d be a 20-minute yell-fest and/or a passive aggressive note sent to a (lower-case “s”) supervisor to “fix this.”) So, obvs, a “communication issue” occurred, I just don’t know how common this is with her office.

4. RPD has a policy to not repair anything in a playground if it’s due to be revamped in the next two years? That’s my understanding. Does that mean that this playground won’t get revamped anytime soon? That’s my understanding. Why’s that? Read on, Gentle Reader.

5. What RPD really wants is area parents to get together to raise something on the order of [bites right pinkie finger] one million dollars, you know, the way they do things in rich areas of SF, like Sea Cliff (ala the new Mountain Lake) and Presidio Heights. Only then will RPD put your playground at the top of the fix-it list? OK fine. The funny thing is that most of the money that gets used to refurbish existing playgrounds is paid for by the non-rich, from some bond. But all this doesn’t matter for the playground at hand, because:

6. The slide vandalized in May 2014 has been replaced in September 2014 and the users are now satisfied. No $5,000,000 modernization from the RPD is needed, frankly. [Oh what's that, RPD - this old-school playground costs you a lot of coin to maintain? Well, then why don't you fix it up, RPD, you know, using the money we give you?]

And that’s the end of this story.

Vandalized Panhandle Playground Slide Crisis Enters Its Second Month – Won’t Somebody PLEASE Think of the Children?

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

Amy Stephenson of Hoodline (fka uppercasing) has the deets on the The Case Of The Missing Panhandle Slides

Now here’s how the purple slides looked back in happier times, before The Attack of May 2014:

But then, sometime at the end of May, I’m guessing May 30th or May 31st, you know, the weekend, some vandal(s) (I’m guessing “young punks” or “hippies”) put a giant hole in the leftmost slide. Ouch!

So, first it was all like this…

…and then it was all like this – an even bigger hole:

But then on the following Monday (June 2nd), somebody from SFGov (DPW? RPD? SFPD?) came along and added some red DANGER tape:

And then soon after that, up went the plywood and then somebody came along and did a more permanent fix and so that’s how things look today, near the end of June.

Now I’m just assuming that the hole was the result of vandalism, but I don’t figure how else it could have happened.

(Can I blame SFGov for the hole? Nope. Not at all.)

(Can I find fault with how SFGov was/is handling the issue? Nope. Not at all.)

IMO, fixing these slides proper would be a big job, so simply getting another big old piece of plastic might be the best course of action. And that might take a while. I’m figuring a resolution by the end of July is reasonable – sorry kids.

In mitigation, the playground still has one working slide.

In the meantime, WON’T SOMEBODY PLEASE THINK OF THE CHILDREN?

In SF, the 99% Need License Plates, But the 1%? Not So Much, It Would Appear

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

IDK, you drive around the projects in a beater without license plates front and rear and, well, you just might get pulled over by the SFPD.

But if you have a Lambo or a Ferrari or similar exoticar, then you can drive around for months and year plateless and worry-free, it would appear:

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It’s amazing.

A Painted Lady in the Western Addition is Missing Her Finial Thingee

Thursday, April 17th, 2014

See? This ruins everything!

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I cry foul

Famous San Francisco Food Truck Uses a Dirty Rag Instead of a Gas Cap

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Cute name?

Check.

Garish paint scheme / vehicle wrap?

Check

Gas cap?

Meh.

Throttles forward, it’s lunchtime!

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Missing Adult: AMY MATTHEWS – Last Seen November 21st, 2011 in the Inner Richmond District – Flyer

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Posted in the Western Addition:

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415 483-2690

help2findamy@gmail.com

SFPD Goes SVU: San Francisco Police Department Announces the Formation of a New Special Victims Investigations Unit

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Like this:

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“San Francisco Police Announce the Formation of a New Special Victims Investigations Unit
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San Francisco Police Chief Gregory Suhr is proud to announce the formation of the first ever San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) Special Victims Unit (S.V.U.).

For the first time in SFPD history, various investigative units have been assembled in one office to focus on the sensitive nature of crimes where in the victims have suffered the effects of Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Child Abuse & Exploitation or Sex Crimes. A majority of these victims are women, children or elderly.

Additional investigative assignments within the S.V.U. are: Human Trafficking, Stalking, Sexual Offender Registration Program, Financial Crimes and Missing Persons. The centralizing of these respective investigative disciplines will provide the public with better access to police and victims’ services. The “La Casa De Las Madres” advocate office is located in the S.V.U. office lobby. This in one example of the critical partnerships between the SFPD and the many victims advocates such as: Woman Against Rape, Institute of Aging, Trauma Recovery Center, San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, W.O.M.A.N. Inc., Domestic Violence Consortium, Asian Pacific Islander Legal Outreach and S.F. Women Against Rape.”

Umi Restaurant of Potrero Hill Has Your Pentax DSLR, You Know, the One You Left Outside Last Night.

Monday, August 15th, 2011

The news from Potrero Hill’s highly Yelp rated Umi Restaurant:

“@umi: did you leave a pentax camera on one of the benches outside 18th street in potrero? tell us the model & lens, we’re holding it…”


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The Old-Time Swastikas of SoMA – What You Can See at Fifth and Mission by the Old Mint

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Here’s an old-time right-facing swastika sitting on the corner of 5th and Mission, plain as day, right across the street from the San Francisco Chronicle Building. The metal fencing you can see has been there since 1874 or thereabouts, when the Old Mintthat Granite Female, went up.

This shows exactly where these symbols are, and this shows a close-up.

Here’s the scene:

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Some of these end caps are missing. Do you think they’ll ever be replaced?

Probably not.