It’ll be just like when they shot that Milk movie…
…except without Sean Penn
I’ve said my piece here.
These numerous street closures are the most extensive yet, IIRC.
And now, on with the show. See you Wednesday!
*** PRESS RELEASE ***
Board President London Breed and City Departments Unveil Plans to Address “4/20” Activities in Golden Gate Park and Haight-Ashbury
SAN FRANCISCO – Board President London Breed and City officials today announced plans to mitigate potential issues related to festivities on April 20, 2016. Supervisor Breed, who represents a portion Golden Gate Park and affected neighborhoods, issued the following statement:
“It’s that time of year when nearly 15,000 visitors flood into Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods to celebrate the informal, unsanctioned “4/20” holiday.
Though we welcome celebrations and visitors all year round, some 4/20 festivities in the past have led to horrific traffic, overwhelmed residential streets, public urination, damage to public and private property, and strained police, Muni and park resources. And on the following day, 4/21, Recreation and Park staff and volunteers have had to laboriously collect over 10,000 pounds of litter left in the parks.
In 2013, I was determined to do something about these impacts to our neighborhoods, and every year since, have worked with City departments to create a comprehensive approach to dealing with these issues. As a result, we’ve seen decreased street congestion, increased services and an overall safer day. This is our third year putting together a plan and I am pleased to say we have collectively improved on this process year after year.
To be clear, there is no sponsor for “4/20”, and therefore no fiscal organizer to hold accountable. But as a City who welcomes visitors from all over the world, we need to do everything possible to ensure a safe, peaceful April 20th for both visitors and residents. Our goal is to ensure public safety, and as such, there will be no tolerance for visitors who are using “4/20” as an excuse to damage our parks and neighborhoods.
In attendance were Captain John Sanford of Park Police Station, Chief Mike Celeste of Recreation and Parks, Chief Probation Officer Allen Nance, Rachel Gordon of the Department of Public Works, Battalion Chief Victor Wyrsch of the Fire Department and Camron Samii and Ed Cobean from the Municipal Transportation Agency.
City departments worked together put the following measures in place for April 20, 2016:
Increased Police and Juvenile Probation Officer Presence: There will be uniformed and plain clothes officers surrounding Golden Gate Park and surrounding neighborhoods. Park Rangers will also be in full force, ensuring safety within the park.
Traffic Control Officers and Parking Control Officers: There will be Parking Control Officers ticketing and towing vehicles that are illegally parked in residential and commercial corridors (i.e. blocking driveways) and Traffic Control Officers enforcing street closures and facilitating the flow of traffic.
Zero Tolerance for Unpermitted Booths and Concessions: Commercial, unpermitted concessions will not be allowed in Golden Gate Park or surrounding public spaces.
Litter abatement and bathroom facilities: DPW will temporarily install portable bathroom facilities on Waller & Stanyan for public use. Recreation and Parks will put out temporary trash, recycling and compost receptacles throughout the park. Recreation and Parks staff and volunteers will do a sweep of the park in the late afternoon and the following morning. Neighborhood organizations like Taking it to the Streets have also signed to do clean up the following day.
Street Closures & Muni re-routes:
San Francisco Police Department will enforce the following street closures beginning at 10 a.m.:
Haight, Page and Waller streets between Masonic and Stanyan streets
Stanyan Street between Frederick and Oak streets
Shrader Street between Beulah and Waller streets
Oak and Waller streets at Ashbury, Clayton, Shrader, Cole and Belvedere streets
Frederick Street at Shrader Street
Beulah Street at Shrader and Cole street
During the time of street closures, no traffic will be allowed with an exception of Muni buses. Personnel from SFPD may decide additional street closures as crowds grow for public safety.
Beginning at approximately 3 p.m., the following Muni lines and routes will be affected:
N Judah, NX N Express, 6 Parnassus, 7 Haight/Noriega, 7R Haight/Noriega Rapid, 33 Ashbury/18th, 37 Corbett, 43 Masonic
Just released, below.
And here’s two cents from CWNevius, to compare.
(He seems much less demanding of the SFPD.)
“*** STATEMENT ***
SUPERVISOR MALIA COHEN AND BOARD PRESIDENT LONDON BREED’S STATEMENT REGARDING RECENTLY REVEALED TEXT MESSAGES BY SFPD OFFICERS
SAN FRANCISCO – At the full Board of Supervisors meeting today, Supervisor Malia Cohen and Board President London Breed issued the following joint statement regarding the recently revealed racist and homophobic text messages sent by a new group of San Francisco police officers.
“It has barely been a year since the last time we issued a joint statement about racist and homophobic text messages exchanged by SFPD officers. In that time, we’ve witnessed the tragic shooting of Mario Woods; the launch of multiple investigations; our community gripped by protests and pain; and—in a maddening twist—officers from the last texting scandal back on duty in SFPD uniforms.
When is enough, enough? We talk about implicit bias training, yet time and again are confronted with explicit bias by those who are sworn to protect the community. This behavior cannot be tolerated without consequence; the City must rededicate itself to police reform.
As Supervisors, we have written June’s ballot measure to require independent investigations of all officer involved shootings. We pushed for and helped fund body cameras for every officer. We called for the federal investigation into Mario Woods’ shooting. And we led the effort to stop the proposed $300 million jail.
But there is clearly more work to do. We need more diversity and bias training, culturally competent community relations, data collection, independent investigations, accountability, and transparency. And as we recruit more officers, it’s imperative we continue to fight for increased diversity on the force.
We urge the Police Commission and Chief to seek the fullest possible disciplinary action for the officers involved in this recent action, and we will work with the Mayor, the Department, and community stakeholders to create an action plan to prevent these incidents from ever happening again.”
IDK, man, I don’t really get this newfangled street closure scheme, which is going to make getting to the Sunset even harder this year:
So each block of the Upper Haight will have its own PCO to check and see who lives where? I suppose so.
Anyway, this is news to me…
“420 Day Street Closures
Sharon Meadow Area Closures:
WB Fell @ Shrader Street – Vehicles traveling WB on Fell Street will be diverted from Fell Street onto NB Stanyan Street.
NB Stanyan @ Fell Street – Vehicles traveling NB on Stanyan Street will not be able to use Fell Street loop to WB Fell Street. All vehicles will be directed to stay on NB Stanyan Street.
WB John F. Kennedy Drive from Stanyan Street – No vehicular traffic allowed
EB Lincoln Way @ Kezar Drive – No vehicular traffic allowed.
WB Frederick Street at Kezar Dr./Lincoln Way – No vehicular traffic allowed.
NB Stanyan Street @ Frederick Street – No vehicular traffic allowed.
Haight Street Area Closures:
(Residents on the following streets will be allowed access with proof of residency)
Waller Street @ Shrader Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Cole Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Belvedere Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Clayton Street – No NB traffic allowed
Waller Street @ Ashbury Street – No NB traffic allowed
Masonic Ave. @ Haight Street – No WB traffic allowed on Haight Street
Masonic Ave. @ Page Street – No WB traffic allowed onto Page Street
Oak Street @ Shrader Street – No SB traffic allowed on Shrader Street
Oak Street @ Cole Street – No SB traffic allowed on Cole Street
Oak Street @ Clayton Street – No SB traffic allowed on Clayton Street
Oak Street @ Ashbury Street – No SB traffic allowed on Ashbury Street
420 Day Street Alternative Routes
The following streets will be open for NB and SB travel:
The following streets will be open for WB and EB travel:
Frederick Street as well as parallel streets south of Frederick Street will be open.
That’s right, our First Amendment prevents local regulation, pretty much.
So there’s nothing to stop the crush of these orange Boost ads from circling and circling during rush hour.
We would circle and we’d circle and we’d circle to stop and consider and centered on the pavement stacked up all the trucks jacked up and our wheels in slush and orange crush in pocket and all this here county, hell, any county, it’s just like heaven here, and I was remembering and I was just in a different county and all then this whirlybird that I headed for I had my goggles pulled off; I knew it all, I knew every back road and every truck stop…
Shoplifters, like this one…
in the Twitterloin District are a big concern.
Yet, a scene like this a few miles to the west raises…
NO hackles at all.
IDK, but Out West, out in the Western Addition, SFGov doesn’t spend eight figures a year on non-profits so there aren’t any “organizers” to “organize” against the functioning of the SFPD?
Generally speaking, residents to the west of the Twitterloin don’t want to micromanage the SFPD, for whatever reason…
Just My Observation, but there are lots of cops around to pull people over this week in the 94117. As here on Oak:
I assumed that this ride had been pulled over for an expired registration, and I was correct, ’cause like you can’t really speed on this stretch of Oak.
I’m thinking the SFPD really likes to use license plate scanners in this area since lots of drivers get shunted into the Fell Oak corridor and it’s like fish in a barrel.
Generally speaking, having one-month expired registration tags (tabs?) is not that big of a deal, but whoo boy, once you get past six months, well Katie Bar The Door – the CVC takes a very dim view of waiting half a year to get your annual registration completed, just saying.
Anyway, it’s rare to see a business vehicle with expired registration, but these days, with license plate scanners all about, you just might get pulled over, with a quickness…
So yeah, tourists have been getting mugged lately up at the lookout at Twin Peaks on Christmas Tree [Holiday Tree?] Road. And the grotesque “50” sculpture ad from the NFL people has been “getting the business” from locals who think that Ed Lee got snookered by wasting our city’s time/ money / effort on hosting the NFL’s parties for Super Bowl 50. And, oh it’s Super Week starting today and The Eyes Of The World Are Upon Us.
Therefore, why not have an officer sit up there in a radio car with the lights on playing Candy Crush*? Sitting, waiting/ anticipating…
That’s your view as you drive out of the big parking lot, and the entrance and exit are basically at the same place. I’ll tell you, this certainly sends a message to those who want to mayhem up there. And I’ll tell you, this place is a magnet for yahoos right up there with Haight Stanyan or Pier 39.
So, Is This Good Policing? IDK.
But this certainly Sends A Message, no doubt.
*Just guessing! But Man, the SFPD sure loves its smartphones is all I’m saying.
Consarnit, back in the day our Panhandle Bike Path was just eight foot wide. But then people started using it more, so it got widened to 12 foot. We should up that 16 foot, why not.
And on the Oak side of the GGP Panhandle, we should certainly redo the crazy wavy surface ASAP, and widening, well again, why not?
Oh what’s that, you’re waiting to get the irrigation installed? All right, well that’s already been taking a long long time, and one questions why we’re irrigating in the first place, and walkers and joggers are falling down all the time, due to this outrageous neglect from SFGov.