If you can’t take the sign away yet, SFGov, why not just turn it off and get it out of the way, would that be too hard?
Or is it still blinking today on 4/22? We’ll see…
Well, here it is, the result of millionaire homeowners in the 94117 pressuring not-so-bright Supervisor London Breed into pressuring the SFPD and SFMTA and the rest of the SFGov alphabet soup into treating annual 420 Day at Sharon Meadow like a big corporate-sponsored event:
Katie Utehs @katieutehs: “#420 gathering in @GoldenGatePark went from being unorganized to partially organized & I’m not sure which is worse.”
“Event at Golden Gate Park - On Sunday, a large group of participants is expected to gather at Sharon Meadows [sic] inside Golden Gate Park.
The following street closures will be required by the San Francisco Police Department from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.:
Kezar Drive between Lincoln Way and John F. Kennedy Drive
Stanyan between Frederick and Oak streets
Haight Street between Masonic and Stanyan streets
During the street closures, Muni buses will be allowed through the closed streets. Personnel from SFPD and SFMTA will determine to re-route Muni buses as crowds grow. Muni bus re-routes will be expected to begin at approximately 3 p.m.
Heavy pedestrian traffic is expected around the event area.”
Here are a few of the closed streets:
And so of course Fell turned into a parking lot, what with Kezar, Gateway to the Sunsets, shut down (for some reason) this year:
Sometimes I just don’t know…
I think so.
Oh here we go:
“Scott Street will no longer be a convenient route for driving in the southbound direction.”
What the SFMTA is saying here is:
Scott Street will no longer be a possible route for driving in the southbound direction.
Hey SFMTA, instead of all this, why don’t you say what you mean and mean what you say?
Hukilau is gone, long gone. (The City done closed it down for good.)
But in its place at 5 Masonic and Geary at the top of the tunnel and at the top of Mervyn’s Heights comes The Corner Store.
I’ll tell you it was a beehive of activity last night in this otherwise sleepy part of town. And the Yelp Elites are handing out their five-star reviews already.
Now let’s hear about TCS from:
Welcome to the ‘hood, The Corner Store.
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…why not let’s have a Sunday Streets on the western span the next time Caltrans or whoever does work on the eastern span, you know, the next time they shut down the bridge over a three-day weekend.
Then people could walk or ride their bikes to islands Yerba Buena and Treasure, if only for one day.
So sure, leave a lane or two open on the western span for TI residents to escape the isles and for trucks to service the eastern span. And maybe Homeland Security could have a few snipers around in case a sleeper cell tried to attack the main suspension cables.
But that’s it, that’s all we’d need to do.
All right, make it so.
Is BART perfect?
Leave us review:
Here’s the death of Oscar Grant in 30 seconds at the Fruitvale Station in 2009. (Killing somebody with a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of not killing somebody by using a TASER X26 instead, you know, that yellow plastic thing attached to your belt – Chapter 1)
Here’s the death of Charles Hill in 80 seconds at the Civic Center Station in 2011. (Killing somebody with a SIG Sauer P226 semi-automatic instead of not killing somebody by using a TASER X26 instead, you know, that yellow plastic thing attached to your belt – Chapter 2)
So, BART, do you think there’s a chance in Hell that you did a proper job of TASER implementation the past several years? Have you apologized for that?
Here’s more. Remember this, from back in the day?
“The BART Police Department stripped its officers of Tasers on Thursday, days after a sergeant fired the electric darts of his stun gun at a 13-year-old boy fleeing from police in Richmond on his bicycle, sources told The Chronicle.”
Anyway, here’s the latest – the next protest at the downtown stations of the Bay Area Rapid Transit will be during the evening drive on Monday, August 22, 2011. (Personally, I think this one will be smaller than the one we had on Monday, August 15th, but who’s to say?)
Via Artificial Eyes/exiledsurfer – click to expand
(Are the BART police competent? I don’t know. How would they rank, say, compared with the SFPD, LAPD, FBI – is that a fair question?)
No matter, you’re making history, BART
“The mission of BART, according to BART’s statement, “is to provide, safe, secure, efficient, reliable, and clean transportation services.” So there was the municipal transit agency, exercising its powers to shut down a protest. It’s possible that BART had the legal right to cut off communications inside its stations. It can be argued that the inside of a transit station is an unsuitable place for a mass demonstration.
But the point of the would-be demonstrations was to challenge BART’s judgment in how it used its powers. The protesters were protesting a shooting by transit police. BART’s response showed that it couldn’t even grasp that premise.
What about ordinary commuters, entering the zone of conflict with no access to their own mobile communications? “BART Police officers and other BART personnel with radios were present during the planned protest, and train intercoms and white courtesy telephones remained available for customers seeking assistance or reporting suspicious activity.” The authorities were in charge. The authorities and no one else.
For a day, the measures worked—or in the unknowable world of security counterfactuals, they didn’t not work. There were no disruptive protests during that commute. But BART’s vision of tech dystopia was self-fulfilling. In response to the news of the phone shutdown, the vigilante hackers of Anonymous retaliated by breaking into its database of commuters’ private information and launching a new round of demonstrations, teaming up with the original aggrieved parties. Technology was a dangerous thing after all.”
Reyhan Harmanci is doing the play-by-play right now.
Here’s USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., laying down the law, Jesuit-style: “We run a nursing school, but not a hospital…” You see where that one’s going, right?
And the po-po, they everywhere. It must have been all-hands for the USF Public Safety Department. (Man, they sure looked like cops, couldn’t see if they had handguns.) Well, if they’re not cops they do a pretty good impersonation and then I guess I’ll have to say that it was closer to one (1) score of cops on the scene. Still, way, way overstaffed, IMO.
Across the street on Tamalpais, where Nil’s Linke’s drunk driver got arrested not too long ago:
Anyway, here’s Steve Rhodes covering the action, as you might expect he would.
Looks like this one’s off to the Federal Communications Commission…
The people at our Yelp-rated Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling Center and Native Plant Nursery at 780 Frederick Street betwixt Arguello and Lincoln think that Mayor Gavin Newsom wants to, before he leaves local politics, shut the place down.
Why? Well, they believe that due to all the skivvy from:
“Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks…”
Anyway, here are the deets:
“San Francisco’s Green Mayor Threatens Local Recycling Center With Eviction? Ten Green Jobs On The Line. 5,000 Native Plants Endangered. Thousands of SF Residents Will Miss City’s #1 Recycling Center
Anonymous sources in the Mayor’s Office, the Department of the Environment, and Recreation and Parks all confirm that the Mayor wants the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council (HANC) Recycling and Native Plant Nursery out by the end of his term. The Mayor mistakenly believes this draconian act will reduce illegal street activity in the Neighborhood and in Golden Gate Park.
HANC Operations Manager Charlie Lamar disputes the connection. “Fewer than one in five of our customers sleep outside and more than half come in cars” says Lamar who has worked there over twenty years. He added “If you watch the short video petition you’ll see how our customer base is really quite diverse and representative of the City as a whole”.
This misguided decision to evict HANC, which founded the Recycling Center in 1974, will leave the ten San Franciscans who work there without a job. HANC pays a living wage and provides health care. Given the high unemployment rate, many of these workers will be out of a work for a long time and may well end up homeless.
Thousands of San Franciscans who recycle at HANC will be forced to use one of the other rapidly diminishing recycling centers across town. San Francisco is notoriously underserved by recycling centers.
“San Francisco has only one recycling center for every 44,000 residents whereas across the State you’ll find one for every 18,000”, says Ed Dunn,HANC’s Executive Director whose father founded the Recycling Center thirty-six years ago.
The fate of the Native Plant Nursery and its 5,000 plants remains unclear. Whether or not it would be incorporated into a new proposed “Garden Resource Center” at the HANC site is an open question. The need for such a new project located so close to the existing Garden for the Environment (HANC is their fiscal agent) which has similar programs does not seem to be great.
HANC already plans to offer free soil to community gardeners in the near future. And its Native Plant Nursery and Garden has been a destination for those interested in habitat restoration and gardening with native plants for years.“