Posts Tagged ‘vandalism’

Bizarre “Zero Graffiti Pledge” from DPW Binds Prospective Jurors to Serve on Only Certain Cases?

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Hey DPW! Are there some things in the world that are even worse than graffiti?

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(And I’ll add that I don’t think jurors are supposed to select the cases they serve on…)

“I hereby pledge to help make San Francisco a graffiti-free city by committing to do one or more of the following: 

-Report graffiti vandalism by calling 311 or visiting sf311.org
-Call 911 when I see graffiti vandalism in progress. 
-Remove graffiti vandalism from my property within 48 hours. 
-Teach the children in my life that it is wrong to write or make marks on other people’s property. 
-Join the Graffiti Watch or Adopt-A-Street and help to remove graffiti vandalism in my neighborhood. 
-Support anti-graffiti vandalism legislation by writing or making phone calls to elected officials. 
-If called, serve on a jury that decides a graffiti vandalism case.”

Meet Your San Francisco Bike Sharing Program – 500 Bicycles and 50 Stations Coming Next Year to FiDi, SoMA, Civic Center

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

I guess they have the money now and they’re working on figuring out who’s going to run the thing.

Appears as if the SFMTA has given up on a giant Parisian Velib-style program with 5000 bikes strewn all over town – they’re starting small. Regardless, some of this free advice still applies.

The deets:

“…the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain.”

El Mapa:

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So the stations might end up looking a little half-assed, owing to CEQA:

“Heath Maddox, senior planner for the Livable Streets Subdivision of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), says the defining characteristics of the service they’ve outlined in an RFP draft is that the bike system be solar-powered with no need for external AC power and no requirement for excavation that would turn the installation process into a construction project.”

Remember, sharing is caring.

All the deets:

“The map of the pilot service area presents northeast San Francisco. The highlighted area in the map is the bicycle sharing pilot service area bound by South Van Ness Avenue and the Ferry Terminal along Market Street. To the north, the service area boundary includes the Federal Building at Turk Street, Union Square at Post Street, the Broadway and Columbus Avenue intersection, and The Embarcadero at Sansome Street. To the south, the highlighted service area includes the Embarcadero to Mission Bay, Townsend Street and Concourse Exhibition Center.”

Bike Sharing

Bike sharing is coming to San Francisco! A regional pilot program led by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) in partnership with the SFMTA will bring approximately 50 bike share stations and 500 bikes to San Francisco’s downtown core beginning in spring 2012. The SFMTA is working with a regional team to implement this pilot along the Caltrain corridor in San Francisco, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Jose and shown in this Regional Bike Sharing System map. The project is funded through a combination of local, regional and federal grants with major funding coming from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s Innovative Bay Area Climate Initiatives Grant Program (BACI).

What is bike sharing?

Similar to car sharing, bicycle sharing is a term used to describe a membership-based system of short-term bicycle rental.  Members can check a bicycle out from a network of automated bicycle stations, ride to their destination, and return the bicycle to a different station.  Bicycle sharing is enjoying a global explosion in growth with the development of purpose-built bicycles and stations that employ high tech features like smartcards, solar power, and wireless internet and GPS technologies.

Who is involved with launching the San Francisco bike sharing system?

The BAAQMD is the overall regional project lead, coordinating the planning and implementation efforts of the local partners: the City and County of San Francisco, the Cities of San Jose, Mountain View and Palo Alto in Santa Clara County and the City of Redwood City in San Mateo County. The SFMTA is leading the project in San Francisco, and we are working in cooperation with our City and County partners, including the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco. The regional partners will be selecting a contractor in fall 2011 to install, operate, and manage the system.

Where will bike sharing be located in San Francisco?

As the San Francisco Bicycle Sharing Pilot Service Area map (PDF) presents, in San Francisco, the pilot service area will be centered in San Francisco’s employment- and transit-rich Downtown/SOMA corridor between the Financial District, Market Street and the Transbay and Caltrain terminals.  This area is notably flat, has the densest bikeway network coverage in San Francisco and enjoys the highest levels of cycling, yet those who commute by transit from cities to the east and south encounter difficulties bringing a bicycle with them on BART or Caltrain. Much of San Francisco’s densely urbanized northeastern quadrant is similarly well-suited to bicycle sharing.

When will bike sharing launch in San Francisco?

The regional partners will be selecting a vendor to install, operate, and manage the bike sharing system in 2011 with the goal of a system launch in Spring/Summer 2012!

Further Information

If you have any questions, comments or feedback about bike sharing, contact the SFMTA at sustainable.streets@sfmta.com.

This Little Scamp in SoMA is Just Part of the Reason Why It’s Hard to Do Bizness in the 415 – Skipping Stones Across 9th Street

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

This street imp was looking like all the others, just a slob like one of us, until he pulls a rock out of his hoodie and hurls a 70 mph fastball across 9th without really breaking stride. He reared back and hurled but then resumed walking with a quickness.

I was supposing he was throwing the rock at a person but his target was a business vehicle, a white van.

The thing is he threw it down and counted on a random bounce get it up to where it could do some damage.

Anyway, here he is, walking away, all casual, IndyBay personified. If you looked around after getting struck you wouldn’t necessarily suspect him. This kid’s a pro, a professional:

And here’s his rock, found right in the middle of the sidewalk across the street, seen next to a fat lawyer’s shoe for comparison:

How many more stones does this kid have in his hoodie’s marsupial pocket? Probably lots.

So this is why your window gets broken randomly, for no reason.

Now you’d think the hormones coursing through his veins would be telling him to get out there and try to impress girls, or boys, or whomever, you know, so he could have sex or something, right? But no, all that frustration and energy gets poured into another kind of release, the satisfaction of hearing breaking windows or causing grievous bodily injury to random pedestrians on the mean streets of San Francisco.

Oh well…

A Day in the Life of McAllister: #4, Note to Self – Graffito Artists Need Smooth Surfaces to Practice Their Craft

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

See?

Is there a lesson here, propertah owners?

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Oh yes there is!

Newly-Elected Malia Cohen On The Job in District 10 Already – How Will the Flowers of Warm Water Cove Look Next Month?

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

Your Supervisor Malia Cohen dropped by the waterfront other day to check out the commotion at Warm Water Cove.

All the deets.

It’s generally a lot more flowery these days down there.

See? Here’s a shot from a while back:

And here’s one from last weekend:

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Should be quite flowery there this Spring…

Get Out To Warm Water Cove Today to Help With the Clean-Up, Even Though the Blue Bottle Coffee is All Gone

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011

All the deets are below.

Of course, you can always clean up the WWC on your own, but you’ll have a funner time this particular AM, Saturday, January 22nd, 2011.

And look, new District Ten Supervisor Malia Cohen is there!

(And don’t forget to check out the Whole Wheat Toast Warm Water Cove Park Rail Museum on your way home.)

Certainly, the sitch will be less contentious than in years past: [how does this shot show contentious-ness? confusing to readers,  just steal a better shot from another site  -ed.]

[why not something like this instead, The Man crushing the dreams of Urban Youth, PJ s/b all about telling stories with images, right? -ed.]

See you by the Sugar House!

Warm Water Cove Park Neighborhood Event

When: Saturday, January 22, 9-noon: come for all or part of the morning

What: Gardening: Help get the Park gardens ready for spring/summer/fall blooming! Add California Native and Drought-Tolerant Plants to the gardens we started 2 years ago. Also new Wildflower Seeding, mulching and weeding.

Where: Warm Water Cove Park, East end of 24th St. at the Bay’s edge, Dogpatch neighborhood.

Who: GreenTrustSF, SF Port, Progress Park

Details: 2 blocks east of Third St. Light rail stop.
Free parking.
Blue Bottle Coffee/Juice at 9:00 am, snacks for energy.
Please bring your own drinking water.
Tools and gloves provided.

Donations thanks to our sponsors: The Good Life grocery, Piccino Café, Recology, Flowercraft Nursery, SF Port

-Central Waterfont

www.gtsfcw.org, info@gtsfcw.org, 415-282-5516

Dennis Herrera Throws Down: LA-Based Davis Elen Ad Firm Forced to Pay $45K for Zygna “Mafia Wars” Sidewalk Vandalism

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Well, the whole Zygna “Mafia Wars” sidewalk graffiti imbroglio is over. Get the deets below.

Up next, Microsoft’s chalked-on Windows Phone ads?

San Francisco’s Happy Warrior, DJH:

“Herrera settles illicit guerilla marketing case with Davis Elen Advertising. Ad firm will pay $45,000 for vandalizing S.F. sidewalks, had previously removed some 4,000 ‘Mafia Wars’ decals

SAN FRANCISCO (Nov. 12, 2010) — City Attorney Dennis Herrera today announced a settlement agreement with Davis Elen Advertising over an illicit guerilla marketing campaign that the firm employed in August to promote a popular social media game for one of its clients.  Under terms of the agreement signed by the City Attorney’s Office today, Davis Elen Advertising will pay the City $45,000.  The Los Angeles-based ad agency had previously remedied its vandalism to San Francisco sidewalks after it was contacted by the Department of Public Works and City Attorney’s Office, and informed of the City’s intention to pursue legal action.

In August — in the wake of a widespread public outcry and several news accounts about the sudden appearance of thousands of dollar-like stickers defacing neighborhood sidewalks — Davis Elen Advertising issued a statement conceding that its marketers “led a series of street marketing activities throughout the City of San Francisco,” and that they “take full responsibility for the program.”  The company hired a subcontractor to vandalize 75 locations throughout San Francisco by gluing some 4,000 decals onto public sidewalks to promote the online game, “Mafia Wars” — unbeknownst to Zynga, the San Francisco-based social media gaming company for which Davis Elen was working.  The guerilla marketing tactic, which is a clear violation of state and local law, required Department of Public Works crews to use special steam cleaning equipment to remove the decals from vandalized sites.  But the City halted its own cleanup efforts when Davis Elen and its subcontractor agreed to remove the decals at their own expense, after being informed of the City’s resolve to seek legal remedies for the actionable tactics.  As a result, total costs to the City were limited to under $2,000.

“The so-called ‘guerilla marketers’ who deface public property in San Francisco may think they’re being clever, but they’re nothing more than lawless vandals-for-hire,” said Herrera.  “Graffiti vandalism is illegal, and when it’s done as corporate advertising, it’s also actionable as an unlawful business practice.  We take these violations seriously, and I’ll continue to pursue them aggressively to make sure there’s no profit motive for defacing our neighborhoods.  I’m very grateful to Zynga for its good corporate citizenship in working with us to identify the culprits, and I’m glad that Davis Elen Advertising accepted responsibility for its wrongdoing.  I’m also thankful to the Department of Public Works for their efforts, and to the many San Franciscans who took the time to call 311 to report these acts of vandalism.”

The complete presskit on the City’s settlement with Davis Elen Advertising is available on the City Attorney’s Web site at http://www.sfcityattorney.org/

Ten-Foot Tall Cyclone Fence Keeps the Great Buddha of Civic Center Safe from Giants Fans and Vandalizers

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010

Thank Gaia that Rec and Park is keeping our Giant Buddha safe from the madding crowd today:

See the fence? It should come down by tomorrow, November 4th, after the crowd has left:

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UPDATE: Oh no, blogged too soon! Appears as if some fans managed to get a better vantage point, at the risk of enraging Gaia, the Earth Goddess:

See Comments.

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Off-Roading Vandals Tear Up Golden Gate Park Golf Course – $75k in Damage – Revenge Against Golf Pro Bruce Olson?

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Check out this bit of news from the SF Rec and Park Blog:

On October 1, we discovered some heart-wrenching vandalism at the Golden Gate Park Golf Course, a nine-hole track that is beloved by golfers of all ages and abilities. The greens and fairways on holes 6, 7 and 8 were heavily damaged by a vehicle, with the seventh green, in particular, destroyed beyond all recognition.  This wasn’t a case of a wayward driver taking an unexpected detour through our golf course.  Someone deliberately made a point of tearing up and destroying our golf course by using it as their own off-road course.”

This is what it looks like:

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Of course, vandals is everywhere, and this mayhem could be the result of teenagers out on the town. But check out this happy fun slander* sheet the Yelpers have going and see what some duffers think of resident golf pro Bruce Olson and his policies and behavior and whatnot. (Sensitive, touchy, easily-offended fashion models on the runway are akin to sensitive, touchy, easily-offended golfers on the fairway? Seems that way sometimes.)

And hey, didn’t area billionaire and nascent media baron Warren Hellman just give the GGP something like $75k for irrigation ‘n stuff? Yes he did. Oh well.

Gaia is crying.

Courage. 

*That’s the phrase, but whenever you’re thinking about whether something is slander or libel, just say “defamation” and that’ll cover all your bases.

Raygun Gothic Rocket Inspires Supervisor David Chiu to Consider a Burning Man Trip

Friday, August 6th, 2010

That 40-foot-tall Raygun Gothic Rocketship down at Pier 14 is already having an effect on people. For example, it has David Chiu, District 2 rep and President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, pining for the Playa.

Per Steve Rhodes, “after seeing this he might go to Burning Man for the fist time.”

Via Steve Rhodes

Bon voyage!

[UPDATE: Mayor Gavin Newsom was on the scene as well. Read an account, after the jump.]

Via Steve Rhodes:

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