Posts Tagged ‘warm water cove’

Decommissioning of Our Shut-Down Potrero Power Plant Starts Tomorrow, March 1, 2011 – Whither the Iconic Tower?

Monday, February 28th, 2011

Today, the old girl is sitting around waiting for the order to fire up to make you some electricity, should the need arise.

But tomorrow? Not so much. All the deets.

As I’ll remember her, chugging away heating up Warm Water Cove. Circa aught-seven:

And as she looks today, in front of the historic Sugar House (which is now a cleaned-up DHL warehouse). No more steam:

Good-bye, PPP.

The Cooling of Warm Water Cove – Lawyers Have Decided, So Our Potrero Power Plant Will Go Dark March 1, 2011

Friday, February 11th, 2011

Well, that’s it, after midnight on February 28th, 2011, Mirant (aka GenOn*) will no longer be contrackually obligated to have our iconic Potrero Power Station (aka Potrero Generating Station) standing by ready to power your hair dryer and charge up your sex toys and whatnot.

How Soon Is Now? Pretty soon.

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Has Warm Water Cove cooled down yet? Most likely, since Mirant’s not heating it up anymore. From back in the day:

All the deets:

Potrero reliability must-run agreement (ER11-2218)

On November 30, 2010, Mirant, now known as GenOn, filed revisions to its reliability must run agreement for the Potrero power plant for the 2011 contract year. The agreement includes a new provision that allows the ISO to provide notice of termination during the contract year. All of the terms and conditions were negotiated and agreed to among the affected entities, which include Pacific Gas and Electric Company and the CPUC in addition to GenOn and the ISO. By letter dated December 21, 2010, the ISO provided GenOn with notice of termination effective January 1, 2011. Pursuant to the amendments, the termination of the agreement will be effective as of midnight of February 28, 2011. On January 19, 2011, FERC issued an order accepting the reliability must-run amendments. On January 25, 2011, GenOn filed notice of cancellation of its reliability must-run rate schedule effective February 28, 2011. Responsible attorney: Sidney Davies

*As fine a Michael Crichton made-up evil corporation name that you could hope for…

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

Resolved: Mayor Gavin Newsom has become Bored with Warm Water Cove Street Art Gallery

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Remember what Warm Water Cove used to look like? It was like a street art gallery.

Here’s the southern wing, from back in the day:

But then things changed when there was a big paint out / clean up back in 2007. Some people said that the graffiti would come back the next day, week, month or year, but it turned out the SFPD watched the place like a hawk and bored security guards were assigned to hang about to protect the place. Read all about that era here.

But what about these days? Well, Warm Water Cove is worse than ever.    

For example, the graffiti is back, but it’d be tough to call it street art. Flipper, indeed:

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And the place is now overgrown with weeds – I almost didn’t recognize it due to all the new tall grass.

And, finally, stuff that people dumped months and years ago is still there.

Low tide at Ensenada de Agua Caliente:

 

Now if the City and County were charged with removing this old tire and shopping cart, they’d probably generate a five-figure bill for the job using a cost-plus basis. That is, unless they called out the hazmat team and then we’d be talking real money. Oh well.

Look out little American Avocet, you’re dining at Toxic Tire Beach. Oh well.

After all the sound and fury, all the sturm und drang and .pdf pats on the back, we’re left with the same old garbage, crummy new graffiti and a bunch of weeds.

So, after all that, it turns out that Warm Water Cove was better off before it was “improved.”

Maybe we should have left it alone and saved all that money?

Warm Water Cove Update: A Fascinating Document Explains Why the Graffiti is Still Gone

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

You know about Yelp-rated Warm Water Cove aka Toxic Tire Beach, that mini park where 24th Street almost meets the bay? Well, take a look at the changes.

Here it is as it was, at least the north side anyway, from back in aught-seven: 

And here is how that Historic Sugar House looks today:

“Concrete Beach” via CaliberSF‘s Troy Holden (Whoops, this caption didn’t take earlier today, my bad.)

That’s quite a change, huh? Looks like DHL Worldwide Express done moved in. (Which is apropos, since DHL got it’s start in San Francisco. Speaking of which, the “H” in DHL created DHL while he was going to UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall. (I’m probably still on their waiting list, oh well.) Read his fascinating life story about how he killed himself with a seaplane and also read about some suspicious acts by the people employed the aforementioned University of California here.)   

Anywho, the graffiti eradication program is all documented right here in “Warm Water Cove Graffiti Vandalism Project 2007″ at SFGov.org. This pdf has it all, it even shows how the SFPD catches anyone who would dare throw some urban art on the empty walls.

The mellow artists were no match for the determined City and County:

I’ll tell you back in aught-seven, it was widely predicted that the graffiti people would come back with a vengeance. I know that there have been subsequent incidents, but the City is still putting enough energy into this project to keep the place graffiti-free.

Score this a minor victory for Mayor Gavin Newsom.

More deets after the jump.

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The Graffiti is Back at San Francisco’s Warm Water Cove

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

They said it would happen. 400 days after the official San Francisco city Graffiti Paint Out at Warm Water Cove, the graffiti is back.

However, the reappearance of tagging took much, much longer than some people thought. Why? Well, because the City (or whomever) made a sustained effort to prevent the return of any street art on these walls. How? Through the use of video cameras, security guards and a rapid response force from the SFPD.   

So the occasional scribbling  would get cleaned up licketly split. But a recent visit revealed the absence of a security guard and the presence of painted letters 2 yards tall.

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So this is not the same as the colorful world of early 2007 but it’s kind of close.

Is there a reason enforcement is lower these days? Comes now the Neighborhood Parks Council and Green Connect (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alex Tourk-connected SF Connect) to announce a new cleanup this Saturday:

Community Clean Team – District 10 – Warm Water Cove Park

Saturday, September 20, 2008
9:00AM – 12:00PM
Project Coordinator(s):Ahmad Waraich
Size Limit: 100
Volunteers Signed Up: 13
Location: San Francisco, CA 94108

Agency: Green Connect

Description: The Community Clean Team visits a different district of the city each month, coordinating volunteers to sweep streets and sidewalks, tend to neighborhood trees and plants, work on gardening projects, and paint out graffiti in parks, schools, and neighborhoods all over the district.

Events are on Saturday mornings from 9 am to noon. All supplies are provided, and lunch is served after the event at the main kickoff site. Events are rain or shine. Please dress accordingly – no shorts or open-toed shoes.

Impact Areas: Environment, Environment, Environment

So get on out there and start cleaning up Toxic Beach, aka Tire Beach if you want. Ask them if you can start on these tires that have been around for donkey’s years. You might need HAZMAT certification before they’ll let you tackle that. Oh well.

See you there!

On Saturday, September 20th, the Community Clean Team* and the Port of San Franciscowill join Literacy for Environmental Justice and GreenTrustSF to host the 2008 Coastal Cleanup at Warm Water Cove Park, located at 24th Street at the Bay shore.