Posts Tagged ‘weeds’

These “Rain Gardens” on Fell Street are Now Complete – Will They Make You Like the SFPUC More?

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

IDK, maybe they will.

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Of course, this design is the “beautiful” version. (What would an ugly rain garden look like, one wonders.)

And look, the “natural” weeds have already been carefully planted. Is our PUC going to water these weeds, you know, during the months and months when we don’t get any rain at all, to keep them green and “beautiful?” We’ll see.

(BTW, if you label the PUC the PUC, at least a few employees / contractors / interns / somebody who has access to the PUC’s email system just might hector you about instead calling the PUC “SF Water,” or SF Water Power Sewer. Let’s hope our SFPUC isn’t paying its employees $114 an hour on the side to email about how “confused” I am with my belief that the SFPUC can, at least sometimes, be rightfully be called the SFPUC.)

But, Gentle Reader, the well-paid PUC outreach people say that you can take a “tour” of these rain gutters if you want. Email at

Facebook Follies: Our San Francisco Department of the Environment is “SF Environment” is “Powered by Wishpond Technologies?”

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Work with me here – check out this Facebook page from “SF Environment – Government Organization.”

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Can you tell if this entity is part of SFGov? It’s a little hard.

Now, go down to the bottom to see a disclaimer about how FaceBook aint responsible for nothing, which is fair enough, but do you notice a typo in the first sentence? And “your information” isn’t going to SFGov, it’s actually going to “Wishpond Technologies?”

This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Wishpond Technologies and Company and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Powered by Wishpond

The bad grammar, from people who want “your information,” it generally suggests a scam, non?

So then you hop on over to the San Francisco Department of the Environment website to see it’s a .org instead of a .gov? (I mean, even has “gov” in there somewhere.) Are you Environment people embarased to be a gov?)

Anyway, here at the official home page is where we see that SFE is in fact “A DEPARTMENT OF THE CITY AND COUNTY OF SAN FRANCISCO.”

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So first up, who runs it? IDK. Why do we need it? IDK. What has it ever done? IDK

So, second up, I think the San Francisco Department of the Environment shouldn’t be afraid to call itself the San Francisco Department of the Environment.

And, third up, it appears that any kind of participation in this “private public partnership” beautification program, like thumbs-upping a photo, will garner you, the Gentle Reader, a sales call from Wishpond Technologies and Company, whatever that is.

So, Reader beware.

And to you all, SF Environment, I’m only just saying.

With love, from .com to .gov or or or whatever you people are calling yourselves these days.


Here They Are, Our Brand-New “Beautiful. Functional. Rain Gardens” on Fell – Like Parklets, But for Weeds, Not People

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

[UPDATE: Our PUC writes in tell about how I’m confusing them with the CAPUC, the same way, one supposes that Mssrs. Matier and Ross got “confused” when calling them the PUC here. But take their tour if you want – see Comments.]

Remember the revival of “Victory Gardens?” I do. It peaked in 2009. But the new thang in urban gardening is upon us.

As seen on Fell, looking inbound:

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(Oh, and the microfences already indicate that no bike parking is allowed. So what’s the PUC going to do? Ticket your ride? Cut off your lock and impound your bike?)

On Fell, looking outbound:

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And look, clobblestones!

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Are these real cobblestones? One can’t tell. Should they be? One doesn’t know.

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All right, that was the windup, and now here’s the pitch, from the SFPUC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of PG&E:

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Are these realtor-backed parklets “beautiful?” I don’t think so. Will they “improve safety?” I don’t see how. And actually, spending tax and fee payer money on “streetscape” “beauty” instead of safety is the opposite of  “improving safety,” PUC. Oh, and PUC, if you ever want to talk about how best to “manage” California’s water resources for the benefit of all Californians, look me up, cause you’re doing it wrong…

All the deets:

Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project

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Learn More About the Project

Check out SFMTA’s project website to learn more!

Improving Traffic Safety and Enhancing Stormwater Collection

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is teaming up with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) on the Oak Street and Fell Street Pedestrian and Bike Safety Project to integrate stormwater management with their traffic calming project.

In response to strong public feedback for more greenery and planting for the project, we’ve added rain gardens to the bulbouts along Oak and Fell Streets. A rain garden is a stormwater management technique which infiltrates stormwater into the soil, diverting water from going into the sewer. This addition to the project will benefit community members; not only will the project make residents and travelers safer, the rain gardens will add beauty and character to the intersections. Our partnership with the SFMTA will extend the improvements already underway. While the addition of green infrastructure will not result in any additional parking losses beyond what was approved by the SFMTA Board of Directors in May 2012, four of the bulbouts will be larger than initially proposed. Originally scheduled for construction in late 2013, the project is slated to begin construction in early summer 2014.


For construction inquiries, please contact:

Dadisi Najib – SFDPW

Luis Montoya – SFMTA

Ari Frink – SFPUC

For more project information, visit SFMTA’s site here.

OMG, Goats Take Over MUNI’s Presidio Yard! Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats, Goats! By Bluoz

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Once again, from out of nowhere, it’s Bluoz.

The Presidio Yard, perched on Mervyn’s Heights just below the deadly Masonic Trader Joes (Store #100):

Here’s the mugshot. You are guilty of being adorable:


Official SFMTA Goat Herder:

See you next year!

OMG, OMG, Meet Hundreds of Adorable Goats Today at the Presidio! Nature’s Lawnmowers Come to the Golf Course

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Get on up to the Presidio today at 1:00 PM to see hundreds of goats being delivered to clean up the areas surround our Presidio Golf Course. Deets below.

And then, to make your day completely hurcine, go ahead and nosh on a warm Goat Cheese Naploleon at the popular Presidio Cafe:

GOAT CHEESE NAPOLEON – warm Laura Chenel goat cheese, puff pastry, sweet & spicy pecans, fresh berries & balsamic dressing

It’s the circle of life, or something, nom nom.

Oh, here they are:

Three Boer Goats via Jennifer Schwalm

(When young, these critters kind of look like dogs.)

All the deets:


Date: Tuesday August 7, 2012

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Presidio Golf Course; behind the clubhouse (300 Finley Road, inside the Arguello Gate)

Who: The Presidio Trust and Arnold Palmer Golf welcome a herd of goats to the Presidio Golf Course to tame the overgrown ivy, blackberry and hemlock that have popped up around the links. The goats will arrive at 1:00pm on Tuesday, August 7 and will be corralled at the clubhouse for about an hour when the public can “meet the goats.” After all the goats are unloaded, they will be shepherded by three border collies to a site near the driving range.

What: The 250-300 Boer goats begin their culinary odyssey in an overgrown thicket behind the driving range. The hungry herd’s two-week tour of duty will be spent chomping through weeds and transforming them into natural fertilizer, allowing native grasses to flourish. Once the unwanted vegetation has been eaten back, not only can errant golf balls be retrieved, but serpentine soil will be revealed. The hope is long buried seeds will sprout, enabling native wildflowers and grasses to once again take root and thrive. The goats’ next stop will be a wetland area near the 4TH hole now thick with thistle and hemlock.

The project is part of a broader effort to upgrade the course using sustainable means whenever possible. Improvements are planned for every hole and bunker on the course, including the creation of so-called “fuzzy bunkers” using native plants and grasses. The result will be a course that is both more attractive and more challenging, with a less manicured and wilder look evocative of traditional Scottish links courses.

Originally constructed in 1895, the Presidio Golf Course is the second oldest course west of the Mississippi. Long restricted to members of the military and the exclusive Presidio Golf Club, the course was opened to public play 1995.

The goats are supplied by California Grazing, a holistic land management company that provides brush and weed control through grazing.”

See you there!

Boy, That Kony is Everywhere: Solano County, USA

Monday, June 18th, 2012

Where will the Lord’s Resistance Army turn up next?

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The Giant Shipping Containers of the Port of Oakland Look Super Small from Twin Peaks

Friday, December 17th, 2010

Here’s the view, filled with direct-from-China ISO standard shipping containers, direct-from-China freighters* and the legs of the iconic direct-from-China AT-AT Imperial Walker ship cranes:

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Giant boxes in the harbor
Giant boxes made of aluminum**
Giant boxes, giant boxes
Giant boxes, all the same

There’s a green one and a red one
And a blue one and a purple one
And they’re all made out of aluminum**
And they all look just the same

*Which hardly ever crash into the Bay Bridge and leak bunker fuel all over the place

**Or steel

A.P. Moller-Maersk Group 2,045,776545 Mediterranean Shipping Company S.A. 1,638,962414 CMA CGM 1,100,007384 American President Lines 589,879147 Evergreen Marine Corporation 554,725152 Hapag-Lloyd 541,811124 COSCO 498,437134 CSAV 469,428128 Hanjin Shipping 448,05198 China Shipping Container Lines 440,236122 NYK Line 365,03495 Mitsui O.S.K. Lines 363,18894 Orient Overseas Container Line 353,33877 Hamburg Süd 338,778109 Zim Integrated Shipping Services 322,68596 K Line 318,19382 Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation 313,37977 Hyundai Merchant Marine 271,60452 Pacific International Lines 227,649126 UASC 199,08250

From Monsanto With Love, It’s Pesticides! – Yes, More Glyphosate for the Western Addition – DPW Sprays the Wide, Wide Webster Median

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Get up to speed on our ridiculous 11-block Webster Boulevard, our own Bridge to Nowhere, right here.

And this is the latest. Now, when you have medians, you’ve got to have pesticides, right? Trees and pesticides go together like Frick and Frack.

As seen on Webster, a so-called “Great Street!,” a so-called “Better Street!,” a so-called “Livable Street!,” in the Fillmore:

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(Now, you want to know what people in Japantown want to do with pointless, underused Webster Boulevard? They want to turn the northbound lanes into a parking lot leaving just one lane north and one lane south, the way most of Webster Street is already, the way all of Webster was Before Redevelopment (B.R.). Anyway, enjoy your pesticides until then.)

MUNI Hires a Herd of Goats to do a Little Landscaping up at the Hilly Masonic Maintenance Yard

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

Muni Diaries has a nice shot posted today of the herd of goats that have recently been maintaining the Masonic Maintenance Yard, the one right next to the Masonic Trader Joe’s.

You’ve seen these critters about town, right?

Via Mark Wallace

Anyway, speaking of MUNI goats, here’s a nice portrait in white from dragonflypath from a few days back and here’s a good shot of a  flock of MUNI workers dealing with a goat by majarogers from a few years back. Enjoy.

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?