SF Bans Glass in Dolores Park Alcohol Not So Much

first_img“We have zero glass,” said owner Jim Woods. “Everything that leaves the brew pub is either in a can or food.”“We actually saw the writing on the wall well before we talked to [park officials],” he continued. “I started seeing a lot of the photos that people were posting and it was a total mess, people were just leaving all their stuff, and every time I saw a picture I thought ‘God, I hope one of my bottles isn’t there.’”The crowler machine recently purchased by Cerveceria, which has eliminated all bottled beer from its bar. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Drinking and smoking are also outlawed in the park, and park rangers have been seen ticketing people for these violations. But at this point Recreation and Parks is using its limited resources to focus on glass and other trash, which are more destructive to the park. “We are always enforcing park code violations,” said Connie Chan, director of public affairs with Recreation and Parks. “[But] we definitely have been limited to doing as much as our resources and staff allowed.”“At the end of the day, this is really about park users,” she continued. “This is exactly why the Love Dolores campaign is working hard with merchants to say ‘Please love our park, we can’t do this alone.’”Trash is a persistent problem for Dolores Park. Up to 10,000 people visit every weekend and leave behind some 7,000 gallons of trash. And glass bottles are of particular concern: In February, two vandals shattered bottles in the south side sandbox, meaning 20 tons of sand had to be replaced before the area was safe.Dolores Park after a July 4th celebration. Photo by Cristiano ValliNot all business are as gung-ho as Cerveceria, however. Zuhdi Kalil, the manager of Pay ‘n Save Grocery on the corner of 18th and Guerrero, says he can only be expected to do so much.“You can’t tell everyone to use a can,” he said. “A lot of stuff doesn’t come in a can. No champagne I know of comes in a can, and there are like 40 wines – What do you want me to do? Tell every company to switch to tetra because of Dolores Park?”Though Kalil has changed out some of his bottled beer to canned and placed stickers on his products reminding people to recycle, he thinks the trash problem is more to do with a lack of receptacles in the park.“[Park officials] came by and asked ‘Can you try to tell people to recycle?’” he said. “What am I their mother? It’s already obvious: Don’t throw it on the ground. You need more recycling… I’m sure these people aren’t just throwing it on the ground because they’re dirty. It can’t be that simple.”Some park-goers agree. “There should be garbage cans everywhere,” said Marta Rodriguez, who says she comes to Dolores Park almost every day. “I think that would solve things because once you get buzzed, you don’t want to walk to the edge and throw your stuff away.”Instead, park officials have opted for staffed “eco pop-ups” around the perimeter of the park, saying it would be impossible for Recology to pick up trash from within the park. “We cannot service the interior,” Ballard said. “We cannot drive a vehicle through [the crowds]. [The trash cans] just overflow and we couldn’t get to them, we couldn’t serve them.” Ballard also pointed to research showing that “80 percent of littering behavior” has to do with social norms not the proximity of a trash can, which has prompted park officials to try the educational route. Signs directing park-goers to the nearest trash can now adorn Dolores Park, and recently official erected a large orange highway sign warning of a $192 fee for glass.“The sign, albeit quite ugly, was really just an attempt to get people to be aware that glass is not permitted,” said Ballard, adding that the fee is nothing new but that no one has been ticketed. “This is aimed solely at taking care of the park.”Which doesn’t preclude enforcement against other illegal behavior like smoking or drinking in public. One man even was even charged with “malicious defacement” for having a hammock in the park, though no one appeared to testify against him and he got off scot-free.And Ballard was clear that though park officials keep open lines of communication with the police, they have their own style of managing park follies.“SFPD does have jurisdiction in the parks as well, and they have their own approach,” she said.Still, for park officials, education trumps enforcement for now.“We’re enforcing park codes throughout our park system,” said Chan. “But we’re limited in resources and staff. What’s important is that it’s really about outreach.”“The focus is on being good stewards of the park,” Ballard added. “We feel like our responsibility is to get people aware,” that the main message is “‘Hey, when you come, use a can.’”A culture-changing PSA courtesy of Recreation and Parks: 0% The Love Dolores campaign, a partnership between park officials and local merchants, has set its sights on a new target: removal of all glass from Dolores Park. “Glass can fall and break, and it’s a hassle to clean up and causes a hazard,” said Sarah Ballard, director of policy and public affairs at the Recreation and Parks Department. “The focus of Love Dolores is really on keeping the park clean and safe for everyone.…Having glass in a park isn’t good for maintenance and it doesn’t help [us] make sure it’s safe.”Businesses like Bi-Rite and Delfina have joined the crusade, changing some glass products to cans and reminding customers to recycle or make sure the empties get into the trash. Tweets from Bi-Rite like “Have a lovely day at Dolores Park for #SFPride – and please remember to clean up your stuff!” offer friendly reminders.Cerveceria, on the corner of 18th and Church, even bought a crowler machine that cans beer on the spot, eliminating all bottled beer from its bar.center_img Tags: dolores park • San Francisco Recreation and Park • sf • trash Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

Mission Street Blocked as Protesters March Against Housing Props

first_imgTwo of the ballot measures would change affordable housing policy in San Francisco while the other two would deal with homelessness and neighborhood crime. Proposition P would require that the city get three bids from non-profit developers for new affordable housing projects, while Proposition U would open up affordable housing projects to middle-income earners, like a family of three making $106,650.Proposition Q would make it illegal for tents to be set up on sidewalks and would authorize police to clear encampments after a 24-hour notice. Proposition R would establish neighborhood crime units of police officers focused on property crimes and clearing out encampments. The Police Department would be locked into making at least three percent of its officers part of the units.The first two would slow the construction of affordable housing and make it harder for low-income people to win the entrance lottery, protesters said, while the latter two would criminalize homelessness.“We know that this proposition is a death sentence on those who are on the streets,” said Bilal Ali, a human rights organizer with the Coalition on Homelessness, referring to Props. Q and R. Both initiative, he said, would only result in “more police to harass people” on the streets without producing solutions to homelessness. Proposition Q is funded by billionaires including tech venture capitalists like Ron Conway to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. It does not have significant funding in opposition.This is the eighth story Mission Local has filed today. It takes reporters to be on the streets, to work the phones, to write the stories. We depend on readers like you for support. Join today and keep your daily news coming.Both Propositions P and U are funded by realtors associations also giving hundreds of thousands of dollars, but is opposed by a non-profit housing developers in San Francisco — though they are heavily outspent.Proposition R is not heavily funded in either direction.Tents set down on 22nd and Mission streets on November 3, 2016, to protest housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Furniture laid out at the corner of 22nd and Mission streets on November 3, 2016, to protest housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros. More than 150 people marched down Mission Street on Thursday night blocking traffic for two hours from 24th Street to 21st Street as they protested against a slew of November ballot measures that they call anti-housing. “We are five days from the election, and unfortunately on the ballot this year are anti-housing measures like P, U, Q, and R,” said Maria Zamudio, an organizer with Causa Justa, referring to measures that change bidding requirements for affordable housing (P), open up affordable housing to a higher income level (U), ban tent encampments (Q), and establish neighborhood crime units (R). “Halloween just happened but in my opinion these are the scariest things out there,” she said.The march began at the 24th Street BART Station, where a little over 80 people gathered at 6 p.m. with signs, banners, and tents like those used by the encampment residents. A drum line was formed alongside organizers as they chanted ”Get up, get down, there’s a housing crisis in this town!” Dozens of police officers watched across the street and blocked off traffic after some 45 minutes, when the crowd doubled in size and began marching northward down Mission Street.Traffic and buses were stopped for two hours from 24th Street to 21st Street as marchers went to the site of the burned-out building at the corner of Mission and 22nd streets. There, they put white furniture in the middle of the intersection to symbolize a home on the street.“Sometimes the street has to be our house, the street has to be our home,” said Zamudio, as protesters circled around four actors who sat at a table pretending to eat dinner and lay on a bed pretending to sleep.Protesters frequently shifted the dialogue to evictions, gentrification, market-rate development, and topics not directly related to the four propositions at hand. “I’ll just say this — fuck the realtors!” said Tony Robles, moments after reading a poem at the event. He was joined by three others also reading poetry.Protesters at the 24th Street BART Station on November 3, 2016, rallying against housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.A protester at the 24th Street BART Station on November 3, 2016, rallying against housing propositions. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.Before the march, organizers had put signs on the black fences surrounding the construction site at 22nd and Mission streets, where building was torn down earlier this year. They had also hung a clothesline in the dirt pit below.The line had 60 items of clothing, Zamudio said — one for each tenant displaced by the fire.“That’s 60 people who don’t live in San Francisco, who don’t live in their home,” she said.A projector also shone messages high up on the wall of the market-rate Vida Apartments near the corner, with messages reading “First they came for our homes, then they came for our tents.” @jrivanob March down Mission growing, more than 100 here pic.twitter.com/lb1myXnjcW— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) November 4, 2016 Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0% 0% @jrivanob Advocates set up furniture in middle of 22nd and Mission to protest anti-homeless props pic.twitter.com/gomd1fTnFF— Joe Rivano Barros (@jrivanob) November 4, 2016last_img read more

It Takes Two to Tango and to Make News Reporters and Readers

first_imgMaybe it’s time you joined as a member.Do you own a business? Becoming a business member will help you get more connected to our readers – your community and customers. Check around. There’s no better deal in town.Your membership fees cover exactly two costs. A fraction goes to our very reasonable rent. The rest goes to pay Mission Local reporters. I work for free.Maybe you think you can always join tomorrow or the next day. But if you wait too long, we may not be here.Here’s what sustainability looks like. We need 400 reader members and 200 business members, and we’re within reach. If our membership structure is too much or too little for you, get in touch and we will work something out. lydia.chavez@missionlocal.com I’ve reported for the New York Times and have covered wars, written books, and magazine pieces. I currently teach journalism at UC Berkeley. Even so, I consider Mission Local, which I founded and still edit, one of the most important – and demanding – assignments of my career.It’s a huge challenge to make Mission Local financially sustainable in an age when there’s so much news online – much of it fake, chatter, or aggregated. You get what you pay for.Good, original reporting – news you can trust with reporters you can hold accountable ­– isn’t free. It takes actual reporters pursuing leads, knocking on doors, making phone calls, and then writing stories that tell you what’s really happening.It’s because of original reporting that Mission Local has one of the largest audiences of any of San Francisco’s small news sites. It’s because of our reporting that Mission Local won a regional award for community journalism in 2015. It’s because of our reporting that you keep coming back. 0%center_img Tags: Business • news Share this: FacebookTwitterRedditemail,0%last_img read more

YOUNG diehard St Helens supporter and tireless vo

first_imgYOUNG die-hard St Helens supporter and tireless volunteer, Liam Jones, represented his beloved St Helens at the recent Super League Grand Final as part of his prize for winning the St Helens BRUT Fan of Pride award 2014.He paraded the Saints flag around the pristine Old Trafford pitch shortly before kick off in the BRUT Fan of Pride flag bearing parade.When asked what it meant to be the St Helens flag bearer before their Grand Final win, Liam replied: “It was a great honour to represent Saints on Grand Final day, to be chosen by Saints legend Paul Wellens to be shortlisted and then to be chosen by the Saints fans.“I was just honoured to represent them the fans on the pitch as well as myself. It was just a great honour to fly the flag for Saints really no other words describe. I still pinch myself till this day and it’s over a week on from the Grand Final.”By clinching the Saints Fan of Pride 2014 award, Liam also won two tickets for the Grand Final courtesy of BRUT, a meet and greet with Saints’ Grand Final winning captain, Paul Wellens and some fantastic BRUT product.Read Liam’s story and find out why he was chosen as the St Helens BRUT Fan of Pride 2014 at www.brutformen.co.uk/superleaguelast_img read more

CHECK out the new Saints In Touch podcastWe refle

first_imgCHECK out the new Saints In Touch podcast!We reflect on the win over Hull KR with Keiron Cunningham and Tommy Makinson – and look forward to Friday’s epic clash with Castleford.Podcasts are automatically synced to your device if you subscribe via iTunes or you can listen at our Fanzone page.last_img

FOR the second year in succession record crowds tr

first_imgFOR the second year in succession record crowds travelled to Newcastle to witness a two-day festival of Rugby League that saw a full round of First Utility Super League fixtures played at the Dacia Magic Weekend.An all-time record crowd of 68,276 fans packed into St James’ Park across both days for the 10th anniversary of the event.Speaking after the final game of the weekend, Chief Executive, Nigel Wood, said: “The Dacia Magic Weekend has been an incredible success this year and once again Rugby League fans have turned out in force, creating an incredible atmosphere and helping to make this one of the most memorable weekends in the events history.“Magic Weekend is a concept which is unique in British sport and the way in which the fans, clubs, volunteers and staff all embrace the occasion helps to make it a continued success. The stars of the event were, as always, the players, who delivered some unforgettable moments across both days that I am sure will live long in the memory of many fans.“Results across the weekend show that the First Utility Super League is both extremely competitive and wide open this year, with just two points now separating the top four clubs. It promises to be an incredible end to the season.Saturday saw three games played in front of 39,331 fans as Salford Red Devils, Castleford Tigers and Wigan Warriors all emerged victorious as the sun shone down on St James’ Park.And today (Sunday), 28,945 fans were treated to another three great contests as Wakefield Trinity, Huddersfield Giants and Hull FC all secured two points.The total weekend attendance of 68,276 is an all-time Magic Weekend record, surpassing the previous best of 67,788 set last year at the same venue.Wood continued: “I would also like to add my personal thanks to the people of Newcastle and the North East region as well as all the partners, sponsors and agencies whose hard work and commitment ensured that Rugby League fans were given such a warm welcome in and around the city of Newcastle.”Stephen Patterson, Director of Communications at NE1 Ltd and joint city sponsor of Magic Weekend Newcastle, added: “We are delighted with the record attendance figures from this year’s Dacia Magic Weekend. Last year was a huge success with footfall up 37% across the weekend, licensed trade up over 40% and 99% occupancy for the city’s hotels. In addition to this, the Magic Weekend fans are a credit to their sport, creating a friendly festival atmosphere in the city across the weekend.“More detailed analysis on the economic impact of the event will be done in due course, but based on the record-breaking attendance figures across the weekend, initial estimates are that visitor spend for Magic Weekend was worth in excess of £4.23m to Newcastle.”Leader of Newcastle City Council, Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “The residents and businesses of Newcastle can yet again be proud of hosting a fabulous sporting occasion that was experienced by record breaking crowds.“Everyone raised their game from the performers putting on the entertainment through to the stall holders, which has been reflected in the heartfelt feedback we’ve already had from fans about their stay in Newcastle. This has a great deal to do with all of the partnership work that has gone on behind the scenes, making this a wonderful event for everyone to enjoy.”A decision on the venue for Magic Weekend 2017 will be made following a routine review of this year’s event. This will take place in the coming months.last_img read more

First Team Match SAINTS TV

first_imgTwo early tries from James Roby and Luke Thompson put Saints in control, but London responded through tries from on loan Ryan Morgan and James Cunnigham. Mark Percival then put Saints back in front early in the second half before Morgan grabbed his second for London.Pitts gave the hosts the lead before Regan Grace scored a dramatic last minute try in the corner which Richardson converted off the touchline to send the game into golden point. Unfortunately for Saints it was London who won it through a Morgan Smith drop goal.Saints have the perfect opportunity to respond this coming Friday at the Totally Wicked Stadium as we entertain Huddersfield Giants with kick off at 7.45pm. Tickets are now on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img

WWAY sponsors annual Wilmington Wedding Expo

first_img Vendors came out to make each bride’s wedding planning experience a little easier.Brides could shop for wedding dresses, catering, photographers and more.“We have anywhere from bridesmaids dresses. We have tuxedos. We have mother of the bride dresses. We have flower girl dresses. So it’s your one stop shop for all your wedding needs,” said Tracy Howard, the store manager of Camille’s.Related Article: Wilmington ‘dad bods’ join forces to find a cure for rare diseaseHoward says that any brides made appointments at the expo can get $100 off their wedding dress. The 2nd Annual Wilmington Wedding Expo had catering vendors at the event. (Photo: Kylie Jones/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — WWAY sponsored the annual Wilmington Wedding Expo Sunday afternoon at Ironclad Brewery.WWAY partnered with Ironclad Brewery and Camille’s of Wilmington to put on the event.- Advertisement – last_img read more

Microsoft to continue using Nokia brand on entrylevel phones

first_imgAdvertisement Microsoft has recealed that it will continue to sell low-end phones with the Nokia brand and has licensed the brand for these type of devices.Meanwhile, the company is preparing to roll out its new Microsoft Lumia brand, Tuula Rytilä, senior vice president of marketing for phones at Microsoft, said.He revealed this in an interview posted late Thursday on the Conversations blog, which will also move to the Microsoft website.“Our global and local websites are going through a transition as we speak and in the coming days our social channels will get a new name too—they will be called Microsoft Lumia,” Rytilä said. “This work continues across our devices, packaging and retail, to name a few.” – Advertisement – In April this year, Microsoft completed the acquisition of Nokia’s smartphone business for over US$7 billion.Besides continuing to offer Nokia-branded entry-level phones like the Nokia 130, the company will continue to also sell and support Nokia Lumia smartphones that are in the market, such as the recently announced Lumia 830 and Lumia 730/735, Rytilä said.The executive said that Microsoft was looking forward to unveiling a Microsoft Lumia device soon, without giving a specific date. She described the change in brand as “a natural progression” as all devices that once came from Nokia now come from Microsoft.The company could not be immediately reached for comment.The transition to the new Microsoft Lumia brand was first announced on Nokia France’s Facebook page.Via PC Worldlast_img read more

Report Samsung is serious about making an 184inch tablet

first_imgA very large Android tablet. Photo Credit: SamMobile Advertisement Samsung is reportedly looking to continue the trend of having larger screen sizes on tablets and smartphones with a new Android tablet that will sport an 18.4-inch display.The new tablet, whose codename is Tahoe, will feature a TFT LCD screen with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, an octa-core 64-bit 1.6GHz Exynos 7580 processor, 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, a microSD card slot (supporting up to 128GB cards), and a 5,700 mAh battery, according to a report in SamMobile.It will also come with an 8-megapixel primary camera and a 2.1-megapixel secondary camera. – Advertisement – All in all, the device reportedly measures in at 17.8 inches wide, 10.8 inches tall, and less than a half-inch thick.[related-posts]A release date for the new device is uncertain.Credit: SamMobilelast_img read more