San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr, accompanied by Mayor Ed Lee, Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White and a team from Invest in Neighborhoods, visited merchants along Mission Street on Wednesday to preview plans for Super Bowl Sunday – plans forged in the wake of last fall’s World Series vandalism.
The police department will put double the number of officers on the street as were deployed after the San Francisco Giants’ World Series victory, Suhr said, and rather than wait until the game ends, they will patrol major thoroughfares during the game, including Market, Hayes, 16th, 24th and Mission streets.
During the World Series, people put their garbage out and bins were overflowing, offering fuel for bonfires. This time around, officials are working with Department of Public Works to empty cans every hour during the game.
After 5 p.m. on Sunday, Muni will run diesel buses in place of the electric trolleys, because the buses can carve alternate routes around celebrations and avoid any crowds blocking the streets.
Stopping in at five businesses Wednesday afternoon, Lee reminded people that it’s important to work together, report what they see and celebrate responsibly.
At A.C. Trading Co., a variety store on Mission, owner Chek Chew Ng echoed that sentiment, speaking in Cantonese as Lee translated into English. “Don’t let a good thing become a bad thing,” he said.
In a veiled warning to Super Bowl revelers, Suhr said, “Carry yourself as if you’re on television, because somebody will probably be videotaping you.
“Know that if you’re acting out, someone is going to have a video camera and they’re going to send it to us. Don’t let this be a life-changing experience.”