Tag Archives: department of public works

Mission Street between 16th and 17th streets.

How the Mission Fared in the Annual Street Cleanliness Report

The amount of “litter and grime” observed citywide dropped year to year, possibly due to improved response rates, three new street sweepers, and new mechanical sidewalk cleaners featuring steam cleaning units. The report also references the city’s Pit Stop program, which provides public toilets, syringe disposal, and pet waste bags – but perhaps most importantly, includes a staff to man the...
Department of Public Works trucks near the encampment on Friday night. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Homeless Residents Near Police Shooting Site Moved to Navigation Center

On Friday night in the pouring rain, Department of Public Works trucks cleared out trash near the homeless encampment where 45-year-old Luis Gongora was shot and killed by San Francisco police on Thursday, raising some fear among residents that the sweep was an attempt to scatter potential witnesses to the shooting. A Public Works spokesperson, however, said the trucks were not there to dismantle the...
Eddy had been camping on 18th Street in the Mission District until he was ordered to move during a Public Works sweep on March 17. Photo by Laura Waxmann

Sweeps Move SF Mission Homeless Block to Block

Clenching his dog’s leash in one hand, Ortega Flowers’ voice trembled with frustration as he recounted an interaction he had with a police officer shortly before his tent was removed during a city cleanup of a homeless encampment on Shotwell Street. “They just took my tent. My dog’s food is in there, and his brush,” said Flowers, alleging that he had...
A posted tree on Guerrero Street, with a paper sign wrapped in plastic informing the property owner of his new responsibilities. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Property Owners Want City to Maintain Trees

The city has no money for trees, according to the Department of Public Works. Property owners want that remedied and so does the department, but until that happens, Public Works will continue to transfer 24,000 city trees to make property owners liable for their care and any ensuing accidents. In its third year, the Tree Maintenance Transfer Plan, which transfers responsibility for...
Looking into a fenced off McCoppin Hub. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

McCoppin Hub Closed For Repairs, Open for Debate

Since late last week, McCoppin Hub on Valencia Street has been completely fenced off. According to the Department of Public Works, it will be closed for three weeks to repair damage caused by vandals. However, neighbors familiar with the open space, think there’s other issues at play: pushing away the homeless who use the park. Public works spokesperson Rachel Gordon...
Champagne, fires and police were the theme in the Mission District. Photo by Laura Wenus.

Listen Local: Giants Madness Recap and Why People Don’t Vote

Our staff had a long night Wednesday, zipping around the neighborhood to catch everything from dancing and drumming in the streets to various objects being lit on fire. Thursday morning we were back to talk about how things went from all-in-good-fun partying to what could be called a riot. Listen in for Mission Local’s take of the night’s developments and why...
Sureno gang graffiti first appeared on 18th street and remained there for more than four months even though it is the city's policy to remove it immediately. Photo by Andrea Valencia.

City Takes Months to Move on Gang Tag

Pasted in the window of a dormant pizzeria on 18th Street was a familiar notice from the Department of Public Works: a letter, dated Oct. 2, demanding the landlord remove small taggings from the window or risk a $500 fine. The letter has now been removed. However, just across the street a more sinister tagging has been neglected since May....
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Folsom Flood Could Trigger Lawsuit

Charging multiple years of negligence and broken promises, a group of businesses in the northeast Mission plan to sue the city for failing to prevent a sewage spill that caused thousands of dollars in damage last month when heavy rains overwhelmed the drainage system. It’s not clear just how many will join the suit, but so far seven businesses have...

Free Sandbags Offered to Residents to Prepare for Rain

The San Francisco Department of Public Works is giving away free sandbags in preparation for the upcoming storm. Here is the whole press release, courtesy of Richmond SF blog: San Francisco, CA — In preparation for a series of rainstorms, the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) is clearing catch basins and reminding property owners, businesses and residents to prepare by...