Tag Archives: department of public works

City confounds some of its workers as it sweeps an encampment early

Police, outreach workers and the homeless residents of an encampment that had been targeted for resolution in a city-sanctioned process that was already underway were surprised when cleaning crews descended on the encampment at the crack of dawn on Thursday and, without warning, ordered its inhabitants to pack up and move. The 30 or so residents of the encampment  –...

SF residents train to monitor homeless sweeps

In response to a surge of complaint-driven sweeps of homeless encampments by city officials in recent months, advocates for the homeless are now organizing and training civilians to monitor and document the rampant encampment removals.   On Wednesday, organizers with the Coalition on Homelessness conducted the city’s first ever “Sweeps Watch” training to coach some 40 residents in identifying and...

City Cleans Up SF Encampment, but Allows Tents to Stay

When the city arrives at an encampment, it often means the homeless residents will be moved on. But on Wednesday, city cleaning crews cleaned up the sidewalks on 14th and Mission streets and –although the encampment was visibly scaled down – the workers allowed most of the half-dozen or so tents and their residents to remain. The day’s interactions at the...

After Division St. Clearing of Tents, Many Return to Erie St.

In a case of musical tents, evicted inhabitants of a 20-person encampment on Erie Street settled a street over, on Division Street last month, but on Tuesday – two weeks later – police targeted that camp on Division Street for an early morning clean-up. Now, many of the campers have returned to Erie Street. “They don’t want no one in...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...