Kristen Hawkes, David Schiller, Michael Truxton and Andy Youngstrom play at the Human Be-in in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on September 15, 2012.
Story and photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
In San Francisco's Golden Gate Park the trend of "privatizing" taxpayer-funded public resources by turning management of them over to private companies was recently confronted by the ghost of an older movement.
Without an official permit from the San Francisco's Recreation and Parks Department (RPD), a few hundred people gathered last weekend for a Human Be-in, from September 14 through 16, inspired by the original event that some say spawned the hippie movement of the late 1960s.
This time, however, there was less emphasis on spirituality and mind-altering chemicals because the focus was squarely on recent RPD policies.
This comes at a time when the department is hoping voters will pass a $195 million bond this November to fund park improvements.
Now an unusual coalition of organizations throughout the city is opposing it. The San Francisco Bay Guardian newspaper reported the Sierra Club and the Green Party, along with the West Side Republicans, fiscal conservatives, former judge Quentin Kopp and the San Francisco Tenants Union all suddenly find themselves on the same side in opposing the bond.
Officials agree to plant four times as many trees, provide scholarships and job training in exchange for clearing Endeavour's route.
A car drives past one of several of trees, center, on Crenshaw Boulevard… (Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)
Angel Jennings of the Los Angeles Times newspaper reported that the California Science Center received final approval Monday to chop down 265 trees to make room for the space shuttle Endeavour as it rolls through the streets of Los Angeles.
To garner residents' support, the center sweetened the deal at the last minute and agreed to replant four times as many trees, repair additional sidewalks, and offer scholarships and job training.
"While we sincerely regret the loss of many majestic trees which have aided this community for decades, what we accomplished through this agreement is a greener South L.A. for the health of our community, as well as educational opportunities at the Science Center for generations to come," said a statement released through the Neighborhood Council groups' attorney, Gideon Kracov.
In all, nearly 400 trees will be cut down in Inglewood and South Los Angeles in the 12-mile route between Los Angeles International Airport and the shuttle's permanent home in Exposition Park. (Of those, 119 are in South Los Angeles, 124 are in Westchester, 128 are in Inglewood and the rest are near LAX).
Community members packed the Board of Public Works meeting at City Hall on Monday morning to voice their concerns. Some residents said they felt slighted and left with few options.
"I'm tired of people coming to our community and doing things behind our backs and then at the last minute inviting us to the meetings and it's already too late," Ayana McCowen, 39, said to a boisterous crowd. "This is an injustice to me and my community."
An Occupy protester celebrates the first year of the movement on September 17, 2012 in downtown San Francisco.
Story and photos by Thomas K. Pendergast
On the one-year anniversary of the Occupy movement, several hundred Occupy demonstrators marched through downtown San Francisco Monday to protest against income inequality and home foreclosures.
Starting out from Justin Herman Plaza a little before 3 p.m., they went up Market Street to Montgomery Street and turned north, into the heart of San Francisco’s banking district shouting “All day! All year! Occupy is still here!”
“A lot of the groups that were involved in the Occupy movement are still active and doing things but they’ve kind of dispersed. It’s decentralized,” said Zoe Desalle, 25, of Oakland. “There are groups fighting foreclosures. There are groups working on banks. There’s Occupy The Farm and people have gone on (to) different local issues and projects. Which is really cool but it’s also important for people to … affirm that we’re still here and doing things, and to have a celebration of all that we’ve accomplished in the past year.”
Desalle said the problems of a year ago haven’t changed, so there’s still a need to motivate people to do something about them.
“We still need that as much as we ever have and that’s the relevance, I think, to get people from just knowing that there’s something wrong to actually doing something about it,” she said. “It’s only been a year and this is going to take a while.”
Desalle said one accomplishment of the Occupy movement is that it’s started people in America talking about class issues.
“It’s opened the space to have a conversation about class in this country that has not existed since I’ve been alive, to talk about rich and poor and about power structures,” she explained. “So many things that people agree on are not even on the table. Both Democrats and Republicans continue the war. Both of them are for bailouts of banks. Both of them are de-funding education. Neither of them are advancing healthcare that would actually cover people’s needs.”
A San Francisco police officer conducts a traffic stop on Stanyan Street. (Photo by Thomas K. Pendergast)
Here are crime reports culled from police reports of the San Francisco Police Department’s Taraval and Richmond stations.
Please note that the sub-headings in bold are commentary from the reporter and not part of the original police log item.
Probably not the best idea to be driving around with any kind of weapon on the anniversary of 9-11
On September 11, 2012, at 4:35 p.m., officers responded to a call of a person in a car near the 300 block of Victoria Street with a gun. Officers at the scene spotted three suspects in a car and one of them matched the description of the person with the gun. Two of the suspects were cited for possession of marijuana, and once was cited for possession of a BB gun.
San Francisco police say homicide inspectors developed information which led to the identification and arrest of a suspect in a recent homicide. Members of the Violence Reduction Team arrested Keith Smith, 23, of San Francisco on Thursday, September 6. On September 1, 2012, at around 4:20 p.m., Jonathan Bullock was shot multiple times on the 2400 block of Post Street. Bullock was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he later died of his injuries. Smith was booked into San Francisco County Jail on murder charges related to the death of Bullock.