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News, The Snitch Mayor Lee Says Outreach Workers Gave The Homeless “Alternatives” Before Telling Them To Move

Mayor Lee Says Outreach Workers Gave The Homeless “Alternatives” Before Telling Them To Move

When I asked Mayor Ed Lee to explain his comment last summer that the homeless on the Embarcadero will “have to leave” during the Super Bowl , the first thing he said was, “Well, it’s not surprising that SF…
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News, The Snitch Hearing About Haight Gas Leaks Turns Into Game of Hot Potato: Who’s to Blame?

Hearing About Haight Gas Leaks Turns Into Game of Hot Potato: Who’s to Blame?

A long train of stupid events pulled into its final station last night with an official postmortem on that infamous Haight Street public works project — the one whose five gas leaks stopped just short of destroying the historic corridor.…
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News, Sucka Free City You Can't Take it With You: What Happens the Day After the Day of the Dead

You Can't Take it With You: What Happens the Day After the Day of the Dead

When the sun rises on the morning following Dia de los Muertos, it's an affirmation. Our loved ones may be gone. But we are here. We are alive. And we are slobs. Department of Public Works crews burning the midnight…
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News, Edgar Lopez: City Architect Has Plans Big and Small

Edgar Lopez: City Architect Has Plans Big and Small

Propositions and ordinances will come and go, a politician's legacy of laws can always be undone, but buildings tend to stick around. So the city's official architect must keep in mind not only public interest, but less-concrete things like aesthetics,…
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News, The Snitch Massive Piles of Crap Irk City

Massive Piles of Crap Irk City

San Franciscans are often an entitled bunch. And massive piles of rancid waste are often unpleasant. Put the two of them together and what do you have? An angry city government. Entitled locals who feel free to leave tons of…
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News, The Snitch How Does The City Count Human Feces?

How Does The City Count Human Feces?

Yesterday's Chris Roberts piece on cleaning human dung from the streets of the Tenderloin was so intriguing, it deserves not just one follow-up but a second. So, yes, this is follow-up No. 2. Department of Public Works spokeswoman Gloria Chan…
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Dining, Eat Rocky Road: Food Trucks Clash with Downtown Businesses

Rocky Road: Food Trucks Clash with Downtown Businesses

When Anamika Khanna and Tim Volkema, two of Kasa Indian Eatery's owners, learned that the Department of Public Works would start taking applications for food-truck permits on Mar. 7, 2011, they camped outside the office for three rainy nights, joining…
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News, The Snitch Cops Shut Down OccupySF Camp on Market Street

Cops Shut Down OccupySF Camp on Market Street

Sometime between 9 p.m. and this morning, San Francisco police in riot gear and city officials began ripping down the OccupySF camp on Market Street, saying the protesters were violating city law.  Officer Albie Esparza would not confirm this or…
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News, The Snitch Fewer Feathers Fly at Valentine's Day Pillow Fight

Fewer Feathers Fly at Valentine's Day Pillow Fight

Update: The Department of Public Works says it cost the city $3,500 to clean up feathers at the Justin Herman Plaza yesterday. Itemized bill to come.Original Story 1 p.m.: If anyone is thrilled with the long overdue rain in San…
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News, The Snitch Garbage Collectors Allow Homeless Snoozing on Discarded Couches to Sleep In

Garbage Collectors Allow Homeless Snoozing on Discarded Couches to Sleep In

You tried to do the responsible thing. Rather than just dump your aging couch on the curb, you called the garbage collection agency and scheduled a "large item pickup." You scratched away the last few cents of your deposit, marring…
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News, Matt Smith Castro merchants say PG&E mishandled gas leak

Castro merchants say PG&E mishandled gas leak

In the early afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 21, Cliff's Variety manager Terry Asten noticed construction workers sprinting away from the front of her Castro District store screaming "Run!" Next, "I heard a loud whooshing," Asten says. "It was so loud…
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News, The Snitch How Much Does Cleaning Up Illegally Dumped Crap Cost San Francisco?

How Much Does Cleaning Up Illegally Dumped Crap Cost San Francisco?

According to the city, the couch you benevolently leave on the street so some couchless person can cart it off may be costing San Francisco millions. Actually, that's not true. People leave couches on the street because they're lazy. People…
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News, The Snitch Graffiti Shifts From Public to Private Property, City Reports

Graffiti Shifts From Public to Private Property, City Reports

Following a lengthy and expensive crackdown, graffiti seems to be migrating from public to private property, the controller's office reports.According to a memo from the city controller presented as part of the the communications packet for this week's Board of…
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News, The Snitch Toxic Dumps in Bayview Spur Reward For Info Leading to Arrest

Toxic Dumps in Bayview Spur Reward For Info Leading to Arrest

​If you've got an inkling who's been dumping tons of toxic roofing material in Bayview -- and you're not a fan of toxic roofing material -- you could earn yourself $1,000. The Department of Public Works upped its ante to…
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News, The Snitch DPW Crew Caught Shopping, Applying Makeup While Parked in Bus Zone

DPW Crew Caught Shopping, Applying Makeup While Parked in Bus Zone

It turns out, regardless of who you work for, there are only three good reasons to park in a bus zone: You're a bus; there's an emergency going on; or you're a scofflaw. Sadly, it appears a Department of Public…
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News, The Snitch Your Final Tally on Bay to Breakers Cleanup Costs

Your Final Tally on Bay to Breakers Cleanup Costs

Last month, we reported that Bay to Breakers revelers left behind 24 tons of trash. The Department of Public Works amassed 18 tons of filth, while the Recreation and Park hauled off six more. We now know how much it…
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News, The Snitch Final Tally of How Much Filth Bay To Breakers Left Behind Is...

Final Tally of How Much Filth Bay To Breakers Left Behind Is...

It's here! It's here! The dilapidated floats, cast-aside former drink receptacles, and any other manner of crap people deigned to toss in the streets during Bay to Breakers have been weighed. And a grand total of 24 tons of filth…
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News, The Snitch He's Fixing a Hole, When the Rain Gets in -- and Stops His Mind From Wandering

He's Fixing a Hole, When the Rain Gets in -- and Stops His Mind From Wandering

We've never seen Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds. We've never seen the face Eleanor Rigby keeps in a jar by the door (what is it for?). And we've certainly never met the walrus. But, we did manage to walk…
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News, The Snitch DPW Workers Caught Parking, Yapping in Bus Zone

DPW Workers Caught Parking, Yapping in Bus Zone

Last year, a camera-wielding civilian sent SF Weekly photos of a cop parked in the bus zone near Mission and 20th, ordering his delicious lunch at Pete's Barbecue. For you and me, that's a $250 fine; for the cops it's…
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News, The Snitch Your Itemized Bill For Cleaning Up After Valentine's Day Pillow Fighters

Your Itemized Bill For Cleaning Up After Valentine's Day Pillow Fighters

This morning, the Department of Public Works put out an indignant press release claiming cleanup costs for the past two Valentine's Day Justin Herman Plaza Pillow Fights totaled $35,000. And that money was not kindly slipped under the door…
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