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Monday, January 18, 2010

Sandbags! Sandbags Here! Will *Anyone* Take City's Free Sandbags This Time 'Round?

Posted By on Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 7:45 AM

click to enlarge Anyone else need a sandbag?
  • Anyone else need a sandbag?
Having witnessed grown men all but strip each other's clothes off in pursuit of a $3 baseball or complimentary T-shirt at a Major League game, we've learned that people love to be given things and will fight for them -- even if those things have little to no real value.

A sandbag, meanwhile, doesn't exactly make for a family heirloom. But when water is seeping into the house and threatening the real family heirlooms, well, then it has some value.

With rain a reality and floods a possibility, the city has once again announced that it will give away up to 10 sandbags -- valued at $2.75 apiece -- to any San Franciscan who deigns to show up at the Department of Public Works corporation yard at 2323 Cesar Chavez (Go to the guard shack at Kansas and Marin).

Of course, the city did this last month, too -- and, in the course of about a week's time, somewhere in the neighborhood of 11 San Franciscans took advantage of the offer. More people than that watched the California Redwoods games.

DPW Spokeswoman Christine Falvey moments ago confirmed to SF Weekly

that, yes, the sandbags are there if people want them. But she is

uncertain how many people have -- or have not -- showed up since the city

issued a "Flood Alert" on Friday.

We'll let you know more when

we know more about how many San Franciscans have claimed the 300 pounds

of sandbags they've got coming to them.

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Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.


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