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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

"Belligerent Laziness": Dolores Park Was a Mess Again This Morning

Posted By on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 9:00 AM

  • Peter Lawrence Kane

Dolores Park isn't named for Mission Dolores. It's named for El Grito de Dolores, more or less the Mexican equivalent of the Boston Tea Party and the 1810 event that precipitated the Mexican War of Independence. (That's why there's a statue of Miguel Hidalgo, the priest who initiated El Grito, or "The Cry.")

Well, there's another Cry of Dolores these days and it's a little closer to the tear shed by the Native American in those Keep America Beautiful ads from the 1970s. Weekend after weekend, people just can't stop trashing Dolores Park.

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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Urge to Kill Rising: Dolores Park Was Full of Trash This A.M.

Posted By on Thu, Jan 28, 2016 at 9:00 AM

This was Dolores Park at 7:20 a.m., with Rec and Park already on the cleanup job. - PETER LAWRENCE KANE
  • Peter Lawrence Kane
  • This was Dolores Park at 7:20 a.m., with Rec and Park already on the cleanup job.

Dolores Park
is back! The place where stroller moms, off-leash pit bulls, blond dreadlocks, twinks in boy shorts, illuminated white jellyfish on poles, ecstatic twirlers, and Tecate tall boy connoisseurs can all coexist is fully open and operational, as of yesterday evening.

The bad news? It was full of trash this morning. A three-man crew was already well into bagging it up when I walked my dog there at 7:15. Yep, that brand-new turf, fresh from the free-range sod farm where it was raised in open pastures (because it was open pastures), and as pristine as something Warren Beatty and Natalie Wood could romp around on was quite covered in refuse. I found paper plates with half-eaten pizza, a trail of Fig Newtons, and infinite bits of paper and plastic. And a huge swath of it smelled like beer.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Here's Your Guide to Democratic Debate Watch Parties

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 4:15 PM

  • Aurelien Guichard/Flickr
Tonight is the first debate between candidates for the 2016 Democratic Party nomination for president. Whether you're #FeelingtheBern or #ReadyForHillary, I think we can all agree that there are going to be three random dudes on stage that no one cares about. 

After pulling out all the stops to host a circus-themed Republican debate watch party in August, the SF Democratic Party is taking the night off. (There's a metaphor in here about Democrats caring more about feeling smarter than Republicans than they do about the issues, but DCCC chair Mary Jung says the party is focused on the upcoming local elections.) 

But there are still lots of debate watch parties around town, whatever your political persuasion:

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Friday, January 23, 2015

SF Cops To Go After Drunks Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 23, 2015 at 2:21 PM

It's almost Friday night, and you know what that means: You can finally get wasted. 

But you can't drive. 

San Francisco police are planning a DUI checkpoint later this evening at an undisclosed location in the city. From 7 p.m. to 3 a.m., cops will be stopping drivers, checking IDs, and sniffing around to make sure nobody behind the wheel has had too much to drink.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

Cops Will Be Cracking Down on Drunk Drivers Tonight

Posted By on Fri, Jan 9, 2015 at 7:52 AM

Ok, fine this is legal. - FLICKR/ENGGUL
Good thing your new years resolution is to stop drinking (and driving) because the cops will be out in droves tonight, looking for drunks on the roads. 

Starting at 8 p.m., San Francisco police will be stationed at an undisclosed location in the city, stopping motorists for a DUI checkpoint. There, they will check for proper identification and sniff around to make sure you don't reek of booze. 

This will continue until 3 a.m. on Saturday. 

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Friday, November 14, 2014

Possibly Drunk Cyclist Passes Out In Street Next to Pink Bicycle

Posted By on Fri, Nov 14, 2014 at 9:22 AM

  • Flickr / Emerson I. Kamiya
This wasn't their typical traffic call: Police say they came across a grown man passed out in the middle of the street next to his child-sized pink bicycle.

Apparently, the man told officers he had gotten drunk on the beach last Friday before riding down the street on a kid's bike when “something happened” to him. He hit the ground at 48th Avenue and Cabrillo Street, just north of Golden Gate Park, where he passed out. 

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Friday, September 12, 2014

SFPD Marks the Ending of Summer With a DUI Checkpoint

Posted By on Fri, Sep 12, 2014 at 3:59 PM

By now you or your kids — or someone you know who has kids — are getting settled back into the swing of school life. With that comes the yearly tradition of back-to-school parties. And with those comes lots of alcohol and lots of obnoxious people drinking alcohol.

In order help spare the rest of San Francisco from crossing paths with drivers who have had one too many drinks, the cops are alerting everyone now that they will be roving the city looking for drunk drivers, starting tomorrow night at 8.

In addition, cops will host a DUI sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in the city, assessing drivers one-by-one as they roll through the parade of police. This policing will continue until 3 a.m., well after last call, and damn near passing out time.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Annoying Drunk Guy Pisses Off People Around Him, Gets His Ass Kicked

Posted By on Thu, Sep 11, 2014 at 2:24 PM

A 38-year-old man who was boozing it up last night might have imbibed enough liquor to pass out — but it wasn't alcohol that made him lose consciousness. 

Police were called out to the intersection of Grace and Howard streets last night where they found the victim bleeding and unconscious on the street.

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Cops to Drunk Drivers: We're Coming After You This Weekend

Posted By on Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 8:24 AM

No, that's not "artsy" - FLICKR/OVAIS_92
Tonight, the cops will be swarming the city looking for those drivers who, once again, hit the bottle too hard. 

San Francisco police will be kicking off the long Labor Day weekend with a DUI checkpoint tonight at an unnamed part of the city. Cops will be stationed at this location sniffing out drunks between 8 p.m. and 3 a.m.

If you end up dodging the sobriety checkpoint Friday, don't press your luck. The cops will return Saturday night at 8 p.m. with another DUI sweep in an undisclosed location. So treat yourself to a designated driver this weekend. And then treat your designated driver to dinner.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Outside Lands: Guy Who Smuggled Booze in Bread Loaf Speaks Out

Posted By on Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Bread and booze - TWITTER/@ANDYCHEN93

Earlier this week, we told you about the best failed attempt at smuggling booze into Outside Lands: a hollowed-out bread loaf. Apparently, it wasn't a complete failure.

Twitter user @AndyChen93 tweeted us the above image, indicating that, despite that one booze-laced loaf that didn't make it through the show, there was still plenty of Fireball (and bread) to go around. 

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