SF Homeless Piss & Money Tour: 1/27 at Noon
January 26, 2016
Members of the Govt Access Project will gather at Division and Mission Streets on Wednesday, January 27 at noon for an important outreach effort related to toilet access and a monetary giveaway to the homeless people living in tents.
We'll assemble under a bright pink umbrella, then tour the Tent City area with a flyer about nearby San Francisco Fire Department stations, where the public can use the toilets. A small donation will be made to each homeless person.
Late on, at 5 pm we'll attend the fire commission meeting in Room 400 at City Hall to demand the SFFD install signage outside firehouse about the availability seven-days a week of the taxpayer-funded toilets.
Our goals is to direct homeless folks to public toilets where they can pee and poop, and wash their hands, near their tents, and give them funds.
January 27, 2016
The outreach action was a success, in terms of reaching dozens of homeless folks living under the freeway overpass. We received terrific media attention from HoodlineSF, KCBS Radio and later tonight KVTU will air footage of our engagement with homeless people today.
One homeless woman told us the Department of Public Works and police officers have warned them they will be swept out tomorrow, to beautify the City as Super Bowl events gear up.
We've reached out to DPW and Sam Dodge, the Mayor's point-person on homeless issues, about the potential for a sweep tomorrow. When we hear from them, this post will be updated.
January 29, 2016
In September 2012, after we learned about the existence of the Local Homeless Coordinating Board and that it meets at 170 Otis Street on the first Monday of the month at 11 am, we called on this City panel to move its meetings to City Hall and air them on SFGovTV.
Unfortunately, Mayor Lee's homeless czar Bevan Dufty and the panel opted to stay off TV and outta City Hall, denying the many stakeholders who can't meetings on Monday mornings the opportunity to learn what exactly they do to solve homeless problems.
This Monday, February 1, at 11 am, the mayor will present his plan creating a new City department of homeless programs to the homeless board at 170 Otis Street, near Division and Mission.
We are not aware of any publicity from either the panel or members of it, or any Homeless Inc groups regarding this important presentation from the mayor and in the middle of the City rolling out the red carpet for a pittance from the NFL and Super Bowl corporate sponsors, with much attention on homeless people.
As of this writing, the mayor's advance calendar for next week is totally blank so his staff doesn't seem to be alerting stakeholders to his appearance before the panel on Monday.
We'll attend the meeting and listen to the mayor's presentation, then report back to everyone.
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- Jamaica: Prime Minister
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Sunday, January 17, 2016
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Agenda for Peskin's Rent Control Brain Trust's City Hall Meeting?
Affordable Housing Inc in San Francisco has mastered the illusion of being a bottom-up, grassroots component of the City, but the more accurate depiction is of a cabal continually meeting behind closed doors amongst themselves and elected officials.
Leaders of the cabal include Randy Shaw, a Berkeley resident who runs several Tenderloin nonprofits, Gen Fujioka lawyer and reporter for 48 Hills, Fred Sherburn-Zimmer, director of the Housing Rights Committee, Scott Weaver, lawyer and leader of Plaza 16, Tina Cheung of the Chinatown Community Development Center, and Peter Cohen of the Council of Community Housing Organizations.
They had a one-hour private meeting with Supervisor Aaron Peskin at City Hall on January 7th and the topic was Rent Control Brain Trust according to Peskin's calendar. I've filed a public records request for the agenda and all notes kept by the supervisor or his staff.
If there were genuine progressive transparency in San Francisco, these nonprofit leaders would disclose at a followup public meeting what was discussed with Peskin about this brain trust.
And govt transparency would be better served if Peskin and all Supervisors, elected officials and public servants required to keep a calendar, posted their schedules on the web.
Until then, there's the Govt Access Project!