Mission Park and Housing Complex to Include Undesirable Water Feature?

by Anna Marie : sf.curbed.com – excerpt


2012 flood in the alley across the street from the park site.

Residents of our famously sunken Mission District well know that even a light rain like last April’s backs up sewer pipes, flooding homes and businesses with disgusting sludge. Imagine then the damage of heavier rains of winter. Yet city planners are readying to build an affordable housing structure, playground and park at 17th and Folsom streets, which is, according to the SFWeekly, basically a bowl to which all water will flow. “It is an area where tidal flows naturally want to accumulate, as water flows there from across the city,” PUC official Karen Kubick confirmed on SFGate. And the Weekly warns that the development “is not currently designed to handle rainwater runoff.” Add to the conundrum basic topography: Part of the Mission Creek watershed, “some cartographers believe this area was a lagoon or at least marshland when the Spanish settled San Francisco in the 18th century.” Given that that actually solving the structural problems that cause this flooding would take ten years and millions of dollars, how will SF handle it when what is now a parking lot becomes a location for families and kids to live and play? We’re hoping future residents of 17th and Folsom got life jackets for Christmas… (more)

Mission District Flooding: I’m Used to It : [SF Gate]
That Sinking Feeling: Mission Parks Have a Water Problem : [SF Weekly]
Arguing About Fences : [CurbedSF]

Wow! If every there was an off topic subject that interests the people in the Mission District, this has got to be it. We have been disputing this park because it will eliminate parking spots, but now we have a much more serious issue to consider. Were any EIR studies were done regarding the famous Folsom floods?

Central construction work, road closures resume on Stockton Street for Central Subway

By: Will Reisman : SFexaminer.com – excerpt

After a reprieve for the holiday shopping season, construction work on Muni’s Central Subway project will resume today near Union Square.
For the past 1½ months, work has been halted on Stockton Street to allow for greater access to the many businesses on the thoroughfare. However, construction will resume as usual today, with Stockton Street being shuttered once more between Geary and Ellis streets to all automobiles except emergency vehicles.
The sidewalks on Stockton Street will remain open to pedestrians, but the walkways will be narrower due to the construction work.
Along with the Stockton Street closure, the westbound lane on Ellis Street between Stockton and the Ellis-O’Farrell Garage also will have the same vehicle limits.
Muni is advising riders that delays could occur on the 38-Geary and 38-Geary Limited bus lines as a result of the work… (more)

Construction Resumes On SF Central Subway After Holiday Hiatus

Fake parking attendants outrage a lot

By John Coté, Michael Cabanatuan : SFGate.com – excerpt

It’s been a year and a half since a chronic scammer named Fofana Mbemba got the city’s attention on the issue of parking attendant impersonators – people who pretend to be working at a parking lot that’s actually self-service and take unsuspecting drivers’ money.
And with major events like the America’s Cup regatta approaching, it doesn’t seem like much has changed.
Not only is Mbemba’s rap sheet now 13 pages long, including at least seven arrests since his mug shot was splashed on TV in July 2011, but others are in on the game as well…
The scam is pretty simple. The thieves pick a parking lot, often along the waterfront, where drivers are supposed to pay into a machine. The scammer pretends to be a parking lot attendant, often with fake receipts for the dashboard, and collects money from drivers as they pull in. Besides being out money, unsuspecting drivers often wind up with a parking ticket when the legitimate staff checks the machine to see who paid for parking.
Cracking down on these thieves, who primarily prey on tourists but have also ensnared the likes of former Mayor Art Agnos, is proving elusive… (more)