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We will not be sharing food at the 16th/Mission BART Plaza on Thanksgiving Thursday, November 22, 2018.

We will resume our weekly Thursday sharing on November 29th at 6 PM.

Sorry for any inconvenience.

On November 3rd, BART installed three concrete seats at its southwest 16th Street/Mission Plaza replacing the six or more benches it removed during a construction project in September.

Earlier posts:

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/11/bart-board-addresses-16th-street-mission-street-bart-plaza/

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/08/bart-removes-benches-from-16th-street-mission-street-plaza/

SF Examiner’s Laura Waxmann photographed the new seats on November 3rd.

These newly installed seats are smaller and less comfortable than the proper metal benches with backs that BART removed in September.  Here is a photo from the BART website (https://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2018/news20180905) that shows the old benches.

The old benches were wonderful; nothing was wrong with them at all. Most importantly, the plaza had at least six of them compared to the three replacement seats.

Instead of improving public amenities, BART is moving backwards at the SW 16th Street/Mission Plaza, from the iron age to the stone age.

BART’s recent renovation of this plaza, including the cruel downgrading of seating, occurred without public notification or discussion.  In fact, the only update about the benches came from BART Director Bevan Dufty’s private facebook account, viewable only to people logged into their facebook accounts.

Please contact the following people to try to get adequate and at least equivalent replacement seating at the SW 16th Street/Mission BART Plaza:

BART Director Bevan Dufty–510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov

BART staffer Molly Burke, molly.burke@bart.gov

SF Supervisor Hillary Ronen–415-554-5144, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

 

 

We have updated the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection’s list of empty and abandoned buildings through September, 2018 on this webpage:  https://sffnb.org/list-of-san-francisco-empty-and-abandoned-buildings/.

The next update will be in early February, 2019.

If anyone wants the complete DBI database, contact us at sffnbvolunteers@riseup.net.

Katherine Hamilton of the East Bay Express covers Governor Brown’s recent signing of AB-2178, which requires groups like Food Not Bombs to register as limited service charitable feeding operations and to pay a fee to the local enforcement agency.

You can read the article here:  https://www.eastbayexpress.com/WhatTheFork/archFives/2018/10/16/brown-signs-controversial-law-on-charitable-food

Earlier posts:  https://sffnb.org/2018/09/21/governor-brown-signs-ab-2178-into-law/

https://sffnb.org/2018/09/14/call-governor-jerry-brown-to-veto-ab-2178-which-would-restrict-our-right-to-share-free-food/

From Hamilton’s article:

“Food Not Bombs will hold meetings at Omni Commons in Oakland on Nov. 10, 11, and 12 to discuss a statewide response to the new law.”

According to the SF Examiner (http://www.sfexaminer.com/bart-quadruple-power-washing-mission-street-stations/), the BART Board of Directors addressed the status of the 16th Street/Mission Street Plaza at today’s meeting.

Some consternation arose from the homeless community when BART removed benches at 16th Street station during cleaning efforts in September.

Dufty, however, delivered some more news Thursday directly addressing those concerns — the benches will return Nov. 1, he said.

“BART staff knows this is important to me and Supervisor Hillary Ronen,” Dufty wrote on Facebook. “My values would not allow the removal of seating areas from people who are vulnerable or just needing a place to sit.”

Once again, here is the contact information for the elected officials for the 16th Street/Mission Street Plaza:

BART Director Bevan Dufty–510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov

SF Supervisor Hillary Ronen–415-554-5144, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

In addition, the most relevant BART staff person is Molly Burke, molly.burke@bart.gov

Earlier coverage:  https://sffnb.org/2018/10/08/bart-removes-benches-from-16th-street-mission-street-plaza/

Without public discussion or advanced notice, BART closed most of the southwest 16th Street/Mission Street Plaza from September 10, 2018 to September 20, 2018 for construction.  The reported purposes of this project were to resurface and to deep clean the plaza.  BART removed the approximately six benches from the plaza and has not reinstalled them, denying people places to sit in a public space.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs shares food in that plaza every Thursday at 6 PM.  Please join us for a delicious, vegetarian (usually vegan) meal:  https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/.

The San Francisco Examiner covered the cruel removal of the benches:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/16th-mission-bart-cleanup-results-loss-benches/.

According to elected BART Director Bevan Dufty, BART will install new benches by November 1, 2018.  Dufty announced this time frame in a posting on his Facebook page, viewable only to people logged into their Facebook accounts.  Why is an elected official disseminating information that should be universally available exclusively through a private website requiring log in access?

Will BART actually replace the benches?  Was their removal part of the ongoing, cynical campaign by public agencies to force poor people from public spaces? Why did BART order the new benches too late for their immediate installation at the time of the reopening of the plaza?

Several years ago, the SFMTA permanently removed public seating from its plaza at the Castro Street Muni station.  Likewise, the SF Recreation and Parks Department permanently closed the McCoppin Hub park in early 2017.  Its status is unchanged since our last postings about that shameful fiasco:  https://sffnb.org/2018/03/03/demonstration-gardens-relocate-to-still-closed-mccoppin-hub/ and https://sffnb.org/2017/11/24/mccoppin-hub-indefinitely-locked/.

Stay tuned.  Please contact the following relevant elected officials to hold them accountable and to insure the replacement of the benches at the SW 16th Street/Mission Street BART Plaza:

BART Director Bevan Dufty–510-464-6095, bevan.dufty@bart.gov

SF Supervisor Hillary Ronen–415-554-5144, Hillary.Ronen@sfgov.org

Steve Martinot’s essay explains the recent 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision, affirming the right of homeless people to sleep in public.  Martinot brings the issue home to the Bay Area, specifically to Berkeley.  You can read the essay here:  https://www.counterpunch.org/2018/10/02/the-constitution-and-homelessness/

Here is an earlier post about the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals decision:  https://sffnb.org/2018/09/09/court-affirms-right-of-homeless-persons-to-not-be-punished-for-sleeping-in-public/

 

On September 18, 2018, California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB-2178, making it the law in California.

We described AB-2178’s new restrictions on the ability of volunteer and non-profit community groups to share free food:  https://sffnb.org/2018/09/14/call-governor-jerry-brown-to-veto-ab-2178-which-would-restrict-our-right-to-share-free-food/

From the text of AB-2178:

The bill would define that operation as an operation for food service to a consumer solely for providing charity, that is conducted by a nonprofit charitable organization, as defined, and whose food service is limited to any of specified functions. The bill would specify that the operation would not include a temporary food facility or a nonprofit charitable temporary food facility, as specified. The bill would prohibit the operation from providing food service unless it has registered with the local enforcement agency, with specified exceptions involving performance of a certain function or operation in conjunction with a food bank, and would require a limited service charitable feeding operation subject to registration, or a food bank, if applicable, to submit certain information to the agency.

In short, AB-2178 would require groups, like San Francisco Food Not Bombs, to register with the local enforcement agency in order to continue sharing free home-cooked meals with anyone who wants one as we have been doing without any incidents or problems for many years.

The California Legislature and Governor Brown have made our sharing of food a misdemeanor crime:  “By creating a new crime and by imposing duties on local officials, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program.

Food Not Bombs does not define itself as a “charitable organization.”  We share food in order to fulfill a basic human need currently unmet by US society.  In addition, as the name indicates, Food Not Bombs is a criticism and protest of the grossly misguided priorities of the political economy.

The California Assembly and Senate have nearly unanimously passed AB-2178, which would impose new restrictions on individuals and community groups, like San Francisco Food Not Bombs, that share free meals.  If the bill becomes law, we would have to pay to register with local authorities in order to continue to provide mutual aid by sharing free food that would otherwise be discarded.  In general, Food Not Bombs groups are entirely volunteer with almost zero budgets.

Here is the text of AB 2178:  https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201720180AB2178

Hunger Action Los Angeles has provided an excellent explanation of AB 2178, including the following important action that you can take now (http://www.hungeractionla.org/news_update_Sep_6th_2018#cgtv090618):

Please call the Governor’s office at 916 445 2841 and ask that AB 2178 be vetoed. After pressing the language selection you can press 6 to speak to a representative.

You can use these talking points:

This bill is potentially a weapon for those who want to erase the homeless from the streets and punish people who are helping the homeless.

  • Volunteer groups feeding the homeless do not have the time to register with a local enforcement agency, nor pay the fees that are allowed by this bill. Adding a layer of bureaucracy on to the activities of these groups will eventually result in them shutting down altogether, choking off one other non-governmental outlet for the hungry and increasing government burden further.
  • Volunteer groups feeding the poor and homeless pose little food safety risk. There has never been a report of food poisoning or other illness due to their activity. These groups have operated for decades.
  • These groups already follow strong private food safety practices. They are operated by people who are enthusiastic about cooking and food service because they know how to do it. They know to keep food at the proper temperature and to handle it with proper accessories (gloves), storage and transport equipment.
  • These groups are filling a critical gap, and criminalizing their volunteerism will only add to the misery that the state itself is struggling to find the resources to address. Volunteer groups that cook and provide nutritious meals would be sorely missed and not replaced in the community if they were eliminated by force of a new law based on the current version of AB 2178. We need MORE help for the homeless, not restrictions on kinds of help based on the fact that they come from “unregistered” sources.

KPFA’s Rude Awakening show discussed AB-2178 on September 10, 2018.  You can listen to the archived broadcast here:  https://kpfa.org/player/?audio=293746

Thank you for asking Governor Brown to veto AB-2178.  Please spread the word.

https://popularresistance.org/court-affirms-right-of-homeless-persons-to-not-be-punished-for-sleeping-in-public/

Boise, Idaho – The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed that homeless persons cannot be punished for sleeping outside in the absence of adequate alternatives in Martin v. Boise (formerly Bell v. Boise), a lawsuit challenging Boise, Idaho’s ban on sleeping in public….

This case is part of a nationwide movement against the criminalization of homelessness, spearheaded by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and more than 700 groups and individuals who have endorsed the Housing Not Handcuffs Campaign.

Servings

Note: Servings may cancel in the event of rain

TUES: none try curry without worry – UN Plaza @ Hyde St – 5:30PM

THURS: 16th & Mission – 6:00PM

No Sharing on Thanksgiving, November 22, 2018

FRI: Market & Hyde – 7:00PM

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