9/18/19

There was a strange sight at the 16th and Mission Bart Plaza:  MUNI employees, funded by SFMTA public government money (i.e. your tax dollars) were holding up signs like chauffeurs for Oracle.

The rationale? “We are helping people find the Oracle conference and advertising our new express bus.”

It seemed strange to me, as I’ve never seen SFMTA go out of its way to advertise for any large community events. Where were the chauffeurs for Carnivale? The SF Walk Against Rape? Dia De Los Muertos? I don’t even remember seeing MUNI chauffeurs for Pride marches (surely one of San Francisco’s most time-honored events).

It just seemed like a strange mix of government money being used for private advertising. Not surprising, in a city where politicians are so deeply in bed with the tech giants. But also – not acceptable (sorry folks, no apathy here!)

The employees were very nice though, and we chatted about vegetarian food and different types of diets. I like that MUNI has a union to pay drivers fair wages. We need more unions…

MEANWHILE, across the plaza was a glorious food serving! Some people came by with extra dishes that were going to be thrown out from a tech company’s catering abundance. A selfless tech employee and a bookstore staff person volunteered their time to feed the people. It was amazing, spontaneous, and beautiful.

Shortly thereafter, Food Not Bombs showed up to double down on the culinary delights. The end result? Nothing short of an eight course feast at the 16th BART plaza!! Everyone left that night with a full stomache.

At one point the MUNI employees came over to chat, and it was a delight to share good conversation with good food.

It’s amazing to see the good vibes that feeding people can create. And who knows? Maybe one day MUNI employees will do a serving with us 🙂

 

 

 

 

The northeast 16th/Mission BART Plaza, adjacent to Walgreens, has a strange new 3,900-pound, $4,661 bench, according to Mission Local.

‘Unpleasant’ or ‘interesting’? Two-ton, $5,000 bench arrives at 16th and Mission

Photo Credit:  Julian Mark, Mission Local

The other plaza on the southwest side of the intersection, where SF Food Not Bombs shares food on Wednesdays, did not get any additional benches, even though BART Director Bevan Dufty promised more benches late last year.

Here are a few earlier posts about the removal of six comfortable metal benches from the SW Plaza and their eventual replacement with three smaller, less comfortable concrete ones:

https://sffnb.org/2018/11/05/bart-downgrades-seating-at-16th-street-mission-plaza/

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/

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

Newsrooom By The Bay mentions Food Not Bombs in its article about the displacement of people from the Mission District.

“…Food Not Bombs, a direct action group that gives free vegan meals to the homeless.

Here is the entire article:  http://intercept.newsroombythebaysites.com/569/news/569/

We always need volunteers.  More information here:  https://sffnb.org/serving-schedule/

https://www.smartcitiesdive.com/news/federal-court-cities-cannot-criminalize-homelessness/552232/

A federal court ruled on April 1, 2019 it will not review a decision that cities cannot arrest people for sleeping on public property unless they have provided adequate shelter. The case, Martin v. City of Boise, was before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The ruling could still be taken up the U.S. Supreme Court.

An earlier post about Martin v. City of Boise:  https://sffnb.org/2018/09/09/court-affirms-right-of-homeless-persons-to-not-be-punished-for-sleeping-in-public/

 

 

https://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/fort-lauderdale/fl-ne-arnold-abbott-feeding-homeless-obituary-20190222-story.html

The article omits Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs, which also fought against food sharing bans.

San Francisco Food Not Bombs showed solidarity with Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs when it was resisting new laws criminalizing sharing free food.  Here are some reminders:

https://sffnb.org/2014/11/14/san-francisco-fnb-stands-in-solidarity-with-fort-lauderdale/

https://sffnb.org/2018/08/27/federal-court-backs-activists-who-feed-homeless-in-fort-lauderdale/

Julian Mark from Mission Local reports that BART will be installing additional benches at the SW 16th/Mission BART Plaza:

“The former District 8 supervisor [BART Director Bevan Dufty] said he caught wind of some concerns that the [ping pong] table was installed instead of more benches, but he stressed that more benches will be coming soon, as fewer benches have — so far — replaced the number that had existed before the plaza was renovated. A ‘new style’ of benches are coming,’ he said.” (https://missionlocal.org/2018/12/ping-pong-table-appears-at-16th-street-bart-plaza-for-the-people/)

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

Earlier coverage:

https://sffnb.org/2018/11/05/bart-downgrades-seating-at-16th-street-mission-plaza/

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/

 

Please read Yesica Prado’s San Francisco Public Press article, including excellent photos of SF Food Not Bombs volunteers sharing free vegetarian food:  https://sfpublicpress.org/news/2018-12/state-law-cracks-down-on-free-public-meals

Earlier posts about AB-2178:

https://sffnb.org/2018/10/17/governor-brown-signs-controversial-law-on-charitable-food/

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/

 

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

 

 

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/

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