Here is the article:  http://www.sfexaminer.com/residents-grow-impatient-fenced-off-soma-plaza/

San Francisco’s Real Estate Division claims that it must keep the park closed because the construction of the fence triggered an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirement that apparently no one considered ahead of time.

In order to make the enclosed park ADA compliant and re-open it, the City must build a $45,000 wheelchair ramp, although there is no time frame for that further renovation.

Presumably, the unenclosed park was ADA compliant because of its multiple egresses.

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News from Atlanta and Fort Lauderdale Food Not Bombs:  https://popularresistance.org/cities-volunteers-clash-over-feeding-homeless-in-public/.

These articles are informative, worthwhile and timely.

https://popularresistance.org/activists-arrested-in-atlanta-for-feeding-homeless-without-a-permit-before-thanksgiving/

https://popularresistance.org/community-members-defy-el-cajon-ordinance-against-feeding-homeless/

Food Not Bombs.  We ain’t playin’.  You ain’t payin’.

The recently fenced McCoppin Hub Park is always locked and closed.

Earlier posts:

https://sffnb.org/2017/06/13/contractors-begin-building-permanent-mccoppin-hub-fence/

https://sffnb.org/2017/05/29/mccoppin-hub-update/

https://sffnb.org/2017/02/09/san-francisco-sanctuary-city-closes-mccoppin-hub/

https://sffnb.org/2016/07/27/mccoppin-hub-plaza-park-update/

https://sffnb.org/2015/09/16/keep-mccoppin-hub-plaza-open-and-unfenced/

When Supervisor Jane Kim proposed fencing in the park as a solution to the non-problem of people using an unenclosed public space, the deal included that the park would be open during certain hours and locked at night.

In reality, all the gates are always locked like this:

 

Indeed, the park contains a sign with hours of operation:

 

For accuracy, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department should replace this sign with one that reads,  “Closed Permanently Because of Civic Callousness and Political Cowardice.”

Here we are.  Millions spent to transform a dead end street into a useless locked off space.

Money for nothing.

Eddie Stiel

https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/10/22/18803820.php

HERE/THERE, on the Berkeley/Oakland Border across from Sweet Adeline Bakery 3350 Adeline St, Berkeley, CA 94703, USA

Tuesday October 24

4:30 PM – 4:30 AM

You’re invited to an

EVICTION RESISTANCE PARTY

The evening of Tuesday, Oct. 24

through Wednesday morning,

as long as necessary.

The camping community HERE/THERE has been practicing consensus government and responsible urban camping at its present location for more than nine months. Multiple members of City Council have called us “a model community”. So why has “someone” in the city government told BART to get rid of us?

We were only given three days notice: they will seize our property and force us onto the street some time on Tuesday. This eviction order is illegal. Help us resist it by coming out to shout at the pigs and enjoying a potluck Eviction Resistance Party. Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning, as long as necessary. Also, you can contact Lateefah Simon, the BART board director for our district, through https://www.lateefahforbart.com/contact and Rebecca Saltzman, chair of the BART Board of Directors whose district represents many people in Berkeley and Oakland: 

Rebecca Saltzman, Chair, BART Board, Director, District 7 Rebecca.Saltzman@bart.gov @rebeccaforBART 510 464-6095

COPS GO HOME

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Bring a camera. This is also a good time to donate food, water, and any kind of survival equipment.

If they do manage to evict us, we’re going straight to City Hall, where we’re going to raise a hell of a ruckus. In that event, we will need help with transport and temporary storage of property. So maybe bring a pickup or a van, just in case?

Reposted from Indybay:  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2017/10/06/18803486.php

Kaye “Nana” Griffin, an Indybay co-founder, passed on in early August. Nana was involved in the Bay Area activism scene for decades, including queer liberation, housing and many other local struggles. Nana also carried one of the first Indybay press passes. Her memorial service is on Saturday, October 21 at 2 PM (doors open at 1:30 PM) at the Center for Sex and Culture, 1349 Mission St. in San Francisco.

John Gilmore shared an Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) advertisement while recalling, “Kaye got around to many Bay Area subcultures. Here’s one of her appearances in the digital rights subculture. This full page ad appeared in 2003 in Rolling Stone magazine, featuring Kaye in the middle of the lineup. […] She was involved in so many things that I suspect that none of us knew the full extent of her activities and activism.”

Keith McHenry also provided a short reflection, “Kaye spent many hours volunteering with San Francisco Food Not Bombs and reported on the arrests and court cases posting on Indybay. She participated in nearly all the huge protests with her pet rat on her shoulder and I remember her insightful comments about a wide range of issues. Her vision of what is wrong with the political and economic system and ideas of where to take action to move our world forwards was spot on.”

Four months after erecting a temporary construction fence to close the McCoppin Hub park, contractors hired by the San Francisco Department of Park and Recreation have begun building the permanent fence around the park.

Nearby resident and blogger Michael Petrelis reports that the construction workers say that they will complete the fence by the end of the week.

Will the park ever be open?  Closed only at night?  Why is the city fencing off this park while many others remain unfenced and always open?

Well, we know the answer to the last question.  Too many poor people, some homeless, hung out at McCoppin Hub.  Liberal sanctuary city San Francisco can’t have that.

Coverage from Mission Local:  https://missionlocal.org/2017/06/signs-placed-in-mccoppin-hub-as-fence-goes-up/

A quick update on the status of the shuttered McCoppin Hub park.

It remains enclosed by a temporary construction fence, erected around the beginning of February, 2017.  The City of San Francisco has made no visible progress towards the building of a permanent fence.  The only change is plants growing in cracks in the pavement because the city is neglecting the park.

In short, San Francisco has closed the park as a punitive measure to prevent “undesirable” people from using it.

Earlier posts:

https://sffnb.org/2017/02/09/san-francisco-sanctuary-city-closes-mccoppin-hub/

https://sffnb.org/2016/07/27/mccoppin-hub-plaza-park-update/

Outrageous!!!

 

https://missionlocal.org/2017/02/tent-residents-booted-without-notice-or-shelter-in-violation-of-city-ordinance/

This article covers ground directly related to my recent post about McCoppin Hub.

Rather than deal with the causes of homelessness, city officials attack its victims, making their lives harder.  Nothing solves homelessness better than a home.

The article documents forced relocation at threat of arrest or the truncheon.  In typical bureaucratic style, no city official takes full responsibility for his or her action while exacerbating problems facing the dispossessed.

Eddie Stiel

The City of San Francisco has indefinitely closed the McCopppin Hub park.  Here is the latest update from the neigborhood press:  https://missionlocal.org/2017/02/controversial-mccoppin-hub-popular-homeless-hangout-now-fenced-off/.

We covered the misguided effort to fence off this park in earlier posts:

https://sffnb.org/2015/09/16/keep-mccoppin-hub-plaza-open-and-unfenced/

https://sffnb.org/2016/07/27/mccoppin-hub-plaza-park-update/

Presently, a temporary construction fence has closed the park from public use.  The purposes of a construction fence are to prevent the public from entering a construction zone with dangerous conditions and to secure the construction material and tools.  However, construction has not begun, so this fence’s sole purpose is to exclude people from public space.

McCoppin Hub is one of a decreasing number of public spaces with places to sit, a restful sanctuary.  Anyone can use the benches.  Of course, they are relatively more useful for people who have no home of their own, especially because it is now illegal to sit or lie down on sidewalks in San Francisco.

“The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.” — Anatole France, 1894.

Near McCoppin Hub, for over a year, police barricades have lined Duboce Avenue/13th Street/Division Street, something reminiscent of authoritarian countries in the developing world.  Is “liberal” San Francisco so different?

City officials will cite the funds they spend on the homeless.  Indeed, they spend many millions per year while homelessness increases.  Their approach is akin to fixing a leaky roof by buying more buckets.

Some perspective.  The best estimate on the cost to build a closed park, McCoppin Hub, is $2M.  It is certainly more than that because the park is undergoing the second remodel of its short life.  But let’s stick to $2M.  San Francisco Food Not Bombs shares food two evenings per week. A generous estimate of our out of pocket yearly expenses is $100. $2M could sustain San Francisco Food Not Bombs for 20,000 years.

Jane Kim is the elected member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors for the district containing McCoppin Hub and pushed to build a fence around this unenclosed park.  She is a member of the Democratic Party, like all elected officials and, undoubtedly, almost all commission members and department heads in San Francisco.

Local Democrat Party officials rightfully decry President Trump’s attacks on sanctuary cities and immigration.  “We build bridges not walls.”  Locally, where they have actual influence and power, they are building fences and erecting barricades to exclude the dispossessed.

Supervisor Kim’s most meaningful policy achievement is the passage for an area of her Supervisorial District, in 2011, at the behest of Mayor Ed Lee, of the Mid-Market, or Twitter, tax break, which directly subsidized tech and real estate interests.

Her actions epitomize the policies of elected officials throughout the United States:  tax breaks for corporations and the rich; fences, exclusion, truncheons and bullets for the poor.  And she is on the progressive, whatever that means, team.

Let’s march to City Hall and shout, at the top of our lungs, words made famous by a recent President, like all of them, opposed to social justice, “Mr. Lee and Ms. Kim, tear down that fence.”  Better yet, let’s tear it down ourselves.

For Amilcar Perez Lopez, Luis Gongora Pat and all others seeking a better life in cities, sanctuary or otherwise, only to have the cities’ armed guards kill them.

Eddie Stiel

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THURS: 16th & Mission – 6:00PM

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