— By Kevin Montgomery (@kevinmonty) |
Earlier this week I went to some lame community meeting about renovating Mecca and rather than talk about the renovations, NIMBY neighbors spent 90 minutes berating Rec. & Park about park minutia. My favorite tirade was the 20 minutes wasted talking about Blue Bottle moving into Dolores Park, which the neighbors were (obviously) against. Admittedly, I was sort of skeptical about having carts go into the park, but listening to these people makes me all for it (can we get a liquor store in there already?). They complained about the outreach and not knowing about the carts going into the park (SF Weekly was posting stories about it in the Spring) and whining about the money being raised not being exclusively for the park (Rec. & Park confirmed that their accounting processes makes this impossible and they have to close their $12m budget deficit). Neighbors are vowing to fight to get the permit revoked (two board members of Dolores Park Works even suggested that the stands be kicked out, even though they haven't even arrived yet). Yeah, the privatization of SF Parks sucks, but crying to Rec. & Parks during an unrelated meeting isn't the way to go about it. At least some people are thrilled.
Srsly Sck | [Permalink]
Is there anyway to get the fucking home owners around Dolores Park out of Dolores Park via wrecking ballzzz or public charter or some shit? Seriously sick of homeowners.
MrEricSir | [Permalink]
More crime and “ethnic” people would probably send out the wealthy, white home owners.
It’s worked before, don’t see why it wouldn’t work again!
Crystal Vann Wallstrom | [Permalink]
Hey Kevin, Were talking about me? I don’t recall ever saying that we should kick out the food stands kicked out. I don’t actually feel that way. I like street food just like everyone else. All that the community is asking or is to be allowed the opportunity to weigh in on the subject rather than have it a forgone conclusion. Sure it’s been mentioned in the news before, but we thought that RPD had done the required outreach. When we realized they hadn’t, we called them up. Some are worried that since Blue Bottle is opening stores in NY, that the money raised off the back of Dolores will leave SF. Some are worried about trash generated (here we go again…). Some are worried about what permitted vendors will do to the un-permitted peeps that come in selling their goods (Permitted vendors are supposed to call the cops if they see un-permitted vendors). We just want a chance to talk to RPD before we lose any say in the matter. That seems fair no? As always, I’m available to offer a comment, clarify something you’ve heard and whatnot. Have a good weekend, Crystal
BRO | [Permalink]
BRO KEV YOUR FRIENDS ARE WAY 2 UPTIGHT MAYBE THEY SHOULD CHILLOUT IN BROLORES PARK AND LISTEN TO THE CHILLWAVES
I CHECKED OUT HER FACEBOOK KEV YOU SHOULD TAP THAT VIA HAWT MILF ACTION
NB | [Permalink]
Wow, crazy speculation about all that “money raised off the backs of Dolores” leaving the city has got to be one of the most ridiculous comments I’ve heard in a while. Over a cuppa joe? A whole lot of work-up over nothing much, except it just kills any change and reduces everything to some sort of committee decision. I’m sure that meeting probably was as nuts as the Noe Valley Pavement to Parks meeting was.
All this talk of “outreach” and “We just want a chance to talk to RPD” is exhibit A and B of pure SF NIMBYism. Who says your say in the matter should count? Just let the city department do its job and deal with it. Change who you vote for in Nov if you still hold a grudge. God, everyone thinks they have a say in everything, and no one can just move through life, taking it as it comes. Everyone thinks they’re a stakeholder and should be consulted about a fart by some department committee.
Douchebag | [Permalink]
FAIL, Democracy is exciting. I hope the meeting is chaired by Jerry Springer.
Kevin Montgomery | [Permalink]
I generally agree. Local politics in this town is ruled by those AGAINST everything, not in support of what the general public wants. Someone actually stood up and said selling Blue Bottle in Golden Gate, Ft. Mason, Justin Hermin was okay because they are “world-class destination parks,” but not okay because Dolores was a “local, neighborhood park.” Right.
BRO | [Permalink]
BRO KEEP FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT I KNOW YOUR POPS WOULD BE PROUD OF YOU BEING AN INTERNET FLAME WAR VETERAN BRO