Encouraging news from a recent San Francisco perception study report: In a nutshell, folks are pleased with how the streets and sidewalks look. Results of the study show that pedestrians "do not express high levels of dissatisfaction with the presence of graffiti" in City locations that do not meet the 100% graffiti-free standard. This means to me that we must remain vigilant and keep up the important work of reporting graffiti vandalism and abating it quickly.
Take a minute to look through some graffiti-related updates below, and please forward the Zero Graffiti Pledge to friends and residents who may be interested. The Pledge is a great way to renew a commitment to the cause of keeping this great city beautiful and livable.
Mohammed Nuru San Francisco Graffiti Advisory Board Chair
49ers' Vernon Davis helps paint StreetSmARTs mural
(photo via SFGate, Alex Washburn / The Chronicle)
On Friday, May 20th, the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of Public Works teamed up with the San Francisco 49ers' Pro Bowl tight-end Vernon Davis to collaborate on a StreetSmARTs mural and present a student art scholarship.
That evening, Davis presented a $15,000 check to this year's Vernon Davis Visual Arts Scholarship recipient, an art student from Lowell High School, at the San Francisco Unified School District's "Young At Art" Gala.
The recently completed mural is on Jones Street at Turk in the Tenderloin neighborhood. Twenty new murals from the graffiti-vandalism prevention program "StreetSmARTs" are scheduled to be completed by the end of June.
MTA presents "Impacts of Graffiti"
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency presented last month to its MTA Board a report that covered the "Impact of Graffiti on Transit Services". Over $12.5 million a year is spent abating graffiti from transit vehicles like MUNI buses, trains, and cable cars. And taking into account other MTA run property like signs, the cost is much closer to $17 million.
The insightful presentation provided an overview of the types of transit property that are vandalized, the infrastructure in place to abate, partnerships with the SFPD to catch and prosecute vandals, and recommendations moving forward. Please take the time to look through the presentation. Hats off to the good folks at the MTA for working so hard to stay on top of this.
Clean Team June 18
The Community Clean Team continues to serve the City of San Francisco after more than a decade of volunteering! Join Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi for the biggest District Five neighborhood cleanup of the year, the Summer Cleanup!
Saturday, June 18th, 9am-12pm
This is the premiere volunteer opportunity to paint out graffiti and help beautify the city.
Volunteers will sweep up litter, tend to neighborhood trees and tree basins, landscaped medians, paint out graffiti, and help take care of our schools, parks, and community gardens all over District Five.
It all starts at 9am at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center (Webster and McAllister). Register to volunteer at email@example.com. See you there!
As the days grow shorter and sunny days return after the summer fog, it's not too early to start thinking about the November elections. It appears there will be five San Francisco City and County issues on the November ballot:
Prop B - Board of Supervisors Aides http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/elections/ElectionsArchives/Meeting_Information/BSC/agendas/2009/Board%20of%20Supervisors%20Aides%20-%20Legal%20Text.pdf
Prop C - Candlestick Park Naming Rights http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/elections/ElectionsArchives/Meeting_Information/BSC/agendas/2009/Candlestick%20Park%20Naming%20Rights-Legal%20text.pdf
Prop D - Mid-Market Special Sign District http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/elections/ElectionsArchives/Meeting_Information/BSC/agendas/2009/Mid-Market%20Special%20Sign%20District%20-%20Legal%20Text.pdf
Prop E - Advertisements on City Property http://www.sfgov.org/site/uploadedfiles/elections/ElectionsArchives/Meeting_Information/BSC/agendas/2009/Advertisements%20on%20City%20Property%20-%20Legal%20Text.pdf
Members of the PAR Board of Directors will be studying these issues and what impact (if any) these issues might have on the Richmond District. At this time, the Board had not taken a position on any of these issues.