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Trash Talking in The Examiner

Examiner reporter Kamala Kelkar came across my online call for suggested locations for public trash cans where litter is a problem, especially spots where trash just seems to blow around and make a mess. It’d be helpful to have public trash cans in those spots so that it would be easy for a neighbor to pick up the trash and quickly dispose of it, especially in spots where a lot of trash builds up and carrying it for a few blocks isn’t really practical. Kamala got in touch with me on Tuesday, and today’s Examiner ran the article.

One thing missing from today’s article that I hoped would appear is the acknowledgment that DPW doesn’t have extra money, and they’re doing a really good job of still listening to waterfront neighbors. I didn’t think of it during the 10 minute phone conversation, but I should also point out the excellent job they do with cleaning up after the one-off events like Bay to Breakers (its pretty amazing how they clean up all of those tortilla toss leftovers in Rincon Hill). This weekend’s San Francisco Marathon is another opportunity to see the DPW in action after the race ends.

I always appreciate the Examiner running articles about local issues that aren’t necessarily sensational or exciting. Of course, somewhere between the writer that I spoke to and the printed article is a copy editor who probably has too much work these days (layoffs at newsrooms) who seems to chop quotes up and make me sound like a bit of a dolt sometimes. Oh well … c’est la vie.

I should note that the quote about trash overflowing mixed in with the mention of the swirling trash wasn’t quite in the same breath from me. I’d mentioned that the existing public trash cans sometimes overflow on the weekends, but I know DPW empties them out and takes care of them (not a good samaritan). In regards to the swirling trash at the NW corner of Harrison and Spear, I said it seems to get picked up every few days, maybe by the data center business in front of that patch of sidewalk or by a good samaritan, I didn’t know for sure. I mentioned the number of attendees at a single AT&T Park event reaching around 30,000 or so, but I didn’t say they all come from BART … lord knows event attendees drive and use other transportation methods too.

Anyway … thank you to Kamala and the Examiner for shining some light on these topics that aren’t very exciting, but they are the bread and butter of why we have basic local government services in my humble opinion. I’m still happy to pass along suggested new locations for public trash cans – just e-mail me at RinconHill@gmail.com with the intersection and a brief explanation as to why you think there’s a justified need, and I’ll pass the suggestion along to our neighbor in South Beach who is compiling a listing to help DPW get an idea of our needs (even if they don’t have the money right now to necessarily add trash cans). Like I told Kamala, Rincon Hill is pretty well covered with public trash cans …. I think South Beach and South Park bare the brunt of litter from event attendees at AT&T Park and Piers 30/32.

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