Monday, December 03, 2012

DPW News Racks' Rep
Attending Tonight's Castro Meeting

(Before I and others complained to DPW, there were two news racks at the entrance to the Muni station at Castro and Market Streets . . . )

(. . . and after the complaints persuaded DPW to remove one of the news racks.)

The Castro Benefit District's committee for streetscape matters meets from 6 PM to 7 PM tonight at the Coldwell Banker office at 2355 Market near Castro, and an issue of longstanding concern for me is on the agenda - news racks.

After seeing that no representative from the Department of Public Works, the agency responsible for installing, maintaining and when necessary removing pedmounts, I asked the department's spokesperson Rachel Gordon if they had plans to send someone to answer questions.

She replied: We will plan on having John Kwong, head of DPW permitting, attend the meeting. He can discuss the news racks.

This is fabulous news because for more than a year, there has been too much confusing information about the pedmounts and what precisely is the process for deleting all the empty ones cluttering up the Castro's pedestrian-crowded public sidewalks.

It's my hope that with John Kwong in attendance at this public meeting, many Castro stakeholders will get the same information and clarity can reign about DPW plans to hopefully remove more pedmounts. Click here to read my report about my successful campaign to have a pedmount removed from Harvey Milk Plaza last month.

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