On my inspection tour of the public plazas at 16th and Mission Streets yesterday, there was a three-man cleanup crew from the Department of Public Works using a lot of soap and water scrubbing a trash container.
One of the men said a complaint was made recently and they received orders this week to visit the BART and clean DPW's street furniture. That includes metal trash bins and newsracks.
I thanked the crew and snapped a few fotos. Kudos to Rachel Gordon, the public information officer for DPW, for passing along my requests for cleaning services to the operations division. The goal now is institute regular washings and verification that they happen.
In other sanitation news regarding the BART 16th Street plazas, my complaints to BART management to get fire hazardous trash picked and to SFMTA and SF311 to hose down the Muni bus shelters didn't produce action. That may change next week.
Allow me one kvetch. Shame on the incumbent Tom Radulovich for taking no visible interest or initiative to address the sorry state of the environment at this critical BART.
He must take responsibility for allowing the sanitary situation to deteriorate to dangerous levels. Hard to believe Radulovich is also the longtime executive director of Livable City, an organization dedicated to improving urban life and public space.
Don't forget there's a forum hosted by the SF Transit Riders Union, the SF Bicycle Coalition and WalkSF on Monday, Sept 24 starting at 7 pm, all about the BART director races for Districts 7 and 9 and all three candidates for our area will be present. The forum is at the Mission Pool Clubhouse on 19th Street, near Valencia.
Come participate in it!