16-Jul-2016 (Sat)
Wherein there are some photos, and we still have no parklet.

It is now four weeks since we were forced to destroy our parklet, and two weeks since construction was supposed to have begun, and guess what? Our sidewalk is still completely intact and unaltered.

The last reply we got from them was this hilarity, a week ago:

There have been two unexpected events that have come up at 11th and Harrison. One is a the identification of additional underground utilities when PG&E came out and the other is a permitting issue. Public Works engineering is quickly redesigning around the utility and we are working on the permitting issue.

So this means they scheduled their PG&E inspection for the day construction was to begin, or later, because if they had done that inspection earlier, they would have pushed the start date back and our parklet wouldn't be gone yet.

It also means that DPW doesn't have accurate maps of the gas lines, which is kind of amazing and also kind of scary.

Also, "permitting issue"? Are you kidding me? You are the ones who issue the permits!! Circular firing squad in full effect.

But one thing has happened: the bus shelter down at the corner has been removed. But wait, you say, I thought the bus shelter was going to stay where it is? Yeah, me too. So now I'm worried that they've changed their minds are are going to want to dump it in front of our door, like in their initial design. We can't get an answer to that question either. Any time we reply to the dozen-recipient thread about this project, we get nothing but vacation auto-replies from half of them.

Aaaaaaarrrrrggggghhhhh.

The Cocktail Robotics Grand Challenge was a lot of fun, and the robots were awesome, but it was pretty under-attended. I hope those of you who came enjoyed it, because we lost over $3,000 putting that show on. Hooray.

Some photos, and this month's mixtape:

Bootie: Madonna vs. Gaga
Raiju
Bootie: America Fuck Yeah!
Hubba Hubba: Summer Camp


8 Responses:

  1. Doctor Memory says:

    The scariest part here is that I completely believe that the city gives its own departments exactly the same endless runaround w/r/t construction permits as it gives civilians. I mean... why wouldn't they? As above, so below.

    • Louis says:

      Time for Jamie to invent his own red-tape, "You can't build that bus stop here, the permit doesn't allow for it.". They'd be lost in their own maze, he'd get away with it...

      • Pavel says:

        I bet you could grab a domain similar to the one city emails come from, and email all the involved claiming that additional permits are required, and stall the entire thing for weeks. Months, if you configure that address to autoreply with a vacation message.

  2. MrEricSir says:

    Either I'm going nuts or the bus shelter was removed, then reappeared again 24 hours later. Did they take it out again?

  3. Owen says:

    I'm surprised about the permit thing. My friend was an electrician for the city, and he told me that they don't have to get permits when they do jobs on city property. He had worked on the new SFO terminal. He said this always baffled outside contractors, who expected to be able to bill for a lot of time while the permits were getting issued or something.

  4. Timmyson says:

    Is "and we still have no parklet" going to be the new "and Carthage must be destroyed"?

  5. Creech says:

    The amazing disappearing reappearing bus stop in 24 hours made me double check my medication.