As you may recall from last year, Akit's Complaint Department was the lead opposition against the Outside Lands for such major problems as:
- Overselling tickets to the point where people were breaking down fences to get around the festival.
- Failure to give proper road closure information to SF 311, 511, city supervisors' offices, and the local police stations.
- Destroying the park's irrigation system.
- Massive amounts of litter in the park.
- Muni overcrowding and overloading.
- Limo companies illegally trying to pick-up passengers and ripping them off in cost.
- Loud and drunk people doing their "business" at people's homes.
- Noise so loud, you can hear it a mile away from the event site.
No Park Street Closure Information
Muni Terrible, Complaints, and Not Making any Friends
Goodbye, Get Lost, and Never Come Back
This year, I am still opposed to this event. The city is the pimp and basically sold their beautiful park for a cool $1.5 million dollars for a few years to literally rack up costs that will nearly meet or exceed the money being raked in.
Once again, there will be tons of people going to Golden Gate Park, playing loud music late into the night, and leaving the area on public transit. If you think this is going to be pretty, expect the worst.
Outside of the negative crap, I will acknowledge some improvements versus last year's mess:
- Tons of signage are on lamp posts all around Golden Gate Park and points towards major event entry points and main exits to streets.
- Golden Gate Park finally installed street name signs at nearly every intersection (something we citizens have been begging for decades).
- Shuttles, thank god, private shuttles.
- Mass mailed every resident in the Richmond and Sunset districts about the event, with at least two weeks notice. The letter is basically this website page from SF Outside Lands.
Here's Akit's guide for neighborhood residents to survive Outside Lands:
If you get ticked-off by something gone wrong from Friday through Sunday, call their community hotline at: (415) 933-6901 (number fixed).
Akit suggests you should also contact your city supervisor. If you have Muni problems or witness cab and limo drivers ripping people off, call 311 (415-701-2311).
Remember, reporting to public officials goes on public records (Sunshine Ordinance); calling Outside Land's public hotline may not be considered part of public records.
Almost all Golden Gate Park road entry points will shut-down at 8PM this Thursday and will re-open at 11PM on Sunday. I say, expect the park roads to re-open much later, say early Monday morning before the commuters take Chain of Lakes. Road closure info here.
Since Outside Lands starts on FRIDAY, you should make some alternate plans to ride MUNI to work, SF State, public school, or wherever it goes near Golden Gate Park. Avoid the following Muni lines (in no particular order):
- 5-Fulton **SEVERE IMPACT**
- 71L-Haight/Noriega Limited
- 28-19th Avenue **THE BUS FOR CHEAPSKATES WHO DON'T WANT TO PAY FOR THE SHUTTLE FROM DALY CITY BART**
- 28L-19th Avenue Limited
- N-Judah **SEVERE IMPACT**
- All Muni express buses like the 16X, 31 AX and BX, 38AX and BX (weekday peak hours only).
- 6-Parnassus (inner Sunset residents)
- 18-46th Avenue (outer Sunset residents, in exchange for the 29-Sunset)
- 31-Balboa (Richmond district residents)
- 38-Geary (everyday) and 38L-Geary Limited (doesn't operate on Sundays)
- 66 Quintara and transfer to 6-Parnassus at 9th Avenue (all Sunset residents)
If you must drive, definitely stay away from these East-West direction streets.
- Balboa (maybe)
- Irving (it's always crowded with the merchants on those blocks from 25th Avenue to 19th Avenue)
- 19th Avenue (GG Park South) via Crossover Drive to North entrances 25th Avenue and Park Presidio. EXPECT DELAYS.
- Great Highway; but JFK Drive entrance closed, and you won't have a lot of luck parking at Ocean Beach or Beach Chalet.
- Stanyan (east edge of GG Park)
If you need to take care of any business, from grabbing breakfast at your favorite dim sum restaurant, or buying groceries, do it in the early morning. Less traffic congestion equals a brighter day.
And if you decide to sequester yourself at home, I don't mind playing against you online on my Xbox 360.
If you have any suggestions on how to survive Outside Lands this weekend, post a comment!
Added information as of 11:45AM on Saturday, August 29, 2009:
Your rights as a San Francisco citizen during Outside Lands:
- You have the right to complain to your district supervisor, police department, mayor's office, or any other appropriate city agency.
- You have the right to have your complaint heard by a competent individual and you shall expect a response within a timely manner.
- If you need help, call 311. If you believe the information they provided to you sounds incorrect or unhelpful, either hang-up and call again, or demand a supervisor. If they refuse to take complaints on certain matters regarding the event, keep cramming it down their throats until the report is filed.
- Any comments, suggestions and complaints filed with a city agency, including SFPD, DPT, and 311 are considered public records under the Sunshine Ordinance. Calling Outside Land's hotline may not be considered as "part of the record."
- If you notice limo or towncar drivers trying to pick-up passengers "on-demand," this is illegal under San Francisco law. Take down their plate and their unique chauffeur vehicle number on their rear bumper and call 311.
- If you still hear concert music beyond 10PM, the end of the day's event, report it to your city supervisor and police department.
- If you notice something shady going on in your neighborhood, don't sit on it, and give the cops a call.