|Taking photos of the bins as proof the city has done nothing|
My argument for getting these bins removed is very simple, it's on public property and the city is generating zero money on the loss of parking revenue since the meter is literally unusable.
As citizens, when we want to report on problems, we simply contact SF 311 on the phone, file an online report, or their Twitter account @SF311.
When I first reported it to 311, their response wasn't that friendly; by asking me to do the dirty work of contacting the private company to remove it. But I know that if the city makes the call to the company, they'll have to listen because it's the city government demanding removal.
I sent a message back to 311 asking them to do it, and they promised to handle the problem by having DPW issue a correction notice to the company within five days. That was January 28th.
Expecting the city to do their job in good faith and get those bins removed, I visited the exact location on February 9th, two weeks after my initial report to 311. They were still there. Here's proof:
@sf311 RE: SR#1944688 I took photo yesterday & donation bins blocking city parking meter still there. Follow-up? twitter.com/AgentAkit/stat…
— Akit (@AgentAkit) February 10, 2013
311's response on the failure of removal of the bins:
@agentakit Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We have escalated this matter over to DPW to investigate. ^ mm
— SF311 (@SF311) February 10, 2013
So the folks at 311 promised me an escalated response, which means this is being given priority. I've been taking photos of the bins on a regular basis just to show as proof the city hasn't been forcing the company to remove the bins, or that DPW should be confiscating them in the name of the public interest.
But now it's February 17th, and just last night, I reported to 311 that the bins are still there, and provided photographic proof (as seen on the top of this blog entry). Here's 311's response to the matter:
@agentakit Please call 311 so we can discuss this issue with you more in depth
— SF311 (@SF311) February 17, 2013
I just called 311 and here's what they are telling me:
The last entry of the report is that on February 10th (after the case was "escalated") DPW accepted the request, and a DPW supervisor of the Bureau of Street Use contacted the vendor demanding removal on February 11th. The 311 operator noted my call and update that the bins are still there.
Now it's February 17th, AND IT'S STILL THERE. Do I need ask Stanley Roberts of KRON's "People Behaving Badly" for help?