by JAMIE WHITAKER
Without any communications from The Port of San Francisco or the Mayor’s Office to anybody that lives along the SoMa waterfront, it was a great surprise to find that the BCDC’s supposed Public Access Seating Area that sits between Waterbar and Epic Steakhouse was closed to the Public because the U.S. Conference of Mayor’s party planners decided to buy the Embarcadero Pedestrian Promenade and Rincon Park away from the Public starting around 5pm today (Saturday, June 20th) to set up their party – and I’m guessing it will continue to be closed off to the public on Sunday.
No public notice that I know of. No communication from The Port that I know of.
What really disturbs me is that the high volume of weekend bicyclists and strollers and pedestrians are now crammed onto the much smaller roadside sidewalk along The Embarcadero. As you can imagine, most bicyclists are much too hurried to bother walking their bicycles and instead continue riding them, ringing their bell as if pedestrians are supposed to jump into the roadway to clear the sidewalk for them to pass without slowing down.
This is more proof that our Mayor is completely full of soot when he says he cares about pedestrians in South of Market. Actions speak louder than words, and I don’t trust anyone who smiles and says things that do not match their actions.
Thank God the Army Corps of Engineers scared away the Warriors Arena from Piers 30-32 with their desire to take 3 years to perform their own Federal Environmental Impact Report, otherwise we’d be running into closed off and dangerous pedestrian conditions on the Embarcadero Pedestrian Promenade A LOT more frequently, in my opinion, as the Mayor is more than happy to exploit the waterfront for others’ pleasures and profits.
So be safe if you happen to walk along The Embarcadero – and so sorry if you had plans to enjoy one of our few 0.17 acres of open space per 1,000 District 6 residents in the form of Rincon Park because it is reserved for Uber and Lyft and the other billion dollar companies that OWN our government these days.