516 Mississippi Street San Francisco, CA 94107, USA - Potrero Hill
Living unit under construction in garage/basement at 516 mississippi st, san francisco, with unlicensed contractor. All work is unpermitted. Work took place, and is ongoing, from march or april of 2013. contractor has also worked at 512 mississippi, also without permits. Windows were replaced and first and second level decks were demolished and replaced. We are submitting and request that this report be treated confidentially and anonymously.
Some years ago, Potrero Avenue was repaved along its entire length. In a monumental case of poor planning, shortly thereafter PG&E ripped up the new pavement and replaced the gas lines along the entire length of the road. This destroyed the bike lanes' integrity along both sides. (Most noticeable between 16th and 24th Streets.) Currently they are rideable only with great annoyance and difficulty. (I have many broken spokes to prove it.)
The deep ruts between the abandoned embedded rail track and the road surface cause a major bike safety problem. The bike tires get caught in the rut causing the rider to loose control. This particular spot is bad due to the bike lane being closed during building construction. The entire length of Illinois st has abandoned track with deep ruts. You don't need to go as far as ripping out the track, just put black top in the rut to even it out with the road surface. Many riders have gone down, including myself trying to cross these tracks while riding parallel.
An apparently homeless family has been living out of a maroon Honda (with white racing stripe) on Newhall between Jerrold and Kirkwood. The kids are very small, 0-6mo. and ~2 years. I have seen the father more than the mother and feel badly for them, of course, but the father is rather sketchy in his appearance and how he looks around at people in the neighborhood. He also left a gallon container of used car oil uncapped just out on the curb after changing the oil on a car in the street (Newhall), presumably for some money. It would be nice if they kids were checked up on but really I would like to just have the family and the car checked occasionally because as a resident of the block (around the corner from where they are staying) I'm not interested in welcoming more sketchy characters in to the neighborhood.
**Update (10/15/11)- the kids and the mom are presumably gone. The car must've been towed but homeboy is still sketcherific. Still doing illegal mechanic work but not with the same frequency. There are several containers of uncapped used motor oil to be found at the NW corner of Kirkwood and Newhall right now. Yesterday he was riding a bike down Kirkwood and stole someone's rolling Recology bin.