Steiner Bridge is Coming Down - Public Works TV Episode 68
For nearly six decades, the Steiner Bridge in the Western Addition has spanned Geary Boulevard, providing pedestrians a way to cross the busy roadway while avoiding ground-level traffic. Recently, Public Works and the SFMTA partnered to remove the outdated structure and make way for improved pedestrian safety and bus service at the street level. Public Works project manager Ellen Wong gives us a breakdown of the demolition. For more detailed information about the project, visit: https://joom.ag/X64C/p6 Drone and time-lapse footage of Steiner Bridge provided by SFMTA.
Apart Together: Public Works COVID-19 Response - Episode 67
Public Works has been at the forefront in response to the COVID-19 crisis to keep San Francisco clean, safe and resilient. Take a look at some of the work we've done over the past few months. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
EP.0066 - 20 Years of Community Clean Team
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Community Clean Team, our largest and longest-running volunteer neighborhood beautification program that keeps San Francisco’s diverse neighborhoods clean and green through a spirited partnership involving volunteers and City work crews. This year, we kicked off the 2020 season Jan. 11 in Chinatown with much fanfare! --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
EP.0065-History of San Francisco's Urban Forest
Join us as we trace the historical development of San Francisco’s urban forest from pre-settlement times to the present day. Our host is Joe R. McBride, a Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture and Forest Ecology at the University of California, Berkeley. His teaching was focused on forest ecology, the ecology of California landscape regions, and urban forestry. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
Eco Blitz is Comin' to Town - EP. 0064
The San Francisco Public Works Love Our City campaign is starting a new round of intensive Eco Blitz cleanups for the bustling winter holiday season. The program will bring a full force of City work crews and community partners to downtown and waterfront commercial corridors before and during the busy holiday shopping season to create a more inviting experience for residents and visitors. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
Sacred Spaces: The Alleyways of Chinatown - EP. 0063
For more than 20 years, Public Works has been collaborating with the Chinatown community to reimagine and renovate its many alleyways and transform them into safe, accessible corridors and inviting open spaces for the 34,000 people who live and work in this historic neighborhood. Tune in to learn about the history and efforts of this initiative from some of its most instrumental leaders and designers. Learn more about the renovation program at: https://sfpublicworks.org/project/chinatown-alleyways-renovation-program --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
Public Works' Information Technology: a Musical Rendition - EP. 0062
In honor of Cyber Security Awareness month this October, the Public Works information technology (IT) team -- which responds to an average of 15,500 service requests each year -- put together a musical rendition of how they provide critical technology support to our staff so we can better serve the people of San Francisco. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information! --- Credits: Daft Punk “Technologic” Human After All Virgin Records Universal Music Publishing Group The Polkadots “Technology Song for Kids”
Mission Bay: Building a New Neighborhood from the Underground Up - EP. 0061
Join the Public Works Mission Bay Redevelopment Project team to learn about the infrastructure and utility installations that helped build San Francisco's newest neighborhood: Mission Bay. The team, led by project manager Shawna Gates, installed new critical Emergency Firefighting Water System pipelines, street poles and streetscape features to bring the waterfront neighborhood into the 21st Century.
Battle for the Bay - EP 0060
Battle for the Bay, a competition involving the mayors of three Bay Area cities -- San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose -- to protect and clean the waterfront through increased volunteerism, concluded with record numbers of volunteers, trash picked up and beautification projects completed. Team SF brought in more than 3,000 volunteers and removed 70,000 pounds of trash from the City's coastline, streets and sidewalks. The three cities combined turned out nearly 6,400 volunteers who picked up more than 200,000 pounds of trash in just one morning. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
American Public Works Association Conference 2019 - EP.0059
A San Francisco Public Works team headed to the annual American Public Works Association conference in Seattle to share information about some of our organization’s most innovative initiatives. Check it out. Navigation Centers – A Different Approach to Shelter the Homeless (More info: https://youtu.be/U9PqlSy5n-0?t=54) Yes We Can! – Public Trash Bins Go High-Tech to Help Keep Sidewalks Clean (More info: https://youtu.be/25xt1GwgJwY?t=57) #StreetTreeSF: Smart Funding Plan Brings New Life to an Urban Forest: San Francisco’s innovative Approach to Street Tree Maintenance (More infro: https://youtu.be/GmxNB7Ccnok) Changing Lives, Changing Communities – Workforce Development Programs (More info: https://youtu.be/Ue7W3YTUBD4) #PWX2019 --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
Testing the quality of our infrastructure - EP. 0058
The Materials Testing Lab provides quality control services to test materials used in the construction of City projects. Damon Lai and Miguel Hernandez give us a tour of the facility with some demonstrations of concrete and soil testing. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
Building a one-stop shop for permits: Part Two - EP. 0056
Project managers Samuel Chui and Julia Groat take us on an inside tour of the City's new office building and permit center, currently under construction. This is the second part of a series on the new building at 49 South Van Ness. For an introduction to the project, visit: Part One: Building a one-stop shop for permits - EP. 0036: https://youtu.be/iHmeQNCME2U --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
The Ficus Tree Dilemma - EP. 0054
Tune in to learn about the ficus trees that line many of our streets. Although they have their share of problems, these trees are very valuable to our City and have many benefits that go beyond their physical appearance. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
Building a new home for San Francisco's animals - EP. 0053
Tune in to learn about the new San Francisco Animal Care and Control facility that will open in winter 2021. The City celebrated its groundbreaking with a ceremony on May 15, 2019 and construction is scheduled to begin on Monday, May 20, 2019. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
It Starts Here: Celebrating Public Works Week 2019 - EP.0052
San Francisco Public Works Week 2019 runs from April 29 to May 3. Our annual event energizes and educates the public on the contributions San Francisco Public Works makes to improve the quality of life in our communities and gives us a chance to join together to celebrate our accomplishments with fun tours and activities. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
A Safer Polk Street from Sea to City Hall - EP.0051
Polk Street is a thriving mixed-use neighborhood and commercial corridor that also has had some of the highest pedestrian and bicycle collision rates in the City. San Francisco's Vision Zero policy calls for eliminating traffic-related fatalities by 2024. The recently completed Polk Streetscape Project aims to increase safety for people walking and biking on Polk Street in response to that goal. Join our Polk Street project manager, David Froehlich, as he takes us down the corridor and through its colorful alleys. For more project information, visit www.sfpublicworks.org/project/polk-streetscape-project --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
From Pencils to Pixels: Preserving SF’s Architectural History - EP. 0050
For more than a century, our architects at Public Works have been designing some of San Francisco’s most iconic civic buildings and public spaces – and we still have many of the original drawings. A lot of them remain in excellent condition, but to ensure they’re around for future generations, we’re preserving them now in a different way – digitally. Join our digital archivists as they take you into “the vault” and share some San Francisco history through these beautiful blueprints.
A Tree for Ferlinghetti - EP. 0049
We planted the City’s annual signature tree in honor of celebrated poet, publisher and activist Lawrence Ferlinghetti, as part of the San Francisco Arbor Day 2019 celebrations. Our urban foresters give you a quick glimpse into his life and legacy. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
How our projects are funded: a lip sync battle - EP. 0044
Have you ever wondered how Public Works projects are funded? Join our project managers and accounting team in this fun lip sync battle to find out! Song credits: Aloe Blacc "I Need A Dollar" I Need A Dollar Stones Throw Records Sony Music Entertainment UK Bruno Mars "Count On Me" Doo-Wops & Hooligans Larrabee Recording Studios Levcon Studios --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
New project will speed ambulance response times - EP. 0043
Tune in to learn about the City's new ambulance deployment facility which will speed up emergency response times. Construction broke ground late in November and is scheduled to be complete in the winter of 2020. --- Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
Our Vets: In their own words - EP. 0041
In honor of Veterans Day, we're getting to know eleven Public Work employees who previously served for our country. Tune in to hear their stories of deployment, their accomplishments, what Veterans Day means to them and how they incorporate lessons learned from their service into the work they do at Public Works. Check out sfpublicworksTV.org for more information!
How we're getting ready for the BIG ONE - EP.0040
San Francisco hasn't experienced a big earthquake in more than 20 years, but a disaster or any emergency situation can occur at any moment. As designated disaster service workers, Public Works must be prepared to respond to an emergency regardless of where and when it happens. To always be prepared, we use special, pre-planned events, such as parades and large celebrations, as training exercises for everything from surveying damage and dispatching staff to ordering supplies and tracking costs. At the end of the day, our No. 1 job is to keep the City working and safe. Come along with us to learn more about the role Public Works plays in emergency situations.
How we maintain 125,000+ street trees - EP. 0039
Since July of last year, Public Works has the responsibility of maintaining all 125,000-plus street trees in San Francisco thanks to the voter-approved StreetTreeSF sustainable funding initiative that ensures every tree in the City is properly pruned and given the attention they need. In this episode of Public Works TV, our host Miguel Hernandez joins our Bureau of Urban Forestry as they complete the task of pruning one of the street trees most in need of pruning and extra maintenance. Come along for the adventure and learn about the pruning process and why it's so important to care for our urban forest.
Scenes from Love Our City - EP. 0038
Love Our City, the citywide cleanup that Public Works hosted last Saturday, September 8, 2018 saw hundreds of San Francisco residents and business owners join Mayor London Breed and all 11 members of the Board of Supervisors to keep the City clean. Together we removed more than 8 tons of litter from our streets, sidewalks and public spaces. The goal of Love Our City was to create a collective resolve where everyone who lives and works in San Francisco lends a hand to improve the City's diverse neighborhoods each and every day of the year.
Call to action: Join us to Love Our City! - EP. 0037
Love Our City! Join your neighbors on Saturday, September 8, as we get swept up with civic pride and all do our part to keep our city clean. The ask is simple: Grab a broom and dustpan, sweep the sidewalk in front of your home or business and pick up litter in your neighborhood. Together, we can make a meaningful, positive impact.
Building a one-stop shop for permits - EP. 0036
Hang out with Building Design and Construction project managers, Samuel Chui and Julia Groat as they take us behind the scenes of the City’s new permit center and office building, located at 49 South Van Ness Avenue. Construction on the new 16-story building is well underway! Upon completion in 2020, the building will house 12 City departments with more than 1,600 employees, in addition to San Francisco's new permit center, which will co-locate all brick and mortar permitting agencies in a single location, making the process much more convenient for residents, businesses and contractors.
Take a tour of San Francisco’s public staircases - EP. 0035
San Francisco Public Works cares for and maintains the cleanliness of the City's streets, sidewalks, parks, and tens of thousands of other public spaces, many of which include beautiful and historic staircases. We're taking you across the City to check out six of San Francisco's most iconic public stairways. How many have you visited? Let us know in the comments below!
Getting to know our chief structural engineer - EP. 0034
Get to know Ray Lui, the section manager of Public Works' structural engineering team and Structure Specialist with FEMA Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 3. Ray has been practicing structural engineering for nearly 30 years and describes his profession as one that helps make dreams come true.
Summer interns learning on the job - EP. 0032
Get to know some of the newest members of the Public Works family -- our interns! Every summer, Public Works invites college and high school students from across the country to grow in the engineering, architecture, information technology, planning and project management fields through hands-on experience with skilled professionals. Learn more about Public Works' internship program and how it prepares students for a smooth transition into the workforce and exposes them to the possibilities of a career with Public Works.
Tagging along with our graffiti-removal crews - EP.0031
Hang out with our host, Natasha Reed, and members of the Public Works graffiti unit. Our graffiti crews work around the clock to keep the City's mailboxes, benches, street furniture and signs free of graffiti vandalism. In the last fiscal year, Public Works received and responded to more than 35,000 service requests for graffiti alone.
Why we move 8000 cubic yards of sand every year - EP. 0030
Every year, Mother Nature shows her force by creating towering sand dunes that loom over the Great Highway in the western edge of San Francisco. Tune in to learn how San Francisco Public Works undertakes the difficult task of moving more than 8,000 cubic yards of sand from the coastal road back to the seashore.
Getting people into housing and off the streets - EP.0029
There are currently more than 7,000 homeless individuals in the City and Public Works and our partnering agencies are working hard to find appropriate solutions to this sensitive issue that resides in San Francisco. Our director gets to the heart of the matter with Jennifer Friedenbach, the executive director for the Coalition on Homelessness. Tune in to hear their insightful conversation and to learn more about what the City has planned to get more people into housing and off the streets.
So many trucks! - EP.0027
At Public Works we have a large fleet of trucks and other vehicles that our crews use to get the job done. From vacuum trucks and sweepers to steamers and telescopic excavators, we've got just about every type of machine it takes to clean the streets, prune the trees and improve our roadways. We're taking you to our Operations Yard with Sean Lange, our lead truck driver in dispatch, and Alex, a curious third grader, to learn more about our fleet. Historical Photos: SAN FRANCISCO HISTORY CENTER, SAN FRANCISCO PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Teaching grade-schoolers street smarts - EP.0026
Take a walk with us through Ed's Neighborhood, a custom-built, interactive streetscape designed to teach grade-schoolers how to safely navigate our streets. Ed's Neighborhood is named after the late Mayor Ed Lee, a champion of the City's Vision Zero policy, which aims to eliminate all traffic-related deaths and serious injuries by 2024. In this episode, we'll take you behind the scenes, introduce you to the designers and builders, and join Jean Parker Elementary students on the inaugural tour.
Celebrate Public Works Week 2018! - EP.0025
Celebrate Public Works Week 2018! The annual festivities give us an opportunity to celebrate all that our dynamic organization does. From open houses, to project tours and employee recognition ceremonies, this week is all about taking the time to acknowledge our staff for their dedication and hard work to get the job done and show the public what we do. Hear from our director about all that Public Works Week offers and sit down with our City Architect, City Engineer, operations chief and head of finance and administration to learn how they got stoked about careers in public works. Happy Public Works Week!
What does a city surveyor do? - EP.0024
Let's hang out with Bruce Storrs, the City and County of San Francisco's surveyor who leads the team that keeps San Francisco in line and on point! Just about everything you see on the street has been surveyed, and in this exciting episode, you'll learn all about surveying -- including its importance and how it has influenced the San Francisco that we know and love today.
What we deal with: 23,000 service requests each month - EP.0022
Follow us inside the Public Works Radio Room, which is the hub for all service requests. The Radio Room serves as the nerve center for Public Works. Our crews handle and process more than 23,000 service requests each month -- dealing with everything from illegal dumping and fallen trees to potholes and graffiti tags. They are on the job 24/7 to ensure San Francisco's streets, sidewalks and other public spaces stay safe, clean and beautiful.
A curb ramp on every corner - EP.0020
Curb ramps provide pedestrian access between the sidewalk and street for people in wheelchairs, strollers, walkers and anyone who may need help stepping up and down a curb. Did you know there are nearly 50,000 potential curb ramp locations throughout San Francisco? In fact, it's the City's goal to have a curb ramp installed at every intersection and mid-block location where pedestrian crossings exist. Our crews are working hard to achieve this goal which would bring us one step closer toward becoming a truly ADA-accessible City.
Living tributes: planting memorial trees - EP.0019
Each year for Arbor Day, Public Works plants a signature tree that honors a local, national or global leader who helped inspire positivity among their community. You can find these signature trees located throughout the City by citing the customized tree medallions, made in our carpenter shop, that specify the type of tree and the dignified recipient.
A behind-the-scenes tour of SF's City Hall - EP.0018
Let's go under the dome! The dome of San Francisco's historic City Hall that is. There's a lot about our City Hall that most of us don't know. The building's multi-million dollar retrofit includes hundreds of upgrades that are hidden from plain sight that allow its classic baroque-style architecture to shine through even in the 21st century.
Harvesting fruit for shelters and food banks - EP.0017
Learn more: http://sfpublicworks.org/urbanharvesting One of our favorite community programs is all about giving back. Our Urban Harvesting Program offers residents and businesses the opportunity to team up with Public Works staff to collect food grown from their fruit trees for distribution to local shelters and food banks. When life gives you lemons... share them with a neighbor in need!
Celebrating Black History Month - EP.0016
In celebration of Black History Month, we're highlighting the accomplishments of the outstanding black leaders and staff who are a part of our Public Works family. They shared their stories of challenges and achievements at a panel discussion held at our Operations Yard on February 15. As an organization, Public Works is proud to practice and celebrate our diversity not only during the month of February, but all year long.
Third Street Bridge: Past and Present - EP.0015
It's not every day that urban Americans get to see a drawbridge at work. But here in San Francisco, the historic Lefty O'Doul Third Street Bridge has been performing the engineering feat for generations. And San Francisco Public Works is making sure the workhorse span has an enduring future. A View to a Kill. Dir. John Glen. MGM/UA Entertainment Company, 1985 Archival photographs courtesy of SFMTA Photo Archive sfmta.com/photo Additional Photographs courtesy of Bill Abbott Drone footage courtesy of Paul Robinson Blue Greenway Map courtesy of San Francisco Parks Alliance
We ♥ SF! Some of our favorite spots - EP.0014
It's no secret that San Francisco is one of the world's greatest cities. Each year, 25 million people travel from across the globe to visit our magical metropolis by the Bay to see why we love it as much as we do. Nestled in San Francisco's 47 square miles are thousands of parks, alleyways, roads, buildings and attractions that both visitors and locals alike hold close to their hearts -- and this week our Public Works TV hosts are taking us to their favorite San Francisco spots. Come along! Places of Interest: - Valencia Street Green Wave - Jefferson Streetscape Improvement - Mission Dolores Park - Sunset Boulevard Fitness Zone - Lilac Alley Mural Project - Palace of Fine Arts - Esmeralda Slide
A look back at our work in 2017 - EP.0012
As 2017 is coming to a close, we’re taking the opportunity to step back and reflect on 2017. Oh, what a year it’s been. As it grows another year older, San Francisco is more beautiful, livable, vibrant and sustainable - thanks to everyone’s contributions here at San Francisco Public Works. Today, we say “cheers” to our accomplishments. We look forward to even more achievements and opportunities to serve the people of San Francisco in 2018. Wishing everyone a safe and joy-filled New Year!
A trip down Market Street - EP.0010
Have you ever traveled down San Francisco's Market Street and wondered about the hidden gems that line the famous thoroughfare? If so -- you’re in luck! Take a stroll down Market Street with Public Works landscape architect John Dennis and architect Andy Maloney to learn about its history and get an insider’s look at the City's busiest street. Find out more about Better Market Street at BetterMarketStreetSF.org Credits: • Historical video: o Miles Brothers, and Afi/Post. A trip down Market Street before the fire. [United States: Miles Brothers, 1906] Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, (https://www.loc.gov/item/00694408/) • Historical photos courtesy of: o San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library (sfpl.org/index.php?pg=0200000301) SFMTA Photo Archive (sfmta.com/photo)
Paving 101 - EP.0009
Sit down with Public Work's city engineer and deputy director of infrastructure, John Thomas, to learn about the paving process for San Francisco's 12,000 blocks. A lot goes into repaving a city street, and our crews work hard to keep them in working condition anywhere from 30 to 50 years. Learn more about what we do to take care of our roads!
Out of jail and into a new job - EP.0008
Hang out with Mr. Clean SF at Sundial Park in the Bayview alongside Lena Miller, the founder of one of our community partners – Hunters Point Family. Their partnership with Public Works gives formerly incarcerated individuals the opportunity to re-enter society as stewards of their community and gain customer service, problem-solving and conflict resolution skills. Through partnerships like these, San Francisco continues to grow, not just as a City, but as a community.