Wednesday, June 7, 2017

¡Venga! Empanadas Staff Denies Public Use of #ParkletSF For 30th #TinyBBQ -Lies, Snitches to Police

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Once our work is complete, we'll post our findings here and send a copy to other interested blogs and websites. 

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     DATE OF THIS INCIDENT:     Saturday June 3, 2017  3pm - 6pm
     LOCATION OF INCIDENT:      443 Valencia Street, SF, CA - SF PARKLET

        ALLEGED VIOLATOR:     VENGA EMPANADAS - Parklet SF Permit Holder


   1.    Denial of Public Access/Right-Of-Way (i.g. Public Parklet, Posted)

   2.   False Report to San Francisco Police Department -- As Tool of Harassment

   3.   Waste/Misuse of Public Services - Emergency 9-1-1 Call Center;

  4.  Chilling of Rights to Access Public Parklets Safely, Without Interference or Obstruction 

   5.   TBD - To Be Determined 





   WEDNESDAY - JUNE 7, 2017 NOON - 

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On Saturday June 3, 2017 ¡Venga! Empanadas' Staff Denies Public Use of #ParkletSF For 30th #TinyBBQ -Lies, Snitches to Police


  We're working on our Next Posting about how a new, local 'upscale' restaurant's staff or manager 'Freaked Out' and denied access to the Public #ParkletSF to local advocates who've been doing #TinyBBQ 's for years, all over San Francisco on the sidewalks and in front of residential and business spots, including restaurants (mostly Mom & Pops we love!).

   That's six years of practice with 30+ Mini Street or Park #TinyBBQ events without any hazard or legitimate complaint,  until this past Saturday, June 3, 2017,  made by ¡Venga! Empanadas' Manager or Staff.  

   It was a special BBQ to celebrate our Cook (former rural firefighter) getting a job and being the proud grandfather of a new one year old,  with his daughter and a hand full of friends and Feed The People advocates. 

   Total in group was about five.  

     One of the attendees lives across the street and we found out Thursday, June 8, 2017, that he too, is a former fire fighter.  He used to fight Forest Fires up in the northern California counties.  

  Very safe #TinyBBQ events, indeed. 

   We also learned that folks around San Francisco and in Cleveland, New York and Chicago and Texas are all doing sidewalk BBQ's with no problems, just lots of community building, neighborly fun for all.

   We use a small 18" or 22" Weber 'smokeless' grill on a stable bike cart, in a
fixed position - that has been used at many events and public feedings over the past six years.

   Often with fair and reasonable San Francisco Police and Fire Staff cruising by to check out our BBQ, without violations or problems or hazards to anyone. 

  That's why we don't do open flame and always use 'smoke less' style grills and carry extra water, etc.

  Our grill is actually about half as tall (stubby) as the example shown in the picture.    It's securely mounted on a steel framed bike cart.   Safe & Easy.

  This Story is still being written and witness statements and records, being gathered which will be posted here,  when final.

      We have pictures which show the lack of smoke anywhere near the sidewalk or front doors or windows of the empanada place.

      Yet, the manager or staff guy who started this mess, was yelling and screaming about smoke... and likely lied to 9-1-1 operators and police about same. 

   'Oh, terrible clouds of smoke...'  that did not exist (once the starter fluid gets going after 2 minutes) and could not have gone near them due to constant 25mph winds and the use of the Weber 'smokeless' style mini-BBQ's which have a lid.

  The Story will include how much it cost for reluctant police to respond,  what each of the officers said and did... and our groups' accusations of violations of law and SF Parklet rules and harassment by the Parklet Permit Holders' Staff or Manager and more, coming very soon. 

   Because this Parklet Permit holder appears to have violated several laws and regulations,  their transgressions and other hazardous behavior is being documented and assembled by your local San Francisco Peoples' Fraud Task Force Volunteers, for publication.  

    Other journalists who have covered related 'Parklet' Stories and other independent media have been invited to cover this incident, since it relates to and impacts us all and our rights to safely access any public space for any peaceful or non-hazardous purpose.

     Anyone who denies any of us our rights to our own spaces needs to be held accountable for their transgressions, especially when they lie and misuse police resources to satisfy their own malicious intent or for profit motive interests, that violate all of our rights.

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