Health Issues, San Francisco
I saw these signs pretty much everywhere and figured they might be alarming to the skitterish visitor. A bewildering 1986 amendment to the California Heath and Safety code - known as Proposition 65 - called for letting everyone know if there just might be a bit of hazardous something nearby. This doesn't mean they have to tell you what that is. Or where exactly it may be. Or if it's even there for sure. Or if it'll even affect you.They just have to put the signs up.
So go ahead and enjoy that martini - unless you're preggers. Like you didn't know that already.
California in general is a very environment-friendly state so the San Fransicans. the nearest example is my friend; he's got divided rubbish drawers into three sections - plastic, paper and unclassified rubbish! and he's very strict about me classifying rubbish!
you will see the recycle bins everywhere. even the MUNI transportation system, i was told, was designed not to use petrol but electricity, so the whole city can contribute to reducing the carbon. very impressive!
there's also an amusement park, somewhere in CA, which is solely run by the solar system - gotta check about this though!
what was really cute was to see three rubbish bins for recycling in the City Hall while seeing a newly wed couple having their ceremony next door in such a luxurious hall; it was like 'hey babe! recycle first, then get married':D
it's good to see san franciscans feeling guilty if they throw a bottle of water away without recycling it. it's not the guilt i enjoy but their intention and willingness to save the planet is what impresses me the most!
Here is one good place where anyone at anytime can get decent medical care.
Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, Inc.
has been providing quality medical services & counselling
to people in need for 38 years.
Please forgive the mini-rant,
but there are parts of the world where if you get seriously or chronically ill, you likely don't have to worry about ending up bankrupt, indigent, or homeless.
Ah, but we have a last-resort safety net for our less fortunate here too:
(it's called prison)
SMOKERS, I'm already feeling your pain. I love SF but one thing i cannot stand bout sf people...they are obnoxious about smokers. It is bad enough that you can't smoke in ANY restaurant, you can't even smoke in a bloody bar or club! Thus, when going to a bar go to one that is owned by europeans or any other non-american, they will not care and will let you smoke anyway, damn the law. However, it is not just the law I'm talkking about....a lot of sf natives give you a holier than thou attitude about smoking...they give you nasty looks and stuff even when you are smoking outdoors on the sidewalk.