Phil Ginsburg

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    September 6, 2013

    Christine Svanemyr Identified as Mother Killed by S.F. Rec and Park Truck

    Medical authorities this morning identified the woman who was run over while sunbathing in a Bernal Heights park yesterday afternoon as 35-year-old Christine Svanemyr of Daly City. Svanemyr was laying in the grass near the south end of Holly Park at about 2:20 p.m. with her infant daughter and the ... More >>

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    June 6, 2012

    Coit Tower: Prop. B Passes. What Does it Mean?

    You can find the results of the election locals cared about so much that more than 75 percent of them didn't bother to vote here. Elections, however, aren't American Idol. They don't exist for entertainment purposes -- the saga of lawyer/dentist/Birther Queen Orly Taitz notwithstanding. Even boring ... More >>

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    May 16, 2012

    Coit Tower Prop. B Challenges Voters to Think for Themselves

    When pondering how to vote on the Coit Tower Proposition B on the June 5 ballot, voters may be reminded of the joke about the indecisive rabbi. Well, this voter is. In that joke, two men with a dispute come to the rabbi for adjudication. The first man states his case. "You're right," says the rabbi. ... More >>

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    December 19, 2011

    Warren Hellman "Stunned and Thrilled" City Named Meadow After Him

    Joyce GoldschmidThe namesake for "Hellman Hollow"​The wheels of government tend to turn slowly. So the rapidity with which the notion of renaming Golden Gate Park's Speedway Meadow after Warren Hellman became a reality -- two weeks from conception to Board of Supervisors-approved, effective-immedi ... More >>

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    September 21, 2011
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    September 21, 2011

    Ranger Noir: S.F. Park Patrol Run as Money Machine

    ​This week's SF Weekly cover story "Ranger Noir" takes a close look at the law enforcement unit that covers San Francisco park facilities, and discovers an agency seemingly gone bad.Among its findings: A full-time Park Patrol supervisor holds a second, separate full-time job with the state of ... More >>

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    July 13, 2011

    Supervisor John Avalos Invites You to a Very Merry Unbirthday

    Best party City Hall has hosted in some time ​Supervisor John Avalos has been taking heat over his controversial ballot measure that would ban the city's Rec and Park Department from leasing out park properties for private parties -- including birthday bashes of all sorts. But to show that he isn' ... More >>

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    March 2, 2011

    Haight Recycling Center Eviction 'Illegal' Lawyer Says

    A matter of life and death? Not really, but recylers are serious people​Turns out, the thousands of HANC recycling center supporters might not have to shackle themselves to the building in protest of the pending closure Friday.Just two days before city officials were to shutdown the controversial ... More >>

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    October 19, 2010

    Blue Bottle Kills Plans for Cart in Dolores Park

    niallkennedy/FlickrBlue Bottle's James Freeman: No appetite for a contentious dispute.​It looks like opponents of a Blue Bottle coffee trailer in Dolores Park have gotten their wish. Blue Bottle's James Freeman tells SFoodie that there's a better than 90 percent chance that the company's plans ... More >>

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    July 23, 2010

    Tree-Killer Loose in Golden Gate Park

    The Lorax now speaks for fewer trees​The city's pickings for its forthcoming "landmark tree tour" has gotten a bit slimmer.  An unknown vandal or vandals has systematically slaughtered 44 trees in Golden Gate Park -- for no obvious reason.

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    June 21, 2010

    Saturday Afternoon: Kid-rockers The Sippy Cups Dazzle Dolores Park

    ​The Sippy Cups @Dolores ParkJune 19, 2010 Better Than: Eating strawberry Pop Tarts while watching a Flaming Lips video It was like many Saturday afternoons in Dolores Park, aka "Hipster Hill": City types lounged in groups next to open containers and fixed-gear bikes. Laughing childr ... More >>

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    June 2, 2010

    Bleeding Green

    Forget about Sharp Park’s endangered frogs and snakes. The real problem with the golf course is its enormous cost to the city.

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    May 13, 2010

    Nob Hill Grand Dame Marion Cope Files Claim Against City for Alleged Dog Attack

    Where's that dog's leash?​In what could be the overture to a lawsuit ensnaring high-level city officials, Nob Hill resident Marion Cope has filed a claim for hefty cash damages with the San Francisco City Attorney's office, alleging that government negligence contributed to a nasty dog attack last ... More >>

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    March 31, 2010
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    February 17, 2010

    Rec and Park Workers Anticipating Pink Slip Announcement at Meeting Today

    Will the Empire at least provide him with COBRA?​Last week we wrote about angst rippling through the city's Recreation and Park Department over imminent layoffs. This week, scores of recreation directors and assistant rec supervisors -- the two classes of employees even the union confirms are faci ... More >>

  • News

    January 20, 2010


    A brutal dog attack in Nob Hill has revived the city's battle over canine control. Here's why it's going to get worse.

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    December 17, 2009

    Rec and Park Spokeswoman to Leave Department for Cash-Flush Democratic Group

    Recreation and Park Department Spokeswoman Lisa Seitz Gruwell will be leaving city government after just over a year on the job, department General Manager Phil Ginsburg announced today.The spokeswoman goes. The pagoda abides​Speaking at this afternoon's Recreation and Park Commission meeting, Gin ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Supervisor Asked For Less Aggressive Ranger Patrols Prior to Huntington Park Dog Attack

    It's not uncommon for rookie politicians to unwittingly involve themselves in long-stewing special-interest battles. In that tradition, freshman Board of Supervisors President David Chiu has taken a series of actions that have drawn him into a particularly vicious, only-in-San-Francisco conflict -- ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    "19th Avenue: I Know, I Know, I Know." - Gavin Newsom's Message on Transit

    By Benjamin Wachs I have to admit something before I begin: Gavin's ability to be boring is stronger than my ability to be funny. I'm slipping. I think I can hold the line for seven-and-a-half hours, but if he posts a sequel (perhaps "State of the City: Revolutions," or "State of the City: Attac ... More >>

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    April 11, 2007


    Gavin Newsom may be the city's top official, but he's not its highest paid--not even in his own office

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