January 13, 2017

No Filter: San Francisco’s Newest Butt Blog

The Naked Truth: 8,950 butts from Ocean Beach and Baker Beach

In the year and a half since we launched the San Francisco “cheek” of the very successful Surfrider Hold on to Your Butt cigarette waste reduction program, we’ve kept more than 71,000 cigarette butts from entering our oceans and waterways. Our predecessors in San Diego and Huntington Beach, taught us everything we needed to get the program up and running, and we at the SF chapter can’t thank them enough for that!

I’m Shelly, I lead SF’s Hold on to Your Butt program, and I’m starting this new blog, “No Filter,” to share information with San Franciscans and Surfriders alike. And giving a shameless plug for our Instagram feed @holdontoyourbutt, the Surfrider SF Facebook page, and the requisite butt pic with the naked truth: the 8,950 cigarette butts shown here were all collected at Ocean Beach and Baker Beach, and represent but a small fraction of the 4.5 trillion cigarette butts littered around the world every year.

Butts that end up on beaches don’t necessarily start there: all roads lead to the ocean, and a butt that’s flicked in the Mission can easily end up getting snuffed up by a dog at Ocean Beach or swallowed by a seagull along the Embarcadero.

Why do smokers litter these plastic, toxic cigarette butts? Why does Big Tobacco persist in sticking plastic filters on the number one most littered item in the world? Why doesn’t San Francisco do more to mitigate this toxic waste? And most importantly, how can we stop this from happening once and for all? We’ll explore this and more right here.

May 3, 2016

May Meeting Agenda – May 3rd

6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages

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7:00 – 7:15 Settle in, pizzas and mingle

7:15 – 7:25 Introductions and Agenda Overview (5 min)

7:25 – 7:35  Chapter Announcements (10 min)

  • Open Positions and Election Announcement
    • Beach Cleanup Coordinator (non EC position)
    • Volunteer Coordinator
    • Vice Chair
  • Financial update
  • EC Meeting Reschedule
  • Issue update (general SF/Bay Area issues. trash can example)
  • Chapter personnel update (if any)
  • Chapter HQ Update

7:35-7:45: Chapter Chair Election

7:50- 8:15  Campaign Needs, Upcoming Events, and Recaps (45 min)

  • EARTH DAY recap
  • Beach Cleanups
  • RAP
  • HOTYB
  • MOP
  • Sloat
  • Education

8:15 – 8:20 Public Announcements

8:20 – 8:45 Breakout

April 5, 2016

April Meeting Agenda

6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages

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7:00 – 7:20 Settle in, pizzas and mingle (Shirts available for sale)

7:20 – 7:25 Introductions and Agenda Overview (5 min)

7:25 – 7:40  Chapter Announcements (10 min)

  • Open Positions and Election Announcement
    • Volunteer Coordinator
    • Beach Cleanup Coordinator (non EC position)
    • Chair
    • Vice Chair
  • Financial update
  • Issue update (general SF/Bay Area issues. trash can example)
  • Chapter personnel update (if any)
  • Surfrider Conference Highlights

7:40 – 8:15  Campaign Needs and Upcoming Events (45 min)

  • EARTH DAY
  • RAP
  • HOTYB
  • Beach Cleanups
  • Beach Trash Committee / Take 3 (NPS trash committee?)
  • MOP
  • Sloat
  • Education

8:15 – 8:20 Public Announcements

8:20 – 8:45 Breakout

March 1, 2016

March Meeting Agenda – March 1st, 2016

6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages

_________________________________________________________________________

7:00 – 7:20 Settle in, pizzas and mingle (Shirts available for sale)

7:20 – 7:25 Introductions and Agenda Overview (5 min)

7:25 – 7:40  Chapter Announcements (10 min)

  • Open Positions
      • Volunteer Coordinator
      • Beach Cleanup Coordinator (non EC position)
      • Chair
      • Vice Chair
      • RAP / HOTYB Intern (application based, non EC)
  • Financial update
  • Issue update (general SF/Bay Area issues. trash can example)
  • Chapter personnel update (if any)
  • Surfrider Conference

7:40 – 8:10  Campaign Needs and Upcoming Events (30 min)

  • RAP
  • HOTYB
  • Beach Cleanups
  • Beach Trash Committee / Take 3 (NPS trash committee?)
  • MOP
  • Sloat
  • Education

8:10 – 8: 25 Guest Speaker (15 min pres, 5 min Q and A)

We are also very excited to welcome Rebecca Prince-Ruiz as a guest speaker at our upcoming March chapter meeting. Rebecca is co-founder of the Plastic Free July challenge in Australia and is travelling the world as a Churchill Fellow to talk about plastic pollution and solutions. She is very much looking forward to learning about some of our local challenges and bringing back information to share with her community in Australia.

8:25 – 8:30 Public Announcements
8:30 – 8:45 Breakout

January 20, 2016

Annual Planning Meeting Notes (+link)

Annual Super-Planning Meeting

January 10th, 2016

The meeting was held at the Church of Surf form 1-4 pm, with approximately 14 members present.

As a chapter, we discussed issues regarding financial transparency, program goals and means of achieving them, as well as separate smaller issues and upcoming events.

Finance- Michael has been working tirelessly to organize and present accurate accounting and summaries of the chapters finances. To accomplish this, finance information will now be in Google docs, and we are working with national to get program actuals.Transparency is key with this topic. If we are to spend money, we are to do so more wisely, to keep us out of the red and sustain campaigns. Questions came up regarding what exactly is considered “in the red”. The topic of Bill being paid as a contractor for Sloat. Questions were raised about his role as a member in conjunction with being a paid contractor, as well as concerns over why some programs had a paid contractor while others did not. The explanation of paying for Restore Sloat is that it’s a key point of our chapter and the contract has a finite lifespan. Everyone was encouraged to reach out individually to Brian + Bill with questions. One of the goals today is to understand what each program needs and planning an annual budget. In addition to each programs’ finance, we talked about moving the meetings around the SF area to accommodate the cost of pizza and beer as well as including other areas and neighborhoods.

 

Goals – Jeff spoke about program goals and including those on Google docs. He provided instructions on how to enter each programs’ information into the Google document (go into docà templateà right clickàmake new versionà and then map out goals on the calendar. Each program will have its own tab, and we will eventually have a master sheet to allow for understanding of what is going on through the year.

This meeting included several new members, which was encouraging that our chapter has fresh ideas and faces to implement them.

We also discussed the need for a different space for our physical stuff; Brian and Sarah are currently exploring options regarding a shed in the back of Church of Surf.

The topic of EC position elections was thoroughly discussed, and several positions are available to be filled within the upcoming months. We are working to get an event coordinator, Chrissy has expressed and interest and we will vote on this a.s.a.p. There are currently three positions up for election; however, we have yet to see an interest by a member to fill those rolls. Meanwhile, the EC continues to work to find people to fill those positions.

 

Campaign goals + plans will be posted here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1wovfS5TneP4ThPllzeGB4p1R-gebk9GgkaEMn0xAi2k/edit#gid=2059607871

November 14, 2015

Ocean Beach Trash Bin Removal

Statement

November 3, 2015

November Meeting Agenda

November 3rd, 2015.


 

7:00 – 7:15 Settle in, pizzas and mingle (Shirts available for sale)

7:15 – 7:45 Program Updates

  • RAP
  • Beach Cleanups
  • Sloat
  • HOTYB
  • Ocean Beach Parking Lot Access
  • MOP
  • Education + OFG reach-out

7:45-7:50 Public Announcements

7:50-  Presentation from Bob Battalion + Questions

Bob is a Civil Engineer who will be presenting information regarding the Lake Merced tunnel and it’s future with regards to the Restore Sloat program

8:30 – 9 Breakout/Cleanup

October 13, 2015

October Meeting Minutes – October 6th, 2015

Meeting started at 7 pm on the dot. 32 people attended,

Updates

  • OB Fire Pits meeting– encourage everyone to look into the issue – http://parkplanning.nps.gov/projectHome.cfm?projectId=52123 – and think about the issue. SF Surfrider would decide if we should be involved but need more member feedback in order to do so.
  • Beach Cleanups Stats – September Coastal-Clean-Up was a huge success at Sloat, 200+volunteers, and estimated 350 lbs. of trash. There were 300 total volunteers. Sunday 9/18 clean up is with partners at stairwell 17. Halloween Clean-up will be hosted by Eva at Baker Beach and with Zip Car.
  • RAP/Plastic Straws Suck – New member Molly has made it her mission to be working on RAP specifically. Raptober “pledge” on the 15th – 1st 50 people who sign up online to not use straws get a prize. The Oct 31st cleanup specifically focused on RAP. WAVE – Waste Abatement Volunteer Education- is a new program about getting in schools to talk about trash pick up. At 248 Clement, sometime in January, a gallery event with art centered on ocean pollution.
  • HOTYB– working on butt-tins, and trying to get ashcans installed along Embarcadero. Shelly is looking for volunteers to do some pilot studies that involve finding places with a lot of butts, and taking pictures, compiling info where there are high traffic smokers. She showed us the new ashcans that are hopefully to be installed along the waterways.
  • OFG Project – Volunteer Leslie is wanting to get this program going again, and looking for new avenues to do so
  • MOP – Nov 3rd Riptide benefit
  • Sloat – permit by Costal Commission is going through to collect sand for upcoming El Nino. Invited to participate in citizen’s advisory committee on Local Coastal Plan
  • Parking lot/OB Access issue – would be beneficial to aggregate benchmarks in other parts of California where there is a good balance between city and events on parking lot usage.

 Month of October Events

  • October 28th Documentary which chronicles big wave surfing @academy of science
  • EC/Future EC Meeting Schedule -open to all, bi monthly . 1st one is October 20th. Formal invite/announcement to follow
  • Holiday party – we are looking to start planning this a.s.a.p. to get a spot and date on the books.
  • Restore Sloat Meeting – October 13th at 7pm. Email “erosionob@gmail.com” for more info.
October 6, 2015

October Meeting Agenda

6:50 – 7:00 Pick up pizzas and beverages


 

7:00 – 7:20 Settle in, pizzas and mingle (Shirts available for sale)

7:20 – 8 Recap/Updates (20 min)

  • OB Fire Pits meeting
  • Beach Cleanups
  • OB Access Project
  • RAP/Plastic Straws Suck
  • HOTYB
  • OFG Project
  • MOP
  • Sloat

8 – 8:15 Upcoming Events / Updates(30 min)

  • OB Music & Arts Festival
  • Month of October Events
  • MOP(?)
  • Education Plug
  • EC/Future EC Meeting Schedule

8:15 – 8:20 Public Announcements

8:20 – 8:45 Breakout

September 2, 2015

September Meeting Minutes

Tuesday September 1st, 2015 Minutes

  •  Started promptly at 7:20
  •  21 People attended the meeting

 

  • Beach Cleanups -First and third Sunday, fourth Saturday of each month. Patagonia

occasionally has them on Monday too. (Who needs to be updating the calendar?)

There is a big cleanup with after party at Church of Surf on September19th for

Coastal Clean-up Day.

  • Hold On to Your Butt– we have been getting out cigarette tins. Shelly has been

talking with authorities at Port of SF to get ashcans installed in areas to get the

runoff that directly goes into bay a bit cleaner. Looking for volunteers.

  • OB Parking lot issue -Brady brought stats on paper -10 events since April, 38th days

of closure.

  • MOP -Outside lands had some new projects come up- “Clean Vibes Trading Post”- if

people brought cans, butts, etc., they could trade them for prizes. There was the

starting of the idea of quarterly beach clean up with Outterlands. Another issue was

The Riptide Bar burning down- fundraiser at Cat Club raised $9,000+ for the Riptide

crew, which has hosted many Surfrider events.

  • Financial updates -from Mike- transaction tracker being made to make finances

more transparent.

  • Sloat Campaign – the big “thing” in August was the sending of a letter to key public

agencies regarding the issue of Lake Merced Tunnel.

  • We had a biologist speaker, Pat Conroy, come in and give a talk and slide show, very

informative about the sewer treatment plants in SF how they clean the water before

it goes out to the ocean, and the water we see on Ocean Beach when we have storms.

The attendees of the meeting had some engaging questions and the speaker was

great at answering them.

  •  Either Tia or Sarah will order more Surfrider logo clothing this week.
  •  Meeting ended at 9 pm