On Sunday afternoon, while on a routine journalism patrol atop Bernal Hill, I noticed a large pile of vegetation that had been unceremoniously dumped in the middle of the sidewalk on the south side of Bernal Heights Boulevard. Grrrrrrrrrrr.
Happily, there was a Ranger from the City Rec and Park Department on the scene, filling out a report in her Rangermobile. Even better, she was friendly. And she had good news:
Sometime around mid-afternoon on Sunday, a truck drove down Bernal Heights Boulevard, stopped alongside the road, raised up the bed, dumped a load of chopped-up plants, and drove off. A few astute neighbors watched the situation unfold, and they smartly jotted down the particulars about the truck.
The result? According to the Ranger, the perpetrators were tracked down and promptly fined. Apparently, however, the incident wasn’t quite another example of brazen Bernal hill trash dumpery; the material left on the scene was clean mulch, and it had been intended for use on another site elsewhere on the hilltop. Nevertheless, it was undeniably unsmart of the haulers to deposit the load in the middle of the sidewalk, and it’s a testament to the neighborhood’s increased vigilance that the perps were identified and cited so quickly.
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