The Hidden Past of Baker Beach

While construction crews working in ancient cities like Rome or London often uncover unexpected historic finds, this is not common for ‘new’ cities like San Francisco. However, crews constructing the Baker Beach Green Streets in summer of 2019 found evidence of a coffin where it was not supposed to be.  After immediately stopping work, the…

New System Streamlines Public Records Requests Process

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has launched a new public records request system to improve customer experience and increase efficiency. Adoption of the new system aligns the agency with the public records management systems of other San Francisco City departments.  NextRequest is an online portal that enables the public to submit requests for agency records…

Imagine A Day Without Water: Imagining the Unimaginable

In many ways, 2020 has been a year that demanded that we confront previously unimaginable situations. While in the grips of an unrelenting pandemic, wildfires have raged for months, destroying homes, threatening agriculture and leaving behind devastation and weeks of poor air quality. Hurricane season seems to be endless, multiple storms have ravaged the country…

Essential Worker Spotlight: Wes Ng

When Nancy Au-Yeung snapped a photo of Southeast Treatment Plant (SEP) Superintendent Wes Ng in action, surrounded by an underground lair of pipes, she didn’t think it would give others such an in-depth peek into the everyday challenges essential workers face at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Au-Yeung’s amazing photo has since been…