Meet Thuy Hendricks, Who Celebrates the Contributions of Women in the Utilities Industry

For Thuy Hendricks, SFPUC Commercial Division Assistant Supervisor within Customer Service Bureau, everyday is different for her. Depending on the day’s scheduled activities, her responsibilities can range from reconciling financial reports to leading a testing project. Her typical day consists of analyzing accounts and exception completions, coaching, training and assisting her team. But one of…

Why Beatriz Flórez Huertas Raised Her Hand for Her Community

For two weeks, SFPUC Public Information Officer Beatriz Flórez Huertas found herself in a new work environment. She was assigned to report into the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) to respond to the COVID-19 crisis.  Flórez Huertas shared that when the call for Spanish translators was requested, she immediately raised her hand. It was the reason why she…

Why Javier Padilla Believes Staying at Home Literally Saves Lives

For Javier Padilla, the call for help was sudden and urgent, but he knew he had the responsibility to respond. Padilla, SFPUC Environmental Justice & Land Use Analyst, had a plan for the work week and what he needed to accomplish for his projects. When the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management (SFDEM) requested City…

How to Safely Store and Treat Water for Emergencies

March 22 marks 63rd anniversary of the 1957 San Francisco earthquake, also known as the Daly City earthquake of 1957. The 5.7 magnitude quake occurred in the Peninsula right off the San Andreas Fault. Luckily, the earthquake yielded minimal damage. There is a 63% chance of a major earthquake occurring in the Bay Area within…

Public Service Pathway Students Taught the SFPUC a Lesson

“You should listen to what we say. Just because we’re high school students, we still know things,” recommended one of the students from John O’Connell High School. Earlier this week, several dozen students from the Public Service Pathway at John O’Connell High School presented what they learned about the SFPUC’s Community Assistance Program (CAP) and…

Meet Josh Gale, Who Prepares for the Worst Case Scenarios

It was 1989 and the San Francisco Giants were playing against the Oakland A’s in the World Series. Fans waited for the highly-anticipated game three of the series to start. Then an earthquake happened. “I always think back to the Loma Prieta earthquake at Candlestick Park during the World Series. After the shaking stopped, there…