Why a Water Regulatory Specialist Fights for Environmental Justice

As a Regulatory Specialist in the SFPUC’s Water Enterprise over the last three years, Jowin “JJ” Jung most enjoys collaborating with different people across the agency.  She works with her team to ensure compliance with what’s known as the Unified Program, including:  Hazardous Materials Release Response Plans and Inventories Program California Accidental Release Prevention Program…

A Fifth Generation San Franciscan’s Journey in Public Service During COVID-19

“Normal is not how I would describe these times,” said John Scarpulla. During “normal” times, Scarpulla serves as the SFPUC’s Manager of Local and Regional Policy and Government Affairs, where he is the main liaison between the agency, Board of Supervisors, and the Mayor’s Office. On March 5, Scarpulla was activated as a disaster service…

From Americorp Volunteer to Environmental Educator and College Hill Learning Garden Manager

Danny Palmer is the SFPUC’s College Hill Learning Garden Manager and Environmental Educator. An Oregon native, Palmer attended college in Tacoma, Washington, where she graduated with a degree in environmental studies, global studies, and philosophy. Throughout her professional experience managing gardens and educating students, Palmer moved around geographically, working in places such as Hawaii, Central…

Keeping Up with Public Information Officer Cassidy Wallerstein

Public Information Officer Cassidy Wallerstein likes to be on the move. You could find her strolling sidewalks for hours in the Presidio, eyeing the detailed architecture and blooming bougainvillea. You might also spot the Southern California native partaking in an intense virtual exercise class midday at a local park. Or, if you were lucky to…

Anthony LaMell’s Secret Formula in Turning His Work into a Career

Anthony LaMell, a Stationary Engineer and Wastewater Operator in the SFPUC’s Wastewater Enterprise, never thought about working in utilities but he always liked fixing things. In his case, he started out fixing appearances. “Before coming to the SFPUC, I used to be a licensed cosmetologist, doing fashion shows, hair shows, and similar things. That profession…